Canexus Income Fund

Canexus Income Fund

September 08, 2010 16:08 ET

Canexus Income Fund Announces $60,000,000 Offering of 5.75% Convertible Unsecured Subordinated Debentures and Operational Update

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 8, 2010) -


Canexus Income Fund ("Canexus" or the "Fund") (TSX:CUS.UN) announced today that it has reached an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by Scotia Capital Inc., pursuant to which the Fund will issue on a "bought-deal" basis, subject to regulatory approval, 5.75% Convertible Unsecured Subordinated Debentures (the "Debentures") at a price of $1,000 per Debenture for total gross proceeds of $60,000,000 (the "Offering").

Net proceeds from the Offering will be used to repay existing indebtedness to position Canexus to continue to develop its ongoing suite of potential growth opportunities, including the North American Terminal Operations ("NATO") unit and for general corporate purposes. 

The Debentures will bear interest from the date of issue at 5.75% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears on December 31 and June 30 each year commencing June 30, 2011. The Debentures will have a maturity date of December 31, 2015 (the "Maturity Date"). 

The Debentures will be convertible into fully paid and non-assessable freely tradeable Trust Units at the option of the holder at any time prior to the close of business on the earlier of the Maturity Date and the business day immediately preceding the date specified by the Fund for redemption of the Debentures at a conversion price of $8.30 per Trust Unit, being a conversion rate of 120.4819 Trust Units per $1,000 principal amount of Debentures. Holders converting their Debentures will receive accrued and unpaid interest thereon.

The Offering is subject to normal regulatory approvals, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Pursuant to the Offering, the Debentures will be offered in each of the provinces of Canada other than the province of Québec by way of a short form prospectus, and by way of private placement in the United States to Qualified Institutional Buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and internationally as permitted by the Fund.

Operational Update

All six of our 2010 growth projects are now operating. The final two growth projects have been completed, the hydrochloric acid expansions at North Vancouver and Brazil, and have both demonstrated design capacity and are operating as planned. As previously announced on July 29 other completed projects include the build-in of the second major rail line into our NATO site at Bruderheim, Alberta, and the 4,400MT sodium chlorate expansion and hydrogen project in Brazil. Production at our North Vancouver chlor-alkali facility (technology conversion project (TCP)) is stable at 525 tonnes/day or approximately 85 percent of design capacity. Significant progress has been made on the bottlenecks discussed in the July 29 press release that are preventing us from reaching full design capacity. We expect to take a 5 to 7 day shutdown in October to address them as required and expect the cost of modifications to be about $3 million.

About Canexus

Canexus produces sodium chlorate and chlor-alkali products largely for the pulp and paper and water treatment industries. Our four plants in Canada and one in South America are reliable, low-cost, strategically-located facilities that capitalize on competitive electricity costs and transportation infrastructure to minimize production and delivery costs. Canexus also provides fee-for-service hydrocarbon transloading services to the oil and gas industry from its terminal at Bruderheim, Alberta. Canexus targets opportunities to maximize unitholder returns and delivers high-quality products to its customers. Canexus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CUS.UN. More information about Canexus is available at

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forwarding looking statements. More particularly, this press release contains statements concerning the closing of the Offering, the anticipated use of the net proceeds of the Offering and the timing and expenses associated with debottlenecking capacity limitations at our North Vancouver chlor-alkali facility. By their nature, forward looking statements involve a variety of assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements including market and general economic conditions, future costs, treatment under governmental regulatory, tax and environmental regimes and the other risks and uncertainties detailed under "Risk Factors" in the Fund's Annual Information Form filed on the Fund's SEDAR profile at Although Canexus believes that the expectations reflected in these forward looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on them because Canexus can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Since forward looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties.

The closing of the Offering could be delayed if Canexus is not able to obtain the necessary regulatory and stock exchange approvals on the timelines it has planned. The Offering will not be completed at all if these approvals are not obtained or some other condition to the closing is not satisfied. Accordingly, there is a risk that the Offering will not be completed within the anticipated time or at all. The intended use of the net proceeds of the Offering might change if the Board of Directors of Canexus Limited determines that it would be in the best interests of the Fund to deploy the proceeds for some other purpose.

The forward looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date hereof and Canexus undertakes no obligations to update publicly or revise any forward looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

Contact Information

  • Canexus Limited
    Gary Kubera
    President and CEO
    (403) 571-7300
    Canexus Limited
    Richard McLellan
    Senior Vice President, Finance and CFO
    (403) 571-7300