CU Inc.
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CU Inc.

May 02, 2016 17:00 ET

CU Inc. Provides Series 4 Preferred Shares Conversion Privilege and Dividend Rate Notice

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) - CU Inc. announced today that it has notified the registered shareholder of its Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares Series 4 ("Series 4 Preferred Shares") of a conversion privilege and applicable dividend rates. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of Series 4 Preferred Shares will have the right to choose one of the following options with regard to their shares:

  1. To retain any or all of their Series 4 Preferred Shares and continue to receive a fixed rate quarterly dividend; or
  2. To convert, on a one-for-one basis, any or all of their Series 4 Preferred Shares into Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares Series 5 ("Series 5 Preferred Shares") of CU Inc. and receive a floating rate quarterly dividend.

Effective June 1, 2016, the annual dividend rate for the Series 4 Preferred Shares is set at 2.24% for the next five-year period and the dividend rate for the Series 5 Preferred Shares is set at an annual rate of 1.90% for the three-month period commencing June 1, 2016 to but excluding September 1, 2016. The dividend rate for the Series 5 Preferred Shares will be reset each quarter. Both rates were calculated according to the terms described in the short form prospectus of CU Inc. dated November 24, 2010.

Beneficial owners of Series 4 Preferred Shares who wish to exercise their right of conversion should communicate as soon as possible with their broker or other nominee and ensure that they follow their instructions in order to meet the deadline to exercise such right, which is 3 p.m. (Calgary time) / 5 p.m. (Toronto time) on May 17, 2016. Any notices received after this deadline will not be valid. As such, it is recommended that this be done well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the broker or other intermediary with time to complete the necessary steps.

The foregoing conversions are subject to the conditions that: (i) if CU Inc. determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series 4 Preferred Shares outstanding on June 1, 2016, then all remaining Series 4 Preferred Shares will automatically be converted into Series 5 Preferred Shares on June 1, 2016, and (ii) alternatively, if CU Inc. determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Series 5 Preferred Shares outstanding on June 1, 2016 after giving effect to conversion notices received, no Series 4 Preferred Shares will be converted into Series 5 Preferred Shares. If either of these scenarios occurs, CU Inc. will issue a news release to that effect on or before May 24, 2016.

Holders of the Series 4 Preferred Shares and the Series 5 Preferred Shares will have the opportunity to convert their shares again on June 1, 2021, and every five years thereafter as long as the shares remain outstanding.

For more information on the terms of, and risks associated with an investment in, the Series 4 Preferred Shares and the Series 5 Preferred Shares, please see CU Inc.'s short form prospectus dated November 24, 2010, which can be found under CU Inc.'s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

CU Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company. CU Inc. is an Alberta-based corporation with more than 4,300 employees and assets of approximately $15 billion; comprised of rate regulated utility operations in pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution. More information about CU Inc. can be found on the Canadian Utilities Limited website at www.canadianutilities.com.

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Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information.

The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in this forward-looking information as a result of regulatory decisions, competitive factors in the industries in which the Company operates, prevailing economic conditions, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company.

The Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking information should not be unduly relied upon.

Any forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the Company's expectations as of the date hereof, and is subject to change after such date. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities legislation.

Contact Information

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    B.R. (Brian) Bale
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    403-292-7502