TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 12, 2014) - Dividend 15 Split Corp. (the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has filed a preliminary short form prospectus in each of the provinces of Canada with respect to an offering of Preferred Shares and Class A Shares of the Company.
The offering will be co-led by National Bank Financial Inc., CIBC, RBC Capital Markets and will also include BMO Capital Markets, TD Securities Inc., GMP Securities L.P. and Canaccord Genuity Corp.
The Class A Shares will be offered at a price of $12.00 per Class A Share to yield 10.0% on the issue price and the Preferred Shares will be offered at a price of $10.00 per Preferred Share to yield 5.25% on the issue price. The closing price on the TSX of each of the Class A Shares and Preferred Shares on May 9, 2014 was $12.17 and $10.26, respectively.
Since the Company commenced on March 16, 2004, it has exceeded its distribution objectives. The aggregate dividends paid on Class A shares have been $15.60 per share, representing 121 regular consecutive monthly distributions, plus six special distributions. The Preferred Shares have received a total of $5.31 per share for a combined total distribution of $20.91 per unit paid by the Company. All distributions have been made in tax advantage eligible Canadian dividends or capital gains dividends.
The net proceeds of the secondary offering will be used by the Company to invest in an actively managed portfolio of dividend-yielding common shares which includes each of the 15 Canadian companies listed below:
|Bank of Montreal
|The Bank of Nova Scotia
||Manulife Financial Corp.
||National Bank of Canada
||The Toronto-Dominion Bank
|Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
||Royal Bank of Canada
|CI Financial Corp.
||Sun Life Financial Inc.
The Company's investment objectives are:
- to provide holders of the Preferred Shares with fixed, cumulative preferential monthly cash dividends in the amount of $0.04375 per Preferred Share to yield 5.25% per annum on the original issue price; and
- on or about December 1, 2019, to pay the holders of the Preferred Shares the original issue price of those shares.
Class A Shares:
- to provide holders of the Class A Shares with regular monthly cash dividends initially targeted to be $0.10 per Class A; and
- on or about December 1, 2019, to pay the holders of Class A Shares at least the original issue price of those shares.
The sales period of this overnight offering will end at 9:00 a.m. (Toronto time) on May 13, 2014.
A preliminary short form prospectus containing important information relating to the Class A and Preferred Shares has been filed with securities commissions or similar authorities in all provinces of Canada. The preliminary short form prospectus is still subject to completion or amendment. Copies of the preliminary short form prospectus may be obtained from your registered financial advisor using the contact information for such advisor, or from representatives of the underwriters listed above. There will not be any sale or any acceptance of an offer to buy the Class A or Preferred Shares until a receipt for the final short form prospectus has been issued.