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Element Financial Corporation (TSX:EFN)(TSX:EFN.PR.A)(TSX:EFN.PR.C) ("Element" or the "Company"), one of North America's leading equipment finance companies, announced today that it has closed its previously announced Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Share Series C financing.
Element issued, on a bought deal basis, 5,000,000 6.50% Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares Series C at a price of $25.00 per Series C Preferred Share for gross proceeds of $125,000,000 (the "Offering") to a syndicate of underwriters co-led by GMP Securities L.P, National Bank Financial Inc., BMO Capital Markets, CIBC World Markets, RBC Capital Markets and TD Securities Inc. and including Desjardins Securities Inc., Raymond James Ltd. and Manulife Securities Inc. (collectively, the "Underwriters"). The net proceeds of the Offering will be used to originate and finance, directly or indirectly, finance assets as well as for general corporate purposes.
"Element's funding strategy is based on two fundamental principles - diversification by source, and duration alignment where we seek to match the term of the debt capital that we raise with the duration of the finance assets that we originate," noted Steven K. Hudson, Element's Chairman and CEO. "In addition to being non-dilutive to our common shareholders in 2014, the five-year rate reset feature of these securities, together with the deeper access to the preferred share market that they offer, make them very complementary to our current capital structure and fully consistent with our funding strategy," added Mr. Hudson.
Holders of the Series C Preferred Shares will be entitled, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of the Company, to receive a cumulative quarterly fixed dividend for the initial five-year period ending June 30, 2019 of 6.50% per annum. Thereafter, the dividend rate will reset every five years to an annual dividend rate equal to the 5-Year Government of Canada Bond Yield as quoted on Bloomberg on the 30th day prior to the first day of the relevant subsequent five year fixed rate period plus 4.81%. Holders of the Series C Preferred Shares will have the right to convert their shares into Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series D of the Company (the "Floating Rate Series D Preferred Shares"), subject to certain conditions and the Company's right to redeem the Series C Preferred Shares, on June 30, 2019 and on June 30 every five years thereafter.
Holders of the Floating Rate Series D Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive a quarterly floating rate dividend, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of the Company, equal to the then current three-month Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 4.81%. Holders of the Floating Rate Series D Preferred Shares may convert their Floating Rate Series D Preferred Shares into Series C Preferred Shares, subject to certain conditions and the Company's right to redeem the Floating Rate Series D Preferred Shares, on June 30, 2024 and on June 30 every five years thereafter. The Series C Preferred Shares will not be rated.
About Element Financial Corporation
With total assets in excess of $4.0 billion, Element Financial Corporation is one of North America's leading equipment finance companies. Element operates across North America in four verticals of the equipment finance market - Commercial and Vendor Finance, Fleet Management, Aviation Finance and Rail Finance.
Forward Looking Statements
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Element and its business. Such statements are based on the current expectations and views of future events of Element's management. In some cases the forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "may", "will", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "intend", "potential", "estimate", "believe" or the negative of these terms, or other similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include those related to the use of proceeds and the non-dilutive nature of the Offering. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Element, including risks regarding the equipment finance industry, economic factors and many other factors beyond the control of Element. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements and information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement or information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements or information. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Element undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.