M-Split Corp.

M-Split Corp.

December 23, 2008 16:39 ET

M Split Corp. Announces Further Details on Proposed Reorganization

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2008) - As previously reported in the press release dated December 5, 2008, M Split (the "Company") has initiated a proposed reorganization plan (the "Plan").

The Plan was approved by the Board of Directors of the Company earlier today. The Company expects to send out the full details of this proposal to all shareholders through a Management Information Circular by January 13, 2009 with a shareholder vote to follow on February 5, 2009. The key aspects of the proposal are discussed below.

The Plan offers both Priority Equity and Class A shareholders with two choices. Effectively, there would be two investment options within the Company, each of which will be considered a separate investment fund.

The first Fund (Original M Split) would function in much the same way as the Company now functions. There would continue to be two classes of shares related to this Fund: Priority Equity shares and Class A shares. The portfolio assets of the Fund would consist largely of cash and permitted repayment securities, and there would be limited exposure to the common shares of Manulife. There would continue to be a Priority Equity Portfolio Protection Plan in respect of this Fund.

The second Fund (New M Split) would not have a Priority Equity Protection Plan associated with it, but rather would hold only shares of Manulife, to provide full exposure to a potential recovery in the value of Manulife common shares. The increased exposure to such common shares would create higher dividend income (assuming no changes to current dividends paid on the Manulife common shares) and the potential for much higher levels of income through the covered call writing program. In summary, under this option, Priority Equity Shares would receive the following securities for each Priority Equity share held: (i) one new $5 Class I Preferred share to yield 7.5% per annum; (ii) one Class II Preferred share with a notional value of $5 with distributions to yield 7.5% per annum on the $5 notional issue price to commence if and when the net asset value per unit of the New M Split exceeds $12.50; and (iii) one half warrant. One full warrant can be exercised to purchase one Unit (consisting of one Class I Preferred share, one Class II Preferred share and one Capital share) for $10.00 at specified times for a period of two years after the closing date of the reorganization, if approved. Class A shares would receive one Capital share which would continue to participate in any net asset value growth over $10.00 per unit and dividends would only be reinstated if and when the net asset value per Unit exceeds $15.00.

Therefore, the special resolution, if passed, will effectively offer all shareholders a choice of the status quo through the Original M Split or participating in a new fund through New M Split that potentially could offer increased distribution and capital growth potential. The Company believes providing this choice is in the best interests of all shareholders in light of the unprecedented and severe decline in Manulife shares and the fact that there is still 6 years remaining until the maturity date of the Company.

Contact Information

  • M Split Corp.
    Investor Relations
    (416) 304-4443 or Toll Free: 1-877-4-Quadra (1-877-478-2372)
    Website: www.M-Split.com