TORONTO, March 29, 2019 /CNW/ - Bank of Montreal (the "Bank") (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO) today announced that it does not intend to exercise its right to redeem the currently outstanding Non-Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Class B Preferred Shares, Series 27 of the Bank (the "Preferred Shares Series 27") on May 25, 2019. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of Preferred Shares Series 27 have the right, at their option, to convert all or part of their Preferred Shares Series 27 on a one-for-one basis into Non-Cumulative Floating Rate Class B Preferred Shares, Series 28 of the Bank (the "Preferred Shares Series 28") on May 27, 2019. This date is the first business day following the conversion date of May 25, 2019, identified in the Preferred Shares Series 27 prospectus, which falls on a Saturday. Holders who do not exercise their right to convert their Preferred Shares Series 27 into Preferred Shares Series 28 on such date will retain their Preferred Shares Series 27, unless automatically converted in accordance with the conditions below.
The foregoing conversions are subject to the conditions that: (i) if, after May 10, 2019, the Bank determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Preferred Shares Series 27 outstanding on May 25, 2019, then all remaining Preferred Shares Series 27 will automatically be converted into an equal number of Preferred Shares Series 28 on May 25, 2019; and (ii) alternatively, if the Bank determines that there would be less than 1,000,000 Preferred Shares Series 28 outstanding on May 25, 2019, no Preferred Shares Series 27 will be converted into Preferred Shares Series 28. In either case, the Bank will give written notice to that effect to any registered holders of Preferred Shares Series 27 affected by the preceding minimums on or before May 17, 2019.
The dividend rate applicable to the Preferred Shares Series 27 for the 5-year period commencing on May 25, 2019, and ending on May 24, 2024, and the dividend rate applicable to the Preferred Shares Series 28 for the 3-month period commencing on May 25, 2019, and ending on August 24, 2019, will be determined and announced by way of a news release on April 25, 2019. The Bank will also give written notice of these dividend rates to the registered holders of Preferred Shares Series 27.
Beneficial owners of Preferred Shares Series 27 who, on or after April 25, 2019, wish to exercise their right of conversion should instruct their broker or other nominee to exercise such right before 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on May 10, 2019.
Conversion inquiries should be directed to BMO's Registrar and Transfer Agent, Computershare Trust Company of Canada, at 1-800-340-5021.
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Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider - the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $807 billion as of January 31, 2019, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.
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