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National Bank of Canada (“National Bank”) today announced that it
has entered into an agreement with a group of agents led by National
Bank Financial Inc. for the issuance of $500 million of Limited
Recourse Capital Notes, Series 2 (Non-Viability Contingent Capital
(NVCC)) (Subordinated Indebtedness) (the “Notes”).
The Notes will bear interest at a rate of 4.05% annually, payable semi-annually, for the initial period ending on but excluding August 15, 2026. Thereafter, the interest rate on the Notes will reset every five years at a rate equal to the prevailing 5-year Government of Canada Yield plus 3.045%. The Notes will mature on August 15, 2081.
Concurrently with the issuance of the Notes, National Bank will issue Non-Cumulative 5-Year Fixed Rate Reset First Preferred Shares, Series 45 (Non-Viability Contingent Capital (NVCC)) (the “Series 45 Preferred Shares”) to be held by Computershare Trust Company of Canada as trustee for NBC LRCN Limited Recourse Trust (the “Limited Recourse Trust”). In case of non-payment of interest on or principal of the Notes when due, the recourse of each Note holder will be limited to that holder’s proportionate share of the Limited Recourse Trust’s assets in respect of the Notes, which will consist of Series 45 Preferred Shares except in limited circumstances.
National Bank may redeem the Notes during the period from July 15 to and including August 15, commencing in 2026 and every five years thereafter, only upon the redemption by National Bank of the Series 45 Preferred Shares held in the Limited Recourse Trust, in accordance with the terms of such shares and with the prior written approval of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Canada), in whole on not less than 15 nor more than 60 days’ prior notice.
The net proceeds from the sale of the Notes will be added to National Bank’s general funds and will be utilized for general banking purposes. It is expected that closing will take place on April 21, 2021. National Bank intends to file in Canada a prospectus supplement to its August 17, 2020 base shelf prospectus in respect of this issue.
The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any state securities laws, and may not be offered, sold, directly or indirectly, or delivered within the United States of America and its territories and possessions or to, or for the account or benefit of, United States persons except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of such Act. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy securities in the United States.