National Bank of Canada and Fiera Capital Corporation Announce Secondary Offering of Class A Shares
National Bank of Canada (“National Bank”) and Fiera Capital Corporation (“Fiera Capital”) today announced that they have entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by National Bank Financial Inc., GMP Securities L.P. and Scotia Capital Inc. for a secondary offering by National Bank, through one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, on a private placement bought deal basis, of 9,083,000 class A subordinate voting shares of Fiera Capital (the "Class A Shares") at a price of $12.60 per Class A Share for gross proceeds of $114,445,800 (the "Offering"). Fiera Capital will not receive any of the proceeds from the Offering.
This Offering is being undertaken for the sole purpose of managing National Bank’s capital position. National Bank is committed to maintaining its ownership position in Fiera Capital following the closing of the Offering, as well as keeping a significant percentage of its Assets Under Management (“AUM”) with Fiera Capital as per their AUM Agreement.
"We are extremely satisfied with our decision to merge Natcan Investment Management Inc.’s operations with those of Fiera Capital in 2012. National Bank is very supportive of Fiera Capital and its management team and will continue to invest in the development of the long-term commercial relationship between the two organizations, through product distribution and sub-advisory mandates, amongst other initiatives," said Louis Vachon, CEO of National Bank.
“Since the transaction with Natcan Investment Management Inc., we have been tremendously pleased with the performance of the business as well as our association with National Bank, a leading Canadian banking institution. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with National Bank to promote our shared long-term growth objectives,” said Jean-Guy Desjardins, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Capital.
Upon completion of the Offering, National Bank will beneficially own approximately 15.3 million Class A Shares, or approximately 31.5% of the issued and outstanding Class A shares and 22.3% of, collectively, all the outstanding Class A shares and Class B special voting shares of Fiera Capital. National Bank will continue to have the right to nominate two individuals to Fiera Capital’s board of directors.
National Bank and Fiera Capital are currently party to an AUM Agreement which expires June 30, 2019. The AUM Agreement may be extended for an additional three years at National Bank’s discretion. If National Bank does not opt to extend the AUM Agreement and Fiera Capital meets certain performance conditions, a $50 million payment will be payable to Fiera Capital by National Bank. As at December 31, 2014, Fiera Capital managed approximately $24.3 billion of AUM for National Bank and affiliates, up approximately $2.5 billion from a year ago.
Financial Impact for National Bank
National Bank expects to record a pre-tax gain of approximately $28 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015 as a result of the Offering. The transaction is expected to add 15 basis points to National Bank’s CET1 ratio. National Bank estimates that its fiscal 2015 earnings per share will be reduced by less than $0.01 as a result of the transaction.
Fiera Capital Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
Fiera Capital expects to release its financial results for the quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2014 on March 19, 2015. Fiera Capital had total AUM of $86.6 billion as at December 31, 2014.
Details of the Offering
Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about March 12, 2015.
The Class A Shares will be sold in Canada on a private placement basis pursuant to “accredited investor” exemptions under National Instrument 45-106 and certain other available and agreed upon exemptions.
The Class A Shares to be offered pursuant to the Offering have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This media release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About Fiera Capital Corporation
Fiera Capital Corporation is a leading Canadian publicly-traded, independent investment firm, with more than CAD$86 billion in assets under management. Fiera Capital is one of only a handful of full service, multi-product investment firms offering clients a proven top tier track record in Canadian and foreign equity and fixed income management as well as depth and expertise in asset allocation and non-traditional investments. In the U.S., asset management services are provided by Fiera Capital's U.S. subsidiaries, which will operate under the banner Fiera Capital Global Asset Management serving institutional and private clients. Fiera Capital also owns Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, a specialized U.S. wealth management advisory firm, which operates as a stand-alone entity. www.fieracapital.com
Additional information relating to Fiera Capital, including its Annual Information Form, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
About National Bank
With $214 billion in assets as at January 31, 2015, National Bank of Canada (www.nbc.ca), together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has more than 20,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX). Follow the Bank’s activities via social media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at clearfacts.ca and commitment.nationalbank.ca
Forward looking information – Fiera Capital Corporation
This document may contain certain forward-looking statements relating to Fiera Capital. These statements relate to future events or future performance of Fiera Capital, and reflect management’s expectations or beliefs regarding future events, including business and economic conditions and Fiera Capital’s growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict”, “potential”, “continue”, “target”, “intend” or the negative of these terms, or other comparable terminology.
By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and a number of factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. In evaluating these statements, readers should specifically consider various factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement.
These factors include, but are not limited to, market and general economic conditions, the nature of the financial services industry, and the risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Fiera Capital’s interim and annual consolidated financial statements, and its Annual Report and Annual Information Form filed on www.sedar.com. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document, and Fiera Capital assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.
Forward looking information – National Bank of Canada
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There is a strong possibility that express or implied projections contained in these forward-looking statements will not materialize or will not be accurate. The Bank recommends readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, as a number of factors, many of which are beyond the Bank’s control, could cause actual future results, conditions, actions or events to differ significantly from the targets, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in these forward-looking statements. These factors include strategic risk, credit risk, market risk, liquidity risk, operational risk, regulatory risk, reputation risk and environmental risk, which are described in more detail in the “Risk Management” section beginning on page 61 of the Annual Report, and in particular, the general economic environment and financial market conditions in Canada, the United States and certain other countries in which the Bank conducts business, including regulatory changes affecting the Bank’s business, capital and liquidity; the situation with respect to the restructured notes of the master asset vehicle (MAV) conduits, in particular the realizable value of underlying assets; changes in the accounting policies the Bank uses to report its financial condition, including uncertainties associated with assumptions and critical accounting estimates; tax laws in the countries in which the Bank operates, primarily Canada and the United States (including the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)); changes to capital and liquidity guidelines and to the manner in which they are to be presented and interpreted; changes to the credit ratings assigned to the Bank; and potential disruptions to the Bank’s information technology systems, including changes in the risks related to cyber-attacks.
The foregoing list of risk factors is not exhaustive. Additional information about these factors can be found in the “Risk Management” and “Other Risk Factors” sections of the Annual Report. Investors and others who rely on the Bank’s forward-looking statements should carefully consider the above factors as well as the uncertainties they represent and the risk they entail. Except as required by law, the Bank does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, by it or on its behalf.
The forward-looking information contained in this document is presented for the purpose of interpreting the information contained herein and may not be appropriate for other purposes.
For Fiera Capital:
Mélanie Tardif, CPA, CMA
Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Fiera Capital Corporation
For National Bank:
Senior Director, Investor Relations
National Bank of Canada
Vice-President, Public Affairs and Investor Relations
National Bank of Canada