CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 23, 2015) -
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Veresen Inc. ("Veresen") (TSX:VSN) announced today it has agreed to issue 8,000,000 Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series E ("Series E Preferred Shares") at a price of $25.00 per share for total gross proceeds of $200 million on a bought deal basis. The Series E Preferred Shares will be offered to the public through a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Scotiabank, TD Securities Inc. and RBC Capital Markets.
The holders of Series E Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive fixed cumulative dividends at an annual rate of 5.00%, representing $1.25 per share, payable quarterly for an initial period up to but excluding June 30, 2020, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Veresen. The first quarterly dividend payment date is scheduled for June 30, 2015. The dividend rate will reset on June 30, 2020 and every five years thereafter at a rate equal to the sum of the then five-year Government of Canada bond yield plus 4.27%.
Subject to regulatory approval, the Series E Preferred Shares are redeemable by Veresen, in whole or in part, on June 30, 2020 and on June 30 of every fifth year thereafter at a price of $25.00 per share plus accrued and unpaid dividends.
The holders of Series E Preferred Shares will have the right to convert all or any part of their shares into Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series F ("Series F Preferred Shares"), subject to certain conditions, on June 30, 2020, and on June 30 of every fifth year thereafter. The holders of Series F Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive quarterly floating rate cumulative dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Veresen, at a rate equal to the sum of the then 90-day Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 4.27%.
The offering is expected to close on or about April 1, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions. Net proceeds from the offering will be used to repay amounts outstanding under the credit facility that Veresen entered into for purposes of financing its acquisition of a 50% convertible preferred interest in Ruby Pipeline Holding Company, L.L.C., the entity which indirectly owns the Ruby pipeline system.
The Series E Preferred Shares will be issued pursuant to a prospectus supplement that will be filed with the securities regulatory authority in each of the provinces of Canada under Veresen's short form base shelf prospectus dated September 20, 2013. An application has been made to list the Series E Preferred Shares and the Series F Preferred Shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The Series E Preferred Shares have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Series E Preferred Shares in the United States or in any other jurisdiction where such offer or solicitation is unlawful.
About Veresen Inc.
Veresen is a publicly-traded dividend paying corporation based in Calgary, Alberta, that owns and operates energy infrastructure assets across North America. Veresen is engaged in three principal businesses: a pipeline transportation business comprised of interests in the Alliance Pipeline, the Ruby Pipeline and the Alberta Ethane Gathering System; a midstream business which includes a proposed partnership interest in Veresen Midstream Limited Partnership which will own midstream assets in western Canada and an ownership interest in Aux Sable, a world-class natural gas liquids ("NGL") extraction facility near Chicago, other natural gas and NGL processing energy infrastructure; and a power business comprised of a portfolio of assets in Canada and the United States. Veresen is also developing the proposed Jordan Cove liquid natural gas facility, a six million tonne per annum natural gas liquefaction facility to be constructed in Coos Bay, Oregon, and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. In the normal course of business, Veresen regularly evaluates and pursues acquisition and development opportunities.
Veresen's Common Shares, Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series A and Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series C trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols "VSN", "VSN.PR.A" and "VSN.PR.C", respectively. For further information, please visit www.vereseninc.com.
Forward Looking Information
Certain information contained herein relating to, but not limited to, Veresen and its businesses, the offering of the Series E Preferred Shares and the potential issuance of the Series F Preferred Shares, constitutes forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events or developments that Veresen expects or anticipates may or will occur in the future, are forward-looking information. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "will", "may", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "potential", "plan", "intend", "target", "project", "forecast" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or outlook. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the timing of completion and size of the offering of the Series E Preferred Shares, the use of the proceeds of the offering of the Series E Preferred Shares and the dividend rates and the other proposed terms of the Series E Preferred Shares and the Series F Preferred Shares. The forward-looking information included herein involves significant risks, uncertainties and other factors. Additional information on risks, uncertainties and factors that could affect the foregoing forward-looking information and/or Veresen's operations or financial results is included in its filings with the securities commission or similar authority in each of the provinces of Canada, as may be updated from time to time and will be included in the prospectus supplement relating to the offering of the Series E Preferred Shares. Readers are also cautioned that such additional information is not exhaustive.
The impact of any one risk, uncertainty or factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as these factors are independent and management's future course of action would depend on its assessment of all information at that time. Although Veresen believes that the expectations conveyed by the forward-looking information are reasonable based on information available on the date of preparation, no assurances can be given as to future results, levels of activity and achievements. Undue reliance should not be placed on the information contained herein, as actual results achieved will vary from the information provided herein and the variations may be material. Veresen makes no representation that actual results achieved will be the same in whole or in part as those set out in the forward-looking information. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date hereof, and Veresen does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws. Any forward-looking information contained herein is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.