CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) is providing notice that the Company does not intend to exercise its right to redeem its Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series 3 (Series 3 Shares) on December 31, 2019. As a result, subject to certain conditions, the holders of Series 3 Shares have the right to choose one of the following options with regard to their shares:
- retain any or all of their Series 3 Shares and continue to receive an annual fixed-rate dividend paid quarterly; or
- convert, on a one-for-one basis, any or all of their Series 3 Shares into Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series 4 (Series 4 Shares) of Husky and receive a floating rate quarterly dividend.
Conversion to Series 4 Shares is subject to the conditions that: (i) if Husky determines that there would be less than one million Series 3 Shares outstanding after December 31, 2019, then all remaining Series 3 Shares will automatically be converted to Series 4 Shares on a one-for-one basis on December 31, 2019, and (ii) if Husky determines that there would be less than one million Series 4 Shares outstanding after December 31, 2019, no Series 3 Shares will be converted into Series 4 Shares. In either case, Husky will issue a news release to that effect no later than December 24, 2019.
Holders of Series 3 Shares who choose to retain any or all of their shares will receive the new fixed-rate quarterly dividend applicable to the Series 3 Shares for the five-year period commencing December 31, 2019, to, but excluding, December 31, 2024 of 4.636%, being equal to the sum of the Government of Canada five-year bond yield of 1.506% plus 3.13% in accordance with the terms of the Series 3 Shares, subject to the conditions described above.
Holders of Series 3 Shares who choose to convert their shares to Series 4 Shares will receive a new floating-rate quarterly dividend applicable to the Series 4 Shares. The dividend rate applicable to the Series 4 Shares for the three-month period commencing December 31, 2019 to, but excluding, March 31, 2020 will be 4.782%, being equal to the annual rate for the most recent auction of 90-day Government of Canada Treasury Bills of 1.652% plus 3.13%, in accordance with the terms of the Series 4 Shares (the Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate), subject to the conditions described above. The Floating Quarterly Dividend Rate will be reset every quarter.
Beneficial owners of Series 3 Shares who wish to exercise the right of conversion should communicate as soon as possible with their brokers or other nominees in order to meet the deadline for registered holders to exercise such right, which is 5 p.m. ET on December 16, 2019. It is recommended this communication be had well in advance of the deadline in order to provide the brokers or other intermediaries with time to complete the necessary steps. Holders of Series 3 Shares who do not exercise the right of conversion by this deadline will continue to hold Series 3 Shares with the new annual fixed-rate dividend, subject to the conditions described above.
Holders of the Series 3 Shares and the Series 4 Shares will have the opportunity to convert their shares again on December 31, 2024 and every five years thereafter as long as the shares remain outstanding.
For more information on the terms of, and risks associated with, an investment in the Series 3 Shares and the Series 4 Shares, please see the Company’s prospectus supplement dated December 2, 2014 on www.sedar.com
Investor and Media Inquiries:
Leo Villegas, Senior Manager, Investor Relations
Kim Guttormson, Media & Issues Specialist