Bell announces offering of MTN Debentures
This news release contains forward-looking statements. For a description of the related risk factors and assumptions, please see the section entitled "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" later in this release.
MONTRÉAL, Aug. 9, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Canada (Bell) today announced the public offering of Cdn $1.5 billion of MTN Debentures in two series pursuant to its medium term notes (MTN) program.
The $850 million 2.00% MTN Debentures, Series M-42, will be dated August 12, 2016, will mature on October 1, 2021, and will be issued at a price of Cdn $99.804 per $100 principal amount. The $650 million 2.90% MTN Debentures, Series M-43, will be dated August 12, 2016, will mature on August 12, 2026, and will be issued at a price of Cdn $99.733 per $100 principal amount. The MTN Debentures will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by BCE Inc.
"With this transaction, we are pleased to have secured significant debt capital at what is the all-time lowest financing rate ever achieved by Bell Canada on any MTN debenture issuance," said Glen LeBlanc, Chief Financial Officer for BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. "With these new issuances, Bell Canada's annual pre-tax cost of outstanding public debentures has declined to 4.56% and average term to maturity is approximately 9.4 years, ensuring predictability in debt service costs and insulating against interest rate volatility."
The net proceeds of the offering are intended to be used to fund the redemption of Bell Canada's $700,000,000 principal amount of 5.00% Debentures, Series M-18, due February 15, 2017, to fund the acquisition by BCE Inc. of Q9 Networks Inc., and for general corporate purposes.
The MTN Debentures are being publicly offered in all provinces of Canada through a syndicate of agents. Closing of the offering of the MTN Debentures is expected to occur on August 12, 2016.
There shall be no offer, solicitation or sale of securities of Bell in any jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The MTN Debentures have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell securities in the United States.
The MTN Debentures are being issued pursuant to a Short Form Base Shelf Prospectus dated November 14, 2014 and a Prospectus Supplement dated February 10, 2015. Bell will file a pricing supplement relating to this issue with the securities regulatory authorities in all provinces of Canada.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements relating to the expected timing and completion of the proposed sale of MTN Debentures, the intended use of the net proceeds of such sale and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions, both general and specific, which give rise to the possibility that actual results or events could differ materially from our expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and we caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release describe our expectations at the date of this news release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are provided herein for the purpose of giving information about the proposed offering referred to above. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The timing and completion of the above-mentioned proposed sale of the MTN Debentures is subject to customary closing terms and other risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the proposed sale of the MTN Debentures will occur, or that it will occur at the expected time indicated in this news release.
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Jean Charles Robillard
BCE Investor Relations
SOURCE Bell Canada