MONTREAL, Jan. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - BCE Inc. (TSX,NYSE: BCE) today announced that 7,904,105 of its 14,577,100 fixed-rate Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series AF ("Series AF Preferred Shares") have been tendered for conversion on February 1, 2015, on a one-for-one basis, into floating-rate Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series AE ("Series AE Preferred Shares"). In addition, 34,872 of its 1,422,900 Series AE Preferred Shares have been tendered for conversion on February 1, 2015, on a one-for-one basis, into Series AF Preferred Shares. Consequently, on February 1, 2015, BCE will have 6,707,867 Series AF Preferred Shares and 9,292,133 Series AE Preferred Shares issued and outstanding. The Series AF Preferred Shares and the Series AE Preferred Shares will continue to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols BCE.PR.F and BCE.PR.E, respectively.
The Series AF Preferred Shares will pay on a quarterly basis, for the five-year period beginning on February 1, 2015, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of BCE, a fixed cash dividend based on an annual dividend rate of 3.110%.
The Series AE Preferred Shares will continue to pay a monthly floating adjustable cash dividend for the five-year period beginning on February 1, 2015, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of BCE. The monthly floating adjustable dividend for any particular month will continue to be calculated based on the prime rate for such month and using the Designated Percentage for such month representing the sum of an adjustment factor (based on the market price of the Series AE Preferred Shares in the preceding month) and the Designated Percentage for the preceding month.
BCE is Canada's largest communications company, providing a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to residential and business customers under the Bell Canada and Bell Aliant brands. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels. To learn more, please visit BCE.ca.
The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk and Bell Let's Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. Bell Let's Talk Day 2015 is on January 28. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
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