MONTRÉAL, April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - BCE Inc. (TSX,NYSE: BCE) today announced that 5,884,470 of its 10,841,056 fixed-rate Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series AG ("Series AG Preferred Shares") have been tendered for conversion on May 1, 2016, on a one-for-one basis, into floating-rate Cumulative Redeemable First Preferred Shares, Series AH ("Series AH Preferred Shares"). In addition, 28,765 of its 3,158,944 Series AH Preferred Shares have been tendered for conversion on May 1, 2016, on a one-for-one basis, into Series AG Preferred Shares. Consequently, on May 1, 2016, BCE will have 4,985,351 Series AG Preferred Shares and 9,014,649 Series AH Preferred Shares issued and outstanding. The Series AG Preferred Shares and the Series AH Preferred Shares will continue to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols BCE.PR.G and BCE.PR.H, respectively.
The Series AG Preferred Shares will pay on a quarterly basis, for the five-year period beginning on May 1, 2016, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of BCE, a fixed cash dividend based on an annual fixed dividend rate of 2.80%.
The Series AH Preferred Shares will continue to pay a monthly floating adjustable cash dividend for the five-year period beginning on May 1, 2016, 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 AH Preferred Shares in the preceding month) and the Designated Percentage for the preceding month.
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Jean Charles Robillard
SOURCE Bell Canada