Montreal, November 26, 2014 - METRO INC. today announced the pricing of a private placement offering of C$300 million aggregate principal amount of 3.20% Series C Senior Unsecured Notes due December 1, 2021 (the “Series C Notes”) and C$300 million aggregate principal amount of 5.03% Series D Senior Unsecured Notes due December 1, 2044 (the “Series D Notes”, and together with the Series C Notes, the “Notes”). The Series C Notes will carry a coupon of 3.20% and were priced at $999.88 per $1,000 principal amount, for an effective yield of 3.202% per annum if held to maturity. The Series C Notes will mature on December 1, 2021. The Series D Notes will carry a coupon of 5.03% and were priced at $999.54 per $1,000 principal amount, for an effective yield of 5.033% per annum if held to maturity. The Series D Notes will mature on December 1, 2044. Metro intends to use the proceeds of the offering for working capital and other general corporate purposes, including repaying or refinancing the following existing indebtedness: (i) financing the redemption and retirement of a portion or all of its issued and outstanding 4.98% medium term notes due October 15, 2015 (the “2015 Notes”) and (ii) repaying amounts outstanding under its unsecured revolving credit facility.
National Bank Financial Inc., BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering and Desjardins Securities Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Scotia Capital Inc. and TD Securities Inc. are acting as co-managers for such offering.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and may not be offered, sold or delivered in the United States of America or its territories or possessions or to U.S. persons except in compliance with the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities laws or pursuant to an exemption therefrom. The information in this press release is not complete and may be changed. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Notes in the United States.
Any redemption or retirement of the 2015 Notes will be made pursuant to a notice of redemption under the indenture governing the 2015 Notes.
With annual sales of over $11 billion in 2014, METRO INC. (TSX: MRU), founded in 1947, is the only major Canadian food distribution company to have its head office in Quebec. Along with its affiliates and franchisees, METRO INC. employs in Quebec and Ontario over 65,000 people, whose mission is to satisfy their customers every day and earn their-long term loyalty. METRO INC. operates a network of almost 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, The Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.
Forward Looking Statements
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Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer