For Immediate Release
Toronto, Ontario, March 2, 2016 –First National Financial Corporation (“First National”) (TSX: FN, TSX: FN.PR.A) today announced the applicable dividend rates for its cumulative 5-year rate reset Class A Preference Shares, Series 1 (“Series 1 Preference Shares”) and cumulative floating rate Class A Preference Shares, Series 2 (“Series 2 Preference Shares”).
With respect to any Series 1 Preference Shares that remain outstanding on March 31, 2016, commencing as of such date, holders thereof will be entitled to receive cumulative preferential cash dividends on a quarterly basis, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of First National. The dividend rate for the five-year period commencing on April 1, 2016, and ending on March 31, 2021 will be 2.79%, being equal to the 5-Year Government of Canada bond yield determined as at 10 am (Toronto time) March 2, 2016 plus 2.07%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Series 1 Preference Shares.
With respect to any Series 2 Preference Shares that may be issued on March 31, 2016, holders thereof will be entitled to receive floating rate cumulative preferential cash dividends on a quarterly basis, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of First National, based on a dividend rate equal to the 90-day Canadian Treasury Bill plus 2.07% on an actual/365 day count basis, subject to certain adjustments in accordance with the terms of the Series 2 Preference Shares. The dividend rate for the period commencing on April 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2016 will be equal to 2.532%, as determined in accordance with the terms of the Series 2 Preference Shares.
Beneficial owners of Series 1 Preference Shares who wish to exercise their right of conversion should communicate as soon as possible with their broker or other nominee and ensure that they follow their instructions in order to ensure that they meet the deadline to exercise such right, which is 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on March 16, 2016.
About First National Financial Corporation
First National Financial Corporation (TSX: FN, TSX: FN.PR.A, TSX:FN.PR.B) is the parent company of First National Financial LP, a Canadian-based originator, underwriter and servicer of predominantly prime residential (single-family and multi-unit) and commercial mortgages. With more than $93 billion in mortgages under administration, First National is Canada’s largest non-bank originator and underwriter of mortgages and is among the top three in market share in the mortgage broker distribution channel. For more information, please visit www.firstnational.ca.
Certain information included in this news release may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of terms such as "may", "will, "should", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue" or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking information may relate to management's future outlook and anticipated events or results, and may include statements or information regarding the future financial position, business strategy and strategic goals, product development activities, projected costs and capital expenditures, financial results, risk management strategies, hedging activities, geographic expansion, licensing plans, taxes and other plans and objectives of or involving the Company. Particularly, information regarding growth objectives, any future increase in mortgages under administration, future use of securitization vehicles, operation of the underwriting and fulfillment services business, industry trends and future revenues is forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, interest rate changes and responses to such changes, the demand for institutionally placed and securitized mortgages, the status of the applicable regulatory regime and the use of mortgage brokers for single family residential mortgages. This forward-looking information should not be read as providing guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be an accurate indication of whether or not, or the times by which, those results will be achieved. While management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. Forward looking-information is subject to certain factors, including risks and uncertainties listed under ‘‘Risk and Uncertainties Affecting the Business’’ in the MD&A, that could cause actual results to differ materially from what management currently expects. These factors include reliance on sources of funding, concentration of institutional investors, reliance on relationships with independent mortgage brokers and changes in the interest rate environment. This forward-looking information is as of the date of this release, and is subject to change after such date. However, management and First National disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities regulations.
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