TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CI Financial Corp. (“CI”) (TSX: CIX; NYSE: CIXX) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to sell debentures with an aggregate principal amount of $400 million, maturing on December 2, 2025. The 2025 debentures have a term of three years and carry an interest rate of 7.00% payable semi-annually. The debentures have a provisional rating of BBB (Stable) by DBRS, Baa2 (Stable) by Moody’s, and BBB- (Negative) by Standard & Poor’s.
The offering is being made under CI’s previously filed base shelf prospectus dated November 18, 2022 and is being led by RBC Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets, TD Securities and National Bank Financial Markets. CI intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of debentures to refinance existing indebtedness, including reducing its borrowing capacity under its existing credit facility. The transaction will not result in an increase in debt.
CI is committed to deleveraging its business and intends to target a net leverage ratio of between 1.5x – 2.0x.1
The closing of the offering is scheduled for December 2, 2022 and is subject to certain customary conditions.
The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
About CI Financial
CI Financial Corp. is a diversified global asset and wealth management company operating primarily in Canada, the United States and Australia. Founded in 1965, CI has developed world-class portfolio management talent, extensive capabilities in all aspects of wealth planning, and a comprehensive product suite. CI managed and advised on approximately $364.3 billion in client assets as at October 31, 2022.
CI operates in three segments:
- Asset Management, which includes the operations of CI Global Asset Management and Australia based GSFM Pty Ltd.
- Canadian Wealth Management, which includes the operations of CI Assante Wealth Management, Aligned Capital Partners, CI Private Wealth (Canada), Northwood Family Office, CI Direct Investing and CI Investment Services.
- U.S. Wealth Management, which includes CI Private Wealth US, a national network of best-in-class wealth management teams.
1 Net Leverage calculated as net debt/Adjusted EBITDA annualized. Net Leverage and Adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS financial measures. See “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” on pages 18-23 of the Canadian Fixed Income Investor Update, dated November 23, 2022, filed on SEDAR.
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