NEW YORK, August 31, 2009 –
Brookfield Properties Corporation (BPO: NYSE, TSX) announced today that it has agreed to issue to a syndicate of underwriters led by CIBC and Scotia Capital Inc. for distribution to the public, 6.0 million 6.75% Preferred Shares, Series L. The Preferred Shares, Series L will be issued at a price of C$25.00 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds of C$150 million. Holders of the Preferred Shares, Series L will be entitled to receive a cumulative quarterly fixed dividend yielding 6.75% annually for the initial five year period ending September 30, 2014. The dividend rate will be reset on September 30, 2014 and every five years thereafter at a rate equal to the 5-year Government of Canada bond yield plus 4.17%.
Holders of Preferred Shares, Series L will have the right, at their option, to convert their shares into cumulative Preferred Shares, Series M, subject to certain conditions, on September 30, 2014 and on September 30 every five years thereafter. Holders of the Preferred Shares, Series M will be entitled to receive cumulative quarterly floating dividends at a rate equal to the three-month Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 4.17%.
Brookfield Properties Corporation has granted the underwriters an over-allotment option, exercisable in whole or in part anytime up to 30 days following closing, to purchase an additional 900,000 Preferred Shares, Series L at the same offering price. Should the over-allotment option be fully exercised, the total gross proceeds of the financing will be C$172.5 million.
The Preferred Shares, Series L will be offered by way of a short-form prospectus filed with securities regulatory authorities in all provinces of Canada.
The net proceeds of the issue will be added to the general funds of Brookfield Properties Corporation and be used for general corporate purposes. The offering is expected to close on or about September 24, 2009.
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Brookfield Properties Profile
Brookfield Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties. Its current portfolio is comprised of interests in 108 properties totaling 75 million square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa, making it one of the largest owners of commercial real estate in North America. Landmark assets include the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Brookfield Place in Toronto, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles and Bankers Hall in Calgary. The company's common shares trade on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BPO. For more information, visit www.brookfieldproperties.com
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