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Preferred Share Description
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.PR.T) ** New Issue**
5.20% Non-Cumulative, Redeemable, Rate-Reset, NVCC*, Class A Preferred Shares, Series 49
Prospectus - January 15, 2019
DBRS Credit Rating: June 1, 2018 - DBRS confirmed the ratings of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and its related entities, including CIBC’s Long-Term Issuer Rating at AA and Short-Term Issuer Rating at R-1 (high). CIBC’s Long-Term Deposits and Long-Term Senior Debt ratings of AA are composed of an Intrinsic Assessment (IA) of AA (low) and a Support Assessment (SA) of SA2, reflecting the expectation of timely, systemic support from the Government of Canada (rated AAA with a Stable trend by DBRS). The SA2 designation results in a one-notch benefit to the Long-Term Deposits and Long-Term Senior Debt ratings. The trend on all instruments remains Stable, reflecting the finalization of the Canadian Bank Recapitalization Regime (the Bail-In Regime) and DBRS’s view that a sufficient level of bail-inable senior debt will provide an adequate buffer for non-bail-inable obligations, which will offset the expected removal of systemic support (see press release “DBRS Takes Rating Actions on Six Canadian Banking Groups after Finalization of Bail-In Regime,” April 19, 2018).
Important Note: NVCC preferred shares have a lower credit rating than other CIBC preferred share issues. DBRS assigned the NVCC Preferred Shares Series 49 a rating equal to the Bank’s intrinsic assessment less four rating notches because the Series 49 has only an Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI)-compliant non-viable contingent capital (NVCC) trigger, which is consistent with the OSFI requirements for NVCC instruments, and no additional triggers.
*NVCC is short for Non-Viability Contingent Capital and it refers to the issuer's ability to convert the preferred shares into common shares if a "Trigger Event" occurs. See "Convertible by Company" section below for the definition of a trigger event.
- DBRS Rating
- Pfd-2 Stable Trend
- DBRS Rating Date
- Shares Issued
- Issued Date
- Shares O/S
- O/S Date
- $1.30 per share per year
- Dividend Dates
- The dividend is payable quarterly on the 28th day of January, April, July and October
- Dividend Details
- The share's dividend rate is fixed until April 30, 2024. On April 30, 2024 and on April 30th every 5 years thereafter, the dividend rate will be calculated and reset as the sum of the the 5-year Government of Canada Bond Yield (GCAN5YR) plus 3.31%.
- The shares are not redeemable prior to April 30, 2024. On April 30, 2024 and on April 30th every 5 years thereafter the shares are redeemable by the company at $25.00 per share.
- Holders of the Series 49 Rate-Reset preferred shares will have the right to convert their shares into an equal number of the Series 50 Floating-Rate preferred shares on April 30, 2024 and on April 30th every five years thereafter. The Series 50 Floating-Rate shares will calculate and pay a dividend quarterly equal to the sum of the Government of Canada 3-month T-Bill Rate plus 3.31%. On April 30, 2029 and on April 30th every five years thereafter holders of the Series 50 Floating-Rate preferred shares will have the right to convert their shares into an equal number of the Series 49 Rate-Reset preferred shares.
- Lead Underwriter(s)
- CIBC Capital Markets
- Transfer Agent
- CST Trust Company
- CST Trust Company
- Dividend Reinvestment Plan
- Registered holders of the preferred shares are eligible to participate in the Dividend Reinvestment Plan for the purchase of common shares. For more information, visit Shareholder investment Plans at https://www.cibc.com/ca/investor-relations/share-info/preferred-shares.html
- Convertible by Company
- The company can force Series 49 and 50 shareholders to convert their shares into the company's common shares upon the occurrence of a "Trigger Event". For more details, refer to the share's prospectus.
- Corporate Action
- CIBC (CM: TSX, NYSE) is a leading Canadian-based financial institution with a market capitalization of $50 billion and a Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio of 11.2%. Through our four strategic business units – Canadian Personal and Small Business Banking, Canadian Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, U.S. Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets – our nearly 45,000 employees provide a full range of financial products and services to 11 million individual, small business, commercial, corporate, and institutional clients in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.
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