BMO Financial Group Announces Debt Buyback Offer

JCN Newswire / 2012年7月19日 12時27分

TORONTO, ONTARIO and CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, July 19, 2012 - (JCN Newswire) - Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO)(NYSE:BMO) today announced that its subsidiaries, BMO Financial Corp. ("BFC") and BMO Harris Bank N.A. ("BHB") have commenced cash tender offers to repurchase certain of their outstanding notes. BFC is offering to repurchasefor cash any and all of its 7.500% Subordinated Notes due 2013, and BHB is offering to repurchase for cash any and all of its 4.850% Subordinated Bank Notes due 2015 and its 5.000% Subordinated Bank Notes due 2017 (collectively, and together with the 7.500% Subordinated Notes, the "Notes"). The repurchase of the Notes will be funded by cash on hand.

The purchase price for each US$1,000 principal amount of each series of Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn will be calculated in amanner intended to result in a yield to maturity equal to the sum of (i) the yield to maturity of the U.S. Treasury Reference security shown in the table below for that series of Notes, as measured by the Dealer Manager at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.), on the expiration date for the applicable offer, and (ii) the Fixed Spread for that series of Notes shown in the table below.

Offer by BMO Financial Corp. (Successor to First Indiana Corporation)

CUSIP   Title of   Principal       U.S.  Bloomberg   Fixed   Hypo-thetical
Number  Security      Amount   Treasury  Reference  Spread        Purchase 
                 Outstanding  Reference   Page (1)  (Basis       Price(2)
                               Security             points)
32054RAA6  7.50% $22,500,000  0.25% due        PX1 100 bps       $1,077.41
    SubordinatedJune 30,
       Notes due                   2014
Offer by BMO Harris Bank N.A. (Successor to M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank)

CUSIP   Title of   Principal       U.S.  Bloomberg   Fixed   Hypo-thetical
Number  Security      Amount   Treasury  Reference  Spread        Purchase 
                 Outstanding  Reference   Page (1)  (Basis       Price (2)
                               Security             points)
55259PAE6  4.85% $350,000,000 0.25% due        PX1 130 bps       $1,090.18
Subordinated               July 15,
  Bank Notes due                   2015
55259PAD8  5.00% $300,000,000 0.75% due        PX1 155 bps       $1,119.79
Subordinated               June 30,
  Bank Notes due                   2017

(1) The applicable page on Bloomberg from which the Dealer Manager will quote the bid side price of the UST Reference Security.

(2) Per $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered and not validly withdrawn and accepted for purchase. Hypothetical Purchase Price is based on the Reference Yield of the UST Reference Security as of 2:00 p.m. (E.T.), on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, and an expected payment date of Wednesday, August 1, 2012. The actual Reference Yield of the UST Reference Security will be determined by the Dealer Manager based on certain quotes available at the Price Determination Time, which is expected to be 2:00 p.m. (E.T.), on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. All capitalized terms used but not defined above have the meaning ascribed to such terms in the Offer to Purchase (as defined below). See Schedule A and Schedule B of the Offer to Purchase for more detailed calculations.

Each offer to purchase Notes is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m. (E.T.), on July 31, 2012, unlessextended or earlier terminated (the "Expiration Date"). The settlement date for Notes purchased in the offers is expected to be August 1, 2012. In addition to the purchase price, each holder of Notes purchased in any offer will receive accrued and unpaid interest on such Notes up to, but excluding, the Settlement Date.

Tendered Notes may be withdrawn on or prior to the Expiration Date. Following the Expiration Date, holders who have tendered their Notes may not withdraw such Notes. The offerfor each series of Notes is subject to certain conditions, but is not conditioned on the tender of a minimum principal amount of Notes of any series.

The complete terms and conditions of the tender offers are set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated July 18, 2012 (the "Offer to Purchase"), and the related Letter of Transmittal, along with any amendments and supplements thereto, which holders are urged to read carefully before making any decision with respect to the tender offers. Copies ofthe Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal may be obtained from Global Bondholder Services Corporation, the Depositary and Information Agent for the tender offers, at (212) 430-3774 (banks and brokers) or (888) 873-7700 (all others). Questions regarding the tender offers may also be directed to the Dealer Manager for the tender offers, Sandler O''Neill + Partners, L.P., at (866) 805-4128 or (212) 466-7807 (collect).

This news release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitationof an offer to sell any securities. The tender offers are being made only by, and pursuant to the terms of, the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal. The tender offers are not being made in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction where the laws require the tender offers to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the tender offers will be made by the Dealer Manager on behalf of BFC and BHB. None of Bank of Montreal, BFC, BHB, the Depositary and Information Agent, the Dealer Manager or the Trustee or Issuing and Paying Agent with respect to any of the Notes, nor any of their affiliates, makes any recommendation as to whether holders should tender or refrain from tendering all or any portion of their Notes in response to the tender offers.

Bank of Montreal's public communications often include written or oral forward-looking statements. Statements of this type are included in this release, and may be included in other filings with Canadian securities regulators or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), or in other communications. All such statements are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of, and are intended to be forward-looking statements under applicable legislation. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements as a number of factors, including those described in our Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC, could cause actual future results, conditions, actions or events to differ materially from the targets, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $525 billion as at April 30, 2012, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

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