Notice 2007-008 - Amendments to Policy 6 Distributions
CNQ NOTICE 2007-008
Amendments to Policy 6 Distributions
Amendment of Warrant Terms
September 26, 2007
On September 11, 2007, the Ontario Securities Commission approved amendments to CNQ Policy 6 – Distributions. The amendments are effective immediately.
The proposed amendments to the Policy were published for comment on May 4, 2007 in Notice 2007-006. CNQ received no submissions during the comment period. Some non-material changes have been made to the amendments that were originally proposed, and a black-lined version of the approved amendments appears below.
For further information please contact:
Director, Listings & Regulation
416.572.2000 x2305 or
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The following is a black-lined version of the approved amendments to CNQ Policy 6, which is different from the version proposed and published on May 4, 2007 at (2007) 30 OSCB 4264.
Section 1.4 of Policy 6
1.4 In addition to the requirements of this Policy, CNQ Issuers must comply with applicable requirements of securities and corporate law for any distribution of securities. In particular, CNQ Issuers should refer to National Instrument 45-101 for rights offerings, OSC Rule 45-501 for exempt distributions in Ontario, MultilateralNational Instrument 45-103106 for exempt distributions in Alberta and British Columbia and Multilateral Instrument 45-102 for restrictions on resale of securities.
Section 7 of Policy 6
7. Options, Warrants and Convertible Securities Other Than Incentive Options or Rights
7.1.1 Issue Price
Listed securities issuable on conversion of an option, warrant or other convertible security other than an incentive option or right (collectively, “convertible securities”) may not be issued at a price (including the purchase price of the convertible) lower than the closing market price of the listed security on the CNQ System on the Trading Day prior to the earlier of dissemination of a news release disclosing the issuance of the convertible security or the posting of notice of the proposed issuance of the convertible security. For example, if the closing price of the common shares of a CNQ Issuer was $0.50 and a warrant was sold at $0.05, the exercise price of the warrant could not be less than $0.45. If a convertible preferred share were issued at $1.00, it could not be convertible into more than 2 common shares.
The maximum term permitted for warrants is 5 years from the date of issuance.
7.2 If convertible securities are issued in connection with a private placement of the listed securities, the total number of listed securities issuable under the terms of the convertible securities cannot be greater than the number of listed securities initially purchased in the private placement.
7.3 In all other respects, the provisions of this Policy apply to the issuance of convertibles. Please refer to section 2 for further requirements for private placements of convertibles, section 3 for issuances of convertibles in connection with an acquisition and section 4 for prospectus offerings.
7.4 Amendments to Warrant Terms
Except as provided for in this section 7, CNQ Issuers must not change, modify or amend the characteristics of outstanding warrants or other convertible securities other than pursuant to standard anti-dilution terms.
7.4.1 An Issuer may amend the terms of private placement warrants (not including warrants issued to an Agent as compensation) if:
a) The warrants are not listed for trading;
b) The amended exercise price is higher than the current market price of the underlying security;
c) No warrants have been exercised in the last six months; and
d) At least 10 trading days remain before the expiry date.
7.4.2 The amendment of warrant terms must be disclosed in a press release no later than one day prior to the effective date of the amendment, and a notice posted to the CNQ website immediately thereafter (Form 13 – Notice of Amendment to Warrant Terms). For any amendment, the press release must disclose the old warrant term and the new warrant term so that investors can fully understand the change.
7.4.3 Warrant Extension
The term of a warrant may not be extended more than 5 years from the date of issuance.
7.4.4 Warrant Repricing
An Issuer may amend the exercise price of warrants if:
a) The warrants were priced above the market price of the underlying security at the time of issuance and the amended price is also at or above that price (see section 7.1.1 for guidance on how “price” should be interpreted);
b) The amended price is at or above the average closing price of the shares for the last 20 trading days or average of, or the midpoint between the closing bid/ and ask on days with no trades, of the underlying shares for the most recent 20 trading days; and
c) The price has not previously been amended; and,
d) The amended exercise price is higher than the exercise price at the time of issuance and all Warrant holders consent to the amended price.
7.4.5 An Issuer may amend the exercise price of a warrant to a price below the market price of the underlying security at the time of issuance provided that:
a) If, following the amendment, for any 10 consecutive trading days the closing price of the listed shares exceeds the amended exercise price by the applicable private placement discount, the termsterm of the warrants must also be amended to 30 days, commencing. The amended term must be announced by press release and Form 13 and the 30 day period will commence 7 days from the end of the 10 day period;
b) Consent is obtained from all holders of the warrants; and
c) The price has not previously been amended
7.4.6 AFor any repricing of warrants permitted by this section 7, a maximum of 10% of the total number of warrants being repriced may be repriced for insiders holding warrants. If insiders hold more than 10%, then the 10% allowed will be allocated pro rata among those insiders.
7.5 CNQ Issuers must obtain appropriate corporate approvals prior to any change, modification or amendment of outstanding warrants or other convertible securities (including non-listed securities). The amendment of the terms of a warrant (or other security) may be considered to be the distribution of a new security under securities laws and require exemptions from legislative requirements. Furthermore, the amendment of the terms of a security held by an insider or a related party may be considered to be a related party transaction under OSC Rule 61-501 and require exemptions from provisions of that rule. Issuers should consult legal counsel before amending the terms of a security.