Equitable Bank completes issue of 5-year $250 million deposit note

Largest and longest ever Equitable Bank deposit note attracts second most buyers ever for the bank as investor confidence grows…

Largest and longest ever Equitable Bank deposit note attracts second most buyers ever for the bank as investor confidence grows

TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2020 /CNW/ – Equitable Bank (the «Bank»), a wholly owned subsidiary of Equitable Group Inc. (the «Company») (TSX: EQB and EQB.PR.C) today announced the closing of a successful $250 million 5-year fixed rate deposit note due November 26, 2025 (the «Deposit Note»).

The Deposit Note — the Bank’s second in 2020 – was priced at 145 basis points over the interpolated  Government of Canada curve, and will carry a coupon of 1.876%. This offering was distributed to 38 buyers – the second most ever for the Bank. Equitable was able to capitalize on investor confidence, the success of the 3-year note issued in September, and the momentum demonstrated by strong Q3 results. Equitable remains committed to growing its program, and now has $800 million of deposit notes outstanding.

«Equitable continues to build on its solid financial results and widening market support to further our funding diversification strategy,» said Chadwick Westlake, Chief Financial Officer of Equitable Bank. «This latest offering saw broad demand, including a number of new investors, which demonstrates investor confidence while increasing our credit following. Building a consistent, successful deposit note program diversifies the Bank’s funding channels, and now provides comparable cost funding relative to other funding sources. The success of this deposit note reinforces our position to deliver superior market returns and is indicative of the growing recognition Equitable is receiving as Canada’s Challenger Bank™.»

The issuance was completed with National Bank Financial Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., and TD Securities Inc., acting as joint leads and bookrunners, supported by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., and RBC Dominion Securities Inc. acting as co-managers. The Deposit Note ranks equally and rateably with all present and future unsecured and unsubordinated liabilities of the Bank.  It is not eligible for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation insurance.

About Equitable Group Inc.

Equitable Group Inc. is a growing Canadian financial services business that operates through its wholly owned subsidiary, Equitable Bank. Equitable Bank, Canada’s Challenger BankTM, has grown to become the country’s ninth largest independent Schedule I bank through its proven branchless approach and customer service focus in providing residential lending, commercial lending, wealth management, and savings solutions to Canadian consumers and investors. EQ Bank, the digital banking platform offered by Equitable Bank, provides state-of-the-art digital banking services. Equitable Bank is a member of Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) and employs over 900 dedicated professionals across the country. For more information about Equitable Bank, EQ Bank and its products, please visit equitablebank.ca and eqbank.ca.

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This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy securities in any province, state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such province, state or jurisdiction.

The Deposit Note has not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or delivered, directly or indirectly, or sold in the United States absent an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

SOURCE Equitable Bank