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Foresters Financial announces Subordinated Debentures offering

  • Oct 09, 2020

Foresters Financial announces Subordinated Debentures offering




(Toronto, ON, October 9, 2020) – Foresters Financial™ today announced that it intends to issue $250 million principal amount of Series 2020-1 Subordinated Unsecured 2.885% Fixed/Floating Debentures, due October 15, 2035 (the "Debentures").


The net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes including investments in subsidiaries. The Debentures will bear interest at a fixed annual rate of 2.885% for the first ten years, payable semi-annually, and a variable rate equal to 3-Month CDOR plus 1.77% for the last five years, payable quarterly.  The Debentures have been assigned a provisional rating of “A (low)” with a stable trend by DBRS Morningstar. The offering is expected to close on October 15, 2020.


The Debentures will be sold on an agency basis by a syndicate of dealers, led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and RBC Dominion Securities Inc., and which includes Goldman Sachs Canada Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., Scotia Capital Inc. and CIBC World Markets Inc. The Debentures will be issued on a private placement basis to certain accredited investors in Canada and are expected to qualify as Tier 2 capital.


The parent organization, The Independent Order of Foresters, will be the issuer of the Debentures.



About Foresters Financial

Since 1874, Foresters Financial has been providing socially responsible financial services to individuals and families. Foresters Financial includes The Independent Order of Foresters, the oldest non-denominational fraternal benefit society. Foresters is a purpose-driven organization that exists to enrich family and community well-being and offers insurance products to over three million members and clients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. For more information please visit


For 20 straight years, The Independent Order of Foresters has received an “A” (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best[1]. Foresters has also received an “A” rating from DBRS Morningstar. Foresters maintains total assets of $20.4 billion (CAD$) as at June 30, 2020 and surplus of $2.1 billion[2], while in-force certificates and contracts have grown to more than 2.9 million in Canada, U.S. and the U.K. Foresters solvency ratios are well above local requirements in all jurisdictions in which it operates.



For information purposes only.

Foresters Financial, Foresters, and Helping Is Who We Are are trade names and/or trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.

[1] The A.M. Best ratings assigned on August 5, 2020 reflect overall strength and claims-paying ability of The Independent Order of Foresters. An “A” (Excellent) rating is assigned to companies that have a strong ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders and have, on balance, excellent balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile when compared to the standards established by A.M. Best Company. A.M. Best assigns ratings from A++ to F, A++ and A+ being superior ratings and A and A- being excellent ratings. In assigning the ratings, A.M. Best stated that the rating outlook is “stable”, which means it is unlikely to change in the near future. See for our latest rating.

[2] This surplus represents excess funds above the amount required as legal reserves for insurance and annuity certificates in force and provides additional assurances to our members for our long term financial strength.

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