ENB – EEQ Transaction FAQ
Based on discussions with unitholders and other members of the investment community, the following represent their most frequently asked questions, together with responses by Enbridge. Please refer to the Legal Notice below.
All information in this communication is made as of [December 31, 2018]. Readers are advised to contact their account administrator or broker, tax advisor and other agents, consultants or advisors for specific questions or advice applicable to their circumstances.
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About Enbridge Acquisition
Q: Where can I find additional information about the transaction?
Q: When did the transaction close?
The transaction closed on December 20, 2018.
Q: What was the closing price of Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) and Enbridge Inc. (ENB-NYSE) shares on the closing date?
EEQ’s last day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange was December 19, 2018 and closed at US$10.51; ENB shares closed at US$42.44
Q: Will Enbridge personnel be able to help with my tax-related questions?
If you have tax related questions, please contact a tax advisor. Enbridge’s investor relations department is not staffed by tax personnel and Enbridge personnel do not provide tax advice.
Q: What were the expected US federal income tax consequences to the EEQ shareholders resulting from the transaction and how will the transaction affect their taxes?
The transaction should not be a taxable transaction for EEQ shareholders (other than EEQ shareholders that own, directly or constructively, 5% or more of EEQ’s common stock) except for, in the case of U.S. holders, any gain or loss that may result from the receipt by such U.S. holders of cash in lieu of a fractional share of ENB common stock.
Q: What consideration did I receive for my EEQ shares?
In general, holders of EEQ shares received 0.3350 shares of ENB common stock for each EEQ share.
No fractional Enbridge shares were issued in the transaction. EEQ shareholders were paid cash in lieu of fractional shares.
Q: Can I access the Registration Statement, Proxy Statement/ Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Enbridge online?
Enbridge filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a proxy statement for EEQ and any other documents in connection with the transaction. Those materials are available online at www.sec.gov.
Q: Will I receive Enbridge dividends after the transaction?
Declaration of dividends is subject to the discretion of the Enbridge Board of Directors.
Q: What type of dividend does ENB pay?
ENB is classified as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes. A distribution of cash by ENB to a U.S. stockholder will generally be included in such U.S. stockholder’s income as ordinary dividend income to the extent of ENB’s current and accumulated ‘‘earnings and profits’’ as determined under U.S. federal income tax principles. Accordingly, you should expect to generally treat distributions made by Enbridge as ordinary dividend income. The amount of the dividend distribution that each ENB stockholder must include in their income as a U.S. stockholder will be the U.S. dollar value of the Canadian dollar payments made, determined at the spot Canadian dollar/U.S. dollar rate on the date the dividend distribution is includible in such stockholder’s income, regardless of whether the payment is in fact converted into U.S. dollars. Please contact a tax advisor regarding specific tax related questions.
Enbridge should not be considered a passive foreign investment company (PFIC) for the purposes of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
ENB is considered to be “a qualified foreign corporation” and the dividends paid on its common shares are considered to be “qualified dividends” as those terms are defined in the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. If you have any questions regarding the taxation of Canadian dividends in your local jurisdiction, please contact your local tax advisor.
Q: How will any Enbridge dividends be reported?
Canadian Enbridge shareholders who received dividends outside of an RRSP, RRIF or DPSP should receive a T5 Supplementary slip from their brokerage firm or intermediary.
Enbridge shareholders will receive an annual IRS Form 1099-DIV reflecting their dividend income.
Non-Resident holders (any holder residing outside of Canada) will also receive an NR4 tax form which shows the non-resident tax that was deducted where applicable.
Q: Is Enbridge’s dividend subject to withholding taxes?
Yes. Withholding taxes apply to dividends paid to U.S. shareholders but may be limited to 15% under the applicable U.S. – Canadian tax treaty. Subject to certain limitations, Canadian tax withheld may be deductible or creditable against your U.S. federal income tax liability. The rules governing the foreign tax credit are complex and involve the application of rules that depend upon a U.S. holder’s particular circumstances. Accordingly, U.S. holders should consult their tax advisors regarding the availability of the foreign tax credit under their particular circumstances.
Please contact your account administrator or broker for additional information and forms related to filing for exemption from Canadian withholding taxes for U.S. residents.
Q: As an EEQ shareholder I received dividends in U.S. dollars – are my Enbridge dividends paid in U.S. dollars?
Enbridge declares its dividend in Canadian dollars. Enbridge common shares trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) will pay dividends in Canadian dollars. However, Enbridge delivers payment to U.S. holders of Enbridge common shares in U.S. dollars. Fluctuations in the Canadian dollar/U.S. dollar exchange rate may impact the value of any dividend payments received by U.S. holders of Enbridge common shares.
Q: As an EEQ shareholder, was there anything I needed to do or forms that I needed to complete in order to have my shares successfully exchanged in accordance with the offer terms?
Shares held in book entry form converted automatically and no shareholder action was required.
Shareholders of certificated shares received a letter of transmittal following the transaction closing which provided instructions on how to surrender and exchange their shares.