BCE formally launches offers to purchase all outstanding Bell Aliant common shares and to exchange all outstanding Bell Aliant

 BCE formally launches offers to purchase all outstanding Bell Aliant common  shares and to exchange all outstanding Bell Aliant preferred shares  Offers will be open for acceptance until 5:00 pm Eastern on September 19, 2014  This news release contains forward-looking statements. For a description of  the related risk factors and assumptions, please see the section entitled  "Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements" later in this release.  MONTRÉAL and HALIFAX, Aug. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE) today  announced that it has formally commenced its offer to purchase all of the  issued and outstanding common shares of Bell Aliant Inc. (TSX: BA), other than  common shares held by BCE.  Under the terms of the common share offer announced on July 23, 2014, each  Bell Aliant shareholder can elect to receive consideration per common share of  either (a) $31.00 in cash, subject to pro-ration; (b) 0.6371 of a BCE common  share, subject to pro-ration; or (c) $7.75 in cash and 0.4778 of a BCE common  share.  Concurrent with the commencement of the common share offer, BCE also initiated  its offer to exchange all of the issued and outstanding preferred shares of  Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc. (Prefco) for newly issued preferred shares  of BCE, with the same financial terms as the existing Prefco preferred shares.  The offers will be open for acceptance until 5:00 pm Eastern on September 19,  2014, unless extended or withdrawn by BCE.  On August 5, 2014, BCE obtained Competition Act clearance for the Bell Aliant  privatization. Accordingly, subject to listing requirements of the Toronto  Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange, all regulatory conditions have  been met to complete the offers.  In connection with the offers, BCE will file today with the applicable  Canadian securities regulatory authorities the offers and circulars and other  related documents required to be mailed to holders of common shares and  preferred shares under applicable Canadian securities laws. Full details of  the offers are contained in these documents and in the directors' circulars  mailed today to holders of common shares and preferred shares. Copies of the  offer documents, the directors' circulars and other relevant documents will be  available on SEDAR at Sedar.com and on BCE's website at BCE.ca/Investors.  BCE will also today (i) register the BCE common shares to be issued to U.S.  holders in connection with the common share offer on a Registration Statement  on Form F-8 to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)  and (ii) submit a Form CB to the SEC in connection with the preferred share  exchange offer. Copies of the Registration Statement and the Form CB will be  available on the SEC's website at SEC.gov.  CST Trust Company is the Depositary for the offers and CST Phoenix Advisors  are the Information Agent. Any questions or requests for assistance concerning  the offers or further information about tendering to the offers should be  directed to the Depositary at 1-866-271-6893 (toll free in North America) or  1-416-682-3860, or by e-mail at inquiries@canstockta.com; or to the  Information Agent at 1-866-822-1244 (toll free in North America) or  1-201-806-7301, or by e-mail at inquiries@phoenixadvisorscst.com.  Copies of the offer documents, directors' circulars and any other documents  relating to the offers as referred to above may be obtained free of charge  upon request to the Depositary or the Information Agent. Holders whose common  shares or preferred shares are registered in the name of a broker, investment  dealer, bank, trust company or other nominee should contact such nominee for  assistance in depositing their common shares or preferred shares to the offers.  Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements  Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking statements,  including, but not limited to, statements relating to the anticipated  completion and timing of the offers. All such forward-looking statements are  made pursuant to the "safe harbour" provisions of applicable Canadian  securities laws.  Forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to inherent  risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions, both general and  specific, which give rise to the possibility that actual results or events  could differ materially from our expectations expressed in or implied by such  forward-looking statements. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any  forward-looking statement will materialize and we caution you against relying  on any of these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements  contained in this news release describe our expectations as of August 14, 2014  and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be  required by applicable Canadian securities laws, we do not undertake any  obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in  this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or  otherwise.  The completion and timing of the offers are subject to certain conditions,  including, in the case of the common share offer, more than 50% of the common  shares held by public minority shareholders being tendered to the common share  offer and, in the case of the preferred share exchange offer, at least  66(2/3)% of the outstanding preferred shares having been tendered. The  preferred share exchange offer is also conditional upon the completion of the  common share offer. However, the common share offer is not conditional upon  the completion of the preferred share exchange offer. The offers are also  subject to other customary closing conditions, termination rights and other  risks and uncertainties. Reference is made to the Support Agreement entered  into among BCE, Bell Aliant and Prefco on July 23, 2014 and which is available  under Bell Aliant's SEDAR profile at SEDAR.com, and to the offer documents for  the full terms and conditions of the offers. Accordingly, there can be no  assurance that the offers will be completed or that they will be completed by  September 19, 2014, or that they will occur on the terms and conditions  contemplated in this news release. Subject to applicable laws and the terms of  the Support Agreement, the offers could be extended, amended or withdrawn.  For additional information on assumptions and risks underlying certain of the  forward-looking statements made in this news release, please consult BCE's  2014 second-quarter MD&A dated August 6, 2014 and BCE's news release dated  July 23, 2014 announcing BCE's intention to privatize Bell Aliant, filed with  the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and with the SEC, and available  on BCE's website at BCE.ca/Investors.  Notice to U.S. Security Holders The offers are for the securities of a  Canadian company. The offers will be subject to Canadian disclosure  requirements that are different from those of the United States. Financial  statements included or incorporated by reference in the offer documents have  been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards,  which differ from GAAP, and thus may not be comparable to the financial  statements of United States companies. It may be difficult for you to enforce  your rights and any claim you may have arising under the federal securities  laws, since BCE is located in Canada, and some or all of its officers and  directors may be residents of Canada. You may not be able to sue a Canadian  company or its officers or directors in a foreign court for violations of the  U.S. securities laws. It may be difficult to compel a Canadian company and its  affiliates to subject themselves to a U.S. court's judgment. You should be  aware that BCE or its affiliates may purchase securities otherwise than under  the offers, such as in open market or privately negotiated purchases. This  press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an  offer to buy the securities of BCE, and shall not constitute an offer,  solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer,  solicitation or sale would be unlawful. BCE will today file a Registration  Statement on Form F-8 with the SEC in respect of the common share offer and  submit a Form CB to the SEC in connection with the preferred share exchange  offer. This press release is not a substitute for the Registration Statement  or any other documents that BCE has or may file with the SEC or has sent or  may send to shareholders in connection with the transactions. BEFORE MAKING  ANY DECISIONS IN RESPECT OF THE OFFERS, SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE  REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR THAT WILL BE  FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE OFFERS BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE OFFERS. You will be able to obtain a free copy  of the Registration Statement, the Form CB and other filings containing  information about BCE, at the SEC's website site, SEC.gov.  About Bell Aliant Bell Aliant is one of North America's largest regional  communications providers and the first company in Canada to cover an entire  city with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology with its FibreOP™ services.  Through its operating entities, it serves customers in six Canadian provinces  with innovative information, communication and technology services, including  voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Bell Aliant's  employees deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and  convenience. For more information, please visit BellAliant.ca.  About BCE BCE is Canada's largest communications company, providing a  comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband communication services to  residential and business customers under the Bell and Bell Aliant brands. Bell  Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in  television, radio and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television  network, and the country's most-watched specialty channels. To learn more,  please visit BCE.ca.  Bell Let's Talk promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and  anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk and Bell  Let's Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access,  research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit  Bell.ca/LetsTalk.    SOURCE  BCE Inc.  Media inquiries: BCE, Paolo Pasquini, (416) 215-1712, paolo.pasquini@bell.ca;  Bell Aliant, Jennifer MacIsaac, (902) 225-3704,  jennifer.macIsaac@bellaliant.ca; Investor inquiries: BCE, Thane Fotopoulos,  (514) 870-4619, thane.fotopoulos@bell.ca; Bell Aliant, Zeda Redden, Toll-free  1-877-487-5726, zeda.redden@bellaliant.ca  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/August2014/14/c1068.html  CO: Bell Aliant Inc. ST: Nova Scotia NI: INTERNET TLS NEWSTK  
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