Form 424B2 CANADIAN IMPERIAL BANK

December 2, 2021 1:53 PM EST

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Filed Pursuant to Rule 424(b)(2)

Registration No. 333-257113 

The information in this preliminary pricing supplement is not complete and may be changed. This preliminary pricing supplement and the accompanying underlying supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus are not an offer to sell these securities and we are not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted. 

 

 

Subject to Completion, Dated December 2, 2021 

Pricing Supplement dated         , 2021 

(To Equity Index Underlying Supplement dated September 2, 2021, 

Prospectus Supplement dated September 2, 2021, and Prospectus dated September 2, 2021) 

 

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Trigger GEARS

$           Notes Linked to the Least Performing of the S&P 500® Index and the Russell 2000® Index due on or about December 18, 2026 

  Investment Description
These Trigger GEARS (the “Notes”) are senior unsecured debt securities issued by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) with returns linked to the Least Performing of the S&P 500® Index and the Russell 2000® Index (each, an “Underlying” and together, the “Underlyings”). The Notes will rank equally with all of our other unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations. If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is greater than zero, CIBC will pay the principal amount at maturity plus a return equal to the Upside Gearing multiplied by the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying. If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is equal to or less than zero but great than or equal to -25% (the “Trigger Amount”), CIBC will pay the full principal amount at maturity. However, if the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is less than the Trigger Amount, CIBC will pay less than the full principal amount at maturity, if anything, resulting in a loss of principal that is proportionate to the negative Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying. The Underlying with the lowest Underlying Return is the “Least Performing Underlying.” Investing in the Notes involves significant risks. The Notes do not pay any interest. You may lose some or all of your principal amount. Any payment on the Notes, including any repayment of principal at maturity, is subject to the creditworthiness of CIBC. If CIBC were to default on its payment obligations, you may not receive any amounts owed to you under the Notes and you could lose your entire investment.

  Features   Key Dates1

q     Enhanced Growth Potential: At maturity, the Notes enhance any positive Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying. If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is negative, investors may be exposed to the downside market risk of the negative Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying at maturity.

 

q     Contingent Repayment of Principal at Maturity: If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is equal to or less than zero but greater than or equal to the Trigger Amount, CIBC will repay the principal amount at maturity. However, If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is less than the Trigger Amount, investors will be exposed to the full downside performance of the Least Performing Underlying and CIBC will pay less than the full principal amount at maturity, resulting in a loss of principal that is proportionate to the negative Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying. Accordingly, you could lose some or all of the principal amount. Any payment on the Notes, including any repayment of principal, is subject to the creditworthiness of CIBC.

   Trade Date December 15, 2021
 Settlement Date December 20, 2021
 Final Valuation Date2 December 15, 2026
 Maturity Date2 December 18, 2026
   

1 Expected. In the event we make any change to the expected Trade Date and Settlement Date, the Final Valuation Date and the Maturity Date will be changed so that the stated term of the Notes remains the same.

 

2 See page PS-4 for additional details.

 

 

 

 

THE NOTES ARE SIGNIFICANTLY RISKIER THAN CONVENTIONAL DEBT INSTRUMENTS. THE TERMS OF THE NOTES MAY NOT OBLIGATE CIBC TO REPAY THE FULL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF THE NOTES. THE NOTES CAN HAVE DOWNSIDE MARKET RISK SIMILAR TO THE Least Performing UNDERLYING, WHICH CAN RESULT IN A LOSS OF SOME OR ALL OF THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT AT MATURITY. THIS MARKET RISK IS IN ADDITION TO THE CREDIT RISK INHERENT IN PURCHASING A DEBT OBLIGATION OF CIBC. YOU SHOULD NOT PURCHASE THE NOTES IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND OR ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE SIGNIFICANT RISKS INVOLVED IN INVESTING IN THE NOTES.

 

YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE RISKS DESCRIBED UNDER ‘‘KEY RISKS’’ BEGINNING ON PAGE PS-6 AND THE MORE DETAILED ‘‘RISK FACTORS’’ BEGINNING ON PAGE S-1 OF THE ACCOMPANYING UNDERLYING SUPPLEMENT, BEGINNING ON PAGE S-1 OF THE ACCOMPANYING PROSPECTUS SUPPLEMENT AND PAGE 1 OF THE ACCOMPANYING PROSPECTUS BEFORE PURCHASING ANY NOTES. EVENTS RELATING TO ANY OF THOSE RISKS, OR OTHER RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES, COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT THE MARKET VALUE OF, AND THE RETURN ON, YOUR NOTES.

 

 Note Offering

The Notes are offered at a minimum investment of $1,000 in denominations of $10 and integral multiples thereof. The final terms of the Notes will be determined on the Trade Date. 

Underlyings (Least Performing of) Initial Level Downside Threshold Trigger Amount Upside Gearing CUSIP/ISIN
The S&P 500® Index (“SPX”) 75.00% of its Initial Level -25% 1.37-1.42 136071CZ8 / US136071CZ86
The Russell 2000® Index (“RTY”) 75.00% of its Initial Level

See “Additional Information about the Notes” on page PS-2. The Notes offered will have the terms specified in the accompanying prospectus, prospectus supplement and underlying supplement, and the terms set forth herein.

Neither the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) nor any state or provincial securities commission has approved or disapproved of the Notes or determined if this pricing supplement or the accompanying underlying supplement, prospectus supplement or prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

The Notes will not constitute deposits insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “CDIC”), the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or any other government agency or instrumentality of Canada, the United States or any other jurisdiction. The Notes are not bail-inable debt securities (as defined on page 6 of the prospectus). The Notes will not be listed on any securities exchange.

The initial estimated value of the Notes on the Trade Date as determined by CIBC is expected to be between $9.558 and $9.758 per $10.00 principal amount of the Notes, which is expected to be less than the price to public. See “Key Risks—General Risks” beginning on page PS-8 of this pricing supplement and “The Bank’s Estimated Value of the Notes” on the last page of this pricing supplement for additional information. 

 

Price to Public

Underwriting Discount(1)

Proceeds to Us

Notes Linked to: Total Per Note Total Per Note Total Per Note
The Least Performing of the S&P 500® Index and the Russell 2000® Index $10.00 $0.35 $9.65

(1) CIBC World Markets Corp. (“CIBCWM”), our affiliate, will purchase the Notes and, as part of the distribution of the Notes, will sell all of the Notes to UBS Financial Services Inc. (“UBS”) at the discount specified in the table above. See “Supplemental Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest)” on the last page of this pricing supplement for additional information.

 

UBS Financial Services Inc. CIBC Capital Markets

 

 

 

 

Additional Information About the Notes

 

You should read this pricing supplement together with the prospectus dated September 2, 2021 (the “prospectus”), the prospectus supplement dated September 2, 2021 (the “prospectus supplement”) and the Equity Index Underlying Supplement dated September 2, 2021 (the “underlying supplement”). Information in this pricing supplement supersedes information in the underlying supplement, the prospectus supplement and the prospectus to the extent it is different from that information. Certain terms used but not defined herein will have the meanings set forth in the underlying supplement, the prospectus supplement or the prospectus.

 

You should rely only on the information contained in or incorporated by reference in this pricing supplement and the accompanying underlying supplement, the prospectus supplement and the prospectus. This pricing supplement may be used only for the purpose for which it has been prepared. No one is authorized to give information other than that contained in this pricing supplement and the accompanying underlying supplement, the prospectus supplement and the prospectus, and in the documents referred to in those documents and which are made available to the public. We, UBS and our respective affiliates have not authorized any other person to provide you with different or additional information. If anyone provides you with different or additional information, you should not rely on it.

 

We, CIBCWM and UBS are not making an offer to sell the Notes in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted. You should not assume that the information contained in or incorporated by reference in this pricing supplement or the accompanying underlying supplement, the prospectus supplement or the prospectus is accurate as of any date other than the date of the applicable document. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since that date. Neither this pricing supplement nor the accompanying underlying supplement, the prospectus supplement or the prospectus constitutes an offer, or an invitation on behalf of us, CIBCWM or UBS, to subscribe for and purchase any of the Notes and may not be used for or in connection with an offer or solicitation by anyone in any jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is not authorized or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation.

 

References to “CIBC,” “the Issuer,” “the Bank,” “we,” “us” and “our” in this pricing supplement are references to Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and not to any of our subsidiaries, unless we state otherwise or the context otherwise requires. References to “Index” in the underlying supplement will be references to “Underlying.”

 

You may access the underlying supplement, the prospectus supplement and the prospectus on the SEC website www.sec.gov as follows (or if such address has changed, by reviewing our filing for the relevant date on the SEC website):

 

¨       Underlying supplement dated September 2, 2021:

 

 

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1045520/000110465921112442/tm2123981d23_424b5.htm

 

 

¨       Prospectus supplement dated September 2, 2021:

 

 

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1045520/000110465921112440/tm2123981d29_424b5.htm

 

 

¨       Prospectus dated September 2, 2021:

 

 

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1045520/000110465921112558/tm2123981d24_424b3.htm

 

PS-2 

 

 

Investor Suitability

The Notes may be suitable for you if:

 

¨   You fully understand the risks inherent in an investment in the Notes, including the risk of loss of your entire initial investment.

 

¨   You are willing to make an investment where you could lose some or all of your initial investment and are willing to make an investment that may be exposed to similar downside market risk as the Least Performing Underlying.

 

¨   You believe that each Underlying will appreciate over the term of the Notes.

 

¨   You would be willing to invest in the Notes if the Upside Gearing was set equal to the bottom of the range indicated on the cover hereof (the actual Upside Gearing will be set on the Trade Date).

 

¨   You understand and accept the risks associated with each Underlying.

 

¨   You can tolerate fluctuations in the price of the Notes prior to maturity that may be similar to or exceed the downside fluctuations in the level of the Least Performing Underlying.

 

¨   You are willing to hold the Notes to maturity and do not seek an investment for which there is an active secondary market.

 

¨   You are willing to accept the risk and return profile of the Notes versus a conventional debt security with a comparable maturity issued by CIBC or another issuer with a similar credit rating.

 

¨   You do not seek current income from your investment and are willing to forgo dividends paid on the stocks included in an Underlying.

 

¨   You are willing to assume the credit risk of CIBC, as Issuer of the Notes, and understand that if CIBC defaults on its obligations, you may not receive any amounts due to you, including any repayment of principal.

 

 

The Notes may not be suitable for you if:

 

¨   You do not fully understand the risks inherent in an investment in the Notes, including the risk of loss of your entire initial investment.

 

¨   You seek an investment that is designed to return your full principal amount at maturity.

 

¨   You are not willing to make an investment in which you could lose some or all of your principal amount and you are not willing to make an investment that may be exposed to similar downside market risk as the Least Performing Underlying.

 

¨   You believe that the level of at least one Underlying will decrease during the term of the Notes.

 

¨   You seek an investment that participates in the full appreciation in any Underlying.

 

¨   You are not willing to invest in the Notes if the Upside Gearing is set equal to the bottom of the range indicated on the cover hereof (the actual Upside Gearing will be set on the Trade Date).

 

¨   You do not understand or accept the risks associated with any Underlying.

 

¨   You cannot tolerate fluctuations in the price of the Notes prior to maturity that may be similar or exceed the downside fluctuations in the level of the Least Performing Underlying.

 

¨   You are unable or unwilling to hold the Notes to maturity and seek an investment for which there will be an active secondary market.

 

¨   You prefer the lower risk, and therefore accept the potentially lower returns, of conventional debt securities with comparable maturities issued by CIBC or another issuer with a similar credit rating.

 

¨   You seek current income from your investment or prefer to receive the dividends paid on the stocks included in an Underlying.

 

¨   You are not willing or are unable to assume the credit risk of CIBC, as Issuer of the Notes, including any repayment of principal.

 

 

The suitability considerations identified above are not exhaustive. Whether or not the Notes are a suitable investment for you will depend on your individual circumstances, and you should reach an investment decision only after you and your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisors have carefully considered the suitability of an investment in the Notes in light of your particular circumstances. For more information about the Underlyings, see “Information About the Underlyings” in this pricing supplement and “Index Descriptions—The S&P U.S. Indices” beginning on page S-45 and “—The Russell Indices” beginning on page S-31 of the accompanying underlying supplement. You should also review carefully the “Key Risks” herein and the more detailed “Risk Factors” beginning on page S-1 of the underlying supplement and beginning on page S-1 of the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

PS-3 

 

 

 

Indicative Terms
Issuer: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Principal Amount: $10.00 per Note (subject to a minimum investment of $1,000).
Term: Approximately 5 years
Trade Date1: December 15, 2021
Settlement Date1: December 20, 2021
Final Valuation Date1: December 15, 2026
Maturity Date1: December 18, 2026
Reference Asset: The least performing of the S&P 500® Index (Ticker: “SPX”) and the Russell 2000® Index (Ticker: “RTY”) (each, an “Underlying” and together, the “Underlyings”)
Upside Gearing: 1.37-1.42, to be determined on the Trade Date.
Trigger Amount: -25%
Payment at Maturity
(per $10 Note):

You will receive a cash payment on the Maturity Date calculated as follows:

 

If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is greater than zero:

 

$10 + ($10 × Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying × Upside Gearing)

 

If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is equal to or less than zero but greater than or equal to the Trigger Amount:

 

$10

 

If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is less than the Trigger Amount:

 

$10 + ($10 × Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying)

 

In this case, you will have a loss of principal that is proportionate to the negative Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying, and you will lose some or all of your principal amount.

 

Least Performing
Underlying:
The Underlying with the lowest Underlying Return.

Underlying Return: 

For each Underlying, Final Level – Initial Level 

Initial Level

Downside Threshold: For each Underlying, 75.00% of its Initial Level
Initial Level: For each Underlying, its Closing Level on the Trade Date.
Final Level: For each Underlying, its Closing Level on the Final Valuation Date.
Calculation Agent: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
CUSIP/ISIN: 136071CZ8 / US136071CZ86

 

INVESTING IN THE NOTES INVOLVES SIGNIFICANT RISKS. YOU MAY LOSE SOME OR ALL OF YOUR PRINCIPAL AMOUNT AT MATURITY. ANY PAYMENT ON THE NOTES, INCLUDING ANY REPAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL, IS SUBJECT TO THE CREDITWORTHINESS OF CIBC. IF CIBC WERE TO DEFAULT ON ITS PAYMENT OBLIGATIONS, YOU MAY NOT RECEIVE ANY AMOUNTS OWED TO YOU UNDER THE NOTES AND YOU COULD LOSE YOUR ENTIRE INVESTMENT.

 

 

1 Expected. In the event CIBC makes any changes to the expected Trade Date and Settlement Date, the Final Valuation Date and the Maturity Date will be changed so that the stated term of the Notes remains the same. The Final Valuation Date and the Maturity Date are subject to postponement in the event of a Market Disruption Event or non-trading day, as described under “Certain Terms of the Notes—Valuation Dates—For Notes Where the Reference Asset Consists of Multiple Indices” and “—Interest Payment Dates, Coupon Payment Dates, Call Payment Dates and Maturity Date” in the accompanying underlying supplement.

 

PS-4

 

 

Investment Timeline

 

 

 

The Initial Level and the Downside Threshold of each Underlying are determined and the Upside Gearing is set.

 

 

 

 

The Final Level and the Underlying Return of each Underlying are determined on the Final Valuation Date.

 

If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is greater than zero, CIBC will pay you a cash payment per Note equal to:

 

$10 + [$10 × (Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying × Upside Gearing)]

 

If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is equal to or less than zero but greater than or equal to the Trigger Amount, CIBC will pay you the $10 principal amount per Note.

 

If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is less than the Trigger Amount, CIBC will pay you a cash payment at maturity that will be less than the principal amount of $10 per Note, resulting in a loss of principal that is proportionate to the negative Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying, equal to:

 

$10 + ($10 × Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying).

 

In this case, you could lose up to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes.

 

PS-5

 

 

Key Risks

 

An investment in the Notes involves significant risks. Some of the risks that apply to the Notes are summarized here. However, CIBC urges you to read the more detailed explanation of risks relating to the Notes in the “Risk Factors” section of the accompanying underlying supplement and the accompanying prospectus supplement. CIBC also urges you to consult your investment, legal, tax, accounting and other advisors before you invest in the Notes.

 

Structure Risks

 

¨Risk of Loss at Maturity – The Notes differ from ordinary debt securities in that CIBC will not necessarily pay the full principal amount of the Notes at maturity. The return on the Notes at maturity is linked to the performance of the Least Performing Underlying and will depend on whether, and to the extent which, the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is positive or negative and if the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is negative, whether such Underlying Return is below the Trigger Amount. If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is below the Trigger Amount, CIBC will pay you less than the principal amount at maturity, resulting in a loss of principal equal to the negative Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying. Accordingly, you could lose up to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes.

 

¨The Contingent Repayment of Principal Applies Only if You Hold the Notes to Maturity – You should be willing to hold your Notes to maturity. If you are able to sell your Notes prior to maturity in the secondary market, you may have to sell them at a loss even if the level of each Underlying is above its Downside Threshold.

 

¨The Upside Gearing Applies Only if You Hold the Notes to Maturity – You should be willing to hold your Notes to maturity. If you are able to sell your Notes prior to maturity in the secondary market, the price you receive will likely not reflect the full economic value of the Upside Gearing or the Notes themselves, and the return you realize may be less than the Upside Gearing times the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying, even if that return is positive. You can receive the full benefit of the Upside Gearing only if you hold your Notes to maturity.

 

¨No Interest Payments – CIBC will not make any interest payments with respect to the Notes.

 

¨Because the Notes Are Linked to the Performance of More Than One Underlying, There Is a Greater Risk of You Sustaining a Significant Loss on Your Investment — The risk that you will lose some or all of your initial investment in the Notes at maturity is greater if you invest in the Notes as opposed to substantially similar notes that are linked to the performance of only one Underlying. With multiple Underlyings, it is more likely that the Closing Level of at least one Underlying will be less than its Downside Threshold on the Final Valuation Date. Therefore, it is more likely that you will suffer a significant loss on your investment at maturity.

 

In addition, movements in the levels of the Underlyings may be correlated or uncorrelated at different times during the term of the Notes, and such correlation (or lack thereof) could have an adverse effect on your return on the Notes. The correlation of a pair of Underlyings represents a statistical measurement of the degree to which the ratios of the returns of those Underlyings were similar to each other over a given period of time. The correlation between a pair of Underlyings is scaled from 1.0 to -1.0, with 1.0 indicating perfect positive correlation (i.e., the levels of two Underlyings are increasing together or decreasing together and the ratio of their daily returns has been constant), 0 indicating no correlation (i.e., there is no statistical relationship between the daily returns of that pair of Underlyings) and -1.0 indicating perfect negative correlation (i.e., as the level of one Underlying increases, the level of the other Underlying decreases and the ratio of their daily returns has been constant).

The lower (or more negative) the correlation among the Underlyings, the less likely it is that those Underlyings will move in the same direction and, therefore, the greater the potential for one of those Underlyings to close below its Downside Threshold on the Final Valuation Date. This is because the less positively correlated the Underlyings are, the greater the likelihood that at least one of the Underlyings will decrease in value. This results in a greater potential for a loss of principal at maturity. However, even if the Underlyings have a higher positive correlation, one or more of those Underlyings might close below its Downside Threshold on the Final Valuation Date, as the Underlyings may decrease in value together.

 

CIBC determines the Upside Gearing for the Notes based, in part, on the correlation among the Underlyings, calculated using internal models at the time the terms of the Notes are set. As discussed above, increased risk resulting from lower correlation will be reflected in a higher Upside Gearing than would be for notes that have a higher degree of correlation.

 

¨Your Return Will Be Based on the Individual Return of Each Underlying — Unlike notes linked to a basket of underlyings, the Notes will be linked to the individual performance of each Underlying. Because the Notes are not linked to a basket, in which case the risk is mitigated and diversified among all of the components of a basket, you will be exposed to the risk of fluctuations in the levels of the Underlyings to the same degree for each Underlying. The amount payable on the Notes, if any, depends on the performance of the Least Performing Underlying regardless of the performance of any other Underlying. You will bear the risk that any of the Underlyings will perform poorly.

 

Underlying Risks

 

¨

The Notes Are Subject to Small-Capitalization Risk — The RTY tracks companies that may be considered small-capitalization companies. These companies often have greater stock price volatility, lower trading volume and less liquidity than large-capitalization companies and therefore, the relevant index level may be more volatile than an investment in stocks issued by larger companies. Stock prices of small-capitalization companies may also be more vulnerable than those of larger companies to adverse business and economic developments, and the stocks of small-capitalization companies may be thinly traded, making it difficult for the RTY to track them. In addition, small-capitalization companies are often less stable financially than large-capitalization companies and may depend on a small number of key personnel, making them more vulnerable to loss of personnel. Small-capitalization companies are often subject to less analyst coverage and may be in early, and less predictable, periods of their corporate existences. These companies tend 

 

PS-6

 

 

 to have smaller revenues, less diverse product lines, smaller shares of their product or service markets, fewer financial resources and competitive strengths than large-capitalization companies, and are more susceptible to adverse developments related to their products. All these factors may adversely affect the level of the RTY and consequently, the return on the Notes.

 

¨Owning the Notes Is Not the Same as Owning the Stocks Included in an Underlying — The return on your Notes may not reflect the return you would realize if you actually owned the stocks included in an Underlying. As a holder of the Notes, you will not have voting rights or rights to receive dividends or other distributions or other rights that holders of the stocks included in any Underlying would have. Furthermore, an Underlying and the stocks included in an Underlying may appreciate substantially during the term of your Notes, and you will not participate in such appreciation.

 

¨Changes Affecting an Underlying May Adversely Affect the Level of that Underlying — The policies of an Underlying’s sponsor concerning additions, deletions and substitutions of the stocks included in that Underlying and the manner in which the Underlying’s sponsor takes account of certain changes affecting those stocks included in that Underlying may adversely affect the level of that Underlying. The policies of an Underlying’s sponsor with respect to the calculation of that Underlying could also adversely affect the level of that Underlying. An Underlying’s sponsor may discontinue or suspend calculation or dissemination of that Underlying. Any such actions could have an adverse effect on the level of an Underlying and consequently, the value of the Notes.

 

Conflicts of Interest

 

¨Certain Business, Trading and Hedging Activities of Us, UBS, and Our Respective Affiliates May Create Conflicts With Your Interests and Could Potentially Adversely Affect the Value of the Notes — We, UBS, and our respective affiliates may engage in trading and other business activities related to an Underlying or any securities included in an Underlying that are not for your account or on your behalf. We, UBS, and our respective affiliates also may issue or underwrite other financial instruments with returns based upon an Underlying. These activities may present a conflict of interest between your interest in the Notes and the interests that we, UBS, and our respective affiliates may have in our or their proprietary accounts, in facilitating transactions, including block trades, for our or their other customers, and in accounts under our or their management. In addition, we, UBS, and our respective affiliates may publish research, express opinions or provide recommendations that are inconsistent with investing in or holding the Notes, and which may be revised at any time. Any such research, opinions or recommendations could adversely affect the level of an Underlying, and therefore, the market value of the Notes. These trading and other business activities, if they affect the level of an Underlying or secondary trading in your Notes, could be adverse to your interests as a beneficial owner of the Notes.

 

Moreover, we, UBS, and our respective affiliates play a variety of roles in connection with the issuance of the Notes, including hedging our obligations under the Notes and making the assumptions and inputs used to determine the pricing of the Notes and the initial estimated value of the Notes when the terms of the Notes are set. We expect to hedge our obligations under the Notes through CIBCWM, UBS, one of our or its affiliates, and/or another unaffiliated counterparty, which may include any dealer from which you purchase the Notes. Any of these hedging activities may adversely affect the level of an Underlying and therefore the market value of the Notes and the amount you will receive, if any, on the Notes. In connection with such activities, the economic interests of us, UBS, and our respective affiliates may be adverse to your interests as an investor in the Notes. Any of these activities may adversely affect the value of the Notes. In addition, because hedging our obligations entails risk and may be influenced by market forces beyond our control, this hedging activity may result in a profit that is more or less than expected, or it may result in a loss. We, UBS, one or more of our respective affiliates or any unaffiliated counterparty will retain any profits realized in hedging our obligations under the Notes even if investors do not receive a favorable investment return under the terms of the Notes or in any secondary market transaction. Any profit in connection with such hedging activities will be in addition to any other compensation that we, UBS, our respective affiliates or any unaffiliated counterparty receive for the sale of the Notes, which creates an additional incentive to sell the Notes to you. We, UBS, our respective affiliates or any unaffiliated counterparty will have no obligation to take, refrain from taking or cease taking any action with respect to these transactions based on the potential effect on an investor in the Notes.

 

¨There Are Potential Conflicts of Interest Between You and the Calculation Agent — The calculation agent will determine, among other things, the amount of payments on the Notes. The calculation agent will exercise its judgment when performing its functions. For example, the calculation agent will determine whether a Market Disruption Event affecting an Underlying has occurred, and determine the Closing Level of that Underlying if the scheduled Final Valuation Date is postponed to the last possible day with respect to an Underlying. See “Certain Terms of the Notes—Valuation Dates—For Notes Where the Reference Asset Consists of Multiple Indices” in the underlying supplement. This determination may, in turn, depend on the calculation agent’s judgment as to whether the event has materially interfered with our ability or the ability of one of our affiliates to unwind our hedge positions. The calculation agent will be required to carry out its duties in good faith and use its reasonable judgment. However, because we will be the calculation agent, potential conflicts of interest could arise. None of us, CIBCWM or any of our other affiliates will have any obligation to consider your interests as a holder of the Notes in taking any action that might affect the value of your Notes.

 

Tax Risks

 

¨The Tax Treatment of the Notes Is Uncertain. Significant aspects of the tax treatment of the Notes are uncertain. You should consult your tax advisor about your own tax situation. See “United States Federal Income Tax Considerations” and “Certain Canadian Federal Income Tax Considerations” in this pricing supplement, “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences” in the underlying supplement and “Material Income Tax Consequences—Canadian Taxation” in the prospectus.

 

PS-7

 

 

 

General Risks

 

¨Payments on the Notes Are Subject to Our Credit Risk, and Actual or Perceived Changes in Our Creditworthiness Are Expected to Affect the Value of the Notes — The Notes are our senior unsecured debt obligations and are not, either directly or indirectly, an obligation of any third party. As further described in the accompanying prospectus and prospectus supplement, the Notes will rank on par with all of our other unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations, except such obligations as may be preferred by operation of law. All payments to be made on the Notes depend on our ability to satisfy our obligations as they come due. As a result, the actual and perceived creditworthiness of us may affect the market value of the Notes and, in the event we were to default on our obligations, you may not receive the amounts owed to you under the terms of the Notes. If we default on our obligations under the Notes, your investment would be at risk and you could lose some or all of your investment. See “Description of Senior Debt Securities—Events of Default” in the accompanying prospectus.
¨The Notes Will Be Subject to Risks Under Canadian Bank Resolution Powers — Under Canadian bank resolution powers, the CDIC may, in circumstances where the Bank has ceased, or is about to cease, to be viable, assume temporary control or ownership of the Bank and may be granted broad powers by one or more orders of the Governor in Council (Canada), each of which we refer to as an “Order,” including the power to sell or dispose of all or a part of the assets of the Bank, and the power to carry out or cause the Bank to carry out a transaction or a series of transactions the purpose of which is to restructure the business of the Bank. If the CDIC were to take action under the Canadian bank resolution powers with respect to the Bank, this could result in holders or beneficial owners of the Notes being exposed to losses.
¨The Bank’s Initial Estimated Value of the Notes Will Be Lower Than the Initial Issue Price (Price to Public) of the Notes — The initial issue price of the Notes will exceed the Bank’s initial estimated value because costs associated with selling and structuring the Notes, as well as hedging the Notes, are included in the initial issue price of the Notes. See “The Bank’s Estimated Value of the Notes” on the last page of this pricing supplement.
¨The Bank’s Initial Estimated Value Does Not Represent Future Values of the Notes and May Differ From Others’ Estimates — The Bank’s initial estimated value of the Notes is only an estimate, which will be determined by reference to the Bank’s internal pricing models when the terms of the Notes are set. This estimated value will be based on market conditions and other relevant factors existing at that time, the Bank’s internal funding rate on the Trade Date and the Bank’s assumptions about market parameters, which can include volatility, dividend rates, interest rates and other factors. Different pricing models and assumptions could provide valuations for the Notes that are greater or less than the Bank’s initial estimated value. In addition, market conditions and other relevant factors in the future may change, and any assumptions may prove to be incorrect. On future dates, the market value of the Notes could change significantly based on, among other things, changes in market conditions, including the levels of the Underlyings, the Bank’s creditworthiness, interest rate movements and other relevant factors, which may impact the price at which CIBCWM or any other party would be willing to buy the Notes from you in any secondary market transactions. The Bank’s initial estimated value does not represent a minimum price at which CIBCWM or any other party would be willing to buy the Notes in any secondary market (if any exists) at any time. See “The Bank’s Estimated Value of the Notes” on the last page of this pricing supplement.
¨The Bank’s Initial Estimated Value of the Notes Will Not Be Determined by Reference to Credit Spreads for Our Conventional Fixed-Rate Debt — The internal funding rate to be used in the determination of the Bank’s initial estimated value of the Notes generally represents a discount from the credit spreads for our conventional fixed-rate debt. The discount is based on, among other things, our view of the funding value of the Notes as well as the higher issuance, operational and ongoing liability management costs of the Notes in comparison to those costs for our conventional fixed-rate debt. If the Bank were to use the interest rate implied by our conventional fixed-rate debt, we would expect the economic terms of the Notes to be more favorable to you. Consequently, our use of an internal funding rate for market-linked Notes would have an adverse effect on the economic terms of the Notes, the initial estimated value of the Notes on the Trade Date, and any secondary market prices of the Notes. See “The Bank’s Estimated Value of the Notes” on the last page of this pricing supplement.
¨If CIBCWM Were to Repurchase Your Notes After the Settlement Date, the Price May Be Higher Than the Then-Current Estimated Value of the Notes for a Limited Time Period — While CIBCWM may make markets in the Notes, it is under no obligation to do so and may discontinue any market-making activities at any time without notice. The price that it makes available from time to time after the Settlement Date at which it would be willing to repurchase the Notes will generally reflect its estimate of their value. That estimated value will be based upon a variety of factors, including then prevailing market conditions, our creditworthiness and transaction costs. However, for a period of approximately 12 months after the Trade Date, the price at which CIBCWM may repurchase the Notes is expected to be higher than their estimated value at that time. This is because, at the beginning of this period, that price will not include certain costs that were included in the initial issue price, particularly our hedging costs and profits. As the period continues, these costs are expected to be gradually included in the price that CIBCWM would be willing to pay, and the difference between that price and CIBCWM’s estimate of the value of the Notes will decrease over time until the end of this period. After this period, if CIBCWM continues to make a market in the Notes, the prices that it would pay for them are expected to reflect its estimated value, as well as customary bid-ask spreads for similar trades. In addition, the value of the Notes shown on your account statement may not be identical to the price at which CIBCWM would be willing to purchase the Notes at that time, and could be lower than CIBCWM’s price.
¨Economic and Market Factors May Adversely Affect the Terms and Market Price of the Notes Prior to Maturity — Because structured notes, including the Notes, can be thought of as having a debt and derivative component, factors that influence the values of debt instruments and options and other derivatives will also affect the terms and features of the Notes at issuance and the market price of the Notes prior to maturity. These factors include the levels of the Underlyings; the volatility of the Underlyings; the dividend rate paid on stocks included in an Underlying; the time remaining to the maturity of the Notes; interest rates in the markets in general; geopolitical conditions and economic, financial, political, regulatory, judicial or other events; and the creditworthiness of CIBC. These and other factors are unpredictable and interrelated and may offset or magnify each other.

PS-8

 

 

¨The Notes Will Not Be Listed on Any Securities Exchange and We Do Not Expect a Trading Market for the Notes to Develop — The Notes will not be listed on any securities exchange. Although CIBCWM and/or its affiliates intend to purchase the Notes from holders, they are not obligated to do so and are not required to make a market for the Notes. There can be no assurance that a secondary market will develop for the Notes. Because we do not expect that any market makers will participate in a secondary market for the Notes, the price at which you may be able to sell your Notes is likely to depend on the price, if any, at which CIBCWM and/or its affiliates are willing to buy your Notes.

If a secondary market does exist, it may be limited. Accordingly, there may be a limited number of buyers if you decide to sell your Notes prior to maturity. This may affect the price you receive upon such sale. Consequently, you should be willing to hold the Notes to maturity.

 

PS-9

 

 

Hypothetical Scenario Analysis and Examples

 

The scenario analysis and examples below are hypothetical and provided for illustrative purposes only. They do not purport to be representative of every possible scenario concerning increases or decreases in the level of any Underlying relative to its Initial Level. The hypothetical terms used below are not the actual terms. The actual terms will be set on the Trade Date and will be indicated on the cover of the applicable pricing supplement. We cannot predict the Final Level of any Underlying. You should not take the scenario analysis and these examples as an indication or assurance of the expected performance of any Underlying. The numbers appearing in the examples below may have been rounded for ease of analysis. The following scenario analysis and examples illustrate the Payment at Maturity per $10.00 Note on a hypothetical offering of the Notes, based on the following assumptions:

 

Investment Term: Approximately 5 years
   
Hypothetical Upside Gearing: 1.37
   
Trigger Amount: -25%
   
Hypothetical Initial Level of the Least Performing Underlying: 1,000.00
   
Hypothetical Downside Threshold of the Least Performing Underlying: 750.00% (75.00% of its hypothetical Initial Level)

 

Example 1The level of the Least Performing Underlying increases from an Initial Level of 1,000.00 to a Final Level of 1,100.00.

 

Because the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is 10.00%, which is greater than zero, the Payment at Maturity for each $10 principal amount of Notes is equal to:

 

$10.00 + [$10.00 × (10.00% × 1.37)]

 

Payment at Maturity =$11.370

 

Example 1 shows that the Notes provide a leveraged return if the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is positive.

 

Example 2The level of the Least Performing Underlying decreases from an Initial Level of 1,000.00 to a Final Level of 800.00.

 

Payment at Maturity = $10

 

Because the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is -20.00%, which is equal to or less than zero but greater than or equal to the Trigger Amount, the Payment at Maturity is equal to the $10.00 principal amount per Note (a return of 0%).

 

Example 3The level of the Least Performing Underlying decreases from an Initial Level of 1,000.00 to a Final Level of 500.00.

 

Payment at Maturity = $10 + ($10 × -50.00%) = $5.000

 

Because the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is -50.00%, which is less than the Trigger Amount, the Notes will be fully exposed to any decline in the level of the Least Performing Underlying on the Final Valuation Date. In this case, you would incur a loss of 50.00% of the principal amount.

 

Example 3 shows that you are exposed on a 1-to-1 basis to any decrease in the level of the Least Performing Underlying. If the Underlying Return of the Least Performing Underlying is less than the Trigger Amount, you will lose some or all of your principal amount at maturity.

 

PS-10

 

 

Scenario Analysis – Hypothetical Payment at Maturity for each $10.00 principal amount of the Notes.

 

Hypothetical Final Level of the
Least Performing Underlying

Hypothetical Underlying Return of
the Least Performing Underlying *

Payment at
Maturity

Return on Notes at
Maturity**

2,000.00 100.00% $23.700 137.00%
1,750.00 75.00% $20.275 102.75%
1,500.00 50.00% $16.850 68.50%
1,250.00 25.00% $13.425 34.25%
1,100.00 10.00% $11.370 13.70%
1,050.00 5.00% $10.685 6.85%
1,010.00 1.00% $10.137 1.37%
1,000.00 0.00% $10.000 0.00%
900.00 -10.00% $10.000 0.00%
800.00 -20.00% $10.000 0.00%
750.00 -25.00% $10.000 0.00%
740.00 -26.00% $7.400 -26.00%
500.00 -50.00% $5.000 -50.00%
250.00 -75.00% $2.500 -75.00%
0.00 -100.00% $0.000 -100.00%

 

* The Underlying Return excludes cash dividend payments on the stocks included in the Least Performing Underlying.

 

** This “Return on Notes” is the number, expressed as a percentage, that results from comparing the Payment at Maturity per $10 principal amount of the Notes to the purchase price of $10 per Note.

 

PS-11

 

 

Information About the Underlyings

 

The S&P 500® Index

 

The S&P 500® Index (Bloomberg ticker: “SPX <Index>”) is calculated, maintained and published by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. The SPX includes 500 leading companies and covers approximately 80% of market capitalization of the U.S. equity markets. See “Index Descriptions—The S&P U.S. Indices” beginning on page S-45 of the accompanying underlying supplement for additional information about the SPX.

 

In addition, information about the SPX may be obtained from other sources including, but not limited to, the index sponsor’s website (including information regarding the SPX’s sector weightings). We are not incorporating by reference into this pricing supplement the website or any material it includes. None of us, UBS or any of our respective affiliates makes any representation that such publicly available information regarding the SPX is accurate or complete.

 

Historical Performance of the SPX

 

The graph below illustrates the performance of the SPX from January 1, 2016 to November 30, 2021, based on the daily Closing Levels as reported by Bloomberg L.P. (“Bloomberg”), without independent verification. We have not conducted any independent review or due diligence of the publicly available information from Bloomberg. On November 30, 2021, the Closing Level of the SPX was 4,567.00 (the “Hypothetical Initial Level”). The blue line indicates a hypothetical Downside Threshold of 3,425.25, which is equal to 75.00% of the Hypothetical Initial Level. The historical performance of the SPX should not be taken as an indication of its future performance, and no assurances can be given as to the level of the SPX at any time during the term of the Notes, including the Final Valuation Date. We cannot give you assurance that the performance of the SPX will result in the return of any of your investment.

 

Historical Performance of the S&P 500® Index

 

 

Source: Bloomberg

 

PS-12

 

 

The Russell 2000® Index

 

The Russell 2000® Index (Bloomberg ticker: “RTY <Index>”) is calculated, maintained and published by FTSE Russell. The RTY is designed to track the performance of the small capitalization segment of the U.S. equity market. The RTY is a subset of the Russell 3000® Index and represents approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. The RTY includes approximately 2,000 of the smallest securities in the U.S. equity market. See “Index Descriptions—The Russell Indices” beginning on page S-31 of the accompanying underlying supplement for additional information about the RTY.

 

In addition, information about the RTY may be obtained from other sources including, but not limited to, the index sponsor’s website (including information regarding the RTY’s sector weightings). We are not incorporating by reference into this pricing supplement the website or any material it includes. None of us, UBS or any of our respective affiliates makes any representation that such publicly available information regarding the RTY is accurate or complete.

 

Historical Performance of the RTY

 

The graph below illustrates the performance of the RTY from January 1, 2016 to November 30, 2021, based on the daily Closing Levels as reported by Bloomberg, without independent verification. We have not conducted any independent review or due diligence of the publicly available information from Bloomberg. On November 30, 2021, the Closing Level of the RTY was 2,198.908 (the “Hypothetical Initial Level”). The blue line indicates a hypothetical Downside Threshold of 1,649.181, which is equal to 75.00% of the Hypothetical Initial Level. The historical performance of the RTY should not be taken as an indication of its future performance, and no assurances can be given as to the level of the RTY at any time during the term of the Notes, including the Final Valuation Date. We cannot give you assurance that the performance of the RTY will result in the return of any of your investment.

 

Historical Performance of the Russell 2000® Index

 

 

Source: Bloomberg

 

PS-13

 

 

Correlation of the Underlyings

 

The graph below illustrates the daily performance of the Underlyings from January 1, 2016 through November 30, 2021. For comparison purposes, each Underlying has been normalized to have a Closing Level of 100.00 on January 1, 2016 by dividing the Closing Level of that Underlying on each Trading Day by the Closing Level of that Underlying on January 1, 2016 and multiplying by 100.00. We obtained the Closing Levels used to determine the normalized Closing Levels set forth below from Bloomberg, without independent verification.

 

The closer the relationship of the daily returns of the Underlyings over a given period, the more positively correlated those Underlyings are. The lower (or more negative) the correlation of the Underlyings, the less likely it is that those Underlyings will move in the same direction and therefore, the greater the potential for the Final Level of one of those Underlyings to be less than its Downside Threshold on the Final Valuation Date. This is because the less positively correlated the Underlyings are, the greater the likelihood that at least one of the Underlyings will decrease in value. However, even if the Underlyings have a higher positive correlation, the Final Level of one or more of the Underlyings might be less than its Downside Threshold on the Final Valuation Date, as the Underlyings may decrease in value together. Although the correlation of the Underlyings’ performance may change over the term of the Notes, the correlations referenced in setting the terms of the Notes are calculated using CIBC’ internal models at the time when the terms of the Notes are set and are not derived from the daily returns of the Underlyings over the period set forth below. A higher Interest Rate is generally associated with lower correlation of the Underlyings, which reflects a greater potential for a loss on your investment at maturity. See “Key Risks — Structure Risks — Because the Notes Are Linked to the Performance of More Than One Underlying, There Is a Greater Risk of You Sustaining a Significant Loss on Your Investment,” and “— Your Return Will Be Based on the Individual Return of Each Underlying” herein.

 

Past performance of the Underlyings is not indicative of the future performance of the Underlyings.

 

Historical Performance of the S&P 500® Index and the Russell 2000® Index

 

 

PS-14

 

 

United States Federal Income Tax Considerations

 

The following discussion is a brief summary of the material U.S. federal income tax considerations relating to an investment in the Notes. The following summary is not complete and is both qualified and supplemented by (although to the extent inconsistent supersedes) the discussion entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences” in the underlying supplement, which you should carefully review prior to investing in the Notes. Except with respect to the section below under “Non-U.S. Holders,” it applies only to those U.S. Holders who are not excluded from the discussion of United States Taxation in the accompanying prospectus.

 

The U.S. federal income tax considerations of your investment in the Notes are uncertain. No statutory, judicial or administrative authority directly discusses how the Notes should be treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes. In the opinion of our tax counsel, Mayer Brown LLP, it would generally be reasonable to treat the Notes as prepaid derivative contracts. Pursuant to the terms of the Notes, you agree to treat the Notes in this manner for all U.S. federal income tax purposes. If this treatment is respected, you should generally recognize capital gain or loss upon the sale, exchange, redemption or payment upon maturity in an amount equal to the difference between the amount you receive in such transaction and the amount that you paid for your Notes. Such gain or loss should generally be treated as long-term capital gain or loss if you have held your Notes for more than one year.

 

The expected characterization of the Notes is not binding on the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) or the courts. It is possible that the IRS would seek to characterize the Notes in a manner that results in tax consequences to you that are different from those described above or in the accompanying underlying supplement. Such alternate treatment could include a requirement that a holder accrue ordinary income over the life of the Notes or treat all gain or loss at maturity as ordinary gain or loss. For a more detailed discussion of certain alternative characterizations with respect to the Notes and certain other considerations with respect to an investment in the Notes, you should consider the discussion set forth in “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences” of the underlying supplement. We are not responsible for any adverse consequences that you may experience as a result of any alternative characterization of the Notes for U.S. federal income tax or other tax purposes.

 

Non U.S.-Holders. A “dividend equivalent” payment is treated as a dividend from sources within the United States and such payments generally would be subject to a 30% U.S. withholding tax if paid to a Non-U.S. Holder. Under Treasury regulations, payments (including deemed payments) with respect to equity-linked instruments (“ELIs”) that are “specified ELIs” may be treated as dividend equivalents if such specified ELIs reference an interest in an “underlying security,” which is generally any interest in an entity taxable as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes if a payment with respect to such interest could give rise to a U.S. source dividend. However, Internal Revenue Service guidance provides that withholding on dividend equivalent payments will not apply to specified ELIs that are not delta-one instruments and that are issued before January 1, 2023. We expect that the delta of the Notes will not be one, and therefore, we expect that Non-U.S. Holder should not be subject to withholding on dividend equivalent payments, if any, under the Notes. However, it is possible that the Notes could be treated as deemed reissued for U.S. federal income tax purposes upon the occurrence of certain events affecting the Underlyings or the Notes, and following such occurrence the Notes could be treated as subject to withholding on dividend equivalent payments. Non-U.S. Holders that enter, or have entered, into other transactions in respect of any Underlying or the Notes should consult their tax advisors as to the application of the dividend equivalent withholding tax in the context of the Notes and their other transactions. If any payments are treated as dividend equivalents subject to withholding, we (or the applicable paying agent) would be entitled to withhold taxes without being required to pay any additional amounts with respect to amounts so withheld.

 

Please see the discussion under the section entitled “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Consequences” in the underlying supplement for a further discussion of the U.S. federal income tax consequences of an investment in the Notes. You should consult your tax advisor as to the tax consequences of such characterization and any possible alternative characterizations of the Notes for U.S. federal income tax purposes. You should also consult your tax advisor concerning the U.S. federal income tax and other tax consequences of your investment in the Notes in your particular circumstances, including the application of state, local or other tax laws and the possible effects of changes in federal or other tax laws.

 

PS-15

 

 

Certain Canadian Federal Income Tax Considerations

 

In the opinion of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, our Canadian tax counsel, the following summary describes the principal Canadian federal income tax considerations under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and the regulations thereto (the “Canadian Tax Act”) generally applicable at the date hereof to a purchaser who acquires beneficial ownership of a note pursuant to this pricing supplement and who for the purposes of the Canadian Tax Act and at all relevant times: (a) is neither resident nor deemed to be resident in Canada; (b) deals at arm’s length with CIBC and any transferee resident (or deemed to be resident) in Canada to whom the purchaser disposes of the note; (c) does not use or hold and is not deemed to use or hold the note in, or in the course of, carrying on a business in Canada; (d) is entitled to receive all payments (including any interest and principal) made on the note; and (e) is not a, and deals at arm’s length with any, “specified shareholder” of CIBC for purposes of the thin capitalization rules in the Canadian Tax Act (a “Non-Resident Holder”). A “specified shareholder” for these purposes generally includes a person who (either alone or together with persons with whom that person is not dealing at arm’s length for the purposes of the Canadian Tax Act) owns or has the right to acquire or control or is otherwise deemed to own 25% or more of CIBC’s shares determined on a votes or fair market value basis. Special rules which apply to non-resident insurers carrying on business in Canada and elsewhere are not discussed in this summary.

 

This summary is supplemental to and should be read together with the description of material Canadian federal income tax considerations relevant to a Non-Resident Holder owning Notes under “Material Income Tax Consequences—Canadian Taxation” in the accompanying prospectus and a Non-Resident Holder should carefully read that description as well.

 

This summary is of a general nature only and is not intended to be, nor should it be construed to be, legal or tax advice to any particular Non-Resident Holder. Non-Resident Holders are advised to consult with their own tax advisors with respect to their particular circumstances.

 

Based on Canadian tax counsel’s understanding of the Canada Revenue Agency’s administrative policies, and having regard to the terms of the Notes, interest payable on the Notes should not be considered to be “participating debt interest” as defined in the Canadian Tax Act and accordingly, a Non-Resident Holder should not be subject to Canadian non-resident withholding tax in respect of amounts paid or credited or deemed to have been paid or credited by CIBC on a note as, on account of or in lieu of payment of, or in satisfaction of, interest.

 

Non-Resident Holders should consult their own advisors regarding the consequences to them of a disposition of Notes to a person with whom they are not dealing at arm’s length for purposes of the Canadian Tax Act.

 

PS-16

 

 

Supplemental Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest)
 

Pursuant to the terms of a distribution agreement, CIBCWM will purchase the Notes from CIBC for distribution to UBS (the “Agent”). CIBCWM will agree to sell to the Agent, and the Agent will agree to purchase, all of the Notes at the price to public less the underwriting discount set forth on the cover hereof. The Agent may allow a concession to its affiliates not in excess of the underwriting discount set forth on the cover hereof.

 

CIBCWM is our affiliate, and is deemed to have a conflict of interest under FINRA Rule 5121. In accordance with FINRA Rule 5121, CIBCWM may not make sales in this offering to any of its discretionary accounts without the prior written approval of the customer.

 

We expect to deliver the Notes against payment therefor in New York, New York on a date that is more than two business days following the Trade Date. Under Rule 15c6-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, trades in the secondary market generally are required to settle in two business days, unless the parties to any such trade expressly agree otherwise. Accordingly, purchasers who wish to trade the Notes on any date prior to two business days before delivery will be required to specify alternative settlement arrangements to prevent a failed settlement.

 

The Bank may use this pricing supplement in the initial sale of the Notes. In addition, CIBCWM or another of the Bank’s affiliates may use this pricing supplement in market-making transactions in any Notes after their initial sale. Unless CIBCWM or we inform you otherwise in the confirmation of sale, this pricing supplement is being used by CIBCWM in a market-making transaction.

 

While CIBCWM may make markets in the Notes, it is under no obligation to do so and may discontinue any market-making activities at any time without notice. See the section titled “Supplemental Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest)” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.

 

The price at which you purchase the Notes includes costs that the Bank or its affiliates expect to incur and profits that the Bank or its affiliates expect to realize in connection with hedging activities related to the Notes. These costs and profits will likely reduce the secondary market price, if any secondary market develops, for the Notes. As a result, you may experience an immediate and substantial decline in the market value of your Notes on the Settlement Date.

 

The Bank’s Estimated Value of the Notes

 

The Bank’s initial estimated value of the Notes set forth on the cover of this pricing supplement is equal to the sum of the values of the following hypothetical components: (1) a fixed-income debt component with the same maturity as the Notes, valued using our internal funding rate for structured debt described below, and (2) the derivative or derivatives underlying the economic terms of the Notes. The Bank’s initial estimated value does not represent a minimum price at which CIBCWM or any other person would be willing to buy your Notes in any secondary market (if any exists) at any time. The internal funding rate used in the determination of the Bank’s initial estimated value generally represents a discount from the credit spreads for our conventional fixed-rate debt. The discount is based on, among other things, our view of the funding value of the Notes as well as the higher issuance, operational and ongoing liability management costs of the Notes in comparison to those costs for our conventional fixed-rate debt. For additional information, see “Key Risks—The Bank’s Initial Estimated Value of the Notes Will Not Be Determined by Reference to Credit Spreads for Our Conventional Fixed-Rate Debt” in this pricing supplement. The value of the derivative or derivatives underlying the economic terms of the Notes is derived from the Bank’s or a third party hedge provider’s internal pricing models. These models are dependent on inputs such as the traded market prices of comparable derivative instruments and on various other inputs, some of which are market-observable, and which can include volatility, dividend rates, interest rates and other factors, as well as assumptions about future market events and/or environments. Accordingly, the Bank’s initial estimated value of the Notes will be determined when the terms of the Notes are set based on market conditions and other relevant factors and assumptions existing at that time. See “Key Risks—The Bank’s Initial Estimated Value Does Not Represent Future Values of the Notes and May Differ From Others’ Estimates” in this pricing supplement.

 

The Bank’s initial estimated value of the Notes will be lower than the initial issue price of the Notes because costs associated with selling, structuring and hedging the Notes are included in the initial issue price of the Notes. These costs include the selling commissions paid to CIBCWM and other affiliated or unaffiliated dealers, the projected profits that our hedge counterparties, which may include our affiliates, expect to realize for assuming risks inherent in hedging our obligations under the Notes and the estimated cost of hedging our obligations under the Notes. Because hedging our obligations entails risk and may be influenced by market forces beyond our control, this hedging may result in a profit that is more or less than expected, or it may result in a loss. We or one or more of our affiliates will retain any profits realized in hedging our obligations under the Notes. See “Key Risks—The Bank’s Initial Estimated Value of the Notes Will Be Lower Than the Initial Issue Price (Price to Public) of the Notes” in this pricing supplement.

 

PS-17

 



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