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Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited: Third Quarter Financial Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (Marketwired) — 11/02/17 — (Note: All dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars except as otherwise noted. The financial results are prepared using the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards except as otherwise noted, and are unaudited.)

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX: FFH) (TSX: FFH.U) announces net earnings of $476.9 million ($16.42 net earnings per diluted share after payment of preferred share dividends) in the third quarter of 2017 compared to net earnings of $1.3 million ($0.42 net loss per diluted share after payment of preferred share dividends) in the third quarter of 2016. Net earnings in the third quarter of 2017 were strong despite incurring significant losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria – $929.5 million pre-tax, $791.0 million after tax. Book value per basic share at September 30, 2017 was $415.48 compared to $367.40 at December 31, 2016 (an increase of 15.4% adjusted for the $10 per common share dividend paid in the first quarter of 2017).

“The third quarter of 2017 reminded us yet again that ours is a risk business. During the third quarter of 2017, the insurance industry experienced some of the largest catastrophe losses in its history as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and earthquakes in Mexico. Losses for the property and casualty insurance industry from these catastrophes are estimated to be perhaps $100 billion plus. Our companies– share of the losses amounted to $960 million, well within our expectation that in a year of extreme catastrophe losses, we expect to break even but will not suffer any significant loss of capital. Fortunately, the reduction of our shareholding in ICICI Lombard to about 10% resulted in cash and marketable shares of $1.4 billion and a net after tax gain of $930 million, and our strategic alliance with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company will on closing result in a net after tax gain of about $900 million,” said Prem Watsa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax. “Fairfax expects to have an excellent year in 2017 in spite of the catastrophe losses, with cash and marketable securities at record levels – and we are prepared if a hard market develops in 2018.”

The third quarter results include a net after tax gain of $930.1 million on the sale of about two-thirds of the company–s equity interest in ICICI Lombard and the adjustment to fair value of the company–s residual interest. The third quarter results do not include any gain on the sale of the company–s 97.7% equity interest in First Capital for $1.6 billion, the agreement for which sale was announced in August 2017, as completion of the sale, expected to occur in late 2017 or early 2018, is subject to applicable regulatory approvals. That sale would result in a net after tax gain of approximately $900 million (an increase in book value per basic share of approximately $33 on a pro forma basis).

The combined ratios of the company–s insurance and reinsurance operations that suffered losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (the “Hurricane Losses”) were as follows:

The table below shows the sources of the company–s net earnings, set out in a format which the company has consistently used as it believes it assists in understanding Fairfax:

Highlights in the third quarter of 2017 (with comparisons to the third quarter of 2016 except as otherwise noted) included the following:

There were 27.6 million and 23.2 million weighted average common shares effectively outstanding during the third quarters of 2017 and 2016 respectively. At September 30, 2017, there were 27,940,806 common shares effectively outstanding.

Unaudited consolidated balance sheet, earnings and comprehensive income information, along with segmented premium and combined ratio information, follow and form part of this news release. Fairfax–s detailed third quarter report can be accessed at its website .

As previously announced, Fairfax will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2017 results at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, November 3, 2017. The call, consisting of a presentation by the company followed by a question period, may be accessed at 1 (800) 857-9641 (Canada or U.S.) or 1 (517) 308-9408 (International) with the passcode “Fairfax”. A replay of the call will be available from shortly after the termination of the call until 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, November 17, 2017. The replay may be accessed at 1 (866) 443-6901 (Canada or U.S.) or 1 (203) 369-1120 (International).

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.

Certain statements contained herein may constitute forward-looking statements and are made pursuant to the “safe harbour” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Fairfax to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: a reduction in net earnings if our loss reserves are insufficient; underwriting losses on the risks we insure that are higher or lower than expected; the occurrence of catastrophic events with a frequency or severity exceeding our estimates; changes in market variables, including interest rates, foreign exchange rates, equity prices and credit spreads, which could negatively affect our investment portfolio; the cycles of the insurance market and general economic conditions, which can substantially influence our and our competitors– premium rates and capacity to write new business; insufficient reserves for asbestos, environmental and other latent claims; exposure to credit risk in the event our reinsurers fail to make payments to us under our reinsurance arrangements; exposure to credit risk in the event our insureds, insurance producers or reinsurance intermediaries fail to remit premiums that are owed to us or failure by our insureds to reimburse us for deductibles that are paid by us on their behalf; our inability to maintain our long term debt ratings, the inability of our subsidiaries to maintain financial or claims paying ability ratings and the impact of a downgrade of such ratings on derivative transactions that we or our subsidiaries have entered into; risks associated with implementing our business strategies; the timing of claims payments being sooner or the receipt of reinsurance recoverables being later than anticipated by us; risks associated with our use of derivative instruments;

the failure of our hedging methods to achieve their desired risk management objective; a decrease in the level of demand for insurance or reinsurance products, or increased competition in the insurance industry; the impact of emerging claim and coverage issues or the failure of any of the loss limitation methods we employ; our inability to access cash of our subsidiaries; our inability to obtain required levels of capital on favourable terms, if at all; the loss of key employees; our inability to obtain reinsurance coverage in sufficient amounts, at reasonable prices or on terms that adequately protect us; the passage of legislation subjecting our businesses to additional supervision or regulation, including additional tax regulation, in the United States, Canada or other jurisdictions in which we operate; risks associated with government investigations of, and litigation and negative publicity related to, insurance industry practice or any other conduct; risks associated with political and other developments in foreign jurisdictions in which we operate; risks associated with legal or regulatory proceedings or significant litigation; failures or security breaches of our computer and data processing systems; the influence exercisable by our significant shareholder; adverse fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; our dependence on independent brokers over whom we exercise little control; an impairment in the carrying value of our goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets; our failure to realize deferred income tax assets; technological or other change which adversely impacts demand, or the premiums payable, for the insurance coverages we offer; and assessments and shared market mechanisms which may adversely affect our U.S. insurance subsidiaries. Additional risks and uncertainties are described in our most recently issued Annual Report which is available at and in our Supplemental and Base Shelf Prospectus (under “Risk Factors”) filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada, which is available on SEDAR at . Fairfax disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.


as at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016

(unaudited – US$ millions)


for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016

(unaudited – US$ millions except per share amounts)


for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016

(unaudited – US$ millions)


(unaudited – US$ millions)

Net premiums written and net premiums earned by the insurance and reinsurance operations (excluding Runoff) in the third quarters and first nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 were:

Net Premiums Written

Net Premiums Earned

Combined ratios of the insurance and reinsurance operations (excluding Runoff) in the third quarters and first nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 were:

John Varnell
Vice President, Corporate Development
(416) 367-4941

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