Press Release Details

Fairfax Completes $250 Million Re-Opening of 5.84% Senior Notes Due 2022


TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2013) -

(Note: All dollar amounts in this press release are expressed in Canadian dollars.)

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX:FFH)(TSX:FFH.U) has completed its previously announced offering of $250 million in aggregate principal amount of a re-opening of 5.84% Senior Notes due 2022 at a price of $103.854 per $100 principal amount, plus accrued interest, for an effective yield to maturity of 5.326%. The original issuance of the Senior Notes was completed in October 2012. An aggregate of $450 million of such Senior Notes remains outstanding after giving effect to this offering. Net proceeds of the issue, after commissions and expenses of the issue, are approximately $259 million.

The Senior Notes were offered through a syndicate of dealers led by BMO Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CIBC, RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, that included TD Securities, Citi Global Markets Canada, Cormark Securities, Canaccord Genuity, GMP Securities, HSBC Securities and National Bank Financial. The Senior Notes are unsecured obligations of Fairfax and pay a fixed rate of interest of 5.84% per annum. Fairfax intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to augment its cash position, to increase short term investments and marketable securities held at the holding company level, to retire outstanding debt and other corporate obligations from time to time, and for general corporate purposes.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States, and the securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933.

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

Contact Information:

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

John Varnell

Vice President, Corporate Development

(416) 367-4941

Media Contact

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Paul Rivett

Vice President, Operations

(416) 367-4941