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Fairfax India announces net earnings of $4.01 million in the first quarter of 2015 ($0.06 per basic share)


TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Apr. 30, 2015)-



(Note: All dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars, except as otherwise noted. The financial results are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards, except as otherwise noted.)

Fairfax India Holdings Corporation (TSX:FIH.U) announces net earnings of $4.01 million in the first
quarter of 2015 ($0.06 per basic share). Book value per basic share (which equals the Net Asset Value Per
Share used in calculating fees payable by Fairfax India) was $9.59 at March 31, 2015.

Highlights in the first quarter of 2015 included the following:

  • Fairfax India completed an initial public offering on January 30, 2015 and an over-allotment option on February 10, 2015 raising total net proceeds of $1.026 billion after issuance costs and expenses from its offerings.
  • Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited purchased all of the multiple voting shares of Fairfax India for $300 million, constituting a controlling interest.
  • Subsequent to its initial public offering, Fairfax India, pending identifying and completing longer term investments in Indian businesses, invested most of the net proceeds of the offerings in permitted investments. At March 31, 2015, Fairfax India held $40.4 million of cash and cash equivalents and permitted investments of $976.9 million.
  • At March 31, 2015, common shareholders' equity was $1,022.9 million.

There were 71,559,027 weighted average shares outstanding during the first quarter of 2015. At March 31, 2015 there were 76,678,879 subordinate voting shares outstanding in addition to 30,000,000 multiple voting shares outstanding for a total of 106,678,879 common shares effectively outstanding.

Fairfax India's detailed first quarter report can be accessed at its website

The Company is an investment holding company. Its investment objective is to achieve long-term capital appreciation, while preserving capital, by investing in public and private equity securities and debt instruments in India and Indian businesses or other businesses with customers, suppliers or business primarily conducted in, or dependent on, India. Generally, subject to compliance with applicable law, Indian investments will be made with a view to acquiring control or significant influence positions.

Contact Information:

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
John Varnell
Chief Financial Officer
(416) 367-4755

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements may relate to the Company’s future outlook and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding the financial position, business strategy, growth strategy, budgets, operations, financial results, taxes, dividends, plans and objectives of the Company. Particularly, statements regarding future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities of the Company or the Indian market are forwar statements. In some cases, forwar statements can be identified by the use of forwar terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate” or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might”, “will” or “will be taken”, “occur” or “be achieved”.

Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of the Company as of the date of this press release, and they are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following factors: taxation of the Company and its subsidiaries; substantial loss of capital; long-term nature of investment; limited number of investments; geographic concentration of investments; potential lack of diversification; financial market fluctuations; pace of completing investments; control or significant influence position risk; minority investments; ranking of Company investments and structural subordination; follow-on investments; prepayments of debt investments; risks upon dispositions of investments; bridge financings; reliance on key personnel; effect of fees; performance fee could induce Fairfax to make speculative investments; operating and financial risks of investments; allocation of personnel; potential conflicts of interest; employee misconduct at the portfolio advisor could harm the Company; valuation methodologies involve subjective judgments; lawsuits; foreign currency fluctuation; derivative risks; unknown merits and risks of future investments; resources could be wasted in researching investment opportunities that are not ultimately completed; investments may be made in foreign private businesses where information is unreliable or unavailable; illiquidity of investments; competitive market for investment opportunities; use of leverage; investing in leveraged businesses; regulation; investment and repatriation restrictions; aggregation restrictions; restrictions relating to debt securities; pricing guidelines; emerging markets; corporate disclosure, governance and regulatory requirements; legal and regulatory risks; volatility of the Indian securities markets; political, economic, social and other factors; governance issues risk; Indian tax law; changes in law; exposure to permanent establishment, etc.; enforcement of rights; smaller company risk; due diligence and conduct of potential investment entities; Asian economic risk; reliance on trading partners risk; natural disaster risks; government debt risk; and economic risk. Additional risks and uncertainties are described in the Company’s annual information form dated March 30, 2015 which is available on SEDAR at and on the Company’s website at These factors and assumptions are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors and assumptions that could affect the Company. These factors and assumptions, however, should be considered carefully.

Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward- looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements contained herein, except as required by applicable securities laws.