TORONTO, Dec. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”) (TSX: FFH and FFH.U) announces that it has determined the fixed dividend rate on its Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series C (the “Series C Shares”) (TSX: FFH.PR.C) for the five years commencing January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2024. The fixed quarterly dividends on the Series C Shares during that period, if and when declared, will be paid at an annual rate of 4.709% (C$0.294313 per share per quarter).

Holders of Series C Shares have the right, at their option, exercisable not later than 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on December 16, 2019, to convert all or part of their Series C Shares, on a one-for-one basis, into Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series D (the “Series D Shares”) (TSX: FFH.PR.D), effective December 31, 2019. The quarterly floating rate dividends on the Series D Shares will be paid at an annual rate, calculated for each quarter, of 3.15% over the annual yield on three-month Government of Canada treasury bills. The actual quarterly dividend rate in respect of the December 31, 2019 to March 30, 2020 dividend period for the Series D Shares will be 1.19721% (4.80199% on an annualized basis) and the dividend for such dividend period, if and when declared, will be C$0.29930 per share, payable on March 30, 2020.

Holders of Series D Shares also have the right, at their option, exercisable not later than 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on December 16, 2019, to convert all or part of their Series D Shares, on a one-for-one basis, into Series C Shares, effective December 31, 2019. Holders of the Series D Shares who elect to convert their shares by the conversion deadline will receive Series C Shares effective December 31, 2019 and will be entitled to receive, if and when declared, the fixed-rate dividend as described above.

Holders of Series C Shares are not required to elect to convert all or any part of their Series C Shares into Series D Shares and holders of Series D Shares are not required to elect to convert all or any part of their Series D Shares into Series C Shares. Holders of the Series C Shares who do not elect to convert their shares by the conversion deadline will retain their Series C Shares and will receive the fixed-rate dividend as described above (subject to the automatic conversion features described below). Holders of the Series D Shares who do not elect to convert their shares by the conversion deadline will retain their Series D Shares and will receive the floating-rate dividend as described above (subject to the automatic conversion features described below).

As provided in the share conditions of the Series C Shares and the Series D Shares: (i) if Fairfax determines that there would be fewer than 1,000,000 Series C Shares outstanding after December 31, 2019, all remaining Series C Shares will be automatically converted into Series D Shares on a one-for-one basis effective December 31, 2019 and Fairfax will cause the return of all Series C Shares tendered for conversion into Series D Shares; and (ii) if Fairfax determines that there would be fewer than 1,000,000 Series D Shares outstanding after December 31, 2019, all remaining Series D Shares will be automatically converted into Series C Shares on a one-for-one basis effective December 31, 2019 and Fairfax will cause the return of all Series D Shares tendered for conversion into Series C Shares.

There are currently 6,016,384 Series C Shares and 3,983,616 Series D Shares outstanding. The Series C Shares and the Series D Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols “FFH.PR.C” and “FFH.PR.D”, respectively.

Fairfax also announces that it has declared the following quarterly dividends per share on its preferred shares:

Series of Preferred SharesDividend (C$)Payment DateRecord Date
Series C0.286125December 31, 2019December 13, 2019
Series D0.30171December 30, 2019
Series E0.18188December 31, 2019
Series F0.23933December 30, 2019
Series G0.207375December 31, 2019
Series H0.26453December 30, 2019
Series I0.23175December 31, 2019
Series J0.28281December 30, 2019
Series K0.291938December 31, 2019
Series M0.296875December 31, 2019
    

Applicable Canadian withholding tax will be applied to dividends payable to non-residents of Canada.

Fairfax has also determined the quarterly dividend rates in respect of the December 31, 2019 to March 30, 2020 dividend period for its floating rate preferred shares. The rates, together with the dividends per share payable for such period (if and when declared), are set forth below:

Series of Preferred SharesRate (%)Annualized Rate (%)Dividend (C$)
Series D1.197214.801990.29930
Series F0.950393.811990.23760
Series H1.050114.211990.26253
Series J1.122414.501990.28060
    

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

For further information contact: John Varnell, Vice President, Corporate Development
at (416) 367-4941