Fairfax India Holdings Corporation
TSX : FIH.U

Fairfax India Holdings Corporation

October 29, 2015 17:06 ET

Fairfax India Holdings Corporation: Third Quarter Financial Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2015) -

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(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 $18.3 million in the third quarter of 2015 ($0.17 net earnings per basic share) primarily due to unrealized gains on marketable securities. Book value per basic share decreased slightly to $9.36 at September 30, 2015 due primarily to unrealized foreign currency translation losses.

Highlights in the third quarter of 2015 included the following:

  • On July 13, 2015 the company announced an open offer to acquire up to approximately 26% of the outstanding shares of India Infoline Limited for an aggregate consideration of approximately $250 million (at current exchange rates) which is expected to be completed later in 2015.

  • On August 19, 2015 the company acquired an initial 73.6% of National Collateral Management Services Limited and subsequently acquired an additional 14.5% to close the third quarter at 88.1% ownership for a total investment of approximately $148 million.

  • At September 30, 2015, common shareholders' equity was $998.9 million.

There were 106,678,879 weighted average shares outstanding during the third quarter of 2015. At September 30, 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 third quarter report can be accessed at its website www.fairfaxindia.ca.

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.

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements may relate to the future Company's 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 forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking 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; 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 www.sedar.com and on the Company's website at www.fairfaxindia.ca. 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.

Contact Information

  • Fairfax India Holdings Corporation
    John Varnell
    Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 367-4755
    www.fairfaxindia.ca