Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

November 19, 2009 17:02 ET

Fairfax Voluntarily Delisting From NYSE

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2009) - Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX:FFH)(NYSE:FFH) announced today its intention to voluntarily delist its subordinate voting shares from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). After the delisting from the NYSE, Fairfax's subordinate voting shares will continue to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), where they will be traded in both Canadian and U.S. dollars under the trading symbols FFH and FFH.U, respectively.

"After our recent privatization of Odyssey Re, Fairfax now wholly owns all of its primary businesses and is the largest property and casualty insurance company based in Canada, with worldwide operations in over 50 countries," said Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO. "While our decentralized operations have global reach, after reviewing the factors relevant to our continued listing on the NYSE, we determined that our company and its shareholders will be better served by the simplified focus and lower cost resulting from the maintenance of only our original TSX listing. In recent years, as markets have become significantly more global and liquid, our constituents, including shareholders and employees, no longer require multiple listings. The voluntary delisting will have no impact on our ongoing strategic and operating philosophy nor on our very substantial presence in the United States and our presence in the other global markets in which we operate."

In accordance with the procedures established by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Fairfax will file a Form 25 with the SEC on or about November 30, 2009 to effect the delisting, and the delisting is expected to be effective ten days thereafter, on or about December 10, 2009. The delisting will not affect Fairfax's continuing obligation to file required reports with the SEC.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited 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
    Greg Taylor
    Chief Financial Officer
    (416) 367-4941
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    Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
    Paul Rivett
    Chief Legal Officer
    (416) 367-4941