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Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited: Intention to Make A Normal Course Issuer Bid for Subordinate Voting Shares and Preferred Shares

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/23/16 -- Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited ("Fairfax") (TSX:FFH)(TSX:FFH.U) announces today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") accepted a notice filed by Fairfax of its intention to commence a Normal Course Issuer Bid for its Subordinate Voting Shares, Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series C ("Series C Shares"), Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series D ("Series D Shares"), Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series E ("Series E Shares"), Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series F ("Series F Shares"), Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series G ("Series G Shares"), Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series H ("Series H Shares"), Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series I ("Series I Shares"), Cumulative Floating Rate Preferred Shares, Series J ("Series J Shares"), Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series K ("Series K Shares") and Cumulative 5-Year Rate Reset Preferred Shares, Series M ("Series M Shares" and, together with the Series C Shares, Series D Shares, Series E Shares, Series F Shares, Series G Shares, Series H Shares, Series I Shares, Series J Shares and Series K Shares, the "Preferred Shares") through the facilities of the TSX (or other alternative Canadian trading systems). Purchases will be made in accordance with the rules and policies of the TSX and Subordinate Voting Shares and Preferred Shares purchased will be cancelled. The notice provides that Fairfax's board of directors has approved the purchase on the TSX, during the period commencing September 28, 2016 and ending September 27, 2017, of Subordinate Voting Shares and Preferred Shares up to the following limits:


                                                                            
                                                  Limit on Purchases(1)     
                                             -------------------------------
                                Securities                                  
                              Outstanding(1)  Total Limit(2)  Daily Limit(3)
                             -----------------------------------------------
Subordinate Voting Shares       23,034,939       800,000          6,899     
Series C Shares                 6,016,384        601,538          1,205     
Series D Shares                 3,983,616        356,601          1,000     
Series E Shares                 3,968,961        396,896          1,000     
Series F Shares                 3,572,044        357,204          1,000     
Series G Shares                 7,432,952        743,295          1,782     
Series H Shares                 2,567,048        256,704          1,000     
Series I Shares                 10,465,553      1,046,555         1,743     
Series J Shares                 1,534,447        153,444          1,000     
Series K Shares                 9,500,000        950,000          2,184     
Series M Shares                 9,200,000        920,000          1,695     

Notes:


1.  As of September 8, 2016. 
2.  Represents approximately 3.5% of the public float in respect of the
    Subordinate Voting Shares and 10% of the public float in respect of each
    series of Preferred Shares. 
3.  Represents the maximum number of shares of that class or series that may
    be purchased over the TSX (or alternative Canadian trading systems)
    during the course of one trading day. This amount is equal to the
    greater of (i) 25% of the average daily trading volume on the TSX
    calculated in accordance with the rules of the TSX, and (ii) 1,000
    shares. This limitation does not apply to purchases made pursuant to
    block purchase exemptions.

From time to time, when Fairfax does not possess material nonpublic information about itself or its securities, it may, in accordance with the requirements of applicable securities laws and the TSX, enter into a pre-defined plan with its broker to allow for the purchase of its Subordinate Voting Shares or Preferred Shares, as the case may be, under the bid at times when it ordinarily would not be active in the market due to its own internal trading blackout periods.

Fairfax is making this Normal Course Issuer Bid because it believes that in appropriate circumstances its Subordinate Voting Shares and Preferred Shares represent an attractive investment opportunity and that, with respect to the Subordinate Voting Shares, purchases under the bid will enhance the value of the Subordinate Voting Shares held by the remaining shareholders.

Pursuant to its existing normal course issuer bid, Fairfax has purchased 116,403 of its Subordinate Voting Shares which are reserved for share-based payment awards and 76,904 of its Series E Shares during the last twelve months at weighted average prices per share of Cdn.$676.04 and Cdn.$14.21, respectively.

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

Contacts:
Financial Holdings Limited
John Varnell
Vice President, Corporate Development
(416) 367-4941

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