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Manulife Financial Corporation declares dividends

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Manulife Financial Corporation declares dividends06:00 EDT Thursday, August 09, 2012 C$ unless otherwise stated TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC    SEHK:945  TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Manulife Financial Corporation's Board of Directors today announced a quarterly shareholders' dividend of $0.13 per share on the common shares of Manulife Financial Corporation (the "Company"), payable on and after September 19, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 21, 2012. The Board also declared dividends on the following non-cumulative preferred shares, payable on or after September 19, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 21, 2012. ? Class A Shares Series 1 - $0.25625 per share ? Class A Shares Series 2 - $0.29063 per share ? Class A Shares Series 3 - $0.28125 per share ? Class A Shares Series 4 - $0.4125 per share ? Class 1 Shares Series 1 - $0.35 per share ? Class 1 Shares Series 3 - $0.2625 per share ? Class 1 Shares Series 5 - $0.275 per share ? Class 1 Shares Series 7 - $0.2875 per share ? Class 1 Shares Series 9 - $0.355616 per share In respect of the Company's September 19, 2012 common share dividend payment date, the Board has decided that the Company will issue common shares in connection with the reinvestment of dividends and optional cash purchases pursuant to the Company's Canadian Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plan and its U.S. Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plan. The price of common shares purchased with reinvested dividends will be reduced by a two (2%) per cent discount from the market price, as determined pursuant to the applicable plan. About Manulife Financial Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In 2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$514 billion (US$504 billion) as at June 30, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.  SOURCE Manulife Financial CorporationFor further information: <p> <b>Media inquiries:<br font-weight="bold"></br> </b>Laurie Lupton<br/> Manulife Financial<br/> 416-852-7792<br/> <a href="mailto:laurie_lupton@manulife.com">laurie_lupton@manulife.com<br/> </a> <br/> <b>Shareholder Relations: <br font-weight="bold"></br> </b>Terri Neville<br/> Manulife Financial<br/> 1-800-795-9767<br/> <a href="mailto:shareholder_services@manulife.com">shareholder_services@manulife.com<br/> </a> </p>