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Press release from CNW Group

Element Financial Corporation announces receipt for final prospectus for qualification of common shares underlying previously issued special warrants

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Element Financial Corporation announces receipt for final prospectus for qualification of common shares underlying previously issued special warrants13:56 EDT Tuesday, August 14, 2012/NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF U.S. SECURITIES LAW./TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Element Financial Corporation (TSX: EFN) ("Element" or the "Company), one of Canada's leading independent equipment finance companies, is pleased to announce that it has obtained a receipt from the Ontario Securities Commission for its final short form prospectus (the "Prospectus") filed in each of the Provinces of Canada.The Prospectus qualifies the distribution of 16,595,900 common shares of the Company issuable upon the deemed exercise of 16,595,900 special warrants previously issued by the Company on May 31, 2012.The Special Warrants were issued at $5.25 per warrant and the Offering closed on May 31, 2012 resulting in total proceeds to Element of C$87.1 million. Each Special Warrant entitled the holder to receive, upon exercise or deemed exercise thereof, for no additional consideration, one Common Share in the capital of Element. As previously announced, the Special Warrants were issued on a private placement basis through a syndicate of agents co-led by GMP Securities L.P, Barclays Capital Canada Inc. and BMO Capital Markets acting as Joint Bookrunners, and included RBC Capital Markets, CIBC World Markets Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc. The Special Warrants will be deemed to be exercised on August 14, 2012. Purchasers of Special Warrants should check with their broker to ensure the underlying Common Shares have been properly credited to their account (share certificates will not be issued)."I'm very pleased that we have cleared our first prospectus with the Canadian securities regulators and that we have provided liquidity on a timely basis to our special warrant purchasers in accordance with our commitment to them on our May private placement financing," indicated Steven Hudson, Element's Chief Executive Officer.A copy of the Prospectus and Receipt are available on SEDAR under the Company's profile at Element Financial CorporationWith total assets of approximately $1 billion, Element Financial Corporation is Canada's leading independent equipment finance company. Element operates nationally in three segments of the equipment finance market - Element Capital provides large ticket equipment leasing, Element Finance serves the mid-ticket equipment finance market and Element Fleet Leasing provides vehicle fleet leasing and management solutions through the Company's TLS Fleet Management division.Forward Looking StatementsThis release includes forward-looking statements regarding Element and its business. Such statements are based on the current expectations and views of future events of Element's management. In some cases the forward-looking statements can be identified by words or phrases such as "may", "will", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "intend", "potential", "estimate", "believe" or the negative of these terms, or other similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements and information by their nature are based on assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement or information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements or information. Except as required by applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Element undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.SOURCE: Element Financial CorporationFor further information: Media Contact:John Sadler Genoa Management Limited (416) 594-9292 Investor Contact:Michel BélandChief Financial Officer(416) 386-1067 ext. 225