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Press release from Marketwire

Fairfax Announces Repayment of GFIC Loan Note

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fairfax Announces Repayment of GFIC Loan Note17:02 EDT Thursday, October 18, 2012TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2012) - (Note: All dollar amounts in this press release are expressed in US dollars.)Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX:FFH)(TSX:FFH.U) announces that TIG Insurance Company, a runoff subsidiary of Fairfax, has today agreed with the holder of the loan note issued by TIG in connection with its acquisition of General Fidelity Insurance Company in February 2011 to pay $200 million in full and final satisfaction of that loan note. It is expected that that payment will be made on or before November 9, 2012.Fairfax is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: John VarnellFairfax Financial Holdings LimitedVice President, Corporate Development(416) 367-4941ORFairfax Financial Holdings LimitedMedia ContactPaul RivettVice President, Operations(416) 367-4941