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Manulife Financial Corporation declares dividends

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Manulife Financial Corporation declares dividends06:02 EST Thursday, November 08, 2012 C$ unless otherwise stated TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC SEHK:945   TORONTO, Nov. 8, 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 December 19, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 20, 2012. The Board also declared dividends on the following non-cumulative preferred shares, payable on or after December 19, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 20, 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 - $0.275 per share In respect of the Company's December 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$515 billion (US$523 billion) as at September 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:</b><br/> Laurie Lupton<br/> Manulife Financial<br/> 416-852-7792<br/> <a href="mailto:laurie_lupton@manulife.com" cr="true">laurie_lupton@manulife.com</a> </p> <p> <b>Shareholder Relations: </b><br/> Terri Neville<br/> Manulife Financial<br/> 1-800-795-9767<br/> <a href="mailto:shareholder_services@manulife.com" cr="true">shareholder_services@manulife.com</a> </p>