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Fairfax India Holdings Corporation: Financial Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2020

GlobeNewswire - Thu Feb 11, 4:04PM CST


(Note: All dollar amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars except as otherwise noted. The financial results are prepared using the recognition and measurement requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards, except as otherwise noted, and are unaudited.)

Fairfax India Holdings Corporation (TSX:FIH-U.TO) announces fiscal year 2020 net loss of $41.5 million ($0.27 net loss per diluted share), compared to fiscal year 2019 net earnings of $516.3 million ($3.30 net earnings per diluted share), reflecting decreased net unrealized and realized gains on investments, partially offset by a performance fee recovery, decreased provision for income taxes and decreased interest expense. The company's book value per share decreased by 3.1% from $16.89 at December 31, 2019 to $16.37 at December 31, 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of 8.7% (8.7% prior to the performance fee described below) from the initial public offering price of $10.00 per share.

Highlights for 2020 (with comparisons to 2019 except as otherwise noted) included the following:

Fairfax India remains in strong financial health, with undeployed cash and marketable securities of approximately $191 million.

The company is continuing to buy back shares under its normal course issuer bid and during 2020 purchased for cancellation 3,160,910 subordinate voting shares at a net cost of $28.9 million ($9.14 per subordinate voting share).

There were 149.9 million and 152.6 million weighted average common shares outstanding during the fourth quarters of 2020 and 2019 respectively. At December 31, 2020 there were 119,470,571 subordinate voting shares and 30,000,000 multiple voting shares outstanding.

Unaudited consolidated balance sheets, earnings (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) information follow and form part of this news release.

In presenting the company's results in this news release, management has included book value per basic share. Book value per basic share is calculated by the company as common shareholders' equity divided by the number of common shares outstanding.

Fairfax India Holdings Corporation is an investment holding company whose objective is to achieve long term capital appreciation, while preserving capital, by investing in public and private equity securities and debt instruments in India and Indian businesses or other businesses with customers, suppliers or business primarily conducted in, or dependent on, India.

For further information, contact:

John Varnell, Vice President, Corporate Affairs

(416) 367-4755

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking statements may relate to the company's or an Indian Investment's future outlook and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding the financial position, business strategy, growth strategy, budgets, operations, financial results, taxes, dividends, plans and objectives of the company. Particularly, statements regarding future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities of the company, an Indian Investment, or the Indian market are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate" or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", "will" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved".

Forward-looking statements are based on our opinions and estimates as of the date of this press release, and they are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the following factors: taxation of the company, its shareholders and subsidiaries; risk of substantial loss of capital; geographic concentration of investments; risks associated with the global pandemic caused by COVID-19, and the related global reduction in commerce and substantial downturns in stock markets worldwide; financial market fluctuations; control or significant influence position risk; minority investments; risks upon dispositions of investments; bridge financings; reliance on key personnel and risks associated with the Investment Advisory Agreement; effect of fees; operating and financial risks of investments; valuation methodologies involve subjective judgments; lawsuits; foreign currency fluctuation; unknown merits and risks of future investments; illiquidity of investments; competitive market for investment opportunities; use of leverage; significant ownership by Fairfax may adversely affect the market price of the subordinate voting shares; trading price of subordinate voting shares relative to book value per share; emerging markets; volatility of the Indian securities markets; political, economic, social and other factors; natural disaster risks; sovereign debt risk; economic risk; weather risk, oil price risk and adverse consequences to the company's business, investments and personnel resulting from or related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional risks and uncertainties are described in the company's annual information form dated March 6, 2020 which is available on SEDAR at and on the company's website at These factors and assumptions are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors and assumptions that could affect the company. These factors and assumptions, however, should be considered carefully.

Although the company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements contained herein, except as required by applicable securities laws.

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as at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

(unaudited - US$ thousands)

December 31, 2020    December 31, 2019
Cash and cash equivalents                 22,057               48,713
Restricted cash                           16,315               16,915
Bonds                                     35,873               138,425
Common stocks                             2,991,775            3,032,907
Total cash and investments                3,066,020            3,236,960
Interest and dividends receivable         1,911                3,453
Income taxes refundable                   2,803                2,866
Other assets                              2,264                1,658
Total assets                              3,072,998            3,244,937
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  931                  1,174
Payable to related parties                14,428               50,519
Deferred income taxes                     63,477               64,477
Income taxes payable                      --                   3,688
Borrowings                                547,228              547,228
Total liabilities                         626,064              667,086
Common shareholders' equity               2,446,934            2,577,851
                                          3,072,998            3,244,937
Book value per basic share                $     16.37          $     16.89

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for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

(unaudited - US$ thousands except per share amounts)

Fourth quarter                Year ended December 31,
                                                       2020          2019            2020             2019
Interest                                               865           706             6,013            4,859
Dividends                                              1,022         2,453           16,449           10,141
Net realized gains on investments                      666           139,216         5,372            181,123
Net change in unrealized gains (losses) on investments 102,670       495,582         (26,618     )    530,372
Net foreign exchange gains (losses)                    4,998         (4,089      )   (14,188     )    (13,806     )
                                                       110,221       633,868         (12,972     )    712,689
Investment and advisory fees                           9,010         2,593           33,922           27,473
Performance fee (recovery)                             5,143         48,514          (41,991     )    48,514
General and administration expenses                    1,127         1,603           4,233            5,300
Interest expense                                       7,272         9,489           29,844           38,781
                                                       22,552        62,199          26,008           120,068
Earnings (loss) before income taxes                    87,669        571,669         (38,980     )    592,621
Provision for income taxes                             5,372         36,445          2,496            76,283
Net earnings (loss)                                    82,297        535,224         (41,476     )    516,338
Net earnings (loss) per share                          $     0.55    $     3.51      $     (0.27 )    $     3.38
Net earnings (loss) per diluted share                  $     0.55    $     3.42      $     (0.27 )    $     3.30
Shares outstanding (weighted average)                  149,904,457   152,631,481     151,001,909      152,654,875

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for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

(unaudited - US$ thousands)

Fourth quarter         Year ended December 31,
                                                                                                2020      2019         2020           2019
Net earnings (loss)                                                                             82,297    535,224      (41,476  )     516,338
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes
Item that may be subsequently reclassified to net earnings (loss)
Unrealized foreign currency translation gains (losses), net of income taxes of nil (2019 - nil) 24,185    (22,138 )    (60,606  )     (53,445 )
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of income taxes                                          24,185    (22,138 )    (60,606  )     (53,445 )
Comprehensive income (loss)                                                                     106,482   513,086      (102,082 )     462,893

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