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Fairfax India Holdings Corporation: First Quarter Financial Results


(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.)

TORONTO, April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fairfax India Holdings Corporation (TSX: FIH.U) announces net earnings of $255.4 million in the first quarter of 2021 ($1.66 net earnings per diluted share), compared to a net loss of $253.8 million in the first quarter of 2020 ($1.67 net loss per diluted share), reflecting increased net unrealized gains on investments and decreased net foreign exchange losses, partially offset by increased performance fees and provision for income taxes.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2021 included the following:

  • Net change in unrealized gains on investments of $327.6 million, principally from an increase in market prices of the company's investments in the public companies IIFL Finance ($196.6 million), Privi Speciality (formerly Fairchem Speciality) ($85.9 million), IIFL Wealth ($36.4 million), CSB Bank ($15.4 million), Fairchem Organics ($10.2 million), and Other Public Indian Investments ($12.6 million), and an increase in the fair value of the company's investment in the private company Seven Islands ($4.0 million), partially offset by a decrease in the fair value of the company's investment in the private company NCML ($6.4 million) and a decrease in market price of the company's investment in the public company 5paisa ($4.6 million).
  • On February 26, 2021 the company completed its previously announced offering of $500.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.0% Unsecured Senior Notes due February 26, 2028. On March 1, 2021 the net proceeds from this offering were used to repay $500.0 million of indebtedness that was outstanding under the company's secured $550.0 million term loan facility maturing on June 28, 2021.
  • In accordance with the Investment Advisory Agreement, which provides for the payment of a performance fee of 20% of the increase in book value per share in excess of a hurdle rate of 5% per annum, a performance fee of $56.0 million was accrued to the benefit of Fairfax Financial Holdings for the period from January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021. The performance fee, if any, will only be finally determined on December 31, 2023 at the end of the three year measurement period.
  • On April 29, 2021 the company completed the sale of its 48.8% equity interest in Privi Speciality to certain affiliates of Mahesh P Babani and D B Rao for 12.2 billion Indian rupees ($164.8 million at current exchange rates). As a result, the company expects to record a realized gain since inception on its investment in Privi Speciality of approximately $134 million at current exchange rates, representing a 27% internal rate of return, due in large part to the visionary leadership of Mahesh, whom we want to thank and wish continued success in the future.
  • At March 31, 2021 common shareholders' equity was $2,691.2 million, or book value per share of $17.98, compared to $2,446.9 million, or book value per share of $16.37, at December 31, 2020, an increase of 9.8% (an increase of 12.1% prior to accounting for the performance fee recorded during the first three months of 2021), primarily related to net earnings during the first three months of 2021, partially offset by a commitment under the company's automatic share purchase plan recorded against common shareholders' equity and unrealized foreign currency translation losses as a result of the weakening of the Indian rupee relative to the U.S. dollar.

Fairfax India remains in strong financial health, with undeployed cash and marketable securities of approximately $210 million.

The company is continuing to buy back shares under its normal course issuer bid and in the first three months of 2021 purchased for cancellation 375,337 subordinate voting shares at a net cost of $4.1 million ($10.94 per subordinate voting share).

There were 149.4 million and 152.4 million weighted average common shares outstanding during the first quarters of 2021 and 2020 respectively. At March 31, 2021 there were 119,641,497 subordinate voting shares and 30,000,000 multiple voting shares outstanding.

Fairfax India's detailed first quarter report can be accessed at its website

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

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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: the COVID-19 pandemic; oil price risk; geographic concentration of investments; foreign currency fluctuation; volatility of the Indian securities markets; investments may be made in foreign private businesses where information is unreliable or unavailable; valuation methodologies involve subjective judgments; financial market fluctuations; pace of completing investments; minority investments; reliance on key personnel and risks associated with the Investment Advisory Agreement; lawsuits; use of leverage; significant ownership by Fairfax may adversely affect the market price of the subordinate voting shares; weather risk; taxation risks; emerging markets; multilateral instrument; economic risk; and trading price of subordinate voting shares relative to book value per share risk. Additional risks and uncertainties are described in the company’s annual information form dated March 5, 2021 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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