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  • Fri, Nov. 4, 2:45 PM
    • "We’ve sold 90 percent-plus of our Treasury bonds and we’ve made the point that the uncertainties in the U.S. election are the reason," says Fairfax Financial (OTCPK:FRFHF +0.6%) CEO Prem Watsa, speaking on his company's earnings call.
    • "We don’t know who’s going to win the elections, but you could have significant infrastructure spending, a drop in corporate tax rates, and while we think it might work in the short-term, in the long-term we have questions about that. We wanted to take that risk out."
    • The move brings the company's cash and short-term investments all the way up to $10B from $1.1B.
    • There's a small rally in Treasurys today, with the 10-year yield lower by 2.6 basis points to 1.788%. TLT +0.6%, TBT -1.2%
    • Fairfax Financial Earnings Center
    | Fri, Nov. 4, 2:45 PM | 11 Comments
  • Thu, Nov. 3, 5:59 PM
    • Fairfax Financial (OTCPK:FRFHF): Q3 EPS of -$0.42 may not be comparable to consensus of $7.68.
    • Revenue of $2.43B (-18.5% Y/Y) in-line.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Nov. 3, 5:59 PM
  • Tue, Oct. 18, 8:27 AM
    • Sold to Fairfax Financial (OTCPK:FRFHF) are AIG's consumer insurance operations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Turkey. Fairfax will also acquire renewal rights for the portfolio of local business written by AIG's operations in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.
    • The deals are all-cash and total $240M.
    • Alongside, Fairfax will become AIG's main strategic multinational network partner. For AIG, this continues management's goal of focusing on core operations in major economies with the best potential for profitable growth.
    • Prem Watsa: "We are very excited to partner with AIG and to have the LATAM group of companies and operations in CEE and Turkey join the Fairfax family."
    | Tue, Oct. 18, 8:27 AM | 3 Comments
  • Fri, Aug. 26, 2:01 PM
    • BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) says it's redeeming existing convertible debentures and issuing new ones in a refinancing.
    • It's amended the indenture governing 6% unsecured convertible debentures to allow a redemption before Nov. 13; it plans to redeem the outstanding principal (about $1.245B) at 106.7213% of principal.
    • Holders of those debentures are still entitle to convert into shares at $10/share anytime prior to Sept. 1.
    • Also, Fairfax Financial (OTCPK:FRFHF) and others will subscribe for 3.75% unsecured convertible debentures for $605M in aggregate. Those debentures will also be convertible at $10/share and that transaction should wrap on Sept. 2.
    • If the entire $605M were converted, the shares issued would make up 11.57% of outstanding common shares. They're not redeemable prior to maturity and aren't due until Nov. 13, 2020.
    • Shares were halted just a bit ago, raising investor chatter about what that could mean on a Friday afternoon if not abandoning an unprofitable hardware business.
    • Shares will resume trading at 2:30 p.m. ET.
    • Updated 2:47 p.m.: After resuming trading, shares are down 0.1% on the day.
    | Fri, Aug. 26, 2:01 PM | 211 Comments
  • Thu, Jul. 28, 5:19 PM
    • Fairfax Financial (OTCPK:FRFHF): Q2 EPS of $9.58 beats by $5.44.
    • Revenue of $2.91B (+64.4% Y/Y) beats by $410M.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Jul. 28, 5:19 PM
  • Thu, Apr. 28, 5:41 PM
    • Fairfax Financial (OTCPK:FRFHF): Q1 EPS of -$2.76
    • Revenue of $2.2B (-8.3% Y/Y)
    | Thu, Apr. 28, 5:41 PM
  • Fri, Feb. 19, 7:53 AM
    • Fairfax Financial (OTCPK:FRFHF): Q4 EPS of $4.10 misses by $1.39.
    • Revenue of $2.45B (+18.4% Y/Y)
    | Fri, Feb. 19, 7:53 AM
  • Oct. 26, 2015, 10:54 AM
    • APR Energy (OTCPK:APRYF) agrees to be acquired by a consortium that includes its largest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings (OTCPK:FRFHF), in a deal valuing the power plant supplier at ~£165M ($253M).
    • APR says GE, which owns ~16.4% of the company's issued share capital through a subsidiary, has agreed to the offer, as have APR's directors.
    • APR shares have jumped ~88% since Oct. 2, the last trading day before APR said it was in talks with the consortium.
    | Oct. 26, 2015, 10:54 AM
  • Oct. 5, 2015, 10:45 AM
    • Power systems builder APR Energy (OTCPK:APRYF) is up more than 70% in London after saying it is in talks to be bought out by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings (OTCPK:FRFHF).
    • Fairfax already held an 18.3% stake in APR as of March 18; other members of the consortium include ACON Investments and Albright Capital Management.
    • APR's focus on emerging markets has left it exposed to conflict and political tension, and in the past year has suspended contracts in Libya and Yemen due to fighting there.
    | Oct. 5, 2015, 10:45 AM
  • Mar. 30, 2015, 2:49 PM
    • Prem Watsa's Fairfax Financial (OTCQB:FRFHF) - along with Wilbur Ross - stepped into Bank of Ireland (IRE, OTCPK:IREBY) when it was teetering on failure in 2011, and has hired Deutsche to place 935M shares, which would whittle its stake in half to 2.9% of the lender.
    • Fairfax will be selling the stock for almost four times what it paid.
    • Ross and Fairfax sold about 2B shares in the bank about a year ago, and Ross exited his stake completely in June.
    | Mar. 30, 2015, 2:49 PM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 17, 2015, 2:19 AM
    • Fairfax Financial (OTCQB:FRFHF) said it has struck a deal to acquire U.K. specialty insurer Brit PLC for $1.88B, and has secured irrevocable agreements to acquire about 73% of Brit’s outstanding float.
    • Under the terms of the deal, Fairfax is offering 305 pence in cash per Brit share — an 11.2% premium over the stock’s Monday closing price.
    • FRFHF -0.2% AH
    | Feb. 17, 2015, 2:19 AM
  • Mar. 4, 2014, 1:07 PM
    • Wilbur Ross and Fairfax Financial (FRFHF) paid about €0.10 per share when they acquired about an 18% stake in Bank of Ireland (IRE -6.6%) in 2011 to help prevent the lender's nationalization. Not unexpected given strong demand for the stock, today's sale whittles their holdings down to about 12%. The two have more than tripled their money with the investment.
    • The Irish government continues to hold a 14% stake in the bank and there will no doubt be heightened interest in an offering of these shares.
    | Mar. 4, 2014, 1:07 PM | 6 Comments
  • Nov. 4, 2013, 5:00 AM
    • Fairfax Financial Holdings (FRFHF) has until 5 pm today to firm up the preliminary $4.7B bid for BlackBerry (BBRY) that the Toronto-based firm made six weeks ago.
    • The deadline comes amid reports that Fairfax, which is BlackBerry's largest shareholder with a 9.9% stake, has struggled to secure financing for the deal, while it is also yet to name partners.
    • Other bids could come in by the deadline, although it could be extended. Those who are reportedly interested in the beleaguered cell-phone maker include a group that could eventually be comprised of the company's founders, Qualcomm (QCOM) and Cerberus.
    | Nov. 4, 2013, 5:00 AM | 6 Comments
  • Sep. 10, 2013, 8:21 AM
    • Fairfax Financial (FRFHF.PK) is having a tough sell as it courts Canada's pension funds to join it in a buyout of BlackBerry (BBRY), reports The Globe and Mail. "Sources say none of the big funds have jumped on board with the idea, amid growing skepticism about the company’s ability to turn around falling sales."
    • Farifax itself is debating whether to buy the entire company or unload its 9.9% stake, and would prefer finding another tech industry player to buy BlackBerry, say sources, but "the company’s loss of market share to bigger and more nimble competitors such as Apple has dampened potential acquisition interest."
    • BBRY -3.1% premarket.
    | Sep. 10, 2013, 8:21 AM | 31 Comments
  • Aug. 19, 2013, 3:36 PM
    • Prem Watsa's Fairfax Financial Holdings (FRFHF.PK +0.6%) agrees to sell American Safety Reinsurance to Catalina Holdings Bermuda for undisclosed terms.
    • Fairfax is getting the reinsurance unit as part of its purchase of American Safety Insurance. Catalina had also bid for the company, but has agreed to vote its shares for Fairfax as part of the reinsurance deal.
    | Aug. 19, 2013, 3:36 PM | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 13, 2013, 2:18 AM
    • Alberta Investment Management would think about investing in BlackBerry (BBRY) if the company were to go private.
    • It's early days," AIMCo CEO Leo De Bever said. "No one has approached us with anything that is baked.
    • AIMCo's public interest adds to that of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, as well as to a report that Prem Watsa's Fairfax Financial (FRFHF.PK) is is "exploring ways" to take the company private. Watsa resigned from BlackBerry's board after it formed a special committee to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale. Fairfax is BlackBerry's largest shareholder.
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    | Aug. 13, 2013, 2:18 AM | 9 Comments