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TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fairfax India Holdings Corporation (TSX: FIH.U) announces net earnings of $77.7 million in the third quarter of 2020 ($0.52 net earnings per diluted share), compared to net earnings of $89.2 million in the third quarter of 2019 ($0.58 net earnings per diluted share), reflecting decreased net unrealized gains on investments, partially offset by increased net foreign exchange gains and dividend income.
Highlights for third quarter of 2020 included the following:
Net change in unrealized gains on investments of $74.4 million, principally from increases in market prices of the company's investments in the public companies CSB Bank ($39.4 million), Privi Speciality (formerly Fairchem Speciality) ($34.9 million), 5paisa ($11.2 million), IIFL Finance ($6.1 million) and an increase in the fair value of the company's investment in the private company NSE ($12.8 million), partially offset by decreases in market prices of the company's investments in the public companies IIFL Wealth ($9.5 million), IIFL Securities ($5.2 million) and a decrease in the fair value of the company's investment in private company NCML ($14.7 million).
On August 12, 2020 Fairchem Speciality completed the spin off of its wholly-owned subsidiary Fairchem Organics Limited ("Fairchem Organics") in a non-cash transaction. Fairfax India recorded the cost of its investment in Fairchem Organics at its estimated fair value of $34.9 million (approximately 2.6 billion Indian rupees). Subsequent to the spin off of Fairchem Organics, the remaining business (primarily Privi Organics) was renamed Privi Speciality Chemicals Limited ("Privi Speciality") and continued to trade on the BSE and NSE of India. The shares of Fairchem Organics are expected to be listed on the BSE and NSE of India in the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to applicable regulatory conditions.
At September 30, 2020 common shareholders' equity was $2,346.8 million, or book value per share of $15.63, compared to $2,577.9 million, or book value per share of $16.89, at December 31, 2019, a decrease of 7.5%, primarily related to a net loss during the first nine months of 2020 and unrealized foreign currency translation losses as a result of the weakening of the Indian rupee relative to the U.S. dollar.
During this period of uncertainty, Fairfax India remains in strong financial health, with undeployed cash and marketable securities of approximately $185 million.
The company is continuing to buyback shares under its normal course issuer bid and during the first nine months of 2020 purchased for cancellation 2,492,546 subordinate voting shares at a net cost of $22.5 million ($9.04 per subordinate voting share).
There were 150.4 million and 152.6 million weighted average common shares outstanding during the third quarters of 2020 and 2019 respectively. At September 30, 2020 there were 120,138,935 subordinate voting shares and 30,000,000 multiple voting shares outstanding.
Fairfax India's detailed third quarter report can be accessed at its website www.fairfaxindia.ca.
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.
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John Varnell, Vice President, Corporate Affairs
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