Fairfax Enters Into Syndicated Secured Letter Of Credit Facility

December 24, 2003

Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary has entered into a US$300 million revolving letter of credit facility.

“The facility is syndicated with 11 banks and will be used to provide NAIC-eligible letters of credit for reinsurance contracts of nSpire Re provided for the benefit of other Fairfax subsidiaries,” said the bulletin.

“BMO Nesbitt Burns, Inc. acted as Lead Arranger and Sole Book Runner in connection with this facility. The facility is effectively secured by the assets held in trust derived from the premiums on Fairfax’s corporate insurance cover ultimately reinsured with a Swiss Re subsidiary, and the interest thereon,” it continued.

It noted that “the lenders have the ability, in the event of a default, to cause the commutation of this cover, thereby gaining access to the above-mentioned assets. The aggregate amount of letters of credit issued from time to time under this facility may not exceed the agreed margined value of the assets in the trust account. The US$161.9 million of letters of credit currently drawn under Fairfax’s syndicated credit facility will be cancelled or transferred to this new facility.”

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