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Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX:FFH)(TSX:FFH.U) announces a net loss of $157.8 million in the second quarter of 2013 ($8.55 net loss per diluted share after payment of preferred share dividends) compared to net earnings of $93.7 million in the second quarter of 2012 ($3.79 net earnings per diluted share after payment of preferred share dividends), primarily reflecting unrealized losses on its bond portfolio, partially offset by strong underwriting results. Book value per basic share decreased to $361.87 at June 30, 2013 from $378.10 at December 31, 2012 (a decrease of 1.6% adjusted for the $10 per common share dividend paid in the first quarter of 2013).


"We had strong and much improved underwriting performance in the second quarter and first half of 2013. Our net loss in the second quarter was only due to net mark-to-market bond losses of $500 million as a result of higher interest rates, including $400 million on our state and muni bond portfolio, a majority of which is insured by Berkshire Hathaway. Our muni bond portfolio was mainly acquired in the last quarter of 2008 at an after-tax yield of 5.79%," said Prem Watsa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax, who further commented, "we are maintaining our defensive equity hedges due to our concern about the financial markets and the economic outlook. We continue to be soundly financed, with quarter-end cash and marketable securities at the holding company in excess of $1.2 billion."





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