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Manulife Financial Corporation Announces Preferred Share Issue

C$ unless otherwise stated

TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC  SEHK:945

TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Manulife Financial Corporation ("Manulife") today announced a Canadian public offering of Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares Series 11 ("Series 11 Preferred Shares"). Manulife will issue 8 million Series 11 Preferred Shares priced at $25 per share to raise gross proceeds of $200 million. The offering will be underwritten by a syndicate of investment dealers co-led by Scotiabank, RBC Captial Markets and TD Securities Inc. and is anticipated to qualify as Tier 1 capital for Manulife. The expected closing date for the offering is December 4, 2012. Manulife intends to file a prospectus supplement to its July 18, 2012 base shelf prospectus in respect of this issue.

Holders of the Series 11 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive a non-cumulative quarterly fixed dividend yielding 4.00 per cent annually, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Manulife, for the initial period ending March 19, 2018. Thereafter, the dividend rate will be reset every five years at a rate equal to the 5-year Government of Canada bond yield plus 2.61 per cent.

Holders of Series 11 Preferred Shares will have the right, at their option, to convert their shares into Non-cumulative Rate Reset Class 1 Shares Series 12 ("Series 12 Preferred Shares"), subject to certain conditions, on March 19, 2018 and on March 19 every five years thereafter. Holders of the Series 12 Preferred Shares will be entitled to receive non-cumulative quarterly floating dividends, as and when declared by the Board of Directors of Manulife, at a rate equal to the three-month Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield plus 2.61 per cent.

The net proceeds from the offering will be utilized for general corporate purposes, including refinancing of maturing debt and investment in subsidiaries.

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