Element Financial Corporation Acquires US$245 million Helicopter Portfolio

Purchase of GE portfolio positions Element for deeper penetration of the North American commercial helicopter market

TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Element Financial Corporation (TSX: EFN) ("Element" or "the Company"), one of North America's leading equipment finance companies, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with a subsidiary of GE Capital in the US to acquire a portfolio of finance assets secured by individual helicopters operated by a diversified base of customers across a variety of industries for a purchase price of approximately US$ 245 million.

The portfolio purchase gives Element a very broad and diversified base on which to build its position as a leading financial partner serving the North America commercial helicopter market. The acquired portfolio of assets consists of 59 individual helicopters operated by more than a dozen customers in various commercial lift applications including oil and gas resource development and medevac services. The portfolio has no history of losses and has a credit profile that is in alignment with Element's existing book of aviation financings.

The demand for commercial helicopters in North America is principally driven by applications in the oil and gas industry and for emergency response services (medevac, police and fire suppression).

The transaction is expected to close on or before December 31, 2013 subject to customary conditions precedent.

About Element Financial Corporation

With total assets of approximately $2.7 billion, Element Financial Corporation is one of North America's leading equipment finance companies. Element operates across North America in three verticals of the equipment finance market - Element Capital provides large ticket equipment financing, Element Finance serves the mid-ticket equipment finance market and Element Fleet provides vehicle fleet leasing and management solutions.

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SOURCE Element Financial Corporation

For further information:

John Sadler
Senior Vice President
Corporate Affairs & Investor Relations 
(416) 386-1067 ext. 2313 
jsadler@elementfinancial.ca

Michel Béland
Chief Financial Officer
(416) 386-1067 ext. 2225
mbeland@elementfinancial.ca