Manulife Financial Corporation announces discount for common shares issued under its Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plans



    TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial Corporation (the "Company")
today announced that in respect of the Company's September 21, 2009 dividend
payment date, the Board has decided that the Company will issue common shares
in connection with the reinvestment of dividends and optional cash purchases
pursuant to the Company's Canadian Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase
Plan (the "Canadian Plan") and its U.S. Dividend Reinvestment and Share
Purchase Plan (the "U.S. Plan"). The price of common shares purchased with
reinvested dividends will be reduced by a three (3) percent discount from the
market price, as determined pursuant to the applicable plan.
    Registered common shareholders of record residing in Canada who are not
currently participants in the Canadian Plan and wish to join the Canadian Plan
can obtain an enrollment form from the Company's plan administrator, CIBC
Mellon Trust Company, from their website at www.cibcmellon.com/investor, or by
calling 1-800-783-9495. Non-registered beneficial common shareholders residing
in Canada who are not currently participants in the Canadian Plan and wish to
join the Canadian Plan should contact their broker or other intermediary
through which they hold common shares.
    Registered common shareholders of record residing in the United States
who are not currently participants in the U.S. Plan and wish to join the U.S.
Plan can obtain an enrollment form and a copy of the U.S. Prospectus from the
Company's plan administrator, BNY Mellon Shareowner Services, from their
website at www.bnymellon.com/shareowner/isd, by calling 1-800-249-7702 or at
their mailing address, P.O. Box 358013, Pittsburgh, PA 15252-8013.
Non-registered beneficial common shareholders residing in the United States
who are not currently participants in the U.S. Plan and wish to join the U.S.
Plan should contact the broker or other intermediary through which they hold
common shares.

    About Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial is a Canadian-based financial services group serving
millions of customers in 22 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as
Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in
the United States, the Company offers customers a diverse range of financial
protection products and wealth management services through its extensive
network of employees, agents and distribution partners.
    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet
at www.manulife.com.





For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Laurie Lupton, (416) 852-7792,
laurie_lupton@manulife.com; Shareholder Relations: Terri Neville,
1-800-795-9767, shareholder_services@manulife.com


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