Manulife Financial to issue Medium Term Notes



    TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial Corporation (the "Company")
intends to issue up to $600 million principal amount of medium term notes
constituting senior indebtedness pursuant to its medium term note program.
    The medium term notes, to be offered on a best efforts basis through an
agency syndicate led by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and Scotia Capital Inc.,
are expected to be issued on April 8, 2009. The notes will pay a fixed rate of
7.768 per cent until maturity on April 8, 2019.
    The notes will be direct unsecured obligations of the Company and will
rank equally with all other unsecured indebtedness of the Company that is not
subordinated. The net proceeds of the offering will re-finance indebtedness of
a subsidiary that was repaid upon maturity from internal resources in December
2008, and will be utilized for general corporate purposes of the Company,
including investments in subsidiaries.
    The Company intends to file in Canada a pricing supplement to its short
form base shelf prospectus dated March 12, 2007 and prospectus supplement
dated March 27, 2007 (as amended by amendment no. 1 dated December 8, 2008 to
the prospectus supplement) in respect of this issue. Details of the offering
will be set out in the prospectus, which will be available on the SEDAR
website for the Company at www.sedar.com.
    The medium term notes have not been and will not be registered in the
United States under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be
offered, sold or delivered in the United States or to U. S. Persons absent
registration or applicable exemption from the registration requirement of such
Act. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation
to buy the medium term notes in the United States.

    About Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 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. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$404.5 billion
(US$330.3 billion) as at December 31, 2008.
    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; Investor Relations: Amir Gorgi, 1-800-795-9767,
investor_relations@manulife.com


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