New inroads into Canadian market - La Capitale acquires Ontario-based York Fire & Casualty Insurance

    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - La Capitale General Insurance Inc.,
member company of La Capitale Financial Group Inc., is pleased to announce
today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ontario-based
general insurer York Fire & Casualty Insurance Company ("York Fire &
Casualty"). A subsidiary of Kingsway Financial Services Inc., York Fire &
Casualty provides home, auto and commercial insurance products through an
extensive network of over 200 insurance brokers operating from more than
350 offices located throughout Ontario and Alberta. Established in 1955, York
Fire & Casualty employs more than 150 people, has its head office in
Mississauga, Ontario, and generated $122 million in written premiums in 2007.
    "It goes without saying that this acquisition will form a solid base for
our strategic business development in the general insurance market across
Canada", explains Robert St-Denis, President and Chief Operating Officer of
La Capitale Financial Group Inc. and La Capitale Civil Service Insurer Inc.
    "For La Capitale General Insurance, the attraction of this transaction
lies chiefly in the access it provides to a major brokerage network that is
already well-established in Ontario and Alberta. In future years, we intend to
capitalize on the strength of this existing network by putting into place all
of the support and resources necessary to expand it further and enhancing
products and services", says John Strome, President and Chief Operating
Officer of La Capitale General Insurance Inc.
    "La Capitale Mutual members can be proud of the drive and vitality the
financial group has shown in recent years. This acquisition will be a true
catalyst for the growth of the entire financial group, as well as
consolidating its financial soundness and enabling the assets of our Mutual
members to flourish", explains Jean-Yves Dupéré, Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of La Capitale Civil Service Mutual.
    The acquisition of York Fire and Casualty is the Group's second
acquisition in Ontario in two years. In 2006, La Capitale Civil Service
Insurer Inc. announced its acquisition of Penncorp Life Insurance Company, a
specialty accident and disability insurance provider.
    BMO Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial advisor to La Capitale
Financial Group. The transaction is anticipated to be completed in 2008,
subject to regulatory approval.

    About La Capitale

    La Capitale Civil Service Mutual, owned by members of Quebec's civil
service, owns and operates ten subsidiaries through La Capitale Financial
Group. It has provided clients and Mutual members with value-added financial
products for over 65 years. With a strong presence across Quebec, and, since
2006, increasingly present throughout Canada, La Capitale Financial Group has
$2.8 billion in assets, employs over 2,226 people and provides financial
products and services to the general public as well as to 600,000 members
working for over 900 institutions in the Quebec public and parapublic sectors.
    Its subsidiary La Capitale General Insurance Inc. is experiencing
impressive growth and now ranks among the five largest property and casualty
insurers in Quebec. Including its wholly-owned brokerage distribution
subsidiary L'Unique General Insurance, La Capitale General Insurance generates
some $472 million in written premiums and employs nearly 1,000 individuals
across Quebec, making the company an industry leader in property and casualty

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Dansereau, Vice-President, Marketing and
Communications, La Capitale General Insurance, (418) 266-9903; Source:
Caroline Masson, Communications Advisor, La Capitale Financial Group, (418)

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