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iA Financial Group announces plan to create a holding company


News Release

iA Financial Group today announces a plan to create a holding company that will comprise all iA Financial Group activities.

Since becoming a public company in 2000, iA Financial Group has evolved significantly through organic growth and targeted, strategic acquisitions in both Canada and the United States. Today it is one of the largest financial services companies in Canada.

“We believe it would be beneficial to adapt our legal structure to the current reality of our organization,” explains President and CEO Yvon Charest. “A holding company would give us more financial flexibility to execute our growth strategy and better reflect the diversification of our operations."

As a pan-Canadian financial services company, iA Financial Group competes with major players that currently benefit from this type of legal structure.

“It would clearly be to our advantage to have the same flexibility as our key competitors,” says Chief Operating Officer Denis Ricard. “We are committed to continued growth and that means becoming an increasingly important player in both the Canadian and U.S. markets.”

A holding company can be established through various avenues. iA Financial Group is submitting a private member's bill to the National Assembly of Quebec in the current or a future session proposing changes to the Act respecting Industrial-Alliance Life Insurance Company adopted on November 26, 1999.

More details about the new structure, including the requirement for shareholder and other approvals, will be announced in the coming months.

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Additional information about the material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations and about material factors or assumptions applied in making forward-looking statements may be found in the “Risk Management” section of the 2016 Management’s Discussion and Analysis and in the “Management of Risks Associated with Financial Instruments” note to iA Financial Group’s consolidated financial statements, and elsewhere in iA Financial Group’s filings with Canadian securities regulators, which are available for review at The forward-looking statements in this news release reflect the Company’s expectations as of the date of this press release. iA Financial Group does not undertake to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.