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November 9, 2013

Element Financial Corporation acquires US Helicopter's $250 million portfolio

TORONTO--Element Financial Corporation, one of North America's leading independent equipment finance companies, has entered into an agreement to acquire a $250 million portfolio of finance assets secured by individual helicopters operated by a diversified base of customers across a variety of industries in the U.S.

"This transaction will provide Element with a seasoned portfolio of financial assets and direct access to well-established operators and manufacturers across the US helicopter market," noted Bradley Nullmeyer, President of Element Financial Corporation. "The transaction allows us to take advantage of early renewals, end of lease replacements and upgrade cycles with these customers and manufacturers," added Mr. Nullmeyer.

The purchase will strengthen Element's position as one of the largest participants in the North America helicopter finance market. "Combined with our existing portfolio of helicopter financings, this transaction elevates and secures our position as a North American leader in helicopter finance," noted Tony Bergeron who leads the Company's Aviation Finance business unit. "We expect to increase our penetration of this market by continuing to deliver timely credit decisions, tailored financing solutions and highly competitive product structures to these customers," added Mr. Bergeron.

The portfolio of assets consists of 63 individual helicopters operated by a diversified base of customers across a variety of industries. The portfolio has no history of losses and has a credit profile that is in alignment with Element's exiting book of aviation financings.

"This asset purchase is in line with our business plan and advances our growth strategy," noted Steven K. Hudson, Element's Chairman and CEO. "In addition to giving Element an industry-leading position in the North American helicopter finance market, it adds to our Aviation Finance business unit to strengthen growth in 2014 and beyond," added Mr. Hudson.

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

With total assets of approximately $2.7 billion, Element Financial Corporation is one of North America's leading independent 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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