February 16, 2016

Sun Life Financial announces offering of Subordinated Unsecured Debentures

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) ("Sun Life") announced today that it intends to issue in Canada up to $350 million principal amount of Series 2016-1 Subordinated Unsecured 3.10% Fixed/Floating Debentures due 2026 (the "Debentures"). The offering is expected to close on February 19, 2016. The net proceeds will be used to partially fund the previously announced acquisition of the employee benefits business of Assurant, Inc. and may also be used for general corporate purposes, which may include investments in subsidiaries.

Details of the offering will be set out in a pricing supplement that Sun Life intends to issue pursuant to its short form base shelf prospectus and its prospectus supplement, each dated April 8, 2015, all of which are or will be available on the SEDAR website for Sun Life Financial Inc. at www.sedar.com. The Debentures will be sold on a best efforts agency basis by a syndicate led by BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets, as co-leads. The proceeds from this offering are expected to qualify for Tier 2B capital.

The Debentures have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, within the United States of America and its territories and possessions or to, or for the account or benefit of, United States persons except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of such Act. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy such securities in the United States.

About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2015, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $891 billion.

For more information please visit www.sunlife.com. Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars. 

SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.

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