John Hancock Financial Opportunities Fund Announces Results From Special Meeting Of Shareholders

   John Hancock Financial Opportunities Fund Announces Results From Special
                           Meeting Of Shareholders

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Jan. 18, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --John Hancock Financial Opportunities
Fund, formerly known as John Hancock Bank and Thrift Opportunity Fund (NYSE:
BTO) (the "Fund"), a John Hancock Closed-End Fund, announced today that
shareholders of the Fund approved the proposals presented for shareholder
approval at the special meeting of shareholders held today.

At their special meeting, shareholders approved amending the Fund's
fundamental investment restriction to permit the Fund to engage in leverage by
borrowing, and approved eliminating the fundamental investment restriction on
pledging, mortgaging or hypothecating assets. In addition, shareholders of
the Fund approved the proposals to amend the Fund's advisory and subadvisory
agreements by reflecting the inclusion of borrowing for investment purposes
and other financial leverage in the calculation of the advisory and
subadvisory fees, and by adding a fee breakpoint to the advisory agreement.

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are
forward-looking statements as defined by the United States securities laws.
You should exercise caution in interpreting and relying on forward-looking
statements because they are subject to uncertainties and other factors which
are, in some cases, beyond the Fund's control and could cause actual results
to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

An investor should consider a Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and
expenses carefully before investing.

About John Hancock Funds
The Boston-based mutual fund business unit of John Hancock Financial, John
Hancock Funds, manages more than $77.9 billion in open-end funds, closed-end
funds, private accounts, retirement plans and related party assets for
individual and institutional investors at September 30, 2012.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial Corporation
John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading
Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22
countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada
and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States,
Manulife Financial Corporation offers clients 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$515 billion (US$523
billion) at September 30, 2012.

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

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the
largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range
of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed
products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college
savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about
John Hancock may be found at

SOURCE John Hancock Funds

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