Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2013 EPS of $0.43, Adjusted EPS of $0.50 and Adjusted Pre-Tax Title Margin of 14.2%
Jacksonville, Fla. -- (October 23, 2013) -- Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), a leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services and diversified services, today reported operating results for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2013.
- Adjusted pre-tax title margin of 14.2% for the third quarter versus 14.4% in the third quarter of 2012
- Consolidated results include a $10 million after-tax charge related to the write-off of a deferred tax asset and one-time debt extinguishment costs at Ceridian and $5 million of after-tax expenses related to the announced signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE:LPS); a combined $0.07 negative impact to fully diluted EPS for the third quarter; adjusted EPS of $0.50 for the third quarter of 2013
- Open title orders of 474,000 for the third quarter, a decrease of 233,000, or 33%, compared with the third quarter of 2012, reflecting a significant decline in refinance orders partially mitigated with growth in purchase orders; open orders per day of 7,400 for the third quarter versus 11,200 open orders per day for the third quarter of 2012; 56% of third quarter open title orders were purchase related versus 33% in the third quarter of 2012
- Closed title orders of 410,000 for the third quarter, a decrease of 70,000, or 15%, compared with the third quarter of 2012; closed orders per day of 6,400 for the third quarter versus 7,600 closed orders per day for the third quarter of 2012; 50% of third quarter closed title orders were purchase related versus 37% in the third quarter of 2012
- Third quarter purchase orders opened and closed increased by 10% and 15%, respectively, versus the third quarter of 2012
- Third quarter commercial title revenue of $120 million, a 25% increase over the third quarter of 2012, driven by a 22% improvement in the commercial fee per file and a 3% increase in closed orders
- Overall third quarter average fee per file of $1,807, a 23% increase over the third quarter of 2012 and a 16% sequential increase from the second quarter of 2013; residential and local commercial fee per file (excluding national commercial business) of $1,562 versus $1,300 for the third quarter of 2012, a 20% increase over the prior year period
- Restaurant group total revenue of $338 million generating adjusted EBITDA of $14 million, and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 4.2%
- Remy total revenue of $266 million producing adjusted EBITDA of $34 million and an adjusted EBITDA margin of 12.7%
The following are summary financial and operational results for the operating segments of FNF for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2013 and 2012:
- The preceding table only includes commercial activity from FNF's commercial offices in the national commercial division and does not attempt to capture potential commercial activity in our local offices.
The expected transition from a refinance driven market to a purchase driven market accelerated in the third quarter," said Chief Executive Officer George P. Scanlon. "Despite a 15% decrease in closed orders versus the third quarter of 2012, we still generated a 14.2% adjusted pre-tax margin in the title business, a decline of only 20 basis points from the prior year, as the combination of a 23% increase in the fee per file and nearly 1,650 staffing reductions since the middle of June offset the decline in order volume. In the third quarter, our residential purchase orders opened grew by 10% versus the third quarter of 2012 and closed purchase orders increased by 15% over the prior year, as the purchase market continued to improve despite modestly higher mortgage rates. Overall, purchase orders constituted 56% of open orders and 50% of closed orders during the third quarter. Our commercial title insurance business continues to perform extremely well, generating 25% revenue growth over a strong third quarter of 2012. As we enter the normally seasonally slower fourth quarter and first quarter of 2014, we will remain focused on operating the business efficiently in order to continue to maximize the earnings from our title insurance business."
"We continue to work towards a late fourth quarter or possibly January 2014 closing for the LPS acquisition," said Chairman William P. Foley, II. "Once closed, the addition of LPS will create a larger, broader, more diversified and recurring revenue base for FNF and we look forward to creating significant value for our shareholders through this strategic acquisition."
FNF will host a call with investors and analysts to discuss third quarter 2013 results on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Events and Multimedia page of the FNF Investor Relations website at www.fnf.com. The conference call replay will be available via webcast through the FNF Investor Relations website at www.fnf.com. The telephone replay will be available from 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on October 24, 2013, through October 30, 2013, by dialing 800-475-6701 (USA) or 320-365-3844 (International). The access code will be 305378.
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), is a leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services and diversified services. FNF is the nation's largest title insurance company through its title insurance underwriters - Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Alamo Title - that collectively issue more title insurance policies than any other title company in the United States. FNF owns a 55% stake in American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC, a family and casual dining restaurant owner, operator and franchisor of the O'Charley's, Ninety Nine Restaurant, Max & Erma's, Village Inn, and Bakers Square concepts. FNF also owns an 87% stake in J. Alexander's, LLC, an upscale dining restaurant owner and operator of the J. Alexander's and Stoney River Legendary Steaks concepts. In addition, FNF also owns a 51% stake in Remy International, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, marketer and distributor of aftermarket and original equipment electrical components for automobiles, light trucks, heavy-duty trucks and other vehicles. FNF also owns a minority interest in Ceridian Corporation, a leading provider of global human capital management and payment solutions. More information about FNF can be found at www.fnf.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
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Any non-GAAP measures should be considered in context with the GAAP financial presentation and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP net earnings. Further, FNF's non-GAAP measures may be calculated differently from similarly titled measures of other companies. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to related GAAP measures are provided above.
Important Information Filed with the SEC
FNF has filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S 4 in connection with the previously announced transaction to purchase LPS that includes a prospectus of FNF and a preliminary Joint Proxy Statement of FNF and LPS. The Registration Statement has not yet become effective. Following the Registration Statement having been declared effective by the SEC, FNF and LPS plan to file with the SEC and mail to their respective stockholders a Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus in connection with the transaction. The Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus will contain important information about FNF, LPS, the transaction and related matters. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED BY FNF OR LPS, INCLUDING THE DEFINITIVE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.
Investors and security holders are able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the preliminary Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by FNF and LPS through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov or by phone, email or written request by contacting the investor relations department of FNF or LPS at the following:
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FNF and LPS, and their respective directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. Information regarding the directors and executive officers of FNF is contained in FNF's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and its proxy statement filed on April 12, 2013, which are filed with the SEC. Information regarding LPS's directors and executive officers is contained in LPS's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and its proxy statement filed on April 9, 2013, which are filed with the SEC. A more complete description will be available in the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus.
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Forward Looking Statements
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