Jacksonville, Fla. -- (February 19, 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 twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2012.
The following are summary financial and operational results for the operating segments of FNF for the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2012 and 2011:
"The fourth quarter was a great finish to a very strong year for our company," said Chief Executive Officer George P. Scanlon. "While refinance transactions remained strong, we also saw improvement in the level of purchase transactions, as we experienced an 11% increase in open resale orders during the fourth quarter versus the prior year quarter. We are encouraged as we look to 2013. We are proud of the 16% pre-tax margin our title business generated this quarter. That margin is nearly equal to the peak title margin we earned in 2003, a year that saw total mortgage originations of $3.8 trillion, more than double the projection of total mortgage originations for 2012. In what remains a sluggish residential real estate market, this is an accomplishment that all of our employees can truly be proud to have achieved. For full-year 2012, our pre-tax title margin was an impressive 14.1%. Our commercial title business had a tremendous quarter, generating nearly $143 million in revenue, by far the strongest commercial quarter in the history of our company. For the full year 2012, commercial title revenue was nearly $412 million, an increase of 13% versus 2011. Overall, open title order counts remained robust during the quarter, despite the normal seasonal slowdown in the second half of December and we enter 2013 confident that we can continue to generate strong, industry-leading profitability in our title insurance business."
"2012 was a year of milestones for our two major non-title businesses," said Chairman William P. Foley, II. "Our restaurant group expanded significantly with the acquisitions of O'Charley's and J. Alexander's, growing from a revenue base of approximately $400 million entering 2012 to more than $1.4 billion entering 2013. We began consolidating the restaurant group's results in May 2012 and as we enter 2013, we remain focused on integrating the headquarters in Nashville, improving the financial performance of the O'Charley's concept and building our restaurant group into an asset that can provide significant value for FNF shareholders. Remy also had several significant events occur in 2012. In August, FNF acquired 1.5 million additional shares of Remy common stock and became the majority owner of the company, causing the consolidation of Remy's financials into FNF. Additionally, Remy successfully became listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market, under the trading symbol "REMY", creating additional liquidity for its common stock. We are excited about the new leadership and future for Remy and look forward to continued future operational and financial success that will benefit all Remy shareholders. "
FNF will host a call with investors and analysts to discuss fourth quarter 2012 results on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, beginning at 11:00 a.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 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on February 20, 2013, through February 27, 2013, by dialing 800-475-6701 (USA) or 320-365-3844 (International). The access code will be 278625.
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), is a leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services and other 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 restaurant owner and operator of the O'Charley's, Ninety Nine Restaurant, Max & Erma's, Village Inn, Bakers Square and Stoney River Legendary Steaks concepts and FNF also owns 100% of J. Alexander's, an upscale dining concept. In addition, FNF also owns a 51% stake in Remy International, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer, remanufacturer, and distributor of starters and alternators for light vehicle and commercial vehicle applications, locomotive products and hybrid electric motors. FNF owns Digital Insurance, Inc., the nation's leading employee benefits platform specializing in health insurance distribution and benefits management for small and mid-sized businesses. 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.
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is the term used to refer to the standard framework of guidelines for financial accounting. GAAP includes the standards, conventions, and rules accountants follow in recording and summarizing transactions and in the preparation of financial statements. In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with GAAP, the Company has provided non-GAAP financial measures, which it believes are useful to help investors better understand its financial performance, competitive position and prospects for the future. These non-GAAP measures include earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA).
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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our expectations, hopes, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Because such statements are based on expectations as to future financial and operating results and are not statements of fact, actual results may differ materially from those projected. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The risks and uncertainties which forward-looking statements are subject to include, but are not limited to: changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; weakness or adverse changes in the level of real estate activity, which may be caused by, among other things, high or increasing interest rates, a limited supply of mortgage funding or a weak U. S. economy; our potential inability to find suitable acquisition candidates, acquisitions in lines of business that will not necessarily be limited to our traditional areas of focus, or difficulties in integrating acquisitions; our dependence on distributions from our title insurance underwriters as a main source of cash flow; significant competition that our operating subsidiaries face; compliance with extensive government regulation of our operating subsidiaries; and other risks detailed in the "Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information," "Risk Factors" and other sections of the Company's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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