July 21, 2010

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2010 EPS of $0.61

Jacksonville, Fla. -- (July 21, 2010) -- Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), a leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services, specialty insurance and information services, today reported operating results for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2010.

The following are summary financial and operational results for the operating segments of FNF for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2010 and 2009:

Fidelity National Title Group ("FNT")

- 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.

Specialty Insurance

"We experienced success in a number of areas during the second quarter," said Chairman William P. Foley, II. "In our title business, we generated a robust pre-tax margin of 9.6%, despite a 31% decline in closed orders versus the second quarter of 2009. Resale transactions were 54% of closed orders during the second quarter versus 34% in last year's second quarter, with this mix shift primarily causing a 28% increase in fee per file over the second quarter of 2009. As the quarter progressed, the open order mix shifted back to more refinance driven transactions. During June, we began to see the effect of lower mortgage rates, as open orders per day increased 6% sequentially over May and refinance orders represented 58% of open order activity during that final month of the quarter. Open orders continued to show strength in the first half of July, with open orders per day increasing more than 18% sequentially from June, again driven by higher refinance volumes. Lower mortgage rates and increased order activity will provide momentum as we move into the third quarter."

"We also successfully closed the sale of our 32% equity ownership stake in Sedgwick in late May, generating a pre-tax gain of approximately $98 million. The sale of Sedgwick clearly achieved our on-going goal of creating significant value for our shareholders and was the culmination of a very successful four-year investment for FNF."

"During May, we also issued $300 million of 6.60% senior notes with a May 2017 maturity. The issuance enhances our longer-term liquidity profile and continues our strategy of conservatively managing our balance sheet and liquidity position during these uncertain times. The net proceeds more than pre-fund the $165 million of debt that matures in August of 2011, extending the maturity profile of our outstanding debt and providing increased flexibility at the holding company. Debt to total capital declined to 18% at June 30, 2010."

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), is a leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services, specialty insurance and information 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 also provides flood insurance, personal lines insurance and home warranty insurance through its specialty insurance business and is a leading provider of global human resources, payroll, benefits and payment solutions through a minority-owned subsidiary, Ceridian Corporation. More information about FNF can be found at www.fnf.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, 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 economic performance 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 operating subsidiaries as a 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.

SOURCE: Fidelity National Financial, Inc.
CONTACT: Daniel Kennedy Murphy, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, 904-854-8120,
dkmurphy@fnf.com

 

 

 

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