Jacksonville, Fla. -- (October 20, 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 nine-month periods ended September 30, 2010.
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, 2010 and 2009:
- 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.
"This was another solid quarter for our title insurance business," said Chairman William P. Foley, II. "In particular, refinance order volumes showed strength throughout the quarter, moving from 10,500 open orders per day in July to more than 11,400 open orders per day in both August and September. For the quarter, refinance orders comprised approximately 67% of total open orders and 63% of closed orders, with closed refinance orders peaking at 67% of total closed orders during the month of September. While we started to see an increase in closing activity later in the quarter, a large number of the third quarter open orders will actually close during the fourth quarter, providing further earnings momentum as we close out 2010.
"During the quarter, we sold approximately half of our investment in FIS stock through that company's August tender offer, selling 1.6 million shares at the tender price of $29. This resulted in total proceeds of nearly $47 million, a pre-tax gain of approximately $22 million. We continue to own another 1.6 million shares of FIS with a current value of approximately $45 million.
"There has been significant discussion and speculation concerning our involvement with foreclosures and potential risks we face from those transactions. Many lenders have announced that they have halted foreclosures and the sale of REO properties due to possible flaws in documentation used in the foreclosure process. We do not believe that this situation will have a material adverse impact on our title business. FNF's title insurance underwriters issue title policies on REO properties to new purchasers and lenders to those purchasers. FNF believes that these policies will not result in additional claims exposure to FNF because the new owners and their lenders would have the rights of good faith purchasers which should not be affected by potential defects in documentation. Even if a court sets aside a foreclosure due to a defect in documentation, the foreclosing lender would be required to return all funds obtained from our insureds, resulting in no loss under the title insurance policy.
"Additionally, we recently reached an agreement with Bank of America under which they will provide a representation that all documentation, procedures and/or notices related to the foreclosure of a property comply with state law and local practice and they will indemnify FNF against any losses incurred directly by their failure to comply with state law or local practice on both transactions in which foreclosure has already occurred or been initiated and those to be initiated in the future. We believe that this agreement reflects current law in every state and is consistent with the rights that we have under the policies we issue. We will also require similar representation and indemnification on future REO banked-owned transactions from all other lenders."
FNF will host a call with investors and analysts to discuss third quarter 2010 results on Thursday, October 21, 2010, beginning at 9:00 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 11:00 a.m. Eastern time today through October 28, 2010, by dialing 800-475-6701 (USA) or 320-365-3844 (International). The access code will be 173222.
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.
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