Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2007 EPS of $0.37
Jacksonville, Fla. -- (April 25, 2007) -- Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), a leading provider of title insurance, specialty insurance and claims management services, today reported operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2007.
* The 1st quarter 2006 figures include the results of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. ("FIS"), which was a majority-owned subsidiary of FNF during the 1st quarter of 2006.
** A complete pro forma summary of earnings excluding FIS and the minority interest expense related to Fidelity National Title Group, Inc. ("FNT") for the 1st quarter 2006 is included later in this press release.
The following are summary financial and operational results for the current operating segments of FNF for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2007 and 2006:
- 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 1st quarter 2007 Specialty Insurance results include a $12.2 million benefit from an adjustment related to the deferral and amortization of certain costs over the life of a policy, consistent with the recognition of the premiums. The adjustment represents costs that should have been deferred as of March 31, 2007 on policies issued over the prior twelve months. Excluding this adjustment, diluted net earnings per share were $0.34 for the first quarter of 2007.
"The first quarter of 2007 was a period where we were primarily focused on managing our existing businesses as efficiently and profitably as possible," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William P. Foley, II. "The first quarter is normally the most difficult in the title business. Even with this seasonal lull, we were able to generate a 9.2% pre-tax margin in the title business by remaining focused on employee counts and efficiency metrics. This was nearly equal to the title pre-tax margin in the first quarter of 2006, despite a 10.5% decline in title segment revenue from the prior year. Additionally, all three specialty insurance businesses had successful quarters on a number of fronts. Flood insurance continues to provide a steady, recurring stream of revenue and earnings. Personal lines revenue grew by 12% with a 68% loss ratio, down from 85% in the fourth quarter of 2006, while home warranty continued to generate its consistent pre-tax margin of approximately 20%. Finally, Sedgwick, our 40% owned subsidiary, continues to grow profitably, generating $160 million in revenue and a 15% EBITDA margin during the first quarter."
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), is a leading provider of title insurance, specialty insurance and claims management services. FNF is one of the nation's largest title insurance companies through its title insurance underwriters - Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Ticor Title, Security Union Title and Alamo Title - that issue approximately 29 percent of all title insurance policies in the United States. FNF also provides flood insurance, personal lines insurance and home warranty insurance through its specialty insurance business. FNF also is a leading provider of outsourced claims management services to large corporate and public sector entities through its minority-owned subsidiary, Sedgwick CMS. 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; 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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NOTES TO UNAUDITED PRO FORMA SUMMARY OF EARNINGS
Notes to Unaudited Pro Forma Summary of Earnings for the Three-Month Period Ended March 31, 2006
This pro forma summary of earnings includes the historical statements of continuing operations of FNF and removes the results of operations of FIS and FNF minority interest expense relating to FIS and FNT as though the reorganization transaction had occurred on January 1, 2006.
(1) This column represents the historical results of operations of FIS as included in FNF's consolidated results of operations for the period presented.
(2) This column represents the historical results of operations of FNF Capital as included in FNF's consolidated results of operations for the period presented.
(3) This represents the intercompany revenues relating to various agreements recorded on FIS' income statement that had already been eliminated from the consolidated results of operations of FNF. These revenues amounted to $57.7 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006.
(4) This represents the intercompany expenses related to various agreements that were eliminated in the consolidated results of operations of FNF, but are third-party expenses subsequent to the reorganization transaction. These expenses amounted to $39.1 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006.
(5) This represents the additional agent commissions paid by FNF to FIS that were previously eliminated in the consolidated results of FNF, but are a third-party expense subsequent to the reorganization transaction. These commissions amounted to $18.6 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006.
(6) This represents intercompany interest expense that is a third-party expense subsequent to the reorganization transaction. These expenses amounted to $0.2 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006.
(7) This represents the elimination of the minority interest expense recorded by FNF relating to its earnings in FIS and FNT. Minority interest expense relating to FIS was $16.4 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006. Minority interest relating to FNT was $13.8 million for the three-month period ended March 31, 2006.
(8) Amounts presented approximate the actual number of basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding subsequent to the reorganization transaction.