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FNF Reports First Quarter 2019 Diluted EPS of $0.74 and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.43, Pre-Tax Title Margin of 19.2% and Adjusted Pre-Tax Title Margin of 11.3%
  
Jacksonville, Fla. - (April 24, 2019) - Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries, today reported operating results for the three-month period ended
March 31, 2019
.

Total revenue of approximately $1.7 billion in the first quarter versus $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2018
First quarter net earnings of $206 million and adjusted net earnings of $118 million versus net earnings of $97 million and adjusted net earnings of $118 million for the first quarter of 2018
First quarter diluted EPS of $0.74 and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.43 versus diluted EPS of $0.35 and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.42 in the first quarter of 2018
Realized gains were $142 million in the first quarter versus realized gains of $1 million in the first quarter of 2018, primarily due to the adoption of a new accounting standard in 2018 that requires mark to market accounting treatment of equity and preferred stock securities and recognition of the related changes in fair value in realized gains and losses, whether the securities were disposed of in the quarter or continue to be held in our investment portfolio

Title
Total revenue of approximately $1.7 billion versus approximately $1.6 billion in total revenue in the first quarter of 2018
Pre-tax earnings of $292 million and adjusted pre-tax earnings of $172 million versus pre-tax earnings of $163 million and adjusted pre-tax earnings of $186 million in the first quarter of 2018
Pre-tax title margin of 19.2% and adjusted pre-tax title margin of 11.3% versus pre-tax title margin of 10.3% and adjusted pre-tax title margin of 11.7% in the first quarter of 2018
First quarter purchase orders opened decreased 6% on a daily basis and purchase orders closed decreased 9% on a daily basis versus the first quarter of 2018
Total commercial revenue of $228 million, a 1% decrease versus total commercial revenue in the first quarter of 2018, driven by a 5% decrease in closed orders offset by a 4% increase in total commercial fee per file; first quarter total commercial orders opened decreased 6% compared to the prior year
Overall first quarter average fee per file of $2,567, a 10% increase versus the first quarter of 2018

Title Orders
 
 
 
Direct Orders Opened *
 
 
Direct Orders Closed *
Month
 
 / (% Purchase)
 
 / (% Purchase)
January 2019
 
 
142,000
65%
 
 
81,000
66%
February 2019
 
 
135,000
66%
 
 
81,000
65%
March 2019
 
 
161,000
65%
 
 
101,000
66%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter 2019
 
 
438,000
65%
 
 
263,000
66%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Direct Orders Opened *
 
 
Direct Orders Closed *
Month
 
 / (% Purchase)
 
 
 / (% Purchase)
January 2018
 
 
158,000
62%
 
 
101,000
58%
February 2018
 
 
148,000
66%
 
 
96,000
62%
March 2018
 
 
172,000
69%
 
 
116,000
66%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter 2018
 
 
478,000
66%
 
 
313,000
62%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* Includes an immaterial number of non-purchase and non-refinance orders

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Open
 
 
Closed
 
 
Commercial
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial
 
 
Commercial
 
 
Revenue
 
 
Commercial
 
 
Orders
 
 
Orders
 
 
(In millions)
 
 
Fee Per File
First Quarter 2019 - Total Commercial
 
 
49,800
 
 
 
30,000
 
 
 
$228
 
 
 
$7,600
First Quarter 2018 - Total Commercial
 
 
52,800
 
 
 
31,500
 
 
 
$230
 
 
 
$7,300

"The first quarter was a strong start to the year for our title business, as we generated adjusted pre-tax title earnings of $172 million and an 11.3% adjusted pre-tax title margin," said Chairman William P. Foley, II. "The 11.3% adjusted pre-tax title margin was only a 40 basis point, or 3%, decline from the first quarter of 2018, despite a 16% decrease in direct orders closed, comprised of a 9% decline in purchase orders closed, a 21% decline in refinance orders closed and a 5% decline in total commercial orders closed. Additionally, the recent decline in mortgage rates has allowed for an increase in refinance open order counts, as March refinance orders opened increased by 16% versus March of 2018 and the first three weeks of April saw an increase of 42% over the prior year period. Also, while first quarter purchase orders opened declined by 6% versus the first quarter of 2018, the first three weeks of April saw a decline of only 2% versus the prior year period. We remain optimistic that the strong economy, stable or declining mortgage rates, slower home price appreciation and the possibility of increased residential supply will also provide the backdrop for a restart of the strength in the residential purchase market as we move into the seasonally stronger spring and summer months.

"With respect to the acquisition of Stewart Information Services, we continue to respond to the Second Request of the FTC. We have also filed a new Form A application with the New York State Department of Financial Services, which disapproved a prior application, to acquire control of Stewart Title Insurance Company. We will continue to respond to the FTC's Second Request and maintain discussions with all other relevant regulatory bodies to seek approval of the proposed acquisition. We remain confident that the Stewart acquisition will create meaningful long-term value for our shareholders."
   
Conference Call
We will host a call with investors and analysts to discuss first quarter 2019 FNF results on Thursday, April 25, 2019, beginning at 12:00 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 fnf.com. The conference call replay will be available via webcast through the FNF Investor Relations website at fnf.com. The telephone replay will be available from 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 25, 2019, through May 2, 2019, by dialing 800-475-6701 (USA) or 320-365-3844 (International). The access code will be 465966.

About Fidelity National Financial, Inc.
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF) is a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries. FNF is the nation’s largest title insurance company through its title insurance underwriters - Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title, Alamo Title and National Title of New York - that collectively issue more title insurance policies than any other title company in the United States. More information about FNF can be found at fnf.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
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, FNF 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 adjusted pre-tax earnings, adjusted pre-tax earnings as a percentage of adjusted revenue (adjusted pre-tax title margin), adjusted net earnings, and adjusted EPS.

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 below.

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors
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,

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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; 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; the risk that the necessary regulatory approvals of our acquisition of Stewart Information Services Corporation ("Stewart") may not be obtained or may be obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; risks that any of the closing conditions to the proposed Stewart merger may not be satisfied in a timely manner; the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully, that such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected or that the expected benefits of the acquisition will not be realized; and other risks detailed in the “Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information,” “Risk Factors” and other sections of FNF's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

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


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FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.
FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In millions, except order information in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Consolidated
 
Title
 
Corporate and Other
Three Months Ended
 
 
 
March 31, 2019
 
 
 
Direct title premiums
 
$
440

 
$
440

 
$

Agency title premiums
 
552

 
552

 

Escrow, title related and other fees
 
534

 
481

 
53

Total title and escrow
 
1,526

 
1,473

 
53

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest and investment income
 
54

 
48

 
6

Realized gains and losses, net
 
142

 
142

 

Total revenue
 
1,722

 
1,663

 
59

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personnel costs
 
592

 
551

 
41

Agent commissions
 
421

 
421

 

Other operating expenses
 
344

 
315

 
29

Depreciation and amortization
 
44

 
39

 
5

Claim loss expense
 
45

 
45

 

Interest expense
 
12

 

 
12

Total expenses
 
1,458

 
1,371

 
87

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax earnings (loss)
 
$
264

 
$
292

 
$
(28
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-GAAP adjustments before taxes
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Realized (gains) and losses, net
 
(142
)
 
(142
)
 

  Purchase price amortization
 
27

 
22

 
5

  Transaction costs
 
2

 

 
2

 Total non-GAAP adjustments before taxes
 
$
(113
)
 
$
(120
)
 
$
7

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted pre-tax earnings (loss)
 
$
151

 
$
172

 
$
(21
)
Adjusted pre-tax margin
 
9.6
%
 
11.3
%
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax earnings (loss)
 
$
264

 
$
292

 
$
(28
)
  Income tax expense (benefit)
 
65

 
71

 
(6
)
  Earnings from equity investments
 
7

 
7

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss) attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders
 
$
206

 
$
228

 
$
(22
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EPS attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders - basic
 
$
0.75

 
 
 
 
EPS attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders - diluted
 
$
0.74

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FNF, Inc. weighted average shares - basic
 
273

 
 
 
 
FNF, Inc. weighted average shares - diluted
 
277

 
 
 
 







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FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.
FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In millions, except order information in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Consolidated
 
Title
 
Corporate and Other
Three Months Ended
 
 
 
March 31, 2019
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss) attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders
 
$
206

 
$
228

 
$
(22
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Total non-GAAP, pre-tax adjustments
 
$
(113
)
 
$
(120
)
 
$
7

  Income taxes on non-GAAP adjustments
 
28

 
30

 
(2
)
  Noncontrolling interest on non-GAAP adjustments
 
(3
)
 
(3
)
 

Total non-GAAP adjustments
 
$
(88
)
 
$
(93
)
 
$
5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted net earnings (loss) attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders
 
$
118

 
$
135

 
$
(17
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted EPS attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders - diluted
 
$
0.43

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct orders opened (000's)
 
438

 
438

 
 
Direct orders closed (000's)
 
263

 
263

 
 
Fee per file
 
$
2,567

 
$
2,567

 
 
Actual title claims paid
 
$
49

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows used in operations
 
$
(4
)
 
 
 
 
 























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FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.
FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In millions, except order information in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Consolidated
 
Title
 
Corporate and Other
Three Months Ended
 
 
 
March 31, 2018
 
 
 
Direct title premiums
 
$
472

 
$
472

 
$

Agency title premiums
 
564

 
564

 

Escrow, title related and other fees
 
618

 
516

 
102

Total title and escrow
 
1,654

 
1,552

 
102

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest and investment income
 
38

 
37

 
1

Realized gains and losses, net
 
1

 
1

 

Total revenue
 
1,693

 
1,590

 
103

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personnel costs
 
607

 
579

 
28

Agent commissions
 
431

 
431

 

Other operating expenses
 
423

 
330

 
93

Depreciation and amortization
 
47

 
40

 
7

Claim loss expense
 
47

 
47

 

Interest expense
 
11

 

 
11

Total expenses
 
1,566

 
1,427

 
139

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax earnings (loss)
 
$
127

 
$
163

 
$
(36
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-GAAP adjustments before taxes
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Realized (gains) and losses, net
 
(1
)
 
(1
)
 

  Purchase price amortization
 
29

 
23

 
6

  Other adjustments
 
3

 
1

 
2

 Total non-GAAP adjustments before taxes
 
$
31


$
23


$
8

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted pre-tax earnings (loss)
 
$
158

 
$
186

 
$
(28
)
Adjusted pre-tax margin
 
9.3
%
 
11.7
%
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax earnings (loss)
 
$
127

 
$
163

 
$
(36
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Income tax expense (benefit)
 
31

 
40

 
(9
)
  Earnings from equity investments
 
2

 
1

 
1

  Non-controlling interests
 
1

 
1

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss) attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders
 
$
97

 
$
123

 
$
(26
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EPS attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders - basic
 
$
0.36

 
 
 
 
EPS attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders - diluted
 
$
0.35

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FNF, Inc. weighted average shares - basic
 
273

 
 
 
 
FNF, Inc. weighted average shares - diluted
 
280

 
 
 
 


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FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.
FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In millions, except order information in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Consolidated
 
Title
 
Corporate and Other
Three Months Ended
 
 
 
March 31, 2018
 
 
 
Net earnings (loss) attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders
 
$
97

 
$
123

 
$
(26
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Total non-GAAP, pre-tax adjustments
 
$
31

 
$
23

 
$
8

  Income taxes on non-GAAP adjustments
 
(7
)
 
(5
)
 
(2
)
  Noncontrolling interest on non-GAAP adjustments
 
(3
)
 
(3
)
 

Total non-GAAP adjustments
 
$
21

 
$
15

 
$
6

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted net earnings (loss) attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders
 
$
118

 
$
138

 
$
(20
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted EPS attributable to FNF, Inc. common shareholders - diluted
 
$
0.42

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct orders opened (000's)
 
478

 
478

 
 
Direct orders closed (000's)
 
313

 
313

 
 
Fee per file
 
$
2,344

 
$
2,344

 
 
Actual title claims paid
 
$
51

 
$
51

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows provided by operations
 
$
18

 
 
 
 

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FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.
QUARTERLY OPERATING STATISTICS
(Unaudited)
 
 
Q1 2019
 
Q4 2018
 
Q3 2018
 
Q2 2018
 
Q1 2018
 
Q4 2017
 
Q3 2017
 
Q2 2017
Quarterly Opened Orders ('000's except % data)
Total opened orders*
 
438

 
379

 
456

 
505

 
478

 
445

 
501

 
524

Total opened orders per day*
 
7.2

 
6.0

 
7.2

 
7.9

 
7.7

 
7.2

 
8.0

 
8.2

Purchase % of opened orders
 
65
%
 
67
%
 
69
%
 
71
%
 
66
%
 
60
%
 
62
%
 
66
%
Refinance % of opened orders
 
35
%
 
33
%
 
31
%
 
29
%
 
34
%
 
40
%
 
38
%
 
34
%
Total closed orders*
 
263

 
301

 
339

 
362

 
313

 
357

 
367

 
370

Total closed orders per day*
 
4.3

 
4.8

 
5.4

 
5.7

 
5.0

 
5.8

 
5.8

 
5.8

Purchase % of closed orders
 
66
%
 
69
%
 
71
%
 
71
%
 
62
%
 
61
%
 
65
%
 
67
%
Refinance % of closed orders
 
34
%
 
31
%
 
29
%
 
29
%
 
38
%
 
39
%
 
35
%
 
33
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commercial (millions, except orders in '000's)
Total commercial revenue
 
$
228

 
$
324

 
$
271

 
$
276

 
$
230

 
$
288

 
$
250

 
$
261

Total commercial opened orders
 
49.8

 
46.0

 
48.9

 
54.2

 
52.8

 
46.3

 
48.3

 
50.8

Total commercial closed orders
 
30.0

 
35.2

 
31.2

 
35.1

 
31.5

 
33.2

 
33.4

 
33.6

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
National commercial revenue
 
$
123

 
$
189

 
$
150

 
$
147

 
$
122

 
$
165

 
$
138

 
$
148

National commercial opened orders
 
20.6

 
19.1

 
19.8

 
23.0

 
21.1

 
19.0

 
19.9

 
22.0

National commercial closed orders
 
10.5

 
13.2

 
12.0

 
12.9

 
11.2

 
12.1

 
13.1

 
13.3

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Fee Per File
Fee per file
 
$
2,567

 
$
2,803

 
$
2,623

 
$
2,579

 
$
2,344

 
$
2,425

 
$
2,368

 
$
2,428

Residential and local commercial fee per file
 
$
2,187

 
$
2,275

 
$
2,261

 
$
2,253

 
$
2,027

 
$
2,032

 
$
2,066

 
$
2,104

Residential fee per file
 
$
1,919

 
$
1,955

 
$
2,008

 
$
2,012

 
$
1,789

 
$
1,784

 
$
1,856

 
$
1,895

Total commercial fee per file
 
$
7,600

 
$
9,200

 
$
8,700

 
$
7,900

 
$
7,300

 
$
8,700

 
$
7,500

 
$
7,800

National commercial fee per file
 
$
11,700

 
$
14,400

 
$
12,500

 
$
11,400

 
$
10,900

 
$
13,600

 
$
10,500

 
$
11,100

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Staffing
Total field operations employees
 
10,000

 
10,200

 
10,800

 
11,000

 
10,900

 
11,200

 
11,700

 
11,300

* Includes an immaterial number of non-purchase and non-refinance orders


FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.
SUMMARY BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION
(In millions)
 
 
FNF, Inc.
March 31, 2019
 
FNF, Inc.
December 31, 2018
 
 
(Unaudited)
 
(Unaudited)
Cash and investment portfolio
 
 
$
4,616

 
 
$
4,806

Goodwill
 
 
2,727

 
 
2,726

Title plant
 
 
405

 
 
405

Total assets
 
 
9,647

 
 
9,301

Notes payable
 
 
837

 
 
836

Reserve for title claim losses
 
 
1,483

 
 
1,488

Secured trust deposits
 
 
709

 
 
822

Redeemable non-controlling interests
 
 
344

 
 
344

Non-redeemable non-controlling interests
 
 
(5
)
 
 
(2
)
Total equity and non-controlling interests
 
 
5,109

 
 
4,972

Total equity attributable to common shareholders
 
 
4,770

 
 
4,630



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