"Second quarter operating results were enhanced mostly by lower production and operating expenses in Old Republic’s mortgage guaranty line and much stronger revenue growth in its title insurance segment."
"Old Republic’s title insurance business registered a quarterly operating gain for the first time since the second quarter of 2007. Key operating performance indicators are shown in the following table:
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Growth in net premiums and fees resulted from a surge in refinance activity and the benefit of market share gains stemming from title industry dislocations and consolidations. Claims costs rose at a quicker pace however, as the Company added moderately to reserve provisions to address recent loss emergence trends. Production and general operating expenses, while relatively lower as a percentage of premium and fees revenues, rose dollar-wise in reflection of greater personnel and other production costs related to the higher revenues attained and anticipated."