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FNF Reports First Quarter 2020 Diluted EPS of $(0.22) and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.73, Pre-Tax Title Margin of (3.3)% and Adjusted Pre-Tax Title Margin of 14.4%

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. , April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, 2020.

  • Total revenue of approximately $1.6 billion in the first quarter versus $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2019
  • First quarter net losses of $61 million and adjusted net earnings of $202 million versus net earnings of $206 million and adjusted net earnings of $118 million for the first quarter of 2019
  • First quarter diluted EPS of $(0.22) and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.73 versus diluted EPS of $0.74 and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.43 in the first quarter of 2019
  • Realized losses were $320 million in the first quarter versus realized gains of $142 million in the first quarter of 2019 primarily due to mark to market accounting treatment of equity and preferred stock securities whether the securities were disposed of in the quarter or continue to be held in our investment portfolio

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  • Total revenue of approximately $1.6 billion versus approximately $1.7 billion in total revenue in the first quarter of 2019
  • Total revenue, excluding realized gains and losses, of approximately $1.9 billion versus approximately $1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 27%
  • Pre-tax losses of $53 million and adjusted pre-tax earnings of $279 million versus pre-tax earnings of $292 million and adjusted pre-tax earnings of $172 million in the first quarter of 2019
  • Pre-tax title margin of (3.3)% and adjusted pre-tax title margin of 14.4% versus pre-tax title margin of 17.6% and adjusted pre-tax title margin of 11.3% in the first quarter of 2019
  • First quarter purchase orders opened increased 1% on a daily basis and purchase orders closed increased 3% on a daily basis versus the first quarter of 2019
  • Total commercial revenue of $245 million , a 6% increase versus total commercial revenue in the first quarter of 2019, driven by a 3% increase in closed orders and total commercial fee per file; first quarter total commercial orders opened increased 13% compared to the prior year
  • Overall first quarter average fee per file of $2,224 , a 13% decrease versus the first quarter of 2019

Title Orders




Direct Orders Opened *



Direct Orders Closed *

Month


 / (% Purchase)


 / (% Purchase)

January 2020



185,000

50%



112,000

49%

February 2020



211,000

45%



118,000

47%

March 2020



286,000

33%



147,000

43%








First Quarter 2020



682,000

41%



377,000

46%








 




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%










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

 



Open


Closed


Commercial





Commercial

Commercial

Revenue


Commercial



Orders

Orders

(In millions)


Fee Per File

First Quarter 2020 - Total Commercial



56,300


31,000


$245



$7,900

First Quarter 2019 - Total Commercial



49,800


30,000


$231



$7,700

"While our first quarter volumes started strong and our initial outlook for the full year robust, the environment has rapidly changed with the spread of COVID-19 which has impacted how we work, live and socialize," commented Chairman William P. Foley, II. "The important work our Company performs to facilitate residential and commercial real estate settlements and closings is designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of the 'essential critical infrastructure workforce'. Our first priority during these challenging times has been the safety and health of our customers and our more than 25,000 employees spread across the U.S., Canada and India . Our team has worked to transition more than 80% of our employees to a remote working environment without sacrificing security or productivity. This is a testament to not only the operational capabilities of our team but also the significant investments that we have made in technology which positions FNF to succeed during such a trying time.

In the first quarter, we generated adjusted pre-tax title earnings of $279 million and an adjusted pre-tax title margin of 14.4% compared to adjusted pre-tax title earnings of $172 million and an adjusted pretax title margin of 11.3% in the 2019 comparable quarter.  Total commercial revenues were $245 million for the quarter, compared to $231 million in the first quarter of 2019.  Given the spread of the pandemic and the broad shelter in place orders issued by state governments, we have seen a decline in refinance and purchase orders thus far in the second quarter and expect orders to continue declining as we work together as a country to control the spread of COVID-19.  Given our team's long history and experience operating through unanticipated challenges such as the housing crisis of 2008 and the following economic downturn, we are well versed in understanding and reacting to difficult economic environments. We closely monitor business metrics to allow us to quickly adapt to changing order counts and effectively manage expenses."

Mr. Foley concluded, "During the first quarter we announced the acquisition of FGL Holdings ("F&G") which we are now targeting to close by the end of the second quarter, and no later than the beginning of the third quarter. Earlier today, we signed a credit agreement for a $1.0 billion 364 day delayed-draw term loan, which along with cash on hand and our undrawn credit facility provides ample capacity to fund the F&G acquisition at closing.  While the current economic backdrop is challenging, with the additional financing secured, Fidelity remains well capitalized, maintaining adequate liquidity to weather the current environment.  That said, we will be opportunistic and are continuously monitoring the debt markets closely for the appropriate opportunity to refinance the term loan with longer-term bonds.  Looking forward, the acquisition of F&G will provide FNF with significant earnings accretion while providing us with a counter cyclical business with strong growth tailwinds which will be enhanced by our strong balance sheet and cross sell opportunities."

Conference Call
We will host a call with investors and analysts to discuss first quarter 2020 FNF results on Thursday, April 23, 2020, 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 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 23, 2020 , through April 30, 2020 , by dialing 1-844-512-2921 ( USA ) or 1-412-317-6671 (International).  The access code will be 13701392.

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, 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:  the ability to consummate the proposed F&G transaction; the ability to obtain requisite regulatory, shareholder and stockholder approval and the satisfaction of other conditions to the consummation of the proposed F&G transaction; the ability of FNF to successfully integrate F&G's operations and employees; the potential impact of the announcement or consummation of the proposed F&G transaction on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers and competitors; changes in general economic, business, political and COVID-19 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 F&G and 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 FNF's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

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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, 2020




Direct title premiums


$

546



$

546



$


Agency title premiums


732



732




Escrow, title related and other fees


601



610



(9)


Total title and escrow


1,879



1,888



(9)









Interest and investment income


53



48



5


Realized gains and losses, net


(320)



(313)



(7)


Total revenue


1,612



1,623



(11)









Personnel costs


614



641



(27)


Agent commissions


560



560




Other operating expenses


411



380



31


Depreciation and amortization


43



37



6


Claim loss expense


58



58




Interest expense


12





12


Total expenses


1,698



1,676



22









Pre-tax loss


$

(86)



$

(53)



$

(33)









Non-GAAP adjustments before taxes







  Realized (gains) and losses, net


320



313



7


  Purchase price amortization


23



19



4


  Transaction costs


6





6


 Total non-GAAP adjustments before taxes


$

349



$

332



$

17









Adjusted pre-tax earnings (loss)


$

263



$

279



$

(16)


Adjusted pre-tax margin


13.6

%


14.4

%










Pre-tax loss


$

(86)



$

(53)



$

(33)


  Income tax benefit


(28)



(19)



(9)


  Earnings from equity investments


1



1




  Non-controlling interests


4



4











Net loss attributable to common shareholders


$

(61)



$

(37)



$

(24)









EPS attributable to common shareholders - basic


$

(0.22)






EPS attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$

(0.22)













Weighted average shares - basic


274






Weighted average shares - diluted


274






 

 

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, 2020




Net loss attributable to common shareholders


$

(61)



$

(37)



$

(24)









 Total non-GAAP, pre-tax adjustments


$

349



$

332



$

17


  Income taxes on non-GAAP adjustments


(83)



(79)



(4)


  Noncontrolling interest on non-GAAP adjustments


(3)



(3)




Total non-GAAP adjustments


$

263



$

250



$

13









Adjusted net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders


$

202



$

213



$

(11)









Adjusted EPS attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$

0.73













Direct orders opened (000's)


682



682




Direct orders closed (000's)


377



377




Fee per file


$

2,224



$

2,224




Actual title claims paid


$

48



$

48











Cash flows provided by operations


$

105






 

 

...

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)