First American Financial Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

— Reports Earnings of 68 Cents per Diluted Share —

Jul 26, 2012, 07:00 ET from First American Financial Corporation

SANTA ANA, Calif., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance and settlement services to the real estate and mortgage industries, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Current Quarter Highlights

  • Total revenues up 18 percent compared to last year
  • Title Insurance and Services segment pretax margin of 11.7 percent
    • Highest pretax margin since 2005
  • Title open orders up 36 percent compared to last year
  • Commercial division revenues of $98.2 million, up 16 percent compared to last year
  • Cash flow from operations of $111.6 million

Selected Financial Information

($ in millions, except per share data)

For the Three Months Ended

June 30

2012

2011

Total revenues

$ 1,089.8

$ 927.3

Income before taxes

112.3

49.2

Net income

$      73.0

$   32.3

Net income per diluted share

0.68

0.30

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2012 were $1.1 billion, an increase of 18 percent relative to the second quarter of 2011. Net income in the current quarter was $73.0 million, or 68 cents per diluted share, compared with net income of $32.3 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011. The current quarter results include net realized investment gains of $5.7 million, or 3 cents per diluted share, compared with net realized investment losses of $2.9 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011.

"In the second quarter we achieved our best results since 2005, with a title margin of 11.7 percent," said Dennis J. Gilmore, chief executive officer at First American Financial Corporation. "The cost-efficient and scalable operations we built over the last several years enabled us to demonstrate significant operating leverage in the quarter.

"Second-quarter open orders were up 36 percent year-over-year, primarily driven by strong refinance activity. We also saw an increase in resale and commercial transactions in the quarter. Given first-half results and a strong order pipeline, we are on track to deliver on our goal of an 8 to 10 percent title margin for the full year 2012."

 

Title Insurance and Services

($ in millions, except average revenue per order)

For the Three Months Ended

June 30

2012

2011

Total revenues

$   1,012.0

$    857.8

Income before taxes*

$      118.4

$      60.8

Pretax margin

11.7%

7.1%

Direct open orders

411,200

302,400

Direct closed orders

289,300

215,600

Commercial**

   Total revenues

$        98.2

$      84.5

   Open orders

19,100

18,200

   Closed orders  

12,100

9,500

       Average revenue per order

$ 7,100

$ 7,400

* See footnote (2) on page 7.

**Includes commercial activity from the National Commercial Services division only.

Total revenues for the Title Insurance and Services segment were $1.0 billion, an 18 percent increase from the same quarter of 2011. Direct premiums and escrow fees were up 27 percent from the second quarter of 2011, driven by a 34 percent increase in the number of direct title orders closed in the quarter, partially offset by a 5 percent decline in the average revenue per direct title order to $1,466. Agent premiums were up 15 percent in the current quarter, which is consistent with the 16 percent increase in direct premiums experienced in the previous quarter, reflecting the normal reporting lag of approximately one quarter.

Information and other revenues were $167.4 million this quarter, up 6 percent as compared to the same quarter of last year, primarily attributable to higher demand for the company's data and information products. Total investment income was up 10 percent, reflecting higher net realized investment gains in the current quarter that were partly offset by lower yield on the investment portfolio.

Personnel costs were $299.3 million in the second quarter, an increase of $29.6 million, or 11 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2011.  This increase was primarily due to higher incentive-based compensation driven by improved revenues and profitability, partially offset by reduced severance expense related to the expense reduction program the company implemented last year.

Other operating expenses were $189.8 million in the second quarter, up $8.0 million, or 4 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2011. The increase in other operating expenses was primarily due to higher production-related expenses and temporary labor driven by the increase in order volumes in the current quarter, largely offset by a decline in legal expenses.

The provision for policy losses and other claims was $54.8 million in the second quarter, or 6.6 percent of title premiums and escrow fees, up $14.6 million compared with the same quarter of the prior year. The current quarter rate of 6.6 percent reflects an ultimate loss rate of 5.9 percent for the current policy year and a net increase in the loss reserve estimates for prior policy years.

Pretax income for the Title Insurance and Services segment was $118.4 million in the second quarter, compared with $60.8 million in the second quarter of 2011. Pretax margin was 11.7 percent in the current quarter, compared with 7.1 percent last year. 

Specialty Insurance

($ in millions)

For the Three Months Ended

June 30

2012

2011

Total revenues

$ 79.6

$ 71.6

Income before taxes*

$ 13.3

$ 10.4

Pretax margin

16.7%

14.5%

* See footnote (2) on page 7.

Total revenues for the Specialty Insurance segment were $79.6 million in the second quarter of 2012, an increase of 11 percent compared with the second quarter of 2011. The increase in revenues was driven by higher premiums earned in both the home warranty and property and casualty business lines. The overall loss ratio in the Specialty Insurance segment was 55 percent in the current quarter, as compared with a 54 percent loss ratio in the prior year. Total investment income was $6.0 million in the current quarter, up $2.9 million from the prior year due to higher net realized investment gains. As a result of higher total investment income in the current quarter, pretax margin was 16.7 percent, up from 14.5 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

Teleconference/Webcast

First American's second quarter 2012 results will be discussed in more detail on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 11 a.m. ET, via teleconference. The toll-free dial-in number is (888) 989-5217. Callers from outside the United States may dial (773) 799-3263. The pass code for the event is "First American."

The live audio webcast of the call will be available on First American's website at www.firstam.com/investor. An audio replay of the conference call will be available through Aug. 3, 2012, by dialing (203) 369-1533. An audio archive of the call will also be available on First American's investor website.

About First American

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services to the real estate and mortgage industries, that traces its heritage back to 1889. First American and its affiliated companies also provide title plant management services; title and other real property records and images; valuation products and services; home warranty products; property and casualty insurance; and banking, trust and investment advisory services. With revenues of $3.8 billion in 2011, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents and partners in all 50 states and abroad. More information about the company can be found at www.firstam.com.

Website Disclosure

First American posts information of interest to investors at www.firstam.com/investor. This includes opened and closed title insurance order counts for its direct title insurance operations, which are posted approximately 12 days after the end of each month.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release and the related management commentary and responses to investor questions, including but not limited to those related to future title margins, the liquidation of CoreLogic, Inc. shares, closed  title order outlook, emphasis on growth in core businesses primarily through organic growth and select acquisitions, future title claims experience and corporate expense expectations, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements may contain the words "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "plan," "predict," "estimate," "project," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," or other similar words and phrases. Risks and uncertainties exist that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the anticipated results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements include: interest rate fluctuations; changes in the performance of the real estate markets; volatility in the capital markets; unfavorable economic conditions; impairments in the company's goodwill or other intangible assets; failures at financial institutions where the company deposits funds; changes in applicable government regulations; heightened scrutiny by legislators and regulators of the company's title insurance and services segment and certain other of the company's businesses; regulation of title insurance rates; reform of government-sponsored mortgage enterprises; limitations on access to public records and other data; product migration; changes resulting from increases in the size of the company's customers; changes in measures of the strength of the company's title insurance underwriters, including ratings and statutory surpluses; losses in the company's investment portfolio; expenses of and funding obligations to the pension plan; material variance between actual and expected claims experience; defalcations, increased claims or other costs and expenses attributable to the company's use of title agents; systems interruptions and intrusions, wire transfer errors or unauthorized data disclosures; inability to realize the benefits of the company's offshore strategy; inability of the company's subsidiaries to pay dividends or repay funds; and other factors described in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release and related management commentary contain certain financial measures that are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), including a personnel and other operating expense ratio. The company is presenting these non-GAAP financial measures because they provide the company's management and investors with additional insight into the operational efficiency and performance of the company relative to earlier periods and relative to the company's competitors. The company does not intend for these non-GAAP financial measures to be a substitute for any GAAP financial information. In this news release, these non-GAAP financial measures have been presented with, and reconciled to, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Investors should use these non-GAAP financial measures only in conjunction with the comparable GAAP financial measures.

Media Contact:

Investor Contact:

Carrie Navarifar

Craig Barberio

Corporate Communications

Investor Relations

First American Financial Corporation 

First American Financial Corporation

(714) 250-3298

(714) 250-5214

 

(Additional Financial Data Follows)

Summary of Consolidated Financial Results and Selected Information

(in thousands, except per share amounts and title orders)

(unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2012

2011

2012

2011

Total revenues

$1,089,833

$ 927,343

$2,056,596

$1,859,043

Income before income taxes

$   112,290

$  49,215

$   163,840

$     25,766

Income tax expense

38,773

17,068

59,214

8,860

Net income

73,517

32,147

104,626

16,906

Less: Net income (loss)

             attributable to

             noncontrolling interests

516

(194)

332

(100)

Net income attributable to the Company

$     73,001

$  32,341

$   104,294

$     17,006

Net income per share attributable to stockholders:

     Basic

$        0.69

$      0.31

$        0.98

$        0.16

     Diluted

$        0.68

$      0.30

$        0.97

$        0.16

Cash dividends per share

$        0.08

$      0.06

$        0.16

$        0.12

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

     Basic

106,230

105,222

105,926

104,953

     Diluted

107,945

106,838

107,681

106,802

Selected Title Information

Title orders opened

411,200

302,400

788,400

589,500

Title orders closed

289,300

215,600

550,600

441,200

Paid title claims

$     71,850

$  80,257

$   152,305

$   161,614

 

First American Financial Corporation

Selected Balance Sheet Information

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

June 30,

2012

December 31,

2011

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 796,163

$     418,299

Investment portfolio

2,660,058

2,642,917

Goodwill and other intangible assets

885,871

878,414

Total assets

5,790,943

5,370,337

Reserve for claim losses

974,026

1,014,676

Notes payable

273,630

299,975

Total stockholders' equity

2,158,024

2,028,600

 

First American Financial Corporation

Segment Information

(in thousands, unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

Title

Specialty

Corporate

June 30, 2012

Consolidated

 Insurance

 Insurance

(incl. Elims.)

Revenues

Direct premiums and escrow fees

$     497,288

$     424,146

$       73,142

$                -

Agent premiums

400,361

400,361

-

-

Information and other

167,827

167,411

418

(2)

Investment income

18,696

18,190

2,231

(1,725)

Net realized investment gains(1)

5,661

1,864

3,797

-

1,089,833

1,011,972

79,588

(1,727)

Expenses

Personnel costs

322,043

299,348

13,717

8,978

Premiums retained by agents

321,348

321,348

-

-

Other operating expenses

205,647

189,759

9,594

6,294

Provision for policy losses and other claims

95,389

54,820

40,569

-

Depreciation and amortization

18,456

16,669

1,116

671

Premium taxes

12,228

10,922

1,306

-

Interest

2,432

661

-

1,771

977,543

893,527

66,302

17,714

Income (loss) before income taxes(2)

$     112,290

$     118,445

$       13,286

$      (19,441)

For the Three Months Ended

Title

Specialty

Corporate

June 30, 2011

Consolidated

 Insurance

 Insurance

(incl. Elims.)

Revenues

Direct premiums and escrow fees

$     401,978

$     333,920

$       68,058

$                -

Agent premiums

348,441

348,441

-

-

Information and other

157,710

157,293

416

1

Investment income

22,094

20,026

2,567

(499)

Net realized investment (losses) gains(1)

(2,880)

(1,832)

605

(1,653)

927,343

857,848

71,646

(2,151)

Expenses

Personnel costs

293,451

269,740

12,490

11,221

Premiums retained by agents

279,812

279,812

-

-

Other operating expenses

196,780

181,783

9,488

5,509

Provision for policy losses and other claims

77,237

40,267

36,970

-

Depreciation and amortization

18,867

16,955

1,077

835

Premium taxes

9,913

8,707

1,206

-

Interest

2,068

(167)

-

2,235

878,128

797,097

61,231

19,800

Income (loss) before income taxes(2)

$       49,215

$       60,751

$       10,415

$      (21,951)

 

(1)

Includes other-than-temporary impairment (OTTI) losses recorded in earnings.

(2)

Beginning with the first quarter of 2012, changes were made to the allocation of certain expenses between business segments and the corporate division, primarily related to benefit plans, shared services, and interest expense. Prior period financials were reclassified to conform to the current presentation as further disclosed in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

 

First American Financial Corporation

Segment Information

(in thousands, unaudited)

For the Six Months Ended

Title

Specialty

Corporate

June 30, 2012

Consolidated

 Insurance

 Insurance

(incl. Elims.)

Revenues

Direct premiums and escrow fees

$     911,074

$     767,785

$     143,289

$                -

Agent premiums

777,347

777,347

-

-

Information and other

323,587

322,700

893

(6)

Investment income

41,073

35,511

4,696

866

Net realized investment gains (losses)(1)

3,515

(150)

4,908

(1,243)

2,056,596

1,903,193

153,786

(383)

Expenses

Personnel costs

627,322

576,925

27,380

23,017

Premiums retained by agents

623,512

623,512

-

-

Other operating expenses

394,797

361,510

20,637

12,650

Provision for policy losses and other claims

182,067

107,000

75,067

-

Depreciation and amortization

36,515

33,002

2,172

1,341

Premium taxes

23,076

20,655

2,421

-

Interest

5,467

1,322

-

4,145

1,892,756

1,723,926

127,677

41,153

Income (loss) before income taxes(2)

$     163,840

$     179,267

$       26,109

$      (41,536)

For the Six Months Ended

Title

Specialty

Corporate

June 30, 2011

Consolidated

 Insurance

 Insurance

(incl. Elims.)

Revenues

Direct premiums and escrow fees

$     763,072

$     629,351

$     133,721

$                -

Agent premiums

748,362

748,362

-

-

Information and other

308,468

307,720

745

3

Investment income

42,865

37,593

5,075

197

Net realized investment (losses) gains(1) 

(3,724)

(3,255)

936

(1,405)

1,859,043

1,719,771

140,477

(1,205)

Expenses

Personnel costs

576,753

528,807

24,141

23,805

Premiums retained by agents

599,799

599,799

-

-

Other operating expenses

387,170

357,295

19,098

10,777

Provision for policy losses and other claims

206,749

136,642

70,107

-

Depreciation and amortization

37,966

34,126

2,093

1,747

Premium taxes

18,956

16,747

2,209

-

Interest

5,884

1,300

-

4,584

1,833,277

1,674,716

117,648

40,913

Income (loss) before income taxes(2)

$       25,766

$       45,055

$       22,829

$      (42,118)

 

(1)

Includes other-than-temporary impairment (OTTI) losses recorded in earnings.

(2)

Beginning with the first quarter of 2012, changes were made to the allocation of certain expenses between business segments and the corporate division, primarily related to benefit plans, shared services, and interest expense. Prior period financials were reclassified to conform to the current presentation as further disclosed in the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

 

First American Financial Corporation

Expense Ratio Reconciliation

Title Insurance and Services Segment

($ in thousands, unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2012

2011

2012

2011

Total revenues

$ 1,011,972

$    857,848

$ 1,903,193

$ 1,719,771

-Net realized investment gains (losses)

1,864

(1,832)

(150)

(3,255)

-Investment income

18,190

20,026

35,511

37,593

-Premiums retained by agents 

321,348

279,812

623,512

599,799

Net operating revenues

$    670,570

$    559,842

$ 1,244,320

$ 1,085,634

Personnel and other operating expenses

$    489,107

$    451,523

$    938,435

$    886,102

Ratio (% net operating revenues)

72.9%

80.7%

75.4%

81.6%

Ratio (% total revenues)

48.3%

52.6%

49.3%

51.5%

 

SOURCE First American Financial Corporation



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