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FNF Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) (the Company), a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries and a leading provider of insurance solutions serving retail annuity and life customers and institutional clients through FNF's wholly-owned subsidiary, F&G, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the first quarter of $397 million, or $1.40 per diluted share (per share), compared to $605 million, or $2.08 per share, for the first quarter of 2021. Net earnings attributable to common shareholders for the first quarter of 2022 includes $28 million of net favorable mark-to-market effects and $19 million of other unfavorable items; all of which are excluded from adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders.

Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders (adjusted net earnings) for the first quarter of $388 million, or $1.37 per share, compared to $455 million, or $1.56 per share, for the first quarter of 2021. The decrease from the prior year quarter was primarily driven by Title's significant decrease in refinance volume relative to robust levels seen early last year; partially offset by higher average fee per file, strong commercial orders closed and sustained levels of residential purchase orders closed. F&G's adjusted net earnings for the first quarter of 2022 were $82 million, including $16 million of net unfavorable items, compared to $78 million, including $12 million of net favorable items, for the first quarter of 2021.

Company Highlights

  • Stable Title Revenue: For the Title segment, total revenue of $2.4 billion, compared to $2.5 billion in total revenue in the first quarter of 2021. Total revenue, excluding recognized gains and losses, of $2.6 billion, in line with the first quarter of 2021

  • Growth strategy drives strong sales for F&G: Total sales of $2.6 billion for the first quarter, a 57% increase over first quarter 2021 and an 18% increase over fourth quarter 2021, due to continued expansion in new channels

  • Partial spin-off of F&G announced to unlock the value of both businesses: On March 16, 2022, FNF announced a planned transaction to distribute 15% ownership of F&G to FNF shareholders on a pro rata basis; FNF will retain control of F&G through an 85% ownership stake and remains committed to F&G's growth and long-term success. The transaction is expected to close in late third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2022, subject to customary approvals

  • Ample deployable capital supports shareholder value: FNF has repurchased 2.75 million shares for a total $134 million, at an average price of $48.68 per share, in the first quarter and paid common dividends at $0.44 per share for a total $124 million. FNF ended the first quarter with $1.5 billion in cash and short-term liquid investments at the holding company

William P. Foley, II, commented, "We had great performance in the first quarter, despite the economic and geopolitical challenges that persist, as we increased total revenue by 2% to $3.2 billion from the prior year. Our Title business was boosted by strong demand in the commercial market and home price appreciation in the residential purchase market, which offset the continued decline in refinance volumes in the rising interest rate environment. F&G continues to execute well on its diversified growth strategy and delivered strong sales in the first quarter which, in turn, drives growth in assets under management and profitability, particularly in a rising interest rate environment. F&G provides our company with a stable and countercyclical source of earnings that is poised to benefit as interest rates rise."

Mr. Foley concluded, "We also remain committed to creating value for our shareholders and believe that our plan to dividend 15% ownership of F&G to FNF shareholders in the second half of this year will help to unlock the market value of both industry leading businesses. F&G has exceeded expectations since we closed on the acquisition in June of 2020 and, by retaining 85% ownership of F&G, we will continue to benefit from their growth which positions F&G to provide strong cash flows and earnings to FNF over the coming years. Looking forward, we expect to create shareholder value through continued investment in our business and returning capital to shareholders, as well as evaluating strategically aligned acquisitions, to maintain attractive returns for all of our stakeholders. With an ample capital position at our holding company, we deployed $258 million through our quarterly dividend and share repurchase program in the first quarter. This is ahead of pace with the $907 million of capital returned to our shareholders during full year 2021."

Summary Financial Results


Three Months Ended

(in millions, except per share data)

March 31, 2022


March 31, 2021

Total revenue

$ 3,165


$ 3,100

F&G total sales1

$ 2,589


$ 1,654

Total assets

$ 60,857


$ 51,489

Adjusted pre-tax title margin

17.1 %


19.9 %

Net earnings attributable to common shareholders

$ 397


$ 605

Net earnings per share attributable to common shareholders

$ 1.40


$ 2.08

Adjusted net earnings1

$ 388


$ 455

Adjusted net earnings per share1

$ 1.37


$ 1.56

Weighted average common diluted shares

283


291

Total common shares outstanding

281


289

1 See definition of non-GAAP measures below

Segment Financial Results

Title

This segment consists of the operations of the Company's title insurance underwriters and related businesses, which provide core title insurance and escrow and other title-related services including loan sub-servicing, valuations, default services, and home warranty products.

First Quarter 2022 Highlights

Mike Nolan, Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am pleased with the stability of our Title business, as we delivered adjusted pre-tax title earnings of $437 million and an adjusted pre-tax title margin of 17.1% in the first quarter, despite significant uncertainty and volatility in the macro environment. Strength in residential purchase and commercial revenue helped to buffer the ongoing contraction in refinance volumes, which hold a significantly lower fee per file. Looking ahead in 2022, we believe that we are well-positioned to navigate the effects of a rising interest rate environment, with scale advantage as the nationwide market leader, efficiencies from our innovative technology enabled platform, and a disciplined operating strategy and proven track record of quickly adjusting our operating model for significant fluctuations in opened and closed orders."

  • Total revenue of $2.4 billion, compared to $2.5 billion in total revenue in the first quarter of 2021

  • Total revenue, excluding recognized gains and losses, of $2.6 billion, in line with the first quarter of 2021

  • Purchase orders opened decreased 1% on a daily basis and purchase orders closed decreased 1% on a daily basis from the first quarter of 2021

  • Refinance orders opened decreased 57% on a daily basis and refinance orders closed decreased 58% on a daily basis from first quarter of 2021

  • Commercial orders opened increased 6% and commercial orders closed increased 7% over first quarter of 2021

  • Total fee per file of $2,891 for the first quarter, a 49% increase over first quarter of 2021

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Pre-tax title margin of 10.4% and industry leading adjusted pre-tax title margin of 17.1% for the first quarter of 2022, compared to 17.4% and 19.9%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2021

  • Pre-tax earnings from continuing operations in Title for the first quarter of $249 million, compared to $439 million for the first quarter of 2021

  • Adjusted pre-tax earnings in Title for the first quarter of $437 million compared to $512 million for the first quarter of 2021. The decrease from the prior year quarter was primarily driven by the significant decrease in the volume of refinance orders closed relative to the robust levels seen last year; partially offset by the higher average fee per file reflective of the current mix of business, continued strength in commercial orders closed, and sustained levels of residential purchase orders closed

F&G

This segment consists of operations of FNF's wholly-owned subsidiary F&G, a leading provider of insurance solutions serving retail annuity and life customers and funding agreement and pension risk transfer institutional clients.

First Quarter 2022

Chris Blunt, President and Chief Executive Officer of F&G, commented, "F&G is off to a strong start in 2022, as demonstrated by our first quarter results. We generated strong sales of $2.6 billion which, in turn, drove our assets under management to $38.6 billion. In the retail channels, we have seen record levels of submitted annuity premium in March and April, following an inflection point from pricing actions taken in response to the macro environment in the fourth quarter which carried into early first quarter. Momentum continues in our institutional channels and we closed our largest pension risk transfer transaction to-date in the first quarter, with over $500 million of premium transferred."

Regarding the recently announced transaction to distribute 15% ownership of F&G to FNF shareholders, Mr. Blunt said, "We are making progress toward a targeted closing in late third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2022. Overall, we are well positioned for future growth opportunities and view the transition to being a publicly traded company as a vote of confidence for our business."

  • Total sales of $2.6 billion for the first quarter, an increase of 57% over the first quarter 2021 and an increase of 18% over fourth quarter 2021; reflects successful execution of F&G's diversified growth strategy and a disciplined approach to pricing

  • Retail sales of $1.5 billion for the first quarter, in line with near record sales in the first quarter 2021 and steady growth of 6% over fourth quarter 2021

  • Institutional sales of $1.1 billion for the first quarter, includes a $527 million pension risk transfer transaction and $600 million of funding agreement issuances, compared to $125 million funding agreement issuance for the first quarter 2021; reflects expansion in new markets

  • Average assets under management (AAUM) of $37.5 billion for the first quarter, an increase of 29% from $29.0 billion in the first quarter 2021, driven by net new business asset flows. Ending assets under management were $38.6 billion as of March 31, 2022

  • Net earnings attributable to common shareholders for F&G of $236 million for the first quarter, compared to $289 million for the first quarter of 2021

  • Adjusted net earnings for F&G of $82 million for the first quarter, compared to $78 million for the first quarter of 2021. Adjusted net earnings excluding notable items were $98 million in the first quarter, an increase of $32 million or 48% compared to $66 million in the prior year quarter, primarily driven by growth in assets under management

Conference Call

We will host a call with investors and analysts to discuss FNF's first quarter 2022 results on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, beginning at 11:00 a.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 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 11, 2022, through May 18, 2022, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (USA) or 1-412-317-6671 (International). The access code will be 13728494. An expanded quarterly financial supplement providing F&G segment results is available on the FNF Investor Relations website.

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.

About F&G

F&G is part of the FNF family of companies. F&G is committed to helping Americans turn their aspirations into reality. F&G is a leading provider of insurance solutions serving retail annuity and life customers and institutional clients and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, please visit fglife.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, this earnings release includes non-GAAP financial measures, which the Company believes are useful to help investors better understand its financial performance, competitive position and prospects for the future. These non-GAAP measures include adjusted net earnings per share, adjusted pre-tax title earnings, adjusted pre-tax title earnings as a percentage of adjusted title revenue (adjusted pre-tax title margin), adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders (adjusted net earnings), net investment spread, assets under management (AUM), average assets under management (AAUM) and sales.

Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures may be useful in certain instances to provide additional meaningful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods. Our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other organizations because other organizations may not calculate such non-GAAP measures in the same manner as we do.

The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation of or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. By disclosing these non-GAAP financial measures, FNF believes it offers investors a greater understanding of, and an enhanced level of transparency into, the means by which the Company's management operates the Company.

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, net earnings attributable to common shareholders, net earnings per share, or any other measures derived in accordance with GAAP as measures of operating performance or liquidity. Further, FNF's non-GAAP measures may be calculated differently from similarly titled measures of other companies. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable 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 potential impact of the consummation of the 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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SOURCE: Fidelity National Financial, Inc.



FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.

FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT INFORMATION

(In millions, except order information in thousands)

(Unaudited)



Consolidated


Title


F&G


Corporate and
Other

Three Months Ended





March 31, 2022





Direct title premiums


$ 767


$ 767


$ —


$ —

Agency title premiums


1,099


1,099



Escrow, title related and other fees


1,290


665


594


31

Total title and escrow


3,156


2,531


594


31










Interest and investment income


478


27


451


Recognized gains and losses, net


(469)


(175)


(297)


3

Total revenue


3,165


2,383


748


34










Personnel costs


823


776


30


17

Agent commissions


844


844



Other operating expenses


442


397


18


27

Benefits & other policy reserve changes


208



208


Depreciation and amortization


182


33


143


6

Provision for title claim losses


84


84



Interest expense


30



8


22

Total expenses


2,613


2,134


407


72










Pre-tax earnings (loss) from continuing operations


$ 552


$ 249


$ 341


$ (38)










Income tax expense (benefit)


155


57


105


(7)

Earnings (loss) from equity investments


2


2



Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax





Non-controlling interests


2


3



(1)










Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders


$ 397


$ 191


$ 236


$ (30)










EPS from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - basic


$ 1.41







EPS from discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders - basic








EPS attributable to common shareholders - basic


$ 1.41
















EPS from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$ 1.40







EPS from discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders - diluted








EPS attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$ 1.40
















Weighted average shares - basic


281







Weighted average shares - diluted


283










FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.

FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT INFORMATION

(In millions, except order information in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Consolidated


Title


F&G


Corporate and
Other

Three Months Ended





March 31, 2022





Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders


$ 397


$ 191


$ 236


$ (30)










Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax














Net earnings (loss) from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders


$ 397


$ 191


$ 236


$ (30)










Pre-tax earnings (loss) from continuing operations


$ 552


$ 249


$ 341


$ (38)










Non-GAAP Adjustments









Recognized (gains) and losses, net


139


175


(33)


(3)

Indexed product related derivatives


(168)



(168)


Purchase price amortization


23


13


6


4

Transaction costs


2




2










Adjusted pre-tax earnings (loss)


$ 548


$ 437


$ 146


$ (35)










Total non-GAAP, pre-tax adjustments


$ (4)


$ 188


$ (195)


$ 3

Income taxes on non-GAAP adjustments


(5)


(45)


41


(1)

Total non-GAAP adjustments


$ (9)


$ 143


$ (154)


$ 2










Adjusted net earnings (loss) from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders


$ 388


$ 334


$ 82


$ (28)










Adjusted EPS from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - diluted


1.37










FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.

FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT INFORMATION

(In millions, except order information in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Consolidated


Title


F&G


Corporate and
Other

Three Months Ended





March 31, 2021





Direct title premiums


$ 746


$ 746


$ —


$ —

Agency title premiums


1,058


1,058



Escrow, title related and other fees


851


745


64


42

Total title and escrow


2,655


2,549


64


42










Interest and investment income


402


29


373


Recognized gains and losses, net


43


(59)


102


Total revenue


3,100


2,519


539


42










Personnel costs


812


754


29


29

Agent commissions


807


807



Other operating expenses


458


405


28


25

Benefits & other policy reserve changes


(26)



(26)


Depreciation and amortization


183


33


144


6

Provision for title claim losses


81


81



Interest expense


28



8


20

Total expenses


2,343


2,080


183


80










Pre-tax earnings (loss)


$ 757


$ 439


$ 356


$ (38)










Income tax expense (benefit)


166


103


72


(9)

Earnings from equity investments


13


8



5

Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax


5



5


Non-controlling interests


4


4












Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders


$ 605


$ 340


$ 289


$ (24)










EPS from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - basic


$ 2.07







EPS from discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders - basic


$ 0.02







EPS attributable to common shareholders - basic


$ 2.09
















EPS from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$ 2.06







EPS from discontinued operations attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$ 0.02







EPS attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$ 2.08
















Weighted average shares - basic


289







Weighted average shares - diluted


291










FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.

FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT INFORMATION

(In millions, except order information in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Consolidated


Title


...

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