FNF Reports First Quarter 2021 Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations of $2.06 and Adjusted Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations of $1.56, Pre-Tax Title Margin of 17.4% and Adjusted Pre-Tax Title Margin of 19.9%

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 6, 2021 /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 period ended March 31, 2021.

  • Total revenue of $3.1 billion in the first quarter versus $1.6 billion in the first quarter of 2020

  • First quarter net earnings from continuing operations of $600 million and adjusted net earnings from continuing operations of $455 million versus net loss of $61 million and adjusted net earnings of $202 million for the first quarter of 2020

  • First quarter diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.06 and adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations of $1.56 versus diluted EPS of $(0.22) and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.73 in the first quarter of 2020

  • Recognized gains were $43 million in the first quarter versus recognized losses of $320 million in the first quarter of 2020 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

Title

  • Total revenue of $2.5 billion versus $1.6 billion in total revenue in the first quarter of 2020

  • Total revenue, excluding recognized gains and losses, of $2.6 billion versus $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 33%

  • Pre-tax earnings of $439 million and adjusted pre-tax earnings of $512 million versus pre-tax loss of $53 million and adjusted pre-tax earnings of $279 million in the first quarter of 2020

  • Pre-tax title margin of 17.4% and adjusted pre-tax title margin of 19.9% versus pre-tax title margin of (3.3)% and adjusted pre-tax title margin of 14.4% in the first quarter of 2020

  • First quarter refinance orders opened increased 15% on a daily basis and refinance orders closed increased 103% on a daily basis versus the first quarter of 2020; purchase orders opened increased 18% on a daily basis and purchase orders closed increased 21% on a daily basis versus the first quarter of 2020

  • Total commercial revenue of $257 million, a 5% increase versus total commercial revenue in the first quarter of 2020, driven by a 12% increase in closed orders; first quarter total commercial orders opened increased 10% compared to the prior year

  • Overall first quarter average fee per file of $1,944, a 13% decrease versus the first quarter of 2020

Title Orders




Direct Orders Opened *



Direct Orders Closed *

Month


/ (% Purchase)


/ (% Purchase)

January 2021



256,000

37%



179,000

32%

February 2021



252,000

40%



188,000

32%

March 2021



262,000

49%



230,000

37%








First Quarter 2021



770,000

42%



597,000

34%






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%


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

F&G

F&G, a leading provider of annuities and life insurance, reported operating results for the first quarter of 2021. As a result of acquisition accounting (purchase accounting or PGAAP), financial results for periods after June 1, 2020 are generally not comparable to the results of prior periods. Certain metrics, such as sales and policyholder account values, are not affected by PGAAP and are comparable to prior period data.

  • Total Retail Annuity Sales of $1,639 million in the first quarter, an increase of 57 percent to the prior year, and an increase of 16 percent from the sequential quarter

  • Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIA) Sales of $1,047 million in the first quarter, an increase of 26 percent to the prior year, and an increase of 11 percent from the sequential quarter

  • Average Assets Under Management (AAUM) of $29.0 billion for the first quarter, up from $27.9 billion in the sequential period driven by net new business asset flows

  • Net Investment Spread: FIA spread for the first quarter of 298 basis points; Total Spread, including all product lines, for the first quarter of 255 basis points

  • Net Earnings Attributable to Common Shareholders of $289 million for the first quarter, including a $5 million gain from discontinued operations and $206 million net favorable mark-to-market and other items which are excluded from Adjusted Net Earnings

  • Adjusted Net Earnings From Continuing Operations Attributable to Common Shareholders of $78 million for the quarter, including $12 million of net favorable notable items

William P. Foley, II, Chairman, commented, "I am very proud of our record first quarter title results in which we generated adjusted pre-tax title earnings of $512 million and an adjusted pre-tax title margin of 19.9% compared to adjusted pre-tax title earnings of $279 million and an adjusted pretax title margin of 14.4% in the 2020 comparable quarter. Total commercial revenues continued to rebound and were $257 million for the quarter, compared to $245 million in the first quarter of 2020, as total commercial orders closed increased 12%, as compared to the year ago quarter.

I am also pleased with the continued roll out of strategic technology initiatives that improved the production and delivery of our core products and services. We continue to invest in our proprietary title automation technology and the engines that search and examine property records and other data sources. These improvements to our title automation technology continue to be developed and adopted throughout our operations with great success. In addition, we have continued to deploy our inHere® Experience Platform, which leverages the latest cloud-based technology to reimagine the traditional real estate transaction and provide a digital user experience. During the first quarter, our inHere® deployment accelerated and has been well received by our staff, consumers and clients.

Turning to F&G, we had strong results on both top line growth and bottom line profitability. First quarter results include fixed indexed annuity sales at record quarterly levels. Momentum in the bank and broker dealer channel continues to contribute to our growth and is gaining traction within the first year of launch. We expanded underlying product margins in the quarter as a result of our disciplined approach to managing net investment spread. Given credit rating upgrades in 2020 after the acquisition, we are actively pursuing expansion into institutional products, including the pension risk transfer market which will be a strategic focus this year."

Mr. Foley concluded, "Our capital allocation strategy remains a key focus of the Board. Our disciplined strategy is focused on returning capital to shareholders, while making necessary investments in our businesses to drive growth. We recently announced our second quarter dividend of $0.36 per share and have continued to make share repurchases throughout the first quarter, executing against our $500 million share repurchase plan. During the quarter we purchased 2.8 million shares at an average purchase price of $39.95 per share."

Conference Call
We will host a call with investors and analysts to discuss first quarter 2021 FNF results on Friday, May 7, 2021, 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 May 7, 2021, through May 14, 2021, by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (USA) or 1-412-317-6671 (International). The access code will be 13718683. An expanded quarterly financial supplement providing 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 annuity and life insurance products and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, please visit www.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, 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 net earnings, adjusted 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), F&G adjusted earnings, F&G adjusted earnings attributable to common shareholders, F&G adjusted operating return on common shareholders' equity excluding AOCI, F&G net investment spread, F&G average assets under management and F&G sales.

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 of FNF to successfully integrate F&G's operations and employees; 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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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


Claim loss expense


81



81






Interest expense


28





8



20


Total expenses


2,343



2,080



183



80











Pre-tax earnings (loss) from continuing operations


$

757



$

439



$

356



$

(38)











Income tax expense (benefit)


166



103



72



(9)


Earnings (loss) from equity investments


13



8





5


Earnings 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


F&G


Corporate and
Other

Three Months Ended





March 31, 2021





Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders


$

605



$

340



$

289



$

(24)











Earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax


5





5













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


$

600



$

340



$

284



$

(24)











Pre-tax earnings (loss) from continuing operations


$

757



$

439



$

356



$

(38)











Non-GAAP Adjustments









Recognized (gains) and losses, net


(23)



59



(82)




Indexed product related derivatives


(185)





(185)




Purchase price amortization


25



14



7



4


Transaction costs


6





2



4











Adjusted pre-tax earnings (loss)


$

580



$

512



$

98



$

(30)











Total non-GAAP, pre-tax adjustments


$

(177)



$

73



$

(258)



$

8


Income taxes on non-GAAP adjustments


32



(18)



52



(2)


Total non-GAAP adjustments


$

(145)



$

55



$

(206)



$

6











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


$

455



$

395



$

78



$

(18)











Adjusted EPS from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$

1.56








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


Recognized 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 earnings (loss)


$

(86)



$

(53)



$

(33)









Income tax expense (benefit)


(28)



(19)



(9)


Earnings from equity investments


1



1




Non-controlling interests


4



4











Net earnings (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 earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders


$

(61)



$

(37)



$

(24)









Pre-tax earnings (loss)


$

(86)



$

(53)



$

(33)









Non-GAAP Adjustments







Recognized (gains) and losses, net


320



313



7


Purchase price amortization


23



19



4


Transaction costs


6





6









Adjusted pre-tax earnings (loss)


$

263



$

279



$

(16)









Total non-GAAP, pre-tax adjustments


$

349



$

332



$

17


Income taxes on non-GAAP adjustments


(83)



(79)



(4)


Non-controlling interest on non-GAAP adjustments


(3)



(3)




Total non-GAAP adjustments


$

263



$

250



$

13









Adjusted net earnings attributable to common shareholders


$

202



$

213



$

(11)









Adjusted EPS attributable to common shareholders - diluted


$

0.73







FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.

SUMMARY BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION

(In millions)




March 31,
2021


December 31,
2020



(Unaudited)


(Unaudited)

Cash and investment portfolio



$

38,418




$

37,766


Goodwill



4,498




4,495


Title plant



401




404


Total assets



51,489




50,455


Notes payable



2,663




2,662


Reserve for title claim losses



1,683




1,623


Secured trust deposits



733




711


Non-controlling interests



40




41


Total equity and non-controlling interests



8,226




8,392


Total equity attributable to common shareholders



8,186




8,351


Non-GAAP Measures and Other Information

Title

The table below reconciles pre-tax title earnings to adjusted pre-tax title earnings.


Three Months Ended

(Dollars in millions)

March 31, 2021

March 31, 2020

Pre-tax earnings (loss)

$

439


$

(53)


Non-GAAP adjustments before taxes



Recognized (gains) and losses, net

59


313


Purchase price amortization

14


19


Total non-GAAP adjustments

73


332


Adjusted pre-tax earnings

$

512


$

279


Adjusted pre-tax margin

19.9

%

14.4

%

FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL, INC.

QUARTERLY OPERATING STATISTICS

(Unaudited)




Q1 2021


Q4 2020


Q3 2020


Q2 2020


Q1 2020


Q4 2019


Q3 2019


Q2 2019

Quarterly Opened Orders ('000's except % data)

Total opened orders*


770



728



847



693



682



492



592



544


Total opened orders per day*


12.6



11.6



13.2



10.8



11.0



7.8



9.3



8.5


Purchase % of opened orders


42

%


38

%


40

%


37

%


41

%


50

%


52

%


61

%

Refinance % of opened orders


58

%


62

%


60

%


63

%


59

%


50

%


48

%


39

%

Total closed orders*


597



617



571



487



377



417



409



359


Total closed orders per day*


9.8



9.8



8.9



7.6



6.1



6.6



6.4



5.6


Purchase % of closed orders


34

%


38

%


42

%


35

%


46

%


49

%


55

%


65

%

Refinance % of closed orders


66

%


62

%


58

%


65

%


54

%


51

%


45

%


35

%


















Commercial (millions, except orders in '000's)

Total commercial revenue


$

257



$

322



$

216



$

184



$

245



$

321



$

301



$

286


Total commercial opened orders


62.2



57.0



58.1



43.9



56.3



55.1



56.0



58.6


Total commercial closed orders


34.8



39.5



30.6



25.7



31.0



39.1



36.4



34.0



















National commercial revenue


$

127



$

177



$

113



$

96



$

132



$

186



$

172



$

163


National commercial opened orders


23.4



21.4



21.7



15.2



21.5



22.6



23.8



25.3


National commercial closed orders


11.2



13.4



9.8



8.8



10.7



16.2



14.1



12.7



















Total Fee Per File

Fee per file


$

1,944



$

2,116



$

2,063



$

1,889



$

2,224



$

2,384



$

2,459



$

2,677


Residential fee per file


$

1,644



$

1,661



$

1,803



$

1,614



$

1,744



$

1,792



$

1,928



$

2,075


Total commercial fee per file


$

7,400



$

8,200



$

7,100



$

7,200



$

7,900



$

8,200



$

8,300



$

8,400


National commercial fee per file


$

11,300



$

13,200



$

11,500



$

10,900



$

12,300



$

11,500



$

12,200



$

12,900



















Total Staffing

Total field operations employees


13,200



12,800



12,300



10,900



12,500



12,300



12,200



12,000



















Actual title claims paid ($ millions)


$

46



$

54



$

50



$

51



$

48



$

53



$

52



$

66



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

F&G

The table below reconciles the reported after-tax net loss from continuing operations to adjusted earnings from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders.


Three months ended


March 31, 2021

(Dollars in millions)


Net earnings (loss) attributable to common shareholders

$

289


Less: Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

5


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

$

284


Non-GAAP adjustments (1,2):


Recognized (gains) and losses, net

(82)


Indexed product related derivatives

(185)


Purchase price amortization

7


Transaction costs

2


Income taxes on non-GAAP adjustments

52


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

$

78


Adjusted earnings from continuing operations include $12 million of favorable items in the current quarter.

The table below provides summary financial highlights.


Three Months Ended

(Dollars in millions)

March 31, 2021

Average assets under management (AAUM)(1)

$

29,016


Net investment spread - FIA(1)

2.98

%

Net investment spread - All products(1)

2.55

%

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

$

284


Adjusted earnings from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders(1)

$

78


The table below provides a summary of sales, which are not affected by PGAAP and are comparable to prior period data.



Three Months Ended

(In millions)


March 31, 2021


March 31, 2020

Fixed indexed annuity (FIA) sales(1)


$

1,047



$

831


Total annuity sales(1)


$

1,639



$

1,045


Footnotes:

  1. Non-GAAP financial measure. See the Non-GAAP Measures section below for additional information.

  2. Amounts are net of offsets related to value of business acquired (VOBA), deferred acquisition cost (DAC), deferred sale inducement (DSI) amortization, and unearned revenue (UREV) amortization, as applicable.

DEFINITIONS

The following represents the definitions of non-GAAP measures used by F&G.

Adjusted Earnings

Adjusted Earnings is a non-GAAP economic measure we use to evaluate financial performance each period. Adjusted earnings is calculated by adjusting net earnings (loss) from continuing operations to eliminate:

(i) Recognized (gains) and losses, net: the impact of net investment gains/losses, including changes in allowance for expected credit losses and other than temporary impairment ("OTTI") losses, recognized in operations; the impact of market volatility on the alternative asset portfolio; and the effect of changes in fair value of the reinsurance related embedded derivative;

(ii) Indexed product related derivatives: the impacts related to changes in the fair value, including both realized and unrealized gains and losses, of index product related derivatives and embedded derivatives, net of hedging cost, and the fair value accounting impact of assumed reinsurance,

(iii) Purchase price amortization: the impacts related to the amortization of certain intangibles (internally developed software, trademarks and value of distribution asset (VODA)) recognized as a result of acquisition activities, and

(iv) Transaction costs: the impacts related to acquisition, integration and merger related items.

Adjustments to Adjusted Earnings are net of the corresponding impact on amortization of intangibles, as appropriate. The income tax impact related to these adjustments is measured using an effective tax rate, as appropriate by tax jurisdiction. While these adjustments are an integral part of the overall performance of F&G, market conditions and/or the non-operating nature of these items can overshadow the underlying performance of the core business. Accordingly, management considers this to be a useful measure internally and to investors and analysts in analyzing the trends of our operations.

Adjusted Earnings Attributable to Common Shareholders

Adjusted Earnings attributable to common shareholders is a non-GAAP economic measure we use to evaluate financial performance attributable to our common shareholders each period. Adjusted Earnings attributable to common shareholders is calculated by adjusting net earnings (loss) available to common shareholders to eliminate the same items as described in the Adjusted Earnings paragraph above. While these adjustments are an integral part of the overall performance of the Company, market conditions and/or the non-operating nature of these items can overshadow the underlying performance of the core business. Accordingly, Management considers this to be a useful measure internally and to investors and analysts in analyzing the trends of our operations.

Net Investment Spread

Net investment spread is the excess of net investment income, adjusted for market volatility on the alternative asset investment portfolio, earned over the sum of interest credited to policyholders and the cost of hedging our risk on indexed product policies. Management considers this non-GAAP financial measure to be useful internally and to investors and analysts when assessing the performance of the Company's invested assets against the level of investment return provided to policyholders, inclusive of hedging costs.

Average Assets Under Management (AAUM)

AAUM is calculated as the sum of:

(i) total invested assets at amortized cost, excluding derivatives;

(ii) related party loans and investments;

(iii) accrued investment income;

(iv) funds withheld at fair value;

(v) the net payable/receivable for the purchase/sale of investments, and

(iv) cash and cash equivalents, excluding derivative collateral, at the beginning of the period and the end of each month in the period, divided by the total number of months in the period plus one.

Management considers this non-GAAP financial measure to be useful internally and to investors and analysts when assessing the rate of return on assets available for reinvestment.

Sales (FIA Sales and Total Retail Annuity Sales)

Sales are not derived from any specific GAAP income statement accounts or line items and should not be viewed as a substitute for any financial measure determined in accordance with GAAP. Annuity and IUL sales are recorded as deposit liabilities (i.e. contractholder funds) within the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that presentation of sales, as measured for management purposes, enhances the understanding of our business and helps depict longer term trends that may not be apparent in the results of operations due to the timing of sales and revenue recognition.

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