Old Republic Declares Higher Cash Dividend on Common Stock

May 18, 2006

CHICAGO, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Board of Directors of Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI) declared a quarterly cash dividend on the common stock of 15 cents per share. This dividend is payable June 15, 2006, to shareholders of record on June 5, 2006, and reflects an increase of 10.3 percent over the regular dividend rate that prevailed through March 2006.

This latest dividend increase marks the twenty-fifth consecutive year that Old Republic has boosted its cash dividend rate; it has now paid cash dividends without interruption for 65 years.

Source: Old Republic International Corporation