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Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2008 EPS of $0.13

April 24, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., -- Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:), a leading reported operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2008.

                          1st Quarter 2008 1st Quarter 2007
Total revenue $1.14 billion $1.37 billion
Pre-tax margin 3.3% $27.2 million
Net earnings 9.3% $83.4 million
Net earnings per diluted share $0.13 $0.37
Cash flow from (used in) ($74.9 million) $84.1 million
Return on average equity 3.4% 9.6%

The following are summary financial and operational results for the operating segments of FNF for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2008 and 2007:

Fidelity National Title Group ("FNT")

  1st Quarter 2008 1st Quarter 2007
Total revenue $1.01 billion $1.25 billion
Pre-tax earnings $54.0 million $114.8 million
Pre-tax margin 5.3% 9.2%

 

Month Direct Orders Opened  Direct Orders Closed Closing %
January 2008 201,100 88,000 44%
February 2008 188,900 108,000 57%
March 2008 172,200 111,800 65%
First Quarter 2008 562,200 307,800 55%

Month Direct Orders Opened  Direct Orders Closed Closing %
January 2007 212,900 128,700 60%
February 2007 202,000 120,300 60%
March 2007 237,500 141,400 60%
First Quarter 2007 652,400 390,400 60%



Open Commercial Orders  Closed Commercial Orders Commercial Revenue
(In thousands)  
Commercial Fee Per File

1st Quarter 2008  

12,300 7,400 $66,600 $9,000

1st Quarter 2007  

15,100 7,300 $75,400 $10,400

    - The preceding table only includes commercial activity from FNF's commercial offices in the national commercial division and does not attempt to capture potential commercial activity in our local offices.

 

    Specialty Insurance

 

1st Quarter 2008

1st Quarter 2007

Total revenue

$88.5 million $99.0 million

Pre-tax earnings

$9.4 million $25.4 million*

Pre-tax margin

10.6% 25.7%

    *The 1st quarter 2007 Specialty Insurance results include a $12.2 million benefit from an adjustment related to the deferral and amortization ofcertain costs over the life of a policy, consistent with the recognition of the premiums.  The adjustment represents costs deferred as of March 31, 2007, on policies issued over the prior twelve months.



"We continue to navigate through difficult economic conditions, particularly in the mortgage and real estate markets," said Chairman William P. Foley, II. "We did see a surge in open order volumes after the 75 basis point inter-meeting Fed rate cut, but those elevated levels did not continue through the rest of the quarter. While we peaked above 11,000 open orders per day for a few weeks in late January and early February, open orders have settled down closer to 8,000 to 8,500 per day over the last six weeks. Even that order volume is the highest level we have seen since the summer of 2007, right before the credit crisis hit the mortgage markets. We have definitely seen a better start to 2008, particularly given that the first quarter is generally the weakest quarter of the year and the fact that we now have our cost structure better aligned with that level of order volumes. On the claims front, we were encouraged by our performance in the first quarter and continue to be confident in our reserve position, as no single calendar year showed more than a 10 basis point positive or negative change in the ultimate expected loss experience. This was the best quarterly performance versus the actuarial model since the first quarter of 2007. Overall, we are prepared for the operating environment to remain challenging and we will continue to seek out ways to maximize the profitability of our title insurance operations, even if it is in the face of continued difficult mortgage and real estate markets"

Source: Fidelity National Financial, Inc.



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