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Stewart Reports Results for the Third Quarter 2016

 

HOUSTON, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE: STC) today reported net income attributable to Stewart of $26.4 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2016 compared to a net loss attributable to Stewart of $13.5 million, or ($0.58) per diluted share, for the third quarter 2015.

Pretax income before noncontrolling interests for the third quarter 2016 was $38.8 million compared to a pretax loss of $5.6 million for the third quarter 2015. However, comparisons to the prior year quarter are influenced by third quarter 2015 charges totaling $43.7 million, composed of $42.8 million and $0.9 million recorded as operating expenses and net realized losses, respectively, which are detailed below.

"As we enter the final stretch of 2016, we remain focused on strengthening our title operations by improving the effectiveness of our closing process, enhancing the customer experience, and taking advantage of geographic opportunities which give us the best combination of growth, profitability and margin enhancement," said Matthew W. Morris, chief executive officer. "We are encouraged by the work that has been done to prepare us for a strong 2017 as we take advantage of further cost savings as well as programs to improve our customer experience and drive revenue growth in targeted markets. While we remain positive on our prospects going forward from both our operations and the macroeconomic environment, it is important to underscore that the marketplace has been increasingly competitive in all channels and product lines. We will allocate resources to further grow and improve performance in 2017 and beyond."

Selected Financial Information
Summary results of operations are as follows (dollars in millions, except per share amounts):

 

Third Quarter

Nine Months

 

2016

2015

2016

2015

         

Total revenues

553.2

555.7

1,480.9

1,536.5

Pretax income (loss) before noncontrolling interests

38.8

(5.6)

65.0

6.6

Income tax expense

9.0

4.9

16.8

7.7

Net income (loss) attributable to Stewart

26.4

(13.5)

38.8

(8.8)

Net income (loss) per diluted share attributable to Stewart

1.12

(0.58)

1.13(1)

(0.37)

   

(1)

Excluding the $12.0 million (or $0.51 per diluted share) cash consideration paid during second quarter 2016 relating to the exchange agreement with the holders of our Class B Common Stock, adjusted net income per diluted share was $1.64 for the first nine months of 2016. Under U.S. GAAP, the $12.0 million payment to the holders of our Class B Common Stock was recorded as a reduction to retained earnings, similar to a preferred stock dividend, and does not reduce net income attributable to Stewart. However, the payment reduces net income in the calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share.

Title Segment

Our title segment revenues, which include revenues from our centralized title services, were $529.8 million for the third quarter 2016, an increase of approximately 1.0 percent from the third quarter 2015 and an increase of 13.2 percent from the second quarter 2016. In the third quarter 2016, the title segment generated pretax income of $50.3 million, a 9.5 percent margin, compared to the third quarter 2015 pretax income of $48.8 million, a 9.3 percent margin, and the second quarter 2016 pretax income of $51.7 million, an 11.0 percent margin.

"We continue to expect slow but sustainable price and transaction volume increases in existing and new home sales driven largely by demographics and the emerging millennial homebuyer," continued Morris. "The refinance market appears strong for the fourth quarter and potentially the first half of 2017. Stewart is working diligently to expand our customer base as more regional players are capturing market share, while remaining cautious of the inevitable refinance slowdown. We have noted a softening in commercial transactions plus a slowdown in new construction lending and interest rate uncertainty, so we are specifically targeting markets and specific property segments to capture market share."

Direct revenue information is presented below (dollars in millions):

     

Three Months Ended September 30,

     

2016

2015

% Change

           

Commercial

       
 

Domestic

 

45.2

 

47.7

 

(5.2)

%

 

International

 

4.4

 

4.2

 

4.8

%

Non-commercial

       
 

Domestic

 

161.8

 

165.0

 

(1.9)

%

 

International

 

29.7

 

26.2

 

13.4

%

           

Total direct revenues

 

241.1

 

243.1

 

(0.8)

%

Non-commercial domestic revenues include revenues from centralized title operations, which decreased 21.8 percent, and purchase transactions, which increased approximately 1.0 percent. Total international revenues increased 12.2 percent in the third quarter 2016 as compared to the prior year quarter due to volume growth on a local currency basis, partially offset by the weakening of the British pound against the U.S. dollar. Revenues from independent agency operations increased 1.0 percent and 25.2 percent in the third quarter 2016 compared to the third quarter 2015 and the second quarter 2016, respectively. Independent agency remittance rates decreased from 18.6 percent in both the third quarter 2015 and the second quarter 2016 to 18.0 percent in the third quarter 2016 due to relatively more gross revenues being generated in states with lower remittance rates.

Ancillary Services and Corporate Segment

Revenues generated by our ancillary services and corporate segment declined to $23.4 million in the third quarter 2016 from $28.4 million in the third quarter 2015 primarily due to the previously announced strategic wind-down of our delinquent loan servicing operations, completed in the first quarter 2016. Sequentially, revenues increased from $21.6 million in the second quarter 2016 primarily due to a $1.2 million realized gain on a cost-basis investment transaction. The segment reported a pretax loss of $11.5 million in the third quarter 2016 as compared with pretax losses of $54.4 million and $9.8 million in the third quarter 2015 and second quarter 2016, respectively. The third quarter 2016 pretax loss for the segment included $1.2 million of costs relating to shareholder activism offset by the earlier mentioned $1.2 million realized gain, as compared to non-operating charges of $39.7 million (as detailed below) and other intangibles impairment of $0.9 million, recorded as a realized loss, in the third quarter 2015. We incurred no significant non-operating charges in the second quarter 2016.

Expenses

Expense comparisons for the third quarter 2016 to the prior year quarter are influenced by third quarter 2015 charges consisting of:

  • $35.0 million goodwill impairment, of which $33.4 million was recorded in the ancillary services and corporate segment and $1.6 million was recorded in the title segment,
  • $5.7 million of aggregate costs (consisting of consulting and third party service provider transition costs) related to our cost management program and new integrated disclosure rules preparations and $0.6 million of costs related to our exit of the delinquent loan servicing operations recorded in the ancillary services and corporate segment, and,
  • $1.5 million of litigation expenses recorded as other operating expense in the title segment.

As a result of our cost management program as well as a reduction in employee counts tied to volume declines, employee costs for the third quarter 2016 decreased $10.5 million, or 6.4 percent, from the third quarter 2015. Sequentially, employee costs increased $2.1 million, or 1.4 percent, from the second quarter 2016 as a result of seasonal revenue growth. Third quarter 2016 average employee counts decreased approximately 9.9 percent and 1.5 percent from the third quarter 2015 and second quarter 2016, respectively. As a percentage of total operating revenues, employee costs for the third quarter 2016 were 28.3 percent, an improvement of 160 and 320 basis points compared to 29.9 percent and 31.5 percent in the prior year quarter and the second quarter 2016, respectively.

Other operating expenses for the third quarter 2016 decreased $5.7 million, or 5.7 percent, from the third quarter 2015 and increased sequentially $7.6 million, or 8.8 percent, from the second quarter 2016. As a percentage of total operating revenues, other operating expenses for the third quarter 2016 improved to 17.2 percent, compared to 18.1 percent and 17.9 percent in the third quarter 2015 and the second quarter 2016, respectively. Excluding the non-operating charges and litigation expenses discussed above, other operating expenses as a percentage of operating revenues were 17.0 percent and 16.8 percent for the third quarters 2016 and 2015, respectively, and 17.9 percent in the second quarter 2016.

As a percentage of title revenues, title losses were 5.0 percent in the third quarters 2016 and 2015 and 3.7 percent in the second quarter 2016. Second quarter 2016 was favorably influenced by a $5.4 million net policy loss reserve reduction recorded during that quarter. The title loss ratio in any given quarter can be significantly influenced by changes in new large claims incurred, escrow losses and adjustments to reserves for existing large claims.

Other

Cash provided by operations was $45.5 million in the third quarter 2016 compared to $60.0 million for the same period in 2015. The decrease in cash provided by operations was primarily due to higher payments of claims and accounts payable and lower collections of accounts receivable, partially offset by higher net income for the third quarter 2016.

During the third quarter 2016, we declared and paid a dividend of $0.30 per common share.

Third Quarter Earnings Call

Stewart will hold a conference call to discuss the third quarter 2016 earnings at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, October 20, 2016. To participate, dial (888) 632-3384 (USA) and (785) 424-1675 (International) - access code STCQ316. Additionally, participants can listen to the conference call through Stewart's Investor Relations website at www.stewart.com/en/investor-relations/earnings-call.html. The conference call replay will be available from 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 20, 2016 until midnight on October 27, 2016, by dialing (800) 839-2383 (USA) or (402) 220-7202 (International). The access code is also STCQ316.

About Stewart

Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE-STC) is a global real estate services company, offering products and services through our direct operations, network of Stewart Trusted Providers™ and family of companies. From residential and commercial title insurance and closing and settlement services to specialized offerings for the mortgage industry, we offer the comprehensive service, deep expertise and solutions our customers need for any real estate transaction. At Stewart, we believe in building strong relationships – and these partnerships are the cornerstone of every closing, every transaction and every deal. Stewart. Real partners. Real possibilities.™ More information is available at stewart.com, subscribe to the Stewart blog at blog.stewart.com, or follow Stewart on Twitter®@stewarttitleco.

Forward-looking statements. Certain statements in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate to future, not past, events and often address our expected future business and financial performance.  These statements often contain words such as "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "seek," "will," "foresee" or other similar words. Forward-looking statements by their nature are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to be materially different than those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the challenging economic conditions; adverse changes in the level of real estate activity; changes in mortgage interest rates, existing and new home sales, and availability of mortgage financing; our ability to respond to and implement technology changes, including the completion of the implementation of our enterprise systems; the impact of unanticipated title losses or the need to strengthen our policy loss reserves; any effect of title losses on our cash flows and financial condition; the impact of vetting our agency operations for quality and profitability; changes to the participants in the secondary mortgage market and the rate of refinancing that affects the demand for title insurance products; regulatory non-compliance, fraud or defalcations by our title insurance agencies or employees; our ability to timely and cost-effectively respond to significant industry changes and introduce new products and services; the outcome of pending litigation; the impact of changes in governmental and insurance regulations, including any future reductions in the pricing of title insurance products and services; our dependence on our operating subsidiaries as a source of cash flow; the continued realization of expense savings from our cost management program; our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses; our ability to access the equity and debt financing markets when and if needed; our ability to grow our international operations; and our ability to respond to the actions of our competitors. These risks and uncertainties, as well as others, are discussed in more detail in our documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this news release to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof, except as may be required by applicable law.

 

STEWART INFORMATION SERVICES CORPORATION
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts and except where noted)

       
 

Three months ended

 September 30

 

Nine months ended

September 30

 

2016

2015

 

2016

2015

Revenues:

         

Title insurance:

         

Direct operations

241,109

243,128

 

664,128

676,148

Agency operations

282,269

279,343

 

732,320

741,993

Ancillary services

22,059

29,924

 

65,276

104,878

Investment income

4,520

4,121

 

14,445

12,735

Investment and other gains (losses) - net

3,253

(811)

 

4,706

728

 

553,210

555,705

 

1,480,875

1,536,482

Expenses:

         

Amounts retained by agencies

231,586

227,374

 

598,915

607,611

Employee costs

154,529

165,024

 

457,166

498,598

Other operating expenses

94,043

99,758

 

268,210

286,553

Title losses and related claims

26,365

25,883

 

66,612

78,593

Impairment of goodwill

-

35,000

 

-

35,000

Depreciation and amortization

7,082

7,633

 

22,728

22,013

Interest

797

601

 

2,237

1,525

 

514,402

561,273

 

1,415,868

1,529,893

Income (loss) before taxes and noncontrolling interests

38,808

(5,568)

 

65,007

6,589

Income tax expense

9,041

4,859

 

16,779

7,735

Net income (loss)

29,767

(10,427)

 

48,228

(1,146)

Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

3,392

3,040

 

9,450

7,663

Net income (loss) attributable to Stewart

26,375

(13,467)

 

38,778

(8,809)

           

Net income (loss) per diluted share attributable to Stewart

1.12

(0.58)

 

1.13

(0.37)

Diluted average shares outstanding (000)

23,611

23,286

 

23,596

23,631

           

Selected financial information:

         

Cash provided by operations

45,527

60,025

 

63,986

65,597

Other comprehensive (loss) income

(2,936)

(4,876)

 

10,448

(13,855)

 

 

Monthly Order Counts:

                   

Opened Orders 2016:

July

Aug

Sep

Total

 

Closed Orders 2016:

July

Aug

Sep

Total

Commercial

3,508

4,284

4,074

11,866

 

Commercial

2,442

3,187

2,520

8,149

Purchase

20,612

22,650

19,853

63,115

 

Purchase

17,405

18,481

17,051

52,937

Refi

14,077

15,492

13,282

42,851

 

Refi

8,063

10,100

10,198

28,361

Other

881

1,176

1,366

3,423

 

Other

1,193

1,630

1,263

4,086

Total

39,078

43,602

38,575

121,255

 

Total

29,103

33,398

31,032

93,533

                     

Opened Orders 2015:

July

Aug

Sep

Total

 

Closed Orders 2015:

July

Aug

Sep

Total

Commercial

4,148

3,818

3,800

11,766

 

Commercial

2,966

2,486

2,721

8,173

Purchase

22,989

21,014

19,833

63,836

 

Purchase

19,293

17,543

16,696

53,532

Refi

13,330

13,276

13,936

40,542

 

Refi

10,194

9,511

9,144

28,849

Other

2,018

1,648

1,714

5,380

 

Other

1,682

1,485

1,502

4,669

Total

42,485

39,756

39,283

121,524

 

Total

34,135

31,025

30,063

95,223

 

STEWART INFORMATION SERVICES CORPORATION
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands of dollars)

     
 

September
30, 2016 
(Unaudited)

December 31,
2015

Assets:

   

Cash and cash equivalents

161,788

179,067

Short-term investments

40,068

39,707

Investments in debt and equity securities available-for-sale, at fair value

643,691

579,849

Receivables – premiums from agencies

33,402

36,393

Receivables – other

50,389

55,111

Allowance for uncollectible amounts

(8,714)

(9,833)

Property and equipment, net

72,997

71,369

Title plants, at cost

75,313

75,743

Goodwill

217,921

217,722

Intangible assets, net of amortization

14,307

18,075

Deferred tax assets

2,875

4,949

Other assets

55,695

53,435

 

1,359,732

1,321,587

Liabilities:

   

Notes payable

131,135

102,399

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

99,551

118,082

Estimated title losses

460,700

462,622

Deferred tax liabilities

9,980

1,356

 

701,366

684,459

Contingent liabilities and commitments

   
     

Stockholders' equity:

   

Common and Class B Common Stock and additional paid-in capital

185,223

180,385

Retained earnings

461,497

455,519

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

6,491

(3,957)

Treasury stock

(2,666)

(2,666)

Stockholders' equity attributable to Stewart

650,545

629,281

Noncontrolling interests

7,821

7,847

Total stockholders' equity

658,366

637,128

 

1,359,732

1,321,587

     

Number of shares outstanding (000)

23,371

23,341

Book value per share

28.17

27.30

 

STEWART INFORMATION SERVICES CORPORATION
SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands of dollars)

       

Three months ended:

September 30, 2016

 

September 30, 2015

 

Title

Ancillary Services and Corporate

Consolidated

 

Title

Ancillary Services and Corporate

Consolidated

Revenues:

             

Operating revenues

523,239

22,198

545,437

 

522,285

30,110

552,395

Investment income

4,520

-

4,520

 

4,121

-

4,121

Investment and other gains (losses) - net

2,057

1,196

3,253

 

888

(1,699)

(811)

 

529,816

23,394

553,210

 

527,294

28,411

555,705

Expenses:

             

Amounts retained by agencies

231,586

-

231,586

 

227,374

-

227,374

Employee costs

137,519

17,010

154,529

 

135,442

29,582

165,024

Other operating expenses

78,917

15,126

94,043

 

83,510

16,248

99,758

Title losses and related claims

26,365

-

26,365

 

25,883

-

25,883

Impairment of goodwill

-

-

-

 

1,569

33,431

35,000

Depreciation and amortization

5,120

1,962

7,082

 

4,711

2,922

7,633

Interest

1

796

797

 

2

599

601

 

479,508

34,894

514,402

 

478,491

82,782

561,273

Income (losses) before taxes

50,308

(11,500)

38,808

 

48,803

(54,371)

(5,568)

             
       

Nine months ended:

September 30, 2016

 

September 30, 2015

 

Title

Ancillary Services and Corporate

Consolidated

 

Title

Ancillary Services and Corporate

Consolidated

Revenues:

             

Operating revenues

1,395,964

65,760

1,461,724

 

1,417,572

105,447

1,523,019

Investment income

14,445

-

14,445

 

12,641

94

12,735

Investment and other gains (losses) - net

454

4,252

4,706

 

1,199

(471)

728

 

1,410,863

70,012

1,480,875

 

1,431,412

105,070

1,536,482

Expenses:

             

Amounts retained by agencies

598,915

-

598,915

 

607,611

-

607,611

Employee costs

405,327

51,839

457,166

 

395,657

102,941

498,598

Other operating expenses

223,382

44,828

268,210

 

238,128

48,425

286,553

Title losses and related claims

66,612

-

66,612

 

78,593

-

78,593

Impairment of goodwill

-

-

-

 

1,569

33,431

35,000

Depreciation and amortization

15,642

7,086

22,728

 

13,870

8,143

22,013

Interest

1

2,236

2,237

 

6

1,519

1,525

 

1,309,879

105,989

1,415,868

 

1,335,434

194,459

1,529,893

Income (losses) before taxes

100,984

(35,977)

65,007

 

95,978

(89,389)

6,589

 

Appendix A
Adjusted revenues and EBITDA

Management uses a variety of financial and operational measurements other than its financial statements prepared in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to analyze its performance. These include: (1) adjusted revenues, which are reported revenues adjusted for any net realized gains and losses and (2) net income after earnings from noncontrolling interests and before interest expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization and adjusted for litigation expenses and non-operating costs such as severance, consulting and third-party provider transition costs, component exit-related costs and prior policy year reserve adjustments (adjusted EBITDA).  Management views these measures as important performance measures of core profitability for its operations and as key components of its internal financial reporting. Management believes investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures that management uses.

The following tables reconcile the non-GAAP financial measurements used by management to our most directly comparable GAAP measures for the three and first nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015.

   

Three Months Ended

September 30

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30

   

2016

2015

% Chg

 

2016

2015

% Chg

                 

Revenues

 

553.2

555.7

   

1,480.9

1,536.5

 

Less: Net realized gains (losses)

 

(3.3)

0.8

   

(4.7)

(0.7)

 

Adjusted revenues

 

549.9

556.5

(1.2)%

 

1,476.2

1,535.8

(3.9)%

                 

Net income (loss) attributable to Stewart

 

26.4

(13.5)

   

38.8

(8.8)

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

3.4

3.0

   

9.4

7.7

 

Income taxes

 

9.0

4.9

   

16.8

7.7

 

Income (loss) before taxes and

               

noncontrolling interests

 

38.8

(5.6)

   

65.0

6.6

 

Non-operating charges

 

1.2

5.9

   

3.8

22.1

 

Litigation expense

 

-

1.5

   

3.6

6.0

 

Nonrecurring gains - net

 

(1.2)

-

   

(1.5)

-

 

Impairment of goodwill

 

-

35.0

   

-

35.0

 

Other impairment charges

 

-

0.9

   

-

0.9

 

Prior policy year reserve adjustments, net

 

-

-

   

(5.4)

4.5

 

Adjusted income before taxes

               

and noncontrolling interests

 

38.8

37.7

   

65.5

75.1

 

Depreciation & amortization*

 

7.1

7.6

   

22.7

22.0

 

Interest expense

 

0.8

0.6

   

2.2

1.5

 
                 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

46.7

45.9

1.7 %

 

90.4

98.6

(8.3)%

 

*Includes accelerated depreciation charges of $1.1 million for the nine months ended September 30 2016, and $0.4 million for both the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

 

 



 

CONTACT: Nat Otis, SVP - Finance and Director of Investor Relations, (713) 625-8360

 

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