Stewart Announces Transition of Internal Audit Function to Deloitte LLP
Outsourcing to global service provider will reduce company’s overall costs, enhance service offerings and increase flexibility
HOUSTON (May 12, 2011) – Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) announced today its decision to outsource its internal audit function to Deloitte LLP as part of Stewart’s continuing effort to provide world-class operational support, to enhance its services to its title agencies and customers, to provide flexibility and to reduce expenses.
“After many months of evaluation, we selected Deloitte because of their title insurance expertise, their understanding and loyalty to our industry, and the value they place on our current audit associates,” noted Matthew W. Morris, senior executive vice president for Stewart. “Deloitte has a very highly regarded internal audit practice and can expand our capabilities around continuous monitoring, forensic audit and IT audit tools. Additionally, given their geographically dispersed resources and size, we can be more scalable, adaptable and flexible in our ongoing audit approach.”
In addition, Stewart expects to reduce its overall costs by implementing a variable-cost structure, which will allow greater opportunity by tying costs to market fluctuations. This flexibility is a key benefit given changing regulations, shifting requirements for centralized accounting and IT, and opportunities to leverage more robust audit technology and tools.
Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) is a customer-driven, technology-enabled, strategically competitive, real estate information, title insurance and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries throughout the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com, subscribe to the Stewart blog at http://blog.stewart.com or follow Stewart on Twitter @stewarttitleco.