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Stewart Reports Results for the First Quarter 2017

Donnerstag, 20.04.2017 12:15 von

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Net income attributable to Stewart of $4.1 million, compared to a net loss of $11.2 million in the prior year quarter
  • Total pretax margin improved 490 basis points from prior year quarter 
  • Total title revenues increased $10.1  million, or 2.5 percent, from prior year quarter
  • Total commercial revenues of $46.0 million, up 7.7 percent from prior year quarter
  • Total operating expenses decreased $16.8 million, or 3.7 percent from prior year quarter
  • Title segment pretax income increased $12.9 million from prior year quarter

Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE:STC) today reported net income attributable to Stewart of $4.1 million ($0.17 per diluted share) for the first quarter 2017 compared to a net loss attributable to Stewart of $11.2 million ($0.48 per diluted share) for the first quarter 2016. First quarter 2017 results included a $1.7 million ($0.07 per diluted share) net income tax benefit related to previously unrecognized tax credits.

Pretax income before noncontrolling interests for the first quarter 2017 was $5.9 million compared to a pretax loss before noncontrolling interests of $15.7 million for the first quarter 2016.

First quarter 2016 results included:

  • $2.8 million of charges recorded in the ancillary services and corporate segment relating to our exit of the delinquent loan servicing operations (including a $1.3 million realized loss associated with early lease termination costs),
  • $2.2 million of expenses recorded in the ancillary services and corporate segment associated primarily with a life insurance settlement with a former Class B shareholder,
  • $3.6 million of litigation-related accrual recorded in the ancillary services and corporate segment, and
  • $1.8 million of other net realized gains composed of $3.8 million of net realized gains recorded within the ancillary services and corporate segment, offset by $2.0 million of net realized losses recorded within the title segment.

"We are pleased with our first quarter results, and encouraged by the solid foundation we have set for the remainder of the year," said Matthew W. Morris, chief executive officer. "We reported pretax income of $6 million, an approximately $22 million improvement on operating revenue growth of $5 million when compared to the prior year quarter. Employee and other operating costs declined almost $20 million due to our ongoing cost discipline as well as the actions taken in 2016 to focus on our core title operations. Gains in operational efficiency were achieved in both the title segment and ancillary services and corporate segment, with pretax margins improving solidly from the prior year's first quarter. We remain focused on generating core title revenue growth in target markets and are investing as necessary in initiatives to that end. We believe that smart revenue growth coupled with further production cost efficiency will yield sustainable margin improvement."

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


Three months ended March 31



2017

2016


Total revenues

443.0

438.2


Pretax income (loss) before noncontrolling interests

5.9

(15.7)


Income tax (benefit)

(0.1)

(6.6)


Net income (loss) attributable to Stewart

4.1

(11.2)


Net income (loss) per diluted share attributable to Stewart

0.17

(0.48)









Title Segment
Summary results of the title segment are as follows (dollars in millions, except pretax margin):


Three months ended March 31



2017

2016

% Change







Total revenues

425.8

413.5

3.0%


Pretax income (loss)

12.3

(0.6)

2,086.4%


Pretax margin

2.9%

(0.1)%



The first quarter 2017 results included $0.4 million of net realized gains, compared with $2.0 million of net realized losses during the first quarter 2016, primarily related to additional contingent consideration expenses in connection with a prior year acquisition.

"First quarters are traditionally the weakest of the year for the title industry, and we are encouraged with the progress achieved by our title segment, which generated a $13 million pretax income improvement relative to title revenue growth of $10 million over the prior year quarter," continued Morris. "Revenues in our direct operations grew 1 percent, driven by our commercial and international operations, while revenues from independent agencies grew 4 percent. We continued to benefit from our emphasis on prudent underwriting and risk management, with the first quarter's title loss ratio just below 5 percent, while employee and other operating costs declined 8 percent. We expect to continue seeing modest but sustainable volume and price increases in existing and new home sales driven largely by demographics and the emerging millennial homebuyers, which will further enhance margins going forward."

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


Three months ended March 31



2017

2016

% Change







Commercial:





Domestic

41.6

38.7

7.5%


International

4.4

4.0

10.0%


Non-commercial:





Domestic

123.1

128.5

(4.2)%


International

18.3

14.8

23.6%


Total direct revenues

187.4

186.0

0.8%


Non-commercial domestic revenue includes revenues from purchase transactions and centralized title operations. Revenues from purchase transactions decreased 2.2 percent in the first quarter 2017 compared to the prior year quarter, while centralized revenues declined 17.6 percent, primarily due to decreased refinancing transactions. Total international revenues increased 20.7 percent in the first quarter 2017 compared to the prior year quarter, mainly due to transaction volume growth from our Canada operations. Revenues from independent agency operations in the first quarter 2017 increased 3.9 percent compared to the first quarter 2016. The independent agency remittance rate was 18.1 percent in the first quarter 2017 compared to 18.2 percent in the first quarter 2016; while revenues from independent agencies, net of retention, increased 3.4 percent from the prior year quarter.

Ancillary Services and Corporate Segment
Summary results of the ancillary services and corporate segment are as follows (dollars in millions):


Three months ended March 31



2017

2016

% Change







Total operating revenues

17.4

22.2

(21.7)%


Pretax loss

(6.4)

(15.1)

57.5%


The decline in the segment's operating revenues in the first quarter 2017 compared to the prior year quarter was primarily due to our exit of the delinquent loan servicing operations completed in the first quarter 2016 and the divestitures of the loan file review, quality control services and government services lines of business at the end of 2016.

The first quarter 2016 results included $2.5 million of net realized gains (composed primarily of a $3.6 million gain due to a reduction in estimated contingent consideration associated with a prior year acquisition, offset by $1.3 million of early lease termination costs related to our exit of the delinquent loan servicing operations) and $7.3 million of other charges (as detailed in the Expenses section below), for a total of $4.8 million of net charges.

Expenses
Expense comparisons for the first quarter 2017 to the prior year quarter included first quarter 2016 charges, recorded in the ancillary services and corporate segment, consisting of:

  • $3.6 million of litigation-related accrual,
  • $2.2 million of expenses associated primarily with a life insurance settlement with a former Class B shareholder, and
  • $1.5 million of depreciation and severance expenses related to our exit of the delinquent loan servicing operations.

As a result of ongoing cost management efforts, as well as a reduction in employee counts tied to volume declines, primarily in our ancillary services operations, employee costs for the first quarter 2017 decreased $10.4 million, or 6.9 percent, from the first quarter 2016. Average employee counts for the first quarter 2017 decreased approximately 9.1 percent from the first quarter 2016. As a percentage of total operating revenues, employee costs for the first quarter 2017 were 31.9 percent, an improvement of 280 basis points compared to 34.7 percent in the prior year quarter.

Other operating expenses for the first quarter 2017 decreased $9.4 million, or 10.7 percent, from the first quarter 2016. As a percentage of total operating revenues, other operating expenses for the first quarter 2017 were 17.9 percent, compared to 20.3 percent in the first quarter 2016. Excluding the non-operating charges discussed above, the other operating expenses ratio in the first quarter 2016 was 18.9 percent.

As a percentage of title revenues, title losses were 4.9 percent in the first quarter 2017 compared to 5.6 percent in the first quarter 2016. Title loss expense decreased to $20.7 million in the first quarter 2017 compared to $23.1 million in the first quarter 2016. 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. The total estimated liability for title losses was $460.1 million at March 31, 2017.

Depreciation and amortization expenses decreased to $6.4 million in the first quarter 2017 compared to $8.3 million in the first quarter 2016, primarily due to the higher depreciation expense recorded in the first quarter 2016 resulting from accelerated depreciation charges relating to our exit from the delinquent loan servicing operations, and the lower amortization expense in the first quarter 2017 as a result of the disposal of certain intangible assets in connection with the divestitures of several lines of the ancillary services business.

Other
Cash flows from operations improved in the first quarter 2017 with net cash used by operations of $19.2 million compared to $31.8 million net cash used in the first quarter 2016. The improvement was primarily due to the net income generated during the first quarter 2017, offset by higher payments of claims.

First Quarter Earnings Call
Stewart will hold a conference call to discuss the first quarter 2017 earnings at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 20, 2017. To participate, dial (888) 632-3384 (USA) and (785) 424-1675 (International) - access code STCQ117. 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 April 20, 2017 until midnight on April 27, 2017, by dialing (800) 839-2459 (USA) or (402) 220-7218 (International) - the access code is also STCQ117.

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 the Company's website at stewart.com, or you can 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, 2016, and if applicable, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. All forward-looking statements included in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by such cautionary statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update, amend or clarify 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
March 31,



2017

2016


Revenues:




Title insurance:




Direct operations

187,428

186,002


Agency operations

233,349

224,635


Ancillary services

17,304

22,035


Total operating revenues

438,081

432,672


Investment income

4,671

5,070


Investment and other gains - net

287

488



443,039

438,230


Expenses:




Amounts retained by agencies

191,175

183,844


Employee costs

139,785

150,209


Other operating expenses

78,318

87,711


Title losses and related claims

20,701

23,093


Depreciation and amortization

6,378

8,306


Interest

817

779



437,174

453,942


Income (loss) before taxes and noncontrolling interests

5,865

(15,712)


Income tax (benefit)

(144)

(6,648)


Net income (loss)

6,009

(9,064)


Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,922

2,130


Net income (loss) attributable to Stewart

4,087

(11,194)






Net earnings (loss) per diluted share attributable to Stewart

0.17

(0.48)


Diluted average shares outstanding (000)

23,569

23,348






Selected financial information:




Cash used by operations

(19,189)

(31,841)


Other comprehensive income

3,425

9,020


 

Monthly Order Counts:










Opened Orders 2017:

Jan

Feb

Mar

Total


Closed Orders 2017:

Jan

Feb

Mar

Total


Commercial

3,570

3,578

4,302

11,450


Commercial

2,379

2,174

2,773

7,326


Purchase

17,793

19,064

24,385

61,242


Purchase

11,765

12,022

16,415

40,202


Refi

7,698

6,961

8,797

23,456


Refi

7,241

5,886

6,081

19,208


Other

1,542

1,406

1,648

4,596


Other

784

800

1,614

3,198


Total

30,603

31,009

39,132

100,744


Total

22,169

20,882

26,883

69,934














Opened Orders 2016:

Jan

Feb

Mar

Total


Closed Orders 2016:

Jan

Feb

Mar

Total


Commercial

3,424

3,768

4,139

11,331


Commercial

2,398

2,415

2,805

7,618


Purchase

16,199

19,564

23,318

59,081


Purchase

10,985

12,117

15,607

38,709


Refi

9,054

11,957

12,456

33,467


Refi

8,215

7,506

8,810

24,531


Other

1,134

1,168

1,145

3,447


Other

1,087

1,494

1,204

3,785


Total

29,811

36,457

41,058

107,326


Total

22,685

23,532

28,426

74,643




















 

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



March 31,
2017
(Unaudited)

December 31,
2016

Assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

122,575

185,772

Short-term investments

22,836

22,239

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

656,199

631,503

Receivables – premiums from agencies

32,253

31,246

Receivables – other

52,487

50,177

Allowance for uncollectible amounts

(9,691)

(9,647)

Property and equipment, net

71,840

70,506

Title plants, at cost

75,313

75,313

Goodwill

217,094

217,094

Intangible assets, net of amortization

9,975

10,890

Deferred tax assets

3,863

3,860

Other assets

53,224

52,771


1,307,968

1,341,724

Liabilities:



Notes payable

100,845

106,808

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

88,401

115,640

Estimated title losses

460,142

462,572

Deferred tax liabilities

9,480

7,856


658,868

692,876

Stockholders' equity:



Common Stock and additional paid-in capital

181,371

180,959

Retained earnings

468,844

471,788

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(5,456)

(8,881)

Treasury stock

(2,666)

(2,666)

Stockholders' equity attributable to Stewart

642,093

641,200

Noncontrolling interests

7,007

7,648

Total stockholders' equity

649,100

648,848


1,307,968

1,341,724




Number of shares outstanding (000)

23,710

23,431

Book value per share

27.38

27.69

 

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


Three months ended:

Mar 31, 2017


Mar 31, 2016


Title

Ancillary
Services
and
Corporate

Consolidated


Title

Ancillary
Services
and
Corporate

Consolidated

Revenues:








Operating revenues

420,714

17,367

438,081


410,482

22,190

432,672

Investment income

4,671

-

4,671


5,070

-

5,070

Investment and other gains (losses) - net

410

(123)

287


(2,012)

2,500

488


425,795

17,244

443,039


413,540

24,690

438,230

Expenses:








Amounts retained by agencies

191,175

-

191,175


183,844

-

183,844

Employee costs

128,160

11,625

139,785


131,030

19,179

150,209

Other operating expenses

68,254

10,064

78,318


71,033

16,678

87,711

Title losses and related claims

20,701

-

20,701


23,093

-

23,093

Depreciation and amortization

5,226

1,152

6,378


5,158

3,148

8,306

Interest

3

814

817


-

779

779


413,519

23,655

437,174


414,158

39,784

453,942

Income (loss) before taxes

12,276

(6,411)

5,865


(618)

(15,094)

(15,712)








Appendix A
Adjusted revenues and adjusted 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 net realized gains and losses, certain significant 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 months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 (dollars in millions).




Quarter Ended

March 31,





2017

2016

% Change







Revenues



443.0

438.2


Less: Net realized gains



(0.3)

(0.5)


Adjusted revenues



442.7

437.7

1.1%







Net income (loss) attributable to Stewart



4.1

(11.2)


Noncontrolling interests



1.9

2.1


Income taxes



(0.1)

(6.6)


Income (loss) before taxes and noncontrolling interests



5.9

(15.7)


Litigation expense



-

3.6


Other non-operating charges*



-

2.6


Net realized gains



(0.3)

(0.5)


Adjusted income (loss) before taxes and noncontrolling interests



5.6

(10.0)


Depreciation and amortization



6.4

8.3


Interest expense



0.8

0.8








Adjusted EBITDA



12.8

(0.9)

1,522.2%


*Excludes non-operating accelerated depreciation charges of $1.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 as they were already included within the Depreciation and amortization line.

 

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SOURCE Stewart Information Services Corporation