Investors Title Company Announces Record Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--()--Investors Title Company  (NASDAQ: ITIC) today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Net income attributable to the Company increased 25.3% to a new second quarter record of $5.7 million, or $2.99 per diluted share, versus $4.5 million, or $2.35 per diluted share, for the prior year period.

Revenues also set a new second quarter record, increasing 18.6% to $40.1 million, compared with $33.8 million in the prior year period. Net premiums written benefitted from higher real estate purchase volumes, partially offset by lower refinance activity. Rising average real estate values and new agency distribution also contributed to the increase in premiums. Other income sources, including revenue from ancillary services coincident with providing title insurance, increased 83.5% to $5.5 million.

Operating expenses increased 16.5% versus the prior year quarter, mainly driven by volume and higher payroll expense, but partially offset by lower claims expense. In addition, the inclusion of expenses for a title insurance agency acquired in the fourth quarter of 2016 contributed to the higher expense level. Agent commissions increased versus the prior year commensurate with the increase in agent premium volumes, while payroll expenses increased as a result of growth in our staff level, and increases in base and incentive compensation. The provision for claims was lower in the current quarter primarily due to fewer initial claim filings and favorable prior year loss development as compared to the prior year quarter.

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, net income attributable to the Company increased 60.0% to $10.2 million, or $5.35 per diluted share, versus $6.3 million, or $3.28 per diluted share, for the prior year period. Revenues increased 32.8% to $77.9 million, while operating expenses increased 27.4% to $63.1 million. Results for the first half of the year have been shaped predominantly by the same factors that affected the second quarter.

Chairman J. Allen Fine added, “High levels of mortgage lending activity, coupled with favorable claims experience, resulted in the strongest second quarter in the Company’s history. Favorable economic conditions, as indicated by low unemployment rates and relatively high consumer confidence levels, have supported higher transaction volumes, in spite of certain headwinds such as supply constraints and recent policy actions by the Federal Reserve. Regardless of the ebbs and flows of the business cycle, however, we will remain focused on profitably growing our business by enhancing our competitive strengths and capitalizing on market opportunities.”

Investors Title Company’s subsidiaries issue and underwrite title insurance policies. The Company also provides investment management services and services in connection with tax-deferred exchanges of like-kind property.

Certain statements contained herein constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, among others, any statements regarding the Company’s expected performance for the year, future home price fluctuations, changes in home purchase or refinance activity and the mix thereof, interest rate changes, expansion of the Company’s market presence, enhancing competitive strengths, positive development in housing affordability, unemployment or overall economic conditions or statements regarding our actuarial assumptions and the application of recent historical claims experience to future periods. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated and historical results. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation: the cyclical demand for title insurance due to changes in the residential and commercial real estate markets; the occurrence of fraud, defalcation or misconduct; variances between actual claims experience and underwriting and reserving assumptions, including the limited predictive power of historical claims experience; declines in the performance of the Company’s investments; government regulation; changes in the economy; loss of agency relationships, or significant reductions in agent-originated business; difficulties managing growth, whether organic or through acquisitions and other considerations set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in subsequent filings.

       

Investors Title Company and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016

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Three Months Ended
June 30,

   

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2017     2016     2017     2016
Revenues:        
Net premiums written $ 33,450,241 $ 29,686,120 $ 65,748,900 $ 51,051,450
Investment income interest and dividends 1,113,989 1,167,005 2,210,580 2,318,016
Net realized gain (loss) on investments 82,841 (14,828 ) 186,180 135,002
Other 5,484,651       2,989,414       9,787,251       5,185,265
Total Revenues 40,131,722       33,827,711       77,932,911       58,689,733
 
Operating Expenses:
Commissions to agents 16,597,590 15,674,346 32,928,700 27,207,228
Provision for claims 140,827 647,912 860,224 663,871
Salaries, employee benefits and payroll taxes 9,741,975 7,173,198 19,644,246 14,645,149
Office occupancy and operations 2,197,250 1,535,902 4,136,305 3,029,762
Business development 734,158 606,258 1,347,105 1,086,648
Filing fees, franchise and local taxes 578,008 267,103 731,564 497,157
Premium and retaliatory taxes 600,440 574,249 1,245,825 886,080
Professional and contract labor fees 488,464 537,446 927,640 1,076,099
Other 706,987       269,250       1,314,099       472,231
Total Operating Expenses 31,785,699       27,285,664       63,135,708       49,564,225
 
Income before Income Taxes 8,346,023 6,542,047 14,797,203 9,125,508
 
Provision for Income Taxes 2,672,000       2,012,000       4,657,000       2,791,000
 
Net Income 5,674,023 4,530,047 10,140,203 6,334,508
 
Net Loss (Gain) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests 1,169       (667 )     11,044       8,912
 
Net Income Attributable to the Company $ 5,675,192       $ 4,529,380       $ 10,151,247       $ 6,343,420
 
Basic Earnings per Common Share $ 3.01       $ 2.36       $ 5.38       $ 3.29
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Basic 1,886,735       1,923,213       1,886,161       1,928,766
 
Diluted Earnings per Common Share $ 2.99       $ 2.35       $ 5.35       $ 3.28
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding – Diluted 1,896,581       1,928,625       1,895,840       1,935,325
 

       

Investors Title Company and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016

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June 30,
2017
    December 31,
2016
Assets:
Investments in securities:
Fixed maturities, available-for-sale, at fair value $ 93,049,522 $ 101,934,077
Equity securities, available-for-sale, at fair value 43,562,703 41,179,259
Short-term investments 17,845,956 6,558,840
Other investments 11,427,988       11,181,531
Total investments 165,886,169       160,853,707
 
Cash and cash equivalents 29,068,106 27,928,472
Premium and fees receivable 9,701,506 8,654,161
Accrued interest and dividends 912,316 1,035,152
Prepaid expenses and other assets 9,489,454 9,456,523
Property, net 10,018,368 8,753,466
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net 11,789,465 12,256,641
Current income taxes receivable 1,088,787      
Total Assets $ 237,954,171       $ 228,938,122
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Liabilities:
Reserves for claims $ 34,141,000 $ 35,305,000
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 24,322,986 26,146,480
Current income taxes payable 1,232,432
Deferred income taxes, net 13,259,875       11,118,256
Total liabilities 71,723,861       73,802,168
 
Stockholders’ Equity:
Common stock no par value (10,000,000 authorized shares; 1,887,256 and 1,884,283 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively, excluding in each period 291,676 shares of common stock held by the Company's subsidiary) 1 1
Retained earnings 152,482,193 143,283,621
Accumulated other comprehensive income 13,668,275       11,761,447
Total stockholders’ equity attributable to the Company 166,150,469 155,045,069
Noncontrolling interests 79,841       90,885
Total stockholders’ equity 166,230,310       155,135,954
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $ 237,954,171       $ 228,938,122
 

       

Investors Title Company and Subsidiaries

Net Premiums Written By Branch and Agency

For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016

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Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,
2017     %     2016     %     2017     %     2016     %
Branch $ 9,619,869     28.8     $ 8,236,630     27.7 $ 18,868,228     28.7     $ 13,630,485     26.7
 
Agency 23,830,372       71.2     21,449,490       72.3     46,880,672       71.3     37,420,965       73.3
 
Total $ 33,450,241       100.0     $ 29,686,120       100.0     $ 65,748,900       100.0     $ 51,051,450       100.0

Contacts

Investors Title Company
Elizabeth B. Lewter, 919-968-2200

Contacts

Investors Title Company
Elizabeth B. Lewter, 919-968-2200