LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cannae Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNNE) (“Cannae” or the “Company”) today announced that the Company has repurchased 5,775,598 shares of Cannae common stock from Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (“FNF”) at an average price of $18.81 per share through a series of transactions executed at a discount. The repurchase transactions represent FNF’s total equity ownership in Cannae which FNF received in connection with the split-off of Fidelity National Financial Ventures, Cannae’s predecessor, in 2017.
William P. Foley, II, Chairman of Cannae, commented, “Buying our shares from FNF further demonstrates our commitment to our shareholders by aggressively repurchasing our shares while also removing an overhang that existed given FNF’s requirement to sell these shares by November 2022. We remain committed to our buyback program given the current wide discount to fair value that our shares currently trade combined with the upside that we believe exists within our portfolio companies.”
Year to date, Cannae has repurchased approximately 6.8 million common shares, representing 7.8% of the Company’s shares outstanding as of December 31, 2021. Since May 2021, Cannae has repurchased approximately 11.6 million common shares, representing 12.7% of the Company’s shares outstanding as of March 31, 2021. Following this transaction, Cannae’s aggregate shares outstanding amount is 80,140,436. In addition, under the previous board approved repurchase authorization, the Company has remaining repurchase authority of 2,707,818 shares.
About Cannae Holdings, Inc.
We primarily acquire interests in operating companies and are engaged in actively managing and operating a core group of those companies. We are a long-term owner that secures control and governance rights of other companies primarily to engage in their lines of business and we have no preset time constraints dictating when we sell or dispose of our businesses. We believe that our long-term ownership and active involvement in the management and operations of companies helps maximize the value of those businesses for our shareholders. Cannae’s current principal holdings include Dun & Bradstreet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DNB), in which Cannae holds 88 Million shares or 20% interest. Cannae’s second principal holding is Ceridian (NYSE: CDAY), in which Cannae owns 6 Million shares representing a 4% interest. Cannae holds 60 Million shares, or 8% of Paysafe (NYSE: PSFE), as well as 8.1 Million Paysafe warrants and units. Cannae also holds 52.5 Million shares, or 10%, of Alight, Inc. (NYSE: ALIT), and 27 Million shares, or 24%, of System1, Inc. (NYSE: SST). Cannae’s other principal holdings include Sightline Payments, of which Cannae owns 33%.
Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors
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This document should be read in conjunction with the risks detailed in the “Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information,” “Risk Factors” and other sections of the Company’s Form 10-Q, 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.