Old Republic’s 4Q Title Insurance Income Up 78%


Old Republic International’s title insurance business had a 78% year-over-year increase in fourth-quarter net income, as net premiums earned were up by 13% and claims costs declined by 86%.

Pretax operating income for the title insurance business was $85.6 million, compared with $48.1 million one year prior.

The Chicago-based holding company’s mortgage insurance unit, which no longer writes new business, had a 40% decline in pretax operating income to $17.1 million. Net premiums earned, from loans that are still on its books, fell 21% to $34.3 million.

Claims costs increased 17% to $18.4 million.

Old Republic, which also writes other forms of insurance, had net income of $131.9 million for the fourth quarter, up from $90.6 million for the same period in 2015.

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