June 22, 2012
Old Republic International Corporation
(NYSE: ORI) today reported that it has withdrawn the previously announced spin-off of its Republic Financial Indemnity Group, Inc. ("RFIG") subsidiary stock to ORI shareholders. Concurrently the financial effect of the partial RFIG leveraged buy-out has been reversed.
These decisions respond to objections raised by certain stakeholders that RFIG's separation from Old Republic would be disadvantageous to their interests and expectations.
As a result of these decisions the RFIG registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the spin-off has now been withdrawn.
About Old Republic
-based Old Republic International Corporation is one of the nation's 50 largest publicly held insurance organizations. Its most recent financial statements reflect consolidated assets of approximately
and common shareholders' equity of
per share. Its currently quoted stock market valuation is approximately
Old Republic is organized as an insurance holding company whose subsidiaries actively market, underwrite, and provide risk management services for a wide variety of coverages mostly in the general and title insurance fields. A long-term interest in mortgage guaranty and consumer credit indemnity lines has devolved to a run-off operating mode in recent times.
The nature of Old Republic's business requires that it be managed for the long run. For the 25 years ended in 2011, the Company's total market return, with dividends reinvested, has grown at a compound annual rate of 9.1 percent per share. For the same period, the total market return, with dividends reinvested, for the S&P 500 Index has grown at a 9.3 percent compound annual rate. During those years, Old Republic's shareholders' equity account, including cash dividends, has risen at an average annual rate of 10.8 percent per share, and the regular cash dividend has grown at a 10.0 percent compound annual rate. According to the most recent edition of
Mergent's Dividend Achievers
, Old Republic is one of just 91 qualifying companies, out of several thousand publicly held U.S. corporations, that have posted at least 25 consecutive years of annual dividend increases.
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