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Fidelity National Financial Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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To that end, we have closed 14 underperforming O'Charley's locations since the acquisition, made several management changes, switched advertising agencies and are in the process of evaluating several other significant cost savings opportunities.

We look forward to reporting on our integration process over the coming quarters.

In June, we announced the proposed acquisition of J. Alexander's for $72 million. Last evening, J. Alexander's announced the expiration of their go shop period and that 2 written proposals were received for potential alternative transactions.

While J. Alexander's completes their process, we remain very interested in consummating the transaction and believe that our offer provides a compelling value for J. Alexander's shareholders.

The transaction requires J. Alexander's shareholder approval and should our offer be accepted, we expect to close the acquisition in the fourth quarter of this year.

We completed the sale of an 85% interest in our personal lines business in May for $119 million in total proceeds. We believe we can successfully redeploy this capital into nonregulated opportunities with higher growth and more consistent return potential, thus creating value for our shareholders.

In the short term, we used the bulk of the proceeds to pay down our credit facility borrowings.

Also Cascade Timberlands recently signed a definitive agreement to sell its land holdings to a third party for $90 million. We recognize approximately a $6 million asset impairment based on Cascade's signing of the definitive sale agreement.

The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions. Upon satisfaction of those conditions and a proposed late third quarter closing, Cascade can declare a dividend for the sale proceeds and begin to process of winding down the company.

FNF owns 70% of Cascade Timberlands and we expect approximately $40 million in after-tax cash proceeds assuming that we are able to close the transaction.

Finally, we reinstituted our stock repurchase program near the end of the second quarter. In late June, we repurchased 135,000 shares for a total cost of just over $2.5 million.

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