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First American Financial's CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Second quarter open orders were up 36% year-over-year, primarily driven by strong refinance activity. Also we’re encouraged by this year’s spring buying season with resale orders up 4% over the second quarter of last year. In addition our Commercial division had an outstanding quarter with revenues with $98 million up 16% compared to last year. Our Specialty Insurance segment achieved pre-tax earnings of $13 million revenues were up 11% and the overall loss ratio was 55%.

On Tuesday of this week, we sold 4 million shares of CoreLogic stock. We anticipate a gain of approximately $15 million and we recognize it in the third quarter. Our remaining position of 4.9 million shares must be sold within the next three years.

Turning to the outlook, we continue to build on a strong second quarter order volumes. Open orders per day in July are running slightly ahead of June indicating that closed orders will remain strong throughout the third quarter. Given our first half results, we are on track to achieve our objective of 8% to 10% title margin for full year 2012.

At this point, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank our employees. The past several years have been very challenging for our industry and we would not have been able to deliver this quarter strong results without our employee’s dedication and hard-work.

Over this period the organization has relentlessly focused on improving the efficiencies of our operation and dramatically transforming our cost structure. While this process is never done, our emphasis is now on profitable growth in our core business. This will be achieved primarily through organic growth combined with pursing select acquisitions. We’re committed to and excited about our mission to be the premier title and settlement service company in the U.S. and our key markets abroad.

I’d now like to turn the call over to Max for a more detailed review of our financial results.

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