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Old Republic Reports Results For The Second Quarter And First Half 2014

CHICAGO, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI), today reported financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2014. Pretax operating income reflected basically stable earnings in General Insurance and continued profitability in the run-off mortgage guaranty ("MI") line. Significantly higher case settlement and protracted litigation costs in the consumer credit indemnity ("CCI") portion of the run-off business, however, negated fully the MI profit contribution. While Title Insurance operations were reasonably profitable, transitory weaknesses in real estate and mortgage markets halted the fast paced earnings progress of the past three years. Consolidated net income for both 2014 periods was enhanced by the realization of substantial gains from sales of investment securities.

The major components of consolidated results and related data are summarized in the following table:


Financial Highlights (*)




Quarters Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,




2014


2013


2014


2013



Operating revenues:














General insurance

$

766.8


$

697.9


$

1,512.1


$

1,379.8



Title insurance


429.2



522.6



831.0



990.3



Corporate and other


16.7



15.4



34.9



34.2



    Subtotal


1,212.8



1,236.0



2,378.2



2,404.5



RFIG run-off business


71.1



88.3



145.1



185.2



Total

$

1,283.9


$

1,324.3


$

2,523.3


$

2,589.8



Pretax operating income (loss):














General insurance

$

59.7


$

63.1


$

141.6


$

139.2



Title insurance


26.0



40.4



30.8



61.9



Corporate and other


(1.7)



0.1



(2.3)



2.8



    Subtotal


83.9



103.7



170.1



203.9



RFIG run-off business


(34.2)



55.4



(14.6)



35.1



Total


49.7



159.1



155.4



239.1



Realized investment gains (losses):














From sales and fair value adjustments


49.9



137.1



241.2



141.7



From impairments


-



-



-



-



Net realized investment gains (losses)


49.9



137.1



241.2



141.7



Consolidated pretax income (loss)


99.6



296.3



396.6



380.8



Income taxes (credits)


33.5



102.3



136.0



130.6



Net income (loss)

$

66.1


$

193.9


$

260.5


$

250.2



Components of diluted earnings per share:














Net operating income (loss):














General insurance

$

0.14


$

0.15


$

0.32


$

0.32



Title insurance


0.06



0.09



0.07



0.14



Corporate and other


0.01



0.01



0.02



0.03



Subtotal


0.21



0.25



0.41



0.49



RFIG run-off business


(0.08)



0.12



(0.03)



0.08



Total


0.13



0.37



0.38



0.57



Net realized investment gains (losses)


0.11



0.30



0.53



0.31



Net income (loss)

$

0.24


$

0.67


$

0.91


$

0.88



Cash dividends paid per share

$

0.1825


$

0.1800


$

0.3650


$

0.3600



Ending book value per share







$

15.29


$

13.95

















(*)  Unaudited; All amounts in this report are in millions except per share data and percentages.


The preceding table shows both operating and net income to highlight the effects of realized investment gain or loss recognition on period-to-period earnings comparisons. Management uses net operating income, a non-GAAP financial measure, to evaluate and better explain operating performance, believing that this measure enhances an understanding of Old Republic's core business results. Operating income, however, does not replace net income determined in accordance with GAAP as a measure of total profitability.

The recognition of realized investment gains or losses can be highly discretionary and arbitrary due to such factors as the timing of individual securities sales, recording of estimated losses from write-downs of impaired securities, tax-planning considerations, and changes in investment management judgments relative to the direction of securities markets or the future prospects of individual investees or industry sectors. Since late 2013, asset management operations have, in part, been oriented toward an enhancement of income from interest and dividends. To a large extent, this strategy has led to sales of non-income producing or low-yielding securities. Proceeds from the sales have largely been reinvested in higher yielding common shares of American companies with distinguished long-term records of earnings and dividend growth.

General Insurance Results The table below shows the major components of general insurance profitability.


General Insurance Group


Quarters Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


Change


2014


2013


Change

A. Prior to reclassification/Including CCI run-off business:









Net premiums earned

$

679.7


$

621.4


9.4%


$

1,343.0


$

1,229.4


9.2%

Net investment income


69.9



61.6


13.6



136.1



123.9


9.8

Benefits and claim costs


597.8



462.7


29.2



1,098.7



909.3


20.8

Pretax operating income (loss)

$

(11.7)


$

63.0


-118.6%


$

52.9


$

131.9


-59.9%

















Claim ratio


87.9%



74.5%





81.8%



74.0%



Expense ratio


22.8



24.1





23.1



24.1



Composite ratio


110.7%



98.6%





104.9%



98.1%



















B. All CCI run-off business reclassification(*):









Net premiums earned

$

7.8


$

7.1


9.6%


$

14.7


$

15.0


-2.0%

Net investment income


0.1



-


53.4%



0.2



0.1


67.9%

Benefits and claim costs


78.8



6.6


      N/M



102.3



21.7


      N/M

Pretax operating income (loss)

$

(71.4)


$

-


      N/M


$

(88.7)


$

(7.2)


      N/M

















Claim ratio


N/M



93.0%





N/M



145.0%



Expense ratio


7.7%



9.4





9.1%



4.4



Composite ratio


N/M



102.4%





N/M



149.4%



















C. After reclassification/Total Excluding all CCI run-off business:









Net premiums earned

$

671.8


$

614.2


9.4%


$

1,328.3


$

1,214.4


9.4%

Net investment income


69.8



61.5


13.5



135.8



123.7


9.8

Benefits and claim costs


518.9



456.1


13.8



996.3



887.5


12.3

Pretax operating income (loss)

$

59.7


$

63.1


-5.3%


$

141.6


$

139.2


1.8%

















Claim ratio


77.2%



74.3%





75.0%



73.1%



Expense ratio


23.0



24.2





23.2



24.3



Composite ratio


100.2%



98.5%





98.2%



97.4%



















(*) In connection with the run-off mortgage guaranty ("MI") and consumer credit indemnity ("CCI") combination, $(70.8) and $(87.3) of pretax operating income (losses) for the second quarter and first half of 2014, and $.6 and $(6.4) of pretax operating income (losses) for the second quarter and first half of 2013, are retained by certain general insurance companies pursuant to various quota share and stop loss reinsurance agreements. All of these amounts, however, have been reclassified and are included for segment reporting purposes such that section (B) in the above table incorporates 100% of the CCI run-off business results.

Consolidated general insurance operations, exclusive of the CCI run-off line, produced reasonably stable pretax operating income from combined underwriting/service and net investment income. Growth in net premiums earned was moderately higher than the 8.1% gain registered for all of 2013. The continuing benefits of rate improvements and new business production accounted for greater premium revenues in 2014.

Income from insurance underwriting and related services was lower for both the second quarter and year-to-date 2014 periods. Claim costs remained under upward pressure for both workers' compensation and general liability coverages while the expense ratio trended down slightly. Net investment income benefitted from a larger invested asset base and the higher yields obtained from a greater commitment to equity securities holdings.

Title Insurance Results – Earnings remained positive in Old Republic's title insurance business despite a fairly significant downturn in real estate and mortgage transactions during the past twelve months or so. The following table shows the basic operating trends evidencing these changed market dynamics.


Title Insurance Group


Quarters Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


Change


2014


2013


Change

Net premiums and fees earned

$

421.0


$

515.4


-18.3%


$

814.9


$

975.9


-16.5%

Net investment income


7.4



6.3


16.7



14.5



12.9


12.8

Claim costs


25.4



35.2


-27.7



49.2



66.7


-26.2

Pretax operating income (loss)

$

26.0


$

40.4


-35.6%


$

30.8


$

61.9


-50.3%

















Claim ratio


6.0%



6.8%





6.0%



6.8%



Expense ratio


89.0



86.2





91.4



87.7



Composite ratio


95.0%



93.0%





97.4%



94.5%



This year's decline in title insurance premiums and fees mainly reflects a significant drop in refinance transactions since mid-year 2013. The impact of lower refinance activity was magnified by adverse winter weather conditions which likely deterred consumer spending, and by a rise in mortgage interest rates which reduced mortgage extensions. These unfavorable factors were partially offset by the Company's continuing market share gains contributing to business production. Underwriting-wise the claim ratio was lower as claim frequency and severity continued to abate. The expense ratio rose as operating costs were down by a relatively lower percentage than the revenue reduction.

RFIG Run-off Business Results –The table below reflects RFIG's comparative results before and after the combination of run-off MI and CCI coverages within the single run-off business segment instituted in 2012.


RFIG Run-off Business


Quarters Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


Change


2014


2013


Change

A. Prior to reclassification/Excluding CCI run-off business:









Net premiums earned

$

57.0


$

71.6


-20.5%


$

115.8


$

151.6


-23.6%

Net investment income


6.0



9.3


-35.0



14.2



18.4


-22.7

Claim costs


20.3



19.7


3.2



43.2



115.5


-62.5

Pretax operating income (loss)

$

37.1


$

55.5


-33.0%


$

74.0


$

42.4


74.3%

















Claim ratio


35.7%



27.5%





37.4%



76.2%



Expense ratio


9.8



8.1





11.0



8.0



Composite ratio


45.5%



35.6%





48.4%



84.2%



















B. CCI run-off business reclassification(*):









Net premiums earned

$

7.8


$

7.1


9.6%


$

14.7


$

15.0


-2.0%

Net investment income


0.1



-


53.4%



0.2



0.1


67.9%

Benefits and claim costs


78.8



6.6


      N/M



102.3



21.7


      N/M

Pretax operating income (loss)

$

(71.4)


$

-


      N/M


$

(88.7)


$

(7.2)


      N/M

















Claim ratio


N/M



93.0%





N/M



145.0%



Expense ratio


7.7%



9.4





9.1%



4.4



Composite ratio


N/M



102.4%





N/M



149.4%



















C. After reclassification/Total RFIG run-off MI and CCI business:









Net premiums earned

$

64.8


$

78.8


-17.7%


$

130.5


$

166.6


-21.7%

Net investment income


6.2



9.4


-34.2



14.5



18.6


-21.9

Benefits and claim costs


99.2



26.4


      N/M



145.6



137.2


6.1

Pretax operating income (loss)

$

(34.2)


$

55.4


-161.9%


$

(14.6)


$

35.1


-141.7%

















Claim ratio


152.9%



33.5%





111.6%



82.4%



Expense ratio


9.5



8.3





10.8



7.7



Composite ratio


162.4%



41.8%





122.4%



90.1%



















(*) In connection with the run-off mortgage guaranty ("MI") and consumer credit indemnity ("CCI") combination, $(70.8) and $(87.3) of pretax operating income (losses) for the second quarter and first half of 2014, and $.6 and $(6.4) of pretax operating income (losses) for the second quarter and first half of 2013, are retained by certain general insurance companies pursuant to various quota share and stop loss reinsurance agreements. All of these amounts, however, have been reclassified and are included for segment reporting purposes such that section (B) in the above table incorporates 100% of the CCI run-off business results.

Consistent with a run-off operating mode, the MI and CCI lines posted further declines in quarterly earned premiums. Investment income dropped as well due to the pervasively low yield environment and a generally declining invested asset base over time. Downtrends in MI investment income were further accentuated as a greater proportion of investable assets were allocated to short-term fixed income securities. This higher liquidity was provided to fund the July 2014 processing of approximately $657 of payments for previously deferred claim settlement reserves being liquidated following a recent regulatory approval. These payments, which have no income statement effect, will reduce claim reserves in this year's third quarter and thus lessen balance sheet reserve leverage and the financial significance of the MI subsidiaries.

The resumed profitability of mortgage guaranty operations since last year's second quarter is largely due to much reduced claim provisions and resulting costs. Key factors driving lower claim costs relate mostly to the higher rates at which previously reported defaults are cured or otherwise resolved without payment, as well as gradually improving trends in home prices, foreclosures, and real estate activity in general. Since year-end 2012, these factors have led to favorable developments of prior year-end claim reserves. For the second quarters of 2014 and 2013, favorable loss developments resulted in a lowering of claim ratios by 87.0 and 133.2 percentage points, respectively. For the first half of each year, the related loss ratio reductions amounted to 105.8 and 97.8 percentage points, respectively. The moderate increases in posted expense ratios for both 2014 periods reflect a continuing drop in earned premiums and charges taken relative to the MI subsidiaries' attempted recapitalization efforts which were terminated earlier this year.

CCI results deteriorated significantly in 2014 as ongoing claim litigation costs burdened this portion of the RFIG run-off business. These costs rose materially in this year's second quarter as greater net reserve provisions were made to cover the recent settlement of a litigated case and the additional costs of ongoing claim litigation with a major lending institution.

Corporate and Other Operations – The combination of a small life and accident insurance business and the net costs associated with the parent holding company and its internal services subsidiaries usually produce highly variable results. Earnings variations posted by these relatively minor elements of Old Republic's business stem from volatility inherent to the small scale of life and accident insurance operations, and net interest costs pertaining to external and intra-system financing arrangements. The interplay of these various operating elements is reflected in the following table:


Corporate and Other Operations


Quarters Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2013


Change


2014


2013


Change

Life & accident premiums earned

$

14.8


$

13.7


7.9%


$

31.5


$

30.8


2.4%

Net investment income


1.9



1.4


27.8



3.2



2.9


13.2

Other income


-



0.2


-87.9



-



0.5


-83.7

Benefits and claim costs


11.5



7.6


51.7



23.9



17.3


38.0

Insurance expenses


6.4



7.0


-8.8



14.1



14.7


-3.9

Corporate, interest, and

other expenses-net


0.5



0.5


-6.5%



(0.7)



(0.5)


-26.1

Pretax operating income (loss)

$

(1.7)


$

0.1


N/M


$

(2.3)


$

2.8


-184.1%

Cash, Invested Assets, and Shareholders' Equity – The table below reflects Old Republic's consolidated cash and invested assets as well as the shareholders' equity account at the dates shown:



Cash, Invested Assets, and Shareholders' Equity










% Change



June 30,


Dec. 31,


June 30,


June '14/


June '14/



2014


2013


2013


Dec. '13


June '13

Cash and invested assets:

Fair value basis


$

11,399.5


$

11,109.1


$

10,818.6


2.6

%


5.4

%


Original cost basis


$

10,784.3


$

10,503.7


$

10,221.1


2.7

%


5.5

%

















Shareholders' equity:

Total


$

3,953.1


$

3,775.0


$

3,584.5


4.7

%


10.3

%


Per common share


$

15.29


$

14.64


$

13.95


4.4

%


9.6

%

















Composition of shareholders' equity per share:
















Equity before items below


$

13.81


$

13.17


$

12.76


4.9

%


8.2

%

Unrealized investment gains (losses) and other
















accumulated comprehensive income (loss)



1.48



1.47



1.19







Total


$

15.29


$

14.64


$

13.95


4.4

%


9.6

%

















Segmented composition of

 shareholders' equity per share:
















Excluding run-off segment


$

14.60


$

14.69


$

14.19


-0.6

%


2.9

%

RFIG run-off segment



0.69



(0.05)



(0.24)







Total


$

15.29


$

14.64


$

13.95


4.4

%


9.6

%




















Cash flow from consolidated operating activities was $172.3 for this year's first six months compared with $278.3 for the same period in 2013.

The consolidated investment portfolio reflects a current allocation of approximately 87 percent to fixed-maturity securities and short-term investments, and 13 percent to equities. As previously noted, exposure to equity securities has been emphasized during the last twelve months or so. Asset quality of the fixed maturity portfolio has remained at high levels.

Old Republic's invested assets are managed in consideration of enterprise-wide risk management objectives. Most importantly, these are intended to assure solid funding of its insurance subsidiaries' long-term obligations to policyholders and other beneficiaries, and the necessary long-term stability of capital accounts.

The investment portfolio contains no significant insurance risk-correlated asset exposures to real estate, mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations ("CDO's"), derivatives, junk bonds, hybrid securities, or illiquid private equity investments. In a similar vein, the Company does not engage in hedging or securities lending transactions, nor does it invest in securities whose values are predicated on non-regulated financial instruments exhibiting amorphous or unfunded counter-party risk attributes.

The following table shows the changes in the shareholders' equity per share. As indicated, the changes resulted mostly from each year's net income or loss, dividend payments to shareholders, and changes in the value of invested assets carried at fair value.



Shareholders' Equity Per Share



Quarter Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended

June 30,



2014


2014


2013

Beginning balance


$

14.97


$

14.64


$

14.03

Changes in shareholders' equity:










Net operating income (loss)



0.13



0.40



0.61

Net realized investment gains (losses):










From sales and fair value adjustments



0.13



0.61



0.36

From impairments



-



-



-

Subtotal



0.13



0.61



0.36

Net unrealized investment gains (losses)



0.24



0.03



(0.67)

Total realized and unrealized investment gains (losses)



0.37



0.64



(0.31)

Cash dividends



(0.18)



(0.37)



(0.36)

Stock issuance, foreign exchange, and other transactions



-



(0.02)



(0.02)

Net change



0.32



0.65



(0.08)

Ending balance


$

15.29


$

15.29


$

13.95

Conference Call Information

Old Republic has scheduled a conference call at 3:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. CT) today, to discuss its second quarter 2014 performance and to review major operating trends and business developments. To access this call live in listen-only mode:

  • Log on to the Company's website at www.oldrepublic.com 15 minutes before the call to download the necessary software, or, alternatively
  • the call can also be accessed by phone at 888-438-5535.

Interested parties may also listen to a replay of the call through July 31, 2014 by dialing 877-870-5176, passcode 2225155, or by accessing it on Old Republic International's website through August 24, 2014.

About Old Republic
Chicago-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 $17.18 billion and common shareholders' equity of $3.95 billion, or $15.29 per share. Its current stock market valuation is approximately $4.29 billion, or $16.79 per share.

The Company 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 years.

The nature of Old Republic's business requires that it be managed for the long run. For the 25 years ended in 2013, the Company's total market return, with dividends reinvested, has grown at a compounded annual rate of 12.0 percent per share. For the same period, the total market return, with dividends reinvested, for the S&P 500 Index has grown at a 10.3 percent annual compound rate. During those years, Old Republic's shareholders' equity account, inclusive of cash dividends, has risen at an average annual rate of 10.0 percent per share, and the regular cash dividend has grown at a 9.7 percent annual compound rate. According to the most recent edition of Mergent's Dividend Achievers, Old Republic is one of just 98 qualifying companies, out of thousands considered, that have posted at least 25 consecutive years of annual dividend growth.

Accompanying Financial Data:

  • Summary Financial Statements and Common Stock Statistics
  • Safe Harbor Statement

Financial Supplement 
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Old Republic International Corporation







SummaryFinancial Statements and Common Stock Statistics (Unaudited)









June 30,


December 31,


June 30,

SUMMARY BALANCE SHEETS:


2014


2013


2013

Assets:










Cash and fixed maturity securities


$

9,861.1


$

9,990.6


$

9,840.5

Equity securities



1,424.1



1,004.2



864.9

Other invested assets



114.3



114.3



113.2

Cash and invested assets



11,399.5



11,109.1



10,818.6

Accounts and premiums receivable



1,380.0



1,190.5



1,210.4

Federal income tax recoverable:

Current



77.7



114.7



57.3


Deferred



43.5



48.4



133.1

Prepaid federal income taxes



30.9



-



-

Reinsurance balances recoverable



3,395.2



3,215.7



3,241.4

Sundry assets



856.8



855.7



838.2

Total


$

17,183.9


$

16,534.4


$

16,299.3

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:










Policy liabilities


$

1,889.5


$

1,695.7


$

1,649.9

Benefit and claim reserves



9,648.8



9,433.5



9,305.7

Debt



566.2



569.2



570.0

Sundry liabilities



1,126.1



1,060.8



1,188.8

Shareholders' equity



3,953.1



3,775.0



3,584.5

Total


$

17,183.9


$

16,534.4


$

16,299.3













Quarters Ended


Six Months Ended


Fiscal Twelve Months Ended

SUMMARY INCOME STATEMENTS:


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,



2014


2013


2014


2013


2014


2013

Net premiums and fees earned


$

1,172.6


$

1,222.2


$

2,305.3


$

2,387.9


$

4,803.1


$

4,732.8

Net investment income



85.4



78.8



168.2



158.2



328.8



323.9

Other income



25.8



23.2



49.6



43.6



96.1



98.2

Net realized investment gains (losses)



49.9



137.1



241.2



141.7



247.6



164.6

Total revenues



1,333.9



1,461.5



2,764.5



2,731.5



5,475.7



5,319.6

Benefits and claims



655.1



525.3



1,215.2



1,109.0



2,344.5



2,541.5

Sales and general expenses



573.5



634.2



1,141.3



1,230.2



2,420.9



2,441.8

Interest and other costs



5.5



5.6



11.2



11.4



21.4



22.9

Total expenses



1,234.2



1,165.2



2,367.8



2,350.6



4,787.0



5,006.3

Pretax income (loss)



99.6



296.3



396.6



380.8



688.7



313.2

Income taxes (credits)



33.5



102.3



136.0



130.6



230.5



98.1

Net income (loss)


$

66.1


$

193.9


$

260.5


$

250.2


$

458.2


$

215.1







































COMMON STOCK STATISTICS:

Net income (loss):

Basic


$

.26


$

.76


$

1.01


$

.97


$

1.78


$

.84


Diluted


$

.24


$

.67


$

.91


$

.88


$

1.60


$

.79

Components of earnings per share:



















Basic, net operating income (loss)


$

.13


$

.41


$

.40


$

.61


$

1.16


$

.42

Realized investment gains (losses)



.13



.35



.61



.36



.62



.42

Basic net income (loss)


$

.26


$

.76


$

1.01


$

.97


$

1.78


$

.84

Diluted, net operating income (loss)


$

.13


$

.37


$

.38


$

.57


$

1.06


$

.42

Realized investment gains (losses)



.11



.30



.53



.31



.54



.37

Diluted net income (loss)


$

.24


$

.67


$

.91


$

.88


$

1.60


$

.79

Cash dividends on common stock


$

.1825


$

.1800


$

.3650


$

.3600


$

.7250


$

.7150

Book value per share














$

15.29


$

13.95

Common shares outstanding:



















Average basic



258,379,076



256,749,748



258,282,459



256,636,082



258,112,691



256,457,920

Average diluted



295,051,774



292,842,386



294,902,279



292,548,180



294,698,591



292,160,306

Actual, end of period















258,597,605



256,991,199



























SUMMARY STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS):

Net income (loss) as reported


$

66.1


$

193.9


$

260.5


$

250.2


$

458.2


$

215.1

Post-tax net unrealized gains (losses)



61.8



(239.2)



6.7



(171.2)



11.8



(153.5)

Other adjustments



1.9



(2.5)



(1.6)



(3.8)



64.9



(15.3)

Net adjustments



63.7



(241.7)



5.0



(175.1)



76.7



(168.9)

Comprehensive income (loss)


$

129.9


$

(47.8)


$

265.6


$

75.0


$

534.9


$

46.1




















Safe Harbor Statement

Historical data pertaining to the operating results, liquidity, and other performance indicators applicable to an insurance enterprise such as Old Republic are not necessarily indicative of results to be achieved in succeeding years. In addition to the factors cited below, the long-term nature of the insurance business, seasonal and annual patterns in premium production and incidence of claims, changes in yields obtained on invested assets, changes in government policies and free markets affecting inflation rates and general economic conditions, and changes in legal precedents or the application of law affecting the settlement of disputed and other claims can have a bearing on period-to-period comparisons and future operating results.

Some of the oral or written statements made in the Company's reports, press releases, and conference calls following earnings releases, can constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Of necessity, any such forward-looking statements involve assumptions, uncertainties, and risks that may affect the Company's future performance. With regard to Old Republic's General Insurance segment, its results can be affected, in particular, by the level of market competition, which is typically a function of available capital and expected returns on such capital among competitors, the levels of interest and inflation rates, and periodic changes in claim frequency and severity patterns caused by natural disasters, weather conditions, accidents, illnesses, work-related injuries, and unanticipated external events. RFIG run-off and Title Insurance results can be affected by similar factors, and by changes in national and regional housing demand and values, the availability and cost of mortgage loans, employment trends, and default rates on mortgage loans. RFIG run-off results, in particular, may also be affected by various mortgage guaranty risk-sharing arrangements with business producers, as well as the risk management and pricing policies of government sponsored enterprises. Life and accident insurance earnings can be affected by the levels of employment and consumer spending, variations in mortality and health trends, and changes in policy lapsation rates. At the parent holding company level, operating earnings or losses are generally reflective of the amount of debt outstanding and its cost, interest income on temporary holdings of short-term investments, and period-to-period variations in the costs of administering the Company's widespread operations.

A more detailed listing and discussion of the risks and other factors which affect the Company's risk-taking insurance business are included in Part I, Item 1A - Risk Factors, of the Company's 2013 Form 10-K annual report and Part II, Item 1A - Risk Factors, of the Company's recent Form 10-Q filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which Items are specifically incorporated herein by reference.

Any forward-looking statements or commentaries speak only as of their dates. Old Republic undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any and all such comments, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, and accordingly they may not be unduly relied upon.

For the latest news releases and other corporate documents on Old Republic:
Please write to:
Investor Relations
Old Republic International Corporation
307 North Michigan Avenue 
Chicago, IL  60601 
312-346-8100
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SOURCE Old Republic International Corporation

AT OLD REPUBLIC: A. C. Zucaro: Chairman & CEO, (312) 346-8100, OR AT FINANCIAL RELATIONS BOARD: Analysts/Investors: Scott Eckstein, (212) 827-3766