The industry RAC score is calculated on a weighted average basis. As such, Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (Fidelity) and First American Financial Corp (First American), whose combined market share is 60%, greatly influence results.
Leading the improved RAC scores was a 6% increase in aggregate stated policyholders' surplus in 2013 mainly due to earnings and unrealized investment gains.
Augmenting this increase was a
Continued lean expense structures contributed to solid RAC scores in 2013. Expense leverage and agency risk (R11), the largest risk charge in the RAC score at 34% of total charges before covariance adjustments, increased in concert with title operating revenues in 2013.
An offsetting factor to the RAC improvement was the industry's large loss and ceded reinsurance charge (R10), which represents 21% of total charges before covariance adjustments, increased significantly in 2013. This charge measures an underwriter's exposure to a large, net single risk, though full limit losses are rare.
Fitch anticipates that title insurance industry capitalization, as measured by the RAC ratio, will remain near current levels in 2014. Surplus will likely remain relatively flat in the near term. While shareholder dividends could vary by company, Fitch anticipates that distributions will be supported by earnings and not capital.
The full report 'Title Insurers' 2013 Risk-Adjusted Capital Adequacy' is available at 'www.fitchratings.com.' Analysis of company-specific variances in capital adequacy is included in the report.
Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.
Source: Fitch Ratings
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