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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 1.50
FAF's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
64% of the 59 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 2.82 vs. FAF: 1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
FAF' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 1.05   Max: N/A
Current: 1.5

Equity to Asset 0.33
FAF's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
53% of the 59 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.32 vs. FAF: 0.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
FAF' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.33   Max: 0.39
Current: 0.33

0.33
0.39
Interest Coverage 18.21
FAF's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
61% of the 46 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 26.39 vs. FAF: 18.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
FAF' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 10.31   Max: 51.56
Current: 18.21

10.31
51.56
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 1.35
WACC vs ROIC
9.57%
11.73%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 7.84
FAF's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 60 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.79 vs. FAF: 7.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
FAF' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -3.44   Max: 10.29
Current: 7.84

-3.44
10.29
Net-margin (%) 5.22
FAF's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
73% of the 60 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 9.67 vs. FAF: 5.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
FAF' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -2.35   Max: 6.63
Current: 5.22

-2.35
6.63
ROE (%) 9.78
FAF's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 60 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.26 vs. FAF: 9.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
FAF' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -4.4   Max: 13.76
Current: 9.78

-4.4
13.76
ROA (%) 3.42
FAF's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 60 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 2.84 vs. FAF: 3.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
FAF' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.52   Max: 5.27
Current: 3.42

-1.52
5.27
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 97.57
FAF's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
67% of the 45 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 274.90 vs. FAF: 97.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
FAF' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -58.36   Max: 137.26
Current: 97.57

-58.36
137.26
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 6.40
FAF's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 47 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.50 vs. FAF: 6.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FAF' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 7.3
Current: 6.4

0
7.3
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 26.90
FAF's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 37 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 14.50 vs. FAF: 26.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FAF' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 26.9
Current: 26.9

0
26.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 43.30
FAF's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 35 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 14.00 vs. FAF: 43.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
FAF' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 43.3
Current: 43.3

0
43.3
» FAF's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Equity & Asset
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

FAF Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Zeke Ashton 105,000 sh (New)
Sarah Ketterer 3,123,338 sh (+37.18%)
Arnold Schneider 427,108 sh (+13.50%)
First Eagle Investment 425,423 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
David Dreman Sold Out
John Rogers 9,404,467 sh (-2.07%)
Chuck Royce 226,361 sh (-9.30%)
John Keeley 736,508 sh (-10.19%)
RS Investment Management 4,493,151 sh (-12.22%)
Jim Simons 453,300 sh (-19.06%)
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Q3 2014

FAF Guru Trades in Q3 2014

John Rogers 10,395,183 sh (+10.53%)
Arnold Schneider 471,529 sh (+10.40%)
Sarah Ketterer 3,163,438 sh (+1.28%)
First Eagle Investment 429,537 sh (+0.97%)
Zeke Ashton 105,000 sh (unchged)
RS Investment Management 4,440,267 sh (-1.18%)
John Keeley 726,348 sh (-1.38%)
Chuck Royce 201,161 sh (-11.13%)
Jim Simons 111,200 sh (-75.47%)
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Q4 2014

FAF Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 360,700 sh (+224.37%)
Sarah Ketterer Sold Out
Zeke Ashton Sold Out
First Eagle Investment 429,481 sh (-0.01%)
John Keeley 711,138 sh (-2.09%)
Arnold Schneider 459,907 sh (-2.46%)
John Rogers 9,716,218 sh (-6.53%)
RS Investment Management 3,568,809 sh (-19.63%)
Chuck Royce 110,161 sh (-45.24%)
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Q1 2015

FAF Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Paul Tudor Jones 26,720 sh (New)
Jim Simons 365,426 sh (+1.31%)
First Eagle Investment Sold Out
Chuck Royce 98,961 sh (-10.17%)
RS Investment Management 2,876,545 sh (-19.40%)
John Rogers 7,703,312 sh (-20.72%)
Arnold Schneider 358,747 sh (-22.00%)
John Keeley 494,920 sh (-30.40%)
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Guru Investment Theses on First American Financial Corp

John Rogers Comments on First American Financial - Nov 05, 2013

Rising mortgage rates drove down First American Financial (FAF)'s stock price as Wall Street investors feared an end to the refinancing boom. Over the near-term, we anticipate downward earnings revisions as refinancings come to a halt rather quickly and new home sales take time to ramp up. But looking further out, we know title insurance policies on new home purchases are twice as profitable as refinancings which will drive earnings at First American. Not to mention, with the stock trading at just 10x consensus earnings, our bullishness is only magnified by the stock's incredibly cheap valuation.

From John Rogers' Ariel Fund and Ariel Appreciate Fund portfolio manager letter third quarter 2013.


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John Rogers Comments on First American Financial Corp. - Jul 25, 2013

Mortgage insurer First American Financial Corp. (FAF) slid -13.35% despite a good overall quarter. We believe the market was essentially confused. The company's official earnings per share were $0.33 versus the $0.42 consensus. The key reason for the miss, however, was a large reserve charge dating to the 2006-2007 period. Without the charge, earnings would have been roughly $0.44 per share. Revenues exceeded expectations by increasing +19%, and purchase orders were up +13%. Admittedly, those were trade-offs for refinancings, which were down -7%. Management was upbeat and optimistic about business, a perspective we think was fully justified. The stock now trades below 1x book, which we think is very cheap given its profitability, powerful market position and business trajectory.

From John RogersAriel Appreciation Fund Second Quarter 2013 Commentary.


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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 15.60
FAF's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
98% of the 53 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. FAF: 15.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
FAF' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.46   Max: 21.1
Current: 15.6

8.46
21.1
Forward P/E 11.33
FAF's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
181% of the 31 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 8.50 vs. FAF: 11.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.70
FAF's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
74% of the 53 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.60 vs. FAF: 15.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
FAF' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 8.46   Max: 20.96
Current: 15.7

8.46
20.96
P/B 1.50
FAF's P/B is ranked lower than
111% of the 56 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. FAF: 1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
FAF' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.56   Max: 1.57
Current: 1.5

0.56
1.57
P/S 0.80
FAF's P/S is ranked higher than
51% of the 51 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.81 vs. FAF: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
FAF' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 0.86
Current: 0.8

0.29
0.86
POCF 9.84
FAF's POCF is ranked higher than
55% of the 42 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 11.41 vs. FAF: 9.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
FAF' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.73   Max: 13.54
Current: 9.84

4.73
13.54
EV-to-EBIT 9.66
FAF's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
59% of the 51 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 7.71 vs. FAF: 9.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
FAF' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.9   Max: 11.7
Current: 9.66

4.9
11.7
PEG 1.54
FAF's PEG is ranked lower than
58% of the 24 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. FAF: 1.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
FAF' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.71   Max: 1.37
Current: 1.54

0.71
1.37
Shiller P/E 20.60
FAF's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
146% of the 37 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 10.85 vs. FAF: 20.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
FAF' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 15.55   Max: 21.87
Current: 20.6

15.55
21.87
Days Sales Outstanding 19.82
FAF's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
76% of the 29 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 58.49 vs. FAF: 19.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
FAF' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 19.79   Max: 24.95
Current: 19.82

19.79
24.95

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.70
FAF's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
184% of the 38 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. FAF: 2.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
FAF' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 2.93
Current: 2.7

0.4
2.93
Dividend Payout 0.42
FAF's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
71% of the 42 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. FAF: 0.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
FAF' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 0.74
Current: 0.42

0.08
0.74
Dividend growth (3y) 51.80
FAF's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
90% of the 30 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 9.10 vs. FAF: 51.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
FAF' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 51.8
Current: 51.8

0
51.8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.70
FAF's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
197% of the 39 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 6.74 vs. FAF: 2.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
FAF' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 2.93
Current: 2.7

0.4
2.93
Share Buyback Rate -0.60
FAF's Share Buyback Rate is ranked lower than
72% of the 39 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. FAF: -0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
FAF' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -1.4
Current: -0.6

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 2.50
FAF's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
121% of the 52 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.00 vs. FAF: 2.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
FAF' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.16   Max: 1.91
Current: 2.5

1.16
1.91
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.20
FAF's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked lower than
88% of the 33 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.80 vs. FAF: 1.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Projected) only.
FAF' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 1.24
Current: 1.2

1.01
1.24
Price/Median PS Value 1.60
FAF's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
119% of the 52 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. FAF: 1.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
FAF' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.65   Max: 1.6
Current: 1.6

0.65
1.6
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.10
FAF's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
76% of the 21 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. FAF: 1.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
FAF' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 1.25
Current: 1.1

0.74
1.25
Price/Graham Number 1.30
FAF's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
100% of the 47 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.67 vs. FAF: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
FAF' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.74   Max: 1.3
Current: 1.3

0.74
1.3
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 10.60
FAF's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
75% of the 59 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. FAF: 10.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) only.
FAF' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 8.5   Max: 20.3
Current: 10.6

8.5
20.3
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 16.46
FAF's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
66% of the 32 Companies
in the Global Insurance - Specialty industry.

( Industry Median: 12.75 vs. FAF: 16.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) only.
FAF' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 3.8   Max: 27.7
Current: 16.46

3.8
27.7

Business Description

Industry: Insurance - Specialty » Insurance - Specialty
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Traded in other countries:Y1F.Germany,
First American Financial Corp was incorporated in the state of Delaware in January 2008. The Company along with its subsidiaries is engaged in the business of providing financial services through its title insurance and services segment and its specialty insurance segment. The title insurance and services segment provides title insurance, closing and/or escrow services and similar or related services domestically and internationally in connection with residential and commercial real estate transactions. It also provides products, services and solutions involving the use of real property related data, including data derived from its proprietary database, designed to mitigate risk or otherwise facilitate real estate transactions. It maintains, manages and provides access to title plant records and images and, in addition, provides banking, trust and investment advisory services. The specialty insurance segment issues property and casualty insurance policies and sells home warranty products. In addition, its corporate function consists of certain financing facilities as well as the corporate services that support its business operations. The Company's competitors include Fidelity National Financial, Inc., Stewart Title Guaranty Company and Old Republic International Corporation. Many of its subsidiaries are subject to extensive regulation by applicable domestic or foreign regulatory agencies. In addition, its insurers are subject to the laws of other jurisdictions in which they transact business.
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