First American Increases Ownership Interest in Island Title Corporation


February 25, 2004, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation’s largest title insurers and a member of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) family of companies, today announced that it has acquired a 60-percent ownership position in Island Title Corporation of Honolulu, Hawaii.  Completed Jan. 22, 2004, the transaction adds six offices and approximately 100 employees to First American’s network of in-state, direct operations.  

 

Established in 1982, Island Title is a widely recognized and well-respected title and escrow provider. Headed by its founder, president and chief executive officer Lynne Kaneshiro, Island Title represents residential and commercial clients in a broad range of property transactions, including exchanges, refinances, fee conversions, condominium projects, and subdivision and timeshare development.

 

“We’ve enjoyed a long and positive relationship with First American over the years, and we look forward to extending our business reach through its extensive resources,” said Kaneshiro, who began her career as a First American employee and worked for the company for 13 years before launching Island Title.

 

“Lynne Kaneshiro has built a very successful operation with a reputation for solid service, and I look forward to this expansion of the relationship between our two companies,” said Dennie L. Rowland, executive vice president for First American Title.  “Island Title more than doubled its pretax profit in 2003, and we anticipate that it will continue to thrive as a First American subsidiary.”

 

In 2000, First American purchased a 20 percent interest in Island Title and assisted in upgrading the company’s computer systems.  Now majority-owned by First American, Island Title will continue to operate under its existing name and management structure.

 

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, the company offers title services through nearly 1,200 offices and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and abroad. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. Information about The First American Corporation's subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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