Thomas H. Lee Partners has invested in two subsidiaries of Fidelity National Financial — ServiceLink Holdings and Black Knight Financial Services. The firm has taken 35 percent stake in each subsidiary, which were organized by Fidelity National Financial, a provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries.
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF), a leading provider of title insurance and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries, today announced the reorganization of the former Lender Processing Services, Inc. (“LPS”) businesses, the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary called Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. (“Black Knight”) and the issuance of a 35% interest in each of Black Knight’s two operating subsidiaries, ServiceLink Holdings, LLC (“ServiceLink”) and Black Knight Financial Services, LLC (“BKFS”), to funds affiliated with Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and certain related entities.
Black Knight, through ServiceLink and BKFS, now owns and operates the former LPS businesses and FNF’s ServiceLink business. FNF’s core operating subsidiaries now consist of Fidelity National Title Group, Inc. and Black Knight.
BKFS consists of LPS’ former technology, data and analytics businesses and the technology offerings previously owned by FNF’s ServiceLink division. BKFS’ primary products and services include:
Empower®, PCLender® and LendingSpace® – enterprise-wide loan origination systems that support the correspondent, wholesale and retail markets
RealEC® – electronically connects mortgage lenders and their business partners, and supports the company’s loan quality offerings
MSP® – the leading residential mortgage servicing technology platform in the U.S. LPS Desktop® and Fusion – comprehensive workflow platforms that support mortgage servicing The world’s largest U.S. property database, that covers 99.9% of U.S. property records from over 3,000 counties Most comprehensive mortgage performance data – represents nearly 70 percent of loans in the mortgage industry and provides the broadest breadth and depth of any single loan-level data source Industry-leading analytics – Provide valuable insight that helps effectively manage risk, support regulatory compliance and improve decision-making Tom Sanzone will be the CEO of BKFS. Tom joined FNF in 2013 and has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, leading both technology and business operations at some of the world’s largest global financial institutions.
ServiceLink consists of FNF’s former ServiceLink division and LPS’s former transaction services business. ServiceLink provides a full suite of origination and default related products and services to leading national and regional mortgage originators. Its primary offerings include:
A comprehensive suite of title, closing and escrow services and flood certifications
Market-leading appraisal and valuation solutions
Default- related services, including asset management, field services and sales and posting
Chris Azur will be the CEO of ServiceLink. Chris was the President of FNF’s ServiceLink division and has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage transactions services business.
Azur and Sanzone will report to William P. Foley, II, Chairman of FNF and Black Knight. Additionally, Kirk Larsen will serve as Chief Financial Officer of Black Knight, reporting to Foley. Prior to joining Black Knight, Larsen was Corporate Executive Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of FIS, the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies.
“We are excited to finalize the reorganization, ownership and management structure of the former LPS and ServiceLink businesses,” said Foley. “We will now focus our efforts on the successful integration of these businesses to achieve operational efficiencies, drive organic growth and identify investment opportunities to grow this core business.”
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE: FNF), is a leading provider of title insurance, mortgage services and diversified services. FNF is the nation’s largest title insurance company through its title insurance underwriters — Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Alamo Title — that collectively issue more title insurance policies than any other title company in the United States. FNF also owns a 55% stake in American Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC, a restaurant owner and operator of the O’Charley’s, Ninety Nine Restaurant, Max & Erma’s, Village Inn, Bakers Square and Stoney River Legendary Steaks concepts. In addition, FNF also owns a 51% stake in Remy International, Inc., a leading designer, manufacturer, remanufacturer, marketer and distributor of aftermarket and original equipment electrical components for automobiles, light trucks, heavy-duty trucks and other vehicles. FNF also owns a minority interest in Ceridian Corporation, a leading provider of global human capital management and payment solutions. More information about FNF can be found at www.fnf.com.
About Thomas H. Lee Partners
Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”) is one of the world’s oldest and most experienced private equity firms. The firm invests in growth-oriented global businesses, headquartered principally in North America, across three broad sectors: Consumer & Healthcare, Media & Information Services and Business & Financial Services. THL’s team of investment and operating professionals partner with portfolio company management teams to identify and implement business process improvements that accelerate sustainable revenue and profit growth. Since its founding in 1974, THL has raised approximately $20 billion of equity capital and invested in more than 100 businesses with an aggregate purchase price of more than $150 billion. THL strives to build great companies of lasting value and generate superior investment returns. For more information, please visit www.thl.com.
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