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Fidelity reports profit drop, restructuring

Blends three companies into one

Fidelity National Financial this week announced plans to restructure along with an earnings report detailing a first-quarter-profit drop of 76 percent from a year ago, when it recorded a large gain from selling a stake in an affiliate. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity said this morning that its board of directors approved a plan that will restructure its relationship with its Fidelity National Information and Fidelity National Trust units. Essentially, the plan combines three public companies into two. The plan will eliminate Fidelity's holding company structure and result in what will become a new FNF, and the existing Fidelity National Information Services will become independent public companies, Fidelity said. Fidelity National Financial's stock was trading at $43.10 mid-morning, up $8.11 a share. In its earnings report Wednesday, Fidelity National Financial said its first-quarter profit fell 76 percent from the first quarter of 2005. Excluding a large gain last y...