One of Houston’s oldest companies is hoping for a revival.

After a shaky few years that included a failed merger, tangles with activist investors and a board reshuffling, a new CEO at title giant Stewart Information Services Corp. has been focused on growing the business through acquisitions and extracting value from the 127-year-old brand.


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The latest acquisition, announced last month, was a portfolio of 57 title offices the company owned by ET Investments. Stewart paid $105 million for t4he offices, a deal that will grow its presence in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada.

Through subsidiary Stewart Title Co., the company provides title insurance and real estate services to homebuyers and sellers, real estate agents, lenders, builders and others in the real estate industry.

Frederick Eppinger, a Stewart director since 2016, took over a year ago following his retirement as chief executive of Massachusetts-based Hanover Insurance Group, a struggling company he expanded geographically and helped rebuild into a $5 billion business.

Eppinger spoke with the Chronicle about the real estate market, the pandemic and