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07.22.08

Pulte Homes Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

    -- For the Second Quarter 2008, Generated 5,133 Net New Orders and Closed
       5,438 Homes
    -- Backlog at June 30, 2008 of 8,254 Homes, Valued at $2.4 Billion
    -- Company Ended Q2 2008 With $1 Billion of Cash, After Pay-off of $313
       Million of Debt Related to Recent Tender Offer
    -- Impairments and Land-Related Charges of $220.1 Million for the Second
       Quarter 2008
    -- Q2 2008 Net Loss of $0.63 Per Share, Inclusive of Impairments,
       Land-Related Charges and a Tax Benefit Related to the Company's
       Deferred Income Tax Assets
    -- Company Provides Third Quarter 2008 Guidance
    -- Company Targets Year-End 2008 Cash Position of $1.7 Billion to $1.9
       Billion, After $313 Million Debt Reduction in Q2 2008

Pulte Homes (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2008. For the quarter, the Company reported a net loss of $158.4 million, or $0.63 per share, compared with a $507.6 million net loss for the prior year second quarter, or $2.01 per share. The second quarter 2008 net loss included $220.1 million of pre-tax charges related to inventory impairments and other land-related charges. Impairments and land-related charges for the prior year quarter were $749.4 million. The second quarter 2008 also included a tax benefit of $56.8 million, primarily due to an adjustment in the Company's deferred income tax assets. Consolidated revenues for the quarter were $1.6 billion, a decline of 20% from prior year revenues of $2 billion.

"The operating environment for homebuilding continued to deteriorate during the second quarter of 2008," said Richard J. Dugas, Jr., President and CEO of Pulte Homes. "The downward trend in home prices persisted, and the softness in overall buyer demand remained a challenge for the industry, leading to unsold inventory for both new and existing homes still well above historical levels. Buyer confidence remains under pressure, both from the weakness in housing as well as concerns about the overall economy.

"In the face of these challenges," Mr. Dugas continued, "Pulte continued to make progress against its goals of generating cash from operations, reducing its cost structure and lowering its inventory levels. During the second quarter of 2008, Pulte generated significant positive cash flow, and ended the quarter with a $1 billion cash balance. The Company also paid off $313 million of its senior notes due 2009 during a recent tender offer, and had no debt outstanding under its $1.6 billion revolving credit facility at quarter end. We significantly reduced our overhead expense, and lowered both our level of speculative inventory and number of controlled lots. Pulte intends to be in a position to capitalize on opportunities once stability in the housing sector begins to materialize."

Second Quarter Results

Revenues from homebuilding settlements in the second quarter decreased 18% to $1.6 billion compared with $1.9 billion in last year's second quarter. The change in revenue for the quarter reflects an 8% decrease in closings to 5,438 homes, and an 11% decrease in average selling price to $286,000.

Second quarter homebuilding pre-tax loss was $221.3 million, compared with an $803.2 million pre-tax loss for the prior year quarter. The pre-tax loss for the 2008 second quarter reflects a decline in gross margins primarily related to the impact of impairments recorded in connection with our land inventory. Homebuilding SG&A expense decreased $118 million, or 40%, compared with the prior year quarter. During the second quarter of 2008, the Company recorded $220.1 million of impairments and land-related charges, including $153.6 million related to land impairments, $20.1 million associated with the write-off of land deposits and pre-acquisition costs, $44.7 million of impairments of land held for sale and $1.7 million related to the Company's investment in unconsolidated joint ventures. For the prior year quarter, these impairments and land-related charges totaled $749.4 million.

Net new home orders for the second quarter were 5,133 homes, valued at $1.4 billion, which represent declines of 32% and 42%, respectively, from prior year second quarter results. Pulte Homes' ending backlog as of June 30, 2008 was valued at $2.4 billion (8,254 homes), compared with a value of $5.2 billion (14,928 homes) at the end of last year's second quarter. At the end of the second quarter 2008, the Company's debt-to-capitalization ratio was 48%, and on a net debt-to-capitalization basis was 39%.

The Company's financial services operations reported pre-tax income of $10.8 million for the second quarter 2008, compared with $6.6 million of pre-tax income for the prior year's quarter. The increase in second quarter 2008 pre-tax income was partially due to a shift in the mix of mortgage loans closed toward more profitable agency-backed products. This was partially offset by a 26% decline in mortgage loans originated during the quarter compared with the prior year quarter. The mortgage capture rate for the quarter was 92%, compared with 93% for the same quarter last year.

The Company recorded an income tax benefit of $56.8 million for the second quarter 2008, primarily due to an adjustment in the Company's deferred income tax assets. During the quarter, the deferred income tax assets were increased from $106 million to $170 million to reflect the current estimate of the amount realizable from the carryback of the current year's net operating loss to the 2006 tax year.

Six Month Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2008, Pulte Homes' net loss was $854.6 million, or $3.37 per share, compared with a $593.2 million, or $2.35 per share, net loss for the prior year period. Consolidated revenues for the period were $3.1 billion, down 21% from $3.9 billion for the first six months of last year.

Revenues from homebuilding settlements for the period were $3 billion, down 20% from the prior year. Lower revenues for the period resulted from an 11% decrease in average selling price to $290,000, combined with a 10% decrease in the number of homes closed to 10,171.

Homebuilding pre-tax loss for the period was $926.5 million, compared with a $951.6 million pre-tax loss for the prior year period. The pre-tax loss for the period reflects a decline in gross margins primarily related to the impact of impairments recorded in connection with our land inventory. Homebuilding SG&A expense decreased $197.3 million, or 34%, compared with the prior year period. During the first six months of 2008, the Company recorded $883.7 million of impairments and land-related charges, including $752.3 million related to land impairments, $20.4 million associated with the write-off of land deposits and pre-acquisition costs, $109.3 million of impairments of land held for sale, and $1.7 million related to the Company's investment in unconsolidated joint ventures. For the prior year period, these impairments and land-related charges totaled $881.5 million.

For the first six months of 2008, the pre-tax income for Pulte's financial services operations was $25.8 million compared with $19.8 million in the prior year. The positive shift in the mix of mortgage loans toward more profitable agency-backed products was a significant reason for this increase in income.

Third Quarter 2008 Guidance

"For the third quarter of 2008 we are providing guidance in the range from a net loss of $0.15 per share to breakeven from continuing operations, exclusive of a tax benefit and any additional impairments or land-related charges," said Dugas. "As part of its ongoing balance sheet focus, after reducing its outstanding senior debt by $313 million in the current quarter, Pulte targets a cash position by the end of 2008 of $1.7 billion to $1.9 billion."

A conference call discussing Pulte Homes' second quarter results will be held Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and web cast live via Pulte.com. Interested investors can access the call via the Company's home page at www.pulte.com.

Certain statements in this release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among other things, (1) general economic and business conditions; (2) interest rate changes and the availability of mortgage financing; (3) the relative stability of debt and equity markets; (4) competition; (5) the availability and cost of land and other raw materials used by the Company in its homebuilding operations; (6) the availability and cost of insurance covering risks associated with the Company's business; (7) shortages and the cost of labor; (8) weather related slowdowns; (9) slow growth initiatives and/or local building moratoria; (10) governmental regulation, including the interpretation of tax, labor and environmental laws; (11) changes in consumer confidence and preferences; (12) required accounting changes; (13) terrorist acts and other acts of war; and (14) other factors over which the Company has little or no control. See the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Annual Report to Shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2007 and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to Pulte's business. Pulte undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in Pulte's expectations.

About Pulte Homes

Pulte Homes, Inc., (NYSE: PHM), based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is one of America's largest home building companies with operations in 50 markets and 26 states. During its 58-year history, the company has delivered more than 500,000 new homes. Since 2000, Pulte Homes operations have earned more top-three finishes than any other homebuilder in the annual J.D. Power and Associates(R) New Home-Builder Customer Satisfaction Study(sm). Under its Del Webb brand, Pulte is the nation's largest builder of active adult communities for people age 55 and older. Its DiVosta Homes brand is renowned in Florida for its Built Solid(TM) building system and distinctive master-planned communities. Pulte Mortgage LLC is a nationwide lender offering Pulte customers a wide variety of loan products and superior service.

    Websites: www.pulte.com; www.delwebb.com; www.divosta.com



                              Pulte Homes, Inc.
                        Condensed Consolidated Results
                                Of Operations
                    (000's omitted, except per share data)
                                 (Unaudited)

                            Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
                                  June 30,                 June 30,
                            ------------------       ------------------
                             2008        2007         2008        2007
                            ------      ------       ------      ------
    CONSOLIDATED RESULTS:

    Revenues:
     Homebuilding        $1,580,468   $1,993,498   $2,978,577   $3,823,406
     Financial Services      38,945       27,362       82,433       66,943
     Other non-operating      6,352          386       13,574        2,330
                         ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------
    Total Revenues       $1,625,765   $2,021,246   $3,074,584   $3,892,679
                         ==========   ==========   ==========   ==========

    Pre-tax income
     (loss):
     Homebuilding         $(221,321)   $(803,191)   $(926,451)   $(951,577)
     Financial Services      10,802        6,568       25,846       19,763
     Other non-operating     (4,708)      (9,986)      (7,678)     (17,343)
                         ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------

    Loss before income
     taxes                 (215,227)    (806,609)    (908,283)    (949,157)

    Income taxes
     (benefit)              (56,810)    (299,058)     (53,722)    (355,934)
                         ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------

    Net loss              $(158,417)   $(507,551)  $ (854,561)   $(593,223)
                         ==========   ==========   ==========   ==========

    EARNINGS PER SHARE -
     ASSUMING DILUTION:

    Net loss                 $(0.63)      $(2.01)      $(3.37)      $(2.35)
                         ==========   ==========   ==========   ==========

    Shares used in per
     share calculations     253,454      252,093      253,310      252,006
                         ==========   ==========   ==========   ==========



                              Pulte Homes, Inc.
                    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                               ($000's omitted)

                                                    June 30,    December 31,
                                                      2008         2007
                                                   (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)
                                                   -----------  -----------
    ASSETS
    Cash and equivalents                            $988,345     $1,060,311
    Unfunded settlements                              31,749         38,714
    House and land inventory                       5,726,498      7,027,511
    Land held for sale                               316,360        252,563
    Land, not owned, under option agreements          17,560         20,838
    Residential mortgage loans available-for-sale    296,736        447,089
    Investments in unconsolidated entities           140,983        105,479
    Goodwill                                           5,654          5,654
    Intangible assets, net                           106,629        110,704
    Other assets                                     779,084      1,050,934
    Deferred income tax assets                       169,566        105,906
                                                  ----------    -----------
                                                  $8,579,164    $10,225,703
                                                  ==========    ===========

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Liabilities:
      Accounts payable, accrued and other
       liabilities                                $1,569,950     $1,859,911
      Collateralized short-term debt, recourse
       solely to applicable subsidiary assets        261,505        440,611
      Income taxes                                   112,399        126,758
      Senior notes                                 3,165,691      3,478,230
                                                  ----------    -----------

        Total Liabilities                          5,109,545      5,905,510

    Shareholders' Equity                           3,469,619      4,320,193
                                                  ----------    -----------
                                                  $8,579,164    $10,225,703
                                                  ==========    ===========



                              Pulte Homes, Inc.
                                 Segment Data
                               ($000's omitted)
                                 (Unaudited)

                           Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended
                                June 30,                  June 30,
                          --------------------       -------------------
                           2008          2007         2008         2007
                          ------        ------       ------       ------
    HOMEBUILDING:
      Home sales
       (settlements)    $1,555,137   $1,901,825   $2,951,568   $3,691,107
      Land sales            25,331       91,673       27,009      132,299
                        ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------
        Homebuilding
         Revenues       $1,580,468   $1,993,498   $2,978,577   $3,823,406

      Home cost of
       sales           (1,537,269)  (2,254,881)  (3,382,323)  (3,849,352)
      Land cost of sales  (68,121)    (118,618)    (133,069)    (174,980)
      Selling, general
       & administrative
       expense           (177,643)    (295,213)    (379,580)    (576,866)
      Other income
       (expense), net     (18,756)    (127,977)     (10,056)    (173,785)
                        ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------

      Pre-tax income
       (loss)           $(221,321)   $(803,191)   $(926,451)   $(951,577)
                        ==========   ==========   ==========   ==========

    FINANCIAL SERVICES:
      Pre-tax income       $10,802       $6,568      $25,846      $19,763
                        ==========   ==========   ==========   ==========

    OTHER NON-OPERATING:
      Pre-tax loss:
      Net interest income
       (expense)            $5,644       $(552)      $12,118         $402
      Other expense, net   (10,352)      (9,434)     (19,796)     (17,745)
                        ----------   ----------   ----------   ----------
        Total other non-
         operating        $(4,708)     $(9,986)     $(7,678)    $(17,343)
                        ==========   ==========   ==========   ==========



                              Pulte Homes, Inc.
                           Business Operating Data
                               ($000's omitted)
                                 (Unaudited)

                           Three Months Ended        Six Months Ended
                                June 30,                  June 30,
                          ---------------------    ---------------------
                            2008        2007         2008         2007
                          --------    --------     --------     --------
    Homebuilding
     settlement
     revenues           $1,555,137   $1,901,825   $2,951,568   $3,691,107
                         =========    =========    =========    =========


      Unit settlements:
        Northeast              543          533          936          904
        Southeast              881        1,024        1,629        1,779
        Florida                828          859        1,569        1,886
        Midwest                615          762        1,238        1,405
        Central                602          597        1,153        1,296
        Southwest            1,423        1,502        2,620        2,835
        California             546          661        1,026        1,253
                         ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
                             5,438        5,938       10,171       11,358
                         =========    =========    =========    =========
      Average selling
       price                  $286         $320         $290         $325
                         =========    =========    =========    =========

      Unit net new orders:
        Northeast              533          856        1,035        1,560
        Southeast              746        1,018        1,570        2,024
        Florida                866        1,074        1,859        2,596
        Midwest                700        1,138        1,279        2,158
        Central                412          731          942        1,355
        Southwest            1,420        1,940        2,887        4,407
        California             456          775          963        1,931
                         ---------    ---------    ---------    ---------
                             5,133        7,532       10,535       16,031
                         =========    =========    =========    =========
      Net new orders -                     -
       dollars*         $1,413,000   $2,427,000   $2,874,000   $5,339,000
                         =========    =========    =========    =========

      Unit backlog:
        Northeast                                        890        1,573
        Southeast                                      1,222        1,953
        Florida                                        1,542        1,922
        Midwest                                          869        2,150
        Central                                          659        1,181
        Southwest                                      2,277        4,291
        California                                       795        1,858
                                                   ---------    ---------
                                                       8,254       14,928
                                                   =========    =========
    Dollars in backlog                            $2,432,000   $5,227,000
                                                   =========    =========


    *Net new order dollars represent a composite of new order dollars combined
with other movement of the dollars in backlog related to cancellations and
change orders.



                              Pulte Homes, Inc.
                      Business Operating Data, continued
                               ($000's omitted)
                                 (Unaudited)

                              Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                    June 30,                June 30,
                             --------------------     -------------------
                                2008       2007        2008         2007
                               ------     ------      ------       ------
    MORTGAGE ORIGINATIONS:

      Origination volume        3,931       5,300        7,445      10,458
                             ========  ==========  ===========  ==========
      Origination principal  $877,300  $1,176,700   $1,680,700  $2,319,700
                             ========  ==========  ===========  ==========
      Capture rate percentage    92.3%       92.6%        91.2%       92.8%
                             ========  ==========  ===========  ==========



                              Pulte Homes, Inc.
                           Supplemental Information
                               ($000's omitted)
                                 (Unaudited)

                               Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                    June 30,                 June 30,
                             --------------------     -------------------
                                2008       2007        2008         2007
                               ------     ------      ------       ------
    Interest expense:
      Homebuilding (included
       in home cost of sales) $38,632     $96,422     $97,124     $144,380
      Financial Services        1,555       3,616       3,425        8,234
      Other non-operating         708         938       1,456        1,928
                             --------  ----------   ---------   ----------
        Total interest
         expense              $40,895    $100,976    $102,005     $154,542
                             ========  ==========   ==========  ==========
    Depreciation &
     amortization             $19,113     $21,613     $38,828      $43,273
                             ========  ==========   ==========  ==========

SOURCE Pulte Homes

/CONTACT: Investors: Calvin Boyd, +1-248-433-4527, calvin.boyd@pulte.com, or Media: Mark Marymee, +1-248-433-4648, mark.marymee@pulte.com, both of Pulte Homes

/Web site: http://www.pulte.com
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