PulteGroup, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

  • Net Loss of $0.03 Per Share Compared with Prior Year Net Loss of $0.10 Per Share; Company Remains on Track for Full Year Profitability
  • Home Sale Revenues Increased 4% to $814 Million Driven by 5% Increase in Average Selling Price
  • Adjusted Gross Margin Increased 180 Basis Points to 18.7%
  • SG&A Reduced by 13% to $123 Million; Falls 300 Basis Points to 15.2% of Home Sale Revenues
  • 15% Increase in Signups to 4,991 Homes Generated from 6% Fewer Communities
  • Unit Backlog Up 12% to 5,798 Homes With a Value of $1.6 Billion
  • Quarter Ending Cash Balance of $1.3 Billion Up $117 Million From Year End 2011


PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2012. For the quarter, the Company reported a net loss of $12 million, or $0.03 per share. Reported net loss includes $6 million of land related charges which were offset by $6 million of land-sale gains. In the prior year the Company reported a net loss of $40 million, or $0.10 per share. Land-related charges and land sale gains were immaterial in the prior year period.

"PulteGroup's first quarter financial results demonstrate further success in our efforts to reposition the business and drive better long term financial returns," said Richard J. Dugas, Jr., PulteGroup Chairman, President and CEO. "For the quarter, improved gross margins and excellent control of overhead costs within our operations, along with better results from our financial services operations, helped to drive a $32 million increase in pretax operating results. Our first quarter results reflect the benefit of initiatives launched in 2011 which are expected to deliver additional gains as we move through the remainder of 2012 and beyond."

"While overall industry volumes remain well below normal levels, our first quarter sales and traffic patterns suggest a positive shift in buyer sentiment during the period. The 15% increase in our reported signups reflects broad based gains as we experienced improved signups from all of our brands and across the vast majority of our markets. We are only one quarter into the year, but the start has exceeded our internal estimates and has us cautiously optimistic that housing demand may have reached a positive inflection point."

Home sale revenues in the first quarter increased 4% to $814 million, compared with $782 million in the prior year. Higher revenue for the quarter reflects a 5%, or $12,000, increase in average selling price to $261,000, partially offset by a 1% decrease in closings to 3,117 homes. The increase in average selling price primarily reflects an ongoing shift in the mix of closings towards move-up homes which carry a higher selling price.

First quarter cost of sales related to home sales was $712 million, compared with prior year costs of $685 million. Cost of sales for the current quarter included $5 million of impairments, compared with none in the prior year. Excluding impairments and capitalized interest expense, adjusted gross margin for the quarter would have been 18.7%, compared with 16.9% in the comparable prior year period. The 180 basis point improvement in adjusted gross margin primarily reflects ongoing shifts in the mix of houses closed to include a greater percentage of move-up homes and an increase in closings from recently opened communities.

The Company's selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for the quarter was $123 million, a decrease of 13% from $142 million in the comparable period last year. As a percent of homebuilding revenue, SG&A for the quarter fell 300 basis points to 15.2%.

For the quarter, the Company reported a 15% increase in net signups of 4,991 homes which were generated from 6% fewer communities. Prior year net signups were 4,345 homes. The cancellation rate in the first quarter was 15%, down from 16% in the prior year.

The Company's contract backlog as of March 31, 2012, was 5,798 homes, with a value of $1.6 billion, compared to a prior year contract backlog of 5,188 homes, valued at $1.4 billion.

The Company's financial services operations reported pretax income of $7 million for the quarter, compared with prior year income of $1 million. Loan originations for the first quarter were 2,021 compared with prior year originations of 1,865. Mortgage capture rate for the quarter was 78%, compared with 76% for the same quarter last year.

The Company's quarter-end cash balance of $1.3 billion represents an increase of $117 million over 2011 year end.

A conference call discussing PulteGroup's first quarter results is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested investors can access the live webcast via PulteGroup's corporate website at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements." These statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities, as well as those of the markets we serve or intend to serve, to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate to matters of a strictly factual or historical nature and generally discuss or relate to forecasts, estimates or other expectations regarding future events. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "may," "can," "could," "might," "will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, including statements related to expected operating and performing results, planned transactions, planned objectives of management, future developments or conditions in the industries in which we participate and other trends, developments and uncertainties that may affect our business in the future.

Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among other things: interest rate changes and the availability of mortgage financing; continued volatility in the debt and equity markets; competition within the industries in which PulteGroup operates; the availability and cost of land and other raw materials used by PulteGroup in its homebuilding operations; the impact of any changes to our strategy in responding to continuing adverse conditions in the industry, including any changes regarding our land positions; the availability and cost of insurance covering risks associated with PulteGroup's businesses; shortages and the cost of labor; weather related slowdowns; slow growth initiatives and/or local building moratoria; governmental regulation directed at or affecting the housing market, the homebuilding industry or construction activities; uncertainty in the mortgage lending industry, including revisions to underwriting standards and repurchase requirements associated with the sale of mortgage loans; the interpretation of or changes to tax, labor and environmental laws; economic changes nationally or in PulteGroup's local markets, including inflation, deflation, changes in consumer confidence and preferences and the state of the market for homes in general; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims; required accounting changes; terrorist acts and other acts of war; and other factors of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business and competitive nature. See PulteGroup's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our businesses. PulteGroup undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in PulteGroup's expectations.

About PulteGroup

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is one of America's largest homebuilding companies with operations in approximately 60 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes and Del Webb, the company is one of the industry's most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup conducts extensive research to provide home buyers with innovative solutions and new homes designed for the way people actually live today. As the most awarded homebuilder in customer satisfaction, PulteGroup brands have consistently ranked among top homebuilders in third-party customer satisfaction studies.

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