• Home Sale Revenues Gained 14% to $1.6 Billion; Closings Increased 7% to 4,225 Homes
• Value of Net New Orders Increased 16% to $2.4 Billion; Net New Orders Up 8% to 6,126 Homes
• Backlog Value Up 13% to $3.8 Billion; Backlog Increased 6% to 9,323 Homes
• Repurchased $100 Million of Stock During the Quarter
ATLANTA - April 25, 2017 - PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017. For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $92 million, or $0.28 per share, inclusive of $0.03 per share of expense associated with the resolution of certain insurance matters. Prior year net income was $83 million, or $0.24 per share.
“Reflecting our increased business investment over the past few years and the ongoing execution of our Value Creation strategy, PulteGroup delivered another quarter of significant operating and financial gains that drove a 17% increase in earnings to $0.28 per share,” said Ryan Marshall, President and CEO of PulteGroup. “Consistent with our focus on delivering superior returns over the housing cycle, we continue to realize strong operating margins, improve our asset efficiency and return excess funds to our shareholders.”
“Buyer interest during the spring selling season of 2017 has been high and points to the ongoing strength in recovery for the housing industry,” added Marshall. “Strong buyer demand continues to be supported by an improving economy and resulting employment and wage gains, high consumer confidence, a low inventory of new and existing homes, and the powerful demographic forces of Millennials and Baby Boomers. Given the strength of our land pipeline and our disciplined investment practices, PulteGroup is well positioned to grow its market presence and improve its financial performance within this operating environment.”
Home sale revenues for the first quarter totaled $1.6 billion, an increase of 14% over the prior year. Higher revenues for the quarter were driven by a 7% increase in closings to 4,225 homes, in combination with a 6% increase in average selling price to $375,000.
Home sale gross profits for the quarter totaled $368 million, or 23.2% of home sale revenues, compared with $356 million, or 25.5% of home sale revenues, in the prior year. SG&A expense for the period was $236 million, or 14.9% of home sale revenues, inclusive of $15 million of expenses associated with the resolution of certain insurance matters. SG&A expense for the first quarter of 2016 was $242 million, or 17.4% of home sale revenues.
For the quarter, net new orders increased 8% to 6,126 homes, while the dollar value of net new orders increased 16% over the prior year to $2.4 billion. The Company operated out of 780 communities for the quarter, which is an increase of 10% over last year.
PulteGroup’s backlog at quarter end totaled 9,323 homes valued at $3.8 billion, compared with prior year backlog of 8,755 homes valued at $3.4 billion. The average sales price in backlog of $408,000 is up 6% over the prior year and reflects the ongoing shift in both the mix of homes sold toward more move-up product and toward higher prices within the buyer category.
Higher homebuilder closing volumes helped increase pretax income in the Company's financial services operations to $14 million for the quarter, compared with pretax income of $10 million in the prior year. Mortgage capture rate for the quarter was 80% compared with 81% in the comparable prior year period.
The Company ended the quarter with $424 million of cash. During the quarter, the Company repurchased 4.7 million common shares for $100 million, or an average price of $21.30 per share.
A conference call discussing PulteGroup's first quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested investors can access the live webcast via PulteGroup's corporate website at www.pultegroupinc.com.
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,” “plan,” “project,” “may,” “can,” “could,” “might,” "should", “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; competition within the industries in which we operate; the availability and cost of land and other raw materials used by us in our homebuilding operations; the impact of any changes to our strategy in responding to the cyclical nature of the industry, including any changes regarding our land positions and the levels of our land spend; the availability and cost of insurance covering risks associated with our 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 our 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; our ability to generate sufficient cash flow in order to successfully implement our capital allocation priorities; 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, 2016 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. We undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in our expectations.
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America's largest homebuilding companies with operations in approximately 50 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, 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 homebuyers with innovative solutions and consumer inspired homes and communities to make lives better.
For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, go to www.pultegroupinc.com;www.pulte.com; www.centex.com; www.delwebb.com; www.divosta.com and www.jwhomes.com.
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