PulteGroup Reports Financial Results For 2013 Fourth Quarter

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 

  • Q4 2013 Earnings of $220 Million, or $0.57 Per Share, Compared with $59 Million, or $0.15 Per Share, in the Prior Year
  • Q4 Home Sale Gross Margin of 23.2% Increased 610 Basis Points Over Prior Year and 230 Basis Points Over Prior Quarter; Adjusted Gross Margin of 27.7% is Up 590 Basis Points Over Q4 2012
  • SG&A Reduced 30 Basis Points from Prior Year to 9.3% of Home Sale Revenues
  • Home Sale Revenues Increased 9% to $1.6 Billion Driven by a 13% Increase in Average Selling Price
  • Year-end Backlog of 5,772 Homes With a Value of $1.9 Billion
  • Repurchased $35 Million of Stock in the Quarter
  • Debt-to-Capitalization of 31%, Down from 53% at Year-end 2012
  • Company has Increased Authorized Land Spend in 2014 to $2.0 Billion, Compared with $1.3 Billion Invested in 2013

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.  For the quarter, PulteGroup reported net income of $220 million, or $0.57 per share, compared with prior year net income of $59 million, or $0.15 per share.  Reported prior year earnings include net charges of $73 million, or $0.19 per share, resulting from mortgage and debt-repurchase charges, partially offset by tax benefits.      

"Our fourth quarter results complete an outstanding year during which we realized dramatic operating and financial improvement as we continue to benefit from our Value Creation initiatives and from the ongoing recovery in U.S. housing," said Richard J. Dugas, Jr. , Chairman, President and CEO of PulteGroup.  "Our 23.2% gross margin, which represents a 610 basis point improvement over last year, is the highest margin we have achieved since 2005."

"The material improvement in our key operating and financial metrics has allowed us to reduce our leverage and build a cash balance of $1.7 billion.  Given the operating and financial disciplines we have established within the organization, we are confidently increasing our investment in land related spend, while still retaining the flexibility to allocate capital to reduce debt, pay dividends and/or repurchase stock, as we deem appropriate."

"We expect the rebound in housing to continue in 2014, supported by many of the factors that first launched the recovery, including: low interest rates; a limited supply of new and existing homes; and an ongoing, albeit modest, recovery in the broader economy.  Based on this view, we have authorized an increase in land related spend to $2.0 billion in 2014. As we seek to build on the momentum of the past two years, PulteGroup enters 2014 with financial flexibility and a clear focus on advancing our Value Creation initiatives and delivering higher returns on invested capital over the housing cycle."

Fourth Quarter Results

Home sale revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, totaled $1.6 billion, an increase of 9% over the prior year.  The increase in revenue was driven by a 13% increase in average selling price to $325,000, partially offset by a 4% decrease in closings to 4,964 homes.  The higher average selling price reflects price increases, as well as a continued shift in product mix. 

Reported home sale gross margin for the period was 23.2%, an increase of 610 basis points over the prior year and 230 basis points over the third quarter of 2013.  Homebuilding SG&A expense for the quarter was $150 million, or 9.3% of home sale revenues.  SG&A for the prior year period was $142 million, or 9.6% of home sale revenues.  

For the quarter, the Company reported 3,214 net new orders, a decrease of 18% from prior year orders of 3,926.  The dollar value of net new orders was $1.1 billion, compared with the prior year order value of $1.2 billion.  The Company ended the year with 577 active communities, which is down 14% from the comparable prior year period.  As announced previously, the Company expects to operate from an approximate range of 560 to 580 communities during all four quarters of 2014. 

PulteGroup's backlog at year end totaled 5,772 homes valued at $1.9 billion, compared with prior year backlog of 6,458 homes valued at $1.9 billion.  The average selling price in our current backlog increased 10% over the prior year to $330,000.  

The Company's financial services operations reported pretax income of $7 million for the fourth quarter.   In the comparable prior year period, financial services reported a pretax loss of $24 million, inclusive of a $49 million charge associated with potential future loan repurchase obligations.  Mortgage capture rate for the quarter was 79% compared with 83% for the comparable prior year quarter. Pretax income for the fourth quarter of 2013 reflects the more competitive mortgage landscape compared with last year.  

For the quarter, the Company reported $12.4 million of income tax expense.  This is different from the Company's statutory provision primarily as the result of the finalization of the reversal of the majority of its deferred tax asset valuation allowance, the balance of which was accounted for in the third quarter of 2013.

Through open-market transactions, PulteGroup repurchased 2.0 million of its common shares for $35 million.  For the full year, PulteGroup repurchased 7.2 million of its common shares for $118 million and retired $461 million of debt.  The Company ended the year with a cash balance of $1.7 billion and a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 31%, down from 53% at the end of last year. 

A conference call discussing PulteGroup's fourth quarter results will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and webcast live via  Interested investors can access the call via the Company's home page at, and are encouraged to download the available slides that provide additional details on the Company's fourth quarter results. 

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 the cyclical nature of 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, 2012, 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 50 markets throughout the country.  Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb and DiVosta Homes, 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.

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