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02.03.11

PulteGroup Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended 2010

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Feb 04, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM):

  • Homebuilding Revenue for the Quarter of $1.2 Billion
  • Fourth Quarter Pretax Loss of $190 Million Improved from $917 Million Quarterly Loss in Prior Year
  • Q4 Net Loss of $165 Million Includes $196 Million for Land-Related Charges, Restructuring and Debt Redemption and Financing Costs Partially Offset by $35 Million in Tax Benefits and an Insurance Reserve Reversal
  • Home Sale Gross Margin for Q4 of 16.6%, Before Impact of Impairments, Interest Expense and Merger-Related Costs, Up from 14.2% in Q4 2009
  • Net Sign Ups for the Quarter of 3,044 Homes
  • Year-end Backlog of 3,984 Homes, Valued at $1.1 Billion
  • Company Paid Down $1.0 Billion in Senior Debt and Community Bond Obligations in the Quarter; Ended the Year with $1.5 Billion in Cash

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2010. For the quarter, PulteGroup reported a net loss of $165 million, or $0.44 per share. Reported loss includes $196 million in land-related charges and costs associated with organizational restructuring, debt pay down and other financing amendments completed in the period. These charges were partially offset by $35 million from income tax benefits and an insurance reserve reversal realized in the quarter.

For the prior year quarter, the Company reported a net loss of $117 million, or $0.31 per share, inclusive of approximately $925 million in significant charges related to goodwill and land impairments, merger-related charges and mortgage repurchase reserves. These charges were partially offset by $800 million in income tax benefits realized in the quarter resulting from tax legislation that extended the carryback period of net operating losses from two years to five years.

Consolidated revenue for the quarter was $1.2 billion, compared with prior year revenue of $1.7 billion.

"After four years of steep declines, the U.S. housing market continues to show signs of stabilizing, albeit at historically low levels," said Richard J. Dugas, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of PulteGroup. "Businesses are once again adding jobs, which directly stimulates buying and, in turn, consumer confidence, both of which are critical to ultimately raising demand for new homes. In fact, we may already be realizing some positive effects as January buyer traffic and sales trends were encouraging, although we'll have to see if this continues through the selling season and the year."

"Within this environment, our underlying homebuilding business is operating around the breakeven mark after adjusting for charges realized in the quarter and for the year. We continue to implement initiatives focused on expanding margins, reducing costs and strengthening the Company's overall market position. With conditions in the U.S. housing market expected to show improvements but remain challenging in 2011, these initiatives are critical next steps in advancing PulteGroup's return to profitability."

Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue from home sales (settlements) in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010, totaled $1.2 billion, compared with $1.6 billion in the prior year's fourth quarter. Lower revenue for the quarter was driven by a 29% decrease in closings to 4,405 homes, partially offset by a 2% increase in average selling price to $262,000.

Fourth quarter cost of sales related to home sales totaled $1.1 billion, inclusive of $82 million of land impairment charges. For the prior year quarter, cost of sales was $1.6 billion, inclusive of $151 million of land impairment charges, plus $21 million in costs associated with the Company's merger with Centex Homes completed in August 2009. Excluding impairments, interest expense and merger-related costs, home sale gross margin would have been 16.6%, an increase of 240 basis points over the prior-year fourth quarter and down 10 basis points from the third quarter 2010.

Reported homebuilding selling, general & administrative (SG&A) expense for the period was $141 million, inclusive of $11 million of severance costs associated with the Company's previously announced actions to better align its operations with current market demand. SG&A expense for the quarter also reflects a benefit of $10 million from an insurance reserve reversal following completion of the Company's annual review which began in the third quarter. SG&A expense in the prior year was $188 million, inclusive of $7 million of merger-related severance costs.

"As previously announced, in the second half of 2010 we reorganized operations as part of ongoing efforts to reduce 2011 SG&A costs by $100 million when compared with 2010," said Mr. Dugas. "This restructuring resulted in a fourth quarter charge, but by implementing this action in 2010 we will begin realizing the benefits from the outset of 2011."

In the fourth quarter, the Company amended its credit agreement and used available cash to redeem outstanding senior notes and community development district (CDD) bonds totaling $1.0 billion in principal value. The Company incurred a pretax charge of $42 million from the associated transactions, which was recorded in Other Non-Operating Expenses in the quarter.

Fourth quarter 2010 net new orders were 3,044 homes, a decrease of 19% from prior year orders of 3,748 homes. The Company ended the quarter with a contract backlog of 3,984 homes, with a constructed value of $1.1 billion. Backlog for the fourth quarter 2009 was 5,931 homes, valued at $1.6 billion.

PulteGroup's financial services operations reported pretax income of $5 million for the quarter, compared with a pretax loss of $36 million, inclusive of mortgage repurchase reserve charges recorded in the prior-year quarter. The mortgage capture rate for the quarter was 81%, unchanged from the prior year.

Full-Year Results

For the 12 months ended December 31, 2010, PulteGroup reported a net loss of $1.1 billion, or $2.90 per share, compared with a prior year net loss of $1.2 billion, or $3.94 per share. As a result of shares issued for the Centex merger, 2010 earnings per share are based on 379 million shares outstanding, whereas 2009 earnings per share were calculated on 300 million shares outstanding.

Revenue from home sales (settlements) for the period was $4.4 billion, compared with revenue of $3.9 billion in the prior year. The increase in revenue for the period reflects full-year closings of 17,095, an increase of 14% from the prior year, combined with a less than 1% increase in average selling price to $259,000. The higher volume reported by the Company was driven by the inclusion of Centex's operations for the full year 2010, compared with only four-and-a-half months in 2009.

The Company's reported homebuilding pretax loss for 2010 improved by $685 million, or 37%, to a loss of $1.2 billion, reflecting better operating results and reduced land-related charges. Homebuilding SG&A expense for the period, inclusive of $280 million in construction and other insurance reserve charges taken during the year, totaled $856 million. For 2010, the Company recorded $873 million of land-related charges and goodwill impairments. For the prior year period, land-related charges and goodwill impairments totaled $1.5 billion.

For 2010, PulteGroup's financial services operations generated pretax income of $6 million, compared with a prior year pretax loss of $55 million. The year-over-year improvement was driven in large part by decreased mortgage repurchase reserve charges. The Company originated 10,770 mortgage loans in 2010, essentially unchanged from the prior year. Mortgage capture rate for 2010 was 78%, compared with a prior year rate of 85%.

A conference call discussing PulteGroup's fourth quarter results will be held Friday, February 4, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and webcast live via www.pultegroupinc.com. Interested investors can access the call via the Company's home page at www.pultegroupinc.com, 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, and potential further deterioration of, 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 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, 2009, 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.

About PulteGroup

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is America's premier home building company with operations in 67 markets, 29 states and the District of Columbia. The Company has an unmatched capacity to meet the needs of all buyer segments through its brand portfolio that includes Pulte Homes, Centex and Del Webb. As the most awarded homebuilder in customer satisfaction, the brands of PulteGroup have consistently ranked among the nation's top homebuilders as surveyed by third-party, independent national customer satisfaction studies.

For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, see www.pultegroup.com; www.pulte.com; www.centex.com; www.delwebb.com

PulteGroup, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Results of Operations
($000's omitted, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS:
Revenues:
Homebuilding $ 1,157,345 $ 1,686,573 $ 4,447,627 $ 3,966,589
Financial Services 27,925 44,250 121,663 117,800
Total revenues $ 1,185,270 $ 1,730,823 $ 4,569,290 $ 4,084,389
Pre-tax income (loss):
Homebuilding $ (148,348 ) $ (866,776 ) $ (1,168,634 ) $ (1,853,297 )
Financial Services 5,259 (36,308 ) 5,609 (55,038 )
Other non-operating (47,386 ) (14,141 ) (71,521 ) (66,784 )
Loss before income taxes (190,475 ) (917,225 ) (1,234,546 ) (1,975,119 )
Income taxes (benefit) (25,047 ) (800,328 ) (137,817 ) (792,552 )
Net income (loss) $ (165,428 ) $ (116,897 ) $ (1,096,729 ) $ (1,182,567 )
EARNINGS PER SHARE -

ASSUMING DILUTION:

Net income (loss) $ (0.44 ) $ (0.31 ) $ (2.90 ) $ (3.94 )
Shares used in per share
calculations 379,115

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