PulteGroup Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 

  • Q2 Earnings of $0.09 Per Share After Charges of $0.17 Per Share Resulting from a Contractual Dispute, Debt Repurchases, and its Previously Announced Corporate Relocation
  • Home Sale Revenues Increased 19% to $1.2 Billion, as Average Selling Prices Gained 9% to $294,000
  • Adjusted Gross Margin of 23.9% Increased 360 Basis Points Over Prior Year and 100 Basis Points Over Q1 2013
  • Backlog Value Increased 25% to $2.7 Billion; Unit Backlog Up 13% to 8,558 Homes
  • Quarter-End Cash of $1.3 Billion After Retiring $434 Million of Notes During the Quarter; Net Debt-to-Capitalization Ratio Lowered to 26%
  • Company Declares $0.05 Per Share Cash Dividend
  • Share Repurchase Authorization Increased by $250 Million to $352 Million

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2013.  For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $36 million, or $0.09 per share, inclusive of the following charges: $30 million, or $0.08 per share, resulting from a contractual dispute at a previously completed luxury community; $23 million, or $0.06 per share, associated with the repurchase of $434 million of senior notes in the period; and $13 million, or $0.03 per share, associated with the Company's previously announced corporate relocation.  In the prior year's second quarter, PulteGroup reported net income of $42 million, or $0.11 per share.       

"The U.S. housing market continues to gain momentum and remains solidly on track towards a sustained, long-term recovery," said Richard J. Dugas, Jr. , Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PulteGroup.  "Even the recent rise in interest rates has had little effect on overall activity, as consumers continue to perceive good values, amidst limited supply and generally rising sales prices, combined with the reality of high lease rates in the rental market.  Given these market dynamics, consumers are continuing to exhibit a sense of urgency in their desire to purchase a new home."

"Our results show continued success in driving earnings growth through more efficient homebuilding operations, which is critical to our focus on delivering higher returns on invested capital and returns to our shareholders.  The strong cash flows being generated by our operations are providing us with tremendous financial flexibility to fund our operations, while continuing to strengthen our overall financial profile."  

Second Quarter Results

Home sale revenues for the second quarter increased 19% to $1.2 billion, compared with $1.0 billion last year.  Higher revenues for the period were driven by a 9% increase in average selling price to $294,000, combined with a 9% gain in closings to 4,152 homes.  The higher average selling price realized in the quarter reflects price increases implemented by the Company and a continued shift in the mix of homes closed toward more move-up houses. 

For the quarter, the Company's homebuilding operations generated pretax income of $22 million, inclusive of the $67 million of contractual dispute, debt repurchase and relocation charges detailed above, compared with pretax income of $24 million for the same period last year.  The Company's adjusted home sale gross margin for the quarter was 23.9%, which is an increase of 360 basis points over the prior year and 100 basis points over the first quarter of 2013.  Homebuilding SG&A expense for the quarter of $151 million, or 12.3% of home sale revenues, includes $13 million, or 110 basis points, of corporate office relocation costs.  SG&A for the prior year period was $124 million, or 12.1% of home sale revenues.  

Net new orders for the second quarter were 4,885 homes, which is a decrease of 12% from the prior year.  On a dollar basis, signup value was $1.5 billion, which is down 5% from the prior year.  On a year-over-year basis, the Company's reported community count decreased 16%.  On a unit basis, PulteGroup's quarter-end backlog was up 13% to 8,558 homes with a value of $2.7 billion, compared with a prior year backlog of 7,560 homes with a value of $2.2 billion.

The Company's financial services operations reported second quarter pretax income of $16 million, which is comparable with prior year results.  Financial services benefitted from increased loan originations resulting from the Company's higher homebuilding volumes, partially offset by a slight decrease in mortgage capture rate for the quarter of 80% compared with 82% in the prior year.

Company Announces Quarterly Dividend and Expansion of Share Repurchase Authorization

In a separate release, PulteGroup announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share on the Company's common shares payable August 12, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 5, 2013. 

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors approved a share repurchase authorization for an additional $250 million, raising the Company's total repurchase authorization to $352 million.

"The decisions to pay a dividend and increase our repurchase authorization illustrate our confidence in the long-term prospects of PulteGroup, and are consistent with our focus on increasing shareholder value and returning capital to our shareholders," said Bob O'Shaughnessy , Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PulteGroup.

A conference call discussing PulteGroup's second quarter 2013 results is scheduled for Thursday, July 25, 2013, 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 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; our ability to successfully implement our share repurchase plan; 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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