PulteGroup Reports Financial Results For 2016 Fourth Quarter

  • Q4 Net Income of $0.83 Per Share Includes $0.16 Per Share of Insurance and Tax Benefits; Prior Year Net Income of $0.64 Per Share Included Benefit of $0.07 Per Share from Insurance and Mortgage Reserve Reversals
  • Net New Orders Increased 15% to 4,202 Homes; Value of Net New Orders Increased 22% to $1.7 Billion
  • Closings Increased 9% to 6,197 Homes; Average Sales Price Up 11% to $391,000
  • Home Sale Revenues Higher by 21% to $2.4 Billion
  • Unit Backlog Increased 10% to 7,422 Homes; Backlog Value Up 20% to $2.9 Billion
  • Year-end Cash Balance of $723 Million After Repurchasing $252 Million of Shares in the Quarter
ATLANTAJan. 26, 2017  -- PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016.  For the quarter, PulteGroup reported net income of $273 million, or $0.83 per share, inclusive of $0.16 per share of insurance and income tax benefits.  Prior year reported net income of $228 million, or $0.64 per share, included $0.07 per share of benefits associated with the reversal of certain mortgage and insurance reserves. 

"With the gains achieved in our fourth quarter results, PulteGroup completed a year in which it realized significant growth, including double-digit year-over-year increases in orders, closings, revenues, net income and backlog," said Ryan Marshall, President and CEO of PulteGroup.  "Consistent with the Company's long-term objectives, our outstanding 2016 operating results drove strong returns on invested capital, which we view as an important component to delivering increased shareholder value over the housing cycle.

"The gains PulteGroup realized for the quarter and full year reflect the successful investments we are making into our business, in combination with the positive demand conditions that continue in the housing market.  We believe that continued favorable trends in the economy, job growth, demographics and consumer confidence can more than offset the impact of modestly higher rates, allowing the housing recovery to continue at a steady pace."

Fourth Quarter Results

Home sale revenues for the fourth quarter totaled $2.4 billion, an increase of 21% over the prior year.  Higher revenues for the period were driven by a 9% increase in closings to 6,197 homes, combined with an 11% increase in average selling price to $391,000.  The Company's average selling price continues to benefit from a shift in the mix of homes closed, along with price increases realized by all three of the Company's national brands: Centex, Pulte Homes and Del Webb.

Beginning with this quarter's reporting, the Company reclassified internal and external sales commission expense from home sale cost of revenues to SG&A in order to be more consistent with a majority of its peers. Based on this reclassification of commission expense, the Company's reported home sale gross margin was 24.8% in the fourth quarter.  Commission expense was 3.5% of revenue in the quarter.   

SG&A expense in the fourth quarter, including commissions, was $208 million, or 8.6% of home sale revenues. Fourth quarter SG&A includes a $55 million benefit relating to a reversal of construction related insurance reserves in the period.  SG&A expense, including commissions, in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $210 million, or 10.5% of home sale revenues. Prior year SG&A included a $30 million benefit relating to a reversal of construction related insurance reserves. 

For the quarter, net new orders increased 15% over the prior year to 4,202 homes.  The dollar value of fourth quarter orders increased 22% over the prior year to $1.7 billion.  The Company ended the year with 726 active communities, which represents an increase of 17% over the comparable prior year period.

PulteGroup's year-end backlog of 7,422 homes, valued at $2.9 billion, compares with prior year backlog of 6,731 homes, valued at $2.5 billion.  The average selling price in backlog increased 9% over the prior year to $396,000, which reflects a continued mix shift toward higher priced homes and moderate price increases.

The Company's financial services operations reported pretax income for the quarter of $25 million.  Prior year financial services pretax income of $29 million included a $12 million benefit relating to a reversal of mortgage repurchase reserves.  Financial services pretax income primarily benefitted from higher closing volumes in the Company's homebuilding operations and a fourth quarter capture rate of 82%. 

For the quarter, the Company reported $141 million of income tax expense, representing an effective tax rate of 34%.  The Company's effective tax rate for the quarter was lower than its previous guidance of 38%, due to the recognition of energy efficient home credits, as well as a deferred tax benefit relating to a legal entity restructuring.

During the fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 13.2 million common shares for $252 million, or an average price of $19.07 per share.  The Company ended the year with a cash balance of $723 million.

A conference call discussing PulteGroup's fourth quarter results will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017, 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," "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, 2015, 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 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 HomesDel WebbDiVosta 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.

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