• Adjusted Net Income of $0.60 Per Share Increased 40% Over Prior Year Q3 Adjusted Net Income of $0.43 Per Share
• Home Sale Revenues Gained 9% to $2.1 Billion
• Operating Margin Expanded by 100 Basis Points to 12.3%
• Net New Orders Gained 11% to 5,300; Value of Net New Orders Increased 23% to $2.3 Billion
• Unit Backlog Increased 15% to 10,823 Homes; Backlog Value Increased 26% to $4.7 Billion
• Company Repurchased 10.4 Million Shares of Stock During the Quarter for $260 Million
ATLANTA – Oct. 24, 2017 - PulteGroup, Inc. announced today financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017. For the quarter, the Company’s reported net income was $178 million, or $0.58 per share. Adjusted net income for the period was $181 million, or $0.60 per share, after excluding a pretax charge of $5 million resulting from the resolution of certain insurance matters.
Reported net income for the prior year third quarter was $128 million, or $0.37 per share. Adjusted net income for the period was $148 million, or $0.43 per share, after excluding costs associated with the settlement of a disputed land transaction, certain restructuring costs and costs relating to shareholder activities.
“We continue to be extremely pleased with the strength of homebuyer demand and the sustained course of the housing recovery,” said Ryan Marshall, President and CEO of PulteGroup. “Despite the disruptions caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, our 11% increase in year-over-year orders for the quarter points to the health of the market, while the 15% increase in our backlog puts us in an excellent position to deliver strong fourth quarter and full-year financial results.”
“Fueled by growing demand among first-time buyers and supported by a strong economy, high employment, and historically low interest rates, U.S. new home sales for 2017 are expected to grow a healthy 5% to 10% over last year,” added Marshall. “We remain optimistic about the strength of future housing demand, as the current housing cycle moves into its seventh year of growth.”
Third Quarter Results
Home sale revenues for the third quarter increased 9% over the prior year to $2.1 billion. Higher revenues for the period were driven by a 2% increase in deliveries to 5,151 homes, combined with a 7%, or $25,000, increase in average sales price to $399,000.
Home sale gross margin for the third quarter was 23.9%, which is down 80 basis points from the prior year, but is up 50 basis points from the Company’s second quarter 2017 adjusted gross margin of 23.4%. Homebuilding SG&A expense for the quarter of $237 million, or 11.6% of home sale revenues, included a $5 million charge associated with the resolution of certain insurance matters. Prior year SG&A of $251 million, or 13.3% of home sale revenues, included approximately $12 million of charges for certain restructuring costs and shareholder activities.
Net new orders for the third quarter increased 11% to 5,300 homes, while the value of new orders increased 23% over the prior year to $2.3 billion. The Company operated out of 778 communities for the third quarter, which is up 10% over the third quarter of 2016.
Ending backlog for the quarter was up 15% over the prior year to 10,823 homes, as backlog value gained 26% to $4.7 billion. The average price of homes in backlog increased 10% over the prior year to $431,000, which is a 10 year high for the Company.
The Company's financial services operations reported third quarter pretax income of $18 million compared with $21 million in 2016. The decrease in pretax income for the period was primarily the result of a more competitive operating environment which impacted pricing during the period. Mortgage capture rate for the quarter was 80%, compared with 81% in the prior year.
During the quarter, the Company repurchased 10.4 million common shares for $260 million, or an average price of $25.11 per share.
A conference call discussing PulteGroup's third quarter 2017 results is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, 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 the impairment charge with respect to certain land parcels and the impacts or effects thereof, 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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