PulteGroup Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Reported Net Income of $1.90 Per Share
  • Adjusted Net Income of $1.72 Per Share
  • Net New Orders Increased 28% to 8,322 Homes; Net New Order Value Increased 59% to $4.3 Billion
  • Closings Increased 22% to 7,232 Homes
  • Home Sale Revenues Increased 31% to $3.2 Billion
  • Homebuilding Gross Margin Increased 270 Basis Points to 26.6%
  • Backlog Increased 52% to 20,056 Homes; Backlog Value Increased 70% to $9.8 Billion
  • Company Repurchased $200 Million of Stock in the Period
  • Debt-to-Capital Ratio Decreased to 22.7%; Net Debt-to-Capital Ratio of 4.5%

ATLANTA - July 27, 2021 – PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2021.  For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $503 million, or $1.90 per share.  Adjusted net income for the quarter was $456 million, or $1.72 per share, after excluding a $46 million pre-tax insurance benefit and a tax benefit of $12 million resulting from a change in valuation allowances associated with state net operating loss carryforwards.  Prior year reported net income was $349 million, or $1.29 per share.  Adjusted net income for the prior year period was $311 million, or $1.15 per share, after excluding a $61 million pre-tax insurance benefit and $10 million of pre-tax charges associated with actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“PulteGroup reported outstanding second quarter financial results, driven by strong top line growth in combination with a 270-basis point increase in our gross margin,” said Ryan Marshall, President and Chief Executive Officer of PulteGroup.  “With a backlog exceeding 20,000 homes valued at $9.8 billion, I believe the Company is well positioned to realize further gains in the coming quarters as we work to grow our operations and continue to deliver high returns on equity, which totaled 25.7%* for the trailing 12 months.”

 “We are experiencing very favorable market dynamics, led by strong housing demand and a generally limited inventory of new and existing homes,” added Marshall.  “With the economy continuing to recover, a very positive job market, low interest rates and high levels of consumer confidence, we remain optimistic about demand conditions and the overall strength of the housing market going forward.” 

Home sale revenues for the second quarter increased 31% over the second quarter of last year to $3.2 billion.  The increase in revenues for the quarter was driven by a 22% increase in closings to 7,232 homes, along with a 7% increase in average sales price to $447,000.  The increase in average sales price for the second quarter reflects the benefit of price increases the Company has realized across all buyer groups.

Homebuilding gross margin for the second quarter was 26.6%, which represents an increase of 270 basis points over the comparable prior year period and an increase of 110 basis points from the first quarter of 2021.  The Company’s reported SG&A expense for the quarter of $272 million, or 8.4% of home sale revenues, included the $46 million pre-tax insurance benefit recorded in the period.  Excluding this benefit, the Company’s adjusted SG&A expense for the quarter was $319 million, or 9.8% of home sale revenues.  The Company’s reported SG&A expense for the second quarter of 2020 was $197 million, or 8.0% of home sale revenues, with an adjusted SG&A expense of $247 million, or 10.0% of home sale revenues.       

Second quarter net new orders increased 28% over the prior year to 8,322 homes.  The dollar value of net new orders was $­­­4.3 billion, which is an increase of 59% over the comparable prior year period.  For the second quarter, the Company operated out of an average of 808 communities.

The Company’s unit backlog at the end of the second quarter was 20,056 homes, which represents an increase of 52%, or 6,842 homes, over the prior year backlog of 13,214 homes.  The dollar value of homes in backlog was $9.8 billion, which represents an increase of 70% over last year.       

Pre-tax income for the Company's financial services operations was $51 million, down from $60 million last year, as higher loan volumes were offset by a more competitive pricing environment.  Mortgage capture rate for the second quarter was 86% compared with 87% last year.

Inclusive of the $12 million tax benefit realized in the period, the Company’s reported income tax expense was $136 million, representing an effective tax rate of 21.3%. 

The Company ended the second quarter with $1.7 billion of cash after using available funds to repurchase 3.6 million of its common shares for $200 million, or an average price of $55.84 per share.  At quarter end, the Company had a net debt-to-capital ratio of 4.5%. 


A conference call discussing PulteGroup's second quarter 2021 results is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  Interested investors can access the live webcast via PulteGroup's corporate website at

* The Company's return on equity is calculated as net income for the trailing twelve months divided by average shareholders' equity, where average shareholders' equity is the sum of ending shareholders' equity balances of the trailing five quarters divided by five.


Forward-Looking Statements

This 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,” “seek,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, including statements related to any potential impairment charges 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 which could have a greater impact on our effective tax rate or the value of our deferred tax assets than we anticipate; 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; the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our financial position and ability to continue our Homebuilding or Financial Services activities at normal levels or at all in impacted areas; the duration, effect and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic; the measures that governmental authorities take to address the COVID-19 pandemic which may precipitate or exacerbate one or more of the above-mentioned and/or other risks and significantly disrupt or prevent us from operating our business in the ordinary course for an extended period of time; 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, 2020, 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 more than 40 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, American West 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’s purpose is building incredible places where people can live their dreams.


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