KB Home Reports 2018 Third Quarter Results
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 25, 2018--KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today reported results for its third quarter ended August 31, 2018.
“We produced solid third quarter results, generating a 71% increase in our diluted earnings per share,” said Jeffrey Mezger, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Our core homebuilding business continued to perform very well, as healthy demand in our served markets and effective execution on our distinctive customer-centric operating model drove revenue expansion, a 190-basis point improvement in operating margin, and a meaningful increase in net income.”
“Our strong earnings growth coupled with the substantial cash flows we have generated provides us with considerable flexibility to increase the scale of our business,” continued Mezger. “During the quarter, we significantly expanded our existing Jacksonville, Florida operations by acquiring approximately 2,100 owned and controlled lots from a regional homebuilder. We also expanded our West Coast presence by entering the attractive Seattle, Washington market. The continued successful execution of our three-year Returns-Focused Growth Plan, which is centered around enhancing asset efficiency, reducing leverage and improving returns, enabled us to make these and other substantial investments in land and land development as well as pay off $300 million of debt, all using internally generated cash. We are pleased to report that we remain on track to achieve many of the 2019 financial targets under our plan a year earlier than projected.”
Three Months Ended August 31, 2018 (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)Total revenues grew 7% to $1.23 billion. Deliveries rose 8% to 2,988 homes. Average selling price decreased slightly to $408,200. Homebuilding operating income increased 38% to $105.6 million. Homebuilding operating income margin improved 190 basis points to 8.6%. Excluding inventory-related charges of $8.4 million in the quarter and $8.1 million in the year-earlier quarter, this metric improved to 9.3% from 7.4%. Housing gross profit margin expanded 180 basis points to 18.0%. Housing gross profit margin excluding inventory-related charges improved to 18.7% from 16.9%.Adjusted housing gross profit margin, a metric that excludes inventory-related charges and the amortization of previously capitalized interest, rose 140 basis points to 23.1%.Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of housing revenues were 9.4%, improving 20 basis points to a new third-quarter record low. Equity in income of unconsolidated joint ventures increased to $3.5 million from a loss of $.8 million, primarily due to a land sale gain recognized by an unconsolidated joint venture in Arizona. Total pretax income increased 45% to $114.7 million. The Company’s effective tax rate of approximately 24% decreased from approximately 37%, mainly due to the reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”). Net income rose 74% to $87.5 million, and earnings per share increased 71% to $.87 per diluted share.
Nine Months Ended August 31, 2018 (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)Total revenues grew 8% to $3.20 billion. Deliveries increased 5% to 7,928 homes. Average selling price rose 3% to $400,800. Homebuilding operating income increased 48% to $223.8 million. Pretax income rose 57% to $239.0 million. The Company’s income tax expense of $165.5 million and effective tax rate of approximately 69% primarily reflected a non-cash charge of $111.2 million recorded in the 2018 first quarter for the impact of the TCJA. Excluding this charge, the Company’s adjusted income tax expense and adjusted effective tax rate were $54.3 million and approximately 23%, respectively.In the nine months ended August 31, 2017, the Company’s income tax expense and effective tax rate were $56.4 million and approximately 37%, respectively. Net income totaled $73.5 million, or $.75 per diluted share. Excluding the TCJA-related charge, the Company’s adjusted net income was $184.7 million, or $1.84 per diluted share, compared to $96.2 million, or $1.00 per diluted share.
Backlog and Net Orders (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)Net orders for the third quarter increased 3% to 2,685. Net order value declined 5% to $1.02 billion. Company-wide, net orders per community averaged 4.1 per month, up 11% from 3.7 per month, reflecting increases in each of the Company’s four regions. The cancellation rate as a percentage of gross orders was 26% for the third quarter, compared to 25%. The number of homes in ending backlog increased slightly to 5,484, while ending backlog value decreased 4% to $2.04 billion. The decrease in backlog value was mainly due to a shift in geographic mix from the Company’s West Coast region, where the average community count for the quarter was 16% lower. Ending community count declined 3% to 224. Average community count decreased 7% to 217.
Balance Sheet as of August 31, 2018 (comparisons to November 30, 2017)The Company had total liquidity of $816.7 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $354.4 million. There were no cash borrowings outstanding under the Company’s unsecured revolving credit facility.Reflecting a $321.0 million increase in the Company’s investments in land and land development, operating activities used net cash of $49.5 million for the first nine months of 2018. For the corresponding period of 2017, operating activities provided net cash of $103.3 million. Inventories increased by $425.5 million, or 13%, to $3.69 billion. Land acquisition and development rose 29% to $1.44 billion for the nine months ended August 31, 2018, compared to $1.12 billion for the corresponding period of 2017. Total investments for the quarter increased 44% from the year-earlier quarter to $600.9 million, including the Company’s expansion of its Jacksonville, Florida operations and its entry into the Seattle, Washington market.Lots owned or controlled grew 15% to 53,399, of which 75% were owned.The Company reduced its land held for future development or sale by $135.2 million to $240.0 million, or 7% of total inventories. Notes payable decreased by $261.7 million to $2.06 billion, largely due to the Company’s repayment of the entire $300.0 million in aggregate principal amount of its 7 1/4% Senior Notes upon their June 15, 2018 maturity using internally generated cash. The ratio of debt to capital improved 410 basis points to 50.6%. The ratio of net debt to capital was essentially flat at 45.9% and remained within the Company’s 2019 target range under its Returns-Focused Growth Plan.On August 31, 2018, Fitch upgraded the Company’s credit rating to BB- with a stable outlook. Stockholders’ equity increased by $89.6 million to $2.02 billion, with the Company’s earnings over the nine months ended August 31, 2018 more than offsetting the effect of the $111.2 million TCJA-related charge in the 2018 first quarter. Book value per share grew by $.68 to $22.81.
Earnings Conference Call
The conference call to discuss the Company’s third quarter 2018 earnings will be broadcast live TODAY at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.kbhome.com.
About KB Home
KB Home (NYSE: KBH) is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, with more than 600,000 homes delivered since our founding in 1957. We operate in 36 markets in eight states, primarily serving first-time and first move-up homebuyers, as well as active adults. We are differentiated in offering customers the ability to personalize what they value most in their home, from choosing their lot, floor plan, and exterior, to selecting design and décor choices in our KB Home Studios. In addition, our industry leadership in sustainability helps to lower the cost of homeownership for our buyers compared to a typical resale home. We take a broad approach to sustainability, encompassing energy efficiency, water conservation, healthier indoor environments, smart home capabilities and waste reduction. KB Home is the first national builder to have earned awards under all of the U.S. EPA’s homebuilder programs — ENERGY STAR®, WaterSense® and Indoor airPLUS®. We invite you to learn more about KB Home by visiting www.kbhome.com, calling 888-KB-HOMES, or connecting with us on Facebook.com/KBHome or Twitter.com/KBHome.
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
Certain matters discussed in this press release, including any statements that are predictive in nature or concern future market and economic conditions, business and prospects, our future financial and operational performance, or our future actions and their expected results are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are not guarantees of future performance. We do not have a specific policy or intent of updating or revising forward-looking statements. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors. The most important risk factors that could cause our actual performance and future events and actions to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the following: general economic, employment and business conditions; population growth, household formations and demographic trends; conditions in the capital, credit and financial markets; our ability to access external financing sources and raise capital through the issuance of common stock, debt or other securities, and/or project financing, on favorable terms; the execution of any share repurchases pursuant to our board of directors’ authorization; material and trade costs and availability; changes in interest rates; our debt level, including our ratio of debt to capital, and our ability to adjust our debt level and maturity schedule; our compliance with the terms of our revolving credit facility; volatility in the market price of our common stock; weak or declining consumer confidence, either generally or specifically with respect to purchasing homes; competition from other sellers of new and resale homes; weather events, significant natural disasters and other climate and environmental factors; government actions, policies, programs and regulations directed at or affecting the housing market (including the TCJA, the Dodd-Frank Act, tax benefits associated with purchasing and owning a home, and the standards, fees and size limits applicable to the purchase or insuring of mortgage loans by government-sponsored enterprises and government agencies), the homebuilding industry, or construction activities; changes in existing tax laws or enacted corporate income tax rates, including those resulting from regulatory guidance and interpretations issued with respect to the TCJA; changes in U.S. trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs and duties on homebuilding materials and products, and related trade disputes with and retaliatory measures taken by other countries; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas; our warranty claims experience with respect to homes previously delivered and actual warranty costs incurred; costs and/or charges arising from regulatory compliance requirements or from legal, arbitral or regulatory proceedings, investigations, claims or settlements, including unfavorable outcomes in any such matters resulting in actual or potential monetary damage awards, penalties, fines or other direct or indirect payments, or injunctions, consent decrees or other voluntary or involuntary restrictions or adjustments to our business operations or practices that are beyond our current expectations and/or accruals; our ability to use/realize the net deferred tax assets we have generated; our ability to successfully implement our current and planned strategies and initiatives related to our product, geographic and market positioning, gaining share and scale in our served markets and in entering into new markets; our operational and investment concentration in markets in California; consumer interest in our new home communities and products, particularly from first-time homebuyers and higher-income consumers; our ability to generate orders and convert our backlog of orders to home deliveries and revenues, particularly in key markets in California; our ability to successfully implement our Returns-Focused Growth Plan and achieve the associated revenue, margin, profitability, cash flow, community reactivation, land sales, business growth, asset efficiency, return on invested capital, return on equity, net debt-to-capital ratio and other financial and operational targets and objectives; income tax expense volatility associated with stock-based compensation; the ability of our homebuyers to obtain residential mortgage loans and mortgage banking services; the performance of mortgage lenders to our homebuyers; the performance of KBHS Home Loans, LLC, our mortgage banking joint venture with Stearns Lending, LLC; information technology failures and data security breaches; and other events outside of our control. Please see our periodic reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our business.
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