PulteGroup Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

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PulteGroup (NYS: PHM) reported earnings on April 26. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), PulteGroup beat expectations on revenues and exceeded expectations on earnings per share.

Compared with the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP loss per share contracted.


Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
PulteGroup reported revenue of $881.0 million. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $831.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $805.2 million.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at -$0.03. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged -$0.04 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.03 for Q1 compared to -$0.10 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 12.9%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -1.9%, 360 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.3%, 360 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.05 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.03.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.36 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.22.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 587 members out of 1,282 rating the stock outperform, and 695 members rating it underperform. Among 388 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 145 give PulteGroup a green thumbs-up, and 243 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on PulteGroup is hold, with an average price target of $9.14.

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