Ryland Reports Results for the Third Quarter of 2012

Ryland Reports Results for the Third Quarter of 2012

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYS: RYL) today announced results for its quarter ended September 30, 2012. Items of note included:

  • Net income from continuing operations totaled $10.4 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Net income from continuing operations included the impact of early retirement of debt costs of $9.1 million and valuation adjustments and write-offs of $3.5 million, and totaled $23.1 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012, excluding these items;

  • New orders increased 55.8 percent to 1,500 units for the third quarter of 2012 from 963 units for the third quarter of 2011. For the third quarter of 2012, new order dollars rose 61.3 percent to $393.4 million from $243.9 million for the same period in 2011;

  • Closings increased 37.4 percent to 1,312 units for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to 955 units for the same period in the prior year;

  • Backlog rose 58.3 percent to 2,465 units at September 30, 2012, from 1,557 units at September 30, 2011;

  • Active communities increased 11.4 percent to 235 communities at September 30, 2012, from 211 communities at September 30, 2011;

  • Revenues totaled $358.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, representing a 44.3 percent increase from $248.6 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011;

  • Average closing price increased 4.8 percent to $264,000 for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, from $252,000 for the same period in 2011;

  • Housing gross profit margin was 20.0 percent, excluding valuation adjustments and write-offs, for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 17.8 percent for the third quarter of 2011. Including valuation adjustments and write-offs, housing gross profit margin was 19.1 percent for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 17.7 percent for the same period in the prior year;

  • Debt issuance of $250.0 million of 5.4 percent senior notes due October 2022;

  • Redemption of $167.2 million of 6.9 percent senior notes due June 2013;

  • Selling, general and administrative expense (including corporate) totaled 13.8 percent of homebuilding revenues for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 18.4 percent for the third quarter of 2011;

  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $799.7 million at September 30, 2012; and

  • Net debt-to-capital ratio was 41.2 percent at September 30, 2012, compared to 36.7 percent at December 31, 2011.

RESULTS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2012


For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, the Company reported net income from continuing operations of $10.4 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. Pretax charges related to early retirement of debt totaled $9.1 million and $477,000 during the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Additionally, the Company had pretax charges related to valuation adjustments and write-offs that totaled $3.5 million and $1.3 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

The homebuilding segments reported pretax earnings of $20.8 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to pretax earnings of $910,000 for the same period in 2011. This increase was primarily due to a rise in closing volume; higher housing gross profit margin; a reduced selling, general and administrative expense ratio; and a decline in interest expense, partially offset by higher valuation adjustments and write-offs.

Homebuilding revenues increased 44.7 percent to $349.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $241.3 million for the same period in 2011. This rise in homebuilding revenues was primarily attributable to a 37.4 percent increase in closings that totaled 1,312 units for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to 955 units for the same period in the prior year. For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, the average closing price of a home increased 4.8 percent to $264,000 from $252,000 for the same period in 2011. Homebuilding revenues for the third quarter of 2012 included $2.2 million from land sales, which resulted in pretax earnings of $935,000, compared to homebuilding revenues for the third quarter of 2011 that included $931,000 from land sales, which resulted in pretax earnings of $342,000.

New orders increased 55.8 percent to 1,500 units for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to new orders of 963 units for the same period in 2011. The Company had an average monthly sales absorption rate of 2.3 homes per community for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, versus 1.6 homes per community for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, and an average cancellation rate of 19.9 percent for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, versus 20.1 percent for the same period in 2011. For the third quarter of 2012, new order dollars increased 61.3 percent to $393.4 million from $243.9 million for the third quarter of 2011. At September 30, 2012, backlog increased 58.3 percent to 2,465 units from 1,557 units at September 30, 2011. For the third quarter of 2012, the dollar value of the Company's backlog was $661.2 million, reflecting a 65.5 percent rise from the same period in the prior year.

Housing gross profit margin was 20.0 percent, excluding valuation adjustments and write-offs, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to 17.8 percent for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Including valuation adjustments and write-offs, housing gross profit margin was 19.1 percent for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 17.7 percent for the third quarter of 2011. This improvement in housing gross profit margin was primarily attributable to a decline in direct construction costs; higher leverage of direct overhead expense due to an increase in the number of homes delivered; and reduced sales incentives and price concessions, partially offset by higher valuation adjustments and write-offs. For the third quarter of 2012, sales incentives and price concessions totaled 9.1 percent, compared to 10.9 percent for the same period in 2011.

Selling, general and administrative expense, including corporate, totaled 13.8 percent of homebuilding revenues for the third quarter of 2012, compared to 18.4 percent for the third quarter of 2011. This decrease in the selling, general and administrative expense ratio was primarily attributable to higher leverage resulting from increased revenues, cost-saving initiatives and a rise in the market value of retirement plan investments, partially offset by higher compensation expense primarily due to the impact of fluctuations in the Company's stock price.

The homebuilding segments recorded $3.2 million of interest expense during the third quarter of 2012, compared to $4.0 million during the third quarter of 2011. This decrease in interest expense from the third quarter of 2011 was primarily due to the capitalization of a greater amount of interest incurred during the third quarter of 2012, which resulted from a higher level of inventory-under-development and to lower interest incurred on senior notes related to the repurchase of 6.9 percent senior notes in July 2012 and the issuance of 5.4 percent senior notes in September 2012.

During the third quarter of 2012, the Company used $16.0 million of cash for operating activities, invested $200.7 million of cash primarily received from the proceeds of a debt issuance and provided $85.7 million, net, from new financing.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2012, the financial services segment reported pretax earnings of $3.4 million, compared to $2.0 million for the same period in 2011. This improvement was primarily attributable to increases in locked loan pipeline and origination volumes and to higher title income, partially offset by a rise in indemnification, personnel and legal expenses and by interest related to the financial services credit facility that was entered into during December 2011.

The Company's net income from discontinued operations totaled $238,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to a net loss of $17.4 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.

RESULTS FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2012

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company reported net income from continuing operations of $13.4 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $31.1 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. Pretax charges related to early retirement of debt totaled $9.1 million and $1.3 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Additionally, the Company had pretax charges related to inventory and other valuation adjustments and write-offs that totaled $6.0 million and $16.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

The homebuilding segments reported pretax earnings of $31.8 million for the first nine months of 2012, compared to a pretax loss of $23.8 million for the same period in 2011. This increase was primarily due to a rise in closing volume; higher housing gross profit margin, including lower inventory and other valuation adjustments and write-offs; a decline in interest expense; and a reduced selling, general and administrative expense ratio.

Homebuilding revenues increased 38.8 percent to $843.3 million for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $607.7 million for the same period in 2011. This rise in homebuilding revenues was primarily attributable to a 33.6 percent increase in closings that totaled 3,242 units for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to 2,427 units for the same period in the prior year. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the average closing price of a home increased 4.0 percent to $259,000 from $249,000 for the same period in 2011. Homebuilding revenues for the first nine months of 2012 included $3.9 million from land sales, which resulted in pretax earnings of $1.6 million, compared to homebuilding revenues for the first nine months of 2011 that included $2.3 million from land sales, which resulted in pretax earnings of $198,000.

New orders increased 47.9 percent to 4,226 units for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to new orders of 2,857 units for the same period in 2011. The Company had an average monthly sales absorption rate of 2.2 homes per community for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, versus 1.6 homes per community for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, and an average cancellation rate of 19.4 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, versus 19.7 percent for the same period in 2011. For the first nine months of 2012, new order dollars increased 55.4 percent to $1.1 billion from $720.0 million for the first nine months of 2011.

Housing gross profit margin was 19.2 percent, excluding inventory valuation adjustments and write-offs, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, compared to 17.3 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Including inventory valuation adjustments and write-offs, housing gross profit margin was 18.6 percent for the first nine months of 2012, compared to 16.1 percent for the first nine months of 2011. This improvement in housing gross profit margin was primarily attributable to a decline in land and direct construction costs; lower inventory and other valuation adjustments and write-offs; higher leverage of direct overhead expense due to an increase in the number of homes delivered; and reduced sales incentives and price concessions. For the first nine months of 2012, sales incentives and price concessions totaled 10.0 percent, compared to 11.3 percent for the same period in 2011.

Selling, general and administrative expense, including corporate, totaled 15.7 percent of homebuilding revenues for the first nine months of 2012, compared to 19.1 percent for the first nine months of 2011. This decrease in the selling, general and administrative expense ratio was primarily attributable to higher leverage resulting from increased revenues, cost-saving initiatives and a rise in the market value of retirement plan investments, partially offset by higher compensation expense primarily due to the impact of fluctuations in the Company's stock price. The homebuilding segments recorded $11.0 million of interest expense during the first nine months of 2012, compared to $14.5 million during the first nine months of 2011. This decrease in interest expense from the first nine months of 2011 was primarily due to the capitalization of a greater amount of interest incurred during the first nine months of 2012, which resulted from a higher level of inventory-under-development and to lower interest incurred on senior notes related to the repurchase of 6.9 percent senior notes in July 2012 and the issuance of 5.4 percent senior notes in September 2012.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, the financial services segment reported pretax earnings of $7.0 million, compared to $5.3 million for the same period in 2011. This improvement was primarily attributable to increases in locked loan pipeline and origination volumes and to higher title income, partially offset by a rise in legal, personnel and indemnification expenses and by interest related to the financial services credit facility that was entered into during December 2011.

The Company's net loss from discontinued operations totaled $1.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, compared to a net loss of $20.4 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.

DEBT OFFERING AND REDEMPTION

During the third quarter of 2012, the Company paid $177.2 million to redeem and repurchase all of its 6.9 percent senior notes, which were due June 2013 and totaled $167.2 million, resulting in a loss of $9.1 million. In addition, the Company issued $250.0 million of 5.4 percent senior notes due October 2022. The Company will use the $246.6 million in net proceeds that it received from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include the purchase of marketable securities.

Headquartered in Southern California, Ryland is one of the nation's largest homebuilders and a leading mortgage-finance company. Since its founding in 1967, Ryland has built more than 300,000 homes and financed more than 250,000 mortgages. The Company currently operates in 13 states across the country and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "RYL." For more information, please visit www.ryland.com.

Note: Certain statements in this press release may be regarded as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may qualify for the safe harbor provided for in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's expectations and beliefs concerning future events, and no assurance can be given that the future results described in this press release will be achieved. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of statements that include words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "foresee," "goal," "intend," "likely," "may," "plan," "project," "should," "target," "will" or other similar words or phrases. All forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this press release. Except as may be required under applicable law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company's control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The factors and assumptions upon which any forward-looking statements herein are based are subject to risks and uncertainties which include, among others:

  • economic changes nationally or in the Company's local markets, including volatility and increases in interest rates, the impact of, and changes in, governmental stimulus, tax and deficit reduction programs, inflation, changes in consumer demand and confidence levels and the state of the market for homes in general;

  • changes and developments in the mortgage lending market, including revisions to underwriting standards for borrowers and lender requirements for originating and holding mortgages, changes in government support of and participation in such market, and delays or changes in terms and conditions for the sale of mortgages originated by the Company;

  • the availability and cost of land and the future value of land held or under development;

  • increased land development costs on projects under development;

  • shortages of skilled labor or raw materials used in the production of homes;

  • increased prices for labor, land and materials used in the production of homes;

  • increased competition, including continued competition and price pressure from distressed home sales;

  • failure to anticipate or react to changing consumer preferences in home design;

  • increased costs and delays in land development or home construction resulting from adverse weather conditions or other factors;

  • potential delays or increased costs in obtaining necessary permits as a result of changes to laws, regulations or governmental policies (including those that affect zoning, density, building standards, the environment and the residential mortgage industry);

  • delays in obtaining approvals from applicable regulatory agencies and others in connection with the Company's communities and land activities;

  • changes in the Company's effective tax rate and assumptions and valuations related to its tax accounts;

  • the risk factors set forth in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K; and

  • other factors over which the Company has little or no control.

THE RYLAND GROUP, INC. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share data)

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

2012

2011

2012

2011

REVENUES

Homebuilding

$

349,196

$

241,339

$

843,324

$

607,692

Financial services

9,497

7,227

25,007

20,394

TOTAL REVENUES

358,693

248,566

868,331

628,086

EXPENSES

Cost of sales

281,961

199,139

685,781

517,829

Selling, general and administrative

48,281

44,388

132,176

116,193

Financial services

6,111

5,198

18,032

15,092

Interest

3,236

3,952

10,985

14,474

TOTAL EXPENSES

339,589

252,677

846,974

663,588

OTHER (LOSS) INCOME

Gain from marketable securities, net

472

680

1,437

3,290

Loss related to early retirement of debt, net

(9,146

)

(477

)

(9,146

)

(1,334

)

TOTAL OTHER (LOSS) INCOME

(8,674

)

203

(7,709

)

1,956

Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes

10,430

(3,908

)

13,648

(33,546

)

Tax expense (benefit)

23

(18

)

213

(2,416

)

NET INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

10,407

(3,890

)

13,435

(31,130

)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes

238

(17,423

)

(1,626

)

(20,432

)

NET INCOME (LOSS)

$

10,645

$

(21,313

)

$

11,809

$

(51,562

)

NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE

Basic

Continuing operations

$

0.23

$

(0.09

)

$

0.30

$

(0.70

)

Discontinued operations

0.01

(0.39

)

(0.04

)

(0.46

)

Total

0.24

(0.48

)

0.26

(1.16

)

Diluted

Continuing operations

0.21

(0.09

)

0.30

(0.70

)

Discontinued operations

0.01

(0.39

)

(0.04

)

(0.46

)

Total

$

0.22

$

(0.48

)

$

0.26

$

(1.16

)

AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

Basic

44,825,943

44,408,594

44,643,139

44,339,168

Diluted

52,653,824

44,408,594

45,163,680

44,339,168

THE RYLAND GROUP, INC. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share data)

September 30, 2012

December 31, 2011

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

Cash and cash equivalents

$

224,217

$

159,363

Restricted cash

66,933

56,799

Marketable securities, available-for-sale

508,510

347,016

Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities

799,660

563,178

Housing inventories

Homes under construction

459,427

319,476

Land under development and improved lots

443,996

413,569

Inventory held-for-sale

6,665

11,015

Consolidated inventory not owned

43,606

51,400

Total housing inventories

953,694

795,460

Property, plant and equipment

20,621

19,920

Other

175,820

165,262

Assets of discontinued operations

5,470

35,324

TOTAL ASSETS

1,955,265

1,579,144

LIABILITIES

Accounts payable

107,351

74,327

Accrued and other liabilities

159,590

140,930

Financial services credit facility

58,457

49,933

Debt

1,130,673

823,827

Liabilities of discontinued operations

1,828

6,217

TOTAL LIABILITIES

1,457,899

1,095,234

EQUITY

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Preferred stock, $1.00 par value:

Authorized—10,000 shares Series A Junior Participating Preferred, none outstanding

-

-

Common stock, $1.00 par value:

Authorized—199,990,000 shares

Issued—44,987,573 shares at September 30, 2012 (44,413,594 shares at December 31, 2011)

44,988

44,414

Retained earnings

426,551

405,109

Accumulated other compreh