Beazer Homes Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Beazer Homes Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYS: BZH) ( today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.

"In the first quarter we achieved improvements in nearly every operational and financial metric compared to last year, including new orders, closings and adjusted EBITDA," said Allan Merrill, President and CEO of Beazer Homes. "Additionally we saw higher home sales prices and lower cancellation rates as most of our geographic markets continued to demonstrate signs of improvement. We remain committed to our path-to-profitability strategies, which are designed to enable us to return to sustained profitability as soon as possible."

On trends in the housing market, Mr. Merrill commented, "While there are still challenges to overcome before the industry can achieve a full turnaround, we believe that improvements in consumer confidence coupled with low mortgage rates and enhanced clarity regarding mortgage qualification procedures should provide support for both increased demand for new homes and improved new home pricing during the balance of the year."

Summary results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 are as follows (all per share amounts are calculated after giving effect to a 1-for-5 reverse stock split completed on October 12, 2012):

Q1 Results from Continuing Operations (unless otherwise specified)

 Quarter Ended December 31,
2012  2011  Change
New Home Orders93272428.7%
LTM orders per month per community2.51.931.6%
Cancellation rates26.4%35.1%



Total Home Closings1,03886719.7%
Average sales price from closings (in thousands)$235.5$215.59.3%
Homebuilding revenue (in millions)$244.4$186.930.8%

Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding impairments and abandonments
(I&A) (a)




Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding I&A and interest amortized to cost of
sales (a)




Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (in millions)$(19.2)$(35.0)$15.8
Net (loss) income from continuing operations (in millions)$(18.9)$0.7$(19.6)
Basic Per Share$(0.78)$0.05$(0.83)
Inventory impairments (in millions)$(0.2)$(3.5)$3.3

Net (loss) income from continuing operations excluding inventory impairments (in

Land and land development spending (in millions)$90.0$58.2$31.8
Adjusted EBITDA (in millions)$7.7$3.8$3.9

(a) Homebuilding gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 includes an $11.0 million warranty recovery which contributed 590 bps to the margin


As of December 31, 2012

  • Total cash and cash equivalents: $648.2 million, including unrestricted cash of approximately $396.7 million
  • Stockholders' equity: $242.6 million, not including $9.4 million of mandatory convertible subordinated notes, which converted to 408,790 shares of common stock at maturity on January 15, 2013
  • Total backlog from continuing operations: 1,817 homes with a sales value of $478.3 million, compared to 1,307 homes with a sales value of $315.8 million as of December 31, 2011
  • Land and lots controlled: 25,104 lots (82.0% owned), a decrease of 3.4% from December 31, 2011

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call on January 31, 2013 at 9:30 am EST to discuss these results. Interested parties may listen to the conference call and view the Company's slide presentation over the internet by visiting the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at To access the conference call by telephone, listeners should dial 800-619-8639 or 312-470-7002. To be admitted to the call, verbally supply the passcode "BZH". A replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the live call. To access the replay, dial 866-429-0570 or 203-369-0912 and enter the passcode "3740" (available until 9:30 pm ET on February 7, 2013), or visit A replay of the webcast will be available at for approximately 30 days.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Beazer Homes is one of the country's 10 largest single-family homebuilders. The Company's homes meet or exceed the benchmark for energy-efficient home construction as established by ENERGY STAR® and are designed with flexible floorplan options to meet the personal preferences and lifestyles of its buyers. In addition, the Company is committed to providing a range of preferred lender choices to facilitate transparent competition between lenders and enhanced customer service. The Company offers homes in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Beazer Homes is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "BZH." For more info visit, or check out Beazer on Facebook and Twitter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, among other things, (i) economic changes nationally or in local markets, including changes in consumer confidence, changes in the level of housing starts, declines in employment levels, inflation and changes in the demand and prices of new homes and resale homes in the market; (ii) a slower economic rebound than anticipated, coupled with persistently high unemployment and additional foreclosures; (iii) estimates related to homes to be delivered in the future (backlog) are imprecise as they are subject to various cancellation risks which cannot be fully controlled; (iv) a substantial increase in mortgage interest rates, increased disruption in the availability of mortgage financing or a change in tax laws regarding the deductibility of mortgage interest; (v) factors affecting margins such as decreased land values underlying lot option agreements, increased land development costs on communities under development or delays or difficulties in implementing initiatives to reduce production and overhead cost structure; (vi) the final outcome of various putative class action lawsuits, multi-party suits and similar proceedings as well as the results of any other litigation or government proceedings and fulfillment of the obligations in the Deferred Prosecution Agreement and consent orders with governmental authorities and other settlement agreements; (vii) our cost of and ability to access capital and otherwise meet our ongoing liquidity needs including the impact of any downgrades of our credit ratings or reductions in our tangible net worth or liquidity levels; (viii) our ability to comply with covenants in our debt agreements or satisfy such obligations through repayment or refinancing; (ix) estimates related to the potential recoverability of our deferred tax assets; (x) increased competition or delays in reacting to changing consumer preference in home design; (xi) shortages of or increased prices for labor, land or raw materials used in housing production; (xii) additional asset impairment charges or writedowns; (xiii) the impact of construction defect and home warranty claims; (xiv)the cost and availability of insurance and surety bonds; (xv) delays in land development or home construction resulting from adverse weather conditions; (xvi) potential delays or increased costs in obtaining necessary permits and possible penalties for failure to comply with laws, regulations and governmental policies; (xvii) the performance of our joint ventures and our joint venture partners; (xviii) potential exposure related to additional repurchase claims on mortgages and loans originated by Beazer Mortgage Corp.; (xix) effects of changes in accounting policies, standards, guidelines or principles; or (xx) terrorist acts, acts of war and other factors over which the Company has little or no control. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors.

-Tables Follow-



(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
December 31,
2012   2011
Total revenue$246,902$188,548
Home construction and land sales expenses210,614162,776
Inventory impairments and option contract abandonments204 3,503 
Gross profit36,08422,269
General and administrative expenses26,32828,194
Depreciation and amortization2,715 2,403 
Operating loss(3,601)(16,699)
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated entities36(77)
Other expense, net(15,627)(18,273)
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes(19,192)(35,049)
Benefit from income taxes(253)(35,747)
(Loss) income from continuing operations(18,939)698
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax(1,449)41 
Net (loss) income$(20,388)$739 
Weighted average number of shares:
(Loss) earnings per share:
Basic (loss) earnings per share from continuing operations$(0.78)$0.05
Basic (loss) earnings per share from discontinued operations$(0.06)$
Basic (loss) earnings per share$(0.84)$0.05
Diluted (loss) earnings per share from continuing operations$(0.78)$0.04
Diluted (loss) earnings per share from discontinued operations$(0.06)$
Diluted (loss) earnings per share$(0.84)$0.04
Three Months Ended
December 31,
Capitalized interest in inventory, beginning of period$38,190$45,973
Interest incurred28,41832,525
Capitalized interest impaired(28)
Interest expense not qualified for capitalization and included as other expense(16,211)(19,117)
Capitalized interest amortized to house construction and land sales expenses(8,475)(12,843)
Capitalized interest in inventory, end of period$41,922 $46,510 



(in thousands, except share and per share data)

December 31, 2012September 30, 2012
Cash and cash equivalents$396,696$487,795
Restricted cash251,455253,260
Accounts receivable (net of allowance of $2,184 and $2,235, respectively)23,48424,599
Income tax receivable2,5136,372
Owned inventory1,141,6911,099,132
Land not owned under option agreements9,205 12,420 
Total inventory1,150,8961,111,552
Investments in unconsolidated entities42,02942,078
Deferred tax assets, net6,9246,848
Property, plant and equipment, net18,05418,974
Other assets29,473 30,740 
Total assets$1,921,524 $1,982,218 
Trade accounts payable$56,062$69,268
Other liabilities122,269147,718
Obligations related to land not owned under option agreements3,6254,787
Total debt (net of discounts of $2,944 and $3,082, respectively)1,496,951 1,498,198 
Total liabilities$1,678,907 $1,719,971 
Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock (par value $.01 per share, 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares


Common stock (par value $0.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized,
24,690,033 and 24,601,830 issued and outstanding, respectively)

Paid-in capital834,752833,994
Accumulated deficit(592,160)(571,772)
Total stockholders' equity242,617 262,247 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$1,921,524 $1,982,218 
Inventory Breakdown
Homes under construction$261,062$251,828
Development projects in progress422,262391,019
Land held for future development367,245367,102
Land held for sale8,57610,149
Capitalized interest41,92238,190
Model homes40,62440,844
Land not owned under option agreements9,205 12,420 
Total inventory$1,150,896 $1,111,552 



Quarter Ended December 31,
West region499
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