KB Home Reports 2013 Third Quarter Results

KB Home Reports 2013 Third Quarter Results

Revenues Grow 29% to $549.0 Million; Net Income Increases to $27.3 Million or $.30 Per Share

Net Order Value Increases to $528.9 Million; Backlog Value Advances to $808.5 Million

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KB Home (NYS: KBH) , one of the nation's largest and most recognized homebuilders, today reported results for its third quarter ended August 31, 2013. Highlights and developments include the following:

Three Months Ended August 31, 2013

  • Total revenues rose 29% to $549.0 million from $424.5 million for the year-earlier quarter, with year-over-year revenue growth in each of the Company's homebuilding regions exceeding 25%.
    • Homes delivered increased 6% from the third quarter of 2012 to 1,825 homes, representing the eighth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.
    • The overall average selling price grew to $299,100, up $54,000 or 22% from the year-earlier quarter, extending the trend of year-over-year improvement to 13 consecutive quarters. The higher average selling price reflected the Company's strategic repositioning initiatives and its continued emphasis on pricing discipline to drive profitability.
      • The Company's ongoing initiatives include investing in higher-performing, choice locations in land constrained, growth markets that feature higher household incomes and demand for larger home sizes; and earning incremental revenues through lot premiums, options and upgrades.
      • These strategies contributed significantly to each of the Company's homebuilding regions reporting a double-digit increase in average selling price from the year-earlier quarter. Average selling price increases ranged from 15% in the Company's Southeast homebuilding region to 28% in its Southwest homebuilding region.
  • The Company's homebuilding operating income of $36.0 million more than tripled from $10.9 million for the year-earlier quarter. As a percentage of homebuilding revenues, operating income improved by 400 basis points to 6.6%, compared to 2.6% for the 2012 third quarter.
    • The housing gross profit margin expanded by 150 basis points to 18.2% from 16.7% for the year-earlier quarter. The current quarter housing gross profit margin included a charge of $5.9 million associated with water intrusion-related repairs at certain of the Company's communities in central and southwest Florida. In the third quarter of 2012, the housing gross profit margin included insurance recoveries of $16.5 million, which were partly offset by inventory impairment charges of $6.4 million.
      • Excluding the above-mentioned charges and items, the Company's adjusted housing gross profit margin expanded by 500 basis points to 19.3% for the current quarter from 14.3% for the year-earlier quarter.
    • Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of homebuilding revenues were 11.6%, improving by 250 basis points from 14.1% in the year-earlier quarter. The improved ratio reflected higher housing revenues, the Company's ongoing focus on managing its overhead costs while positioning for future growth, and income associated with outstanding cash-settled equity-based compensation awards.
  • Interest expense of $11.3 million decreased from $23.1 million in the year-earlier quarter, reflecting the Company's substantial investments in land and land development, which resulted in an increase in the amount of inventory qualifying for interest capitalization in the current quarter, and the inclusion of an $8.3 million loss on the early extinguishment of debt in the 2012 third quarter.
  • The Company's financial services operations generated pretax income of $2.4 million, compared to $4.4 million for the year-earlier quarter. The 2012 third quarter included income of $2.1 million associated with the wind down of a former mortgage banking joint venture.
  • Net income increased substantially to $27.3 million, or $.30 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.3 million, or $.04 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2012.
    • The current quarter net income included an income tax benefit of $.7 million. In the year-earlier quarter, net income included an income tax benefit of $10.7 million primarily due to the resolution of a federal income tax audit.

Nine Months Ended August 31, 2013

  • Revenues totaled $1.48 billion, up 51% from $981.9 million for the year-earlier period.
  • Homes delivered increased 23% to 5,107 homes, up from 4,160 in the nine months ended August 31, 2012.
  • The overall average selling price of $287,900 was up 23% year over year from $234,100 in 2012.
  • Homebuilding operating income improved significantly to $45.1 million, compared to an operating loss of $35.8 million for the corresponding period of 2012.
    • The substantial increase in the Company's homebuilding operating income reflected both the expansion in its housing gross profit margin and the improvement in its selling, general and administrative expense ratio.
  • The Company's financial services operations posted pretax income of $7.0 million for the nine months ended August 31, 2013, compared to $7.8 million for the year-earlier period.
  • The Company's net income of $11.8 million, or $.14 per diluted share, increased by $78.5 million from a net loss of $66.7 million, or $.86 per diluted share, for the nine months ended August 31, 2012.
    • For the first time since 2006, the Company generated both homebuilding operating income and net income for the nine-month period ended August 31.

Backlog and Net Orders

  • Potential future housing revenues in backlog at August 31, 2013 increased to $808.5 million, up 9% from $744.7 million at August 31, 2012.
    • The number of homes in the Company's backlog was 3,039 at August 31, 2013 and 3,142 at August 31, 2012. The 3% decrease primarily reflected a 9% year-over-year decline in the Company's third quarter net orders.
  • The overall value of 2013 third quarter net orders was $528.9 million, up 7% from $493.3 million in the year-earlier quarter.
    • Three of the Company's four homebuilding regions generated a year-over-year increase in net order value, ranging from 18% in its Central region to 37% in its Southeast region.
  • Reflecting its emphasis on margin expansion and value creation over sales pace, the Company generated 1,736 net orders in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 1,900 net orders in the year-earlier quarter.
    • The third quarter cancellation rate as a percentage of gross orders was 33% in 2013, compared to 29% in 2012. As a percentage of beginning backlog, the third quarter cancellation rate was 27% in 2013 and 26% in 2012.

Balance Sheet

  • Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $424.9 million at August 31, 2013, compared to $580.9 million at May 31, 2013 and $567.1 million at November 30, 2012.
    • The Company's cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at August 31, 2013 decreased by $155.9 million from the end of the 2013 second quarter primarily due to land and land development spending that resulted in inventory growth of $200.3 million during the same period.
      • Reflecting land and land development investment activity during the quarter, the Company's operating activities used net cash of $133.9 million, compared to $14.1 million of net cash provided in the third quarter of 2012.
      • The Company had no borrowings outstanding under its $200 million unsecured revolving credit facility as of August 31, 2013.
  • Inventories increased to $2.23 billion at August 31, 2013 from $1.71 billion at November 30, 2012.
    • The Company's land and land development investments rose to $889.2 million for the nine months ended August 31, 2013 from $382.8 million for the year-earlier period, reflecting strategic investments made to promote profitable growth.
    • The Company owned or controlled 55,877 lots at August 31, 2013, up 25% from 44,752 lots owned or controlled at November 30, 2012.
  • The Company's debt balance of $1.94 billion at August 31, 2013 increased from $1.72 billion at November 30, 2012, primarily due to its public issuance of $230 million of convertible senior notes in the 2013 first quarter.
  • Stockholders' equity increased to $498.0 million at August 31, 2013 from $376.8 million at November 30, 2012, mainly reflecting the Company's public issuance of 6,325,000 shares of its common stock in the first quarter of 2013 and the net income generated for the nine months ended August 31, 2013.

Management Comments

"The momentum we have built in our business continued to fuel our financial performance in the third quarter as we generated strong revenue, net income and earnings per share results," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer. "We are clearly seeing meaningful top-line and bottom-line benefits from our strategy of investing in attractive land positions across the country, primarily targeting locations with limited housing inventory and higher household incomes. With the goal of increasing our community count, net orders and deliveries, we are aggressively pursuing opportunities to invest in land and land development. In addition, by leveraging the core strengths of our operational business model, including enhancing gross profit margins and managing overhead costs, in combination with maintaining pricing discipline and optimizing the mix of first-time and move-up buyers of our Built to Order homes, we believe we will continue to produce healthy improvements in our financial results."

"The fundamentals of the current housing recovery are firmly in place, supported by low inventory levels, an improving economy and positive demographic trends," said Mezger. "Given these factors, we believe that the recent slower pace of the recovery caused by an uptick in mortgage interest rates is a temporary effect, and we expect to see steady upward demand for housing as consumers adjust to both higher rates and pricing. In balancing community count, sales pace and margin expansion in this environment, our revenues and net income improved substantially during the third quarter, while our net orders moderated. Nonetheless, we believe there is tremendous potential in our served markets and that we are well-positioned for future growth."

Earnings Conference Call

The conference call on the third quarter 2013 earnings will be broadcast live TODAY at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, noon Eastern Daylight Time. To listen, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.kbhome.com.

About KB Home

KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilding companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1957, the Company has built more than half a million quality homes. KB Home's signature Built to Order™ approach lets each buyer customize their new home from lot location to floor plan and design features. In addition to meeting strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines, all KB homes are highly energy efficient to help lower monthly utility costs for homeowners, which the Company demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®). A leader in utilizing state-of-the-art sustainable building practices, KB Home was named the #1 Green Homebuilder in the most recent study by Calvert Investments and the #1 Homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine's 2011 World's Most Admired Companies list. Los Angeles-based KB Home was the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and trades under the ticker symbol "KBH." For more information about KB Home's new home communities, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit www.kbhome.com.

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; adverse market conditions, including an increased supply of unsold homes, declining home prices and greater foreclosure and short sale activity, among other things, that could negatively affect our consolidated financial statements, including due to additional impairment or land option contract abandonment charges, lower revenues and operating and other losses; conditions in the capital, credit and financial markets (including residential consumer mortgage lending standards, the availability of residential consumer mortgage financing and mortgage foreclosure rates); material prices and availability; labor costs and availability; changes in interest rates; inflation; our debt level, including our ratio of debt to total capital, and our ability to adjust our debt level, maturity schedule and structure and to access the equity, credit, capital or other financial markets or other external financing sources, including raising capital through the public or private issuance of common stock, debt or other securities, and/or project financing, on favorable terms; our compliance with the terms and covenants of our revolving credit facility; weak or declining consumer confidence, either generally or specifically with respect to purchasing homes; competition for home sales from other sellers of new and resale homes, including lenders and other sellers of homes obtained through foreclosures or short sales; weather conditions, significant natural disasters and other environmental factors; government actions, policies, programs and regulations directed at or affecting the housing market (including the Dodd-Frank Act, tax credits, tax incentives and/or subsidies for home purchases, tax deductions for residential consumer mortgage interest payments and property taxes, tax exemptions for profits on home sales, and programs intended to modify existing mortgage loans and to prevent mortgage foreclosures), the homebuilding industry, or construction activities; decisions by lawmakers on federal fiscal policies, including those relating to taxation and government spending; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas; our warranty claims experience with respect to homes previously delivered and actual warranty costs incurred, including our warranty claims and costs experience at certain of our communities in Florida; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims; 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 with respect to product, geographic and market positioning (including our efforts to expand our inventory base/pipeline with desirable land positions or interests at reasonable cost and to expand our community count, open additional new home communities for sales and sell higher-priced homes and more design options, and our operational and investment concentration in markets in California), revenue growth, asset optimization, asset activation, local field management and talent investment, and overhead reduction and cost management; consumer traffic to our new home communities and consumer interest in our product designs and offerings, particularly from higher-income consumers; cancellations and our ability to realize our backlog by converting net orders to home deliveries; our home sales and delivery performance, particularly in key markets in California; the manner in which our homebuyers are offered and whether they are able to obtain residential consumer mortgage loans and mortgage banking services, including from our preferred mortgage lender, Nationstar Mortgage; the performance of Nationstar Mortgage as our preferred mortgage lender; the ability of Home Community Mortgage to become operational in all of our served markets as and by the time currently anticipated; 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.


For the Nine Months and Three Months Ended August 31, 2013 and 2012

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts — Unaudited)

Nine MonthsThree Months
2013  20122013  2012
Total revenues$1,478,599 $981,914 $548,974 $424,504 
Costs and expenses(1,425,296)(1,009,873)(509,837)(410,688)
Operating income (loss)45,108(35,818)35,96310,867
Interest income629363193117
Interest expense(41,073)(53,815)(11,326)(23,060)
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures(1,658)(37)(656)278 
Homebuilding pretax income (loss)3,006 (89,307)24,174 (11,798)
Financial services:
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures1,081 2,208 (6)2,119 
Financial services pretax income7,041 7,830 2,404 4,359 
Total pretax income (loss)10,047(81,477)26,578(7,439)
Income tax benefit1,800 14,800 700 10,700 
Net income (loss)$11,847 $(66,677)$27,278 $3,261 
Basic earnings (loss) per share$.14 $(.86)$.32 $.04 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share$.14 $(.86)$.30 $.04 
Basic average shares outstanding82,261 77,107 83,714 77,127 
Diluted average shares outstanding84,289 77,107 94,047 77,358 

(In Thousands — Unaudited)

August 31,
November 30,
Cash and cash equivalents$383,314$524,765
Restricted cash41,63142,362


Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures126,549123,674
Other assets101,247 95,050
Financial services10,035 4,455
Total assets$2,964,841 $2,561,698
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Accounts payable$146,147$118,544
Accrued expenses and other liabilities380,766340,345
Mortgages and notes payable1,937,057 1,722,815
Financial services2,8653,188
Stockholders' equity498,006 376,806
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$2,964,841 $2,561,698

For the Nine Months and Three Months Ended August 31, 2013 and 2012

(In Thousands — Unaudited)

Nine MonthsThree Months
2013  20122013  2012
Homebuilding revenues:
Total$1,470,404 $974,055 $545,800 $421,555 
Nine MonthsThree Months
Costs and expenses:
Construction and land costs
Selling, general and administrative expenses192,652 173,644 63,456 59,332 
Total$1,425,296 $1,009,873 $509,837 $410,688 
Nine MonthsThree Months
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