PulteGroup swings to Q4 net income of US$14M from loss of US$165M a year earlier; CEO highlights sale of 23 non-strategic land assets for US$64M
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan
February 2, 2012
– Q4 Net Income of $14 Million, or $0.04 Per Share
Q4 Net Income Includes $66 Million, or $0.17 Per Share, of Mortgage, Land and Debt Repurchase Charges, Partially Offset by $39 Million, or $0.10 Per Share, of Land-Sale Gains and Tax Benefits
Adjusted Q4 Home Sale Gross Margin Increases 200 Basis Points to 18.6%
SG&A Reduced to $117 Million, or 10% of Home Sale Revenues
8% Increase in Q4 Net New Orders Generated from 11% Fewer Communities
Completed $64 Million of Land Divestitures
Repurchased $257 Million of Senior Debt in Q4; Full-Year Debt Retirements of $324 Million
Ended the Year with $1.2 Billion in Cash
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011. For the quarter, PulteGroup reported net income of $14 million, or $0.04 per share. Reported net income includes charges of $40 million, or $0.10 per share, for potential future loan repurchase obligations, $24 million, or $0.06 per share, for land-related charges, and $2 million, or $0.01 per share, for debt repurchases. These charges were partially offset by $16 million, or $0.04 per share, in land-sale gains and $23 million, or $0.06 per share, of income tax benefits associated with the favorable resolution of certain federal and state tax matters.
In the prior year fourth quarter, PulteGroup reported a net loss of $165 million, or $0.44 per share, inclusive of $196 million, or $0.52 per share, in land-related charges, costs associated with organizational restructurings, debt repurchases and other financing amendments completed in the period, partially offset by $25 million, or $0.07 per share, of income tax benefits.
"We are pleased to report PulteGroup's fourth quarter earnings, which demonstrate the Company's continued progress on our initiatives to expand margins and lower overhead costs," said Richard J. Dugas, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of PulteGroup. "In addition to our improved operating results, we also successfully sold 23 non-strategic land assets for $64 million and were able to repurchase $257 million par value of our debt for $252 million. These transactions continue to strengthen our balance sheet and will help to improve our return on invested capital over time."
Dugas continued, "The 2011 U.S. housing market demonstrated continued stability, although at extremely low levels of new home sales. Favorable long-term demographic drivers and improvements in a number of underlying housing data reports provide reasons for optimism heading into 2012. Although challenging macroeconomic conditions persist, we believe the progress we have made across our core homebuilding operations should enable the Company to be profitable for the full year of 2012."
Fourth Quarter Results
Revenue from home sales in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011, totaled $1.2 billion, an increase of approximately 1% over the prior year's fourth quarter. The increase in revenues was driven by a 3% increase in average selling price to $271,000, which was partially offset by a 2% decrease in closings to 4,303 homes.
Fourth quarter cost of sales related to home sales totaled $1.0 billion, including $11 million of impairments. In the prior year, fourth quarter cost of sales related to home sales totaled $1.1 billion, including $82 million of impairments. Excluding impairments, interest expense and merger-related costs, adjusted home sale gross margin in the fourth quarter 2011 was 18.6%, which represents an increase of 200 basis points over the fourth quarter of 2010 and a 10 basis point increase over the third quarter of 2011.
The Company's selling, general & administrative (SG&A) expense for the period was $117 million, or 10% of home sale revenues. Comparable prior year SG&A expense was $151 million, or 13% of home sale revenues. Prior year SG&A includes $11 million of severance costs associated with an organizational restructuring.
For the quarter, the Company reported 3,084 net new orders. Prior year orders of 3,044 reflect a one-time pick up of 200 signups resulting from a change in the Company's order recognition process. Excluding these 200 orders, PulteGroup realized a year-over-year increase in orders of 8%. For the quarter, the Company operated out of 11% fewer communities in 2011 than in 2010. The Company's contract backlog as of December 31, 2011, was 3,924 homes, with a constructed value of $1.1 billion, which compares with a contract backlog of 3,984 homes, valued at $1.1 billion, as of December 31, 2010.
For the quarter, the Company's financial services operations reported a pretax loss of $27 million, inclusive of a $40 million charge associated with potential future loan repurchase obligations. The increase in the Company's estimated repurchase obligations primarily reflects higher gross repurchase requests received in the second half of the year, coupled with the Company's expectation that such requests will likely continue through 2013, or a year longer than previously estimated.
In the fourth quarter, PulteGroup completed a series of land sales that generated approximately $64 million in revenues, and $16 million in gains. Such gains were partially offset by $10 million in land-related charges resulting in a net gain of $6 million for the quarter. The Company also entered into transactions during the fourth quarter that put under control approximately 2,800 lots, increasing the total lots put under control during the year to approximately 12,000.
In the fourth quarter, the Company recorded an income tax benefit of $23 million associated with the favorable resolution of certain federal and state tax matters.
The Company used available cash to repurchase $257 million principal value of its senior notes at a cost of $252 million. Although acquired in the open market at a discount, previous acquisition accounting adjustments resulted in a pretax charge of $2.1 million that was recorded in Other expense (income), net. Combined with transactions completed earlier in the year, the Company repurchased an aggregate $310 million principal value of its senior notes during the year for $307 million. These transactions will result in a $16 million reduction in cash paid interest cost in 2012. In addition to debt repurchases completed during the year, PulteGroup retired $14 million of senior notes that matured in the first quarter of 2011.
For the year ended December 31, 2011, PulteGroup reported a net loss of $210 million, or $0.55 per share, inclusive of $341 million, or $0.90 per share, of goodwill impairment, land impairment, debt repurchase and mortgage reserve charges, partially offset by $133 million, or $0.35 per share, of land-sale gains and tax benefits. For the prior year, PulteGroup reported a net loss of $1.1 billion, or $2.90 per share, including $931 million, or $2.46 per share, of goodwill and land impairments, insurance and mortgage reserve charges, and costs associated with debt-repurchases and other financing amendments, partially offset by $138 million, or $0.36 per share, of tax benefits.
Revenues from home sales for the period were $4.0 billion, compared with revenues of $4.4 billion in the prior year. Lower revenues for the period were driven primarily by an 11% decrease in closings to 15,275 homes. The decrease in unit closings reflects the pulling ahead of demand created by the 2010 tax credit and the Company's lower community count.
A conference call discussing PulteGroup's fourth quarter results will be held Thursday, February 2, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, and webcast live via www.pultegroupinc.com. Interested investors can access the call via the Company's home page at www.pultegroupinc.com, and are encouraged to download the available slides that provide additional details on the Company's fourth quarter results.
This press release includes "forward-looking statements." These statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities, as well as those of the markets we serve or intend to serve, to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate to matters of a strictly factual or historical nature and generally discuss or relate to forecasts, estimates or other expectations regarding future events. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "may," "can," "could," "might," "will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, including statements related to expected operating and performing results, planned transactions, planned objectives of management, future developments or conditions in the industries in which we participate and other trends, developments and uncertainties that may affect our business in the future.
Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among other things: interest rate changes and the availability of mortgage financing; continued volatility in the debt and equity markets; competition within the industries in which PulteGroup operates; the availability and cost of land and other raw materials used by PulteGroup in its homebuilding operations; the impact of any changes to our strategy in responding to continuing adverse conditions in the industry, including any changes regarding our land positions; the availability and cost of insurance covering risks associated with PulteGroup's businesses; shortages and the cost of labor; weather related slowdowns; slow growth initiatives and/or local building moratoria; governmental regulation directed at or affecting the housing market, the homebuilding industry or construction activities; uncertainty in the mortgage lending industry, including revisions to underwriting standards and repurchase requirements associated with the sale of mortgage loans; the interpretation of or changes to tax, labor and environmental laws; economic changes nationally or in PulteGroup's local markets, including inflation, deflation, changes in consumer confidence and preferences and the state of the market for homes in general; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims; required accounting changes; terrorist acts and other acts of war; and other factors of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business and competitive nature. See PulteGroup's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our businesses. PulteGroup undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in PulteGroup's expectations.
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is one of America's largest home building companies with operations in approximately 60 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes and Del Webb, the company is one of the industry's most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup conducts extensive research to provide home buyers with innovative solutions and new homes designed for the way people actually live today. As the most awarded home builder in customer satisfaction, PulteGroup brands have consistently ranked among top home builders in third-party customer satisfaction studies.
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