KB Home Reports 2020 First Quarter Results

Business Wire 26-Mar-2020 4:10 PM

Revenues Grew 33% to $1.08 Billion Diluted Earnings Per Share More Than Doubled to $.63 Net Orders Rose 31%; Net Order Value Increased 35%; Backlog Value Expanded 28%

KB Home (NYSE:KBH) today reported results for its first quarter ended February 29, 2020.

"Our principal focus today is the concern for the health and welfare of our employees, customers and business partners, and their families, in light of the wide-ranging efforts to contain COVID-19 and the impact it will have on the global economy. While our performance in the first quarter was strong, with underlying market conditions that were robust, these results preceded the COVID-19 pandemic declaration, and we are now taking actions to adjust our business in this period of uncertainty," said Jeffrey Mezger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"KB Home is well positioned given our strong balance sheet and over $1.2 billion in liquidity," continued Mezger. "With our Built-to-Order model, we are flexible in aligning our business to demand and building to our sales pace, mitigating inventory risk. With that foundation, we are diligently managing our operations with a focus on being both prudent and strategic with our cash resources. While we continue to close homes and generate revenues, we are also taking steps to curtail land acquisition and development until circumstances become more stabilized. We have a long-tenured, hands-on team that is experienced in navigating changing market conditions, which will help guide our actions in this challenging environment."

Three Months Ended February 29, 2020 (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)

  • Revenues increased 33% to $1.08 billion, the highest revenues for any first quarter since 2007.
  • Homes delivered grew 28% to 2,752, with increases in all four of the Company's regions.
  • Average selling price rose 5% to $389,500.
  • Homebuilding operating income increased 92% to $60.2 million. Homebuilding operating income margin improved 170 basis points to 5.6%. Excluding inventory-related charges of $5.7 million in the quarter and $3.6 million in the year-earlier quarter, this metric was 6.1%, compared to 4.3%.
    • Housing gross profit margin improved 30 basis points to 17.4%. Excluding inventory-related charges, housing gross profit margin increased to 17.9% from 17.6%.
      • The housing gross profit margin expansion primarily reflected the favorable impacts of improved operating leverage due to higher housing revenues, and lower relative amortization of previously capitalized interest, which were partly offset by a mix shift of homes delivered.
      • Adjusted housing gross profit margin, a metric that excludes inventory-related charges and the amortization of previously capitalized interest, was 21.1%, compared to 21.3%.
    • Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of housing revenues improved 160 basis points to 11.8%, largely due to increased operating leverage from higher housing revenues.
  • The Company's financial services operations generated pretax income of $5.8 million, up from $2.5 million, mainly reflecting higher income from its mortgage banking joint venture, KBHS Home Loans, LLC (KBHS).
    • KBHS originated 71% of the residential mortgage loans the Company's homebuyers obtained to finance their home purchase, compared to 64%.
  • Total pretax income nearly doubled to $68.8 million.
  • The Company's income tax expense was $9.1 million, compared to $4.5 million. For each period, the effective tax rate, inclusive of excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation and other favorable impacts, was approximately 13%.
  • Net income increased 99% to $59.7 million, and diluted earnings per share increased 103% to $.63.

Backlog and Net Orders (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)

  • Net orders increased 31% to 3,495, the highest first-quarter level since 2007, with net order value up 35% to $1.38 billion. Net orders and net order value increased in all four of the Company's regions.
    • Company-wide, net orders per community averaged 4.6 per month, compared to 3.7.
  • The cancellation rate as a percentage of gross orders improved to 14% from 20%.
  • The Company's ending backlog rose 26% to 5,821 homes. Ending backlog value grew 28% to $2.12 billion, compared to $1.66 billion, reflecting increases in all four regions. Both metrics reached their highest first-quarter levels in 13 years.
  • Average community count for the quarter rose 3% to 251. Ending community count of 250 was up slightly.

Balance Sheet as of February 29, 2020 (comparisons to November 30, 2019)

  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $429.7 million, compared to $453.8 million.
    • The Company had total liquidity of $1.22 billion, including cash and cash equivalents and $787.6 million of available capacity under its unsecured revolving credit facility. There were no cash borrowings outstanding under the facility.
  • Inventories increased slightly to $3.73 billion.
    • Lots owned or under contract decreased slightly to 63,234, reflecting fewer optioned lots. Approximately 62% of the total lots were owned and 38% were under contract.
    • The Company's 39,033 owned lots represented an approximately 3.1 years' supply based on homes delivered in the trailing 12 months.
  • Notes payable of $1.75 billion were essentially unchanged.
    • The Company's debt to capital ratio of 41.7% improved 60 basis points. The Company's net debt to capital ratio was 35.1%, essentially unchanged.
    • In January 2020, Standard and Poor's Financial Services upgraded the Company's credit rating to BB from BB-, and changed its rating outlook to stable from positive.
    • The Company's next scheduled debt maturity is on December 15, 2021, when $450.0 million in aggregate principal amount of its 7.00% senior notes become due.
  • Stockholders' equity increased to $2.44 billion from $2.38 billion.
    • Book value per share increased to $27.01.

Note Relating to 2020 Guidance

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and the unprecedented public health and governmental efforts to contain it, management has withdrawn guidance for its 2020 fiscal year. Through its experienced leadership team, and supported by a solid balance sheet and significant liquidity, the Company continues to engage with customers who maintain a strong desire for homeownership, deliver homes and generate revenues, while working closely with its business partners and monitoring cash outflows to position the Company to navigate through this evolving operating environment.

Earnings Conference Call

The conference call to discuss the Company's 2020 first quarter earnings will be broadcast live TODAY at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at kbhome.com.

About KB Home

KB Home (NYSE:KBH) is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States and has been building quality homes for over 60 years. Today, KB Home operates in 42 markets across eight states, serving a wide array of buyer groups. What sets us apart is how we give our customers the ability to personalize their homes from homesites and floor plans to cabinets and countertops, at a price that fits their budget. We are the first builder to make every home we build ENERGY STAR® certified. In fact, we go beyond the EPA requirements by ensuring every ENERGY STAR certified KB home has been tested and verified by a third-party inspector to meet the EPA's strict certification standards, which helps lower the cost of ownership. We also work with our customers every step of the way, building strong personal relationships so they have a real partner in the homebuying process, and the experience is as simple and easy as possible. Learn more about how we build homes built on relationships by visiting 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; conditions in the capital, credit and financial markets; our ability to access external financing sources and raise capital through the issuance of common stock, debt or other securities, and/or project financing, on favorable terms; the execution of any share repurchases pursuant to our board of directors' authorization; material and trade costs and availability; changes in interest rates; our debt level, including our ratio of debt to capital, and our ability to adjust our debt level and maturity schedule; our compliance with the terms of our revolving credit facility; volatility in the market price of our common stock; weak or declining consumer confidence, either generally or specifically with respect to purchasing homes; competition from other sellers of new and resale homes; weather events, significant natural disasters and other climate and environmental factors; any failure of lawmakers to agree on a budget or appropriation legislation to fund the federal government's operations, and financial markets' and businesses' reactions to that failure; government actions, policies, programs and regulations directed at or affecting the housing market (including the tax benefits associated with purchasing and owning a home, and the standards, fees and size limits applicable to the purchase or insuring of mortgage loans by government-sponsored enterprises and government agencies), the homebuilding industry, or construction activities; changes in existing tax laws or enacted corporate income tax rates, including those resulting from regulatory guidance and interpretations issued with respect thereto; changes in U.S. trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs and duties on homebuilding materials and products, and related trade disputes with and retaliatory measures taken by other countries; the adoption of new or amended financial accounting standards and the guidance and/or interpretations with respect thereto; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas and our ability to timely develop acquired land parcels and open new home communities; our warranty claims experience with respect to homes previously delivered and actual warranty costs incurred; costs and/or charges arising from regulatory compliance requirements or from legal, arbitral or regulatory proceedings, investigations, claims or settlements, including unfavorable outcomes in any such matters resulting in actual or potential monetary damage awards, penalties, fines or other direct or indirect payments, or injunctions, consent decrees or other voluntary or involuntary restrictions or adjustments to our business operations or practices that are beyond our current expectations and/or accruals; 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 related to our product, geographic and market positioning, gaining share and scale in our served markets and in entering into new markets; our operational and investment concentration in markets in California; consumer interest in our new home communities and products, particularly from first-time homebuyers and higher-income consumers; our ability to generate orders and convert our backlog of orders to home deliveries and revenues, particularly in key markets in California; our ability to successfully implement our business strategies and achieve any associated financial and operational targets and objectives; income tax expense volatility associated with stock-based compensation; the ability of our homebuyers to obtain residential mortgage loans and mortgage banking services; the performance of mortgage lenders to our homebuyers; the performance of KBHS, our mortgage banking joint venture with Stearns Ventures, LLC; information technology failures and data security breaches; an epidemic or pandemic (such as the outbreak and worldwide spread of COVID-19), and the measures that international, federal, state and local governments, agencies, law enforcement and/or health authorities implement to address it, which may (as with COVID-19) precipitate or exacerbate one or more of the above-mentioned and/or other risks; 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.

KB HOME

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the Three Months Ended February 29, 2020 and February 28, 2019

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts - Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

Total revenues

$

1,075,935

 

 

$

811,483

 

Homebuilding:

 

 

 

Revenues

$

1,072,382

 

 

$

808,788

 

Costs and expenses

(1,012,187

)

 

(777,449

)

Operating income

60,195

 

 

31,339

 

Interest income

935

 

 

1,105

 

Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures

1,905

 

 

(406

)

Homebuilding pretax income

63,035

 

 

32,038

 

Financial services:

 

 

 

Revenues

3,553

 

 

2,695

 

Expenses

(962

)

 

(1,024

)

Equity in income of unconsolidated joint ventures

3,222

 

 

802

 

Financial services pretax income

5,813

 

 

2,473

 

Total pretax income

68,848

 

 

34,511

 

Income tax expense

(9,100

)

 

(4,500

)

Net income

$

59,748

 

 

$

30,011

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

Basic

$

.66

 

 

$

.34

 

Diluted

$

.63

 

 

$

.31

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

Basic

89,842

 

 

86,972

 

Diluted

94,205

 

 

96,962

 

 

KB HOME

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands - Unaudited)

 

February 29, 2020

 

November 30, 2019

Assets

 

 

 

Homebuilding:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

429,706

 

 

$

453,814

 

Receivables

297,215

 

 

249,055

 

Inventories

3,728,616

 

 

3,704,602

 

Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures

57,147

 

 

57,038

 

Property and equipment, net

64,453

 

 

65,043

 

Deferred tax assets, net

312,166

 

 

364,493

 

Other assets

129,719

 

 

83,041

 

 

5,019,022

 

 

4,977,086

 

Financial services

33,812

 

 

38,396

 

Total assets

$

5,052,834

 

 

$

5,015,482

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

 

 

Homebuilding:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

236,981

 

 

$

262,772

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

621,558

 

 

618,783

 

Notes payable

1,749,148

 

 

1,748,747

 

 

2,607,687

 

 

2,630,302

 

Financial services

2,043

 

 

2,058

 

Stockholders' equity

2,443,104

 

 

2,383,122

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

5,052,834

 

 

$

5,015,482

 

 

KB HOME

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For the Three Months Ended February 29, 2020 and February 28, 2019

(In Thousands, Except Average Selling Price - Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

Homebuilding revenues:

 

 

 

Housing

$

1,071,810

 

 

$

798,171

 

Land

572

 

 

10,617

 

Total

$

1,072,382

 

 

$

808,788

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homebuilding costs and expenses:

 

 

 

Construction and land costs

 

 

 

Housing

$

885,481

 

 

$

661,328

 

Land

572

 

 

9,527

 

Subtotal

886,053

 

 

670,855

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

126,134

 

 

106,594

 

Total

$

1,012,187

 

 

$

777,449

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense:

 

 

 

Interest incurred

$

30,962

 

 

$

34,788

 

Interest capitalized

(30,962

)

 

(34,788

)

Total

$

 

 

$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other information:

 

 

 

Amortization of previously capitalized interest

$

34,575

 

 

$

30,547

 

Depreciation and amortization

7,929

 

 

7,914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average selling price:

 

 

 

West Coast

$

610,200

 

 

$

607,500

 

Southwest

316,400

 

 

326,400

 

Central

292,900

 

 

285,000

 

Southeast

292,000

 

 

298,100

 

Total

$

389,500

 

 

$

370,900

 

KB HOME

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For the Three Months Ended February 29, 2020 and February 28, 2019

(Dollars in Thousands - Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

Homes delivered:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast

 

 

 

 

794

 

 

497

 

Southwest

 

 

 

 

603

 

 

483

 

Central

 

 

 

 

968

 

 

824

 

Southeast

 

 

 

 

387

 

 

348

 

Total

 

 

 

 

2,752

 

 

2,152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net orders:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast

 

 

 

 

979

 

 

699

 

Southwest

 

 

 

 

765

 

 

533

 

Central

 

 

 

 

1,217

 

 

926

 

Southeast

 

 

 

 

534

 

 

517

 

Total

 

 

 

 

3,495

 

 

2,675

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net order value:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast

 

 

 

 

$

598,416

 

 

$

420,461

 

Southwest

 

 

 

 

257,220

 

 

170,839

 

Central

 

 

 

 

373,481

 

 

284,266

 

Southeast

 

 

 

 

153,537

 

 

146,521

 

Total

 

 

 

 

$

1,382,654

 

 

$

1,022,087

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

 

Homes

 

Value

 

Homes

 

Value

Backlog data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast

1,228

 

 

$

712,218

 

 

917

 

 

$

533,076

 

Southwest

1,400

 

 

456,024

 

 

976

 

 

315,797

 

Central

2,237

 

 

680,904

 

 

1,816

 

 

537,351

 

Southeast

956

 

 

275,405

 

 

922

 

 

272,060

 

Total

5,821

 

 

$

2,124,551

 

 

4,631

 

 

$

1,658,284

 

KB HOME

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(In Thousands, Except Percentages and Per Share Amounts - Unaudited)

This press release contains, and Company management's discussion of the results presented in this press release may include, information about the Company's adjusted housing gross profit margin and ratio of net debt to capital, neither of which is calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are relevant and useful to investors in understanding its operations and the leverage employed in its operations, and may be helpful in comparing the Company with other companies in the homebuilding industry to the extent they provide similar information. However, because they are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be completely comparable to other companies in the homebuilding industry and, thus, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to operating performance and/or financial measures prescribed by GAAP. Rather, these non-GAAP financial measures should be used to supplement their respective most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in order to provide a greater understanding of the factors and trends affecting the Company's operations.

Adjusted Housing Gross Profit Margin

The following table reconciles the Company's housing gross profit margin calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the Company's adjusted housing gross profit margin:

 

Three Months Ended

 

February 29, 2020

 

February 28, 2019

Housing revenues

$

1,071,810

 

 

$

798,171

 

Housing construction and land costs

(885,481

)

 

(661,328

)

Housing gross profits

186,329

 

 

136,843

 

Add: Inventory-related charges (a)

5,672

 

 

3,555

 

Housing gross profits excluding inventory-related charges

192,001

 

 

140,398

 

Add: Amortization of previously capitalized interest (b)

34,575

 

 

29,986

 

Adjusted housing gross profits

$

226,576

 

 

$

170,384

 

Housing gross profit margin

17.4

%

 

17.1

%

Housing gross profit margin excluding inventory-related charges

17.9

%

 

17.6

%

Adjusted housing gross profit margin

21.1

%

 

21.3

%

(a) Represents inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges associated with housing operations.

(b) Represents the amortization of previously capitalized interest associated with housing operations.

Adjusted housing gross profit margin is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company calculates by dividing housing revenues less housing construction and land costs excluding (1) housing inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges (as applicable) recorded during a given period and (2) amortization of previously capitalized interest associated with housing operations, by housing revenues. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is housing gross profit margin. The Company believes adjusted housing gross profit margin is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in evaluating the Company's performance as it measures the gross profits the Company generated specifically on the homes delivered during a given period. This non-GAAP financial measure isolates the impact that housing inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, and the amortization of previously capitalized interest associated with housing operations, have on housing gross profit margins, and allows investors to make comparisons with the Company's competitors that adjust housing gross profit margins in a similar manner. The Company also believes investors will find adjusted housing gross profit margin relevant and useful because it represents a profitability measure that may be compared to a prior period without regard to variability of housing inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, and amortization of previously capitalized interest associated with housing operations. This financial measure assists management in making strategic decisions regarding community location and product mix, product pricing and construction pace.

Ratio of Net Debt to Capital

The following table reconciles the Company's ratio of debt to capital calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the Company's ratio of net debt to capital:

 

February 29, 2020

 

November 30, 2019

Notes payable

$

1,749,148

 

 

$

1,748,747

 

Stockholders' equity

2,443,104

 

 

2,383,122

 

Total capital

$

4,192,252

 

 

$

4,131,869

 

Ratio of debt to capital

41.7

%

 

42.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes payable

$

1,749,148

 

 

$

1,748,747

 

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

(429,706

)

 

(453,814

)

Net debt

1,319,442

 

 

1,294,933

 

Stockholders' equity

2,443,104

 

 

2,383,122

 

Total capital

$

3,762,546

 

 

$

3,678,055

 

Ratio of net debt to capital

35.1

%

 

35.2

%

The ratio of net debt to capital is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company calculates by dividing notes payable, net of homebuilding cash and cash equivalents, by capital (notes payable, net of homebuilding cash and cash equivalents, plus stockholders' equity). The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is the ratio of debt to capital. The Company believes the ratio of net debt to capital is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in understanding the leverage employed in the Company's operations.

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