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PulteGroup Reports Financial Results For 2013 Fourth Quarter

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 

  • Q4 2013 Earnings of $220 Million, or $0.57 Per Share, Compared with $59 Million, or $0.15 Per Share, in the Prior Year
  • Q4 Home Sale Gross Margin of 23.2% Increased 610 Basis Points Over Prior Year and 230 Basis Points Over Prior Quarter; Adjusted Gross Margin of 27.7% is Up 590 Basis Points Over Q4 2012
  • SG&A Reduced 30 Basis Points from Prior Year to 9.3% of Home Sale Revenues
  • Home Sale Revenues Increased 9% to $1.6 Billion Driven by a 13% Increase in Average Selling Price
  • Year-end Backlog of 5,772 Homes With a Value of $1.9 Billion
  • Repurchased $35 Million of Stock in the Quarter
  • Debt-to-Capitalization of 31%, Down from 53% at Year-end 2012
  • Company has Increased Authorized Land Spend in 2014 to $2.0 Billion, Compared with $1.3 Billion Invested in 2013

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.  For the quarter, PulteGroup reported net income of $220 million, or $0.57 per share, compared with prior year net income of $59 million, or $0.15 per share.  Reported prior year earnings include net charges of $73 million, or $0.19 per share, resulting from mortgage and debt-repurchase charges, partially offset by tax benefits.      

"Our fourth quarter results complete an outstanding year during which we realized dramatic operating and financial improvement as we continue to benefit from our Value Creation initiatives and from the ongoing recovery in U.S. housing," said Richard J. Dugas, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of PulteGroup.  "Our 23.2% gross margin, which represents a 610 basis point improvement over last year, is the highest margin we have achieved since 2005."

"The material improvement in our key operating and financial metrics has allowed us to reduce our leverage and build a cash balance of $1.7 billion.  Given the operating and financial disciplines we have established within the organization, we are confidently increasing our investment in land related spend, while still retaining the flexibility to allocate capital to reduce debt, pay dividends and/or repurchase stock, as we deem appropriate."

"We expect the rebound in housing to continue in 2014, supported by many of the factors that first launched the recovery, including: low interest rates; a limited supply of new and existing homes; and an ongoing, albeit modest, recovery in the broader economy.  Based on this view, we have authorized an increase in land related spend to $2.0 billion in 2014. As we seek to build on the momentum of the past two years, PulteGroup enters 2014 with financial flexibility and a clear focus on advancing our Value Creation initiatives and delivering higher returns on invested capital over the housing cycle."

Fourth Quarter Results

Home sale revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, totaled $1.6 billion, an increase of 9% over the prior year.  The increase in revenue was driven by a 13% increase in average selling price to $325,000, partially offset by a 4% decrease in closings to 4,964 homes.  The higher average selling price reflects price increases, as well as a continued shift in product mix. 

Reported home sale gross margin for the period was 23.2%, an increase of 610 basis points over the prior year and 230 basis points over the third quarter of 2013.  Homebuilding SG&A expense for the quarter was $150 million, or 9.3% of home sale revenues.  SG&A for the prior year period was $142 million, or 9.6% of home sale revenues.  

For the quarter, the Company reported 3,214 net new orders, a decrease of 18% from prior year orders of 3,926.  The dollar value of net new orders was $1.1 billion, compared with the prior year order value of $1.2 billion.  The Company ended the year with 577 active communities, which is down 14% from the comparable prior year period.  As announced previously, the Company expects to operate from an approximate range of 560 to 580 communities during all four quarters of 2014. 

PulteGroup's backlog at year end totaled 5,772 homes valued at $1.9 billion, compared with prior year backlog of 6,458 homes valued at $1.9 billion.  The average selling price in our current backlog increased 10% over the prior year to $330,000.  

The Company's financial services operations reported pretax income of $7 million for the fourth quarter.   In the comparable prior year period, financial services reported a pretax loss of $24 million, inclusive of a $49 million charge associated with potential future loan repurchase obligations.  Mortgage capture rate for the quarter was 79% compared with 83% for the comparable prior year quarter. Pretax income for the fourth quarter of 2013 reflects the more competitive mortgage landscape compared with last year.  

For the quarter, the Company reported $12.4 million of income tax expense.  This is different from the Company's statutory provision primarily as the result of the finalization of the reversal of the majority of its deferred tax asset valuation allowance, the balance of which was accounted for in the third quarter of 2013.

Through open-market transactions, PulteGroup repurchased 2.0 million of its common shares for $35 million.  For the full year, PulteGroup repurchased 7.2 million of its common shares for $118 million and retired $461 million of debt.  The Company ended the year with a cash balance of $1.7 billion and a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 31%, down from 53% at the end of last year. 

A conference call discussing PulteGroup's fourth quarter results will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014, 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. 

Forward-Looking Statements

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 the cyclical nature of 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, 2012, 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.

About PulteGroup

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is one of America's largest homebuilding companies with operations in approximately 50 markets throughout the country.  Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb and DiVosta Homes, 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 homebuyers with innovative solutions and consumer inspired homes and communities to make lives better.

For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, go to www.pultegroupinc.com; www.pulte.com; www.centex.com; www.delwebb.com and www.divosta.com.

 

PulteGroup, Inc.

Consolidated Results of Operations

($000's omitted, except per share data)

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012

Revenues:








Homebuilding








Home sale revenues

$

1,612,923



$

1,481,517



$

5,424,309



$

4,552,412


Land sale revenues

12,036



36,928



114,335



106,698



1,624,959



1,518,445



5,538,644



4,659,110


Financial Services

30,380



48,521



140,951



160,888


Total revenues

1,655,339



1,566,966



5,679,595



4,819,998










Homebuilding Cost of Revenues:








Home sale cost of revenues

1,238,103



1,228,201



4,310,528



3,833,451


Land sale cost of revenues

11,765



32,811



104,426



94,880



1,249,868



1,261,012



4,414,954



3,928,331










Financial Services expenses

23,513



72,597



92,379



135,511


Selling, general, and administrative expenses

149,705



141,766



568,500



514,457


Other expense, net

1,588



41,728



80,753



66,298


Interest income

(1,075)



(1,331)



(4,395)



(4,913)


Interest expense

168



204



712



819


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities

(848)



(223)



(1,130)



(4,059)


Income before income taxes

232,420



51,213



527,822



183,554


Income tax expense (benefit)

12,367



(7,529)



(2,092,294)



(22,591)


Net income

$

220,053



$

58,742



$

2,620,116



$

206,145










Net income per share:








Basic

$

0.58



$

0.15



$

6.79



$

0.54


Diluted

$

0.57



$

0.15



$

6.72



$

0.54


Cash dividends declared

$

0.05



$



$

0.15



$










Number of shares used in calculation:








Basic

379,879



383,404



383,077



381,562


Effect of dilutive securities

3,845



5,900



3,789



3,002


Diluted

383,724



389,304



386,866



384,564


 

PulteGroup, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

($000's omitted)

(Unaudited)






December 31,
2013


December 31,
2012





ASSETS








Cash and equivalents

$

1,580,329



$

1,404,760


Restricted cash

72,715



71,950


House and land inventory

3,978,561



4,214,046


Land held for sale

61,735



91,104


Land, not owned, under option agreements

24,024



31,066


Residential mortgage loans available-for-sale

287,933



318,931


Investments in unconsolidated entities

45,323



45,629


Other assets

460,621



407,675


Intangible assets

136,148



149,248


Deferred tax assets, net

2,086,754





$

8,734,143



$

6,734,409










LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY








Liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

202,736



$

178,274


Customer deposits

134,858



101,183


Accrued and other liabilities

1,377,750



1,418,063


Income tax liabilities

206,015



198,865


Financial Services debt

105,664



138,795


Senior notes

2,058,168



2,509,613


Total liabilities

4,085,191



4,544,793






Shareholders' equity

4,648,952



2,189,616







$

8,734,143



$

6,734,409


 


PulteGroup, Inc.

Consolidating Statements of Cash Flows

($000's omitted)

(Unaudited)


Year Ended


December 31,


2013


2012

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

2,620,116



$

206,145


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows provided by (used in)

      operating activities:




Deferred income taxes

(2,096,425)




Write-down of land and deposits and pre-acquisition costs

9,672



17,195


Amortization and depreciation

31,587



30,027


Stock-based compensation expense

30,480



22,897


Loss on debt repurchases

26,930



32,071


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities

(1,130)



(4,059)


Distributions of earnings from unconsolidated entities

2,049



7,488


Other non-cash, net

9,375



10,356


Increase (decrease) in cash due to:




Restricted cash

3,387



1,257


Inventories

265,064



455,223


Residential mortgage loans available-for-sale

28,448



(60,828)


Other assets

(38,190)



26,014


Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities

(17,377)



20,802


Income tax liabilities

7,150



(4,448)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

881,136



760,140


Cash flows from investing activities:




Distributions from unconsolidated entities

1,001



3,029


Investments in unconsolidated entities

(1,677)



(16,456)


Net change in loans held for investment

(12,265)



836


Change in restricted cash related to letters of credit

(4,152)



28,653


Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment

15



7,586


Capital expenditures

(28,899)



(13,942)


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(45,977)



9,706


Cash flows from financing activities:




Financial Services borrowings (repayments)

(33,131)



138,795


Other borrowings (repayments)

(479,827)



(618,800)


Stock option exercises

19,411



32,809


Stock repurchases

(127,661)



(961)


Dividends paid

(38,382)




Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(659,590)



(448,157)


Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents

175,569



321,689


Cash and equivalents at beginning of period

1,404,760



1,083,071


Cash and equivalents at end of period

$

1,580,329



$

1,404,760






Supplemental Cash Flow Information:




Interest paid (capitalized), net

$

(171)



$

(1,470)


Income taxes paid (refunded), net

$

373



$

(13,322)


 

PulteGroup, Inc.

Segment Data

($000's omitted)

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012

HOMEBUILDING:








Home sale revenues

$

1,612,923



$

1,481,517



$

5,424,309



$

4,552,412


Land sale revenues

12,036



36,928



114,335



106,698


Total Homebuilding revenues

1,624,959



1,518,445



5,538,644



4,659,110










Home sale cost of revenues

1,238,103



1,228,201



4,310,528



3,833,451


Land sale cost of revenues

11,765



32,811



104,426



94,880


Selling, general, and administrative expenses

149,705



141,766



568,500



514,457


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities

(806)



(159)



(993)



(3,873)


Other expense, net

1,588



41,728



80,753



66,298


Interest income, net

(907)



(1,127)



(3,683)



(4,094)


Income before income taxes

$

225,511



$

75,225



$

479,113



$

157,991










FINANCIAL SERVICES:








Income (loss) before income taxes

$

6,909



$

(24,012)



$

48,709



$

25,563










CONSOLIDATED:








Income before income taxes

$

232,420



$

51,213



$

527,822



$

183,554


 


PulteGroup, Inc.

Segment data, continued

($000's omitted)

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012









Home sale revenues

$

1,612,923



$

1,481,517



$

5,424,309



$

4,552,412










Closings - units








Northeast

623



576



1,835



1,800


Southeast

813



773



3,022



2,757


Florida

755



707



2,747



2,340


Texas

935



1,003



3,768



3,487


North

1,068



1,046



3,401



3,103


Southwest

770



1,049



2,993



3,018



4,964



5,154



17,766



16,505


Average selling price

$

325



$

287



$

305



$

276










Net new orders - units








Northeast

315



398



1,834



1,997


Southeast

604



682



3,164



3,066


Florida

501



600



2,595



2,747


Texas

682



905



3,563



4,117


North

682



789



3,347



3,661


Southwest

430



552



2,577



3,451



3,214



3,926



17,080



19,039


Net new orders - dollars (a)

$

1,081,971



$

1,166,760



$

5,394,566



$

5,424,300















December 31,






2013


2012

Unit backlog








Northeast





621



622


Southeast





1,053



911


Florida





913



1,065


Texas





1,250



1,455


North





1,213



1,267


Southwest





722



1,138







5,772



6,458


Dollars in backlog





$

1,901,796



$

1,931,538










(a) Net new order dollars represent a composite of new order dollars combined with other movements of the dollars in backlog related to cancellations and change orders.

 

PulteGroup, Inc.

Segment Data, continued

($000's omitted)

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012

MORTGAGE ORIGINATIONS:








Origination volume

3,158



3,625



11,818



11,322


Origination principal

$

766,812



$

828,607



$

2,765,509



$

2,509,928


Capture rate

79.4

%


83.0

%


80.2

%


81.9

%

















 

Supplemental Data

($000's omitted)

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012









Interest in inventory, beginning of period

$

266,524



$

352,026



$

331,880



$

355,068


Interest capitalized

35,580



47,734



154,107



201,103


Interest expensed

(71,182)



(67,880)



(255,065)



(224,291)


Interest in inventory, end of period

$

230,922



$

331,880



$

230,922



$

331,880


Interest incurred

$

35,748



$

47,734



$

154,819



$

201,103


 

PulteGroup, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This report contains information about our home sale gross margins reflecting certain adjustments.  This measure is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the SEC's rules and should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, the comparable GAAP financial measure as a measure of our operating performance.  Management and our local divisions use this measure in evaluating the operating performance of each community and in making strategic decisions regarding sales pricing, construction and development pace, product mix, and other daily operating decisions.  We believe it is a relevant and useful measure to investors for evaluating our performance through gross profit generated on homes delivered during a given period and for comparing our operating performance to other companies in the homebuilding industry.  Although other companies in the homebuilding industry report similar information, the methods used may differ.  We urge investors to understand the methods used by other companies in the homebuilding industry to calculate gross margins and any adjustments thereto before comparing our measure to that of such other companies.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the GAAP financial measure that management believes to be most directly comparable ($000's omitted):

Home Sale Gross Margin









Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2013


2012


2013


2012









Home sale revenues

$

1,612,923



$

1,481,517



$

5,424,309



$

4,552,412


Home sale cost of revenues

1,238,103



1,228,201



4,310,528



3,833,451


Home sale gross margin

374,820



253,316



1,113,781



718,961


Add:








Impairments (a)



2,250





6,969


Capitalized interest amortization (a)

71,182



67,880



255,065



224,291


Adjusted home sale gross margin

$

446,002



$

323,446



$

1,368,846



$

950,221










Home sale gross margin as a

   percentage of home sale revenues

23.2

%


17.1

%


20.5

%


15.8

%









Adjusted home sale gross margin as a

   percentage of home sale revenues

27.7

%


21.8

%


25.2

%


20.9

%



(a) Write-offs of capitalized interest related to impairments are reflected in capitalized interest amortization.


SOURCE PulteGroup, Inc.

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