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MDC's Earnings Miss Estimates in Q3, Gross Margin Declines

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M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (MDC - Free Report) reported lackluster earnings for third-quarter 2022c, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate and declined year over year. Revenues topped the consensus estimate and rose year over year.

In a bid to stay competitive in the current market condition, MDC is offering great opportunities for the build-to-order buyers, such as long-term interest rate lock programs and other special incentives.

Shares of this leading homebuilder inched up 0.22% on Oct 27, post earnings release.

MDC's executive chairman, Larry A. Mizel, said, "Interest rate volatility and overall economic uncertainty took a toll on our sales efforts in the third quarter, as we experienced a slowdown in demand coupled with a sharp increase in cancellations. Buyer psychology continued to be adversely affected by the negative news flow surrounding housing market conditions and the overall economy, leading to a disappointing net order result for the quarter. While we believe that the long-term outlook for new home construction is positive and that there is a strong desire to own a home in this country, we expect near-term demand trends to remain challenged until interest rates stabilize."

Earnings & Revenue Discussion

The company reported quarterly earnings of $1.98 per share, which lagged the consensus estimate of $2.24 by 11.6% and fell 0.5% from the year-ago quarter’s figure of $1.99. The downside was due to prevailing softness in housing demand and other industry headwinds.

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise


M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Total revenues (including Home sale revenues and Financial Services revenues) of $1.44 billion topped the consensus mark of $1.41 billion by 2.6% and increased 10.8% on a year-over-year basis from $1.3 billion reported a year ago.

Segment Details

Homebuilding: Home sale revenues of $1.41 billion increased 12% from the prior-year period’s levels, backed by a 13% higher average selling price or ASP. Units delivered were down 1% from the year-ago level to 2,387 homes. New home deliveries were down in West and Mountain, while East grew 14%.

Gross new orders fell 47% from the prior-year quarter to 1,569 homes and net new orders fell 88% to 299. The value of net orders also declined 88% from the year-ago quarter’s levels to $152.8 million due to 6% lower ASP of net orders. Cancellations, as a percentage of the beginning backlog, increased 970 basis points to 17.1% from 7.4%.

Quarter-end backlog totaled 5,338 homes, down 30% from a year ago. Potential housing revenues from backlog dipped 25% from the prior-year period’s levels to $3.20 billion amid 8% higher ASP of homes in backlog.

Housing gross margin contracted 80 basis points (bps) year over year to 22.7%. Excluding inventory impairments, warranty adjustments and interest in the cost of sales, the housing gross margin increased 110 bps year over year to 25.9%. Selling, general and administrative expenses — as a percentage of housing revenues — increased 40 bps from the year-ago quarter’s figure to 10%.

Financial Services revenues rose 20.9% year over year to $34.1 million.

Financial Position

MDC had cash and cash equivalents of $417.3 million in the Homebuilding segment and $34.5 million in the Financial Services unit as of Sep 30, 2022. This compares with 2021-end numbers of $485.8 million and $104.8 million, respectively.

Inventories rose to $4.04 billion from $3.76 billion at the 2021-end. Lots controlled of 29,256 at Sep 30 was down 20% year over year. Net cash provided by operations was $172.9 million in the third quarter versus net cash used in operations $98.6 million a year ago.

Q4 Guidance

For fourth-quarter 2022, the company expects home deliveries of between 2,200 and 2,500 units. This indicates a fall from 2,564 units reported in fourth-quarter 2021. The average selling price is likely to be within $570,000-$580,000, indicating a significant rise from $461,000 reported a year ago. Housing gross margin (excluding impairments and warranty adjustments) is anticipated between 20% and 22% compared with 22% reported in the prior-year period.

Zacks Rank & Peer Releases

MDC currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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