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PulteGroup (PHM) Q4 Earnings Beat, Revenues Lag, Orders Up

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PulteGroup Inc. (PHM - Free Report) reported mixed results in fourth-quarter 2023, wherein earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimates, but revenues missed the same. Both metrics decreased year over year. Shares of this notable homebuilder lost more than 1% following the earnings release on Jan 30.

Nonetheless, during the latter part of the fourth quarter, PulteGroup observed a notable surge in buyer activity, mainly attributed to declining interest rates. December emerged as the quarter's peak sales month. With the anticipation of sustained lower interest rates in 2024, the company remains optimistic that the enhanced affordability landscape will continue to attract prospective buyers.

The year 2024 could witness heightened demand for homebuying, supported by a robust job market, lower interest rates, and a limited inventory of existing homes. PulteGroup, equipped with a readily available supply of homes and lots, is strategically positioned to leverage these market conditions for business expansion, ensuring robust cash flow and substantial returns.

PulteGroup, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

PulteGroup, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Inside the Headlines

PHM reported adjusted earnings per share of $3.28, which beat the consensus mark of $3.20 by 2.5% but decreased 14.8% from $3.85 reported a year ago.

Total revenues of $4.29 billion missed the consensus mark of $4.48 billion by 4.2% and decreased 15.5% from the year-ago figure of $5.08 billion.

Segmental Discussion

PulteGroup primarily operates through two business segments — Homebuilding and Financial Services.

Revenues from the Homebuilding segment were down 16.1% year over year to $4.2 billion. Home sale revenues of $4.17 billion declined 16% year over year, mainly due to lower deliveries and average selling price (ASP) of homes closed. Land sale revenues rose 24.1% from a year ago to $34.5 million.

The number of homes closed dropped 13.9% year over year to 7,615 units from the year-ago level. The average selling price of homes delivered was $547,000, down 2.5% year over year.

New home orders gained 57% year over year to 6,214 units for the quarter, benefiting from strong demand and a drop in cancelations. The value of new orders also rose 56% from a year ago to $3.4 billion. The cancelation rate was 9% of the beginning backlog, down 200 basis points (bps) from the prior-year period.

Most importantly, its backlog, which represents orders yet to be closed, was 12,146 units, down 0.2% year over year. In addition, potential housing revenues from the backlog decreased 4.6% from the prior-year quarter to $7.32 billion.

Home sales gross margin was down 50 bps year over year to 28.9% for the reported quarter. SG&A expenses (as a percentage of home sales revenues) grew 40 bps to 7.4% from a year ago.

Revenues from the Financial Services segment increased 30.2% year over year to $93.9 million. Pretax income for the segment increased 83.3% to $44 million from a year ago.

2023 Highlights

Earnings came in at $11.72 per share on revenues of $16.1 billion (up from $16 billion in 2022). During the year, the company delivered 28,603 homes (down 1.7% year over year) with an ASP of $545,000 (down 2.1% year over year).


At the end of 2023, cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were $1.85 billion, up from $1.09 billion in 2022-end. Net debt-to-capital was 1.1% at 2023-end, significantly down from 9.6% at 2022-end.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $2.2 billion in 2023 versus $668.5 million in the prior year period.

In 2023, the company repurchased 13.8 million common shares for $1 billion at an average price of $72.50 per share. The company's board of directors has approved a $1.5 billion expansion of the company's share repurchase authorization, resulting in a total share repurchase authorization of $1.8 billion.

Zacks Rank

PulteGroup currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy)  stocks here.

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