PulteGroup Inc.’s (PHM - Free Report) third-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of 43 cents per share were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, quarterly earnings increased 30.3% from the year-ago quarter adjusted figure of 33 cents on the back of higher home sales and lower share count.
Earnings in the quarter under review were adjusted for 6 cents per share related with the settlement of a disputed land transaction, restructuring costs associated with previously announced plans to cut overhead expenses, and costs relating to shareholder activities. Again, earnings in the third quarter of 2015 were adjusted for 3 cents owing to litigation-related reserve adjustments.
PulteGroup’s total revenue of $1.94 billion missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.95 billion by 0.5%. Revenues were however up 28.9% year over year on an increase in the number of homes delivered.
The company conducts operations through two primary business segments – Homebuilding and Financial Services.
Homebuilding revenues rose 29.1% year over year to $1.89 billion. The company stated that overall housing demand remained positive on the back of lower interest rates and a general improvement in the economic environment. The company also believes that demand will continue to increase in the days ahead.
Home sale revenues of $1.88 billion increased 28.5% year over year on double-digit increase in both home closings and average selling price. Land sale revenues of $13.2 million increased significantly from $3.6 million a year ago.
The number of homes closed increased 15.6% year over year to 5,037. Home closings increased in all operating regions of the company – Southeast, Florida, Midwest, Texas and West – barring Northeast.
Average selling prices (ASP) of homes delivered was $374,000, up 11.3% year over year.
The company’s backlog, which represents orders yet to be closed, was 9,417, up 7.8% year over year. Potential housing revenues from backlog increased 19.7% to $3.7 billion. Backlog value was driven by a 10.6% increase in average sales price of backlogs..
New home orders increased 16.7% year over year to 4,775 in the quarter. Home orders increased in all operating regions, except Northeast. Value of new orders increased 25% year over year to $1.83 billion.
Revenues from the Financial Services segment increased 23.2% year over year to $48 million. The segment generated pre-tax income of $21.3 million, higher than $14.4 million in the prior-year quarter, driven by higher closing volumes in homebuilding operations and a favorable interest rate environment.
In line with management’s guidance, home sales gross margin decreased 250 basis points (bps) year over year to 21.1%.
As of Sep 30, 2016, cash and cash equivalents were $434.2 million, down from $754.2 million at 2015-end.
PulteGroup’s management is positive about the housing industry and believes that demand will increase at a slow and steady pace over the next several years, supported by improving economic conditions, job creation and low interest rates. The company expects its previous land investment to position it well for consistent earnings growth.
PulteGroup carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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