NVR, Inc.’s (NVR - Free Report) shares gained 6.1% in yesterday’s trading session, after the company beat earnings expectations in first-quarter 2019.
The country’s leading homebuilding and mortgage banking company reported adjusted earnings of $47.64 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $33.59 by 41.8%. Also, the reported figure increased 21% from the prior-year quarter.
Total revenues (Homebuilding & Mortgage Banking fees combined) were $1.69 billion in the quarter, up 10% year over year on higher segmental revenues.
NVR, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Homebuilding: Revenues in the homebuilding segment increased 10% year over year to approximately $1.64 billion. However, new orders fell 1% from the prior-year quarter to 5,139 units. Average sales price of new orders during the reported quarter was $367,000, reflecting a decline of 3% year over year. Nonetheless, settlements increased 15% from the year-ago quarter to 4,493 units.
Gross margin in the quarter contracted 20 basis points to 18.5%. However, income before tax grew 12% from the year-ago quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $115.7 million, up 9.7% from the prior-year quarter.
Backlog (homes sold but not settled) as of Mar 31, 2019 declined 8% from the year-ago period to 9,011 units and 9% (on a dollar basis) to $3.4 billion.
At the end of the reported quarter, average community count was 449, down from the prior-year level of 485 units.
Mortgage Banking: In the reported quarter, Mortgage banking fees rose 11.4% year over year to $43.8 million. Mortgage closed loan production totaled $1.14 billion, increasing 13% year over year.
Income before tax also increased 35% during the reported quarter.
As of Mar 31, 2019, NVR’s cash and cash equivalents for Homebuilding and Mortgage Banking were $805.2 million and $11.3 million, respectively, compared with $688.8 million and $23.1 million in the corresponding period of 2018.
Currently, NVR carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
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