NVR, Inc. (NVR - Free Report) reported solid results in third-quarter 2019. The company’s earnings not only surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate but also improved on a year-over-year basis.
The country’s leading homebuilding and mortgage banking company reported earnings of $56.11 per share, which surpassed the consensus mark of $51.78 by 8.4%. Also, the reported figure increased 16.2% from the prior-year quarter.
Total revenues (Homebuilding & Mortgage Banking fees combined) came in at $1.91 billion during the reported quarter, up 3% year over year on higher deliveries, partially offset by lower selling prices.
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Homebuilding: In the reported quarter, Homebuilding segment’s revenues totaled $1.87 billion, up 11% from the year-ago period. Settlements grew 8% year over year to 5,124 units. However, average settlement price was $365.5k, reflecting a decrease of 1.3% year over year.
New orders during the quarter increased 11% from the prior-year period to 4,766 units. However, average sales price of new orders declined 1% from the prior-year quarter to $369,200, mainly due to a continued shift to smaller and lower-priced products. A shift to markets with lower average sales prices added to the woes.
In the quarter under review, gross margin improved 40 basis points to 19%. Also, income before tax increased 10% from the year-ago quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $110 million, up 0.5% from the prior-year quarter.
As of Sep 30, 2019, backlog (homes sold but not settled) declined 6% from the year-ago period to 9,172 units and 7% (on a dollar basis) to $3.4 billion. At the end of the reported quarter, average community count was 473, down from the prior-year level of 479 units.
Mortgage Banking: Mortgage banking fees fell 12% year over year to $37.9 million due to the timing of loan sales and a decrease in the fair value measurement adjustment. Moreover, mortgage closed loan production totaled $1.37 billion, up 10% year over year.
As of Sep 30, 2019, NVR had cash and cash equivalents for Homebuilding and Mortgage Banking of $1,068 million and $26.8 million compared with $688.8 million and $23.1 million, respectively, at 2018-end.
Currently, NVR 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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