D.R. Horton, Inc. (DHI - Free Report) reported better-than-expected results in first-quarter fiscal 2020, thanks to its industry-leading market share, broad geographic footprint and affordable product offerings across multiple brands. Notably, shares of the company gained almost 3% following the earnings release.
The homebuilder foresees demand to remain strong in the remainder of fiscal 2020. Solid demand, a limited supply of homes at affordable prices across the markets served, favorable economic fundamentals and financing availability, as well as 30,200 homes in inventory (at the end of December) make D.R. Horton well positioned for the spring selling season.
Earnings & Revenue Discussion
Adjusted earnings came in at 99 cents per share in the quarter, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 92 cents by 7.6%. The reported figure also increased from the year-ago profit of 76 cents per share.
The quarterly results were adjusted for a tax benefit of $32.9 million related to federal energy efficient homes tax credits that were retroactively reinstated during the quarter.
Total revenues (Homebuilding, Forestar and Financial Services) came in at $4.02 billion, up 14.3% year over year. The reported figure also topped the consensus mark of $3.78 billion.
Home Closings and Orders
Homebuilding revenues of $3.88 billion increased 13.6% from the prior-year quarter. Home sales also increased 13.3% year over year to $3.86 billion, aided by higher home deliveries. Also, land/lot sales and other revenues were $19.7 million, increasing from $6.7 million a year ago.
Home closings increased 13% from the prior-year quarter to 12,959 homes and 13% in value to $3.9 billion. It recorded growth across regions comprising East, Midwest, Southeast, West and South Central, and Southwest.
Net sales orders increased 19% year over year to 13,126 homes, with improvement witnessed in East, Midwest, Southeast, South Central and West and Southwest. Value of net orders also improved 22% year over year to $3.9 billion. The cancellation rate was 20%, lower than 24% in the prior-year quarter.
Revenues from the Financial Services segment increased 20.6% from the year-ago level to $102.9 million. Forestar contributed $247.2 million to its quarterly revenues, reflecting a notable improvement from $38.5 million a year ago.
The company’s consolidated pre-tax margin expanded 230 basis points to 13% in the quarter.
D.R. Horton’s cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $1.58 billion as of Dec 31, 2019 compared with $1.49 billion in the corresponding period of 2018.
It repurchased 3 million shares of common stock for $163.1 million during first-quarter fiscal 2020. The company has $732.6 million remaining under the stock repurchase authorization (as of Dec 31, 2019), which has no expiration date.
Guidance Revised Upward
The company expects revenues between $18.5 billion and $19.1 billion versus $18.5-$19 billion expected earlier, and homes closing within 60,000-61,500 compared with prior projection of 60,000-61,000. Effective tax rate is expected between 23% and 24% for the second, third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2020.
Homebuilding cash flow from operations is projected in excess of $1 billion. It intends to reduce share count by 2% in fiscal 2020.
Currently, D.R. Horton — which shares space with PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM - Free Report) in the Zacks Building Products - Home Builders industry — currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Recent Peer Releases
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