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Meritage Homes reports second quarter 2019 results including a 22% increase in orders, reflecting healthy demand for entry-level homes, along with a 5% increase in closings and diluted EPS of $1.31

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Meritage Homes Corporation (MTH), a leading U.S. homebuilder, reported second quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2019.

Summary Operating Results (unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
    2019   2018   % Chg   2019   2018   % Chg
Homes closed (units)   2,253     2,139     5 %   4,018     3,864     4 %
Home closing revenue   $ 863,053     $ 872,383     (1 )%   $ 1,561,703     $ 1,600,915     (2 )%
Average sales price - closings   $ 383     $ 408     (6 )%   $ 389     $ 414     (6 )%
Home orders (units)   2,735     2,250     22 %   5,265     4,608     14 %
Home order value   $ 1,043,995     $ 917,996     14 %   $ 2,020,974     $ 1,880,792     7 %
Average sales price - orders   $ 382     $ 408     (6 )%   $ 384     $ 408     (6 )%
Ending backlog (units)               3,680     3,619     2 %
Ending backlog value               $ 1,477,007     $ 1,528,756     (3 )%
Average sales price - backlog               $ 401     $ 422     (5 )%
Earnings before income taxes   $ 67,674     $ 71,185     (5 )%   $ 100,044     $ 120,069     (17 )%
Net earnings   $ 50,828     $ 53,838     (6 )%   $ 76,240     $ 97,712     (22 )%
Diluted EPS   $ 1.31     $ 1.31     %   $ 1.97     $ 2.37     (17 )%

MANAGEMENT COMMENTS

“Home buying activity was strong and steady throughout the second quarter of 2019, led by affordable entry-level and move-up homes," said Steven J. Hilton, chairman and chief executive officer of Meritage Homes. “Our second quarter orders increased 22% year-over-year to a total of 2,735, representing a 13-year record high for quarterly order volume, which was mainly driven by a 19% increase in absorptions pace on top of a small increase in average community count. We believe the demand we’ve seen throughout the extended spring selling season reflects sustained positive macroeconomic factors for the housing industry.

“It’s been a little over two years since we began rolling out our strategy to focus on the entry-level and first move-up markets, and streamlining our operations to deliver a stress-free, transparent and easy home buying experience to first-time, first move-up and move-down customer groups. Approximately 90% of our second quarter 2019 orders came from homes purchased by those customers. Most notably, our entry-level LiVE.NOW.® homes made up 52% of our second quarter orders, up from 44% a year ago and 35% two years ago. We’ve seen strong demand for more affordable homes by Millennials and Baby Boomers, or others who are looking for a new, nicely amenitized, energy-efficient home at a great value.

“We have closed over 4,000 homes through the first half of the year, 4% more than we closed in the first six months of 2018, despite starting the year with a backlog that was 15% less than we had the previous year,” Mr. Hilton added. “We are reducing our cycle times with our LiVE.NOW. communities and Studio M, allowing us to convert sales of spec homes into closings more quickly. Two-thirds of our second quarter 2019 closings were from previously started spec homes, up from a little more than half of closings a year ago. Most of those came from our entry-level LiVE.NOW. communities. The higher absorption pace in those communities and our simplified product offerings should drive additional overhead leverage and profitability in the future.”

Mr. Hilton concluded, “We are encouraged by the outlook for interest rates and optimistic that demand for our homes and communities will remain strong. Based on our results in the first half of this year, we are currently projecting 2019 home closings and total home closing revenue of approximately 8,700-9,100 and $3.4-3.6 billion, respectively, for the full year. We are anticipating home closing gross margin to be in the mid-18% range for the year, which we estimate will translate to approximately $5.20-5.50 diluted earnings per share.”

SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

  • Total orders for the second quarter of 2019 increased 22% year-over-year, driven by a 19% increase in absorption pace over the prior year’s second quarter. West, Central and East region orders grew 31%, 8% and 26%, respectively, with broad strength across nearly all of the company’s markets. Partially offsetting the increase in orders was a 6% decrease in average sales price (ASP) due to a higher percentage of lower-priced entry-level homes. As a result, the total value of second quarter orders increased 14% over 2018.

  • Home closing revenue decreased 1% on a 5% increase in home closing volume offset by a 6% decrease in ASP over the second quarter of 2018. The lower ASP primarily reflected the company’s on-going strategic shift toward more affordable entry-level and first move-up homes at lower price points. The reduction in ASP from the mix shift toward lower-priced homes was most evident in the West region, where home closing revenue was down 15% year-over-year on a 9% reduction in ASP, coupled with 6% fewer home closings. Lower closing volume in the West was entirely attributable to Meritage's California operations, where demand has softened over the last year. East region home closing revenue was up 4% on an 11% increase in closings offset by a 7% decline in ASP. The Central region's second quarter 2019 closing volume and revenue increased 11% and 12%, respectively.

  • Home closing gross profit was flat compared to the prior year's second quarter, despite lower home closing revenue, as home closing gross margin improved slightly to 18.4% from 18.3%.

  • Net earnings of $50.8 million ($1.31 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $53.8 million ($1.31 per diluted share) for the second quarter of 2018. Additional interest expense in 2019 accounted for most of the $3.5 million decrease in pre-tax earnings, in addition to a $1.1 million year-over-year increase in land closing gross loss from one impairment in 2019 due to exiting a move-up community that was no longer aligned with the company's strategy.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were 11.0% of second quarter 2019 home closing revenue, compared to 10.9% in the second quarter of 2018, despite elevated brokerage commission costs.

  • Interest expense increased $3.2 million year-over-year, primarily due to less interest capitalizable to assets under development as construction cycles have shortened and turnover of entry-level inventory has increased.

YEAR TO DATE RESULTS

  • Net earnings were $76.2 million for the first half of 2019, a 22% decrease from $97.7 million for the first half of 2018, due to lower home closing revenue and corresponding gross profit, higher interest expense in 2019, a positive legal settlement in 2018 and a higher tax rate in 2019.

  • Home closings for the first half of the year increased 4% over 2018 while average prices on closings decreased 6% from the previous year, resulting in a 2% decline in home closing revenue.

  • Home closing gross profit decreased 3% to $275.6 million in the first half of 2019 compared to $283.8 million in the first half of 2018, primarily due to targeted incentives in the first quarter of 2019 and reduced leverage of our construction overhead expenses on lower home closing revenue. Despite the impacts of those items, home closing gross margin was just slightly lower at 17.6% in the first half of 2019 compared to 17.7% in the first half of 2018.

  • SG&A expenses increased 1% year-over-year, due to higher brokerage commissions, severance expenses and accelerated equity compensation expense into the first quarter of 2019 due to changes in tax rules. Total SG&A was 11.6% of year-to-date 2019 home closing revenue, compared to 11.2% in the same period of 2018.

  • Interest expense increased $7.1 million year-over-year, primarily due to less interest capitalized to assets under development on faster construction cycles and turnover of entry-level inventory.

  • Other income decreased by $3.7 million in 2019 primarily due to a $4.8 million favorable legal settlement in the first quarter of 2018 related to a previous joint venture in Nevada.

  • The effective tax rate for the first half of 2019 was 24%, compared to 19% for the first half of 2018, due to $6.3 million of energy tax credits recorded in the first quarter of 2018 for homes closed in 2017 that qualified for the credits.

BALANCE SHEET

  • Cash and cash equivalents at June 30, 2019 totaled $407.4 million, compared to $311.5 million at December 31, 2018, due to positive cash flow from operations. Real estate assets remained consistent at $2.7 billion.

  • Meritage ended the second quarter of 2019 with approximately 34,700 total lots owned or under control, compared to approximately 33,700 total lots at June 30, 2018. Approximately 75% of the lots added during the second quarter of 2019 were in communities planned for entry-level product.

  • Debt-to-capital ratios were 42.1% at June 30, 2019 and 43.2% at December 31, 2018, with net debt-to-capital ratios of 33.4% and 36.7%, respectively.

CONFERENCE CALL

Management will host a conference call to discuss the results at 7:30 a.m. Arizona Time (10:30 a.m. Eastern Time) on Thursday, July 25. The call will be webcast with an accompanying slideshow available on the "Investor Relations" page of the Company's web site at http://investors.meritagehomes.com. Telephone participants can avoid delays by pre-registering for the call using the following link to receive a special dial-in number and PIN.

Conference Call registration link: http://dpregister.com/10132560.

Telephone participants who are unable to pre-register may dial in to 1-866-226-4948 US toll free on the day of the call. International dial-in number is 1-412-902-4125 or 1-855-669-9657 toll free for Canada.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET on July 25 and extending through August 8, 2019, on the website noted above or by dialing 1-877-344-7529 US toll free, 1-412-317-0088 for international or 1-855-669-9658 toll free for Canada, and referencing conference number 10132560.


Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Income Statements
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended June 30,
    2019   2018   Change $   Change %
Homebuilding:              
  Home closing revenue $ 863,053     $ 872,383     $ (9,330 )   (1 )%
  Land closing revenue 1,557     5,112     (3,555 )   (70 )%
  Total closing revenue 864,610     877,495     (12,885 )   (1 )%
  Cost of home closings (703,935 )   (712,868 )   (8,933 )   (1 )%
  Cost of land closings (3,299 )   (5,799 )   (2,500 )   (43 )%
  Total cost of closings (707,234 )   (718,667 )   (11,433 )   (2 )%
  Home closing gross profit 159,118     159,515     (397 )   %
  Land closing gross loss (1,742 )   (687 )   (1,055 )   (154 )%
  Total closing gross profit 157,376     158,828     (1,452 )   (1 )%
Financial Services:              
  Revenue 4,160     3,870     290     7 %
  Expense (1,720 )   (1,693 )   27     2 %
  Earnings from financial services unconsolidated entities and other, net 3,591     3,474     117     3 %
  Financial services profit 6,031     5,651     380     7 %
Commissions and other sales costs (60,125 )   (60,823 )   (698 )   (1 )%
General and administrative expenses (34,779 )   (34,205 )   574     2 %
Interest expense (3,197 )   (44 )   3,153     n/m  
Other income, net 2,368     1,778     590     33 %
Earnings before income taxes 67,674     71,185     (3,511 )   (5 )%
Provision for income taxes (16,846 )   (17,347 )   (501 )   (3 )%
Net earnings $ 50,828     $ 53,838     $ (3,010 )   (6 )%
               
Earnings per common share:              
  Basic         Change $ or shares   Change %
  Earnings per common share $ 1.33     $ 1.32     $ 0.01     1 %
  Weighted average shares outstanding 38,266     40,647     (2,381 )   (6 )%
  Diluted              
  Earnings per common share $ 1.31     $ 1.31     $     %
  Weighted average shares outstanding 38,889     41,164     (2,275 )   (6 )%


    Six Months Ended June 30,
    2019   2018   Change $   Change %
Homebuilding:              
  Home closing revenue $ 1,561,703     $ 1,600,915     $ (39,212 )   (2 )%
  Land closing revenue 11,052     19,144     (8,092 )   (42 )%
  Total closing revenue 1,572,755     1,620,059     (47,304 )   (3 )%
  Cost of home closings (1,286,123 )   (1,317,070 )   (30,947 )   (2 )%
  Cost of land closings (12,428 )   (21,041 )   (8,613 )   (41 )%
  Total cost of closings (1,298,551 )   (1,338,111 )   (39,560 )   (3 )%
  Home closing gross profit 275,580     283,845     (8,265 )   (3 )%
  Land closing gross loss (1,376 )   (1,897 )   521     27 %
  Total closing gross profit 274,204     281,948     (7,744 )   (3 )%
Financial Services:              
  Revenue 7,388     6,918     470     7 %
  Expense (3,224 )   (3,177 )   47     1 %
  Earnings from financial services unconsolidated entities and other, net 6,569     6,130     439     7 %
  Financial services profit 10,733     9,871     862     9 %
Commissions and other sales costs (112,680 )   (113,575 )   (895 )   (1 )%
General and administrative expenses (68,345 )   (65,098 )   3,247     5 %
Interest expense (7,282 )   (180 )   7,102     n/m  
Other income, net 3,414     7,103     (3,689 )   (52 )%
Earnings before income taxes 100,044     120,069     (20,025 )   (17 )%
Provision for income taxes (23,804 )   (22,357 )   1,447     6 %
Net earnings $ 76,240     $ 97,712     $ (21,472 )   (22 )%
               
Earnings per common share:              
  Basic         Change $ or shares   Change %
  Earnings per common share $ 2.00     $ 2.41     $ (0.41 )   (17 )%
  Weighted average shares outstanding 38,136     40,568     (2,432 )   (6 )%
  Diluted              
  Earnings per common share $ 1.97     $ 2.37     $ (0.40 )   (17 )%
  Weighted average shares outstanding 38,789     41,193     (2,404 )   (6 )%


Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
 Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

    June 30, 2019   December 31, 2018
Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 407,427     $ 311,466  
Other receivables   82,057     77,285  
Real estate (1)   2,735,883     2,742,621  
Deposits on real estate under option or contract   46,320     51,410  
Investments in unconsolidated entities   7,555     17,480  
Property and equipment, net   54,157     54,596  
Deferred tax asset   25,170     26,465  
Prepaids, other assets and goodwill   108,307     84,156  
Total assets   $ 3,466,876     $ 3,365,479  
Liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 141,194     $ 128,169  
Accrued liabilities   187,411     177,862  
Home sale deposits   32,249     28,636  
Loans payable and other borrowings   12,224     14,773  
Senior notes, net   1,295,698     1,295,284  
Total liabilities   1,668,776     1,644,724  
Stockholders' Equity:        
Preferred stock        
Common stock   383     381  
Additional paid-in capital   502,884     501,781  
Retained earnings   1,294,833     1,218,593  
Total stockholders’ equity   1,798,100     1,720,755  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 3,466,876     $ 3,365,479  
 

(1) Real estate – Allocated costs:
       
Homes under contract under construction   $ 705,157     $ 480,143  
Unsold homes, completed and under construction   557,675     644,717  
Model homes   133,983     146,327  
Finished home sites and home sites under development   1,339,068     1,471,434  
Total real estate   $ 2,735,883     $ 2,742,621  

Supplemental Information and Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures (Dollars in thousands – unaudited):

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
  2019   2018   2019   2018
Depreciation and amortization $ 6,549     $ 6,742     $ 12,381     $ 12,608  
               
Summary of Capitalized Interest:              
Capitalized interest, beginning of period $ 89,414     $ 81,828     $ 88,454     $ 78,564  
Interest incurred 21,465     21,374     42,908     42,243  
Interest expensed (3,197 )   (44 )   (7,282 )   (180 )
Interest amortized to cost of home and land closings (19,375 )   (18,715 )   (35,773 )   (36,184 )
Capitalized interest, end of period $ 88,307     $ 84,443     $ 88,307     $ 84,443  
               
  June 30, 2019   December 31, 2018        
Notes payable and other borrowings $ 1,307,922     $ 1,310,057          
Stockholders' equity 1,798,100     1,720,755          
Total capital $ 3,106,022     $ 3,030,812          
Debt-to-capital 42.1 %   43.2 %        
Notes payable and other borrowings $ 1,307,922     $ 1,310,057          
Less: cash and cash equivalents (407,427 )   (311,466 )        
Net debt $ 900,495     $ 998,591          
Stockholders’ equity 1,798,100     1,720,755          
Total net capital $ 2,698,595     $ 2,719,346          
Net debt-to-capital 33.4 %   36.7 %        



Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

    Six Months Ended June 30,
    2019   2018
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net earnings   $ 76,240     $ 97,712  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization   12,381     12,608  
Stock-based compensation   10,062     8,976  
Equity in earnings from unconsolidated entities   (5,828 )   (5,978 )
Distribution of earnings from unconsolidated entities   8,508     6,834  
Other   4,305     2,407  
Changes in assets and liabilities:        
Decrease/(increase) in real estate   5,439     (155,809 )
Decrease in deposits on real estate under option or contract   5,096     11,093  
(Increase)/decrease in other receivables, prepaids and other assets   (28 )   1,634  
(Decrease)/increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (6,439 )   6,997  
Increase in home sale deposits   3,613     3,071  
Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities   113,349     (10,455 )
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Investments in unconsolidated entities   (1,112 )   (417 )
Distributions of capital from unconsolidated entities   7,250      
Purchases of property and equipment   (12,132 )   (15,726 )
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment   192     92  
Maturities/sales of investments and securities   566     1,065  
Payments to purchase investments and securities   (566 )   (1,065 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (5,802 )   (16,051 )
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Repayment of loans payable and other borrowings   (2,629 )   (2,499 )
Repayment of senior notes       (175,000 )
Proceeds from issuance of senior notes       206,000  
Payment of debt issuance costs       (3,315 )
Repurchase of shares   (8,957 )    
Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities   (11,586 )   25,186  
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   95,961     (1,320 )
Beginning cash and cash equivalents   311,466     170,746  
Ending cash and cash equivalents   $ 407,427     $ 169,426  


Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Operating Data
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

                 
    Three Months Ended June 30,
    2019   2018
    Homes   Value   Homes   Value
Homes Closed:                
Arizona   389     $ 125,388     366     $ 118,272  
California   132     83,454     206     142,019  
Colorado   169     90,130     162     89,421  
West Region   690     298,972     734     349,712  
Texas   823     289,839     741     259,344  
Central Region   823     289,839     741     259,344  
Florida   281     111,736     252     110,467  
Georgia   122     43,317     104     34,835  
North Carolina   196     70,629     195     77,075  
South Carolina   70     23,163     76     26,885  
Tennessee   71     25,397     37     14,065  
East Region   740     274,242     664     263,327  
Total   2,253     $ 863,053     2,139     $ 872,383  
Homes Ordered:                
Arizona   582     $ 188,215     416     $ 135,717  
California   207     135,519     190     131,699  
Colorado   220     110,314     166     89,818  
West Region   1,009     434,048     772     357,234  
Texas   827     275,380     766     277,556  
Central Region   827     275,380     766     277,556  
Florida   331     131,958     320     136,534  
Georgia   149     51,977     109     41,964  
North Carolina   240     89,571     143     54,704  
South Carolina   69     22,806     88     30,652  
Tennessee   110     38,255     52     19,352  
East Region   899     334,567     712     283,206  
Total   2,735     $ 1,043,995     2,250     $ 917,996  


                 
    Six Months Ended June 30,
    2019   2018
    Homes   Value   Homes   Value
Homes Closed:                
Arizona   686     $ 223,842     641     $ 209,268  
California   264     169,291     437     301,410  
Colorado   338     178,805     256     143,807  
West Region   1,288     571,938     1,334     654,485  
Texas   1,366     481,445     1,283     451,089  
Central Region   1,366     481,445     1,283     451,089  
Florida   507     202,560     512     223,254  
Georgia   241     85,456     177     59,808  
North Carolina   352     127,170     323     127,748  
South Carolina   127     42,745     142     49,006  
Tennessee   137     50,389     93     35,525  
East Region   1,364     508,320     1,247     495,341  
Total   4,018     $ 1,561,703     3,864     $ 1,600,915  
                 
Homes Ordered:                
Arizona   1,039     $ 333,613     875     $ 288,878  
California   374     243,993     409     292,097  
Colorado   424     215,562     341     186,913  
West Region   1,837     793,168     1,625     767,888  
Texas   1,697     581,645     1,575     557,059  
Central Region   1,697     581,645     1,575     557,059  
Florida   632     258,032     583     249,204  
Georgia   293     102,204     257     92,834  
North Carolina   470     172,556     300     116,189  
South Carolina   150     48,020     168     59,326  
Tennessee   186     65,349     100     38,292  
East Region   1,731     646,161     1,408     555,845  
Total   5,265     $ 2,020,974     4,608     $ 1,880,792  
                 
Order Backlog:                
Arizona   696     $ 243,449     560     $ 199,508  
California   201     141,196     290     213,761  
Colorado   271     140,304     284     158,019  
West Region   1,168     524,949     1,134     571,288  
Texas   1,312     473,968     1,312     489,106  
Central Region   1,312     473,968     1,312     489,106  
Florida   497     220,544     517     222,653  
Georgia   175     63,158     231     83,505  
North Carolina   295     112,808     220     85,273  
South Carolina   112     37,672     125     45,805  
Tennessee   121     43,908     80     31,126  
East Region   1,200     478,090     1,173     468,362  
Total   3,680     $ 1,477,007     3,619     $ 1,528,756  


Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Operating Data
(Unaudited)

                 
    Three Months Ended June 30,
    2019   2018
    Ending   Average   Ending   Average
Active Communities:                
Arizona   40     37.0     40     38.5  
California   20     20.5     15     15.0  
Colorado   21     22.0     19     18.0  
West Region   81     79.5     74     71.5  
Texas   73     78.5     90     93.5  
Central Region   73     78.5     90     93.5  
Florida   36     34.0     30     29.0  
Georgia   21     20.0     20     20.5  
North Carolina   23     24.0     20     20.0  
South Carolina   9     10.0     11     11.5  
Tennessee   11     11.0     8     7.0  
East Region   100     99.0     89     88.0  
Total   254     257.0     253     253.0  


                 
    Six Months Ended June 30,
    2019   2018
    Ending   Average   Ending   Average
Active Communities:                
Arizona   40     40.0     40     39.0  
California   20     18.5     15     17.5  
Colorado   21     20.5     19     15.0  
West Region   81     79.0     74     71.5  
Texas   73     84.0     90     91.0  
Central Region   73     84.0     90     91.0  
Florida   36     33.5     30     29.0  
Georgia   21     21.5     20     19.5  
North Carolina   23     24.0     20     18.5  
South Carolina   9     10.5     11     12.0  
Tennessee   11     10.5     8     7.0  
East Region   100     100.0     89     86.0  
Total   254     263.0     253     248.5  

About Meritage Homes Corporation

Meritage Homes is the seventh-largest public homebuilder in the United States, based on homes closed in 2018. Meritage offers a variety of homes that are designed with a focus on first-time and first move-up buyers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The Company has designed and built over 120,000 homes in its 34-year history, and has a reputation for its distinctive style, quality construction, and positive customer experience. Meritage is the industry leader in energy-efficient homebuilding and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award every year since 2013 for innovation and industry leadership in energy efficient homebuilding.

For more information, visit www.meritagehomes.com.

The information included in this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include management's projected home closings, home closing revenue, home closing gross margin and diluted earnings per share.

Such statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of Company management, and current market conditions, which are subject to significant uncertainties and fluctuations. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. The Company makes no commitment, and disclaims any duty, to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or changes in these expectations, except as required by law. Meritage's business is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. As a result of those risks and uncertainties, the Company's stock and note prices may fluctuate dramatically. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: changes in interest rates and the availability and pricing of residential mortgages; legislation related to tariffs; the availability and cost of finished lots and undeveloped land; shortages in the availability and cost of labor; the success of strategic initiatives; the ability of our potential buyers to sell their existing homes; inflation in the cost of materials used to develop communities and construct homes; the adverse effect of slow absorption rates; impairments of our real estate inventory; cancellation rates; competition; changes in tax laws that adversely impact us or our homebuyers; a change to the feasibility of projects under option or contract that could result in the write-down or write-off of earnest or option deposits; our potential exposure to and impacts from natural disasters or severe weather conditions; home warranty and construction defect claims; failures in health and safety performance; our success in prevailing on contested tax positions; our ability to obtain performance and surety bonds in connection with our development work; the loss of key personnel; failure to comply with laws and regulations; our limited geographic diversification; fluctuations in quarterly operating results; our level of indebtedness; our ability to obtain financing if our credit ratings are downgraded; our ability to successfully integrate acquired companies and achieve anticipated benefits from these acquisitions; our compliance with government regulations, the effect of legislative and other governmental actions, orders, policies or initiatives that impact housing, labor availability, construction, mortgage availability, our access to capital, the cost of capital or the economy in general, or other initiatives that seek to restrain growth of new housing construction or similar measures; legislation relating to energy and climate change; the replication of our energy-efficient technologies by our competitors; our exposure to information technology failures and security breach; negative publicity that affects our reputation and other factors identified in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 under the caption "Risk Factors," which can be found on our website at www.investors.meritagehomes.com.

Contacts: Brent Anderson, VP Investor Relations
  (972) 580-6360 (office)
  investors@meritagehomes.com