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PulteGroup Reports Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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  • Reported Net Income of $0.84 Per Share
  • Adjusted Net Income of $1.11 Per Share Increased 31% Over Prior Year Q4 Adjusted Net Income of $0.85 Per Share
  • Home Sale Revenues Increased 6% to $2.9 Billion
  • Closings Increased 1% to 6,709 Homes
  • Year-end Backlog of 8,722 Homes Valued at $3.8 Billion
  • Company Repurchased $122 Million of Common Shares During the Quarter; Full-Year Repurchases Totaled $295 Million
  • Year-end Cash Balance of $1.1 Billion; Debt-to-Total Capitalization Lowered to 38.6%

PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM) announced today financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018. For the quarter, the Company’s reported net income was $238 million, or $0.84 per share. Adjusted net income for the period was $314 million, or $1.11 per share, after excluding $85 million of pre-tax land charges and a $16 million pre-tax Financial Services reserve adjustment.

Reported net income for the prior year fourth quarter was $77 million, or $0.26 per share. Adjusted net income for the prior year fourth quarter was $253 million, or $0.85 per share, after excluding a $66 million pre-tax benefit associated with insurance related adjustments, a $57 million pre-tax charge relating to land adjustments, and $181 million of income tax charges relating to the revaluation of the Company’s deferred tax assets.

“PulteGroup’s fourth quarter results complete an outstanding year in which we dramatically increased top and bottom line financial results, while achieving key operating performance metrics consistent with our stated business strategies,” said Ryan Marshall, President and CEO of PulteGroup. “We ended the year with $1.1 billion of cash after investing $2.6 billion to support the ongoing success of the business and returning almost $400 million to shareholders in 2018.”

“The Company delivered strong financial results, but market conditions grew more challenging as 2018 progressed, with homebuying demand softening in response to affordability challenges and general market uncertainty,” added Marshall. “While continued strength in the economy, jobs and consumer confidence supports maintaining a positive long-term view on housing demand, we maintain our disciplined approach to the business that we believe will help us to better navigate today’s more volatile market conditions.”

Fourth Quarter Results

Home sale revenues for the fourth quarter increased 6% over the prior year to $2.9 billion. Higher revenues for the period reflect a 5%, or $20,000, increase in average sales price to $430,000, in combination with a 1% increase in closings to 6,709 homes.

The Company’s reported home sale gross margin for the fourth quarter was 21.5%. The Company’s fourth quarter adjusted home sale gross margin, which excludes $67 million of pre-tax land charges, was 23.8%. Prior year reported and adjusted gross margins were 21.6% and 23.8%, respectively.

For the fourth quarter, the Company’s reported SG&A expense was $292 million, or 10.1% of home sale revenues. Prior year fourth quarter reported SG&A expense of $202 million, or 7.4% of home sale revenues, included a $66 million pre-tax benefit from an insurance-related adjustment. Exclusive of this insurance benefit, prior year adjusted SG&A expense was $268 million, or 9.8% of home sale revenues.

Net new orders for the quarter totaled 4,267, which is a decrease of 11% from the prior year. The value of net new orders was $1.8 billion, compared with $2.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017. For the fourth quarter, the Company operated out of 815 communities which is an increase of 3% over the fourth quarter of 2017.

At the end of the quarter, the Company’s backlog of sold houses totaled 8,722 homes with a value of $3.8 billion. The comparable prior year backlog totals were 8,996 homes with a value of $4.0 billion. The average price of homes in backlog was essentially unchanged at $440,000.

Fourth quarter Financial Services pre-tax income was $5 million compared with $23 million in the prior year. Lower pre-tax income for the period was driven primarily by a $16 million pre-tax charge associated with a reserve adjustment taken in the period, as well as more competitive operating conditions which continue to impact overall profitability. Reflective of the more competitive market, mortgage capture rate was 77%, down from 81% in the prior year.

During the quarter, the Company repurchased 5.1 million common shares for $122 million, or an average price of $24.13 per share. For the year, the Company repurchased a total of 10.9 million common shares, or 4% of its outstanding shares, for $295 million, or an average price of $27.00 per share.

At year end, the Company had $1.1 billion of cash and a debt-to-total capitalization of 39%, which is down from 42% at the end of 2017.

A conference call discussing PulteGroup’s fourth quarter 2018 results is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested investors can access the live webcast via PulteGroup’s corporate website at www.pultegroupinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements.” These statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities, as well as those of the markets we serve or intend to serve, to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate to matters of a strictly factual or historical nature and generally discuss or relate to forecasts, estimates or other expectations regarding future events. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “project,” “may,” “can,” “could,” “might,” “should,” “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, including statements related to any impairment charge and the impacts or effects thereof, expected operating and performing results, planned transactions, planned objectives of management, future developments or conditions in the industries in which we participate and other trends, developments and uncertainties that may affect our business in the future.

Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among other things: interest rate changes and the availability of mortgage financing; competition within the industries in which we operate; the availability and cost of land and other raw materials used by us in our homebuilding operations; the impact of any changes to our strategy in responding to the cyclical nature of the industry, including any changes regarding our land positions and the levels of our land spend; the availability and cost of insurance covering risks associated with our businesses; shortages and the cost of labor; weather related slowdowns; slow growth initiatives and/or local building moratoria; governmental regulation directed at or affecting the housing market, the homebuilding industry or construction activities; uncertainty in the mortgage lending industry, including revisions to underwriting standards and repurchase requirements associated with the sale of mortgage loans; the interpretation of or changes to tax, labor and environmental laws, including, but not limited to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which could have a greater impact on our effective tax rate or the value of our deferred tax assets than we anticipate; economic changes nationally or in our local markets, including inflation, deflation, changes in consumer confidence and preferences and the state of the market for homes in general; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims; our ability to generate sufficient cash flow in order to successfully implement our capital allocation priorities; required accounting changes; terrorist acts and other acts of war; and other factors of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business and competitive nature. See PulteGroup’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our businesses. PulteGroup undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in PulteGroup’s expectations.

About PulteGroup

PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies with operations in approximately 44 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, the Company is one of the industry’s most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup conducts extensive research to provide homebuyers with innovative solutions and consumer inspired homes and communities to make lives better.

For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, go to www.pultegroupinc.com; www.pulte.com; www.centex.com; www.delwebb.com; www.divosta.com and www.jwhomes.com.

 
 
 
 
 
PulteGroup, Inc.

Consolidated Results of Operations

($000's omitted, except per share data)

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Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Revenues:
Homebuilding
Home sale revenues $ 2,884,557 $ 2,717,031 $ 9,818,445 $ 8,323,984
Land sale and other revenues 59,534   21,693   164,504   61,542  
2,944,091 2,738,724 9,982,949 8,385,526
Financial Services 55,059   56,166   205,382   192,160  
Total revenues 2,999,150   2,794,890   10,188,331   8,577,686  
 
Homebuilding Cost of Revenues:
Home sale cost of revenues (2,264,704 ) (2,128,931 ) (7,540,937 ) (6,461,152 )
Land sale cost of revenues (54,769 ) (18,500 ) (126,560 ) (134,449 )
(2,319,473 ) (2,147,431 ) (7,667,497 ) (6,595,601 )
 
Financial Services expenses (50,772 ) (33,139 ) (147,422 ) (119,289 )
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (292,318 ) (201,607 ) (1,012,023 ) (891,581 )
Other expense, net (7,096 ) (3,946 ) (13,849 ) (32,387 )
Income before income taxes 329,491 408,767 1,347,540 938,828
Income tax expense (91,842 ) (331,352 ) (325,517 ) (491,607 )
Net income $ 237,649   $ 77,415   $ 1,022,023   $ 447,221  
 
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.84   $ 0.26   $ 3.56   $ 1.45  
Diluted $ 0.84   $ 0.26   $ 3.55   $ 1.44  
Cash dividends declared $ 0.11   $ 0.09   $ 0.38   $ 0.36  
 
Number of shares used in calculation:
Basic 278,964 292,174 283,578 305,089
Effect of dilutive securities 1,248   1,318   1,287   1,725  
Diluted 280,212   293,492   284,865   306,814  
 
 
 
 
 
 
PulteGroup, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

($000's omitted)

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      December 31,
2018
    December 31,
2017
 
ASSETS
 
Cash and equivalents $ 1,110,088 $ 272,683
Restricted cash 23,612 33,485
Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash 1,133,700 306,168
House and land inventory 7,253,353 7,147,130
Land held for sale 36,849 68,384
Residential mortgage loans available-for-sale 461,354 570,600
Investments in unconsolidated entities 54,590 62,957
Other assets 830,359 745,123
Intangible assets 127,192 140,992
Deferred tax assets, net 275,579 645,295
$ 10,172,976 $ 9,686,649
 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 352,029 $ 393,815
Customer deposits 254,624 250,779
Accrued and other liabilities 1,360,483 1,356,333
Income tax liabilities 11,580 86,925
Financial Services debt 348,412 437,804
Notes payable 3,028,066 3,006,967
Total liabilities 5,355,194 5,532,623
Shareholders' equity 4,817,782 4,154,026
$ 10,172,976 $ 9,686,649
 
 
 
 
 
 
PulteGroup, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

($000's omitted)

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      Year Ended
December 31,
2018     2017
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 1,022,023 $ 447,221
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:
Deferred income tax expense 362,777 422,307
Land-related charges 99,447 191,913
Depreciation and amortization 49,429 50,998
Share-based compensation expense 28,290 33,683
Other, net (3,613 ) (1,789 )
Increase (decrease) in cash due to:
Inventories (50,362 ) (569,030 )
Residential mortgage loans available-for-sale 107,330 (33,009 )
Other assets (64,174 ) 55,099
Accounts payable, accrued and other liabilities (101,403 ) 65,684  
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,449,744   663,077  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (59,039 ) (32,051 )
Investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries (1,000 ) (23,037 )
Other investing activities, net 18,097   4,846  
Net cash used in investing activities (41,942 ) (50,242 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from debt, net of issuance costs (8,164 )
Repayments of debt (82,775 ) (134,747 )
Borrowings under revolving credit facility 1,566,000 2,720,000
Repayments under revolving credit facility (1,566,000 ) (2,720,000 )
Financial Services borrowings (repayments), net (89,393 ) 106,183
Stock option exercises 6,555 27,720
Share repurchases (302,473 ) (916,323 )
Dividends paid (104,020 ) (112,748 )
Net cash used in financing activities (580,270 ) (1,029,915 )
Net increase (decrease) 827,532 (417,080 )
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period 306,168   723,248  
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period $ 1,133,700   $ 306,168  
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:
Interest paid (capitalized), net $ 557   $ (942 )
Income taxes paid, net $ 89,204   $ 14,875  
 
 
 
 
 
 
PulteGroup, Inc.

Segment Data

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Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
HOMEBUILDING:
Home sale revenues $ 2,884,557 $ 2,717,031 $ 9,818,445 $ 8,323,984
Land sale and other revenues 59,534   21,693   164,504   61,542  
Total Homebuilding revenues 2,944,091 2,738,724 9,982,949 8,385,526
 
Home sale cost of revenues (2,264,704 ) (2,128,931 ) (7,540,937 ) (6,461,152 )
Land sale cost of revenues (54,769 ) (18,500 ) (126,560 ) (134,449 )
Selling, general, and administrative expenses (292,318 ) (201,607 ) (1,012,023 ) (891,581 )
Other expense, net (7,362 ) (4,178 ) (14,625 ) (33,012 )
Income before income taxes $ 324,938   $ 385,508   $ 1,288,804   $ 865,332  
 
FINANCIAL SERVICES:
Income before income taxes $ 4,553   $ 23,259   $ 58,736   $ 73,496  
 
CONSOLIDATED:
Income before income taxes $ 329,491   $ 408,767   $ 1,347,540   $ 938,828  
 
 
 
 
 
 
PulteGroup, Inc.

Segment Data, continued

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Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
Home sale revenues $ 2,884,557 $ 2,717,031 $ 9,818,445 $ 8,323,984
 
Closings - units
Northeast 556 489 1,558 1,335
Southeast 1,123 1,137 4,220 3,888
Florida 1,509 1,222 4,771 3,861
Midwest 1,063 1,120 3,716 3,696
Texas 1,193 1,298 4,212 4,107
West 1,265 1,366 4,630 4,165
6,709 6,632 23,107 21,052
Average selling price $ 430 $ 410 $ 425 $ 395
 
Net new orders - units
Northeast 265 357 1,516 1,460
Southeast 814 919 4,114 4,233
Florida 1,018 1,000 4,982 4,121
Midwest 651 757 3,631 3,876
Texas 767 840 4,278 4,121
West 752 932 4,312 4,815
4,267 4,805 22,833 22,626
Net new orders - dollars $ 1,809,352 $ 2,030,223 $ 9,675,529 $ 9,361,534
 
 
December 31,
2018 2017
Unit backlog
Northeast 470 512
Southeast 1,610 1,716
Florida 1,889 1,678
Midwest 1,402 1,487
Texas 1,492 1,426
West 1,859 2,177
8,722 8,996
Dollars in backlog $ 3,836,147 $ 3,979,064
 
 
 
 
 
 
PulteGroup, Inc.

Segment Data, continued

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Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
MORTGAGE ORIGINATIONS:
Origination volume 4,145   4,521   14,464   14,152  
Origination principal $ 1,286,154   $ 1,348,933   $ 4,456,360   $ 4,127,084  
Capture rate 76.8 % 80.6 % 76.2 % 79.9 %
 
 
 
Supplemental Data

($000's omitted)

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Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
Interest in inventory, beginning of period $ 242,787 $ 222,545 $ 226,611 $ 186,097
Interest capitalized 42,335 45,771 172,809 181,719
Interest expensed (57,627 ) (41,705 ) (171,925 ) (141,205 )
Interest in inventory, end of period $ 227,495   $ 226,611   $ 227,495   $ 226,611  
 
 
 
 
 
 

PulteGroup, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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This report contains information about our operating results reflecting certain adjustments, including adjustments to cost of revenues, selling general, and administrative expenses, income before income taxes, income tax expense, net income, diluted earnings per share, and operating margin. These measures are considered non-GAAP financial measures under the SEC’s rules and should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, the comparable GAAP financial measures as measures of our profitability. We believe that reflecting these adjustments provides investors relevant and useful information for evaluating the comparability of financial information presented and comparing our profitability to other companies in the homebuilding industry. Although other companies in the homebuilding industry report similar information, the methods used may differ. We urge investors to understand the methods used by other companies in the homebuilding industry to calculate these measures and any adjustments thereto before comparing our measures to those of such other companies.

The following tables set forth a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the GAAP financial measures that management believes to be most directly comparable ($000’s omitted):

 
Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS
               
Three Months Ended
December 31,

Results of Operations

Classification

2018 2017
 
Net income, as reported $ 237,649 $ 77,415
Adjustments to income before income taxes:
Land impairments Home sale cost of revenues 66,911 57,466
Net realizable value adjustments - land held for sale Land sale cost of revenues 8,968 *
Write-offs of pre-acquisition costs Other income (expense) 9,595 *
Insurance reserve adjustments SG&A * (66,009 )
Financial Services reserve adjustments Financial Services expense 16,224
Income tax effect of the above items Income tax expense (25,719 )

3,110

Net tax charges Income tax expense * 180,761  
Adjusted net income $ 313,628   $

252,743

 
 
EPS (diluted), as reported $ 0.84 $ 0.26
Adjusted EPS (diluted) $ 1.11 $ 0.85
 
*Item not meaningful for the period presented
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Reconciliations
 
      Three Months Ended
December 31,
2018     2017
Home sale revenues $ 2,884,557     $ 2,717,031    
 
Gross margin, as reported $ 619,853 21.5 % $ 588,100 21.6 %
Land impairments 66,911     2.3 % 57,466     2.1 %
Adjusted gross margin $ 686,764     23.8 % $ 645,566     23.8 %
 
SG&A, as reported 292,318 10.1 % $ 201,607 7.4 %
Insurance reserve adjustments *     * 66,009     2.4 %
Adjusted SG&A $ 292,318     10.1 % $ 267,616     9.8 %
 
Operating margin, as reported** 11.4 % 14.2 %
Adjusted operating margin*** 13.7 % 13.9 %
 
*Item not meaningful for the period presented
**Operating margin represents gross margin less SG&A divided by home sale revenues
***Adjusted operating margin represents adjusted gross margin less adjusted SG&A divided by home sale revenues
 
 
 
 

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