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Jan. 9, 2020, 4:11 p.m. EST

KB Home Reports 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Fourth Quarter Revenues Grew 16% to $1.56 Billion Diluted Earnings Per Share Increased 36% to $1.31 Net Orders Rose 38%; Net Order Value Expanded 43%; Backlog Value Grew 26%

KB Home /zigman2/quotes/206220859/composite KBH +1.25% today reported results for its fourth quarter and year ended November 30, 2019.

“The fourth quarter marked an excellent finish to fiscal 2019, with particular strength in two key metrics – net order growth and housing gross profit margin,” said Jeffrey Mezger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our net orders advanced 38% year over year, reflecting strong demand for our built-to-order product at affordable price points, together with limited inventory in our served markets. This substantial growth was driven by an increase in our community absorption pace to 3.7 net orders per month, our highest fourth quarter pace in many years, together with a 9% rise in our community count. Alongside our solid net orders was a robust gross margin, which expanded 120 basis points year over year, coming in just shy of 20%. This result was fueled, in part, by a continued reduction in our interest amortization – a significant achievement from executing on our Returns-Focused Growth Plan.”

“With the conclusion of the third year of this Plan, our 2019 results reflect incredibly strong progress relative to 2016 when we launched the Plan and set the stage for the new year. We have begun 2020 on sound footing, with a 26% year-over-year increase in our backlog value to $1.8 billion, and the composition of both our backlog and community portfolio reflecting higher margins. As such, we believe we are well positioned to further expand our profitability this year and meaningfully grow our return on equity.”

Three Months Ended November 30, 2019 (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)

  • Revenues grew 16% to $1.56 billion.

  • Homes delivered increased 16% to 3,929.

  • Average selling price of $392,500 declined slightly.

  • Homebuilding operating income increased 33% to $162.5 million. Homebuilding operating income margin was 10.5%, up 140 basis points. Excluding inventory-related charges of $4.1 million in the quarter and $9.1 million in the year-earlier quarter, this metric was 10.7%, compared to 9.7%.

  • The Company's financial services operations generated pretax income of $9.3 million, up from $6.5 million, mainly due to an increase in income from its mortgage banking joint venture, KBHS Home Loans, LLC (KBHS).

  • Total pretax income grew 28% to $165.0 million, which included a $6.8 million charge for the early extinguishment of debt further described below. Excluding this charge, the Company’s pretax income was $171.8 million, up 33% year over year.

  • The Company’s income tax expense was $41.8 million, compared to $32.1 million. The Company’s effective tax rate was approximately 25% in each of these periods.

  • Net income increased 27% to $123.2 million, and diluted earnings per share increased 36% to $1.31.

Twelve Months Ended November 30, 2019 (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)

  • Total revenues of $4.55 billion were about the same.

  • Homes delivered rose 5% to 11,871.

  • Average selling price decreased 5% to $380,000.

  • Pretax income was $348.2 million, compared to $368.0 million.

  • The Company’s income tax expense and effective tax rate were $79.4 million and approximately 23%, respectively. For the year-earlier period, the Company’s income tax expense of $197.6 million and effective tax rate of approximately 54% primarily reflected a non-cash charge of $112.5 million for the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”). Excluding this charge, the Company’s adjusted income tax expense and adjusted effective tax rate for the 2018 period were $85.1 million and approximately 23%, respectively.

  • Net income grew to $268.8 million, or $2.85 per diluted share, compared to $170.4 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, which reflected the TCJA-related charge.

Backlog and Net Orders (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)

  • Net orders for the quarter increased 38% to 2,777, with net order value up 43% to $1.06 billion.

  • The cancellation rate as a percentage of gross orders improved to 22% for the quarter from 28%.

  • The Company’s ending backlog rose 24% to 5,078 homes. Ending backlog value grew to $1.81 billion, up 26% from $1.43 billion, with increases in all four regions.

  • Average community count for the quarter increased 9% to 253. Ending community count grew 5% to 251.

Balance Sheet as of November 30, 2019 (comparisons to November 30, 2018)

  • The Company had total liquidity of $1.23 billion, with $453.8 million of cash and cash equivalents and $781.1 million of available capacity under its unsecured revolving credit facility. There were no cash borrowings outstanding under the facility.

  • Inventories totaled $3.70 billion, up 3%.

  • Investments in land acquisition and development totaled $1.62 billion in 2019.

  • Lots owned or under contract increased to 64,910.

  • Notes payable decreased by $311.5 million to $1.75 billion, primarily reflecting the repayment of convertible senior notes in the 2019 first quarter and financing transactions completed in the 2019 fourth quarter.

  • Stockholders’ equity increased to $2.38 billion from $2.09 billion.

Earnings Conference Call

The conference call to discuss the Company’s 2019 fourth quarter earnings will be broadcast live TODAY at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To listen, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at kbhome.com .

About KB Home

KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States and has been building quality homes for over 60 years. Today, KB Home operates in 42 markets across eight states, serving a wide array of buyer groups. What sets us apart is giving our customers the ability to personalize their homes from homesites and floor plans to cabinets and countertops, at a price that fits their budget. We are the first builder to make each home we build ENERGY STAR® certified. In fact, every ENERGY STAR-certified KB home is tested and verified to meet the strict standards set by the EPA, which help lower the cost of ownership. We also work with our customers every step of the way, building strong personal relationships so they have a real partner in the homebuying process, and the experience is as simple and easy as possible. Learn more about how we build homes built on relationships by visiting kbhome.com .

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release, including any statements that are predictive in nature or concern future market and economic conditions, business and prospects, our future financial and operational performance, or our future actions and their expected results are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are not guarantees of future performance. We do not have a specific policy or intent of updating or revising forward-looking statements. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors. The most important risk factors that could cause our actual performance and future events and actions to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to the following: general economic, employment and business conditions; population growth, household formations and demographic trends; conditions in the capital, credit and financial markets; our ability to access external financing sources and raise capital through the issuance of common stock, debt or other securities, and/or project financing, on favorable terms; the execution of any share repurchases pursuant to our board of directors’ authorization; material and trade costs and availability; changes in interest rates; our debt level, including our ratio of debt to capital, and our ability to adjust our debt level and maturity schedule; our compliance with the terms of our revolving credit facility; volatility in the market price of our common stock; weak or declining consumer confidence, either generally or specifically with respect to purchasing homes; competition from other sellers of new and resale homes; weather events, significant natural disasters and other climate and environmental factors; any failure of lawmakers to agree on a budget or appropriation legislation to fund the federal government’s operations, and financial markets’ and businesses’ reactions to that failure; government actions, policies, programs and regulations directed at or affecting the housing market (including the tax benefits associated with purchasing and owning a home, and the standards, fees and size limits applicable to the purchase or insuring of mortgage loans by government-sponsored enterprises and government agencies), the homebuilding industry, or construction activities; changes in existing tax laws or enacted corporate income tax rates, including those resulting from regulatory guidance and interpretations issued with respect thereto; changes in U.S. trade policies, including the imposition of tariffs and duties on homebuilding materials and products, and related trade disputes with and retaliatory measures taken by other countries; the adoption of new or amended financial accounting standards, including revenue recognition (ASC 606) and lease accounting standards, and the guidance and/or interpretations with respect thereto; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas and our ability to timely develop acquired land parcels and open new home communities; our warranty claims experience with respect to homes previously delivered and actual warranty costs incurred; costs and/or charges arising from regulatory compliance requirements or from legal, arbitral or regulatory proceedings, investigations, claims or settlements, including unfavorable outcomes in any such matters resulting in actual or potential monetary damage awards, penalties, fines or other direct or indirect payments, or injunctions, consent decrees or other voluntary or involuntary restrictions or adjustments to our business operations or practices that are beyond our current expectations and/or accruals; our ability to use/realize the net deferred tax assets we have generated; our ability to successfully implement our current and planned strategies and initiatives related to our product, geographic and market positioning, gaining share and scale in our served markets and in entering into new markets; our operational and investment concentration in markets in California; consumer interest in our new home communities and products, particularly from first-time homebuyers and higher-income consumers; our ability to generate orders and convert our backlog of orders to home deliveries and revenues, particularly in key markets in California; our ability to successfully implement our Returns-Focused Growth Plan and other business strategies and achieve any associated financial and operational targets and objectives; income tax expense volatility related to stock-based compensation; the ability of our homebuyers to obtain residential mortgage loans and mortgage banking services; the performance of mortgage lenders to our homebuyers; the performance of KBHS Home Loans, LLC, our mortgage banking joint venture with Stearns Ventures, LLC; information technology failures and data security breaches; and other events outside of our control. Please see our periodic reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our business.

KB HOME
 
    Three Months Ended November 30,   Twelve Months Ended November 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Total revenues   $ 1,558,675     $ 1,348,609     $ 4,552,747     $ 4,547,002  
Homebuilding:                
Revenues   $ 1,553,344     $ 1,344,042     $ 4,537,658     $ 4,533,795  
Costs and expenses   (1,390,877 )   (1,222,135 )   (4,206,278 )   (4,188,074 )
Operating income   162,467     121,907     331,380     345,721  
Interest income   413     775     2,158     3,514  
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures   (390 )   (260 )   (1,549 )   2,066  
Loss on early extinguishment of debt   (6,800 )       (6,800 )    
Homebuilding pretax income   155,690     122,422     325,189     351,301  
Financial services:                
Revenues   5,331     4,567     15,089     13,207  
Expenses   (1,266 )   (989 )   (4,333 )   (3,844 )
Equity in income of unconsolidated joint ventures   5,212     2,936     12,230     7,301  
Financial services pretax income   9,277     6,514     22,986     16,664  
Total pretax income   164,967     128,936     348,175     367,965  
Income tax expense   (41,800 )   (32,100 )   (79,400 )   (197,600 )
Net income   $ 123,167     $ 96,836     $ 268,775     $ 170,365  
Earnings per share:                
Basic   $ 1.37     $ 1.09     $ 3.04     $ 1.93  
Diluted   $ 1.31     $ .96     $ 2.85     $ 1.71  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic   89,100     88,398     87,996     87,773  
Diluted   93,682   100,809   93,838   101,059  
KB HOME
 
    November 30,
2019
  November 30,
2018
Assets        
Homebuilding:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 453,814     $ 574,359  
Receivables   249,055     292,830  
Inventories   3,704,602     3,582,839  
Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures   57,038     61,960  
Property and equipment, net   65,043     24,283  
Deferred tax assets, net   364,493     441,820  
Other assets   83,041     83,100  
    4,977,086     5,061,191  
Financial services   38,396     12,380  
Total assets   $ 5,015,482     $ 5,073,571  
         
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity        
Homebuilding:        
Accounts payable   $ 262,772     $ 258,045  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   618,783     666,268  
Notes payable   1,748,747     2,060,263  
    2,630,302     2,984,576  
Financial services   2,058     1,495  
Stockholders’ equity   2,383,122     2,087,500  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 5,015,482     $ 5,073,571  
KB HOME
 
    Three Months Ended November 30,   Twelve Months Ended November 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Homebuilding revenues:                
Housing   $ 1,542,226     $ 1,339,316     $ 4,510,814     $ 4,517,244  
Land   11,118     4,726     26,844     16,551  
Total   $ 1,553,344     $ 1,344,042     $ 4,537,658     $ 4,533,795  
                 
                 
Homebuilding costs and expenses:                
Construction and land costs                
Housing   $ 1,239,237     $ 1,097,283     $ 3,683,174     $ 3,728,917  
Land   11,338     4,406     25,754     15,003  
Subtotal   1,250,575     1,101,689     3,708,928     3,743,920  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   140,302     120,446     497,350     444,154  
Total   $ 1,390,877     $ 1,222,135     $ 4,206,278     $ 4,188,074  
                 
                 
Interest expense:                
Interest incurred   $ 36,056     $ 34,602     $ 143,412     $ 149,698  
Interest capitalized   (36,056 )   (34,602 )   (143,412 )   (149,698 )
Total   $     $     $     $  
                 
                 
Other information:                
Amortization of previously capitalized interest   $ 49,944     $ 54,689     $ 156,803     $ 202,760  
Depreciation and amortization   8,259     2,203     31,584     8,762  
                 
                 
Average selling price:                
West Coast   $ 598,300     $ 632,000     $ 592,300     $ 661,500  
Southwest   318,200     308,800     322,000     307,300  
Central   301,100     290,100     293,500     297,400  
Southeast   287,200     297,500     293,200     286,600  
Total   $ 392,500     $ 395,200     $ 380,000     $ 399,200  
KB HOME
 
    Three Months Ended November 30,   Twelve Months Ended November 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Homes delivered:                
West Coast   1,199     997     3,214     3,152  
Southwest   731     577     2,346     2,301  
Central   1,302     1,202     4,291     4,113  
Southeast   697     613     2,020     1,751  
Total   3,929     3,389     11,871     11,317  
                 
                 
Net orders:                
West Coast   745     485     3,542     2,985  
Southwest   651     424     2,658     2,139  
Central   1,009     716     4,565     4,045  
Southeast   372     388     2,076     1,845  
Total   2,777     2,013     12,841     11,014  
                 
                 
Net order value:                
West Coast   $ 431,870     $ 273,356     $ 2,087,293     $ 1,893,597  
Southwest   209,837     137,724     842,335     682,172  
Central   308,377     208,709     1,362,580     1,169,397  
Southeast   109,052     118,552     597,945     546,315  
Total   $ 1,059,136     $ 738,341     $ 4,890,153     $ 4,291,481  
                 
                 
                 
    November 30, 2019   November 30, 2018
    Homes   Value   Homes   Value
Backlog data:                
West Coast   1,043     $ 598,299     715     $ 414,564  
Southwest   1,238     389,597     926     302,614  
Central   1,988     590,936     1,714     487,921  
Southeast   809     234,875     753     229,269  
Total   5,078     $ 1,813,707     4,108     $ 1,434,368  

KB HOME RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (In Thousands, Except Percentages and Per Share Amounts)

This press release contains, and Company management’s discussion of the results presented in this press release may include, information about the Company’s adjusted housing gross profit margin, adjusted income tax expense, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted effective tax rate and ratio of net debt to capital, none of which are calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are relevant and useful to investors in understanding its operations and the leverage employed in its operations, and may be helpful in comparing the Company with other companies in the homebuilding industry to the extent they provide similar information. However, because they are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be completely comparable to other companies in the homebuilding industry and, thus, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to operating performance and/or financial measures prescribed by GAAP. Rather, these non-GAAP financial measures should be used to supplement their respective most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in order to provide a greater understanding of the factors and trends affecting the Company’s operations.

Adjusted Housing Gross Profit Margin

The following table reconciles the Company’s housing gross profit margin calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the Company’s adjusted housing gross profit margin:

    Three Months Ended November 30,   Twelve Months Ended November 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Housing revenues   $ 1,542,226     $ 1,339,316     $ 4,510,814     $ 4,517,244  
Housing construction and land costs   (1,239,237 )   (1,097,283 )   (3,683,174 )   (3,728,917 )
Housing gross profits   302,989     242,033     827,640     788,327  
Add: Inventory-related charges (a)   4,148     9,069     17,291     28,994  
Housing gross profits excluding inventory-related charges   307,137     251,102     844,931     817,321  
Add: Amortization of previously capitalized interest (b)   49,854     54,203     156,114     197,936  
Adjusted housing gross profits   $ 356,991     $ 305,305     $ 1,001,045     $ 1,015,257  
Housing gross profit margin   19.6 %   18.1 %   18.3 %   17.5 %
Housing gross profit margin excluding inventory-related charges   19.9 %   18.7 %   18.7 %   18.1 %
Adjusted housing gross profit margin   23.1 %   22.8 %   22.2 %   22.5 %

(a) Represents inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges associated with housing operations.

(b) Represents the amortization of previously capitalized interest associated with housing operations.

Adjusted housing gross profit margin is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company calculates by dividing housing revenues less housing construction and land costs excluding (1) housing inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges (as applicable) recorded during a given period and (2) amortization of previously capitalized interest associated with housing operations, by housing revenues. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is housing gross profit margin. The Company believes adjusted housing gross profit margin is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in evaluating the Company’s performance as it measures the gross profits the Company generated specifically on the homes delivered during a given period. This non-GAAP financial measure isolates the impact that housing inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, and the amortization of previously capitalized interest associated with housing operations, have on housing gross profit margins, and allows investors to make comparisons with the Company’s competitors that adjust housing gross profit margins in a similar manner. The Company also believes investors will find adjusted housing gross profit margin relevant and useful because it represents a profitability measure that may be compared to a prior period without regard to variability of housing inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, and amortization of previously capitalized interest associated with housing operations. This financial measure assists management in making strategic decisions regarding community location and product mix, product pricing and construction pace.

Adjusted Income Tax Expense, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share and Adjusted Effective Tax Rate

The following table reconciles the Company’s income tax expense, net income, diluted earnings per share and effective tax rate calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted income tax expense, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted effective tax rate, respectively:

    Twelve Months Ended November 30,
    2019   2018
    As Reported   As Reported   TCJA
Adjustment
  As Adjusted
Total pretax income   $ 348,175     $ 367,965     $     $ 367,965  
Income tax expense (a)   (79,400 )   (197,600 )   112,500     (85,100 )
Net income   $ 268,775     $ 170,365     $ 112,500     $ 282,865  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 2.85     $ 1.71         $ 2.82  
Weighted average shares outstanding — diluted   93,838     101,059         101,059  
Effective tax rate (a)   23 %   54 %       23 %
(a)   For the twelve months ended November 30, 2019, income tax expense and the related effective tax rate reflected the favorable impacts of $5.3 million of excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation, a $4.4 million deferred tax asset valuation allowance reversal and $4.3 million of federal energy tax credits the Company earned from building energy-efficient homes, partly offset by a $1.9 million non-cash charge due to the re-measurement of deferred tax assets based on a reduction in certain state income tax rates.  For the twelve months ended November 30, 2018, income tax expense and adjusted income tax expense, as well as the related effective tax rate and adjusted effective tax rate, included the favorable impacts of $10.7 million of federal energy tax credits the Company earned from building energy-efficient homes, a $2.1 million net benefit from a reduction in the Company’s deferred tax asset valuation allowance, and $1.0 million of excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation.

The Company’s adjusted income tax expense, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share and adjusted effective tax rate are non-GAAP financial measures, which the Company calculates by excluding a non-cash charge of $112.5 million recorded in 2018 from its reported income tax expense, net income, diluted earnings per share and effective tax rate, respectively. This charge was primarily due to the Company’s accounting re-measurement of its deferred tax assets based on the reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%, effective January 1, 2018, under the TCJA. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are the Company’s income tax expense, net income, diluted earnings per share and effective tax rate. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures are meaningful to investors as they allow for an evaluation of the Company’s operating results without the impact of the TCJA-related charge.

Ratio of Net Debt to Capital

The following table reconciles the Company’s ratio of debt to capital calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the Company’s ratio of net debt to capital:

    November 30,
2019
  November 30,
2018
Notes payable   $ 1,748,747     $ 2,060,263  
Stockholders’ equity   2,383,122     2,087,500  
Total capital   $ 4,131,869     $ 4,147,763  
Ratio of debt to capital   42.3 %   49.7 %
         
         
Notes payable   $ 1,748,747     $ 2,060,263  
Less: Cash and cash equivalents   (453,814 )   (574,359 )
Net debt   1,294,933     1,485,904  
Stockholders’ equity   2,383,122     2,087,500  
Total capital   $ 3,678,055     $ 3,573,404  
Ratio of net debt to capital   35.2 %   41.6 %

The ratio of net debt to capital is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company calculates by dividing notes payable, net of homebuilding cash and cash equivalents, by capital (notes payable, net of homebuilding cash and cash equivalents, plus stockholders’ equity). The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is the ratio of debt to capital. The Company believes the ratio of net debt to capital is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in understanding the leverage employed in the Company’s operations.

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SOURCE: KB Home

Jill Peters, Investor Relations Contact
(310) 893-7456 or jpeters@kbhome.com
Cara Kane, Media Contact
(321) 299-6844 or ckane@kbhome.com

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