KB Home
Jan 9, 2009

KB Home Reports 2008 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

LOS ANGELES, Jan 09, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of America's largest homebuilders, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, 2008. Results include:

"With unprecedented downward pressures continuing to confront the homebuilding industry and the overall economy, our operating strategy and key priorities at KB Home have not changed," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer. "We continue to pursue an aggressive agenda to maintain a strong financial position, restore the profitability of our homebuilding operations, and position our business for an eventual housing market recovery. Our fourth quarter results demonstrate the progress we have made, as we generated positive cash flows from operations, enhanced our liquidity, further reduced inventory levels, improved our gross margins (excluding noncash inventory-related charges), and lowered our overhead costs. Excluding the impact of impairments and abandonments, we achieved positive operating income for the first time in five quarters. Looking ahead into 2009, we are aiming to build on the momentum we have generated in adapting our business to the ever changing operating environment."

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2008 totaled $919.0 million, down 56% from the fourth quarter of 2007, largely due to a 55% year-over-year decline in housing revenues to $908.5 million. Housing revenues fell on a 52% decrease in homes delivered to 3,912 from 8,132, reflecting lower net orders for homes over the past several quarters. This decrease in net orders was largely the product of weakening demand, rising mortgage foreclosures, tightening mortgage lending standards, and the strategic reductions the Company made in the number of its active selling communities during the same period. The Company's average selling price in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $232,200, a decrease of 6% from the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth-quarter land sale revenues totaled $7.1 million, down from $50.3 million for the year-earlier period.

The Company's homebuilding operations posted an operating loss of $241.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, largely due to pretax, noncash inventory impairment and abandonment charges of $204.7 million, impairment charges related to future land sales of $1.0 million, and goodwill impairment charges of $43.4 million. In the year-earlier quarter, the Company's homebuilding operations recorded an operating loss of $331.6 million, including pretax, noncash inventory impairment and abandonment charges of $290.3 million and impairment charges related to future land sales of $15.2 million. The Company's 2008 fourth-quarter housing gross margin, including pretax, noncash inventory impairment and abandonment charges, declined to a negative 8.6% from a negative 4.3% in the fourth quarter of 2007. Excluding such inventory-related charges, the 2008 fourth-quarter housing gross margin improved by 3.8 percentage points to 13.9% from 10.1% in the prior year's fourth quarter. Land sales produced a profit of $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 and a loss of $16.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter of 2008 totaled $121.1 million, down $107.6 million from $228.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. This 47% year-over-year improvement reflected the Company's strategic actions in 2008 to selectively exit certain markets, consolidate operating divisions, implement workforce reductions, and reduce overhead costs to align with lower revenue levels. Selling, general and administrative expenses were 13.3% of housing revenues in the fourth quarter of 2008, demonstrating substantial progress from 19.9% in the third quarter of 2008. In the fourth quarter of 2007, the same selling, general and administrative expense ratio was 11.3%. The Company's equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures totaled $61.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, including $60.2 million of impairment charges, compared to $89.2 million, including $97.9 million of impairment charges, in the fourth quarter of 2007.

The Company's financial services business, which includes its mortgage banking joint venture, posted pretax income of $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to $12.1 million in the prior year's fourth quarter. Year-over-year, the mortgage banking joint venture originated 50% fewer mortgage loans in the fourth quarter of 2008, due to the relatively lower volume of homes delivered by the Company, while the average loan size declined 11%, reflecting the relatively lower average selling prices of the Company's homes. The percentage of the Company's homebuyers who obtained mortgage financing from the joint venture increased to 81% in the 2008 fourth quarter from 79% in the year-earlier quarter.

The Company reported a net loss of $307.3 million, or $3.96 per diluted share, for the quarter ended November 30, 2008, including pretax, noncash charges of $265.9 million for inventory and joint venture impairments and land option contract abandonments, $43.4 million to write off all remaining goodwill, and an after-tax charge of $98.9 million to record a valuation allowance against the net deferred tax assets generated from the fourth-quarter loss. As of November 30, 2008, the Company's deferred tax asset valuation allowance totaled $878.8 million. For the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company reported a net loss of $772.7 million, or $9.99 per diluted share, including pretax, noncash charges of $403.4 million associated with inventory and joint venture impairments and land option contract abandonments, and an after-tax charge of $514.2 million to initially establish a valuation allowance against the net deferred tax assets.

Company-wide net orders totaled 1,296 homes for the fourth quarter of 2008, down 50% from 2,574 homes for the fourth quarter of 2007. The year-over-year comparison improved from the third quarter of 2008, when net orders were down 66% from the year-earlier period. The Company's cancellation rate based on gross orders was 46% in the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to 51% in the third quarter of 2008 and 58% in the fourth quarter of 2007. As a percentage of beginning backlog, the cancellation rate was 23% in the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to 22% in the third quarter of 2008 and 30% in the fourth quarter of 2007. The number of homes in backlog at November 30, 2008 declined 64% from a year ago to 2,269, with decreases ranging from 51% to 73% across the Company's four geographic operating regions. Total backlog value of approximately $521.4 million at November 30, 2008 fell 65% from approximately $1.50 billion at November 30, 2007, reflecting year-over-year decreases in both the number of homes in backlog and the Company's average selling prices.

"Housing market and general economic conditions in 2009 are expected to remain difficult or possibly worsen as the timing of any meaningful recovery for the homebuilding industry remains uncertain," said Mezger. "At KB Home, we continue to position our business to weather these conditions and prepare for opportunities in the future. In 2009, we will concentrate on factors within our control, including careful financial management and prudent strategic decisions regarding inventory investments, community development, and product design, consistent with our objectives to improve our overall performance. While we welcome appropriate federal stimulus to support the housing market, we are not counting on it or passively waiting for better times. Instead, we are actively executing our business strategies in order to achieve our primary near-term goals, making tactical adjustments as necessary. We are confident that our unique value proposition for homebuyers, our disciplined Built to Order business model, substantial liquidity, ability to generate positive cash flows, and our ongoing cost-reduction initiatives will allow us to navigate through the current environment and capitalize effectively on opportunities as the housing market stabilizes. Until that occurs, we will remain sharply focused on preserving and enhancing stockholder value."

For the year ended November 30, 2008, revenues totaled $3.03 billion, decreasing 53% from $6.42 billion for the year ended November 30, 2007. On a year-over-year basis, the number of homes delivered in fiscal 2008 decreased 48% to 12,438 and the average selling price declined 10% to $236,400. The Company posted a net loss of $976.1 million, or $12.59 per diluted share, in fiscal 2008, including pretax, noncash charges of $748.6 million for inventory and joint venture impairments and land option contract abandonments, and $68.0 million for goodwill impairments. The fiscal 2008 net loss was increased by a $355.9 million after-tax valuation allowance charge against the deferred tax assets generated during the year. For fiscal 2007, the Company generated a loss from continuing operations of $1.41 billion, or $18.33 per diluted share, due largely to pretax, noncash charges of $1.41 billion for inventory and joint venture impairments and land option contract abandonments, $107.9 million for goodwill impairments, and an after-tax charge of $514.2 million to initially establish a valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets. Including income of $485.4 million, or $6.29 per diluted share, from the Company's French discontinued operations and the gain realized on the sale of those operations in July 2007, the Company posted a net loss of $929.4 million, or $12.04 per diluted share, in fiscal 2007.

The Conference Call on the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2008 earnings will be broadcast live TODAY at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. To listen, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at kbhome.com.

KB Home, one of the nation's leading homebuilders, has delivered hundreds of thousands of quality homes for families since its founding in 1957. The Company is distinguished by its Built to Order homebuilding approach that puts a custom home experience within reach of its customers at an affordable price. KB Home's award-winning homes and communities meet the needs of first-time homebuyers with flexible designs that also appeal to move-up buyers and active adults. Los Angeles-based KB Home was named the #1 homebuilder in FORTUNE magazine's 2008 list of America's Most Admired Companies®. The Company trades under the ticker symbol "KBH," and was the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information about any of KB Home's new home communities call 888-KB-HOMES or visit www.kbhome.com.

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: general economic and business conditions; adverse market conditions that could result in additional asset impairments or abandonment charges and operating losses, including an oversupply of unsold homes and declining home prices, among other things; material prices and availability; labor costs and availability; changes in interest rates; our debt level; declines in consumer confidence; increases in competition; weather conditions, significant natural disasters and other environmental factors; government actions and regulations directed at or affecting the housing market, the homebuilding industry, or construction activities; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas; government investigations and shareholder lawsuits regarding our past stock option grant practices and the restatement of certain of our financial statements; other legal or regulatory proceedings or claims; conditions in the capital, credit (including consumer mortgage lending standards, the availability of consumer mortgage financing and mortgage foreclosure rates) and homebuilding markets; the ability and/or willingness of participants in our unconsolidated joint ventures to fulfill their obligations; our ability to access our available capacity under our unsecured revolving credit facility; our ability to use the net deferred tax assets we have generated; 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
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the Twelve Months and Three Months Ended November 30, 2008 and 2007

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

 
    Twelve Months   Three Months
    2008   2007   2008   2007
                 
Total revenues   $ 3,033,936     $ 6,416,526     $ 919,037     $ 2,070,580  
                 
Homebuilding:                
Revenues   $ 3,023,169     $ 6,400,591     $ 915,652     $ 2,065,349  
Costs and expenses     (3,883,812 )     (7,758,926 )     (1,157,115 )     (2,396,964 )
                 
Operating loss     (860,643 )     (1,358,335 )     (241,463 )     (331,615 )
                 
Interest income     34,610       28,636       5,370       9,754  
Loss on early redemption/interest expense, net of amounts capitalized     (12,966 )     (12,990 )     (2,578 )     -  
Equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures     (152,750 )     (151,917 )     (61,186 )     (89,190 )
                 
Homebuilding pretax loss     (991,749 )     (1,494,606 )     (299,857 )     (411,051 )
                 
Financial services:                
Revenues     10,767       15,935       3,385       5,231  
Expenses     (4,489 )     (4,796 )     (1,172 )     (1,272 )
Equity in income of unconsolidated joint venture     17,540       22,697       4,660       8,139  
                 
Financial services pretax income     23,818       33,836       6,873       12,098  
                 
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes     (967,931 )     (1,460,770 )     (292,984 )     (398,953 )
                 
Income tax benefit (expense)     (8,200 )     46,000       (14,300 )     (373,700 )
                 
Loss from continuing operations     (976,131 )     (1,414,770 )     (307,284 )     (772,653 )
                 

Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

    -       47,252       -       -  

Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of income taxes

    -       438,104       -       -  
                 
Net loss   $ (976,131 )   $ (929,414 )   $ (307,284 )   $ (772,653 )
                 
Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share:                
Continuing operations   $ (12.59 )   $ (18.33 )   $ (3.96 )   $ (9.99 )
Discontinued operations     -       6.29       -       -  
                 
Basic and diluted loss per share   $ (12.59 )   $ (12.04 )   $ (3.96 )   $ (9.99 )
                 
Basic and diluted average shares outstanding     77,509       77,172       77,646       77,330  
 

KB HOME

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands)

 
    November 30,   November 30,
    2008   2007
Assets        
         
Homebuilding:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 1,250,803   $ 1,325,255
Receivables     357,719     295,739
Inventories     2,106,716     3,312,420
Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures     177,649     297,010
Deferred income taxes     1,152     222,458
Goodwill     -     67,970
Other assets     98,109     140,712
      3,992,148     5,661,564
         
Financial services     52,152     44,392
         
Total assets   $ 4,044,300   $ 5,705,956
         
         
Liabilities and stockholders' equity        
         
Homebuilding:        
Accounts payable   $ 541,294   $ 699,851
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     721,397     975,828
Mortgages and notes payable     1,941,537     2,161,794
      3,204,228     3,837,473
         
Financial services     9,467     17,796
         
Stockholders' equity     830,605     1,850,687
         
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 4,044,300   $ 5,705,956
 
KB HOME
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For the Twelve Months and Three Months Ended November 30, 2008 and 2007

(In Thousands)

 
    Twelve Months   Three Months
Homebuilding revenues:   2008   2007   2008   2007
                 
Housing   $ 2,940,241     $ 6,211,563     $ 908,516     $ 2,015,076  
Land     82,928       189,028       7,136       50,273  
                 
Total   $ 3,023,169     $ 6,400,591     $ 915,652     $ 2,065,349  
                 
                 
    Twelve Months   Three Months
Costs and expenses:   2008   2007   2008   2007
                 
Construction and land costs                
Housing   $ 3,149,083     $ 6,563,082     $ 986,525     $ 2,101,598  
Land     165,732       263,297       6,077       66,716  
Subtotal     3,314,815       6,826,379       992,602       2,168,314  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     501,027       824,621       121,113       228,650  
Goodwill impairment     67,970       107,926       43,400       -  
                 
Total   $ 3,883,812     $ 7,758,926     $ 1,157,115     $ 2,396,964  
                 
                 
    Twelve Months   Three Months
Loss on early redemption/interest expense, net of amounts capitalized:   2008   2007   2008   2007
                 
Interest incurred   $ 146,014     $ 186,560     $ 33,373     $ 38,140  
Loss on early redemption of debt     10,388       12,990       -       -  
Interest capitalized     (143,436 )     (186,560 )     (30,795 )     (38,140 )
                 
Total   $ 12,966     $ 12,990     $ 2,578     $ -  
                 
                 
    Twelve Months   Three Months
Other information:   2008   2007   2008   2007
                 
Depreciation and amortization   $ 11,379     $ 19,752     $ 2,185     $ 4,493  
Amortization of previously capitalized interest     129,901       171,496       43,643       71,538  
 
KB HOME
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For the Twelve Months and Three Months Ended November 30, 2008 and 2007

 
  Twelve Months   Three Months
Average sales price: 2008   2007   2008   2007
               
West Coast $ 354,700   $ 433,600   $ 346,400   $ 391,200
Southwest   229,200     258,500     218,400     236,800
Central   175,000     167,800     180,100     164,400
Southeast   201,800     229,400     185,400     222,300
               
Total $ 236,400   $ 261,600   $ 232,200   $ 247,800
               
               
  Twelve Months   Three Months
Homes delivered: 2008   2007   2008   2007
               
West Coast   2,972     4,957     1,024     1,860
Southwest   2,393     4,855     694     1,476
Central   3,348     6,310     841     2,214
Southeast   3,725     7,621     1,353     2,582
               
Total   12,438     23,743     3,912     8,132
               
Unconsolidated joint ventures   262     127     68     95
               
               
  Twelve Months   Three Months
Net orders: 2008   2007   2008   2007
               
West Coast   2,252     4,532     375     679
Southwest   1,435     3,631     207     482
Central   2,054     5,266     353     660
Southeast   2,533     6,061     361     753
               
Total   8,274     19,490     1,296     2,574
               
Unconsolidated joint ventures   235     282     17

 

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  November 30, 2008   November 30, 2007
Backlog data: Backlog Homes   Backlog Value   Backlog Homes   Backlog Value
(Dollars in thousands)              
West Coast   581   $ 211,713     1,190   $ 466,726
Southwest   348     74,488     1,306     313,120
Central   717     120,954     2,011     312,952
Southeast   623     114,231     1,815     406,037
               
Total   2,269   $ 521,386     6,322   $ 1,498,835
               
Unconsolidated joint ventures   71   $ 33,192     209   $ 80,523

SOURCE: KB Home

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