April 5, 2011

KB Home Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of America's premier homebuilders, today reported results for its first quarter ended February 28, 2011. Highlights and developments include the following:

  • Revenues totaled $196.9 million in the first quarter of 2011, down 25% from $264.0 million in the first quarter of 2010 primarily due to a decrease in housing revenues, reflecting a 28% year-over-year decrease in homes delivered to 949, partly offset by a 4% year-over-year increase in the average selling price to $205,700.
  • The Company posted a pretax loss of $114.1 million for the first quarter of 2011, including pretax, noncash charges of $1.8 million for inventory impairments and land option contract abandonments, and a joint venture impairment charge of $53.7 million and a loss on loan guaranty of $22.8 million, both related to the Company's investment in South Edge, LLC. This compares to a pretax loss of $54.5 million for the year-earlier quarter, which included $13.4 million of pretax, noncash charges for inventory impairments and land option contract abandonments. Excluding these charges from both periods, the Company's first-quarter pretax loss narrowed to $35.8 million from $41.1 million a year ago.
  • For the three months ended February 28, 2011, the Company posted a net loss of $114.5 million, or $1.49 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $54.7 million, or $.71 per diluted share, for the same period of 2010.
  • At February 28, 2011, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling $857.0 million, of which $735.8 million was unrestricted. The Company's debt balance of $1.70 billion at February 28, 2011 decreased by $73.8 million from November 30, 2010, reflecting the repayment of secured debt.
  • Company-wide net orders in the first quarter of 2011 totaled 1,302, compared to 1,913 in the prior year's first quarter. At February 28, 2011, the Company had 1,689 homes in backlog representing approximately $353.6 million in projected future housing revenues, compared to a backlog of 2,713 homes representing approximately $523.8 million in projected future housing revenues at February 28, 2010.
  • For the third time in the last four years, KB Home was named the #1 homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies." KB Home also ranked first among homebuilders in the subcategories of innovation, people management and social responsibility. In addition, KB Home was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2011 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award, the agency's highest honor. KB Home is the only homebuilder to receive this recognition in 2011.

"Despite the many headwinds that persist in today's housing markets, our year-over-year pretax results, excluding noncash charges and the loss on loan guaranty, improved for the fourth consecutive quarter," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer. "Our first-quarter comparisons for both net orders and deliveries were negatively impacted by the temporarily elevated level of activity from the federal homebuyer tax credit that was available during the year-earlier period. As this year's spring selling season has commenced, we are encouraged by the higher traffic we experienced in the first quarter compared to a year ago, as well as the sequential improvement in our monthly net order levels during the quarter. While there is still uncertainty as to when a sustained housing recovery may occur, we believe that our operational business model and proven strategies will continue to provide us with a competitive advantage as we navigate through these persistently challenging times."

"Our highest priority remains restoring the profitability of our homebuilding operations. To that end, we are focused on investing the resources necessary to expand our community count and generate top-line growth, while continuing to pursue operating efficiencies and control overhead expenses," said Mezger. "We are committed to executing strategies that differentiate KB Home in the marketplace, most importantly our Built to Order™ business model and our many design innovation and sustainability initiatives. We believe our disciplined execution of these strategies helped lead our peers to, once again, recognize us as the top homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine's annual list of the ‘World's Most Admired Companies.'"

Total revenues of $196.9 million for the first quarter ended February 28, 2011 decreased 25% from $264.0 million for the first quarter of 2010, reflecting a 26% year-over-year decline in housing revenues due to fewer homes delivered, partly offset by a higher average selling price. The Company delivered 949 homes in the first quarter of 2011, down 28% from the same period of 2010, with decreases in each of the Company's geographic regions. The Company's first-quarter average selling price rose 4% from the year-earlier period to $205,700, with increases of 1%, 7% and 26% in the Company's West Coast, Central and Southeast regions, respectively, partly offset by a 6% decrease in the Southwest region. Land sale revenues in the 2011 first quarter totaled $.1 million, compared to $.4 million in the year-earlier quarter.

The Company's homebuilding business generated operating losses of $47.9 million for the quarter ended February 28, 2011 and $36.2 million for the quarter ended February 28, 2010. The current quarter operating loss reflected reduced gross profits compared to the year-earlier quarter and the loss on loan guaranty, partly offset by lower inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, and selling, general and administrative expenses. The decrease in gross profits for the current quarter reflected fewer homes delivered and a lower housing gross margin. The loss on loan guaranty of $22.8 million resulted from the Company's limited several springing repayment guaranty related to South Edge becoming a probable obligation of the Company due to a court ruling in the first quarter of 2011. South Edge is an unconsolidated joint venture in which one of the Company's subsidiaries is a member. The 2011 first quarter operating loss included pretax, noncash charges of $1.8 million for inventory impairments and land option contract abandonments, compared to $13.4 million of such pretax, noncash charges in the first quarter of 2010. The Company's housing gross margin in the first quarter of 2011 was 12.6%, compared to 13.7% in the same period of 2010. Excluding inventory impairments and land option contract abandonments from both periods, the first-quarter housing gross margin was 13.4%, compared to 18.8% in the same quarter of 2010. The decline in the housing gross margin was driven by a combination of reduced leverage from the lower volume of homes delivered, competitive pricing pressure in certain markets, changes in the proportion of deliveries from various markets and a shift in product mix. Excluding the loss on loan guaranty in the first quarter of 2011 and the inventory impairment and abandonment charges from both periods, the Company's first-quarter operating loss was nearly flat with the year-earlier quarter. Land sales generated break-even results in the first quarters of 2011 and 2010.

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $22.6 million, or 31%, to $49.6 million in the first quarter of 2011, from $72.2 million in the year-earlier quarter as a result of the lower volume of homes delivered, the Company's actions to streamline its organizational structure and reduce overhead, and a significant reduction in certain legal and long-term compensation costs compared to the year-earlier quarter.

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, decreased to $11.4 million in the first quarter of 2011 from $19.4 million in the year-earlier quarter, reflecting a lower amount of interest incurred as a result of a lower debt balance, a $3.6 million gain on the extinguishment of debt, and an increase in the amount of interest capitalized due to a higher balance of inventory qualifying for interest capitalization. Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, in the first quarter of 2010 included $1.4 million of expense associated with debt issuance costs written off in connection with the Company's voluntary reduction of the aggregate commitment under its now-terminated revolving credit facility.

The Company's equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures rose to $55.8 million in the first quarter of 2011 from $1.2 million in the year-earlier quarter. The increase reflected a $53.7 million joint venture impairment charge the Company recognized in the 2011 first quarter to write off of its remaining investment in South Edge.

The Company's financial services operations reported pretax income of $.6 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to pretax income of $1.9 million in the year-earlier quarter, reflecting the results from the Company's equity interest in an unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture. The equity in loss of the unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture totaled $.1 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to income of $1.3 million in the year-earlier quarter, primarily resulting from a decrease in loan originations and profits per loan in 2011. Since its formation in 2005, the Company's mortgage banking joint venture has provided mortgage banking services to a majority of the Company's homebuyers. During the quarter, the Company's joint venture partner, Bank of America, N.A., approached the Company about restructuring the parties' relationship, and the parties began discussions on the manner in which residential consumer mortgage loans and mortgage banking services will be offered to the Company's homebuyers. While there are a number of possible outcomes from these discussions, the mortgage banking joint venture continues to operate and the Company will remain focused on ensuring that its homebuyers obtain reliable mortgage banking services.

The Company's total pretax loss for the first quarter of 2011 was $114.1 million, including noncash charges of $55.5 million for inventory and joint venture impairments and land option contract abandonments, and a $22.8 million loss on loan guaranty, compared to a total pretax loss of $54.5 million in the first quarter of 2010, including $13.4 million of noncash charges for inventory impairments and land option contract abandonments. Excluding the loss on loan guaranty in the first quarter of 2011 and the impairment and abandonment charges from both periods, the Company's total pretax loss improved to $35.8 million for the first quarter of 2011 from $41.1 million for the first quarter of 2010.

The Company posted a net loss of $114.5 million, or $1.49 per diluted share, for the three months ended February 28, 2011, including an after-tax charge of $45.1 million to record a valuation allowance against the net deferred tax assets generated from the loss in the period. For the first three months of 2010, the Company's net loss of $54.7 million, or $.71 per diluted share, included a similar after-tax charge of $21.2 million.

Net orders totaled 1,302 in the first quarter of 2011, down 32% from 1,913 net orders generated in the same period of 2010. The year-over-year comparison was negatively affected in part by heightened activity in the 2010 first quarter stemming from a federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers that was available during that period. The Company's cancellation rate as a percentage of gross orders increased to 29% in the 2011 first quarter from 22% in the year-earlier quarter. As a percentage of beginning backlog, the cancellation rate was 39% in the first quarter of 2011 and 26% in the year-earlier quarter. The number of homes in backlog at February 28, 2011 decreased 38% on a year-over-year basis to 1,689 from 2,713, while the projected future revenues in backlog declined 32% to approximately $353.6 million at February 28, 2011 from approximately $523.8 million at February 28, 2010.

The Conference Call on the First Quarter 2011 earnings will be broadcast live today at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To listen, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at www.kbhome.com.

KB Home, one of the nation's premier homebuilders, has delivered over half a million quality homes for families since its founding in 1957. The Los Angeles-based 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 has been named the #1 Green Homebuilder in a study by Calvert Investments and the #1 Homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine's 2011 World's Most Admired Companies list. 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, employment and business conditions; adverse market conditions that could result in additional impairments or abandonment charges and operating losses, including an oversupply of unsold homes, declining home prices and increased foreclosure and short sale activity, among other things; conditions in the capital and credit markets (including residential consumer mortgage lending standards, the availability of residential consumer mortgage financing and mortgage foreclosure rates); material prices and availability; labor costs and availability; changes in interest rates; inflation; our debt level; weak or declining consumer confidence, either generally or specifically with respect to purchasing homes; competition for home sales from other sellers of new and existing homes, including sellers of homes obtained through foreclosures or short sales; weather conditions, significant natural disasters and other environmental factors; government actions, policies, programs and regulations directed at or affecting the housing market (including, but not limited to, the Dodd-Frank Act, tax credits, tax incentives and/or subsidies for home purchases, tax deductions for residential consumer mortgage interest payments and property taxes, tax exemptions for profits on home sales, and programs intended to modify existing mortgage loans and to prevent mortgage foreclosures), the homebuilding industry, or construction activities; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims, including an involuntary bankruptcy and other legal proceedings involving the South Edge, LLC residential development joint venture located in Las Vegas, Nevada in which we are a participant; the ability and/or willingness of participants in our unconsolidated joint ventures to fulfill their obligations; our ability to access capital; our ability to use the net deferred tax assets we have generated; our ability to successfully implement our current and planned product, geographic and market positioning (including, but not limited to, our efforts to expand our inventory base/pipeline with desirable land positions or interests at reasonable cost and to expand our community count and open new communities), revenue growth and cost reduction strategies; consumer traffic to our new home communities and consumer interest in our product designs, including The Open SeriesTM; the potential restructuring of our unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture and the manner in which residential consumer mortgage loans and mortgage banking services are offered to our homebuyers; 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 Three Months Ended February 28, 2011 and 2010

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts - Unaudited)

 
Three Months
2011 2010
 
Total revenues $ 196,940   $ 263,978  
 
Homebuilding:
Revenues $ 195,301 $ 262,511
Costs and expenses   (243,159 )   (298,743 )
 
Operating loss (47,858 ) (36,232 )
 
Interest income 383 424
Interest expense (11,439 ) (19,407 )
Equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures   (55,837 )   (1,184 )
 
Homebuilding pretax loss   (114,751 )   (56,399 )
 
Financial services:
Revenues 1,639 1,467
Expenses (865 ) (893 )
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint venture   (149 )   1,321  
 
Financial services pretax income   625     1,895  
 
Total pretax loss (114,126 ) (54,504 )
Income tax expense   (400 )   (200 )
 
Net loss $ (114,526 ) $ (54,704 )
 
Basic and diluted loss per share $ (1.49 ) $ (.71 )
 
Basic and diluted average shares outstanding   76,974     76,834  
 
 
                   

KB HOME

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands - Unaudited)

 
February 28, November 30,
2011 2010
 
Assets
 
Homebuilding:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 735,766 $ 904,401
Restricted cash 121,187 115,477
Receivables 104,433 108,048
Inventories 1,774,400 1,696,721
Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures 50,171 105,583
Other assets   84,314   150,076
2,870,271 3,080,306
 
Financial services   30,975   29,443
 
Total assets $ 2,901,246 $ 3,109,749
 
 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
 
Homebuilding:
Accounts payable $ 111,049 $ 233,217
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 571,456 466,505
Mortgages and notes payable   1,701,698   1,775,529
2,384,203 2,475,251
 
Financial services 2,448 2,620
 
Stockholders' equity   514,595   631,878
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,901,246 $ 3,109,749
 
 
                   

KB HOME

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For the Three Months Ended February 28, 2011 and 2010

(In Thousands - Unaudited)

 
Three Months
Homebuilding revenues: 2011 2010
 
Housing $ 195,223 $ 262,158
Land   78     353  
 
Total $ 195,301 $ 262,511  
 
Three Months
Costs and expenses: 2011 2010
 
Construction and land costs
Housing $ 170,671 $ 226,194
Land   125     346  
Subtotal 170,796 226,540
Selling, general and administrative expenses 49,605 72,203
Loss on loan guaranty   22,758     -  
 
Total $ 243,159   $ 298,743  
 
Three Months
Interest expense: 2011 2010
 
Interest incurred $ 29,549 $ 30,685
(Gain) on early extinguishment of debt/loss on voluntary reduction of credit facility (3,612 ) 1,366
Interest capitalized   (14,498 )   (12,644 )
 
Total $ 11,439   $ 19,407  
 
Three Months
Other information: 2011 2010
 
Depreciation and amortization $ 1,148 $ 1,422
Amortization of previously capitalized interest   11,424     23,386  
 
 
                       

KB HOME

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For the Three Months Ended February 28, 2011 and 2010

(Unaudited)

 
Three Months
Average sales price: 2011 2010
 
West Coast $ 320,400 $ 318,900
Southwest 147,500 156,600
Central 166,700 156,100
Southeast   194,300   154,800
 
Total $ 205,700 $ 197,700
 
Three Months
Homes delivered: 2011 2010
 
West Coast 224 340
Southwest 158 216
Central 363 529
Southeast   204   241
 
Total   949   1,326
 
Unconsolidated joint ventures   1   21
 
Three Months
Net orders: 2011 2010
 
West Coast 404 429
Southwest 206 313
Central 448 715
Southeast   244   456
 
Total   1,302   1,913
 
Unconsolidated joint ventures   -   19
 
February 28, 2011 February 28, 2010
Backlog data: Backlog Homes Backlog Value Backlog Homes Backlog Value
(Dollars in thousands)
West Coast 383 $ 126,258 612 $ 193,938
Southwest 187 27,970 379 59,439
Central 778 132,164 1,105 172,068
Southeast 341   67,242   617   98,305
 
Total 1,689 $ 353,634   2,713 $ 523,750
 
Unconsolidated joint ventures - $ -   35 $ 13,825
 
 

KB HOME
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
For the Three Months Ended February 28, 2011 and 2010
(In Thousands, Except Percentages - Unaudited)

This press release contains, and Company management's discussion of the results presented in this press release may include, information about the Company's housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, which is not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure is relevant and useful to investors in understanding 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 the housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges is not calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure 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 the operating and financial performance measures prescribed by GAAP. Rather, this non-GAAP financial measure should be used to supplement its respective most directly comparable GAAP financial measure in order to provide a greater understanding of the factors and trends affecting the Company's operations.

Housing Gross Margin, Excluding Inventory Impairment and Land Option Contract Abandonment Charges

The following table reconciles the Company's housing gross margin calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the Company's housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges:

                   
Three Months
2011 2010
 
Housing revenues $ 195,223 $ 262,158
Housing construction and land costs   (170,671)   (226,194)
 
Housing gross margin 24,552 35,964
Add: Inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges   1,703   13,362

 

Housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges

$ 26,255 $ 49,326
 
Housing gross margin as a percentage of housing revenues   12.6%   13.7%

 

Housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, as a percentage of housing revenues

  13.4%   18.8%
 

Housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company calculates by dividing housing revenues less housing construction and land costs before pretax, noncash inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges associated with housing operations recorded during a given period, by housing revenues. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is housing gross margin. The Company believes housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in evaluating the Company's performance as it measures the gross profit the Company generated specifically on the homes delivered during a given period and enhances the comparability of housing gross margins between periods. This financial measure assists management in making strategic decisions regarding product mix, product pricing and construction pace. The Company also believes investors will find housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, relevant and useful because it represents a profitability measure that may be compared to a prior period without regard to variability of charges for inventory impairments or land option contract abandonments.

KB HOME
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In Thousands, Except Percentages - Unaudited)

Ratio of Net Debt to Total Capital

Company management's discussion of the results presented in this press release may include the Company's ratio of net debt to total capital, which is not calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure can be relevant and useful to investors in understanding 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 the Company's ratio of net debt to total capital is not calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure 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 the operating and financial performance measures prescribed by GAAP. Rather, this non-GAAP financial measure should be used to supplement its respective most directly comparable GAAP financial measure in order to provide a greater understanding of the factors and trends affecting the Company's operations. The following table reconciles the Company's ratio of debt to total capital calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the ratio of net debt to total capital:

                   
February 28, November 30,
2011 2010
 
Mortgages and notes payable $ 1,701,698 $ 1,775,529
Stockholders' equity   514,595   631,878
 
Total capital $ 2,216,293 $ 2,407,407
 
Ratio of debt to total capital   76.8%   73.8%
 
 
 
Mortgages and notes payable $ 1,701,698 $ 1,775,529
Less: Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash   (856,953)   (1,019,878)
Net debt 844,745 755,651
Stockholders' equity   514,595   631,878
 
Total capital $ 1,359,340 $ 1,387,529
 
Ratio of net debt to total capital   62.1%   54.5%
 

The ratio of net debt to total capital is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company calculates by dividing mortgages and notes payable, net of homebuilding cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, by total capital (mortgages and notes payable, net of homebuilding cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, plus stockholders' equity). The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is the ratio of debt to total capital. The Company believes the ratio of net debt to total capital is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in understanding the leverage employed in its operations and as an indicator of the Company's ability to obtain external financing.

KB Home
Katoiya Marshall, Investor Relations Contact
(310) 893-7446 or kmarshall@kbhome.com
or
Cara Kane, Media Contact
(407) 587-3514 or ckane@kbhome.com

Source: KB Home

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