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KB Home Reports 2017 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Fourth Quarter Revenues Up 18% to $1.4 Billion; Diluted EPS Increases to $.84 from $.40

Homebuilding Operating Income Margin Improves Significantly

Net Order Value Grows 9% to $935.4 Million; Backlog Value Rises 9% to $1.7 Billion

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:10 pm PST

Dateline:

LOS ANGELES

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
KBH

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today reported results for its fourth quarter and year ended November 30, 2017.

“Our strong fourth quarter and full year results demonstrate the progress we have achieved in the first year of our three-year Returns-Focused Growth Plan,” said Jeffrey Mezger, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “For the quarter, we significantly increased our earnings with double-digit revenue growth, a substantially expanded gross profit margin, and a new record-low selling, general and administrative expense ratio. During 2017, we delivered steady improvement in our financial and operational performance, which included enhancing our profitability, strengthening our balance sheet, increasing our cash flow, generating better returns, and decreasing our debt to capital ratio. Notably, we ended 2017 with both our return on equity and net debt to capital ratio within the target ranges for 2019 that we established more than a year ago.”

“As we look to 2018, we expect conditions will remain favorable in most of our served markets, with solid demand for housing driven by healthy employment, rising household incomes and strong consumer confidence, and continued limited supply,” said Mezger. “With a robust backlog of approximately $1.7 billion, we believe we are well positioned to continue our momentum towards achieving our Returns-Focused Growth Plan targets. Our main priorities for 2018 are to further accelerate our financial performance, grow our community count, and enhance long-term stockholder value.”

Three Months Ended November 30, 2017 (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)

  • Total revenues increased 18% to $1.40 billion.
  • Deliveries grew 9% to 3,340 homes.
  • Average selling price rose 8% to $416,500.
  • Homebuilding operating income grew to $131.9 million from $56.0 million. This included total inventory-related charges of $7.1 million, compared to $36.1 million.
    • Homebuilding operating income margin increased to 9.4% from 4.7%. Excluding inventory-related charges, the improvement was 220 basis points to 9.9%.
      • Housing gross profit margin expanded to 18.1% from 16.5%.
        • Housing gross profit margin excluding inventory-related charges increased 160 basis points to 18.6%.
        • Adjusted housing gross profit margin, a metric that excludes the amortization of previously capitalized interest and inventory-related charges, advanced 190 basis points to 23.5%.
      • Selling, general and administrative expenses improved 50 basis points to 8.7% of housing revenues, a fourth-quarter record for the Company.
      • Land sales generated profits of $.3 million, compared to losses of $30.4 million. The land sale losses in the 2016 fourth quarter included $30.6 million of inventory impairment charges related to planned land sales.
  • Financial services pretax income totaled $5.7 million, compared to a loss of $.7 million. This year-over-year improvement was primarily due to income from KBHS Home Loans, LLC, the Company’s mortgage banking joint venture that became operational in 2017.
  • Income tax expense totaled $53.0 million and represented an effective tax rate of 38.6%, compared to 31.8%. The effective tax rates for the 2017 and 2016 fourth quarters were favorably impacted by $1.1 million and $4.8 million, respectively, of federal energy tax credits earned from building energy-efficient homes.
  • Net income grew to $84.3 million, or $.84 per diluted share, from $37.5 million, or $.40 per diluted share.

Twelve Months Ended November 30, 2017 (comparisons on a year-over-year basis)

  • Total revenues increased 22% to $4.37 billion.
    • Housing revenues grew 21% to $4.34 billion.
    • Land sale revenues rose to $21.1 million from $7.4 million, partly due to the Company’s ongoing focus on improving its asset efficiency.
  • Deliveries increased 11% to 10,909 homes.
  • Average selling price rose 9% to $397,400, with increases in each of the Company’s four regions.
  • Homebuilding operating income grew to $283.4 million from $152.4 million. This included total inventory-related charges of $25.2 million, compared to $52.8 million.
    • Homebuilding operating income margin excluding inventory-related charges increased 140 basis points to 7.1%.
      • Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of housing revenues improved 110 basis points to 9.8%.
  • Income tax expense totaled $109.4 million and represented an effective tax rate of 37.7%, compared to 29.3%. The effective tax rates for 2017 and 2016 were favorably impacted by $4.9 million and $15.2 million, respectively, of federal energy tax credits.
    • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted on December 22, 2017, made significant revisions to federal income tax laws, including lowering the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%, effective January 1, 2018. While the Company continues to assess the potential impacts of the new law, taking this income tax rate reduction into account, the Company currently believes its effective tax rate for 2018 will be approximately 27%, excluding the impact of the non-cash charge described below.
      • In the 2018 first quarter, the Company expects to record a one-time, non-cash charge to its provision for income taxes of approximately $115 million for the accounting re-measurement of its deferred tax assets based on the lower federal corporate income tax rate. However, the Company anticipates that the lower federal income tax rate will have a favorable impact on its future net income and earnings per share. In addition, the Company expects its deferred tax assets will continue to provide significant tax cash savings in 2018 and beyond, by shielding a substantial amount of future pretax income.
  • Net income increased to $180.6 million, or $1.85 per diluted share, from $105.6 million, or $1.12 per diluted share.

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

  • Net order value for the fourth quarter rose 9% to $935.4 million on a 2% increase in net orders to 2,296. Each of the Company’s four regions posted a year-over-year increase in net order value for the quarter.
    • Company-wide, net orders per community for the fourth quarter averaged 3.4 per month.
  • Ending backlog value grew 9% to $1.66 billion, with the number of homes in backlog roughly flat at 4,411.
  • The fourth quarter cancellation rate as a percentage of gross orders increased to 28% from 25%.
  • Average community count for the quarter decreased slightly to 228. Ending community count was down 5% to 224.

Balance Sheet as of November 30, 2017 (comparisons to November 30, 2016)

  • The Company had total liquidity of $1.18 billion, including cash and cash equivalents of $720.6 million.
    • Net cash provided by operating activities was $513.2 million, compared to $188.7 million.
    • There were no cash borrowings outstanding under the Company’s unsecured revolving credit facility.
  • Inventories decreased to $3.26 billion.
    • Investments in land acquisition and development totaled $1.52 billion for the year ended November 30, 2017.
    • Lots owned or controlled totaled 46,371, of which 75% were owned.
  • Notes payable decreased to $2.32 billion from $2.64 billion, primarily due to the Company’s retirement of $265.0 million in aggregate principal amount of its 9.100% senior notes due 2017, including $165.0 million retired in the fourth quarter, using internally generated cash.
    • The ratio of debt to capital improved to 54.7%, and the ratio of net debt to capital improved 890 basis points to 45.4%, within the Company’s 2019 target range of 40% to 50% under its Returns-Focused Growth Plan.
  • Stockholders’ equity grew $203.2 million to $1.93 billion.
    • Book value per share increased to $22.13 from $20.25.
    • Return on equity improved 370 basis points to 10.0%, within the Company’s 2019 target range of 10% to 15%.

Earnings Conference Call

The conference call to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter 2017 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 www.kbhome.com.

About KB Home

KB Home (NYSE: KBH) is one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, with nearly 600,000 homes delivered since our founding in 1957. We operate in 36 markets in 7 states, primarily serving first-time and first move-up homebuyers, as well as active adults. We are differentiated in offering customers the ability to personalize what they value most in their home, from choosing their lot, floor plan, and exterior, to selecting design and décor choices in our KB Home Studios. In addition, we are an industry leader in sustainability, building innovative and highly energy- and water-efficient homes. We invite you to learn more about KB Home by visiting www.kbhome.com , calling 888-KB-HOMES, or connecting with us on Facebook.com/KBHome or Twitter.com/KBHome.

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; 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; government actions, policies, programs and regulations directed at or affecting the housing market (including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, 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 pursuant to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas; 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; 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 achieve the associated revenue, margin, profitability, cash flow, community reactivation, land sales, business growth, asset efficiency, return on invested capital, return on equity, net debt-to-capital ratio and other financial and operational targets and objectives; 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 Lending, 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

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

For the Three Months and Twelve Months Ended November 30, 2017 and 2016

(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

 
Three Months Ended November 30, Twelve Months Ended November 30,
2017       2016 2017       2016
Total revenues $ 1,403,138   $ 1,191,942   $ 4,368,529   $ 3,594,646  
Homebuilding:
Revenues $ 1,399,160 $ 1,188,628 $ 4,356,265 $ 3,582,943
Costs and expenses (1,267,284 ) (1,132,634 ) (4,072,862 ) (3,430,542 )
Operating income 131,876 55,994 283,403 152,401
Interest income 493 134 1,240 529
Interest expense (233 ) (6,307 ) (5,900 )
Equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures (730 ) (217 ) (1,409 ) (2,181 )
Homebuilding pretax income 131,639   55,678   276,927   144,849  
Financial services:
Revenues 3,978 3,314 12,264 11,703
Expenses (905 ) (1,196 ) (3,430 ) (3,817 )
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures 2,634   (2,768 ) 4,234   (3,420 )
Financial services pretax income (loss) 5,707   (650 ) 13,068   4,466  
Total pretax income 137,346 55,028 289,995 149,315
Income tax expense (53,000 ) (17,500 ) (109,400 ) (43,700 )
Net income $ 84,346   $ 37,528   $ 180,595   $ 105,615  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ .97   $ .44   $ 2.09   $ 1.23  
Diluted $ .84   $ .40   $ 1.85   $ 1.12  
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 86,821   84,961   85,842   85,706  
Diluted 100,235   95,744   98,316   96,278  
 
 
                       

KB HOME

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands)

 
November 30,
2017
November 30,
2016
Assets
Homebuilding:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 720,630 $ 592,086
Receivables 244,213 231,665
Inventories 3,263,386 3,403,228
Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures 64,794 64,016
Deferred tax assets, net 633,637 738,985
Other assets 102,498   91,145
5,029,158 5,121,125
Financial services 12,357   10,499
Total assets $ 5,041,515   $ 5,131,624
 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Homebuilding:
Accounts payable $ 213,463 $ 215,331
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 575,930 550,996
Notes payable 2,324,845   2,640,149
3,114,238 3,406,476
Financial services 966 2,003
Stockholders’ equity 1,926,311   1,723,145
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 5,041,515   $ 5,131,624
 
 
                       

KB HOME

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For the Three Months and Twelve Months Ended November 30, 2017 and 2016

(In Thousands, Except Average Selling Price)

 
Three Months Ended November 30, Twelve Months Ended November 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Homebuilding revenues:
Housing $ 1,391,192 $ 1,185,383 $ 4,335,205 $ 3,575,548
Land 7,968   3,245   21,060   7,395  
Total $ 1,399,160   $ 1,188,628   $ 4,356,265   $ 3,582,943  
 
 
Homebuilding costs and expenses:
Construction and land costs
Housing $ 1,139,155 $ 989,452 $ 3,627,732 $ 2,997,073
Land 7,636   33,627   18,736   44,028  
Subtotal 1,146,791 1,023,079 3,646,468 3,041,101
Selling, general and administrative expenses 120,493   109,555   426,394   389,441  
Total $ 1,267,284   $ 1,132,634   $ 4,072,862   $ 3,430,542  
 
 
Interest expense:
Interest incurred $ 40,314 $ 46,472 $ 171,486 $ 185,466
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 5,685
Interest capitalized (40,314 ) (46,239 ) (170,864 ) (179,566 )
Total $   $ 233   $ 6,307   $ 5,900  
 
 
Other information:
Depreciation and amortization $ 2,207 $ 2,782 $ 9,364 $ 11,213
Amortization of previously capitalized interest 70,337   54,622   215,396   161,285  
 
 
Average selling price:
West Coast $ 654,900 $ 593,400 $ 644,900 $ 579,900
Southwest 290,600 288,600 290,200 287,000
Central 291,100 280,300 284,800 270,100
Southeast 283,100   285,900   284,100   281,400  

Total

$ 416,500   $ 387,400   $ 397,400   $ 363,800  
 
 
 
KB HOME

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

For the Three Months and Twelve Months Ended November 30, 2017 and 2016

(Dollars in Thousands)

           
Three Months Ended November 30, Twelve Months Ended November 30,
2017       2016 2017       2016
Homes delivered:
West Coast 1,161 1,026 3,387 2,825
Southwest 540 448 1,837 1,559
Central 1,238 1,097 4,136 3,744
Southeast 401   489   1,549   1,701
Total 3,340   3,060   10,909   9,829
 
 
Net orders:
West Coast 612 675 3,356 3,000
Southwest 487 421 2,121 1,758
Central 845 839 3,939 3,881
Southeast 352   319   1,484   1,644
Total 2,296   2,254   10,900   10,283
 
 
Net order value:
West Coast $ 427,533 $ 410,854 $ 2,263,443 $ 1,756,945
Southwest 147,914 122,369 632,747 507,870
Central 260,986 230,422 1,160,378 1,075,586
Southeast 98,948   92,245   419,679   472,754
Total $ 935,381   $ 855,890   $ 4,476,247   $ 3,813,155
 
 
 
November 30, 2017 November 30, 2016
Homes Value Homes Value
Backlog data:
West Coast 882 $ 606,109 913 $ 526,840
Southwest 1,088 327,517 804 227,822
Central 1,782 541,684 1,979 559,172
Southeast 659   184,821   724   205,255
Total 4,411   $ 1,660,131   4,420   $ 1,519,089
 
 

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

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 and ratio of net debt to capital, neither 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 the adjusted housing gross profit margin and the ratio of net debt to capital are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, these 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,
2017       2016 2017       2016
Housing revenues $ 1,391,192 $ 1,185,383 $ 4,335,205 $ 3,575,548
Housing construction and land costs (1,139,155 ) (989,452 ) (3,627,732 ) (2,997,073 )
Housing gross profits 252,037 195,931 707,473 578,475
Add: Inventory-related charges (a) 7,110   5,537   25,232   16,152  
Housing gross profits excluding inventory-related charges 259,147 201,468 732,705 594,627
Add: Amortization of previously capitalized interest (b) 67,284   54,452   210,538   160,633  
Adjusted housing gross profits $ 326,431   $ 255,920   $ 943,243   $ 755,260  
Housing gross profit margin 18.1 % 16.5 % 16.3 % 16.2 %
Housing gross profit margin excluding inventory-related charges 18.6 % 17.0 % 16.9 % 16.6 %
Adjusted housing gross profit margin 23.5 % 21.6 % 21.8 % 21.1 %
 
(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.

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,
2017
          November 30,
2016
Notes payable $ 2,324,845 $ 2,640,149
Stockholders’ equity 1,926,311   1,723,145  
Total capital $ 4,251,156   $ 4,363,294  
Ratio of debt to capital 54.7 % 60.5 %
 
 
Notes payable $ 2,324,845 $ 2,640,149
Less: Cash and cash equivalents (720,630 ) (592,086 )
Net debt 1,604,215 2,048,063
Stockholders’ equity 1,926,311   1,723,145  
Total capital $ 3,530,526   $ 3,771,208  
Ratio of net debt to capital 45.4 % 54.3 %
 

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.

Contact:

KB Home
Jill Peters, Investor Relations Contact
(310) 893-7456
jpeters@kbhome.com
or
Susan Martin, Media Contact
(310) 231-4142
smartin@kbhome.com

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