KB Home (KBH) Beats Q1 Earnings Estimates, Housing Strong

KB HomeKBH reported impressive first-quarter fiscal 2017 earnings of 15 cents per share, surpassing both the Zacks Consensus Estimate and the year-ago profit level of 14 cents by 7.1%.

Total revenue of $818.6 million in the quarter beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $802 million by 2.1%. The top line increased 20.7% year over year, driven by higher housing revenues.

Segment Details

Homebuilding Revenue: In the reported quarter, homebuilding revenues grew 20.8% year over year to $816.2 million, driven by a double-digit increase in the number of homes delivered. Land generated $5.3 million in revenues, up 71%. Housing revenues of $810.9 million improved 20.6% from the year-ago quarter.

Net orders rose 13.6% to 2,580 homes, driven by demand growth in the housing markets served by KB Home across the board except Southeast region. Value of net orders increased 31.6% to $1,085.4 million.

Number of homes delivered jumped 13.9% to 2,224 homes, buoyed by double-digit increases in the company's West Coast, Southwest and Central regions. Average selling price went up 5.9% to $364,600.

At the end of the reported quarter, average community count was 238, down 2.5% year over year.

The company's backlog totaled 4,776 homes (as of Feb 28, 2017), up 11.5% year over year. Potential housing revenues from backlog increased 25.1% to $1.79 billion, with all the regions registering double-digit gains, barring Central and Southeast region. This marks the company's highest backlog value since 2007.


Adjusted housing gross profit margin (excluding the amortization of previously capitalized interest and inventory-related charges) contracted 80 basis points (bps) to 19.9%.

As a percentage of housing revenues, selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) were 11.5%, down 160 bps year over year. This marks the lowest first-quarter ratio in the company's history.

Adjusted homebuilding operating margin (after excluding inventory-related charges) increased 50 bps year over year to 3.6%.

Financial Services: In the quarter, Financial Services' revenues dropped 10.6% year over year to $2.4 million.

Financial Position

KB Home had homebuilding cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash of $351.9 million as of Feb 28, 2017, lower than $592.1 million as of Nov 30, 2016.

Net debt was $2.15 billion as of Feb 28, 2017, compared with $2.05 billion as of Nov 30, 2016, reflecting a net debt-to-capitalization ratio of 55.3%, higher than 54.3% at the end of 2016.

KB Home currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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Stocks to Consider

Some better-placed stocks in the sector are NVR, Inc. NVR , PulteGroup, Inc. PHM and D.R. Horton, Inc. DHI .

For full-year 2017, NVR expects earnings to increase 23.6% while PulteGroup foresees an earnings growth rate of 31.5%. Both these companies sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

D.R. Horton carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and is expected to witness 15.6% growth in fiscal 2017 earnings.

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