Landsea Homes Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

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First Quarter 2024 Highlights

  • First quarter net new home orders of 612, a 23% year-over-year increase
  • Total revenue of $294.0 million, driven by 505 home closings at an average price of $579,000
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $17.0 million
  • Book value per share of $17.92
  • Repurchased approximately 534,000 shares of common stock for $6.4 million

DALLAS, May 01, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Landsea Homes Corporation (Nasdaq: LSEA) (“Landsea Homes” or the “Company”), a publicly traded homebuilder, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024. For the quarter, the Company reported pretax income of $0.7 million, and net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per share. Excluding one-time transaction costs of $1.7 million, net income was $1.9 million or $0.05 per share. Reported pretax income for the prior year period was $5.7 million with net income of $3.2 million, or $0.08 per share. Adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure) was $2.0 million or $0.06 per share and adjusted gross margin of 19.4%. For the prior year period, adjusted net income was $7.1 million, or $0.18 per share and adjusted gross margin of 21.9%.

Management Commentary

“Landsea Homes delivered strong top-line growth in the first quarter of 2024, as home sales revenue increased 22% on a year-over-year basis”, said John Ho, Landsea Homes’ Chief Executive Officer. “New home deliveries came above the high end of our guidance range at 505, while average selling prices increased 14% year-over-year to $579,000. We also generated 612 net new orders during the quarter on a sales pace of 3.3 homes per community per month.”

Mr. Ho continued, “We have experienced solid demand trends so far this spring and look to carry this momentum into the summer and beyond. The lack of existing home inventory continues to be a tailwind for our industry, while economic growth and employment trends in our markets have bolstered demand. The recent rise in interest rates has created some challenges on the affordability front, but we have and will continue to address those issues through the use of interest rate buydowns and other financing incentives.”

Mr. Ho concluded, “We executed two capital markets transactions during the quarter that greatly improved the stability of our balance sheet. The first was another successful equity offering from our largest shareholder, which took their stake below 50% and removed the Controlled Company designation for Landsea Homes as per Nasdaq listing standards. The second transaction was our placement in April of $300 million in senior notes due in 2029 at an interest rate of 8 7/8ths, which allowed us to pay down a portion of the outstanding borrowings under our revolving credit facility and provides us with longer term, fixed rate capital to pursue our growth initiatives. Given the progress we made from both an operational and financial standpoint this quarter, I am confident in our ability to achieve our goals for 2024 and beyond.”

Operating Results

Total revenue was $294.0 million in the first quarter, up 22% compared to the first quarter of 2023, primarily driven by a 7% increase in homes closed and a 14% increase in average sales price.

New homes delivered increased 7% to 505 homes at an average sales price of $579,000, a 14% increase, compared to 472 homes delivered at an average sales price of $510,000 in the first quarter of 2023.

Net new home orders were up 23% to 612 homes with a dollar value of $341.3 million, an average sales price of $558,000 and a monthly absorption rate of 3.3 sales per active community. This compares to 498 homes with a dollar value of $282.5 million, an average sales price of $567,000 and a monthly absorption rate of 2.8 sales per active community in the prior year period. As a percentage of gross orders, cancellations equaled 10% as compared to 16% a year ago.

Total homes in backlog were 624 homes with a dollar value of $384.3 million and an average sales price of $616,000 at March 31, 2024. This compares to 696 homes with a dollar value of $422.9 million and an average sales price of $608,000 at March 31, 2023.

Total lots owned or controlled at March 31, 2024, were 10,351 compared to 11,435 at March 31, 2023. We continue to pursue an asset-light strategy, controlling 59% of our lots at the end of the first quarter of 2024 and 41% were owned.

Home sales gross margin was 14.9% compared to 18.1% in the prior year period. Adjusted home sales gross margin (a non-GAAP measure) was 19.4% compared to 21.9% in the prior year period. The decrease was primarily attributed to the increase in sales discounts and incentives.

Net income attributable to Landsea Homes was $0.2 million compared to $3.2 million in the prior year period. Adjusted net income attributable to Landsea Homes (a non-GAAP measure) was $2.0 million compared to $7.1 million in the prior year period. Net income per share on a fully diluted basis was $0.01 compared to $0.08 in the first quarter of 2023. Adjusted net income per share (a non-GAAP measure) on a fully diluted basis was $0.06 compared to $0.18 in the first quarter of 2023.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was $17.0 million compared to $16.2 million in the prior year period.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2024, the Company had total liquidity of $364.1 million consisting of cash and cash equivalents as well as cash held in escrow of $140.0 million and $224.1 million in availability under the Company’s $675.0 million unsecured revolving credit facility. Total debt was $585.2 million compared to $543.8 million at December 31, 2023.

Landsea Homes’ ratio of debt to capital was 46.4% at March 31, 2024, and the Company’s net debt to total capital (a non-GAAP measure) was 35.3% at March 31, 2024.

Second Quarter 2024 Outlook

  • New home deliveries anticipated to be in the range of 600 to 650
  • Delivery ASPs expected to be in the range of $525,000 to $530,000
  • Home sales gross margin to be between 15% and 16%

Full Year 2024 Outlook

  • New home deliveries anticipated to be in the range of 2,500 to 2,900
  • Delivery ASPs expected to be in the range of $500,000 to $525,000
  • Home sales gross margin to be between 17% and 18%

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern time) to discuss its first quarter 2024 results.

  • Toll-free dial-in number: 1-877-704-4453
  • International dial-in number: 1-201-389-0920

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the Investors section of the Landsea Homes website at https://ir.landseahomes.com/.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through the same time on May 1, 2024.

Replay Details:

  • Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
  • International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
  • Replay ID: 13745940

About Landsea Homes Corporation

Landsea Homes Corporation (Nasdaq: LSEA) is a publicly traded residential homebuilder based in Dallas, Texas that designs and builds best-in-class homes and sustainable master-planned communities in some of the nation's most desirable markets. The company has developed homes and communities in New York, Boston, New Jersey, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Texas and throughout California in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Orange County. Landsea Homes was honored as the Green Home Builder 2023 Builder of the Year, after being named the 2022 winner of the prestigious Builder of the Year award, presented by BUILDER magazine, in recognition of a historical year of transformation.

An award-winning homebuilder that builds suburban, single-family detached and attached homes, mid-and high-rise properties, and master-planned communities, Landsea Homes is known for creating inspired places that reflect modern living and provides homebuyers the opportunity to “Live in Your Element.” Our homes allow people to live where they want to live, how they want to live – in a home created especially for them.

Driven by a pioneering commitment to sustainability, Landsea Homes’ High Performance Homes are responsibly designed to take advantage of the latest innovations with home automation technology supported by Apple®. Homes include features that make life easier and provide energy savings that allow for more comfortable living at a lower cost through sustainability features that contribute to healthier living for both homeowners and the planet.

Led by a veteran team of industry professionals who boast years of worldwide experience and deep local expertise, Landsea Homes is committed to positively enhancing the lives of our homebuyers, employees, and stakeholders by creating an unparalleled lifestyle experience that is unmatched.

For more information on Landsea Homes, visit: www.landseahomes.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, but not limited to, our expectations for future financial performance, business strategies or expectations for our business. These statements constitute projections, forecasts, and forward-looking statements, and are not guarantees of performance. Landsea Homes cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Words such as “may,” “can,” “should,” “will,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “seek,” “target,” “look” or similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Specifically, forward-looking statements may include statements relating to the future financial performance of Landsea Homes; changes in the market for Landsea Homes’ products and services; and other expansion plans and opportunities.

These forward-looking statements are based on information available as of the date of this press release and our management’s current expectations, forecasts, and assumptions, and involve a number of judgments, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk factors described by Landsea Homes in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). These risk factors and those identified elsewhere in this press release, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from historical performance and include, but are not limited to:

  • the cyclical nature of our industry and the possibility that adverse changes in general and local economic conditions could reduce the demand for homes;
  • our ability to develop communities successfully and in a timely manner;
  • changes in the terms and availability of mortgage financing, interest rates, federal lending programs, and tax laws, affecting the demand for and the ability of our homebuyers to complete the purchase of a home;
  • our geographic concentration, which could materially and adversely affect us if the homebuilding industry in our current markets should experience a decline;
  • the potential for adverse weather and geological conditions to increase costs, cause project delays or reduce consumer demand for housing;
  • our ability to promptly sell one or more properties for reasonable prices in response to changing economic, financial and investment conditions, and the risk that we may be forced to hold non-income producing properties for extended periods of time;
  • our reliance on third-party skilled labor, suppliers and long supply chains;
  • the dependence of our long-term sustainability and growth upon our ability to acquire lots that are either developed or have the approvals necessary for us to develop them; and
  • the other risks and uncertainties indicated in Landsea Homes’ SEC reports or documents filed or to be filed with the SEC by Landsea Homes.

Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements in deciding whether to invest in our securities. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

Stock Repurchase

Purchases of common stock pursuant to this authority may be made in open market transactions effected through a broker-dealer at prevailing market prices, in block trades, or by other means in accordance with federal securities laws, including pursuant to any trading plan that may be adopted in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company is not obligated to repurchase any specific number or amount of shares of common stock, and it may modify, suspend or discontinue the program at any time. The Company will determine the timing and amount of repurchase in its discretion based on a variety of factors, such as the market price of the Company’s common stock, corporate requirements, general market economic conditions and legal requirements.

Investor Relations Contact:Drew Mackintosh, CFA Mackintosh Investor Relations, LLCdrew@mackintoshir.com(310) 924-9036

Media Contact:Annie NoebelCornerstone Communicationsanoebel@cornerstonecomms.com(949) 449-2527

 March 31, 2024 December 31, 2023
 (dollars in thousands)
Assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$121,492 $119,555
Cash held in escrow 18,460  49,091
Real estate inventories 1,196,506  1,121,726
Due from affiliates 4,462  4,348
Goodwill 68,639  68,639
Other assets 133,818  107,873
Total assets$1,543,377 $1,471,232
    
Liabilities   
Accounts payable$88,707 $77,969
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 192,115  160,256
Due to affiliates 881  881
Line of credit facility, net 348,237  307,631
Senior notes, net 236,913  236,143
Total liabilities 866,853  782,880
    
Commitments and contingencies   
    
Equity   
Stockholders’ equity:   
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively   
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 41,525,731 issued and 36,129,736 outstanding as of March 31, 2024, 41,382,453 issued and 36,520,894 outstanding as of December 31, 2023 4  4
Additional paid-in capital 459,521  465,290
Retained earnings 187,774  187,584
Total stockholders’ equity 647,299  652,878
Noncontrolling interests 29,225  35,474
Total equity 676,524  688,352
Total liabilities and equity$1,543,377 $1,471,232
 

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024   2023
 (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Revenue   
Home sales$292,592  $240,625
Lot sales and other 1,449   1,115
Total revenues 294,041   241,740
    
Cost of sales   
Home sales 248,897   197,054
Lot sales and other 1,683   713
Total cost of sales 250,580   197,767
    
Gross margin   
Home sales 43,695   43,571
Lot sales and other (234)  402
Total gross margin 43,461   43,973
    
Sales and marketing expenses 18,488   16,408
General and administrative expenses 26,082   22,780
Total operating expenses 44,570   39,188
    
(Loss) income from operations (1,109)  4,785
    
Other income, net 1,813   955
Pretax income 704   5,740
    
(Benefit) provision for income taxes (30)  1,617
    
Net income 734   4,123
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 544   905
Net income attributable to Landsea Homes Corporation$190  $3,218
    
Income per share:   
Basic$0.01  $0.08
Diluted$0.01  $0.08
    
Weighted average common shares outstanding:   
Basic 36,279,679   39,997,699
Diluted 36,798,722   40,116,873
 

Home Deliveries and Home Sales Revenue

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2024 2023 % Change
 Homes Dollar Value ASP Homes Dollar Value ASP Homes Dollar Value ASP
 (dollars in thousands)
Arizona183 $78,741 $430 170 $72,534 $427 8% 9% 1%
California146  131,894  903 85  67,258  791 72% 96% 14%
Colorado17  8,854  521    N/A N/A N/A N/A
Florida157  72,355  461 212  94,990  448 (26)% (24)% 3%
Metro New York   N/A 1  1,649  1,649 N/A N/A N/A
Texas2  748  374 4  4,194  1,049 (50)% (82)% (64)%
Total505 $292,592 $579 472 $240,625 $510 7% 22% 14%
 

Net New Home Orders, Dollar Value of Orders, and Monthly Absorption Rates

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2024 2023 % Change
 HomesDollar ValueASPMonthly Absorption Rate HomesDollar ValueASPMonthly Absorption Rate HomesDollar ValueASPMonthly Absorption Rate
 (dollars in thousands)
Arizona233$103,515$4443.6 152$62,745$4133.2 53%65%8%13%
California107 108,325 1,0123.7 164 136,227 8314.7 (35)%(20)%22%(21)%
Colorado23 10,871 4733.8   N/AN/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 
Florida236 109,533 4642.7 178 79,338 4462.0 33%38%4%35%
Metro New York1 4,312 N/AN/A   N/AN/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 
Texas12 4,695 39113.3 4 4,194 1,0491.3 200%12%(63)%923%
Total612$341,251$5583.3 498$282,504$5672.8 23%21%(2)%18%
  

Average Selling Communities

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 20242023% Change
Arizona21.316.033%
California9.711.7(17)        %
Colorado2.0N/A
Florida29.330.0(2)        %
Metro New York—%
Texas0.31.0(70)        %
Total62.658.77%
    

Backlog

 March 31, 2024 March 31, 2023 % Change
 Homes Dollar Value ASP Homes Dollar Value ASP Homes Dollar Value ASP
 (dollars in thousands)
Arizona146 $66,207 $453 87 $40,197 $462 68% 65% (2)%
California122  134,601  1,103 158  147,415  933 (23)% (9)% 18%
Colorado20  9,557  478    N/A N/A N/A N/A
Florida325  165,662  510 451  235,245  522 (28)% (30)% (2)%
Metro New York1  4,312  4,312    N/A N/A N/A N/A
Texas10  3,947  395    N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total624 $384,286 $616 696 $422,857 $608 (10)% (9)% 1%
 

Lots Owned or Controlled

 March 31, 2024 March 31, 2023  
 Lots Owned Lots Controlled Total Lots Owned Lots Controlled Total % Change
Arizona1,505 1,462 2,967 2,118 1,491 3,609 (18)%
California569 1,200 1,769 504 1,679 2,183 (19)%
Colorado168 125 293    N/A
Florida1,800 1,770 3,570 2,376 2,098 4,474 (20)%
Metro New York2  2 2  2 —%
Texas202 1,548 1,750  1,167 1,167 50%
Total4,246 6,105 10,351 5,000 6,435 11,435 (9)%
 

Home Sales Gross Margins

Home sales gross margin measures the price achieved on delivered homes compared to the costs needed to build the home. In the following table, we calculate gross margins adjusting for interest in cost of sales, inventory impairments, and purchase price accounting for acquired work in process inventory. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be used as a substitute for the Company's operating results in accordance with GAAP. An analysis of any non-GAAP financial measure should be used in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. We believe the below information is meaningful as it isolates the impact that indebtedness, impairments, and acquisitions have on our gross margins and allows for comparability to previous periods and competitors.

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024 %  2023 %
 (dollars in thousands)
Home sales revenue$292,592 100.0% $240,625 100.0%
Cost of home sales 248,897 85.1%  197,054 81.9%
Home sales gross margin 43,695 14.9%  43,571 18.1%
Add: Interest in cost of home sales 10,557 3.6%  4,542 1.9%
Adjusted home sales gross margin excluding interest and real estate inventories impairment 54,252 18.5%  48,113 20.0%
Add: Purchase price accounting for acquired inventory 2,456 0.8%  4,485 1.9%
Adjusted home sales gross margin excluding interest, real estate inventories impairment, and purchase price accounting for acquired inventory$56,708 19.4% $52,598 21.9%
 

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

The following table presents EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure used by management in evaluating operating performance. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before (i) income tax expense (benefit), (ii) interest expenses, (iii) depreciation and amortization, (iv) inventory impairments, (v) purchase accounting adjustments for acquired work in process inventory related to business combinations, (vi) loss (gain) on debt extinguishment or forgiveness, (vii) transaction costs related to the Merger and business combinations, (viii) write-off of deferred offering costs, and (ix) abandoned projects costs. We believe Adjusted EBITDA provides an indicator of general economic performance that is not affected by fluctuations in interest, effective tax rates, levels of depreciation and amortization, and items considered to be non-recurring. Accordingly, we believe this measure is useful for comparing our core operating performance from period to period. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an indication that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024   2023
 (dollars in thousands)
Net income$734  $4,123
(Benefit) provision for income taxes (30)  1,617
Interest in cost of sales 10,570   4,553
Depreciation and amortization expense 1,320   1,418
EBITDA 12,594   11,711
Purchase price accounting in cost of home sales 2,456   4,485
Transaction costs 1,728   15
Abandoned project costs 256   
Adjusted EBITDA$17,034  $16,211
 

Adjusted Net Income

Adjusted Net Income attributable to Landsea Homes is a non-GAAP financial measure that we believe is useful to management, investors and other users of our financial information in evaluating and understanding our operating results without the effect of certain expenses that were historically pushed down by our parent company and other non-recurring items. We believe excluding these items provides a more comparable assessment of our financial results from period to period. Adjusted Net Income attributable to Landsea Homes is calculated by excluding the effects of related party interest that was pushed down by our parent company, purchase accounting adjustments for acquired work in process inventory related to business combinations, loss (gain) on debt extinguishment or forgiveness, and inventory impairment, and tax-effected using a blended statutory tax rate. We also adjust for the expense of related party interest pushed down from our parent company as we have no obligation to repay the debt and related interest.

 Three Months Ended March 31,
  2024  2023
 (dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
Net income attributable to Landsea Homes Corporation$190 $3,218
    
Pre-Merger capitalized related party interest included in cost of sales 29  718
Purchase price accounting for acquired inventory 2,456  4,485
Total adjustments 2,485  5,203
Tax-effected adjustments (1) 1,843  3,839
    
Adjusted net income attributable to Landsea Homes Corporation$2,033 $7,057
    
Earnings per share   
Basic$0.01 $0.08
Diluted$0.01 $0.08
    
Adjusted earnings per share   
Basic$0.06 $0.18
Diluted$0.06 $0.18
    
Weighted shares outstanding   
Weighted average common shares outstanding used in EPS - basic 36,279,679  39,997,699
Weighted average common shares outstanding used in EPS - diluted 36,798,722  40,116,873
(1) Our tax-effected adjustments are based on our federal rate and a blended state rate adjusted for certain discrete items.
      

Net Debt to Total Capital

The following table presents the ratio of debt to capital as well as the ratio of net debt to total capital which is a non-GAAP financial measure. The ratio of debt to capital is computed as the quotient obtained by dividing total debt, net of issuance costs, by total capital (sum of total debt, net of issuance costs, plus total equity).

The non-GAAP ratio of net debt to total capital is computed as the quotient obtained by dividing net debt (which is total debt, net of issuance costs, less cash and cash equivalents as well as cash held in escrow to the extent necessary to reduce the debt balance to zero) by total capital. The most comparable GAAP financial measure is the ratio of debt to capital. We believe the ratio of net debt to total capital is a relevant financial measure for investors to understand the leverage employed in our operations and as an indicator of our ability to obtain financing. We believe that by deducting our cash from our debt, we provide a measure of our indebtedness that takes into account our cash liquidity. We believe this provides useful information as the ratio of debt to capital does not take into account our liquidity and we believe that the ratio of net debt to total capital provides supplemental information by which our financial position may be considered.

See table below reconciling this non-GAAP measure to the ratio of debt to capital.

 March 31, 2024 December 31, 2023
 (dollars in thousands)
Total notes and other debts payable, net$585,150  $543,774 
Total equity 676,524   688,352 
Total capital$1,261,674  $1,232,126 
Ratio of debt to capital 46.4%  44.1%
    
Total notes and other debts payable, net$585,150  $543,774 
Less: cash and cash equivalents 121,492   119,555 
Less: cash held in escrow 18,460   49,091 
Net debt 445,198   375,128 
    
Total capital$1,261,674  $1,232,126 
Ratio of net debt to total capital 35.3%  30.4%
 

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