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07.26.22

PulteGroup Reports Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results

  • Net Income of $2.73 Per Share Increased 59% Over Prior Year Adjusted Net Income of $1.72 Per Share
  • Closings of 7,177 Homes Comparable with Prior Year; Average Sales Price Increased 19% to $531,000
  • Home Sale Revenues Increased 18% to $3.8 Billion
  • Home Sale Gross Margin Increased 430 Basis Points to 30.9%
  • Net New Orders of 6,418 Homes with a Value of $3.9 Billion
  • Unit Backlog of 19,176 Homes with a Value of $11.6 Billion
  • Company Repurchased $294 Million of Stock in the Period
ATLANTA - July 26, 2022 – PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM) announced today financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2022.  For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $652 million, or $2.73 per share.  Prior year reported net income was $503 million, or $1.90 per share.  Adjusted net income for the prior year period was $456 million, or $1.72 per share, after excluding a $46 million pre-tax insurance benefit and a tax benefit of $12 million resulting from a change in valuation allowances associated with state net operating loss carryforwards. 

“Reflecting the exceptional demand conditions in the back half of 2021, we delivered record second quarter homebuilding revenues and gross margin which drove a significant increase in earnings per share,” said Ryan Marshall, President and Chief Executive Officer of PulteGroup.  “The ongoing strength of our quarterly financial results allowed us to deliver a return on equity of 31%* for the trailing 12 months.

 “While PulteGroup continues to deliver outstanding financial results and maintain a large backlog of sold homes, Federal Reserve actions to raise interest rates to combat inflation, combined with lower consumer confidence and increasing fears of a recession have worked to cool the demand environment.  The recent 200-basis point increase in mortgage rates has impacted affordability, but we continue to believe the desire for homeownership is high and the long-term outlook for housing remains positive. 

“Within today’s volatile market conditions, we remain disciplined in our business practices and focused on delivering high returns on invested capital in support of building long-term shareholder value.  Given PulteGroup’s efficient building practices and exceptional financial strength, I believe we are extremely well positioned to manage through today’s changing market conditions.”

Home sale revenues for the second quarter increased 18% over the prior year period to $3.8 billion.  Higher revenues for the quarter reflect a 19% increase in average sales price to $531,000, partially offset by a less than 1% decrease in closings to 7,177 homes.  The higher average sales price for the period benefited from price increases realized in prior quarters across all buyer groups and geographies.

The Company’s second quarter homebuilding gross margin of 30.9% represents an increase of 430 basis points over the prior year second quarter and an increase of 190 basis points from the first quarter of 2022.  SG&A expense for the period was $351 million, or 9.2% of home sale revenues.  In the comparable prior year period, the Company’s reported SG&A expense was $272 million, or 8.4% of home sale revenues.  Excluding the $46 million pre-tax insurance benefit recorded in that period, the Company’s adjusted SG&A expense was $319 million, or 9.8% of home sale revenues.       

Net new orders in the second quarter were lower by 23% from last year to 6,418 homes, as higher mortgage rates, reduced affordability, and lower consumer confidence, slowed demand and resulted in an increased number of previous buyers cancelling their contracts.  In the second quarter, the Company’s cancellation rate was 15%, compared with 7% in the prior year period.  The dollar value of net new orders was $3.9 billion, which is a decrease of 8% from the comparable prior year period.  For the second quarter, the Company operated out of an average of 791 communities.

The Company’s unit backlog at quarter end was 19,176 homes, which is a decrease of 4% from the prior year.  The dollar value of homes in backlog was $11.6 billion, which is an increase of 18% over last year.       
Pre-tax income for the Company's financial services operations was $40 million, down from $51 million last year.  Lower pre-tax income for the quarter reflects the more competitive operating environment which continues to impact capture rate and pricing.  Mortgage capture rate for the second quarter was 78%, down from 86% last year.

The Company’s reported income tax expense for the second quarter was $212 million, representing an effective tax rate of 24.5%.  In the prior year period, the Company’s reported income tax expense of $136 million, or an effective tax rate of 21.3%, included the $12 million tax benefit realized in the period.  The Company’s prior year tax rate also benefitted from federal energy efficient home credits which expired as of December 31, 2021.

The Company ended the second quarter with $732 million of cash and a debt-to-capital ratio of 20.8%.  In the second quarter, the Company repurchased 7.1 million of its shares for $294 million, or an average price of $41.44 per share.     
 
“We continue to allocate capital to support our homebuilding operations, while consistently returning funds to our shareholders through dividends and share repurchase,” said Bob O’Shaughnessy, EVP and Chief Financial Officer.  “Through the first half of 2022, the Company paid out $74 million in dividends and returned $794 million to shareholders through the repurchase of 17.4 million shares, or 7.0% of its shares outstanding.”
 
A conference call discussing PulteGroup's second quarter 2022 results is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  Interested investors can access the live webcast via PulteGroup's corporate website at www.pultegroup.com.

* The Company's return on equity is calculated as net income for the trailing twelve months divided by average shareholders' equity, where average shareholders' equity is the sum of ending shareholders' equity balances of the trailing five quarters divided by five.
 
Forward-Looking Statements
This release includes “forward-looking statements.” These statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities, as well as those of the markets we serve or intend to serve, to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate to matters of a strictly factual or historical nature and generally discuss or relate to forecasts, estimates or other expectations regarding future events. Generally, the words “believe,” “expect, “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “project,” “may,” “can,” “could,” “might,” "should", “will” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, including statements related to any potential impairment charges and the impacts or effects thereof, expected operating and performing results, planned transactions, planned objectives of management, future developments or conditions in the industries in which we participate and other trends, developments and uncertainties that may affect our business in the future.
 
Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among other things: interest rate changes and the availability of mortgage financing; competition within the industries in which we operate; including as it relates to our ability to take pricing actions to offset rising expenses; the availability and cost of land and other raw materials used by us in our homebuilding operations; the impact of any changes to our strategy in responding to the cyclical nature of the industry, including any changes regarding our land positions and the levels of our land spend; the availability and cost of insurance covering risks associated with our businesses; shortages and the cost of labor; weather related slowdowns; slow growth initiatives and/or local building moratoria; governmental regulation directed at or affecting the housing market, the homebuilding industry or construction activities; uncertainty in the mortgage lending industry, including revisions to underwriting standards and repurchase requirements associated with the sale of mortgage loans; the interpretation of or changes to tax, labor and environmental laws which could have a greater impact on our effective tax rate or the value of our deferred tax assets than we anticipate; economic changes nationally or in our local markets, including inflation, deflation, changes in consumer confidence and preferences and the state of the market for homes in general; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims; our ability to generate sufficient cash flow in order to successfully implement our capital allocation priorities; required accounting changes; terrorist acts and other acts of war; the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our financial position and ability to continue our Homebuilding or Financial Services activities at normal levels or at all in impacted areas; the duration, effect and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic; the measures that governmental authorities take to address the COVID-19 pandemic which may precipitate or exacerbate one or more of the above-mentioned and/or other risks and significantly disrupt or prevent us from operating our business in the ordinary course for an extended period of time; and other factors of national, regional and global scale, including those of a political, economic, business and competitive nature. See PulteGroup's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, and other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our businesses. PulteGroup undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in PulteGroup's expectations.
 
 
About PulteGroup
PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies with operations in more than 40 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, American West and John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, the company is one of the industry’s most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup’s purpose is building incredible places where people can live their dreams.
 
For more information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, go to pultegroup.com; pulte.com; centex.com; delwebb.com; divosta.com; jwhomes.com; and americanwesthomes.com.  Follow PulteGroup, Inc. on Twitter: @PulteGroupNews.
 
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