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K. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. Announces New Exchangeable Note Units Offering

RED BANK, N.J., Sept. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV) (the "Company") announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, K. Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. ("K. Hovnanian"), plans to issue exchangeable note units (the "Units") in an underwritten public offering (the "Units Offering"). The offering is anticipated to consist of the issuance of 90,000 Units, each with a stated amount of $1,000 and each comprised of a zero-coupon senior exchangeable note due December 1, 2017 and a senior amortizing note due December 1, 2017. The notes comprising the Units will be guaranteed by the Company and certain of its subsidiaries. In addition, K. Hovnanian intends to grant the underwriters a 13-day option to purchase up to an additional 10,000 Units sold to cover over-allotments. Concurrently with this offering, K. Hovnanian plans to issue an aggregate principal amount of up to $550,000,000 of senior secured first lien notes due 2020 (the "First Lien Notes") and $247,000,000 of senior secured second lien notes due 2020 (the "Second Lien Notes" and, together with the First Lien Notes, the "Notes") in a private placement (the "Notes Offering").  

J. P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC are serving as the joint book-running managers for the Units Offering. 

K. Hovnanian intends to use the net proceeds from the Units Offering and the Notes Offering to fund a tender offer and consent solicitation for any and all of its outstanding 10 5/8% Senior Secured Notes Due 2016.

The Units, including the underlying zero-coupon senior exchangeable notes and senior amortizing notes, will be issued pursuant to an effective registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form S-3 and available for review on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. Any offer of the securities will be made only by means of a prospectus, forming a part of the effective registration statement, the applicable preliminary prospectus supplement and other related documents. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus related to the Units may be obtained from J.P. Morgan Securities LLC c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, New York 11717 or by calling 1-866-803-9204; Citigroup, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220 or by telephone at 1-800-831-9146 or by email at batprospectusdept@citigroup.com; or Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10010, e-mail: newyork.prospectus@credit-suisse.com or toll free at (800) 221-1037.

In addition, this press release also does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes.

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