D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), America’s Builder, today reported that net income for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012 increased 139% to $66.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share. Net income for the same quarter of fiscal 2012 was $27.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share. Homebuilding revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 increased 39% to $1.2 billion from $0.9 billion in the same quarter of 2012. Homes closed in the quarter increased 26% to 5,182, compared to 4,118 homes in the year-ago quarter.
Net sales orders for the first quarter ended December 31, 2012 increased 39% to 5,259 homes from 3,794 homes in the year-ago quarter and the value of net sales orders increased 60% to $1.3 billion from $0.8 billion. The Company’s cancellation rate (cancelled sales orders divided by gross sales orders) for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was 22%. The Company’s sales order backlog of homes under contract at December 31, 2012 increased 62% to 7,317 homes from 4,530 homes at December 31, 2011. The value of the backlog increased 80% to $1.8 billion at December 31, 2012 from $1.0 billion a year ago.
The Company ended the quarter with $643.1 million of homebuilding unrestricted cash and marketable securities and net homebuilding debt to total capital of 33.0%. Net homebuilding debt to total capital consists of homebuilding notes payable net of cash and marketable securities divided by total equity plus homebuilding notes payable net of cash and marketable securities.
Donald R. Horton, Chairman of the Board, said, “This quarter was our most profitable first quarter since 2007, with $107.9 million of pre-tax income, a 270% increase from the year-ago quarter. We experienced substantial increases in the number of homes sold, closed and in backlog compared to the year-ago quarter. At the same time, our average sales price has increased due to pricing power, geographic mix and larger average home size. As a result, we achieved dollar value increases in homes sold of 60%, homes closed of 38% and backlog of 80%.