D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), America’s Builder, today reported that net income for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2013 increased 86% to $123.2 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, from $66.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share in the same quarter of fiscal 2013. Homebuilding revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 increased 33% to $1.6 billion from $1.2 billion in the same quarter of 2013. Homes closed in the quarter increased 19% to 6,188, compared to 5,182 homes in the year ago quarter.
Net sales orders for the first quarter ended December 31, 2013 increased 4% to 5,454 homes from 5,259 homes in the year-ago quarter and the value of net sales orders increased 14% to $1.5 billion from $1.3 billion. The Company’s cancellation rate (cancelled sales orders divided by gross sales orders) for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was 23%. The Company’s sales order backlog of homes under contract at December 31, 2013 increased 5% to 7,684 homes from 7,317 homes at December 31, 2012. The value of the backlog increased 20% to $2.1 billion at December 31, 2013 from $1.8 billion a year ago.
The Company ended the quarter with $801.1 million of homebuilding unrestricted cash and net homebuilding debt to total capital of 37.1%. Net homebuilding debt to total capital consists of homebuilding notes payable net of cash divided by total equity plus homebuilding notes payable net of cash.
The Company has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0375 per common share. The dividend is payable on February 18, 2014 to stockholders of record on February 7, 2014.
Donald R. Horton, Chairman of the Board, said, “Our fiscal 2014 is off to a great start. First quarter pre-tax income increased 76% to $189.7 million and our pre-tax income margin improved 290 basis points to 11.4%. The dollar value of our homes sold, closed and in backlog all increased by double-digit percentages. Our average sales price increased 10% to $275,600, reflecting pricing power across most of our markets and increased demand from move-up buyers.