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Beazer Homes Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYSE: BZH) ( today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Highlights for the quarter included a 310 basis point improvement in homebuilding gross margins, an 18.6% increase in average sales prices and adjusted EBITDA of $21.6 million, nearly triple the amount recorded a year ago.

“We continued to make year-over-year improvements in our key operational metrics during the quarter,” said Allan Merrill, CEO of Beazer Homes. “Higher sales per community, average sales prices and gross margins led us to improved adjusted EBITDA and kept us on track to achieve full year profitability for Fiscal 2014.”

Summary results for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 are as follows:

Q1 Results from Continuing Operations (unless otherwise specified)
  Quarter Ended December 31,
2013     2012     Change
New Home Orders 895 932 (4.0 )%
Orders per month per community 2.2 2.1 4.8 %
LTM orders per month per community 2.9 2.5 16.0 %
Cancellation rates 21.8 % 26.4 % -460 bps
Total Home Closings 1,038 1,038 %
Average sales price from closings (in thousands) $ 279.3 $ 235.5 18.6 %
Homebuilding revenue (in millions) $ 290.0 $ 244.4 18.6 %
Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding impairments and abandonments (I&A) 18.8 % 14.7 % 410 bps
Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding I&A and interest amortized to cost of sales 21.2 % 18.1 % 310 bps
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (in millions) $ (3.9 ) $ (19.2 ) $ 15.3
Benefit from income taxes (in millions) $ $ 0.3 $ (0.3 )
Net loss from continuing operations (in millions) $ (3.9 ) $ (18.9 ) $ 15.0
Basic Loss Per Share $ (0.16 ) $ (0.78 ) $ 0.62
Inventory impairments (in millions) $ $ (0.2 ) $ 0.2
Net loss from continuing operations excluding inventory impairments (in millions) $ (3.9 ) $ (18.7 ) $ 14.8
Land and land development spending (in millions) $ 123.8 $ 90.0 $ 33.8
Total Company Adjusted EBITDA (in millions) $ 21.6 $ 7.7 $ 13.9

As of December 31, 2013
  • Total cash and cash equivalents: $431.7 million, including unrestricted cash of approximately $382.6 million
  • Stockholders' equity: $235.6 million
  • Total backlog from continuing operations: 1,750 homes with a sales value of $500.0 million, compared to 1,817 homes with a sales value of $478.3 million as of December 31, 2012
  • Land and lots controlled: 28,978 lots (79.0% owned), an increase of 15.4% from December 31, 2012

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call on January 31, 2014 at 11:00 am ET to discuss these results. Interested parties may listen to the conference call and view the Company's slide presentation over the Internet by visiting the “Investor Relations” section of the Company's website at To access the conference call by telephone, listeners should dial 800-619-8639 (for international callers, dial 312-470-7002). To be admitted to the call, verbally supply the passcode "BZH". A replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the live call. To directly access the replay, dial 800-685-6061 or 203-369-3604 and enter the passcode “3740” (available until 9:30 pm ET on February 7, 2014), or visit A replay of the webcast will be available at for at least 30 days.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Beazer Homes is one of the country's 10 largest single-family homebuilders. The Company's homes meet or exceed the benchmark for energy-efficient home construction as established by ENERGY STAR® and are designed with flexible floorplan options to meet the personal preferences and lifestyles of its buyers. In addition, the Company is committed to providing a range of preferred lender choices to facilitate transparent competition between lenders and enhanced customer service. The Company offers homes in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Beazer Homes is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BZH.” For more info visit, or check out Beazer on Facebook and Twitter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, among other things, (i) the availability and cost of land and the risks associated with the future value of our inventory such as additional asset impairment charges or writedowns; (ii) economic changes nationally or in local markets, including changes in consumer confidence, declines in employment levels, inflation and increases in the quantity and decreases in the price of new homes and resale homes in the market; (iii) the cyclical nature of the homebuilding industry and a potential deterioration in homebuilding industry conditions; (iv) estimates related to homes to be delivered in the future (backlog) are imprecise as they are subject to various cancellation risks which cannot be fully controlled; (v) shortages of or increased prices for labor, land or raw materials used in housing production; (vi) our cost of and ability to access capital and otherwise meet our ongoing liquidity needs including the impact of any downgrades of our credit ratings or reductions in our tangible net worth or liquidity levels; (vii) our ability to comply with covenants in our debt agreements or satisfy such obligations through repayment or refinancing; (viii) a substantial increase in mortgage interest rates, increased disruption in the availability of mortgage financing, a change in tax laws regarding the deductibility of mortgage interest, or an increased number of foreclosures; (ix) increased competition or delays in reacting to changing consumer preference in home design; (x) factors affecting margins such as decreased land values underlying land option agreements, increased land development costs on communities under development or delays or difficulties in implementing initiatives to reduce production and overhead cost structure; (xi) estimates related to the potential recoverability of our deferred tax assets; (xii) potential delays or increased costs in obtaining necessary permits as a result of changes to, or complying with, laws, regulations, or governmental policies and possible penalties for failure to comply with such laws, regulations and governmental policies; (xiii) the results of litigation or government proceedings and fulfillment of the obligations in the Deferred Prosecution Agreement and consent orders with governmental authorities and other settlement agreements; (xiv) the impact of construction defect and home warranty claims; (xv) the cost and availability of insurance and surety bonds; (xvi) the performance of our unconsolidated entities and our unconsolidated entity partners; (xvii) delays in land development or home construction resulting from adverse weather conditions; (xviii) the impact of information technology failures or data security breaches; (xix) effects of changes in accounting policies, standards, guidelines or principles; or (xx) terrorist acts, acts of war and other factors over which the Company has little or no control.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors.
($ in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
December 31,
2013   2012
Total revenue $ 293,170 $ 246,902
Home construction and land sales expenses 238,469 210,614
Inventory impairments and option contract abandonments 31   204  
Gross profit 54,670 36,084
Commissions 11,821 10,642
General and administrative expenses 28,410 26,328
Depreciation and amortization 2,907   2,715  
Operating income (loss) 11,532 (3,601 )
Equity in income of unconsolidated entities 319 36
Other expense, net (15,757 ) (15,627 )
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (3,906 ) (19,192 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 42   (253 )
Loss from continuing operations (3,948 ) (18,939 )
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax (1,190 ) (1,449 )
Net loss $ (5,138 ) $ (20,388 )
Weighted average number of shares:
Basic and Diluted 25,009 24,294
Basic and Diluted loss per share:
Continuing Operations $ (0.16 ) $ (0.78 )
Discontinued Operations $ (0.05 ) $ (0.06 )
Total $ (0.21 ) $ (0.84 )
Three Months Ended
December 31,
2013 2012
Capitalized interest in inventory, beginning of period $ 52,562 $ 38,190
Interest incurred 32,441 28,418
Interest expense not qualified for capitalization and included as other expense (16,032 ) (16,211 )
Capitalized interest amortized to house construction and land sales expenses (7,135 ) (8,475 )
Capitalized interest in inventory, end of period $ 61,836   $ 41,922  
($ in thousands, except share and per share data)
December 31, 2013 September 30, 2013
Cash and cash equivalents $ 382,560 $ 504,459
Restricted cash 49,155 48,978
Accounts receivable (net of allowance of $1,495 and $1,651, respectively) 21,074 22,342
Income tax receivable 2,813 2,813
Owned inventory 1,374,987 1,304,694
Land not owned under option agreements 7,751   9,124  
Total inventory 1,382,738 1,313,818
Investments in unconsolidated entities 47,424 44,997
Deferred tax assets, net 5,333 5,253
Property, plant and equipment, net 17,437 17,000
Other assets 24,299   27,129  
Total assets $ 1,932,833   $ 1,986,789  
Trade accounts payable $ 60,505 $ 83,800
Other liabilities 117,318 145,623
Obligations related to land not owned under option agreements 3,147 4,633
Total debt (net of discounts of $4,970 and $5,160 respectively) 1,516,255   1,512,183  
Total liabilities $ 1,697,225   $ 1,746,239  
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock (par value $.01 per share, 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued) $ $
Common stock (par value $0.001 per share, 63,000,000 shares authorized, 25,358,835 and 25,245,945 issued and outstanding, respectively) 25 25
Paid-in capital 846,361 846,165
Accumulated deficit (610,778 ) (605,640 )
Total stockholders’ equity 235,608   240,550  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,932,833   $ 1,986,789  
Inventory Breakdown
Homes under construction $ 260,359 $ 262,476
Development projects in progress 611,736 578,453
Land held for future development 338,512 341,986
Land held for sale 59,924 31,331
Capitalized interest 61,836 52,562
Model homes 42,620 37,886
Land not owned under option agreements 7,751   9,124  
Total inventory $ 1,382,738   $ 1,313,818  
($ in thousands, except otherwise noted)
Quarter Ended December 31,
West region 435 499
East region 338 353
Southeast region 265   186
Total closings 1,038   1,038
New orders, net of cancellations:
West region 351 424
East region 308 309
Southeast region 236   199
Total new orders 895   932
Backlog units at end of period:
West region 654 764
East region 631 703
Southeast region 465   350
Total backlog units 1,750   1,817
Dollar value of backlog at end of period (in millions) $ 500.0   $ 478.3
Homebuilding Revenue:
West region $ 120,212 $ 109,753
East region 106,879 96,464
Southeast region 62,867   38,208
Total homebuilding revenue $ 289,958   $ 244,425
  Quarter Ended December 31,
Homebuilding $ 289,958 $ 244,425
Land sales and other 3,212   2,477
Total $ 293,170   $ 246,902
Gross profit:
Homebuilding $ 54,450 $ 35,630
Land sales and other 220   454
Total $ 54,670   $ 36,084

Reconciliation of homebuilding gross profit before impairments and abandonments and interest amortized to cost of sales and the related gross margins to homebuilding gross profit and gross margin, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is provided for each period discussed below. Management believes that this information assists investors in comparing the operating characteristics of homebuilding activities by eliminating many of the differences in companies' respective level of impairments and level of debt.
  Quarter Ended December 31,  
2013       2012  
Homebuilding gross profit $ 54,450     18.8 % $ 35,630     14.6 %
Inventory impairments and lot option abandonments (I&A) 31   204  
Homebuilding gross profit before I&A 54,481 18.8 % 35,834 14.7 %
Interest amortized to cost of sales 7,135   8,475  
Homebuilding gross profit before I&A and interest amortized to cost of sales $ 61,616   21.2 % $ 44,309   18.1 %

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, debt extinguishment, impairments and abandonments) to total company net loss (including discontinued operations), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is provided for each period discussed below. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA assists investors in understanding and comparing the operating characteristics of homebuilding activities by eliminating many of the differences in companies' respective capitalization, tax position and level of impairments.
  Quarter Ended December 31,
2013     2012
Net loss $ (5,138 ) $ (20,388 )
Benefit from income taxes 52 (275 )
Interest amortized to home construction and land sales expenses, capitalized interest impaired, and interest expense not qualified for capitalization 23,167 24,686
Depreciation and amortization and stock compensation amortization 3,516 3,499
Inventory impairments and option contract abandonments 31   221  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 21,628   $ 7,743  

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