D.R. Horton Expands in Midwest With Westport Homes Buy
D.R. Horton is expanding operations in the U.S. by buying privately held Westport Homes for $190 million in cash.

Texas-based homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI) said it was buying privately held Westport Homes, a Midwest home construction company, for about $190 million in cash.

Shares of D.R. Horton were up slightly on the news at around $34.62 before noon on Tuesday. 

Under the deal, Westport will operate as a separate division within D.R. Horton, which has operations in 81 markets in 27 U.S. states and owns several brands.

The company said that the buy of Westport -- which operates largely in Indianapolis and Ohio -- would expand D.R. Horton by thousands of lots and hundreds of homes.

"Their well-established building operations make Westport a great fit for D.R. Horton as we expand our footprint in the Midwest," said Donald R. Horton, D.R. Horton's chairman, in a press statement.

By the 12 months ended Oct. 31, Westport had closed 886 homes with average sale prices of $264,000, and closed the period with $234 million in revenue.

D.R. Horton released its fourth-quarter earnings the week prior to the acquisition showing net income rose 49% from the same period last year to $466.1 million, or $1.22 a share.
 

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