The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.
Aliso Viejo, California, May 3, 2019.
The New Home Company Inc. (NYSE: NWHM) today announced results for the 2019
First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Net loss of
per diluted share, including
of pretax severance charges, compared to net loss of
per diluted share, for the 2018 first quarter
Adjusted net loss of
* per diluted share, excluding severance charges
Home sales revenue up
$ 99.2 million
; deliveries up
Total revenues of
Backlog dollar value of
Ending community count up
Repurchased $5.0 million of the Company's 7.25% Senior Notes due 2022
resulting in a pretax gain of $0.4 million
shares of common stock for $1.0 million
"Lower interest rates, moderating home prices, and improvement in the equity markets helped spur buyer demand and order activity during the first quarter, with March being the strongest month," said Larry Webb, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The New Home Company. "While sales demand and first quarter absorption rates were lower than the prior year first quarter, absorption rates were up 42% over the fourth quarter which led to a 62% sequential increase in net new orders. In addition, we made progress on our diversification strategy and increased home sales revenue by
, deliveries by
and home sales gross margins by 40 basis points over the prior year first quarter."
Mr. Webb continued, "We remain focused on repositioning our portfolio to include more affordable product where we believe sales demand is deeper and sales pace is more robust. We opened three new communities during the quarter with base pricing below $600,000 and anticipate opening three more during the second quarter at similar price points. In addition, we took steps to right-size our operations and cost structure by reducing headcount to better align our business with recent demand levels."
Mr. Webb concluded, "We continue to take steps to lower our cost structure, strengthen our balance sheet, pursue opportunities to reduce our leverage and thoughtfully allocate resources to best position the Company for long-term success. We acknowledge the challenges that currently face our business and believe our Company has the right team in place to generate long-term value for our shareholders."
First Quarter 2019 Operating Results
Total revenues for the 2019
in the prior year period. Net loss attributable to the Company for the 2019 first quarter was
per diluted share, compared to a net loss of
per diluted share, in the prior year period. Adjusted net loss for the 2019 first quarter after excluding severance charges was
* per diluted share. The year-over-year decrease in income was primarily attributable to
in pretax severance charges in the 2019 first quarter related to right-sizing our operations by reducing headcount, a 40 basis point increase in selling and marketing costs as a percentage of homes sales revenue, and a $0.7 million decrease in fee building margin due to lower fee construction activity. Partially offsetting these decreases was a 25% increase in home sales revenue, a 40 basis point increase in home sales
gross margin, a 10 basis point improvement in general and administrative costs as a percentage of home sales revenue (190 basis point improvement excluding severance costs*), and a $0.4 million gain on the early extinguishment of debt.
Wholly Owned Projects
Home sales revenue for the 2019
in the prior year period. The increase in home sales revenues was driven by an
increase in deliveries and to a lesser extent, a
increase in average selling price to $1.0 million. The higher year-over-year average selling price was impacted by mix, including pulling forward our first deliveries from our higher-priced Icon community in Scottsdale, Arizona where the average price topped $2.2 million.
Gross margin from home sales for the 2019
as compared to
in the prior year period. The 40 basis point increase was primarily due to a mix shift, which was partially offset by higher interest costs and incentives. Adjusted homebuilding gross margin for the 2019 first quarter, which excludes interest in cost of home sales, was
* compared to
* in the prior year period.
Our SG&A expense ratio as a percentage of home sales revenue for the 2019
in the prior year period. The 30 basis point increase in the SG&A rate was primarily due to severance charges and higher amortization of capitalized selling and marketing costs related to a higher community count in the 2019 first quarter, and to a lesser extent, an amortization expense benefit in the 2018 first quarter in connection with adopting Accounting Standards Codification 606. These decreases were partially offset by improved leverage from higher home sales revenue and lower compensation expenses. Excluding severance charges, the SG&A rate was
*, a 150 basis point improvement as compared to the 2018 first quarter.
Net new home orders for the 2019
homes due to a slower monthly sales absorption rate, partially offset by an increase in average selling communities. The monthly sales absorption rate for the Company was 1.7 for the 2019 first quarter compared to
for the prior year period. The 39% decrease in the monthly absorption rate was due to weaker buyer demand as compared to the prior year, however, we did see a 42% sequential increase in the monthly absorption rate during the 2019 first quarter as compared to the 2018 fourth quarter. We ended the 2019 first quarter with
active communities as compared to
at the end of the 2018 first quarter, a 22% increase.
The dollar value of the Company's wholly owned backlog at the end of the 2019
homes compared to
homes in the prior year period. The decrease in backlog dollar value resulted primarily from lower net new orders and a
lower average selling price of the homes in backlog at the end of the 2019 first quarter.
Fee Building Projects
Fee building revenue for the 2019
in the prior year period. The decrease in fee revenues was largely due to lower construction activity in Irvine, California due to lower demand levels in that submarket. Management fees from joint ventures and construction management fees from third parties, which are included in fee building revenue, increased to $1.3 million for the 2019
quarter as compared to $1.0 million for the 2018 first quarter. Our fee building gross margin for the 2019 first quarter was $0.4 million versus
in the prior year period. The reduction in fee building margin was largely the result of lower fee building revenue and a $0.4 million decrease in management fees from joint ventures, which was partially offset by $0.7 million in construction management fees from third parties earned in the 2019 first quarter.
Unconsolidated Joint Ventures (JVs)
The Company’s share of joint venture income for the 2019 first quarter was
as compared to $0.3 million in the prior year period, with the majority of the income generated from the Company's Mountain Shadows luxury community in Paradise Valley, Arizona. At the end of 2019 and 2018 first quarters, our joint ventures had six and seven actively selling communities, respectively.
The Company's effective tax rate related to the income tax benefit for the 2019 first quarter was 25.0% as compared to 56.9% in the 2018 first quarter. The decrease is attributable to discrete items which resulted in a $0.4 million benefit in the 2018 first quarter primarily related to energy credits and a $0.3 million provision in the 2019 first quarter related to stock compensation and state tax rate changes.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
March 31, 2019
, the Company had real estate inventories totaling
and owned or controlled
lots through its wholly owned operations (excluding fee building and joint venture lots), of which
lots, or 40%, were controlled through option contracts. The Company ended the 2019
in cash and cash equivalents and $399.6 million in debt, of which
was outstanding under its
revolving credit facility. As of March 31, 2019, the Company had a debt-to-capital ratio of
and a net debt-to-capital ratio of
Repurchase of Senior Notes and Stock
During March 2019, the Company repurchased and retired
of its 7.25% Senior Notes due 2022 for a cash payment of approximately
, which resulted in a
pretax gain on the early extinguishment of debt.
The Company repurchased
shares of its common stock for approximately $1.0 million during the 2019 first quarter. The purchases were made under a previously announced stock repurchase plan with a remaining purchase authorization of $5.4 million as of March 31, 2019.
The Company's current estimate for the 2019 second quarter is as follows:
Home sales revenue of $110 - $130 million
Fee building revenue of $15 - $20 million
Home sales gross margin of 12.0% - 12.5%
Conference Call Details
The Company will host a conference call and webcast for investors and other interested parties beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 3, 2019 to review
quarter results, discuss recent events and results, and discuss the Company's quarterly guidance for 2019. We will also conduct a question-and-answer period. The conference call will be available in the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.NWHM.com. To listen to the broadcast live, go to the site approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software. To participate in the telephone conference call, dial 1-877-407-0789 (domestic) or 1-201-689-8562 (international) at least five minutes prior to the start time. Replays of the conference call will be available through June 3, 2019 and can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) or 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering the pass code 13689425.
* Adjusted net loss, adjusted EPS, general and administrative costs excluding severance charges as a percentage of home sales revenue, selling, general and administrative costs excluding severance charges as a percentage of home sales revenue, adjusted homebuilding gross margin (or homebuilding gross margin excluding interest in cost of home sales) and net debt-to-capital ratio are non-GAAP measures. A reconciliation of the appropriate GAAP measure to each of these measures is included in the accompanying financial data. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
About The New Home Company
NWHM is a new generation homebuilder focused on the design, construction and sale of innovative and consumer-driven homes in major metropolitan areas within select growth markets in California and Arizona, including Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area, metro Sacramento and the greater Phoenix area. The Company is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. For more information about the Company and its new home developments, please visit the Company's website at
Various statements contained in this press release, including those that express a belief, anticipation, expectation or intention, as well as those that are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning our revenues, community counts and openings, the timing and success of specific projects, our ability to execute our strategic growth objectives, gross margins, other projected results, income, earnings per share, joint ventures and capital spending. Our forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by words such as “estimate,” “should,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “potential,” “plan,” “goal,” “will,” “guidance,” “target,” “forecast,” or other words that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this release, and we disclaim any obligation to update these statements unless required by law, and we caution you not to rely on them unduly. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. The following factors, among others, may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements: economic changes either nationally or in the markets in which we operate, including declines in employment, volatility of mortgage interest rates and inflation; a downturn in the homebuilding industry; changes in sales conditions, including home prices, in the markets where we build homes; our significant amount of debt and the impact of restrictive covenants in our debt agreements; our ability to repay our debt as it comes due; changes in our credit rating or outlook; volatility and uncertainty in the credit markets and broader financial markets; our business and investment strategy including our plans to sell more affordably priced homes; availability of land to acquire and our ability to acquire such land on favorable terms or at all; our liquidity and availability, terms and deployment of capital; changes in margin; write-downs; shortages of or increased prices for labor, land or raw materials used in housing construction; adverse weather conditions and natural disasters (including wild fires and mudslides); our concentration in California; issues concerning our joint venture partnerships; the cost and availability of insurance and surety bonds; governmental regulation, including the impact of "slow growth" or similar initiatives; changes in, or the failure or inability to comply with, governmental laws and regulations; the timing of receipt of regulatory approvals and the opening of projects; delays in the land entitlement process, development, construction, or the opening of new home communities; litigation and warranty claims; the degree and nature of competition; the impact of recent accounting standards; availability of qualified personnel and our ability to retain our key personnel; and additional factors discussed under the sections captioned “Risk Factors” included in our annual report and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company reserves the right to make such updates from time to time by press release, periodic report or other method of public disclosure without the need for specific reference to this press release. No such update shall be deemed to indicate that other statements not addressed by such update remain correct or create an obligation to provide any other updates.
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Three Months Ended March 31,
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
Fee building, including management fees
Cost of Sales:
Selling and marketing expenses
General and administrative expenses
Equity in net income of unconsolidated joint ventures
Gain on early extinguishment of debt
Other income (expense), net
Benefit for income taxes
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest
Net loss attributable to The New Home Company Inc.
Loss per share attributable to The New Home Company Inc.:
Weighted average shares outstanding:
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Cash and cash equivalents
Contracts and accounts receivable
Due from affiliates
Real estate inventories
Investment in and advances to unconsolidated joint ventures
Liabilities and equity
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
Unsecured revolving credit facility
Senior notes, net
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares outstanding
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 20,049,113 and 20,058,904, shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively
Additional paid-in capital
Total stockholders' equity
Non-controlling interest in subsidiary
Total liabilities and equity
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Dollars in thousands)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Amortization of stock-based compensation
Distributions of earnings from unconsolidated joint ventures
Abandoned project costs
Deferred profit from unconsolidated joint ventures
Depreciation and amortization
Net changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Net cash used in operating activities
Purchases of property and equipment
Contributions and advances to unconsolidated joint ventures
Distributions of capital and repayment of advances from unconsolidated
Interest collected on advances to unconsolidated joint ventures
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities
Borrowings from credit facility
Repayments of credit facility
Repurchases of common stock
Repurchase of senior notes
Tax withholding paid on behalf of employees for stock awards
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash – beginning of period
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash – end of period
KEY FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA
New Home Deliveries:
Net New Home Orders:
Selling Communities at End of Period:
Average Selling Communities:
Monthly Sales Absorption Rate per Community
(1) Monthly sales absorption represents the number of net new home orders divided by the number of average selling communities for the period.
Lots Owned and Controlled:
Lots Owned and Controlled - Wholly Owned
Total Lots Owned and Controlled
(1) Includes lots that we control under purchase and sale agreements or option agreements subject to customary conditions and have not yet closed. There can be no assurance that such acquisitions will occur.
(2) Lots owned by third party property owners for which we perform construction services.
Other Financial Data:
Three Months Ended
Adjusted EBITDA margin percentage
Ended March 31,
Adjusted EBITDA margin percentage
Ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to total interest incurred
Ratio of debt-to-capital
Ratio of net debt-to-capital
Ratio of debt to LTM
Ratio of net debt to LTM
Ratio of cash and inventory to debt
Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin percentage, ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to total interest incurred, ratio of net debt-to-capital, ratio of debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA and ratio of net debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Please see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for a reconciliation of each of these measures to the appropriate GAAP measure.
"LTM" indicates amounts for the trailing 12 months.
KEY FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA - UNCONSOLIDATED JOINT VENTURES
Financial Data - Unconsolidated Joint Ventures:
Land sales revenue
Operating Data - Unconsolidated Joint Ventures:
New home orders
New homes delivered
Average selling price of homes delivered
Selling communities at end of period
Backlog homes (dollar value)
Average sales price of backlog
Homebuilding lots owned and controlled
Land development lots owned and controlled
Total lots owned and controlled
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
In this earnings release, we utilize certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. We present these measures because we believe they, and similar measures, are useful to management and investors in evaluating the Company’s operating performance and financing structure. We also believe these measures facilitate the comparison of our operating performance and financing structure with other companies in our industry. Because these measures are not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.
The following table reconciles net income (loss) attributable to the Company to the non-GAAP measure of adjusted net income (loss) attributable to the Company (net income (loss) before severance charges) and earnings (loss) per share and earnings (loss) per diluted share attributable to the Company to the non-GAAP measures of adjusted earnings (loss) per share and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to the Company (earnings (loss) per share before severance charges). We believe removing the impact of severance costs provides investors with an understanding of the impact these items had on earnings and provides a better understanding of operational performance in the current quarter.
Severance charges, net of tax
Adjusted net loss attributable to The New Home Company Inc.
Adjusted loss per share attributable to The New Home Company Inc.:
Less: Related tax benefit
Loss per share attributable to The New Home Company Inc. related to severance charges
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (continued)
The following table reconciles the Company’s SG&A rate as a percentage of home sales revenue calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP measure, SG&A rate excluding severance charges. During the 2019 first quarter, the company incurred severance charges related to right-sizing our operations by reducing headcount. We believe removing the impact of these charges from our SG&A rate is relevant to provide investors with a better comparison to prior year rates that do not include these charges.
As a Percentage of Home Sales Revenue
General and administrative expenses ("G&A")
Total selling, marketing and G&A expenses ("SG&A")
Less: Severance charges
G&A, excluding severance charges
SG&A, excluding severance charges
Includes $1.1 million related to departure of executive officer.
The following table reconciles homebuilding gross margin percentage as reported and prepared in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP measure, adjusted homebuilding gross margin (or homebuilding gross margin excluding interest in cost of home sales). We believe this information is meaningful, as it isolates the impact leverage has on homebuilding gross margin and provides investors better comparisons with our competitors, who adjust gross margins in a similar fashion.
Cost of home sales
Homebuilding gross margin
Add: Interest in cost of home sales
The following table reconciles the Company’s ratio of debt-to-capital to the non-GAAP ratio of net debt-to-capital. We believe that the ratio of net debt-to-capital is a relevant financial measure for management and investors to understand the leverage employed in our operations and as an indicator of the Company’s ability to obtain financing.
Total debt, net of unamortized discount, premium and debt issuance costs
Equity, exclusive of non-controlling interest
Less: Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
The ratio of debt-to-capital is computed as the quotient obtained by dividing total debt, net of unamortized discount, premium and debt issuance costs by total capital (the sum of total debt, net of unamortized discount, premium and debt issuance costs plus equity), exclusive of non-controlling interest.
The ratio of net debt-to-capital is computed as the quotient obtained by dividing net debt (which is total debt, net of unamortized discount, premium and debt issuance costs less cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to the extent necessary to reduce the debt balance to zero) by total capital, exclusive of non-controlling interest. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is the ratio of debt-to-capital. We believe the ratio of net debt-to-capital is a relevant financial measure for investors to understand the leverage employed in our operations and as an indicator of our ability to obtain financing. We believe that by deducting our cash from our debt, we provide a measure of our indebtedness that takes into account our cash liquidity. We believe this provides useful information as the ratio of debt-to-capital does not take into account our liquidity and we believe that the ratio net of cash provides supplemental information by which our financial position may be considered. Investors may also find this to be helpful when comparing our leverage to the leverage of our competitors that present similar information.
Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin percentage, the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to total interest incurred, the ratio of debt to Adjusted EBITDA, and the ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Adjusted EBITDA means net income (loss) (plus cash distributions of income from unconsolidated joint ventures) before (a) income taxes, (b) interest expense, (c) amortization of previously capitalized interest included in cost of sales and equity in net income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures, (d) severance charges (e) noncash impairment charges and abandoned project costs, (f) gain from early extinguishment of debt (g) depreciation and amortization, (h) amortization of stock-based compensation and (i) income (loss) from unconsolidated joint ventures. Adjusted EBITDA margin percentage is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by total revenue for a given period. The ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to total interest incurred is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by total interest incurred for a given period. The ratio of debt to Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by dividing debt at the period end by Adjusted EBITDA for a given period. The ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by dividing debt at the period end less cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash by Adjusted EBITDA for a given period. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently. 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, interest costs, tax position, level of impairments and other non-recurring items. Due to the significance of the GAAP components excluded, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income (loss), cash flows from operations or any other performance measure prescribed by GAAP. A reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA, and the calculations of Adjusted EBITDA margin percentage, the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to total interest incurred, the ratio of debt to Adjusted EBITDA, and the ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA are provided in the following table.
Net income (loss)
Interest amortized to cost of sales and equity in net income of unconsolidated joint ventures
(Benefit) provision for income taxes
Cash distributions of income from unconsolidated joint ventures
Noncash inventory impairments and abandonments
Gain from early extinguishment of debt
Equity in net (income) loss of unconsolidated joint ventures
Total debt at period end
Ratio of debt to Adjusted EBITDA
Total net debt at period end
Total cash and inventory
(1) "LTM" indicates amounts for the trailing 12 months
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