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Taylor Morrison Reports First Quarter Closings of 1,938, an increase of 25% over the prior year quarter, and Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.46

05/01/19

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC) today reported first quarter total revenue of $925 million and GAAP home closings gross margin, inclusive of capitalized interest, of 18.2 percent, leading to diluted earnings per share of $0.46.

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First Quarter 2019 Highlights:

  • Net sales orders were 2,615, a 7% increase over the prior year quarter
  • Home closings were 1,938, a 25% increase over the prior year quarter
  • Total revenue was $925 million, a 23% increase over the prior year quarter
  • GAAP home closings gross margin was 18.2%
  • SG&A as a percent of home closings revenue was 11.5%, compared to 11.9% during Q1 2018
  • Net income was $51 million with diluted earnings per share of $0.46

"I'm proud of our strong first quarter performance and delighted that we exceeded our expectations in our operating metrics for the quarter including: orders, closings, home closings gross margin, SG&A and earnings per share," said Sheryl Palmer, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Morrison.

For the first quarter, net sales orders were 2,615, with an average community count of 372. The Company ended the quarter with 4,835 units in backlog, a year-over-year increase of 10 percent, with a sales value of almost $2.4 billion.

"For the quarter, closings totaled 1,938, representing a 25% increase over the same period last year," added Palmer. "We have been focused on smart growth for some time now as shown by our four acquisitions in the past four years, allowing us to gain scale in a meaningful way.  As a result of the teams' hard work, we set all-time first quarter highs for the company in both sales and closings."

"We believe the homebuilding market remains strong given a solid, growing economy, 30-year mortgage rates near four percent, stock market indexes near all-time highs and underbuilt markets with historically low inventory levels," said Palmer.  "We continue to see strength in many segments of our markets including our 55-plus communities, which saw nice sales momentum during the quarter."

"On Earth Day, we released our first Corporate Responsibility Report, addressing our approach to environmental, social and governance issues," said Palmer.  "We are committed to incorporating sustainable values into how we operate our business and continue to grow and refine our environmental, social and governance reporting.  As part of these efforts, we are proud to partner with the National Wildlife Foundation to help us with habitat conservation best practices and other engagement opportunities for our customers and team members."

"SG&A as a percentage of homebuilding revenue came in at 11.5%, which represented 40 basis points of leverage when compared to first quarter 2018.  The addition of AV Homes is allowing us to drive top-line leverage," said Dave Cone, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Our earnings before income taxes as a percent of total revenue was 7.4%, or 7.8% when adjusted for AV transaction expenses during the quarter."

Homebuilding inventories were $4.1 billion at the end of the quarter, including 6,153 homes in inventory, compared to 5,053 homes in inventory at the end of the prior year quarter. Homes in inventory at the end of the quarter consisted of 3,544 sold units, 492 model homes and 2,117 inventory units, of which 561 were finished.

The Company finished the quarter with $172 million in cash and a net homebuilding debt to capitalization ratio of 44.3%. As of March 31, 2019, Taylor Morrison owned or controlled approximately 55,000 lots, representing 5.4 years of supply based on a trailing twelve months of closings including a full year of AV, and the Company is focused on securing land for 2021 and beyond.

Share repurchase activity during first quarter 2019 included 4.3 million shares acquired for about $77 million, or an average repurchase price of $17.93.  Second quarter repurchases through April 26 amounted to 1.4 million shares for just under $27 million, or an average repurchase price of $18.63.  As of that date, we had approximately $49 million remaining on the current $100 million share repurchase authorization.

Quarterly Financial Comparison







($ thousands)









Q1 2019


Q1 2018


Q1 2019 vs. Q1 2018

Total Revenue


$925,092


$752,333


23.0

%

Home Closings Revenue


$899,881


$732,959


22.8

%

Home Closings Gross Margin


$164,084


$138,053


18.9

%



18.2

%


18.8

%


60 bps decrease

SG&A


$103,883


$87,016


19.4

%

% of Home Closings Revenue


11.5

%


11.9

%


40 bps leverage

Second Quarter and Full Year 2019 Business Outlook

Second Quarter 2019:

  • Average active community count is expected to be flat to slightly down sequentially
  • Home closings are expected to be between 2,225 and 2,425
  • GAAP home closings gross margin, inclusive of capitalized interest and purchase accounting, is expected to be in the mid-to-high 17 percent range
  • Effective tax rate is expected to be about 25 percent
  • Diluted share count is expected to be about 108 million

Full Year 2019:

  • Average active community count is expected to be between 365 and 375
  • Monthly absorption pace is expected to be consistent with 2018 performance
  • Home closings are expected to be between 9,500 and 10,000
  • GAAP home closings gross margin, inclusive of capitalized interest and purchase accounting, is expected to be in the mid-to-high 17 percent range
  • SG&A as a percentage of home closings revenue is expected to be in the low-to-mid 10 percent range
  • Income from unconsolidated joint ventures is expected to be between $11 million to $13 million
  • Land and development spend is expected to be approximately $1.2 billion
  • Effective tax rate is expected to be about 25 percent
  • Diluted share count is expected to be about 108 million

Earnings Webcast

A public webcast to discuss the first quarter 2019 earnings will be held later today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The participant dial-in is 1 (855) 470-8731 and the passcode is 8690857. More information can be found on the Company's investor relations website at investors.taylormorrison.com. A webcast replay will also be available on the site later today and will be available for one year from the date of the original earnings call.

About Taylor Morrison

Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC) is a leading national homebuilder and developer that has been recognized as the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 America's Most Trusted® Home Builder by Lifestory Research. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona we operate under two well-established brands, Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes. We serve a wide array of consumer groups from coast to coast, including first-time, move-up, luxury, and 55 plus buyers. In Texas, Darling Homes builds communities with a focus on individuality and custom detail while delivering on the Taylor Morrison standard of excellence.

For more information about Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes please visit www.taylormorrison.com or www.darlinghomes.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings summary includes "forward-looking statements." These statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities, as well as those of the markets we serve or intend to serve, to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate to matters of a strictly factual or historical nature and generally discuss or relate to forecasts, estimates or other expectations regarding future events. Generally, the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "project," "may," "can," "could," "might," "will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, including statements related to expected operating and performing results, planned transactions, planned objectives of management, future developments or conditions in the industries in which we participate and other trends, developments and uncertainties that may affect our business in the future.

Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among other things: changes in general and local economic conditions (including as a result of recent extreme weather conditions); slowdowns or severe downturns in the housing market; homebuyers' ability to obtain suitable financing; increases in interest rates, taxes or government fees; shortages in, disruptions of and cost of labor; higher cancellation rates of existing agreements of sale; competition in our industry; any increase in unemployment or underemployment; inflation or deflation; the seasonality of our business; our ability to obtain additional performance, payment and completion surety bonds and letters of credit; higher cancellation rates; significant home warranty and construction defect claims; our reliance on subcontractors; failure to manage land acquisitions, inventory and development and construction processes; availability of land and lots at competitive prices; decreases in the market value of our land inventory; new or changing government regulations and legal challenges; our compliance with environmental laws and regulations regarding climate change; our ability to sell mortgages we originate and claims on loans sold to third parties; governmental regulation applicable to our mortgage operations and title services business; the loss of any of our important commercial relationships; our ability to use deferred tax assets; raw materials and building supply shortages and price fluctuations; our concentration of significant operations in certain geographic areas; risks associated with our unconsolidated joint venture arrangements; information technology failures and data security breaches; costs to engage in and the success of future growth or expansion of our operations or acquisitions or disposals of businesses; costs associated with our defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes; damages associated with any major health and safety incident; our ownership, leasing or occupation of land and the use of hazardous materials; material losses in excess of insurance limits; existing or future litigation, arbitration or other claims; negative publicity or poor relations with the residents of our communities; failure to recruit, retain and develop highly skilled, competent people; utility and resource shortages or rate fluctuations; constriction of the capital markets; risks related to our debt and the agreements governing such debt; our ability to access the capital markets; the inherent uncertainty associated with financial or other projections; and risks related to the integration of Taylor Morrison and AV Homes and the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits from the combination of Taylor Morrison and AV Homes. In addition, other such risks and uncertainties may be found in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as such factors may be updated from time to time in our periodic filings with the SEC. We undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or changes in our expectations, except as required by applicable law.

CONTACT: Investor Relations
Taylor Morrison Home Corporation
(480) 734-2060
investor@taylormorrison.com


Taylor Morrison Home Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)




Three Months Ended

March 31,



2019


2018

Home closings revenue, net


$

899,881



$

732,959


Land closings revenue


4,113



5,168


Financial services revenue


16,044



14,206


Amenity and other revenue


5,054




Total revenues


925,092



752,333


Cost of home closings


735,797



594,906


Cost of land closings


2,692



4,281


Financial services expenses


10,721



10,044


Amenity and other expense


3,842




Total cost of revenues


753,052



609,231


Gross margin


172,040



143,102


Sales, commissions and other marketing costs


67,429



53,698


General and administrative expenses


36,454



33,318


Equity in income of unconsolidated entities


(2,319)



(3,246)


Interest income, net


(333)



(343)


Other (income)/expense, net


(1,392)



437


Transaction expenses


4,129




Income before income taxes


68,072



59,238


Income tax provision


16,791



11,706


Net income before allocation to non-controlling interests


51,281



47,532


Net income attributable to non-controlling interests - joint ventures


(150)



(129)


Net income before non-controlling interests


51,131



47,403


Net income attributable to non-controlling interests




(2,470)


Net income available to Taylor Morrison Home Corporation


$

51,131



$

44,933


Earnings per common share





Basic


$

0.46



$

0.42


Diluted


$

0.46



$

0.41


Weighted average number of shares of common stock:





Basic


110,512



107,195


Diluted


111,668



114,767



 

Taylor Morrison Home Corporation

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, unaudited)




March 31,
2019


December 31,
2018






Assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$

171,982



$

329,645


Restricted cash


1,824



2,214


Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash


173,806



331,859


Owned inventory


4,101,283



3,965,306


Real estate not owned


14,893



15,259


        Total real estate inventory


4,116,176



3,980,565


Land deposits


55,063



57,929


Mortgage loans held for sale


103,705



181,897


Derivative assets


3,470



1,838


Operating lease right of use assets


29,378




Prepaid expenses and other assets, net


94,459



98,225


Other receivables, net


92,585



86,587


Investments in unconsolidated entities


138,334



140,541


Deferred tax assets, net


145,076



145,076


Property and equipment, net


85,275



86,736


Intangible assets, net


961



1,072


Goodwill


152,116



152,116


Total assets


$

5,190,404



$

5,264,441


Liabilities





Accounts payable


$

143,082



$

151,586


Accrued expenses and other liabilities


250,277



266,686


Operating lease liabilities


32,497




Customer deposits


176,902



165,432


Estimated development liability


37,104



37,147


Senior notes, net


1,653,459



1,653,746


Loans payable and other borrowings


192,764



225,497


Revolving credit facility borrowings


235,000



200,000


Mortgage warehouse borrowings


59,114



130,353


Liabilities attributable to real estate not owned


14,893



15,259


Total liabilities


$

2,795,092



$

2,845,706


Stockholders' Equity





Total stockholders' equity


2,395,312



2,418,735


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

5,190,404



$

5,264,441


 


 

Homes Closed and Home Closings Revenue, Net




Three Months Ended March 31,



Homes Closed


Home Closings Revenue, Net


Average Selling Price

(Dollars in thousands)


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

East


854



700



22.0

%


$

348,167



$

284,436



22.4

%


$

408



$

406



0.5

%

Central


545



434



25.6



252,565



213,465



18.3



463



492



(5.9)


West


539



413



30.5



299,149



235,058



27.3



555



569



(2.5)


Total


1,938



1,547



25.3

%


$

899,881



$

732,959



22.8

%


$

464



$

474



(2.1)

%


Net Sales Orders:




Three Months Ended March 31,



Net Sales Orders


Sales Value


Average Selling Price

(Dollars in thousands)


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

East


1,135



1,000



13.5

%


$

472,336



$

416,802



13.3

%


$

416



$

417



(0.2)

%

Central


801


755


6.1



370,323



373,506



(0.9)



462



495



(6.7)


West


679


688


(1.3)



369,884



426,636



(13.3)



545



620



(12.1)


Total


2,615



2,443



7.0

%


$

1,212,543



$

1,216,944



(0.4)

%


$

464



$

498



(6.8)

%


Sales Order Backlog:




As of March 31,



Sold Homes in Backlog


Sales Value


Average Selling Price

(Dollars in thousands)


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change


2019


2018


Change

East


1,919



1,813



5.8

%


$

848,732



$

781,273



8.6

%


$

442



$

431



2.6

%

Central


1,676



1,372



22.2



849,553



675,944



25.7



507



493



2.8


West


1,240



1,207



2.7



693,945



728,056



(4.7)



560



603



(7.1)


Total


4,835



4,392



10.1

%


$

2,392,230



$

2,185,273



9.5

%


$

495



$

498



(0.6)

%

 

Average Active Selling Communities:




Three Months Ended
March 31,



2019


2018


Change

East


173



124



39.5

%

Central


140



115



21.7


West


59



49



20.4


Total


372



288



29.2

%

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The following tables set forth reconciliations of: (i) adjusted income before income taxes and the related margin, (ii) EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net income before allocation to non-controlling interests, and (iii) net homebuilding debt to total capitalization ratio.

Adjusted income before income taxes is a non-GAAP financial measure that reflects our income before income taxes excluding the impact of significant and unusual transactions, which in the quarter were transaction expenses related to our acquisition of AV Homes.  Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that measures performance by adjusting net income to exclude interest amortized to cost of sales and interest income, net, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash compensation expense and loss on extinguishment of debt, if any.  Net homebuilding debt to capitalization is a non-GAAP financial measure we calculate by dividing (i) total debt, less unamortized debt issuance costs and mortgage warehouse borrowings, net of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, by (ii) total capitalization (the sum of net homebuilding debt and total stockholders' equity).

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate our performance on a consolidated basis, as well as the performance of our regions, and to set targets for performance-based compensation.  We also use the ratio of net homebuilding debt to total capitalization as an indicator of overall leverage and to evaluate our performance against other companies in the homebuilding industry.  In the future, we may include additional adjustments in the above described non-GAAP financial measures to the extent we deem them appropriate and useful to management and investors.

We believe that adjusted income before income taxes and related margin, as well as EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, are useful for investors in order to allow them to evaluate our operations without the effects of various items we do not believe are characteristic of our ongoing operations or performance and also because such metric assists both investors and management in analyzing and benchmarking the performance and value of our business.  Adjusted EBITDA also provides an indicator of general economic performance that is not affected by fluctuations in interest rates or effective tax rates, levels of depreciation or amortization, or unusual items.  Because we use the ratio of net homebuilding debt to total capitalization to evaluate our performance against other companies in the homebuilding industry, we believe this measure is also relevant and useful to investors for that reason.

These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, the comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures of our operating performance or liquidity. Although other companies in the homebuilding industry may report similar information, their definitions may differ. We urge investors to understand the methods used by other companies to calculate similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures before comparing their measures to ours.

Adjusted Income Before Income Taxes Margin (EBT Margin)




Three Months Ended March 31,

(Dollars in thousands)


2019


2018

Income before income taxes


$

68,072



$

59,238


Transaction expenses


4,129




Adjusted income before income taxes


$

72,201



$

59,238







Total revenues


$

925,092



$

752,333







Income before income taxes margin


7.4

%


7.9

%

Adjusted income before income taxes margin


7.8

%


7.9

%






 


Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation




Three Months Ended March 31,

(Dollars in thousands)


2019


2018

Net income before allocation to non-controlling interests


$

51,281



$

47,532


Interest income, net


(333)



(343)


Amortization of capitalized interest


16,905



14,848


Income tax provision


16,791



11,706


Depreciation and amortization


2,028



1,033


EBITDA


$

86,672



$

74,776


Non-cash compensation expense


3,417



3,543


Adjusted EBITDA


$

90,089



$

78,319


 

Net Homebuilding Debt to Capitalization Ratio Reconciliation


(Dollars in thousands)

As of
March 31, 2019

Total debt

$

2,140,337


Less unamortized debt issuance premium, net

3,459


Less mortgage warehouse borrowings

59,114


Total homebuilding debt

$

2,077,764


Less cash and cash equivalents

171,982


Net homebuilding debt

$

1,905,782


Total equity

2,395,312


Total capitalization

$

4,301,094




Net homebuilding debt to capitalization ratio

44.3

%

 

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