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Beazer Homes Reports Strong Second Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 29, 2021--

Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYSE: BZH) ( ) today announced its financial results for the three and six months ended March 31, 2021.

“We had an extraordinary second quarter, driven by strong operational execution and continued strength in the housing market,” said Allan P. Merrill, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We generated significant growth in sales pace, average sales price, gross margin and adjusted EBITDA, leading to a doubling in our quarterly net income versus last year. At the same time, we improved our balance sheet efficiency by increasing our share of lots controlled by options while continuing to reduce leverage.”

Commenting on fiscal 2021 full-year expectations, Mr. Merrill said, “With evidence of continued strength in new home demand and the enhanced visibility provided by a backlog that is up more than 50% in dollar value compared to last year, we now expect fiscal 2021 earnings per share to be above $3.00.”

Looking beyond fiscal 2021, Mr. Merrill concluded, “Our balanced growth strategy and commitment to expanding our already robust ESG program, has positioned us to generate further improvements in profitability and returns for shareholders in the years ahead, while creating durable and growing value for our customers, employees and partners as well.”

Beazer Homes Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Highlights and Comparison to Fiscal Second Quarter 2020

The following provides additional details on the Company's performance during the fiscal second quarter 2021:

. Net income from continuing operations was $24.6 million, generating diluted earnings per share of $0.81. Second quarter adjusted EBITDA of $64.2 million was up $20.3 million year-over-year. The increase in profitability was primarily driven by higher revenue, homebuilding gross margin and improved SG&A leverage.

. Net new orders for the second quarter increased to 1,854, up 11.6% from the prior year, achieving the highest second quarter and the highest first half of the year level in more than a decade. The increase in net new orders was driven by a 42.3% increase in the absorption rate to 4.7 sales per community per month, up from 3.3 in the previous year, partially offset by a 21.6% decrease in average community count to 131. The cancellation rate for the quarter was 10.0%, an improvement of 580 basis points year-over-year.

. The dollar value of homes in backlog as of March 31, 2021 increased 54.9% to $1,386.4 million, representing 3,303 homes, compared to $895.0 million, representing 2,231 homes, at the same time last year. The average selling price of homes in backlog was $419.7 thousand, up 4.6% year-over-year.

. Second quarter homebuilding revenue was $547.4 million, up 12.2% year-over-year. The increase in homebuilding revenue was driven by an 8.7% increase in home closings to 1,388 homes and a 3.2% increase in the average selling price to $394.4 thousand.

. Homebuilding gross margin (excluding impairments, abandonments and amortized interest) was 22.2% for the second quarter, up 140 basis points year-over-year, driven primarily by lower sales incentives and pricing increases. Gross margin was up across each of our geographic segments.

. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenue was 11.0% for the quarter, down 100 basis points year-over-year as a result of the Company's continued focus on overhead cost management while driving revenue growth.

. At the close of the second quarter, the Company had approximately $605.5 million of available liquidity, including $355.5 million of unrestricted cash and a fully undrawn revolving credit facility capacity of $250.0 million.

The Company repurchased $9.7 million of its outstanding 5.875% unsecured Senior Notes due October 2027 at an average price of $104.792 per $100 principal amount.

Commitment to Net Zero Energy Ready

In April 2021, we received the 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for the sixth consecutive year. The Sustained Excellence Award represents the highest honor bestowed under the ENERGY STAR® program and underscores our commitment to improve energy efficiency. As described in our most recent proxy statement, in December 2020 we became the first national builder to publicly commit to ensuring every home we build is Net Zero Energy Ready by the end of 2025. We calculate the energy performance of our homes using the industry standard Home Energy Rating System (HERS), which measures energy efficiency on an easy to understand scale: the lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. Net Zero Energy Ready means that every home we build will have a gross HERS index score (before any benefit of renewable energy production) of 45 or less, and homeowners will be able to achieve net zero energy by attaching a properly sized renewable energy system. Reaching our Net Zero Energy Ready target represents a significant improvement in energy efficiency and will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Summary results for the three and six months ended March 31, 2021 are as follows:

The Company will hold a conference call on April 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss these results. Interested parties may listen to the conference call and view the Company's slide presentation on the "Investor Relations" page of the Company's website, . In addition, the conference call will be available by telephone at 800-475-0542 (for international callers, dial 517-308-9429). To be admitted to the call, enter the pass code “8571348". A replay of the conference call will be available, until 10:00 PM ET on May 6, 2021 at 800-839-8789 (for international callers, dial 203-369-3037) with pass code “3740.”

-Tables Follow-

Reconciliation of homebuilding gross profit and the related gross margin before impairments and abandonments and interest amortized to cost of sales 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.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to total company net income, 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. These EBITDA measures should not be considered alternatives to net income determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of operating performance.

 

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CONTACT: Beazer Homes USA, Inc.

David I. Goldberg

Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

770-829-3700

[email protected]

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA GEORGIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY BUILDING SYSTEMS

SOURCE: Beazer Homes USA, Inc.

Copyright Business Wire 2021.

PUB: 04/29/2021 04:15 PM/DISC: 04/29/2021 04:15 PM

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