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KB Home Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

KB Home Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results08:00 EDT Wednesday, June 29, 2011 LOS ANGELES (Business Wire) -- KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of America's premier homebuilders, today reported results for its second quarter ended May 31, 2011. Highlights and developments include the following: Revenues totaled $271.7 million in the second quarter of 2011, down 27% from $374.1 million in the second quarter of 2010. The decrease was mainly due to lower housing revenues, reflecting a 29% year-over-year decrease in the number of homes delivered to 1,265, partly offset by a 3% year-over-year increase in the average selling price to $213,400. The Company reported a net loss of $68.5 million, or $.89 per diluted share, for the quarter ended May 31, 2011, compared to a net loss of $30.7 million, or $.40 per diluted share, for the same period in 2010. The 2011 second quarter net loss included noncash charges for inventory impairments and land option contract abandonments of $20.6 million, and a loss on loan guaranty of $14.6 million related to the Company's South Edge, LLC residential development joint venture. There were no such items in the second quarter of 2010. At the end of the 2011 second quarter, the Company had $735.3 million of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, of which $621.3 million was unrestricted. The Company's debt balance at May 31, 2011 was $1.69 billion, down $83.9 million from $1.78 billion at November 30, 2010 due to the repayment of secured debt. Company-wide net orders decreased 11% to 1,998 in the second quarter of 2011 from 2,244 in the corresponding period of 2010. Second quarter net orders increased 53% from the first quarter of 2011. This compared favorably to a 17% sequential increase in net orders from the first to the second quarter of 2010. At May 31, 2011, the Company had 2,422 homes in backlog, representing projected future housing revenues of approximately $501.5 million, compared to a backlog of 3,175 homes, representing projected future housing revenues of approximately $648.2 million at May 31, 2010. In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented KB Home with a company-record 12 of the agency's annual ENERGY STAR® Leadership in Housing awards. The awards are given to homebuilders in recognition of their contributions to energy-efficiency and environmental protection in the construction of new homes. The Company received awards for the homes it built last year in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. KB Home currently builds ENERGY STAR qualified homes in all of its markets. The Company entered into a marketing services agreement with MetLife Home Loans, a division of MetLife Bank, N.A., under which MetLife Home Loans became KB Home's preferred mortgage lender effective June 27, 2011. Under the agreement, MetLife Home Loans will offer a wide array of financing options and mortgage loan products to the Company's homebuyers at all of the Company's communities nationwide. MetLife Home Loans recently ranked #2 in overall customer satisfaction and #1 in loan officer performance in a J.D. Power and Associates study of 14 mortgage originators. “Although a broad-based housing recovery remains stalled, it appears that the worst of the crisis is behind the homebuilding industry as select markets for new homes are showing signs of stability,” said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer. “Uncertainty and caution about the economy are keeping many qualified homebuyers from entering the market, even though historically high housing affordability makes this a good time to buy. We believe the current housing market conditions will likely continue until there are meaningful and sustained improvements in job growth and consumer confidence.” “Amid the backdrop of a stagnant housing market, we continue to differentiate KB Home from other homebuilders and resale homes, particularly through our commitment to our energy efficiency initiatives,” said Mezger. “With these initiatives and other operational actions, and with indications of improving conditions in a number of our markets, we believe we are well-positioned to capitalize on attractive opportunities for growth in the years ahead. While our year-over-year second quarter net orders were significantly affected by the federal homebuyer tax credit that expired in April 2010, which pulled demand forward to last year's second quarter, we expect to generate favorable year-over-year net order comparisons in the second half of 2011. We also expect the sequential increases in our deliveries and revenues for the remaining quarters of this year to improve our operating leverage, bring our financial metrics into better balance, and drive stronger bottom line results compared to the first two quarters of the year.” Total revenues of $271.7 million for the quarter ended May 31, 2011 decreased 27% from the year-earlier quarter, primarily reflecting a 29% decrease in the number of homes delivered, partly offset by a 3% increase in the average selling price. The Company delivered 1,265 homes at an average selling price of $213,400 in the 2011 second quarter, compared to 1,782 homes delivered at an average selling price of $207,900 in the year-earlier quarter. The Company generated no land sale revenues in the second quarter of 2011 and $2.1 million of land sale revenues in the second quarter of 2010. The Company's homebuilding business posted operating losses of $57.5 million for the quarter ended May 31, 2011 and $17.3 million for the quarter ended May 31, 2010. The loss expanded by $40.2 million year over year, primarily due to noncash inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges of $20.6 million and the loss on loan guaranty of $14.6 million recorded in the 2011 second quarter. There were no such items in the year-earlier quarter. The loss on loan guaranty reflected the Company's updated estimate of its probable obligation under a limited several repayment guaranty it provided to the administrative agent for the lenders to South Edge, LLC. The revision was based on the terms of a related consensual agreement among the Company, the administrative agent, several of the lenders, and certain of the other members of South Edge, LLC and their respective parent companies regarding a consensual plan of reorganization for South Edge, LLC. The agreement became effective on June 10, 2011. Excluding the inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges and the loss on loan guaranty, the Company's 2011 second quarter homebuilding operating loss was $22.3 million. The current quarter operating loss also reflected reduced gross profits compared to the year-earlier quarter, partly offset by lower selling, general and administrative expenses. The reduction in gross profits for the current quarter resulted from fewer homes delivered and a lower housing gross margin. The Company's second quarter housing gross margin decreased to 7.3% in 2011 from 17.7% in 2010, partly due to the inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges recorded in the 2011 period. Excluding these charges, the housing gross margin of 14.9% in the current quarter declined from the year-earlier quarter, driven by reduced leverage from the lower volume of homes delivered, competitive pricing pressure in certain markets and a shift in product mix. However, compared to the 2011 first quarter, this quarter's housing gross margin improved sequentially by 150 basis points. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $20.5 million, or 25%, to $62.5 million in the second quarter of 2011 from $83.0 million in the year-earlier period. The decrease reflected the Company's continuing actions to streamline its organizational structure and reduce overhead, a drop in legal expenses, and the lower volume of homes delivered. As a percentage of housing revenues, the Company's selling, general and administrative expenses increased slightly to 23.2% in the second quarter of 2011 from 22.4% in the year-earlier quarter as a result of the substantial year-over-year decrease in housing revenues. On a sequential basis, this ratio improved by 220 basis points in the second quarter of 2011 from 25.4% in the first quarter of 2011. Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, decreased to $13.1 million in the second quarter of 2011 from $16.5 million in the year-earlier quarter, mainly reflecting an increase in the amount of interest capitalized due to a higher balance of inventory qualifying for interest capitalization. The Company's financial services operations, which included the Company's equity interest in an unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture, generated pretax income of $1.6 million in the current quarter and $4.2 million in the year-earlier quarter. The equity in income of the unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture declined to $.7 million in the second quarter of 2011 from $3.6 million in the year-earlier quarter, primarily due to decreases in mortgage loan originations and profits per loan. The Company entered into a marketing services agreement with MetLife Home Loans, a division of MetLife Bank, N.A., under which MetLife Home Loans became KB Home's preferred mortgage lender effective June 27, 2011. Under the agreement, MetLife Home Loans will offer a wide array of financing options and mortgage loan products to the Company's homebuyers at all of the Company's communities nationwide. Also effective June 27, 2011, the Company's unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture with a subsidiary of Bank of America, N.A. ceased accepting loan applications. Bank of America, N.A. will continue to process and close residential consumer mortgage loans that the unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture originated for the Company's homebuyers on or before June 26, 2011. The Company's total pretax loss for the second quarter of 2011 was $68.8 million, including noncash charges of $20.6 million for inventory impairments and land option contract abandonments and a $14.6 million loss on loan guaranty. There were no such items in the second quarter of 2010. Excluding the charges and the loss on loan guaranty, the Company's pretax loss was $33.6 million for the quarter ended May 31, 2011, compared to a pretax loss of $30.6 million for the year-earlier quarter. The Company posted a net loss of $68.5 million, or $.89 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011, including an after-tax charge of $25.7 million to record a valuation allowance against the net deferred tax assets generated from the quarter's loss. In the second quarter of 2010, the Company generated a net loss of $30.7 million, or $.40 per diluted share, including a similar after-tax charge of $12.8 million. Net orders in the second quarter of 2011 were 1,998, down 11% from 2,244 in the year-earlier period. This year-over-year comparison was heavily affected by the April 30, 2010 expiration of the federal tax credit for first-time homebuyers, which significantly elevated the Company's net order volume in the second quarter of 2010. Notwithstanding the impact of the tax credit, the year-over-year second quarter comparison showed substantial improvement from the 32% year-over-year decrease in net orders reported in the first quarter of 2011. The cancellation rate as a percentage of gross orders was 25% in the second quarter of 2011 and 24% in the year-earlier quarter. The Company's backlog at the end of the 2011 second quarter totaled 2,422 homes, a 24% decrease from 3,175 homes at the end of the second quarter of 2010. At May 31, 2011, projected future housing revenues from homes in backlog totaled approximately $501.5 million, a 23% decrease from projected future housing revenues of approximately $648.2 million at May 31, 2010, reflecting the lower number of homes in backlog. For the six months ended May 31, 2011, Company-wide revenues totaled $468.7 million, down 27% from $638.0 million for the year-earlier period. The decrease was mainly due to lower housing revenues. The number of homes delivered in the first six months of fiscal 2011 decreased 29% year over year to 2,214, while the average selling price increased 3% year over year to $210,100. The Company posted a net loss of $183.0 million, or $2.38 per diluted share, for the six months ended May 31, 2011, including noncash charges of $76.1 million for inventory and joint venture impairments and land option contract abandonments, a $37.3 million loss on loan guaranty, and an after-tax charge of $70.8 million to record a valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets. In the six months ended May 31, 2010, the Company generated a net loss of $85.4 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, including noncash charges of $13.4 million for inventory impairments and land option contract abandonments, and a $34.0 million after-tax charge to record a valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets. The Conference Call on the Second Quarter 2011 earnings will be broadcast live TODAY at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. To listen, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.kbhome.com. KB Home, one of the nation's premier homebuilders, has delivered over half a million quality homes for families since its founding in 1957. The Los Angeles-based company is distinguished by its Built to Order™ homebuilding approach that puts a custom home experience within reach of its customers at an affordable price. KB Home has been named the #1 Green Homebuilder in a study by Calvert Investments and the #1 Homebuilder on FORTUNEmagazine's 2011 World's Most Admired Companies list. The Company trades under the ticker symbol "KBH" and was the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information about any of KB Home's new home communities, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit www.kbhome.com. Certain matters discussed in this press release, including any statements that are predictive in nature or concern future market and economic conditions, business and prospects, our future financial and operational performance, or our future actions and their expected results are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are not guarantees of future performance. We do not have a specific policy or intent of updating or revising forward-looking statements. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors. The most important risk factors that could cause our actual performance and future events and actions to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic, employment and business conditions; adverse market conditions that could result in additional impairments or abandonment charges and operating losses, including an oversupply of unsold homes, declining home prices and increased foreclosure and short sale activity, among other things; conditions in the capital and credit markets (including residential consumer mortgage lending standards, the availability of residential consumer mortgage financing and mortgage foreclosure rates); material prices and availability; labor costs and availability; changes in interest rates; inflation; our debt level, including our ratio of debt to total capital, and our ability to adjust our debt level and structure; weak or declining consumer confidence, either generally or specifically with respect to purchasing homes; competition for home sales from other sellers of new and existing homes, including sellers of homes obtained through foreclosures or short sales; weather conditions, significant natural disasters and other environmental factors; government actions, policies, programs and regulations directed at or affecting the housing market (including, but not limited to, the Dodd-Frank Act, tax credits, tax incentives and/or subsidies for home purchases, tax deductions for residential consumer mortgage interest payments and property taxes, tax exemptions for profits on home sales, and programs intended to modify existing mortgage loans and to prevent mortgage foreclosures), the homebuilding industry, or construction activities; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims, including an involuntary bankruptcy and other legal proceedings involving the South Edge, LLC residential development joint venture located in Las Vegas, Nevada in which we are a participant; the confirmation by the bankruptcy court of a consensual plan of reorganization for South Edge, LLC and the implementation of such a plan in accordance with the consensual agreement effective June 10, 2011 among the Company, the administrative agent for the lenders to South Edge, LLC, several of those lenders, and certain of the other members of South Edge, LLC and their respective parent companies; the ability and/or willingness of participants in our unconsolidated joint ventures to fulfill their obligations; our ability to access capital; our ability to use the net deferred tax assets we have generated; our ability to successfully implement our current and planned product, geographic and market positioning (including, but not limited to, our efforts to expand our inventory base/pipeline with desirable land positions or interests at reasonable cost and to expand our community count and open new communities), revenue growth and cost reduction strategies; consumer traffic to our new home communities and consumer interest in our product designs, including The Open SeriesTM; impact of our unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture with a subsidiary of Bank of America, N.A. ceasing to accept loan applications effective June 27, 2011; the manner in which residential consumer mortgage loans and mortgage banking services are offered to our homebuyers; and other events outside of our control. Please see our periodic reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our business.                     KB HOMECONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS For the Six Months and Three Months Ended May 31, 2011 and 2010 (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts – Unaudited)   Six Months Three Months 2011 2010 2011 2010   Total revenues $ 468,678   $ 638,030   $ 271,738   $ 374,052       Homebuilding: Revenues $ 465,284 $ 635,025 $ 269,983 $ 372,514 Costs and expenses   (570,632 )   (688,576 )   (327,473 )   (389,833 )   Operating loss (105,348 ) (53,551 ) (57,490 ) (17,319 )   Interest income 653 1,025 270 601 Interest expense (24,560 ) (35,925 ) (13,121 ) (16,518 ) Equity in loss of unconsolidated joint ventures   (55,929 )   (2,732 )   (92 )   (1,548 )   Homebuilding pretax loss   (185,184 )   (91,183 )   (70,433 )   (34,784 )   Financial services: Revenues 3,394 3,005 1,755 1,538 Expenses (1,652 ) (1,885 ) (787 ) (992 ) Equity in income of unconsolidated joint venture   512     4,950     661     3,629     Financial services pretax income   2,254     6,070     1,629     4,175     Total pretax loss (182,930 ) (85,113 ) (68,804 ) (30,609 ) Income tax benefit (expense)   (100 )   (300 )   300     (100 )   Net loss $ (183,030 ) $ (85,413 ) $ (68,504 ) $ (30,709 )   Basic and diluted loss per share $ (2.38 ) $ (1.11 ) $ (.89 ) $ (.40 )   Basic and diluted average shares outstanding   76,983     76,844     76,991     76,854                           KB HOMECONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In Thousands – Unaudited)   May 31, November 30, 2011 2010   Assets   Homebuilding: Cash and cash equivalents $ 621,304 $ 904,401 Restricted cash 113,963 115,477 Receivables 70,353 108,048 Inventories 1,894,981 1,696,721 Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures 51,136 105,583 Other assets   83,551   150,076 2,835,288 3,080,306   Financial services   25,060   29,443   Total assets $ 2,860,348 $ 3,109,749     Liabilities and stockholders' equity   Homebuilding: Accounts payable $ 127,576 $ 233,217 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 594,385 466,505 Mortgages and notes payable   1,691,659   1,775,529 2,413,620 2,475,251   Financial services 3,276 2,620 Stockholders' equity   443,452   631,878   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,860,348 $ 3,109,749                         KB HOMESUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION For the Six Months and Three Months Ended May 31, 2011 and 2010 (In Thousands – Unaudited)   Six Months Three Months Homebuilding revenues: 2011 2010 2011 2010   Housing $ 465,206 $ 632,579 $ 269,983 $ 370,421 Land   78     2,446     -     2,093     Total $ 465,284   $ 635,025   $ 269,983   $ 372,514         Six Months Three Months Costs and expenses: 2011 2010 2011 2010   Construction and land costs Housing $ 421,052 $ 530,950 $ 250,381 $ 304,756 Land   125     2,433     -     2,087   Subtotal 421,177 533,383 250,381 306,843 Selling, general and administrative expenses 112,125 155,193 62,520 82,990 Loss on loan guaranty   37,330     -     14,572     -     Total $ 570,632   $ 688,576   $ 327,473   $ 389,833         Six Months Three Months Interest expense: 2011 2010 2011 2010   Interest incurred $ 59,011 $ 60,104 $ 29,462 $ 29,419 (Gain) on early extinguishment of debt/loss on voluntary termination of credit facility (3,612 ) 1,802 - 436 Interest capitalized   (30,839 )   (25,981 )   (16,341 )   (13,337 )   Total $ 24,560   $ 35,925   $ 13,121   $ 16,518         Six Months Three Months Other information: 2011 2010 2011 2010   Depreciation and amortization $ 2,268 $ 2,845 $ 1,120 $ 1,423 Amortization of previously capitalized interest   31,013     51,769     19,589     28,383                           KB HOMESUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION For the Six Months and Three Months Ended May 31, 2011 and 2010 (Unaudited)   Six Months Three Months Average sales price: 2011 2010 2011 2010   West Coast $ 310,100 $ 323,900 $ 303,500 $ 327,300 Southwest 152,300 159,100 156,500 160,600 Central 172,700 161,500 177,300 166,700 Southeast   195,700   154,300   196,900   154,000   Total $ 210,100 $ 203,500 $ 213,400 $ 207,900     Six Months Three Months Homes delivered: 2011 2010 2011 2010   West Coast 577 840 353 500 Southwest 341 575 183 359 Central 838 1,079 475 550 Southeast   458   614   254   373   Total   2,214   3,108   1,265   1,782     Unconsolidated joint ventures   1   55   -   34     Six Months Three Months Net orders: 2011 2010 2011 2010   West Coast 946 1,037 542 608 Southwest 476 664 270 351 Central 1,286 1,511 838 796 Southeast   592   945   348   489   Total   3,300   4,157   1,998   2,244     Unconsolidated joint ventures   -   46   -   27     May 31, 2011 May 31, 2010 Backlog data: Backlog Homes Backlog Value Backlog Homes Backlog Value (Dollars in thousands) West Coast 572 $ 172,147 720 $ 241,383 Southwest 274 43,572 371 60,278 Central 1,141 199,350 1,351 224,212 Southeast   435   86,475   733   122,365   Total   2,422 $ 501,544   3,175 $ 648,238     Unconsolidated joint ventures   - $ -   28 $ 11,760     KB HOMERECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURESFor the Six Months and Three Months Ended May 31, 2011 and 2010(In Thousands, Except Percentages – Unaudited) This press release contains, and Company management's discussion of the results presented in this press release may include, information about the Company's housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, which is not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure is relevant and useful to investors in understanding its operations, and may be helpful in comparing the Company with other companies in the homebuilding industry to the extent they provide similar information. However, because the housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges is not calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be completely comparable to other companies in the homebuilding industry and, thus, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to the operating and financial performance measures prescribed by GAAP. Rather, this non-GAAP financial measure should be used to supplement its respective most directly comparable GAAP financial measure in order to provide a greater understanding of the factors and trends affecting the Company's operations. Housing Gross Margin, Excluding Inventory Impairment and Land Option Contract Abandonment Charges The following table reconciles the Company's housing gross margin calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the Company's housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges:                     Six Months Three Months 2011 2010 2011 2010   Housing revenues $ 465,206 $ 632,579 $ 269,983 $ 370,421 Housing construction and land costs   (421,052 )     (530,950 )   (250,381 )   (304,756 )   Housing gross margin 44,154 101,629 19,602 65,665 Add: Inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges   22,294     13,362     20,591     -     Housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges $ 66,448   $ 114,991   $ 40,193   $ 65,665     Housing gross margin as a percentage of housing revenues   9.5 %   16.1 %   7.3 %   17.7 %   Housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, as a percentage of housing revenues   14.3 %   18.2 %   14.9 %   17.7 %   Housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company calculates by dividing housing revenues less housing construction and land costs before pretax, noncash inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges associated with housing operations recorded during a given period, by housing revenues. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is housing gross margin. The Company believes housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in evaluating the Company's performance as it measures the gross profit the Company generated specifically on the homes delivered during a given period and enhances the comparability of housing gross margins between periods. This financial measure assists management in making strategic decisions regarding product mix, product pricing and construction pace. The Company also believes investors will find housing gross margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, relevant and useful because it represents a profitability measure that may be compared to a prior period without regard to variability of charges for inventory impairments or land option contract abandonments. KB HOMERECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES(In Thousands, Except Percentages – Unaudited) Ratio of Net Debt to Total Capital Company management's discussion of the results presented in this press release may include the Company's ratio of net debt to total capital, which is not calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure can be relevant and useful to investors in understanding the leverage employed in its operations, and may be helpful in comparing the Company with other companies in the homebuilding industry to the extent they provide similar information. However, because the Company's ratio of net debt to total capital is not calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be completely comparable to other companies in the homebuilding industry and, thus, should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to the operating and financial performance measures prescribed by GAAP. Rather, this non-GAAP financial measure should be used to supplement its respective most directly comparable GAAP financial measure in order to provide a greater understanding of the factors and trends affecting the Company's operations. The following table reconciles the Company's ratio of debt to total capital calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the ratio of net debt to total capital:                     May 31, November 30, 2011 2010   Mortgages and notes payable $ 1,691,659 $ 1,775,529 Stockholders' equity   443,452     631,878     Total capital $ 2,135,111   $ 2,407,407     Ratio of debt to total capital   79.2 %   73.8 %       Mortgages and notes payable $ 1,691,659 $ 1,775,529 Less: Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash   (735,267 )   (1,019,878 ) Net debt 956,392 755,651 Stockholders' equity   443,452     631,878     Total capital $ 1,399,844   $ 1,387,529     Ratio of net debt to total capital   68.3 %   54.5 %   The ratio of net debt to total capital is a non-GAAP financial measure, which the Company calculates by dividing mortgages and notes payable, net of homebuilding cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, by total capital (mortgages and notes payable, net of homebuilding cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, plus stockholders' equity). The most directly comparable GAAP measure is the ratio of debt to total capital. The Company believes the ratio of net debt to total capital is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in understanding the leverage employed in its operations and as an indicator of the Company's ability to obtain external financing. KB HomeKatoiya Marshall, Investor Relations Contact(310) 893-7446 or kmarshall@kbhome.comorCraig LeMessurier, Media Contact(925) 580-1583 or clemessurier@kbhome.com