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Ryland Reports Results for the Second Quarter of 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ryland Reports Results for the Second Quarter of 201216:15 EDT Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE: RYL), today announced results for its quarter ended June 30, 2012. Items of note included: Net income from continuing operations totaled $6.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012; New orders increased 41.6 percent to 1,398 units for the second quarter of 2012 from 987 units for the second quarter of 2011. For the second quarter of 2012, new order dollars rose 52.8 percent to $380.3 million from $248.8 million for the same period in 2011; Closings rose 35.6 percent to 1,115 units for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to 822 units for the same period in the prior year; Backlog increased 47.0 percent to 2,277 units at June 30, 2012, from 1,549 units at June 30, 2011; Active communities rose to 209 communities at June 30, 2012, from 202 communities at June 30, 2011; Revenues totaled $293.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, representing a 38.7 percent increase from $211.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011; Average closing price increased to $254,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, from $248,000 for the same period in 2011; Housing gross profit margin was 18.7 percent for the second quarter of 2012, compared to 15.0 percent for the same period in the prior year; Issuance of $225.0 million of 1.6 percent convertible senior notes due May 2018 during the second quarter of 2012 and July 2012 redemption of $167.2 million of 6.9 percent senior notes due June 2013; Selling, general and administrative and corporate expense totaled 16.3 percent of homebuilding revenues for the second quarter of 2012, compared to 17.7 percent for the second quarter of 2011; Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled $732.9 million at June 30, 2012; and Net debt-to-capital ratio was 40.9 percent at June 30, 2012, compared to 36.7 percent at December 31, 2011. (Net debt-to-capital ratio is calculated as debt, net of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities, divided by the sum of debt and total stockholders' equity, net of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.) RESULTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2012 For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Company reported net income of $6.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $9.8 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. Pretax charges that related to inventory and other valuation adjustments totaled $385,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, and $5.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the quarters ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Additionally, the Company had a pretax charge of $857,000 that related to a debt repurchase during the quarter ended June 30, 2011. The homebuilding segments reported pretax earnings of $9.9 million for the second quarter of 2012, compared to a pretax loss of $7.4 million for the same period in 2011. This increase was primarily due to a rise in closing volume; higher housing gross profit margin, including lower inventory and other valuation adjustments; a decline in interest expense; and a reduced selling, general and administrative expense ratio. Homebuilding revenues increased 38.9 percent to $284.6 million for the second quarter of 2012, compared to $204.9 million for the same period in 2011. This rise in homebuilding revenues was primarily attributable to a 35.6 percent increase in closings that totaled 1,115 units for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to 822 units for the same period in the prior year. For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the average closing price of a home increased 2.4 percent to $254,000 from $248,000 for the same period in 2011. Homebuilding revenues for the second quarter of 2012 included $947,000 from land sales, which resulted in pretax earnings of $330,000, compared to homebuilding revenues for the second quarter of 2011 that included $1.2 million from land sales, which resulted in a pretax loss of $160,000. New orders increased 41.6 percent to 1,398 units for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to new orders of 987 units for the same period in 2011. The Company had an average monthly sales absorption rate of 2.2 homes per community for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, versus 1.6 homes per community for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, and an average cancellation rate of 20.0 percent for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, versus 20.7 percent for the same period in 2011. For the second quarter of 2012, new order dollars increased 52.8 percent to $380.3 million from $248.8 million for the second quarter of 2011. At June 30, 2012, backlog increased 47.0 percent to 2,277 units from 1,549 units at June 30, 2011. For the second quarter of 2012, the dollar value of the Company's backlog was $614.8 million, reflecting a 55.2 percent rise from the same period in the prior year. Housing gross profit margin was 18.7 percent, excluding inventory valuation adjustments, for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to 16.9 percent for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. Including inventory valuation adjustments, housing gross profit margin was 18.7 percent for the second quarter of 2012, compared to 15.0 percent for the second quarter of 2011. This improvement in housing gross profit margin was primarily attributable to a decline in land and direct construction costs; lower inventory and other valuation adjustments; higher leverage of direct overhead expense due to an increase in the number of homes delivered; and reduced sales incentives and price concessions. For the second quarter of 2012, sales incentives and price concessions totaled 10.4 percent, compared to 11.6 percent for the same period in 2011. Selling, general and administrative expense totaled 13.8 percent of homebuilding revenues for the second quarter of 2012, compared to 15.3 percent for the second quarter of 2011. This decrease in the selling, general and administrative expense ratio was primarily attributable to higher leverage resulting from increased revenues, as well as to cost-saving initiatives. The homebuilding segments recorded $4.2 million of interest expense during the second quarter of 2012, compared to $4.7 million during the second quarter of 2011. This decrease in interest expense from the second quarter of 2011 was primarily due to the capitalization of a greater amount of interest incurred during the second quarter of 2012, which resulted from a higher level of inventory-under-development, partially offset by $467,000 of interest expense from the issuance of 1.6 percent convertible senior notes in May 2012. See the subsequent event discussion included on page five of this release for information regarding the July 2012 redemption of $167.2 million of the Company's 6.9 percent senior notes due June 2013. Corporate expense totaled $7.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to $4.9 million for the same period in 2011. This increase was due, in part, to fluctuations in the Company's stock price that impacted compensation expense, partially offset by lower operating expenses. During the second quarter of 2012, the Company used $44.9 million of cash for operating activities, used $21.0 million of cash for investing activities and provided $225.0 million from the issuance of 1.6 percent convertible senior notes and $18.9 million from other financing activities. For the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the financial services segment reported pretax earnings of $2.9 million, compared to $2.1 million for the same period in 2011. This improvement was primarily attributable to an increase in locked pipeline and origination volumes and to higher title income, partially offset by increased legal and personnel expenses and by interest related to the financial services credit facility that was entered into during December 2011. The Company's net income from discontinued operations totaled $223,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, compared to a net loss of $912,000 for the same period in 2011. RESULTS FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2012 For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company reported net income of $3.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $27.2 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. Pretax charges that related to inventory and other valuation adjustments totaled $2.5 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, and $14.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Additionally, the Company had a pretax charge of $857,000 that related to a debt repurchase during the six months ended June 30, 2011. The homebuilding segments reported pretax earnings of $11.0 million for the first six months of 2012, compared to a pretax loss of $24.8 million for the same period in 2011. This increase was primarily due to a rise in closing volume; higher housing gross profit margin, including lower inventory and other valuation adjustments; a decline in interest expense; and a reduced selling, general and administrative expense ratio. Homebuilding revenues increased 34.9 percent to $494.1 million for the first six months of 2012, compared to $366.4 million for the same period in 2011. This rise in homebuilding revenues was primarily attributable to a 31.1 percent increase in closings that totaled 1,930 units for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, compared to 1,472 units for the same period in the prior year. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the average closing price of a home increased 2.8 percent to $255,000 from $248,000 for the same period in 2011. Homebuilding revenues for the first six months of 2012 included $1.7 million from land sales, which resulted in pretax earnings of $629,000, compared to homebuilding revenues for the first six months of 2011 that included $1.4 million from land sales, which resulted in a pretax loss of $144,000. New orders increased 43.9 percent to 2,726 units for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to new orders of 1,894 units for the same period in 2011. The Company had an average monthly sales absorption rate of 2.2 homes per community for the six months ended June 30, 2012, versus 1.6 homes per community for the six months ended June 30, 2011, and an average cancellation rate of 19.0 percent for the six months ended June 30, 2012, versus 19.5 percent for the same period in 2011. For the first six months of 2012, new order dollars increased 52.4 percent to $725.5 million from $476.2 million for the first six months of 2011. Housing gross profit margin was 18.6 percent, excluding inventory valuation adjustments, for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to 17.0 percent for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Including inventory valuation adjustments, housing gross profit margin was 18.2 percent for the first six months of 2012, compared to 15.1 percent for the first six months of 2011. This improvement in housing gross profit margin was primarily attributable to a decline in land and direct construction costs; lower inventory and other valuation adjustments; higher leverage of direct overhead expense due to an increase in the number of homes delivered; and reduced sales incentives and price concessions. For the first six months of 2012, sales incentives and price concessions totaled 10.6 percent, compared to 11.6 percent for the same period in 2011. Selling, general and administrative expense totaled 14.5 percent of homebuilding revenues for the first six months of 2012, compared to 16.9 percent for the first six months of 2011. This decrease in the selling, general and administrative expense ratio was primarily attributable to higher leverage resulting from increased revenues, as well as to cost-saving initiatives. The homebuilding segments recorded $7.7 million of interest expense during the first six months of 2012, compared to $10.5 million during the first six months of 2011. This decrease in interest expense from the first six months of 2011 was primarily due to the capitalization of a greater amount of interest incurred during the first six months of 2012, which resulted from a higher level of inventory-under-development, partially offset by interest expense from the aforementioned convertible senior notes issued in May 2012. See the subsequent event discussion of this release for information regarding the July 2012 redemption of $167.2 million of the Company's 6.9 percent senior notes due June 2013. Corporate expense totaled $12.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $9.9 million for the same period in 2011. This increase was due, in part, to fluctuations in the Company's stock price that impacted compensation expense, partially offset by lower operating expenses. For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, the financial services segment reported pretax earnings of $3.6 million, compared to $3.3 million for the same period in 2011. This improvement was primarily attributable to an increase in locked pipeline and origination volumes and to higher title income, partially offset by increased personnel and legal expenses and by interest related to the financial services credit facility that was entered into during December 2011. The Company's net loss from discontinued operations totaled $1.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, which included a pretax charge of $1.4 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to inventory valuation adjustments, compared to a net loss of $3.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. DEBT ISSUANCE In May 2012, the Company issued $225.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 1.6 percent convertible senior notes due May 2018. $177.2 million of the proceeds was used to redeem and repurchase all of the 6.9 percent senior notes due June 2013. The remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. SUBSEQUENT EVENT—DEBT REDEMPTION AND REPURCHASE In July 2012, the Company paid $177.2 million to redeem and repurchase all of the 6.9 percent senior notes, which were due June 2013 and totaled $167.2 million. Headquartered in Southern California, Ryland is one of the nation's largest homebuilders and a leading mortgage-finance company. Since its founding in 1967, Ryland has built more than 295,000 homes and financed more than 245,000 mortgages. The Company currently operates in 13 states across the country and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “RYL.” For more information, please visit www.ryland.com. Note: Certain statements in this press release may be regarded as “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and may qualify for the safe harbor provided for in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's expectations and beliefs concerning future events, and no assurance can be given that the future results described in this press release will be achieved. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of statements that include words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “foresee,” “goal,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will” or other similar words or phrases. All forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this press release. Except as may be required under applicable law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company's control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The factors and assumptions upon which any forward-looking statements herein are based are subject to risks and uncertainties which include, among others: economic changes nationally or in the Company's local markets, including volatility and increases in interest rates, the impact of, and changes in, governmental stimulus, tax and deficit reduction programs, inflation, changes in consumer demand and confidence levels and the state of the market for homes in general; changes and developments in the mortgage lending market, including revisions to underwriting standards for borrowers and lender requirements for originating and holding mortgages, changes in government support of and participation in such market, and delays or changes in terms and conditions for the sale of mortgages originated by the Company; the availability and cost of land and the future value of land held or under development; increased land development costs on projects under development; shortages of skilled labor or raw materials used in the production of homes; increased prices for labor, land and materials used in the production of homes; increased competition, including continued competition and price pressure from distressed home sales; failure to anticipate or react to changing consumer preferences in home design; increased costs and delays in land development or home construction resulting from adverse weather conditions or other factors; potential delays or increased costs in obtaining necessary permits as a result of changes to laws, regulations or governmental policies (including those that affect zoning, density, building standards, the environment and the residential mortgage industry); delays in obtaining approvals from applicable regulatory agencies and others in connection with the Company's communities and land activities; changes in the Company's effective tax rate and assumptions and valuations related to its tax accounts; the risk factors set forth in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K; and other factors over which the Company has little or no control.         THE RYLAND GROUP, INC. and SubsidiariesCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited) (in thousands, except share data)     Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,   2012     2011     2012       2011   REVENUES Homebuilding $284,593 $ 204,925 $494,128 $ 366,353 Financial services   9,176     6,923     15,510       13,167   TOTAL REVENUES   293,769     211,848     509,638       379,520     EXPENSES Cost of sales 231,130 176,226 403,820 318,690 Selling, general and administrative 39,368 31,349 71,576 61,893 Financial services 6,232 4,859 11,921 9,894 Corporate 7,139 4,925 12,319 9,912 Interest   4,180     4,735     7,749       10,522   TOTAL EXPENSES   288,049     222,094     507,385       410,911     OTHER INCOME Gain from marketable securities, net 519 1,302 965 2,610 Loss related to early retirement of debt, net   -     (857 )   -       (857 ) TOTAL OTHER INCOME   519     445     965       1,753   Income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes 6,239 (9,801 ) 3,218 (29,638 ) Tax expense (benefit)   190     -     190       (2,398 ) NET INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS   6,049     (9,801 )   3,028       (27,240 )   Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes   223     (912 )   (1,864)     (3,009 )   NET INCOME (LOSS)$6,272   $ (10,713 ) $1,164     $ (30,249 )   NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON SHARE Basic Continuing operations $0.14 $ (0.22 ) $0.07 $ (0.61 ) Discontinued operations   0.00     (0.02 )   (0.04)     (0.07 ) Total 0.14 (0.24 ) 0.03 (0.68 ) Diluted Continuing operations 0.14 (0.22 ) 0.07 (0.61 ) Discontinued operations   0.00     (0.02 )   (0.04)     (0.07 ) Total $0.14 $ (0.24 ) $0.03 $ (0.68 )   AVERAGE COMMON SHARESOUTSTANDING Basic 44,627,548 44,368,874 44,551,441 44,303,958 Diluted 48,570,825 44,368,874 44,938,772 44,303,958       THE RYLAND GROUP, INC. and SubsidiariesCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands, except share data)       June 30, 2012 December 31, 2011 (Unaudited)   ASSETS Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities Cash and cash equivalents $355,212 $ 159,363 Restricted cash 67,060 56,799 Marketable securities, available-for-sale   310,638     347,016 Total cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities 732,910 563,178 Housing inventories Homes under construction 419,557 319,476 Land under development and improved lots 412,034 413,569 Inventory held-for-sale 7,750 11,015 Consolidated inventory not owned   47,302     51,400 Total housing inventories 886,643 795,460 Property, plant and equipment 20,012 19,920 Other 153,732 165,262 Assets of discontinued operations   14,624     35,324 TOTAL ASSETS   1,807,921     1,579,144   LIABILITIES Accounts payable 86,231 74,327 Accrued and other liabilities 136,026 140,930 Financial services credit facility 50,271 49,933 Debt 1,047,856 823,827 Liabilities of discontinued operations   1,863     6,217 TOTAL LIABILITIES   1,322,247     1,095,234   EQUITYSTOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Preferred stock, $1.00 par value: Authorized—10,000 shares Series A Junior Participating Preferred, none outstanding - - Common stock, $1.00 par value: Authorized—199,990,000 shares Issued—44,660,496 shares at June 30, 2012 (44,413,594 shares at December 31, 2011) 44,660 44,414 Retained earnings 410,043 405,109 Accumulated other comprehensive income   711     164 TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYFOR THE RYLAND GROUP, INC.   455,414     449,687 NONCONTROLLING INTEREST   30,260     34,223 TOTAL EQUITY   485,674     483,910 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY$1,807,921   $ 1,579,144           THE RYLAND GROUP, INC. and SubsidiariesSEGMENT INFORMATION (Unaudited)       Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,   2012       2011       2012       2011   EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE TAXES (in thousands) Homebuilding North $1,796 $ (4,737 ) $174 $ (10,225 ) Southeast 2,497 (4,215 ) 3,388 (12,626 ) Texas 4,784 3,438 8,309 1,777 West 838 (1,871 ) (888) (3,678 ) Financial services 2,944 2,064 3,589 3,273 Corporate and unallocated (6,620) (4,480 ) (11,354) (8,159 ) Discontinued operations   223       (912 )   (1,864)     (3,009 )       Total   $6,462     $ (10,713 )   $1,354     $ (32,647 ) NEW ORDERSUnits North 383 314 794 632 Southeast 437 335 854 580 Texas 335 267 708 538 West 243 71 370 144 Discontinued operations   17       78     46       137   Total   1,415       1,065       2,772       2,031   Dollars (in millions) North $114 $ 84 $230 $ 170 Southeast 107 69 200 123 Texas 89 71 184 138 West 70 25 111 45 Discontinued operations   5       17     11       28         Total   $385     $ 266     $736     $ 504   CLOSINGSUnits North 316 277 540 487 Southeast 354 218 619 413 Texas 316 271 560 463 West 129 56 211 109 Discontinued operations   34       62     67       100   Total   1,149       884       1,997       1,572   Average closing price (in thousands) North $272 $ 271 $274 $ 268 Southeast 221 213 218 219 Texas 248 250 253 247 West 317 259 322 275 Discontinued operations   223       206     216       199         Total   $253     $ 245     $254     $ 245     OUTSTANDING CONTRACTS June 30, Units   2012       2011   North 674 482 Southeast 756 504 Texas 581 475 West 266 88 Discontinued operations   12       97   Total   2,289       1,646   Dollars (in millions) North $203 $ 134 Southeast 176 107 Texas 155 125 West 81 30 Discontinued operations   3       20   Total $618     $ 416   Average price (in thousands) North $302 $ 279 Southeast 233 211 Texas 266 263 West 303 345 Discontinued operations   272       209         Total           $270     $ 253             THE RYLAND GROUP, INC. and SubsidiariesFINANCIAL SERVICES SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION (Unaudited) (in thousands, except origination data)     Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30, RESULTS OF OPERATIONS   2012       2011     2012       2011   REVENUES Income from origination and sale of mortgage loans, net $7,102 $ 5,262 $11,726 $ 10,136 Title, escrow and insurance 1,737 1,483 3,001 2,728 Interest and other   337       178     783       303   TOTAL REVENUES 9,176 6,923 15,510 13,167 EXPENSES   6,232       4,859     11,921       9,894   PRETAX EARNINGS $2,944     $ 2,064   $3,589     $ 3,273     OPERATIONAL DATA   Retail operations: Originations (units) 747 655 1,299 1,172 Ryland Homes originations as a percentage of total originations 100.0% 100.0 % 100.0% 100.0 % Ryland Homes origination capture rate 69.8% 78.6 % 70.9% 79.5 %                       OTHER CONSOLIDATED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION (Unaudited) (in thousands) Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,   2012       2011     2012       2011   Interest incurred $14,926 $ 14,133 $29,107 $ 28,722 Interest capitalized during the period 10,524 9,397 20,777 18,198 Amortization of capitalized interest included in cost of sales 9,813 7,617 17,632 13,291 Depreciation and amortization     3,432       2,838       6,433       5,423     THE RYLAND GROUP, INC. and SubsidiariesNON-GAAP FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE RECONCILIATION (in thousands)       Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,   2012     2011   2012     2011 HOUSING GROSS MARGINS HOUSING REVENUES $283,646 $ 203,737 $492,469 $ 364,974 LAND AND OTHER REVENUES   947     1,188   1,659     1,379 TOTAL HOMEBUILDING REVENUES 284,593 204,925 494,128 366,353   HOUSING COST OF SALES Cost of sales 230,492 169,358 400,879 302,765 Valuation adjustments and write-offs   21     3,864   1,911     7,136 TOTAL HOUSING COST OF SALES 230,513 173,222 402,790 309,901   LAND AND OTHER COST OF SALES Cost of sales 617 1,348 1,030 1,523 Valuation adjustments and write-offs   -     1,656   -     7,266 TOTAL LAND COST OF SALES 617 3,004 1,030 8,789   TOTAL HOMEBUILDING COST OF SALES 231,130 176,226 403,820 318,690   HOUSING GROSS MARGINS $53,133 $ 30,515 $89,679 $ 55,073 HOUSING GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGE 18.7% 15.0 % 18.2% 15.1 %   HOUSING GROSS MARGINS,excluding inventory valuation adjustments and write-offs $53,154 $ 34,379 $91,590 $ 62,209 HOUSING GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGE, excluding inventory valuation adjustments and write-offs 18.7% 16.9 % 18.6% 17.0 %   Gross margins on home sales, excluding inventory valuation adjustments, is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined by the Company as revenue from home sales less costs of homes sold, excluding the Company's inventory valuation adjustments recorded during the period. Management finds this to be a useful measure in evaluating the Company's performance because it discloses the profit the Company generates on homes it actually delivered during the period, as the inventory valuation adjustments relate, in part, to inventory that was not delivered during the period. It assists the Company's management in making strategic decisions regarding its construction pace, product mix and product pricing based upon the profitability it generated on homes the Company currently delivers or sells. The Company believes investors will also find gross margins on home sales, excluding inventory valuation adjustments, to be important and useful because it discloses a profitability measure that can be compared to a prior period without regard to the variability of inventory valuation adjustments. In addition, to the extent that the Company's competitors provide similar information, disclosure of its gross margins on home sales, excluding inventory valuation adjustments, helps readers of the Company's financial statements compare profits to its competitors with regard to the homes they deliver in the same period. In addition, because gross margins on home sales is a financial measure that is not calculated in accordance with GAAP, it may not be completely comparable to similarly titled measures of the Company's competitors due to potential differences in methods of calculation and charges being excluded. The Ryland Group, Inc.Drew Mackintosh, VP, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications(805) 367-3722