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KB Home Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Fourth Quarter Revenues Increase 20%; Earnings Per Share of $.10</b> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <b>Backlog Value Up 35% to $618.6 Million, Reflecting Growth in All Homebuilding Regions</b> </p>

Thursday, December 20, 2012

KB Home Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results05:30 EST Thursday, December 20, 2012 LOS ANGELES (Business Wire) -- KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of the nation's largest and most recognized homebuilders, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, 2012. Highlights and developments include the following: Three Months Ended November 30, 2012 Revenues rose 20% to $578.2 million, compared to $479.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by an increase in the number of homes delivered and a higher average selling price. The Company delivered 2,122 homes, up 6% from the year-earlier quarter, primarily reflecting growth in the Company's West Coast and Central homebuilding regions. The overall average selling price increased to $270,700, up $32,300 or 14% from $238,400 in the year-earlier quarter, extending the Company's trend of generating year-over-year improvement to 10 consecutive quarters. Sequentially, the Company's overall average selling price increased 10% from $245,100 in the third quarter of 2012, reflecting increases in all of the Company's homebuilding regions. Compared to the year-earlier quarter, average selling prices were higher across all of the Company's homebuilding regions with increases of up to 23%. The Company's homebuilding operating income improved to $15.6 million in the current quarter, up significantly from $.8 million posted in the year-earlier quarter which included a $6.6 million gain on loan guaranty. On a sequential basis, the Company's homebuilding operating income increased by $4.7 million from $10.9 million in the third quarter of 2012. Homebuilding operating income for the current quarter increased by $21.2 million on a sequential basis, excluding a $16.5 million insurance recovery that favorably impacted the 2012 third quarter. As a percentage of homebuilding revenues, homebuilding operating income was 2.7%, up 250 basis points from .2% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The current quarter percentage also improved slightly from 2.6% in the 2012 third quarter. The housing gross profit margin was 14.2%, compared to 14.7% in the year-earlier quarter. Included in the current quarter were $5.6 million of inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges and a $2.6 million charge related to water intrusion repairs at certain of the Company's communities in Florida. In 2011, the fourth quarter housing gross profit margin included $2.3 million of inventory-related charges. The fourth quarter housing gross profit margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, improved slightly to 15.2% in 2012 from 15.1% in 2011. The current quarter housing gross profit margin decreased from the third quarter of 2012 largely due to the insurance recovery included in that quarter. Excluding this recovery, the 2012 fourth quarter housing gross profit margin improved from the 2012 third quarter. While delivering more homes and generating higher homebuilding revenues, the Company reduced its selling, general and administrative expenses by $9.4 million, or 12%, to $66.2 million in the current quarter from $75.6 million in the same quarter a year ago. Reflecting these results, the Company's selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of housing revenues were 11.5% in the current quarter, improving by 440 basis points from a year ago and by 340 basis points from the 2012 third quarter. The current quarter percentage was the lowest it has been since the fourth quarter of 2007. Interest expense was $16.0 million, compared to $12.3 million in the year-earlier quarter due to the Company's higher average debt level and slightly higher average interest rate, which reflected the issuance of two series of senior notes in 2012, the proceeds of which were primarily used to repurchase other series of senior notes pursuant to two applicable tender offers. The Company's financial services operations generated pretax income of $3.1 million, compared to $22.8 million in the year-earlier quarter. The 2011 fourth quarter results included a gain of $19.8 million related to the wind down of a former unconsolidated mortgage banking joint venture. Net income totaled $7.7 million, or $.10 per diluted share, compared to $13.9 million, or $.18 per diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter. The year-earlier quarter included the financial services gain and the gain on loan guaranty. Excluding the impact of these 2011 fourth quarter gains, which totaled $26.4 million, the Company's 2012 fourth quarter net income improved by $20.2 million from the year-earlier quarter. The Company's fourth quarter net income included income tax benefits of $5.3 million in 2012 and $2.5 million in 2011. Twelve Months Ended November 30, 2012 Revenues totaled $1.56 billion, up 19% from $1.32 billion for the prior year. Homes delivered increased 8% to 6,282, up from 5,812 homes delivered in the previous year. The overall average selling price of $246,500 was up 10% from $224,600 in 2011. The Company's operating loss of $20.3 million in 2012 improved substantially compared to an operating loss of $103.1 million in 2011. The Company's net loss of $59.0 million, or $.76 per diluted share, narrowed by $119.8 million from the net loss of $178.8 million, or $2.32 per diluted share, for the year ended November 30, 2011. Backlog and Net Orders Potential future housing revenues in backlog at November 30, 2012 rose to $618.6 million, up 35% from $459.0 million at November 30, 2011, with each of the Company's four homebuilding regions posting a year-over-year increase. The potential future housing revenues in backlog reached the highest fourth quarter-end level since 2007. The number of homes in the Company's backlog increased 20% to 2,577 at November 30, 2012 from 2,156 at November 30, 2011. The overall value of net orders generated in the fourth quarter of 2012 grew to $459.3 million, up 25% from $368.6 million in the year-earlier quarter, which had experienced a sizable increase of 65% from the previous year. Three of the Company's four homebuilding regions reported year-over-year increases in net order value with the West Coast region up 38% to $259.2 million, the Central region up 13% to $98.7 million and the Southeast region up 13% to $70.4 million. Net orders totaled 1,557 in the fourth quarter of 2012, up 4% compared to 1,494 in the year-earlier quarter which had increased 38% from the fourth quarter of 2010. The year-over-year net order comparison for 2012 was impacted by the Company's lower community count. The Company had 191 new home communities open for sales at the end of the 2012 fourth quarter, down 18% from 234 at the end of the 2011 fourth quarter. The year-over-year increase in the Company's 2012 fourth quarter net orders reflected a 26% increase in the Company's West Coast homebuilding region that was mostly offset by decreases in the Company's other regions. Although the Company posted only a modest improvement in overall net orders in the 2012 fourth quarter, its average net orders per community, which has generally been one of the highest in the industry, was 7.9 in the current quarter, up 23% from 6.4 in the year-earlier quarter. The fourth quarter cancellation rate as a percentage of gross orders was 35% in 2012 and 34% in 2011. As a percentage of beginning backlog, the fourth quarter cancellation rate was 26% in 2012 and 29% in 2011. Balance Sheet Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaled $567.1 million at November 30, 2012, up $87.6 million from $479.5 million at November 30, 2011. The Company's unrestricted cash and cash equivalents increased by $109.7 million to $524.8 million from $415.1 million at November 30, 2011. The Company generated $110.4 million of positive net cash flow from operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $37.6 million of net cash used in operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year of 2012, the Company generated positive net cash flow from operating activities for the first time since 2009. Inventories totaled $1.71 billion at November 30, 2012 and $1.73 billion at November 30, 2011. Land and land development investments totaled $564.9 million for the year ended November 30, 2012. The Company invested in land and land development in each of its homebuilding regions, with the majority occurring in California and Texas. The Company owned or controlled 44,752 lots at November 30, 2012, an increase of 11% from 40,170 lots owned or controlled at November 30, 2011. The Company's debt balance of $1.72 billion at November 30, 2012 increased from $1.58 billion at November 30, 2011, reflecting the capital markets transactions completed during the year. The Company's next scheduled debt maturity is in 2014, when the remaining $76.0 million of its 5 3/4% senior notes become due. Management Comments “Our results for the fourth quarter reflect year-over-year and sequential improvement in most of our key operational and financial metrics,” said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer. “We increased our deliveries and generated solid top-line growth, a higher housing gross profit margin and continued improvement in our selling, general and administrative expense ratio, all of which translated to higher homebuilding operating income. In addition to improved execution on our business strategies, we benefited from better housing market conditions and increased demand for larger homes with more design options, which drove our average selling prices higher in all of our regions. Although our fourth quarter community count decreased from the prior year and impacted our overall net order growth, our net orders on a per-community basis strengthened. By leveraging the investments in land and land development we have made and plan to make next year, we expect to significantly increase the number of new home communities we have open for sales in 2013. “Furthermore, we are encouraged by the success of our ‘going on offense' initiatives and the improvements we are seeing in housing markets across the country, most notably in California,” continued Mezger. “The tightening supply of homes available for sale, high housing affordability and favorable mortgage interest rate environment are driving increased demand and providing us with more opportunities to generate greater revenues. We anticipate housing demand will continue to strengthen, particularly as more households facing rising rental costs consider the benefits of homeownership and emerge from the sidelines. Although the strength of the economy and pending federal budget decisions are important considerations that could potentially disrupt the housing recovery and cause us to shift our current plans, we believe that, with our higher backlog, more community openings on the horizon, and the continued improvement we are expecting in our performance as we move ahead, we are well positioned to be profitable for 2013.” Earnings Conference Call The conference call on the fourth quarter 2012 earnings will be broadcast live TODAY at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. To listen, please go to the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.kbhome.com. About KB Home KB Home is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilding companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1957, the Company has built more than half a million quality homes. KB Home's signature Built to Order™ approach lets each buyer customize their new home from lot location to floor plan and design features. In addition to meeting strict ENERGY STAR® guidelines, all KB homes are highly energy efficient to help lower monthly utility costs for homeowners, which the Company demonstrates with its proprietary KB Home Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®). A leader in utilizing state-of-the-art sustainable building practices, KB Home was named the #1 Green Homebuilder in the most recent study by Calvert Investments and the #1 Homebuilder on FORTUNE magazine's 2011 World's Most Admired Companies list. Los Angeles-based KB Home was the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and trades under the ticker symbol “KBH.” For more information about KB Home's new home communities, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit www.kbhome.com. Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements 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 and to access the equity, credit, capital or other financial markets or other external financing sources, including raising capital through the public or private issuance of common stock, debt or other securities, and/or obtaining a credit facility or project financing, on favorable terms; 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; decisions by lawmakers on federal fiscal policies, including those relating to taxation and government spending; the availability and cost of land in desirable areas; our warranty claims experience with respect to homes previously delivered and actual warranty costs incurred; legal or regulatory proceedings or claims; our ability to use/realize 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 open new communities for sales and sell higher-priced homes and design options, and our operational and investment concentration in markets in California and Texas), revenue growth, asset optimization, and overhead and other cost reduction strategies; consumer traffic to our new home communities and consumer interest in our product designs; home purchase contract cancellations and our ability to realize our backlog; our home sales and delivery performance in key markets in California and Texas; the manner in which our homebuyers are offered and are able to obtain residential consumer mortgage loans and mortgage banking services, including from our preferred mortgage lender, Nationstar Mortgage; the performance of Nationstar Mortgage as our preferred mortgage lender; information technology failures and data security breaches; 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 Twelve Months and Three Months Ended November 30, 2012 and 2011 (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)         Twelve Months Three Months 2012     2011 2012     2011 Total revenues $ 1,560,115   $ 1,315,866   $ 578,201   $ 479,872   Homebuilding: Revenues $ 1,548,432 $ 1,305,562 $ 574,377 $ 475,746 Costs and expenses (1,568,688 ) (1,408,636 ) (558,815 ) (474,911 ) Operating income (loss) (20,256 ) (103,074 ) 15,562 835 Interest income 518 871 155 95 Interest expense (69,804 ) (49,204 ) (15,989 ) (12,302 ) Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint ventures (394 ) (55,839 ) (357 ) 26   Homebuilding pretax loss (89,936 ) (207,246 ) (629 ) (11,346 ) Financial services: Revenues 11,683 10,304 3,824 4,126 Expenses (2,991 ) (3,512 ) (754 ) (1,031 ) Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated joint venture 2,191   19,286   (17 ) 19,662   Financial services pretax income 10,883   26,078   3,053   22,757   Total pretax income (loss) (79,053 ) (181,168 ) 2,424 11,411 Income tax benefit 20,100   2,400   5,300   2,500   Net income (loss) $ (58,953 ) $ (178,768 ) $ 7,724   $ 13,911   Basic earnings (loss) per share $ (.76 ) $ (2.32 ) $ .10   $ .18   Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ (.76 ) $ (2.32 ) $ .10   $ .18   Basic average shares outstanding 77,106   77,043   77,103   77,159   Diluted average shares outstanding 77,106   77,043   78,282   77,197     KB HOMECONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In Thousands)         November 30,2012 November 30,2011 AssetsHomebuilding: Cash and cash equivalents $ 524,765 $ 415,050 Restricted cash 42,362 64,481 Receivables 64,821 66,179 Inventories 1,706,571 1,731,629 Investments in unconsolidated joint ventures 123,674 127,926 Other assets 95,050   75,104 2,557,243 2,480,369 Financial services 4,455   32,173 Total assets $ 2,561,698   $ 2,512,542   Liabilities and stockholders' equityHomebuilding: Accounts payable $ 118,544 $ 104,414 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 340,345 374,406 Mortgages and notes payable 1,722,815   1,583,571 2,181,704 2,062,391 Financial services 3,188 7,494 Stockholders' equity 376,806   442,657 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,561,698   $ 2,512,542   KB HOMESUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION For the Twelve Months and Three Months Ended November 30, 2012 and 2011 (In Thousands)         Twelve Months Three Months 2012     2011 2012     2011 Homebuilding revenues: Housing $ 1,548,432 $ 1,305,299 $ 574,377 $ 475,636 Land —   263   —   110   Total $ 1,548,432   $ 1,305,562   $ 574,377   $ 475,746     Twelve Months Three Months 2012 2011 2012 2011 Costs and expenses: Construction and land costs Housing $ 1,317,529 $ 1,129,785 $ 492,594 $ 405,899 Land —   200   —   1   Subtotal 1,317,529 1,129,985 492,594 405,900 Selling, general and administrative expenses 251,159 247,886 66,221 75,576 Loss (gain) on loan guaranty —   30,765   —   (6,565 ) Total $ 1,568,688   $ 1,408,636   $ 558,815   $ 474,911     Twelve Months Three Months 2012 2011 2012 2011 Interest expense: Interest incurred $ 122,379 $ 115,649 $ 33,105 $ 27,548 Loss (gain) on early extinguishment of debt 10,278 (3,612 ) — — Interest capitalized (62,853 ) (62,833 ) (17,116 ) (15,246 ) Total $ 69,804   $ 49,204   $ 15,989   $ 12,302     Twelve Months Three Months 2012 2011 2012 2011 Other information: Depreciation and amortization $ 4,638 $ 4,181 $ 1,341 $ 885 Amortization of previously capitalized interest 78,630   79,338   29,721   26,592     KB HOMESUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION For the Twelve Months and Three Months Ended November 30, 2012 and 2011         Twelve Months Three Months 2012     2011 2012     2011 Average sales price: West Coast $ 388,300 $ 335,500 $ 405,400 $ 358,300 Southwest 193,900 165,800 219,500 179,100 Central 170,100 171,500 179,500 173,100 Southeast 206,200   195,500   219,900   192,900 Total $ 246,500   $ 224,600   $ 270,700   $ 238,400   Twelve Months Three Months 2012 2011 2012 2011 Homes delivered: West Coast 1,945 1,757 765 656 Southwest 683 843 170 270 Central 2,566 2,155 843 706 Southeast 1,088   1,057   344   363 Total 6,282   5,812   2,122   1,995   Twelve Months Three Months 2012 2011 2012 2011 Net orders: West Coast 2,166 2,017 619 490 Southwest 663 907 140 172 Central 2,697 2,480 485 517 Southeast 1,177   1,228   313   315 Total 6,703   6,632   1,557   1,494   November 30, 2012 November 30, 2011 Backlog Homes Backlog Value Backlog Homes Backlog Value Backlog data (dollars in thousands): West Coast 684 $ 248,790 463 $ 161,987 Southwest 183 40,206 203 37,071 Central 1,149 204,473 1,018 168,512 Southeast 561   125,157   472   91,380 Total 2,577   $ 618,626   2,156   $ 458,950   KB HOMERECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURESFor the Twelve Months and Three Months Ended November 30, 2012 and 2011(In Thousands, Except Percentages) 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 profit 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 profit 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 Profit Margin, Excluding Inventory Impairment and Land Option Contract Abandonment Charges The following table reconciles the Company's housing gross profit margin calculated in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of the Company's housing gross profit margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges:     Twelve Months     Three Months 2012     2011 2012     2011 Housing revenues $ 1,548,432 $ 1,305,299 $ 574,377 $ 475,636 Housing construction and land costs (1,317,529 ) (1,129,785 ) (492,594 ) (405,899 ) Housing gross profits 230,903 175,514 81,783 69,737 Add: Inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges 28,533   25,740   5,621   2,284   Housing gross profits, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges $ 259,436   $ 201,254   $ 87,404   $ 72,021   Housing gross profit margin as a percentage of housing revenues 14.9 % 13.4 % 14.2 % 14.7 % Housing gross profit margin, excluding inventory impairment and land option contract abandonment charges, as a percentage of housing revenues 16.8 % 15.4 % 15.2 % 15.1 %   Housing gross profit 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 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 profit margin. The Company believes housing gross profit 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 profits the Company generated specifically on the homes delivered during a given period and enhances the comparability of housing gross profit margin 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 profit 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 HomeKatoiya Marshall, Investor Relations Contact(310) 893-7446kmarshall@kbhome.comorSusan Martin, Media Contact(310) 231-4142smartin@kbhome.com