AV Homes Reports Results for Second Quarter 2018

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights – as compared to the prior year second quarter (unless otherwise noted)

  • Total revenue increased 1.2% to $203.6 million
  • Homebuilding revenue increased 0.9% to $198.7 million
  • Average selling price for homes delivered increased 1.5% to $336,000 per home
  • Backlog increased 2.1% to 1,092 units

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AV Homes, Inc. (Nasdaq:AVHI), a developer and builder of residential communities in Florida, the Carolinas, Arizona and Texas, today announced results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018.  Total revenue for the second quarter of 2018 increased 1.2% to $203.6 million from $201.2 million in the second quarter of 2017.  Net income and diluted earnings per share increased to $3.0 million and $0.13 per share, respectively, compared to net income of $0.6 million and $0.03 per share in the second quarter of 2017.  The second quarter of 2017 results included a $2.9 million pre-tax charge for debt extinguishment costs for the partial tender of the Company’s 8.50% Senior Notes.

The increase in total revenue for the second quarter of 2018 compared to the prior year period included a 0.9% increase in homebuilding revenue to $198.7 million.  The increase in homebuilding revenue was primarily driven by increases in average selling prices.  During the second quarter of 2018, the Company delivered 592 homes, comparable to the 595 homes delivered during the second quarter of 2017, and the average unit price per closing improved 1.5% to approximately $336,000 from approximately $331,000 in the second quarter of 2017 due to price increases and improvements in the mix of homes sold.

Homebuilding gross margin was 17.4% in the second quarter of 2018, comparable to the 17.4% in the second quarter of 2017 with margin improvement in Florida and Arizona being offset by lower margins in the Carolinas and the 10 basis point negative impact from the purchase accounting for Oakdale-Hampton Homes in Dallas.  Homebuilding gross margin is inclusive of the impact associated with the expensing of previously capitalized interest of 2.5% and 2.8% in the 2018 and 2017 periods, respectively.

Total SG&A expense as a percent of homebuilding revenue increased to 14.5% in the second quarter of 2018 from 13.7% in the second quarter of 2017.  Homebuilding SG&A expense as a percentage of homebuilding revenue increased to 11.9% in the second quarter of 2018 from 11.2% in the second quarter of 2017.  The increase was primarily due to the initial SG&A investment in Dallas as we increase the communities with deliveries from six at the beginning of the year to an estimated 16 communities by the end of the year.  Corporate general and administrative expenses as a percentage of homebuilding revenue remained flat at 2.5% in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same period a year ago.

The number of new housing contracts signed, net of cancellations, during the three months ended June 30, 2018 decreased 10.3% to 620 units, compared to 691 units during the same period in 2017.  The average sales price on contracts signed in the second quarter of 2018 increased 5.6% to approximately $342,000 from approximately $324,000 in the second quarter of 2017.  The aggregate dollar value of the contracts signed during the second quarter decreased 5.3% to $211.8 million, compared to $223.7 million during the same period one year ago.  The backlog value of homes under contract but not yet closed as of June 30, 2018 increased 3.4% to $365.3 million on 1,092 units, compared to $353.4 million on 1,070 units as of June 30, 2017.

Definitive Merger Agreement with Taylor Morrison Home Corporation

On June 7, 2018, we entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, (“Taylor Morrison”).  Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, each issued and outstanding share of common stock of AV Homes will be converted into the right to receive (A) 0.9793 shares of Taylor Morrison Class A common stock (“Taylor Morrison Shares”); (B) $21.50 in cash; or (C) $12.64 in cash, and 0.4034 Taylor Morrison Shares.   The cash election and stock election are subject to adjustment pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement such that the aggregate consideration will consist of approximately 58.8% cash and approximately 41.2% Taylor Morrison Shares.  The completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

As a result of the Company’s entry into the Merger Agreement with Taylor Morrison, the Company will not be hosting a conference call or webcast to discuss its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

About AV Homes, Inc.

AV Homes, Inc. is engaged in homebuilding and community development in Florida, the Carolinas, Arizona and Texas. Its principal operations are conducted in the greater Orlando, Jacksonville, Charlotte and Raleigh, Phoenix and Dallas-Fort-Worth markets. The Company builds communities that serve both active adults (55 years and older) as well as people of all ages. AV Homes common shares trade on NASDAQ under the symbol AVHI. For more information, visit www.avhomesinc.com.

This news release and the Investor Presentation posted to our website contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors include, among others: the cyclical nature of the homebuilding industry and its dependence on broader economic conditions; availability and suitability of undeveloped land and improved lots; ability to develop communities within expected timeframes; increases in interest rates and availability of mortgage financing; the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on homebuyer demand; elimination or reduction of tax benefits associated with home ownership; the prices and supply of building materials; the availability and skill of subcontractors; our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses; effect of our expansion efforts on our cash flows and profitability; competition for home buyers, properties, financing, raw materials and skilled labor; our ability to access sufficient capital; our ability to generate sufficient cash to service our indebtedness; terms of our financing documents that may restrict our operations and corporate actions; fluctuations in interest rates; our current level of indebtedness and potential need for additional financing; our ability to purchase outstanding notes upon certain fundamental changes; our ability to obtain letters of credit and surety bonds; cancellations of home sale orders; the geographic concentration of our operations; inflation affecting homebuilding costs or deflation affecting declines in spending and borrowing levels; warranty and construction defect claims; health and safety incidents in homebuilding activities; the seasonal nature of our business; impacts of weather conditions and natural disasters; resource shortages and rate fluctuations; value and costs related to our land and lot inventory; overall market supply and demand for new homes; our ability to recover our costs in the event of reduced home sales; conflicts of interest involving our largest stockholder; contractual restrictions under a stockholders agreement with our largest stockholder; dependence on our senior management; effects of government regulation of development and homebuilding projects; development liabilities that may impose payment obligations on us; our ability to utilize our deferred income tax asset; impact of environmental changes and governmental actions in response to environmental changes; dependence on digital technologies and related cyber risks; future sales or dilution of our equity; impairment of intangible assets; and other factors described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which filings are available on www.sec.gov. In addition, material risks that could cause actual results to differ from forward-looking statements include: 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; the risk associated with AV Homes’ ability to obtain the shareholder approval required to consummate the merger and the timing of the closing of the merger, including the risk that the conditions to the transaction are not satisfied on a timely basis or at all and the failure of the transaction to close for any other reason; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against the parties and others related to the merger agreement; unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the transaction, the response of business partners and retention as a result of the announcement and pendency of the transaction; risks relating to the value of the Taylor Morrison common stock to be issued in connection with the transaction; the anticipated size of the markets and continued demand for Taylor Morrison’s and AV Homes’ homes and the impact of competitive responses to the announcement of the transaction; access to available financing on a timely basis and on reasonable terms.  Forward-looking statements are based on the expectations, estimates, or projections of management as of the date of this news release and the Investor Presentation. AV Homes disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events and circumstances, except to the extent required by applicable law.

Additional Information about the Merger and Where to Find It:

This communication is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or buy or an invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. In connection with the proposed transaction between Taylor Morrison and AV Homes, Taylor Morrison has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a preliminary Proxy Statement of AV Homes that also constitutes a preliminary Prospectus of Taylor Morrison (the “Proxy Statement/Prospectus”). AV Homes plans to mail to its shareholders the definitive Proxy Statement/Prospectus in connection with the transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF AV HOMES ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TAYLOR MORRISON, AV HOMES, THE TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents (when available) filed with the SEC by Taylor Morrison and AV Homes through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Taylor Morrison in the Investor Relations section of Taylor Morrison’s website at http://investors.taylormorrison.com or by contacting Taylor Morrison’s Investor Relations at investor@taylormorrison.com or by calling (480) 734-2060, and will be able to obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by AV Homes in the Investor Relations section of AV Homes’ website at http://investors.avhomesinc.com or by contacting AV Homes’ Investor Relations at m.burnett@avhomesinc.com or by calling (480) 214-7408.

Participants in the Merger Solicitation

Taylor Morrison, AV Homes and certain of their respective directors, executive officers and employees may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the shareholders of AV Homes in connection with the transaction, including a description of their respective direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is included in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus described above filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding Taylor Morrison’s directors and executive officers is also included in Taylor Morrison’s proxy statement for its 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 17, 2018, or its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on February 21, 2018, and information regarding AV Homes’ directors and executive officers is also included in AV Homes’ proxy statement for its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 18, 2018, or its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, which was filed with the SEC on February 23, 2018. These documents are available free of charge as described above.

Investor Contact:        

Mike Burnett
EVP, Chief Financial Officer

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Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended            
    June 30,   June 30,            
    2018     2017     2018     2017              
Homebuilding   $ 198,656     $ 196,884     $ 343,801     $ 345,544              
Amenity and other     4,289       4,125       9,107       8,762              
Land sales     615       185       2,660       2,436              
Total revenues     203,560       201,194       355,568       356,742              
Homebuilding cost of revenue     164,055       162,600       285,032       285,465              
Amenity and other     4,106       3,566       9,350       7,896              
Land sales     207       180       438       1,162              
Total real estate expenses     168,368       166,346       294,820       294,523              
Selling, general and administrative expenses     28,718       27,014       54,233       49,385              
Interest income and other     (581 )     (253 )     (850 )     (258 )            
Interest expense     3,012       3,685       6,403       4,522              
Loss on extinguishment of debt           2,933             2,933              
Total expenses     199,517       199,725       354,606       351,105              
Income before income taxes     4,043       1,469       962       5,637              
Income tax expense     1,044       822       306       2,551              
Net income   $ 2,999     $ 647     $ 656     $ 3,086              
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.13     $ 0.03     $ 0.03     $ 0.14              
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     22,584       22,487       22,577       22,479              
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.13