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Beazer Homes Returns to Profitability with Full Year Fiscal 2014 Net Income from Continuing Operations of $34.9 Million

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Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYSE:BZH) (www.beazer.com) today announced its financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.

The Company reported net income from continuing operations of $34.9 million for full year fiscal 2014, a year-over-year increase of $67.1 million, and the Company’s first full year of profitability since 2006. Adjusted EBITDA was $128.3 million for the year, up $42.0 million from fiscal 2013. Financial results for the quarter and year ended September 30, 2014 included $4.9 million in unexpected warranty charges.

“We are very pleased to report positive net income for fiscal year 2014,” said Allan Merrill, CEO of Beazer Homes. “Returning to profitability represents a key milestone for our employees and shareholders – particularly because it was achieved from fewer new home communities, lower home closings and in a challenging home sales environment. With an expanded community count as we enter fiscal 2015, I’m confident we have built a foundation that will deliver greater profitability in the years ahead.”

One year ago, the company introduced a multi-year target to achieve $2 billion in revenue and a 10% Adjusted EBITDA margin leading to $200 million in Adjusted EBITDA, which it called the “2B-10 Plan”. At that time, revenue for the trailing twelve months was $1.288 billion, the Adjusted EBITDA margin was 6.7% and Adjusted EBITDA was $86 million. Speaking to the progress made in year one of the 2B-10 Plan, Mr. Merrill continued, “Higher average selling prices, stronger than expected homebuilding gross margins and sustained solid sales absorption rates allowed us to make significant progress against our 2B-10 targets in the past year. For fiscal 2014, improvements in both revenue and Adjusted EBITDA margin led to Adjusted EBITDA of $128 million, up $42 million, allowing us to close 37% of the 2B-10 gap in Adjusted EBITDA.”

Looking ahead to fiscal 2015 and beyond Mr. Merrill continued, “Our higher community count should lead to growth in new home orders, closings and average selling prices, allowing us to make further improvements in Adjusted EBITDA in 2015 and positioning us to reach our 2B-10 objectives by the end of 2016.”

Q4 Results from Continuing Operations (unless otherwise specified)

The Company closed out fiscal 2014 with $60.3 million in net income for the fourth quarter, compared with $11.3 million a year earlier. Adjusted EBITDA improved $15.0 million to $56.5 million for the quarter. Homebuilding gross margin, excluding impairments, abandonments and interest amortized to cost of sales was 21.3% for the quarter.

The Company’s fourth quarter and full year net income included several significant items:

  • A loss on extinguishment of debt of $19.9 million
  • An IRS appeals case was approved in our favor resulting in a cash refund and income tax benefit of $28.5 million
  • Beazer Pre-Owned Homes was sold generating a gain of $6.3 million
  • Reserves for uncertain tax positions were reversed due to lapses in statutes of limitation and closing of audits during fiscal year 2014 resulting in a non-cash tax benefit of $13.9 million
  • Impairments and abandonments of $8.3 million for the fiscal year with $5.4 million occurring in the fourth quarter
  • Unexpected warranty reserves totaling $4.9 million in cost of sales during the fourth quarter

The unexpected warranty charges indicated above related to water intrusion issues in homes built, on average, more than 7 years ago located in Florida and New Jersey. While the Company believes these costs are non-recurring in nature, they were included in cost of sales and therefore reduced all measurements of income in fourth quarter homebuilding gross margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Net Income. Excluding these charges, the quarter’s homebuilding gross margin would have been 22.3% and Adjusted EBITDA would have been $61.4 million.

Quarter Ended September 30,
2014 2013 Change
New Home Orders 1,173 1,192 (1.6 )%
Average active community count 149 135 10.4 %
QTD orders per month per community 2.6 3.0 (13.3 )%
Cancellation rates 23.4 % 23.9 % -50 bps
Total Home Closings 1,695 1,657 2.3 %
Average sales price from closings (in thousands) $ 295.4 $ 263.2 12.2 %
Homebuilding revenue (in millions) $ 500.6 $ 436.2 14.8 %
Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding impairments and abandonments (I&A) 18.2 % 18.3 % -10 bps
Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding I&A and interest amortized to cost of sales 21.3 % 21.4 % -10 bps
Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding I&A, interest amortized to cost of sales and unexpected warranty costs 22.3 % 21.4 % 90 bps
Income from continuing operations before income taxes (in millions) $ 20.3 $ 8.9 $ 11.4
Benefit from income taxes (in millions) $ 40.0 $ 2.5 $ 37.5
Net income from continuing operations (in millions) $ 60.3 $ 11.3 $ 49.0
Basic Income Per Share $ 2.28 $ 0.46 $ 1.82
Diluted Income Per Share $ 1.90 $ 0.36 $ 1.54
Loss on debt extinguishment (in millions) $ $ (1.0 ) $ 1.0
Inventory impairments (in millions) $ (5.4 ) $ (0.4 ) $ (5.0 )
Net income from continuing operations excluding loss on debt extinguishment and inventory impairments (in millions) $ 65.7 $ 12.7 $ 53.0
Land and land development spending (in millions) $ 169.7 $ 160.8 $ 8.9
Total Company Adjusted EBITDA (in millions) $ 56.5 $ 41.5 $ 15.0
Total Company Adjusted EBITDA, excluding unexpected warranty costs (in millions) $ 61.4 $ 41.5 $ 19.9

Full Year Results from Continuing Operations (unless otherwise specified)

The Company reported significantly improved results for fiscal 2014. In addition to reporting positive net income and Adjusted EBITDA, which reflected a 49% increase over fiscal 2013, homebuilding gross margin, excluding impairments, abandonments and interest amortized to cost of sales improved 190 basis points to 21.9%, and average selling prices improved 12.6% to $284.8 thousand.

Excluding the $4.9 million in unexpected warranty charges noted before the fourth quarter results table, full year gross margin, excluding impairments, abandonments and interest amortized to cost of sales, would have been 22.2% and full year Adjusted EBITDA would have been $133.2 million.

Year Ended September 30,
2014 2013 Change
New Home Orders 4,748 5,026 (5.5 )%
Active community count at period end 155 134 15.7 %
Average active community count 142 145 (2.1 )%
LTM orders per month per community 2.8 2.9 (3.4 )%
Cancellation rates 21.3 % 21.8 % -50 bps
Total Home Closings 4,951 5,056 (2.1 )%
Average sales price from closings (in thousands) $ 284.8 $ 253.0 12.6 %
Homebuilding revenue (in millions) $ 1,409.9 $ 1,279.2 10.2 %
Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding impairments and abandonments (I&A) 19.1 % 16.8 % 230 bps
Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding I&A and interest amortized to cost of sales 21.9 % 20.0 % 190 bps
Homebuilding gross profit margin, excluding I&A, interest amortized to cost of sales and unexpected warranty costs 22.2 % 20.0 % 220 bps
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (in millions) $ (6.9 ) $ (35.7 ) $ 28.8
Benefit from income taxes (in millions) $ 41.8 $ 3.5 $ 38.3
Net income (loss) from continuing operations (in millions) $ 34.9 $ (32.2 ) $ 67.1
Basic Income (Loss) Per Share $ 1.35 $ (1.30 ) $ 2.65
Diluted Income (Loss) Per Share $ 1.10 $ (1.30 ) $ 2.40
Loss on debt extinguishment (in millions) $ (19.9 ) $ (4.6 ) $ (15.3 )
Inventory impairments (in millions) $ (8.3 ) $ (2.6 ) $ (5.7 )
Net income (loss) from continuing operations excluding loss on debt extinguishment and inventory impairments (in millions) $ 63.1 $ (25.0 ) $ 88.1
Land and land development spending (in millions) $ 551.2 $ 475.2 $ 76.0
Total Company Adjusted EBITDA (in millions) $ 128.3 $ 86.3 $ 42.0
Total Company Adjusted EBITDA, excluding unexpected warranty costs (in millions) $ 133.2 $ 86.3 $ 46.9

As of September 30, 2014

  • Total cash and cash equivalents: $387.1 million, including unrestricted cash of approximately $324.2 million
  • Stockholders’ equity: $279.1 million
  • Total backlog from continuing operations: 1,690 homes with a sales value of $515.9 million, compared to 1,893 homes with a sales value of $528.1 million as of September 30, 2013
  • Land and lots controlled: 28,187 lots (78.1% owned), an increase of 0.7% from September 30, 2013

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call on November 12, 2014 at 10:00 am ET to discuss these results. Interested parties may listen to the conference call and view the Company’s slide presentation over the Internet by visiting the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.beazer.com.

To access the conference call by telephone, listeners should dial 800-619-8639 (for international callers, dial 312-470-7002). To be admitted to the call, verbally supply the passcode “BZH.” A replay of the call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the live call. To directly access the replay, dial 866-491-2944 or 203-369-1730 and enter the passcode “3740” (available until 10:59 pm ET on November 19, 2014), or visit www.beazer.com. A replay of the webcast will be available at www.beazer.com for at least 30 days.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Beazer Homes is one of the country’s 10 largest single-family homebuilders. The Company’s homes meet or exceed the benchmark for energy-efficient home construction as established by ENERGY STAR(R) and are designed with Choice Plans to meet the personal preferences and lifestyles of its buyers. In addition, the Company is committed to providing a range of preferred lender choices to facilitate transparent competition between lenders and enhanced customer service. The Company offers homes in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Beazer Homes is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BZH.” For more info visit Beazer.com, or check out Beazer on Facebook and Twitter.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, including, among other things, (i) the availability and cost of land and the risks associated with the future value of our inventory such as additional asset impairment charges or writedowns; (ii) economic changes nationally or in local markets, including changes in consumer confidence, declines in employment levels, inflation and increases in the quantity and decreases in the price of new homes and resale homes in the market; (iii) the cyclical nature of the homebuilding industry and a potential deterioration in homebuilding industry conditions; (iv) estimates related to homes to be delivered in the future (backlog) are imprecise as they are subject to various cancellation risks which cannot be fully controlled; (v) shortages of or increased prices for labor, land or raw materials used in housing production; (vi) our cost of and ability to access capital and otherwise meet our ongoing liquidity needs including the impact of any downgrades of our credit ratings or reductions in our tangible net worth or liquidity levels; (vii) our ability to comply with covenants in our debt agreements or satisfy such obligations through repayment or refinancing; (viii) a substantial increase in mortgage interest rates, increased disruption in the availability of mortgage financing, a change in tax laws regarding the deductibility of mortgage interest, or an increased number of foreclosures; (ix) increased competition or delays in reacting to changing consumer preference in home design; (x) factors affecting margins such as decreased land values underlying land option agreements, increased land development costs on communities under development or delays or difficulties in implementing initiatives to reduce production and overhead cost structure; (xi) estimates related to the potential recoverability of our deferred tax assets; (xii) potential delays or increased costs in obtaining necessary permits as a result of changes to, or complying with, laws, regulations, or governmental policies and possible penalties for failure to comply with such laws, regulations and governmental policies; (xiii) the results of litigation or government proceedings and fulfillment of the obligations in the consent orders with governmental authorities and other settlement agreements; (xiv) the impact of construction defect and home warranty claims; (xv) the cost and availability of insurance and surety bonds; (xvi) the performance of our unconsolidated entities and our unconsolidated entity partners; (xvii) delays in land development or home construction resulting from adverse weather conditions; (xviii) the impact of information technology failures or data security breaches; (xix) effects of changes in accounting policies, standards, guidelines or principles; or (xx) terrorist acts, acts of war and other factors over which the Company has little or no control.

Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, except as required by law, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors.

-Tables Follow-

BEAZER HOMES USA, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Total revenue $ 545,905 $ 438,334 $ 1,463,767 $ 1,287,577
Home construction and land sales expenses 452,706 357,884 1,192,001 1,070,814
Inventory impairments and option contract abandonments 5,386 404 8,307 2,633
Gross profit 87,813 80,046 263,459 214,130
Commissions 20,789 17,516 58,028 52,922
General and administrative expenses 39,431 36,428 136,463 121,163
Depreciation and amortization 4,141 4,023 13,279 12,784
Operating income 23,452 22,079 55,689 27,261
Equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated entities 6,324 93 6,545 (113 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt - (998 ) (19,917 ) (4,636 )
Other expense, net (9,502 ) (12,307 ) (49,191 ) (58,165 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 20,274 8,867 (6,874 ) (35,653 )
Benefit from income taxes (40,014 ) (2,461 ) (41,797 ) (3,489 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations 60,288 11,328 34,923 (32,164 )
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax (441 ) 620 (540 ) (1,704 )
Net income (loss) $ 59,847 $ 11,948 $ 34,383 $ (33,868 )
Weighted average number of shares:
Basic 26,425 24,888 25,795 24,651
Diluted 31,782 31,560 31,795 24,651
Income (loss) per share:
Basic income (loss) per share from continuing operations $ 2.28 $ 0.46 $ 1.35 $ (1.30 )
Basic (loss) income per share from discontinued operations $ (0.02 ) $ 0.02 $ (0.02 ) $ (0.07 )
Basic income (loss) per share $ 2.26 $ 0.48 $ 1.33 $ (1.37 )
Diluted income (loss) per share from continuing operations $ 1.90 $ 0.36 $ 1.10 $ (1.30 )
Diluted (loss) income per share from discontinued operations $ (0.02 ) $ 0.02 $ (0.02 ) $ (0.07 )
Diluted income (loss) per share $ 1.88 $ 0.38 $ 1.08 $ (1.37 )
Three Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Capitalized interest in inventory, beginning of period $ 84,083 $ 50,019 $ 52,562 $ 38,190
Interest incurred 30,329 28,715 126,906 115,076
Capitalized interest impaired (245 ) (245 )
Interest expense not qualified for capitalization and included as other expense (9,672 ) (12,749 ) (50,784 ) (59,458 )
Capitalized interest amortized to house construction and land sales expenses (16,876 ) (13,423 ) (40,820 ) (41,246 )
Capitalized interest in inventory, end of period $ 87,619 $ 52,562 $ 87,619 $ 52,562
BEAZER HOMES USA, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

September 30, 2014

September 30, 2013

ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 324,154 $ 504,459
Restricted cash 62,941 48,978
Accounts receivable (net of allowance of $1,245 and $1,651, respectively) 34,429 22,342
Income tax receivable 46 2,813
Inventory
Owned inventory 1,557,496 1,304,694
Land not owned under option agreements 3,857 9,124
Total inventory 1,561,353 1,313,818
Investments in marketable securities and unconsolidated entities 38,341 44,997
Deferred tax assets, net 2,823 5,253
Property, plant and equipment, net 18,673 17,000
Other assets 23,460 27,129
Total assets $ 2,066,220 $ 1,986,789
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Trade accounts payable $ 106,237 $ 83,800
Other liabilities 142,516 145,623
Obligations related to land not owned under option agreements 2,916 4,633
Total debt (net of discounts of $4,399 and $5,160, respectively) 1,535,433 1,512,183
Total liabilities $ 1,787,102 $ 1,746,239
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock (par value $.01 per share, 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued) $ - $
Common stock (par value $0.001 per share, 63,000,000 shares authorized, 27,173,421 and 25,245,945 issued and outstanding, respectively) 27 25
Paid-in capital 851,624 846,165
Accumulated deficit (571,257 ) (605,640 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,276 )
Total stockholders’ equity 279,118 240,550
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 2,066,220 $ 1,986,789
Inventory Breakdown
Homes under construction $ 282,095 $ 262,476
Development projects in progress 786,768 578,453
Land held for future development 301,048 341,986
Land held for sale 51,672 31,331
Capitalized interest 87,619 52,562
Model homes 48,294 37,886
Land not owned under option agreements 3,857 9,124
Total inventory $ 1,561,353 $ 1,313,818
BEAZER HOMES USA, INC.
CONSOLIDATED OPERATING AND FINANCIAL DATA – CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Quarter Ended Fiscal Year Ended
September 30, September 30,
SELECTED OPERATING DATA 2014 2013 2014 2013
Closings:
West region 594 724 1,996 2,277
East region 622 523 1,600 1,629
Southeast region 479 410 1,355 1,150
Continuing Operations 1,695 1,657 4,951 5,056
New orders, net of cancellations:
West region 428 480 1,815 2,176
East region 389 403 1,539 1,543
Southeast region 356 309 1,394 1,307
Continuing Operations 1,173 1,192 4,748 5,026
Backlog units at end of period:
West region 557 738 557 738
East region 600 661 600 661
Southeast region 533 494 533 494
Continuing Operations 1,690 1,893 1,690 1,893
Dollar value of backlog at end of period (in millions) $ 515.9 $ 528.1 $ 515.9 $ 528.1
Homebuilding Revenue (in thousands):
West region $ 161,118 $ 183,472 $ 537,149 $ 543,524
East region 209,047 158,134 525,439 482,468
Southeast region 130,467 94,581 347,292 253,220
Total homebuilding revenue $ 500,632 $ 436,187 $ 1,409,880 $ 1,279,212
BEAZER HOMES USA, INC.
CONSOLIDATED OPERATING AND FINANCIAL DATA – CONTINUING OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands)

Quarter Ended September 30,

Fiscal Year Ended September 30,
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA 2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenues:
Homebuilding $ 500,632 $ 436,187 $ 1,409,880 $ 1,279,212
Land sales and other 45,273 2,147 53,887 8,365
Total $ 545,905 $ 438,334 $ 1,463,767 $ 1,287,577
Gross profit:
Homebuilding $ 85,969 $ 79,583 $ 260,746 $ 212,054
Land sales and other 1,844 463 2,713 2,076
Total $ 87,813 $ 80,046 $ 263,459 $ 214,130

Reconciliation of homebuilding gross profit before impairments and abandonments and interest amortized to cost of sales and the related gross margins to homebuilding gross profit and gross margin, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is provided for each period discussed below:

Quarter Ended September 30, Fiscal Year Ended September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Homebuilding gross profit $ 85,969 17.2 % $ 79,583 18.2 % $ 260,746 18.5 % $ 212,054 16.6 %
Inventory impairments and lot option abandonments (I&A) 5,386 404 8,307 2,633
Homebuilding gross profit before I&A 91,355 18.2 % 79,987 18.3 % 269,053 19.1 % 214,687 16.8 %
Interest amortized to cost of sales 15,311 13,423 39,255 41,246
Homebuilding gross profit before I&A and interest amortized to cost of sales $ 106,666 21.3 % $ 93,410 21.4 % $ 308,308 21.9 % $ 255,933 20.0 %

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, debt extinguishment, impairments and abandonments) to total company net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is provided for each period discussed below. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA assists investors in understanding and comparing the operating characteristics of homebuilding activities by eliminating many of the differences in companies’ respective capitalization, tax position and level of impairments.

Quarter Ended September 30, Fiscal Year Ended September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net income (loss) $ 59,847 $ 11,948 $ 34,383 $ (33,868 )
Benefit from income taxes (40,137 ) (2,587 ) (41,802 ) (3,684 )
Interest amortized to home construction and land sales expenses, capitalized interest impaired, and interest expense not qualified for capitalization 26,793 26,172 91,849 100,704
Depreciation and amortization and stock compensation amortization 4,849 4,606 15,866 15,642
Inventory impairments and option contract abandonments 5,141 404 8,062 2,650
Loss on debt extinguishment - 998 19,917 4,636
Joint venture impairment and abandonment charges - - 181
Adjusted EBITDA $ 56,493 $ 41,541 $ 128,275 $ 86,261

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