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TRI Pointe Group (NYSE: TPH) reported Q4 EPS of $0.92, $0.25 better than the analyst estimate of $0.67. Revenue for the quarter came in at $1.05 billion versus the consensus estimate of $960.09 million.
“Tri Pointe Homes finished the year on a strong note in the fourth quarter of 2020, highlighted by year-over-year order growth of 14% on a 38% improvement in order pace, homebuilding gross margin expansion of 130 basis points to 23.2% and a unit backlog increase of 69% as compared to last year,” said Tri Pointe Homes Chief Executive Officer Doug Bauer. “These results are reflective of a housing market that continues to exhibit strong momentum and our operational focus that seeks to capitalize on these trends.”
Mr. Bauer continued, “Tri Pointe enters 2021 on a solid foundation, with $1.2 billion in total liquidity, $621 million in cash, a debt-to-capital ratio of 37.6% and a net-debt-to-net capital ratio of 24.4%*. We believe this financial strength puts us in an excellent position to continue expanding our operations with an eye towards generating strong stockholder returns. Our main focus remains on this as we move forward and anticipate continued headway in 2021.”
Mr. Bauer concluded, “Given the current market dynamics, it is clear that there is a critical long-term need for additional housing supply in this country. Existing home inventory remains at historically low levels while demand is being driven by, among other things, powerful demographic forces and changes to how we live as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe these positive tailwinds will remain in place for the foreseeable future, providing our industry and our company with a very bright outlook.”
“2020 was a challenging year and I would like to thank the Tri Pointe Homes team for their commitment, tenacity, and ingenuity in making this a record year for our company,” said Tri Pointe Homes President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Mitchell. “Our success was driven by a combination of positive industry factors, well-located communities and innovative new home designs. The accelerated demand allowed us to increase prices at a majority of our communities and stay ahead of the cost pressures we are experiencing as an industry. I am very excited about the successful implementation of our one unified brand – Tri Pointe Homes. With an increased emphasis on affordability and the growth of our early-stage divisions I am very optimistic that 2021 will be another strong year for our company.”
There remains uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and future developments, including the duration and severity of the outbreak, as well as the related short-term and long-term impacts on the economy. The following outlook is based on the Company’s backlog as of December 31, 2020, current market dynamics and management’s estimates. Actual results could differ due to, among other things, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first quarter of 2021, the Company anticipates delivering between 1,100 and 1,200 homes at an average sales price between $625,000 and $635,000. The Company expects its homebuilding gross margin percentage to be in the range of 21.5% to 22.5% for the first quarter of 2021 and anticipates its SG&A expense as a percentage of home sales revenue will be in the range of 12.0% to 12.5%. Lastly, the Company expects its effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2021 to be approximately 25%.
For the full year, the Company expects to open approximately 70 new communities and end the year with between 125 and 135 active selling communities. In addition, the Company anticipates delivering between 5,700 and 6,000 homes at an average sales price between $600,000 and $610,000. The Company expects homebuilding gross margin percentage to be in the range of 21.0% to 22.0% for the full year and anticipates its SG&A expense as a percentage of homes sales revenue will be in the range of 10.0% to 10.5%. Finally, the Company expects its effective tax rate for the full year to be approximately 25%.
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