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January 31, 2013
06:41 EDTPHMPulteGroup authorizes additional $250M per year investment in land development
"We now look ahead to 2013 with expectations for a continued rebound in U.S. housing driven by record low interest rates, higher rent vs. own costs, rising home prices and sharply lower overall housing inventory. Given this expectation, and consistent with our focus on improving long-term returns, we have authorized an additional $250M per year of investment in land and related development in 2013 and 2014. This incremental investment, which will raise planned land spend for each year to approximately $1.2B, will be made using the same disciplined capital investment process we established 18 months ago. The incremental investment is expected to provide additional land resources for use primarily in 2014 and beyond." said Richard J. Dugas, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of PulteGroup.
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August 25, 2015
13:00 EDTPHMToll Brothers lags market rebound after reporting Q3 results
Shares of luxury home builder Toll Brothers (TOL) are trading lower after reporting third quarter profit and revenue that were lower than last year's Q3 results. WHAT'S NEW: Toll Brothers this morning reported Q3 earnings per share of 36c, well below the 53c the company reported in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter of $1.03B and deliveries of 1,419 units declined 3% in dollars and 2% in units from the year-ago level, while impairments rose to $18M from $6M in the year-ago quarter. Analysts were expecting Toll Brothers to report Q3 EPS of 49c on revenue of $1.05B. The company said that the average price of homes delivered was $724,000, compared to $732,000 in 3Q14. Looking ahead, Toll Brothers forecast fourth quarter deliveries of 1,645-1,945 units priced between $780,000-$800,000. The company also lowered the top end of its 2015 home deliveries forecast, and now sees deliveries of 5,350-5,650 homes compared to its prior forecast of 5,300-5,900 homes. Separately, The Commerce Department reported new home sales for July were up 5.4% to an annual pace of 507,000, which fell within the range of expectations. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On quarterly earnings conference call, Toll Brothers said it still sees net income and gross margin growth in 2016. The company added that the housing recovery is built on a "very solid foundation." The steady acceleration the industry is experiencing bodes well for the health of housing market due to pent-up demand, increasing household formations and current industry-wide production, the company said. The home builder said that there is "significant room" for growth with increased profitability in fiscal year 2016 and beyond. Toll also said it sees further consolidation in the sector. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home building space include Lennar Corporation (LEN) PulteGroup (PHM), Hovnanian Enterprises, (HOV) and Ryland Group (RYL). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Toll Brothers are down 0.5% to $37.87 amid a broader market advance.

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