LOS ANGELES--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today announced that it has elected to exercise its optional redemption rights under the terms of its 9.100% Senior Notes due 2017 (“Notes”), which mature on September 15, 2017.
On January 13, 2017, KB Home will redeem $100 million in aggregate principal amount of the Notes then outstanding at the redemption price calculated according to the “make-whole” provisions of the Notes, as outlined in the redemption notice issued by U.S. Bank National Association, the trustee for the Notes.
“Our strategy of growing scale in our served markets, and increasing our operating profits, positions us to generate the cash to support both our future growth and a reduction of our debt balance. The early redemption of $100 million of our 2017 senior notes – our most expensive debt – with internally generated cash reinforces this point and represents an initial step toward deleveraging,” said Jeffrey Mezger, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
“At our investor conference in October, we shared a roadmap for accelerating profitable growth, increasing return on invested capital, and improving our net debt-to-capital ratio to between 40% and 50% by 2019. We are making progress toward our objectives with a balanced approach to capital allocation, as we work to deliver higher stockholder value,” concluded Mezger.
About KB Home
KB Home (NYSE: KBH) is one of the largest and most recognized homebuilders in the United States and an industry leader in sustainability, building innovative and highly energy- and water-efficient new homes. Founded in 1957 and the first homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the Company has built nearly 600,000 homes for families from coast to coast. Distinguished by its personalized homebuilding approach, KB Home lets each buyer choose their lot location, floor plan, décor choices, design features and other special touches that matter most to them. To learn more about KB Home, call 888-KB-HOMES, visit www.kbhome.com or connect on Facebook.com/KBHome or Twitter.com/KBHome.
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