Century Communities Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

- Delivered Record Full Year Earnings of $2.33 Per Share and 14th Consecutive Year of Profitable Results -

- Home Sales Revenues increased 43% to $292.4 Million for Fourth Quarter -

- Net New Home Contracts Grew 25% to 569 Homes for Fourth Quarter -

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.--()--Century Communities, Inc. (NYSE:CCS), a top-25 U.S. homebuilder of single-family homes, townhomes and flats in select markets, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2016.

“Record full year earnings of $2.33 per share represents an exciting milestone for our rapidly growing company”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Highlights Compared to Fourth Quarter 2015

  • Net income increased 14.6% to $15.1 million or $0.71 per share
  • Pre-tax income grew to $21.9 million
  • Home sales revenues rose 43% to $292.4 million
  • Home deliveries increased 26% to 812 homes
  • Net new home contracts increased 25% to 569 contracts
  • Adjusted homebuilding gross margin increased 39% to $62.6 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was up 25% to $30.1 million
  • Backlog dollar value improved 12% to $302.8 million
  • Entered into strategic 50% joint venture in Southeast U.S. primarily targeting first time buyers
  • Started homebuilding operation in Charlotte, North Carolina with 613 owned and controlled lots

“Record full year earnings of $2.33 per share represents an exciting milestone for our rapidly growing company,” stated Dale Francescon, Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “Our healthy pace of activity continued through the fourth quarter with an increase of 25% in net new home contracts. This progress included a 43% increase in home sales revenue on the strength of deliveries up 26% and ASP rising 13% as a direct result of our diversified product offerings throughout our carefully selected markets. Our period over period growth has all been realized organically from our existing or start-up operations. We are pleased to enter full year 2017 with record backlog value, up 12% from the prior year and confident in our ability to deliver another year of record earnings.”

Rob Francescon, Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “Buyer demand remained firm into the fourth quarter with our absorption pace improving by 24% while increasing ASP in backlog. We are pleased with this progress and the exciting addition of homebuilding operations and adjacent opportunities which are poised to generate attractive returns. Not only are our Salt Lake City operations steadily ramping up, but in December, we entered the rapidly growing Charlotte, North Carolina market where we expect to begin opening communities in the second half of 2017. Our recent 50% joint venture in the Southeast is operating smoothly and optimally situated to capture incremental first time buyers. Our recently started financing division is also on track to start contributing earnings in the second half of 2017. Overall, we have very strong momentum into 2017 and we look forward to driving enhanced returns on equity.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

Net income for the fourth quarter 2016 was $15.1 million, or $0.71 per share, compared to $13.2 million, or $0.62 per share, for the prior year quarter. The improvement in net income was primarily attributable to an increase in home sales revenues and homebuilding gross margin.

Home sales revenues for the fourth quarter 2016 increased 43% to $292.4 million, compared to $204.5 million for the prior year quarter. The growth in home sales revenues was primarily due to an increase of 26% in homes delivered to 812, compared to 645 in the prior year quarter, and a higher average selling price of homes delivered, increasing to $360,100, compared to $317,100 in the prior year quarter.

Homebuilding gross margin percentage in the fourth quarter 2016 was 19.2%, as compared to 20.4% in the prior year quarter. Adjusted homebuilding gross margin percentage, excluding interest and purchase price accounting, was 21.4%, compared to 22.0% in the prior year quarter, largely due to product and geographical mix, along with higher costs across U.S. homebuilding markets. SG&A as a percent of home sales revenues was 11.9% compared to 10.7% in the prior year quarter, mainly as a result of numerous investment initiatives to support growth objectives in 2017.

Net new home contracts in the third quarter 2016 increased to 569 homes, an increase of 25.1%, compared to 455 homes in the prior year quarter, largely attributable to stronger demand trends in most divisions, driving an overall increase in absorption rates, led by Nevada, Colorado and Central Texas. At the end of the fourth quarter 2016, the Company had 749 homes in backlog, representing $302.8 million of backlog dollar value, compared to 714 homes, representing $271.1 million of backlog dollar value in the prior year quarter.

Full Year 2016 Results

Net income for the full year 2016 was $49.5 million, or $2.33 per share, compared to $39.9 million, or $1.88 per share for the prior year. Home sales revenues for 2016 increased 34.9% to $978.7 million, compared to $725.4 million for 2015. The increase in home sales revenues was primarily due to home deliveries increasing 17.7% to 2,825 homes and the average selling price of homes delivered increasing to $346,500 compared to $302,100 in the prior year helped by a shift in regional and product mix.

Homebuilding gross margin percentage in 2016 was 19.7%, compared to 20.2% in 2015. Adjusted homebuilding gross margin percentage, excluding purchase price accounting and interest in cost of home sales revenues, was 21.7% compared to 21.9% in the prior year. SG&A as a percent of home sales revenues was 12.5% compared to 12.1% in the prior year.

Net new home contracts in 2016 increased to 2,860 homes, an increase of 21.4%, compared to 2,356 homes in the prior year, largely attributable to a higher absorption pace on a relatively stable community count.

At the end of full year 2016, the Company had 89 open communities, an increase of 1.1%, compared to 88 open communities at the end of full year 2015.

Joint Venture Acquisition

In November 2016, the Company purchased a 50% ownership interest in Wade Jurney Homes, Inc. and Wade Jurney of Florida, Inc. (collectively “Wade Jurney”) through a total $18 million investment in a newly formed entity, WJH, LLC. Wade Jurney, the 60th largest and fastest growing private U.S. homebuilder, based on 2015 closings, specializing in providing first time home buyers with quality affordable homes within North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Wade Jurney sales prices generally range from $100,000 to $180,000 and home sizes generally range from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet. Its operations are exceptionally streamlined and its homes are uniquely sold through retail outlets as opposed to model homes.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2016, the Company had total assets of $1.0 billion and inventories of $857.9 million. Liabilities totaled $533.9 million, which included $454.1 million of long-term debt. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had $185.0 million of availability under its credit facility.

Full Year 2017 Outlook

David Messenger, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, commented, “We are encouraged by the pace of activity in our communities during 2016 and the potential for continued success in 2017. Based on our current market outlook, we expect home deliveries to be in the range of 3,000 to 3,300 homes and our home sales revenues to be in the range of $1.0 billion to $1.2 billion. We expect our active selling community count to be in the range of 90 to 100 communities at the end of the full year 2017.”

Conference Call

The Company will host a webcast and conference call on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, 3:00 p.m. Mountain time, to review the Company’s fourth quarter and full year 2016 results, discuss recent events and conduct a question-and-answer period. To participate in the call, please dial 877-705-6003 (domestic) or 201-493-6725 (international). The live webcast will be available at www.centurycommunities.com in the Investors section. A replay of the conference call will be available through March 14, 2017, by dialing 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 412-317-6671 (international) and entering the pass code 13652441.

About Century Communities

Founded in 2002, Colorado-based Century Communities is a builder of single-family homes, townhomes and flats in select major metropolitan markets in Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and North Carolina. The Company offers a wide variety of product lines and is engaged in all aspects of homebuilding, including the acquisition, entitlement and development of land and the construction, marketing and sale of homes. Century Communities is a top-25 U.S. homebuilder based on homes delivered. To learn more about Century Communities please visit www.centurycommunities.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan,” “outlook,” and “project” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on historical information available at the time the statements are made and are based on management’s reasonable belief or expectations with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from the belief or expectations expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect future events, developments or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law. Investors are referred to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information regarding the risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

 

Century Communities, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

               
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2016   2015 2016 2015
Revenue
Home sales revenues $ 292,398 $ 204,519 $ 978,733 $ 725,437
Land sales revenues 3,890 778 11,799 3,405
Golf course and other revenue   1,001     968     3,908     5,647  
Total revenue 297,289 206,265 994,440 734,489
Costs and expenses
Cost of home sales revenues 236,241 162,720 786,127 579,203
Cost of land sales revenues 3,921 780 10,589 3,395
Cost of golf course and other revenue 863 823 3,628 5,037
Selling, general, and administrative   34,712     21,921     122,224     87,840  
Total operating costs and expenses   275,737     186,244     922,568     675,475  
Operating income 21,552 20,021 71,872 59,014
Other income (expense):
Interest income 53 41 195 129
Interest expense (1 ) (2 ) (5 ) (10 )
Equity in income of unconsolidated subsidiaries 191 191
Acquisition expense (24 ) (153 ) (490 ) (491 )
Other income 143 476 940 1,535
Gain (loss) on disposition of assets   (22 )   22     446     128  
Income before income tax expense 21,892 20,405 73,149 60,305
Income tax expense   6,819     7,247     23,609     20,415  
Net income $ 15,073   $ 13,158   $ 49,540   $ 39,890  
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.71 $ 0.62 $ 2.34 $ 1.88
Diluted $ 0.71 $ 0.62 $ 2.33 $ 1.88
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 20,775,450 20,607,191 20,679,189 20,569,012
Diluted 20,961,700 20,607,191 20,791,937 20,569,012
 
 

Century Communities, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

   

(in thousands, except share amounts)

December 31,

December 31,

2016 2015
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 29,450 $ 29,287
Cash held in escrow 20,044 11,817
Accounts receivable 5,729 5,241
Inventories 857,885 810,137
Prepaid expenses and other assets 40,457 26,735
Property and equipment, net 11,412 8,375
Investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries 18,275
Amortizable intangible assets, net 2,911 4,784
Goodwill   21,365   21,365
Total assets $ 1,007,528 $ 917,741
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 15,708 $ 10,967
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 62,314 106,777
Deferred tax liability, net 1,782 275
Notes payable and revolving line of credit   454,088   390,243
Total liabilities   533,892   508,262
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 21,620,544 and 21,303,702 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively 216 213
Additional paid-in capital 355,567 340,953
Retained earnings   117,853   68,313
Total stockholders' equity   473,636   409,479
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,007,528 $ 917,741
 
 

Century Communities, Inc. 
Homebuilding Operational Data

Net New Home Contracts

                     
 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
 
2016 2015 % Change 2016 2015 % Change
Atlanta 215 228 (5.7) % 1,251 1,134 10.3 %
Central Texas 64 38 68.4 % 245 180 36.1 %
Colorado 179 125 43.2 % 775 680 14.0 %
Houston 14 19 (26.3) % 104 104 %
Nevada 91 45 102.2 % 469 258 81.8 %
Utah 6 NM   16 NM  
Total 569 455 25.1 % 2,860 2,356 21.4 %

NM – Not meaningful

 
           

Home Deliveries

 

(dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended December 31,
2016 2015 % Change
Homes

Average Sales
Price

Homes

Average Sales
Price

Homes

Average Sales
Price

Atlanta 358 $ 295.6 331 $ 245.1 8.2 % 20.6 %
Central Texas 64 455.0 53 461.5 20.8 % (1.4) %
Colorado 217 442.9 163 414.5 33.1 % 6.9 %
Houston 22 355.3 40 284.7 (45.0) % 24.8 %
Nevada 145 353.5 58 344.7 150.0 % 2.6 %
Utah 6   377.4   NM   NM  
Total / Weight Average 812 $ 360.1 645 $ 317.1 25.9 % 13.6 %
 
Year Ended December 31,
2016 2015 % Change
Homes

Average Sales
Price

Homes

Average Sales
Price

Homes

Average Sales
Price

Atlanta 1,265 $ 271.3 1,174 $ 229.3 7.8 % 18.3 %
Central Texas 218 444.0 162 460.4 34.6 % (3.6) %
Colorado 807 443.9 636 407.6 26.9 % 8.9 %
Houston 120 320.2 167 228.9 (28.1) % 39.9 %
Nevada 408 341.9 262 321.2 55.7 % 6.4 %
Utah 7   375.9   NM   NM  
Total / Weighted Average 2,825 $ 346.5 2,401 $ 302.1 17.7 % 14.7 %
 
 

Century Communities, Inc. 
Homebuilding Operational Data

Selling Communities

     
 
December 31,
2016 2015 % Change
Atlanta 31 33 (6.1) %
Central Texas 15 12 25.0 %
Colorado 24 29 (17.2) %
Houston 8 9 (11.1) %
Nevada 9 5 80.0 %
Utah 2 NM  
Total 89 88 1.1 %

NM – Not meaningful

 

Backlog

                 
 

(dollars in thousands)

 
December 31,
2016 2015 % Change
Homes Dollar Value

Average
Sales Price

Homes Dollar Value

Average
Sales Price

Homes Dollar Value

Average
Sales Price

Atlanta 269 $ 82,102 $ 305.2 283 $ 74,249 $ 262.4 (4.9) % 10.6 % 16.3 %
Central Texas 136 67,555 496.7 109 52,705 483.5 24.8 % 28.2 % 2.7 %
Colorado 230 110,121 478.8 262 123,853 472.7 (12.2) % (11.1) % 1.3 %
Houston 15 4,868 324.5 31 10,308 332.5 (51.6) % (52.8) % (2.4) %
Nevada 90 34,999 388.9 29 10,023 345.6 210.3 % 249.2 % 12.5 %
Utah 9   3,179   353.2     NM   NM   NM  
Total / Weighted Average 749 $ 302,823 $ 404.3 714 $ 271,138 $ 379.7 4.9 % 11.7 % 6.5 %

NM – Not meaningful

 

Lot Inventory

               
 
December 31,
2016 2015 % Change
 
Owned Controlled Total Owned Controlled Total Owned Controlled Total
 
Atlanta 2,896 2,698 5,594 2,667 2,575 5,242 8.6 % 4.8 % 6.7 %
Central Texas 1,197 2,410 3,607 1,222 348 1,570 (2.0) % 592.5 % 129.7 %
Colorado 2,677 1,487 4,164 2,931 1,022 3,953 (8.7) % 45.5 % 5.3 %
Charlotte 57 556 613 NM NM NM
Houston 159 1,010 1,169 271 220 491 (41.3) % 359.1 % 138.1 %
Nevada 1,551 72 1,623 1,904 1,904 (18.5) % NM (14.8) %
Utah 126 1,400 1,526 NM   NM   NM  
Total 8,663 9,633 18,296 8,995 4,165 13,160 (3.7) % 131.3 % 39.0 %
 

NM – Not meaningful

 
       

Century Communities, Inc.

Earnings Per Share

(Unaudited)

 

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Numerator
Net income $ 15,073 $ 13,158 $ 49,540 $ 39,890
Less: Undistributed earnings allocated to participating securities   (255)   (431)   (1,050)   (1,323)
Net income allocable to common stockholders $ 14,818 $ 12,727 $ 48,490 $ 38,567
Denominator
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 20,775,450 20,607,191 20,679,189 20,569,012
Dilutive effect of restricted stock units   186,250   112,748
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted   20,961,700   20,607,191 20,791,937 20,569,012
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.71 $ 0.62 $ 2.34 $ 1.88
Diluted $ 0.71 $ 0.62 $ 2.33 $ 1.88
 
 

Century Communities, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Adjusted homebuilding gross margin excluding interest and purchase price accounting for acquired work in process inventory is not a measurement of financial performance under United States generally accepted accounting principles; however, the Company’s management believes that this information is meaningful as it isolates the impact that indebtedness and acquisitions have on homebuilding gross margin and permits the Company’s stockholders to make better comparisons with the Company’s competitors, who adjust gross margins in a similar fashion. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be used as a substitute for the Company’s operating results. An analysis of any non-GAAP financial measure should be used in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP.

Gross Margin from Home Sales Excluding Interest and Purchase Price Accounting for Acquired Work in Process Inventory

(in thousands)

       
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
2016 % 2015 %
 
Home sales revenues $ 292,398 100.0 % $ 204,519 100.0 %
Cost of home sales revenues   236,241 80.8 %   162,720 79.6 %
Gross margin from home sales 56,157 19.2 % 41,799 20.4 %
Add: Interest in cost of home sales revenues   6,325 2.2 %   3,156 1.5 %
Adjusted homebuilding gross margin excluding interest 62,482 21.4 % 44,955 22.0 %
Add: Purchase price accounting for acquired work in process inventory   70 0.0 %   28 0.0 %
Adjusted homebuilding gross margin excluding interest and purchase price accounting for acquired work in process inventory $ 62,552 21.4 % $ 44,983 22.0 %
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
2016 % 2015 %
 
Home sales revenues $ 978,733 100.0 % $ 725,437 100.0 %
Cost of home sales revenues   786,127 80.3 %   579,203 79.8 %
Gross margin from home sales 192,606 19.7 % 146,234 20.2 %
Add: Interest in cost of home sales revenues   19,502 2.0 %   10,082 1.4 %
Adjusted homebuilding gross margin excluding interest 212,108 21.7 % 156,316 21.5 %
Add: Purchase price accounting for acquired work in process inventory   389 0.0 %   2,673 0.4 %
Adjusted homebuilding gross margin excluding interest and purchase price accounting for acquired work in process inventory $ 212,497 21.7 % $ 158,989 21.9 %
 
 

Century Communities, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure we use as a supplemental measure in evaluating operating performance. We define adjusted EBITDA as consolidated net income before (i) income tax expense, (ii) interest in cost of home sales revenues, (iii) other interest expense, (iv) depreciation and amortization expense, and (v) adjustments resulting from the application of purchase accounting for acquired work in process inventory related to business combinations. We believe adjusted EBITDA provides an indicator of general economic performance that is not affected by fluctuations in interest rates or effective tax rates, levels of depreciation or amortization, and items considered to be non-recurring. Accordingly, our management believes that this measurement is useful for comparing general operating performance from period to period. Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, consolidated net income in accordance with GAAP as a measure of performance. Our presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an indication that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. Our adjusted EBITDA is limited as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

(in thousands)

               
 
Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2016 2015 % Change 2016 2015 % Change
Net income $ 15,073 $ 13,158 14.6 % $ 49,540 $ 39,890 24.2 %
Income tax expense 6,819 7,247 (5.9) % 23,609 20,415 15.6 %
Interest in cost of home sales revenues 6,325 3,157 100.3 % 19,502 10,082 93.4 %
Interest expense 1 2 (50.0) % 5 10 (50.0) %
Depreciation and amortization expense   1,365   1,201   13.7 %   5,580   4,713   18.4 %
EBITDA 29,583 24,765 19.5 % 98,236 75,110 30.8 %
Purchase price accounting for acquired work in process inventory 70 28 151.0 % 389 2,673 (85.4) %
Purchase price accounting for investment in unconsolidated subsidiaries   1,228     NM %   1,228     NM %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 30,881 $ 24,793   24.6 % $ 99,853 $ 77,783   28.4 %
 
 

Century Communities, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Net Debt to Net Capital

The following table presents our ratio of net debt to net capital, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. We calculate this by dividing net debt (notes payable and revolving line of credit less cash held in escrow and cash and cash equivalents) by net capital (net debt plus total stockholders’ equity). The most directly comparable GAAP measure is the ratio of debt to capital. The Company believes the ratio of net debt to net capital is a relevant and useful financial measure to investors in understanding the leverage employed in its operations and as an indicator of the Company’s ability to obtain external financing.

(in thousands)

   
 
December 31, December 31,
2016 2015
Notes payable and revolving line of credit $ 454,088 $ 390,243
Total stockholders' equity   473,636   409,479
Total capital $ 927,724 $ 799,722
Debt to capital   48.9%   48.8%
 
Notes payable and revolving line of credit $ 454,088 $ 390,243
Cash held in escrow (20,044) (11,817)
Cash and cash equivalents   (29,450)   (29,287)
Net debt 404,594 349,139
Total stockholders' equity   473,636   409,479
Net capital $ 878,230 $ 758,618
 
Net debt to net capital   46.1%   46.0%

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Investor Relations:
303-268-8398
InvestorRelations@CenturyCommunities.com

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