Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (HOV) - NYSE
  • Fri, Jun. 17, 10:30 AM
    • May housing starts at a seasonally-adjusted annualized pace of 1.164M edged lower from April, but were up 9.5% from a year ago (and vs. expected 1.15M). Single-family starts of 764K were slightly higher than April.
    • The major averages are modestly lower on the session, but the homebuilders (ITB +1%) are posting strong gains, led by Toll Brothers (TOL +1.6%), Hovnanian (HOV +3.7%), KB Home (KBH +1.8%), Lennar (LEN +1.2%), PulteGroup (PHM +1.4%), Beazer (BZH +4.7%), D.R. Horton (DHI +1.2%).
    | Fri, Jun. 17, 10:30 AM
  • Tue, Jun. 7, 2:31 PM
    • The major averages are up modestly, but the homebuilders (ITB +2.2%) are posting sharp gains, helped by a report Elliot Management has taken a stake in PulteGroup. Pulte is leading the way with a 4.6% advance.
    • Toll Brothers (TOL +3%), Hovnanian (HOV +3.9%), KB Home (KBH +3%), Lennar (LEN +3.1%), Taylor Morrison (TMHC +3.8%), D.R. Horton (DHI +2.7%)
    | Tue, Jun. 7, 2:31 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Jun. 2, 12:45 PM
    | Thu, Jun. 2, 12:45 PM
  • Thu, Jun. 2, 9:32 AM
    • FQ2 net loss of $8.5M or $0.06 per share vs. a loss of $19.6M and $0.13 one year ago. Adjusted EBITDA of $39.7M vs. $12.2M.
    • Homebuilding gross margin percentage before interest expense and land charges of 16.1%, flat Y/Y. SG&A expense of 10.5% of total revenue vs. 14.7% a year ago.
    • Dollar value of net contacts of $768.1M up 9.6% Y/Y; number of contracts of 1,812 up 0.9%.
    • Dollar value of backlog of $1.58B up 27.8%; number of homes in backlog of 3,453 up 11.7%.
    • Deliveries of 1,598 homes up 30.7%.
    • Fiscal 2016 revenues are expected to be $2.7B-$2.9B; adjusted EBITDA of $200M-$225M.
    • Company has paid off $320M of debt since October, and expects to have the liquidity necessary to pay off any remaining maturities through 2017. Profits in H2 are expected to more than offset the first half's loss.
    • Conference call at 11 ET
    • Previously: Hovnanian misses by $0.08, beats on revenue (June 2)
    • HOV -5.7% in early action.
    | Thu, Jun. 2, 9:32 AM | 2 Comments
  • Tue, May 24, 10:09 AM
    • April new home sales at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 619K were a full 16.6% above the upwardly revised March print, and 23.8% higher than year-ago levels. The number also flew past expectations for just a 2% rise to 523K.
    • Sales in the Northeast of 55K gained from 36K in March; Midwest of 60K down from 63K; South of 352K vs. 304K; West of 152K vs. 128K.
    • Full report
    • Tossing this bit of information in with strong FQ2 earnings from Toll Brothers (TOL +6.4%) has the homeowners (ITB +2.7%) surging well ahead of the market averages.
    • Hovnanian (HOV +4.9%), KB Home (KBH +3.8%), Beazer (BZH +5.4%), Lennar (LEN +3.2%), Pulte (PHM +3.1%), D.R. Horton (DHI +3.3%)
    | Tue, May 24, 10:09 AM | 39 Comments
  • Mon, Mar. 21, 11:47 AM
    • Existing home sales tumbled 7.1% in February to a seasonally-adjusted annualized pace of 5.08M. Expectations had been for just a mild slip to 5.31M from 5.47M previously.
    • The news is a good excuse to take profits in the homebuilders after a big run higher over the past six weeks.
    • ITB -1.05%, XHB -0.6%
    • Toll Brothers (TOL -1%), Hovnanian (HOV -1.9%), Lennar (LEN -1.1%), KB Home (KBH -1.5%), D.R. Horton (DHI -1%), PulteGroup (PHM -2.6%)
    | Mon, Mar. 21, 11:47 AM | 17 Comments
  • Wed, Mar. 9, 4:15 PM
    • San Francisco is "frothy," says Hovnanian (NYSE:HOV) CEO Ara Hovnanian, with land prices "lofty, almost speculative."
    • Hovnanian was speaking on the earnings call (replay here) after the decision to pull out of San Francisco, along with a number of other markets.
    • HOV sunk 15.9% today as investors digested the earnings miss and the company's move to focus on its balance sheet, rather than growth.
    • Previously: Hovnanian lower as margins slip; sets exit from certain markets (March 9)
    | Wed, Mar. 9, 4:15 PM
  • Wed, Mar. 9, 9:52 AM
    • Rather than focusing on revenue growth, the company is going to take steps to improve its balance sheet by exiting Minneapolis and Raleigh, and winding down operations in Tampa, San Francisco, and NoCal.
    • As for FQ1 (ended Jan. 31), net contracts up about 16% in units, up in the area of 25% in dollars (depends on whether looking at unconsolidated or consolidated results).
    • Backlogs up 25-30% in units, up 39-49% in dollar value.
    • Deliveries up 20-24% in units.
    • Homebuilding gross margin of 16.6% down from 18.2%.
    • Conference call at 10:30 ET
    • Previously: Hovnanian misses by $0.08, misses on revenue (March 9)
    • HOV -9.7%
    | Wed, Mar. 9, 9:52 AM
  • Wed, Feb. 24, 10:07 AM
    • New home sales at a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 494K in January were 9.2% lower than December and 5.2% above the level one year ago.
    • Most regions were fairly stable, with the exception of the West, where sales dropped to 110K from 162K.
    • The homebuilder ETFs - ITB, XHB - are down about 1.5%, inline with the broader market.
    • Individual names: Toll Brothers (TOL -2.5%), Hovnanian (HOV -1.4%), Lennar (LEN -2%), D.R. Horton (DHI -1.1%), Putle (PHM -1.5%), KB Home (KBH -2.1%)
    | Wed, Feb. 24, 10:07 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 25, 11:50 AM
    • "Texas is in good shape," says D.R. Horton (DHI -3.5%) CEO David Auld, speaking on the earnings call (reported by Diana Olick). "We have a positive tone because we're seeing positive things out there in the market." Auld also takes note of DHI's cheaper "Express" brand, which he says is driving market share gains.
    • The stock is lower despite an earnings beat, with investors perhaps focusing on slowing price gains (sales orders up 9%, dollar amount up 12%).
    • Other names: Hovnanian (HOV -4.6%), Toll Brothers (TOL -3.4%), Lennar (LEN -3.4%), PulteGroup (PHM -3.1%), KB Home (KBH -3.8%).
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    | Mon, Jan. 25, 11:50 AM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 16, 2015, 9:50 AM
    • The seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of housing starts in November of 1.173M was up 10.5% from October and 16.5% from a year ago. Single-family starts of 768K gained 7.6% from October.
    • Building permits of 1.289M gained 11% M/M and 19.5% Y/Y. SIngle-family permits of 723K gained just 1.1% from last month.
    • The South was a particular area of strength, with housing starts in that region of 615K up from 507K in October. SIngle-family starts there of 409K gained from 376K.
    • The major average are up modestly, but the ITB is ahead 1.5%, and XHB +1.25%.
    • Individual names: Toll Brothers (TOL +1.8%), Lennar (LEN +1.7%), Pulte (PHM +1.5%), KB Home (KBH +0.9%), D.R. Horton (DHI +1.6%), Hovnanian (HOV -1.8%)
    | Dec. 16, 2015, 9:50 AM | 7 Comments
  • Nov. 11, 2015, 12:31 PM
    • Yesterday's earnings beat and big move higher from D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI) spread through the entire sector, and today is seeing plenty of follow-through, with DHI up another 3.2%.
    • Reporting on the UBS conference today, the WSJ's Kris Hudson says Toll Brothers CEO Doug Yearly sounds coy about the upcoming spring selling period, telling attendees he's not pessimistic, but doesn't yet see an impetus pointing to a great season.
    • Of supposed slowing of international buying on the West Coast: "We haven't yet personally seen any negative impact."
    • ITB +1.75%, XHB +0.9%
    • Hovnanian (HOV +5.6%), PulteGroup (PHM +1.3%), Lennar (LEN +2.3%), KB Home (KBH +2.5%), Beazer (BZH +5.9%)
    • Previously: More on D.R. Horton's FQ4 beat (Nov. 10)
    | Nov. 11, 2015, 12:31 PM | 10 Comments
  • Nov. 10, 2015, 12:15 PM
    • D.R. Horton is up 6.8% after cruising through FQ4 estimates, with orders, backlogs, and closings all up smartly, but prices up only modestly. Pre-tax margin gained 60 basis points to 10.7%, and the company boosted its quarterly dividend by two pennies to $0.08 per share (1% yield).
    • Bears might note the beat was helped along by a $17.5M benefit from the company's DTA, but the bulls control the tape today.
    • With the major averages in the red, the homebuilder ETF is up sharply, ITB +1.4%. More focused on industry suppliers, the XHB is up 0.4%.
    • Toll Brothers (TOL +1.7%), PulteGroup (PHM +2.4%), Lennar (LEN +1.5%), Ryland (RYL), KB Home (KBH +2.3%), Hovnanian (HOV -0.8%).
    • Previously: More on D.R. Horton's FQ4 beat (Nov. 10)
    • Previously: D. R. Horton beats by $0.02, beats on revenue (Nov. 10)
    | Nov. 10, 2015, 12:15 PM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 26, 2015, 10:11 AM
    • The pace of new home sales tumbled to a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 468K in September. That's down 11.5% from August's 529K (revised down from 552K), and just 2% above the level of a year ago. Analysts had expected a 550K pace in September.
    • The Northeast suffered an unusually large decline, with sales dropping to 13K from 34K ... must have been the weather. Sales in the Midwest fell to 55K from 60K; South to 274K from 300K; West to 126K from 135K.
    • Maybe a bigger issue are prices: The median price of 296.9K was 13.5% higher than a year ago.
    • The homebuilders aren't liking the news: Toll Brothers (TOL -2%), Lennar (LEN -1.6%), Hovnanian (HOV -1.8%), KB Home (KBH -2.2%), D.R. Horton (DHI -2.5%), PulteGroup (PHM -1.4%)
    • ITB -1.6%, XHB -0.7%
    • Full report
    • Previously: New Home Sales hits 10-month low at 468K (Oct. 26)
    | Oct. 26, 2015, 10:11 AM | 14 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2015, 12:03 PM
    • The major averages are up 1.5%, and a strong existing home sales number this morning added to a beat in housing starts earlier this week, but the homebuilders are retreating.
    • At work are weaker-than-hoped reports from PulteGroup (PHM -6.4%) and M/I Homes (MHO -5.7%).
    • Pulte reported a decline in closings, with ASPs up just a hair vs. the 8% gain in sales prices a year ago. Home sales in Texas slumped 15%, and while net new orders for the company overall rose 8%, they fell 5% in that state.
    • KB Home (KBH -4.3%), Toll Brothers (TOL -1%), Lennar (LEN -0.6%), Hovnanian (HOV +1.6%), D.R. Horton (DHI -1.2%)
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    • Previously: Sale price gains slow down at Pulte (Oct. 22)
    • Previously: M/I Homes misses by $0.04, misses on revenue (Oct. 22)
    | Oct. 22, 2015, 12:03 PM | 3 Comments
  • Sep. 17, 2015, 3:49 PM
    • Outperforming alongside the big dividend payers are the homebuilders after the FOMC refrained from hiking rates today, but still all but promises tighter policy before the year is out. The big gains in homebuilders are in contrast to the S&P 500 which is flat.
    • The inaction has sparked a major rally in bonds across the curve, with the 10-year yield lower by ten basis points to 2.20% and the two-year yield down a full twelve basis points to 0.68%.
    • Earlier today, August housing starts disappointed, and July starts were revised sharply lower.
    • Previously: August housing starts disappoint; July revised sharply lower (Sept. 17)
    • Toll Brothers (TOL +1.2%), Lennar (LEN +1.5%), Hovnanian (HOV +6%), PulteGroup (PHM +1.1%), Ryland (RYL +2.1%), D.R. Horton (DHI +2%), KB Home (KBH +2%)
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    | Sep. 17, 2015, 3:49 PM | 4 Comments
Company Description
Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. is a homebuilding company, which designs, constructs, markets and sells single-family homes attached townhomes and condominiums, urban infill and active adult homes in planned residential developments. It consists of two distinct operations: Homebuilding and Financial... More
Industry: Residential Construction
Country: United States