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Lennar Corporation (LEN)

  • Wed, Nov. 11, 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)
    | Wed, Nov. 11, 12:31 PM | 10 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 10, 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)
    | Tue, Nov. 10, 12:15 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mon, Oct. 26, 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)
    | Mon, Oct. 26, 10:11 AM | 14 Comments
  • Thu, Oct. 22, 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)
    | Thu, Oct. 22, 12:03 PM | 3 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 24, 10:15 AM
    • SIngle-family new home sales in August at a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 552K were up 5.7% from July (itself upwardly revised to 522K from 505K). August's pace was also up 21.6% from a year ago.
    • By region, Northeast sales of 36K rose from 29K, Midwest to 60K vs. 66K, South 319K from 297K, and West 137K vs. 130K.
    • Despite the strong August results, homebuilders remain lower alongside the broader market.
    • Leading the way lower is KB Home (KBH -3.4%) which reported an earnings beat this morning, but rising land costs did eat into profit margins.
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    • Toll Brothers (TOL -0.4%), PulteGroup (PHM -0.8%), Lennar (LEN -0.9%), D.R. Horton (DHI -0.8%), Standard Pacific (SPF -1.6%), Taylor Morrison (TMHC -1.5%).
    | Thu, Sep. 24, 10:15 AM | 3 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 22, 12:41 PM
    • Lennar (NYSE:LEN) beat estimates yesterday morning, but gave up early gains to close lower, and is down another 4.2% in today's session amid a broad market selloff.
    • Management continues to describe the housing recovery as slow and steady, says MKM Partners' Megan McGrath, but land constraints, labor shortages, and tight credit are holding back growth.
    • Land costs are up 14% year-over-year, says Lennar, although this is skewed a bit thanks to a higher percentage of California business. Labor costs are up about 10% (though materials costs are flat). Total direct costs are up 5% Y/Y.
    • Earnings call transcript
    • MKM continues to rate the stock a Neutral.
    • Previously: Lennar reports FQ3 results (Sept. 21)
    | Tue, Sep. 22, 12:41 PM | 2 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 17, 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
    | Thu, Sep. 17, 3:49 PM | 4 Comments
  • Mon, Aug. 17, 4:33 PM
    • Major stock indexes rebounded from opening declines to finish modestly higher, after a solid housing report showed some strength on a lightly traded Monday.
    • Homebuilding stocks paced gainers, including Toll Brothers (TOL +2.3%); Ryland (RYL +2.1%); KB Home (KBH +3.1%), Lennar (LEN +2.7%) and Taylor Morrison Home (TMHC +2.9%).
    • The S&P 500 gained 0.5% to 2,102.44; for 2015, it's up 2.12%. The move up came despite a grim reading from New York manufacturing that sent bond yields lower. TLT +0.5%; TBT -0.8%.
    • Volumes overall were about 20% below recent average.
    • Sector gains were broadly distributed, with a flat energy sector as the laggard. Healthcare stocks performed well, paced by dollar volume leaders Gilead Sciences (GILD +0.7%), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ +1.1%) and Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) +1.1%.
    | Mon, Aug. 17, 4:33 PM | 12 Comments
  • Wed, Jul. 22, 10:36 AM
    • In the latest data point signaling the housing recovery has shifted into another gear, the NAR earlier reported a 3.2% gain in the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of existing home sales to 5.49M in June.
    • Sales are at their highest pace since February 2007 and are 9.6% above the pace of one year ago.
    • The median price of $236.4K is up 6.5% Y/Y and surpasses the peak set in July 2006.
    • ETFs: ITB +1.5%, XHB +1.5%
    • Toll Brothers (TOL +2%), Lennar (LEN +1.7%), KB Home (KBH +1.9%), Pulte (PHM +2.1%), D.R. Horton (DHI +2.1%), Hovnanian (HOV +0.9%), Ryland (RYL +3.1%)
    • Previously: Existing home sales rise to fastest pace in eight years (July 22)
    | Wed, Jul. 22, 10:36 AM | 17 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 24, 9:13 AM
    | Wed, Jun. 24, 9:13 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Jun. 24, 7:52 AM
    • FQ2 new home deliveries excluding unconsolidated entities of 5,989 homes up 20% Y/Y. ASP of $348K up 8%. Sales incentives of $21.5K is 5.8% of sales revenue versus $20.3K and 5.9% a year ago..
    • Gross margins on home sales of 23.8% versus 25.5% a year ago, with an increase in land costs more than offsetting higher sales prices. Operating margin on home sales of 13.8%. Both reads are better than company guidance.
    • New orders of 7,271 homes up 18% Y/Y; $2.6B in dollar terms up 28%.
    • Backlog of 8.073 homes up 18%; $2.9B in dollar terms up 23%.
    • Conference call at 11 ET
    • Previously: Lennar beats by $0.15, beats on revenue (June 24)
    • LEN +4.7% premarket
    | Wed, Jun. 24, 7:52 AM | 1 Comment
  • Fri, Jun. 19, 10:09 AM
    • KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger is confident of his company's ability to achieve "measurable year-over-year earnings growth in H2" after reporting new order growth of 33% in units and 38% in dollars in FQ2, and backlog growth of 39% in units and 57% in dollars.
    • KB Home is up 6%, leading the ITB +1.4%, and XHB +0.8% even as the major averages slip.
    • Toll Brothers (TOL +2.3%), Hovnanian (HOV +2.7%), Lennar (LEN +3%), Ryland (RYL +2%), D.R. Horton (DRI +2.5%), Pulte (PHM +2.5%)
    • Previously: KB Home gains following earnings beat (June 19)
    • Previously: KB Home beats by $0.02, beats on revenue (June 19)
    | Fri, Jun. 19, 10:09 AM | Comment!
  • Mon, Jun. 15, 9:44 AM
    • Zigging higher while the rest of the market zags sharply lower are the homebuilders following this weekend's merger of Ryland Homes and Standard Pacific.
    • While there have been a number of smaller deals over the past year, this one is more sizable, setting off hope of a broader - and necessary, according to some - consolidation in the fragmented sector.
    • Lennar (LEN +1.9%), Toll Brothers (TOL +1.4%), M.D.C. Holdings (MDC +2.3%), M/I Homes (MHO -0.5%), NVR (NVR), D.R. Horton (DHI +1.5%), KB Home (KBH +0.7%), Beazer Homes (BZH +1.2%), PulteGroup (PHM +1.6%), Hovnanian (HOV flat)
    • Previously: Industry eyes Ryland/Standard Pacific merger (June 15)
    | Mon, Jun. 15, 9:44 AM | 4 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 9, 10:14 AM
    • The usually sunny Ara Hovnanian found himself unable to put lipstick on his company's pig of a quarter and the stock is lower by 14.4% in early action (the conference call begins at 11 ET).
    • Topping off the poor results, interest rates are back on the rise, with the 10-year Treasury yield hitting a new high for the year at 2.44%.
    • The other homebuilders are acting as if HOV's issues are company-specific: Toll Brothers (TOL -0.2%), Lennar (LEN -0.2%), PulteGroup (PHM -0.6%), D.R. Horton (DHI -0.2%), KB Home (KBH -0.8%), Ryland (RYL -0.6%), Standard Pacific (SPF flat).
    • ETFs: ITB -0.2%, XHB -0.3%
    | Tue, Jun. 9, 10:14 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, May 27, 10:43 AM
    | Wed, May 27, 10:43 AM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, May 19, 9:06 AM
    • April housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1.14M were up 20% from March, and the strongest pace since the housing collapse began to pick up pace about eight years ago.
    • Lennar (NYSE:LEN+0.85%, PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM+1.15%, KB Home (NYSE:KBH+1.75%, Ryland (NYSE:RYL+0.2%, D.R. Horton (NYSE:DHI+1.4%, Hovnanian (NYSE:HOV+1.9% premarket.
    • ETFs: ITB, XHB
    • Previously: Housing starts jump in April (May 19)
    | Tue, May 19, 9:06 AM | Comment!
Company Description
Lennar Corp is a homebuilder and a provider of financial services. Its homebuilding operations include the construction and sale of single-family attached and detached homes, and to a lesser extent multi-level residential buildings.