LOS ANGELES -- KB Home, one of America's premier homebuilders, reported a net loss of $45.8 million in the first quarter, on revenues of $254.6 million. The homebuilder said revenues rose 29% from $196.9 million for the first quarter of 2011, reflecting higher deliveries and an increase in the average selling price.
Homes delivered increased 21% to 1,150, up from 949 homes delivered in the year-earlier quarter. Three of the Company's four regions produced higher deliveries.
The average selling price rose 6% to $219,000 from $205,700 for the year-earlier quarter, reflecting increases in the Company's West Coast and Southwest regions that were partly offset by decreases in its Central and Southeast regions.
"Reflecting the improving trends in the economy, including recent job growth and higher consumer confidence, we are seeing signs that the overall housing market is stabilizing and beginning to recover," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer. "The pace of the recovery is uneven, however, with certain local markets showing greater strength and more normalized activity than other areas where a rebound will take longer to manifest. We expect that the housing market in general will gradually strengthen as the economy continues to advance."
"While we are encouraged by the recent positive economic and housing market trends, our operational and financial results for the first quarter were mixed," continued Mezger. "We ended the quarter with a higher backlog compared to a year ago, although our orders moderated. At the same time, we posted growth in our deliveries and revenues and reduced our net loss significantly from the prior year. The strategic actions we implemented toward the end of last year, and plan to continue to emphasize this year, should have a more pronounced impact as the year unfolds. We believe these steps, along with the benefits of working with our new preferred mortgage lender, Nationstar Mortgage, in the coming quarters will generate further momentum in our business and, when combined with a stronger housing environment, should enable us to achieve profitability later this year."