LOS ANGELES -- KB Home reported net income of $3.3 million in the third quarter, a dramatic improvement over the $9.6 million loss during the same period a year earlier. Revenues increased 16% to $424.5 million, compared to $367.3 million for the third quarter of 2011, reflecting growth in the number of homes delivered and a higher average selling price.
The Company delivered 1,720 homes, up 7% from the year-earlier quarter, with three of the Company's four homebuilding regions posting year-over-year increases.
The overall average selling price of $245,100 rose by $17,700, or 8%, from $227,400 for the year-earlier quarter, marking the ninth consecutive quarter of year-over-year increases, and was up by $12,100, or 5% from $233,000 in the second quarter of 2012.
"We are pleased to report a profit for the third quarter," said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer. "During the quarter, we continued to generate improvement in several key financial and operating metrics. The favorable year-over-year performance in our deliveries; revenues; operating income; net orders; and backlog were particularly encouraging as we operated with fewer communities. These trends illustrate that the strategic repositioning of our operations to restore profitability is starting to yield tangible results, as we also saw significant increases in our overall average selling price and gross profit margin, and substantial improvement in our selling, general and administrative expense ratio. At the same time, it is clear that the recovery in housing is gaining momentum across the country as inventory levels are declining and home prices are on the rise. In particular, we are seeing dramatic improvement in California, where we are the state's largest homebuilder, as the continued strengthening in the coastal markets is now spreading inland to Sacramento, the Central Valley and the Inland Empire."
"One of the impacts of our strategic repositioning has been a declining community count, which has moderated our net order growth," continued Mezger.
"Now that we have a clear path to achieve profitability, we are accelerating our investments to expand our business in all four of our operating regions. Although our community count will bottom in the fourth quarter, we expect to reverse this trend in 2013. This improvement, when coupled with one of the highest sales rates per community in the industry, should significantly advance our business. With an improved financial position and enhanced liquidity as a result of the financing transactions completed in the quarter, we believe we are well-positioned to capitalize on opportunities for growth as the housing market recovery progresses."