Florida-based Homebuilder and Mortgage Service provider, Lennar Corp. (NYSE: LEN) reported results for the third quarter of 2012 ending Aug 31, 2012.
Net sales increased by 34% to $1099.76 million from that of $820.19 million in Aug 2011. Earnings before tax increased drastically by 144% to $58.64 million from that of $24.08 million. Net income increased by 320% to $87.11 million from $20.73 million. Net cash from operations for the third quarter 2012 were $5671 million.
LENâ€™s revenues from Homebuilding segment increased 34% to $955.8 million from $711.75 million in 2011. This increase was mainly attributable to the 28% hike in the number of home deliveries and around 4% increase in the average sale price of homes delivered. Segmental Revenues from Financial Services had increased by 61% to $106.76 million from $66.37 million, which was primarily due to the increase in volume of the title operations and refinance transactions.
Lennar CEO, Stuart Miller claimed that the companyâ€™s third-quarter results strengthen the companyâ€™s financial position and reflects its positive growth in the years to come. Miller also believes that the housing market has stabilized and the recovery is well underway. He forecasts strong sales trends for this year end and quotes that the increased average sales price and decreased buyer incentives would offset the ever increasing labor and material costs.
Operating Earnings increased 144% in the third quarter, mainly due to the significant decrease in the operating expenses including General administrative expenses and Sales & marketing expenses. Net profit rose drastically by 320% because of the increase in the benefits received for income taxes for the quarter.
As on Aug 31, 2012, it had cash and its equivalents worth $692 million. Total Debt and Total Stockholdersâ€™ equity were $3,671.6 million and $3,271.7 million respectively which make the debt to total capital at 52.9%. During the quarter, the company had issued $400 million worth 4.75% senior notes which are due in 2017.
LEN shares hit a 52-week high of $38.27 in trading today before paring their gains. At last check, the stock was down 1.89% to $36.80 on above average volume of 8.26 million.
Year-to-date, LEN shares have gained more than 87%, outperforming the S&P 500.