Hovnanian Enterprises, Matawan, N.J. (NYSE:HOV) on Thursday reported a net loss of $7.6 million, or $1.27 per common share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared with a net loss of $1.0 million, or $0.18 per common share, during the same quarter a year ago. For the first nine months of fiscal 2019, net loss was $40.3 million, or $6.76 per common share, compared with a net loss of $41.7 million, or $7.03 per common share, in the same period during fiscal 2018.

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Among the results:

  • Consolidated contracts per community increased 10.0% to 11.0 contracts per community for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared with 10.0 contracts per community in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Contracts per community, including domestic unconsolidated joint ventures, increased 3.9% to 10.6 contracts per community for the quarter ended July 31, 2019 compared with 10.2 contracts per community, including domestic unconsolidated joint ventures, in last year’s third quarter.
  • The consolidated community count was 138 as of July 31, 2019. This was a 12.2% year-over-year increase from 123 communities at the end of the prior year’s third quarter. As of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2019, community count, including domestic unconsolidated joint ventures, was 159 communities. This was a 12.0% year-over-year increase compared with 142 communities at July 31, 2018.
  • The number of consolidated contracts increased 22.6% to 1,515 homes, during the third quarter of fiscal 2019, compared with 1,236 homes during the third quarter of fiscal 2018. The number of contracts, including domestic unconsolidated joint ventures, for the third quarter ended July 31, 2019, increased 16.6% to 1,690 homes from 1,449 homes for the same quarter last year.
  • The number of consolidated contracts increased 8.9% to 3,995 homes, during the nine-month period ended July 31, 2019, compared with 3,667 homes in the same period of the previous fiscal year. During the first nine months of fiscal 2019, the number of contracts, including domestic unconsolidated joint ventures, was 4,497 homes, an increase of 3.0% from 4,368 homes during the same period in fiscal 2018.
  • For August 2019, consolidated contracts per community were 3.2 compared with 2.6 for the same month one year ago. During August 2019, the number of consolidated contracts increased 37.8% to 445 homes from 323 homes in August 2018.
  • The dollar value of consolidated contract backlog, as of July 31, 2019, increased 11.4% to $1.05 billion compared with $946.5 million as of July 31, 2018. The dollar value of contract backlog, including domestic unconsolidated joint ventures, as of July 31, 2019, was $1.28 billion, a decrease of 2.4% compared with $1.31 billion as of July 31, 2018.
  • Consolidated deliveries were 1,185 homes for the third quarter of fiscal 2019, a 3.8% increase compared with 1,142 homes during the same quarter a year ago. For the quarter ended July 31, 2019, deliveries, including domestic unconsolidated joint ventures, decreased 3.5% to 1,377 homes compared with 1,427 homes during the third quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Consolidated deliveries were 3,237 homes in the first nine months of fiscal 2019, a 4.3% decrease compared with 3,382 homes in the same period in fiscal 2018. For the nine months ended July 31, 2019, deliveries, including domestic unconsolidated joint ventures, decreased 4.3% to 3,772 homes compared with 3,940 homes in the same period of the prior fiscal year.
  • The contract cancellation rate for both consolidated contracts and contracts including unconsolidated joint ventures were 19% for both the three months ended July 31, 2019 and the same quarter in fiscal 2018.
  • Total liquidity at the end of the of the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $225.1 million.
  • In the third quarter of fiscal 2019, approximately 2,100 lots were put under option or acquired in 30 communities, including unconsolidated joint ventures.
  • As of July 31, 2019, consolidated lots controlled totaled 29,821; which, based on trailing twelve-month deliveries, equaled a 6.3 years supply.

"We continued to make progress towards our growth objectives. We achieved year-over-year growth in total revenues, contracts, community count, contracts per community and contract backlog. Further, we saw a sequential increase in our gross margin, before cost of sales interest expense and land charges, to 18.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 from 16.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2019,” stated Ara K. Hovnanian, chairman, president and CEO. “The improvements we experienced in these metrics are a solid indicator that we are moving in the right direction.”

“Given our pipeline of future community openings, we expect our community count to increase in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. We continue to believe that our strategy of using options to control a significant majority of our lots is a strong risk mitigator should housing demand fluctuate in the future. Assuming no adverse changes in current market conditions and excluding land related charges, gains or losses on extinguishment of debt and other non-recurring items, we expect to achieve pretax profitability for the full 2019 fiscal year,” concluded Hovnanian.