July 19, 2012
Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.
What: Shares of homebuilder NVR (NYSE: NVR ) dropped by as much as 13% this morning after the company reported disappointing second-quarter-earnings results.
So what: For the quarter, NVR reported an 11% increase in revenue to $769.8 million and a profit of $8.97 as new home orders rose 6%. However, Wall Street slammed the door in NVR's face as it had been looking for revenue of $829.8 million and certainly didn't expect cancellation rates to rise from 16.3% from the 12.5% reported in the year-ago period.
Now what: Today's report is interesting in that NVR had been the one homebuilder that had escaped the downturn in housing relatively unscathed. Now, it appears that roles are reversing. Lennar (NYSE: LEN ) , D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI ) , and PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM ) all reported lower cancellation rates in their most recent quarters with only KB Home (NYSE: KBH ) joining NVR in the increasing cancellation rate column. In spite of its strong profitability, just as I highlighted in May, I feel NVR has been and still is rather pricey, and I would use today as a reminder that things aren't as peachy in the housing sector as many would like to believe.
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