On March 22, homebuilder KB Home (NYSE:KBH) released first-quarter results for the period ended Feb. 28. Here are the quick and dirty details for the quarter.

  • Total sales plummeted 19.4%, as unit deliveries dropped 16% and average selling prices fell 5%. 

  • Reported diluted earnings plunged into the basement, falling 83.1% as a difficult industry environment "continues to pressure the sales and profit margins of domestic homebuilders".

  • The company is still seeing "instability" during the important spring selling season. It believes that tighter lending standards, combined with challenges in the subprime lending space, could make things worse in the industry before any improvements occur.

  • KB Home carries a one-star rating in Motley Fool CAPS -- the lowest rank offered by our community intelligence database. So do rivals DR Horton (NYSE:DHI), Lennar (NYSE:LEN), Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL), and Pulte Homes (NYSE:PHM). Conditions look pretty grim indeed in homebuilding; click here for other potential stocks to bet the house on.      

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

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Margin Checkup

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Balance Sheet Highlights

Construction Assets

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Construction Liabilities

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Cash Flow Highlights
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