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Green Brick Partners, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

Fourth Quarter Pre-Tax Income of $17.2 million, up 25.5%;
2017 Pre-Tax Income of $53.9 million, up 38.1%;
Fourth Quarter Revenue of $136.4 million, up 13.9%;
2017 Revenue of $454.4 million, up 19.5%;
Backlog of $151.5 million, up 40.2%

PLANO, Texas, March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Brick Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRBK) (“we,” “Green Brick” or the “Company”) today reported results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.

/EIN News/ -- Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2017:

  • For the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company had: pre-tax income of $17.2 million, an increase of 25.5%, compared to $13.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016; gross profit of $28.8 million, a decrease of 1.3%, compared to $29.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016; and total revenue of $136.4 million, an increase of 13.9%, compared to $119.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

  • Builder operations revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $133.5 million, an increase of 14.1%, compared to $117.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Land development revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $2.9 million, an increase of 4.6%, compared to $2.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

  • The dollar value of backlog units as of December 31, 2017 was $151.5 million, an increase of 40.2% compared to December 31, 2016. The average sales price of homes in backlog increased approximately $32,767, or 7.2%, to $488,590 for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $455,823 for the year ended December 31, 2016.

  • Homes under construction increased 30.5% to 736 as of December 31, 2017, compared to 564 as of December 31, 2016.

  • As a result of the comprehensive tax legislation, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”), enacted by the U.S. government on December 22, 2017, basic net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick per common share (“EPS”) for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $(0.16). Basic EPS decreased due to a change in the federal statutory tax rate from 35% to 21%. The Company remeasured its deferred tax assets (“DTA”) which resulted in additional tax expense of $19.0 million. Without the impact of the DTA remeasurement, basic EPS would have increased to $0.21 for the three months ended December 31, 2017, compared to $0.16 for the three months ended December 31, 2016. Basic adjusted net income attributable to Green Brick per common share (“Adjusted EPS”) for the three months ended December 31, 2017 was $0.34, compared to $0.28 for the three months ended December 31, 2016. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2017:

  • For the year ended December 31, 2017, the Company had: pre-tax income of $53.9 million, an increase of 38.1%, compared to $39.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2016; gross profit of $98.5 million, an increase of 14.0%, compared to $86.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2016; and total revenue of $454.4 million, an increase of 19.5%, compared to $380.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.

  • Builder operations revenue for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $435.6 million, an increase of 19.3%, compared to $365.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. Land development revenue for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $18.7 million, an increase of 23.5%, compared to $15.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.

  • Basic EPS for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $0.30. Without the impact of the DTA remeasurement discussed above, basic EPS would have increased to $0.69 for the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $0.49 for the year ended December 31, 2016. Basic Adjusted EPS for the year ended December 31, 2017 was $1.09, compared to $0.80 for the year ended December 31, 2016. See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

“We finished 2017 with a very strong fourth quarter with pre-tax income up 25% and full year pre-tax income of $53.9 million, up 38%. Looking forward, we are entering 2018 with a 40% increase in backlog and a 30% increase in homes under construction,” said James R. Brickman, Green Brick’s Chief Executive Officer. “We had very strong January and February 2018 sales and we expect to announce several new neighborhoods in supply-constrained, high-margin, AAA locations in 2018. So 2018 is off to a healthy start. To fund our growth, we are pleased that JPMorgan recently joined our unsecured credit facility with a $30 million commitment which increases the facility to $160 million. Our secured and unsecured credit facilities now total $235 million.”

Earnings Conference Call:

We will host our earnings conference call to discuss our fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. The call can be accessed by dialing 800-374-0137 for domestic participants or 904-685-8013 for international participants. Participants should reference conference ID code 4484949. A replay of the call will be available from approximately 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 13, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 20, 2018. To access the replay, the domestic dial-in number is 855-859-2056, the international dial-in number is 404-537-3406 and the conference ID code is 4484949.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

In this press release, we utilize certain financial measures that are non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. We present these measures because we believe they and similar measures are useful to management and investors in evaluating the Company’s operating performance and financing structure. We also believe these measures facilitate the comparison of our operating performance and financing structure with other companies in our industry. Because these measures are not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Tax Act, among other things, reduces the U.S. federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% effective January 1, 2018 and imposes significant limitations on certain corporate deductions and credits. The Tax Act places future limitations on the usage of net operating loss carryforwards generated in the year ended December 31, 2018 and after. The Tax Act is comprehensive containing several other provisions, some of which will not materially impact the Company. The estimates of the Tax Act may be adjusted in future periods as required. Future implementation guidance from the Internal Revenue Service, clarifications of state tax law or the completion of the Company’s 2017 tax return filings could all affect the estimated financial statement impact of the Tax Act. The SEC staff issued Staff Accounting Bulletin 118 that allows for a measurement period of up to one year after the enactment date of the Tax Act to finalize the recording of the related tax impacts. The Company does not believe potential adjustments in future periods would materially impact the Company’s financial condition or results of operations. As a result of the Tax Act, the Company remeasured its DTA which resulted in additional tax expense of $19.0 million during the three months ended December 31, 2017. Due to the effects of the Tax Act, the net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and for the year ended December 31, 2017 is not comparable to three months ended December 31, 2016 and for the year ended December 31, 2016.



GREEN BRICK PARTNERS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)
 
  (unaudited)        
  Three Months Ended December 31,   Years Ended December 31,
    2017       2016     2017     2016
Sale of residential units $ 133,465     $ 116,977     $ 435,644     $ 365,164  
Sale of land and lots   2,915       2,787       18,730       15,164  
Total revenues   136,380       119,764       454,374       380,328  
Cost of residential units   104,999       88,453       342,065       283,454  
Cost of land and lots   2,550       2,110       13,856       10,499  
Total cost of sales   107,549       90,563       355,921       293,953  
Total gross profit   28,831       29,201       98,453       86,375  
Salary expense   5,838       5,985       21,823       21,871  
Selling, general and administrative expense   4,446       4,483       17,193       16,758  
Operating profit   18,547       18,733       59,437       47,746  
Equity in income of unconsolidated entity   1,778             2,746        
Other income, net   691       408       2,054       2,808  
Income before taxes   21,016       19,141       64,237       50,554  
Income tax provision   25,396       6,041       39,031       15,381  
Net (loss) income   (4,380 )     13,100       25,206       35,173  
Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   3,816       5,424       10,236       11,417  
Net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick Partners, Inc. $ (8,196 )   $ 7,676     $ 14,970     $ 23,756  
               
Net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick Partners, Inc. per common share:              
Basic $(0.16
)   $0.16
  $0.30
  $0.49
Diluted $(0.16
)   $0.16
  $0.30
  $0.49
Weighted average common shares used in the calculation of net income attributable to Green Brick Partners, Inc. per common share:              
Basic   50,555      48,910     49,597     48,879
Diluted   50,681      48,930     49,683     48,886


GREEN BRICK PARTNERS, INC.
UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
 
    Three Months Ended           Years Ended        
    December 31,   Increase (Decrease)   December 31,   Increase (Decrease)
New Homes Delivered and Home Sales Revenue   2017   2016   Change   %   2017   2016   Change   %
New homes delivered   292     275     17     6.2 %   990     844     146     17.3 %
Home sales revenue  ($ in thousands)   $ 133,465     $ 116,977     $ 16,488     14.1 %   $ 435,644     $ 365,164     $ 70,480     19.3 %
Average sales price of homes delivered   $ 457,072     $ 425,371     $ 31,701     7.5 %   $ 440,044     $ 432,659     $ 7,385     1.7 %


    Three Months Ended           Years Ended        
    December 31,   Increase (Decrease)   December 31,   Increase (Decrease)
Land and Lots Sales Revenue   2017   2016   Change   %   2017   2016   Change   %
Land and lots sold   25     22     3     13.6 %   144     117     27     23.1 %
Land and lots sales revenue ($ in thousands)   $ 2,915     $ 2,787     $ 128     4.6 %   $ 18,730     $ 15,164     $ 3,566     23.5 %
Average sales price of land and lots sold   $ 116,600     $ 126,682     $ (10,082 )   (8.0 )%   $ 130,067     $ 129,603     $ 464     0.4 %


    Three Months Ended           Years Ended        
    December 31,   Increase (Decrease)   December 31,   Increase (Decrease)
New Home Orders and Backlog   2017   2016   Change   %   2017   2016   Change   %
Net new home orders   265     197     68     34.5 %   1,063     880     183     20.8 %
Average selling communities   56     50     6     12.0 %   54     47     7     14.9 %
Selling communities at end of period   55     50     5     10.0 %   55     50     5     10.0 %
Backlog ($ in thousands)   $ 151,463     $ 108,030     $ 43,433     40.2 %                
Backlog (units)   310     237     73     30.8 %                
Average sales price of backlog   $ 488,590     $ 455,823     $ 32,767     7.2 %                


The following table calculates the non-GAAP measure of Adjusted EPS for the three months and the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 and reconciles these amounts to net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick as reported and prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EPS for the three months and years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 represents pre-tax income presented divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the three months and years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. Pre-tax income represents net income attributable to Green Brick for the period excluding provision for income taxes attributable to Green Brick.

    Three Months Ended   Years Ended
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts):   December 31,   December 31,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
Net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick   $ (8,196 )   $ 7,676     $ 14,970     $ 23,756  
Income tax provision attributable to Green Brick   $ 25,356     $ 6,001     $ 38,896     $ 15,261  
Pre-tax income attributable to Green Brick   $ 17,160     $ 13,677     $ 53,866     $ 39,017  
                 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding —basic   50,555     48,910     49,597     48,879  
Basic Adjusted EPS   $ 0.34     $ 0.28     $ 1.09     $ 0.80  
                 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding —diluted   50,681     48,930     49,683     48,886  
Diluted Adjusted EPS   $ 0.34     $ 0.28     $ 1.08     $ 0.80  


The following table calculates the non-GAAP measure of basic EPS adjusted for additional tax expense as a result of the Tax Act for the three months and the year ended December 31, 2017 and reconciles these amounts to net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick as reported and prepared in accordance with GAAP. Basic EPS adjusted for additional tax expense for the three months and years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 represents adjusted net income attributable to Green Brick divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the three months and years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively. Adjusted net income attributable to Green Brick represents net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick for the period excluding tax expense due to the change in federal statutory tax rate as a result of the Tax Act.

    Three Months Ended   Years Ended
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts):   December 31,   December 31,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
Net (loss) income attributable to Green Brick   $ (8,196 )   $ 7,676     $ 14,970     $ 23,756  
Tax expense due to the change in federal statutory tax rate   $ 19,017     $     $ 19,017     $  
Adjusted net income attributable to Green Brick   $ 10,821     $ 7,676     $ 33,987     $ 23,756  
                 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding —basic   50,555     48,910     49,597     48,879  
Basic EPS adjusted for additional tax expense   $ 0.21     $ 0.16     $ 0.69     $ 0.49  


The following table calculates the non-GAAP measure of Adjusted Homebuilding Gross Margin for the three months and the years ended December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 and reconciles these amounts to homebuilding gross margin as reported and prepared in accordance with GAAP.

(Unaudited, in thousands):   Three Months Ended   Years Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2017   2016   2017   2016
Homebuilding gross margin   $ 28,466     $ 28,524     $ 93,579     $ 81,710  
Add back: capitalized interest charged to cost of sales   $ 754     $ 763     $ 2,630     $ 2,814  
Adjusted Homebuilding Gross Margin   $ 29,220     $ 29,287     $ 96,209     $ 84,524  


About Green Brick Partners, Inc.:

Green Brick Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRBK) is a diversified homebuilding and land development company. The Company acquires and develops land, provides land and construction financing to its controlled builders and participates in the profits of its controlled builders. The Company owns a controlling interest in four homebuilders in Dallas, Texas (CB JENI Homes, Normandy Homes (a division of CB JENI Homes), Southgate Homes, and Centre Living Homes) and a homebuilder in Atlanta, Georgia (The Providence Group). Green Brick also owns a noncontrolling interest in Challenger Homes in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Company is engaged in all aspects of the homebuilding process, including land acquisition and the development, entitlements, design, construction, marketing and sales and the creation of brand images at its residential neighborhoods and master planned communities. For more information about Green Brick Partners, Inc.’s homebuilding partners go to www.greenbrickpartners.com/team-builders.html.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements:

Any statements in this press release about Green Brick’s expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, prospects, financial condition, assumptions or future events or performance that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continues,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “outlook,” “strategy,” “positioned,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “projects,” “estimates” and similar expressions, as well as statements in the future tense. These statements are based on assumptions that Green Brick has made in light of its experience in the industry as well as its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Accordingly, all such forward-looking statements involve estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in the statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are the following: general economic conditions, seasonality, cyclicality and competition in the homebuilding industry; demand for real estate investments in the geographic markets in which we operate; significant inflation or deflation; labor and raw material shortages; the failure to recruit, retain and develop highly skilled and competent employees; an inability to acquire land suitable for residential homebuilding at reasonable prices; an inability to develop and sell communities successfully or within expected timeframes; risks related to regulatory approvals and government regulation; the interpretation of or changes to tax, labor and environmental laws and regulations; volatility of mortgage interest rates; the unavailability of mortgage financing; the occurrence of severe weather or natural disasters; risks related to future growth through strategic investments, joint ventures, partnerships and/or acquisitions; risks related to holding noncontrolling interests in strategic investments, joint ventures, partnerships and/or acquisitions; the inability to obtain suitable bonding for the development of housing projects; difficulty in obtaining sufficient capital; the occurrence of a major health and safety incident; poor relations with the residents of our communities; information technology failures and data security breaches; product liability claims, litigation and warranty claims; our debt and related service obligations; required accounting changes; an inability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; and other risks and uncertainties inherent in our business. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated are discussed in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s annual and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Because the factors referred to above could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by Green Brick, you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release, and Green Brick undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after such date.

Contact: Richard A. Costello
Chief Financial Officer
(469) 573-6755

A PDF attachment of Exhibit 99.2 is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/fa518287-0d04-482f-9a12-855c9b8caec8

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