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KB Home posts 4Q profit, but results miss Wall Street forecasts on soft home deliveries

NEW YORK, N.Y. – KB Home on Thursday reported a worse-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter profit, blaming harsh weather in some parts of the country and labour shortages for weaker deliveries of homes.

Its shares dropped almost 8 per cent in premarket trading. But, a jump in revenue and in selling prices suggested the housing market continues to recover.

The Los Angeles-based company earned $44 million, or 43 cents per share, marking a sharp decline from a year prior, which included a hefty tax benefit.

The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share.

The homebuilder’s revenue jumped 24 per cent to $985.8 million in the period, which also missed Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.07 billion.

The average selling price for a home rose 8 per cent to $379,800, but softer delivery numbers helped undercut that benefit. Deliveries rose 16 per cent, but backlogged homes jumped 36 per cent as the company faced harsh weather in some markets along with labour shortages that delayed the completion of homes.

For the year, the company reported profit of $84.6 million, or 85 cents per share. Revenue was reported as $3.03 billion.

The stock fell 93 cents, or 7.9 per cent, to $10.86 in premarket trading Thursday.

KB Home shares have declined slightly more than 4 per cent since the beginning of the year. The stock has decreased 24 per cent in the last 12 months.

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Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on KBH at http://www.zacks.com/ap/KBH

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