Hovnanian Enterprises Reports Fiscal 2018 Results

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MATAWAN, N.J., Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: HOV), a leading national homebuilder, reported results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended October 31, 2018.

“We are pleased to report solid performance in our fourth quarter. We exceeded or met our guidance for total revenues, gross margin, SG&A expense ratio and adjusted pretax profits,” stated Ara K. Hovnanian, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Given the recent consumer hesitation in purchasing homes, we remain cautious and are carefully evaluating current market conditions when underwriting new land acquisitions. Nonetheless, we continue to move forward with our goal of increasing our community count. Our total consolidated lots controlled at the end of the fourth quarter expanded 20% year over year.”

“We recognize that there has been an overall industry cooling in home sales during the quarter; a time when mortgage rates rose and stock market volatility caused hesitation among potential home buyers. However, given the overall demographic trends and the strong U.S. economy, as home buyers become adjusted to the higher mortgage rate environment, expectations will likely adjust and the housing market should resume its path of recovery,” concluded Mr. Hovnanian.

Hovnanian Enterprises will webcast its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter financial results conference call at 11:00 a.m. E.T. on Thursday, December 6, 2018. The webcast can be accessed live through the “Investor Relations” section of Hovnanian Enterprises’ website at . For those who are not available to listen to the live webcast, an archive of the broadcast will be available under the “Past Events” section of the Investor Relations page on the Hovnanian website at . The archive will be available for 12 months.

Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1959 by Kevork S. Hovnanian, is headquartered in Matawan, New Jersey and, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s largest homebuilders with operations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. The Company’s homes are marketed and sold under the trade names K. Hovnanian Homes and Brighton Homes. Additionally, the Company’s subsidiaries, as developers of K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons communities, make the Company one of the nation’s largest builders of active lifestyle communities.

Additional information on Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., including a summary investment profile and the Company’s 2017 annual report, can be accessed through the “Investor Relations” section of the Hovnanian Enterprises’ website at . To be added to Hovnanian's investor e-mail list, please send an e-mail to or sign up at .

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(1) Derived from the audited balance sheet as of October 31, 2017.


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