Hovnanian Enterprises Receives Continued Listing Standard Notice From NYSE and Announces Reverse Stock Split Proposal

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MATAWAN, N.J., Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: HOV) (“Hovnanian” or the “Company”), a leading national homebuilder, announced today that it will be requesting shareholder approval at its annual meeting on March 19, 2019 for amendments to its restated certificate of incorporation that will enable the Company to conduct a reverse stock split. The details of the proposed reverse stock split are provided in the Company’s preliminary proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on January 11, 2019.

Hovnanian is proposing the reverse stock split primarily in order to address the minimum average closing price criteria set forth in the New York Stock Exchange’s (“NYSE”) Listed Company Manual.  On January 9, 2019, Hovnanian received written notification from the NYSE that the average closing price of Hovnanian’s Class A common stock over the consecutive 30 trading-day period ended January 7, 2019 was $0.98, which is below the $1.00 minimum average closing price required by the NYSE’s continued listing standard.   

Hovnanian has a period of six months from the date of the NYSE notification to regain compliance.  At any time during the six-month cure period, Hovnanian can regain compliance if, on the last trading day of any calendar month during the cure period, the Company’s Class A common stock has a closing share price of at least $1.00 per share and an average closing share price of at least $1.00 per share over the 30 trading-day period ending on the last trading day of that month.  During this six-month period, Hovnanian’s shares will continue to be listed and traded on the NYSE, subject to Hovnanian’s compliance with other NYSE continued listing requirements.  Hovnanian will notify the NYSE that it intends to cure the minimum average closing price deficiency during this six-month period. 

The NYSE notification does not relate to or affect any of the NYSE’s other continued listing criteria, the ongoing business operations of Hovnanian, compliance with its debt instruments or its reporting requirements under the rules and regulations of the SEC. 

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. 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 .

In connection with the proposed reverse stock split, Hovnanian is filing with the SEC a proxy statement, the definitive version of which will be sent to the shareholders of Hovnanian. 

Shareholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC on the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. Free copies of the proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC also can be obtained by directing a request to our Investor Relations department at 1-800-815-9680.

Hovnanian and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed reverse stock split. Additional information regarding the interests of those persons may be obtained by reading the definitive proxy statement when it becomes available.


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Globe Newswire: 22:00 GMT Friday 11th January 2019

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