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Should you buy KB Home (KBH) stock ahead of next week’s earnings?

The company will be releasing second quarter 2023 financial results on June 21 after the closing bell

For KB Home (NYSE: KBH), 2022 was a mixed year when sales and profits fluctuated even as the housing market experienced a slowdown amid market headwinds. Recently, the management predicted stable performance for fiscal 2023 as the company expands its footprint to new markets and customers return to the market.

The stock entered 2023 on a positive note and made steady gains so far, all along staying above its 52-week average. Currently, it is trading at a multiyear high. After the recent gains, KBH seems to have peaked, so there is not much room for continued growth in the near term. In addition, rising mortgage rates and economic uncertainties call for caution as far as investing in the Los Angeles-headquartered homebuilder is concerned, though the valuation is reasonable.

KB Home’s CEO Jeffrey Mezger said, “We expect to stay highly selective with respect to additional land investments until markets settle and there’s clarity in pricing to gain confidence in achieving our required returns. We continue to develop land that we already own, investing $317 million in development and related fees. As part of a regular review of our land portfolio, we have been active in renegotiating land contracts to reduce purchase prices and extend closing timelines.”

What to Expect

Second-quarter financial results are slated for release on June 21 at 4:10 pm ET. It is estimated that the slowdown experienced in the early months of the fiscal year extended into the May quarter. Analysts expect earnings to drop to $1.32 per share from $2.32 per share in the year-ago quarter. The revenue forecast is $1.39 billion, down 19.4% year-over-year.

Mixed Q1

In the first quarter of 2023, KB Home’s earnings and revenues exceeded Wall Street’s projections, after missing on both metrics in the preceding quarter. Meanwhile, earnings decreased slightly from last year to $1.45 per share while revenues remained unchanged at $1.38 billion. That was partially offset by a decline in costs and an increase in average selling price. Deliveries and new orders decreased during the three-month period.

While recession fears continue to weigh on business sentiment in the real estate market, KB Home executives are optimistic about the company’s performance for the rest of 2023. Orden volumes were strong in the early weeks of the second quarter and sales continued to improve. Also, the pricing environment remains favorable and the gross margin is expected to hold above 20% of sales.

Road Ahead

One reason behind the bullish outlook is the company’s continued geographical expansion beyond its core market but interestingly, it comes at a time when the housing market is going through a weak phase. The company managed to maintain healthy inventory levels due to the built-to-order model that allows it to effectively prioritize deliveries among customers looking for personalization and those who choose quick-moving homes. Meanwhile, it is likely that construction and delivery would continue to be impacted by the lingering supply chain issues.

Shares of KB Home opened Thursday’s session slightly above $50 and traded higher in the early hours. In the past twelve months, their value nearly doubled.  

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