Lennar’s Q3 Profits Rocket Up 320%

by InvestorPlace Staff | September 24, 2012 9:03 am

The housing sector got its second impressive earnings report in as many days Monday morning, when Lennar (NYSE:LEN[1]) announced profits that more than quadrupled for its fiscal third quarter.

For Q3, Lennar earned $87.1 million (40 cents per share), an astounding 320% better than year-ago profits of $20.7 million (11 cents per share), and far above analyst EPS expectations of 28 cents.

The earnings strength came amid strong demand, with new orders up 44% to 4,198 homes, as well as an increase in home-sales prices from $247,000 to $258,000. That resulted in a 34% boost in revenues to $1.1 billion.

The report comes one trading day after KB Home (NYSE:KBH[2]) swung to a profit[3] in its third quarter following two consecutive periods of losses.

LEN was trading up 2% in pre-market trading Monday.

– Kyle Woodley, InvestorPlace Assistant Editor

Endnotes:
  1. LEN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LEN
  2. KBH: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KBH
  3. swung to a profit: http://investorplace.com/2012/09/kb-home-back-in-the-black/

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