Thirteen public builders out of 22 earned an A+, A, or A- on the BIG BUILDER Report Card, an annual rating of builders’ efforts in 2015. That is better than last year’s report card – when only seven builders earned the top grades.
The companies are ranked from first to last in each of four major categories – financial, land, operations, and sales and marketing. Each category is given a score, which is then used to provide a final rating, from A to F. No companies this year received anything lower than a C.
PulteGroup scored the highest of all public builders this year with an A+ rating. CalAtlantic Homes — the result of a Standard Pacific and Ryland Group merge – also nabbed an A+ rating, scoring the highest in land with the largest growth in years of supply of lots controlled.
The two builders that scored the lowest grades on this year’s report card were Century Communities and Hovnanian Enterprises, which both received a C rating. Hovnanian Enterprises had a high debt-to-capital and worst shareholder return that gave it low marks. Century Communities scored low in the financial and land categories.
Source: “Peer Pressure: The 2016 Public Builder Report Cards,” BUILDER (May 16, 2016)
Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online (http://realtormag.realtor.org), May 19, 2016, with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.