Cavco Industries Spotlight, Just the Fact$ – Other Manufactured Housing Industry Market Update$

8.23.2017DowJonesTickerManufacturedHousingIndustryDataResearchReportsDailyBusinessNewsMHPronewsjpg-The manufactured housing industry is a small part of the housing industry, but has tremendous potential, as the recent move by insurance giant Northwestern Mutual reminds investors.  Since that major move, sources say that property has already changed hands again. In a trillion dollar a year U.S. housing sector, what else has the same potential for growth to fill the growing need for affordable housing?

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The evolving Daily Business News market report sets the manufactured home industry’s stocks in the broader context of the overall markets.

Part of this unique feature provides headlines – from both sides of the left-right media divide – that saves readers time, while underscoring topics that may be moving investors, which in turn move the markets.

Readers say this is also a useful quick-review tool that saves researchers time in getting a handle of the manufactured housing industry, through the lens of publicly-traded stocks connected with the manufactured home industry.

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Selected headlines and bullets from CNN Money:

  • Uber has gone 64 days without a CEO
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  • S. new home sales fall to seven-month low
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  • Muni bond Wednesday update: 10-year yield falls
  • EPA taps Alabama business lobbyist to lead Southeast region
  • Lowe’s and Stryker fall while Express and Wal-Mart rise
  • Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday: Lowe’s Cos., down $2.81 to $73.01
  • How major US stock market indexes fared Wednesday


ICYMI – for those not familiar with the “Full Measure,” ‘left-right’ media chart, please click here

Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

Today’s markets and stocks, at the closing bell…


S&P 500 2,444.04 -8.47 (-0.35%)

Dow 30 21,812.09 -87.80 (-0.40%)

Nasdaq 6,278.41 -19.07 (-0.30%)

Crude Oil 48.36 +0.53 (+1.11%)

Gold 1,295.70 +4.70 (+0.36%)

Silver 17.09 +0.11 (+0.64%)

EUR/USD 1.1806 +0.0043 (+0.36%)

10-Yr Bond 2.171 -0.044 (-1.99%)

Russell 2000 1,369.74 -1.80 (-0.13%)



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Cavco Industries Spotlight


Sources often describe Cavco Industries (CVCO) as a well-managed company, taking advantage of their growing economies of scale.  They are reportedly the #2 producer in the industry, behind Clayton Homes.

At the same time, the opening paragraph by Chairman and CEO, Joe Stegmayer, reveals that they are growing at a slower sales pace than the industry at large.

WhyCavcoBought LexingtonHomesPerJoeStegmayerManufacturedHousingIndustryResearchReportsDataStocksMarketsDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsDear Fellow Shareholders:
Fiscal year 2017 was another solid year for Cavco Industries. We generated $774 million in net revenue this fiscal year, up 9% from fiscal year 2016 and marking the highest revenue earned in the Company’s history. Manufactured housing industry home shipments grew 15% nationally to 81,169 homes in 2016 from 70,519 homes in 2015. We sold 13,820 homes in fiscal year 2017 compared to 12,339 homes in fiscal year 2016, a 12% increase.”

Their 2017 annual report is available linked here, as a download.

Their most recent quarterly report, on Seeking Alpha, says in part:

SeekingAlphaReadDecideInvestManufacturedHousingIndustryRelatedStockReports“…Cavco disclaims any obligation to update or — update any forward-looking statements made on this call, and investors should not place any reliance on them. More complete information on this subject is included as part of our earnings release filed yesterday and is available on our website and from other sources.

For our financial report this quarter, net revenue for this first fiscal quarter of 2018 fiscal year was $207 million, up 12%, compared to $185 million during the same quarter last year. Breaking this increase down by business segment, factory-built housing net revenue increased $20.4 million, from a larger proportion of multi-section homes sold and higher home sales volume or higher home sales prices.

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Financial services segment, net revenue increased $1.3 million for more insurance policies enforced in the current period compared to the prior year period. Consolidated gross profit in the first fiscal quarter as a percentage of net revenue was 20.3%, up from 18% in the same period last year. The improvement was mainly from stronger earnings in the financial services segment compared to last year’s first fiscal quarter results, which were significantly impacted by high insurance claims activity.

There has been considerable mainstream media chatter about Cavco, as the screen capture above reflects. As the 1 year chart below from Bloomberg shows, the stock has been sliding recently.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in the fiscal 2018 first quarter as a percentage of net revenue was 12.7% compared to 13.3% during the same quarter last year. The improvement, related to effective costs control efforts as we continue working to increase home production levels.

CavcoIndustriesDailyBusinessNewsResearchDataReportsMHProNewsThe effective income tax rate for the quarter was 24.9% compared to 35.4% in the same quarter of the prior year. The current quarter contains the benefit of $1.4 million from the required implementation of new accounting standards. These standards require the company to record excess tax benefits realized from stock option exercises as a result, or as a reduction of income tax expense, whereas these benefits were previously recognized in equity.

Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $11.8 million compared to net income of $5.4 million reported in the same quarter of the prior year. Net income per diluted share was $1.28 versus $0.60 in last year’s first fiscal quarter.

Comparing the July 1, 2017 balance sheet to April 1, 2017, the balance sheet of Lexington Homes is included in the consolidated balance sheet this quarter.

Cash was approximately $130 million compared to $133 million 3-months earlier. The decrease was more loans held for sale at our finance subsidiary based on the timing of regular home sales as well as changes in other working capital accounts…”

From a press release on Seeking Alpha by Cavco, the following:

CavcoIndustriesManufacturedModularParkModelHomeBuildingCentersListBrands413PHOENIX, Aug. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cavco Industries, Inc. (CVCO) today announced financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2017. On April 3, 2017, the Company completed the acquisition of Lexington Homes, Inc., which operates a manufactured and modular housing plant in Lexington, Mississippi. Since the acquisition date, the financial impact and fiscal quarter results from this new business are included in Cavco’s consolidated financial statements presented herein.

Financial highlights include the following:

Net revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 totaled $206.8 million, up 11.7% from $185.1 million for the comparable prior year period. The increase was primarily from improved home sales volume and a larger proportion of higher priced homes sold.

Income before income taxes was $15.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, an 86.9% increase from $8.4 million income before income taxes in the comparable quarter last year. The improvement was from increased home sales as well as stronger earnings in the financial services segment compared to last year’s first fiscal quarter, as the segment’s prior year results were significantly impacted by high insurance claims activity.

Income tax expense was $3.9 million with an effective tax rate of 24.9% for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 compared to $3.0 million and an effective tax rate of 35.4% in the same quarter of the prior year. The current quarter contains a benefit of $1.4 million related to the Company’s required implementation of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09, Compensation-Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvement to Employee Share-based Payment Accounting, which, among other items, requires the Company to record excess tax benefits on exercises of stock options as a reduction of income tax expense in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income, whereas they were previously recognized in equity.

Net income was $11.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, compared to net income of $5.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year, a 118.5% increase.

Net income per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, based on basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding, was $1.30 and $1.28, respectively, compared to net income per share of $0.61 and $0.60, respectively, for the comparable quarter last year.”

There are several industry sources that have expressed concerns that Clayton and Cavco have been carving up the independent producers between themselves. The Daily Business News has reported on that alleged trend for several years.


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NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).

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Berkshire Hathaway is the parent company to Clayton Homes, 21st Mortgage, Vanderbilt Mortgage and other factory built housing industry suppliers. LCI Industries, Patrick, UFPI and LP all supply manufactured housing, while AMG, CG and TAVFX have investments in manufactured housing related businesses.

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