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Hovnanian 2Q Loss Widens As Revenue Plunged Amid Lower Orders

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Hovnanian Enterprises Inc.'s (HOV) fiscal second-quarter loss widened as revenue fell more than expected amid a drop in orders and bigger land-related charges weighed on the bottom line. Shares were down 3.4% at $2.26 in recent after-hours trading. Hovnanian's contracts have plunged in recent quarters from year-earlier results boosted by the government's first-time homebuyer tax credit, which ended last spring after a rush of buyers flocked to secure it. It faces a lackluster job market and high foreclosure activity. For the quarter ended April 30, Hovnanian reported a loss of $72.7 million, or 69 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $28.6 million, or 36 cents a share. The latest and prior-year results included $16.9 million and $1.2 million, respectively, in pretax land-related charges. Revenue plunged 20% to $255.1 million. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters most recently predicted a 51-cent loss on $263 million in revenue. Home-building gross margin fell to 14.8% from 17.3%. Net contracts including unconsolidated gross ventures fell 17% to 1,166 homes. Contract backlog on the same basis ended the period down 21% from a year earlier by number of homes. The cancellation rate, excluding unconsolidated joint ventures, rose to 20% from 17%. -By Matt Jarzemsky, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2240; matthew.jarzemsky@dowjones.com

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06/06/201210:30:10Hovnanian Swings To Profit As Sales Jump
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06/07/201117:29:15Hovnanian 2Q Loss Widens As Revenue Plunged Amid Lower Orders
03/02/201112:13:23Hovnanian's Chief Accounting Officer To Retire
03/01/201117:16:24Hovnanian Swings To 1Q Loss After Year-Earlier Tax Gains
02/04/201108:43:24Hovnanian Gives Pricing Details On Equity And Note Sale
01/31/201117:33:46Hovnanian To Offer $50 Million In Stock, 3M Units, To Refinance...
12/22/201011:15:22Hovnanian Will Manage Day-To-Day Operations Of Joint Venture

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