Legacy Housing is An Interesting Prospect Despite The Housing Market Downturn

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Written By Joel Gbolade

The last year or so has been challenging for the broader housing market, particularly the lower end of the market.

Despite these challenges, Legacy Housing has continued to adapt its product offerings and financing solutions to cater to a significant portion of U.S. households earning less than $75,000 annually.

Financial Performance and Strategic Responses

Legacy Housing’s share price experienced a notable rally of nearly 20% between March 2023 and March 2024.

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However, following the release of their latest financial report, the company witnessed a sharp decline in its stock value, triggered by Wall Street downgrades.

The fourth quarter and full-year results for 2023 revealed a significant downturn in product sales, although there were positive aspects such as strategic plans for expansion and financial growth in certain areas.

Key Financial Highlights

The company reported a GAAP EPS of $2.23 for FY 2023, missing estimates by $0.61.

Revenue saw a substantial decline of 26.4% year-over-year to $189.1 million.

Moreover, net income decreased by 19.6% to $54.5 million.

A concerning 34.7% year-over-year drop in product sales was noted, partly due to reduced net revenue per unit and lower unit volumes.

Despite these challenges, the company has maintained healthy margins and continued cost-cutting measures, with Selling, General, and administrative expenses reducing by 11.9% in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Loan Portfolio and Financial Health

Legacy Housing’s loan portfolio remains strong, with a 31% increase in interest income from consumer and MHP dealer loans, totaling $37.4 million.

This growth is attributed to increased balances in the loan portfolios, despite high interest rates. The company’s proactive financial management is evident from its healthy loan performance and low delinquency rates, even with consumer loan interest rates averaging 13.3%.

Inventory Management and Market Dynamics

The company faced significant inventory challenges throughout 2023 due to pandemic-related disruptions.

However, management reports that order flows are normalizing, and there are positive signs from the retail or dealer side of the business, indicating recovery and continued interest from new dealers.

Expansion Initiatives and Future Prospects

Legacy Housing is actively expanding its network of company-owned stores and enhancing its financing product offerings.

This strategy aims to capture a larger share of the retail margin and respond dynamically to the evolving market demands.

The company’s ownership of substantial land in strategic locations positions it well to capitalize on emerging trends in manufactured housing parks.

Investment Considerations and Market Sentiment

Despite the recent downturn in sales and profits, the fundamental strength of Legacy Housing’s business model, combined with strategic expansion efforts, provides a positive outlook for the company.

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However, the current market conditions and the stock’s price trend suggest caution. With the stock approaching potentially oversold territory, indicated by a 14-day RSI reading of 32.6, there may be an opportunity for a rebound.

Investors are advised to monitor the stock closely and consider buying if it crosses the $22.00 threshold.

Potential For Growth and Recovery

Legacy Housing Corp. remains a pivotal player in the affordable housing sector, with robust financial health and strategic growth initiatives.

While the industry downturn has impacted its recent performance, the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance its retail presence and capitalize on its assets suggest potential for recovery and growth in the coming quarters.


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