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Lennar Ratings Improve

colonial heritage signGood news this week for a major homebuilder in the Williamsburg VA area: Moody’s Investors Service  raised the corporate ratings of the Miami-based homebuilder Lennar Corp.

Lennar has developed and is building homes in numerous Virginia communities for 55+ active adults. They include  Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA,    Lees Parke in- Fredericksburg, VA –,  and  Heritage Highlands in- Lovettsville, VA –

Moody’s rating outlook is positive, and reflects Lennar’s largely successful mitigation of the risks outlined by Moody’s at the time of its downgrades in 2008 and 2009 during an abysmal housing market that is now improving but still struggling.

Among other things, Lennar "improved its ability to generate net income even as the majority of its peers continued to rack up losses," Moody’s said in its upgrade report.

colonial heritage clubhouseStill, Moody’s said the ratings incorporate Lennar’s elevated debt leverage and the likelihood that cash flow from operations will continue being negative in fiscal 2012.

The ratings agency expects the homebuilder’s volumes to rise moderately this year. But Moody’s warns that if the spring selling season is a bust or if the economy shows signs of recession, the positive rating may disappear.

Lennar earned $30.3 million, or 16 cents a share, for the three months ended Nov. 30, 2011, down from $32 million, or 17 cents a share, a year earlier. It has been profitable for seven straight quarters.

Housing starts for the industry rose 1.5% in January, according to the Commerce Department data, to the highest level since October 2008.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, starts increased to 699,000 from 689,000 for December, which was revised upward by 32,000. January housing starts rose 9.9% from 636,000 a year earlier.

Learn more about Colonial Heritage in Williamsburg VA

Learn about other 55+ active adult communities in Williamsburg, Yorktown, VA Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk VA.

 

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You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @  757-254-8136

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