Anywhere Real Estate (NYSE:HOUS) Misses Q4 Sales Targets

Adam Hejl /
2024/02/15 8:11 am EST

Residential real estate services company Anywhere Real Estate (NYSE:HOUS) fell short of analysts' expectations in Q4 FY2023, with revenue down 5.5% year on year to $1.25 billion. It made a GAAP loss of $0.97 per share, improving from its loss of $4.13 per share in the same quarter last year.

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Anywhere Real Estate (HOUS) Q4 FY2023 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $1.25 billion vs analyst estimates of $1.28 billion (2.1% miss)
  • EPS: -$0.97 vs analyst estimates of -$0.39 (-$0.58 miss)
  • Free Cash Flow was -$13 million, down from $95 million in the previous quarter
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 35%, in line with the same quarter last year
  • Market Capitalization: $844.1 million

"Anywhere demonstrated our leadership strength in 2023, driving meaningful results in a tough real estate market," said Ryan Schneider, Anywhere president and CEO.

Formerly known as Realogy Holdings, Anywhere Real Estate (NYSE:HOUS) is a residential real estate company with a network of brokerages, franchises, and settlement services.

Real Estate Services

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Sales Growth

A company's long-term performance can indicate its business quality. Any business can enjoy short-lived success, but best-in-class ones sustain growth over many years. Anywhere Real Estate's revenue declined over the last five years, dropping 1.3% annually. Anywhere Real Estate Total RevenueWithin consumer discretionary, a long-term historical view may miss a company riding a successful new product or emerging trend. That's why we also follow short-term performance. Anywhere Real Estate's recent history shows its demand has decreased even further, as its revenue has shown annualized declines of 16% over the last two years.

This quarter, Anywhere Real Estate missed Wall Street's estimates and reported a rather uninspiring 5.5% year-on-year revenue decline, generating $1.25 billion of revenue. Looking ahead, Wall Street expects sales to grow 6.1% over the next 12 months, an acceleration from this quarter.

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Cash Is King

If you've followed StockStory for a while, you know we emphasize free cash flow. Why, you ask? We believe that in the end, cash is king, and you can't use accounting profits to pay the bills.

Over the last two years, Anywhere Real Estate broke even from a free cash flow perspective, subpar for a consumer discretionary business.

Anywhere Real Estate Free Cash Flow Margin

Anywhere Real Estate burned through $13 million of cash in Q4, equivalent to a negative 1% margin, increasing its cash burn by 75.5% year on year.

Key Takeaways from Anywhere Real Estate's Q4 Results

We struggled to find many strong positives in these results. The company missed analysts' estimates on all major operating metrics (revenue, EBITDA, EPS, free cash flow). Furthermore, it noted that Q1 2024 is seeing historically low unit volume and, as a result, expects to produce negative EBITDA. For the rest of 2024, it expects more normal seasonal volumes. Overall, this was a mixed quarter for Anywhere Real Estate. The company is down 1% on the results and currently trades at $7.57 per share.

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