Exhibit 99.1

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Meritage Homes reports first quarter 2021 results including an 88% increase in diluted EPS, 470 bps increase in home closing gross margin and 25% increase in closings over prior year

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 28, 2021 - Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE: MTH), a leading U.S. homebuilder, reported first quarter results for the period ended March 31, 2021.

Summary Operating Results (unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 20212020% Chg
Homes closed (units)2,890 2,316 25 %
Home closing revenue$1,079,982 $890,417 21 %
Average sales price - closings$374 $384 (3)%
Home orders (units)3,458 3,102 11 %
Home order value$1,349,130 $1,179,938 14 %
Average sales price - orders$390 $380 %
Ending backlog (units)5,240 3,568 47 %
Ending backlog value$2,082,259 $1,388,517 50 %
Average sales price - backlog$397 $389 %
Earnings before income taxes$165,977 $86,833 91 %
Net earnings$131,843 $71,152 85 %
Diluted EPS$3.44 $1.83 88 %


"2021 is off to a solid start with robust demand that never really slowed down from an exceptional 2020," Steven J. Hilton, executive chairman of Meritage Homes, stated. "Our average absorption pace for the first quarter of 2021 of 5.8 per month was 35% higher than prior year, resulting from the strength in the housing market, even as we managed our spec starts and the corresponding orders pace in most communities to align with constraints in the supply chain today. The current environment, coupled with our strategy centered on affordable entry-level and first move-up homes, enabled Meritage Homes to produce the highest first quarter of orders and closings in the company's history as well as the highest quarterly home closing gross margin since 2006.
"Absent large interest rate increases, we believe the current market demand will continue through 2021 at a minimum, and provide the homebuilding industry ongoing pricing power to offset commodity and other cost increases. Mortgage interest rates remain very affordable despite recent upticks, strong demographic homebuying trends persist for millennials and baby boomers, and the supply of new and resale homes is still constrained."
“Our closings of 2,890 homes this quarter were 25% higher than the first quarter of 2020," Phillippe Lord, chief executive officer of Meritage Homes, commented. "Quarterly sales orders of 3,458 homes were up 11% compared to the same period of 2020, despite an 18% decline in average community count. For the first quarter of 2021, home closing revenue of $1.1 billion was 21% greater than prior year, which combined with a 24.7% home closing gross margin, produced an 88% year-over-year increase in our diluted earnings per share to $3.44."
"At March 31, 2021, we had 203 active communities, in line with our guidance and slightly up from 195 at December 31, 2020. Despite weather and some delays in the building materials supply channel, we were able to open our expected communities on time. We remain on track to reach our goal of 300 communities by mid-2022. Given our strong pipeline of community openings, we expect to see an increase of approximately 20% in our community count by December 31, 2021 from the current level," Mr. Lord remarked. "During the quarter, we invested significantly for additional growth by spending nearly $370 million on land acquisition and development. 5,900 net new lots were secured, a 106% increase year-over-year, which brings our total lot supply to over 58,000 lots.
"In addition to all of the progress we made within our existing geographies, we are excited to announce our first new market entry since 2016. With five communities already under contract in Myrtle Beach, our new Coastal Carolinas division will encompass Myrtle Beach, Charleston and the surrounding areas, and will further expand our East region operations, Mr. Lord added. "We will start gathering interest lists for these communities in the next few quarters ahead of the community openings in 2022."
Mr. Lord concluded, "Based on robust selling conditions and confidence in our ability to deliver our backlog, we are projecting 11,700-12,700 annual home closings and approximately $4.55-4.85 billion in total home closing revenue for 2021. In addition, we anticipate home closing gross margin of approximately 25.0% and an effective tax rate of about 23.0%, and expect to realize diluted EPS in the range of $13.75-14.75."

The total orders of 3,458 for the first quarter of 2021 reflected an increase of 11% year-over-year, driven by a 35% increase in absorption pace from 4.3 to 5.8 per month. Entry-level represented 76% of first quarter 2021 orders, compared to 61% in the same quarter in 2020. Strong housing demand enabled Meritage to achieve higher absorptions across all its markets, although first quarter 2021 average community count declined 18%

from the first quarter of the prior year. Absorptions were up 67% in the East region, 34% in the Central region and 13% in the West region. The favorable market conditions also drove the year-over-year increase in average sales price ("ASP") for both orders and backlog, despite the company's shift in product mix toward entry-level homes.

The 21% year-over-year increase in home closing revenue to $1.1 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was due to 25% higher home closing volume partially offset by a 3% reduction in closing ASP, which was primarily attributable to the shift to entry-level homes. ASPs also reflected pricing increases as a result of the sustained housing demand.

The 470 bps improvement in first quarter 2021 home closing gross margin to 24.7% from 20.0% a year ago mainly resulted from higher ASPs, as well as the additional closing volume and efficiencies gained from streamlined operations. These factors mitigated record high lumber prices and increases in other commodity costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") were 9.8% of first quarter 2021 home closing revenue, a 90 bps improvement over 10.7% in the first quarter of 2020. This improvement was due to greater leverage of fixed expenses on higher home closing revenue, in addition to cost savings from technology enhancements, particularly as related to the company's sales and marketing efforts.

The first quarter effective income tax rate was 20.6% in 2021 compared to 18.1% in 2020. The reduced rate in both years primarily stems from eligible energy tax credits on qualifying energy-efficient homes closed under the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act enacted in December 2019.

First quarter 2021 pre-tax margin increased 560 bps to 15.2%, compared to 9.6% in the first quarter of 2020. Net earnings were $131.8 million ($3.44 per diluted share) for the first quarter of 2021, an 85% increase over $71.2 million ($1.83 per diluted share) for the first quarter of 2020. Strong earnings growth reflected higher closing volume, pricing power, expanded gross margin and improved overhead leverage, which combined with a lower outstanding share count, led to an 88% year-over-year improvement in earnings per diluted share.

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2021 totaled $716.4 million, compared to $745.6 million at December 31, 2020, primarily as a result of net cash used for investments in real estate and share repurchases. Real estate assets increased from $2.8 billion at December 31, 2020 to $3.0 billion at March 31, 2021, reflecting an increase in sold inventory and greater spend on land acquisition and development which was partially offset by a decrease in spec inventory.


A total of over 58,000 lots were owned or controlled as of March 31, 2021, compared to approximately 41,500 total lots at March 31, 2020. 5,900 net new lots were added in the first quarter of 2021, representing 43 future communities, of which 95% are for entry-level communities.

Debt-to-capital and net debt-to-capital ratios were 29.2% and 10.9%, respectively, at March 31, 2021, which were in line with 30.3% and 10.5%, respectively, at December 31, 2020.
The company repurchased 100,000 shares of stock for a total of $8.4 million during the first quarter of 2021.

On April 15, 2021, the company closed the offering of $450 million 3.875% senior notes due 2029 and received approximately $444.0 million in net proceeds. On March 31, 2021, the company issued a notice of redemption for April 30, 2021 for all of its $300 million aggregate principal amount of 7.00% senior notes due 2022 ("2022 Notes"). The early redemption of the 2022 Notes is expected to result in approximately $18.2 million of early extinguishment of debt charges in the second quarter of 2021.

Management will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter results at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time) on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The call will be webcast live with an accompanying slideshow available on the "Investor Relations" page of the company's website at https://investors.meritagehomes.com. Telephone participants will be able to join by dialing in to 1-877-407-6951 US toll free or 1-412-902-0046 on the day of the call.
A replay of the call will be available via webcast beginning at approximately 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time (3:00 p.m. Eastern Time) on April 29, 2021 and extending through May 13, 2021, at https://investors.meritagehomes.com.

Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Income Statements
(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
20212020Change $Change %
Home closing revenue$1,079,982 $890,417 $189,565 21 %
Land closing revenue3,799 10,596 (6,797)(64)%
Total closing revenue1,083,781 901,013 182,768 20 %
Cost of home closings(813,327)(712,057)101,270 14 %
Cost of land closings(3,252)(10,213)(6,961)(68)%
Total cost of closings(816,579)(722,270)94,309 13 %
Home closing gross profit266,655 178,360 88,295 50 %
Land closing gross profit547 383 164 43 %
Total closing gross profit267,202 178,743 88,459 49 %
Financial Services:
Revenue4,751 3,912 839 21 %
Expense(2,171)(1,735)436 25 %
Earnings from financial services unconsolidated entities and other, net
1,180 661 519 79 %
Financial services profit3,760 2,838 922 32 %
Commissions and other sales costs(67,744)(61,173)6,571 11 %
General and administrative expenses(37,949)(34,170)3,779 11 %
Interest expense(90)(16)74 463 %
Other income, net798 611 187 31 %
Earnings before income taxes165,977 86,833 79,144 91 %
Provision for income taxes(34,134)(15,681)18,453 118 %
Net earnings$131,843 $71,152 $60,691 85 %
Earnings per common share:
BasicChange $ or sharesChange %
Earnings per common share$3.50 $1.87 $1.63 87 %
Weighted average shares outstanding37,644 38,085 (441)(1)%
Earnings per common share$3.44 $1.83 $1.61 88 %
Weighted average shares outstanding38,339 38,817 (478)(1)%


Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
March 31, 2021December 31, 2020
Cash and cash equivalents$716,433 $745,621 
Other receivables102,860 98,573 
Real estate (1)
2,975,121 2,778,039 
Deposits on real estate under option or contract64,355 59,534 
Investments in unconsolidated entities4,001 4,350 
Property and equipment, net37,308 38,933 
Deferred tax asset33,329 36,040 
Prepaids, other assets and goodwill105,009 103,308 
Total assets$4,038,416 $3,864,398 
Accounts payable$199,667 $175,250 
Accrued liabilities310,527 296,121 
Home sale deposits30,973 25,074 
Loans payable and other borrowings23,344 23,094 
Senior notes, net997,212 996,991 
Total liabilities1,561,723 1,516,530 
Stockholders' Equity:
Preferred stock— — 
Common stock378 375 
Additional paid-in capital452,741 455,762 
Retained earnings2,023,574 1,891,731 
Total stockholders’ equity2,476,693 2,347,868 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$4,038,416 $3,864,398 

(1) Real estate – Allocated costs:
Homes under contract under construction$1,008,648 $873,365 
Unsold homes, completed and under construction328,125 357,861 
Model homes77,264 82,502 
Finished home sites and home sites under development1,561,084 1,464,311 
Total real estate$2,975,121 $2,778,039 


Supplemental Information and Non-GAAP Financial Disclosures (Dollars in thousands – unaudited):
 Three Months Ended March 31,
Depreciation and amortization$6,535 $7,011 
Summary of Capitalized Interest:
Capitalized interest, beginning of period$58,940 $82,014 
Interest incurred16,092 16,535 
Interest expensed(90)(16)
Interest amortized to cost of home and land closings(17,402)(20,371)
Capitalized interest, end of period$57,540 $78,162 
 March 31, 2021December 31, 2020
Senior notes, net, loans payable and other borrowings$1,020,556 $1,020,085 
Stockholders' equity2,476,693 2,347,868 
Total capital$3,497,249 $3,367,953 
Debt-to-capital29.2 %30.3 %
Senior notes, net, loans payable and other borrowings$1,020,556 $1,020,085 
Less: cash and cash equivalents(716,433)(745,621)
Net debt$304,123 $274,464 
Stockholders’ equity2,476,693 2,347,868 
Total net capital$2,780,816 $2,622,332 
Net debt-to-capital10.9 %10.5 %


Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
(In thousands)
Three Months Ended March 31,
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings$131,843 $71,152 
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization6,535 7,011 
Stock-based compensation5,367 6,437 
Equity in earnings from unconsolidated entities(750)(684)
Distribution of earnings from unconsolidated entities1,100 849 
Other2,651 164 
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Increase in real estate(193,395)(45,207)
Increase in deposits on real estate under option or contract(4,821)(3,266)
(Increase)/decrease in other receivables, prepaids and other assets(7,118)7,557 
Increase/(decrease) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities38,743 (1,956)
Increase in home sale deposits5,899 1,856 
Net cash (used in)/provided by operating activities(13,946)43,913 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Investments in unconsolidated entities(1)(1)
Distributions of capital from unconsolidated entities— 1,000 
Purchases of property and equipment(4,993)(5,331)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment84 96 
Maturities/sales of investments and securities2,566 83 
Payments to purchase investments and securities(2,566)(83)
Net cash used in investing activities(4,910)(4,236)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from Credit Facility, net— 500,000 
Repayment of loans payable and other borrowings(1,947)(1,009)
Repurchase of shares(8,385)(60,813)
Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities(10,332)438,178 
Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents(29,188)477,855 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period745,621 319,466 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$716,433 $797,321 

Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Operating Data
(Dollars in thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
Homes Closed:
Arizona410 $137,268 459 $151,244 
California277 171,899 208 134,802 
Colorado175 84,263 186 91,684 
West Region862 393,430 853 377,730 
Texas963 318,385 774 255,909 
Central Region963 318,385 774 255,909 
Florida417 140,828 236 93,789 
Georgia146 55,139 115 41,998 
North Carolina299 107,013 222 79,417 
South Carolina85 27,846 53 17,405 
Tennessee118 37,341 63 24,169 
East Region1,065 368,167 689 256,778 
Total2,890 $1,079,982 2,316 $890,417 
Homes Ordered:
Arizona602 $222,435 570 $183,371 
California286 173,391 352 224,930 
Colorado169 89,779 199 98,466 
West Region1,057 485,605 1,121 506,767 
Texas1,115 391,968 1,059 342,990 
Central Region1,115 391,968 1,059 342,990 
Florida479 179,109 317 119,443 
Georgia164 61,557 156 54,984 
North Carolina419 157,687 287 101,255 
South Carolina76 26,402 87 27,914 
Tennessee148 46,802 75 26,585 
East Region1,286 471,557 922 330,181 
Total3,458 $1,349,130 3,102 $1,179,938 
Order Backlog:
Arizona1,185 $429,171 622 $218,497 
California453 276,202 289 182,361 
Colorado202 110,279 209 104,335 
West Region1,840 815,652 1,120 505,193 
Texas1,782 645,959 1,333 459,888 
Central Region1,782 645,959 1,333 459,888 
Florida612 253,188 452 189,193 
Georgia174 64,355 174 62,777 
North Carolina574 214,079 284 101,305 
South Carolina111 39,785 105 34,963 
Tennessee147 49,241 100 35,198 
East Region1,618 620,648 1,115 423,436 
Total5,240 $2,082,259 3,568 $1,388,517 


Meritage Homes Corporation and Subsidiaries
Operating Data

 Three Months Ended March 31,
Active Communities:
Arizona33 33.0 33 32.0 
California19 17.5 29 26.5 
Colorado12 11.5 13 15.5 
West Region64 62.0 75 74.0 
Texas59 61.0 78 77.5 
Central Region59 61.0 78 77.5 
Florida30 30.5 34 33.5 
Georgia12 9.5 15 16.5 
North Carolina24 22.5 20 22.5 
South Carolina6.0 8.0 
Tennessee7.5 12 10.5 
East Region80 76.0 88 91.0 
Total203 199.0 241 242.5 


About Meritage Homes Corporation
Meritage Homes is the sixth-largest public homebuilder in the United States, based on homes closed in 2020. The Company offers a variety of homes that are designed with a focus on entry-level and first move-up buyers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Meritage Homes has delivered over 135,000 homes in its 36-year history, and has a reputation for its distinctive style, quality construction, and award-winning customer experience. The Company is the industry leader in energy-efficient homebuilding and an eight-time recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award since 2013 for innovation and industry leadership in energy efficient homebuilding.
For more information, visit www.meritagehomes.com.
The information included in this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include expectations about the housing market in general, and our projected 2021 home closings, home closing revenue, gross margins, effective tax rate, diluted earnings per share and future community counts.
Such statements are based on the current beliefs and expectations of Company management and current market conditions, which are subject to significant uncertainties and fluctuations. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. The Company makes no commitment, and disclaims any duty, except as required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or changes in these expectations. Meritage's business is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. As a result of those risks and uncertainties, the Company's stock and note prices may fluctuate dramatically. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: changes in interest rates and the availability and pricing of residential mortgages; inflation in the cost of materials used to develop communities and construct homes; our ability to obtain performance and surety bonds in connection with our development work; the ability of our potential buyers to sell their existing homes; legislation related to tariffs; the adverse effect of slow absorption rates; impairments of our real estate inventory; cancellation rates; competition; home warranty and construction defect claims; failures in health and safety performance; fluctuations in quarterly operating results; our level of indebtedness; our ability to obtain financing if our credit ratings are downgraded; our potential exposure to and impacts from natural disasters or severe weather conditions; the availability and cost of finished lots and undeveloped land; the success of our strategy to offer and market entry-level and first move-up homes; a change to the feasibility of projects under option or contract that could result in the write-down or write-off of earnest or option deposits; our limited geographic

diversification; the replication of our energy-efficient technologies by our competitors; shortages in the availability and cost of subcontract labor; our exposure to information technology failures and security breaches and the impact thereof; the loss of key personnel; changes in tax laws that adversely impact us or our homebuyers; our inability to prevail on contested tax positions; failure to comply with laws and regulations; our compliance with government regulations; negative publicity that affects our reputation; disruptions to our business by COVID-19, fear of a similar event, and measures that federal, state and local governments and/or health authorities implement to address it; and other factors identified in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 under the caption "Risk Factors," which can be found on our website at www.investors.meritagehomes.com.