D. R. Horton
|Traded as||NYSE: DHI
|Founder||Donald R. Horton (Founder & Chairman)|
D. R. Horton is the largest home construction company in the United States based on its 30,455 houses sold and posted profit of $8.657 million in 2014. D. R. Horton was founded in 1978 by Donald R. Horton in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The company's headquarters is located in the D. R. Horton Tower in Downtown Fort Worth. D. R. Horton operates two divisions: Emerald Homes and Express Homes. Express Homes is tailored to entry-level buyers while the Emerald Homes brand is sold as luxury real estate.
D.R. Horton's geographic exposure extends from Texas to the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, West Coast and Southwest. The company has minimal exposure in the upper Midwest and Northeast. Single-family detached homes accounted for 91% of D.R. Horton's sales in 2013. The company also builds condominiums, town homes, and multi-family residences. D.R. Horton also operates a financial arm, which provides mortgage financing and ancillary services such as title agency services. The company doesn't maintain mortgage exposure on its balance sheet. It immediately sells the loans to third parties. Also, most of the company’s loans are agencies—Ginnie Mae and Freddie Mac. Financial services account for about 3% of D.R. Horton’s revenues.
In April 2015, D. R. Horton expanded its operations in the Pacific Northwest with a $72 million purchase of the home-building operations of Pacific Ridge Homes in Seattle, Washington. The acquisition included 350 lots, 90 homes in inventory and 40 homes in sales order backlog. Horton also acquired control of about 400 lots through option contracts.
The company has been involved in a closely followed National Labor Relations Board case involving a mandatory arbitration agreement provision relating to the waiver of rights to bring a class or collective action to resolve employment disputes in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, No. 12-60031 (Dec. 3, 2013).
Lawsuits surrounding Hydraulic fracturing in the town of Denton, Texas have brought the company in proximity to legal actions taken against the city and local drilling companies. Residents allege that the town council permitted the company to build houses as close at 250 feet to the gas wells after the city had banned drilling within 1200 feet of residences.
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