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Lennar Corporation
TypePublic
IndustryHome construction
Founded1954; 68 years ago (1954)
FoundersLeonard Miller
Arnold Rosen
HeadquartersFontainebleau, Florida, U.S.
Key people
  • Stuart Miller (executive​ chairman)
  • Rick Beckwitt (CEO)
  • Jon Jaffe (president and​ COO)
Production output
Increase 59,825 new home deliveries (FY 2021)
RevenueIncrease US$27.130 Billion (FY 2021)
Increase US$5.819 Billion (FY 2021)
Increase US$4.430 Billion (FY 2021)
Total assetsIncrease US$33.207 Billion (FY 2021)
Total equityIncrease US$20.996 Billion (FY 2021)
Number of employees
Increase 10,753 (2021)
Websitelennar.com
Footnotes / references
[1]
Lennar's branch office in San Ramon, California

Lennar Corporation is a home construction company based in the census-designated place of Fontainebleau, Florida, with a Miami postal address.[1] In 2021, the company was the 2nd largest home construction company in the United States based on the number of homes sold.[2] In 2021, the company was ranked 129th on the Fortune 500.[3] The company operates in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. It also has investments in multifamily and single family residential rental properties and investments in property technology companies. The name Lennar is a portmanteau of the first names of two of the company's founders, Leonard Miller and Arnold Rosen.[4]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The company dates back to F&R Builders, a company founded in 1954 by Gene Fisher and real estate developer Arnold P. Rosen. In 1956, Leonard Miller (who later became the namesake of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami), a 23-year-old entrepreneur that owned 42 lots in Miami-Dade County, Florida, invested $10,000 and partnered with the company.[5]

In 1969, the company reached an equity base of $1 million, and by 1971, Miller and Rosen changed the name to Lennar Corporation.[5] That year the firm became a public company via an initial public offering,[1] raising $8.7 million. It was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1972.[5]

In 1973, the company acquired Mastercraft Homes, based in Phoenix, Arizona, for approximately $2 million, as well as the Womack Development Company. Shortly thereafter, the company established operations in the midwestern United States by purchasing Bert L. Smokler & Company, based in Detroit, Michigan, and Dreyfus Interstate Development Corp., based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.[6][7]

In 1984, the company acquired H. Miller & Sons for $24 million.[8]

In January 1989, the company acquired Richmond American Homes of Florida for $18 million.[9]

In February 1992, the company acquired Amerifirst's $1 billion real estate portfolio in a joint venture with Morgan Stanley.[10]

In October 1992, following Hurricane Andrew, the company faced several lawsuits from homeowners alleging careless building quality.[11][12][13]

In July 1993, the company formed a joint venture with Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Lehman Brothers to acquire a $2 billion face-value loan portfolio from Westinghouse Electric Corporation for $1.1 billion.[14]

In 1995, the company acquired Friendswood Development Company from Exxon,[15] and acquired California company Bramalea.[5]

In 1996, the company acquired Winncrest Homes. The company also acquired 2,200 acres (8.9 km2) acres in and took over management of Coto de Caza, California, a census-designated place and a gated community, from Chevron Corporation.[16]

In 1997, Stuart Miller, the son of co-founder Leonard Miller, became CEO of the company. Leonard Miller died in 2002.[17][18]

In 1997, the company acquired West Venture Homes.[19] In 2002, the company merged with Pacific Greystone, and acquired Theyst Venture Homes, 2700 homes in the North Natomas Community, and 800 San Diego homesites. In 1998, the company acquired North American Title Company, Winncrest Homes, Polygon, and ColRich Communities.[5] The company also acquired 3 closely held home construction companies operating in California for $370 million.[20] The following year the company acquired Eagle Home Mortgage and Souththeyst Land Title.[5]

2000-present[edit]

In 2000, the company acquired U.S. Home Corporation for $476 million in cash and stock,[21][22][23] which resulted in the company doubling in size.[5]

In 2001, the company acquired home building operations from Fortress Investment Group.[24]

In 2002, the company acquired Patriot Homes based in Columbia, Maryland,[25] Barry Andrews Homes in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as Don Galloway Homes, The Genesee Company, Cambridge Homes, and Sunstar Communities.[5] It also acquired Concord Homes and Summit Homes, both based in Chicago.[26] The company then acquired 650 acres (2.6 km2) on Mare Island, in a closed Navy base, for redevelopment.[27]

In 2003, Lennar acquired Coleman Homes.[5]

In 2004, the company acquired Newhall Land and Farming Company for $990 million.[28][29][30] The company also acquired the assets of Queens Properties for $33.8 million,[31] in addition to Connel-Barron Homes and Classic American Homes.[5]

In 2005, Lennar acquired Barker Coleman Homes,[5] and the company acquired the 3,718-acre Marine Corps Air Station El Toro for redevelopment.[32][33]

In 2006, Lennar spun off its commercial servicing division, LNR Property Corporation, which was acquired by Starwood Capital Group in 2012.[19]

In November 2006, Lennar chairman Robert J. Strudler died.[34][35]

In December 2007, during the subprime mortgage crisis, the company sold an 80% interest in 11,000 properties for 40% of their previously stated book value to Morgan Stanley.[36]

In 2007, Lennar founded Rialto Capital Management, which was originated to acquire distressed real estate and mortgage debt.[37]

In 2008–2009, former businessman and convicted felon Barry Minkow engaged in an extortion scheme, spreading false information about the company that resulted in its stock price falling 26% in one day.[38] Minkow was sentenced to 5 years in prison and was ordered to pay $584 million in restitution.[38][39] San Diego real estate developer Nicolas Marsch III hired Minkow to back his claims that Lennar cheated Marsch out of millions of dollars on a private golf community.[38] After a trial, a Superior Court judge decided in July 2010 that Marsch actually owed Lennar $17 million for the development.[38] A subsequent civil suit filed by Lennar against Marsch resulted in a $1 billion judgement in December 2013 for Lennar, $802 million in damages and $200 million in punitive damages.[40][41]

In February 2017, the company acquired WCI Communities, which operated in Florida, for $643 million.[42]

In February 2018, the company acquired CalAtlantic Homes.[43]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lennar Corporation 2021 Form 10-K Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. ^ "The Top 100". Hanley Wood.
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  4. ^ "About Lennar". Lennar Corporation. Retrieved 24 August 2018. 1971 Leonard and Arnold combine their names to rename the company Lennar. That same year, Lennar Corporation becomes a public company.
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  7. ^ "AETNA LIFE WILL BUY 100% OF AIMS GROUP". The New York Times. April 17, 1973.
  8. ^ "Obituaries: Howard H. Miller, Home Builder". Sun-Sentinel. January 6, 1998.
  9. ^ "NIGHTMARE DREAM HOMES". Orlando Sentinel. January 23, 1989.
  10. ^ "Amerifirst's Assets Sold". The New York Times. Associated Press. February 28, 1992.
  11. ^ "Florida Builders Gird for Lawsuits Over Homes Damaged in Storm". The New York Times. October 4, 1992.
  12. ^ Myerson, Allen R. (September 3, 1992). "Investing Into the Wind: An Odd, Volatile Game". The New York Times.
  13. ^ Belsie, Laurent (October 4, 1992). "Home-Construction Industry in Florida Examined in Wake of Hurricane Andrew". The Christian Science Monitor.
  14. ^ "Lennar to partner with Westinghouse, Lehman". United Press International. July 12, 1993.
  15. ^ "LENNAR TO BUY EXXON'S REAL ESTATE UNIT". The New York Times. Reuters. December 8, 1995.
  16. ^ VRANA, DEBORA (March 14, 1996). "A New Landlord for Coto". Los Angeles Times.
  17. ^ "Lennar's founder dies at 69". American City Business Journals. August 5, 2002.
  18. ^ "Leonard Miller, 69; Led Expansion of the Lennar Corp". Los Angeles Times. July 29, 2002.
  19. ^ a b Brown, Eliot (October 24, 2012). "Starwood to Buy LNR Property". The Wall Street Journal.
  20. ^ "LENNAR ADDING TO HOLDINGS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA". The New York Times. Bloomberg News. April 9, 1998.
  21. ^ "LENNAR AGREES TO BUY U.S. HOME FOR $476 MILLION". The New York Times. Bloomberg News. February 18, 2000.
  22. ^ "Lennar to acquire U.S. Home Corp. in major merger". American City Business Journals. February 18, 2000.
  23. ^ Petruno, Tom (February 18, 2000). "Lennar to buy U.S. Home for $36 a Share". Los Angeles Times.
  24. ^ "Lennar Corp. buys Sunstar Homes from Fortress Group". American City Business Journals. December 21, 2001.
  25. ^ "Lennar wraps up acquisition of Patriot Homes". American City Business Journals. January 24, 2002.
  26. ^ "Lennar buys two Chicago firms". American City Business Journals. August 13, 2002.
  27. ^ Pasco, Jean O. (March 21, 2005). "In Vallejo, a Lesson in Converting El Toro". Los Angeles Times.
  28. ^ "LNR, Lennar close $1B Newhall Land buy". American City Business Journals. January 28, 2004.
  29. ^ Perez, Evan (July 22, 2003). "Lennar and LNR Set a Pact To Purchase Newhall Land". The Wall Street Journal.
  30. ^ "COMPANY NEWS; REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER SOLD FOR $990 MILLION". The New York Times. Bloomberg News. July 22, 2003.
  31. ^ Howard, J. Lee (February 23, 2004). "Lennar to buy Queens". American City Business Journals.
  32. ^ "Former Marine base El Toro goes to Lennar homes". American City Business Journals. February 17, 2005.
  33. ^ Pasco, Jean O. (February 18, 2005). "With El Toro Sold, What's Next?". Los Angeles Times.
  34. ^ "Robert J. Strudler, 64, Chairman of Lennar". The New York Times. November 13, 2006.(subscription required)
  35. ^ "Robert J. Strudler, 64; board chairman of home builder Lennar". Los Angeles Times. November 11, 2006.
  36. ^ Isidore, Chris (December 3, 2007). "Builder dumps homes in Morgan Stanley deal". CNN.
  37. ^ Blum, Wilson (September 30, 2019). "2019 SUMMER INTERNSHIP SERIES: WILSON BLUM, RIALTO CAPITAL". Cornell University.
  38. ^ a b c d Parloff, Roger (January 5, 2012). "Barry Minkow: All-American con man". Fortune.
  39. ^ Whelan, Robbie (January 5, 2012). "Minkow Sentenced to 5 Years". The Wall Street Journal.
  40. ^ Barrett, Paul M. (December 20, 2013). "American Hustle: The CEO, the Ex-Partner, the Pastor, and the $1 Billion Shakedown: A scheme to smear homebuilder Lennar backfires". Bloomberg Businessweek.
  41. ^ Reckard, E. Scott (April 3, 2015). "Court upholds Lennar's $1-billion verdict against San Diego developer". Los Angeles Times.
  42. ^ "Lennar Completes Acquisition of WCI Communities" (Press release). PR Newswire. February 10, 2017.
  43. ^ "Lennar Completes Strategic Combination with CalAtlantic" (Press release). PR Newswire. February 12, 2018.

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