RED BANK, N.J., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (Amex: HOV), a leading national homebuilder, announced today that it has acquired Matzel & Mumford, a privately held homebuilding company based in Hazlet, N.J. As consideration, Hovnanian provided a combination of 1,083,454 shares of its Class A common stock and an undisclosed amount of cash. Hovnanian expects the transaction to be modestly accretive to its earnings per share in fiscal 1999 and 2000. Matzel & Mumford designs, constructs, markets and sells new homes throughout New Jersey. In the year ended December 31, 1998, it sold 287 homes and generated total revenues of $117 million. It expects to deliver about 294 new homes, at an approximate average selling price of $365,000, and generate total revenues of roughly $107 million in the year ending December 31, 1999. By way of comparison, in fiscal 1998, Hovnanian delivered 2,530 homes in its Northeast Region with an approximate average selling price of $235,000. "This acquisition will further strengthen our dominant position in the New Jersey marketplace," says Ara Hovnanian, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, this acquisition brings with it several key advantages. Hovnanian is gaining an excellent management team, led by Roger Mumford, who built Matzel & Mumford from scratch. Also the Matzel & Mumford operation holds a substantial land position with approximately 2,500 lots in great locations. Additionally, Matzel & Mumford has a solid quality orientation, similar to our own, and a fine architectural product portfolio that will compliment ours," notes Mr. Hovnanian. Initially, Matzel & Mumford will become a division of Hovnanian, based in Hazlet, N.J. and operate autonomously under its own name. Ultimately, Matzel & Mumford's operations will be merged into Hovnanian's Northeast Region homebuilding operations. "We are looking forward to joining forces with Hovnanian", says Roger Mumford, President of Matzel & Mumford. "I have known Ara for years and I have a great deal of respect for both Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. and Ara personally," states Mr. Mumford. Matzel & Mumford was represented in this transaction by Ron Robichaud of Michael P. Kahn & Associates. Mr. Hovnanian notes that the Matzel & Mumford acquisition is in addition to present Company efforts to expand into at least one new geographic market which Hovnanian does not presently serve. Hovnanian designs, constructs and markets single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums in planned residential communities in New Jersey, North Carolina, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New York and Florida in the United States, and in Poland. Hovnanian is America's 14th-largest homebuilder, is headquartered in Red Bank, N.J. and this year is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Note: All statements in this Press Release that are not historical facts should be considered as "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, fluctuations in interest rates, increases in raw materials and labor costs, levels of competition and other factors described in detail in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 1998.
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