Toll Brothers' 4Q profit falls, tops Wall St. view

By the Associated Press | December 6, 2011 | 6:30 AM EST

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Toll Brothers Inc. says its fiscal fourth-quarter net income slid 70 percent, partly because last year's quarter was helped by a large tax benefit.

Still, the performance topped analysts' expectations, and the luxury homebuilder's revenue climbed as home deliveries and net signed contracts increased.

Toll Brothers reported Tuesday that it earned $15 million, or 9 cents per share, for the three months ended Oct. 31. That compares with net income of $50.5 million, or 30 cents per share, a year earlier.

Last year's results included a $59.9 million tax benefit.

Analysts expected earnings of 5 cents per share.

Revenue rose 6 percent to $427.8 million. That beat Wall Street's $424.3 million estimate.

Home deliveries climbed 8 percent. Signed contracts increased 15 percent.

Toll Brothers is based in Horsham, Pa.