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Skyline Champion Corp – Manufactured Homes, Modular Housing – Outlook, Opportunities, & Obstacles

July 31st, 2018

Slide from IR presentation. as are others below. Text graphics by MHProNews. While a design like the home shown above could, in theory, be done as a HUD Code manufactured home, the odds are that this was built as a state-code modular home. 

With almost 2 months since the combination of Skyline and Champion – producers of manufactured home, modular housing, and other forms of factory-crafted construction – has occurred, it’s an apt time to take a snapshot of the new #2 in HUD Code home industry.


As with several other publicly-traded operations previously analyzed on the Daily Business News on MHProNews, this first look will begin with their own internally crafted information.


Slide from IR presentation. as are others herein.

It is worth noting again that often useful industry insights are gained – not only for investors, but for others in the manufactured home industry – by reviewing such IR (investor relations) presentations.


The top ten states, and the fastest growing states, are shown at the right. Note that some of the fast growing states had such low shipment levels that it could skew the impression. See related reports, linked below, for more details.

These documents – properly understood – can also be useful for advocates, lenders, researchers, and public officials.


Finance – and access to capital – is more available, especially since the Trump Tax Cut, and deregulatory changes. Those have indeed made a positive difference for the industry. That said, so far, the Duty To Serve (DTS) manufactured housing is still toe in the water, and is being protested by MHARR as insufficient and strayed from the purpose of the law established in 2008 by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. Rephrased, there are more improvements in financing options possible. is iThe top ten states, and the fastest growing states, are shown at the right. Note that some of the fast growing states had such low shipment levels that it could skew the impression. See related reports, linked below, for more details.

Typical of such reports are mostly accurate industry information.


One of the driving forces that are growing in the next tier after Clayton, Skyline Champion and Cavco is Legacy Housing. They’ve grown rapidly in Texas, and are now doing the same in GA. Part of their success? Its financing, as well as other price point and specialized products.

The Daily Business News says “mostly,” as there are still times – for example, Cavco’s IR presentation – that cites information that is contradicted by other sources.


This is arguably one of the best slides in this report, as it captures several key facts about HUD Code manufactured homes. To learn more about third party research on manufactured homes, see the recent NAR report by Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton, linked here or below.

“Market for Manufactured Homes,” Scholastica “Gay” Cororaton, for Realtor University, Analysis and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)

A specific example is the manufactured home community count, which matters very much to those in the community segment of the industry.


Commentary and analysis by MHProNews.  The community count issue is one that public companies can address without MHI help, but they would be wise to get MHI to correct their apparent error, see what their own members say, in the report below..

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, George Allen, Manufactured Home Community Controversy Continues

Hundreds of New Manufactured Home Communities Opened, But How Many Have Closed? Industry Research Result$

MHProNews is a strong believer – as are others who are forward-looking in MHVille – that accuracy in data matters.  Any given company, as well as the industry at large, benefit from accurate data and facts.


This is another useful presentation slide, gathering some data which reflects why manufactured housing could be poised for serious growth.



As with any source cited, or any report done by MHProNews or MHLivingNews, the relaying of information or an analysis should not be construed as an endorsement, nor its opposite.

Facts, insights and information are being conveyed for the sake of a deeper, richer understanding of the manufactured home industry in specific, or factory-built housing in general.


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We’d also note that when we see an inaccuracy and mention it – again, using the example of the community count – that doesn’t mean that there may not be others.

We hold no stocks, nor any other positions for or against, this operation, which operates under Skyline Champion Corp. (NYSE:SKY), and is covered as part of our evening/nightly market snapshot.  Last night’s closing numbers are found at this link.


For newcomers to the website not familiar with modern manufactured homes, learn more by clicking the image above or the link here.  The opportunities are spelled out in reverse, in the report, below.

New Home Sales Fall to 8-Month Low in June, Data Signals Trouble – or Opportunity in Disguise for Manufactured Housing?


Market Snapshot

Given the above disclaimers, the presentation by Skyline Champion (SKY) is one of the better ones for insights provided by publicly traded firms in manufactured housing.


The chart above reflects an interesting factoid, that Skyline Champion has 7 idle plants, which rephrased, means they could in theory ramp up more quickly than some others.

While it is graphically rich, it could benefit from more photos that exemplify the full range of housing options offered.

Producers of HUD Code manufactured homes or modular housing often show the fanciest and biggest models they can.  That makes sense for showcasing potential and for giving a good first impression.


The facts are so powerful in favor of manufactured housing, some ask, why isn’t the industry doing much better?  The answer is found in part in Smoking Gun 3.

But such reports – Skyline Champion or others – should arguably show more entry level housing too.  Why?  There are more low-to-mid range potential buyers than those at the top that may want a modular waterfront getaway.

“Why Advocates Need to Rethink Manufactured Home Quality,” Harvard, GSE, Genz, “High Satisfaction”

IR presentations have certain limitations.  Not being specialized attorneys in public companies, we claim no expertise on those legal nuances in an IR presentation.  That said, when Skyline Champion says that there is significant upside for their business, or the industry in general – with proper management – consider that an understatement.


Several tech giants have spawned or inspired leaders who have launched factory-built housing enterprises.


Collage by MHProNews.

MHProNews recently noted that Japanese based SoftBank has bet big on Menlo Park, CA based Katerra.

Billion Dollar Startup Modular Builder, Using Robotics, Could Soon Rival Clayton Homes’ Total Sales

They are only the latest higher profile move by a factory-builder to address the affordable housing crisis.

  • With approximately 8.3 million housing unit shortage,
  • and with numerous voices inside and beyond the factory-built housing world having said for years that the construction gap can’t be closed by site builders alone,
  • the upside for factory home building should be obvious.


This snapshot has selected those slides which in our view reflects the most interesting items to the greatest number of readers. A comparison between quality concerns of manufactured homes vs. conventional housing is launched in the related report, linked below.

Investors, Heartbroken Home Owners, Site Building Giant DR Horton, and Manufactured Housing

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