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Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

June 11th, 2019 No comments

 

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With enough patience, facts and patterns in dispute often reveal themselves more clearly to those with an open mind who are honestly seeking clarity. By definition, the closed-minded can’t be reasoned with.

 

This report will have two primary components.  The first will be from the recent and positive Innovative Housing Showcase, held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Joe Stegmayer, former Chairman, President, and CEO of Cavco Industries was prominent there.  The second will look again at a leadership and related questions that keep arising at Cavco.

 

MHI Chairman Stegmayer At Recent Innovative Housing Showcase in Washington, D.C.

Five U.S. congressmen and several other senior government officials took tours, said Joseph Stegmayer, Cavco’s former chairman and CEO,” said Phoenix metro’s AC Central, a Gannett media publication that is part of the USA Today network.

This is one of the best unsubsidized ways to promote affordable housing,” Stegmayer said of manufacturing housing, per that same source.  He said that factory-built homes can be made at about half the cost of comparable dwellings built on site.

Some other facts, per AZ Central:

·        Cavco exhibited a 1,050 square foot home with two bedrooms and two baths that was built at one of its two factories in Virginia that retails for about $64,000.  What they didn’t specify was that it was the lone single sectional on display in the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Skyline Champion displayed two multi-sectional models.

·        Cavco was one of 19 exhibitors at the National Mall and teamed with UMH Properties, a real estate investment trust or REIT that owns and operates manufactured-home communities around the nation.

This was the only news report found on line as of the date and time shown about the publicly traded firm’s (CVCO) involvement in the project. We’ll return to that factoid later.

 

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In the MHI branded video below, Stegmayer says: “Manufactured Housing is so much of an untold story. It has come a long way in a short number of years. And now were providing homes that rival anything built on site at half the cost. And so, to meet the affordable housing crisis in this country, and there truly is a need for affordable housing, manufactured housing can go a long way to doing that.”

 

 

Stagmayer continued by saying, “We can provide a home for millions of people who otherwise can not afford a home and would be renting for the rest of their lives. Here [he’s standing in a manufactured home] they can buy a home, build equity, just like any other home owner. And, ah, stay in that home for years or resell it and move up to a larger home if someday they get a larger family.”

A lot of flexibility in manufactured housing.  A lot of sustainability,” Stegmayer said during his portion of the video. Let’s note in fairness that these are very similar points that MHLivingNews, MHProNews and scores of others have made about our industry. Our publisher has noted that the firms involved in the Innovative Housing Showcase are to be applauded. On the thrust of several of these points by Stegmayer, we’d editorially concur.

But what follows in that same video is both true and troubling.  It gets near a central issue that is hampering manufactured home industry growth.

 

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

 

Secretary Ben Carson, as the head of HUD, made this National Mall opportunity available in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Dr. Carson explains that they encouraged local municipalities to look at manufactured homes and look at their regulations.  Carson said there may have been reasons in the past for some regulations, but no longer.  Why hasn’t the HUD Secretary mentioned “enhanced preemption?”  Is it possible that he’s not been briefed on that point by HUD staff? 

But more questions arise from this MHI branded video and recent mainstream media reports.

Looking again at MHI’s chairman’s comment, it isn’t as if the manufactured home industry has suddenly appeared out of nowhere and has an “untold story,” as Stegmayer framed it.  Indeed, Arlington, VA based MHI – a location not far from the National Mall – claims to have told that story to millions of people.  See their claim to that effect illustrated in their own still from an MHI video, below.

If so, the public literally are not buying what MHI is selling, based on recent new manufactured home production and shipment trends.

Look at the stills from the late 2018 MHI self-touting video and compare it to the fact that manufactured housing has had 8 months of consecutive year-over-year decreases in shipment levels.

 

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Most people think of momentum as forward motion.  Does it mean something different to MHI?  Momentum for more consolidation? Still from MHI Video, logos added by MHProNews.

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That downturn is now into month number 8.

 

Further, manufactured homes are not an untold story at all.

As the AZ Central story reflected, starting with the headline, a HUD Code manufactured home is errantly termed a ‘mobile home.’  Over the years, has Cavco or MHI failed to brief that media outlet, which issues periodic reports on hometown firm Cavco, about the proper terminology to be used?  If not, then they are not following the logic of their own prior chairman, who said this.

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The story most told is a painfully familiar one to anyone who tracks news coverage about ‘mobile homes’ and ‘manufactured homes.’  The bulk of the reports are negative, as the screen capture below indicates.

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While the evidence is anecdotal, it is also not disputed by live audience of manufactured home industry professionals when they are asked:

·        does the public here more bad news or good news about manufactured homes? 

·        Is the impression conveyed in third party reports largely positive one, or largely negative?

·        Manufactured home industry professionals almost universally agree that the image is a problematic one.

That being so, it is not an untold story. Rather, it is a told story that is all-too-often being mistakenly framed.

Where is MHI’s effective response to that largely undisputed fact?  Because it is obvious that their claim of millions exposed to their advertorials – if true – has not worked. The shipment numbers and other research proves that point.  Further, only 8 percent of home shoppers, per Zillow, considered a manufactured home in research that firm did.  Many of those who considered a manufactured home never bought one. Put yourself briefly in the shoes of a possible manufactured home customer. If they simply googled news about ‘mobile homes’ or ‘manufactured homes,’ wouldn’t that explain why – given that much reporting is negative – that the public literally isn’t buying one?

 

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Only 8 percent of housing shoppers considered a mobile or manufactured home, and many of those did not buy one

 

What do those third party research facts say about the effectiveness of the industry?  So Stegmayer’s own words about the “untold story” – seen through that lens – is troubling at best.  The screen capture from the date and time shown is but one example. 

 

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Furthermore, there is no evidence that HUD Secretary Carson has been advised about enhanced preemption.  MHProNews has asked officials at HUD to respond to that concern.  They have no comment on that now.

Why not?  Doesn’t their failure to comment on such a straightforward question itself raise concerns that perhaps Secretary Carson has not been brief about enhanced preemption?

Stegmayer has had face time with Secretary Carson on numerous occasions in the last year or so.  Did Cavco’s former president, and the man who is still MHI’s chairman, not raise the issue of “enhanced preemption?”  If not, why not?

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These are questions that Cavco’s shareholders – among others – ought to be asking.

If the report by AZ Central is accurate, and only 5 congressional representatives bothered to come and see what MHI dubbed Homes on the Hill.  That too suggests something was missed by MHI, doesn’t it?  There are 535 members of the U.S. House (435) and Senate (100). Numbers of those in Congress get contributions from MHI’s PAC.  So why did such a small group of representatives come over a 5 day event?

The MHI “Homes on the Hill” videos are a fine idea. 

·        The videos are well done in a technical sense.

·        But where is the promotion for those videos? 

·        Why is it that the MHI video posted above that was published on Jun 2, 2019, after a week online, has only 732 views, per YouTube, as of 4:49 PM ET on 6.9.2019? Ponder the point that John Oliver’s viral hit on numbers of MHI members errantly named “Mobile Homes” has had over 6 million hits on YouTube in about 2 months. That’s the graphic comparison that industry professionals, investors, and advocates must ponder.  Stegmayer’s choice of words ‘the untold story’ is not supported by facts.  The story about manufactured homes has been told millions of times.  It simply hasn’t cut through the negative noise. 

Where has that negative noise about manufactured housing originated from?  The sources are varied. That said, there is a money trail in the millions that clearly points to donations by Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway – parent to Clayton Homes, their sister Berkshire lenders, and a powerhouse at MHI – that have flowed via the Tides nonprofit to groups such as MHAction or Prosperity Now that have in turn attacked manufactured housing operations.  Rephrased, Buffett’s been backing both pro-and-con voices about manufactured homes.  The voices that undermine the industry’s story seem to win the media war routinely. Why?

None of the Berkshire brands or MHI has denied the evidence presented. That leaves the evidence presented unchallenged.  The collage below illustrates the point just made.

 

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Now, against that backdrop, let’s pivot back to Cavco’s November 8, 2018 news release.

 

Stegmayer, Cavco, and the SEC/Shareholder Legal Clouds 

As the numbers of shareholders suits against Cavco Industries continues to grow, an interesting point keeps arising relative to Joe Stegmayer, their former Chairman, President, and CEO. Let’s mention that he was also a former Clayton Homes division president.

Part of the announcement on November 8, 2019 that sent Cavco shares plunging related to Stegmayer was that the multi-year leader of the publicly traded firm (CVCO) would step down into a more supportive, non-executive role.

But several indications from sources previously reported within Cavco, plus more recent hints by George Allen and others in his orbit, suggest that Stegmayer still exercises a leadership role that some believe is more like that of the shadow president than some supportive ‘non-executive’ role.

Quoting from their November 8th press release, “Mr. Stegmayer stepped down from his position as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company after an internal investigation, conducted by independent legal counsel, identified certain violations of Company policy related to securities trading activities conducted by Mr. Stegmayer. The Board’s decision to transition Mr. Stegmayer to a non-executive role allows the Company to retain his deep industry and operational experience.

The Cavco press release further stated that, The Company also announced that it had received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement (“SEC”) requesting certain documents relating to, among other items, trading of the stock of another public company. Subsequent to sending the Company a subpoena, the SEC sent a subpoena for documents and testimony to Joseph Stegmayer, regarding similar issues. The Company has initiated an independent investigation and intends to cooperate fully with the SEC’s investigation.

In a typical ‘all in the company family’ motif, the release said: Joseph Stegmayer, former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented that “Dan Urness is a great choice to lead Cavco. He is a strong leader, with the ability to connect with customers, partners and teammates. His institutional knowledge of our Company and significant industry experience will ensure a smooth leadership transition. I look forward to continuing to serve the Company in my new role.”

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The satirical logo is used in part to poke with a lighter touch at a serious topic. As some have framed it, there are white hat companies at MHI, and black hat companies.  Certainly the black hats must find the white hats useful.

Stegmayer has remained Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), despite the legal flap, its costs to Cavco, and the hit on CVCO’s stock valuation.

 

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Cavco (CVCO) is one of the stocks tracked in our evening/nightly market report, along with a snapshot of headlines, and news that move investors. For Friday’s report, click here.

 

These are questions that may be of interest to shareholder’s plaintiff’s attorneys.

 

Cavco Industries Investigated Anew for Violations of Federal Securities Laws, plus Manufactured Home Industry Stock Updates

 

But there are broader industry questions that ought to be explored, perhaps in concert with Congressional and other state/federal inquiries.

Readers will be reminded that some 5 years ago, Stegmayer was talking on camera about the industry returning to 250,000 shipments.  That video is found in the report in the text/image box above. Stegmayer did say that return to 250,000 could accomplished in a year.  But he clearly suggested that it was doable in the foreseeable future.  What happened to that 250,000 new home shipment aim since then? 

Why is a new manufactured home shipment goal unmentioned by MHI more recently? 

Or ponder the fact that after the embarrassing reply the MHI President and CEO Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison gave to MHProNews on camera that same year – that the industry should grow slowly – the next year, after being privately chastened by Tim Williams, per sources, Jennison said that the industry could return to 500,000 new manufactured home shipments.  We professionally concur that that half-million or more new home production goal is achievable.  Others in the industry believe so too. The points Secretary Carson has cited in various interviews and his speech in New Orleans all point to the great potential of the industry in this affordable housing crisis.

 

MHI CEO Dick Jennison’s Pledge – 500,000 New Manufactured Home Shipments

 

All of which begs the question, how effective has MHI been at representing “all segments of manufactured housing?” 

As the decade de facto post-production association, after decades in that role, has MHI still not figured out what keeps people from buying a manufactured home? Why aren’t they routinely addressing those prospective home buyers concerns?  Lightening rod Frank Rolfe, a well known MHI member, made the point simply.

 

Rolfe and Dave Reynolds effectively doubled down on that recently, when they said the following.

MHI has had two different public relations people, for a combined total of several years now. Do those ‘experts’ in media relations not have a message or method for advancing the acceptance of the industry? Do they not yet have a message that resonates with the millions in the public that would buy what our manufactured home industry offers, if they simply understood it properly?

When AZ Central reports that only 5 congressmen came to see what MHI dubbed “Homes on the Hill,” what was MHI’s public relations effort doing? 

The industry is only at ¼th of the production it was in 1998. Where is MHI’s recovery plan?

 

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This pro-growth industry-leading trade media will continue to monitor and report on these and other related issues.

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Joe Stegmayer, George F. Allen, Manufactured Housing Institute Slogans, Slump, Slurs, Solutions

May 14th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Photo at left is a still from a YouTube video, posted further below.

The manufactured housing industry is now 7 months into a slump – a downturn. How is that possible, during an affordable housing crisis?  Is it incompetence?  Or something else?

 

While controversial himself in mainstream media reports for a variety of reasons, prominent Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) member Frank Rolfe is on record for calling out prior MHI Chairman Nathan Smith and the association for “hypocrisy.”

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Rolfe also accused MHI of failing to promote good news, while failing to defend against bad news.

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The phrase ‘the industry’ is often a euphemism for MHI. While the two are obviously distinct, given that MHI is the industry’s umbrella association and larger than its rivals, there are reasons that phrase is used.

 

Despite his own controversies, did Rolfe make valid points in the quotes cited above?

Let’s look.

A recap of Nathan Smith, partner in SSK Communities, and their media and legal woes are linked below. It includes numerous mainstream media video reports, which underscored Rolfe’s first point.

 

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The recent, useful – and largely favorable comments to the manufactured home industry in general – made by HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a speech last week  are of this morning at the date and time shown still not posted on MHI’s website. Why not? It is arguably good news for the industry at large. It was made at MHI’s own event.  Secretary Carson is in charge of the agency that has the primary federal oversight for manufactured housing.

Where is the MHI logic in not having a favorable talk spotlighted on their own website?  Again, this evidence makes a point Rolfe claimed about good news not being shared by MHI.

 

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This oddity begs questions. For example, is it only Rolfe at MHI who has expressed concerns about MHI? Hardly.

Kenny Lipschutz – whose firm is a MHI/National Communities Council (MHI/NCC) member – said the following in an interview with MHProNews.

 

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Tom Fath is a partner in his family’s manufactured home community business. The sell new and pre-owned manufactured homes.  Their operations are reportedly doing well. Which makes Fath’s comments all the more striking.

 

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This comment was a response to a critique of MHI and their ‘advertorial’ campaign. Fath was arguing that facts and consumer benefits should be stressed, rather than claims that actually undermined the industry’s credibility.

 

Is Fath alone? No.

Current and former MHI members have privately and publicly called out the trade group for being ineffective, for favoritism, for being an oligarchy, or of de facto working to consolidate the industry.

In 2017, state communities associations broke from MHI, saying the planned to form their own trade organization. They have since done so. Their founder explained their break from MHI as follows.

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So, there are significant examples of MHI members – past and present – plus other industry business leaders – that have in word and deed voiced published concerns about the state of the industry in general, and often named MHI in particular.

 

 

One More Level

MHI’s current and 2 prior executive committee members, have all faced various troubling legal or problematic business practice allegations.

 

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George F. Allen, along with Spencer Roane and Tom Lackey of SECO have had their own mainstream media woes.

 

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Allen and Roane have ‘taught’ selling contract for title at SECO or elsewhere, a practice that the New York Attorney General’s office and others have taken action against. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2018/may/26/industry-members-decline-take-sides-rossville/471775/

 

Allen has been an MHI critic in the past, as these pull quotes from his website remind industry professionals.

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George F.  Allen, has a modest following today, which once used to be a larger following. Once Allen was re-embraced by MHI’s leaders = purportedly to be a surrogate for them to blunt growing industry concerns and criticisms = Allen has muted his prior blasts, and has arguably turned instead at sliming MHI’s critics. 

 

But Allen, who was persona non grata just a few years ago at MHI, has more recently cozied up to and has been re-embraced by the Arlington, VA based association. Joe Stegmayer appeared again at Allen’s annual event in 2018.

 

 

Joe Stegmayer – as MHI’s Chairman – lends to the under-informed a certain credibility to Allen.  Allen in turn has purportedly attacked privately and publicly this publication for holding the industry’s power players to account. But instead of accepting the opportunity to disprove or debate the issues raised, Allen has resorted to slurs and a call to boycott MHProNews.

Allen’s call for a boycott is noteworthy, because it can be an element in antitrust law.  Allen has also used demonstrably flawed claims in a purported effort to slime the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), which is trying to address underlying issues, and thereby help the industry return to growth. Attacking a trade group that is honestly and honorably seeking growth during an affordable housing crisis and while the industry is in a slump ought to be common sense.  Thus, Allen’s attacks on MHARR merits its own scrutiny. See that report, via the hot-linked text/image box linked below.  But once more, it also sparks further questions and concerns.

 

George F. Allen’s Unity Call for MHI, MHARR, and National Association of Manufactured Housing Community Owners (NAMHCO) Examined

 

There are evidence-based examples of how MHI leaders have directly and indirectly rewarded Allen and SECO, which he is associated with.

Now MH Village’s co-president, Darren Krolewski – who previously praised MHProNews for taking on the tougher issues – more recently has launched their own trade publication, which is of course their right.

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MHVillage’s Krolewski dubbed their new publication MHInsider, the first three letters of which spell MHI. They are in fact a prominent supporter of MHI. They have given Allen and SECO a lift via their own platform. Attempt to find an article in MHInsider that is critical of MHI or Clayton Homes. There are better odds of winning the lottery than finding a critique of any MHI or Berkshire Hathaway MH industry company leader, or of those who are the ‘big boys’ at the Arlington, VA based trade group.

Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) Howard Walker arguably had a different view on what should be done about good and bad news than what MHInsider- or the flip-flopping George F.(F?) Allen – has taken. The late Walker, JD and longtime vice chairman and a right hand man to Sam Zell, ELS’ chairman, said this.

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering. See the story, linked here.

 

While it was before the more recent fact checks, it was after other examples of concerns and issues being raised by MHProNews not found elsewhere in the industry’s trade media. So not unlike the prior comment of praise by Krolewski, Walker said the following for publication.

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The words of the late Howard Walker, JD, longtime ELS Vice Chairman, shared for publication with MHProNews.

 

MHProNews has previously cited the need for good business ethics, quoting the following as an example.

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This publication has also promoted the notion of getting to the root issues of the industry’s challenges, citing Zig Ziglar as follows.

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When the industry hit the start of its now 7-month slump, what have MHI’s leaders offered? Let’s look at some examples of ‘slogans vs. solutions.’

Last fall, when the corporate leaders of the trade group arguably knew that the downturn was underway, MHI produced a video promoting the association. The stills that follow are from that video and are provided under fair use guidelines for media.

 

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The first slogan was a claim of changing the perception of the industry.  If it was for the better, then why aren’t sales growing?

The next MHI claims is one of momentum.  This was clearly not true, unless they meant momentum in reverse?  Instead, what the ‘new class of homes’ project arguably has done is divert lending that ought to be going to all manufactured homes under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008 away from all manufactured homes, to only a few ‘select’ homes.  Here’s how MHARR President and CEO, Mark Weiss, JD, phrased it.

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MHI also claimed in their video to be promoting the industry. That may be true in a technical, fig leaf, or posturing sort of sense. But the lack of growth in manufactured housing shipments itself undermines the credibility of the Arlington, VA based trade group’s claim.

Nevertheless, to prove their point, MHI cited statistics that were wildly arguably misleading at best, or demonstrably deceptive at worst.

 

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While MHI in their monthly shipment report doesn’t deny the decline, neither are they addressing the underlying causes, nor have they proposed a remedy via their messages to the industry. Why not?

 

When, MHProNews called out the deception, and offered MHI and their leaders an opportunity to respond, MHI hired an outside attorney who issued a series of letter threatening this publication and specifically mentioned our showing these still video images. Some of the claims that MHI’s outside attorney made are dealt with in a report linked below.

 

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So instead of offering solutions, MHI has offered slogans. Instead of addressing legitimate concerns, they have threatened this publication that their own leaders have previously praised as being pro-industry.  Perhaps more to the point, as the quote below reveals, their leaders ought to know that they have to address bad news, as Rolfe suggested in the quote cited above.  If they know they should, but fail to do so, what does that say about the trade group?  What concerns does that raise?

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Such facts puts MHI in an awkward spot, perhaps because MHProNews has cited investor relations reports by publicly trade MHI member companies that also point out the obvious truth that the industry is underperforming.

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In 1998, manufactured homes (MH) outsold RVs by some 3 to 2. In 2017, RVs outsold MHs by some 5 to 1. RVs recovered far more quickly from 2008. The facts raise questions. One, is the effectiveness of MHI as the post-production or ‘umbrella’ association in the country. The other question is more sobering. Has Buffett-Berkshire “Moat” strategies kept manufactured home production at historically low levels to allow a few big boy brands to consolidate others at a discounted ‘value’ by MHI insiders?

 

MHLivingNews, NAMHCO, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform for years, even a former MHI president on his exit message have raised concerns about the failures of MHI.

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What has MHI done in a practical way to address the issues? At their recent Congress and Expo, they offered this slogan – “Let’s Keep Building.”

Slogans coupled with an action plan are fine. But where is MHI’s action plan? After all, they claim themselves to represent the interests of all segments of the industry, per the following from their website this morning. The commentary in the blue boxes are by MHProNews.

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It should be noted that not all in the industry are sliding.  The article below is but one example of a firm that is bucking the trend.  That clearly implies that others can too.

 

 

Which begs the question, what the devil is going in with MHI’s so-called leadership?  What are the ‘powers that be’ behind MHI actually doing?

 

 

What’s Going On?

The largest corporate force behind MHI are the Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway owned brands. A survey of troubling mainstream media reports about their behavior is linked below.

 

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Before several of these episodes occurred, became known, or were coming into focus, Clayton, 21st, and MHI supported the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act. In hindsight, was the entire bill a ruse? A head fake designed to consolidate the industry into ever fewer hands?

 

That’s what a more detailed report, fact-checks, and analysis linked below examines.

 

Rope-a-Dope – Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, Mom, Dad, & You

 

 

There are already several federal investigations reportedly underway with respect to Clayton Homes, and their related lenders.  Former Clayton division president Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries are under an SEC subpoena, to name but a few of the publicly known federal investigations.

 

 

But sources tell MHProNews, that other investigations – federal and others – are also underway.

The fact-checks by MHLivingNews of the recent Last Week Tonight with John Oliver revealed that each firm the satirical, sharp hit on “Mobile Homes” made was on a MHI member connected firm.

 

Warren Buffett has been documented to have financially supported via so-called ‘dark money’ channels the organizations that attacked his own brands, and MHI firms.

 

 

It is with that backdrop that publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach takes a deeper dive into what in hindsight was arguably the true goal of the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act. Tony Kovach raises the questions, have more than just antitrust laws been broken? Are possible fraud and RICO concerns valid?

That ‘deeper dive’ report is linked here.

It is far more pleasant being a cheer leader when one has something honest and honorable to cheer. But to fail to call out real problems is to betray readers who are looking for solutions, not slogans, slurs, slimes, or dodges.

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While surrogate writers for the powers that be – like Allen – purportedly use diversionary, smear or slime tactics vs. engaging in an actual – robust discussion or debate – MHProNews continues to follow the evidence, follow the money, and does fact checks to uncover what the underlying issues actually point toward.

 

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Robinson is a good speaker, good writer and likeable person, says MHProNews publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach. The questions that they duck and dodge will only continue until they are properly addressed in a transparent way, he opines.

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Therefore, while Joe Stegmayer and George F. (F?) Allen are playing footsie – or MHInsider and the bulk of the others in the manufactured home industry’s trade media other than MHLivingNews or MHProNews ignore the vexing issues – or slime those such as MHARR for raising logical concerns and for offering solutions – our pro-growth platforms will continue to promote the good news about manufactured housing, while holding to account those who are behaving in problematic ways.

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New Investigation, Insider Trades, Hedge Fund Dumps Cavco Industries (CVCO)

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In a recent release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, Lifshitz & Miller announces investigation into possible securities laws violations in connection with a previously received subpoena [by Cavco Industries, Inc. (CVCO)] from the SEC,” said the law firm.

 

The firm said “If you are a Cavco investor, and would like additional information about our investigation, please complete the Information Request Form or contact Joshua Lifshitz, Esq. by telephone at (516) 493-9780 or e-mail at info@jlclasslaw.com.”

They are one of the latest in a series of law firms that have announced this type of investigation” on behalf of CVCO shareholders. See below the byline, offers, and notices further below for other shareholder investigation examples by a number of lawfirms.

Cavco has reportedly set aside millions of dollars in connection with their defense against such shareholder litigation efforts.

 

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Insider Trading…

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance,” said Simply Wall Street, in the tee-up to their report on insider trading in the last year at Cavco Industries (CVCO), which added, “It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.”

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Joseph Stegmayer sold US$2.8m worth of shares at a price of US$240 per share. Although we don’t gain confidence from insider selling, we note that this large sale was at well above current price of US$129,” in an April 7th statement.

The share value of CVCO have slipped further since that report.

Cavco Industries insiders own about US$72m worth of shares. That equates to 6.1% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere,” per that same source.

 

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Not all of the news for Cavco has been bad of late, as there are some investors and hedge funds that have taken new positions in a firm they may now think is undervalued. Meanwhile, others have cut their stakes in a firm that an insider told MHProNews last year had suffered a “debacle.” ICYMI, or need a refresher, see the related report, below the byline and notices for that report.

Among those that have sold shares of Cavco is Robotti Robert, an investment firm that has long believed in manufactured housing, which reportedly dumped half of their portfolio in CVCO, per EnHerald. “Robotti Robert decreased its stake in Cavco Inds Inc Del (CVCO) by 50.43% based on its latest 2018Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Robotti Robert sold 56,415 shares as the company’s stock declined 19.50% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 55,462 shares of the basic industries company at the end of 2018Q4, valued at $7.23 million, down from 111,877 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Robotti Robert who had been investing in Cavco Inds Inc…for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $1.16B market cap company.”

Third Avenue Value Fund last year completely sold off their shares in Cavco, not long before the SEC subpoena was made public. Coincidence?

 

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Joe Stegmayer stepped down as Chairman and CEO in 2018, in the wake of the announcement of the SEC Subpoena. When contacted by MHProNews, the SEC would neither confirm nor deny that Cavco Industries was being investigated for possible collusion, antitrust, or other improprieties involving Clayton Homes.

If so, that could lead SEC investigators back to other concerns that have been raised in connection with other ‘big boy’ members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI).

Stegmayer and MHI finally announced that he will be stepping down from his role as MHI Chairman. More on that and related in an upcoming report.

See ‘White Hat, Black Hat’ and other Cavco related reports in the related reports, linked below. Cavco is one of the stocks that are tracked in our MHProNews evening manufactured housing industry’s daily market report.  Friday’s closing tickers are linked here.

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Cavco Industries Woes Mount, Official, Unofficial Insights, Broader Manufactured Home Industry Impacts?

February 14th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Thank you. And before we begin, please be advised that comments made during this conference call by management will contain forward-looking statements under the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements of expectations or assumptions about Cavco’s financial and operational performance, revenues, earnings per share, cash flow or use, cost savings and operational efficiencies,” said Mark Fusler, Director of Financial Reporting for Cavco Industries (CVCO), per the Motley Fool’s official earnings call transcript.

 

Some factors that may affect the company’s results include, but are not limited to the risk of litigation or regulatory action arising from the subpoenas we received from the SEC, the risk of potential litigation or regulatory action arising from the SEC related internal investigation and its findings, potential reputational damage that Cavco may suffer as a result of matters under investigation, adverse industry condition, our involvement in vertically integrated lines of business, including manufactured housing, consumer finance, commercial finance and insurance, market forces and housing demand fluctuations, our business and operations being concentrated in certain geographical region, the loss of any of our executive officers, federal government shutdown, and extensive regulation affecting manufactured housing,” said Fusler for Cavco.

This conference call also contains time-sensitive information that is accurate only as of the date of this live broadcast Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Cavco undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this conference call, except as required by law,” Fusler stated before turning the call over to Daniel L. Urness, President and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Cavco.

One could unpack those disclosures at great length and depth.

But what was not directly stated was that the number of shareholders plaintiffs’ attorneys doing “investigations” of Cavco and CVCO stock has mounted. It’s about a dozen known firms, to date – and while it is implied by Fusler – it is not bluntly stated.

Nor was it directly said that Cavco continues to take several preparatory moves, per legal sources, that make it clear that they expect a potentially protracted legal battle over the Stegmayer-SEC subpoena reported issue. That too may be construed as implied, but was not stated.

 

 

The Curious Case of Cavco and Joe Stegmayer?

There are communications that have been sent to MHProNews as news tips that have occurred since he stepped down as chairman and CEO of Cavco that some might interpret as Stegmayer exercising more leadership at Cavco than his current job title may imply.

The fact that Stegmayer is still Chairman of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Executive Committee ought to be of interest too.

 

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Why? Several possible reasons, per sources that include, but may not by limited to the notion of “derivative liabilities.” We will explore that topic in an upcoming report.

But look again at this part of Fusler’s disclaimer statements: “...market forces and housing demand fluctuations, our business and operations being concentrated in certain geographical region, the loss of any of our executive officers, federal government shutdown, and extensive regulation affecting manufactured housing…”

Which of those plaintiffs attorneys investigating Cavco have begun to uncover the various concerns about alleged market rigging or related that has been raised by MHProNews, MHLivingNews, MHARR and others? Which shareholders investigators have connected the relevant dots between Cavco, Clayton, and MHI?

Or who at the SEC is doing so?

How many of those shareholders attorneys or the SEC have had staff pouring over reports published here or elsewhere about Stegmayer, Cavco, Clayton, and MHI?

Without revealing sources and methods, it is common-sense to think that such research is the underway. If so, doesn’t that mean that Cavco’s legal bills and exposure will mount?

 

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But the market’s investors are apparently beginning to regain a measure of confidence in Cavco. They may – correctly or incorrectly – think the worst is over for CVCO, and that the stock is now “a value” in the Warren Buffett sense of the term.

 

 

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The storm brewing over Cavco could disrupt more than what some in MHVille, the investment community – or even in Phoenix, Knoxville, and Arlington –  may currently believe. MHProNews will do follow up reports that will continue to unpack what is occurring in the developing case.

 

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But we are keenly interested. As the #1 read, and pro-sustainable growth manufactured housing trade media, plus consulting, and professional services provider, we wonder aloud why certain steps have not yet occurred at MHI, their member companies, including Cavco, Clayton, 21st Mortgage and others haven’t already occurred?

Stay tuned, because more is almost guaranteed to be revealed. And if so, will it once more send shock waves though Cavco, or others?  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Cavco Industries (CVCO) Officials Issue Several Warnings

February 6th, 2019 Comments off

 

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This report will blend three elements. One is a release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews from Cavco Industries.  Two, are select graphics and commentary. But we will begin with the following exclusive.

 

An attorney spoke off-the-record to MHProNews  one who has been tracking the drama at Cavco – said the following about Cavco’s official statements.

The second half of this, beginning with “adverse industry conditions,” is boiler plate that they’ve used before, said that attorney who is tracking developments at Cavco. “The first part is more significant.  They also note somewhere that they’ve increased their D&O (directors and officers) liability insurance coverage, which means that they’re expecting possible claims arising out of or related to the SEC matter.” 

Put in non-legalize, there is incoming fire, as the related reports linked further below the byline and notices exclusively have reflected. 

With that introduction, in a report dated 2.4, 2019, – Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVCO) today announced financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2018.

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Financial highlights include the following:

  • “Net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $233.7 million, up 5.6% from $221.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. The increase was primarily from higher home selling prices as a result of input cost inflation and modestly larger home sizes. Net revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2019 was $721.6 million, a 14.8% increase from $628.7 million in the same period last year. Net revenue for the three and nine months ended December 29, 2018 includes subcontracted pass-through services of $5.9 million and $18.7 million, respectively, which are now recognized on a gross basis rather than net of associated costs.”

 

  • Income before income taxes was $16.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019, a 28.7% decrease from $23.7 million in the comparable quarter last year. The current quarter’s results were impacted by the following events:”

 

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The following bullets are direct quotes, from Cavco’s release.  The graphics are from Cavco, as shown, but where not part of their press release.

 

  • The Company recorded unrealized losses of $2.1 million on corporate equity investments in Other income, net. This is the result of implementation this fiscal year of new accounting standards that require unrealized gains and losses on equity instruments to be reported on the Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income. In previous fiscal years, these amounts were recorded on the Consolidated Balance Sheet in the Accumulated other comprehensive income line;

 

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses included $1.3 million for legal and other expenses related to the Company’s internal investigation and response to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) inquiry and $0.7 million of expense related to the purchase of additional Director and Officer (“D&O”) insurance, as described further below; and

 

  • Financial services results were adversely impacted by a severe hailstorm in Arizona, which resulted in increased homeowners’ insurance claims for the period. The Company’s insurance subsidiary maintains reinsurance for loss events that exceed $1.5 million, which served to limit the losses realized this quarter. The prior year quarter experienced unusually low claims volume as policy coverage areas did not have any significant weather-related events.

 

  • Further increasing the adverse quarterly comparison, income before income taxes for the prior year third fiscal quarter benefited from a $3.4 million favorable dispute settlement resolution and the production of a limited number of disaster-relief units for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 

Here’s what the legal beagles and shareholder’s plaintiffs attorneys are watching.

 

As a result of the ongoing independent investigation, the Company recorded $1.3 million related to legal and other expenses during the third fiscal quarter and expects to continue to incur related costs pertaining to this matter over the next several quarters. During the quarter, the Company also reviewed the sufficiency of its insurance coverage and as a result of this review, Cavco’s Board of Directors made a decision to purchase additional D&O insurance coverage. These new 22 month policies were implemented December 21, 2018. Total premiums paid for these policies were $15.3 million, of which $5.4 million was paid in the third fiscal quarter. As a result, the Company recorded $0.7 million of additional D&O policy premium expense during the third fiscal quarter, and expects to incur approximately $2.1 million per quarter in Selling, general and administrative expense from the amortization of these policy premiums through the second quarter of fiscal year 2021. Any additional adjustments are expected to be in the normal course of maintaining adequate D&O insurance for the Company.”

 

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A key pull quote from a call transcript, per Seeking Alpha:

 

Some factors that may affect the company’s results include, but are not limited to, the risk of litigation or regulatory action arising from the subpoenas we received from the SEC, the risk of potential litigation or regulatory action arising from the SEC related internal investigation and its findings, potential reputational damage that Cavco may suffer as a result of matters under investigation, adverse industry conditions, our involvement in vertically integrated lines of business, including manufactured housing, consumer finance, commercial finance and insurance, market forces and housing demand fluctuations, our business and operations begin concentrated in certain geographical regions, loss of any of our executive officers, federal government shutdowns and extensive regulation affecting manufactured housing.”

 

So between the attorney that spoke off-the-record to MHProNews, and Cavco’s own official statements, there are sound reasons to believe that legal tussles lie ahead.

Their full release is linked here.

 

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Cavco Industries New Board Member, Susan L. Blount – Corporate, Manufactured Home Industry Insights on Pick, Timing

January 29th, 2019 Comments off

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Cavco Industries (CVCO) has provided a recent release to the Daily Business News on MHProNews, regarding the announced selection of Susan L. Blount to the troubled firm’s Board Of Directors.

 

We’ve held that release for reasons that yesterday’s report on Cavco make clear. Before turning to portions of the Cavco release, industry sources tell MHProNews what this move represents.

Blunt on the Cavco Board of Directors is “…meant to inspire confidence both now and going forward…” for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), plus the firm’s current and prospective shareholders.

Sources also say that this move to bring Blount on board is meant to blunt prospective plaintiffs attorneys too. Cavco, per sources, have engaged in several moves designed to prepare the firm for the legal battles that are expected.  For more on those legal issues, see the related reports, further below.

 

Here are some quotes from Cavco’s release to MHProNews, following the composite screen capture from LinkedIn.

 

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Cavco Industries Appoints Susan L. Blount to Board Of Directors

Former EVP and General Counsel of Prudential Financial Inc. will Bolster the Board’s Financial Services, Governance and Insurance Expertise

Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVCO)…announced that its Board of Directors (“Board”) appointed Susan L. Blount as an independent director of the Company’s Board. Ms. Blount, an experienced financial services executive, retired as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc. in 2015, having served as General Counsel since 2005.

Ms. Blount’s appointment fills the vacancy on Cavco’s Board and brings its current membership to five directors, all of whom are independent. She will be a member of the Company’s Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Company’s Compensation Committee.

We are extremely pleased to welcome Susan Blount to our Board,” commented William Boor, non-executive Chairman of the Board of Cavco. “Susan’s accomplishments speak for themselves. She has significant and very relevant experience in strategy, corporate governance, risk and compliance in both the public and private sectors.”

Mr. Boor continued, “Susan’s addition reflects our commitment to enhance the Board’s capabilities and diversity. We look forward to getting the benefit of her insights, judgment and counsel, and we are confident that Susan will make a meaningful and very positive impact on our Company’s future success.”

I am excited to join and begin to work with the Cavco Board as we move into 2019,” said Ms. Blount. “Cavco fills an important role in the US housing market and the Company has impressed me with its strong commitment to governance and focus on superior stockholder returns.”

Ms. Blount is an outstanding addition to our Board,” added Daniel Urness, President and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Cavco. “Her public company and diverse corporate management experience will offer fresh perspectives and oversight to help our leadership team enhance long-term shareholder value.”

Susan L. Blount

From 2005 to 2015, Susan Blount served as General Counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential), a leading provider of insurance, retirement and asset management products and services. In that role, Ms. Blount led the company’s global law, compliance, business ethics and external affairs organization. During that time, Ms. Blount was a member of key senior management committees including the Office of the Chairman Group, the Enterprise Risk Committee and the Capital and Financial Controls Committee. Ms. Blount joined Prudential in 1985 as a staff attorney in the company’s commercial real estate organization. Before being appointed General Counsel, she held various positions of increasing responsibility, including Chief Investment Counsel, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, and Associate General Counsel and Head of Shareholder Service. Prior to joining Prudential, Ms. Blount was an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis.

In 2017, Ms. Blount was an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University. Since 2016, she has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Blount is active in professional and community service. She currently serves on the University of Texas Law School Foundation, the Executive Committee of the Center for Women in Law and the Nantucket Historical Association. Ms. Blount has also served on the Boards of organizations such as Montclair State University, the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project. She has also been a faculty member at Stanford University’s annual Directors’ College and a participant in Stanford’s Institutional Investors Forum.

Ms. Blount graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in history and a juris doctor with honors.

About Cavco Industries, Inc.

Cavco Industries, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, designs and produces factory-built housing products primarily distributed through a network of independent and Company-owned retailers. The Company is one of the largest producers of manufactured homes in the United States, based on reported wholesale shipments, marketed under a variety of brand names including Cavco Homes, Fleetwood Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, Fairmont Homes, Friendship Homes, Chariot Eagle and Lexington Homes.

The Company is also a leading producer of park model RVs, vacation cabins, and systems-built commercial structures, as well as modular homes built primarily under the Nationwide Homes brand. Cavco’s mortgage subsidiary, CountryPlace Mortgage, is an approved Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac seller/servicer, a Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities issuer that offers conforming mortgages, non-conforming mortgages and home-only loans to purchasers of factory-built homes. Our insurance subsidiary, Standard Casualty, provides property and casualty insurance to owners of manufactured homes.

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Cavco Industries (CVCO) Class Action Suit

January 28th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The draft of the pending class action suit against Cavco Industries (CVCO) is the result of a news tip to the Daily Business News on MHProNews.

 

As regular MHProNews readers know, there are numerous law firms circling Cavco.  This report will review some key claims of the Howard G. Smith lawfirm’s attorneys, acting on behalf of CVCO shareholders in the pending suit.

Quoting from the attached draft, this report will start with – the Nature and Overview of the Plaintiffs Pending Complaint?

  1. This is a class action on behalf of persons and entities that acquired Cavco securities between August 6, 2018 and November 8, 2018, inclusive (the “Class Period”), seeking to pursue remedies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).

 

  1. On November 8, 2018, the Company revealed that it had received a subpoena from the SEC’s Division of Enforcement on August 20, 2018, requesting certain documents relating to trading in the stock of a public company, and that then-Chief Executive Officer Joseph Stegmayer had received a subpoena regarding similar issues on October 1, 2018.

 

  1. On this news, the Company’s share price fell $49.48 or over 23%, to close at $165.20 per share on November 9, 2018, on unusually heavy trading volume.

 

  1. Throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose to investors: (1) that the Company had agreed to refrain from trading the stock of public companies; (2) that, after such agreement, the Company’s CEO had engaged in the trading of the stock of public companies; (3) that such trading activities were reasonably likely to subject the Company to regulatory investigations; and (4) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ positive statements about 2 the Company’s business, operations, and prospects were materially false and/or misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

 

  1. As a result of Defendants’ wrongful acts and omissions, and the precipitous decline in the market value of the Company’s securities, Plaintiff and other Class members have suffered significant losses and damages.

 

CLASS ACTION ALLEGATIONS

“(1) that the Company [Cavco] had [previously] agreed to refrain from trading the stock of public companies;

 

(2) that, after such agreement, the Company’s CEO [Joe Stegmayer] had engaged in the trading of the stock of public companies;

 

(3) that such trading activities were reasonably likely to subject the Company to regulatory investigations; and

 

(4) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ positive statements about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects were materially false and/or misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

 

  1. Throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose to investors:

 

  1. As a result of Defendants’ wrongful acts and omissions, and the precipitous decline in the market value of the Company’s securities, Plaintiff and other Class members have suffered significant losses and damages.”

 

 

Specific and Broader Take-Aways?

There are some voices in the industry’s legal community that indicate that the phrasing used above could potentially be used against some other publicly traded companies, specifically those associated with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI). If so, that in turn could mean MHI members who ignore the risks associated with the reports like the one linked here could be putting their shareholders at risk too.

Keep in mind that a contact at the Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) would neither confirm nor deny that Cavco is being investigated for possible market-rigging collusion in connection with Clayton Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) subsidiary. Stegmayer was prior to going to Cavco, a Clayton division president. There have been persistent rumors among some HUD Code manufactured home independents and others that the move by Stegmayer to Cavco was part of a plan hatched at Clayton. But there is no documentation that has yet to be provided to MHProNews that supports such a claim. Why is that of interest?

Consider the second point from the plaintiff’s draft foundation.

Cavco purports to design and produce factory-built homes and to build park model RVs, vacation cabins and systems-built commercial structures.” Purports? Isn’t that the obvious thing that they are doing? Is the Howard G. Smith law-firm signaling that they have something more?

It should be noted that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has been characteristically mute on this developing issue. Stegmayer remains in place as the MHI Chairman.

Note too that some bloggers in the industry have attempted to white-wash the seriousness of this matter. There are those who believe that those cheerleading bloggers and ‘trade media’ are acting as a deliberate distraction mechanism from MHI and their puppet masters.

 

A contact at Cavco declined commenting about the specifics of the matter, saying to publisher L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach “No comment sorryI appreciate the offer (to share a Cavco viewpoint). You are an honest man no matter what George [Allen] says…” It was an interesting comment, as doubtless many at the firm have been harmed, specifically if employees are also shareholders. It should be noted anew, given cheap shots from the galleries, that MHProNews follows the known facts, evidence, and the money.

The full draft legal document against Cavco is attached here.

There is speculation from a source that the draft was provided to MHProNews perhaps as a negotiation tool with Cavco, to use as leverage to quietly settle the case. MHProNews is not in a position to comment on the motivations, or lack thereof, of those who provide authentic news tips backed by evidence.

 

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Cavco Shareholder Suits Prepping, CVCO, SEC, Insider Responses to Growing Scandal

November 15th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Cavco and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have both responded to inquiries from the Daily Business News on MHProNews. Before turning to their comments, the larger news item is the start of the headline above. At least two law firms are calling on Cavco Industries (CVCO) shareholders to contact them, as they advance investigations that aim to sue-for-damages for wrongdoings by the publicly trade manufactured and modular home company.

 

The “Debacle” at Cavco

As a follow up to last night’s report, linked below, an insider with Cavco has called the developments at the Phoenix, AZ based firm a “debacle.”

Other sources at Cavco with knowledge have declined specific comments, perhaps knowing that the matter has already harmed the value of any shares that they personally hold.

 

Manufactured Housing Institute on Cavco Industries, ex-Chairman Joe Stegmayer SEC “Debacle”

 

Our report last night report last night included the following:

 

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Shareholder Alert” from 2 Law Firms

Their news release opened with, “SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Investigation of Cavco Announced by Holzer & Holzer, LLC

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It continued as follows:

Holzer & Holzer, LLC is investigating whether certain statements made by Cavco Industries, Inc. (“Cavco” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CVCO) complied with federal securities laws. On November 8, 2018, Cavco announced that an internal investigation had identified certain violations of the Company’s policy related to securities trading activities by former CEO, Joseph Stegmayer. The price of Cavco common stock fell significantly following this announcement.

If you purchased Cavco common stock and suffered a loss on that investment, you are encouraged to contact Corey D. Holzer, Esq. at cholzer@holzerlaw.com or Marshall P. Dees, Esq. at mdees@holzerlaw.com, or by toll-free telephone at (888) 508-6832 to discuss your legal rights.”

 

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Another media release from a different law firm provided to MHProNews said the following.

 

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RADNOR, Pa.,  — Kaskela Law LLC is investigating Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVCO) (“Cavco” or the “Company”) on behalf of investors.  The investigation seeks to determine whether Cavco and certain of its officers and/or directors made false and/or misleading statements to investors, and whether Cavco investors have been harmed as a result.

Cavco investors with financial losses in excess of $100,000 are encouraged to contact Kaskela Law LLC (D. Seamus Kaskela, Esq.) at (888) 715 – 1740, or via email at skaskela@kaskelalaw.com, to discuss this investigation and their legal rights and options.  Additional information about this investigation may also be found at http://kaskelalaw.com/case/cavco-industries-inc/

On November 8, 2018, Cavco disclosed that “on August 20, 2018, the Company received a subpoena from the SEC’s Division of Enforcement requesting certain documents relating to, among other items, trading in the stock of [a] Public Company.  On October 1, 2018, the SEC sent a subpoena for documents and testimony to former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Stegmayer regarding similar issues.  At this time, the Company believes that Mr. Stegmayer traded in certain publicly traded stock in his personal accounts as well as in accounts held by Cavco at a time when the Company had agreed to refrain from such trading. The Company intends to cooperate fully with the SEC’ s investigation.  Effective November 8, 2018, Mr. Stegmayer stepped down as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company after an internal investigation, conducted by independent legal counsel to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, identified certain violations of Company policy related to securities trading activities conducted by Mr. Stegmayer. The internal investigation remains ongoing.”  

Following this news, shares of the Company’s common stock declined $49.48 per share, or over 23%, to close on November 9, 2018 at $165.20 per share, on heavy trading volume. 

Cavco investors with financial losses in excess of $100,000, and individuals with information relevant to this investigation, are encouraged to contact Kaskela Law LLC at (888) 715 – 1740 or via http://kaskelalaw.com/case/cavco-industries-inc/ Kaskela Law LLC exclusively represents investors in state and federal actions throughout the country.  For additional information about Kaskela Law LLC please visit www.kaskelalaw.com.  This notice may constitute attorney advertising in certain jurisdictions.

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Cavco, SEC Responses to MHProNews Inquiries

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What follows are the replies from media spokesmen for Cavco and the SEC.

They could be summed up as ‘polite, artful dodges,’ but we asked for an attorney to review those replies, which will follow further below, as they are insightful.

That outside attorney’s off-the-record responses are likely to be of wide interest to manufactured housing industry professionals, as well as to Cavco shareholders. As a disclosure, it should be noted that the principles of MHProNews hold no positions in that company.

Note that John Lovallo was the Cavco designated contact for this matter involving ex-chairman, Joe Stegmayer.

Lovallo was asked about the threat of litigation being raised by the law firms above. As of this time, no reply has come to that inquiry.

However, Lovallo did reply to prior inquiries by MHProNews, as follows.

First, the only public statement relating to the findings of the independent investigation and SEC subpoenas is included in the Company’s SEC filings and public disclosures.

The only additional public/on the record statement I can provide on the SEC matter is as follows:

“The Company is fully cooperating with the SEC’s investigation 

Related to your other comments our additional public/on the record statement is as follows:

“It is business as usual at the Company. Cavco continues to build quality, energy efficient homes for the modern-day home buyer, and team members are focused on providing customers and partners best in class service. 

Cavco is a strong Company and is strategically positioned to continue to be an industry leader under Dan Urness’s leadership. And, as reported last week, the Company’s fiscal second quarter 2019 financial results were strong. 

Mr. Urness and his team are focused on continuing to execute. The Board of Directors fully supports Cavco’s current strategy and is confident that Dan Urness is the right person to build on the Company’s success.” 

You can attribute the above statements to John Lovallo spokesperson for Cavco Industries.”

 

A follow up questions that asked which stock(s) were involved brought a polite, prompt reference back to the previous statement.

Per Lavollo, “Here is the link to our public filing (10Q), which covers our public disclosure on the SEC matter – https://investor.cavco.com/public/phhweb/gallery/userupload/ir-doc-580/cvco_2018.9.29_10q_final.pdf 

Please see page 25, paragraph 4, where it states: 

“Legal Matters. On August 20, 2018, the Company received a subpoena from the SEC’s Division of Enforcement requesting certain documents relating to, among other items, trading in the stock of another public company. On October 1, 2018, the SEC sent a subpoena for documents and testimony to Joseph Stegmayer, the Company’s former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, regarding similar issues. At this time, the Company believes that Mr. Stegmayer traded in certain publicly traded stock in his personal accounts as well as in accounts held by the Company at a time when the Company had agreed to refrain from such trading. The Company has initiated an independent investigation and intends to cooperate fully with the SEC’s investigation.” 

This is our public disclosure related to the SEC matter.

John

John Lovallo

Practice Chair – Financial Communications

 

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About Lovallo, Levick and Cavco

Cavco Industries has their own media relations person. That normal press relations person at Cavco was also contacted, but allowed John Lovallo to make all of their formal replies in this Stegmayer/SEC matter.

Why is that significant?

Because Lovallo works for Levick, which their site describes as follows.

We are the leading public relations firm that establishes and protects trust. LEVICK deploys uniquely qualified teams – armed with the instincts, influence, and experience needed to win your battles in an increasingly complex and challenging world.

As the screen capture below reflects, Levick is into “crisis management.”

 

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Put differently, it’s arguably recognition by management at Cavco that they have a crisis, which they are trying to manage as best they can. That’s not implying something sinister. Rather, it’s perhaps an intelligent option to attempt to protect a firm and its shareholders.

But that in turn arguably underscores what our well-placed source told MHProNews, namely, that this is a “debacle” at Cavco.

Given Joe Stegmayer’s role as MHI Chairman, it’s a “debacle” that arguably reflects beyond Cavco.

Which brings us to the SEC.

Christopher Carofine, at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, told MHProNews that the organization “Decline to comment.”  That was in response to this inquiry.

Cavco’s press release

 

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says in part as follows:

The Company also announced that it had received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement (“SEC”) requesting certain documents relating to, among other items, trading of the stock of another public company. Subsequent to sending the Company a subpoena, the SEC sent a subpoena for documents and testimony to Joseph Stegmayer, regarding similar issues. The Company has initiated an independent investigation and intends to cooperate fully with the SEC’s investigation. Please see Part II, Item 1, Legal Proceedings section of the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 29, 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission contemporaneously with the issuance of this press release, for additional information regarding this matter.”

Our question is this.  Which company was the “trading of the stock of another public company” referring to, please?”

But the next direct ‘no comment’ could, depending on the answer to the issues raised herein, be a hidden story-behind-the-Cavco-trading-story.

MHProNews asked the SEC’s Carofine, “Are you investigating possibly AntiTrust issues? Involving Clayton Homes (Berkshire Hathaway), Cavco and Stegmayer, who is still the Manufactured Housing Institute chair?”

Carofine’s reply?

Decline to comment.”

 

Outside Counsel OTR Feedback to Above

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According to an outside attorney asked to review the puzzle pieces laid out above, “the key language to me — and potentially the key to solving the mystery — is the language “at a time when the company had agreed to refrain from such trading.”  That would indicate that there was some previous issue with the SEC or other regulators — i.e., “agreed” with who?  And why?  Would the trading have been legal but for that agreement?  Did the agreement grow out of a previous enforcement action? When?  Probably the agreement was in writing.  Where is it?  Wouldn’t such an agreement be germane to investors?  Was it disclosed?  When?  If not, why not?

 

Another legal comment indicated that this may or may not connect to concerns by some in the industry that a masked antitrust issue may be at play.

It’s a concern that is denied by those asked at Cavco.

But Stegmayer, who is a former division president for Clayton Homes, per some industry sources, needed help to get his early acquisitions of other manufactured home firms at Cavco ‘done.’  “Their [Cavco’s] balance sheet didn’t support” their early acquisition, was an argument made by one such source, when MHProNews asked for evidence of their concern.

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It should be noted that prior to receiving documents on 21st used in Smoking Gun 3 (see related reports, further below) and other MHProNews articles, those was just another unconfirmed claim. Obviously, those documents transformed a mere claim into a noteworthy purported path to consolidate manufactured housing.  So, if there is specific evidence about Cavco and their acquisitions, it should be presented to investigators or MHProNews, which can be done off-the-record.

An attorney indicated that the pending CVCO shareholder suits, if they aren’t settled out of court, could reveal information on that antitrust, MHI, Clayton, or other subjects in discovery.  Because these have possible antitrust and/or RICO implications, and could be a thorny issue for the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) too.

MHProNews will continue to monitor this issue and expects relevant updates from contacts with the various operations noted above. That’s this morning’s MH “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use,” where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Manufactured Housing Institute on Cavco Industries, ex-Chairman Joe Stegmayer SEC “Debacle”

November 14th, 2018 Comments off

 

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The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has sent out a message to their members earlier today.  It’s debatably a common-for-the-Arlington, VA based trade group, in that it has a mix of purportedly accurate, questionable, misleading, and missing information.

 

Among the more interesting points are what MHI was mute on.

For example, what is to become of Joseph Stegmayer, who is still listed on the MHI website as their current executive committee chairman?

 

Cavco Chairman Joseph H. Stegmayer Steps Down Under SEC Cloud, “Personal, Confidential” SEC Document, Cavco Industries’ Statement

 

Stegmayer stepped down last week under the cloud of an Securities and Exchange (SEC) subpoena, as the Daily Business News on MHProNews reported at this link above.

Quoting part of Cavco’s statement: “The Company also announced that it had received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement (“SEC”) requesting certain documents relating to, among other items, trading of the stock of another public company. Subsequent to sending the Company a subpoena, the SEC sent a subpoena for documents and testimony to Joseph Stegmayer, regarding similar issues. The Company has initiated an independent investigation and intends to cooperate fully with the SEC’s investigation. Please see Part II, Item 1, Legal Proceedings section of the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 29, 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission contemporaneously with the issuance of this press release, for additional information regarding this matter.”

Sources suggest to MHProNews that if Stegmayer is cleared, he might return to a leadership role at Cavco. But if the SEC investigation proves to be as serious as some inside and outside of the publicly trade firm (CVCO) believe, Stegmayer could be exited from his new interim role.  The full Cavco release is found at this link here.

 

“Debacle”

An insider, well-placed source told MHProNews that the development at Cavco was a “debacle.” There will be a separate follow-up report that focuses on updates from Cavco and other sources on the Stegmayer matter.

But why is Stegmayer still in his position as MHI Chairman, while the fog of an SEC investigation hangs over Cavco?

 

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Scandal and Some MHI Chairmen…

Recall that MHI didn’t budge when then-Chairman Nathan Smith came under his own cloud when residents of SSK filed a class action suit against his firm.

Other controversies during the Tim Williams/21st Mortgage prior chairman era failed to move the Arlington, VA based association then.  That included, but isn’t limited to, allegations of racism and predatory lending against Berkshire brands.  Congresswoman Maxine Waters is now slated to take over as the chair for the House Financial Services Committee.  Waters and her colleagues asked for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate.

 

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According to the Seattle Times, those investigations are ongoing. MHProNews recently reported that other federal investigations of MHI member ‘big boys’ are also under investigation.

 

Affordable Housing, the Visible, Yet Mysterious Struggle for an Obvious Solution, Case Examples

 

One or more investigation storm(s) of the manufactured housing industry’s larger members, potentially including MHI itself, are purportedly approaching.  And should that tempest become public in an oversight way, it may come from Democratic sources, given statements by Waters and others.

Yet for whatever reasons, Tim Williams, Jim Clayton, Warren Buffett and others supported opposition candidates that previously worked for MHI on Preserving Access.  Or is that part of the point?

Recall that Nathan Smith admitted that the industry (i.e.: MHI) had to honestly admit the times it dropped the ball.

 

 

That said, where are any of the issues raised herein addressed in MHI’s recent email news today? Where is the transparency that the late Howard Walker – who was on the MHI Executive Committee for years – said should exist?

 

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Thoughtful words, worth pondering. 

 

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Note there are other debatably deceptive, misleading or a mix of truth-with-slight-of-hands in the recent MHI communication to their members.  Some of those may be explored further in the days ahead.

In the meantime, a simple word to the wise.  If MHI said it, how does it stack up to objective facts?

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“Rent is Too Damn High,” But Why? MHVille Struggles & Solutions

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From New York to California, there have been protesters who’ve carried signs saying the “rent is too damn high.”

 

It’s vexing. Because this ought to be yet another signal for manufactured housing professionals and investors to better understand the dynamics that could spark the industry’s authentic return as a major producer of housing in America.

But instead, as other reports from this past week reveal, manufactured housing nationwide stalled in new home shipments. Some states rose, others fell, and the net outcome nationwide is a slip. All of those reports are linked below.

Molly Ball has a featured report on left-of-center Time Magazine that reveals her view that it’s about to get worse in America. Time has been strongly anti-Trump at least since 2016, but they admit the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) bucked the tide of decades of midterm history. That’s significant to industry pros for reasons Saturday’s Daily Business News report reflects.

Seasoned and savvy manufactured housing professionals don’t have to be told that we have a great option for affordable housing. Arguably, it’s the most bang for the money. It’s a solution to the rent that is ‘too damn high.’

So why isn’t the industry performing better?  The answers are being revealed, one story at a time, and in reports like this week’s Masthead. 

But there’s more.

There’s big news about Legacy Housing, and a stunning shakeup at Cavco. A big move by Sun Communities too. Those and other reports below.

Check out the in depth Saturday report and analysis on the milieu in which affordable housing’s struggles are embroiled in, along with over 2 dozen more other articles and reports from the week that was.

We provide actionable insights, fact-checks, reports, and analysis that are found no where else in the manufactured housing industry’s trade media. It’s an avoidably modest industry today, a fraction of what it was in 2018. That sad, because it is avoidable. But it is also an opportunity in disguise, for those willing to dig in, understand and then take specific action steps. The right steps would arguably make individual locations more profitable than they’ve been in years, decades, or perhaps the best ever.

You’ve made us the runaway number one trade media in manufactured housing. The industry, per the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has 40,000 full time equivalents (FTEs) We think their figure may be low, but regardless it is a sobering number to reflect upon. With that backdrop, our thanks to all of our readers, clients, and sponsors for making this the place where well over ten thousand pros and industry researchers will come on an average day to read “Industry News, Tips, and Views Pros Can Use.” ©  As millions head to or from Sunday worship, as we look ahead to Veterans Day tomorrow, there is much to ponder, pray, and then perform. 

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headline week in review, on this Sunday Morning. 11.4 to 11.11.2018.

 

What’s New on the Masthead

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Prosperity Now, Protests, Indivisible Project, Warren Buffett, George Soros, POTUS Donald Trump, MHAction and Manufactured Housing – Following the Money

 

What’s New from MHARR

“A HUD MONITORING CONTRACT ‘BRIDGE TO NOWHERE’”

 

Financial Services Chairman Calls for End of GSEs

 

September 2018 Manufactured Home Production Data Shows Slight Flatline

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News on MHProNews

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Saturday 11.10.2018


Affordable Housing, the Visible, Yet Mysterious Struggle for an Obvious Solution, Case Examples

Affordable Housing, the Visible, Yet Mysterious Struggle for an Obvious Solution, Case Examples

 

Friday 11.9.2018

Legacy Housing Files for IPO, Plus Manufactured Housing Industry Market Updates

Legacy Housing Files for IPO, Plus Manufactured Housing Industry Market Updates

Manufactured Home Owner, and Billionaire Third Point Hedge Fund’s Daniel S. Loeb Shakes Market Watchers

Manufactured Home Owner, and Billionaire Third Point Hedge Fund’s Daniel S. Loeb Shakes Market Watchers

Cavco Chairman Joseph H. Stegmayer Steps Down Under SEC Cloud, “Personal, Confidential” SEC Document, Cavco Industries’ Statement

Cavco Chairman Joseph H. Stegmayer Steps Down Under SEC Cloud, “Personal, Confidential” SEC Document, Cavco Industries’ Statement

Divisions in America, and Manufactured Housing – Reality Check 1 – 11.9.2018

Divisions in America, and Manufactured Housing – Reality Check 1 – 11.9.2018

 

Thursday 11.8.2018

Markets Muted, Mixed, See FED OMC Meeting Notes, Plus MH Market Updates

Markets Muted, Mixed, See FED OMC Meeting Notes, Plus MH Market Updates

National New HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Data Summary, September 2018 Analysis

National New HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Data Summary, September 2018 Analysis

Direct Relationship – Rule of Law, Sound Information, Equal Access, Profits & Pay – MHVille, Megyn Kelly, Tucker Carlson

Direct Relationship – Rule of Law, Sound Information, Equal Access, Profits & Pay – MHVille, Megyn Kelly, Tucker Carlson

MHARR Warns Single Source Federal Contract is “Bridge to Nowhere”

MHARR Warns Single Source Federal Contract is “Bridge to Nowhere”

Wednesday 11.7.2018

Sun Communities Strategic Investment in Ingenia Communities, Info, Videos Beyond the Release, Plus Manufactured Home Industry Market Updates

Sun Communities Strategic Investment in Ingenia Communities, Info, Videos Beyond the Release, Plus Manufactured Home Industry Market Updates

Key Clayton/MHI/BO Bets Spanked, First Look at Winners & Losers

Key Clayton/MHI/BO Bets Spanked, First Look at Winners & Losers

Conflict of Interests? MHI’s, MHARR’s Most Recent Statements on Controversial GSE Lending, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Weighs In

Conflict of Interests? MHI’s, MHARR’s Most Recent Statements on Controversial GSE Lending, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Weighs In

Another Top Manufactured Home State is Sliding on New HUD Code Home Shipments, More New Data

Another Top Manufactured Home State is Sliding on New HUD Code Home Shipments, More New Data

 

Tuesday 11.6.2018

Red Wave? Blue Wave? Here’s What Wall Street Is Watching, plus MH Market Updates

New Shipment Data, Top Manufactured Home State, Other MH States Continue Slide

New Shipment Data, Top Manufactured Home State, Other MH States Continue Slide

Lead, Kindly Light

Lead, Kindly Light

Sexual Harassment, #MeToo Small Business Workplace Webinar

On the Eve of the Midterms, Closing on Willie Horton? Plus, MH Market Updates

On the Eve of the Midterms, Closing on Willie Horton? Plus, MH Market Updates

 

Monday 11.5.2018

MH Sales, Marketing, Management Life Lesson – Plan A, Plan B

MH Sales, Marketing, Management Life Lesson – Plan A, Plan B

Former Clayton Homes Team, Employees Speak Out – Mainstream Media, Trade Media Reports

Former Clayton Homes Team, Employees Speak Out – Mainstream Media, Trade Media Reports

VP Mike Pence, “We’ll Hold House,” Make History “When We Elect John James” Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity Rally With POTUS Trump Monday Evening

Sunday 11.4.2018 Plus MH Week In Review, for 10. .2018 to 11.4.2018

Business Strategy, Open and Stealth Clients, Transparency, and Manufactured Housing

Business Strategy, Open and Stealth Clients, Transparency, and Manufactured Housing

 

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