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Vulcan Announces First Quarter 2011 Results

05/04/11

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates announced results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

First Quarter Summary and Comparisons with the Prior Year

  • Freight-adjusted aggregates pricing approximated the prior year level.
  • Aggregates shipments declined approximately 3 percent, reflecting varied market conditions across our footprint as well as significantly more wet weather in March in many markets.
  • Average unit selling prices for both ready-mixed concrete and asphalt mix increased 4 percent, contributing to higher unit materials margins in both product lines.
  • Unit cost for diesel fuel and liquid asphalt increased 34 percent and 12 percent respectively, reducing pretax earnings by $10 million. Most of this earnings effect was offset by production efficiency gains in aggregates and higher pricing for asphalt mix.
  • Selling, administrative and general (SAG) expenses were down from the prior year due primarily to the $9 million noncash charge recorded in the prior year for the fair market value of donated real estate.
  • Net earnings were a loss of $55 million, or $0.42 per diluted share. The quarter's results include income of $0.08 per diluted share from discontinued operations as well as $0.12 per diluted share for the insurance arbitration award to the Company for recovery of settlement costs and legal costs related to the lawsuit settled last year with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Commenting for the Company, Don James, Vulcan's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with the improvements in first quarter production efficiencies in our aggregates business which offset most of the earnings effects of sharply higher diesel fuel costs. We are also encouraged with the pricing momentum in both our asphalt and concrete businesses. Shipments in all our businesses remained challenged in the first quarter. After a solid start in January and February, extremely wet weather hampered aggregates, asphalt and concrete shipments in March in many of our key markets. We continue to expect volume and earnings growth for the full year in 2011."

First Quarter Operating Results and Commentary

First quarter aggregates earnings were lower than the prior year due mostly to lower shipments. A number of Vulcan-served markets, most notably markets in California, the mid-Atlantic and the Southeast experienced unusually wet weather in March. Despite the inclement March weather, our Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia aggregates businesses increased shipments versus the prior year's first quarter, due primarily to stronger demand from public infrastructure projects. Markets that experienced declines in shipments include South Carolina, Florida and along the Gulf Coast.

The average selling price for aggregates was in line with the prior year. Adjusted for freight to remote distribution yards and mix, the overall average selling price was slightly above last year's level. The adjusted selling price in Florida increased from the prior year's level. A number of other markets reported unit selling prices at or above the prior year's first quarter price. However, some geographic and end-use markets that have experienced the steepest overall declines in demand reported lower average prices when compared with the prior year. Reflecting production efficiencies and effective cost control measures, aggregates unit costs of sales were in line with the first quarter of 2010 despite sharply higher costs for diesel. Overall, segment earnings in aggregates were $11 million versus $15 million in the prior year's first quarter.

Segment earnings in asphalt were a loss of $0.2 million compared with earnings of $1 million in the prior year's first quarter. Selling prices for asphalt mix increased approximately 4 percent, offsetting most of the earnings effect of higher liquid asphalt costs. Asphalt volumes decreased 2 percent from the prior year's first quarter due primarily to wet weather in March. Unit materials margins in the first quarter were higher than the prior year and were in line with the improved levels achieved in the second half of 2010.

The Concrete segment reported a loss of $14 million, an improvement from the prior year's first quarter. Unit materials margins in ready-mixed concrete improved from the prior year's first quarter due mostly to higher pricing. Concrete prices increased 4 percent from the prior year's first quarter. Cement segment earnings in the first quarter were a loss of $3 million due mostly to a scheduled maintenance event in the current year first quarter.

SAG expenses in the first quarter were $77.5 million versus $86.5 million in the prior year's first quarter. Excluding the effects of the donated real estate from the prior year's first quarter, SAG expenses were flat with the prior year.

The $8.4 million difference between the fair value of the donated real estate and the carrying value was recorded as a gain on sale of property, plant & equipment and businesses in the prior year. In March 2010, the Company recorded a pretax gain of approximately $39 million on the sale of three non-strategic aggregates facilities in rural Virginia. There were no similar gains recorded in the current year's first quarter.

The $25.5 million in recovery from legal settlement included in the current year's first quarter results reflects the arbitration award from insurers related to the lawsuit settled last year with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Earnings from discontinued operations are due principally to receipt of an earn-out related to the 2005 sale of the Company's Chemicals business as well as a $7.5 million pretax gain due to an insurance arbitration award referable to previously settled lawsuits against the Company's divested Chemicals business.

All results are unaudited.

Outlook Highlights and Commentary

Commenting on the Company's outlook for the remainder of 2011, Mr. James stated, "While economic improvement and growth in construction activity across our footprint have not materialized equally, we expect aggregates shipments and pricing to increase from the prior year, leading to earnings growth in 2011.

"Looking more specifically at our construction end-markets, public construction activity, particularly highways, should continue to provide solid support for aggregates demand. In April, Congress passed and the President signed legislation to fund government programs through the remainder of the current fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. That legislation maintains core federal-aid highway funding at fiscal year 2010 levels.

"During the three months ended March 2011, total contract awards for highway construction in Vulcan-served states, including awards for federal, state and local projects, were in line with the prior year as compared to a decline for all other states. According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately $6.0 billion, or 36 percent, of the total stimulus funds apportioned for highways in Vulcan-served states remains to be spent. This absolute level of funding is more than twice the $2.8 billion remaining for other states.

"In general, private construction activity remains at low levels. However, some indications of stability are developing. Single-family housing starts bottomed late in 2009 and multi-family starts have shown strength in recent months - both positive indicators for residential construction activity. Our current outlook for residential construction activity assumes continued growth in 2011, albeit from a small base. While private nonresidential construction remains weak, the rate of decline in contract awards has slowed considerably. Trailing twelve-month contract awards for construction activity referable to the manufacturing sector have been strong while modest growth in retail and office construction was realized in contract awards for the trailing three months ended March 2011 versus the prior year. A number of external forecasts are calling for private nonresidential construction activity to bottom in 2011 and these increases in contract award activity provide some support to those views. The start of a sustained recovery in this end-market will be influenced by employment growth, capacity utilization, and business investment and lending activity.

"Overall, expected growth in demand for our products in 2011 largely depends on modest growth in residential construction, the stabilization of private nonresidential construction and the continuity of federal funding for highways at current levels. More specifically, we expect the full year growth in volumes to be weighted more towards the second half of the year driven primarily by growth in demand. Certain large projects in a number of key markets are expected to drive aggregates volume growth in the second half of the year. The mid-point of our estimated range in aggregates shipments continues to be 2 percent above the prior year's level. Additionally, recent weather-related disruptions from tornadoes and flooding are likely to affect second quarter aggregates shipments in a number of southeastern and Mississippi River markets and push some demand to later in the year. We believe a more stable demand outlook will benefit pricing and we expect most of our markets to achieve year-over-year price growth in 2011. As a result, we continue to expect aggregates pricing in 2011 to increase 1 to 3 percent from the prior year's level. The earnings effect of the increase in aggregates pricing will be somewhat offset by the energy-related cost pressures expected throughout the remainder of the year. With that said, we expect aggregates earnings in 2011 to increase from the prior year due to higher shipments, increased average selling prices and the benefits of production efficiencies and cost management measures.

"In our asphalt business, the average selling price has increased in recent quarters, better reflecting the higher cost of liquid asphalt. As a result, the materials margin on each ton of asphalt mix sold has continued to improve. We expect this trend to continue throughout the remainder of 2011. Overall, we expect asphalt earnings to increase from the prior year, reflecting a modest increase in sales volumes as well as improved materials margins.

"In concrete, we expect higher sales volumes and slightly higher selling prices. As a result, we expect the loss reported in 2010 to narrow somewhat. In cement, we now expect the segment loss in 2011 to increase modestly from the loss reported in the prior year.

"Selling, administrative and general expenses in 2011 are expected to be lower than the prior year. Total SAG expenses of $327 million in 2010 included approximately $24 million of certain adjustments and charges referable to the fair market value of donated real estate, severance costs and expenses related to legal settlements. In 2011, we do not anticipate similar adjustments and charges. As a result, we expect SAG expenses in 2011 of $305 million.

"For the full year, we expect capital spending to be approximately $125 million, up from $86 million in 2010."

Conference Call

Vulcan will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. CDT on May 5, 2011. Investors and other interested parties in the U.S. may access the teleconference live by calling 866.788.0543 approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start. International participants can dial 857.350.1681. The access code is 62767134. A live webcast will be available via the Internet through Vulcan's home page at www.vulcanmaterials.com. The conference call will be recorded and available for replay approximately two hours after the call through May 12, 2011.

Vulcan Materials Company, a member of the S&P 500 Index, is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, a major producer of asphalt mix and concrete and a leading producer of cement in Florida.

Certain matters discussed in this release, including expectations regarding future performance, contain forward-looking statements that are subject to assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These assumptions, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those associated with general economic and business conditions; the timing and amount of federal, state and local funding for infrastructure; the lack of a multi-year federal highway funding bill with an automatic funding mechanism; the reluctance of state departments of transportation to undertake highway projects without a reliable method of federal funding; the impact of the global economic recession on our business and financial condition and access to capital markets; changes in the level of spending for private residential and nonresidential construction; the highly competitive nature of the construction materials industry; the impact of future regulatory or legislative actions; the outcome of pending legal proceedings; pricing of our products; weather and other natural phenomena; energy costs; costs of hydrocarbon-based raw materials; healthcare costs; the amount of long-term debt and interest expense incurred by the Company; changes in interest rates; the impact of our below investment grade debt rating on our cost of capital; volatility in pension plan asset values which may require cash contributions to the pension plans; the impact of environmental clean-up costs and other liabilities relating to previously divested businesses; the Company's ability to secure and permit aggregates reserves in strategically located areas; the Company's ability to manage and successfully integrate acquisitions; the potential impact of future legislation or regulations relating to climate change or greenhouse gas emissions or the definition of minerals; and other assumptions, risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Vulcan assumes no obligation to publicly update such statements.







Table A

Vulcan Materials Company

and Subsidiary Companies






(Amounts and shares in thousands,





except per share data)





Three Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Earnings


March 31

(Condensed and unaudited)


2011


2010








Net sales


$ 456,316


$ 464,534

Delivery revenues


30,884


28,730

Total revenues


487,200


493,264








Cost of goods sold


463,422


463,640

Delivery costs


30,884


28,730

Cost of revenues


494,306


492,370








Gross profit


(7,106)


894

Selling, administrative and general expenses


77,516


86,495

Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment






and businesses, net


454


48,371

Recovery from legal settlement


25,546


-

Other operating income (expense), net


(2,562)


460

Operating loss


(61,184)


(36,770)








Other nonoperating income, net


1,382


1,378

Interest expense, net


42,250


43,294

Loss from continuing operations






before income taxes


(102,052)


(78,686)

Benefit from income taxes


(37,430)


(34,212)

Loss from continuing operations


(64,622)


(44,474)

Earnings on discontinued operations, net of tax


9,889


5,727

Net loss


$ (54,733)


$ (38,747)

Basic earnings (loss) per share:






Continuing operations


$ (0.50)


$ (0.35)


Discontinued operations


0.08


0.04


Net loss per share


$ (0.42)


$ (0.31)








Diluted earnings (loss) per share:






Continuing operations


$ (0.50)


$ (0.35)


Discontinued operations


0.08


0.04


Net loss per share


$ (0.42)


$ (0.31)








Weighted-average common shares





outstanding:







Basic


129,078


126,692



Assuming dilution


129,078


126,692

Cash dividends declared per share






of common stock


$ 0.25


$ 0.25

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and






amortization


$ 90,586


$ 94,197

Effective tax rate from continuing operations


36.7%


43.5%









Table B

Vulcan Materials Company

and Subsidiary Companies












(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)








Consolidated Balance Sheets


March 31


December 31


March 31

(Condensed and unaudited)


2011


2010


2010









As Restated

(a)

Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$ 63,164


$ 47,541


$ 35,940

Restricted cash


109


547


3,643

Medium-term investments


-


-


4,109

Accounts and notes receivable:








Accounts and notes receivable, gross


285,644


325,303


300,648


Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts


(7,518)


(7,505)


(9,236)



Accounts and notes receivable, net


278,126


317,798


291,412

Inventories:








Finished products


257,522


254,840


246,632


Raw materials


26,570


22,222


22,430


Products in process


4,830


6,036


4,663


Operating supplies and other


40,265


36,747


33,876



Inventories


329,187


319,845


307,601

Current deferred income taxes


57,083


53,794


55,040

Prepaid expenses


24,300


19,374


43,088

Assets held for sale


13,281


13,207


14,839



Total current assets


765,250


772,106


755,672

Investments and long-term receivables


37,271


37,386


33,298

Property, plant & equipment:








Property, plant & equipment, cost


6,729,220


6,692,814


6,627,203


Less: Reserve for depr., depl. & amort.


(3,136,390)


(3,059,900)


(2,834,162)



Property, plant & equipment, net


3,592,830


3,632,914


3,793,041

Goodwill


3,097,016


3,097,016


3,096,300

Other intangible assets, net


701,046


691,693


681,872

Other noncurrent assets


105,378


106,776


106,620



Total assets


$ 8,298,791


$ 8,337,891


$ 8,466,803



















Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity







Current maturities of long-term debt


$ 5,238


$ 5,246


$ 325,344

Short-term borrowings


300,000


285,500


300,000

Trade payables and accruals


119,702


102,315


128,974

Other current liabilities


192,986


172,495


154,479

Liabilities of assets held for sale


356


116


425



Total current liabilities


618,282


565,672


909,222

Long-term debt


2,427,596


2,427,516


2,101,147

Noncurrent deferred income taxes


812,878


849,448


870,384

Other noncurrent liabilities


534,418


530,275


537,835



Total liabilities


4,393,174


4,372,911


4,418,588

Shareholders' equity:








Common stock, $1 par value


129,107


128,570


127,693


Capital in excess of par value


2,524,514


2,500,886


2,444,732


Retained earnings


1,425,668


1,512,863


1,666,839


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(173,672)


(177,339)


(191,049)



Shareholders' equity


3,905,617


3,964,980


4,048,215



Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$ 8,298,791


$ 8,337,891


$ 8,466,803

(a)

The March 31, 2010 balance sheet reflects corrections of errors related to an understatement of deferred income tax liabilities.







Table C

Vulcan Materials Company

and Subsidiary Companies












(Amounts in thousands)





Three Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

March 31

(Condensed and unaudited)

2011


2010








Operating Activities




Net loss

$ (54,733)


$ (38,747)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to





net cash provided by operating activities:






Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization

90,586


94,197



Net gain on sale of property, plant & equipment and businesses

(12,738)


(57,165)



Contributions to pension plans

(1,013)


(20,050)



Share-based compensation

3,676


5,277



Deferred tax provision

(50,563)


(32,369)



Changes in assets and liabilities before initial







effects of business acquisitions and dispositions

68,374


46,543

Other, net

461


8,753




Net cash provided by operating activities

44,050


6,439








Investing Activities




Purchases of property, plant & equipment

(24,207)


(19,759)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment

592


1,054

Proceeds from sale of businesses, net of transaction costs

12,284


51,064

Decrease (increase) in restricted cash

438


(3,643)

Other, net

(38)


(29)




Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities

(10,931)


28,687








Financing Activities




Net short-term borrowings

14,500


63,487

Payment of current maturities and long-term debt

(3,059)


(75,093)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

191


11,249

Dividends paid

(32,265)


(31,600)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

3,112


10,106

Other, net

25


400




Net cash used for financing activities

(17,496)


(21,451)








Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

15,623


13,675

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

47,541


22,265

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$ 63,164


$ 35,940





Table D

Segment Financial Data and Unit Shipments







(Amounts in thousands, except per unit data)





Three Months Ended





March 31





2011


2010

Total Revenues






Aggregates segment (a)


$ 331,591


$ 341,316


Intersegment sales


(29,772)


(32,058)



Net sales


301,819


309,258


Concrete segment (b)


82,234


82,955


Intersegment sales


-


(6)



Net sales


82,234


82,949


Asphalt mix segment


64,647


62,972


Intersegment sales


-


-



Net sales


64,647


62,972


Cement segment (c)


16,530


17,945


Intersegment sales


(8,914)


(8,590)



Net sales


7,616


9,355


Total







Net sales


456,316


464,534



Delivery revenues


30,884


28,730



Total revenues


$ 487,200


$ 493,264








Gross Profit






Aggregates


$ 10,740


$ 15,368


Concrete


(14,407)


(16,092)


Asphalt mix


(192)


1,066


Cement


(3,247)


552


Total gross profit


$ (7,106)


$ 894








Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization




Aggregates


$ 70,071


$ 73,172


Concrete


13,038


13,024


Asphalt mix


1,976


2,150


Cement


4,321


4,380


Corporate and other unallocated


1,180


1,471


Total DDA&A


$ 90,586


$ 94,197








Unit Shipments













Aggregates customer tons


24,523


25,140


Internal tons (d)


2,141


2,291


Aggregates - tons


26,664


27,431









Ready-mixed concrete - cubic yards


859


883


Asphalt mix - tons


1,241


1,270









Cement customer tons


53


75


Internal tons (d)


123


99


Cement - tons


176


174








Average Unit Sales Price (including internal sales)




Aggregates (freight-adjusted) (e)


$ 10.33


$ 10.35


Ready-mixed concrete


$ 91.05


$ 87.21


Asphalt mix


$ 51.38


$ 49.52


Cement


$ 76.11


$ 85.32

(a)

Includes crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, other aggregates, as well as transportation and service revenues associated


with the aggregates business.

(b)

Includes ready-mixed concrete, concrete block, precast concrete, as well as building materials purchased for resale.

(c)

Includes cement and calcium products.

(d)

Represents tons shipped primarily to our downstream operations (e.g., asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete). Sales from


internal shipments are eliminated in net sales presented above and in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings.

(e)

Freight-adjusted sales price is calculated as total sales dollars (internal and external) less freight to remote distribution sites


divided by total sales units (internal and external).


Table E

1. Supplemental Cash Flow Information




Supplemental information referable to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

for the three months ended March 31 is summarized below:







(Amounts in thousands)



2011


2010











Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information




Cash paid (refunded) during the period for:





Interest

$ 4,448


$ 7,035


Income taxes

(35,938)


(2,657)






Supplemental Schedule of Noncash Investing and Financing Activities




Liabilities assumed in business acquisition

14,330


-

Accrued liabilities for purchases of property, plant & equipment

6,378


10,273

Stock issued for pension contribution

-


53,864

Fair value of equity consideration for business acquisition

18,898


-











2. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures









Net cash provided by operating activities

$ 44,050


$ 6,439

Purchases of property, plant & equipment

(24,207)


(19,759)

Free cash flow

$ 19,843


$ (13,320)







Free cash flow deducts purchases of property, plant & equipment from net cash provided by operating activities. This financial metric is used by the investment community as an indicator of the company's ability to incur and service debt. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) does not define "free cash flow." Thus, it should not be considered as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other liquidity measure defined by GAAP.


We present this metric for the convenience of investment professionals who use such metric in their analysis, and for shareholders who need to understand the metric we use to assess performance and to monitor our cash and liquidity positions. We use free cash flow and other such measures to assess the operating performance of our various business units and the consolidated company. We do not use this metric as a measure to allocate resources.


Table F


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA and Cash Earnings Reconciliations




(Amounts in thousands)




Three Months Ended




March 31




2011


2010







Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to EBITDA and Cash Earnings



Net cash provided by operating activities


$ 44,050


$ 6,439

Changes in operating assets and liabilities before initial





effects of business acquisitions and dispositions


(68,374)


(46,544)

Other net operating items using cash


60,177


95,555

Earnings on discontinued operations, net of tax


(9,889)


(5,727)

Benefit from income taxes


(37,430)


(34,212)

Interest expense, net


42,250


43,294

Less: Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


(90,586)


(94,197)

EBIT


(59,802)


(35,392)

Plus: Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


90,586


94,197

EBITDA


$ 30,784


$ 58,805

Less: Interest expense, net


(42,250)


(43,294)

Current taxes


(11,600)


805

Cash earnings


$ (23,066)


$ 16,316







Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA and Cash Earnings





Net loss


$ (54,733)


$ (38,747)

Benefit from income taxes


(37,430)


(34,212)

Interest expense, net


42,250


43,294

Earnings on discontinued operations, net of tax


(9,889)


(5,727)

EBIT


(59,802)


(35,392)

Plus: Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


90,586


94,197

EBITDA


$ 30,784


$ 58,805

Less: Interest expense, net


(42,250)


(43,294)

Current taxes


(11,600)


805

Cash earnings


$ (23,066)


$ 16,316















EBITDA Bridge


Three Months Ended



(Amounts in millions)


March 31








EBITDA



Continuing Operations - 2010 Actual


$ 59



Increase / (Decrease) due to:





Recovery from legal settlement


26



Aggregates:

Volumes


(4)





Selling prices


(1)





Costs and other items


(3)



Concrete


2



Asphalt mix


(1)



Cement


(4)



Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment and businesses (a)


(39)



All other


(4)



Continuing Operations - 2011 Actual


$ 31











(a) Net of donations

EBITDA is an acronym for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Cash earnings adjusts EBITDA for net interest and current taxes. These financial metrics are often used by the investment community as indicators of a company's ability to incur and service debt. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) does not define "EBITDA" and "cash earnings." Thus, they should not be considered as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities, operating earnings or any other liquidity or performance measure defined by GAAP.


We present these metrics for the convenience of investment professionals who use such metrics in their analysis, and for shareholders who need to understand the metrics we use to assess performance and to monitor our cash and liquidity positions. We use EBITDA, cash earnings and other such measures to assess the operating performance of our various business units and the consolidated company. We do not use these metrics as a measure to allocate resources.

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