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2020 Annual Report

Vulcan Announces Third Quarter 2014 Results

11/04/14

Aggregates Volume Increases 12 Percent
EPS from Continuing Operations Up 59 Percent to $0.51, or $0.54 excluding $0.03 in Acquisition and Divestiture Costs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2014.

Third Quarter Summary (compared with prior year's third quarter)

  • Total revenues increased $60 million, or 7 percent
  • Gross profit increased $50 million, or 31 percent 
  • Aggregates freight-adjusted revenues increased $66 million, or 14 percent
    • Shipments increased 12 percent, or 5.1 million tons
      • Same-store shipments increased 10.5 percent, or 4.5 million tons
    • Segment gross profit increased $38 million, or 26 percent
      • Incremental gross profit margin as a percent of freight-adjusted revenues, including acquisitions completed in the third quarter, was 58 percent
      • Incremental gross profit margin was 65 percent, excluding acquisitions
    • Cash gross profit per ton was $5.15, an increase of $0.32, or 7 percent
    • Average sales price increased 2 percent, including unfavorable mix impact
      • Exclusive of unfavorable mix, pricing increased 4 percent
  • Asphalt, Concrete and Cement segments gross profit improved $12 million, collectively
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $215 million, an increase of $44 million, or 26 percent
  • Earnings from continuing operations were $0.51 per diluted share (including $0.03 per diluted share in expenses related to business development activities) as compared to $0.32 in the third quarter of 2013 (which included $0.04 per diluted share associated with the gain on sale of reclaimed real estate).

Tom Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Strong growth in aggregates volumes and solid operating performance in our aggregates businesses led to significant earnings growth for the Company.  Our third quarter results continued to demonstrate the earnings leverage of volume growth in our aggregates business.  We are also seeing the benefit of our continuing efforts to grow unit profitability and leverage our overhead structure.  Over the past twelve months, aggregates shipments have increased 9 percent, or 13 million tons.  During the same period, Aggregates segment gross profit has increased 30 percent, or $117 million.

"The overall pricing outlook for our aggregates products continues to improve with the recovery in demand for construction materials.  Our aggregates shipments have grown for six consecutive quarters, and we expect this demand momentum to lead to accelerating price growth.  This lead-lag relationship between growing volumes followed by accelerating price growth is typical for our business.  We already see price increases between 5 and 10 percent in certain markets, particularly where the recovery in construction activity is further along.  As we look ahead, we believe price momentum will increase with continued volume growth."

Commentary on Segment Results

Aggregates Segment
Aggregates sales were $689 million, up 15 percent from the prior year's third quarter, due largely to strong volume growth across most of the Company's footprint.  Third quarter aggregates shipments increased 12 percent compared to the prior year.  Shipments in Illinois and Texas increased 31 and 21 percent, respectively, due in part to large-project work.  Other markets, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, reported volume growth of 10 to 15 percent versus the prior year.  During the third quarter, the Company completed several bolt-on acquisitions.  Excluding shipments from these new operations, same-store aggregates shipments increased 10.5 percent from the prior year.

Freight-adjusted average sales price for aggregates increased 2 percent, or $0.23 per ton, versus the prior year's third quarter, as almost all of our markets realized price improvement.  This quarterly price improvement marks the thirteenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year price improvement.  The sharp volume increase in Illinois negatively impacted the overall increase in average selling price by 1 percent. Additionally, several large shipments of base material and other lower-priced products also impacted the reported average selling price for the quarter by approximately 1 percent. 

The widespread price improvement, combined with reductions in costs, drove a $0.43 per ton, or 12 percent, increase in our third quarter gross profit per ton.  Despite relatively modest price growth during these early stages of demand recovery, trailing twelve month unit profitability has increased $0.52 per ton, or 19 percent, from the prior year's third quarter. 

As a percentage of freight-adjusted revenues, gross profit margin in the Aggregates segment improved 320 basis points over the prior year's third quarter.  This strong gross profit margin expansion includes certain costs associated with acquisitions closed in the third quarter.  Excluding acquisitions completed in the third quarter, freight-adjusted revenues increased $60 million.  Incremental gross profit associated with these same-store revenues was $39 million, an incremental gross profit margin of 65 percent.

Asphalt, Concrete and Cement Segments
Asphalt gross profit improved $1 million due to higher margins and earnings from recently completed acquisitions.  Asphalt volumes approximated those of the prior year but were short of expectations due to the delayed start of several large projects until 2015.

Concrete gross profit was $5 million compared to a loss of $4 million in the third quarter of the prior year.  Last year's third quarter results included the Company's Florida concrete business that was sold in the first quarter of 2014.  On a same-store basis, volume and pricing improved, driven primarily by increased private construction activity.  As a result, unit profitability improved and gross profit increased $3 million

The Company's cement business was also sold in the first quarter along with the Florida concrete assets.  The Company retained its calcium products business that is included in the Cement segment.  This business reported third quarter revenues in line with the prior year and gross profit improvement of $0.3 million versus the prior year.

Capital Allocation

Year-to-date, the Company has generated $890 million in cash from the sale of assets and the results of operations.  Included in this amount is $719 million of cash associated with the sale of the Company's Florida concrete and cement businesses in March.

Year-to-date, the Company has reduced long-term debt by $516 million.  At the end of the third quarter, the Company's ratio of Total Debt to Trailing Twelve Month Adjusted EBITDA was 3.6.  This ratio compares favorably to one year ago at 5.9 and two years ago at 6.8.

During the third quarter, the Company completed six acquisitions for a total investment of $318 million.  Collectively, these acquisitions include 450 million tons of proven and probable reserves in attractive markets:  San Francisco, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Dallas, Texas; and northern Virginia and Washington D.C.  Annual aggregates production volumes of the acquired assets totaled approximately 8 million tons in the most recent year.  Additionally, the acquisitions in Phoenix and New Mexico include associated asphalt and concrete operations.  The Company incurred approximately $3 million of one-time acquisition-related costs in the third quarter. 

Capital expenditures during the first nine months of 2014 totaled $169 million.  At the end of the third quarter, cash and cash equivalents were $92 million, and the Company had no outstanding borrowing on its revolving credit facility.

Outlook

Regarding the Company's outlook for the remainder of the year, Mr. Hill stated, "Growth in private end markets continues to drive increased construction activity and demand for our products. Leading indicators, such as housing starts, nonresidential contract awards and employment levels, continue to show favorable above-average growth trends in Vulcan-served markets, and Vulcan markets continue to grow faster than U.S. markets as a whole.  Importantly, we continue to convert these higher volumes into higher unit margins by operating efficiently at the plant level.  This strong execution has resulted in a 19 percent increase in our trailing twelve-month unit profitability, as measured by Aggregates segment gross profit per ton, from what are already industry-leading profitability levels.  This improved unit profitability, coupled with above-average demand growth, positions us well for significant future earnings growth."

Based on these market trends, the Company expects the following:

  • Strong full year aggregates volume growth near the top end of guidance range of between 7 and 9 percent, assuming normal weather patterns in the fourth quarter 
  • Full year pricing growth at the low end of guidance range of between 3 and 5 percent, with positive impact from current pricing actions benefiting price growth in 2015
  • Non-aggregates gross profit to be $40 to $45 million for the full year 2014, compared to $14 million in 2013
  • Full year 2014 selling, administrative and general (SAG) expenses in line with the prior year, excluding business development-related expenses
  • Capital spending for 2014 to be approximately $240 million to support the increased level of shipments and to further improve production costs and operating efficiencies

Mr. Hill concluded, "Our business continues to improve.  Our employees remain focused on increasing unit profitability, delivering expected incremental earnings, and improving our valuable aggregates franchise.  Our confidence in the prospects for a sustained multi-year recovery in aggregates demand continues to grow. Our markets are recovering from trough levels of demand and are outpacing the rest of the U.S.  We are excited about our future as the leading aggregates supplier in the U.S. We remain focused on further improving the profitability of our existing businesses, strategically expanding our unmatched asset base to serve the needs of our customers, and continuing our disciplined management of capital."

Conference Call

Vulcan will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. CT on November 4, 2014.  A webcast will be available via the Company's website at www.vulcanmaterials.com.  Investors and other interested parties in the U.S. may also access the teleconference live by calling 855.877.0343 approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start.  International participants can dial 678.509.8772.  The conference ID is 24281121.  The conference call will be recorded and available for replay at the Company's website approximately two hours after the call.

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

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT DISCLAIMER

This document contains forward-looking statements.  Statements that are not historical fact, including statements about Vulcan's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Generally, these statements relate to future financial performance, results of operations, business plans or strategies, projected or anticipated revenues, expenses, earnings (including EBITDA and other measures), dividend policy, shipment volumes, pricing, levels of capital expenditures, intended cost reductions and cost savings, anticipated profit improvements and/or planned divestitures and asset sales.  These forward-looking statements are sometimes identified by the use of terms and phrases such as "believe," "should," "would," "expect," "project," "estimate," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "will," "can," "may" or similar expressions elsewhere in this document.  These statements are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, including but not limited to general business conditions, competitive factors, pricing, energy costs, and other risks and uncertainties discussed in the reports Vulcan periodically files with the SEC.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results, developments, and business decisions may vary significantly from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements.  The following risks related to Vulcan's business, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: those associated with general economic and business conditions; the timing and amount of federal, state and local funding for infrastructure; changes in Vulcan's effective tax rate that can adversely impact results; the increasing reliance on information technology infrastructure for Vulcan's ticketing, procurement, financial statements and other processes could adversely affect operations in the event such infrastructure does not work as intended or experiences technical difficulties or is subjected to cyber attacks; the impact of the state of the global economy on Vulcan's businesses and financial condition and access to capital markets; changes in the level of spending for private residential and private 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 Vulcan's 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 Vulcan; changes in interest rates; the impact of Vulcan's below investment grade debt rating on Vulcan's cost of capital; volatility in pension plan asset values and liabilities which may require cash contributions to the pension plans; the impact of environmental clean-up costs and other liabilities relating to previously divested businesses; Vulcan's ability to secure and permit aggregates reserves in strategically located areas; Vulcan's ability to manage and successfully integrate acquisitions; the potential of goodwill or long-lived asset impairment; 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 reports filed by Vulcan with the SEC. All forward-looking statements in this communication are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Vulcan disclaims and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this document except as required by law.












Table A


Vulcan Materials Company


and Subsidiary Companies


(Amounts and shares in thousands, except per share data)






Three  Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


Consolidated Statements of Earnings


September 30


September 30


(Condensed and unaudited)


2014


2013


2014


2013


Total revenues


$873,579


$813,568


$2,239,142


$2,090,463


Cost of revenues


664,537


654,585


1,821,220


1,780,930


Gross profit


209,042


158,983


417,922


309,533


Selling, administrative and general expenses


66,074


65,854


199,808


195,411


Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment










and businesses, net


1,002


9,350


238,527


36,869


Restructuring charges


(750)


-


(750)


(1,509)


Other operating expense, net


(2,889)


(2,712)


(17,645)


(12,907)


Operating earnings


140,331


99,767


438,246


136,575


Other nonoperating income (expense), net


(593)


2,310


4,030


4,968


Interest expense, net


40,891


49,134


201,531


152,757


Earnings (loss) from continuing operations










before income taxes


98,847


52,943


240,745


(11,214)


Provision for (benefit from) income taxes


31,066


10,793


71,947


(21,874)


Earnings from continuing operations


67,781


42,150


168,798


10,660


Earnings (loss) on discontinued operations, net of taxes


(842)


(787)


(1,896)


4,640


Net earnings


$66,939


$41,363


$166,902


$15,300


Basic earnings (loss) per share










Continuing operations


$0.51


$0.32


$1.29


$0.08


Discontinued operations


$0.00


$0.00


($0.02)


$0.04


Net earnings 


$0.51


$0.32


$1.27


$0.12














Diluted earnings (loss) per share










Continuing operations


$0.51


$0.32


$1.27


$0.08


Discontinued operations


($0.01)


($0.01)


($0.01)


$0.04


Net earnings 


$0.50


$0.31


$1.26


$0.12














Weighted-average common shares outstanding










Basic


131,797


130,266


131,256


130,234


Assuming dilution


133,369


131,320


132,759


131,368


Dividends declared per share


$0.06


$0.01


$0.16


$0.03


Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


$71,157


$78,320


$208,858


$230,877


Effective tax rate from continuing operations


31.4%


20.4%


29.9%


195.1%













 










Table B


Vulcan Materials Company


and Subsidiary Companies


(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)


Consolidated Balance Sheets


September 30


December 31


September 30


(Condensed and unaudited)


2014


2013


2013


Assets








Cash and cash equivalents


$91,868


$193,738


$245,813


Accounts and notes receivable








Accounts and notes receivable, gross


485,176


344,475


450,642


Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts


(5,428)


(4,854)


(5,412)


Accounts and notes receivable, net


479,748


339,621


445,230


Inventories








Finished products


254,931


270,603


255,047


Raw materials


22,987


29,996


29,480


Products in process


1,331


6,613


6,385


Operating supplies and other


27,335


37,394


37,267


Inventories


306,584


344,606


328,179


Current deferred income taxes


41,745


40,423


39,326


Prepaid expenses


34,673


22,549


31,854


Assets held for sale


-


10,559


10,559


Total current assets


954,618


951,496


1,100,961


Investments and long-term receivables


42,117


42,387


43,275


Property, plant & equipment








Property, plant & equipment, cost


6,608,342


6,933,602


6,792,470


Reserve for depreciation, depletion & amortization


(3,539,772)


(3,621,585)


(3,578,010)


Property, plant & equipment, net


3,068,570


3,312,017


3,214,460


Goodwill


3,095,317


3,081,521


3,081,521


Other intangible assets, net


758,863


697,578


697,655


Other noncurrent assets


172,053


174,144


172,184


Total assets


$8,091,538


$8,259,143


$8,310,056


Liabilities








Current maturities of long-term debt


$145


$170


$163


Trade payables and accruals


167,837


139,345


154,451


Other current liabilities


196,830


159,620


204,029


Total current liabilities


364,812


299,135


358,643


Long-term debt


2,005,968


2,522,243


2,523,389


Noncurrent deferred income taxes


733,613


701,075


673,135


Deferred revenue


216,205


219,743


225,863


Other noncurrent liabilities


569,841


578,841


666,115


Total liabilities


3,890,439


4,321,037


4,447,145


Equity








Common stock, $1 par value


131,703


130,200


129,989


Capital in excess of par value


2,719,169


2,611,703


2,598,744


Retained earnings


1,441,742


1,295,834


1,288,054


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(91,515)


(99,631)


(153,876)


Total equity


4,201,099


3,938,106


3,862,911


Total liabilities and equity


$8,091,538


$8,259,143


$8,310,056











 

 









Table C


Vulcan Materials Company


and Subsidiary Companies


(Amounts in thousands)







Nine Months Ended


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows




September 30


(Condensed and unaudited)


2014


2013


Operating Activities






Net earnings


$166,902


$15,300


Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities





Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


208,858


230,877


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


(238,527)


(48,597)


Proceeds from sale of future production, net of transaction costs


-


153,095


Contributions to pension plans


(4,115)


(3,535)


Share-based compensation


18,425


16,789


Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation


(3,375)


(896)


Deferred tax provision (benefit)


13,158


(25,862)


Cost of debt purchase


72,949


-


Changes in assets and liabilities before initial






effects of business acquisitions and dispositions


(89,888)


(78,947)


Other, net


5,339


1,788


Net cash provided by operating activities


149,726


260,012


Investing Activities






Purchases of property, plant & equipment


(169,220)


(117,310)


Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment


21,320


14,974


Proceeds from sale of businesses, net of transaction costs


719,089


51,604


Payment for businesses acquired, net of acquired cash


(268,604)


(89,951)


Other, net


-


2


Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities


302,585


(140,681)


Financing Activities






Proceeds from line of credit


70,000


156,000


Payment of current maturities, long-term debt and line of credit


(649,711)


(306,493)


Proceeds from issuance of common stock


30,620


-


Dividends paid


(20,973)


(3,890)


Proceeds from exercise of stock options


12,513


4,491


Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation


3,375


896


Other, net


(5)


-


Net cash used for financing activities


(554,181)


(148,996)


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(101,870)


(29,665)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


193,738


275,478


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$91,868


$245,813










 

 

 


Table D


Segment Financial Data and Unit Shipments


(Amounts in thousands, except per unit data)


Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended





September 30



September 30







2014


2013


2014


2013


Total Revenues










Aggregates (a)


$688,922


$596,779


$1,752,583


$1,528,818


Asphalt Mix


136,441


130,251


330,004


308,279


Concrete (b)


98,949


129,751


288,792


349,934


Cement (c)


2,273


25,557


22,580


72,925


    Segment sales


$926,585


$882,338


$2,393,959


$2,259,956


Aggregates intersegment sales


(53,006)


(56,519)


(145,592)


(134,581)


Cement intersegment sales


-


(12,251)


(9,225)


(34,912)


     Total revenues


$873,579


$813,568


$2,239,142


$2,090,463


Gross Profit










Aggregates


$188,000


$149,789


$388,081


$301,695


Asphalt Mix


14,567


13,589


28,292


24,760


Concrete


5,486


(3,876)


(519)


(19,778)


Cement



989


(519)


2,068


2,856


Total



$209,042


$158,983


$417,922


$309,533


Depreciation, Depletion, Accretion and Amortization








Aggregates


$58,488


$56,749


$169,180


$169,235


Asphalt Mix


2,638


2,242


7,458


6,400


Concrete


4,955


8,379


15,678


24,539


Cement



157


5,426


1,406


13,758


Other




4,919


5,524


15,136


16,945


Total



$71,157


$78,320


$208,858


$230,877


Average Unit Sales Price and Unit Shipments








Aggregates










Freight-adjusted revenues (d)


$531,613


$465,711


$1,339,181


$1,188,939


Aggregates - tons (e)


47,825


42,765


121,101


110,189


Freight-adjusted sales price (f)


$11.12


$10.89


$11.06


$10.79


Other Products










Asphalt Mix - tons


2,240


2,172


5,508


5,204


Asphalt Mix - sales price


$55.08


$55.63


$54.01


$54.80















Ready-mixed concrete - cubic yards


978


1,304


2,885


3,558


Ready-mixed concrete - sales price


$101.20


$94.60


$98.49


$93.10


(a) Includes crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, other aggregates, as well as freight and delivery revenues associated with the aggregates business.


(b) Includes ready-mixed concrete, concrete block, precast concrete, as well as building materials purchased for resale.  On March 7, 2014, we sold


      our concrete business in the Florida area.  See Appendix 5 for adjusted segment data.


(c) Includes cement and calcium products.  On March 7, 2014, we sold our cement business.  See Appendix 5 for adjusted segment data.


(d) Freight-adjusted revenues are total sales dollars excluding freight and delivery revenues, transportation to remote distribution sites and other revenues.


(e) Includes tons marketed and sold on behalf of a third-party pursuant to volumetric production payment (VPP) agreements and tons shipped to


      our down-stream operations (i.e., asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete).


(f) Freight-adjusted sales price is calculated as freight-adjusted revenues divided by aggregates tons.



 


Appendix 1


1.   Supplemental Cash Flow Information


Supplemental information referable to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows is summarized below:




 

(Amounts in thousands)








Nine Months Ended








September 30











2014


2013


Cash Payments










Interest (exclusive of amount capitalized)






$163,593


$102,137


Income taxes






64,539


29,909















Noncash Investing and Financing Activities










Liabilities assumed in business acquisitions






24,881


232


Accrued liabilities for purchases of property, plant & equipment




5,777


9,197


Fair value of noncash assets and liabilities exchanged






4,914


-


Fair value of equity consideration for business acquisitions




45,185


-















2.   Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures





















Gross profit margin as a percentage of total revenues excluding freight and delivery is not a Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) measure. We present gross profit margin excluding freight and delivery revenues as it is consistent with the basis by which we review our operating results.  Likewise, we believe that this presentation is consistent with the basis by which investors analyze our operating results considering that freight and delivery services represent pass-through activities.  Reconciliation of this metric to its nearest GAAP measure is presented below:












Gross Profit Margin in Accordance with GAAP






(Amounts in thousands)







Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended







September 30


September 30







2014


2013


2014


2013















Gross profit


$209,042


$158,983


$417,922


$309,533


Total revenues


$873,579


$813,568


$2,239,142


$2,090,463


      Gross profit margin



23.9%


19.5%


18.7%


14.8%









Gross Profit Margin Excluding Freight and Delivery Revenues


(Amounts in thousands)







Three Months Ended


     Nine Months Ended







September 30


September 30







2014


2013


2014


2013















Gross profit


$209,042


$158,983


$417,922


$309,533


Total revenues


$873,579


$813,568


$2,239,142


$2,090,463


Freight and delivery revenues





78,483


67,167


204,621


175,431


      Total revenues less freight and delivery revenues



$795,096


$746,401


$2,034,521


$1,915,032


Gross profit margin excluding freight and delivery revenues

26.3%


21.3%


20.5%


16.2%



 

 

Appendix 2

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Continued)













Aggregates segment gross profit margin as a percentage of freight-adjusted revenues is not a Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) measure.  We present Aggregates segment gross profit margin as a percentage of freight-adjusted revenues as it is consistent with the basis by which we review our operating results.  We believe that this presentation is more meaningful to our investors as it excludes related transportation revenues (a pass-through activity) and other service-related revenues, such as landfill tipping fees.  Reconciliation of this metric to its nearest GAAP measure is presented below:













Aggregates Segment Gross Profit Margin in Accordance with GAAP

(Amounts in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended






September 30


September 30






2014


2013


2014


2013

Aggregates segment









Gross profit


$188,000


$149,789


$388,081


$301,695

Segment sales


$688,922


$596,779


$1,752,583


$1,528,818


Gross profit margin as a percentage of segment sales

27.3%


25.1%


22.1%


19.7%














Aggregates Segment Gross Profit Margin as a Percentage of Freight-Adjusted Revenues








(Amounts in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended






September 30


September 30






2014


2013


2014


2013

Aggregates segment









Gross profit


$188,000


$149,789


$388,081


$301,695

Segment sales


$688,922


$596,779


$1,752,583


$1,528,818

Excluding:










Freight and delivery revenues


73,785


65,993


194,631


164,649


Transportation to remote distribution sites


56,853


37,267


146,462


107,687


Other revenues


26,671


27,808


72,309


67,543


Freight-adjusted revenues


$531,613


$465,711


$1,339,181


$1,188,939

Gross profit margin as a percentage of










freight-adjusted revenues


35.4%


32.2%


29.0%


25.4%














Appendix 3

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Continued)


GAAP does not define "free cash flow," "Aggregates segment cash gross profit," "Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization" (EBITDA) and "cash earnings."  Thus, free cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other liquidity measure defined by GAAP.  Likewise, Aggregates segment cash gross profit, EBITDA and cash earnings should not be considered as alternatives to earnings measures defined by GAAP. We present these metrics for the convenience of investment professionals who use such metrics in their analyses and for shareholders who need to understand the metrics we use to assess performance and to monitor our cash and liquidity positions. The investment community often uses these metrics as indicators of a company's ability to incur and service debt and to assess the operating performance of a company's businesses. We use free cash flow, Aggregates segment cash gross profit, EBITDA, cash earnings and other such measures to assess liquidity and the operating performance of our various business units and the consolidated company. Additionally, we adjust EBITDA for certain items to provide a more consistent comparison of performance from period to period. We do not use these metrics as a measure to allocate resources. Reconciliations of these metrics to their nearest GAAP measures are presented below:












Free Cash Flow


Free cash flow deducts purchases of property, plant & equipment from net cash provided by operating activities.

(Amounts in thousands)

Nine Months Ended












September 30










2014


2013

Net cash provided by operating activities


$149,726


$260,012

Purchases of property, plant & equipment



(169,220)


(117,310)


Free cash flow


($19,494)


$142,702













Aggregates Segment Cash Gross Profit


Aggregates segment cash gross profit adds back noncash charges for depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization (DDA&A) to Aggregates segment gross profit.

(Amounts in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended








September 30




September 30






2014


2013


2014


2013

Aggregates segment









Gross profit


$188,000


$149,789


$388,081


$301,695

DDA&A


58,488


56,749


169,180


169,235


Aggregates segment cash gross profit


$246,488


$206,538


$557,261


$470,930













 

Appendix 4













Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Continued)















EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA















EBITDA is an acronym for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization and excludes discontinued operations.  We adjust EBITDA for certain items to provide a more consistent comparison of performance from period to period.  












(Amounts in thousands)








Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended








September 30


September 30








2014


2013


2014


2013















Reconciliation of Net Earnings to EBITDA 















Net earnings 





$66,939


$41,363


$166,902


$15,300

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

31,066


10,793


71,947


(21,874)

Interest expense, net




40,891


49,134


201,531


152,757

(Earnings) loss on discontinued operations, net of taxes


842


787


1,896


(4,640)

EBIT







139,738


102,077


442,276


141,543

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


71,157


78,320


208,858


230,877

EBITDA






$210,895


$180,397


$651,134


$372,420















Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBIT
























EBITDA






$210,895


$180,397


$651,134


$372,420

(Gain) loss on sale of real estate and businesses


1,185


(9,161)


(235,922)


(35,382)

Charges associated with acquisitions and divestitures


3,959


-


15,573


-

Amortization of deferred revenue



(1,384)


(300)


(3,725)


(876)

Restructuring charges




750


-


750


1,509

Adjusted EBITDA





$215,405


$170,936


$427,810


$337,671

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


(71,157)


(78,320)


(208,858)


(230,877)

Amortization of deferred revenue



1,384


300


3,725


876

Adjusted EBIT






$145,632


$92,916


$222,677


$107,670















 








Appendix 5
















Adjusted Concrete and Cement Segment Financial Data













Comparative financial data after adjusting for the March 7, 2014 sale of our concrete and cement businesses in the Florida area is presented below:






 

(Amounts in thousands)


Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


September 30


September 30


2014


2013


2014


2013

Concrete Segment








Segment sales








As reported

$98,949


$129,751


$288,792


$349,934

Adjusted

$98,949


$86,852


$256,069


$227,316









Total revenues








As reported

$98,949


$129,751


$288,792


$349,934

Adjusted

$98,949


$86,852


$256,069


$227,316









Gross profit








As reported

$5,486


($3,876)


($519)


($19,778)

Adjusted

$5,486


$2,894


$3,172


($440)









Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization








As reported

$4,955


$8,379


$15,678


$24,539

Adjusted

$4,955


$4,556


$14,327


$13,029

















Cement Segment








Segment sales








As reported

$2,273


$25,557


$22,580


$72,925

Adjusted

$2,273


$2,303


$6,584


$7,186









Total revenues








As reported

$2,273


$13,306


$13,355


$38,013

Adjusted

$2,273


$2,290


$6,612


$7,165









Gross profit








As reported

$989


($519)


$2,068


$2,856

Adjusted

$989


$651


$2,362


$2,160









Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization








As reported

$157


$5,426


$1,406


$13,758

Adjusted

$157


$49


$445


$342

















 

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