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2020 Annual Report

Vulcan Announces Fourth Quarter 2014 Results

02/05/15

EPS from Continuing Operations Increases Sharply to $0.29, including $0.02 in Business Development and Restructuring Costs
Aggregates Profitability Improves on Strong Execution

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced results for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2014.

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Fourth Quarter Summary (compared with prior year's fourth quarter)

  • Total revenues increased $75 million, or 11 percent, to $755 million
  • Gross profit increased $52 million, or 45 percent, to $170 million 
  • Aggregates freight-adjusted revenues increased $68 million, or 18 percent, to $455 million
    • Shipments increased 15 percent, or 5.5 million tons
      • Same-store shipments increased 12 percent, or 4.3 million tons
    • Segment gross profit increased $44 million, or 40 percent, to $156 million
    • Incremental gross profit as a percent of freight-adjusted revenues was 65 percent
      • Incremental gross profit margin was 79 percent, excluding acquisitions
    • Cash gross profit per ton was $5.18, an increase of 11 percent, or $0.50 per ton
    • Average sales price increased 2 percent, despite unfavorable mix impact
      • Exclusive of unfavorable mix, pricing increased 4 percent
  • Non-aggregates gross profit improved $8 million, or 138 percent, collectively
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $172 million, an increase of $41 million, or 32 percent
  • Earnings from continuing operations were $0.29 per diluted share (including $0.02 per diluted share in expenses related mostly to business development activities) as compared to $0.08 in the fourth quarter of 2013

Full Year Summary (compared with prior year)

  • Total revenues increased $223 million, or 8 percent, to $2,994 million
  • Gross profit increased $161 million, or 38 percent, to $588 million
  • Aggregates freight-adjusted revenues increased $218 million, or 14 percent, to $1,794 million
    • Shipments increased 11 percent, or 16.5 million tons
      • Same-store shipments increased 10 percent, or 15.0 million tons
    • Segment gross profit increased $131 million, or 32 percent, to $544 million
    • Incremental gross profit as a percent of freight-adjusted revenues was 60 percent
      • Incremental gross profit margin was 66 percent, excluding acquisitions
    • Cash gross profit per ton was $4.75, an increase of 9 percent, or $0.38 per ton
    • Average sales price increased 2 percent, despite unfavorable mix impact
      • Exclusive of unfavorable mix, pricing increased 3 percent
  • Non-aggregates gross profit improved $30 million, or 220 percent, collectively
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased $131 million, or 28 percent, to $600 million
  • Earnings from continuing operations were $1.56 per diluted share (including $0.65 per diluted share related to gains on sale of assets, debt tender offer costs, expenses related to business development activities and restructuring charges) as compared to $0.16 per diluted share in the prior year.

Tom Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our teams across the organization executed very well in the fourth quarter, capitalizing on the growing recovery in construction activity and demand for our products.  Their efforts succeeded in converting more than 65 percent of our incremental aggregates revenues into incremental gross profit, and in doing so, they further improved the underlying profitability of our core aggregates business.  These results, continuing the pattern of strong execution on our aggregates-focused strategy throughout the year, were achieved despite price gains muted by a negative geographic and product mix.

This strong momentum bodes well for 2015, a year in which we expect a continued recovery in demand for our products and, importantly, an improving pricing and margin environment." 

Commentary on Quarterly and Full Year Segment Results

Aggregates Segment
The recovery in demand for our products and our strong local sales and operations execution continued in the fourth quarter.  Aggregates sales were $594 million, up 20 percent from the prior year's fourth quarter, supported by strong volume growth across most of the Company's footprint.  On a same-store basis, total aggregates shipments increased 12 percent from the prior year.  Overall, fourth quarter aggregates shipments increased 15 percent compared to the prior year. 

Shipment momentum continued to improve across most of our footprint, driven not only by large projects but also by strengthening construction activity across all end-use markets.  On a same-store basis, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia each saw shipments increase by more than 14 percent over the prior year's fourth quarter.  Shipments in Georgia were relatively flat with the prior year due mostly to wet weather.  In California, aggregates shipments for the quarter declined 9 percent due to unusually wet weather and delays on certain large projects.       

Freight-adjusted average sales price for aggregates increased 2 percent, or $0.21 per ton, versus the prior year's fourth quarter, with almost all of our markets realizing price improvement.  Excluding the impact of strong volume growth in several lower priced markets such as Illinois and Arkansas, the average price for aggregates increased 4 percent.  A number of key states saw fourth quarter price increases of approximately 5 percent or more.  Average sales price in two states saw modest declines due to negative product mix impact.

Despite modest price growth in the quarter, gross profit per ton increased 21 percent from the prior year.  While average freight-adjusted selling prices increased $0.21, our gross profit per ton increased $0.66, as our local leadership teams excelled at balancing price for service, sales and production mix, and operating efficiency and leverage.

On a trailing twelve month basis, and excluding the impact of recent acquisitions, gross profit per ton has increased 20 percent from the prior year to $3.39.  Over the same period, and on the same basis, incremental gross profit as a percent of incremental freight-adjusted revenues was 65 percent.  For the year, segment gross profit rose by 32 percent, or $131 million, while same-store aggregates shipments increased 10 percent, or 15 million tons. 

Compared to last year, fourth quarter cost of revenues for the Company benefitted approximately $7 million from lower diesel fuel costs, with most of this benefit realized in the Aggregates segment. 

Asphalt, Concrete and Calcium Segments
In the fourth quarter, asphalt gross profit improved $2 million due to improved margins and earnings from recently completed acquisitions.  Same-store asphalt volumes approximated those of the prior year but were short of expectations due to the delayed start of several large projects until 2015.  For the full year, Asphalt segment gross profit increased $5 million from the prior year.

Concrete gross profit was $3 million compared to a loss of $5 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year.  Last year's fourth quarter results included the Company's Florida concrete business that was sold in the first quarter of 2014.  On a same-store basis, volume, pricing and unit profitability improved, driven primarily by increased private construction activity.  As a result, same-store gross profit increased $3 million.  For the full year, Concrete segment gross profit improved $27 million overall and $6 million on a same-store basis.

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 now reported separately as a segment.  In the fourth quarter, the Calcium business reported revenues of $2.5 million and gross profit of $1.1 million – both results are improvements versus the prior year's fourth quarter.

Selling, Administrative and General

Fourth quarter selling, administrative and general (SAG) expenses were $8 million higher versus the prior year.  This year-over-year increase resulted primarily from higher costs related to performance-based incentives and business development expenses.  Absent these items, SAG expenses were in line with the prior year's fourth quarter.  The Company intends to further leverage SAG expenses to sales in the coming year.

Capital Allocation

During 2014, the Company generated approximately $1 billion in cash from the sale of assets and the results of operations.  Included in this amount is the $721 million of cash associated with the sale of the Company's Florida concrete and cement businesses in March.

The Company reduced long-term debt in 2014 by $517 million.  At the end of the fourth quarter, the Company's ratio of Total Debt to Trailing Twelve Month Adjusted EBITDA was 3.3.  This ratio compares favorably to the 2013 year end ratio of 5.4.

In 2014, the Company invested a total of $332 million in strategic bolt-on acquisitions.  Collectively, these acquisitions include 442 million tons of proven and probable reserves in strategic, high growth markets:  San Francisco, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Dallas, Texas; and northern Virginia and Washington D.C.  Additionally, the acquisitions in Phoenix include associated asphalt operations. 

The Company expects these recent acquisitions will contribute approximately $50 million to EBITDA in 2015, compared to the $9 million contribution in 2014.  This earnings benefit will be realized in the Company's Aggregates, Asphalt and Concrete segments.

In January of 2015, the Company completed transactions in which it exited the ready mix concrete business in California and added thirteen asphalt plant locations in Arizona that expand the Company's service capabilities.  The Company will continue to supply aggregates to its former ready mix concrete plants in California.  These transactions, which continue the strategic redeployment of capital undertaken throughout 2014, should be immediately accretive to earnings. 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment during 2014 totaled $225 million, with approximately $15 million of the planned investments being successfully deferred into 2015.  At the end of the fourth quarter, cash and cash equivalents were $141 million, and the Company had no outstanding borrowing on its revolving credit facility.

The Company returned $29 million in cash to shareholders in 2014 through its dividend.  We expect to accelerate the return of capital through dividends, or other mechanisms, as earnings grow.

Outlook

Regarding the Company's outlook for 2015, Mr. Hill stated, "Vulcan-served markets continue to show favorable above-average growth, with Vulcan markets growing faster than U.S. markets as a whole.  Although aggregates demand remains well below normal levels, this steady and gradual improvement is a further indication of construction activity recovery.  We continue to convert higher volumes into higher unit margins and are very well positioned for significant future earnings growth."

Based on these market trends, the Company expects to generate Adjusted EBITDA of $775 to $825 million in 2015. 

The following assumptions, which represent the mid-point of current management expectations, support the Company's outlook for strong year-over-year growth in EBITDA.  The Company intends to update these expectations on a quarterly basis, as necessary.

  • Full year aggregates shipments of approximately 180 million tons, up 11 percent from the prior year.  Same-store volumes are expected to increase 8 percent, or 13 million tons. 
  • Full year increase in average freight-adjusted aggregates pricing of 6 percent, with unit margins continuing to grow faster than pricing. 
  • Aggregates segment gross profit to be approximately $735 million, compared to $544 million in 2014.
  • Non-aggregates gross profit to be $70 million, compared to $44 million in 2014.
  • Selling, administrative and general (SAG) expenses of approximately $265 million, excluding business development-related expenses.
  • Capital spending of approximately $250 million to support the increased level of shipments and further improve production costs and operating efficiencies.
  • Interest expense of $160 million.
  • Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization expense of approximately $270 million.

Mr. Hill concluded, "We are excited about the volume growth, pricing momentum and strong margin expansion we see across our markets.  As we continue to execute our sales and operating plans, we remain focused on further improving the profitability of our businesses, strategically expanding our 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 February 5, 2015.  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 73121649.  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 other construction materials.

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


Twelve Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Earnings


December 31


December 31

(Condensed and unaudited)


2014


2013


2014


2013

Total revenues


$755,026


$680,246


$2,994,169


$2,770,709

Cost of revenues


585,367


562,899


2,406,587


2,343,829

Gross profit


169,659


117,347


587,582


426,880










Selling, administrative and general expenses

72,481


64,016


272,288


259,427

Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment








and businesses, net


5,695


2,381


244,222


39,250

Restructuring charges


(558)


-


(1,308)


(1,509)

Other operating expense, net


(2,425)


(1,883)


(20,070)


(14,790)

Operating earnings


99,890


53,829


538,138


190,404

Other nonoperating income (expense), net


(922)


2,570


3,107


7,538

Interest expense, net


40,875


48,888


242,407


201,645

Earnings (loss) from continuing operations









before income taxes


58,093


7,511


298,838


(3,703)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes


19,745


(2,585)


91,692


(24,459)

Earnings from continuing operations


38,348


10,096


207,146


20,756

Earnings (loss) on discontinued operations, net of taxes


(327)


(1,013)


(2,223)


3,626

Net earnings


$38,021


$9,083


$204,923


$24,382

Basic earnings (loss) per share









Continuing operations


$0.29


$0.08


$1.58


$0.16

Discontinued operations


$0.00


($0.01)


($0.02)


$0.03

Net earnings


$0.29


$0.07


$1.56


$0.19












Diluted earnings (loss) per share









Continuing operations


$0.29


$0.08


$1.56


$0.16

Discontinued operations


($0.01)


($0.01)


($0.02)


$0.03

Net earnings


$0.28


$0.07


$1.54


$0.19












Weighted-average common shares outstanding








Basic


132,069


130,383


131,461


130,272

Assuming dilution


133,619


131,650


132,991


131,467

Dividends declared per share


$0.06


$0.01


$0.22


$0.04

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization

$70,638


$76,231


$279,497


$307,108

Effective tax rate from continuing operations

34.0%


-34.4%


30.7%


660.5%












 







Table B

Vulcan Materials Company





and Subsidiary Companies








(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

Consolidated Balance Sheets


December 31


December 31

(Condensed and unaudited)


2014


2013

Assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$141,273


$193,738

Accounts and notes receivable





Accounts and notes receivable, gross


378,947


344,475

Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts


(5,105)


(4,854)

Accounts and notes receivable, net


373,842


339,621

Inventories





Finished products


275,172


270,603

Raw materials


19,741


29,996

Products in process


1,250


6,613

Operating supplies and other


25,641


37,394

Inventories


321,804


344,606

Current deferred income taxes


39,726


40,423

Prepaid expenses


28,640


22,549

Assets held for sale


15,184


10,559

Total current assets


920,469


951,496

Investments and long-term receivables


41,650


42,387

Property, plant & equipment





Property, plant & equipment, cost


6,608,842


6,933,602

Reserve for depreciation, depletion & amortization


(3,537,212)


(3,621,585)

Property, plant & equipment, net


3,071,630


3,312,017

Goodwill


3,094,824


3,081,521

Other intangible assets, net


758,243


697,578

Other noncurrent assets


175,086


174,144

Total assets


$8,061,902


$8,259,143

Liabilities





Current maturities of long-term debt


$150,137


$170

Trade payables and accruals


145,148


139,345

Other current liabilities


156,073


159,620

Liabilities of assets held for sale


520


-

Total current liabilities


451,878


299,135

Long-term debt


1,855,447


2,522,243

Noncurrent deferred income taxes


691,137


701,075

Deferred revenue


213,968


219,743

Other noncurrent liabilities


672,773


578,841

Total liabilities


3,885,203


4,321,037

Equity





Common stock, $1 par value


131,907


130,200

Capital in excess of par value


2,734,661


2,611,703

Retained earnings


1,471,845


1,295,834

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(161,714)


(99,631)

Total equity


4,176,699


3,938,106

Total liabilities and equity


$8,061,902


$8,259,143








 








Table C

Vulcan Materials Company





and Subsidiary Companies










(Amounts in thousands)






Twelve Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


December 31

(Condensed and unaudited)


2014


2013

Operating Activities





Net earnings


$204,923


$24,382

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




Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


279,497


307,108

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


(244,222)


(50,978)

Proceeds from sale of future production, net of transaction costs


-


153,095

Contributions to pension plans


(5,488)


(4,855)

Share-based compensation


23,884


22,093

Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation


(3,464)


(161)

Deferred tax provision (benefit)


18,378


(35,063)

Cost of debt purchase


72,949


-

Changes in assets and liabilities before initial





effects of business acquisitions and dispositions


(93,320)


(60,405)

Other, net


7,199


1,283

Net cash provided by operating activities


260,336


356,499

Investing Activities





Purchases of property, plant & equipment


(224,852)


(275,380)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment


26,028


17,576

Proceeds from sale of businesses, net of transaction costs


721,359


51,604

Payment for businesses acquired, net of acquired cash


(284,237)


(89,951)

Other, net


33


(39)

Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities


238,331


(296,190)

Financing Activities





Proceeds from line of credit


93,000


156,000

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


(672,829)


(306,602)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock


30,620


3,821

Dividends paid


(28,884)


(5,191)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options


23,502


9,762

Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation


3,464


161

Other, net


(5)


-

Net cash used for financing activities


(551,132)


(142,049)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(52,465)


(81,740)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year


193,738


275,478

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year


$141,273


$193,738









  

























Table D

Segment Financial Data and Unit Shipments

















(Amounts in thousands, except per unit data)






Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended






December 31


December 31






2014


2013


2014


2013

Total Revenues












Aggregates (a)





$593,828


$496,208


$2,346,411


$2,025,026

Asphalt Mix





115,534


99,378


445,538


407,657

Concrete (b)





87,014


121,813


375,806


471,748

Calcium (c)





2,451


26,079


25,032


99,004

Segment sales





$798,827


$743,478


$3,192,787


$3,003,435

Aggregates intersegment sales





(43,801)


(50,804)


(189,393)


(185,385)

Calcium intersegment sales





-


(12,428)


(9,225)


(47,341)

Total revenues





$755,026


$680,246


$2,994,169


$2,770,709

Gross Profit












Aggregates





$155,987


$111,606


$544,070


$413,301

Asphalt Mix





9,788


7,944


38,080


32,704

Concrete (b)





2,753


(4,996)


2,233


(24,774)

Calcium (c)





1,131


2,793


3,199


5,649

Total





$169,659


$117,347


$587,582


$426,880

Depreciation, Depletion, Accretion and Amortization












Aggregates





$57,862


$55,573


$227,042


$224,808

Asphalt Mix





3,261


2,297


10,719


8,697

Concrete (b)





4,214


8,457


19,892


32,996

Calcium (c)





148


4,335


1,554


18,093

Other





5,153


5,569


20,290


22,514

Total





$70,638


$76,231


$279,497


$307,108

Average Unit Sales Price and Unit Shipments












Aggregates












Freight-adjusted revenues (d)





$455,090


$386,664


$1,794,046


$1,575,990

Aggregates - tons (e)





41,274


35,736


162,376


145,925

Freight-adjusted sales price (f)





$11.03


$10.82


$11.05


$10.80

Other Products












Asphalt Mix - tons





1,903


1,665


7,411


6,869

Asphalt Mix - sales price





$54.96


$54.93


$54.39


$54.83













Ready-mixed concrete - cubic yards





847


1,240


3,732


4,798

Ready-mixed concrete - sales price





$102.74


$93.12


$99.46


$93.10













Calcium - tons





92


80


335


327

Calcium - sales price





$26.58


$26.17


$26.50


$25.44

(a) Includes crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, other aggregates, as well as freight, delivery and transportation revenues, and other revenues related to services,

      such as land fill tipping fees.

(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 Aggregates segment sales excluding freight, delivery and transportation revenues, and other revenues related to services,

      such as land fill tipping fees.

(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 unit shipments.

 












Appendix 1

1.   Supplemental Cash Flow Information







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






















(Amounts in thousands)










Twelve Months Ended










December 31










2014


2013













Cash Payments









Interest (exclusive of amount capitalized)




$241,841


$196,794

Income taxes






79,862


30,938













Noncash Investing and Financing Activities 







Accrued liabilities for purchases of property, plant & equipment




17,120


18,864

Amounts referable to business acquisitions:







Liabilities assumed






26,622


232

Fair value of noncash assets and liabilities exchanged





2,414


-

Fair value of equity consideration





45,185


-













2.   Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures



















Gross profit margin as a percentage of total revenues excluding freight and delivery revenues is not a Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) measure. We present this metric 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


Twelve Months Ended






December 31


December 31






2014


2013


2014


2013













Gross profit


$169,659


$117,347


$587,582


$426,880

Total revenues


$755,026


$680,246


$2,994,169


$2,770,709

Gross profit margin


22.5%


17.3%


19.6%


15.4%













Gross Profit Margin Excluding Freight and Delivery Revenues











(Amounts in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended






December 31


December 31






2014


2013


2014


2013













Gross profit


$169,659


$117,347


$587,582


$426,880

Total revenues


$755,026


$680,246


$2,994,169


$2,770,709

Freight and delivery revenues





121,996


92,457


473,079


386,220

Total revenues excluding freight and delivery revenues

$633,030


$587,789


$2,521,090


$2,384,489

Gross profit margin excluding freight and delivery revenues

26.8%


20.0%


23.3%


17.9%













 













Appendix 2

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Continued)

















Aggregates segment gross profit margin as a percentage of freight-adjusted revenues is not a GAAP measure. We present this metric 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 freight, delivery and transportation revenues which are pass-through activities. It also excludes immaterial other revenues related to services, such as landfill tipping fees, that are ancillary to our aggregates business. Incremental gross profit as a percentage of freight-adjusted revenues represents the year-over-year change in gross profit divided by the year-over-year change in freight-adjusted revenues. Reconciliation of these metrics to their nearest GAAP measures are presented below:


Aggregates Segment Gross Profit Margin in Accordance with GAAP






(Amounts in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended






December 31


December 31






2014


2013


2014


2013

Aggregates segment








Gross profit

$155,987


$111,606


$544,070


$413,301

Segment sales

$593,828


$496,208


$2,346,411


$2,025,026

Gross profit margin as a percentage of segment sales

26.3%


22.5%


23.2%


20.4%

























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




(Amounts in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended






December 31


December 31






2014


2013


2014


2013

Aggregates segment








Gross profit

$155,987


$111,606


$544,070


$413,301

Segment sales

$593,828


$496,208


$2,346,411


$2,025,026

Excluding:








Freight, delivery and transportation revenues (a)

133,714


104,661


532,134


424,868

Other revenues

5,024


4,883


20,231


24,168

Freight-adjusted revenues

$455,090


$386,664


$1,794,046


$1,575,990

Gross profit as a percentage of 








freight-adjusted revenues

34.3%


28.9%


30.3%


26.2%

Incremental gross profit as a percentage of 








freight-adjusted revenues

64.9%




60.0%















(a) At the segment level, freight, delivery and transportation revenues include intersegment freight & delivery revenues,

which are eliminated at the consolidated level.

 












Appendix 3

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Continued)

















GAAP does not define "free cash flow," "Aggregates segment cash gross profit" and "Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization" (EBITDA). 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 and EBITDA 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 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)










Twelve Months Ended










December 31










2014


2013

Net cash provided by operating activities





$260,336


$356,499

Purchases of property, plant & equipment





(224,852)


(275,380)

Free cash flow





$35,484


$81,119













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


Twelve Months Ended






December 31


December 31






2014


2013


2014


2013

Aggregates segment








Gross profit

$155,987


$111,606


$544,070


$413,301

DDA&A

57,862


55,573


227,042


224,808

Aggregates segment cash gross profit

$213,849


$167,179


$771,112


$638,109













 














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


Twelve Months Ended








December 31


December 31








2014


2013


2014


2013





























Reconciliation of Net Earnings to EBITDA
















Net earnings

$38,021


$9,083


$204,923


$24,382

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

19,745


(2,585)


91,692


(24,459)

Interest expense, net

40,875


48,888


242,407


201,645

(Earnings) loss on discontinued operations, net of taxes

327


1,013


2,223


(3,626)

EBIT

98,968


56,399


541,245


197,942

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization

70,638


76,231


279,497


307,108

EBITDA

$169,606


$132,630


$820,742


$505,050









Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBIT
















EBITDA

$169,606


$132,630


$820,742


$505,050

Gain on sale of real estate and businesses

(2,606)


(1,377)


(238,528)


(36,759)

Charges associated with acquisitions and divestitures

5,562


458


21,135


458

Amortization of deferred revenue

(1,237)


(1,120)


(4,962)


(1,996)

Restructuring charges

558


-


1,308


1,509

Adjusted EBITDA

$171,883


$130,591


$599,695


$468,262

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization

(70,638)


(76,231)


(279,497)


(307,108)

Amortization of deferred revenue

1,237


1,120


4,962


1,996

Adjusted EBIT

$102,482


$55,480


$325,160


$163,150









 








Appendix 5








Adjusted Concrete and Calcium 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


Twelve Months Ended


December 31


December 31


2014


2013


2014


2013

Concrete Segment








Segment sales








As reported

$87,014


$121,813


$375,806


$471,748

Adjusted

$87,014


$75,772


$343,083


$303,089









Total revenues








As reported

$87,014


$121,813


$375,806


$471,748

Adjusted

$87,014


$75,772


$343,083


$303,089









Gross profit








As reported

$2,753


($4,996)


$2,233


($24,774)

Adjusted

$2,753


$144


$5,924


($296)









Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization








As reported

$4,214


$8,457


$19,892


$32,996

Adjusted

$4,214


$4,638


$18,541


$17,667

















Calcium Segment








Segment sales








As reported

$2,451


$26,079


$25,032


$99,004

Adjusted

$2,451


$2,385


$9,036


$9,571









Total revenues








As reported

$2,451


$13,651


$15,807


$51,663

Adjusted

$2,451


$2,371


$9,064


$9,535









Gross profit








As reported

$1,131


$2,793


$3,199


$5,649

Adjusted

$1,131


$810


$3,493


$2,970









Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization








As reported

$148


$4,335


$1,554


$18,093

Adjusted

$148


$53


$593


$395

















 

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