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Vulcan Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results

07/31/18
Aggregates Shipments Up 15 Percent
EPS from Continuing Operations Increases 45 Percent
Year-to-Date Earnings Consistent with Full Year Expectations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second quarter net earnings were $160 million.  Earnings from continuing operations of $160 million compared favorably to $112 million in the prior year period.  Adjusted earnings from continuing operations were $1.23 per diluted share versus $0.90 per share in the prior year's second quarter.  Adjusted EBITDA increased 13 percent to $325 million. 

The Company reported 11 percent growth in gross profit led by a 13 percent increase in its core Aggregates segment. Aggregates shipments increased 15 percent (11 percent on a same-store basis) and aggregates average selling price, adjusted for mix, rose 3 percent over the prior year.  A 30 percent increase in diesel cost per gallon lowered Aggregates segment gross profit by $7 million.  Despite this headwind, second quarter Aggregates segment gross profit increased to $283 million and cash gross profit, on a same-store basis, was $6.55 per ton.  Year-to-date, the flow-through rate on same-store incremental segment sales excluding freight and delivery was 43 percent, or 56 percent excluding the impact of higher diesel fuel costs. 

Tom Hill, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We remain on track with our full year expectations.  Vulcan-served markets are experiencing stronger growth in demand than other markets, and higher public funding for transportation infrastructure is now converting to higher shipments of aggregates.  Apart from geographic mix impacts, our pricing momentum continues to strengthen, including in our backlogged work.  Our operating disciplines remain strong, and margins should continue to improve as we turn the corner on costs related to last year's storms. 

"We expect the strong aggregates shipment growth seen in the second quarter to continue for the balance of the year.  We now project full year same-store shipment growth of between 7 and 9 percent, albeit at a lower-priced geographic mix.  We reiterate our full-year expectations for 2018 earnings from continuing operations of between $4.00 and $4.65 per diluted share and Adjusted EBITDA of between $1.15 and $1.25 billion."

Second Quarter Summary (compared with prior year's second quarter)

  • Total revenues increased $169 million, or 16 percent, to $1.2 billion
  • Gross profit was $323 million versus $290 million in the prior year
  • Aggregates segment sales increased $139 million to $956 million and freight-adjusted revenues increased $99 million, or 16 percent, to $731 million
    • Shipments increased 7 million tons, or 15 percent, to 55 million tons
    • Freight-adjusted sales price increased 1 percent to $13.29 per ton
    • Segment gross profit increased $32 million, or 13 percent, to $283 million
  • Asphalt, Concrete and Calcium segment gross profit was $40 million, collectively
  • SAG was $89 million, or 7.4 as a percentage of total revenues
  • Net earnings were $160 million versus $120 million in the prior year
  • Adjusted EBIT was $239 million versus $211 million in the prior year
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $325 million, an increase of $37 million, or 13 percent
  • Earnings from continuing operations were $1.20 per diluted share versus $0.83 per diluted share
  • Adjusted earnings from continuing operations were $1.23 per diluted share versus $0.90 per diluted share (see Appendix 2 for reconciliation)

Trailing-Twelve-Month Summary (compared with the prior twelve month period)

  • Total revenues were $4.13 billion, an increase of $428 million, or 12 percent
  • Gross profit was $1.03 billion, an increase of $48 million, or 5 percent
  • Aggregates segment sales increased $281 million to $3.28 billion and freight-adjusted revenues increased $204 million, or 9 percent, to $2.52 billion
    • Shipments increased 7 percent, to 192 million tons
    • Freight-adjusted sales price increased $0.20 per ton, or 2 percent
    • Segment gross profit increased $44 million to $896 million
  • Asphalt, Concrete and Calcium segment gross profit was $132 million, collectively
  • SAG was $327 million, or 7.9 as a percentage of total revenues
  • Net earnings were $649 million versus $420 million in the prior year
  • Adjusted EBIT was $713 million, an increase of 5 percent
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $1.04 billion, up 7 percent from the prior year
  • Earnings from continuing operations were $4.84 per diluted share versus $3.02 per diluted share
  • Adjusted earnings from continuing operations were $3.45 per diluted share versus $2.98 per diluted share (see Appendix 2 for reconciliation)

Segment Results

Aggregates

Segment gross profit through the first half of the year remains on track with full year expectations, despite higher than expected diesel cost.  Second quarter Aggregates segment gross profit increased 13 percent to $283 million, or $5.16 per ton. 

Second quarter aggregates shipments increased 15 percent (11 percent on a same-store basis) versus the prior year quarter.  Same-store daily shipment rates for aggregates were strong throughout the quarter, reflecting solid underlying demand, including sustained strength in public construction activity.  Many of the Company's markets are finally seeing the conversion of higher public funding for transportation into higher shipments of aggregates.  Despite the overall shipment growth reported for the second quarter, shipments in some markets, notably California, do not yet reflect the strength in highway construction activity we see building into 2019 and beyond.

For the quarter, freight-adjusted average sales price for aggregates increased 1 percent versus the prior year quarter, with the rate negatively impacted by relatively faster growth in relatively lower-priced markets.  Excluding this mix impact, aggregates price increased 3 percent.  California, Georgia and Virginia realized mid-to-high single digit price growth while prices in Alabama, Arizona and Illinois decreased modestly versus the prior year.  Reported freight-adjusted pricing in long-haul markets, where locally available aggregates are not available, was negatively impacted by higher distribution costs versus the prior year.  Over time, these higher distribution costs will be recovered in higher prices.  Additionally, positive trends in backlogged project work along with demand visibility, customer confidence, rising diesel prices, and logistics constraints support continued upward pricing movements for the remainder of the year and into 2019.

Same-store unit cost of sales (freight-adjusted) increased 1 percent versus the prior year quarter as fixed cost leverage and other operating efficiencies mostly offset the 30 percent increase in the unit cost for diesel fuel.  Excluding the impact of higher diesel prices, same-store unit costs improved 1 percent compared to the prior year.  Through June, the Company also continued to experience higher than normal distribution costs due in part to last year's storm events.  During the second quarter, the Company completed the dredging of its coastal Texas port facilities and took possession of the second of its new, more efficient Panamax-class ships.

The Company's Aggregates segment gross profit flow-through rate has begun to move towards longer-term expectations of 60 percent.   Through the first half of 2018, same-store incremental gross profit was 43 percent of incremental segment sales excluding freight and delivery, and 56 percent excluding the impact of higher unit prices for diesel fuel – despite the negative impact of geographic mix on these period-over-period comparisons.  Although quarterly gross profit flow-through rates can vary widely from quarter to quarter, the Company expects continued improvement in the second half of the year.

Asphalt, Concrete and Calcium

Asphalt segment gross profit of $26 million was $3 million lower than the prior year quarter due to lower material margins.  On a same-store basis, shipments increased 3 percent from the prior year.  Although same-store asphalt mix selling prices increased 4 percent, a 28 percent increase in unit costs for liquid asphalt compressed margins.  Year-to-date, higher liquid asphalt costs have negatively affected segment earnings by $16 million.  Although Asphalt segment material margins may improve in the second half of the year, the Company expects them to remain below beginning-of-year expectations.

Concrete segment gross profit of $13 million was $4 million higher than the prior year quarter.  Same-store shipments increased 10 percent year-over-year.  Same-store average price increases of 3 percent allowed for a 3 percent gain in the material margins.  Through the first half of 2018, Concrete segment gross profit is in line with Company expectations.

Calcium segment gross profit was $0.8 million versus $0.6 million in the prior year's second quarter.

Growth, Capital Allocation and Financial Position

During the second quarter, the Company invested $41 million on core operating and maintenance capital, in line with expectations.  The Company continues to expect core operating and maintenance capital spending for the full year of approximately $250 million. 

For 2018, we expect the business to generate approximately $825 million of after-tax cash flows from earnings (defined as EBITDA less working capital growth, operating and maintenance capital, and cash taxes).  With disciplined capital deployment and compounding improvements in unit margins, our aggregates-centric business model should enable further significant gains in after-tax cash flows from earnings as the recovery moves forward.

The Company's capital allocation priorities remain unchanged, as does its intent to maintain an investment-grade credit rating.

During the quarter, the Company invested $77 million in internal growth capital projects.  Current projects underway include securing new aggregates reserves, developing new production sites, enhancing the Company's distribution capabilities, and selectively expanding asphalt and concrete production capabilities.  The Company plans for $350 million in internal growth capital expenditures during 2018 and anticipates a significantly lower figure for 2019.

The Company completed three bolt-on acquisitions during the first half of the year for total consideration of $219 million.  These acquisitions complement Vulcan's existing positions in Alabama, California and Texas.  The Company also divested its Georgia ready-mixed concrete operations during the first half of the year.

Selling, Administrative and General (SAG), Other Operating and Nonoperating Expense and Taxes

SAG expenses in the quarter were $89 million, $6 million higher than the prior year. The year-over-year increase primarily was attributable to acquired operations and the timing of certain accruals.  On a trailing-twelve-month basis, SAG expense as a percentage of total revenues declined from 8.7 percent to 7.9 percent.  Full year expectations for SAG expense remain unchanged at $335 million.

Other operating expense was $6 million in the second quarter compared to $18 million in the prior year that included $15 million of charges associated with previously divested operations.  Over the past five years, other operating expenses, excluding discrete items, have averaged approximately $3 to $4 million per quarter. 

Other nonoperating income of $3.3 million reflects the adoption of ASU 2017-07 relating to the required presentation of certain benefit plan costs.  For the second quarter, this adoption increased cost of revenues and SAG by $3.6 million and $0.5 million, respectively, with a corresponding benefit to nonoperating income.  Prior period figures have also been revised.  Although this change in presentation has no net impact on net earnings or EBITDA, it does impact period-over-period comparisons of segment profitability.

The full year projected effective tax rate remains 20 percent and full year projected cash taxes are approximately $75 million before the effects of debt refinancing actions, use of various credits, and refunds from prior period overpayments. 

Demand and Earnings Outlook

Regarding the Company's earnings outlook for 2018, Mr. Hill stated, "Our business is positioned for continued shipment growth, compounding pricing improvements, and further gains in unit profitability in the second half of the year and into 2019.  Public construction demand is beginning to join the sustained recovery in private demand and Vulcan-served markets are benefitting disproportionally. 

"As a result, we expect aggregates shipment growth for the balance of the year consistent with that experienced in the second quarter.   We also expect aggregates pricing to strengthen throughout the remainder of the year and heading into 2019.  Geographic and product mix may continue to impact reported average selling prices, but the underlying direction remains clear, strongly supported by our strategic and tactical focus on compounding pricing improvements. The rate at which we convert same-store incremental revenues into incremental gross profit in the Aggregates segment should improve further in the second half, particularly as we move past the storm-related costs of 2017.  In total, we project full year Aggregates segment gross profit in line with our beginning-of-year expectations, as stronger shipments work to offset higher diesel and other input costs.

"The full year 2018 gross profit contribution from our downstream segments likely will fall short of our beginning-of-year plans, primarily due to the impact of much higher liquid asphalt prices on material margins in our Asphalt segment.  Asphalt prices have begun to rise in response to higher input costs, and we expect material margins to stabilize in the second half of the year.

"As noted, these trends continue to support our full year outlook for net earnings and adjusted EBITDA. These trends, particularly our strength in aggregates shipments supported by growth in public transportation infrastructure construction activity, also bode very well for Vulcan's continued progress toward its mid-cycle goals in 2019 and beyond."

Conference Call

Vulcan will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. CDT on July 31, 2018.  A webcast will be available via the Company's website at www.vulcanmaterials.com.  Investors and other interested parties may access the teleconference live by calling 888-599-8686, or 323-994-2093 approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start.  The conference ID is 8630268.  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 with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates – primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel – and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete.  For additional information about Vulcan, go to www.vulcanmaterials.com.

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; the increasing reliance on information technology infrastructure for Vulcan's ticketing, procurement, financial statements and other processes could adversely affect operations in the event that the 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, including those relating to climate change, wetlands, greenhouse gas emissions, the definition of minerals, tax policy or international trade; 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; 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 existing and/or divested businesses; Vulcan's ability to secure and permit aggregates reserves in strategically located areas; Vulcan's ability to manage and successfully integrate acquisitions; significant downturn in the construction industry may result in the impairment of goodwill or long-lived assets; changes in technologies, which could disrupt the way we do business and how our products are distributed; the effect of changes in tax laws, guidance and interpretations, including those related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was enacted in December 2017; 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















 

(in thousands, except per share data)





Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Earnings


June 30


June 30

(Condensed and unaudited)


2018


2017


2018


2017












Total revenues


$1,200,151


$1,030,763


$2,054,625


$1,818,091

Cost of revenues


876,967


740,746


1,572,106


1,369,853

  Gross profit


323,184


290,017


482,519


448,238

Selling, administrative and general expenses


89,043


83,056


167,383


165,439

Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment









  and businesses


2,106


2,773


6,270


3,142

Other operating expense, net


(5,994)


(17,768)


(9,969)


(23,595)

  Operating earnings


230,253


191,966


311,437


262,346

Other nonoperating income, net


3,339


3,890


8,421


7,934

Interest expense, net


33,244


38,455


71,018


72,531

Earnings from continuing operations









  before income taxes


200,348


157,401


248,840


197,749

Income tax expense


40,046


45,652


35,143


42,477

Earnings from continuing operations


160,302


111,749


213,697


155,272

Earnings (loss) on discontinued operations, net of tax


(650)


8,390


(1,066)


9,788

Net earnings


$159,652


$120,139


$212,631


$165,060












Basic earnings (loss) per share









  Continuing operations


$1.21


$0.84


$1.61


$1.17

  Discontinued operations


$0.00


$0.07


($0.01)


$0.08

  Net earnings


$1.21


$0.91


$1.60


$1.25












Diluted earnings (loss) per share









  Continuing operations


$1.20


$0.83


$1.59


$1.15

  Discontinued operations


($0.01)


$0.06


($0.01)


$0.07

  Net earnings


$1.19


$0.89


$1.58


$1.22























Weighted-average common shares outstanding









  Basic


132,437


132,413


132,563


132,524

  Assuming dilution


134,051


134,735


134,280


134,925

Cash dividends per share of common stock


$0.28


$0.25


$0.56


$0.50

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


$85,633


$76,775


$167,072


$148,339

Effective tax rate from continuing operations


20.0%


29.0%


14.1%


21.5%

 

 









Table B

Vulcan Materials Company







and Subsidiary Companies















(in thousands)

Consolidated Balance Sheets


June 30


December 31


June 30

(Condensed and unaudited)


2018


2017


2017

Assets







Cash and cash equivalents


$55,059


$141,646


$1,129,799

Restricted cash


6,056


5,000


0

Accounts and notes receivable







  Accounts and notes receivable, gross


640,742


590,986


573,029

  Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts


(2,628)


(2,649)


(2,943)

  Accounts and notes receivable, net


638,114


588,337


570,086

Inventories







  Finished products


343,948


327,711


318,465

  Raw materials


29,684


27,152


27,106

  Products in process


1,882


1,827


1,210

  Operating supplies and other


28,250


27,648


28,148

  Inventories


403,764


384,338


374,929

Other current assets


80,209


60,780


109,998

Total current assets


1,183,202


1,180,101


2,184,812

Investments and long-term receivables


41,989


35,115


38,888

Property, plant & equipment







  Property, plant & equipment, cost


8,241,164


7,969,312


7,531,536

  Allowances for depreciation, depletion & amortization


(4,134,750)


(4,050,381)


(3,992,728)

  Property, plant & equipment, net


4,106,414


3,918,931


3,538,808

Goodwill


3,163,954


3,122,321


3,101,439

Other intangible assets, net


1,156,898


1,063,630


834,971

Other noncurrent assets


192,327


184,793


171,025

Total assets


$9,844,784


$9,504,891


$9,869,943

Liabilities







Current maturities of long-term debt


23


41,383


525,776

Short-term debt


360,000


0


0

Trade payables and accruals


231,913


197,335


202,753

Other current liabilities


219,860


204,154


197,264

Total current liabilities


811,796


442,872


925,793

Long-term debt


2,776,906


2,813,482


2,809,293

Deferred income taxes, net


545,756


464,081


706,726

Deferred revenue


188,826


191,476


195,020

Other noncurrent liabilities


500,870


624,087


631,007

Total liabilities


$4,824,154


$4,535,998


$5,267,839

Equity







Common stock, $1 par value


132,268


132,324


132,181

Capital in excess of par value


2,788,486


2,805,587


2,797,269

Retained earnings


2,244,545


2,180,448


1,810,528

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(144,669)


(149,466)


(137,874)

Total equity


$5,020,630


$4,968,893


$4,602,104

Total liabilities and equity


$9,844,784


$9,504,891


$9,869,943

 

 








Table C

Vulcan Materials Company





and Subsidiary Companies












(in thousands)








Six Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows




June 30

(Condensed and unaudited)


2018


2017

Operating Activities





Net earnings




$212,631


$165,060

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




  Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


167,072


148,339

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


(6,270)


(3,142)

  Contributions to pension plans


(104,794)


(4,744)

  Share-based compensation expense


14,763


13,671

  Deferred tax expense (benefit)


40,549


2,901

  Cost of debt purchase


6,922


0

  Changes in assets and liabilities before initial





  effects of business acquisitions and dispositions


(55,415)


(170,701)

Other, net





302


3,838

Net cash provided by operating activities


$275,760


$155,222

Investing Activities





Purchases of property, plant & equipment


(247,166)


(291,034)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment


8,523


8,530

Proceeds from sale of businesses


11,256


0

Payment for businesses acquired, net of acquired cash


(218,996)


(210,562)

Other, net





(10,226)


405

Net cash used for investing activities


($456,609)


($492,661)

Financing Activities





Proceeds from short-term debt


506,200


5,000

Payment of short-term debt


(146,200)


(5,000)

Payment of current maturities and long-term debt


(892,044)


(235,007)

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt


850,000


1,600,000

Debt issuance and exchange costs


(45,513)


(15,046)

Settlements of interest rate derivatives


3,378


0

Purchases of common stock


(74,921)


(60,303)

Dividends paid




(74,196)


(66,194)

Share-based compensation, shares withheld for taxes


(31,386)


(24,231)

Net cash provided by financing activities


$95,318


$1,199,219

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash


(85,531)


861,780

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year


146,646


268,019

Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period


$61,115


$1,129,799

 

 












Table D

Segment Financial Data and Unit Shipments












 

(in thousands, except per unit data)






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended








June 30




June 30






2018


2017


2018


2017

Total Revenues









Aggregates 1


$956,265


$817,586


$1,655,922


$1,467,886

Asphalt



211,828


175,758


315,663


271,534

Concrete 


106,723


105,213


207,685


193,963

Calcium 


2,282


1,971


4,224


3,857

Segment sales


$1,277,098


$1,100,528


$2,183,494


$1,937,240

Aggregates intersegment sales


(76,947)


(69,765)


(128,869)


(119,149)

Total revenues


$1,200,151


$1,030,763


$2,054,625


$1,818,091

Gross Profit









Aggregates


$283,476


$251,419


$431,697


$390,210

Asphalt



25,750


28,760


25,996


37,242

Concrete 


13,191


9,253


23,511


19,478

Calcium 





767


585


1,315


1,308

Total




$323,184


$290,017


$482,519


$448,238

Depreciation, Depletion, Accretion and Amortization




Aggregates


$69,738


$60,832


$135,691


$118,488

Asphalt



7,298


6,615


14,300


12,347

Concrete 


3,049


3,672


6,463


6,695

Calcium 


70


192


139


387

Other




5,478


5,464


10,479


10,422

Total




$85,633


$76,775


$167,072


$148,339

Average Unit Sales Price and Unit Shipments





Aggregates









Freight-adjusted revenues 2


$730,513


$631,425


$1,259,927


$1,128,230

Aggregates - tons


54,957


47,967


95,489


86,213

Freight-adjusted sales price 3


$13.29


$13.16


$13.19


$13.09













Other Products









Asphalt Mix - tons


3,077


2,917


4,870


4,695

Asphalt Mix - sales price


$54.70


$52.90


$54.18


$52.26













Ready-mixed concrete - cubic yards

876


910


1,692


1,702

Ready-mixed concrete - sales price


$120.56


$115.08


$121.48


$113.65













Calcium - tons


80


70


148


136

Calcium - sales price


$28.11


$28.39


$28.49


$28.29













1 Includes product sales as well as freight & delivery costs that we pass along to our customers, and service

       revenues related to aggregates.








2 Freight-adjusted revenues are Aggregates segment sales excluding freight & delivery revenues, and other

       revenues related to services, such as landfill tipping fees that are derived from our aggregates business.

3 Freight-adjusted sales price is calculated as freight-adjusted revenues divided by aggregates unit shipments.

 

 












Appendix 1

1.   Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures



















Aggregates segment freight-adjusted 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. We believe that this presentation is consistent with our competitors and meaningful to our investors as it excludes revenues associated with freight & delivery, which are pass-through activities. It also excludes immaterial other revenues related to services, such as landfill tipping fees, that are derived from our aggregates business. Additionally, we use this metric as the basis for calculating the average sales price of our aggregates products. Reconciliation of this metric to its nearest GAAP measure is presented below:


Aggregates Segment Freight-Adjusted Revenues


















(dollars in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended








June 30




June 30






2018


2017


2018


2017

Aggregates segment









Segment sales


$956,265


$817,586


$1,655,922


$1,467,886

Less:       Freight & delivery revenues 1


213,474


176,395


372,417


324,293

                Other revenues


12,278


9,766


23,578


15,363

Freight-adjusted revenues


$730,513


$631,425


$1,259,927


$1,128,230

Unit shipment - tons


54,957


47,967


95,489


86,213

Freight-adjusted sales price


$13.29


$13.16


$13.19


$13.09













1 At the segment level, freight & delivery revenues include intersegment freight & delivery, (which are eliminated at the consolidated level) and

      freight to remote distribution sites.





















Aggregates segment gross profit margin as a percentage of segment sales excluding freight & delivery (revenues and costs) 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 consistent with our competitors and meaningful to our investors as it excludes revenues associated with freight & delivery, which are pass-through activities (we do not generate a profit associated with the transportation component of the selling price of the product). Incremental gross profit as a percentage of segment sales excluding freight & delivery represents the year-over-year change in gross profit divided by the year-over-year change in segment sales excluding freight & delivery. Reconciliations of these metrics to their nearest GAAP measures are presented below:


Aggregates Segment Gross Profit Margin in Accordance with GAAP














(dollars in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended








June 30




June 30






2018


2017


2018


2017

Aggregates segment









Gross profit


$283,476


$251,419


$431,697


$390,210

Segment sales


$956,265


$817,586


$1,655,922


$1,467,886

Gross profit margin


29.6%


30.8%


26.1%


26.6%

Incremental gross profit margin


23.1%




22.1%















Aggregates Segment Gross Profit as a Percentage of Segment Sales Excluding Freight & Delivery










(dollars in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended








June 30




June 30






2018


2017


2018


2017

Aggregates segment









Gross profit


$283,476


$251,419


$431,697


$390,210

Segment sales


$956,265


$817,586


$1,655,922


$1,467,886

Less:       Freight & delivery revenues 1


213,474


176,395


372,417


324,293

    Segment sales excluding freight & delivery


$742,791


$641,191


$1,283,505


$1,143,593

Gross profit as a percentage of segment sales









    excluding freight & delivery


38.2%


39.2%


33.6%


34.1%

Incremental gross profit as a percentage of









    segment sales excluding freight & delivery


31.6%




29.7%















1 At the segment level, freight & delivery revenues include intersegment freight & delivery, (which are eliminated at the consolidated level) and

     freight to remote distribution sites.





















GAAP does not define "Aggregates segment cash gross profit" and it should not be considered as an alternative to earnings measures defined by GAAP. We and the investment community use this metric to assess the operating performance of our business. Additionally, we present this metric as we believe that it closely correlates to long-term shareholder value. We do not use this metric as a measure to allocate resources.  Aggregates segment cash gross profit per ton is computed by dividing Aggregates segment cash gross profit by tons shipped. Reconciliation of this metric to its nearest GAAP measure is presented below:


Aggregates Segment Cash Gross Profit


















 

(in thousands, except per ton data)






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended








June 30




June 30






2018


2017


2018


2017

Aggregates segment









Gross profit


$283,476


$251,419


$431,697


$390,210

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


69,738


60,832


135,691


118,488

      Aggregates segment cash gross profit


$353,214


$312,251


$567,388


$508,698

Unit shipments - tons


54,957


47,967


95,489


86,213

Aggregates segment cash gross profit per ton


$6.43


$6.51


$5.94


$5.90

 
















Appendix 2

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Continued)

























GAAP does not define "Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization" (EBITDA) and it should not be considered as an alternative to earnings measures defined by GAAP. We use this metric to assess the operating performance of our business and as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting as we believe that it closely correlates to long-term shareholder value. We do not use this metric as a measure to allocate resources. We adjust EBITDA for certain items to provide a more consistent comparison of earnings performance from period to period. Reconciliation of this metric to its nearest GAAP measure is presented below:














EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA




























(in thousands)






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


TTM






June 30


June 30


June 30






2018


2017


2018


2017


2018


2017

Net earnings


$159,652


$120,139


$212,631


$165,060


$648,756


$419,685

Income tax expense (benefit)


40,046


45,652


35,143


42,477


(239,409)


125,556

Interest expense, net


33,244


38,455


71,018


72,531


289,572


138,735

(Earnings) loss on discontinued operations, net of tax


650


(8,390)


1,066


(9,788)


3,060


(11,211)

EBIT




$233,592


$195,856


$319,858


$270,280


$701,979


$672,765

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


85,633


76,775


167,072


148,339


324,698


291,965

EBITDA



$319,225


$272,631


$486,930


$418,619


$1,026,677


$964,730

     Gain on sale of businesses


$0


$0


($2,929)


$0


($13,437)


($16,216)

     Property donation


0


0


0


0


4,290


0

     Business interruption claims recovery, net of incentives


0


0


(1,694)


0


(1,694)


(52)

     Charges associated with divested operations


0


15,023


0


16,401


1,661


17,687

     Business development, net of termination fee 1


4,466


0


4,982


0


8,046


0

     One-time employee bonuses


0


0


0


0


6,716


0

     Restructuring charges


1,146


0


5,390


1,942


5,390


1,942

Adjusted EBITDA


$324,837


$287,654


$492,679


$436,962


$1,037,649


$968,091

     Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


(85,633)


(76,775)


(167,072)


(148,339)


(324,698)


(291,965)

Adjusted EBIT


$239,204


$210,879


$325,607


$288,623


$712,951


$676,126

















1 Represents non-routine charges associated with acquisitions including the cost impact of purchase accounting inventory valuations.




















Similar to our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, we present Adjusted Diluted EPS to provide a more consistent comparison of earnings
performance from period to period.










Adjusted Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations (Adjusted Diluted EPS)






























Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


TTM






June 30


June 30


June 30






2018


2017


2018


2017


2018


2017

Diluted EPS


$1.20


$0.83


$1.59


$1.15


$4.84


$3.02

     Items included in Adjusted EBITDA above


0.03


0.07


0.03


0.09


$0.06


0.03

     Debt refinancing costs


0.00


0.00


0.04


0.02


$0.75


0.02

     Tax reform income tax savings


0.00


0.00


0.00


0.00


($1.99)


0.00

     Alabama NOL carryforward valuation allowance


0.00


0.00


0.00


0.00


($0.21)


(0.04)

     Foreign tax credit carryforward utilization


0.00


0.00


0.00


0.00


$0.00


(0.05)

Adjusted Diluted EPS


$1.23


$0.90


$1.66


$1.26


$3.45


$2.98

















The following reconciliation to the mid-point of the range of 2018 Projected EBITDA excludes adjustments which are difficult to forecast (timing or amount). Due to the difficulty in forcasting such adjustments, we are unable to estimate the significance of the adjustments.  Additionally, we present the metric Projected After Tax Cash Flow from Earnings to assess the operating performance of our business and as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting.  These metrics are not defined by GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to earnings measures defined by GAAP.  Reconciliation of these metrics to their nearest GAAP measure is presented below:

















2018 Projected EBITDA and After Tax Cash Flow from Earnings


























(in millions)
















Mid-point

Net earnings












$585

Income tax expense












140

Interest expense, net












135

Discontinued operations, net of tax












0

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization












340

Projected EBITDA












$1,200

Less















     Working capital change












50

     Operating & maintenance capital expenditures












250

     Cash taxes before impact of certain non-recurring benefits










75

Projected after tax cash flow from earnings












$825

 

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