Vulcan Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

Margins Expand Despite Extreme Wet Weather

Aggregates Pricing Momentum Continues - Pricing Up 6 Percent

Aug 03, 2015, 18:42 ET from Vulcan Materials Company

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2015.

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The Company's second quarter results reflect the continuation of strong margin expansion and improvement in its industry-leading unit profitability in aggregates.  Despite extremely wet weather in many of our markets, second quarter revenues increased 13 percent and gross profit increased 34 percent from the prior year, with gross profit and gross profit margins improving in all segments.  Same-store aggregates shipments rose 5 percent and same-store freight-adjusted aggregates pricing increased 6 percent from the prior year.  Underlying demand recovery and pricing momentum remain strong.  Same-store incremental aggregates gross profits equaled 74 percent of incremental freight-adjusted revenues for the quarter – and 72 percent for the trailing twelve months.  Although weather impacts in the second quarter and first half may result in full-year volumes below plan, pricing and margin improvements lead the Company to reconfirm its full-year EBITDA guidance.  The remainder of this release provides additional detail regarding the Company's second quarter results and full year outlook.

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

  • Total revenues increased $104 million, or 13 percent, to $895 million
  • Gross profit increased $60 million in total, or 34 percent, to $234 million
  • Aggregates freight-adjusted revenues increased $75 million, or 15 percent, to $558 million
    • Shipments increased 9 percent, or 3.8 million tons, to 47.5 million tons
      • Same-store shipments increased 5 percent, or 2.4 million tons
    • Segment gross profit increased $46 million, or 28 percent, to $207 million
    • Incremental gross profit as a percent of freight-adjusted revenues was 61 percent
      • On a same-store basis, this metric was 74 percent
    • Average freight-adjusted sales price increased 6 percent
  • Asphalt Mix, Concrete and Calcium segment gross profit improved $14 million, collectively
  • SAG remained in line with expectations and declined as a percentage of total revenues
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $229 million, an increase of $56 million, or 33 percent
  • Earnings from continuing operations were $0.37 per diluted share versus $0.35 per share in the second quarter of 2014. Included in these results are:
    • $0.24 per diluted share in the current year's quarter for net charges related to debt refinancing in 2015
    • $0.05 and $0.01 for net charges related to restructuring and business development costs in 2015 and 2014 respectively
  • Adjusted for these items, earnings from continuing operations were $0.66 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2015 versus $0.36 per diluted share in the prior year

Tom Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The continuing recovery in construction activity across most of our markets was masked by extremely wet weather, particularly in April and May.  Despite deferred shipments and operating cost challenges due to these weather conditions, our local teams delivered another quarter of significant margin improvements – a pattern of performance sustained since the gradual recovery in shipments began eight quarters ago.  Customer confidence and the overall demand outlook continue to improve, and, as expected, pricing momentum continues to strengthen.  Looking forward, we remain well positioned to serve our customers and to achieve strong earnings growth in 2015 and beyond." 

Commentary on Quarterly Segment Results

Aggregates Segment

Severe wet weather disrupted shipments across many of the Company's key markets.  Same-store shipment growth of 5.4 percent in the quarter fell below both plan and recent trends.  A monthly break-down of shipping trends illustrates the weather impacts in the quarter.  On a same-store basis, aggregates shipments in April and May (when record rainfall was reported in several of our markets) increased 5 percent and 2 percent, respectively, versus the prior year.  In contrast, June same-store aggregates shipments increased 9 percent versus the prior year.  Despite weather limiting available construction days in several markets, the second quarter marked the eighth consecutive quarter of growth in trailing twelve month shipments.  For the quarter just ended, trailing twelve month shipments grew 9 percent over the prior year period on a same-store basis.  Both public and private demand for aggregates continue to recover across most of our markets; however, current consumption levels remain well below historic trends. 

Freight-adjusted average sales price for aggregates increased 6.4 percent on a same-store basis, or $0.71 per ton, versus the prior year's second quarter, with most markets realizing accelerating price improvement.  Product mix muted the impact of reported price increases in some key markets, including Virginia, where large shipments of lower-priced fines product contributed to an approximately 1 percent decline in quarterly average selling price over the prior year.  In most markets, announced price increases have been well accepted.  Customer service levels remain high, and as noted below, the Company continues to invest to meeting rising customer requirements for product quantities and quality.  Given these and other indicators, we expect overall aggregates pricing to continue to rise throughout the year, with a higher rate of increase in the second half.

Overall, aggregates operating costs approximated the prior year's second quarter.  During the second quarter, several markets experienced higher than expected costs pertaining to repair and maintenance activities and overtime labor, with weather conditions also negatively impacting production efficiencies.  Despite lower than planned shipments in the current quarter, the company moved ahead with stripping and other expenditures geared toward meeting rising customer demand. Diesel related cost-savings mostly offset these higher costs in the quarter.  Compared to last year's second quarter, cost of revenues for the Aggregates segment benefitted by approximately $9 million from lower fuel expenditures.  The Company remains focused, with a multi-quarter view, on balancing the several factors impacting production quality, service quality and cost.  Over the trailing twelve months, and excluding the impact of diesel price movements and newly acquired operations, aggregates unit cost of sales have declined by approximately 1 percent.

During the second quarter, the Company's same-store unit margins continued to expand faster than unit pricing.  Gross profit per ton increased $0.76, or 21 percent, from the prior year.  On a trailing twelve month basis, same-store unit gross profit has increased 23 percent, while unit cash gross profit has increased 12 percent to $5.04 per ton – a new twelve-month high despite cyclically low volumes.  These results reflect the Company's continued commitment to high customer service levels as well as plant-level cost controls and operating disciplines.

For the quarter, aggregates same-store freight-adjusted revenues increased $59 million, while same-store gross profit for the segment increased $44 million, a flow-through rate of 74 percent.  Because quarterly results can be volatile due to seasonality and other factors, the Company encourages investors to also consider longer-term trends.  On a trailing-twelve-month basis, this flow-through rate has consistently exceeded the Company's stated goal of 60 percent since volumes began to recover in the second half of 2013.

Asphalt, Concrete and Calcium Segments

In the second quarter, Asphalt segment gross profit was $21 million versus $9 million in the prior year.  This year-over-year improvement resulted from higher volumes, effective management of materials margins, and earnings from acquisitions completed since the first half of last year.  Same-store asphalt volumes increased 8 percent. 

Concrete segment gross profit was $5 million versus $3 million in the prior year's second quarter.  Last year's second quarter results included the Company's California concrete business that was divested via an asset swap in January 2015.  On a same-store basis, sales volumes decreased 5 percent versus the prior year due to unusually wet weather in Virginia and Texas.  Pricing and unit profitability improved while same-store gross profit was flat with the prior year due to the negative volume impact of wet weather. 

The Company's Calcium segment reported gross profit of $1.1 million, an improvement over the prior year.

In total, the year-to-date gross profit contribution of these three segments has exceeded plan.  Margin improvements resulting from both core operating disciplines and changes to our asset portfolio have offset lower than anticipated volumes in certain markets.

Selling, Administrative and General (SAG) and Other Cost Items

Overall SAG expenses remain in line with expectations and largely flat with the prior year.  In the second quarter, legal and outside services expenses, primarily associated with business development activities, were higher than the prior year.  Although the company continues to invest in sales-related staff and support, overall headcount-related costs were lower year-over-year.  As a percentage of total revenues, SAG was approximately 80 basis points lower than the prior year.  The Company intends to further leverage SAG expenses to revenues as volumes recover.

The Company expects that full-year pension and post retirement-related costs, a portion of which flow through SAG, will be approximately $10 million higher than the prior year due primarily to changes in the assumptions used to value future obligations.

Other operating expense, generally consisting of various cost items not included in cost of revenues, was $10 million versus $5 million in the second quarter of 2014.  The year-over-year increase resulted from a land parcel in California where the lease was not renewed.  As a result, the associated reclamation obligation was expensed in the second quarter.  Over the past three years, other operating expenses, exclusive of significant items disclosed individually, have averaged approximately $3 million each quarter.   

Capital Allocation

During March and April, the Company completed major components of the refinancing plan announced during its February 25, 2015 Investor Day.  Refinancing expenses, including the acceleration of previously deferred financing costs, were $67 million in total, of which $45 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, was incurred in the second quarter and was reported as part of interest expense.  The remainder ($22 million, or $0.12 per diluted share) was reported as part of interest expense in the first quarter. 

In June, the Company closed on a new $750 million unsecured credit facility.  As previously noted, the Company intends to use this credit facility to refinance the $150 million note due December 2015.

In total, the operations acquired by the Company since the first half of 2014 contributed $11 million of EBITDA in the second quarter.  These results were slightly below management expectations, reflecting the impact of weather and marginally higher costs associated with increasing production capacity and efficiency at certain operations. 

The Company continues to pursue attractive bolt-on acquisitions.  In the second quarter, the Company completed the acquisition of three aggregates facilities and seven ready-mixed concrete operations in Arizona and New Mexico for approximately $21 million.

Outlook

Regarding the Company's outlook for 2015, Mr. Hill stated, "Severe weather in the first half of the year, particularly in the second quarter, masked improving fundamentals in construction activity.  Underlying demand remains strong and we are encouraged by the accelerating momentum in aggregates pricing throughout our markets.  As a result, we are reaffirming our expectation for Adjusted EBITDA of $775 to $825 million, driven by strong growth in aggregates gross profit per ton, earnings improvement in our non-aggregates businesses and continuing leverage of our SAG expenses.  Through the first half of 2015, same-store aggregates volumes are up 7 percent and total aggregates pricing is up 5 percent.  We expect a higher rate of pricing growth in the second half.  With respect to second half shipments, a key factor will be the ability of our customers to recover weather-delayed volume from the first half, which can be a challenge in a growing market where scheduled work is compressed into a shorter time period.     

"Our performance in the first half of this year directly reflects the great efforts of our people at all levels of the organization and the geographic diversification of our operational footprint.  Revenue growth is translating into expanding margins and higher unit profitability – and we intend to keep pushing for additional improvement.  We believe executing our sales and operating plans will achieve significant future earnings growth while delivering quality products and services to our customers safely and efficiently. We remain focused on the execution of those plans."

Conference Call

Vulcan will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. CDT on August 4, 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 877-840-5321 approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start.  International participants can dial 678-509-8772.  The conference ID is 87603419.  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 successfully implement our new divisional structure and changes in our management team; 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

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Earnings

June 30

June 30

(Condensed and unaudited)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Total revenues

$895,143

$791,143

$1,526,436

$1,365,563

Cost of revenues

660,694

616,355

1,214,122

1,156,682

Gross profit

234,449

174,788

312,314

208,881

Selling, administrative and general expenses

69,197

67,615

135,960

133,733

Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment

and businesses, net

249

1,162

6,624

237,526

Restructuring charges

(1,280)

0

(4,098)

0

Other operating expense, net

(10,445)

(5,089)

(14,346)

(14,758)

Operating earnings

153,776

103,246

164,534

297,916

Other nonoperating income (expense), net

(439)

1,798

542

4,622

Interest expense, net

83,651

40,551

146,132

160,639

Earnings from continuing operations

before income taxes

69,686

64,493

18,944

141,899

Provision for income taxes

19,867

17,982

5,791

40,882

Earnings from continuing operations

49,819

46,511

13,153

101,017

Loss on discontinued operations, net of taxes

(1,657)

(544)

(4,669)

(1,054)

Net earnings

$48,162

$45,967

$8,484

$99,963

Basic earnings (loss) per share

Continuing operations

$0.37

$0.35

$0.10

$0.77

Discontinued operations

($0.01)

$0.00

($0.04)

($0.01)

Net earnings

$0.36

$0.35

$0.06

$0.76

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

Continuing operations

$0.37

$0.35

$0.10

$0.76

Discontinued operations

($0.01)

$0.00

($0.04)

($0.01)

Net earnings

$0.36

$0.35

$0.06

$0.75

Weighted-average common shares outstanding

Basic

133,103

131,149

132,882

130,980

Assuming dilution

135,234

132,876

134,689

132,468

Cash dividends per share of common stock

$0.10

$0.05

$0.20

$0.10

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization

$68,384

$68,323

$135,108

$137,702

Effective tax rate from continuing operations

28.5%

27.9%

30.6%

28.8%

 

Table B

Vulcan Materials Company

and Subsidiary Companies

(in thousands, except per share data)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

June 30

December 31

June 30

(Condensed and unaudited)

2015

2014

2014

Cash and cash equivalents

$74,736

$141,273

$227,684

Restricted cash

0

0

62,087

Accounts and notes receivable

Accounts and notes receivable, gross

495,781

378,947

439,938

Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts

(5,370)

(5,105)

(5,606)

Accounts and notes receivable, net

490,411

373,842

434,332

Inventories

Finished products

292,932

275,172

260,111

Raw materials

21,610

19,741

20,458

Products in process

1,461

1,250

1,104

Operating supplies and other

25,825

25,641

28,041

Inventories

341,828

321,804

309,714

Current deferred income taxes

39,562

39,726

40,858

Prepaid expenses

75,663

28,640

27,309

Assets held for sale

0

15,184

0

Total current assets

1,022,200

920,469

1,101,984

Investments and long-term receivables

41,603

41,650

42,128

Property, plant & equipment

Property, plant & equipment, cost

6,752,916

6,608,842

6,396,658

Reserve for depreciation, depletion & amortization

(3,637,392)

(3,537,212)

(3,494,896)

Property, plant & equipment, net

3,115,524

3,071,630

2,901,762

Goodwill

3,094,824

3,094,824

3,081,521

Other intangible assets, net

767,995

758,243

633,442

Other noncurrent assets

153,737

154,281

150,001

Total assets

$8,195,883

$8,041,097

$7,910,838

Liabilities

Current maturities of long-term debt

14,124

150,137

158

Short-term debt

138,500

0

0

Trade payables and accruals

190,904

145,148

178,239

Other current liabilities

163,112

156,073

171,008

Liabilities of assets held for sale

0

520

0

Total current liabilities

506,640

451,878

349,405

Long-term debt

1,893,737

1,834,642

1,983,319

Noncurrent deferred income taxes

686,171

691,137

704,544

Deferred revenue

211,429

213,968

217,589

Other noncurrent liabilities

670,949

672,773

569,794

Total liabilities

$3,968,926

$3,864,398

$3,824,651

Equity

Common stock, $1 par value

132,984

131,907

130,910

Capital in excess of par value

2,791,232

2,734,661

2,665,793

Retained earnings

1,453,752

1,471,845

1,382,711

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(151,011)

(161,714)

(93,227)

Total equity

$4,226,957

$4,176,699

$4,086,187

Total liabilities and equity

$8,195,883

$8,041,097

$7,910,838

 

Table C

Vulcan Materials Company

and Subsidiary Companies

(in thousands)

Six Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

June 30

(Condensed and unaudited)

2015

2014

Operating Activities

Net earnings

$8,484

$99,963

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

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization

135,108

137,702

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

(6,624)

(237,526)

Contributions to pension plans

(2,822)

(2,791)

Share-based compensation

9,679

11,928

Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation

(11,457)

(3,242)

Deferred tax provision (benefit)

(11,656)

24

Cost of debt purchase

67,075

72,949

Changes in assets and liabilities before initial

effects of business acquisitions and dispositions

(109,790)

(59,893)

Other, net

(13,360)

3,786

Net cash provided by operating activities

$64,637

$22,900

Investing Activities

Purchases of property, plant & equipment

(148,721)

(116,312)

Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment

3,419

20,454

Proceeds from sale of businesses, net of transaction costs

0

719,089

Payment for businesses acquired, net of acquired cash

(21,387)

(207)

Increase in restricted cash

0

(62,087)

Other, net

(334)

0

Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities

($167,023)

$560,937

Financing Activities

Proceeds from line of credit

284,000

0

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

(676,445)

(579,694)

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

400,000

0

Debt and line of credit issuance costs

(7,382)

0

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

0

27,539

Dividends paid

(26,549)

(13,074)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

50,769

12,095

Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation

11,457

3,242

Other, net

(1)

1

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

$35,849

($549,891)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(66,537)

33,946

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

141,273

193,738

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$74,736

$227,684

 

Table D

Segment Financial Data and Unit Shipments

(in thousands, except per unit data)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2015

2014

2015

2014

Total Revenues

Aggregates 1

$733,379

$628,870

$1,236,888

$1,057,591

Asphalt Mix 2

128,998

109,349

232,069

193,563

Concrete 2,3

78,598

93,834

138,387

189,843

Calcium 4

2,396

2,174

4,251

20,307

Segment sales

$943,371

$834,227

$1,611,595

$1,461,304

Aggregates intersegment sales

(48,228)

(43,084)

(85,159)

(86,516)

Cement intersegment sales

0

0

0

(9,225)

Total revenues

$895,143

$791,143

$1,526,436

$1,365,563

Gross Profit

Aggregates

$207,285

$161,706

$274,950

$200,184

Asphalt Mix 2

21,135

9,027

29,953

13,738

Concrete 2,3

4,892

3,223

5,702

(6,003)

Calcium 4

1,137

832

1,709

962

Total

$234,449

$174,788

$312,314

$208,881

Depreciation, Depletion, Accretion and Amortization

Aggregates

$57,003

$56,347

$112,519

$110,970

Asphalt Mix 2

4,098

2,421

8,007

4,820

Concrete 2,3

2,774

4,759

5,502

10,796

Calcium 4

164

155

326

1,213

Other

4,345

4,641

8,754

9,903

Total

$68,384

$68,323

$135,108

$137,702

Average Unit Sales Price and Unit Shipments

Aggregates

Freight-adjusted revenues 5

$558,382

$483,620

$938,262

$807,502

Aggregates - tons 6

47,452

43,648

80,955

73,276

Freight-adjusted sales price 7

$11.77

$11.08

$11.59

$11.02

Other Products

Asphalt Mix - tons

2,480

1,857

4,248

3,299

Asphalt Mix - sales price

$54.20

$53.52

$53.76

$53.32

Ready-mixed concrete - cubic yards

743

949

1,316

1,907

Ready-mixed concrete - sales price

$105.79

$98.82

$105.12

$97.10

Calcium - tons

90

84

158

154

Calcium - sales price

$27.07

$25.55

$26.87

$26.23

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

In January 2015, we exchanged our California ready-mixed concrete operations for 13 asphalt mix plants, primarily in Arizona.

Includes ready-mixed concrete.  In March 2014, we sold our concrete business in the Florida area which in addition to ready-mixed concrete, included concrete block, precast concrete, as well as building materials purchased for resale.  See Appendix 5 for adjusted segment data.

Includes cement and calcium products.  In March 2014, we sold our cement business.  See Appendix 5 for adjusted segment data. 

Freight-adjusted revenues are Aggregates segment sales excluding freight, delivery and transportation revenues, and other revenues related to services, such as landfill tipping fees that are derived from our aggregates business.

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).

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:

(in thousands)

Six Months Ended

June 30

2015

2014

Cash Payments

Interest (exclusive of amount capitalized)

$134,215

$162,110

Income taxes

31,755

13,867

Noncash Investing and Financing Activities 

Accrued liabilities for purchases of property, plant & equipment

13,651

12,482

Amounts referable to business acquisitions

Liabilities assumed

2,426

755

Fair value of noncash assets and liabilities exchanged

20,000

0

Fair value of equity consideration

0

1,094

2.   Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

Gross profit margin 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

(dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2015

2014

2015

2014

Gross profit

$234,449

$174,788

$312,314

$208,881

Total revenues

$895,143

$791,143

$1,526,436

$1,365,563

Gross profit margin

26.2%

22.1%

20.5%

15.3%

Gross Profit Margin Excluding Freight and Delivery Revenues

(dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2015

2014

2015

2014

Gross profit

$234,449

$174,788

$312,314

$208,881

Total revenues

$895,143

$791,143

$1,526,436

$1,365,563

Freight and delivery revenues 1

136,527

126,807

242,899

215,747

Total revenues excluding freight and delivery revenues

$758,616

$664,336

$1,283,537

$1,149,816

Gross profit margin excluding freight and delivery revenues

30.9%

26.3%

24.3%

18.2%

1Includes freight to remote distributions sites.

 

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 derived from 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

(dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2015

2014

2015

2014

Aggregates segment

Gross profit

$207,285

$161,706

$274,950

$200,184

Segment sales

$733,379

$628,870

$1,236,888

$1,057,591

Gross profit margin

28.3%

25.7%

22.2%

18.9%

Incremental gross profit margin

43.6%

41.7%

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

(dollars in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2015

2014

2015

2014

Aggregates segment

Gross profit

$207,285

$161,706

$274,950

$200,184

Segment sales

$733,379

$628,870

$1,236,888

$1,057,591

Excluding:

Freight, delivery and transportation revenues 1

$170,516

$139,206

$287,914

$239,749

Other revenues

4,481

6,044

10,712

10,340

Freight-adjusted revenues

$558,382

$483,620

$938,262

$807,502

Gross profit as a percentage of freight-adjusted revenues

37.1%

33.4%

29.3%

24.8%

Incremental gross profit as a percentage of freight-adjusted revenues

61.0%

57.2%

1At 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.

(in thousands)

Six Months Ended

June 30

2015

2014

Net cash provided by operating activities

$64,637

$22,900

Purchases of property, plant & equipment

(148,721)

(116,312)

Free cash flow

($84,084)

($93,412)

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.

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2015

2014

2015

2014

Aggregates segment

Gross profit

$207,285

$161,706

$274,950

$200,184

DDA&A

57,003

56,347

112,519

110,970

Aggregates segment cash gross profit

$264,288

$218,053

$387,469

$311,154

 

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 from period to period.

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2015

2014

2015

2014

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to EBITDA

Net earnings

$48,162

$45,967

$8,484

$99,963

Provision for income taxes

19,867

17,982

5,791

40,882

Interest expense, net

83,651

40,551

146,132

160,639

Loss on discontinued operations, net of taxes

1,657

544

4,669

1,054

EBIT

$153,337

$105,044

$165,076

$302,538

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization

68,384

68,323

135,108

137,702

EBITDA

$221,721

$173,367

$300,184

$440,240

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBIT

EBITDA

$221,721

$173,367

$300,184

$440,240

Gain on sale of real estate and businesses

0

(1,087)

(5,886)

(237,107)

Charges associated with acquisitions and divestitures

2,608

1,832

5,037

10,939

Asset impairment

5,190

0

5,190

0

Amortization of deferred revenue

(1,558)

(1,357)

(2,539)

(2,341)

Restructuring charges

1,280

0

4,098

0

Adjusted EBITDA

$229,241

$172,755

$306,084

$211,731

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization

(68,384)

(68,323)

(135,108)

(137,702)

Amortization of deferred revenue

1,558

1,357

2,539

2,341

Adjusted EBIT

$162,415

$105,789

$173,515

$76,370

 

Appendix 5

Adjusted Concrete and Calcium Segment Financial Data

Comparative financial data after adjusting for both the January 2015 exchange of our California concrete business and the March 2014 sale of our concrete and cement businesses in the Florida area is presented below:

(in thousands)

2015

2014

YTD 1

Q1

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Concrete Segment

Segment sales

As reported

$138,387

$59,789

$96,009

$93,834

$98,949

$87,014

Adjusted

133,273

54,675

48,186

74,360

79,697

70,316

Total revenues

As reported

$138,387

$59,789

$96,009

$93,834

$98,949

$87,014

Adjusted

133,273

54,675

48,186

74,360

79,697

70,316

Gross profit

As reported

$5,702

$810

($9,226)

$3,221

$5,486

$2,753

Adjusted

6,494

1,602

(4,370)

4,921

7,161

4,245

Depreciation, depletion,

accretion and amortization

As reported

$5,502

$2,728

$6,037

$4,686

$4,955

$4,214

Adjusted

5,402

2,628

3,930

3,905

4,239

3,577

Shipments - cubic yards

As reported

1,316

573

958

949

978

847

Adjusted

1,260

517

483

733

765

668

Calcium Segment

Segment sales

As reported

$4,251

$1,855

$18,133

$2,174

$2,273

$2,451

Adjusted

4,251

1,855

2,137

2,174

2,273

2,451

Total revenues

As reported

$4,251

$1,855

$8,908

$2,174

$2,273

$2,451

Adjusted

4,251

1,855

2,165

2,174

2,273

2,451

Gross profit

As reported

$1,709

$572

$130

$949

$989

$1,131

Adjusted

1,709

572

424

949

989

1,131

Depreciation, depletion,

 accretion and amortization

As reported

$326

$162

$1,058

$191

$157

$148

Adjusted

326

162

97

191

157

148

Year-to-date 2015 amounts include adjustments for Q1 2015 transactions.  There were no adjustments for Q2 2015. 

 

SOURCE Vulcan Materials Company



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