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·14 min read

Aggregates Pricing Momentum and Execution Drive Earnings Growth
First Quarter Results Support Full Year Revenue and Earnings Expansion in 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Financial and Operating Highlights:

  • Total revenues increased 44 percent to $1.541 billion, driven by the addition of U.S. Concrete (USCR) operations as well as price and volume growth in the Company's legacy businesses

  • Average selling prices increased in each product line, helping to offset inflationary pressures

  • Shipments increased year-over-year in each product line, reflecting growth in both private and public construction activity

  • Aggregates gross profit increased $19 million, or 9 percent, to $243 million

  • Non-aggregates gross profit was $26 million compared with $6 million in the prior year

  • Earnings attributable to Vulcan from continuing operations were $0.70 per diluted share

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 20 percent to $294 million

Tom Hill, Vulcan Materials' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Consistent with our expectations, we delivered strong year-over-year earnings growth in the first quarter. Our teams executed well, despite macro environment challenges that included accelerating inflation, volatility in the energy markets, and ongoing disruptions in supply chains. We remain focused on executing our strategic disciplines to control what we can control and to dampen the headwinds of things outside of our control."

Mr. Hill continued, "We remain confident in our full-year outlook and our ability to deliver strong earnings growth in 2022. Through robust growth in aggregates pricing and a relentless focus on operational excellence, we can continue to expand unit profitability, despite the macro challenges. In our asphalt business, pricing efforts mitigated higher liquid asphalt costs in the first quarter, and we remain focused on expanding our gross profit margins. In concrete, improvement in private nonresidential construction activity and a favorable pricing environment support earnings growth in 2022. We remain confident in our prospects for the year, particularly with respect to demand visibility, pricing opportunities, and cost reduction initiatives."

Highlights as of March 31, 2022 include:

First Quarter

Trailing-Twelve Months

Amounts in millions, except per unit data





Total revenues

$ 1,540.7

$ 1,068.3

$ 6,024.6

$ 4,875.9

Gross profit

$ 268.8

$ 229.3

$ 1,413.0

$ 1,309.0

Aggregates segment

Segment sales

$ 1,121.2

$ 894.9

$ 4,571.3

$ 3,971.0

Freight-adjusted revenues

$ 822.7

$ 681.2

$ 3,455.5

$ 3,040.8

Gross profit

$ 242.8

$ 223.6

$ 1,314.8

$ 1,188.7

Shipments (tons)





Freight-adjusted sales price per ton

$ 15.52

$ 14.67

$ 15.06

$ 14.50

Gross profit per ton

$ 4.58

$ 4.82

$ 5.73

$ 5.67

Asphalt, Concrete & Calcium segment gross profit

$ 26.0

$ 5.7

$ 98.2

$ 120.4

Selling, Administrative and General (SAG)

$ 119.0

$ 88.6

$ 448.0

$ 362.0

SAG as % of total revenues





Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes

$ 112.6

$ 222.3

$ 764.1

$ 893.9

Net earnings attributable to Vulcan

$ 91.8

$ 160.6

$ 602.0

$ 684.8

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 293.9

$ 244.3

$ 1,501.0

$ 1,366.8

Earnings attributable to Vulcan from continuing
operations per diluted share

$ 0.70

$ 1.21

$ 4.54

$ 5.17

Adjusted earnings attributable to Vulcan from
continuing operations per diluted share

$ 0.73

$ 0.69

$ 5.08

$ 4.91

Segment Results
Segment gross profit increased $19 million, or 9 percent, to $243 million ($4.58 per ton). These first quarter results included a $2 million unfavorable impact from selling acquired inventory after its markup to fair value and an unfavorable impact ($17 million) from significantly higher (62 percent) diesel fuel costs. Cash gross profit per ton was $6.53 in the quarter. Excluding the impact of higher diesel fuel costs and the impact of selling acquired inventory, cash gross profit increased 5 percent to $6.90 per ton.

Total aggregates shipments increased 14 percent (7 percent on a same-store basis), reflecting construction activity consistent with the Company's expectations as well as the benefit of more typical weather in certain markets. Shipments in the prior year's first quarter were impacted by severe winter weather conditions in February. As a result, daily shipping rates in February of the current year were sharply higher while daily shipping rates in March (the start of construction activity in many of the Company's markets) were consistent with the full-year expectations.

Growth in average selling prices continues to accelerate as a result of improvement in demand visibility and increasing inflationary pressures. In the first quarter, freight-adjusted pricing increased 6 percent over the prior year, or $0.85 per ton (mix-adjusted pricing increased 7 percent). The growth was widespread across geographies.

Solid operational execution helped mitigate higher year-over-year costs for diesel fuel and for certain parts and supplies. Freight-adjusted unit cash cost of sales increased 11 percent, or $0.88 per ton, as compared to the prior year's first quarter. Excluding the impact of higher diesel fuel costs and the impact of selling acquired inventory, cash cost of sales increased 6 percent, or $0.51 per ton. On a trailing-twelve months basis, freight-adjusted cash costs were 5 percent higher versus the comparable twelve-month period.

Asphalt, Concrete and Calcium
Asphalt segment gross profit was a loss of $3 million. Despite higher costs for liquid asphalt and natural gas in the first quarter of 2022, results were in line with the prior year. The average cost of liquid asphalt was 33 percent higher ($14 million) than the prior year's first quarter when liquid prices were favorable to segment gross profit. Average selling prices for asphalt mix increased 13 percent, or $7.28 per ton, versus the prior year's first quarter as pricing actions initiated in the second half of last year continued to gain traction. Strong price growth helped maintain material margins (selling price less cost of raw materials) despite the significant year-over-year increase in liquid asphalt. Asphalt volumes increased 5 percent overall driven by growth in Arizona, California, and Tennessee.

First quarter Concrete segment gross profit was $28 million, an increase from $8 million in the prior year. Segment results benefited mostly from the contribution of USCR operations but also from growth in shipments and price in the Company's legacy operations. Material margins improved as higher selling prices helped offset higher raw materials costs, including aggregates supplied by the Company. Segment results were negatively impacted by higher diesel prices and the availability of drivers in certain markets.

Calcium segment gross profit was $0.7 million compared to $0.9 million in the prior year quarter.

Selling, Administrative and General (SAG) and Other Items
SAG expense was $119 million in the quarter, or 7.7 percent of total revenues, and included overhead expenses associated with the USCR business that were not in the prior year's quarter. Additionally, increased routine business development activities and more normalized travel expenses, due in part to integration activities, contributed to the year-over-year increase. Trailing-twelve months SAG expense was 7.4 percent of total revenues, in line with the prior year.

The prior year's first quarter included the sale of a reclaimed quarry in Southern California. The transaction resulted in a pretax gain of $115 million, or $0.64 per diluted share. The Company remains focused on its efforts to maximize the value of its portfolio of quarry operations as it moves through the land management life cycle.

Financial Position, Liquidity and Capital Allocation
Capital expenditures in the first quarter were $123 million, including both maintenance and growth projects. In 2022, the Company expects to spend $600 to $650 million. Full year capital expenditures include spending for USCR operations acquired in August 2021 as well as spending for projects put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Company will continue to review its plans and will adjust as needed, while being thoughtful about preserving liquidity. During the quarter, the Company completed acquisitions of aggregates businesses in Texas.

On March 31, 2022, the ratio of total debt to trailing-twelve months Adjusted EBITDA was 2.7 times (2.6 times on a net debt basis). The Company remains committed to its stated long-term target leverage range of 2.0 to 2.5 times total debt to trailing-twelve months Adjusted EBITDA.

On a trailing-twelve-months basis, return on invested capital was 14.0 percent. The Company is focused on driving further improvement through solid operating earnings growth coupled with disciplined capital management.

Regarding the Company's full year outlook, Mr. Hill said, "We reiterate our full-year Adjusted EBITDA range of $1.72 to $1.82 billion. In the first quarter, we capitalized on the considerable momentum in our business, growing Adjusted EBITDA by 20 percent, and we are on our way to delivering double-digit earnings growth again in 2022. Our markets are positioned to continue to outperform other parts of the country, and our industry-leading aggregates focus will continue to drive substantial value. Growing our aggregates unit profitability consistently during the last two years of pandemic-related disruptions demonstrates the resiliency of our business and our ability to capitalize on changes in the macro environment. We expect the favorable pricing dynamics and our strong execution to lead to attractive growth in aggregates unit profitability in 2022 and beyond."

Conference Call
Vulcan will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. CDT on May 4, 2022. 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 866-342-8591, or 203-518-9713 if outside the U.S. The conference ID is 2021457. The conference call will be recorded and available for replay at the Company's website approximately two hours after the call.

About Vulcan Materials Company
Vulcan Materials Company, a member of the S&P 500 Index with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, is the nation's largest supplier of construction aggregates – primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel – and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete. For additional information about Vulcan, go to www.vulcanmaterials.com.

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: general economic and business conditions; a pandemic, epidemic or other public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 outbreak; Vulcan's dependence on the construction industry, which is subject to economic cycles; the timing and amount of federal, state and local funding for infrastructure; changes in the level of spending for private residential and private nonresidential construction; changes in Vulcan's effective tax rate; the increasing reliance on information technology infrastructure, including the risks that the infrastructure does not work as intended, 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; risks related to international business operations and relationships, including recent actions taken by the Mexican government with respect to Vulcan's property and operations in that country; the highly competitive nature of the construction 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, including the impact of climate change and availability of water; availability and cost of trucks, railcars, barges and ships as well as their licensed operators for transport of Vulcan's materials; energy costs; costs of hydrocarbon-based raw materials; healthcare costs; labor shortages and constraints; 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 cleanup 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; the effect of changes in tax laws, guidance and interpretations; 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 Vulcan does business and how Vulcan's products are distributed; 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.

Investor Contact: Mark Warren (205) 298-3220
Media Contact: Janet Kavinoky (205) 298-3220

Table A

Vulcan Materials Company

and Subsidiary Companies

(in millions, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Consolidated Statements of Earnings

March 31

(Condensed and unaudited)



Total revenues



Cost of revenues



Gross profit



Selling, administrative and general expenses



Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment

and businesses



Other operating expense, net



Operating earnings



Other nonoperating income, net



Interest expense, net



Earnings from continuing operations

before income taxes



Income tax expense



Earnings from continuing operations



Loss on discontinued operations, net of tax



Net earnings



(Earnings) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest



Net earnings attributable to Vulcan



Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to Vulcan

Continuing operations



Discontinued operations



Net earnings attributable to Vulcan



Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to Vulcan

Continuing operations



Discontinued operations



Net earnings attributable to Vulcan



Weighted-average common shares outstanding




Assuming dilution



Effective tax rate from continuing operations



Table B

Vulcan Materials Company

and Subsidiary Companies

(in millions)

Consolidated Balance Sheets

March 31

December 31

March 31

(Condensed and unaudited)





Cash and cash equivalents




Restricted cash




Accounts and notes receivable

Accounts and notes receivable, gross




Allowance for credit losses




Accounts and notes receivable, net





Finished products




Raw materials




Products in process




Operating supplies and other