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Eagle Materials Inc. Reports First Quarter Earnings

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eagle Materials Inc. Reports First Quarter Earnings08:30 EDT Thursday, July 22, 2010 DALLAS (Business Wire) -- Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE: EXP) today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 ended June 30, 2010. Notable items for the quarter include: Revenues of $130.8 million, up 2% compared with the fiscal 2010 first quarter Earnings per diluted share of $0.24 Net earnings of $10.5 million Cash flow from operations of approximately $15.7 million The revenue increase from the prior year is due primarily to higher sales volumes across all of our major businesses. Industry demand for building materials and construction products remains weak, and we have “right sized” our operations to maximize earnings at this low level of construction activity. Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard's first quarter operating earnings of $9.0 million were up 7% over the same quarter last year. Higher sales volumes were the primary driver of the quarterly earnings improvement. Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard revenues for the first quarter totaled $77.0 million, a 9% increase from the same quarter a year ago. The revenue improvement reflects higher Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard sales volumes and higher Paperboard net sales prices. The average Gypsum Wallboard net sales price this quarter was $98.15 per MSF, 2% less than the same quarter a year ago. Gypsum Wallboard sales volume for the quarter of 454 million square feet (MMSF) represents a 2% improvement from the same quarter last year. The average Paperboard net sales price this quarter was $481.47 per ton, 20% higher than the same quarter a year ago. Paperboard sales volume for the quarter was 59,000 tons, 5% higher than the same quarter a year ago. Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Operating earnings from Cement for the first quarter were $13.6 million, a 20% decline from the same quarter a year ago. Cement revenues for the quarter, including joint venture and intersegment revenues, totaled $62.5 million, 1% more than the same quarter last year. Cement sales volumes for the quarter were 702,000 tons, 8% higher than the same quarter a year ago. Eagle's purchased cement sales volumes for the quarter were approximately 45,000 tons, or 6% of total cement sales volume, compared to approximately 27,000 tons, or 4% of total sales volume for the same quarter a year ago. The average net sales price this quarter was $81.39 per ton, 8% less than the same quarter last year. Concrete and Aggregates reported operating earnings of $0.3 million for the first quarter, down from the $1.5 million operating profit for the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to lower concrete sales volumes and net sales prices. Revenues from Concrete and Aggregates were $11.2 million for the quarter, 22% less than the same quarter a year ago. Concrete sales volume decreased 25% from the same quarter a year ago to 117,000 cubic yards. Concrete average net sales price for the quarter of $63.99 per cubic yard was 6% less than the same quarter a year ago. Aggregates sales volume of 627,000 tons for this quarter was 9% more than the sales volume for the same quarter a year ago. Aggregates average net sales price for the quarter was $6.05, down 10% compared to last year's first quarter. Details of Financial Results We conduct one of our cement plant operations through a 50/50 joint venture, Texas Lehigh Cement Company LP (the “Joint Venture”). We utilize the equity method of accounting for our 50% interest in the Joint Venture. For segment reporting purposes only, we proportionately consolidate our 50% share of the Joint Venture's revenues and operating earnings, which is consistent with the way management organizes the segments within the Company for making operating decisions and assessing performance. In addition, for segment reporting purposes, we report intersegment revenues as a part of a segment's total revenues. Intersegment sales are eliminated on the income statement. Refer to Attachment 3 for a reconciliation of the amounts referred to above. About Eagle Materials Inc. Eagle Materials Inc. manufactures and distributes Cement, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, Concrete and Aggregates from 25 facilities across the US. The Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Eagle's senior management will conduct a conference call to discuss the financial results, forward-looking information and other matters at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time) on Thursday, July 22, 2010.The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Eagle Web site http://www.eaglematerials.com.A replay of the webcast and the presentation will be archived on that site for one year.For more information, contact Eagle at (214) 432-2000.Forward-Looking Statements. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the context of the statement and generally arise when the Company is discussing its beliefs, estimates or expectations. These statements are not historical facts or guarantees of future performance but instead represent only the Company's belief at the time the statements were made regarding future events which are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors many of which are outside the Company's control. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially from what is expressed or forecast in such forward-looking statements. The principal risks and uncertainties that may affect the Company's actual performance include the following: the cyclical and seasonal nature of the Company's business; public infrastructure expenditures; adverse weather conditions; availability of raw materials; changes in energy costs including, without limitation, natural gas and oil; changes in the cost and availability of transportation; unexpected operational difficulties; inability to timely execute announced capacity expansions; governmental regulation and changes in governmental and public policy (including, without limitation, climate change regulation); changes in economic conditions specific to any one or more of the Company's markets; competition; announced increases in capacity in the gypsum wallboard and cement industries; changes in the demand for residential housing construction or commercial construction; general economic conditions; and interest rates.For example, increases in interest rates, decreases in demand for construction materials or increases in the cost of energy (including, without limitation, natural gas and oil) could affect the revenues and operating earnings of our operations.In addition, changes in national or regional economic conditions and levels of infrastructure and construction spending could also adversely affect the Company's result of operations. These and other factors are described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. This report is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements made herein are made as of the date hereof, and the risk that actual results will differ materially from expectations expressed herein will increase with the passage of time.The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or changes in the Company's expectations. Attachment 1 Summary of Consolidated EarningsAttachment 2 Revenues and Earnings by Lines of Business (Quarter)Attachment 3 Sales Volume, Net Sales Prices and Intersegment and Cement RevenuesAttachment 4 Consolidated Balance Sheets Eagle Materials Inc.Attachment 1 Eagle Materials Inc.Summary of Consolidated Earnings(dollars in thousands, except per share data)(unaudited)             Quarter Ended June 30,20102009Change   Revenues $ 130,794 $ 127,805 2 % Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 14,667 $ 17,193 -15 % Net Earnings $ 10,527 $ 11,920 -12 % Earnings Per Share: -- Basic $ 0.24 $ 0.27 -12 % -- Diluted $ 0.24 $ 0.27 -12 % Average Shares Outstanding: -- Basic 43,832,372 43,581,646 1 % -- Diluted 44,222,884 43,996,589 1 %     Eagle Materials Inc.Attachment 2 Eagle Materials Inc.Revenues and Earnings by Lines of Business(dollars in thousands)(unaudited)       Quarter Ended June 30,   2010     2009   ChangeRevenues*   Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard: Gypsum Wallboard $ 58,200 $ 56,922 +2 % Gypsum Paperboard   18,761   13,395 +40 % 76,961 70,317 +9 % 59 % 55 % Cement (Wholly Owned) 42,630 43,187 -1 % 33 % 34 % Concrete & Aggregates 11,203 14,301 -22 %   8 %   11 % Total $ 130,794 $ 127,805 +2 %   100 %   100 % Operating Earnings   Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard: Gypsum Wallboard $ 5,201 $ 3,408 +53 % Gypsum Paperboard   3,794   5,033 -25 % $ 8,995 $ 8,441 +7 % 38 % 31 % Cement: Wholly Owned 7,121 9,780 -27 % Joint Venture   6,512   7,301 -11 % 13,633 17,081 -20 % 58 % 63 % Concrete & Aggregates 315 1,510 -79 % 1 % 6 % Other, net 717 87 +724 %   3 %   0 % Total Operating Earnings 23,660 27,119 -13 % 100 % 100 %   Corporate General Expenses (3,703 ) (4,293 ) -14 % Interest Expense, net   (5,290 )   (5,633 ) -6 %   Earnings Before Income Taxes $ 14,667 $ 17,193 -15 %   *Net of Intersegment and Joint Venture Revenues listed on Attachment 3.     Eagle Materials Inc.Attachment 3 Eagle Materials Inc.Sales Volume, Net Sales Prices and Intersegment and Cement Revenues(unaudited)   Sales Volume Quarter Ended June 30, 2010     2009     Change   Gypsum Wallboard (MMSF's) 454 445 +2 %   Paperboard (M Tons): Internal 19 18 +6 % External 40 38 +5 % 59 56 +5 %   Cement (M Tons): Wholly Owned 498 465 +7 % Joint Venture 204 187 +9 % 702 652 +8 %   Concrete (M Cubic Yards) 117 157 -25 %   Aggregates (M Tons) 627 577 +9 %     Average Net Sales Price * Quarter Ended June 30, 2010     2009     Change   Gypsum Wallboard (MSF) $ 98.15 $ 100.00 -2 % Paperboard (Ton) $ 481.47 $ 400.04 +20 % Cement (Ton) $ 81.39 $ 88.86 -8 % Concrete (Cubic Yard) $ 63.99 $ 68.43 -6 % Aggregates (Ton) $ 6.05 $ 6.71 -10 %   *Net of freight and delivery costs billed to customers.     Intersegment and Cement Revenues($ in thousands) Quarter EndedJune 30, 2010     2009 Intersegment Revenues: Cement $ 992 $ 1,592 Paperboard 9,963 9,141 Concrete and Aggregates   120   309 $ 11,075 $ 11,042   Cement Revenues: Wholly Owned $ 42,630 $ 43,187 Joint Venture   18,840   17,321 $ 61,470 $ 60,508     Eagle Materials Inc.Attachment 4 Eagle Materials Inc.Consolidated Balance Sheets(dollars in thousands)(unaudited)           June 30,March 31,201020092010*ASSETS Current Assets – Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 2,997 $ 1,039 $ 1,416 Accounts and Notes Receivable, net 53,574 56,892 49,721 Inventories 106,505 104,383 105,871 Prepaid and Other Assets   3,508     5,105     4,266   Total Current Assets   166,584     167,419     161,274   Property, Plant and Equipment – 1,103,616 1,092,181 1,100,590 Less: Accumulated Depreciation   (480,198 )   (432,194 )   (468,121 ) Property, Plant and Equipment, net 623,418 659,987 632,469 Investments in Joint Venture 33,190 38,072 33,928 Notes Receivable 10,201 6,000 10,586 Goodwill and Intangibles 152,016 152,653 152,175 Other Assets   23,480     23,446     23,344   $ 1,008,889   $ 1,047,577   $ 1,013,776     LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities – Accounts Payable $ 27,381 $ 23,967 $ 27,840 Federal Income Taxes Payable 6,982 7,033 - Accrued Liabilities 35,270 37,386 44,044 Current Portion of Bank Credit Facility   10,000     -     -   Total Current Liabilities   79,633     68,386     71,884   Long-term Liabilities 68,726 97,903 67,946 Bank Credit Facility - 25,000 3,000 Senior Notes 285,000 300,000 300,000 Deferred Income Taxes 122,424 119,473 125,584 Stockholders' Equity – Preferred Stock, Par Value $0.01; Authorized 5,000,000 Shares; None Issued - - - Common Stock, Par Value $0.01; Authorized 100,000,000 Shares; Issued and Outstanding 44,158,078; 43,601,281 and 43,830,794 Shares, respectively. 442 436 438   Capital in Excess of Par Value 16,352 12,595 14,723 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Losses (3,518 ) (6,040 ) (3,518 ) Retained Earnings   439,830     429,824     433,719   Total Stockholders' Equity   453,106     436,815     445,362   $ 1,008,889   $ 1,047,577   $ 1,013,776   *From audited financial statements.