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TXI Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

TXI Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Results14:07 EDT Wednesday, July 13, 2011DALLAS, July 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Texas Industries, Inc. (NYSE:TXI) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended May 31, 2011. Net loss for the quarter was $9.1 million or $.33 per share and included, net of related charges, an after-tax gain of $6.7 million or $.24 per share from the exchange of aggregate operating assets for ready mix operating assets. Net loss for the quarter ended May 31, 2010 was $9.8 million or $.35 per share and included a non-cash after tax charge of $5.4 million or $.20 per share with respect to our defined benefit plans and the recognition of after tax income of $2.6 million or $.09 per share with respect to a reduction of our capital lease obligation related to power facilities at our Oro Grande, California cement plant. Net loss for the year was $64.9 million or $2.33 per share and includes an after tax loss on debt retirement of $18.6 million or $.67 per share associated with the refinancing of senior notes due in 2013. Net loss for the year ended May 31, 2010 was $38.9 million or $1.40 per share.General Comments "The overall economy has shown signs of improvement in our markets during the past year," stated Mel Brekhus, Chief Executive Officer. "However, construction activity has not begun to recover in a meaningful way. Even so, price increases effective for April in Texas have generally held and additional price increases, effective in July and August, have been announced for both Texas and California." "We continue to work on our strategic initiatives while maintaining a cautious operational outlook for the near term," added Brekhus. "The swap of aggregate operating assets for ready mix assets in central Texas in the fourth quarter was a non-cash transaction that establishes a complete vertical integration position in that market and will help prepare the way for the expansion of our central Texas cement plant, which was resumed in the second quarter." "Our focus on liquidity resulted in us ending the year with $116.4 million of cash, $66.3 million available under our credit facility and no debt maturities until 2020. I believe we have the ability to execute our strategy despite the continuing challenges for our industry," concluded Brekhus.   A teleconference will be held July 14, 2011 at 10:00 Central Daylight Time to further discuss quarter results. A real-time webcast of the conference is available by logging on to TXI's website at www.txi.com. The following is a summary of operating results for our business segments and certain other operating information related to our principal products.Cement Operations   Quarter ended  May 31,  Year ended  May 31, In thousands except per unit  2011  2010  2011  2010            Operating Results          Cement sales  $ 73,078  $ 73,672 $ 256,385  $ 266,180  Other sales and delivery fees    9,094   9,844   30,909   28,333  Total segment sales 82,172 83,516 287,294 294,513  Cost of products sold   80,213   71,929  283,407  270,763  Gross profit 1,959 11,587 3,887 23,750  Selling, general and administrative (6,870) (4,780)  (18,967) (17,528)  Other income    1,188   950   4,831   7,774  Operating Profit (Loss)  $ (3,723)  $ 7,757  $ (10,249)  $ 13,996            Cement          Shipments (tons) 940 934 3,301 3,226  Prices ($/ton)  $77.77  $78.95  $77.68  $82.51  Cost of sales ($/ton)  $76.33  $69.99  $77.29  $76.36 Three months ended May 31, 2011 Cement operating loss for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 was $3.7 million. Cement operating profit for the three-month period ended May 31, 2010 was $7.8 million. Cement operating profit decreased $11.5 million from the prior fiscal period. Lower sales prices offset in part by higher shipments reduced operating profit approximately $1 million. In addition, higher supplies and maintenance costs due in part to scheduled maintenance at our Hunter, Texas cement plant and higher selling, general and administrative expense reduced operating profit in the current fiscal period. Total segment sales for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 decreased $1.3 million from the prior fiscal period on lower sales prices. Our Texas market area accounted for approximately 69% of cement sales in the current period compared to 72% of cement sales in the prior year period. Cement shipments decreased 2% in our Texas market area and increased 8% in our California market area compared to the prior fiscal period. Average prices decreased 2% in our Texas market area and 1% in our California market area from the prior fiscal period. Cost of products sold for three-month period ended May 31, 2011 increased $8.3 million from the prior fiscal period. Cement unit costs increased 9% from the prior fiscal period primarily due to higher raw material and energy costs, as well as, higher supplies and maintenance expense due in part to a scheduled plant shut down at our Hunter, Texas cement plant in the current period. In addition, lower service costs and depreciation recognized with respect to the reduction of our capital lease obligation related to power facilities at our Oro Grande, California cement plant lowered costs in the prior fiscal period.  Selling, general and administrative expense for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 increased $2.1 million from the prior fiscal period. The increase was primarily due to $2.0 million higher insurance expense.   Fiscal Year 2011 Compared to Fiscal Year 2010 Cement operating loss for fiscal year 2011 was $10.2 million. Cement operating profit for fiscal year 2010 was $14.0 million. Cement operating profit for fiscal year 2011 decreased $24.2 million from the prior fiscal year. Lower sales prices offset in part by higher shipments reduced operating profit approximately $15 million. In addition, higher selling, general and administrative expense and lower other income reduced operating profit $4.3 million from the prior fiscal year. Total segment sales for fiscal year 2011 were $287.3 million compared to $294.5 million for the prior fiscal year. Cement sales decreased $9.8 million as construction activity remained at low levels in both our Texas and California market areas. Our Texas market area accounted for approximately 71% of cement sales in each fiscal year. Cement shipments increased 1% in our Texas market area and 4% in our California market area from the prior fiscal year. Average prices decreased 6% in our Texas market area and 7% in our California market area from the prior fiscal year. Cost of products sold for fiscal year 2011 increased $12.6 million from the prior fiscal year. The effect of higher shipments was offset in part by the effect of higher clinker production. Cement unit costs increased 1% from the prior fiscal year as the effect of higher shipments was offset by higher raw material, energy and supplies and maintenance costs. Supplies and maintenance costs related to scheduled maintenance at our three cement plants increased approximately $2 million from the prior fiscal year. Selling, general and administrative expense for fiscal year 2011 increased $1.4 million from the prior fiscal year. The increase was primarily due to $1.9 million higher insurance expense offset in part by lower overall administrative expenses. Other income for fiscal year 2011 decreased $2.9 million from the prior fiscal year. The decrease was primarily due to $0.9 million lower royalty income and $1.7 million lower gains from sales of emissions credits associated with our Crestmore cement plant in Riverside, California. Aggregate Operations   Quarter ended  May 31,  Year ended  May 31, In thousands except per unit  2011  2010  2011  2010            Operating Results          Stone, sand and gravel sales  $ 21,596  $ 25,159  $ 89,045  $ 88,019  Expanded shale and clay sales  and delivery fees     24,873    24,141     83,380    76,928  Total segment sales  46,469  49,300  172,425  164,947  Cost of products sold   41,367  42,925  152,102  142,963  Gross profit 5,102 6,375  20,323 21,984  Selling, general and administrative (2,837) (2,471) (11,389) (9,602)  Other income   11,998   180   13,704   1,419  Operating Profit  $ 14,263  $ 4,084  $ 22,638  $ 13,801            Stone, sand and gravel          Shipments (tons) 2,985 3,351 12,065  11,363  Prices ($/ton)  $7.23  $7.51  $7.38  $7.75  Cost of sales ($/ton)  $6.80  $6.60  $6.72  $6.91 Three months ended May 31, 2011 Aggregate operating profit for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 was $174.3 million, an increase of $10.2 million from the prior fiscal period. Operating profit excluding a gain of $12.0 million recognized in connection with the exchange of aggregate operating assets for ready mix operating assets decreased $1.8 million. The effect of lower sales prices and shipments reduced operating profit approximately $1 million.  Total segment sales for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 were $46.5 million compared to $49.3 million for the prior fiscal period. Stone, sand and gravel sales decreased $3.6 million on 4% lower average prices and 11% lower shipments including approximately 5% lower shipments due to the exchange of aggregate operating assets.  Cost of products sold for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 decreased $1.6 million from the prior fiscal year.   Stone, sand and gravel unit costs decreased 3% from the prior fiscal period due to the effect of lower shipments. Selling, general and administrative expense for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 increased $0.4 million from the prior fiscal period.  Other income for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 increased $11.8 million from the prior fiscal period.   Other income in the current fiscal period includes a gain of $12.0 million from the exchange of aggregate operating assets for ready mix operating assets. Fiscal Year 2011 Compared to Fiscal Year 2010 Aggregate operating profit for fiscal year 2011 was $22.6 million, an increase of $8.8 million from the prior fiscal year.   Operating profit excluding a gain of $12.0 million recognized in connection with the exchange of aggregate operating assets for ready-mix operating assets decreased $3.2 million. The effect of lower sales prices offset in part by higher shipments reduced operating profit approximately $1 million. Total segment sales for fiscal year 2011 were $172.4 million compared to $164.9 million for the prior fiscal year. Stone, sand and gravel sales increased $1.0 million on 5% lower average prices and 8% higher shipments excluding the effect of the exchange of aggregate operating assets reduced shipments 2% from the prior fiscal year.  Cost of products sold for fiscal year 2011 increased $9.1 million from the prior fiscal year primarily due to higher shipments.   Stone, sand and gravel unit costs decreased 3% from the prior fiscal year as the effect of higher shipments was offset in part by higher repair and maintenance costs. Selling, general and administrative expense for fiscal year 2011 increased $1.8 million from the prior fiscal year. The increase was primarily due to higher provisions for bad debts and casualty insurance claims. Other income for fiscal year 2011 increased $12.3 million. Other income in 2011 includes a gain of $12.0 million from the exchange of aggregate operating assets for ready-mix operating assets.Consumer Products Operations     Quarter ended  May 31,  Year ended  May 31, In thousands except per unit  2011  2010  2011  2010           Operating Results         Ready-mix concrete sales  $ 50,992  $ 46,244  $ 180,826  $ 175,712 Package products sales and delivery fees   16,509  16,621   55,322   55,671 Total segment sales  67,501  62,865  236,148 231,383 Cost of products sold   68,073  59,509  235,055  218,119 Gross profit (loss) (572) 3,356 1,093 13,264 Selling, general and administrative (4,443) (2,819) (12,773) (10,193) Other income     131   70   529   586 Operating Profit (Loss)  $ (4,884)  $ 607  $ (11,151)  $ 3,657           Ready-mix concrete         Shipments (cubic yards) 700 607 2,415 2,147 Prices ($/cubic yard)  $72.92  $76.06  $74.87  $81.83 Cost of sales ($/cubic yard)  $77.70  $75.60  $77.89  $79.82 Three months ended May 31, 2011 Consumer products operating loss for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 was $4.9 million. Consumer products operating profit for the three-month period ended May 31, 2010 was $0.6 million. Consumer products operating profit decreased $5.5 million from the prior fiscal period. Lower sales prices offset in part by higher shipments reduced operating profit approximately $4 million.  Total segment sales for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 were $67.5 million compared to $62.9 million for the prior fiscal period. Ready-mix concrete sales increased $4.7 million primarily as a result of the acquisition of the ready mix operations of Transit Mix Concrete and Materials Company, a subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc., that serve the Central Texas market from north of San Antonio to Hillsboro, Texas.   Average prices decreased 4% from the prior fiscal period. Shipments increased 15% from the prior fiscal period as a result of the acquisition of the additional ready mix operations. Cost of products sold for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 increased $8.6 million from the prior fiscal period. Ready-mix concrete unit costs increased 3% from the prior fiscal year primarily as a result of higher diesel costs and the central Texas operations acquired during the quarter. Selling, general and administrative expense for the three-month period ended May 31, 2010 increased $1.6 million from the prior fiscal period. We recognized $1.3 million in expenses associated with the acquisition of the additional ready mix operating assets. Other income for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 was comparable with the prior fiscal period. Fiscal Year 2011 Compared to Fiscal Year 2010 Consumer products operating loss for fiscal year 2011 was $11.2 million. Consumer products operating profit for fiscal year 2010 was $3.7 million. Consumer products operating profit for fiscal year 2011 decreased $14.8 million from the prior fiscal year.  Lower sales prices offset in part by higher shipments reduced operating profit approximately $14 million.  Total segment sales for fiscal year 2011 were $236.1 million compared to $231.4 million for the prior fiscal year. Ready-mix concrete sales increased $5.1 million primarily as a result of the acquisition of the ready-mix operations of Transit Mix Concrete and Materials Company, a subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc., that serve the central Texas market from north of San Antonio to Hillsboro, Texas.   Average prices decreased 9% from the prior fiscal year. Shipments increased 12% from the prior fiscal year, of which 5% was the result of the acquisition of the additional ready-mix operations.  Cost of products sold for fiscal year 2011 increased $16.9 million from the prior fiscal year. Ready-mix concrete unit costs decreased 2% from the prior fiscal year primarily as a result of the effect of higher shipments on unit costs offset in part by higher repair and maintenance costs.  Selling, general and administrative expense for fiscal year 2011 increased $2.6 million from the prior fiscal year. In addition to higher provisions for bad debts and casualty insurance claims, we recognized $1.3 million in expenses associated with the acquisition of the additional ready-mix operating assets. Other income for fiscal year 2011 was comparable to the prior fiscal year.Corporate   Quarter ended  May 31,  Year ended  May 31, In thousands  2011  2010  2011  2010                      Other income  $ 261  $ 42  $ 2,448  $ 887  Selling, general and administrative   (10,267)   (15,637)  (33,291)    (42,092)    $ (10,006)  $ (15,595)  $ (30,843)  $ (41,205) Three months ended May 31, 2011 Corporate other income for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 increased $0.2 million from the prior fiscal period primarily due to higher oil and gas lease royalty payments.  Corporate selling, general and administrative expense for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 decreased $5.4 million from the prior fiscal period. The decrease was primarily the result of $5.7 million lower financial security plan postretirement benefit expense. In 2010, we recognized a charge of $4.4 million which includes an estimated $3.4 million that relates to years prior to 2010. Financial security plan postretirement benefit expense excluding this adjustment decreased $1.3 million from the prior fiscal year. Fiscal Year 2011 Compared to Fiscal Year 2010 Corporate other income for fiscal year 2011 increased $1.6 million from the prior fiscal year primarily due to $2.2 million higher oil and gas lease bonus and royalty payments offset in part by $0.6 million lower interest income. Corporate selling, general and administrative expense for fiscal year 2011 decreased $8.8 million from the prior fiscal year. The decrease was primarily the result of $5.4 million lower financial security plan postretirement benefit expense. In 2010, we recognized a charge of $4.4 million which includes an estimated $3.4 million that relates to years prior to 2010. Financial security plan postretirement benefit expense excluding this adjustment decreased $1.0 million from the prior fiscal year. In addition to $1.8 million lower provisions for casualty insurance claims and property tax expense, our focus on reducing controllable costs lowered other expenses $1.6 million from the prior year.Interest Interest expense incurred for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 was $17.3 million, of which $7.7 million was capitalized in connection with our Hunter, Texas cement plant expansion project and $9.6 million was expensed. Interest expense incurred for the prior fiscal period was $12.0 million, all of which was expensed. Interest expense incurred for fiscal year 2011 was $66.3 million, of which $18.7 million was capitalized in connection with our Hunter, Texas cement plant expansion project and $47.6 million was expensed. Interest expense incurred for fiscal year 2010 was $52.2 million, all of which was expensed.  Interest expense incurred for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 increased $5.3 million from the prior fiscal period. Interest expense incurred for fiscal year 2011 increased $14.1 million from the prior fiscal year. The increases were primarily the result of higher average outstanding debt at higher interest rates due to the August 2010 refinancing of our 7.25% senior notes. Interest expense to be capitalized in connection with our Hunter, Texas cement plant expansion project during fiscal year 2012 is currently estimated at approximately $35 million.Loss on Debt Retirements On July 27, 2010, we commenced a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding $550 million aggregate principal amount of our 7.25% senior notes due 2013 and a solicitation of consents to amend the indenture governing the 7.25% notes. Pursuant to the tender offer and consent solicitation, we purchased $536.6 million aggregate principal amount of the 7.25% notes, and paid an aggregate of $547.7 million in purchase price and consent fees. On September 9, 2010, we redeemed the remaining $13.4 million aggregate principal amount of the 7.25% notes at a price of 101.813% of the principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest on the 7.25% notes to the redemption date. We used the net proceeds from the issuance and sale of $650 million aggregate principal amount of our 9.25% senior notes to pay the purchase or redemption price of the 7.25% notes and the consent fees and to increase working capital.  We recognized a loss on debt retirement of $29.6 million representing $11.4 million in consent fees, redemption price premium and transaction costs and a write-off of $18.2 million of unamortized debt discount and original issuance costs associated with the 7.25% notes in fiscal year 2011.Income Taxes Our effective tax rate was 39.2% in 2011 and 37.3% in 2010. The primary reason that the effective tax rate differed from the 35% statutory corporate rate was due to additional percentage depletion that is tax deductible, the effect of qualified domestic production activities, state income taxes and nondeductible stock compensation. Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the impact of competitive pressures and changing economic and financial conditions on our business, the cyclical and seasonal nature of our business, the level of construction activity in our markets, abnormal periods of inclement weather, unexpected periods of equipment downtime, unexpected operational difficulties, changes in the cost of raw materials, fuel and energy, changes in the cost or availability of transportation, changes in interest rate, the timing and amount of federal, state and local funding for infrastructure, delays in announced capacity expansions, ongoing volatility and uncertainty in the capital or credit markets, the impact of environmental laws, regulations and claims and changes in governmental and public policy, and the risks and uncertainties described in our reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligations to publicly update such statements. TXI is the largest producer of cement in Texas and a major cement producer in California. TXI is also a major supplier of construction aggregate, ready-mix concrete and concrete products. The Texas Industries, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6602                      CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS TEXAS INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES         Year Ended May 31, In thousands except per share  2011  2010  2009         NET SALES  $ 621,813  $ 621,064  $ 839,202         Cost of products sold   596,510   562,066   726,133 GROSS PROFIT 25,303 58,998 113,069         Selling, general and administrative 76,420 79,415 72,093 Goodwill impairment  --  --  58,395 Interest 47,583 52,240 33,286 Loss on debt retirements 29,619 --  907 Other income   (21,512)   (10,666)   (21,191)     132,110   120,989   143,490  LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES  (106,807)  (61,991)  (30,421)         Income tax benefit   (41,894)   (23,138)   (12,774) NET LOSS  $ (64,913)  $ (38,853)  $ (17,647)                 Net loss per share        Basic  $ (2.33)  $ (1.40)  $ (.64)  Diluted  $ (2.33) $ (1.40)  $ (.64)         Average shares outstanding        Basic  27,825  27,744  27,614  Diluted   27,825   27,744   27,614         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS TEXAS INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES         May 31, In thousands    2011  2010         ASSETS       CURRENT ASSETS       Cash and cash equivalents     $ 116,432  $ 74,946 Receivables – net   85,817 112,184 Inventories   140,646 142,419 Deferred income taxes and prepaid expenses     22,040   23,426 TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS   364,935 352,975         PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT       Land and land improvements   158,232 158,367 Buildings   59,320 58,351 Machinery and equipment   1,222,560 1,220,021 Construction in progress       357,638     322,039     1,797,750 1,758,778 Less depreciation and depletion      642,329   604,269      1,155,421  1,154,509 OTHER ASSETS       Goodwill   1,715 1,715 Real estate and investments   6,749 6,774 Deferred income taxes and other charges     22,191   15,774       30,655   24,263      $ 1,551,011  $ 1,531,747         LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY       CURRENT LIABILITIES       Accounts payable    $ 56,787  $ 56,214 Accrued interest, compensation and other   58,848 51,455 Current portion of long-term debt      73   234 TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES    115,708 107,903         LONG-TERM DEBT   652,403 538,620         DEFERRED INCOME TAXES AND OTHER CREDITS   87,318 123,976         SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY       Common stock, $1 par value; authorized 100,000 shares; issued and outstanding 27,887 and 27,796 shares, respectively   27,887 27,796 Additional paid-in capital   481,706 475,584 Retained earnings   198,751 272,018 Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (12,762)   (14,150)       695,582   761,248      $ 1,551,011  $ 1,531,747 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS TEXAS INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES     Year Ended May 31, In thousands 2011  2010  2009         OPERATING ACTIVITIES       Net loss   $ (64,913)  $ (38,853)  $ (17,647) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by  operating activities       Depreciation, depletion and amortization 64,297 63,925 68,192 Goodwill impairment   --   --  58,395 Gains on asset disposals (13,638) (1,350) (6,759) Deferred income tax benefit (42,875) (9,132) (1,938) Stock-based compensation expense (credit) 5,581 5,097 (4,400) Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation  --  (250) (1,596) Loss on debt retirements 29,619  --  907 Other – net 3,158 13,998 5,931 Changes in operating assets and liabilities       Receivables – net 13,379 (5,421) 55,397 Inventories 2,164 13,706 (11,070) Prepaid expenses 1,301 387 (1,894) Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   11,172   6,046   (36,232) Net cash provided by operating activities  9,245  48,153  107,286         INVESTING ACTIVITIES       Capital expenditures - expansions (25,430) (5,337) (223,445) Capital expenditures – other (20,253) (8,322) (65,099) Cash designated for property acquisitions  --   --  28,733 Proceeds from asset disposals 3,596 21,592 7,981 Investments in life insurance contracts 4,073 6,967 2,876 Other – net   1,266   2,079   (21) Net cash provided (used) by investing activities (36,748)  16,979  (248,975)         FINANCING ACTIVITIES       Long-term borrowings 650,000  --  327,250 Debt retirements (561,627) (245) (197,772) Debt issuance costs (12,492) (2,552) (5,470) Stock option exercises 1,462 893 4,641 Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation  --  250 1,596 Common dividends paid   (8,354)   (8,328)   (8,287) Net cash provided (used) by financing activities   68,989   (9,982)  121,958 Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 41,486 55,150 (19,731)         Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   74,946   19,796   39,527 Cash and cash equivalents at end of year  $ 116,432  $ 74,946  $ 19,796CONTACT: T. Lesley Vines, Jr. Vice President - Corporate Controller and Treasurer 972.647.6722 Email: lvines@txi.com