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Vulcan Announces Earnings For The Third Quarter Of 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Vulcan Announces Earnings For The Third Quarter Of 201208:00 EST Thursday, November 08, 2012Continued Improvement in Aggregates Earnings Driven by Higher Pricing and Effective Cost Control Aggregates Gross Profit Margin Up 340 Basis Points from Third Quarter 2011BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC), the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, today announced earnings for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.(Logo: )Third Quarter 2012 Results SummaryAggregates segment gross profit improved $11 million, or 10 percent, reflecting increased pricing and lower unit cost of sales due to improved productivity and cost reduction initiatives. Aggregates pricing increased 4 percent from the prior year, reflecting improvement in most markets. Unit cost of sales decreased 1 percent from the prior year. On a same-store basis, aggregates shipments decreased 6 percent from the prior year. Aggregates cash gross profit was $4.75 per ton, a third quarter record. Aggregates gross profit margin was 25.4 percent, an increase of 340 basis points from the prior year.Gross profit from non-aggregates segments was in line with the prior year's third quarter as overall segment revenues approximated the prior year.  Total gross profit increased 10 percent and gross profit margin expanded 230 basis points as the earnings effect of higher pricing and effective cost control more than offset the earnings effects of declines in aggregates and asphalt shipments. Adjusted EBIT and EBITDA increased $19 million and $12 million, respectively, over the prior year. Earnings from continuing operations were $0.12 per diluted share versus $0.17 per diluted share in the prior year.  The prior year's earnings included $0.30 per diluted share from the gain on sale of assets and recovery from a legal settlement.  On a comparable basis, as indicated on the table below, third quarter earnings from continuing operations were $0.14 per diluted share compared to a loss of $0.13 per diluted share in the prior year. Don James, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "This quarter marks the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year higher unit profitability in aggregates, lower SAG expense and growth in Adjusted EBITDA.  For the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2012, cash gross profit per ton in aggregates was 8 percent higher than the prior twelve months, SAG expense was down 12 percent and Adjusted EBITDA increased 30 percent.  These results demonstrate the benefits of our ongoing focus on reducing controllable costs and maximizing operating efficiency across the organization."   Mr. James continued, "In addition, leading indicators in private sector construction markets, including residential and nonresidential buildings, continue to improve.  This should benefit our aggregates, concrete and cement businesses going forward.  Year-to-date, concrete and cement volumes are up 8 percent and 23 percent, respectively, reflecting the upturn in private construction, particularly in Florida and Texas." Commentary on 3Q 2012 Segment ResultsAggregates segment gross profit increased $11 million from the prior year's third quarter and gross profit margin expanded 340 basis points despite a 5 percent decline in segment revenues.  Third quarter aggregates cash gross profit per ton was $4.75, 10 percent higher than the prior year and a record for third quarter unit profitability.  Higher Aggregates segment earnings and unit profitability were driven by a 4 percent increase in the average sales price and lower unit costs.  The improvement in operating cost was due to increased productivity in a number of key operating metrics and was achieved despite lower production volume.  Most of the Company's markets realized increased pricing, including key markets in Florida, Texas and states in the Southeast, the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest.  Private construction activity, particularly residential, continued to improve during the third quarter, offsetting softness in highway construction resulting from the prolonged delay in renewing the federal highway bill.  The new bill, "MAP-21," was signed into law in July of this year, nearly three years after expiration of the previous multi-year bill.  On a same-store basis, aggregates shipments decreased 6 percent versus the prior year.  Total aggregates shipments in Arizona, Florida and Texas increased 12 percent, due primarily to growing demand from private construction.  Most other markets experienced declines in aggregates volumes compared to the third quarter of 2011, reflecting weakness in public construction activity that more than offset growth in private construction activity. Collectively, third quarter earnings from the Company's non-aggregates segments were in-line with the prior year.  Earnings improvements in the Cement and Concrete segments offset a slight decrease in Asphalt Mix gross profit.  The unit cost for liquid asphalt increased 3 percent, reducing Asphalt segment earnings by $1 million.  Continued recovery in private construction activity led to solid increases in ready-mixed concrete and cement volumes as well as year-over-year growth in pricing for both products.SAG expenses in the third quarter decreased $2 million from the prior year.  This marks the fourth consecutive quarterly decline in year-over-year SAG expenses.  Excluding the effects of certain accounting charges tied primarily to employee benefit plans and resulting from the increase in the Company's stock price, SAG expenses were reduced $10 million from the prior year's third quarter.  The following table summarizes the year-over-year changes for key metrics.   Year-over-Year Change (Millions)Quarterly     Change     Year-to-Date         Change       Aggregates (3.2) Shipments (tons) (0.9)(23.6) Segment Revenue $ (6.8)11.5Gross Profit $ 43.8Non-aggregates 0.2Segment Revenue $ 21.4(0.3)Gross Profit $ 1.5Total Company (27.3)Net Sales $ 7.611.2Gross Profit $ 45.318.7Adjusted EBIT $ 84.011.8Adjusted EBITDA $ 63.7The following table summarizes Adjusted EBITDA and Continuing Operations EPS.EBITDA (Millions) Continuing OperationsEPS, Diluted3Q2012 3Q2011 3Q2012 3Q2011$   141.8$   193.9As Reported $   0.12$   0.171.2-Exchange Offer Costs 0.01-3.00.9Restructuring Costs 0.010.00-(39.7)Gain on Sale of Assets -(0.19)-(20.9)Legal Settlement -(0.11)$   146.0$   134.2As Adjusted $   0.14$   (0.13)EBITDA and Earnings from Continuing Operations for the third quarter of 2011 included a $40 million gain on the sale of assets in Indiana and $21 million related to the recovery from a legal settlement.  Adjusted EBITDA improved $12 million and adjusted earnings from continuing operations improved $0.27 per diluted share.Cash and cash equivalents totaled $243 million at September 30, 2012.  Debt maturities in the fourth quarter of 2012 total $135 million which the Company expects to fund from available cash.  Capital spending is expected to be approximately $100 million in 2012.2012 Outlook Mr. James stated, "Employees throughout the Company are keenly focused on managing controllable costs.  Thanks to their continuing efforts, Adjusted EBITDA has increased 25 percent year-to-date and the earnings leverage in our aggregates business continues to increase, as evidenced by the increase in cash gross profit per ton.  Through the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes $18 million in real estate gains, was $321 million, up $64 million in the face of a 1 percent decline in aggregates volumes.  Cost reduction initiatives across a wide array of spending categories continue to improve Vulcan's run-rate profitability.  Through the first nine months of 2012, controllable costs have been reduced approximately $70 million.  The effect of these initiatives supports our expectations for full year SAG costs to be approximately $260 million, compared to $290 million in 2011."  Mr. James continued, "We believe economic and construction-related fundamentals that drive demand for our products will continue to improve from the historically low levels created by the economic downturn.  Leading indicators of private construction activity, specifically residential housing starts and contract awards for nonresidential buildings, continue to improve in our markets.  Consequently, aggregates demand into private construction, particularly residential, is beginning to grow. We are seeing evidence of this growth in several key states, including Florida, Texas and Arizona.  However, the positive effect of these indicators takes time to materialize and impact our shipments given the low point from which the recovery began.  For public construction, the passage of a new federal highway bill in July will provide stability and predictability to future highway funding, although it had no material impact on third quarter shipments, which reflected softness in highway construction and the ending of stimulus-related construction activity.  The large increase in TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) funding contained in the new highway bill should positively impact demand in the future.  The uncertain timing of larger projects, including TIFIA funded projects, continues to make forecasting quarterly volume growth difficult.  We now expect full year same-store shipments in 2012 to approximate 2011 and total aggregates shipments to decrease approximately 1 percent.  In keeping with our successful efforts to offset the earnings effect of lower volumes in recent quarters, we will continue our efforts to reduce controllable costs and achieve improved pricing.  The geographic breadth of pricing gains achieved in the third quarter reinforces our expectations for full year freight-adjusted price growth of 1 to 3 percent in 2012."Full year earnings improvements in the Company's Cement and Concrete segments are expected to offset lower Asphalt Mix segment earnings.  As a result, collectively, full year earnings from these segments are expected to approximate the prior year.  Vulcan now expects 2012 Adjusted EBITDA of $435 to $455 million, an improvement of 23 to 29 percent from the prior year.  This guidance includes $29 million in gains from the sale of assets, of which $18 million has been realized through the first nine months of 2012.  The change in Adjusted EBITDA guidance reflects principally the earnings impact of lower shipments in aggregates and asphalt.  The Company continues to work on additional asset sales in the fourth quarter.  However, the ultimate timing of such transactions is difficult to predict and thus gains related to these transactions are excluded from current guidance.  The Company remains committed to completing transactions designed to strengthen Vulcan's balance sheet, unlock capital for more productive uses and create value for shareholders.  Conference Call Vulcan will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. CST on November 8, 2012.  Investors and other interested parties in the U.S. may access the teleconference live by calling 888.895.5479 approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start.  International participants can dial 847.619.6250.  The access code is 33645025.  A live webcast and accompanying slides will be available via the Internet through Vulcan's home page at  The conference call will be recorded and available for replay approximately two hours after the call through November 15, 2012.Vulcan Materials Company, a member of the S&P 500 Index, is the nation's largest producer of construction aggregates, a major producer of asphalt mix and concrete and a leading producer of cement in Florida.FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT DISCLAIMERThis 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: risks that Vulcan's intentions, plans and results with respect to cost reductions, profit enhancements and asset sales, as well as streamlining and other strategic actions adopted by Vulcan, will not be able to be realized to the desired degree or within the desired time period and that the results thereof will differ from those anticipated or desired; uncertainties as to the timing and valuations that may be realized or attainable with respect to intended asset sales; those associated with general economic and business conditions; the timing and amount of federal, state and local funding for infrastructure; the impact of a prolonged economic recession on Vulcan's industry, business and financial condition and access to capital markets; changes in the level of spending for private residential and 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 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 manage and successfully integrate acquisitions; the potential of goodwill 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 AVulcan Materials Companyand Subsidiary Companies(Amounts and shares in thousands,except per share data)Three Months EndedNine Months EndedConsolidated Statements of EarningsSeptember 30September 30(Condensed and unaudited)2012201120122011Net sales$      687,616$    714,947$ 1,836,357$ 1,828,720Delivery revenues41,24545,805122,522121,203Total revenues728,861760,7521,958,8791,949,923Cost of goods sold560,693599,1671,581,5371,619,206Delivery costs41,24545,805122,522121,203Cost of revenues601,938644,9721,704,0591,740,409Gross profit126,923115,780254,820209,514Selling, administrative and general expenses65,44167,020192,267218,290Gain on sale of property, plant & equipmentand businesses, net2,00941,45721,68744,831Recovery from legal settlement-20,857-46,404Restructuring charges(3,056)(839)(9,018)(2,977)Exchange offer costs(1,206)-(43,331)-Other operating income (expense), net(3,363)(3,567)(2,642)(10,509)Operating earnings55,866106,66829,24968,973Other nonoperating income (expense), net1,806(3,745)4,196(2,384)Interest expense, net53,04350,678158,997163,839Earnings (loss) from continuing operationsbefore income taxes4,62952,245(125,552)(97,250)Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(10,992)29,833(67,138)(47,938)Earnings (loss) from continuing operations15,62122,412(58,414)(49,312)Earnings (loss) on discontinued operations, net of tax(1,361)(2,453)2,3386,399Net earnings (loss)$       14,260$      19,959$     (56,076)$     (42,913)Basic earnings (loss) per share:Continuing operations $           0.12$         0.17$        (0.45)$        (0.38)Discontinued operations(0.01)(0.02)0.020.05Net earnings (loss) per share$           0.11$         0.15$        (0.43)$        (0.33)Diluted earnings (loss) per share:Continuing operations $           0.12$         0.17$        (0.45)$        (0.38)Discontinued operations(0.01)(0.02)0.020.05Net earnings (loss) per share$           0.11$         0.15$        (0.43)$        (0.33)Weighted-average common shares     outstanding:Basic129,753129,493129,674129,341Assuming dilution130,215129,768129,674129,341Cash dividends declared per shareof common stock$           0.01$         0.25$         0.03$         0.75Depreciation, depletion, accretion andamortization$       84,108$     90,948$   253,391$   273,671Effective tax rate from continuing operationsNMF 57.1%53.5%49.3% Table BVulcan Materials Companyand Subsidiary Companies(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)Consolidated Balance SheetsSeptember 30December 31September 30(Condensed and unaudited)201220112011As Restated(a)AssetsCash and cash equivalents$    243,126$    155,839$    152,379Restricted cash-8181Accounts and notes receivable:Accounts and notes receivable, gross403,520321,391437,754Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts(6,106)(6,498)(7,715)Accounts and notes receivable, net397,414314,893430,039Inventories:Finished products263,893260,732249,265Raw materials28,22123,81926,284Products in process6,2094,1983,473Operating supplies and other38,65538,90838,755Inventories336,978327,657317,777Current deferred income taxes45,35343,03248,743Prepaid expenses26,38421,59827,809Assets held for sale--26,883Total current assets1,049,255863,1001,003,711Investments and long-term receivables42,22629,00428,917Property, plant & equipment:Property, plant & equipment, cost6,690,4486,705,5466,665,937Less: Reserve for depr., depl. & amort(3,477,496)(3,287,367)(3,222,469)Property, plant & equipment, net3,212,9523,418,1793,443,468Goodwill3,086,7163,086,7163,086,716Other intangible assets, net693,308697,502698,703Other noncurrent assets141,459134,813122,011Total assets$  8,225,916$  8,229,314$  8,383,526Liabilities and EquityCurrent maturities of long-term debt$    285,153$    134,762$        5,215Trade payables and accruals133,209103,931134,853Other current liabilities213,735167,560239,438Liabilities of assets held for sale--1,474Total current liabilities632,097406,253380,980Long-term debt2,527,4502,680,6772,816,223Noncurrent deferred income taxes680,880732,528794,921Other noncurrent liabilities618,292618,239524,485Total liabilities 4,458,7194,437,6974,516,609Equity:Common stock, $1 par value129,596129,245129,233Capital in excess of par value2,567,8592,544,7402,538,987Retained earnings1,274,4651,334,4761,363,640Accumulated other comprehensive loss(204,723)(216,844)(164,943)Total equity3,767,1973,791,6173,866,917Total liabilities and equity$  8,225,916$  8,229,314$  8,383,526(a)The September 30, 2011 balance sheet reflects corrections of errors related to current and deferred income taxes, which have a corresponding impact on retained earnings. Table CVulcan Materials Companyand Subsidiary Companies(Amounts in thousands)Nine Months EndedConsolidated Statements of Cash FlowsSeptember 30(Condensed and unaudited)20122011Operating ActivitiesNet loss$     (56,076)$     (42,913)Adjustments to reconcile net loss tonet cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization253,391273,671Net gain on sale of property, plant & equipment and businesses(31,886)(55,886)Contributions to pension plans(3,379)(3,762)Share-based compensation9,36212,991Deferred tax provision(66,194)(58,569)Cost of debt purchase-19,153Changes in assets and liabilities before initialeffects of business acquisitions and dispositions(9,886)(31,858)Other, net(1,573)8,899Net cash provided by operating activities93,759121,726Investing ActivitiesPurchases of property, plant & equipment(49,418)(77,332)Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment28,93011,730Proceeds from sale of businesses, net of transaction costs10,69072,830Other, net9631,684Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities(8,835)8,912Financing ActivitiesNet short-term payments-(285,500)Payment of current maturities and long-term debt(120)(737,952)Cost of debt purchase-(19,153)Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt-1,100,000Debt issuance costs-(17,904)Proceeds from settlement of interest rate swap agreements-23,387Proceeds from issuance of common stock-4,936Dividends paid(3,885)(96,878)Proceeds from exercise of stock options6,1673,232Other, net20132Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities2,363(25,800)Net increase in cash and cash equivalents87,287104,838Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year155,83947,541Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$    243,126$    152,379 Table DSegment Financial Data and Unit Shipments(Amounts in thousands, except per unit data)Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30September 302012201120122011Total RevenuesAggregates segment (a)$      491,158$      514,723$   1,317,923$ 1,324,754Intersegment sales(42,522)(42,473)(112,919)(111,770)Net sales448,636472,2501,205,0041,212,984Concrete segment (b)108,651101,390303,285281,809Intersegment sales----Net sales108,651101,390303,285281,809Asphalt Mix segment118,219128,897293,266304,432Intersegment sales----Net sales118,219128,897293,266304,432Cement segment (c)22,72719,13763,56952,491Intersegment sales(10,617)(6,727)(28,767)(22,996)Net sales12,11012,41034,80229,495TotalNet sales687,616714,9471,836,3571,828,720Delivery revenues41,24545,805122,522121,203Total revenues$ 728,861$ 760,752$ 1,958,879$ 1,949,923Gross ProfitAggregates$      124,882$      113,391$      270,768$    227,007Concrete(8,506)(8,887)(29,850)(32,327)Asphalt Mix10,97612,29215,49820,418Cement(429)(1,016)(1,596)(5,584)Total gross profit$      126,923$      115,780$      254,820$    209,514Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortizationAggregates$        62,320$        70,287$      191,832$    211,502Concrete11,42113,05834,89539,291Asphalt Mix2,3141,9537,1315,877Cement6,4054,50514,96513,554Corporate and other unallocated1,6481,1454,5683,447Total DDA&A$        84,108$        90,948$      253,391$    273,671Unit ShipmentsAggregates customer tons36,39039,46199,556100,389Internal tons (d)2,9903,1068,0008,072Aggregates - tons39,38042,567107,556108,461Ready-mixed concrete - cubic yards1,1161,0433,1492,911Asphalt Mix - tons2,0852,2835,2085,522Cement customer tons123124328251Internal tons (d)13697367316Cement - tons259221695567Average Unit Sales Price (including internal sales)Aggregates (freight-adjusted) (e)$          10.63$          10.24$         10.44$       10.31Ready-mixed concrete$          93.18$          93.06$         92.47$       92.38Asphalt Mix$          55.52$          55.84$         55.12$       54.53Cement$          77.89$          72.63$         77.97$       75.44(a) Includes crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, other aggregates, as well as transportation and service       revenues associated with the aggregates business.(b) Includes ready-mixed concrete, concrete block, precast concrete, as well as building materials purchased for resale.(c) Includes cement and calcium products.(d) Represents tons shipped primarily to our downstream operations (e.g., asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete).       Sales from internal  shipments are eliminated in net sales presented above and in the accompanying Condensed       Consolidated Statements of Earnings.(e) Freight-adjusted sales price is calculated as total sales dollars (internal and external) less freight to remote       distribution sites divided by total sales units (internal and external). Table E1.   Supplemental Cash Flow InformationSupplemental information referable to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flowsfor the nine months ended September 30 is summarized below:(Amounts in thousands)20122011Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow InformationCash paid (refunded) during the period for:    Interest$      104,440$    102,260    Income taxes19,219(31,127)Supplemental Schedule of Noncash Investing and Financing ActivitiesLiabilities assumed in business acquisition-13,774Accrued liabilities for purchases of property, plant & equipment4,3166,511Fair value of equity consideration for business acquisition-18,5292.   Reconciliation of Non-GAAP MeasuresGenerally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) does not define "free cash flow" "cash gross profit", "Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization" (EBITDA) and "cash earnings."  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, cash gross profit, EBITDA and cash earnings 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.  We use free cash flow, cash gross profit, EBITDA, cash earnings and other such measures to assess the operating performance of our various business units and the consolidated company.  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 FlowFree cash flow deducts purchases of property, plant & equipment from net cash provided by operating activities(Amounts in thousands)Nine Months EndedSeptember 3020122011Net cash provided by operating activities$      93,759$   121,726Purchases of property, plant & equipment(49,418)(77,332)Free cash flow$      44,341$     44,394Cash Gross ProfitCash gross profit adds back noncash charges for depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization (DDA&A) to gross profit(Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30September 302012201120122011Gross Profit$      126,923$      115,780$      254,820$    209,514DDA&A84,10890,948253,391273,671Cash gross profit$      211,031$      206,728$      508,211$    483,185 Table FReconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures (Continued)EBITDA and Cash EarningsEBITDA is an acronym for Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization. Cash earnings adjusts EBITDA for net interest expense and current taxes. (Amounts in thousands)Three Months EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30September 302012201120122011Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA and Cash EarningsNet earnings (loss)$     14,260$  19,959$   (56,076)$   (42,913)Provision for (benefit from) income taxes(10,992)29,833(67,138)(47,938)Interest expense, net53,04350,678158,997163,839(Earnings) loss on discontinued operations, net of tax1,3612,453(2,338)(6,399)EBIT57,672102,92333,44566,589Plus: Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization84,10890,948253,391273,671EBITDA$   141,780$  193,871$   286,836$   340,260Less:     Interest expense, net(53,043)(50,678)(158,997)(163,839)               Current taxes(4,244)3,4882,069(10,278)Cash earnings$     84,493$  146,681$   129,908$   166,143Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITEBITDA$   141,780$  193,871$   286,836$   340,260Recovery from legal settlement-(20,857)-(46,404)Gain on sale of real estate and businesses-(39,659)(18,321)(39,659)Restructuring charges3,0568399,0182,977Exchange offer costs1,206-43,331-Adjusted EBITDA$   146,042$  134,194$   320,864$   257,174Less: Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization84,10890,948253,391273,671Adjusted EBIT$    61,934$   43,246$    67,473$   (16,497)EBITDA Bridge Three Months EndedNine Months Ended(Amounts in millions)September 30September 30EBITDAEBITDAContinuing Operations - 2011 Actual$        194$       340Plus: Recovery from legal settlement(21)(46)     Gain on sale of real estate(40)(40)     Restructuring charges132011 Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations134257Increase / (Decrease) due to:Aggregates: Volumes(18)(5)          Selling prices1514          Lower costs and other items716Concrete(1)(2)Asphalt Mix(1)(4)Cement35Lower selling, administrative and general expenses226Other5142012 Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations146321Plus: Gain on sale of real estate-18     Restructuring charges(3)(9)     Exchange offer costs(1)(43)Continuing Operations - 2012 Actual$       142$       287 SOURCE Vulcan Materials CompanyFor further information: Investor Contact - Mark Warren, +1-205-298-3220; Media Contact - David Donaldson, +1-205-298-3220