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Martin Marietta Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

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Company Achieved First-Quarter Records for Revenues and EBITDA, and Strong Gains in Other Key Financial Metrics

Shipments and Pricing Improved Across Majority of Building Materials Business
With Robust Double-Digit-Growth in Aggregates Volume

Magnesia Specialties Business Posted Quarterly Records for Revenues and Profitability

Continued Growth in All Three of Company’s Primary End-Use Markets Anticipated

Company’s Top 10 States Expected to Outperform the Nation

RALEIGH, N.C., April 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. 

Highlights include:

  Quarter ended March 31,
 ($ in thousands, except per share)   2019   2018
Total revenues 1 $ 938,955 $ 802,004
Products and services revenues 2 $ 878,305 $ 753,305
Building Materials business $   809,131 $   688,436
Magnesia Specialties business $   69,174  $   64,869
Gross profit $ 142,907 $ 110,392
Earnings from operations $ 69,221 $ 39,081
Net earnings attributable to Martin Marietta $ 42,853 $ 10,023
EBITDA (adjusted EBITDA for 2018) 3 $ 158,885 $ 123,973
Earnings per diluted share $ 0.68 $ 0.16

Total revenues include the sales of products and services to customers (net of any discounts or allowances) and freight revenues.
Products and services revenues include the sales of aggregates, cement, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and Magnesia Specialties products, and paving services to customers, and exclude related freight revenues.
EBITDA, including adjusted EBITDA for 2018, is a non-GAAP financial measure.  See appendix to this earnings release for a reconciliation to net earnings attributable to Martin Marietta.

Ward Nye, Chairman, President and CEO of Martin Marietta, stated, “Our Company delivered strong operating and financial performance for the first three months of 2019, including first-quarter records for revenues and EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, and Depreciation and Amortization). Driven by improved shipments, pricing and cost management, we are off to a promising start to what we expect to be another record year for Martin Marietta. Notably, the Building Materials business benefitted from robust pent-up demand as well as modestly improved weather across portions of our geographic footprint, which allowed for an early beginning to the construction season. These encouraging trends, combined with favorable pricing momentum and growing contractor backlogs, reaffirm our confidence in our full-year outlook.

“Consistent with our expectations, construction activity in our key regions, supported by strengthening public- and private-sector spending, is outpacing the nation as a whole. Infrastructure construction has begun in earnest on several transportation projects in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida following the recent acceleration in public lettings and contract awards in these key states. Additionally, notable employment gains and population growth continue to support private-sector strength in our leading markets. These favorable dynamics bode well for a busy construction season throughout the remainder of the year.”

Mr. Nye concluded, “This year, Martin Marietta celebrates 25 years as a public company. We have established a proven record of value creation and will continue to build upon our success by focusing on price discipline, strategic geographic positioning and prudent capital allocation. We remain committed to the diligent execution of our strategic plan and further enhancement of the world-class attributes of our business – including safety, cost discipline and operational excellence. We believe Martin Marietta is firmly positioned for continued growth and enhanced shareholder value in 2019 and beyond.”

First-Quarter Operating Results
(All comparisons are versus the prior-year quarter unless noted otherwise)

    Quarter ended March 31, 2019
($ in thousands)   Revenues   Gross profit (loss) Gross margin
Building Materials business:          
Products and services:          
Aggregates $ 541,473   $ 97,562   18.0%
Cement   99,017     13,779   13.9%
Ready mixed concrete   211,156     14,492   6.9%
Asphalt and paving   15,846     (7,829 ) (49.4%)
Less:  interproduct revenues   (58,361 )   ---   ---
Products and services   809,131     118,004   14.6%
Freight   55,750     (165 ) NM
Total Building Materials business   864,881     117,839   13.6%
Magnesia Specialties business:              
Products and services   69,174     26,607   38.5%
Freight   4,900     (1,065 ) NM
Total Magnesia Specialties business   74,074     25,542   34.5%
Corporate   ---     (474 ) NM
Total $ 938,955   $ 142,907   15.2%

    Quarter ended March 31, 2018
($ in thousands)   Revenues   Gross profit (loss) Gross margin
Building Materials business:          
Products and services:          
Aggregates $ 425,016   $ 53,002   12.5%
Cement   89,183     23,734   26.6%
Ready mixed concrete   218,537     15,641   7.2%
Asphalt and paving   16,365     (7,639 ) (46.7%)
Less:  interproduct revenues   (60,665 )   ---   ---
Products and services   688,436     84,738   12.3%
Freight   44,306     (119 ) NM
Total Building Materials business   732,742     84,619   11.5%
Magnesia Specialties business:          
Products and services   64,869     25,063   38.6%
Freight   4,393     (1,174 ) NM
Total Magnesia Specialties business   69,262     23,889   34.5%
Corporate   ---     1,884   NM
Total $ 802,004   $ 110,392   13.8%

Building Materials Business

First-quarter operating results demonstrate the robust underlying demand that was masked in 2018 by weather, contractor capacity and logistics disruptions. While winter weather traditionally limits the ability of outdoor contractors to perform work, the Company experienced relatively better weather during the first three months of 2019. This allowed contractors to begin addressing backlogs with an earlier-than-normal start to the construction season. The notable exception was in the Company’s second-largest state by revenues, Colorado, which experienced one of its harshest winters on record, delaying the onset of meaningful construction activity.


First-quarter heritage aggregates volume and pricing improved 12.5 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively. 

  • Shipments for the Mid-America Group heritage operations increased 18.4 percent, primarily driven by infrastructure, commercial and residential projects in the Carolinas. Heritage pricing improved 3.1 percent despite unfavorable product mix from increased shipments of lower-priced base stone in 2019.

  • Shipments for the Southeast Group heritage operations increased 16.7 percent, reflecting the overall strength of the North Georgia and Florida markets. Heritage pricing improved 6.2 percent. 

  • West Group shipments increased 6.3 percent as strong nonresidential construction activity in Texas more than offset weather-impacted Colorado shipments. Product and geographic mix limited West Group pricing growth to 2.7 percent.

Inclusive of acquired operations, aggregates volume and pricing improved 24.2 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively. Acquired operations shipped 3.5 million tons at selling prices that are approximately 15 percent below the Company’s average. 

Martin Marietta’s first-quarter heritage aggregates shipments by end use are as follows (all comparisons are versus the prior-year quarter):

Infrastructure Market

  • Aggregates shipments to the infrastructure market increased 2 percent as modestly improved weather, particularly in the Southeast, allowed contractors to advance transportation-related projects earlier in the construction season. Following more than a decade of underinvestment, management remains confident that infrastructure demand is poised for meaningful growth. Funding provided by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), combined with numerous state and local transportation initiatives, has resulted in an acceleration in lettings and contract awards in key states, including Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. For the quarter, the infrastructure market represented 33 percent of aggregates shipments, which is below the Company’s most recent ten-year average of 46 percent but consistent with first-quarter historical trends.

Nonresidential Market

  • Aggregates shipments to the nonresidential market increased 33 percent, driven by both commercial and heavy industrial construction activity. The Company continued to benefit from robust distribution center, warehouse, data center and wind turbine projects in key geographies, including Texas, the Carolinas, Georgia and Iowa. The nonresidential market represented 37 percent of first-quarter aggregates shipments.   

Residential Market

  • Aggregates shipments to the residential market increased 8 percent, driven by weather-deferred homebuilding activity in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. Despite the recent slowdown in housing unit starts at the national level, the residential construction outlook across the Company’s geographic footprint remains positive for both single- and multi-family housing, driven by favorable demographics, job growth, land availability, steady interest rates and efficient permitting. On a national level, housing starts remain below the 50-year annual average of 1.5 million despite notable population gains. The residential market accounted for 23 percent of first-quarter aggregates shipments.

ChemRock/Rail Market

  • The ChemRock/Rail market accounted for the remaining 7 percent of first-quarter aggregates shipments.  Volumes to this sector decreased 9 percent, driven by reduced agricultural lime shipments from a depressed farm economy. Additionally, ballast shipments declined due to lower maintenance spending by western Class I railroads.

Aggregates product gross margin increased 550 basis points to 18.0 percent, reflecting improved operating leverage from increased shipment and production levels. 


Cement shipments and pricing increased 7.3 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively, as these operations benefitted from solid underlying demand in Texas, a new Houston-area sales yard and enhanced product line. Extended maintenance outages, including the acceleration of maintenance activities originally planned for later in the year, and higher transportation costs contributed to the 1,270-basis-point reduction in product gross margin to 13.9 percent. 

Downstream businesses

Ready mixed concrete shipments decreased 3.8 percent, driven by cold and wet winter weather in Colorado.  Overall, ready mixed concrete prices improved 0.5 percent for the quarter, led by a 3.0 percent increase in Colorado.  Restructuring initiatives implemented in 2018 have improved profitability for the Southwest ready mixed concrete business despite relatively flat shipments.  Colorado asphalt shipments declined while pricing improved 3.9 percent. 

Magnesia Specialties Business

Magnesia Specialties product revenues increased 6.6 percent to a record $69.2 million as the business continued to benefit from strong domestic steel production and increased global demand for magnesia chemical products.  Product gross margin was relatively flat at 38.5 percent as pricing gains and production efficiencies were offset by higher costs for supplies and contract services.     


Other operating income, net, included the reversal of a $4.2 million purchase accounting accrual related to the Texas Industries, Inc. acquisition.

The Company recorded a discrete income tax benefit of $13.2 million related to a change in tax election for an acquired entity.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash provided by operating activities was $117.9 million in 2019 compared with $105.0 million in 2018.

Cash paid for property, plant and equipment additions during the first quarter was $130.1 million.  Capital expenditures for the full year are expected to range from $350 million to $400 million as the Company continues to prudently deploy capital into the business.

At March 31, 2019, the Company’s ratio of consolidated net debt-to-consolidated EBITDA, as defined in the applicable credit agreement, for the trailing twelve months was 2.7 times. 

Commitment to Enhance Long-Term Shareholder Value

Martin Marietta is dedicated to disciplined capital allocation that preserves the Company’s financial flexibility and further enhances shareholder value. The Company’s capital allocation priorities remain unchanged and include value-enhancing acquisitions that promote the successful execution of the Company’s strategic growth plan, organic capital investment, and the return of cash to shareholders through a meaningful and sustainable dividend and share repurchases.

The Company has returned $1.4 billion to shareholders in the form of dividend payments and share repurchases since announcing a 20 million share repurchase authorization in February 2015. As of March 31, 2019, 14.1 million shares remained under the current repurchase authorization and 62.5 million shares of Martin Marietta common stock were outstanding.

Full-Year Outlook

Martin Marietta remains confident in its previously announced full-year outlook. The Company’s geographic footprint has attractive underlying market fundamentals, including notable employment gains, population growth and superior state fiscal health – all attributes promoting steady and sustainable construction growth.  Supported by robust underlying demand and third-party forecasts, Martin Marietta believes the current construction cycle will continue for the foreseeable future and expand further this year for each of the Company’s three primary construction end-use markets. Notably:

  • Infrastructure construction, particularly for aggregates-intensive highways and streets, should benefit from recent accelerations in state lettings and contract awards in key Martin Marietta states, continued FAST Act funding, and regulatory reform that allows for reduced permitting time for large projects. Importantly, states will continue to play an expanded role in infrastructure investment.  Incremental funding at the state and local levels, through bond issuances, toll roads and tax initiatives, should grow at faster near-term rates than federal funding. Martin Marietta’s top ten states – Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, Florida, South Carolina, Indiana, Maryland and Nebraska – accounted for 85 percent of total Building Materials’ revenues in 2018 and have all introduced incremental transportation funding measures within the last five years.  Third-party forecasts also predict increased infrastructure investment this year and beyond.

  • Nonresidential construction should increase in both the commercial and heavy industrial sectors for the next several years across many of the Company’s key markets. Both the Architectural Billings Index and Dodge Momentum Index indicate healthy commercial construction activity throughout the year. Continued federal regulatory approvals should notably contribute to increased heavy building materials consumption from the next wave of large energy-sector projects, particularly along the Gulf Coast. Construction activity for these projects is expected to begin in earnest this year and continue for several years thereafter.

  • Residential construction should continue to grow within Martin Marietta’s geographic footprint, particularly as mortgage rates have stabilized and homebuilders are beginning to address the need for more affordable homes. The Company’s leading positions in southeastern and southwestern states offer superior opportunities for gains in both multi- and single-family housing, driven by a multitude of factors, such as available land, an overall business-friendly environment and fewer regulatory barriers.  The Company believes that permits represent the best indicator of future housing construction. Martin Marietta’s top ten states outpaced the nation in housing unit permit growth for the trailing twelve months ended March 2019 for all three residential categories: total, multi-family and single-family.  Continued strength in residential construction supports future infrastructure and nonresidential activity.

Based on current trends and expectations, management has reaffirmed its full-year guidance as follows: 

  • Aggregates shipments by end-use market compared with 2018 levels are as follows:
    • Infrastructure shipments to increase in the high-single digits.
    • Nonresidential shipments to increase in the mid- to high-single digits.
    • Residential shipments to increase in the mid-single digits.
    • ChemRock/Rail shipments to be up slightly.
($ and tons in thousands, except per ton) Low *   High *
Total revenues 1 $ 4,480,000     $ 4,680,000  
Products and services revenues $ 4,230,000     $ 4,380,000  
Freight revenues $   250,000     $   300,000  
Gross profit $ 1,110,000     $ 1,210,000  
Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) $   300,000     $   310,000  
Interest expense $   130,000     $   140,000  
Estimated tax rate (excluding discrete events)   20 %     22 %
Net earnings attributable to Martin Marietta $    520,000     $  620,000  
EBITDA 2 $ 1,170,000     $ 1,280,000  
Capital expenditures $   350,000     $   400,000  
Building Materials Business              
Volume (total tons) 3   180,000       185,000  
% growth 3   6.0 %     8.0 %
Average selling price per ton (ASP) $ 14.15     $ 14.40  
% growth 4   3.0 %     5.0 %
Total revenues $ 2,800,000     $ 2,910,000  
Products and services revenues $ 2,590,000     $ 2,650,000  
Freight revenues $    210,000     $    260,000  
Gross profit $   755,000     $   810,000  
Total revenues $   420,000     $   450,000  
   Products and services revenues $   400,000     $   430,000  
   Freight revenues $    20,000     $    20,000  
Gross profit $   130,000     $  150,000  
Ready Mixed Concrete and Asphalt and Paving      
Products and services revenues $ 1,240,000     $ 1,310,000  
Gross profit $  130,000     $   150,000  
Magnesia Specialties Business      
Total revenues $   290,000     $   300,000  
  Products and services revenues $   270,000     $   280,000  
  Freight revenues $    20,000     $   20,000  
Gross profit $    100,000     $    105,000  

*  Guidance range represents the low end and high end of the respective line items provided above.

1    2019 consolidated total revenues exclude $270 million to $290 million related to estimated interproduct sales.
2    EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure.  See appendix to this earnings release for a reconciliation to net earnings attributable to Martin Marietta.
3   Represents total aggregates volumes, which includes approximately 10.9 million internal tons. Volume growth ranges are in comparison with total volumes of 170.8 million tons for the full year 2018, which included 10.6 million internal tons.
4   ASP growth range is in comparison with ASP of $13.71 per ton for the full year 2018.    

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This earnings release contains financial measures that have not been prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the closest GAAP measure are included in the accompanying appendix to this earnings release. 

Conference Call Information

The Company will discuss its first-quarter 2019 earnings results on a conference call and an online web simulcast today (April 30, 2019). The live broadcast of the Martin Marietta conference call will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today. An online replay will be available approximately two hours following the conclusion of the live broadcast. A link to these events will be available at the Company’s website. Additionally, the Company has posted supplemental information related to its first-quarter performance on its website. For those investors without online web access, the conference call may also be accessed by calling (970) 315-0423, confirmation number 5598123.

About Martin Marietta

Martin Marietta, a member of the S&P 500 Index, is an American-based company and a leading supplier of building materials, including aggregates, cement, ready mixed concrete and asphalt. Through a network of operations spanning 27 states, Canada and The Bahamas, dedicated Martin Marietta teams supply the resources necessary for building the solid foundations on which our communities thrive. Martin Marietta’s Magnesia Specialties business provides a full range of magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide and dolomitic lime products. For more information, visit www.martinmarietta.com or www.magnesiaspecialties.com.

Investor Contact:  
Suzanne Osberg
Vice President, Investor Relations
(919) 783-4691


If you are interested in Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. stock, management recommends that, at a minimum, you read the Company’s current annual report and Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the past year.  The Company’s recent proxy statement for the annual meeting of shareholders also contains important information.  These and other materials that have been filed with the SEC are accessible through the Company’s website at www.martinmarietta.com and are also available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.  You may also write or call the Company’s Corporate Secretary, who will provide copies of such reports.

Investors are cautioned that all statements in this press release that relate to the future involve risks and uncertainties, and are based on assumptions that the Company believes in good faith are reasonable but which may be materially different from actual results.  These statements, which are forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, give the investor the Company’s expectations or forecasts of future events.  You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate only to historical or current facts.  They may use words such as “anticipate”, “expect”, “should”, “believe”, “will”, and other words of similar meaning in connection with future events or future operating or financial performance.  Any or all of our forward-looking statements here and in other publications may turn out to be wrong.

The Company’s outlook is subject to various risks and uncertainties, and is based on assumptions that the Company believes in good faith are reasonable but which may be materially different from actual results. Factors that the Company currently believes could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release (including the outlook) include, but are not limited to: the performance of the United States economy; shipment declines resulting from economic events beyond the Company’s control; a widespread decline in aggregates pricing, including a decline in aggregates volume negatively affecting aggregates price; the history of both cement and ready mixed concrete being subject to significant changes in supply, demand and price fluctuations; the termination, capping and/or reduction or suspension of the federal and/or state gasoline tax(es) or other revenue related to infrastructure construction; the level and timing of federal, state or local transportation or infrastructure projects funding, most particularly in Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa and Maryland; the United States Congress’ inability to reach agreement among themselves or with the current Administration on policy issues that impact the federal budget; the ability of states and/or other entities to finance approved projects either with tax revenues or alternative financing structures; levels of construction spending in the markets the Company serves; a reduction in defense spending and the subsequent impact on construction activity on or near military bases; a decline in the commercial component of the nonresidential construction market, notably office and retail space; a decline in energy-related construction activity  resulting from a sustained period of low global oil prices or changes in oil production patterns in response to this decline, particularly in Texas; a slowdown in residential construction recovery; unfavorable weather conditions, particularly Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coast hurricane activity, the late start to spring or the early onset of winter and the impact of a drought or excessive rainfall in the markets served by the Company, any of which can significantly affect production schedules, volumes, product and/or geographic mix and profitability; the volatility of fuel costs, particularly diesel fuel, and the impact on the cost, or the availability generally, of other consumables, namely steel, explosives, tires and conveyor belts, and with respect to the Company’s Magnesia Specialties business, natural gas; continued increases in the cost of other repair and supply parts; construction labor shortages and/or supply‐chain challenges; unexpected equipment failures, unscheduled maintenance, industrial accident or other prolonged and/or significant disruption to production facilities; increasing governmental regulation, including environmental laws; transportation availability or a sustained reduction in capital investment by the railroads, notably the availability of railcars, locomotive power and the condition of rail infrastructure to move trains to supply the Company’s Texas, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and the Gulf Coast markets, including the movement of essential dolomitic lime for magnesia chemicals to the Company’s plant in Manistee, Michigan and its customers; increased transportation costs, including increases from higher or fluctuating passed-through energy costs or fuel surcharges, and other costs to comply with tightening regulations, as well as higher volumes of rail and water shipments; availability of trucks and licensed drivers for transport of the Company’s materials; availability and cost of construction equipment in the United States; weakening in the steel industry markets served by the Company’s dolomitic lime products;  a trade dispute with one or more nations impacting the U.S. economy, including the impact of tariffs on the steel industry; unplanned changes in costs or realignment of customers that introduce volatility to earnings, including that of the Magnesia Specialties business that is running at capacity; proper functioning of information technology and automated operating systems to manage or support operations; inflation and its effect on both production and interest costs; the concentration of customers in construction markets and the increased risk of potential losses on customer receivables; the impact of the level of demand in the Company’s end-use markets, production levels and management of production costs on the operating leverage and therefore profitability of the Company;  the possibility that the expected synergies from acquisitions will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period, including achieving anticipated profitability to maintain compliance with the Company’s leverage ratio debt covenant; changes in tax laws, the interpretation of such laws and/or administrative practices that would increase the Company’s tax rate;  violation of the Company’s debt covenant if price and/or volumes return to previous levels of instability; continued downward pressure on the Company’s common stock price and its impact on goodwill impairment evaluations; reduction of the Company’s credit rating to non-investment grade; and other risk factors listed from time to time found in the Company’s filings with the SEC. 

You should consider these forward-looking statements in light of risk factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and other periodic filings made with the SEC.  All of our forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these factors.  In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we consider immaterial could affect the accuracy of our forward-looking statements, or adversely affect or be material to the Company.  The Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.


Unaudited Statements of Earnings
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
    Three Months Ended    
    March 31,  
      2019       2018    
Products and services revenues   $   878,305     $   753,305    
Freight revenues       60,650         48,699    
Total revenues       938,955         802,004    
Cost of revenues - products and services       734,168         641,620    
Cost of revenues - freight       61,880         49,992    
Total cost of revenues       796,048         691,612    
Gross Profit       142,907         110,392    
Selling general & administrative expenses       78,292         70,121    
Acquisition-related expenses, net       144         711    
Other operating (income) and expenses, net       (4,750 )       479    
Earnings from operations       69,221         39,081    
Interest expense       32,948         35,087    
Other nonoperating income, net       (1,562 )       (8,503 )  
Earnings before income tax expense       37,835         12,497    
Income tax (benefit) expense       (4,991 )       2,457    
Consolidated net earnings       42,826         10,040    
Less: Net (loss) earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests       (27 )       17    
Net Earnings Attributable to Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.   $   42,853     $   10,023    
Net earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders:          
Basic    $   0.68     $   0.16    
Diluted   $   0.68     $   0.16    
Dividends per common share   $   0.48     $   0.44    
Average number of common shares outstanding:          
Basic       62,584         62,957    
Diluted       62,777         63,222    


Unaudited Financial Highlights
(In thousands)
    Three Months Ended    
    March 31,  
      2019       2018    
Total revenues:          
Building Materials Business:          
Mid-America Group   $   248,813     $   178,781    
Southeast Group       119,237         80,239    
West Group       496,831         473,722    
Total Building Materials Business       864,881         732,742    
Magnesia Specialties       74,074         69,262    
Total   $   938,955     $   802,004    
Gross profit (loss):          
Building Materials Business:          
Mid-America Group   $   45,231     $   18,255    
Southeast Group       26,245         6,167    
West Group       46,363         60,197    
Total Building Materials Business       117,839         84,619    
Magnesia Specialties       25,542         23,889    
Corporate       (474 )       1,884    
Total   $   142,907     $   110,392    
Selling, general and administrative expenses:          
Building Materials Business:          
Mid-America Group   $   15,593     $   13,130    
Southeast Group       5,377         4,416    
West Group       29,278         26,132    
Total Building Materials Business       50,248         43,678    
Magnesia Specialties       2,865         2,602    
Corporate       25,179         23,841    
Total   $   78,292     $   70,121    
Earnings (Loss) from operations:          
Building Materials Business:          
Mid-America Group   $   30,955     $   6,167    
Southeast Group       21,134         2,041    
West Group        19,936         34,951    
Total Building Materials Business       72,025         43,159    
Magnesia Specialties       22,642         21,237    
Corporate       (25,446 )       (25,315 )  
Total   $   69,221     $   39,081    


Unaudited Financial Highlights (Continued)
(In thousands)
    Three Months Ended    
    March 31,  
      2019       2018    
Total revenues:          
Building Materials business products and services:          
Aggregates   $   541,473     $   425,016    
Cement        99,017         89,183    
Ready Mixed Concrete       211,156         218,537    
Asphalt and paving       15,846         16,365    
Less:  Interproduct sales       (58,361 )       (60,665 )  
Subtotal       809,131         688,436    
Freight       55,750         44,306    
Total Building Materials Business       864,881         732,742    
Magnesia Specialties business:          
Products and services       69,174         64,869    
Freight       4,900         4,393    
Total Magnesia Specialties Business       74,074         69,262    
Consolidated total revenues   $   938,955     $   802,004    
Gross profit (loss):          
Building Materials business products and services:          
Aggregates   $   97,562     $   53,002    
Cement        13,779         23,734    
Ready Mixed Concrete       14,492         15,641    
Asphalt and paving       (7,829 )       (7,639 )  
Subtotal       118,004         84,738    
Freight       (165 )       (119 )  
Total Building Materials Business       117,839         84,619    
Magnesia Specialties business:          
Products and services       26,607         25,063    
Freight       (1,065 )       (1,174 )  
Total Magnesia Specialties Business       25,542         23,889    
Corporate       (474 )       1,884    
Consolidated gross profit    $   142,907     $   110,392    


Balance Sheet Data  
(In thousands)  
    March 31,   December 31,  
    2019   2018  
    (Unaudited)   (Audited)  
Cash and cash equivalents   $   37,357   $   44,892  
Accounts receivable, net       550,607       523,276  
Inventories, net       646,176       663,035  
Other current assets       135,971       134,613  
Property, plant and equipment, net       5,146,682       5,157,229  
Intangible assets, net       2,895,678       2,900,400  
Operating lease right-of-use assets       498,233       -   
Other noncurrent assets       137,703       127,974  
Total assets   $   10,048,407   $   9,551,419  
Current maturities of long-term debt and short-term facilities   $   360,056   $   390,042  
Other current liabilities       397,581       396,708  
Long-term debt (excluding current maturities)       2,801,228       2,730,439  
Other noncurrent liabilities       1,514,046       1,084,818  
Total equity       4,975,496       4,949,412  
Total liabilities and equity   $   10,048,407   $   9,551,419  


Unaudited Statements of Cash Flows  
(In thousands)  
    Three Months Ended  
    March 31,  
      2019       2018    
Operating activities:          
Consolidated net earnings    $   42,826     $   10,040    
Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation, depletion and amortization       89,211         76,821    
Stock-based compensation expense       13,552         9,760    
Gains on divestitures and sales of assets       (2,413 )       (951 )  
Deferred income taxes       4,781         2,029    
Other items, net       495         (2,269 )  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures:          
Accounts receivable, net       (26,059 )       20,951    
Inventories, net       16,416         (8,873 )  
Accounts payable       20,393         7,925    
Other assets and liabilities, net       (41,338 )       (10,421 )  
Net cash provided by operating activities       117,864         105,012    
Investing activities:          
Additions to property, plant and equipment       (130,056 )       (96,259 )  
Proceeds from divestitures and sales of assets       2,927         2,528    
Investments in life insurance contracts, net       193         99    
Payment of railcar construction advances       -          (8,430 )  
Reimbursement of railcar construction advances       -          8,430    
Other investing activities, net       (600 )       -     
Net cash used for investing activities       (127,536 )       (93,632 )  
Financing activities:          
Borrowings of long-term debt       125,000         -     
Repayments of long-term debt       (85,000 )       (13 )  
Payments on capital leases       -          (829 )  
Payments on finance leases       (951 )       -     
Dividends paid       (30,395 )       (27,885 )  
Proceeds from exercise of stock options       611         2,801    
Shares withheld for employees' income tax obligations       (7,128 )       (6,380 )  
Debt issue costs       -          (3,194 )  
Contributions by owners of noncontrolling interest       -          129    
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities       2,137         (35,371 )  
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents       (7,535 )       (23,991 )  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period       44,892         1,446,364    
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $   37,357     $   1,422,373    


Unaudited Operational Highlights  
    Three Months Ended      
    March 31, 2019    
    Volume   Pricing    
Volume/Pricing Variance (1)            
Heritage Operations: (2)            
Mid-America Group     18.4 %     3.1 %    
Southeast Group     16.7 %     6.2 %    
West Group     6.3 %     2.7 %    
Total Heritage Aggregates Product Line      12.5 %     4.0 %    
Total Aggregates Product Line  (3)     24.2 %     2.3 %    
    Three Months Ended      
    March 31,    
Shipments (tons in thousands)    2019     2018     
Heritage Operations: (2)            
Mid-America Group       13,585         11,473      
Southeast Group  (4)       5,141         4,405      
West Group       15,036         14,142      
Total Heritage Aggregates Product Line        33,762         30,020      
Acquisitions       3,524         -       
Total Aggregates Product Line  (3)       37,286         30,020      
(1)  Volume/pricing variances reflect the percentage increase (decrease) from the comparable period in the prior year.  
(2) Heritage Aggregates Product Line and Heritage Aggregates Operations exclude volume and pricing data for acquisitions that  
  have not been included in prior-year operations for the comparable period.        
(3) Aggregates Product Line includes acquisitions from the date of acquisition and divestitures through the date of disposal.  
(4) 2018 shipments include the Forsyth, Georgia operation, which was divested in April 2018.  
    Three Months Ended      
    March 31,    
     2019     2018     
Shipments (in thousands)            
Aggregates tons - external customers       35,256         27,877      
Internal aggregates tons used in other product lines       2,030         2,143      
Total aggregates tons       37,286         30,020      
Cement tons - external customers       589         527      
Internal cement tons used in other product lines       296         298      
Total cement tons       885         825      
Ready Mixed Concrete - cubic yards       1,932         2,009      
Asphalt tons - external customers       142         116      
Internal asphalt tons used in road paving business       51         76      
Total asphalt tons       193         192      
Average unit sales price by product line (including internal sales):            
Aggregates (per ton):            
Heritage   $   14.61     $   14.04      
Acquisition   $   12.02     $   -       
Total   $   14.36     $   14.04      
Cement (per ton)   $   110.93     $   106.86      
Ready Mixed Concrete (per cubic yard)   $   106.84     $   106.34      
Asphalt (per ton)   $   41.12     $   42.81      


Non-GAAP Financial Measures        
(Dollars in thousands)      
The ratio of Consolidated Debt-to-Consolidated EBITDA, as defined, for the trailing-12 months is a covenant under the Company's revolving credit facility and accounts receivable securitization facility.  Under the terms of these agreements, as amended, the Company's ratio of Consolidated Debt-to-Consolidated EBITDA as defined, for the trailing-12 months cannot exceed 3.50 times as of March 31, 2019, with certain exceptions related to qualifying acquisitions, as defined.      
The following presents the calculation of Consolidated Debt-to-Consolidated EBITDA, as defined by the Company's Credit Agreement, at March 31, 2019, for the trailing-12 months EBITDA. For supporting calculations, refer to the Company's website at www.martinmarietta.com.      
    Twelve Month Period      
    April 1, 2018 to        
    March 31, 2019      
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.   $   502,828        
Add back:          
Interest expense       134,930        
Income tax expense       98,197        
Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense       352,336        
Stock-based compensation expense       33,044        
Acquisition-related expenses, net       46,218        
Bluegrass EBITDA - Pre-Acquisition (April 1, 2018 to April 27, 2018)       7,858        
Noncash portion of asset and portfolio rationalization charge       16,970        
Interest income       (1,853 )      
Gain on divestiture       (14,785 )      
Consolidated EBITDA, as defined by the Company's Credit Agreement   $   1,175,743        
Consolidated Debt, as defined and including debt for which the Company is a co-borrower, at March 31, 2019   $   3,185,353        
Consolidated Debt-to-Consolidated EBITDA, as defined by the Company's Credit Agreement, at March 31, 2019, for the trailing-12 months EBITDA    2.71 times       
Earnings Before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (EBITDA) is a widely accepted financial indicator of a company's ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not defined by generally accepted accounting principles and, as such, should not be construed as alternatives to net earnings or operating cash flow.  For further information on EBITDA, refer to the Company's website at www.martinmarietta.com.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are as follows:  
    Three Months Ended    
    March 31,  
    2019   2018  
Consolidated EBITDA (adjusted EBITDA for 2018) $   158,885     $   123,973  
A Reconciliation of Net Earnings Attributable to Martin Marietta to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA is as follows:
    Three Months Ended    
    March 31,  
    2019   2018  
Net Earnings Attributable to Martin Marietta   $   42,853     $   10,023  
Add back:          
Interest Expense       32,846         35,087  
Income Tax (Benefit) Expense for Controlling Interests       (5,001 )       2,438  
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Expense       88,187         75,714  
Consolidated EBITDA       158,885         123,262  
Add back:          
Bluegrass Acquisition-Related Expenses       -          711  
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA   $   158,885     $   123,973  
The following is a reconciliation of the GAAP measure to the 2019 EBITDA guidance:          
    Low Point of Range   High Point of Range  
Net Earnings Attributable to Martin Marietta    $   520,000     $   620,000  
Add back:          
Interest Expense       140,000         130,000  
Taxes on Income       145,000         155,000  
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Expense       365,000         375,000  
EBITDA   $   1,170,000     $   1,280,000  


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