Company Achieved Full-Year Record Revenues and EBITDA

2018 Shipments and Pricing Improved for Aggregates, Cement and Ready Mixed Concrete

Magnesia Specialties Business Posted Record Revenues and Profitability

Growth in Company’s Top Ten States Expected to Outperform the Nation in 2019;
Guidance Reaffirmed for Mid-Single-Digit Growth in 2019 Aggregates Shipments and Pricing

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM) today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018. 

Highlights include:

 ($ in thousands, except per share)Quarter ended December 31,
 2018  2017
 Year ended December 31,
  2018  2017
Total revenues 1$1,020,218$970,478 $4,244,265$3,965,594
Products and services revenues 2$956,051$911,831 $3,980,351$3,723,478
Building Materials business$   888,805$  849,027 $ 3,711,715$ 3,470,756
Magnesia Specialties business$   67,246$   62,804 $   268,636$  252,722
Gross profit$227,284$259,102 $966,577$971,940
Adjusted gross profit 3$227,506$259,102 $985,315$971,940
Earnings from operations$147,041$183,413 $690,737$700,381
Adjusted earnings from operations 4$159,542$188,733 $741,792$709,019
Net earnings attributable to Martin Marietta 5$94,378$377,182 $469,998$713,342
Adjusted EBITDA 6$251,850$267,747 $1,103,765$1,013,017
Earnings per diluted share 5, 7$1.50$5.95 $7.43$11.25

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.
Adjusted gross profit excludes an increase in cost of revenues from the impact of selling acquired inventory after its markup to fair value as part of acquisition accounting.  See appendix to this earnings release for a reconciliation to reported gross profit under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
2018 fourth-quarter and full-year adjusted earnings from operations exclude an increase in cost of revenues from the impact of selling acquired inventory after its markup to fair value as part of acquisition accounting; asset and portfolio rationalization charges; and acquisition-related expenses, net.  2017 fourth-quarter and full-year adjusted earnings from operations exclude acquisition-related expenses.  See appendix to this earnings release for a reconciliation to reported earnings from operations under GAAP.
2017 fourth-quarter and full-year results include a one-time, non-cash benefit of $258.1 million, or $4.07 per diluted share, resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (2017 Tax Act).
Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure.  See appendix to this earnings release for a reconciliation to net earnings attributable to Martin Marietta.
2018 full-year earnings per diluted share includes a loss of $0.22 per diluted share for the impact of selling acquired inventory after its markup to fair value as part of acquisition accounting; a loss of $0.23 per diluted share for asset and portfolio rationalization charges; and a loss of $0.20 per diluted share for acquisition-related expenses, net.  2017 full-year earnings per diluted share includes a loss of $0.10 per diluted share for acquisition-related expenses.

Ward Nye, Chairman, President and CEO of Martin Marietta, stated, “Our industry-leading safety and record financial performance in 2018 can be best summarized as challenges faced and challenges met. We produced record results for the seventh consecutive year and concluded 2018 with the best heritage safety performance in our Company’s history. These accomplishments demonstrate our commitment to operational excellence and the successful execution of our strategic plan.  Full-year revenues increased 7 percent to a record $4.2 billion and adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, and Depreciation and Amortization) increased 9 percent to an all-time high of $1.1 billion, driven by a modest improvement in heritage Building Materials shipments, solid pricing gains and value-enhancing acquisitions.  We also delivered record net earnings and earnings per diluted share (after adjusting for the one-time benefit in 2017 of the 2017 Tax Act on earnings metrics) for the full year.

“Even more noteworthy, we extended our lengthy history of record performance without meaningful shipment growth from our heritage Building Materials business. Weather, contractor capacity and logistics disruptions challenged both our Company and the industry throughout the year, resulting in aggregates volumes, on a comparable basis, that remained only modestly above 2010 trough levels. Our proven ability to successfully manage short-term external disruptions makes us highly optimistic about our business and ability to achieve both continued profitability growth and shareholder value creation in 2019 and beyond.

“Looking ahead, we expect 2019 to be another record year for Martin Marietta.  The fundamentals of our business and underlying demand trends remain strong across our geographic footprint.  We believe the combination of continued private-sector strength and the long-awaited arrival of increased public-sector activity in our key geographies will drive shipment, pricing and profitability growth in 2019.  Leading employment and population growth across the Sunbelt should continue to bolster private-sector construction activity.  Further, after a decade of underinvestment, infrastructure activity is poised for meaningful growth as evidenced by an acceleration in public lettings and contract awards in our key states of Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  These trends, combined with an improved pricing outlook, underscore the strength of our markets and the near-term growth trajectory of our business.”

Mr. Nye concluded, “We are confident in Martin Marietta’s outlook given our leading market positions, disciplined pricing strategy and proven execution of our strategic plan.  For 2019, we anticipate construction growth in our key regions to outpace the nation as a whole, driven by attractive employment growth, population trends and favorable momentum from state Departments of Transportation. Additionally, widespread customer optimism and growing contractor backlogs support increased demand for our construction materials.  With both the ability and capacity to meet future market demand, Martin Marietta remains committed to world-class attributes across our business - including safety, efficiency and operational excellence – and is well-positioned to deliver enhanced long-term value for our shareholders.”

Mr. Nye’s CEO Commentary and Market Perspective can be found on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.

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

 Quarter ended December 31, 2018
($ in thousands)RevenuesGross profit (loss)Gross margin
Building Materials business:   
Products and services:   
Aggregates$577,549 $146,133 25.3%
Cement 87,277  28,631 32.8%
Ready mixed concrete 213,346  7,950 3.7%
Asphalt and paving 69,190  16,438 23.8%
Less:  interproduct revenues (58,557) --- --- 
Products and services 888,805  199,152 22.4%
Freight 59,438  (173)NM 
Total Building Materials business 948,243  198,979 21.0%
Magnesia Specialties business:   
Products and services 67,246  26,151 38.9%
Freight 4,729  (944)NM 
Total Magnesia Specialties business 71,975  25,207 35.0%
Corporate ---  3,098 NM 
Total$1,020,218 $227,284 22.3%


 Quarter ended December 31, 2017
($ in thousands)RevenuesGross profit (loss)Gross margin
Building Materials business:   
Products and services:   
Aggregates$515,646 $160,637 31.2%
Cement 90,272  29,413 32.6%
Ready mixed concrete 231,566  21,103 9.1%
Asphalt and paving 76,918  20,248 26.3%
Less:  interproduct revenues (65,375) --- --- 
Products and services 849,027  231,401 27.3%
Freight 53,970  562 NM 
Total Building Materials business 902,997  231,963 25.7%
Magnesia Specialties business:    
Products and services 62,804  24,625 39.2%
Freight 4,677  (1,075)NM 
Total Magnesia Specialties business 67,481  23,550 34.9%
Corporate ---  3,589 NM 
Total$970,478 $259,102 26.7%

Building Materials Business

Unfavorable weather persisted across the Company’s geographic footprint and dampened construction activity during an already seasonally-restricted quarter.  Texas, the Company’s largest state by revenues, experienced its wettest October in history, while several southeastern states endured extreme precipitation in the form of both rainfall and snow as well as cold temperatures. These temporary disruptions adversely impacted the Company’s shipping and production levels, as well as its cost structure.  Extreme weather conditions, particularly during periods of robust demand, led to days of low production followed by days of high production as customers accelerate work when weather permits, all of which results in downward pressure on the Company’s operating leverage.

Aggregates

Fourth-quarter heritage aggregates pricing improved 2.3 percent and shipments declined slightly.  Excluding the fourth-quarter 2017 shipments from the Company’s Forsyth, Georgia quarry that was divested in April 2018, fourth-quarter 2018 heritage aggregates volume improved 0.5 percent.

  • Shipments for the Mid-America Group heritage operations increased 1.6 percent, driven by heavy industrial projects in the Mideast Division.  These gains were offset by weather-related delays in several large public and private construction projects in the Carolinas.  Heritage pricing improved 2.1 percent.

  • Shipments for the Southeast Group heritage operations, as reported, decreased 3.2 percent; excluding fourth-quarter 2017 shipments from the Forsyth, Georgia quarry, these shipments increased 1.9 percent.  Weather hindered construction activity in Georgia and Florida.  Heritage pricing improved 7.4 percent, driven by strong gains in North Georgia and a higher percentage of long-haul shipments.

  • West Group shipments declined 1.2 percent, driven by Texas’ record October rainfall, as well as project delays in Colorado. West Group pricing improved 0.5 percent, reflecting robust pricing in Colorado that was partially offset by product mix in Texas.

Martin Marietta’s fourth-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 decreased 5 percent, as large public projects in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas were delayed by weather. Public construction projects, once awarded, are seen through to completion.  Thus, delays from weather or other factors typically serve to extend the duration of the construction cycle for the Company’s single largest end-use market.  The Company is encouraged by the acceleration of state lettings and contract awards in key states, including Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  As state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and contractors continue to address labor constraints and the broader industry benefits from further regulatory reform, management remains confident that infrastructure demand will continue to improve, driven by funding provided by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and numerous state and local transportation initiatives.  Aggregates shipments to the infrastructure market comprised 36 percent of fourth-quarter aggregates volumes.  For the full year, the infrastructure market represented 39 percent of aggregates shipments, remaining below the Company’s most recent ten-year average of 46 percent.

Nonresidential Market

  • Aggregates shipments to the nonresidential market increased 18 percent, driven by both commercial and heavy industrial construction activity.  The Company continues to benefit from robust distribution center, warehouse, data center and wind turbine projects in key geographies.  Notably, the Mideast Division, which experienced favorable weather during the quarter, reported double-digit volume growth as it continued to ship to the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline project in West Virginia.  The nonresidential market represented 36 percent of fourth-quarter aggregates shipments.   

Residential Market

  • Aggregates shipments to the residential market declined 10 percent stemming from weather delays. Importantly, Florida, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, six of the Company’s key states, were ranked in the top ten nationally for growth in single-family housing unit starts for the trailing twelve months ended November 30, 2018.  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.  The residential market accounted for 21 percent of fourth-quarter aggregates shipments.

ChemRock/Rail Market

  • The ChemRock/Rail market accounted for the remaining 7 percent of fourth-quarter aggregates shipments.  Volumes to this sector decreased 17 percent, driven by reduced agricultural lime shipments from weather-delayed corn and soybean harvests and a depressed farm economy.  Ballast shipments declined due to lower maintenance spending by Class I railroads.

Aggregates product gross margin decreased 590 basis points to 25.3 percent, reflecting higher costs for production personnel, diesel, rail freight and depreciation combined with a lower inventory build. 

Acquired operations shipped 4.4 million tons at selling prices that are 10 percent to 15 percent below the Company’s average, but in line with management’s expectations.  Synergy realization has exceeded the Company’s expectations. 

Cement

Cement product revenues for the fourth quarter decreased 3.3 percent as pricing growth of 2.6 percent was offset by a 5.9 percent volume decline.  Fourth-quarter shipments reflect record precipitation in Texas, particularly in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Lower kiln outage costs and a higher inventory build offset increased costs for natural gas, freight and raw materials, resulting in a product gross margin of 32.8 percent, an improvement of 20 basis points. 

Downstream businesses

Ready mixed concrete shipments decreased 10.9 percent, primarily driven by weather headwinds in Texas, and pricing improved 3.2 percent.  Hot mixed asphalt shipments declined 12.7 percent, reflective of the prior-year quarter that benefited from unseasonably mild weather.  Asphalt pricing improved 1.9 percent. 

Magnesia Specialties Business

Magnesia Specialties product revenues increased 7.1 percent to a fourth-quarter record of $67.2 million, reflecting growth in both the chemicals and lime businesses. Higher costs for energy and repairs contributed to a 30-basis-point reduction in fourth-quarter product gross margin to 38.9 percent.   

Consolidated

Other operating expenses, net, included an $11.7 million non-cash, pretax charge for asset and portfolio rationalization costs related to the Company’s Southwest ready mixed concrete business.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash provided by operating activities was $705.1 million in 2018 compared with $657.6 million in 2017.

Cash paid for property, plant and equipment additions was $376.0 million, as the Company continues to prudently deploy capital into the business.

At December 31, 2018, the Company’s ratio of consolidated net debt-to-consolidated EBITDA, as defined in the applicable credit agreement, for the trailing twelve months was 2.76 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. During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company repurchased 217,000 shares of common stock pursuant to its share repurchase authorization.  As of December 31, 2018, 14.1 million shares remained under the current repurchase authorization and 62.5 million shares of Martin Marietta common stock were outstanding.


Outlook for 2019

Martin Marietta is confident in its 2019 outlook. The Company’s geographic footprint has attractive underlying market fundamentals, including notable employment gains, population growth and superior state fiscal health – all attributes that promote steady and sustainable construction growth for the foreseeable future.  Supported by third-party forecasts, Martin Marietta believes the current construction cycle will expand further in 2019 for each of the Company’s three primary construction end-use markets. Notably:

  • Infrastructure construction activity, 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 allowing for reduced permitting time for large projects. Importantly, the partial federal government shutdown did not meaningfully delay awarded contracts and construction spending as the FAST Act, and not the federal general fund, supports federal transportation programs. Additionally, state and local initiatives that support infrastructure funding, including gas tax increases, bond programs and other ballot initiatives, will continue to play an expanded role in public-sector activity as they garner voter approval at historically high levels. Further, third-party forecasts also support increased infrastructure investment in 2019 and beyond.

  • Nonresidential construction activity 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 suggest commercial and institutional construction activity will remain healthy throughout 2019.  Continued federal regulatory approvals should notably contribute to increased aggregates consumption from the next wave of large energy-sector projects, particularly along the Gulf Coast. To date, management has not seen a slowdown in the regulatory permitting and investing decisions for these projects despite the recent pullback in oil prices.  Construction activity for these projects is expected to begin in earnest in 2019 and continue for several years thereafter.

  • Residential construction should continue to grow.  While mortgage rate increases temporarily paused new residential construction, now stabilized, the residential market is expected to adapt and further strengthen.  Housing starts remain below the 50-year average of 1.5 million annual starts despite notable population gains. Further, management believes a shortage of single-family housing units exists, particularly for entry-level homes; a need the homebuilding industry is now beginning to address. Martin Marietta’s leading positions in southeastern and southwestern states offer superior opportunities for gains in single-family housing driven by a multitude of factors, such as affordable land, lower taxes and fewer regulatory barriers. Continued strength in residential construction supports future infrastructure and nonresidential activity.

Specifically:

• 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.




2019 GUIDANCE
($ and tons in thousands, except per ton)Low * High *
Consolidated   
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   
Aggregates   
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 
    
Cement   
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 2019 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 and 0.3 million tons from the Company’s Forsyth, Georgia, quarry that was divested in April 2018.

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 fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 earnings results on a conference call and an online web simulcast today (February 12, 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 fourth-quarter and full-year 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 6094308.

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
Suzanne.Osberg@martinmarietta.com

MLM-E.

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, North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, Georgia 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, 2017, our Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 16, 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.


 

        
MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC.
Unaudited Statements of Earnings
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
        
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Products and services revenues$  956,051  $  911,831  $  3,980,351  $  3,723,478 
Freight revenues   64,167     58,647     263,914     242,116 
Total revenues   1,020,218     970,478     4,244,265     3,965,594 
        
Cost of revenues - products and services   727,650     652,215     3,009,810     2,749,488 
Cost of revenues - freight   65,284     59,161     267,878     244,166 
Total cost of revenues   792,934     711,376     3,277,688     2,993,654 
Gross Profit   227,284     259,102     966,577     971,940 
        
Selling general & administrative expenses   70,922     67,001     280,554     262,128 
Acquisition-related expenses, net   554     5,320     13,479     8,638 
Other operating expenses and (income), net   8,767     3,368     (18,193)    793 
Earnings from operations   147,041     183,413     690,737     700,381 
        
Interest expense   33,542     23,449     137,069     91,487 
Other nonoperating income, net   (2,539)    (3,600)    (22,413)    (10,034)
Earnings before income tax expense   116,038     163,564     576,081     618,928 
Income tax expense (benefit)   21,557     (213,734)    105,705     (94,457)
Consolidated net earnings   94,481     377,298     470,376     713,385 
Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests   103     116     378     43 
Net Earnings Attributable to Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.$  94,378  $  377,182  $  469,998  $  713,342 
        
Net earnings per common share attributable to common shareholders:       
Basic $  1.50  $  5.98  $  7.46  $  11.30 
Diluted$  1.50  $  5.95  $  7.43  $  11.25 
        
Dividends per common share$  0.48  $  0.44  $  1.84  $  1.72 
        
Average number of common shares outstanding:       
  Basic   62,672     62,907     62,895     62,932 
  Diluted   62,918     63,213     63,147     63,217 
        

 

        
MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC.
Unaudited Financial Highlights
(In thousands)
        
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Total revenues:       
Building Materials Business:       
Mid-America Group$  316,857  $  264,936  $  1,223,236  $  1,053,326 
Southeast Group   104,633     85,081     423,382     362,555 
West Group   526,753     552,980     2,309,924     2,279,723 
Total Building Materials Business   948,243     902,997     3,956,542     3,695,604 
Magnesia Specialties   71,975     67,481     287,723     269,990 
Total$  1,020,218  $  970,478  $  4,244,265  $  3,965,594 
        
Gross profit (loss):       
Building Materials Business:       
Mid-America Group$  96,458  $  92,616  $  366,918  $  335,394 
Southeast Group   20,262     23,019     77,193     74,642 
West Group   82,259     116,328     416,212     465,596 
Total Building Materials Business   198,979     231,963     860,323     875,632 
Magnesia Specialties   25,207     23,550     98,682     89,398 
Corporate   3,098     3,589     7,572     6,910 
Total$  227,284  $  259,102  $  966,577  $  971,940 
        
Selling, general and administrative expenses:       
Building Materials Business:       
Mid-America Group$  14,516  $  14,002  $  55,775  $  53,937 
Southeast Group   5,037     4,249     18,727     17,144 
West Group   27,721     26,984     107,613     102,650 
Total Building Materials Business   47,274     45,235     182,115     173,731 
Magnesia Specialties   2,487     2,391     9,999     9,537 
Corporate   21,161     19,375     88,440     78,860 
Total$  70,922  $  67,001  $  280,554  $  262,128 
        
Earnings (Loss) from operations:       
Building Materials Business:       
Mid-America Group$  83,918  $  79,849  $  319,139  $  284,789 
Southeast Group   15,377     18,907     75,840     61,238 
West Group    45,915     90,298     295,801     360,544 
Total Building Materials Business   145,210     189,054     690,780     706,571 
Magnesia Specialties   22,196     20,842     88,063     79,431 
Corporate   (20,365)    (26,483)    (88,106)    (85,621)
Total$  147,041  $  183,413  $  690,737  $  700,381 
        

 

        
MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC.
Unaudited Financial Highlights (Continued)
(In thousands)
        
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Total revenues:       
Building Materials business products and services:       
Aggregates$  577,549  $  515,646  $  2,355,673  $  2,134,927 
Cement    87,277     90,272     387,830     371,233 
Ready Mixed Concrete   213,346     231,566     963,770     936,037 
Asphalt and paving   69,190     76,918     268,679     292,571 
Less:  Interproduct sales   (58,557)    (65,375)    (264,237)    (264,012)
Subtotal   888,805     849,027     3,711,715     3,470,756 
Freight   59,438     53,970     244,827     224,848 
Total Building Materials Business   948,243     902,997     3,956,542     3,695,604 
Magnesia Specialties business:       
Products and services   67,246     62,804     268,636     252,722 
Freight   4,729     4,677     19,087     17,268 
Total Magnesia Specialties Business   71,975     67,481     287,723     269,990 
Consolidated total revenues$  1,020,218  $  970,478  $  4,244,265  $  3,965,594 
        
Gross profit (loss):       
Building Materials business products and services:       
Aggregates$  146,133  $  160,637  $  606,759  $  599,670 
Cement    28,631     29,413     126,213     117,021 
Ready Mixed Concrete   7,950     21,103     74,175     91,646 
Asphalt and paving   16,438     20,248     52,917     64,693 
Subtotal   199,152     231,401     860,064     873,030 
Freight   (173)    562     259     2,602 
Total Building Materials Business   198,979     231,963     860,323     875,632 
Magnesia Specialties business:       
Products and services   26,151     24,625     102,905     94,050 
Freight   (944)    (1,075)    (4,223)    (4,652)
Total Magnesia Specialties Business   25,207     23,550     98,682     89,398 
Corporate   3,098     3,589     7,572     6,910 
Consolidated gross profit $  227,284  $  259,102  $  966,577  $  971,940 
        

 

      
MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC. 
Balance Sheet Data 
(In thousands) 
      
  December 31, December 31, 
   2018  2017 
  (Unaudited) (Audited) 
ASSETS     
Cash and cash equivalents $  44,892 $  1,446,364 
Accounts receivable, net    523,276    487,240 
Inventories, net    663,035    600,591 
Other current assets    134,613    96,965 
Property, plant and equipment, net    5,157,229    3,592,813 
Intangible assets, net    2,900,400    2,666,639 
Other noncurrent assets    127,974    101,899 
Total assets $  9,551,419 $  8,992,511 
      
      
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY     
Current maturities of long-term debt and short-term facilities $  390,042 $  299,909 
Other current liabilities    396,708    394,307 
Long-term debt (excluding current maturities)    2,730,439    2,727,294 
Other noncurrent liabilities    1,084,818    888,524 
Total equity    4,949,412    4,682,477 
Total liabilities and equity $  9,551,419 $  8,992,511 
      

 

    
MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC.
Unaudited Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
 Twelve Months Ended
 December 31,
  2018   2017 
Operating activities:   
Consolidated net earnings $  470,376  $  713,385 
Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation, depletion and amortization   344,033     297,162 
Stock-based compensation expense   29,253     30,460 
Gains on sales of assets   (39,260)    (19,366)
Deferred income taxes   85,063     (239,056)
Noncash portion of asset and portfolio rationalization charge 16,970   - 
Other items, net (8,891)    (13,437)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures:   
Accounts receivable, net   (10,617)    (29,329)
Inventories, net   (21,984)    (78,966)
Accounts payable   20,148     (17,874)
Other assets and liabilities, net   (179,943)    14,619 
Net cash provided by operating activities   705,148     657,598 
    
Investing activities:   
Additions to property, plant and equipment   (375,954)    (410,325)
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (1,642,137)    (12,095)
Proceeds from divestitures and sales of assets   69,114     35,941 
Investments in life insurance contracts, net   771     280 
Payment of railcar construction advances   (79,351)    (43,594)
Reimbursement of railcar construction advances   79,351     43,594 
Net cash used for investing activities   (1,948,206)    (386,199)
    
Financing activities:   
Borrowings of long-term debt   1,000,000     2,408,830 
Repayments of long-term debt   (910,052)    (1,065,048)
Payments of deferred acquisition consideration   (6,707)    (2,774)
Payments on capital leases   (3,486)    (3,543)
Debt issue costs   (3,892)    (2,204)
Contributions by noncontrolling interest to joint venture   -      212 
Repurchases of common stock   (100,377)    (99,999)
Dividends paid   (116,436)    (108,852)
Purchase of the noncontrolling interest in the existing joint venture   (12,800)    -  
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   7,201     10,110 
Shares withheld for employees' income tax obligations   (11,865)    (11,805)
Net cash (used for) provided by financing activities   (158,414)    1,124,927 
    
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents   (1,401,472)    1,396,326 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   1,446,364     50,038 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$  44,892  $  1,446,364 
    

 

        
MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC.
Unaudited Operational Highlights
        
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, 2018 December 31, 2018
 Volume Pricing Volume Pricing
Volume/Pricing Variance (1)       
Heritage Operations:(2)       
Mid-America Group 1.6%  2.1%  1.5%  3.8%
Southeast Group (3.2%)  7.4%  (1.3%)  3.0%
West Group (1.2%)  0.5%  (1.0%)  2.0%
Total Heritage Aggregates Product Line  (0.1%)  2.3%  0.1%  3.0%
Total Aggregates Product Line  (3) 11.4%  0.5%  8.3%  1.9%
        
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, December 31,
Shipments (tons in thousands) 2018   2017   2018   2017 
Heritage Operations:(2)       
Mid-America Group   18,195     17,915     73,647     72,539 
Southeast Group   4,695     4,849     20,161     20,429 
West Group   14,912     15,094     64,099     64,730 
Total Heritage Aggregates Product Line    37,802     37,858     157,907     157,698 
Acquisitions   4,371     -      12,929     -  
Total Aggregates Product Line  (3)   42,173     37,858     170,836     157,698 
        
(1)  Volume/pricing variances reflect the percentage increase (decrease) from the comparable period in the prior year.
        
(2)  Heritage aggregates operations exclude acquisitions that were not included in prior-year operations for a full year.
        
(3) Aggregates Product Line includes acquisitions from the date of acquisition and divestitures through the date of disposal.
        
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Shipments (in thousands)       
Aggregates tons - external customers   39,750     35,201     160,259     146,818 
Internal aggregates tons used in other product lines   2,423     2,657     10,577     10,880 
Total aggregates tons   42,173     37,858     170,836     157,698 
        
Cement tons - external customers   519     524     2,286     2,271 
Internal cement tons used in other product lines   256     300     1,222     1,196 
Total cement tons   775     824     3,508     3,467 
        
Ready Mixed Concrete - cubic yards   1,886     2,116     8,685     8,559 
        
Asphalt tons - external customers   272     260     1,076     1,123 
Internal asphalt tons used in road paving business   437     552     1,857     2,167 
Total asphalt tons   709     812     2,933     3,290 
        
Average unit sales price by product line (including internal sales):       
Aggregates (per ton):       
Heritage$  13.86  $  13.55  $  13.86  $  13.46 
Acquisition$  11.49  $  -   $  11.79  $  -  
Total$  13.61  $  13.55  $  13.71  $  13.46 
Cement (per ton)$  111.00  $  108.23  $  109.38  $  105.97 
Ready Mixed Concrete (per cubic yard)$  110.55  $  107.07  $  108.83  $  107.27 
Asphalt (per ton)$  45.27  $  44.42  $  44.60  $  43.41 
        

 

MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC.
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 December 31, 2018, 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 December 31, 2018, for the trailing-12 months EBITDA. For supporting calculations, refer to the Company's website at www.martinmarietta.com.
       
 Twelve Month Period      
 January 1, 2018 to       
 December 31, 2018      
Earnings from continuing operations attributable to Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.$  469,998       
Add back:       
Interest expense   137,069       
Income tax expense   105,637       
Depreciation, depletion and amortization expense   339,858       
Stock-based compensation expense   29,253       
Acquisition-related expenses, net   32,040       
Bluegrass EBITDA - Pre-Acquisition (January 1, 2018 to April 27, 2018)   16,607       
Noncash portion of asset and portfolio rationalization charge   16,970       
Deduct:       
Interest income   (7,027)      
Consolidated EBITDA, as defined by the Company's Credit Agreement$  1,140,405       
        
Consolidated Debt, as defined and including debt for which the Company is a co-borrower, at December 31, 2018$  3,144,071       
        
Consolidated Debt-to-Consolidated EBITDA, as defined by the Company's Credit Agreement, at December 31, 2018, for the trailing-12 months EBITDA 2.76 times       
       
        
EBITDA is a widely accepted financial indicator of a company's ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.  EBITDA is not defined by generally accepted accounting principles and, as such, should not be construed as an alternative to net earnings or operating cash flow.  For further information on EBITDA, refer to the Company's website at www.martinmarietta.com.  EBITDA is as follows:
        
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Consolidated Earnings Before Interest, Income Taxes, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (EBITDA)$  239,349  $  262,427  $  1,052,710  $  1,004,379 
        
A Reconciliation of Net Earnings Attributable to Martin Marietta to Consolidated EBITDA is as follows:
 
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Net Earnings Attributable to Martin Marietta$  94,378  $  377,182  $  469,998  $  713,342 
Add back:       
Interest Expense   33,542     23,449     137,069     91,487 
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) for Controlling Interests   21,567     (213,647)    105,637     (94,401)
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Expense   89,862     75,443     340,006     293,951 
Consolidated EBITDA$  239,349  $  262,427  $  1,052,710  $  1,004,379 
        
Aggregates shipments in the Southeast Group for January through April of 2018 and the year ended December 31, 2017 include the Forsyth, Georgia operation, which was divested in April 2018. 
        
The following table presents aggregates shipment data and volume variance excluding the Forsyth, Georgia operation from the periods of Martin Marietta's ownership to provide a more comparable analysis of aggregates volume variance (tons in 000s).
        
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended 
 December 31, December 31,
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Southeast Group:       
Reported heritage aggregates shipments   4,695     4,849     20,161     20,429 
Less:  Aggregates shipments for the Forsyth, Georgia quarry during periods of Martin Marietta ownership   -      (243)    (230)    (927)
Adjusted heritage aggregates shipments    4,695     4,606     19,931     19,502 
        
Heritage aggregates volume variance excluding shipments for the Forsyth, Georgia quarry 1.9%    2.2%  
        
Total Heritage Business:       
Reported heritage aggregates shipments   37,802     37,858     157,907     157,698 
Less:  Aggregates shipments for the Forsyth, Georgia quarry during periods of Martin Marietta ownership   -      (243)    (230)    (927)
Adjusted heritage aggregates shipments    37,802     37,615     157,677     156,771 
        
Heritage aggregates volume variance excluding shipments for the Forsyth, Georgia quarry 0.5%    0.6%  
        

 

MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS, INC.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures (continued)
(Dollars in thousands)
        
Adjusted consolidated gross profit, adjusted consolidated earnings from operations and adjusted consolidated EBITDA for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, exclude the impact of acquisition-related expenses, net; the impact of selling acquired inventory after its markup to fair value as part of acquisition accounting; and the impact of the asset and portfolio rationalization charge.  Acquisition-related expenses, net, consist of acquisition and integration expenses and the nonrecurring gain on the required divestiture of a legacy Martin Marietta quarry in Georgia as part of the acquisition of Bluegrass Materials.  Adjusted consolidated gross profit, adjusted consolidated earnings from operations and adjusted EBITDA represent non-GAAP financial measures. Management presents these measures for investors and analysts to evaluate and forecast the Company's financial results, as acquisition-related expenses, net; the impact of selling acquired inventory after its markup to fair value as part of acquisition accounting; and the asset and portfolio rationalization charge are nonrecurring.
        
The following reconciles consolidated gross profit in accordance with GAAP to adjusted consolidated gross profit:    
 Three Months Ended December 31 Year Ended December 31
  2018  2017  2018  2017
Consolidated gross profit in accordance with GAAP$  227,284 $  259,102 $  966,577 $  971,940
Add back:       
Impact of selling acquired inventory due to the markup to fair value as part of acquisition accounting   222    -     18,738    - 
Adjusted consolidated gross profit$  227,506 $  259,102 $  985,315 $  971,940
        
The following reconciles consolidated earnings from operations in accordance with GAAP to adjusted consolidated earnings from operations:
 Three Months Ended December 31 Year Ended December 31
  2018  2017  2018  2017
Consolidated earnings from operations in accordance with GAAP$  147,041 $  183,413 $  690,737 $  700,381
Add back:       
Acquisition-related expenses, net   554    5,320    13,479    8,638
Impact of selling acquired inventory due to the markup to fair value as part of acquisition accounting   222    -     18,738    - 
Asset and portfolio rationalization charge   11,725    -     18,838    - 
Adjusted consolidated earnings from operations$  159,542 $  188,733 $  741,792 $  709,019
        
        
The following reconciles consolidated EBITDA to adjusted consolidated EBITDA:    
 Three Months Ended December 31 Year Ended December 31
  2018  2017  2018  2017
Consolidated EBITDA$  239,349 $  262,427 $  1,052,710 $  1,004,379
Add back:       
Acquisition-related expenses, net   554    5,320    13,479    8,638
Impact of selling acquired inventory due to the markup to fair value as part of acquisition accounting   222    -     18,738    - 
Asset and portfolio rationalization charge   11,725    -     18,838    - 
Adjusted consolidated EBITDA$  251,850 $  267,747 $  1,103,765 $  1,013,017
        
        
The following is a reconciliation of the GAAP measure to the midpoint of the 2019 EBITDA guidance:
        
Net Earnings Attributable to Martin Marietta $  570,000 
Add back:  
 Interest Expense   135,000 
  Taxes on Income   150,000 
  Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Expense   370,000 
EBITDA$  1,225,000