Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (MLM - Free Report) reported better-than-expected results in first-quarter 2019, backed by solid segmental performance, higher shipments, and strong pricing and cost-management efforts.
The company’s adjusted earnings came in at 68 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 21 cents. Also, the reported figure increased significantly from the year-ago level of 16 cents per share. Shares of this leading supplier of building materials, including aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt, were up more than 5% at the time of writing.
Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Total revenues (including Product and services and Freight revenues) of $939 million increased 17.1% year over year.
The Building Materials business includes aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt and paving product lines. Total revenues in the said segment increased 18% year over year to $864.9 million. Product and services revenues amounted to $809.1 million, up 17.5% from $688.4 million a year ago. Freight revenues totaled $55.6 million, up 25.8% from the year-ago figure of $44.3 million.
Within Product and services, Aggregates’ total revenues amounted to $541.5 million, increasing 27.4% from the year-ago quarter. Cement revenues also grew 11% to $99 million from $89.2 million in the year-ago quarter. However, Ready Mixed Concrete’s total revenues declined 3.4% year over year to $211.2 million. Asphalt and paving product lines revenues also fell 3.1% from the year-ago quarter to $15.8 million.
Heritage aggregates’ pricing and shipments improved 4% and 12.5%, respectively, in the reported quarter. Moreover, pricing and shipments, including acquisitions and divestitures, increased 2.3% and 24.2%, respectively, year over year.
Geographically, Mid-America Group heritage operations’ shipment grew 18.4% from the prior-year period, owing to infrastructure, commercial and residential projects in the Carolinas. Pricing in the said region also grew 3.1% on the back of increased shipments of lower-priced base stone in 2019.
The Southeast Group heritage operation also reported an increase of 16.7% from the prior-year quarter, given strength of North Georgia and Florida markets. Moreover, West Groups’ aggregate shipments improved 6.3% from a year ago, primarily backed by strong non-residential construction activity in Texas, which more than offset weather-related impact in Colorado.
The Magnesia Specialties segment, which includes magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide and dolomite lime products, reported total revenues of $74.1 million, up 6.9% year over year. The upside was driven by strong domestic steel production and increased global demand for magnesia chemical products.
Consolidated gross margin improved 140 basis points (bps) to 15.2%. Its earnings from operations jumped 77.1% from the year-ago level to $69.2 million. Also, adjusted EBITDA of $158.9 million increased 28.2% year over year.
Liquidity and Cash Flow
Martin Marietta's cash and cash equivalents as of Mar 31, 2019 were $37.4 million compared with $44.9 million recorded on Dec 31, 2018. Net cash provided by operations came in at $117.9 million at the end of first-quarter 2019 compared with $105 million at the end of the comparable period of 2018.
2019 View Reaffirmed
Total revenues in 2019 are expected in the band of $4.480-$4.680 billion. Gross profit is projected in the range of $1,110-$1,210 million. The company expects EBITDA within $1.17-1.28 billion. The company also expects capital expenditure in the range of $350-$400 million.
Aggregates Product line total revenues are projected in the range of $2.80-$2.91 billion. Aggregates volume growth is expected in the range of 6-8%. Average selling price is likely to grow 3-5% from a year ago. Cement total revenues are estimated in the band of $420-$450 million. Ready Mixed Concrete and Asphalt and Paving’s total revenues are anticipated within $1.24-$1.31 billion.
The company expects Magnesia Specialties Business’ net sales between $290 million and $300 million.
Moreover, within Aggregates, Infrastructure shipments are likely to grow in high-single digits. Non-residential shipments are also projected to increase in mid-high single digits. Moreover, residential shipments are expected to rise in mid-single digits. ChemRock/Rail shipments are likely to marginally increase from the prior-year figure.
Zacks Rank & Peer Releases
Martin Marietta currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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