U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ: USCR), a leading producer of construction materials in select major markets across the United States, today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
FIRST QUARTER 2018 HIGHLIGHTS COMPARED TO FIRST QUARTER 2017
- Consolidated revenue increased 9.6% to $327.8 million
- Ready-mixed concrete revenue increased 5.0% to $289.2 million
- Ready-mixed concrete average sales price improved 2.0% to $136.99 per cubic yard
- Aggregate products revenue increased 83.3% to $32.7 million
- Aggregate products average sales price increased 14.1% to $14.36 per ton
- Completed three acquisitions, including ready-mixed concrete plants in key growth markets enhancing the Company’s established presence in the New York metro and Philadelphia regions, and ready-mixed concrete plants and aggregate reserves within Texas, which increased vertical integration
- Ready-mixed concrete backlog increased 11.0% to an all-time high of 8.2 million cubic yards
FIRST QUARTER 2018 RESULTS COMPARED TO FIRST QUARTER 2017
Consolidated revenue increased 9.6% to $327.8 million, compared to $299.1 million in the prior year first quarter. Revenue from the ready-mixed concrete segment increased $13.8 million, or 5.0%, compared to the prior year first quarter, driven by acquisition volume and pricing. The Company’s ready-mixed concrete sales volume was 2.1 million cubic yards, up 2.2% compared to the prior year first quarter. Ready-mixed concrete average sales price per cubic yard increased $2.71, or 2.0%, to $136.99 compared to $134.28 in the prior year first quarter. Ready-mixed concrete material spread increased to $67.34 per cubic yard, compared to $66.70 per cubic yard in the prior year first quarter. Ready-mixed concrete backlog at the end of the 2018 first quarter was approximately 8.2 million cubic yards, up 11.0% compared to the end of the prior year first quarter and up 4.0% compared to 2017 year end. Aggregate products sales volume was 2.1 million tons, up 71.3% compared to the prior year first quarter, including the benefit of 2017 acquisitions. Aggregate products average sales price increased 14.1% to $14.36 per ton in the 2018 first quarter compared to the prior year first quarter.
During the 2018 first quarter, operating income was $7.5 million compared to $21.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, with an operating income margin of 2.3% compared to 7.1% in the first quarter of 2017. The first quarter of 2018 included the negative impact of weather-related challenges as we experienced the wettest February on record in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and four nor’easters impacted our Atlantic region during March. These weather delays did not result in the cancellation of work, only deferring it into future quarters. On a non-GAAP basis, our consolidated Adjusted Gross Profit was $61.7 million in the 2018 first quarter compared to $63.4 million in the prior year first quarter, with an Adjusted Gross Margin of 18.8% compared to 21.2% in the prior year first quarter. Adjusted Gross Margin declined as a result of a change in overall product mix and the negative impact of weather-related delays in some of our major markets. Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Gross Margin are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the definitions, reconciliations and other information at the end of this press release.
Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $32.3 million in the 2018 first quarter compared to $25.8 million in the prior year first quarter. SG&A as a percentage of revenue was 9.8% in the 2018 first quarter compared to 8.6% in the prior year first quarter. We incurred $2.5 million in acquisition-related costs during the first quarter of 2018 compared to $0.4 million in the first quarter of 2017. We also incurred $2.2 million in non-cash stock compensation expense during the first quarter of 2018 compared to $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2017. On a non-GAAP basis, our Adjusted SG&A, which excludes acquisition-related costs and non-cash stock compensation expense, was $27.5 million for the 2018 first quarter compared to $23.2 million in the prior year first quarter, reflecting increased personnel-related costs to support our growth initiatives and acquisition strategy as well as the impact of SG&A from recent acquisitions. Adjusted SG&A as a percentage of revenue was 8.4% in the 2018 first quarter, compared to 7.8% in the prior year first quarter. Adjusted SG&A and Adjusted SG&A as a percentage of revenue are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the definitions, reconciliations and other information at the end of this press release.
During the 2018 first quarter, our loss from continuing operations was $3.8 million, as compared to income from continuing operations of $7.0 million in the 2017 first quarter. Total Adjusted EBITDA was $36.0 million in the 2018 first quarter. Ready-mixed concrete segment Adjusted EBITDA was $41.0 million in the 2018 first quarter, which was adversely impacted by weather compared to the prior year. Aggregate products Adjusted EBITDA of $5.0 million in the 2018 first quarter increased $1.0 million compared to the prior year first quarter primarily related to higher sales volumes, including the benefit of 2017 acquisitions, despite significant weather-related delays during the quarter. Total Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to the definitions, reconciliations and other information at the end of this press release.
For the first quarter of 2018, the net loss attributable to U.S. Concrete was $3.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to U.S. Concrete of $6.9 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations was $3.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $11.2 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, in the prior year first quarter, including the impact of a normalized tax rate of 26% in both periods. Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations and Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations per Diluted Share are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the definitions, reconciliations and other information at the end of this press release.
William J. Sandbrook, President, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of U.S. Concrete stated, “Despite yet another challenging quarter due to weather, we are pleased to report multiple financial accomplishments, including our 29th straight quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, our 28th straight quarter of ready-mixed concrete pricing growth as well as a new first quarter revenue high of $328 million. We continue to maintain our focus on operating excellence and push forward with accelerated efforts on integrating our recent acquisitions, which were strong contributors for the quarter.”
Mr. Sandbrook continued, “We have a lot to be excited about heading into the peak months of the construction season and are optimistic about the rest of the year. We have grown and maintained record backlog levels, we have just scratched the surface on the production and earnings capacity of our recent acquisitions and demand remains high in all of our markets, which we intend to capitalize on in the coming months with the cooperation of more normalized weather.”
Mr. Sandbrook concluded, “Our recent acquisition of Polaris Materials represents a key success in our vertical integration growth strategy. The addition means more than just an internal source of aggregates for our ready-mixed concrete business in Northern California and entrance into new markets, but represents our ability to provide high-quality materials in otherwise supply-constrained areas for the foreseeable future. Our integration of Polaris remains ahead of our internal plan, and we continue to aggressively work on the acceleration of volume into the various markets we serve as well as plans to further develop land acquired as part of the transaction for additional capacity. We are extremely excited and confident with the anticipated returns from this dynamic acquisition.”
BALANCE SHEET AND LIQUIDITY
Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2018 was $25.9 million, compared to net cash provided by operating activities in the prior year first quarter of $29.5 million. The reduction in net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2018 primarily related to lower net income. The Company’s Adjusted Free Cash Flow in the first quarter of 2018 was $19.5 million, which primarily reflects the impact of working capital changes, as compared to $19.6 million in the prior year first quarter. Adjusted Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to the definitions, reconciliations and other information at the end of this press release.
At March 31, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $36.6 million and total debt of $755.7 million, resulting in Net Debt of $719.1 million. Net Debt increased by $48.4 million from December 31, 2017, largely as a result of the successful deployment of capital for the continued execution of our acquisition strategy and capital expenditures for plant equipment to support the growing demands in our markets. The Company had $137.7 million of unused availability under its revolving credit facility at March 31, 2018. Net Debt is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to the definitions, reconciliations and other information at the end of this press release.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST DETAILS
U.S. Concrete will host a conference call on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time), to review its first quarter 2018 results. To participate in the call, please dial (877) 312-8806 – Conference ID: 5959087 at least ten minutes before the conference call begins and ask for the U.S. Concrete conference call.
A live webcast will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.us-concrete.com. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes before the call begins to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the conference call and archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.us-concrete.com.
ABOUT U.S. CONCRETE
U.S. Concrete serves the construction industry in several major markets in the United States through its two business segments: ready-mixed concrete and aggregate products. The Company has 181 standard ready-mixed concrete plants, 17 volumetric ready-mixed concrete facilities, and 19 producing aggregates facilities. During 2017, U.S. Concrete sold approximately 9.0 million cubic yards of ready-mixed concrete and approximately 6.2 million tons of aggregates.
For more information on U.S. Concrete, visit www.us-concrete.com.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains various forward-looking statements and information that are based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company disclaims any obligation to update these statements and cautions you not to rely unduly on them. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding: the expansion of the business; the opportunities and results of our acquisitions; the prospects for growth in new and existing markets; encouraging nature of volume and pricing increases; the business levels of our existing markets; ready-mixed concrete backlog; ability to maintain our cost structure and monitor fixed costs; ability to maximize liquidity, manage variable costs, control capital spending and monitor working capital usage; and the adequacy of current liquidity. Although U.S. Concrete believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, among other matters: general and regional economic conditions; the level of activity in the construction industry; the ability of U.S. Concrete to complete acquisitions and to effectively integrate the operations of acquired companies; development of adequate management infrastructure; departure of key personnel; access to labor; union disruption; competitive factors; government regulations; exposure to environmental and other liabilities; the cyclical and seasonal nature of U.S. Concrete’s business; adverse weather conditions; the availability and pricing of raw materials; the availability of refinancing alternatives; results of litigation; and general risks related to the industry and markets in which U.S. Concrete operates. Should one or more of these risks materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those expected. These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in U.S. Concrete’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including U.S. Concrete’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.