Eagle Materials Reports Third Quarter Results
Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE: EXP) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 ended December 31, 2018. Notable items for the quarter are highlighted below (unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are with the prior year’s fiscal third quarter):
Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
- Third quarter revenue of $333.3 million, down 7%
- Earnings before income taxes of $74.5 million, up 45%
- Net earnings per diluted share of $1.24, down 40%
- Prior-year results were affected by two non-recurring items detailed below
- Approximately 950,000 shares repurchased for $69 million
Eagle’s prior-year financial results included two non-recurring items affecting the comparability of our quarterly results: (i) a tax benefit of approximately $61 million, or $1.25 per share, as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted on December 22, 2017 and (ii) a litigation settlement charge of $39 million, or $0.56 per share, related to the settlement of class action wallboard antitrust litigation claims against Eagle and its subsidiary, American Gypsum.
Commenting on recent results, Dave Powers, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Adjusting for the effects of unusual weather trends during calendar 2018 and a shift in the timing of wallboard price increases and related buying activity, we estimate that the overall market demand for our building materials, notably cement and wallboard, remained in positive territory in calendar 2018, with growth rates in the low single digits. The outlook for calendar 2019 continues to be positive as the basic underlying fundamentals of low unemployment, low interest rates and higher wages remain favorable. Specific to this quarter’s results, our wallboard business continued to perform very well with operating margins improving 440 bps. Cement prices and volume were up, but margins were affected by higher costs resulting primarily from maintenance outages at two facilities.”
Mr. Powers concluded, “Our low-cost operations continue to generate strong cashflow that we are investing to improve our operational efficiency and lower our cost position while continuing to repurchase shares in line with our capital allocation strategy. To date, in fiscal 2019, we have purchased nearly 2.2 million shares, or 5% of our outstanding shares.”
Heavy Materials: Cement, Concrete and Aggregates
Revenue in the Heavy Materials sector, which includes Cement, Concrete and Aggregates, and Joint Venture and intersegment Cement revenue, was $194.2 million, a 3% decline. Heavy Materials operating earnings decreased 14% to $48.2 million primarily because of higher operating costs within the Cement segment and unusually wet weather that affected both our Cement and Concrete and Aggregates businesses.