US: Eagle Materials has reported financial results for the first quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, which ended on 30 June 2013. It saw its revenue for the quarter increase to US$227m, an increase of 47% year-on-year and earnings before interest and income taxes were up by 109% to US$49.5m. Its net earnings were US$30.1m, a 115% rise from US$14m in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year.
Operating earnings from Eagle's cement activities were US$19m, a 93% increase from the same quarter a year earlier. The earnings increase was driven by increased sales volumes and average net cement sales prices partially offset by a slight increase in operating costs.
Cement revenues for the first quarter, including joint venture and inter-segment revenues, came to US$117.7m, 55% higher year-on-year. The revenue improvement reflects a 46% increase in its first quarter cement sales volume, including sales volume attributable to cement plant assets acquired form Lafarge in 2012. The average net sales price for this quarter was up by 6% from the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year.