US: Eagle Materials’ revenue has risen by 23% year-on-year to US$366.1m in the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year, which runs 1 April – 30 June 2017. Its first quarter earnings before interest and income taxes increased by 22%, reflecting improved sales volumes and net sales prices across nearly all businesses and the financial results of the recently acquired cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio with related assets.
Cement revenues for the first quarter, including joint venture and intersegment revenues, came to US$183m, a rise of 26% year-on-year. The average net sales price rose by 6%. Total cement sales volumes increased by 21% to 1.5Mt. Like-for-like average net cement sales prices and sales volumes increased by 4% and 7%, respectively.
Operating earnings from Eagle Materials’ cement activities for the first quarter were a record US$43.2m, 37% higher than the same quarter of the 2017 fiscal year. The earnings improvement was driven primarily by improved average net cement sales prices and cement sales volumes and earnings from its Fairborn Business. During the quarter, its Nevada cement plant experienced reduced production in connection with the installation of certain pollution control equipment to enable the plant to burn solid-waste fuels. The ability to use solid-waste fuel will lower energy costs in the future. The reduced production negatively affected the absorption of operating costs at the cement plant during the quarter. The project is expected to be completed in the autumn of 2017.