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Record-Setting Quarter for Martin Marietta

Martin Marietta Materials Inc. reported results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2019. The company established new records, achieving more than $1.420 billion in total revenues and more than $421 million in gross profit.

Third-quarter aggregates shipments and pricing improved 12.4% and 5.3%, respectively.

Shipments for the Mid-America Group operations increased 14.0%, reflecting attractive market fundamentals that have bolstered continued infrastructure and commercial construction activity. Pricing improved 3.5%. 

Shipments for the Southeast Group operations increased 0.8% following double-digit-growth in the prior-year quarter. Volume growth was muted by the impact of Hurricane Dorian, as well as the delayed timing of projects in the region. Pricing improved 5.7%, reflecting the strength of the North Georgia and Florida markets.

West Group shipments increased 14.8%, driven by energy-related projects along the Gulf Coast, increasing commercial activity in Colorado, and improved weather that allowed customers to advance weather-deferred projects. Pricing growth of 9.2% reflected favorable geographic and product mix.

Ward Nye, chairman, president and CEO of Martin Marietta, stated, “Building on our strong momentum in the first half of the year, we once again delivered exceptional performance, establishing new quarterly records for revenues, gross profit, adjusted EBITDA and earnings per diluted share. These record-setting third-quarter results, driven by broad-based improvements in shipments, pricing and profitability across the majority of our Building Materials business, reflect the disciplined execution of our strategic plan and our team’s unrelenting commitment to operational excellence. Based on recent trends and our solid performance to date, we are raising our outlook for the remainder of 2019.

“We have carefully positioned our business, geographically and otherwise, to capitalize on attractive market fundamentals that support sustainable and long-term construction growth, including employment gains, positive demographic trends and superior state fiscal health," Nye stated. "Our third-quarter performance, including double-digit-growth in both aggregates and cement shipments, as well as solid volume growth in our downstream products, demonstrates Martin Marietta’s ability to take advantage of robust underlying demand and the meaningful acceleration of infrastructure construction projects in our key states. These favorable dynamics, combined with the benefits of our locally-driven pricing strategy, underscore the comparative strength of our markets and bode well for continued construction gains. With increased infrastructure activity as a result of state and local transportation funding initiatives, and continued private-sector strength, we are confident that construction activity in our top 10 states will continue growing and outpacing the nation as a whole.”

Nye concluded, “In 25 years as a public company, Martin Marietta has thoughtfully developed and consistently executed on its strategic plans, positioning our business as an aggregates leader in attractive high-growth geographies, aligning our product offerings to leverage strategic cement and targeted downstream opportunities and responsibly allocating capital while maintaining financial flexibility. This steadfast and proven strategy, together with our commitment to the world-class attributes of our business – including, safety, ethics, cost discipline and operational excellence – underpins our confidence in Martin Marietta’s outlook for continued profitable growth and enhanced shareholder value creation.”