Concrete and Aggregates reported operating earnings of $0.2 million for the first quarter, up from the $0.2 million operating loss for the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to improved sales volumes and net sales prices in each business.
Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard
Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard’s first quarter operating earnings of $19.3 million increased 1,421% from $1.3 million in same quarter last year. Improved Gypsum Wallboard net sales prices were the primary driver of the quarterly earnings increase. Additional contribution came from improved sales volumes in both wallboard and paperboard.
Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard revenues for the first quarter totaled $89.6 million, a 27% increase from the same quarter a year ago. The revenue increase reflects higher average Gypsum Wallboard net sales prices and higher Gypsum Wallboard and Paperboard sales volumes slightly offset by lower Paperboard net sales prices. The average Gypsum Wallboard net sales price this quarter was $118.70 per MSF, 32% greater than the same quarter a year ago. Gypsum Wallboard sales volume for the quarter of 457 million square feet (MMSF) represents an 11% increase from the same quarter last year. The average Paperboard net sales price this quarter was $502.89 per ton, 1% lower than the same quarter a year ago. Paperboard sales volume for the quarter was 60,000 tons, 5% higher than the same quarter a year ago.Details of Financial Results We conduct one of our cement plant operations through a 50/50 joint venture, Texas Lehigh Cement Company LP (the “Joint Venture”). We utilize the equity method of accounting for our 50% interest in the Joint Venture. For segment reporting purposes only, we proportionately consolidate our 50% share of the Joint Venture’s revenues and operating earnings, which is consistent with the way management organizes the segments within the Company for making operating decisions and assessing performance.