US: Eagle Materials Inc. has reported its financial results for the 2012 fiscal year and the fiscal fourth quarter that ended on 31 March 2012. Its results showed that the group's revenue was up by 7% for the fiscal year, to US$495m and cash flow from operations was US$60.2m, up by 37%. In the quarter ending 31 March 2012, the company netted revenues of US$116.8m, a 22% year-on-year increase.
Eagle said that its low cost operations continued to execute well during the 2012 fiscal year and that it was beginning to see improving construction activity across most of its markets. Eagle's earnings began to improve during the second half of fiscal 2012 and accelerated during the fourth quarter.
The company saw improved cement revenues, which were up by 8% for the full fiscal year to US$244m. Operating earnings from cement were up by 3% to US$46.9m. In the fourth quarter its cement operating earnings were US$7.5m, a massive 60% increase from the same quarter of the 2011 fiscal year.
Eagle said that the increase in its cement earning primarily reflected improved sales volumes and sales prices offset by US$2m of additional maintenance costs incurred in the quarter versus the prior year quarter. Cement revenues for the quarter, including joint venture and intersegment revenues, totalled US$49.8m, 23% greater than the same quarter of 2011. Cement sales volumes for the quarter were 0.53Mt, 20% higher than the same quarter of 2011.