VULCAN MATERIALS CO, 10-Q filed on 5/5/2021
Quarterly Report
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Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Apr. 22, 2021
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS - USD ($)
$ in Thousands
Mar. 31, 2021
Dec. 31, 2020
Mar. 31, 2020
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 722,344 $ 1,197,068 $ 120,041
Restricted cash 168,595 945 232
Accounts and notes receivable      
Accounts and notes receivable, gross 596,006 558,848 601,182
Allowance for doubtful accounts (2,878) (2,551) (3,517)
Accounts and notes receivable, net 593,128 556,297 597,665
Inventories [Abstract]      
Finished products 368,758 378,389 403,612
Raw materials 36,095 33,780 33,676
Products in process 4,573 4,555 5,010
Operating supplies and other 31,903 31,861 28,449
Inventories 441,329 448,585 470,747
Other current assets 67,612 74,270 88,095
Total current assets 1,993,008 2,277,165 1,276,780
Investments and long-term receivables 34,265 34,301 57,987
Property, plant & equipment [Abstract]      
Property, plant & equipment, cost 9,110,336 9,102,086 8,907,788
Allowances for depreciation, depletion & amortization (4,746,996) (4,676,087) (4,506,700)
Property, plant & equipment, net 4,363,340 4,425,999 4,401,088
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net 421,625 423,128 420,930
Goodwill 3,172,112 3,172,112 3,167,061
Other intangible assets, net 1,114,617 1,123,544 1,083,515
Other noncurrent assets 233,793 230,656 222,021
Total assets 11,332,760 11,686,905 10,629,382
Liabilities      
Current maturities of long-term debt 15,436 515,435 25
Trade payables and accruals 255,624 273,080 243,019
Other current liabilities 294,797 259,368 232,632
Total current liabilities 565,857 1,047,883 475,676
Long-term debt 2,772,901 2,772,240 2,785,566
Deferred income taxes, net 733,561 706,050 648,405
Deferred revenue 172,377 174,045 178,568
Operating lease liabilities 397,306 399,582 399,489
Other noncurrent liabilities 554,517 559,775 551,352
Total liabilities 5,196,519 5,659,575 5,039,056
Other commitments and contingencies (Note 8)
Equity      
Common stock, $1 par value, Authorized 480,000 shares, Outstanding 132,664, 132,516 and 132,433 shares, respectively 132,664 132,516 132,433
Capital in excess of par value 2,797,687 2,802,012 2,782,738
Retained earnings 3,385,604 3,274,107 2,885,084
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (179,714) (181,305) (209,929)
Total equity 6,136,241 6,027,330 5,590,326
Total liabilities and equity $ 11,332,760 $ 11,686,905 $ 10,629,382
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Parenthetical) - $ / shares
Mar. 31, 2021
Dec. 31, 2020
Mar. 31, 2020
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS [Abstract]      
Common stock, par value $ 1 $ 1 $ 1
Common stock, shares authorized 480,000,000 480,000,000 480,000,000
Common stock, shares outstanding 132,664,000 132,516,000 132,433,000
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME - USD ($)
shares in Thousands, $ in Thousands
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Mar. 31, 2020
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME [Abstract]    
Total revenues [1] $ 1,068,344 $ 1,049,242
Cost of revenues 839,077 847,519
Gross profit 229,267 201,723
Selling, administrative and general expenses 88,593 86,430
Gain on sale of property, plant & equipment and businesses 117,165 999
Other operating expense, net (8,326) (3,991)
Operating earnings 249,513 112,301
Other nonoperating income (expense), net 5,913 (9,336)
Interest expense, net 33,118 30,773
Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes 222,308 72,192
Income tax expense 60,638 12,194
Earnings from continuing operations 161,670 59,998
Earnings (loss) on discontinued operations, net of tax (1,056) 260
Net earnings 160,614 60,258
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax    
Deferred loss on interest rate derivative 0 (14,680)
Amortization of prior interest rate derivative loss 356 794
Amortization of actuarial loss and prior service cost for benefit plans 1,235 1,695
Other comprehensive income (loss) 1,591 (12,191)
Comprehensive income $ 162,205 $ 48,067
Basic earnings (loss) per share    
Continuing operations $ 1.22 $ 0.45
Discontinued operations (0.01) 0.00
Net earnings 1.21 0.45
Diluted earnings (loss) per share    
Continuing operations 1.21 0.45
Discontinued operations (0.01) 0.00
Net earnings $ 1.20 $ 0.45
Weighted-average common shares outstanding    
Basic 132,749 132,567
Assuming dilution 133,415 133,259
Effective tax rate from continuing operations 27.30% 16.90%
[1]

1

The geographic markets are defined by states/countries as follows:

East market — Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Gulf Coast marketAlabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mexico, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas

West market — Arizona, California and New Mexico

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS - USD ($)
$ in Thousands
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Mar. 31, 2020
Operating Activities    
Net earnings $ 160,614 $ 60,258
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities    
Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization 100,368 95,480
Noncash operating lease expense 10,528 8,851
Net gain on sale of property, plant & equipment and businesses (117,165) (999)
Contributions to pension plans (2,124) (2,144)
Share-based compensation expense 7,869 6,716
Deferred tax expense 26,949 19,671
Changes in assets and liabilities before initial effects of business acquisitions and dispositions (16,992) (99,597)
Other, net (785) (5,761)
Net cash provided by operating activities 169,262 82,475
Investing Activities    
Purchases of property, plant & equipment (100,650) (142,650)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant & equipment 186,497 2,536
Other, net 25 9,872
Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities 85,872 (130,242)
Financing Activities    
Payment of current maturities and long-term debt (500,006) (6)
Settlements of interest rate derivatives 0 (19,863)
Purchases of common stock 0 (26,132)
Dividends paid (49,085) (45,100)
Share-based compensation, shares withheld for taxes (12,086) (15,064)
Other, net (1,031) (301)
Net cash used for financing activities (562,208) (106,466)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash (307,074) (154,233)
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year 1,198,013 274,506
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $ 890,939 $ 120,273
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SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES [Abstract]  
SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES Note 1: summary of significant accounting policies

NATURE OF OPERATIONS

Vulcan Materials Company (the “Company,” “Vulcan,” “we,” “our”), a New Jersey corporation, is the nation's largest supplier of construction aggregates (primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel) and a major producer of asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete.

We operate primarily in the United States and our principal product — aggregates — is used in virtually all types of public and private construction projects and in the production of asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete. We serve markets in twenty states, Washington D.C., and the local markets surrounding our operations in Mexico. Our primary focus is serving metropolitan markets in the United States that are expected to experience the most significant growth in population, households and employment. These three demographic factors are significant drivers of demand for aggregates. While aggregates is our focus and primary business, we produce and sell asphalt mix and/or ready-mixed concrete in our Alabama, Arizona, California, Maryland, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington D.C. markets.

BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Our accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements were prepared in compliance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X and thus do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) for complete financial statements. We prepared the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements on the same basis as our annual financial statements, except for the adoption of new accounting standards as described in Note 17. Our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2020 was derived from the audited financial statement, but it does not include all disclosures required by GAAP. In the opinion of our management, the statements reflect all adjustments, including those of a normal recurring nature, necessary to present fairly the results of the reported interim periods. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Operating results for the three month period ended March 31, 2021 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2021, particularly in light of the uncertainty over the economic and operational impacts of the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

While we continue to operate as an essential business, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our industry and the economy. Our condensed consolidated financial statements reflect estimates and assumptions made by management that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses. Such estimates and assumptions affect, among other things, our goodwill and long-lived asset valuations; inventory valuation; assessment of the annual effective tax rate; valuation of deferred income taxes; allowance for doubtful accounts; measurement of cash bonus plans; and pension plan assumptions. Events and changes in circumstances arising after March 31, 2021, including those resulting from the impacts of COVID-19, will be reflected in management’s estimates for future periods.

Due to the 2005 sale of our Chemicals business as described within this Note under the caption Discontinued Operations, the results of the Chemicals business are presented as discontinued operations in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.

RESTRICTED CASH

Restricted cash primarily consists of cash proceeds from the sale of property held in escrow for the acquisition of replacement property under like-kind exchange agreements. The escrow accounts are administered by an intermediary. Cash restricted pursuant to like-kind exchange agreements remains restricted for a maximum of 180 days from the date of the property sale pending the acquisition of replacement property. Restricted cash may also include cash reserved by other contractual agreements (such as asset purchase agreements) for a specified purpose and therefore is not available for use for other purposes. Restricted cash is included with cash and cash equivalents in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

LEASES

Our nonmineral leases with initial terms in excess of one year are recognized on the balance sheet as right-of-use (ROU) assets and lease liabilities. Mineral leases are exempt from balance sheet recognition.

ROU assets represent our right to use an underlying asset for the lease term, and lease liabilities represent our obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. ROU assets and lease liabilities are recognized at the lease commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. The lease term only includes options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that we will exercise that option. As our leases do not provide an implicit rate, we use our incremental borrowing rate based on the information available at the commencement date in determining the present value of lease payments. ROU assets are adjusted for any prepaid lease payments and lease incentives. Except for equipment with monthly monitoring service where the service component accounts for a majority of the lease cost, the non-lease components of our lease agreements are not separated from the lease components.

For additional information about leases see Note 2.

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

In 2005, we sold substantially all the assets of our Chemicals business to Basic Chemicals, a subsidiary of Occidental Chemical Corporation. The financial results of the Chemicals business are classified as discontinued operations in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for all periods presented. Results from discontinued operations are as follows:

Three Months Ended

March 31

in thousands

2021

2020

Discontinued Operations

Pretax gain (loss)

$       (1,424)

$           354 

Income tax (expense) benefit

368 

(94)

Earnings (loss) on discontinued operations,

net of tax

$       (1,056)

$           260 

Our discontinued operations include charges/credits related to general and product liability costs, including legal defense costs, and environmental remediation costs associated with our former Chemicals business (including certain matters as discussed in Note 8). There were no revenues from discontinued operations for the periods presented.

EARNINGS PER SHARE (EPS)

Earnings per share are computed by dividing net earnings by the weighted-average common shares outstanding (basic EPS) or weighted-average common shares outstanding assuming dilution (diluted EPS), as set forth below:

Three Months Ended

March 31

in thousands

2021

2020

Weighted-average common shares

outstanding

132,749 

132,567 

Dilutive effect of

Stock-Only Stock Appreciation Rights

296 

345 

Other stock compensation plans

370 

347 

Weighted-average common shares

outstanding, assuming dilution

133,415 

133,259 

All dilutive common stock equivalents are reflected in our earnings per share calculations. In periods of loss, shares that otherwise would have been included in our diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding computation would be excluded.

Antidilutive common stock equivalents are not included in our earnings per share calculations. The number of antidilutive common stock equivalents for which the exercise price exceeds the weighted-average market price is as follows:

Three Months Ended

March 31

in thousands

2021

2020

Antidilutive common stock equivalents

69 

174 

 

RECLASSIFICATIONS

Certain items previously reported in specific financial statement captions have been reclassified to conform to the 2021 presentation.

 
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LEASES
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
LEASES [Abstract]  
LEASES Note 2: Leases

Our portfolio of nonmineral leases is composed of leases for real estate (including office buildings, aggregates sales yards, and concrete and asphalt sites) and equipment (including railcars and rail track, barges, office equipment and plant equipment).

Lease right-of-use (ROU) assets and liabilities and the weighted-average lease term and discount rate are as follows:

March 31

December 31

March 31

in thousands

Classification on the Balance Sheet

2021

2020

2020

Assets

Operating lease ROU assets

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

$     488,607 

$     482,513 

$     461,712 

Accumulated amortization

(66,982)

(59,385)

(40,782)

Finance lease assets

Property, plant & equipment, net

10,638 

7,796 

3,910 

Accumulated amortization

(2,271)

(1,640)

(369)

Total lease assets

$     429,992 

$     429,284 

$     424,471 

Liabilities

Current

Operating

Other current liabilities

$       38,131 

$       36,969 

$       32,045 

Finance

Other current liabilities

2,718 

2,047 

1,197 

Noncurrent

Operating

Operating lease liabilities

397,306 

399,582 

399,489 

Finance

Other noncurrent liabilities

5,688 

4,139 

2,349 

Total lease liabilities

$     443,843 

$     442,737 

$     435,080 

Lease Term and Discount Rate

Weighted-average remaining lease term (years)

Operating leases

9.2 

9.5 

10.1 

Finance leases

4.0 

4.2 

3.1 

Weighted-average discount rate

Operating leases

3.3%

3.6%

4.2%

Finance leases

1.3%

1.4%

2.7%

Our lease agreements do not contain residual value guarantees, restrictive covenants or early termination options that we deem material. We have not sought or been granted any material lease concessions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The components of lease expense are as follows:

Three Months Ended

March 31

in thousands

2021

2020

Lease Cost

Finance lease cost

Amortization of right-of-use assets

$           632 

$           304 

Interest on lease liabilities

30 

22 

Operating lease cost

15,292 

14,106 

Short-term lease cost 1

5,102 

9,059 

Variable lease cost

2,691 

3,132 

Sublease income

(824)

(734)

Total lease cost

$      22,923 

$      25,889 

1

Our short-term lease cost includes the cost of leases with an initial term of one month or less.

Cash paid for operating leases was $14,521,000 and $13,328,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Cash paid for finance leases was $621,000 and $301,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

 

 
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INCOME TAXES
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
INCOME TAXES [Abstract]  
INCOME TAXES Note 3: Income Taxes

Our estimated annual effective tax rate (EAETR) is based on full-year expectations of pretax earnings, statutory tax rates, permanent differences between book and tax accounting such as percentage depletion, and tax planning alternatives available in the various jurisdictions in which we operate. For interim financial reporting, we calculate our quarterly income tax provision in accordance with the EAETR. Each quarter, we update our EAETR based on our revised full-year expectation of pretax earnings and calculate the income tax provision so that the year-to-date income tax provision reflects the EAETR. Significant judgment is required in determining our EAETR.

In the first quarter of 2021, we recorded income tax expense from continuing operations of $60,638,000 compared to $12,194,000 in the first quarter of 2020. The increase in tax expense was primarily related to an increase in pretax earnings quarter-over-quarter and an increase in the Alabama NOL valuation allowance. In February 2021, the Alabama Business Competitiveness Act was signed into law. This Act contained a provision requiring most taxpayers to change from a three-factor, double-weighted sales method to a single-sales factor method to apportion income to Alabama. This provision had the effect of significantly reducing our apportionment of income to Alabama, thereby further inhibiting our ability to utilize our Alabama net operating loss (NOL) carryforward. As a result, we recorded a charge in the quarter to increase the valuation allowance by $13,695,000. No other material tax impacts resulted from the enactment of this Act.

We recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities (which reflect our best assessment of the future taxes we will pay) based on the differences between the book basis and tax basis of assets and liabilities. Deferred tax assets represent items to be used as a tax deduction or credit in future tax returns while deferred tax liabilities represent items that will result in additional tax in future tax returns. A summary of our deferred tax assets and liabilities is included in Note 9 “Income Taxes” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Each quarter we analyze the likelihood that our deferred tax assets will be realized. Realization of the deferred tax assets ultimately depends on the existence of sufficient taxable income of the appropriate character in either the carryback or carryforward period. A valuation allowance is recorded if, based on the weight of all available positive and negative evidence, it is more likely than not (a likelihood of more than 50%) that some portion, or all, of a deferred tax asset will not be realized. We project Alabama state net operating loss (NOL) carryforward deferred tax assets at December 31, 2021 of $63,190,000 against which we have a valuation allowance of $42,931,000 (after considering the Act). Almost all of the Alabama NOL carryforward would expire between 2023 and 2029 if not utilized.

We recognize a tax benefit associated with a tax position when, in our judgment, it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained based upon the technical merits of the position. For a tax position that meets the more likely than not recognition threshold, we measure the income tax benefit as the largest amount that we judge to have a greater than 50% likelihood of being realized. A liability is established for the unrecognized portion of any tax benefit. Our liability for unrecognized tax benefits is adjusted periodically due to changing circumstances, such as the progress of tax audits, case law developments and new or emerging legislation.

 

 
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REVENUES
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
REVENUES [Abstract]  
REVENUES Note 4: revenueS

Revenues are measured as the amount of consideration we expect to receive in exchange for transferring goods or providing services. Sales and other taxes we collect are excluded from revenues. Costs to obtain and fulfill contracts (primarily asphalt construction paving contracts) are immaterial and are expensed as incurred when the expected amortization period is one year or less.

Our segment total revenues by geographic market for the three month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 are disaggregated as follows:

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

in thousands

Aggregates

Asphalt

Concrete

Calcium

Total

Total Revenues by Geographic Market 1

East

$     243,351 

$     17,401 

$     55,090 

$              0 

$      315,842 

Gulf Coast

518,854 

41,413 

17,408 

2,060 

579,735 

West

132,704 

88,353 

8,861 

0 

229,918 

Segment sales

$     894,909 

$   147,167 

$     81,359 

$       2,060 

$   1,125,495 

Intersegment sales

(57,151)

0 

0 

0 

(57,151)

Total revenues

$     837,758 

$   147,167 

$     81,359 

$       2,060 

$   1,068,344 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

in thousands

Aggregates

Asphalt

Concrete

Calcium

Total

Total Revenues by Geographic Market 1

East

$     239,869 

$     17,883 

$     62,120 

$              0 

$      319,872 

Gulf Coast

493,297 

33,856 

16,965 

2,026 

546,144 

West

135,060 

88,050 

15,680 

0 

238,790 

Segment sales

$     868,226 

$   139,789 

$     94,765 

$       2,026 

$   1,104,806 

Intersegment sales

(55,564)

0 

0 

0 

(55,564)

Total revenues

$     812,662 

$   139,789 

$     94,765 

$       2,026 

$   1,049,242 

1

The geographic markets are defined by states/countries as follows:

East market — Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Gulf Coast marketAlabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mexico, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas

West market — Arizona, California and New Mexico

Total revenues are primarily derived from our product sales of aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand and other aggregates), asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete, and include freight & delivery costs that we pass along to our customers to deliver these products. We also generate service revenues from our asphalt construction paving business and service revenues related to our aggregates business, such as landfill tipping fees. Our total service revenues were $41,240,000 and $39,564,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Our products typically are sold to private industry and not directly to governmental entities. Although approximately 45% to 55% of our aggregates shipments have historically been used in publicly-funded construction, such as highways, airports and government buildings, relatively insignificant sales are made directly to federal, state, county or municipal governments/agencies. Therefore, although reductions in state and federal funding can curtail publicly-funded construction, the vast majority of our aggregates business is not directly subject to renegotiation of profits or termination of contracts with state or federal governments.

PRODUCT REVENUES

Revenue is recognized when obligations under the terms of a contract with our customer are satisfied; generally this occurs at a point in time when our aggregates, asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete are shipped/delivered and control passes to the customer. Revenue for our products is recorded at the fixed invoice amount and payment is due by the 15th day of the following monthwe do not offer discounts for early payment.

Freight & delivery generally represents pass-through transportation we incur (including our administrative costs) and pay to third-party carriers to deliver our products to customers and are accounted for as a fulfillment activity. Likewise, the costs related to freight & delivery are included in cost of revenues.

Freight & delivery revenues are as follows:

Three Months Ended

March 31

in thousands

2021

2020

Freight & Delivery Revenues

Total revenues

$  1,068,344 

$  1,049,242 

Freight & delivery revenues 1

(163,408)

(113,961)

Total revenues excluding freight & delivery

$     904,936 

$     935,281 

1

Includes freight & delivery to remote distribution sites.

CONSTRUCTION PAVING SERVICE REVENUES

Revenue from our asphalt construction paving business is recognized over time using the percentage-of-completion method under the cost approach. The percentage of completion is determined by costs incurred to date as a percentage of total costs estimated for the project. Under this approach, recognized contract revenue equals the total estimated contract revenue multiplied by the percentage of completion. Our construction contracts are unit priced, and an account receivable is recorded for amounts invoiced based on actual units produced. Contract assets for estimated earnings in excess of billings, contract assets related to retainage provisions and contract liabilities for billings in excess of costs are immaterial. Variable consideration in our construction paving contracts is immaterial and consists of incentives and penalties based on the quality of work performed. Our construction paving contracts may contain warranty provisions covering defects in equipment, materials, design or workmanship that generally run from nine months to one year after project completion. Due to the nature of our construction paving projects, including contract owner inspections of the work during construction and prior to acceptance, we have not experienced material warranty costs for these short-term warranties.

VOLUMETRIC PRODUCTION PAYMENT DEFERRED REVENUES

In 2013 and 2012, we sold a percentage interest in certain future aggregates production for net cash proceeds of $226,926,000. These transactions, structured as volumetric production payments (VPPs):

relate to eight quarries in Georgia and South Carolina

provide the purchaser solely with a nonoperating percentage interest in the subject quarries’ future aggregates production

contain no minimum annual or cumulative guarantees by us for production or sales volume, nor minimum sales price

are both volume and time limited (we expect the transactions will last approximately 20 years, limited by volume rather than time)

We are the exclusive sales agent for, and transmit quarterly to the purchaser the proceeds from the sale of, the purchaser’s share of aggregates production. Our consolidated total revenues exclude the revenue from the sale of the purchaser’s share of aggregates.

The proceeds we received from the sale of the percentage interest were recorded as deferred revenue on the balance sheet. We recognize revenue on a unit-of-sales basis (as we sell the purchaser’s share of production) relative to the volume limitations of the transactions. Given the nature of the risks and potential rewards assumed by the buyer, the transactions do not reflect financing activities.

Reconciliation of the VPP deferred revenue balances (current and noncurrent) is as follows:

Three Months Ended

March 31

in thousands

2021

2020

Deferred Revenue

Balance at beginning of year

$     177,962 

$     185,339 

Revenue recognized from deferred revenue

(1,669)

(1,342)

Balance at end of period

$     176,293 

$     183,997 

Based on expected sales from the specified quarries, we expect to recognize $7,500,000 of VPP deferred revenue as income during the 12-month period ending March 31, 2022 (reflected in other current liabilities in our March 31, 2021 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet).

 

 
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FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS [Abstract]  
FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS Note 5: Fair Value Measurements

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The fair value hierarchy prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value into three broad levels as described below:

Level 1: Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities

Level 2: Inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data

Level 3: Inputs that are unobservable and significant to the overall fair value measurement

Our assets subject to fair value measurement on a recurring basis are summarized below: