Profile: Eagle Materials Inc (EXP.N)
9 Dec 2016
Eagle Materials Inc., incorporated on January 27, 1994, is a supplier of construction products, building materials and materials used for oil and natural gas extraction. The Company operates through five segments: Cement, Concrete and Aggregates, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Oil and Gas Proppants. The Company's construction products are used in residential, industrial, commercial and infrastructure construction, and include cement, slag, concrete and aggregates. Its building material include gypsum wallboard. Its basic materials used for oil and natural gas extraction include frac sand and oil well cement. It sells cement in over six regional markets, including northern Nevada and California, the greater Chicago area, the Rocky Mountain region, the Central Plains region and Texas. It sells slag in the greater Chicago, Illinois area and the greater Midwest area. It has approximately three concrete and aggregates businesses. The Company also operates a recycled paperboard business, which sells internally to its wallboard business, as well as to external customers. It sells oil well cement and frac sand to shale deposit zones across the United States.
The Company's cement production facilities are located in or near Buda, Texas; LaSalle, Illinois; Laramie, Wyoming; Sugar Creek, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Fernley, Nevada. Its slag grinding facility is located in Chicago, Illinois. Its slag facility can process up to approximately 0.6 million tons per year. The Company's cement plants utilize dry process technology and approximately 75% of its clinker capacity is from preheater or preheater/pre-calciner kilns. It operates approximately 10 cement plants, a slag grinding facility, over 20 cement distribution terminals, approximately five gypsum wallboard plants, a recycled paperboard plant, over 20 concrete batching plants, approximately four aggregates facilities, over three frac sand wet processing facilities, approximately three frac sand drying facilities and over 10 frac sand trans-load locations. The Company distributes cement and slag directly to its customers mostly through customer pickups, as well as by common carriers from its plants or distribution terminals. It transports cement principally by rail to its storage and distribution terminals.
Concrete and Aggregates
The Company sells readymix concrete to contractors and other customers. It sells aggregates to building contractors and other customers engaged in a range of construction activities. The Company delivers aggregates from its aggregate plants by common carriers and customer pick-up. The construction aggregates business consists of the mining, extraction, production and sale of crushed stone, sand, gravel and lightweight aggregates, such as expanded clays and shales. It produces and distributes readymix concrete from the Company-owned sites north of Sacramento, California; Austin, Texas, and the greater Kansas City area. Construction aggregates of suitable characteristics are employed in various types of construction, including the production of readymix concrete and asphaltic mixes used in highway construction and maintenance. The Company mines and extracts limestone, sand and gravel, the principal raw materials used in the production of aggregates, from quarries owned or leased by the Company and located near its plants.
The Company owns approximately five gypsum wallboard manufacturing facilities. The Company owns land-containing gypsum in the area of Duke, Oklahoma, with additional reserves controlled through a lease agreement. Other gypsum deposits are located near the plant in Duke. The Company mines and extracts natural gypsum rock, the principal raw material used in the manufacture of gypsum wallboard, from mines and quarries owned, leased or subject to mining claims owned by the Company and located near its plants. The Company sells gypsum wallboard to various building materials dealers, gypsum wallboard specialty distributors, lumber yards, home center chains and other customers located throughout the United States. The Company owns approximately 100 railcars for transporting gypsum wallboard.
The Company's recycled paperboard manufacturing operation, which it refers to as Republic Paperboard Company (Republic), is located in Lawton, Oklahoma, and has a paper machine designed primarily for gypsum liner production. The Company also manufactures several alternative products, including containerboard grades and lightweight packaging grades. The principal raw materials are recycled paper fiber (recovered waste paper), water and specialty paper chemicals. The Company sells its recycled paperboard products to gypsum wallboard manufacturers and other industrial users.
Oil and Gas Proppants
The Company mines its frac sand from open pit mines, and processes the sand in its wet plants. The Company owns over two frac sand mines, approximately three frac sand wet processing plants and over three frac sand drying facilities. Its frac sand mines and wet plants are in New Auburn, Wisconsin and Utica, Illinois. Its frac sand drying facilities are in New Auburn, Wisconsin and Corpus Christi, Texas. The Company ships wet sand from its Utica, Illinois mine site to Corpus Christi, Texas, where the sand is processed into various mesh sizes and marketed primarily to oil service companies. The Company sells a portion of the frac sand it produces under long-term contracts that require its customers to pay a specified price per mesh size for a specified volume of sand each month, or quarter depending on the contract. In addition to the long-term sales contracts, it sells frac sand through its distribution network under short-term pricing and other agreements.
Eagle Materials Inc
Suite 1100, 3811 Turtle Creek Bl
DALLAS TX 75219