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US Concrete reports an increase in revenue for 1Q17

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US Concrete has reported a net income of US$6.9 million in 1Q17, compared to a net loss of US$10.0 million in 1Q16. Results for 1Q17 include the recognition of a US1.9 million non-cash derivative related gain compared to a US$12.8 million non-cash derivative loss in 1Q16. During 1Q17, income from continuing operations was US$7.0 million, compared to a loss from continuing operations of US$9.8 million in 1Q16. Income from continuing operations as a percentage of revenue was 2.3% in 1Q17, compared to a loss from continuing operations as a percentage of revenue of 4.0% in 1Q16. Total Adjusted EBITDA US$25.6 million in 1Q16. Total Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue was 13.7% in 1Q17, compared to 10.5% in 1Q16.

William J. Sandbrook, President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Concrete, stated, "Our extremely strong first quarter results demonstrate that we continue to capitalize on the strong demand trends and our leadership positions that we have created in our major metropolitan markets. Our results for the quarter are even more satisfying in light of near record rainfall in California which negatively affected our operations in the Bay Area. On a year-over-year basis, we achieved our 24th straight quarter of ready-mixed price increases, a 16.2% increase in ready-mixed concrete sales volume, an improvement in income from continuing operations margin of 630 basis points and a 320 basis point expansion in our Total Adjusted EBITDA margin. Our market leading positions in high growth urban areas with difficult operating environments provide us significant competitive advantages to drive these impressive results. We continue to benefit from the strong demand in our major metropolitan markets and strengthen our leadership position in the markets where we operate which has once again led to the solid quarterly results we are reporting today."

Mr. Sandbrook continued, "The underlying demand trends in metropolitan New York, the San Francisco Bay area, the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex and Washington, D.C. continue to be extremely robust and we have strategically positioned ourselves in each of these markets to deliver solid earnings growth irrespective of fluctuating levels of federal stimulus or underlying infrastructure funding. However, I am optimistic that additional federal and state resources will be available in the coming years which will only enhance the underlying demand for our aggregates and ready-mixed concrete."

Mr. Sandbrook concluded, "In April, we acquired the assets of a sand and gravel operation in Southern New Jersey which furthers our strategy of vertical integration and increases our self-sufficiency of internal aggregate products in a market where natural sand is rapidly depleting. We remain active in the acquisition market and expect to continue to supplement our organic growth with strategic expansion within our existing markets including further vertical integration. Our acquisition pipeline continues to provide opportunities for selective, accretive growth in both our ready-mixed concrete and aggregate products platforms, and we are very focused on the potential to enter into new major metropolitan areas this year."

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