US Lime shares first-quarter 2019 results

By |  May 6, 2019

Logo: United States Lime MaterialsUnited States Lime & Minerals reported revenues from its lime and limestone operations in the first quarter increased $2.8 million, or 7.9 percent, to $37.5 million from $34.7 million in the comparable 2018 quarter.

According to the company, the increase in lime and limestone revenues was due to increased demand – primarily from the company’s construction customers – and a slight increase in average prices realized for the company’s lime and limestone products. Demand from construction customers in the comparable 2018 quarter was down due in part to the impact of inclement weather conditions in Texas during the 2018 period on construction projects, US Lime adds.

In addition, gross profit from the company’s lime and limestone operations was $8.7 million in the first quarter, compared to $6.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 – a 27.9 percent increase. This increase also came as a result of increased demand and a slight increase in average prices, the company says.

“During the first quarter 2019, we were fortunate to have weather patterns in Texas return closer to historical norms, and our construction demand benefited accordingly,” says Timothy Byrne, president and CEO of US Lime. “We are pleased to see early indications of modest price increases for our lime and limestone products in 2019, which has contributed to the improvement in our gross profit margins. In the first quarter 2019, we applied heat to our new kiln at St. Clair and began testing lime production. If testing remains on schedule, we anticipate producing consistent, commercially saleable quicklime in the second quarter.”

US Lime has lime and limestone operations in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

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