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Vulcan Materials Company
5,000 - 10,000
Vulcan produces aggregates, primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel, which are used in nearly all forms of construction. In particular, large quantities of aggregates are used to build roads and nonresidential properties.
Vulcan is an S&P 500 company listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “VMC.” Vulcan has approximately 8,000 employees in the United States and Mexico. Sales in 2006 were approximately $3.0 billion.
The Nation’s Largest Aggregates Producer
As the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, Vulcan operates 287 aggregates production facilities and sales yards. These operations provide a diversified line of aggregates, other construction materials, and related services to all parts of the construction industry in 21 states, the District of Columbia and Mexico. In 2006, Vulcan shipped 255 million tons of aggregates. Vulcan also produces and sells asphalt and concrete in California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Aggregates for the asphalt and concrete production facilities are provided by Vulcan operations in those states.
Vulcan believes that continued success in the aggregates industry depends on its strong performance as a corporate citizen. Each of Vulcan’s divisions has implemented programs designed to monitor conditions at company facilities, assure compliance with relevant laws and regulations, and develop practices and procedures for the protection of environmental resources. Vulcan’s charitable contributions programs through the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation are focused on support of education, environmental stewardship, and encouraging employee involvement in these activities. These efforts include involvement in 197 adopt-a-school programs, funding numerous college scholarships, and conducting facilities tours for approximately 33,000 people each year. Most of our quarry tours are conducted for school children who visit our facilities in conjunction with earth science studies. Vulcan also participates in a program to develop enhanced wildlife habitats at many of its quarries. This program is sponsored and sanctioned by the Wildlife Habitat Council, a non-profit organization comprised of corporate and environmental groups set up to help companies inventory wildlife species on corporate lands and to provide habitat enhancements for those species. Vulcan has established and maintains 38 certified wildlife habitats, more than any other industrial company in the United States.
Birmingham, AL, November 16, 2007 – Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Florida Rock Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FRK), a leading producer of construction aggregates, cement, concrete and concrete products in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, for total consideration to Florida Rock shareholders of approximately $4.2 billion based on the closing price of Vulcan stock on November 15, 2007.
The acquisition further diversifies the geographic scope of Vulcan’s operations, providing the Company with an enhanced presence in attractive Florida markets and in other high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states while also bringing Vulcan more than 2 billion tons of aggregates reserves in markets where reserves are increasingly scarce.
“We are very pleased to announce the closing of our acquisition of Florida Rock. We can now begin pursuing the synergies from our combination and opportunities from our broadened regional footprint and expanded presence in some of the most attractive construction materials markets in the U.S. The addition of Florida Rock will enhance our strategic position and long-term growth opportunities,” said Vulcan’s Chairman and CEO, Don James. “We are particularly pleased to welcome Florida Rock -- a company we have respected for many years and know to share our values and management philosophy -- into the Vulcan family. We look forward to our collaboration and entering the next chapter of our history together.”
Florida Rock President and CEO, John Baker said “We are extremely pleased to have completed the combination of our organization with Vulcan Materials. We have great respect for Vulcan Materials’ team and believe they offer an ideal business fit and a highly compatible culture to Florida Rock’s. This is good for our shareholders as well as our employees who will enjoy enhanced opportunities as part of an even stronger and more geographically diversified organization that has operations in key high-growth markets nationwide.”
Under the terms of the agreement announced on February 19, 2007, Vulcan Materials Company stockholders are to receive one share of common stock in a new holding company (whose subsidiaries will be Vulcan Materials Company and Florida Rock) for each Vulcan Materials Company share.
Former Florida Rock stockholders will receive either 0.63 shares of the new holding company or $67.00 in cash, without interest, for each Florida Rock share, subject to proration, to ensure that in the aggregate 70% of Florida Rock shares will be converted into cash and 30% of Florida Rock shares will be converted into stock. The pro rata allocation of cash and stock payable to the electing holders will be announced following receipt of the final election results, which are expected to be available on or about November 21, 2007. In connection with the completion of the transaction, Florida Rock’s shares will no longer be traded on the NYSE.
Further details about the transaction are available on the web at www.vulcanfloridarock.com.
In addition, the quarterly dividend of 46 cents per share announced by Vulcan on October 16, 2007 will be payable December 10, 2007 to shareholders of record on November 26, 2007 of the new holding company’s common stock.
About Vulcan Materials
Vulcan Materials Co., a member of the S&P 500 index, is the nation's foremost producer of construction aggregates and a major producer of other construction materials.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters discussed in this document, including expectations regarding future performance of Florida Rock and Vulcan Materials, contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These assumptions, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those associated with general economic and business conditions; changes in interest rates; the timing and amount of federal, state and local funding for infrastructure; changes in the level of spending for residential and private nonresidential construction; the highly competitive nature of the construction materials industry; pricing; weather and other natural phenomena; energy costs; costs of hydrocarbon-based raw materials; increasing healthcare costs; the timing and amount of any future payments to be received under the 5CP earn-out contained in the agreement for the divestiture of the Company's Chemicals business; the Company’s ability to manage and successfully integrate acquisitions; risks and uncertainties related to the proposed transaction with Florida Rock Industries, Inc. (Florida Rock) including the ability to successfully integrate the operations of Florida Rock and to achieve the anticipated cost savings and operational synergies following the closing of the proposed transaction with Florida Rock; and other assumptions, risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and Vulcan assumes no obligation to publicly update such statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and each company assumes no obligation to update such statements.
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Awards & Recognition
Through the years, Vulcan Materials has received numerous awards from government agencies, community organizations and industry groups. These include:
Recognition by the U.S. Department of Labor for leadership in protecting employees from workplace dust exposure. Vulcan commended for exposure monitoring, medical testing and employee training.
The North Carolina Mining Commission chooses Vulcan’s Cabarrus Quarry as the winner of the Mining Stewardship Award for Outstanding Public Outreach and Environmental Enhancement. Exceptional efforts in wildlife habitat enhancement and community outreach and education lauded.
As Business Conservationist of the Year, Vulcan receives the North Carolina Governor's Conservation Achievement Award.
State’s most prestigious environmental honor conferred by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation.
For six years, Vulcan has been named to Fortune magazine’s list of “America’s Most Admired Companies.” Social responsibility, a category in which the company routinely earns high marks, is among the eight award criteria. In 2004, Vulcan was recognized as among the top ten of all Fortune 1000 companies in the attributes of social responsibility and financial soundness.
Vulcan recognized as one of the 100 best-managed industrial companies in the world by Industry Week magazine.
Vulcan’s Western Division receives the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership award for its innovative work with a conservation bank.
Vulcan named by the Irwindale, California Chamber of Commerce as the Business of the Year for the Company’s vital role in the community and local economy.
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