FILED BY VULCAN MATERIALS COMPANY
PURSUANT TO RULE 425 UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
SUBJECT COMPANY: VULCAN MATERIALS COMPANY
COMMISSION FILE NO. 001-33841
Set forth below is an excerpt from the Vulcan Materials Company earnings release conference call on April 26, 2012, which discusses the unsolicited exchange offer by Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.:
Donald M. James Chairman and CEO of Vulcan Materials Company
When making year-over-year comparisons of earnings and EBITDA, its important to note a few items that impact these comparisons. One, the first quarter of 2012 included $10 million of costs related to Martin Mariettas unsolicited offer.
Finally, before taking your questions, I wanted to take a moment to briefly comment on Martin Mariettas offer.
Vulcan has been and continues to be open to transactions that create value for our shareholders. The long history of discussions between Vulcan and Martin Marietta demonstrates our willingness to explore potential value-adding strategies. However, we will not agree to a transaction that dilutes Vulcans shareholder value. And put simply, we do not believe that Martin Mariettas offer reflects the intrinsic value of Vulcans assets, or would create value for our shareholders. It doesnt compensate our shareholders for Vulcans strong operating leverage, which we believe should continue to drive strong performance as our markets recover. The benefits of this leverage are clear in the results we announced today. Nor does Martins offer compensate Vulcan shareholders for the benefits of our Profit Enhancement Plan, which is delivering real, tangible results for Vulcan shareholders. In addition, the offer would enable Martin Marietta shareholders to capture a significant portion of the value that our ongoing initiatives are creating. We believe this is value that belongs to Vulcan shareholders. Finally, the significant divestitures that may be required by the Department of Justice to complete a transaction will erode value that belongs to Vulcan shareholders and add great uncertainty to the Martin Marietta offer.
Accordingly, we continue to recommend that shareholders not tender any shares to Martin Marietta. We remain focused on shareholder value. We are executing our initiatives to generate higher levels of earnings and cash flow, improve our operating leverage, reduce overhead costs, strengthen our credit profile and restore a meaningful dividend as rapidly as possible.
And if Vulcan decides to pursue a value-enhancing transaction, whether with Martin Marietta, one of its competitors or none of the above, it is Vulcans Board which has undivided loyalty to Vulcan and its shareholders, and not Martin Mariettas hand-picked nominees that should be negotiating on Vulcans behalf. I know many of you have an interest in Martin Mariettas offer, but we hope that you will focus today on our results, on our outlook for 2012, and on the initiatives we have in place to further enhance our performance and shareholder value.