First Look – March 2024

FIRST LOOK TOP NEWSVulcan MaterialsVulcan Materials Co. announced results for the quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2023, reporting total revenues of $1.83 billion in the fourth quarter versus $1.73 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022; and $7.78 billion for full-year 2023 versus $7.32 billion for full-year 2022. Summit MaterialsSummit Materials Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and…

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The AVP Pulse Index for February

Feb. 20, 2024 – The AVP Pulse Index this month rose 1.2% month-over-month, while increasing 5.6% year-over-year.  The index is up 16.5% over the past 36 months. The proprietary AVP Pulse Index – a joint effort between mergers and acquisition advisors Allen-Villere Partners, and Rock Products – illustrates the health of the industry in one single trend line, using relevant data that…

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First Look – February 2024

TOP NEWS CRHCaterpillar Inc. has signed an electrification strategic agreement with CRH to advance the deployment of Caterpillar’s zero-exhaust emissions solutions. CRH is the number-one aggregates producer in North America and the first company in that industry to sign such an agreement with Caterpillar. Summit MaterialsSummit Materials shareholders approved proposals at the heart of a September 2023 agreement with Colombia-based…

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The AVP Pulse Index for January

Jan. 18, 2024 – The AVP Pulse Index this month rose 2.4% month-over-month, while increasing 5.5% year-over-year. The proprietary AVP Pulse Index – a joint effort between mergers and acquisition advisors Allen-Villere Partners, and Rock Products – illustrates the health of the industry in one single trend line, using relevant data that is updated monthly or quarterly. “The monthly Index further enforces…

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First Look – January 2024

TOP NEWS Granite Granite Construction announced the acquisition of Lehman-Roberts Co. and Memphis Stone & Gravel Co., longstanding asphalt paving and asphalt and aggregates producers and suppliers.  Silvi Materials Shipping sand products to Brooklyn, N.Y., and the five boroughs of Manhattan is a challenge. But Silvi Materials now has a new high-quality, cost-effective solution, launching barges from a new port located about…

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The Tide Has Turned

The Fed has said it: interest rates are coming down. Fed Chairman Jay Powell surprised markets in early December when he announced, somewhat unexpectedly, that the Fed was not planning to raise rates any further, and, in fact, was projecting three rate cuts in 2024 now that inflation has cooled.  Surprisingly, the Fed’s quarterly economic projections released in December, the…

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The AVP Pulse Index for December

Dec. 27, 2023 – The AVP Pulse Index this month rose 0.6% month-over-month, while increasing 3.8% year-over-year.  The proprietary AVP Pulse Index – a joint effort between mergers and acquisition advisors Allen-Villere Partners, and Rock Products – illustrates the health of the industry in one single trend line, using relevant data that is updated monthly or quarterly. “With our proprietary algorithm, a…

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Upending Another Giant Industry

There are tectonic plate shifts in our economy that have existed since the early ages of commerce, events so dramatic, they shake entire industries. An example would be how the advent of the Internet decimated the travel agency world.  A couple of decades ago, trying to book airline tickets and hotel rooms was a laborious, over-the-phone nightmare that travel agents…

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First Look – December 2023

TOP NEWS Martin Marietta Materials Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its South Texas cement business and certain related concrete operations to CRH Americas Materials Inc., a subsidiary of CRH plc, for $2.1 billion in cash. This on the heels of third quarter Building Materials business revenues of a record $1.9 billion, a 10.5%…

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The Burgeoning Field of Private Credit

New financing instruments have been invented since the time of the Phoenicians and the Médicis. The modern corporation was developed by English and Dutch trading companies in the 1600s, and some believe the genesis goes back as far as the 1300s in France. With that modern concept of multiple owners of a single entity, it drove the early advent of…

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