Rock Products

MAY 2018

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22 • ROCK products • May 2018 Capstone Update Figure 2: 2017 Total Return Comparison Our Aggregates Materials Index delivered a total return of 4.1 percent in 2017, substantially lagging the S&P 500 and DJIA total returns of 21.8 percent and 25.1 percent, respectively. M&A Overview Preliminary estimates of total acquisition activity (Figure 3) in Q4 2017 demonstrate a decrease of 39.6 percent compared to the same period in 2016 in terms of the number of aggre- gates related transactions completed (29) in the U.S. and Canada. Conversely, transaction activity was up 16 percent compared to Q3 2017. It is common for transaction activity to accelerate in Q4 as many acquirers want to close prior to year-end. Publicly traded aggregates producers were notably active during the quarter including U.S. Concrete, CRH plc and Vulcan Materials.

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