Summit Materials (NYSE:SUM) is a US based construction materials company with cement, aggregates and downstream operations (ready-mix concrete, asphalt, paving) in the Midwest, South and Mid-Atlantic regions. During the quarter, Summit reported strong fourth quarter volumes and strong pricing in aggregates and cement, which calmed investor fears of a slowdown in residential and non-residential construction. Additionally, given the drop in energy prices, investors feared that Summit’s largest market, Texas, would contract during 2016. However, the company reported solid growth in Texas (including Houston), and industry data points throughout the quarter alleviated fears of a Texas recession. Finally, strong 2016 guidance from Summit and peers led to a rebound for the entire group during the quarter.
From Weitz Funds' Research Fund commentary 1st quarter. Continue Reading »