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Eagle Materials Announces Plans to Modernize and Expand I ts Cement Plant in Laramie, Wyoming

05/17/2024

$430 million growth investment will increase plant capacity by 50%; expected to result in cost savings of 25% and reduce CO2 intensity by nearly 20%

Eagle Materials Inc. (NYSE: EXP) today announced plans to modernize and expand its Laramie, Wyoming cement plant and related distribution facilities, which provide cement to several markets, including the growing northern Colorado area, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming.

The modernized plant and an additional cement distribution facility in northern Colorado will incorporate state-of-the-art technology maximizing operating efficiencies which will further strengthen Eagle’s low-cost producer position. The expansion will increase the plant’s annual manufacturing capacity by 50% to approximately 1.2 million tons of cement and is expected to reduce manufacturing costs by approximately 25%. Expected cost reductions from the modern kiln line will be generated by replacing the use of solid fuels with lower cost alternative fuels and natural gas, simplified maintenance programs, and improved operating efficiencies. Additionally, the CO2 intensity from the Laramie, Wyoming facility is expected to decline by nearly 20% once the project is complete. The project investment, which includes an additional distribution facility in northern Colorado, is estimated to be approximately $430 million. The existing plant, which became operational in 1927, has an annual capacity of 800,000 tons of cement. Planning for the project has been completed, primary regulatory approvals have been received and construction is expected to begin immediately with startup scheduled for the second half of calendar year 2026.

With this expansion, Eagle re-emphasizes its commitment to be the cement supplier of choice in the Mountain Region, including the key cities of Denver and Salt Lake City, meeting the expected increase in demand for cement more broadly and to reduce the intensity of carbon emissions from its facilities.

About Eagle Materials Inc.

Eagle Materials Inc. is a leading U.S. manufacturer of heavy construction products and light building materials. Eagle’s primary products, Portland Cement and Gypsum Wallboard, are essential for building, expanding and repairing roads and highways and for building and renovating residential, commercial and industrial structures across America. Eagle manufactures and sells its products through a network of more than 70 facilities spanning 21 states and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Visit eaglematerials.com for more information.

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For example, increases in interest rates, decreases in demand for construction materials or increases in the cost of energy (including, without limitation, natural gas, coal and oil) or the cost of our raw materials can be expected to adversely affect the revenue and operating earnings of our operations. In addition, changes in national or regional economic conditions and levels of infrastructure and construction spending could also adversely affect the Company’s result of operations. Finally, any forward-looking statements made by the Company are subject to the risks and impacts associated with natural disasters, the outbreak, escalation or resurgence of health emergencies, pandemics or other unforeseen events, including, without limitation, the COVID-19 pandemic and responses thereto designed to contain its spread and mitigate its public health effects, as well as their impact on our operations and on economic conditions, capital and financial markets. These and other factors are described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023 and subsequent quarterly and annual reports upon filing. These reports are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements made herein are made as of the date hereof, and the risk that actual results will differ materially from expectations expressed herein will increase with the passage of time. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or changes in the Company’s expectations.

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Michael R. Haack

President and Chief Executive Officer



D. Craig Kesler

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer



Alex Haddock

Vice President, Investor Relations, Strategy and Corporate Development

Source: Eagle Materials Inc.