Nucor Reports Results For First Quarter Of 2014

               Nucor Reports Results For First Quarter Of 2014  PR Newswire  CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 24, 2014  CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today consolidated net earnings of $111.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014. By comparison, Nucor reported net earnings of $84.8 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013 and net earnings of $170.5 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.  Nucor incurred a charge to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting of $14.5 million ($0.03 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2014, compared with a charge of $18.0 million ($0.03 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2013 and a charge of $17.4 million ($0.04 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of 2013. Included in the first quarter of 2014 earnings was a $12.8 million ($0.04 per diluted share) charge primarily related to tax legislation changes in the state of New York. Also included in first quarter results is a $9.0 million charge ($0.02 per diluted share) related to the disposal of assets within the steel mills segment. Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2013 were impacted by an out-of-period non-cash gain of $21.3 million ($0.07 per diluted share) related to a correction to deferred tax balances.   Nucor's consolidated net sales increased 12% to $5.11 billion in the first quarter of 2014 from $4.55 billion in the first quarter of 2013 and increased 4% compared with $4.89 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013. Average sales price per ton increased 3% over the first quarter of 2013 and increased 1% over the fourth quarter of 2013. Total tons shipped to outside customers were 6,189,000 tons in the first quarter of 2014, an 8% increase over the first quarter of 2013 and a 3% increase over the fourth quarter of 2013, despite severe weather conditions. Total first quarter steel mill shipments increased 5% fromthefourth quarterof2013 andincreased7% over the first quarter of 2013. First quarter downstream steel products shipments to outside customers decreased 1% from the fourth quarter of 2013 and increased 13% over the first quarter of 2013.  The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used during the first quarter of 2014 was $398, an increase of 5% from $379 in the first quarter of 2013 and an increase of 6% compared to $377 in the fourth quarter of 2013.   Overall operating rates at our steel mills increased to 75% in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to 72% in the first quarter of 2013 and were the same as the fourth quarter of 2013.  Total steel mill energy costs in the first quarter of 2014 increased approximately $5 per ton compared to the first quarter of 2013 and $7 per ton compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. The increases were attributable to increased natural gas and electricity unit costs.  Our liquidity position remains strong with $1.25 billion in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments and an untapped $1.5 billion revolving credit facility that does not expire until August 2018.  We continue to be pleased with the progress of our new direct reduced iron (DRI) plant in St. James Parish, Louisiana. In the first quarter of 2014, the Louisiana DRI plant produced 455,000 tons with peak operating rates exceeding 90% of the name plate capacity while achieving world-class metallization and carbon percentages.   In February, Nucor's board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.37 per share payable on May 12, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 31, 2014. This dividend is Nucor's 164^th consecutive quarterly cash dividend, a record we expect to continue.  In March, a jury in a federal district court in Houston, Texas, returned a verdict against Nucor and five other co-defendants in an antitrust litigation brought by plaintiff MM Steel, LP, a steel plate service center located in Houston. The jury returned a verdict of $52 million in damages against all defendants jointly and severally. This amount is subject to trebling under the federal antitrust laws. The portion of damages, if any, that Nucor may be required to pay is unknown at this time. Nucor will continue to pursue all available post-trial motions and appeals to seek to have the verdict overturned. We continue to believe that MM Steel, LP's claims against Nucor are meritless and that Nucor acted entirely within its legal rights. Accordingly, we have not recorded a charge related to this case.  As expected, first quarter of 2014 earnings, excluding the impact of the tax and disposal of assets charges in the first quarter of 2014, were below the fourth quarter of 2013 levels, excluding the out-of-period tax adjustment in the fourth quarter of 2013. The largest factor contributing to this decrease was severe weather conditions, which disrupted customer demand, decreased the amount of railcar availability, contributed to increased energy costs at our steel mills and exacerbated conditions in the seasonally weaker performance of our fabricated construction products businesses. Additionally, import levels negatively impacted pricing and margins at our bar and sheet mills. Our operating performance did benefit from having no major extended planned outages at our steel mills during the first quarter.  We currently expect some improvement in second quarter of 2014 earnings from the first quarter of 2014, excluding the impact of the tax and disposal of assets charges incurred in the first quarter. We anticipate improved performance at both our steel mills and fabricated construction product businesses (rebar fabrication, joist and decking and pre-engineered metal buildings), although imports are expected to continue to pressure pricing and margins at our steel mills. We remain cautiously optimistic about the small but noticeable improvement in the nonresidential construction markets in 2014.  Nucor and affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel -- in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating and expanded metal; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and HBI/DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America's largest recycler.  Certain statements contained in this news release are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. The words "believe," "expect," "project," "will," "should," "could" and similar expressions are intended to identify those forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the sensitivity of the results of our operations to prevailing steel prices and the changes in the supply and cost of raw materials, including scrap steel; (2) market demand for steel products; (3) energy costs and availability; and (4) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including competition from imports and substitute materials. These and other factors are discussed in Nucor's regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in Nucor's December 31, 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Item 1A. Risk Factors. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of this date, and Nucor does not assume any obligation to update them.  You are invited to listen to the live broadcast of Nucor's conference call in which management will discuss Nucor's first quarter results on April 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. The conference call will be available over the Internet at www.nucor.com, under Investor Relations.  TONNAGE DATA (in thousands)                              Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended                              April 5, 2014  March 30, 2013  Percentage                                                             Change Steel mills production       5,194          4,818           8% Steel mills total shipments  5,432          5,075           7% Sales tons to outside customers:      Steel mills             4,600          4,334           6%      Joist                   92             71              30%      Deck                    87             69              26%      Cold finished           138            122             13%      Fabricated concrete      reinforcing steel       239            228             5%      Other                   1,033          882             17%                              6,189          5,706           8%      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share data)                                             Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended                                            April 5, 2014     March 30, 2013 Net sales                                  $   5,108,444   $   4,550,772 Costs, expenses and other:  Cost of products sold                    4,731,242         4,247,556  Marketing, administrative and other      133,434           116,225 expenses  Equity in (earnings) losses of           (4,474)           1,172 unconsolidated affiliates  Interest expense, net                    40,741            32,491                                            4,900,943         4,397,444 Earnings before income taxes and noncontrolling interests                   207,501           153,328 Provision for income taxes                 77,805            42,600 Net earnings                               129,696           110,728 Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests                   18,665            25,939 Net earnings attributable to Nucor stockholders                         $    111,031  $     84,789 Net earnings per share:  Basic                                    $0.35             $0.26  Diluted                                  $0.35             $0.26 Average shares outstanding:  Basic                                    319,505           318,686  Diluted                                  319,768           318,842      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (In thousands)                                              April 5, 2014      Dec. 31, 2013 ASSETS Current assets:  Cash and cash equivalents                 $   1,152,542   $  1,483,252  Short-term investments                    100,000            28,191  Accounts receivable, net                  1,900,293          1,810,987  Inventories, net                          2,724,194          2,605,609  Other current assets                      432,844            482,007      Total current assets                  6,309,873          6,410,046 Property, plant and equipment, net         4,960,948          4,917,024 Goodwill                                   1,958,967          1,973,608 Other intangible assets, net               851,013            874,154 Other assets                               1,037,210          1,028,451      Total assets                          $  15,118,011    $ 15,203,283 LIABILITIES Current liabilities:  Short-term debt                           $     27,072  $    29,202  Long-term debt due within one year        3,300              3,300  Accounts payable                          1,062,572          1,117,078  Federal income taxes payable              29,582             -  Salaries, wages and related accruals      218,916            282,860  Accrued expenses and other current         554,526            527,776  liabilities      Total current liabilities             1,895,968          1,960,216 Long-term debt due after one year          4,376,900          4,376,900 Deferred credits and other liabilities     984,608            955,889      Total liabilities                     7,257,476          7,293,005 EQUITY Nucor stockholders' equity:  Common stock                              151,025            151,010  Additional paid-in capital                1,849,737          1,843,353  Retained earnings                         7,132,776          7,140,440  Accumulated other comprehensive (loss)  income,      net of income taxes                   (35,797)           9,080  Treasury stock                            (1,495,586)        (1,498,114)      Total Nucor stockholders' equity      7,602,155          7,645,769 Noncontrolling interests                   258,380            264,509      Total equity                          7,860,535          7,910,278      Total liabilities and equity          $  15,118,011    $ 15,203,283      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) (In thousands)                                               Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended                                               April 5, 2014    March 30, 2013 Operating activities:  Net earnings                                $         $                                                      129,696          110,728  Adjustments:    Depreciation                               161,480          130,425    Amortization                               18,432           19,048    Stock-based compensation                   5,408            6,035    Deferred income taxes                      8,312            11,183    Distribution from affiliates               -                6,708    Equity in (earnings) losses of             (4,474)          1,172    unconsolidated affiliates    Loss on assets                             9,046            -    Changes in assets and liabilities    (exclusive of acquisitions and    dispositions):              Accounts receivable              (97,183)         (90,688)              Inventories                      (123,145)        (63,222)              Accounts payable                 7,489            (175)              Federal income taxes             56,526           11,654              Salaries, wages and related      (59,147)         (74,206)              accruals              Other operating activities       36,774           60,149 Cash provided by operating activities         149,214          128,811 Investing activities:  Capital expenditures                         (258,058)        (330,585)  Investment in and advances to affiliates     (7,105)          (20,678)  Repayment of advances to affiliates          3,000            7,500  Disposition of plant and equipment           4,540            2,958  Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)          (1,408)          -  Purchases of investments                     (100,000)        -  Proceeds from the sale of investments        27,529           73,428  Proceeds from the sale of restricted         -                148,725  investments  Changes in restricted cash                   -                (20,135) Cash used in investing activities             (331,502)        (138,787) Financing activities:  Net change in short-term debt                (2,130)          12,512  Excess tax benefits from stock-based         300              500  compensation  Distributions to noncontrolling interests    (24,794)         (34,594)  Cash dividends                               (118,680)        (117,618)  Other financing activities                   (601)            109 Cash used in financing activities            (145,905)        (139,091) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash       (2,517)          (1,095) Decrease in cash and cash equivalents         (330,710)        (150,162) Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year 1,483,252        1,052,862 Cash and cash equivalents - end of three      $           $        months                                        1,152,542       902,700 Non-cash investing activity:  Change in accrued plant and equipment        $         $         purchases                                    (60,864)         (24,590)      SOURCE Nucor Corporation  Website: http://www.nucor.com Contact: Nucor Executive Offices, +1-704-366-7000, or fax, +1-704-362-4208  
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