Nucor Reports Results For Third Quarter And Nine Months Of 2014

Oct 23, 2014, 09:00 ET from Nucor Corporation

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today consolidated net earnings of $245.4 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2014. By comparison, Nucor reported net earnings of $147.0 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2014 and net earnings of $147.6 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013. Third quarter of 2014 diluted net earnings per share of $0.76 was above our guidance range of $0.70 to $0.75 per diluted share due to better than forecasted performance in the steel mills segment partially offset by a larger than expected loss in the raw materials segment.

In the first nine months of 2014, Nucor reported consolidated net earnings of $503.5 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, compared with consolidated net earnings of $317.5 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, in the first nine months of last year. 

Nucor's results include a credit of $14.5 million ($0.03 per diluted share) to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting in the third quarter of 2014, compared with no charge recorded in the second quarter of 2014 and a credit of $18.0 million ($0.03 per diluted share) recorded in the third quarter of 2013. As a result, the LIFO charges and credits netted to zero in the first nine months of 2014 and the first nine months of 2013. Included in the third quarter results is a $12.5 million charge ($0.03 per diluted share) related to the partial write down of assets within the steel mills segment. Earnings in the third quarter of 2013 included a net $14.0 million ($0.03 per diluted share) partial write down of inventory and fixed asset balances associated with the collapse of a storage dome at Nucor Steel Louisiana.

Nucor's consolidated net sales increased 8% to $5.70 billion in the third quarter of 2014 compared with $5.29 billion in the second quarter of 2014 and increased 15% compared with $4.94 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Average sales price per ton increased 1% over the second quarter of 2014 and increased 5% over the third quarter of 2013. Total tons shipped to outside customers were 6,784,000 tons in the third quarter of 2014, a 6% increase over the second quarter of 2014 and an increase of 10% over the third quarter of 2013. Total third quarter steel mill shipments increased 5% over the second quarter of 2014 and 7% over the third quarter of 2013. Third quarter downstream steel products shipments to outside customers increased 9% over the second quarter of 2014 and increased 18% over the third quarter of 2013.

In the first nine months of 2014, Nucor's consolidated net sales increased 14% to $16.10 billion, compared with $14.16 billion in last year's first nine months. Total tons shipped to outside customers increased 9% from the first nine months of 2013, while average sales price per ton increased 4%.

The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in the third quarter of 2014 was $379, a 1% decrease from $384 in the second quarter of 2014 and an increase of 2% over $372 in the third quarter of 2013. The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in the first nine months of 2014 was $387, an increase of 3% over $376 in the first nine months of 2013.

Overall operating rates at our steel mills increased to 81% in the third quarter of 2014 as compared with 79% in the second quarter of 2014 and 78% in the third quarter of 2013. Steel mill utilization increased to 78% in the first nine months of 2014 from 74% in the first nine months of 2013.

Total steel mill energy costs in the third quarter of 2014 increased approximately $1 per ton compared with the second quarter of 2014 and the third quarter of 2013. Energy costs for the first nine months of 2014 increased approximately $2 per ton over the first nine months of 2013 due to increased natural gas and electricity unit costs.

Cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $1.40 billion as of the end of the third quarter of 2014. After the quarter ended, Nucor closed on its purchase of all the equity of Gallatin Steel Company for approximately $770 million, which was paid for in cash. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, Nucor issued approximately $300 million of commercial paper to help fund the Gallatin transaction. Nucor's liquidity position remains strong after the acquisition, and our undrawn $1.5 billion revolving credit facility does not expire until August 2018.

In September, Nucor's board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.37 per share payable on November 10, 2014 to stockholders of record on September 30, 2014. This dividend is Nucor's 166th consecutive quarterly cash dividend, a record we expect to continue.

Overall operating performance at our steel mills segment for the third quarter was much improved compared to the second quarter of 2014 due to increased profitability in sheet, structural, bar and plate steel. Structural steel had no major outages in the third quarter, as compared to the planned three week outage at Nucor-Yamato Steel in the second quarter associated with our $115 million sheet piling capital project. The strongest markets for the steel mills continue to be manufactured goods, including energy and automotive. Though third quarter results are much improved from the second quarter, imports remain at high levels, applying downward pressure on pricing.

Our fabricated construction products businesses (rebar fabrication, joist and decking and pre-engineered metal buildings) also generated much stronger profits compared to the second quarter of 2014. This performance reflects improving conditions in the nonresidential construction markets, although nonresidential construction markets remain at historically low levels.

The performance of our raw materials segment during the third quarter of 2014 includes an operating loss of more than $45 million (approximately $0.09 per diluted share) at our new direct reduced iron (DRI) plant in St. James Parish, Louisiana. The Louisiana DRI facility has continued to achieve excellent quality and volume levels. Production outages in June, July and September were necessary to implement changes intended to improve consistency in the production process and material yield performance. An additional factor affecting the performance of Nucor Steel Louisiana is the impact of consuming higher cost iron ore purchased early in the year under a quarterly lag pricing mechanism. As a result of the process improvements and lower iron ore costs, combined with a steady run-rate, we expect significant improvement in the performance of the Louisiana DRI facility in the fourth quarter and profitable results during the first quarter of 2015.

We currently expect to see a moderate decrease in earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014. The profitability of the steel mills and downstream products segments is expected to be impacted by end of year seasonality that is typical in the fourth quarter. 

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 third quarter results on October 23, 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 

 Nine Months (39 Weeks) Ended 

October 4, 2014

Sept. 28, 2013

Percentage Change

October 4, 2014

Sept. 28, 2013

Percentage Change

Steel mills production

5,412

5,202

4%

15,930

14,912

7%

Steel mills total shipments

5,741

5,359

7%

16,650

15,459

8%

Sales tons to outside customers:

Steel mills

4,851

4,640

5%

14,097

13,248

6%

Joist

128

86

49%

317

248

28%

Deck

113

90

26%

301

242

24%

Cold finished

129

113

14%

400

359

11%

Fabricated concrete

reinforcing steel

342

305

12%

902

813

11%

Other

1,221

932

31%

3,326

2,801

19%

6,784

6,166

10%

19,343

17,711

9%

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  

 Nine Months (39 Weeks) Ended  

Oct. 4, 2014

Sept. 28, 2013

Oct. 4, 2014

Sept. 28, 2013

Net sales

$       5,701,869

$     4,940,936

$      16,101,388

$ 14,157,296

Costs, expenses and other:

  Cost of products sold

5,102,283

4,532,393

14,708,733

13,132,412

  Marketing, administrative and other expenses

152,604

125,126

418,851

364,501

  Equity in earnings of

unconsolidated affiliates

(2,352)

(2,252)

(10,028)

(2,665)

  Interest expense, net

45,349

37,467

130,481

109,186

5,297,884

4,692,734

15,248,037

13,603,434

Earnings before income taxes and

noncontrolling interests

403,985

248,202

853,351

553,862

Provision for income taxes

129,784

70,087

282,519

158,749

Net earnings

274,201

178,115

570,832

395,113

Earnings attributable to

noncontrolling interests

28,754

30,518

67,313

77,582

Net earnings attributable to 

Nucor stockholders

$         245,447

$        147,597

$          503,519

$      317,531

Net earnings per share:

  Basic

$0.76

$0.46

$1.57

$0.99

  Diluted

$0.76

$0.46

$1.57

$0.99

Average shares outstanding:

  Basic

320,023

319,341

319,737

318,979

  Diluted

320,337

319,526

320,025

319,132

 

 

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) 

 (In thousands) 

October 4, 2014

Dec. 31, 2013

 ASSETS 

 Current assets: 

 Cash and cash equivalents 

$       1,295,945

$   1,483,252

 Short-term investments 

100,000

28,191

 Accounts receivable, net 

2,243,908

1,810,987

 Inventories, net 

2,683,235

2,605,609

 Other current assets 

473,156

482,007

 Total current assets 

6,796,244

6,410,046

 Property, plant and equipment, net 

4,884,010

4,917,024

 Goodwill 

1,982,776

1,973,608

 Other intangible assets, net 

819,078

874,154

 Other assets 

1,011,486

1,028,451

 Total assets 

$     15,493,594

$ 15,203,283

 LIABILITIES 

 Current liabilities: 

 Short-term debt 

$           41,101

$       29,202

 Long-term debt due within one year 

16,300

3,300

 Accounts payable 

1,113,284

1,117,078

 Federal income taxes payable 

65,096

-

 Salaries, wages and related accruals 

341,875

282,860

 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 

578,840

527,776

 Total current liabilities 

2,156,496

1,960,216

 Long-term debt due after one year 

4,360,600

4,376,900

 Deferred credits and other liabilities 

960,795

955,889

 Total liabilities 

7,477,891

7,293,005

 EQUITY 

 Nucor stockholders' equity: 

 Common stock 

151,227

151,010

 Additional paid-in capital 

1,876,728

1,843,353

 Retained earnings 

7,287,500

7,140,440

 Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net of income taxes

 

(85,341)

 

9,080

 Treasury stock 

(1,494,832)

(1,498,114)

 Total Nucor stockholders' equity 

7,735,282

7,645,769

 Noncontrolling interests 

280,421

264,509

 Total equity 

8,015,703

7,910,278

 Total liabilities and equity 

$     15,493,594

$ 15,203,283

 

 

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) 

 (In thousands) 

Nine Months (39 Weeks) Ended

Oct. 4, 2014

Sept. 28, 2013

Operating activities:

Net earnings 

$               570,832

$               395,113

Adjustments:

Depreciation

486,684

390,495

Amortization

54,127

56,051

Stock-based compensation

40,325

40,551

Deferred income taxes

(43,712)

10,881

Distributions from affiliates

11,504

7,708

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

(10,028)

(2,665)

Loss on assets

21,546

14,000

Changes in assets and liabilities (exclusive of

     acquisitions and dispositions):

Accounts receivable

(418,353)

(204,540)

Inventories

(80,975)

(129,280)

Accounts payable

84,161

122,520

Federal income taxes

94,999

70,210

Salaries, wages and related accruals

65,027

12,796

Other operating activities

49,426

99,800

Cash provided by operating activities

925,563

883,640

Investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(557,249)

(887,929)

Investment in and advances to affiliates

(94,128)

(64,762)

Repayment of advances to affiliates

26,500

42,000

Disposition of plant and equipment

18,748

29,328

Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)

(38,466)

-

Purchases of investments

(100,000)

(19,349)

Proceeds from the sale of investments

27,529

73,428

Proceeds from the sale of restricted investments

-

148,725

Changes in restricted cash

-

126,045

Other investing activities

-

4,862

Cash used in investing activities

(717,066)

(547,652)

Financing activities:

Net change in short-term debt

11,900

8,331

Proceeds from long-term debt, net of discount

-

999,100

Repayment of long-term debt

(3,300)

(250,000)

Bond issuance costs

-

(7,625)

Issuance of common stock

4,465

-

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

3,200

2,100

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(51,401)

(63,318)

Cash dividends

(356,230)

(353,155)

Other financing activities

(1,651)

110

Cash (used in) provided by financing activities 

(393,017)

335,543

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(2,787)

(1,484)

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

(187,307)

670,047

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year

1,483,252

1,052,862

Cash and cash equivalents - end of nine months

$            1,295,945

$            1,722,909

Non-cash investing activity:

Change in accrued plant and equipment purchases

$               (98,050)

$               (30,416)

 

SOURCE Nucor Corporation



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