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Nucor Reports Results for Second Quarter and First Half of 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nucor Reports Results for Second Quarter and First Half of 201009:00 EDT Thursday, July 22, 2010CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today consolidated net earnings of $91.0 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2010. By comparison, Nucor reported net earnings of $31.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010 and a net loss of $133.3 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2009.In the first half of 2010, Nucor reported consolidated net earnings of $122.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $323.0 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, in the first half of last year.In the second quarter of 2010, Nucor's consolidated net sales increased 15% to $4.20 billion compared with $3.65 billion in the first quarter of 2010 and increased 69% compared with $2.48 billion in the second quarter of 2009. Average sales price per ton increased 14% from the first quarter of 2010 and increased 25% from the second quarter of 2009. Total tons shipped to outside customers were 5,555,000 tons in the second quarter of 2010, an increase of 1% over the first quarter of 2010 and an increase of 35% over the second quarter of 2009. �Total second quarter steel mill shipments increased 53% over 2009's second quarter and were down 2% from the first quarter of 2010. �Second quarter downstream steel products shipments to outside customers increased 19% over the second quarter of 2009 and 25% over the first quarter of 2010.In the first half of 2010, Nucor's consolidated net sales increased 53% to $7.85 billion, compared with $5.13 billion in last year's first half. Average sales price per ton increased 8% while total tons shipped to outside customers increased 41% over the first half of 2009.The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in the second quarter of 2010 was $373, an increase of 17% compared with $318 in the first quarter of 2010 and an increase of 20% over $312 in the second quarter of 2009. The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in the first half of 2010 was $345, an increase of 7% over $322 in the first half of 2009.Nucor recorded a charge to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting of $67.0 million in the second quarter of 2010, compared with a charge of $24.0 million in the first quarter of 2010 and a credit of $125.0 million in the second quarter of 2009. �The LIFO charge in the first half of 2010 was $91.0 million, compared with a credit of $230.0 million in the first half of 2009. �The second quarter LIFO charge was higher than anticipated at the time we gave both our qualitative and quantitative guidance due to increasing scrap prices.Overall operating rates at our steel mills in the second quarter (71%) were down slightly from the first quarter (73%), with some improvements at the beam and plate mills offset by declines at the sheet mills. �Steel mill utilization significantly increased from 46% in last year's second quarter, and increased from 46% in the first half of 2009 to 72% in the first half of 2010. Total energy costs decreased approximately $2 per ton from the first quarter of 2010 primarily due to decreased energy costs driven by lower natural gas prices. Total energy costs decreased approximately $8 per ton from the second quarter of 2009 to the second quarter of 2010 and decreased $9 per ton from the first half of 2009 to the first half of 2010 mainly as a result of increased production. �Pre-operating and start-up costs of new facilities were $43.4 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared to $50.5 million in the first quarter of 2010 and $31.6 million in the second quarter of 2009. For the six-month period, pre-operating and start-up costs increased from $64.8 million in 2009 to $93.9 million in 2010. In 2010, these costs primarily related to the SBQ mill in Memphis, Tennessee, and the galvanizing line in Decatur, Alabama.Our liquidity position remains strong with $1.14 billion in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments and an untapped $1.3 billion revolving credit facility that matures in November 2012.In April, Nucor acquired a 50% interest in NuMit LLC, which invests in various steel and steel related activities, both in North America and globally. �As part of the agreement, Mitsui and Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui and Co., Ltd., contributed 100% of Steel Technologies Inc. �Steel Technologies operates 23 sheet steel processing facilities throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. �The purchase price of Nucor's 50% interest was approximately $221.3 million and did not result in a significant amount of goodwill. �At closing, Nucor extended a $40.0 million loan and a $60.0 million line of credit (of which $54.0 million was drawn down immediately) to Steel Technologies. In May, Nucor's board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.36 per share payable on August 11, 2010 to stockholders of record on June 30, 2010. �This dividend is Nucor's 149th consecutive quarterly cash dividend, a record we expect to continue.Operating results excluding LIFO improved significantly over the first quarter, primarily due to increased margins; however, the continuation of the upward trend experienced through the first half of the year is by no means clear at present. �There is a general slowdown taking place across all product lines as the overall economy has entered into a new period of uncertainty. �This is the case both in the U.S. and globally. �The most challenging markets for our products continue to be those associated with residential and non-residential construction, which continue to show little, if any, strength. �This is particularly true for our downstream businesses. �We will provide additional and more quantitative earnings guidance after the midpoint between our quarterly earnings releases. 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 joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; light gauge steel framing; 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" 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; (4) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including competition from imports and substitute materials; and (5) capital investments and their impact on our performance. �These and other factors are outlined in Nucor's regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in Nucor's December 31, 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K. �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 second quarter results on July 22, 2010 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 Six Months (26 Weeks) Ended July 3, 2010July 4, 2009Percentage ChangeJuly 3, 2010July 4, 2009Percentage ChangeSteel mills production4,6482,96457%9,3605,84360%Steel mills total shipments4,5972,99953%9,3035,80760%Sales tons to outside customers:Steel mills3,9222,56953%7,9885,00260%Joist726511%1311255%Deck817311%1491481%Cold finished1177654%22815646%Fabricated concretereinforcing steel2662554%460463-1%Other1,0971,0782%2,0961,9309%5,5554,11635%11,0527,82441%CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited)(In thousands, except per share data) �Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended � �Six Months (26 Weeks) Ended �July 3, 2010July 4, 2009July 3, 2010July 4, 2009Net sales$ 4,195,966$ 2,478,028$ 7,850,808$ 5,132,347Costs, expenses and other: �Cost of products sold3,887,9292,539,9047,329,9765,318,228 �Marketing, administrative and other expenses107,77085,124200,364172,503 �Equity in losses of unconsolidated affiliates7,37221,80125,74959,798 �Interest expense, net37,32231,95775,11064,3224,040,3932,678,7867,631,1995,614,851Earnings (loss) before income taxes andnoncontrolling interests155,573(200,758)219,609(482,504)Provision for (benefit from) income taxes49,355(72,989)72,197(164,210)Net earnings (loss)106,218(127,769)147,412(318,294)Earnings attributable tononcontrolling interests15,2265,56825,4564,688Net earnings (loss) attributable to Nucor stockholders$ � � �90,992$ �(133,337)$ � �121,956$ �(322,982)Net earnings (loss) per share: �Basic$0.29($0.43)$0.38($1.03) �Diluted$0.29($0.43)$0.38($1.03)Average shares outstanding: �Basic315,849314,752315,653314,532 �Diluted316,472314,752316,349314,532CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (In thousands) July 3, 2010Dec. 31, 2009 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ � � �801,504$ � 2,016,981 Short-term investments 340,495225,000 Accounts receivable, net 1,420,7311,116,035 Inventories, net 1,951,7321,312,903 Other current assets 672,471511,329 Total current assets 5,186,9335,182,248 Property, plant and equipment, net 3,903,9034,013,836 Goodwill 1,828,0581,803,021 Other intangible assets, net 886,164902,922 Other assets 883,122669,877 Total assets $ 12,688,180$ 12,571,904 LIABILITIES Current liabilities: Short-term debt $ � � � � �2,599$ � � � � �1,748 Long-term debt due within one year -6,000 Accounts payable 887,086707,038 Salaries, wages and related accruals 222,904154,997 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 399,368357,274 Total current liabilities 1,511,9571,227,057 Long-term debt due after one year 3,080,2003,080,200 Deferred credits and other liabilities 640,916680,358 Total liabilities 5,233,0734,987,615 EQUITY Nucor stockholders' equity: Common stock 150,094149,877 Additional paid-in capital 1,691,3031,675,777 Retained earnings 7,013,5287,120,218 Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes (98,346)(41,056) Treasury stock (1,510,186)(1,514,290) Total Nucor stockholders' equity 7,246,3937,390,526 Noncontrolling interests 208,714193,763 Total equity 7,455,1077,584,289 Total liabilities and equity $ 12,688,180$ 12,571,904CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) (In thousands) Six Months (26 Weeks) EndedJuly 3, 2010July 4, 2009Operating activities:Net earnings (loss)$ � �147,412$ �(318,294)Adjustments:Depreciation255,262242,475Amortization35,85536,001Stock-based compensation25,24631,660Deferred income taxes4,178(31,659)Equity in losses of unconsolidated affiliates25,74959,798Changes in assets and liabilities (exclusive of acquisitions):Accounts receivable(290,542)278,055Inventories(628,941)1,147,421Accounts payable178,286(121,847)Federal income taxes(19,886)(285,735)Salaries, wages and related accruals72,791(392,276)Other(99,169)(12,647)Cash provided by (used in) operating activities(293,759)632,952Investing activities:Capital expenditures(163,219)(240,428)Investment in and advances to affiliates(402,391)(57,904)Repayment of advances to affiliates48,885-Disposition of plant and equipment15,5228,610Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)(63,722)(24,714)Purchases of investments(240,495)(136,389)Proceeds from the sale of investments125,000-Cash used in investing activities(680,420)(450,825)Financing activities:Net change in short-term debt852(2,694)Repayment of long-term debt(6,000)(175,000)Issuance of common stock1,7771,518Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation(2,200)(700)Distributions to noncontrolling interests(10,511)(83,223)Cash dividends(228,465)(221,127)Cash used in financing activities (244,547)(481,226)Effect of exchange rate changes on cash3,2494,172Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(1,215,477)(294,927)Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year2,016,9812,355,130Cash and cash equivalents - end of six months (1)$ � �801,504$ 2,060,203(1) �Cash and cash equivalents balance at April 3, 2010 was $1,659,589.SOURCE Nucor CorporationFor further information: Nucor Executive Offices, +1-704-366-7000, or fax, +1-704-362-4208