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Nucor Reports Results for First Quarter of 2017

Friday, Apr 21, 2017
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Nucor Corporation (NUE) announced today consolidated net earnings of $356.9 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2017. By comparison, Nucor reported net earnings of $159.6 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2016 and net earnings of $87.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2016.

Earnings (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interests by segment were as follows for the first quarters of 2017 and 2016 (in thousands):

Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended

 
   

April 1, 2017

 

April 2, 2016

         

Steel mills

 

$              684,161

 

$                    280,372

Steel products

 

26,922

 

42,367

Raw materials

 

26,391

 

(63,372)

Corporate/eliminations

 

(188,499)

 

(89,804)

   

$              548,975

 

$                    169,563

Included in the first quarter of 2017 results were inventory related purchase accounting charges of $9.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, associated with the recent acquisitions of Southland Tube and Republic Conduit. Included in the fourth quarter of 2016 results were the effects of a change in estimate related to the cost of certain inventories that resulted in a benefit of $77.6 million, or $0.16 per diluted share. Included in the first quarter of 2016 earnings were out-of-period non-cash gains totaling $13.4 million ($0.04 per diluted share) related to a noncontrolling interest adjustment and to tax adjustments.

Nucor's consolidated net sales increased 22% to $4.82 billion in the first quarter of 2017 from $3.96 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased 30% compared with $3.72 billion in the first quarter of 2016. Average sales price per ton in the first quarter of 2017 increased 8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased 21% from the first quarter of 2016. Total tons shipped to outside customers were 6,584,000 tons in the first quarter of 2017, a 13% increase from the fourth quarter of 2016 and a 7% increase from the first quarter of 2016. Total steel mill shipments in the first quarter of 2017 increased 19% from the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased 9% from the first quarter of 2016. Downstream steel products shipments to outside customers in the first quarter of 2017 decreased 3% from the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased 3% from the first quarter of 2016.

The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used during the first quarter of 2017 was $284, an increase of 20% from $236 in the fourth quarter of 2016 and an increase of 47% compared to $193 in the first quarter of 2016.

Overall operating rates at our steel mills increased to 89% in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to 74% in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 80% in the first quarter of 2016.

Total steel mill energy costs in the first quarter of 2017 decreased approximately $1 per ton compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased approximately $1 per ton compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Our liquidity position remains strong with $1.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments, as of April 1, 2017, and an untapped $1.5 billion revolving credit facility that does not expire until April 2021.

In February 2017, Nucor's board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.3775 per share payable on May 11, 2017 to stockholders of record on March 31, 2017. This dividend is Nucor's 176th consecutive quarterly cash dividend, a record we expect to continue.

In March 2017, Nucor announced an investment of $85 million to upgrade the rolling mill at its steel bar mill in Marion, Ohio in order to maintain a cost competitive position by reducing operating costs.

Imports continue to impact the U.S. steel industry. Important trade cases in cut-to-length plate, steel concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) and steel wire rod are in progress, which are helping to stop the flood of dumped and subsidized products from foreign producers, and are making sure that we can compete on a level-playing field. In the cut-to-length plate cases filed against twelve countries in April 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce has now announced affirmative final determinations on dumped and subsidized imports from all twelve countries. The U.S. International Trade Commission has also voted unanimously that the domestic industry is being injured by dumped and subsidized plate imports from China, Brazil, Turkey and South Africa.  The remaining votes in the plate cases are expected in the coming weeks.  In February 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminary antidumping duties on rebar imports from Japan, Taiwan, and Turkey, and preliminary countervailing duties on rebar imports from Turkey. We expect the rebar case to conclude later this year. In March 2017, we filed a new trade case to address the flood of dumped and subsidized steel wire rod imports from ten countries. The wire rod case is in the preliminary phase.

As expected, earnings in the first quarter of 2017 increased significantly compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 primarily due to the performance of our steel mills segment. The increased profitability of the steel mills segment was driven by the improved performance of our sheet, bar and plate mills. The profitability of the steel products segment in the first quarter of 2017 decreased compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 due to typical seasonality. The performance of the raw materials segment improved from the fourth quarter of 2016 due to the much improved performance of our scrap processing and brokerage operations as well as our direct reduced iron (DRI) facility in Trinidad.

Earnings in the first quarter of 2017 were the highest Nucor has had in recent years, and we expect earnings in the second quarter of 2017 to improve compared to the first quarter of 2017. Performance of the steel mills segment is expected to improve in the second quarter of 2017 as compared to the first quarter of 2017 as metal margins are expected to expand at our sheet mills due to the delayed impact of contract pricing. Our plate mills are anticipated to realize the full benefit of higher margins throughout the entire quarter. We expect increased profitability for our downstream products segment in the second quarter of 2017 as compared to the first quarter of 2017 due to seasonal factors as improving weather conditions benefit nonresidential construction markets. The performance of the raw materials segment is expected to improve in the second quarter of 2017 as compared to the first quarter of 2017 due to the improved profitability of our DRI facilities. We also expect intercompany profit eliminations to have a smaller relative impact in the second quarter of 2017.  We continue to be encouraged by the renewed growth in demand we are seeing in the energy markets and the nonresidential construction markets. The automotive markets remain strong.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company changed its method of accounting for certain inventories from the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method to the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method which required retrospective application to prior period financial statements. Accordingly, all amounts for prior periods presented in this release are presented after the retrospective application of the change in accounting principle.

Nucor and its 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; hollow structural section tubing; electrical conduit; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; steel grating; 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) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including competition from imports and substitute materials; (2) 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; (3) market demand for steel products; and (4) energy costs and availability.  These and other factors are discussed in Nucor's regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in Nucor's fiscal 2016 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 20, 2017 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 1, 2017

 

April 2, 2016

 

Percentage
Change

Steel mills total shipments

           
 

Sheet 

 

2,705

 

2,568

 

5%

 

Tubular products

 

223

 

-

   
 

Bars

 

1,957

 

1,748

 

12%

 

Structural

 

611

 

601

 

2%

 

Plate

 

577

 

554

 

4%

 

Other

 

74

 

176

 

-58%

     

6,147

 

5,647

 

9%

               

Sales tons to outside customers:

           
 

Steel mills

 

5,202

 

4,899

 

6%

 

Joist

 

101

 

98

 

3%

 

Deck

 

106

 

101

 

5%

 

Cold finished

 

122

 

119

 

3%

 

Fabricated concrete

           
 

reinforcing steel

 

247

 

242

 

2%

 

Other

 

806

 

689

 

17%

     

6,584

 

6,148

 

7%

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited)

 

(In thousands, except per share data)

       
 

  Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  

       
 

April 1, 2017

 

April 2, 2016

       

Net sales

$   4,815,179

 

$         3,715,576

       

Costs, expenses and other:

     

  Cost of products sold

4,054,929

 

3,400,591

  Marketing, administrative and other expenses

176,426

 

109,745

  Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

(8,756)

 

(9,245)

  Interest expense, net

43,605

 

44,922

 

4,266,204

 

3,546,013

Earnings before income taxes and

     

noncontrolling interests

548,975

 

169,563

Provision for income taxes

171,327

 

47,066

Net earnings

377,648

 

122,497

Earnings attributable to

     

noncontrolling interests

20,749

 

34,932

Net earnings attributable to 

     

Nucor stockholders

$       356,899

 

$               87,565

       

Net earnings per share:

     

  Basic

$1.11

 

$0.27

  Diluted

$1.11

 

$0.27

       

Average shares outstanding:

     

  Basic

320,224

 

319,240

  Diluted

321,146

 

319,294

 

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) 

 (In thousands) 

               
         

April 1, 2017

 

Dec. 31, 2016

 ASSETS 

         

 Current assets: 

       
 

 Cash and cash equivalents 

 

$      1,657,759

 

$     2,045,961

 

 Short-term investments 

 

50,000

 

150,000

 

 Accounts receivable, net 

 

1,980,556

 

1,631,676

 

 Inventories, net 

 

3,064,170

 

2,479,958

 

 Other current assets 

 

125,708

 

198,798

               
   

 Total current assets 

 

6,878,193

 

6,506,393

               

 Property, plant and equipment, net 

 

5,133,404

 

5,078,650

               

 Goodwill 

   

2,177,276

 

2,052,728

               

 Other intangible assets, net 

 

969,492

 

866,835

               

 Other assets 

 

717,095

 

718,912

               
   

 Total assets 

 

$    15,875,460

 

$   15,223,518

               

 LIABILITIES 

         

 Current liabilities: 

       
 

 Short-term debt 

 

$            48,153

 

$           17,959

 

 Long-term debt due within one year 

 

600,000

 

600,000

 

 Accounts payable 

 

1,257,900

 

838,109

 

 Federal income taxes payable 

 

76,755

 

-

 

 Salaries, wages and related accruals 

 

325,981

 

428,829

 

 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 

 

529,007

 

505,069

               
   

 Total current liabilities 

 

2,837,796

 

2,389,966

               

 Long-term debt due after one year 

 

3,739,908

 

3,739,141

               

 Deferred credits and other liabilities 

 

829,685

 

839,703

               
   

 Total liabilities 

 

7,407,389

 

6,968,810

               

 EQUITY 

         

 Nucor stockholders' equity: 

       
 

 Common stock 

 

151,775

 

151,734

 

 Additional paid-in capital 

 

1,986,983

 

1,974,672

 

 Retained earnings 

 

7,866,405

 

7,630,916

 

 Accumulated other comprehensive loss, 

       
   

 net of income taxes 

 

(316,992)

 

(317,843)

 

 Treasury stock 

 

(1,554,148)

 

(1,559,614)

   

 Total Nucor stockholders' equity 

 

8,134,023

 

7,879,865

               

 Noncontrolling interests 

 

334,048

 

374,843

               
   

 Total equity 

 

8,468,071

 

8,254,708

               
   

 Total liabilities and equity 

 

$    15,875,460

 

$   15,223,518

 

 

 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) 

 (In thousands) 

                 
           

Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended

                 
           

April 1, 2017

 

April 2, 2016

                 

Operating activities:

         
 

Net earnings 

   

$                       377,648

 

$                       122,497

 

Adjustments:

         
   

Depreciation

   

158,525

 

152,249

   

Amortization

   

22,368

 

18,112

   

Stock-based compensation

 

9,524

 

7,300

   

Deferred income taxes

 

(6,695)

 

15,530

   

Distributions from affiliates

 

30,249

 

36,015

   

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates

(8,756)

 

(9,245)

   

Changes in assets and liabilities (exclusive of acquisitions and dispositions):

     
     

Accounts receivable

 

(297,158)

 

(104,252)

     

Inventories

   

(519,902)

 

114,479

     

Accounts payable

 

413,256

 

197,350

     

Federal income taxes

 

157,346

 

23,273

     

Salaries, wages and related accruals

(102,744)

 

(49,453)

     

Other operating activities

 

3,584

 

27,004

                 

Cash provided by operating activities

 

237,245

 

550,859

                 

Investing activities:

         
 

Capital expenditures

   

(94,535)

 

(80,697)

 

Investment in and advances to affiliates

(14,000)

 

(6,098)

 

Disposition of plant and equipment

 

8,870

 

5,309

 

Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)

 

(478,163)

 

(1,386)

 

Purchases of investments

 

(50,000)

 

(50,000)

 

Proceeds from the sale of investments

 

150,000

 

100,000

 

Other investing activities

 

-

 

792

                 

Cash used in investing activities

 

(477,828)

 

(32,080)

                 

Financing activities:

         
 

Net change in short-term debt

 

30,180

 

(14,671)

 

Issuance of common stock

 

7,432

 

-

 

Payment of tax withholdings on certain stock-based compensation

(1,349)

 

-

 

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

-

 

353

 

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(61,544)

 

(49,853)

 

Cash dividends

   

(121,303)

 

(120,153)

 

Acquisition of treasury stock

 

-

 

(5,173)

 

Other financing activities

 

(518)

 

(559)

                 

Cash used in financing activities 

 

(147,102)

 

(190,056)

                 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

(517)

 

10,296

                 

(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(388,202)

 

339,019

                 

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year

2,045,961

 

1,939,469

                 

Cash and cash equivalents - end of three months

$                   1,657,759

 

$                   2,278,488

                 

Non-cash investing activity:

         
 

Change in accrued plant and equipment purchases

$                        (11,222)

 

$                           (4,949)

 

Source:finance.yahoo.com

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