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2003


UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 10-K

 


 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF

THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003

 

Commission file number 1-4119

 


 

NUCOR CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 


 

Delaware   13-1860817

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

2100 Rexford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina   28211
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (704) 366-7000

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12 (b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class


 

Name of each exchange
on which registered


Common stock, par value $.40 per share   New York Stock Exchange

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12 (g) of the Act: None

 


 

Indication by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding twelve months, and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days:    Yes  x    No  ¨

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K:  x

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act):    Yes  x    No  ¨

 

Aggregate market value of common stock held by non-affiliates was $3,860,295,174 based upon the closing sales price of the registrant’s common stock on the last day of our most recently completed second fiscal quarter, July 3, 2003.

 

78,774,706 shares of common stock were outstanding at February 29, 2004.

 

Documents incorporated by reference include: Portions of 2003 Annual Report (Parts I, II and IV), and Notice of 2004 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement (Part III).

 



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PART I

 

Item 1. Business

 

Nucor Corporation was incorporated in Delaware in 1958. The business of Nucor Corporation and its subsidiaries is the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products, which accounted for all of the sales and the majority of the earnings in 2003, 2002 and 2001. The earnings in 2003 include other income of $4,400,000 related to a pre-tax gain on sale of equipment. The earnings in 2003 and 2002 include a pre-tax gain of $7,100,000 and $29,900,000, respectively, related to graphite electrodes anti-trust settlements. The earnings of 2001 include a pre-tax gain of $20,200,000 from the sale of Nucor Iron Carbide, Inc. in Trinidad.

 

Nucor reports its results in two segments, steel mills and steel products. Net sales to external customers, intercompany sales, depreciation expense, earnings (loss) before income taxes, assets and capital expenditures by segment for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2003, are set forth in Note 14 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements of the 2003 Annual Report, which note is hereby incorporated by reference.

 

Principal products from the steel mills segment are hot-rolled steel (angles, rounds, flats, channels, sheet, wide-flange beams, pilings, billets, blooms, beam blanks and plate) and cold-rolled steel. Principal products from the steel products segment are steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems and light gauge steel framing. Hot-rolled steel is manufactured principally from scrap, utilizing electric arc furnaces, continuous casting and automated rolling mills. Cold-rolled steel, cold finished steel, steel joists and joist girders, and steel fasteners are manufactured by further processing of hot-rolled steel. Steel deck is manufactured from cold-rolled steel.

 

In the steel mills segment, hot-rolled and cold-rolled sheet steel are produced to customer orders. In addition, other hot-rolled and cold-rolled steel are manufactured in standard sizes and inventories are maintained. In 2003, approximately 93% of the steel mills segment production was sold to non-affiliated customers; the remainder was used internally by the steel products segment. Hot-rolled steel and cold-rolled steel are sold primarily to steel service centers, fabricators and manufacturers throughout the United States.

 

In the steel products segment, steel joists and joist girders, and steel deck are sold to general contractors and fabricators throughout the United States. Substantially all work is to order and no unsold inventories of finished products are maintained. All sales contracts are firm fixed-price contracts and are normally competitively bid against other suppliers. Cold finished steel and steel fasteners are manufactured in standard sizes and inventories are maintained. Cold finished steel and steel fasteners are sold primarily to distributors and manufacturers throughout the United States.

 

The primary raw material for the steel mills segment is ferrous scrap, which is acquired from numerous sources throughout the country. Scrap prices increased $65 (57%) per ton from December 2002 to December 2003. In response to this increase, Nucor implemented a raw material surcharge that was effective in January 2004. This surcharge will help provide increased margins for our products and will help ensure that we will be able to purchase the scrap needed to fill our customers’ needs. The steel mills are also large consumers of electricity and gas. Nucor uses natural gas purchase contracts to partially manage its exposure to price risk of natural gas that is used during the manufacturing process. The primary raw material for the steel products segment is steel, which is primarily purchased from the steel mills segment. Supplies of raw materials and energy have been, and are expected to be, adequate to operate the facilities.

 

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Item 1. Business, continued

 

Products from both segments are marketed principally through in-house sales forces. The principal competitive factors are price and service. Considerable competition exists from numerous domestic manufacturers and foreign imports. During 2000 and 2001, imports of steel increased significantly, much of it at illegally dumped prices. In March 2002, the Bush Administration imposed a series of tariffs for many products over a three-year period that helped reduce the flood of imports. In December 2003, the Administration chose to end the temporary steel safeguard tariffs, known as Section 201, prior to their scheduled expiration; however, we are encouraged by the Bush Administration’s commitment to strengthen existing U.S. trade laws by closing the loopholes that permit import surges, circumvention of existing laws and repetitive dumping.

 

Nucor believes that the most significant factors with respect to its competitive position are the low cost and efficiency of its production processes. The markets that Nucor serves are tied to capital and durable goods spending and are affected by changes in economic conditions.

 

In March 2001, Nucor purchased substantially all of the assets of Auburn Steel Company, Inc.’s steel bar facility in Auburn, New York for approximately $115,000,000. This facility has the capacity to produce up to 450,000 tons of merchant bar quality steel shapes, special bar quality steel shapes and rebar. In November 2001, Nucor acquired ITEC Steel, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Steel Truss and Frame Corp., with facilities in Texas and Georgia, for approximately $11,000,000, including liabilities assumed. These facilities, now known as Nucon Steel, produce light gauge steel framing. The acquisitions were not material to the consolidated financial statements and did not result in material goodwill or other intangible assets.

 

In April 2002, Nucor entered a joint venture with The Rio Tinto Group, Mitsubishi Corporation and Chinese steelmaker, Shougang Corporation, to construct a commercial HIsmelt plant in Kwinana, Western Australia. The HIsmelt process converts iron ore fines and coal fines directly to liquid metal eliminating the need for a blast furnace, sinter/pellet plants and coke ovens. The HIsmelt technology would offer an alternative supply of high-quality iron units as a scrap substitute. Nucor has a 25% interest in the joint venture that owns the HIsmelt commercial plant. Construction is approximately 50% completed and production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2004. This plant will have an annual capacity of 800,000 metric tons.

 

Nucor began operations of its 100% owned Castrip® facility in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in May 2002. This facility uses the breakthrough technology of strip casting, to which Nucor holds exclusive rights in the United States and Brazil. Strip casting involves the direct casting of molten steel into final shape and thickness without further hot or cold rolling, allowing lower investment and operating costs, reduced energy consumption and smaller scale plants than can be economically built with current technology. This process also reduces the overall environmental impact of producing steel through significantly lower emissions, particularly NOx. During the second half of 2003, process improvements were made that increased the output of the Castrip facility, improved product quality and improved the life of key consumables. Multi-ladle casting sequences are now part of routine production. Increased production and improved product quality are expected to continue in 2004.

 

In July 2002, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC, purchased substantially all of the assets of Trico Steel Company, LLC for a purchase price of $117,700,000. Located in Decatur, Alabama, the sheet steel facility originally began operations in 1997 and has an annual capacity of approximately 1,900,000 tons. The purchase strategy called for a major renovation of the facility. Capital expenditures for this facility were approximately $68,000,000 in 2002 and $17,000,000 in 2003. Nucor Steel Decatur experienced equipment problems during start-up in the second quarter of 2003; however, we have overcome these issues to build volume rapidly and improve quality. This acquisition was not material to the consolidated financial statements and did not result in goodwill or other intangible assets.

 

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Item 1. Business, continued

 

In December 2002, Nucor and certain of its wholly owned subsidiaries purchased substantially all of the assets of Birmingham Steel Corporation (“Birmingham Steel”) for a cash purchase price, excluding transaction costs, of approximately $615,000,000, including $116,900,000 in inventory and receivables. Primary assets purchased were Birmingham Steel’s four operating mills in Birmingham, Alabama; Kankakee, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; and Jackson, Mississippi, with a combined annual capacity of approximately 2,200,000 tons. This acquisition did not result in goodwill or other intangible assets.

 

In March 2003, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Nucor Steel Kingman, LLC, purchased substantially all of the assets of the Kingman, Arizona steel facility of North Star Steel (“North Star”) for approximately $35,000,000. The purchase price did not include working capital and Nucor assumed no material liabilities of the North Star operation. This acquisition was not material to the consolidated financial statements and did not result in goodwill or other intangible assets.

 

In April 2003, Nucor entered a joint venture with Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (“CVRD”) to construct and operate an environmentally friendly pig iron project in northern Brazil. The project will utilize two conventional mini-blast furnaces to produce about 380,000 metric tons of pig iron per year in its initial phase, using CVRD iron ore from its Carajas mine in northern Brazil. The charcoal source will be exclusively from eucalyptus trees grown in a cultivated forest of 82,000 acres with the total forest encompassing approximately 200,000 acres in northern Brazil. The cultivated forest removes more carbon dioxide than the blast furnace process emits. It is anticipated that Nucor will purchase all of the production of the plant. Production is scheduled to begin in late 2004.

 

In January 2004, Nucor entered into an agreement with Harris Steel Group, Inc., for the purchase of a one-half interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, Harris Steel, Inc., for a cash purchase price of approximately $21,000,000. In addition, Harris Steel Group may receive up to an additional $6,000,000 upon the achievement of certain operating results of the venture over the next five years.

 

Nucor’s backlog of orders at December 31, 2003 was about $1,431,000,000 ($1,197,000,000 in the steel mills segment and $234,000,000 in the steel products segment). Nucor’s backlog of orders at December 31, 2002 was about $816,000,000 ($628,000,000 in the steel mills segment and $188,000,000 in the steel products segment). These backlogs are normally filled within one year.

 

Nucor is highly decentralized and has approximately 55 employees in its executive offices. All of Nucor’s 9,900 employees are engaged in its steel mills and steel products businesses.

 

Additional information on Nucor’s business is incorporated by reference to Nucor’s 2003 Annual Report, pages 9 through 17.

 

Nucor’s annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to these reports are available without charge through Nucor’s website, www.nucor.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as otherwise stated in these reports, the information contained on our website or available by hyperlink from our website is not incorporated into this Annual Report on Form 10-K or other documents we file with, or furnish to, the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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Item 2. Properties

 

Our principal operating facilities by segment are as follows:

 

Location


   Approximate
square footage
of facilities


  

Principal products


Steel mills:

         

Blytheville, Arkansas

   2,180,000    Steel shapes

Berkeley County, South Carolina

   1,940,000    Flat-rolled steel, steel shapes

Crawfordsville, Indiana

   1,810,000    Flat-rolled steel

Norfolk, Nebraska

   1,420,000    Steel shapes

Hickman, Arkansas

   1,360,000    Flat-rolled steel

Plymouth, Utah

   1,170,000    Steel shapes

Darlington, South Carolina

   1,170,000    Steel shapes

Hertford County, North Carolina

   1,000,000    Steel plate

Jewett, Texas

   950,000    Steel shapes

Decatur, Alabama

   740,000    Flat-rolled steel

Seattle, Washington

   650,000    Steel shapes

Auburn, New York

   400,000    Steel shapes

Kankakee, Illinois

   370,000    Steel shapes

Jackson, Mississippi

   340,000    Steel shapes

Birmingham, Alabama

   290,000    Steel shapes

Steel products:

         

Norfolk, Nebraska

   970,000    Joists, deck

Brigham City, Utah

   750,000    Joists

Grapeland, Texas

   570,000    Joists, deck

Chemung, New York

   550,000    Joists, deck

St. Joe, Indiana

   550,000    Joists, deck

Florence, South Carolina

   530,000    Joists, deck

Fort Payne, Alabama

   460,000    Joists, deck

 

Our steel mills segment also includes a distribution center in Pompano Beach, Florida. In the steel products segment, we have additional operating facilities in St. Joe and Waterloo, Indiana; Terrell and Denton, Texas; Dallas, Georgia; and Swansea, South Carolina. During 2003, the average utilization rates of all operating facilities in the steel mills and steel products segments were approximately 94% and 72% of production capacity, respectively.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

 

Nucor is involved in various judicial and administrative proceedings as both plaintiff and defendant, arising in the ordinary course of business. Nucor does not believe that any such proceedings (including matters relating to contracts, torts, taxes, warranties and insurance) will have a material adverse effect on its business, operating results, financial condition or cash flows.

 

Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

 

None during quarter ended December 31, 2003.

 

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Executive Officers of the Registrant

 

The executive officers of Nucor are set forth below. Each holds the offices indicated until his successor is elected and qualified at the regular meeting of the Board of Directors to be held immediately following the 2004 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

 

Daniel R. DiMicco (53) - Mr. DiMicco has been a director of Nucor since 2000 and was elected as Vice Chairman in June 2001. Mr. DiMicco’s term as director expires at the 2004 annual meeting. Mr. DiMicco has served as Nucor’s President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2000. He previously served as an Executive Vice President of Nucor from 1999 to 2000 and Vice President from 1992 to 1999.

 

Terry S. Lisenby (52) - Mr. Lisenby has been Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Executive Vice President since January 2000. He previously served as a Vice President and Corporate Controller of Nucor from 1991 to 1999. Mr. Lisenby began his career with Nucor as Corporate Controller in 1985.

 

John J. Ferriola (51) - Mr. Ferriola has been an Executive Vice President of Nucor since January 2002 and was a Vice President from 1996 to 2001. He was General Manager of Nucor Steel, Crawfordsville, Indiana from 1998 to 2001; General Manager of Nucor Steel, Norfolk, Nebraska from 1995 to 1998; General Manager of Vulcraft, Grapeland, Texas in 1995; and Manager of Maintenance and Engineering at Nucor Steel, Jewett, Texas from 1992 to 1995.

 

Hamilton Lott, Jr. (54) - Mr. Lott has been an Executive Vice President of Nucor since September 1999 and was a Vice President from 1988 to 1999. He was General Manager of Vulcraft, Florence, South Carolina from 1993 to 1999; General Manager of Vulcraft, Grapeland, Texas from 1987 to 1993; Sales Manager of Vulcraft, St. Joe, Indiana from January 1987 to May 1987 and Engineering Manager there from 1982 to 1986. Mr. Lott began his career with Nucor as Design Engineer at Vulcraft, Florence, South Carolina in 1975.

 

D. Michael Parrish (51) - Mr. Parrish has been an Executive Vice President of Nucor since November 1998 and was a Vice President from 1990 to 1998. He was General Manager of Nucor Steel, Hickman, Arkansas from 1995 to 1998; General Manager of Nucor Steel, Jewett, Texas from 1991 to 1995; General Manager of Vulcraft, Brigham City, Utah from 1989 to 1991; Production Manager of Vulcraft, Fort Payne, Alabama from 1986 to 1989; Engineering Manager of Vulcraft, Brigham City, Utah from 1981 to 1986; and Engineer at Vulcraft, St. Joe, Indiana from 1975 to 1981.

 

Joseph A. Rutkowski (49) - Mr. Rutkowski has been an Executive Vice President of Nucor since November 1998 and was a Vice President from 1993 to 1998. He was General Manager of Nucor Steel, Hertford County, North Carolina, from August 1998 to November 1998; General Manager of Nucor Steel, Darlington, South Carolina from 1992 to 1998; Manager of Melting and Casting of Nucor Steel, Plymouth, Utah from 1991 to 1992; and Manager of Nucor Cold Finish, Norfolk, Nebraska from 1989 to 1991.

 

James M. Coblin (60) - Mr. Coblin has been Vice President of Human Resources since January 2000. He previously served as Nucor’s General Manager of Human Resources from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Coblin began his career with Nucor as Manager of Personnel Service in 1986.

 

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PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Stock and Related Stockholder Matters

 

The information regarding the market for Nucor’s common stock, quarterly market price ranges, the number of stockholders and dividend payments is incorporated by reference to Nucor’s 2003 Annual Report, pages 30 and 46.

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data

 

Historical financial information is incorporated by reference to Nucor’s 2003 Annual Report, page 30.

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

Information required by this item is incorporated by reference to Nucor’s 2003 Annual Report, page 2 (Forward-looking Statements) and pages 18 through 25.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

Nucor’s industrial revenue bonds have variable interest rates that are adjusted weekly or annually. Nucor’s remaining debt is at fixed rates. Future changes in interest rates are not expected to significantly impact earnings. From time to time, Nucor makes use of interest rate swaps to manage interest rate risk. As of December 31, 2003, there were no such contracts outstanding. Nucor’s investment practice is to invest in securities that are highly liquid with short maturities. As a result, we do not expect changes in interest rates to have a significant impact on the value of our investment securities.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

Information required by this item is incorporated by reference to Nucor’s 2003 Annual Report, pages 31 through 43.

 

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

 

None.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

 

As of the end of the period covered by this report, the Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures. Based upon that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective. There were no significant changes in the Company’s internal controls or in other factors that could significantly affect these controls subsequent to the date of their evaluation or any corrective actions with regard to significant deficiencies or material weaknesses.

 

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PART III

 

Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant

 

The information regarding Nucor’s directors contained in the Notice of 2004 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement (the “Proxy Statement”) under the heading Election of Directors and the information regarding Nucor’s directors and executive officers contained in the Proxy Statement under the caption Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance is incorporated by reference. Pursuant to Item 401(b) of Regulation S-K, executive officers of Nucor are reported in Part I of this report. Information regarding the audit committee and the audit committee financial expert appearing under the heading Committees and Meetings of the Board of Directors in the Proxy Statement is incorporated by reference.

 

Nucor has adopted a Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Professionals (“Code of Ethics”) that applies to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Controller and other senior financial professionals, as well as Corporate Governance Principles and charters for our board committees. These documents are publicly available on our website, www.nucor.com. Copies of these documents are also available without charge upon written request to A. Rae Eagle, General Manager and Corporate Secretary, at our principal executive offices. If we make any substantive amendments to the Code of Ethics or grant any waiver, including any implicit waiver, from a provision of the Code of Ethics, we will disclose the nature of such amendment or waiver on our website.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation

 

Information about director and executive compensation is incorporated by reference to Nucor’s Proxy Statement under the headings Executive Officer Compensation, Director Compensation, Report of the Compensation and Executive Development Committee on Senior Officer Compensation and Stock Performance Graph.

 

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

 

Information required by this item is incorporated by reference to Nucor’s Proxy Statement under the heading Security Ownership of Management and Certain Beneficial Owners.

 

The information regarding the number of securities issuable under equity compensation plans and the related weighted average exercise price is incorporated by reference to the Proxy Statement under the heading Equity Compensation Plan Information.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions

 

None.

 

Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services

 

Information about the fees in 2003 and 2002 for professional services rendered by our independent auditors is incorporated by reference to Nucor’s Proxy Statement under the heading Fees Paid to Independent Auditors. Our audit committee’s policy on pre-approval of audit and permissible non-audit services of our independent auditors is also incorporated by reference from the section of the Proxy Statement captioned Fees Paid to Independent Auditors.

 

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PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules, and Reports on Form 8-K

 

Financial Statements:

 

The following consolidated financial statements and the report of independent auditors are incorporated by reference to Nucor Corporation’s 2003 Annual Report, pages 31 through 43:

 

  Consolidated balance sheets - December 31, 2003 and 2002

 

  Consolidated statements of earnings - Years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001

 

  Consolidated statements of stockholders’ equity - Years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001

 

  Consolidated statements of cash flows - Years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001

 

  Notes to consolidated financial statements

 

  Report of independent auditors

 

Financial Statement Schedules:

 

The following financial statement schedule is included in this report as indicated:

 

     Page

Report of Independent Auditors on Financial Statement Schedule

   14

Schedule II – Valuation and Qualifying Accounts – Years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001

   15

 

All other schedules are omitted because they are not required, not applicable, or the information is furnished in the consolidated financial statements or notes.

 

Exhibits:

   
      2   Asset Purchase Agreement, dated May 30, 2002, by and between JAR Acquisition Corp., the Company, Birmingham Steel, Birmingham Southeast, LLC and Port Everglades Steel Corporation (incorporated by reference to Form 8-K dated December 20, 2002)
      2(i)   Purchase Agreement, dated as of September 26, 2002, between Nucor Corporation and Banc of America Securities LLC, Wachovia Securities, Inc., Banc One Capital Markets, Inc., CIBC World Markets Corp. and BNY Capital Markets, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Form S-4 filed December 13, 2002)
      2(ii)   Asset Purchase Agreement by and among Trico Steel Company, L.L.C., Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC (formerly Nucor Steel Alabama, LLC) and Nucor Corporation, dated as of November 9, 2001 (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2002)
      3   Restated Certificate of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 1990)
      3(i)   Certificate of amendment dated May 14, 1992, to Restated Certificate of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 1992)
      3(ii)   Certificate of amendment dated May 14, 1998, to Restated Certificate of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 1998)
      3(iii)   Certificate of Designations dated March 8, 2001 to Restated Certificate of Incorporation (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2001)
      3(iv)   By-Laws as amended December 4, 2001 (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2001)

 

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Exhibits, continued:

    4   Rights Agreement, dated as of March 8, 2001, between Nucor Corporation and American Stock Transfer & Trust Co. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4 to Nucor’s Form 8-K filed March 9, 2001)
    4(i)   Indenture, dated as of January 12, 1999, between Nucor Corporation and The Bank of New York, as trustee (incorporated by reference to Form S-4 filed December 13, 2002)
    4(ii)   Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of October 1, 2002, between Nucor Corporation and The Bank of New York, as trustee (incorporated by reference to Form S-4 filed December 13, 2002)
    4(iii)   Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of October 1, 2002, by and among Nucor Corporation, Banc of America Securities LLC and Wachovia Securities, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Form S-4 filed December 13, 2002)
    4(iv)   Form of 4.875% Note due 2012 (included in Exhibit 4(ii) above) (incorporated by reference to Form S-4 filed December 13, 2002)
    10   1997 Key Employees Incentive Stock Option Plan (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2000) (1)
    10(i)   2003 Key Employees Incentive Stock Option Plan (as amended through Amendment 2003-1) (incorporated by reference to Form 10-Q for quarter ended October 4, 2003) (1)
    10(ii)   Non-Employee Director Equity Plan (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2000) (1)
    10(iii)   Employment Agreement of Daniel R. DiMicco (incorporated by reference to Form 10-Q for quarter ended June 30, 2001) (1)
    10(iv)   Employment Agreement of Terry S. Lisenby (incorporated by reference to Form 10-Q for quarter ended June 30, 2001) (1)
    10(v)   Employment Agreement of Hamilton Lott, Jr. (incorporated by reference to Form 10-Q for quarter ended June 30, 2001) (1)
    10(vi)   Employment Agreement of D. Michael Parrish (incorporated by reference to Form 10-Q for quarter ended June 30, 2001) (1)
    10(vii)   Employment Agreement of Joseph A. Rutkowski (incorporated by reference to Form 10-Q for quarter ended June 30, 2001) (1)
    10(viii)   Employment Agreement of John J. Ferriola (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2001) (1)
    10(ix)   Multi-Year Revolving Credit Agreement, dated as of October 4, 2002 (incorporated by reference to Amendment to Form S-4 dated February 28, 2003)
    10(x)   364-Day Revolving Credit Agreement, dated as of October 4, 2002 (incorporated by reference to Amendment to Form S-4 dated February 28, 2003)
    10(xi)   Senior Officers Severance Policy as Adopted by the Board of Directors, as amended on December 10, 2002 (incorporated by reference to Form 10-K for year ended December 31, 2002) (1)
    10(xii)   Senior Officers Annual Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 5, 2003) (1)
    10(xiii)   Senior Officers Long-Term Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 5, 2003) (1)
    10(xiv)*   Senior Officers Long-Term Incentive Plan, Amendment No. 1 (1)
    13*   2003 Annual Report (portions incorporated by reference)
    21*   Subsidiaries
    23*   Consent of independent auditors
    24*   Powers of attorney
    31*   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
    31(i)*   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
    32*   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

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Exhibits, continued:

    32 (i)*   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

* Filed herewith.
(1) Indicates a management contract or compensatory plan or arrangement.

 

Reports on Form 8-K:

 

None.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed (1) by the registrant, and (2) on behalf of the registrant, by its principal executive, financial and accounting officers, and its directors.

 

   

NUCOR CORPORATION

       
   

By

 

/s/ Daniel R. DiMicco


     

*               PETER C. BROWNING


       

Daniel R. DiMicco

     

Peter C. Browning

       

Vice Chairman, President and

     

Non-Executive Chairman

       

Chief Executive Officer

       

/s/ Daniel R. DiMicco


     

*               CLAYTON C. DALEY, JR.


Daniel R. DiMicco

     

Clayton C. Daley, Jr.

Vice Chairman, President and

     

Director

Chief Executive Officer

       

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby


     

*               HARVEY B. GANTT


Terry S. Lisenby

     

Harvey B. Gantt

Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

     

Director

and Executive Vice President

       

/s/ James D. Frias


     

*               VICTORIA F. HAYNES


James D. Frias

     

Victoria F. Haynes

Corporate Controller and General Manager

     

Director

       

*               JAMES D. HLAVACEK


       

James D. Hlavacek

       

Director

       

*               RAYMOND J. MILCHOVICH


       

Raymond J. Milchovich

       

Director

       

*               THOMAS A. WALTERMIRE


       

Thomas A. Waltermire

       

Director

       

*By

 

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby


           

Terry S. Lisenby

           

Attorney-in-fact

 

Dated:  March 12, 2004

 

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NUCOR CORPORATION

Index to Financial Statement Schedule

 

     Page

Report of Independent Auditors on Financial Statement Schedule

   14

Schedule II – Valuation and Qualifying Accounts – Years ended December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001

   15

 

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Report of Independent Auditors on Financial Statement Schedule

 

Stockholders and Board of Directors

Nucor Corporation

 

Our audits of the consolidated financial statements referred to in our report dated February 9, 2004 appearing in the December 31, 2003 Annual Report to Stockholders of Nucor Corporation and its subsidiaries (which report and consolidated financial statements are incorporated by reference in this Annual Report on Form 10-K) also included an audit of the financial statement schedule listed in Item 15 of this Form 10-K. In our opinion, this financial statement schedule presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements.

 

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Charlotte, North Carolina

February 9, 2004

 

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NUCOR CORPORATION

Financial Statement Schedule

 

SCHEDULE II - VALUATION AND QUALIFYING ACCOUNTS

 

Description


   Balance at
beginning of
year


  

Additions
charged to

costs and
expenses


   Deductions

  

Balance at

end of year


Year ended December 31, 2003

                           

LIFO Reserve

   $ 42,607,667    $ 114,978,429    $ —      $ 157,586,096

Year ended December 31, 2002

                           

LIFO Reserve

   $ 8,291,126    $ 34,316,541    $ —      $ 42,607,667

Year ended December 31, 2001

                           

LIFO Reserve

   $ 19,358,398    $ —      $ 11,067,272    $ 8,291,126

 

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NUCOR CORPORATION

List of Exhibits to Form 10-K – December 31, 2003

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description of Exhibit


    10(xiv)   Senior Officers Long-Term Incentive Plan, Amendment No. 1
    13   2003 Annual Report (portions incorporated by reference)
    21   Subsidiaries
    23   Consent of independent auditors
    24   Powers of attorney
    31   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
    31(i)   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a), as Adopted Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
    32   Certification of Principal Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
    32(i)   Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

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Senior Officers Long-term Incentive Plan, Amendment No. 1

Exhibit 10(xiv)

Nucor Corporation

2003 Form 10-K

 

AMENDMENT NO. 1

 

NUCOR CORPORATION SENIOR OFFICERS

LONG-TERM INCENTIVE PLAN

 

THIS AMENDMENT NO. 1 to the Nucor Corporation Senior Officers Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) is made and adopted on February 25, 2004 by NUCOR CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”).

 

RECITALS

 

WHEREAS, the Company has adopted the Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, the Company desires to amend the Plan to provide that fractional shares of stock shall not be included in any Restricted Stock Performance Award under the Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, in Section 5.1 of the Plan, the Company, by action of the Board of Directors, reserved the right to amend the Plan; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Company has taken action authorizing and approving the amendments to the Plan provided herein.

 

NOW THEREFORE, the Company does hereby declare that Section 4.2 of the Plan is amended by deleting the third sentence thereof in its entirety and by substituting the following two sentences in lieu thereof:

 

The remaining fifty percent (50%) of the shares comprising the Eligible Employee’s Performance Award shall be rounded down to the next lower whole number of shares. Such whole number of shares shall constitute the Eligible Employee’s “Restricted Stock Performance Award” and shall be delivered to the Eligible Employee, unless the Eligible Employee makes an election in accordance with Section 4.3 to defer payment of the Restricted Stock Performance Award.

 

Except as expressly or by necessary implication amended by this Amendment No. 1, the Plan shall continue in full force and effect.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Amendment No. 1 to be executed as of the day and year first above written.

 

NUCOR CORPORATION

By:

 

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby

   

Name:

 

Terry S. Lisenby

Title:

 

Executive Vice President,

Treasurer and Chief Financial

Officer

2003 Annual Report

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

     2003

    2002

    % CHANGE

 

FOR THE YEAR

                      

Net sales

   $ 6,265,823,467     $ 4,801,776,537     +30 %

Earnings:

                      

Earnings before income taxes

     66,877,223       230,053,015     -71 %

Provision for income taxes

     4,096,000       67,973,000     -94 %
    


 


     

Net earnings

     62,781,223       162,080,015     -61 %

Per share:

                      

Basic

     .80       2.08     -62 %

Diluted

     .80       2.07     -61 %

Dividends per share

     .80       .76     +5 %

Percentage of net earnings to sales

     1.0 %     3.4 %   -71 %

Return on average equity

     2.7 %     7.2 %   -63 %

Capital expenditures

     215,408,007       243,598,096     -12 %

Depreciation

     364,111,924       307,101,032     +19 %

Sales per employee

     636,803       527,581     +21 %

AT YEAR END

                      

Working capital

   $ 990,965,062       823,825,820     +20 %

Property, plant and equipment

     2,817,135,193       2,932,058,102     -4 %

Long-term debt

     903,550,000       878,550,000     +3 %

Stockholders’ equity

     2,342,077,788       2,322,989,489     +1 %

Per share

     29.80       29.71     —    

Shares outstanding

     78,590,171       78,180,108     +1 %

Employees

     9,900       9,800     +1 %

 

Certain amounts from the prior year have been reclassified to conform to the 2003 presentation.

 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Certain statements made in this annual report are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s best judgment based on current information, and although we base these statements on circumstances that we believe to be reasonable when made, there can be no assurance that future events will not affect the accuracy of such forward-looking information. As such, the forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may vary materially from the results and expectations discussed herein. 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 changes in the supply and cost of raw materials, including scrap steel; (2) availability and cost of electricity and natural gas; (3) market demand for steel products; (4) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including pressure from imports and substitute materials; (5) uncertainties surrounding the global economy including excess world capacity for steel production; (6) U.S. and foreign trade policy affecting steel imports or exports; (7) significant changes in government regulations affecting environmental compliance; (8) the cyclical nature of the domestic steel industry; (9) capital investments and their impact on our performance; (10) our safety performance; and (11) other factors described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


AT A GLANCE

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STEEL MILLS SEGMENT

 

BAR MILLS

 

Products: Steel bars, angles and other products for automotive, construction, farm machinery, metal buildings, furniture and recreational equipment.

 

Darlington, South Carolina

Norfolk, Nebraska

Jewett, Texas

Plymouth, Utah

Auburn, New York

(Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc.)

Birmingham, Alabama

(Nucor Steel Birmingham, Inc.)

Kankakee, Illinois

(Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc.)

Jackson, Mississippi

(Nucor Steel Jackson, Inc.)

Seattle, Washington

(Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.)

Pompano Beach, Florida

(Nucor Steel Services of Florida, Inc.)

 

SHEET MILLS

 

Products: Flat-rolled steel for automotive, appliances, pipes and tubes, construction and other industries.

 

Crawfordsville, Indiana

Hickman, Arkansas

Berkeley County, South Carolina

Decatur, Alabama (Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC)

 

NUCOR-YAMATO STEEL COMPANY

 

Products: Super-wide flange steel beams, pilings, heavy structural steel products for fabricators, construction companies, manufacturers and steel service centers.

 

Blytheville, Arkansas

 

BEAM MILL

 

Products: Wide flange steel beams, pilings, heavy structural steel products for fabricators, construction companies, manufacturers and steel service centers.

 

Berkeley County, South Carolina

 

PLATE MILL

 

Products: Steel plate for manufacturers of heavy equipment, rail cars, ships and barges, refinery tanks and others.

 

Hertford County, North Carolina

 

STEEL PRODUCTS SEGMENT

 

VULCRAFT

 

Products: Steel joists, joist girders and steel deck for buildings.

 

Florence, South Carolina

Norfolk, Nebraska

Fort Payne, Alabama

Grapeland, Texas

St. Joe, Indiana

Brigham City, Utah

Chemung, New York (Vulcraft of New York, Inc.)

 

COLD FINISH

 

Products: Cold finished steel bars for shafting and precision machined parts.

 

Norfolk, Nebraska

Darlington, South Carolina Brigham City, Utah

 

BUILDING SYSTEMS

 

Products: Metal buildings and metal building components for commercial, industrial and institutional building markets.

 

Waterloo, Indiana

Swansea, South Carolina Terrell, Texas

 

FASTENER

 

Products: Steel hexhead cap screws, structural bolts and hex bolts for automotive, machine tools, farm implements, construction and military applications.

 

St. Joe, Indiana

 

NUCON STEEL

 

Products: Load bearing light gauge steel framing systems for the commercial and residential construction markets.

 

Denton, Texas (headquarters)

Dallas, Georgia

 

CORPORATE OFFICE

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

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STEEL MILLS SEGMENT

 

BAR MILLS, SHEET MILLS, STRUCTURAL MILLS AND PLATE MILL

 

Nucor operates scrap-based steel mills in sixteen facilities. These mills utilize modern steelmaking techniques and produce steel at a cost competitive with steel manufactured anywhere in the world.

 

BAR MILLS

 

Nucor has nine bar mills located throughout the United States that produce bars, angles and light structural shapes in carbon and alloy steels. These products have wide usage including automotive, construction, farm equipment, metal buildings, furniture and recreational equipment. Four of the bar mills were originally constructed by Nucor between 1969 and 1981 and are located in South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas and Utah. Nucor has undertaken extensive capital projects to keep these facilities modernized, including two projects completed in 2003: a modernization of the rolling mill at the Nebraska facility and a new finishing end at the South Carolina facility. Construction of a new melt shop at the Texas bar mill will be completed in 2004. In 2001, Nucor purchased substantially all of the assets of Auburn Steel Company, Inc.’s (“Auburn Steel”) steel bar facility in Auburn, New York for approximately $115,000,000. This facility has the capacity to produce up to 450,000 tons of merchant and special bar quality (SBQ) steel shapes and rebar. In 2002, Nucor completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Birmingham Steel Corporation (“Birmingham Steel”) for a cash purchase price of approximately $615,000,000. The four bar mills acquired from Birmingham Steel can produce in excess of 2,200,000 tons annually and are located in Alabama, Illinois, Mississippi and Washington. The total capacity of our nine bar mills is approximately 6,000,000 tons per year.

 

SHEET MILLS

 

The four sheet mills produce flat-rolled steel for automotive, appliances, pipes and tubes, construction and other industries. Nucor constructed the sheet mills in Indiana, Arkansas and South Carolina between 1989 and 1996. The constructed sheet mills utilize thin slab casters to produce hot rolled sheet, which can be further processed through cold rolling and galvanizing. In 2002, Nucor completed the purchase of substantially all the assets of Trico Steel Company, LLC (“Trico”) for a cash purchase price of $117,700,000. This sheet mill is located in Decatur, Alabama and has an annual capacity of approximately 1,900,000 tons, expanding our sheet capacity by 30%. Total capacity of the four sheet mills is about 8,700,000 tons per year.

 

STRUCTURAL MILLS

 

The structural mills produce wide flange steel beams, pilings and heavy structural steel products for fabricators, construction companies, manufacturers and steel service centers. In 1988, Nucor and Yamato Kogyo, one of Japan’s major producers of wide flange beams, completed construction of a beam mill located near Blytheville, Arkansas. Nucor owns a 51% interest in Nucor-Yamato Steel Company. During 1999, Nucor started operations at its 700,000 tons-per-year steel beam mill in South Carolina. Both mills use a special continuous casting method that produces a beam blank closer in shape to that of the finished beam than traditional methods. Current annual production capacity of our two structural mills is approximately 3,200,000 tons.

 

PLATE MILL

 

Nucor’s plate mill is located in North Carolina and produces steel plate for manufacturers of heavy equipment, rail cars, ships, barges, refinery tanks and others. During 2000, Nucor substantially completed construction and began operating the 1,200,000 tons-per-year steel plate mill. With the competitive advantages of new, more efficient production technology and Nucor’s strong customer service orientation, we expect to build a profitable market share position in the plate market.

 

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OPERATIONS

 

Nucor’s steel mills are among the most modern and efficient mills in the United States. Recycled steel scrap and other metallics are melted in electric arc furnaces and poured into continuous casting systems. Highly sophisticated rolling mills convert the billets, blooms and slabs into rebar, angles, rounds, channels, flats, sheet, beams, plate and other products.

 

Production in 2003 was a record 17,441,000 tons, a 28% increase from 13,622,000 tons in 2002. Annual production capacity has grown from 120,000 tons in 1970 to a present total of about 19,100,000 tons.

 

The operations in the rolling mills are highly automated and require fewer operating employees than older mills. All Nucor steel mills have high productivity, which results in employment costs of approximately 9% of the sales dollar. This is lower than the employment costs of integrated steel companies producing comparable products. Employee turnover in all mills is extremely low. All employees have a significant part of their compensation based on their productivity. Production employees work under group incentives that provide increased earnings for increased production. This additional compensation is paid weekly.

 

Steel mills are large consumers of electricity and natural gas. Total energy costs increased approximately $4 per ton from 2002 to 2003; however, because of the high efficiency of Nucor steel mills, these energy costs were less than 10% of the sales dollar in 2003 and 2002.

 

Scrap and scrap substitutes are the most significant element in the total cost of steel production. The average cost of scrap and scrap substitutes increased 25% to $137 per ton in 2003 from $110 per ton in 2002. The average scrap cost per ton purchased increased $65 (57%) from December 2002 to December 2003.

 

MARKETS AND MARKETING

 

Approximately 93% of the sixteen steel mills’ production in 2003 was sold to outside customers and the balance was used internally by the Vulcraft, Cold Finish, Building Systems and Fastener divisions. Steel sales to outside customers in 2003 were a record 16,263,000 tons, 32% higher than the 12,314,000 tons in 2002.

 

Our steel mill customers are primarily manufacturers, steel service centers and fabricators. While the sheet mills continue to build long-term relationships with contract customers who purchase more value-added products, we did reduce our goal of 50-60% contract business when contract pricing deteriorated below acceptable levels in the last half of 2003. This adjustment will work to our advantage in 2004 by allowing greater price realization and providing us the opportunity to gain new contract business at fair prices. Long term, the sheet mills will continue to pursue profitable contract business.

 

TRADE ISSUES

 

Nucor’s continued involvement in trade issues is a critical part of our efforts to support the long-term success of our steel-making operations. Unfairly traded, illegally dumped steel imports have devastated the U.S. steel industry and its workers. In the first quarter of 2002, the Bush Administration implemented Section 201 to help the domestic steel industry recover from the illegal and predatory trading practices of foreign competitors. In December 2003, the Administration chose to end prematurely the temporary steel safeguard tariffs; however, we are optimistic about the Administration’s commitment to the vigorous enforcement of U.S. trade laws and the President’s promise to work with Congress to achieve a long-term solution to illegal dumping and other unfair trade practices.

 

NEWER FACILITIES AND EXPANSIONS

 

During 2001, Nucor started operations of the second cold rolling facility at the sheet mill in Berkeley County, South Carolina, increasing this mill’s cold rolled steel capacity from 750,000 tons to 1,500,000 tons per year, at a cost of more than $40,000,000.

 

At the end of the first quarter of 2001, Nucor completed the acquisition of the assets of Auburn Steel’s merchant bar, rebar and SBQ steel mill. Nucor Steel Auburn, Inc., is an important addition to our bar mills, as it gives Nucor a merchant bar presence in the Northeast and also is an excellent strategic fit with our Vulcraft facility in New York. The transition and integration of this business have been extremely successful and helped us develop our planning for more recent acquisitions.

 

In February 2002, Nucor announced that over $200,000,000 would be spent on three bar mill capital projects over the next three years. During 2003, we completed two of the three projects — modernizing the rolling mill at the Nebraska facility and installing a new finishing end at the South Carolina facility. Both of these projects were completed on time and on budget. By the end of 2003, these two bar mills had lowered their conversion costs, increased their yields and productivity, and improved product consistency. The third bar mill project, installing a new melt shop at the Texas mill, is on schedule for completion during 2004.

 

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In July 2002, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC, purchased substantially all the assets of Trico, for a purchase price of $117,700,000. This 1,900,000-ton sheet mill, located in Decatur, Alabama, began operations in 1997 but had been shut down as the result of bankruptcy. The purchase strategy called for a major renovation of the facility including: the scrap handling system, both electric arc furnaces, the alloy system, the water systems, the tunnel furnace, rolling mill gearing and the finished coil handling equipment. Capital expenditures for this facility were approximately $68,000,000 in 2002 and $17,000,000 in 2003. Nucor Steel Decatur experienced equipment problems during start-up in the second quarter of 2003; however, we have overcome these issues and continue to build volume rapidly and improve quality. Despite down-time for gearing work and holidays, production at this mill was over 375,000 tons in the fourth quarter, which equates to an annual rate of 1,500,000 tons.

 

In December 2002, we completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Birmingham Steel for a cash purchase price of approximately $615,000,000, including $116,900,000 in inventory and receivables. Primary assets purchased were four operating steel mills that produce rebar and other bar products and have combined annual capacity of more than 2,200,000 tons. These plants are very similar to the ones we have operated, and the employees are not represented by unions. The compatibility of the four purchased bar mills has helped to facilitate what has been a very smooth transition and integration process. These four bar mills, the largest acquisition in Nucor’s history, made a significant operating profit contribution in the challenging bar market conditions of 2003.

 

In late 2003, the sheet mill in Berkeley County, South Carolina, completed construction and began trials of a vacuum degasser. The degasser will allow Nucor to expand this facility’s product capacity into deep drawing steel grades, enabling us to participate in more value-added business in the automotive, appliance, lawn and garden, and heating-ventilation-air conditioning markets.

 

COMMERCIALIZATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

 

Nucor began operations of its 100% owned Castrip® facility in Crawfordsville, Indiana in May 2002. This facility uses the breakthrough technology of strip casting, to which Nucor holds exclusive rights in the United States and Brazil. Strip casting involves the direct casting of molten steel into final shape and thickness without further hot or cold rolling. This process allows lower investment and operating costs, reduced energy consumption and smaller scale plants than can be economically built with current technology. This process also reduces the overall environmental impact of producing steel by generating significantly lower emissions, particularly NOx. During the second half of 2003, process improvements were made that increased the output of the Castrip facility, improved product quality and improved the life of key consumables. Multi-ladle casting sequences are now part of routine production. Increased production and improved product quality are expected to continue in 2004.

 

In April 2002, Nucor entered a joint venture with The Rio Tinto Group, Mitsubishi Corporation and Chinese steelmaker Shougang Corporation, to construct a commercial HIsmelt plant in Kwinana, Western Australia. The HIsmelt process converts iron ore fines and coal fines to liquid metal, eliminating the need for a blast furnace, sinter/pellet plants and coke ovens. Nucor has a 25% interest in the joint venture that owns the HIsmelt commercial plant. Construction is approximately 50% completed and production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2004. This plant will have an annual capacity of 800,000 metric tons.

 

In April 2003, Nucor entered a joint venture with Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (“CVRD”) to construct and operate an environmentally friendly pig iron project in northern Brazil. The project will utilize two conventional mini-blast furnaces to produce about 380,000 metric tons of pig iron per year in its initial phase, using CVRD iron ore from its Carajas mine in northern Brazil. The charcoal source will be exclusively from eucalyptus trees grown in a cultivated forest of 82,000 acres with the total forest encompassing approximately 200,000 acres in northern Brazil. The cultivated forest removes more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than the blast furnace process emits. It is anticipated that Nucor will purchase all of the production of the plant. Production is scheduled to begin in late 2004.

 

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OPERATIONS REVIEW

 

STEEL PRODUCTS SEGMENT

 

VULCRAFT is the nation’s largest producer of open-web steel joists, joist girders and steel deck, which are used for building construction.

 

OPERATIONS

 

Steel joists and joist girders are produced and marketed nationally through seven Vulcraft facilities located in South Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, Texas, Indiana, Utah and New York. Current annual production capacity is more than 685,000 tons. In 2003, Vulcraft produced 503,000 tons of steel joists and joist girders, an increase of 9% from the 462,000 tons produced in 2002.

 

Material costs, primarily steel, were 56% of the joist sales dollar in 2003 (51% in 2002). In 2003 and 2002, Vulcraft obtained 99% and 97%, respectively, of its steel requirements for joists and joist girders from the Nucor bar mills. For 2003 and 2002, freight costs for joists and joist girders were less than 10% of the sales dollar. Vulcraft maintains an extensive fleet of trucks to ensure and control on-time delivery.

 

The Vulcraft facilities in South Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, Texas, Indiana and New York produce steel deck. Current deck annual production capacity is approximately 430,000 tons. Vulcraft steel deck sales increased 7% from 330,000 tons in 2002 to 353,000 tons in 2003. Coiled sheet steel was about 66% of the steel deck sales dollar in 2003 (69% in 2002). In 2003 and 2002, Vulcraft obtained 99% and 96%, respectively, of its steel requirements for steel deck production from the Nucor sheet mills. For 2003 and 2002, freight costs for deck were less than 10% of the sales dollar.

 

Almost all of the production employees of Vulcraft work with a group incentive system, which provides increased compensation each week for increased performance.

 

MARKETS AND MARKETING

 

Steel joists, joist girders and steel decking are used extensively as part of the roof and floor support systems in manufacturing buildings, retail stores, shopping centers, warehouses, schools, churches, hospitals and, to a lesser extent, in multi-story buildings and apartments. Building support systems using joists, joist girders and steel deck are frequently more economical than other systems.

 

Steel joists and joist girder sales are obtained by competitive bidding. Vulcraft quotes on a significant percentage of the domestic buildings using steel joists and joist girders as part of the support systems. In 2003, Vulcraft supplied more than 40% of total domestic sales of steel joists. Steel deck is specified in the majority of buildings using steel joists and joist girders. In 2003, Vulcraft supplied more than 30% of total domestic sales of steel deck.

 

Sales of steel joists, joist girders and steel deck are dependent on the non-residential building construction market.

 

NEWER FACILITIES

 

Nucor began construction on a Vulcraft facility in Chemung, New York (Vulcraft of New York, Inc.) in 2000. Start-up of the facility began in the second half of 2001. This facility produces steel joists, joist girders and steel deck and cost approximately $50,000,000. The majority of the raw materials for this facility are supplied by Nucor’s steel mills in Auburn, New York and Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Chemung Vulcraft facility represents a continuation of our successful value-added strategy, as well as expansion into a new geographic market for Vulcraft.

 

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COLD FINISH AND FASTENER Nucor manufactures a variety of products using steel from Nucor mills.

 

COLD FINISH

 

Nucor Cold Finish has facilities in Nebraska, South Carolina and Utah. These facilities produce cold drawn and turned, ground and polished steel bars that are used extensively for shafting and precision machined parts. Nucor Cold Finish produces rounds, hexagons, flats and squares in carbon and alloy steels. These bars, in turn, are purchased by the automotive, farm machinery, hydraulic, appliance and electric motor industries, as well as by service centers. Nucor Cold Finish bars are used in tens of thousands of products. A few examples include anchor bolts, farm machinery, hydraulic cylinders, and shafting for air conditioner compressors, ceiling fan motors, garage door openers, electric motors and lawn mowers.

 

The total capacity of the three facilities is about 350,000 tons per year. All three facilities are among the most modern in the world and use in-line electronic testing to ensure outstanding quality. Nucor Cold Finish obtains most of its steel from the Nucor bar mills. This factor, along with the efficient facilities using the latest technology, results in a very competitive cost structure.

 

In 2003, sales of cold finished steel products were 237,000 tons, an increase of 5% from 2002’s 226,000 tons. The total cold finish market is estimated to be more than 1,800,000 tons. Nucor Cold Finish anticipates opportunities for significant increases in sales and earnings during the next several years.

 

FASTENER

 

Nucor Fastener’s state-of-the-art steel bolt-making facility in Indiana produces standard steel hexhead cap screws, hex bolts, structural bolts and custom-engineered fasteners. Fasteners are used in a broad range of markets, including automotive, machine tools, farm implements, construction and military applications.

 

Annual capacity is more than 75,000 tons, which is less than an estimated 20% of the total market for these products. The modern facility allows Nucor Fastener to maintain a highly competitive cost structure in a market currently dominated by foreign suppliers. This operation is highly automated and has fewer employees than comparable facilities. Nucor Fastener obtains much of its steel from the Nucor bar mills.

 

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OPERATIONS REVIEW

 

BUILDING SYSTEMS AND LIGHT GAUGE STEEL FRAMING Nucor manufactures metal buildings and steel framing systems for commercial, industrial and residential construction markets.

 

BUILDING SYSTEMS

 

Nucor Building Systems produces metal building systems and components in Indiana, South Carolina and Texas. The annual capacity is more than 145,000 tons. The size of the buildings that can be produced ranges from less than 500 square feet to more than 1,000,000 square feet.

 

Complete metal building packages can be customized and combined with other materials such as glass, wood and masonry to produce a cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing building designed for customers’ special requirements. The buildings are sold through a builder distribution network in order to provide fast-track, customized solutions for building owners.

 

Building systems sales in 2003 were approximately 76,000 tons, an increase of 12% from the 68,000 tons sold in 2002. The primary markets are commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, including distribution centers, automobile dealerships, retail centers, schools, warehouses and manufacturing facilities. Nucor Building Systems obtains a significant portion of its steel requirements from the Nucor bar and sheet mills.

 

LIGHT GAUGE STEEL FRAMING

 

In November 2001, Nucor acquired ITEC Steel, Inc. (now called Nucon Steel). Nucon Steel specializes in load bearing light gauge steel framing systems for the commercial and residential construction markets with facilities in Texas and Georgia. As a leader in the emerging load bearing light gauge steel framing industry, Nucon Steel will provide Nucor with a platform to enter this rapidly expanding new market. Nucon currently produces steel trusses and wall panels for commercial construction. During 2004, Nucon Steel will begin production at its first residential facility. Nucor plans to aggressively broaden Nucon’s opportunities through geographic expansion and the introduction of new products.

 

In January 2002, Nucor announced that the company had entered into a strategic alliance with Truswal Systems Corporation. The alliance includes a software development and license agreement for proprietary design, engineering and layout software. Nucon Steel will use Truswal’s software in its operations and Truswal will market Nucon’s light gauge steel framing products through its fabricator network.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

OPERATIONS

 

Nucor is a domestic manufacturer of steel and steel products whose customers are located primarily in the United States. During the last five years, Nucor’s sales have increased 46% from $4,305,500,000 in 1998 to $6,265,800,000 in 2003. Although the average sales price per ton has decreased 20% from $448 in 1998 to $359 in 2003, total tons sold by Nucor have increased 82% from 9,612,000 tons to 17,473,000 tons over the same period. This growth has been generated through acquisitions, optimization of existing operations, and traditional greenfield projects using new technologies.

 

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While Nucor historically has grown through greenfield projects and the continual improvement of existing operations, Nucor’s growth strategy in 2002 included two significant acquisitions: Nucor purchased the assets of Trico Steel Company, LLC (“Trico”) in Decatur, Alabama in July 2002 and the assets of Birmingham Steel Corporation (“Birmingham Steel”) in December 2002. Both of these acquisitions had a significant impact on the sales of 2003. The acquisition of the Decatur sheet mill increased our capacity for sheet steel by 30% to 8,700,000 tons per year. Although we experienced equipment problems early in 2003 that prolonged the start-up period of this facility, we have overcome these issues and expect to generate an operating profit at this mill in 2004, depending upon market conditions and the cost of raw materials.

 

The purchase of the Birmingham Steel assets for approximately $615,000,000 was the largest acquisition in Nucor’s history. These mills boosted Nucor’s 2003 shipment volume (outside and inside sales) by approximately 2,400,000 tons and made a significant contribution to net earnings in a year that experienced challenging bar market conditions. With remarkably similar cultures and excellent conversion costs, we are looking forward to attractive earnings growth from the four acquired bar mills.

 

In recent months, the prices of scrap steel and other raw materials have surged dramatically, hurting our profitability. Our average scrap cost per ton purchased increased $65 (57%) from December 2002 to December 2003. In response to this rapid and unprecedented increase in the price of our raw materials, Nucor became the first major North American steel producer to impose a raw material surcharge on its products. This surcharge, which Nucor put into effect in January 2004 and plans to continue until scrap costs decline to more normal levels, should help restore our margins to appropriate levels and ensure that we will be able to purchase the raw materials we need to fill our customers’ orders.

 

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Nucor reports its results in two segments: steel mills and steel products. The steel mills segment includes carbon and alloy steel in sheet, bars, structural and plate. The steel products segment includes steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems and light gauge steel framing.

 

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COMPARISON OF 2003 TO 2002

 

NET SALES

 

Net sales for 2003 increased 30% to $6,265,800,000, compared with $4,801,800,000 in 2002. The average sales price per ton increased less than 1% from $357 in 2002 to $359 in 2003, while total shipments to outside customers increased 30%. In the steel mills segment, net sales to external customers increased 34% from $4,062,600,000 in 2002 to $5,446,100,000 in 2003, primarily due to the additional production capacity obtained from the acquisitions of the assets of Trico and Birmingham Steel in 2002. Excluding the increases resulting from these acquisitions, total net sales to external customers increased 10% from 2002 to 2003. Net sales to external customers in the steel products segment were $739,200,000 in 2002, compared with $819,700,000 in 2003, an increase of 11%. This increase is primarily due to increased volume reflecting an improving non-residential construction market.

 

Nucor established new annual tonnage records in the steel mills segment for total steel shipments and steel shipments to outside customers in 2003. Total steel shipments increased 31% to 17,656,000 tons in 2003, compared with 13,438,000 tons in the previous year. Steel sales to outside customers increased 32% to 16,263,000 tons in 2003, compared with 12,314,000 tons in 2002. In the steel products segment, production and shipment volumes increased over the prior year across all major product lines; however, they still remain below the records established in the late 1990’s. Steel joist production for 2003 was 503,000 tons, compared with 462,000 tons in the previous year. Steel deck sales were 353,000 tons, compared with 330,000 tons in 2002. Cold finished steel sales were 237,000 tons in 2003, compared with 226,000 tons in the previous year.

 

COST OF PRODUCTS SOLD

 

The major component of cost of products sold is raw material costs. The average volume of raw materials used increased 24% from 2002 to 2003, consisting of an increase of 27% in the steel mills segment and an increase of 5% in the steel products segment. The average price of raw materials increased 19% from 2002 to 2003. The average price of raw materials in the steel mills segment and the steel products segment increased 21% and 5%, respectively, from 2002 to 2003. The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in our steel mills segment was $137 in 2003, an increase of 25% from $110 in 2002. By the fourth quarter of 2003, the average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used had increased to $155. The average scrap cost per ton purchased increased $65 (57%) from December 2002 to December 2003 and has continued to increase in the first few months of 2004.

 

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As a result of the increases in the cost of scrap and scrap substitutes, Nucor incurred a charge to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (“LIFO”) method of accounting of $115,000,000 in 2003 (including a LIFO charge of $17,600,000 for Nucor-Yamato Steel Company, of which Nucor owns 51%), compared with a charge of $34,300,000 in 2002 (including a LIFO charge of $50,000 for Nucor-Yamato Steel Company).

 

Another significant component of cost of products sold for the steel mills segment is energy costs, since steel mills are large consumers of electricity and gas. Total energy costs per ton increased approximately $4 from 2002 to 2003; however, because of the high efficiency of Nucor steel mills, these energy costs were less than 10% of the sales dollar in 2003 and 2002.

 

In December 2000, Nucor entered into a consent decree with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) and certain states in order to resolve alleged environmental violations. Under the terms of this decree, Nucor is conducting testing at some of its facilities, performing corrective action where necessary, and piloting certain pollution control technologies.

 

During 2002 and 2003, Nucor revised estimates for environmental reserves as additional information became available. Nucor made approximately $6,000,000 in cash payments for remedial efforts during 2002 and made approximately $22,900,000 in net reductions to reserves. In 2003, Nucor made approximately $19,000,000 in cash payments for remedial efforts and reduced reserves by approximately $8,300,000. The most significant components of the decreases in environmental reserves in 2002 and 2003 related to an agreement with the USEPA that certain technologies identified in the consent decree were not feasible and a favorable court ruling that implicated additional potentially responsible parties for the cleanup of an off-site waste recycling facility.

 

GROSS MARGIN

 

Gross margins decreased from 10% in 2002 to 4% in 2003. In addition to the net sales and cost of products sold factors discussed above, gross margins were affected by pre-operating and start-up costs at several Nucor facilities. Pre-operating and start-up costs are the losses attributable to facilities or major projects that are either under construction or in the early stages of operation. Once these facilities or projects have attained a utilization rate that is consistent with similar operating facilities, they are no longer considered to be in start-up. Pre-operating and start-up costs of new facilities increased 39% to $117,500,000 in 2003, compared with $84,400,000 in 2002. In 2003, these costs primarily related to the start-up of the sheet mill in Decatur, Alabama and the Castrip facility at our sheet mill in Crawfordsville, Indiana. In 2002, these costs primarily related to the start-up of the Castrip facility, the Vulcraft facility in Chemung, New York and the sheet mill in Decatur, Alabama. Nucor Steel Decatur experienced equipment problems in the second quarter of 2003; however, the Nucor team has overcome these issues and the operating performance of Nucor Steel Decatur continues to improve. We expect our Decatur facility to be out of start-up in the second quarter of 2004. Our Castrip facility is an experimental implementation of a new steel-making technology; therefore, it is uncertain when start-up expenses for that operation will be completed.

 

MARKETING, ADMINISTRATIVE AND OTHER EXPENSES

 

The major components of marketing, administrative and other expenses are freight and profit sharing costs. Unit freight costs decreased 1% from 2002 to 2003. Profit sharing costs, which are based upon and fluctuate with pre-tax earnings, decreased 40% from 2002 to 2003.

 

INTEREST EXPENSE

 

Net interest expense is detailed below:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

    2002

 

Interest expense

   $ 27,151,640     $ 22,918,115  

Interest income

     (2,524,775 )     (8,632,181 )
    


 


Interest expense, net

   $ 24,626,865     $ 14,285,934  
    


 


 

Interest expense, net of interest income, increased from 2002 to 2003 primarily due to an increase in average long-term debt and a decrease in average short-term investments. In 2003, $61,250,000 aggregate principal amount of fixed rate industrial revenue bonds outstanding at December 31, 2002 were redeemed and reissued in the form of new variable rate industrial revenue bonds in like principal amount. The variable rates of these reissued bonds are currently several percentage points lower than the fixed rates of the prior bonds.

 

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MINORITY INTERESTS

 

Minority interests represent the income attributable to the minority partners of Nucor’s joint venture, Nucor-Yamato Steel Company. Income attributable to minority interests decreased from $79,500,000 in 2002 to $23,900,000 in 2003. Cash distributions to minority interests decreased from $146,700,000 in 2002 to $63,300,000 in 2003. Under the partnership agreement, the minimum amount of cash to be distributed each year to the partners of Nucor-Yamato Steel Company is the amount needed by each partner to pay applicable U.S. federal and state income taxes. In some years, such as 2003 and 2002, the amount of cash distributed to minority interests exceeds amounts allocated to minority interests based on mutual agreement of the general partners; however, the cumulative amount of cash distributed to partners is less than the cumulative net earnings of the partnership.

 

OTHER INCOME

 

In 2003 and 2002, Nucor received $7,100,000 and $29,900,000, respectively, related to graphite electrodes anti-trust settlements. Producers of graphite electrodes, which are used by Nucor to deliver energy in electric arc furnaces, have entered into numerous settlement agreements with their customers as the result of a price fixing investigation by the Department of Justice that became public in 1997. We do not expect to receive any further graphite electrodes settlements. In the fourth quarter of 2003, Nucor realized a pre-tax gain on the sale of equipment of $4,400,000.

 

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

 

Nucor had an effective tax rate of 6.12% in 2003 compared with 29.55% in 2002. The lower tax rate in 2003 is primarily due to state income tax credits, resolution of certain tax issues and the effect of reduced pre-tax earnings. In 2003 and 2002, Nucor recorded state income tax credits of $10,500,000 and $16,200,000, respectively. As pre-tax earnings increase, the effective tax rate is expected to increase to approximately the statutory rate.

 

NET EARNINGS

 

Net earnings were 3% of average equity in 2003, compared with 7% in 2002. The decrease in 2003 net earnings resulted primarily from higher scrap and energy costs, increased LIFO charges, increased pre-operating and start-up costs, less benefit from decreases in environmental reserves, increased interest expense and decreased other income. The decrease in net earnings was partially offset by decreased profit-sharing costs and a decrease in the effective tax rate.

 

COMPARISON OF 2002 TO 2001

 

NET SALES

 

Net sales for 2002 increased 11% to $4,801,800,000, compared with $4,333,700,000 in 2001. The average sales price per ton increased less than 1% from $354 in 2001 to $357 in 2002, while total shipments to outside customers increased 10%. The increase in steel shipments to outside customers occurred in the steel mills segment as imports subsided after the first quarter of 2002, when President Bush imposed a series of tariffs relating to dumped imported steel. Our steel products segment weakened in 2002 with lower selling prices and volumes reflecting a depressed non-residential construction market.

 

In the steel mills segment, total steel shipments increased 11% to 13,438,000 tons in 2002, compared with 12,141,000 tons in 2001. Steel sales to outside customers increased 12% to 12,314,000 tons in 2002, compared

with 11,032,000 tons in 2001. In the steel products segment, steel joist production for 2002 was 462,000 tons, compared with 532,000 tons a year earlier. Steel deck sales were 330,000 tons, compared with 344,000 tons in 2001. Cold finished steel sales were 226,000 tons in 2002, compared with 203,000 tons in the year earlier period.

 

COST OF PRODUCTS SOLD

 

The average price of raw materials increased 8% from 2001 to 2002. The average price of raw materials in the steel mills segment and the steel products segment increased 9% and 1%, respectively, in 2002. The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in our steel mills segment was $110 in 2002, an increase of 9% from $101 in 2001.

 

During 2001, Nucor made $21,200,000 in cash payments for remedial efforts including a $9,000,000 penalty payment to the USEPA in conjunction with the consent decree and $6,000,000 as a minimum settlement for a particular cleanup. Nucor also made net reductions to reserves of approximately $3,900,000 in 2001. As part of the consent decree, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act site initial assessments were nearly completed which more clearly defined probable exposures.

 

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GROSS MARGIN

 

Gross margins were 10% in both 2002 and 2001. The negative effect on gross margins of the rising costs of raw materials in 2002 was offset by a decrease in pre-operating and start-up costs. These costs decreased from $97,800,000 in 2001 to $84,400,000 in 2002. Pre-operating and start-up costs in 2002 primarily related to the start-up of the newly acquired sheet mill in Decatur, Alabama, the new Castrip facility at our sheet mill in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and the Vulcraft facility in Chemung, New York. In 2001, these costs primarily related to the start-up of the plate mill in Hertford County, North Carolina, and the Vulcraft facility in New York.

 

MARKETING, ADMINISTRATIVE AND OTHER EXPENSES

 

Unit freight costs were unchanged from 2001 to 2002. Profit sharing costs, which are based upon and fluctuate with pre-tax earnings, increased by 69% from 2001 to 2002.

 

INTEREST EXPENSE

 

Net interest expense is detailed below:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2002

    2001

 

Interest expense

   $ 22,918,115     $ 22,001,897  

Interest income

     (8,632,181 )     (15,476,840 )
    


 


Interest expense, net

   $ 14,285,934     $ 6,525,057  
    


 


 

Interest expense, net of interest income, increased from 2001 to 2002 as a result of increased average long-term debt and decreased average interest rates earned on short-term investments.

 

MINORITY INTERESTS

 

Income attributable to Nucor’s minority partners in Nucor-Yamato Steel Company was $79,500,000 in 2002, compared with $103,100,000 in 2001. Cash distributions to minority interests were $146,700,000 in 2002 and $120,500,000 in 2001.

 

OTHER INCOME

 

In 2002, Nucor received $29,900,000 related to a graphite electrodes anti-trust settlement. In 2001, Nucor sold Nucor Iron Carbide, Inc., in Trinidad, resulting in a pre-tax gain of $20,200,000.

 

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

 

The effective tax rate was 29.55% in 2002 compared with 37.02% in 2001. The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily due to state income tax credits recognized in 2002. In the fourth quarter of 2002, Nucor recorded state income tax credits of $16,200,000, of which $6,100,000 is non-recurring.

 

NET EARNINGS

 

Net earnings were 7% of average equity in 2002, compared with 5% in 2001. The increase in net earnings from 2001 to 2002 resulted primarily from increased volume in the steel mills segment, partly offset by a decline in volume and earnings in the steel products segment caused by a depressed non-residential construction market. In addition, the increase in net earnings in 2002 compared to 2001 was attributable to decreased pre-operating and start-up costs, increased other income related to the graphite electrodes anti-trust settlement, and reductions in environmental reserves due to changes in estimates.

 

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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

 

During 2003, cash and short-term investments increased 60% from $219,000,000 to $350,300,000 and working capital increased 20% from $823,800,000 to $991,000,000. The current ratio was 2.6 in 2003 compared to 2.4 in 2002. Approximately $134,700,000 and $179,900,000 of the cash and short-term investments position at December 31, 2003 and December 31, 2002, respectively, was held by our 51%-owned joint venture, Nucor-Yamato Steel Company. We have a simple capital structure with no off-balance sheet arrangements or relationships with unconsolidated special purpose entities. Nucor uses natural gas purchase contracts to partially manage its exposure to price risk of natural gas which is used in the manufacturing process. The use of these contracts is immaterial for all periods presented.

 

December 31,


   2003

   2002

Cash and short-term investments

   $ 350,332,243    $ 219,004,868

Cash and short-term investments held by Nucor-Yamato

     134,700,000      179,900,000

Working capital

     990,965,062      823,825,820

Current ratio

     2.6      2.4

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

Nucor generated cash provided by operating activities of $494,600,000 in 2003 compared with $497,200,000 in 2002, a decrease of less than 1%. This decrease was the result of the 61% decrease in net earnings, which was partially offset by changes in operating assets and liabilities (exclusive of acquisitions and dispositions) that used cash of $26,100,000 in 2003 compared with $82,600,000 in 2002.

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

Our business is capital intensive; therefore, cash used in investing activities primarily represents capital expenditures for new facilities, the expansion and upgrading of existing facilities, and the acquisition of the assets of other companies. Cash used in investing activities decreased to $267,600,000 in 2003 compared with $901,400,000 in 2002, a year during which Nucor made its two largest acquisitions ever. Capital expenditures for new facilities and expansion of existing facilities decreased to $215,400,000 in 2003 compared with $243,600,000 in 2002.

 

In March 2003, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Nucor Steel Kingman, LLC, purchased substantially all of the assets of the Kingman, Arizona, steel facility of North Star Steel (“North Star”) for approximately $35,000,000.

 

In July 2002, Nucor acquired substantially all of the assets of Trico for a purchase price of $117,700,000. In December 2002, Nucor acquired substantially all of the assets of Birmingham Steel for a cash purchase price excluding transaction costs of approximately $615,000,000, including $116,900,000 in inventory and receivables. In connection with these acquisitions Nucor assumed $86,000,000 in bonds and $17,400,000 in other liabilities.

 

While Nucor’s acquisition activity in 2003 was not of the magnitude of 2002, we expect to continue to pursue acquisitions that offer the opportunity for long-term profitable growth.

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

Cash used in financing activities was $95,700,000 in 2003 compared with cash provided by financing activities of $160,800,000 in 2002. In 2003, Nucor issued $25,000,000 aggregate principal amount of variable rate industrial revenue bonds due 2038 and retired $16,000,000 aggregate principal amount of fixed rate industrial revenue bonds. During 2003, Nucor terminated an interest rate swap agreement that resulted in a gain of $2,300,000 that will be amortized over the remaining life of the debt as an adjustment to interest expense. Existing cash and short-term investments funded the acquisition of the assets of North Star in 2003.

 

In 2002, Nucor issued $350,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 4.875% notes due 2012 and retired $1,900,000 aggregate principal amount of industrial revenue bonds. Existing cash and short-term investments, and the $350,000,000 in new notes,

 

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funded the acquisition of the assets of Trico and Birmingham Steel in 2002. The percentage of long-term debt to total capital (long-term debt plus minority interests plus stockholders’ equity) was 26% at year-end for both 2003 and 2002.

 

Nucor has an unsecured revolving credit facility that provides for up to $425,000,000 in revolving loans. The credit facility consists of (a) a $125,000,000 364-day revolver with an option to convert amounts outstanding under this facility to a one-year term loan, and (b) a $300,000,000 five-year multi-currency revolver. No borrowings were outstanding under the credit facility at December 31, 2003.

 

Nucor’s directors have approved the purchase of up to 15,000,000 shares of Nucor common stock. There were no repurchases during 2003 or 2002. Since the inception of the stock repurchase program in 1998, a total of approximately 10,800,000 shares have been repurchased at a cost of about $444,500,000.

 

MARKET RISK

 

All of Nucor’s industrial revenue bonds have variable interest rates that are adjusted weekly or annually. These industrial revenue bonds represent 42% of Nucor’s long-term debt outstanding at December 31, 2003. The remaining 58% of Nucor’s long-term debt is at fixed rates. Future changes in interest rates are not expected to significantly impact earnings. From time to time, Nucor makes use of interest rate swaps to manage interest rate risk. As of December 31, 2003, there were no such contracts outstanding. Nucor’s investment practice is to invest in securities that are highly liquid with short maturities. As a result, we do not expect changes in interest rates to have a significant impact on the value of our investment securities.

 

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS AND OTHER COMMERCIAL COMMITMENTS

 

The following table sets forth our contractual obligations and other commercial commitments as of December 31, 2003, not including related interest expense, if any, for the periods presented.

 

     Payments Due By Period

Contractual Obligations


   Total

   Less than 1 year

   1-3 years

   4-5 years

   After 5 years

Long-term debt

   $ 903,550,000    $ —      $ 1,250,000    $ 180,400,000    $ 721,900,000

Operating leases

     3,309,000      1,199,000      2,110,000      —        —  

Unconditional purchase obligations(1)

     73,185,000      69,674,000      3,511,000      —        —  

Other long-term obligations(2)

     39,833,000      39,207,000      626,000      —        —  
    

  

  

  

  

Total contractual cash obligations

   $ 1,019,877,000    $ 110,080,000    $ 7,497,000    $ 180,400,000    $ 721,900,000
    

  

  

  

  

 

 

     Amount of Commitment Expiration Per Period

Other Commercial Commitments


   Total Amounts
Committed


   Less than 1 year

   1-3 years

   4-5 years

   After 5 years

Guarantees(3)

   $ 3,500,000    $ 3,500,000    $ —      $ —      $ —  
    

  

  

  

  

 

(1) Purchase obligations on operating machinery and equipment.
(2) Our share of estimated costs to construct and start-up the joint venture HIsmelt mill in Western Australia.
(3) Financial guarantees on environmental remediation.

 

OUTLOOK

 

Nucor’s objective is to maintain a strong balance sheet while pursuing profitable growth. Nucor expects to obtain additional capacity through expansions at our existing steel mills, greenfield construction and future acquisitions. Capital expenditures are currently projected to be approximately $230,000,000 in 2004, which would be approximately $15,000,000 greater than in 2003. Funds provided from operations, existing credit facilities and new borrowings are expected to be adequate to meet future capital expenditure and working capital requirements for existing operations. Nucor believes that it has the financial ability to borrow significant additional funds and still maintain reasonable leverage in order to finance major acquisitions.

 

In the steel mills segment, total steel production is anticipated to increase significantly over the next several years from the 17,441,000 tons produced in 2003. If economic conditions continue to recover as anticipated, we expect that demand in non-residential construction will strengthen and that our profitability will improve as 2004 progresses. Although scrap prices have continued to increase since year-end 2003, we anticipate that higher average selling prices, achieved principally through the raw

 

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material surcharge that was effective in January 2004, will provide increased margins for our products. This surcharge will also help ensure that we will be able to purchase the scrap needed to fill our customers’ needs. We expect to earn higher margins in 2004 than in 2003 due to improvements in the balance of supply and demand for our products, accompanied by the continuing recovery of the economy. We recognize that uncertainty in external factors such as raw material costs, the economy, and the level of imports will have a significant impact on our results. While we cannot control these outside forces, Nucor will continue to be on the forefront of anticipating and addressing the issues that this uncertainty in external factors raises for us and other steel producers.

 

In the steel products segment, the depressed level of non-residential construction over the past three years has unfavorably impacted the volume supplied by Vulcraft and Nucor Building Systems. Most projections for construction activity reflect an increase in non-residential building in 2004, which would positively affect the sales of the steel products segment. The positive impact of increased volume on earnings will be mitigated by the increased cost of raw materials for this segment.

 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

 

Our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based upon our consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at year-end, and the reported amount of revenues and expenses during the year. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates, including those related to the valuation allowances for receivables, the carrying value of property, plant and equipment, reserves for environmental obligations, and income taxes. Our estimates are based on historical experience and various other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Accordingly, actual costs could differ materially from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

 

We believe the following critical accounting policies affect our significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements.

 

ALLOWANCES FOR DOUBTFUL ACCOUNTS

 

We maintain allowances for doubtful accounts for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our customers to make required payments. If the financial condition of our customers was to deteriorate, resulting in an impairment of their ability to make payments, additional allowances may be required.

 

ASSET IMPAIRMENTS

 

We evaluate the impairment of our property, plant and equipment on an individual asset basis or by logical groupings of assets. Asset impairments are recognized whenever changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amounts of those productive assets exceed their aggregate projected undiscounted cash flows. Fair market value is determined based on a discounted cash flow method.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION

 

We are subject to environmental laws and regulations established by federal, state and local authorities, and make provision for the estimated costs related to compliance. Undiscounted remediation liabilities are accrued based on estimates of known environmental exposures. The accruals are reviewed periodically and, as investigations and remediation proceed, adjustments are made as we believe are necessary. The accruals are not reduced by possible recoveries from insurance carriers or other third parties. Our measurement of environmental liabilities is based on currently available facts, present laws and regulations, and current technology.

 

INCOME TAXES

 

We account for income taxes in accordance with FASB Statement No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes.” We estimate our actual current tax expense and assess temporary differences that exist due to differing treatments of items for tax and financial statement purposes. These differences result in the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities. The deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in the period in which the change is enacted. We assess the realizability of deferred tax assets on an ongoing basis by considering whether it is more likely than not that some portion of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. If it is more likely than not, in our judgment, that the deferred tax assets will not be realized, we provide a valuation allowance.

 

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SIX-YEAR FINANCIAL REVIEW

 

     2003

    2002

    2001

    2000

    1999

    1998

 

FOR THE YEAR

                                                

Net sales

   $ 6,265,823,467     $ 4,801,776,537     $ 4,333,706,754     $ 4,756,521,134     $ 4,158,293,140     $ 4,305,450,408  

Costs, expenses and other:

                                                

Cost of products sold

     5,996,547,199       4,332,277,330       3,914,278,371       3,929,181,904       3,531,896,413       3,632,637,842  

Marketing, administrative and other expenses

     165,369,035       175,588,347       150,665,488       183,175,557       154,773,600       147,973,101  

Interest expense (income)

     24,626,865       14,285,934       6,525,057       (816,104 )     (5,095,299 )     (3,832,252 )

Minority interests

     23,949,779       79,471,911       103,068,831       151,461,789       85,783,332       91,641,121  

Other income

     (11,546,634 )     (29,900,000 )     (20,200,000 )     —         —         —    
    


 


 


 


 


 


       6,198,946,244       4,571,723,522       4,154,337,747       4,263,003,146       3,767,358,046       3,868,419,812  

Earnings before income taxes

     66,877,223       230,053,015       179,369,007       493,517,988       390,935,094       437,030,596  

Provision for income taxes

     4,096,000       67,973,000       66,408,000       182,610,000       146,346,000       173,322,000  
    


 


 


 


 


 


Net earnings

     62,781,223       162,080,015       112,961,007       310,907,988       244,589,094       263,708,596  

Net earnings per share:

                                                

Basic

     .80       2.08       1.45       3.80       2.80       3.00  

Diluted

     .80       2.07       1.45       3.80       2.80       3.00  

Dividends per share

     .80       .76       .68       .60       .52       .48  

Percentage of net earnings to sales

     1.0 %     3.4 %     2.6 %     6.5 %     5.9 %     6.1 %

Return on average equity

     2.7 %     7.2 %     5.2 %     14.2 %     11.3 %     13.4 %

Capital expenditures

     215,408,007       243,598,096       261,145,658       415,404,602       374,717,759       502,910,263  

Depreciation

     364,111,924       307,101,032       289,063,213       259,365,173       256,637,460       264,038,622  

Sales per employee

     636,803       527,581       530,961       619,379       568,112       613,574  

AT YEAR END

                                                

Current assets

   $ 1,620,559,908     $ 1,415,361,648     $ 1,373,665,916     $ 1,379,529,050     $ 1,538,508,511     $ 1,129,467,383  

Current liabilities

     629,594,846       591,535,828       484,158,726       558,068,452       531,030,898       486,897,157  
    


 


 


 


 


 


Working capital

     990,965,062       823,825,820       889,507,190       821,460,598       1,007,477,613       642,570,226  

Cash provided by operating activities

     494,619,927       497,219,905       495,115,325       820,754,667       604,834,349       641,899,329  

Current ratio

     2.6       2.4       2.8       2.5       2.9       2.3  

Property, plant and equipment

     2,817,135,193       2,932,058,102       2,365,655,061       2,329,420,798       2,180,419,463       2,086,158,459  

Total assets

     4,492,353,054       4,381,001,217       3,759,348,176       3,710,867,705       3,718,927,974       3,215,625,842  

Long-term debt

     903,550,000       878,550,000       460,450,000       460,450,000       390,450,000       215,450,000  

Percentage of debt to capital

     26.4 %     26.0 %     15.6 %     15.9 %     13.4 %     8.4 %

Stockholders’ equity

     2,342,077,788       2,322,989,489       2,201,460,329       2,130,951,640       2,262,247,906       2,072,551,781  

Per share

     29.80       29.71       28.29       27.47       25.96       23.73  

Shares outstanding

     78,590,171       78,180,108       77,814,511       77,582,948       87,133,737       87,352,906  

Stockholders

     61,000       64,000       47,000       51,000       55,000       62,000  

Employees

     9,900       9,800       8,400       7,900       7,500       7,200  

 

Certain amounts for prior years have been reclassified to conform to the 2003 presentation.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

    2002

    2001

 

NET SALES

   $ 6,265,823,467     $ 4,801,776,537     $ 4,333,706,754  

COSTS, EXPENSES AND OTHER:

                        

Cost of products sold

     5,996,547,199       4,332,277,330       3,914,278,371  

Marketing, administrative and other expenses

     165,369,035       175,588,347       150,665,488  

Interest expense, net (Note 10)

     24,626,865       14,285,934       6,525,057  

Minority interests

     23,949,779       79,471,911       103,068,831  

Other income (Note 11)

     (11,546,634 )     (29,900,000 )     (20,200,000 )
    


 


 


       6,198,946,244       4,571,723,522       4,154,337,747  
    


 


 


EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

     66,877,223       230,053,015       179,369,007  

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES (Note 12)

     4,096,000       67,973,000       66,408,000  
    


 


 


NET EARNINGS

   $ 62,781,223     $ 162,080,015     $ 112,961,007  
    


 


 


NET EARNINGS PER SHARE (Note 13):

                        

Basic

   $ .80     $ 2.08     $ 1.45  
    


 


 


Diluted

   $ .80     $ 2.07     $ 1.45  
    


 


 


 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

     COMMON STOCK

             

TREASURY STOCK

(at cost)


 
     Shares

   Amount

  

ADDITIONAL

PAID-IN
CAPITAL


  

RETAINED

EARNINGS


    Shares

    Amount

 

BALANCES, December 31, 2000

   90,112,138    $ 36,044,855    $ 71,494,670    $ 2,478,785,710     12,529,190     $ 455,373,595  
    
  

  

  


 

 


Net earnings in 2001

                        112,961,007                

Employee stock options

   214,253      85,701      8,830,541                       

Employee stock compensation and service awards

                 864,944            (17,310 )     (629,219 )

Cash dividends ($.68 per share)

                        (52,862,723 )              
    
  

  

  


 

 


BALANCES, December 31, 2001

   90,326,391      36,130,556      81,190,155      2,538,883,994     12,511,880       454,744,376  
    
  

  

  


 

 


Net earnings in 2002

                        162,080,015                

Employee stock options

   352,242      140,897      16,088,074                       

Employee stock compensation and service awards

                 2,117,577            (13,355 )     (485,454 )

Cash dividends ($.76 per share)

                        (59,382,857 )              
    
  

  

  


 

 


BALANCES, December 31, 2002

   90,678,633      36,271,453      99,395,806      2,641,581,152     12,498,525       454,258,922  
    
  

  

  


 

 


Net earnings in 2003

                        62,781,223                

Employee stock options

   387,993      155,197      16,272,888                       

Employee stock compensation and service awards

                 1,730,693            (22,070 )     (802,245 )

Cash dividends ($.80 per share)

                        (62,653,947 )              
    
  

  

  


 

 


BALANCES, December 31, 2003

   91,066,626    $ 36,426,650    $ 117,399,387    $ 2,641,708,428     12,476,455     $ 453,456,677  
    
  

  

  


 

 


 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

December 31,


   2003

    2002

 

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS:

                

Cash and short-term investments

   $ 350,332,243     $ 219,004,868  

Accounts receivable (Note 2)

     572,479,237       483,607,972  

Inventories (Note 3)

     560,395,527       588,989,548  

Other current assets (Note 12)

     137,352,901       123,759,260  
    


 


Total current assets

     1,620,559,908       1,415,361,648  

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT (Note 4)

     2,817,135,193       2,932,058,102  

OTHER ASSETS

     54,657,953       33,581,467  
    


 


     $ 4,492,353,054     $ 4,381,001,217  
    


 


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

                

Long-term debt due within one year (Note 5)

   $ —       $ 16,000,000  

Accounts payable

     329,862,740       247,229,067  

Federal income taxes

     —         8,948,999  

Salaries, wages and related accruals

     91,187,156       116,246,817  

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities (Note 8)

     208,544,950       203,110,945  
    


 


Total current liabilities

     629,594,846       591,535,828  
    


 


LONG-TERM DEBT DUE AFTER ONE YEAR (Note 5)

     903,550,000       878,550,000  
    


 


DEFERRED CREDITS AND OTHER LIABILITIES (Notes 8, 9 and 12)

     439,851,754       371,271,399  
    


 


MINORITY INTERESTS

     177,278,666       216,654,501  
    


 


STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (Note 6):

                

Common stock

     36,426,650       36,271,453  

Additional paid-in capital

     117,399,387       99,395,806  

Retained earnings

     2,641,708,428       2,641,581,152  
    


 


       2,795,534,465       2,777,248,411  

Treasury stock

     (453,456,677 )     (454,258,922 )
    


 


Total stockholders’ equity

     2,342,077,788       2,322,989,489  
    


 


     $ 4,492,353,054     $ 4,381,001,217  
    


 


 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

    2002

    2001

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

                        

Net earnings Adjustments:

   $ 62,781,223     $ 162,080,015     $ 112,961,007  

Depreciation

     364,111,924       307,101,032       289,063,213  

Gain on sale of facility and equipment

     (4,400,000 )     —         (20,200,000 )

Deferred income taxes

     74,300,000       31,200,000       13,000,000  

Minority interests

     23,941,965       79,468,625       103,034,717  

Changes in (exclusive of acquisitions and dispositions):

                        

Accounts receivable

     (88,871,265 )     (99,777,898 )     33,788,641  

Inventories

     28,972,554       (58,371,867 )     26,302,845  

Accounts payable

     82,633,673       57,994,021       (20,991,631 )

Accrued environmental costs

     (27,874,000 )     (22,192,000 )     (25,187,000 )

Other

     (20,976,147 )     39,717,977       (16,656,467 )
    


 


 


Cash provided by operating activities

     494,619,927       497,219,905       495,115,325  

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

                        

Capital expenditures

     (215,408,007 )     (243,598,096 )     (261,145,658 )

Investment in affiliates

     (22,124,419 )     (5,573,268 )     —    

Disposition of plant and equipment

     11,633,717       448,546       22,650,119  

Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)

     (34,941,411 )     (652,688,811 )     (121,904,000 )

Other investing activities

     (6,741,708 )     —         —    
    


 


 


Cash used in investing activities

     (267,581,828 )     (901,411,629 )     (360,399,539 )

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

                        

Increase in long-term debt

     25,000,000       350,000,000       —    

Repayment of long-term debt

     (16,000,000 )     (1,900,000 )     —    

Issuance of common stock

     18,961,023       18,832,002       10,410,405  

Distributions to minority interests

     (63,317,800 )     (146,701,100 )     (120,491,200 )

Cash dividends

     (62,653,947 )     (59,382,857 )     (52,862,723 )

Termination of interest rate swap agreement

     2,300,000       —         —    
    


 


 


Cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     (95,710,724 )     160,848,045       (162,943,518 )

INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS

     131,327,375       (243,343,679 )     (28,227,732 )

CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS – BEGINNING OF YEAR

     219,004,868       462,348,547       490,576,279  
    


 


 


CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS – END OF YEAR

   $ 350,332,243     $ 219,004,868     $ 462,348,547  
    


 


 


 

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2003, 2002 AND 2001

 

1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES:

 

NATURE OF OPERATIONS Nucor is a domestic manufacturer of steel products whose customers are located primarily in the United States of America.

 

PRINCIPLES OF CONSOLIDATION The consolidated financial statements include Nucor and all of its subsidiaries. All significant intercompany transactions are eliminated. Investments in joint ventures with ownership of 50% or less are accounted for under the equity method. Distributions are made to minority interest partners in Nucor-Yamato Steel Company in accordance with the limited partnership agreement by mutual agreement of the general partners. At a minimum, sufficient cash is distributed so that each partner may pay applicable U.S. federal and state income taxes payable.

 

CASH AND SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS Short-term investments are recorded at cost plus accrued interest, which approximates market, and have original maturities of three months or less at the date of purchase. Cash and short-term investments are maintained primarily with a few high-credit quality financial institutions.

 

INVENTORIES VALUATION Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined principally using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting.

 

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost. Depreciation is provided on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Repairs and maintenance are expensed on a pro-rata basis throughout the year. Impairments of long-lived assets are recognized whenever changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of those productive assets exceeds their aggregate projected undiscounted cash flows.

 

NATURAL GAS CONTRACTS Nucor uses natural gas purchase contracts to partially manage its exposure to the price risk of natural gas used during the manufacturing process. The use of these contracts is immaterial for all periods presented.

 

REVENUE RECOGNITION Revenue is recognized at the time products are shipped to customers.

 

FREIGHT COSTS Internal fleet and some common carrier costs are included in marketing, administrative and other expenses. These costs included in marketing, administrative and other expenses were $47,448,274 in 2003 ($43,917,530 in 2002 and $48,282,035 in 2001). All other freight costs are included in cost of products sold.

 

ACCOUNTING FOR STOCK OPTIONS Nucor accounts for stock options granted to employees and directors using the intrinsic value method, under which no compensation expense is recorded since the exercise price of the stock options is equal to the market price of the underlying stock on the grant date. Had compensation cost for the stock options issued been determined consistent with FASB Statement No. 123, “Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation” (“SFAS No. 123”), net earnings and net earnings per share would have been reduced to the following pro forma amounts:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

    2002

    2001

 

Net earnings – as reported

   $62,781,223     $162,080,015     $112,961,007  

Pro forma stock-based compensation cost

   (7,376,077 )   (5,172,756 )   (4,463,762 )
    

 

 

Net earnings – pro forma

   $55,405,146     $156,907,259     $108,497,245  
    

 

 

Net earnings per share – as reported:

                  

Basic

   $.80     $2.08     $1.45  

Diluted

   .80     2.07     1.45  

Net earnings per share – pro forma:

                  

Basic

   .71     2.02     1.40  

Diluted

   .71     2.01     1.40  

 

The assumptions used to calculate the fair value of options granted are evaluated and revised, as necessary, to reflect market conditions and experience.

 

USE OF ESTIMATES The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual costs could differ from these estimates.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, CONTINUED

 

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME Comprehensive income is equal to net income for all periods presented.

 

RECLASSIFICATIONS Certain amounts for prior years have been reclassified to conform to the 2003 presentation.

 

2. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE:

 

An allowance for doubtful accounts is maintained for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our customers to make required payments. Accounts receivable are stated net of the allowance for doubtful accounts of $22,718,051 at December 31, 2003 ($ 20,040,651 in 2002 and $20,182,830 in 2001).

 

3. INVENTORIES:

 

Inventories consist of approximately 42% raw materials and supplies and 58% finished and semi-finished products at December 31, 2003 (40% and 60%, respectively, at December 31, 2002). Nucor’s manufacturing process consists of a continuous, vertically integrated process from which products are sold to customers at various stages throughout the process. Since most steel products can be classified as either finished or semi-finished products, these two categories of inventory are combined.

 

Inventories valued using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting represent approximately 75% of total inventories at December 31, 2003 (77% in 2002). If the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method of accounting had been used, inventories would have been $157,586,096 higher at December 31, 2003 ($42,607,667 higher in 2002). Use of the lower of cost or market reduced inventories by $268,709 at December 31, 2003 ($1,319,314 in 2002).

 

4. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT:

 

December 31,


   2003

   2002

Land and improvements

   $ 132,920,241    $ 122,624,444

Buildings and improvements

     455,440,978      452,382,223

Machinery and equipment

     4,623,371,845      4,475,430,898

Construction in process

             

and equipment deposits

     119,083,418      43,793,154
    

  

       5,330,816,482      5,094,230,719
    

  

Less accumulated depreciation

     2,513,681,289      2,162,172,617
    

  

       $2,817,135,193    $ 2,932,058,102
    

  

 

The estimated useful lives range from 10 to 20 years for buildings and land improvements and range from 3 to 12 years for machinery and equipment.

 

5. LONG-TERM DEBT AND FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS:

 

December 31,


   2003

   2002

 

Industrial revenue bonds:

               

1.13% to 1.45%, variable, due from 2006 to 2038

   $ 378,550,000    $ 292,300,000  

5.75% to 8%, fixed, due from 2003 to 2023

     —        77,250,000  

Notes, 6%, due 2009

     175,000,000      175,000,000  

Notes, 4.875%, due in 2012

     350,000,000      350,000,000  
    

  


       903,550,000      894,550,000  

Less current maturities

     —        (16,000,000 )
    

  


     $ 903,550,000    $ 878,550,000  
    

  


 

35


NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, CONTINUED

 

At December 31, 2002, Nucor had an interest rate swap agreement of $175,000,000 outstanding that was accounted for as a fair value hedge. Under the agreement, Nucor paid a variable rate of interest and received a fixed rate of interest over the term of the interest rate swap agreement. The interest rate swap agreement converted the $175,000,000 note payable from a fixed rate obligation to a variable rate obligation. The change in the fair value of this agreement was recorded in earnings as an equal offset to the change in fair value of the underlying debt obligation. Since the fair value hedge was 100% effective, there was no impact to net earnings. The variable interest rate was the six-month LIBOR rate in arrears plus 1.495%. In 2003, Nucor terminated this interest rate swap agreement. The $2,300,000 gain on the terminated swap agreement will be amortized over the remaining life of the debt as an adjustment to interest expense.

 

In October 2002, Nucor entered into an unsecured revolving credit facility that provides for up to $425,000,000 in revolving loans. The credit facility consists of (a) a $125,000,000 364-day revolver with an option to convert amounts outstanding under this facility to a one-year term loan, and (b) a $300,000,000 five-year multi-currency revolver. No borrowings were outstanding under the credit facility at December 31, 2003 or 2002. The credit facility includes customary financial and other covenants, including a limit on the ratio of debt to total capital of 50% and a limit on Nucor’s ability to pledge the Company’s assets.

 

Annual aggregate long-term debt maturities are: none in 2004; none in 2005; $1,250,000 in 2006; none in 2007; and none in 2008.

 

The fair value of Nucor’s long-term debt approximates the carrying value.

 

In 2003, $61,250,000 aggregate principal amount of the fixed rate industrial revenue bonds outstanding at December 31, 2002 were redeemed and reissued in the form of new variable rate industrial revenue bonds in like principal amount. The maturity dates of some of these bonds were also extended. In addition, $86,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the variable rate industrial revenue bonds outstanding at December 31, 2002 was redeemed and reissued in the form of new variable rate industrial revenue bonds in like principal amount, extending the maturity from 2026 and 2027 to 2036.

 

6. CAPITAL STOCK:

 

The par value of Nucor’s common stock is $.40 per share and there are 200,000,000 shares authorized.

 

Nucor’s Key Employees’ Incentive Stock Option Plans provide that common stock options may be granted to key employees and officers with exercise prices at 100% of the market value on the date of the grant. Outstanding options are exercisable six months after grant date and have a term of seven years. At December 31, 2003, 5,457,265 shares (1,291,962 in 2002 and 1,737,789 in 2001) were reserved for future grants.

 

Effective January 1, 2001, Nucor established a Non-Employee Director Equity Plan (“Plan”) that provides that common stock options may be granted to members of the Board of Directors of Nucor who are not employees of Nucor. The Plan grants options to purchase Nucor’s common stock with exercise prices at 100% of the market value on the date of the grant. Outstanding options are exercisable six months after grant date and have a term of seven years. At December 31, 2003, 272,565 shares (291,525 in 2002 and 295,689 in 2001) were reserved for future grants.

 

A summary of Nucor’s stock option plans is as follows:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

   2002

   2001

     Shares

   

Weighted Average

Exercise Price


   Shares

   

Weighted Average

Exercise Price


   Shares

    Weighted Average
Exercise Price


Number of shares under option:

                                

Outstanding at beginning of year

   1,246,086     $47.84    1,154,864     $45.48    990,630     $44.60

Granted

   870,361     46.01    458,810     52.66    470,338     46.64

Exercised

   (387,993 )   42.55    (352,242 )   46.07    (214,253 )   41.62

Canceled

   (16,704 )   49.81    (15,346 )   54.88    (91,851 )   51.02
    

      

      

   

Outstanding at end of year

   1,711,750     48.09    1,246,086     47.84    1,154,864     45.48
    

      

      

   

Options exercisable at end of year

   1,322,826     47.15    993,331     47.54    924,932     44.61
    

      

      

   

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, CONTINUED

 

The following table summarizes information about stock options outstanding at December 31, 2003:

 

     Options Outstanding

   Options Exercisable

Range of Exercise
Prices


   Number Outstanding

  

Weighted
Average Remaining

Contractual Life


  

Weighted Average

Exercise Price


   Number Exercisable

  

Weighted Average

Exercise Price


$36.01 –$ 42.00

   367,387    5.5 years    $40.41    367,387    $40.41

  42.01 –   48.00

   232,083    3.5 years    44.93    232,083    44.93

  48.01 –   54.00

   917,598    5.4 years    50.02    528,674    49.08

  54.01 –   60.00

   194,682    5.2 years    57.25    194,682    57.25
                   
    

  36.01 –   60.00

   1,711,750    5.1 years    48.09    1,322,826    47.15
                   
    

 

The pro forma net earnings and pro forma net earnings per share amounts calculated according to SFAS No. 123 are disclosed in Note 1, above. The weighted average fair value of options granted was $14.37 in 2003 ($18.69 in 2002 and $14.59 in 2001). The fair value of each option grant is estimated on the date of the grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the following assumptions:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

   2002

   2001

Expected dividend yield

     1.56% –  1.92%      1.33% –  1.55%    1.39% –1.53%

Expected stock price volatility

     43.37% –  46.51%      49.03%    41.02%

Risk-free interest rate

     1.91% –   2.62%      2.32% –  4.14%    3.45% –4.43%

Expected life of options (in years)

   3.5          3.5         3.5     

 

Nucor’s Senior Officers Annual and Long-Term Incentive Plans authorize the distribution of common stock to officers subject to certain conditions and restrictions. The restricted share awards are not to exceed 1,000,000 shares. Common stock may be awarded at the end of the performance period at no cost to the officers if certain financial goals are met. Compensation expense is recorded over the performance and vesting period based on the anticipated number and market value of shares to be awarded. Under the Annual Incentive Plan, the participant is fully vested in a portion of the stock award while the remainder vests at the participant’s attainment of age fifty-five while employed by Nucor. Under the Long-Term Incentive Plan, these restricted stock awards vest one-third each year for three years from the date of grant or vest upon the participant’s attainment of age fifty-five while employed by Nucor. Compensation expense for performance shares was $1,500,000 in 2003, the year in which these plans were adopted by the stockholders. No shares have been awarded; therefore, 1,000,000 shares remain available for awards.

 

250,000 shares of preferred stock, par value of $4.00 per share, are authorized, with preferences, rights and restrictions as may be fixed by Nucor’s Board of Directors. No shares of preferred stock have been issued since their authorization in 1964.

 

7. STOCKHOLDER RIGHTS PLAN:

 

In 2001, the Board of Directors adopted a Stockholder Rights Plan (“Plan”) in which one right (“Right”) was declared as a dividend for each Nucor common share outstanding. Each Right entitles Nucor common stockholders to purchase, under certain conditions, one five-thousandth of a share of newly authorized Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock (“Preferred Stock”), with one five-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock intended to be the economic equivalent of one share of Nucor common stock. Until the occurrence of certain events, the Rights are represented by and traded in tandem with Nucor common stock. Rights will be exercisable only if a person or group acquires beneficial ownership of 15 percent (15%) or more of the Nucor common shares or commences a tender or exchange offer, upon the consummation of which such person or group would beneficially own 15 percent (15%) or more of the common shares. Upon such an event, the Rights enable dilution of the acquiring person’s or group’s interest by providing that other holders of Nucor common stock may purchase, at an exercise price of $150.00, Nucor common stock, or in the discretion of the Board of Directors, Preferred Stock, having double the value of such exercise price. Nucor will be entitled to redeem the Rights at $.001 per Right under certain circumstances set forth in the Plan. The Rights themselves have no voting power and will expire on March 8, 2011, unless earlier exercised, redeemed or exchanged. Each one five-thousandth of a share of Preferred Stock has the same voting rights as one share of Nucor common stock, and each share of Preferred Stock has 5,000 times the voting power of one share of Nucor common stock.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, CONTINUED

 

8. CONTINGENCIES:

 

Nucor is subject to environmental laws and regulations established by federal, state and local authorities; and makes provision for the estimated costs related to compliance. Of the undiscounted total $54,894,000 of accrued environmental costs at December 31, 2003 ($82,768,000 in 2002), $21,994,000 was classified in accrued expenses and other current liabilities ($37,418,000 in 2002) and $32,900,000 was classified in deferred credits and other liabilities ($45,350,000 in 2002). During 2003 and 2002, Nucor revised estimates as additional information was obtained, reducing environmental reserves by $8,295,000 and $22,943,000, respectively. In December 2000, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced an agreement with Nucor and certain states that resolved alleged environmental violations. Nucor continues to implement the various components of the consent decree, which involve air and water pollution control technology demonstrations along with other environmental management practices. The accrued environmental costs include the expenses that we expect to incur as a result of the consent decree.

 

Other contingent liabilities with respect to product warranties, legal proceedings and other matters arise in the normal course of business. In the opinion of management, no such matters exist which would have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

 

9. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN:

 

Nucor has a Profit Sharing and Retirement Savings Plan for qualified employees. Nucor’s expense for these benefits was $8,912,896 in 2003 ($25,898,823 in 2002 and $18,998,950 in 2001). Nucor also has a medical plan covering certain eligible early retirees. The unfunded obligation, included in deferred credits and other liabilities in the balance sheet, totaled $40,348,589 at December 31, 2003 ($38,211,081 in 2002). Expense associated with this plan was $2,296,024 in 2003 ($1,753,035 in 2002 and $1,085,758 in 2001). The discount rate used was 6% in 2003 (6.5% in 2002 and 7% in 2001). The health care cost trend rate used was 11% in 2003 (12% in 2002 and 13% in 2001). The health care cost trend rate is projected to decline gradually to 5% by 2011.

 

10. INTEREST EXPENSE:

 

Interest expense is stated net of interest income of $2,524,775 in 2003 ($8,632,181 in 2002 and $15,476,840 in 2001). Interest paid was $33,004,861 in 2003 ($19,886,247 in 2002 and $22,028,671 in 2001).

 

11. OTHER INCOME:

 

In 2003 and 2002, Nucor received $7,100,000 and $29,900,000, respectively, related to graphite electrodes anti-trust settlements. Also in 2003, Nucor sold equipment resulting in a pre-tax gain of $4,400,000. In 2001, Nucor sold Nucor Iron Carbide, Inc., in Trinidad, resulting in a pre-tax gain of $20,200,000.

 

12. INCOME TAXES:

 

The provision for income taxes consists of the following:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

    2002

    2001

Current:

                      

Federal

   $ (58,500,000 )   $ 54,000,000     $ 49,900,000

State

     (11,704,000 )     (17,227,000 )     3,508,000
    


 


 

Total current

     (70,204,000 )     36,773,000       53,408,000
    


 


 

Deferred:

                      

Federal

     71,500,000       31,400,000       11,000,000

State

     2,800,000       (200,000 )     2,000,000
    


 


 

Total deferred

     74,300,000       31,200,000       13,000,000
    


 


 

Total provision for income taxes

   $ 4,096,000     $ 67,973,000     $ 66,408,000
    


 


 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, CONTINUED

 

A reconciliation of the federal statutory tax rate (35%) to the total provision is as follows:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

    2002

    2001

 

Taxes computed at statutory rate

   35.00 %   35.00 %   35.00 %

State income taxes, net of federal income tax benefit

   (8.65 )   (4.92 )   2.00  

Penalties

   —       —       1.77  

Resolution of prior year contingencies

   (15.93 )   —       —    

Federal research credit

   (4.07 )   (.62 )   (1.54 )

Other, net

   (.23 )   .09     (.21 )
    

 

 

Provision for income taxes

   6.12 %   29.55 %   37.02 %
    

 

 

 

Deferred tax assets and liabilities resulted from the following:

 

December 31,


   2003

    2002

 

Deferred tax assets:

                

Accrued liabilities and reserves

   $ 99,124,381     $ 114,759,338  

Allowance for doubtful accounts

     6,683,406       6,271,704  

Inventory

     74,542,802       69,957,269  

Credit carryforwards

     10,842,865       —    

Post retirement benefits

     15,817,120       13,878,074  
    


 


Total deferred tax assets

     207,010,574       204,866,385  

Deferred tax liabilities:

                

Property, plant and equipment

     (349,617,574 )     (273,173,385 )
    


 


Total net deferred tax liabilities

   $ (142,607,000 )   $ (68,307,000 )
    


 


 

Current deferred tax assets were $115,193,000 at December 31, 2003 ($116,693,000 in 2002). Non-current deferred tax liabilities were $257,800,000 at December 31, 2003 ($185,000,000 in 2002). Nucor received $54,926,000 in net federal and state income tax refunds in 2003 and paid $31,693,000 and $20,397,000 in 2002 and 2001, respectively.

 

13. EARNINGS PER SHARE:

 

The computations of basic and diluted earnings per share are as follows:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

   2002

   2001

Basic earnings per share:

                    

Basic net earnings

   $ 62,781,223    $ 162,080,015    $ 112,961,007
    

  

  

Average shares outstanding

     78,265,686      78,089,501      77,707,832
    

  

  

Basic net earnings per share

   $ .80    $ 2.08    $ 1.45
    

  

  

Diluted earnings per share:

                    

Diluted net earnings

   $ 62,781,223    $ 162,080,015    $ 112,961,007
    

  

  

Diluted average shares outstanding:

                    

Basic shares outstanding

     78,265,686      78,089,501      77,707,832

Dilutive effect of stock options

     151,017      160,039      75,412
    

  

  

       78,416,703      78,249,540      77,783,244
    

  

  

Diluted net earnings per share

   $ .80    $ 2.07    $ 1.45
    

  

  

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, CONTINUED

 

14. SEGMENTS:

 

Nucor reports its results in two segments: steel mills and steel products. The steel mills segment includes carbon and alloy steel in sheet, bars, structural and plate. The steel products segment includes steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems and light gauge steel framing. The segments are consistent with the way Nucor manages its business, which is primarily based upon the similarity of the types of products produced and sold by each segment.

 

Management evaluates the operating performance of each of its segments based upon division contribution. The accounting policies of the reportable segments are the same as those described in the summary of significant accounting policies. Nucor accounts for intercompany sales at prices approximating current market value. Interest expense, minority interests, other income and certain marketing, administrative and other expenses, such as changes in the LIFO reserve and environmental accruals, are shown under Corporate/eliminations/other. Corporate assets primarily include cash and short-term investments, deferred income tax assets and investments in affiliates.

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

    2002

    2001

 

Net sales to external customers:

                        

Steel mills

   $ 5,446,126,763     $ 4,062,589,428     $ 3,449,645,631  

Steel products

     819,696,704       739,187,109       884,061,123  
    


 


 


     $ 6,265,823,467     $ 4,801,776,537     $ 4,333,706,754  
    


 


 


Intercompany sales:

                        

Steel mills

   $ 520,207,408     $ 355,586,154     $ 337,776,416  

Steel products

     5,275,389       5,350,019       6,492,677  

Corporate/eliminations/other

     (525,482,797 )     (360,936,173 )     (344,269,093 )
    


 


 


     $ —       $ —       $ —    
    


 


 


Depreciation expense:

                        

Steel mills

   $ 346,135,887     $ 288,879,257     $ 274,015,541  

Steel products

     17,976,037       18,221,775       15,047,672  
    


 


 


     $ 364,111,924     $ 307,101,032     $ 289,063,213  
    


 


 


Earnings (loss) before income taxes:

                        

Steel mills

   $ 209,399,662     $ 401,820,248     $ 207,358,153  

Steel products

     (14,327,635 )     (407,489 )     98,405,118  

Corporate/eliminations/other

     (128,194,804 )     (171,359,744 )     (126,394,264 )
    


 


 


     $ 66,877,223     $ 230,053,015     $ 179,369,007  
    


 


 


Segment assets:

                        

Steel mills

   $ 3,927,391,577     $ 4,017,013,672     $ 3,253,454,574  

Steel products

     324,234,723       302,444,958       297,581,986  

Corporate/eliminations/other

     240,726,754       61,542,587       208,311,616  
    


 


 


     $ 4,492,353,054     $ 4,381,001,217     $ 3,759,348,176  
    


 


 


Capital expenditures:

                        

Steel mills

   $ 201,134,041     $ 237,528,578     $ 206,561,688  

Steel products

     14,273,966       6,069,518       53,482,338  

Corporate/eliminations/other

     —         —         1,101,632  
    


 


 


     $ 215,408,007     $ 243,598,096     $ 261,145,658  
    


 


 


 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, CONTINUED

 

Net sales by product were as follows. Further product group breakdown is impracticable.

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2003

   2002

   2001

Net sales to external customers:

                    

Sheet

   $ 2,371,610,364    $ 1,905,516,770    $ 1,421,651,648

Bars

     1,746,805,296      863,373,558      804,899,153

Structural

     1,005,858,921      1,026,991,446      1,073,351,752

Plate

     321,852,182      266,707,654      149,743,078

Steel products

     819,696,704      739,187,109      884,061,123
    

  

  

     $ 6,265,823,467    $ 4,801,776,537    $ 4,333,706,754
    

  

  

 

15. ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS:

 

On March 24, 2003, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Nucor Steel Kingman, LLC, purchased substantially all of the assets of the Kingman, Arizona steel facility of North Star Steel (“North Star”) for approximately $35,000,000. The purchase price did not include working capital and Nucor assumed no material liabilities of the North Star operation. On July 22, 2002, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC, purchased substantially all of the assets of Trico Steel Company, LLC (“Trico”) for a purchase price of $117,700,000. The purchase price included approximately $86,600,000 of Trico’s debt and other current liabilities that were assumed by Nucor. These acquisitions were not material to the consolidated financial statements and did not result in goodwill or other intangible assets.

 

On December 9, 2002, Nucor purchased substantially all of the assets of Birmingham Steel Corporation (“Birmingham Steel”) for a cash purchase price excluding transaction costs of approximately $615,000,000, including $116,900,000 in inventory and receivables. Primary assets purchased are Birmingham Steel’s four operating mills in Birmingham, Alabama; Kankakee, Illinois; Jackson, Mississippi; and Seattle, Washington with an estimated combined annual capacity of approximately 2,000,000 tons. Other included assets are the corporate office located in Birmingham, Alabama; the mill in Memphis, Tennessee, which is currently not in operation; the assets of Port Everglades Steel Corporation; the assets of the Klean Steel Division; and Birmingham Steel’s ownership in Richmond Steel Recycling Limited. This acquisition was financed with proceeds from the issuance of $350,000,000 of 4.875% notes due in 2012 and internal cash flows.

 

The following table summarizes the estimated fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed of Birmingham Steel as of the date of acquisition:

 

Current assets

   $ 122,868,464  

Property, plant and equipment

     515,016,742  

Other assets

     550,000  
    


Total assets acquired

     638,435,206  
    


Current liabilities

     (13,690,000 )

Deferred credits and other liabilities

     (3,121,443 )
    


Total liabilities assumed

     (16,811,443 )
    


     $ 621,623,763  
    


 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, CONTINUED

 

The results of Birmingham Steel have been included in the consolidated financial statements from the date of acquisition. Unaudited pro forma operating results for Nucor, assuming the acquisition of Birmingham Steel occurred as of the beginning of each of the periods presented, are as follows:

 

Year Ended December 31,


   2002

   2001

Net sales

   $5,292,505,537    $4,884,697,754

Net earnings

   156,837,015    128,994,007

Net earnings per share:

         

Basic

   $2.01    $1.66
    
  

Diluted

   $2.00    $1.66
    
  

 

Non-cash investing and financing activities in 2002 included the assumption of $86,000,000 of bonds and $17,415,025 of other liabilities acquired with the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Trico and Birmingham Steel.

 

On March 31, 2001, Nucor purchased substantially all of the assets of Auburn Steel Company, Inc.’s steel bar facility in Auburn, New York for approximately $115,000,000. This facility produces merchant bar quality steel shapes, SBQ and rebar. On November 19, 2001, Nucor acquired ITEC Steel, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Steel Truss and Frame Corp., with facilities in Texas and Georgia, for approximately $11,000,000, including liabilities assumed. These facilities, now known as Nucon Steel, produce light gauge steel framing. The acquisitions were not material to the consolidated financial statements and did not result in material goodwill or other intangible assets.

 

In February 2001, Nucor finalized the sale of the Bearing Products operation in North Carolina. In November 2001, Nucor sold Nucor Iron Carbide, Inc., in Trinidad, resulting in a pre-tax gain of $20,200,000. Both operations accounted for small percentages of Nucor’s sales.

 

16. SUBSEQUENT EVENT:

 

In January 2004, Nucor entered into an agreement with Harris Steel Group, Inc., for the purchase of a one-half interest in its wholly owned subsidiary, Harris Steel, Inc., for a cash purchase price of approximately $21,000,000. In addition, Harris Steel Group may receive up to an additional $6,000,000 upon the achievement of certain operating results of the venture over the next five years.

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT AUDITORS

 

17. QUARTERLY INFORMATION (UNAUDITED):

 

     First Quarter

   Second Quarter

   Third Quarter

   Fourth Quarter

2003

                           

Net sales

   $ 1,480,270,987    $ 1,520,460,884    $ 1,604,011,344    $ 1,661,080,252

Gross margin

     73,846,099      66,315,396      71,153,977      57,960,796

Net earnings(1)

     17,781,759      8,425,090      16,021,779      20,552,595

Net earnings per share:

                           

Basic

     .23      .11      .20      .26

Diluted

     .23      .11      .20      .26

2002

                           

Net sales

   $ 1,080,636,981    $ 1,198,032,206    $ 1,228,529,423    $ 1,294,577,927

Gross margin

     100,899,364      128,386,346      121,930,407      118,283,090

Net earnings(2)

     20,262,295      59,748,302      39,178,800      42,890,618

Net earnings per share:

                           

Basic

     .26      .77      .50      .55

Diluted

     .26      .76      .50      .55

 

(1) The first and third quarters of 2003 include gains of $2,300,000 and $4,800,000, respectively, related to graphite electrodes anti-trust settlements. The fourth quarter of 2003 includes a pre-tax gain of $4,400,000 resulting from the sale of equipment.
(2) The second quarter of 2002 includes a gain of $29,900,000 related to a graphite electrodes anti-trust settlement.

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT AUDITORS

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

 

February 9, 2004

 

Stockholders and Board of Directors

Nucor Corporation

 

In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and the related consolidated statements of earnings, stockholders’ equity and cash flows present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Nucor Corporation and its subsidiaries at December 31, 2003 and 2002, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2003 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. These financial statements are the responsibility of Nucor’s management; our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits. We conducted our audits of these statements in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America, which require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

LOGO

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

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CORPORATE AND STOCK DATA

 

EXECUTIVE OFFICES

 

2100 Rexford Road

Charlotte, North Carolina 28211

Phone 704/366-7000

Fax 704/362-4208

 

STOCK TRANSFERS

DIVIDEND DISBURSING

DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT

 

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company

59 Maiden Lane

New York, New York 10038

Phone 800/937-5449

Fax 718/236-2641

 

ANNUAL MEETING

 

Place

The Park Hotel

2200 Rexford Road

Morrison A & B

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Time/Date

10:00 a.m., Thursday

May 13, 2004

 

STOCK LISTING

 

New York Stock Exchange

Trading Symbol – NUE

 

STOCK PRICE AND DIVIDENDS PAID

 

     First
Quarter


   Second
Quarter


   Third
Quarter


   Fourth
Quarter


2003

                           

Stock price:

                           

High

   $ 45.05    $ 52.50    $ 52.55    $ 58.79

Low

     35.03      38.45      45.20      47.98

Dividends paid

     .19      .20      .20      .20

2002

                           

Stock price:

                           

High

   $ 66.35    $ 70.15    $ 65.31    $ 51.36

Low

     49.86      57.05      38.80      36.00

Dividends paid

     .17      .19      .19      .19

 

FORM 10-K

 

A copy of Nucor’s 2003 annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on Form 10-K is available to stockholders on request.

 

The certifications of Nucor’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer regarding the quality of Nucor’s public disclosure that is required by Section 302 of The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 is included as an exhibit to Nucor’s annual report on Form 10-K.

 

INTERNET ACCESS

 

Nucor’s annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments to these reports, are available without charge through Nucor’s website, www.nucor.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after Nucor files these reports electronically with or furnishes them to the SEC. Additional information available on our website includes our Corporate Governance Principles, Board of Directors Committee Charters, Standards of Business Conduct and Ethics, and Code of Ethics for Senior Financial Professionals as well as various other financial and statistical data. Written copies are available to stockholders on request.

 

THIS ANNUAL REPORT HAS BEEN PRINTED ON RECYCLED PAPER. LOGO

 

 

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Subsidiaries

Exhibit 21

Nucor Corporation

2003 Form 10-K

 

SUBSIDIARIES

 

Nucor-Yamato Steel Company, a Delaware limited partnership.

All other subsidiaries are not significant.

Consent of Independent Auditors

Exhibit 23

Nucor Corporation

2003 Form 10-K

 

CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT AUDITORS

 

We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statements on Form S-8 (Numbers 2-84117 (including 2-50058), 2-51735, 33-27120 (including 2-55941 and 2-69914), 33-56649, 333-85375, 333-108749 and 333-108751) of Nucor Corporation of our report dated February 9, 2004 relating to the financial statements, which appears in the Annual Report to Stockholders, which is incorporated in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We also consent to the incorporation by reference of our report dated February 9, 2004 relating to the financial statement schedule, which appears in this Form 10-K.

 

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Charlotte, North Carolina

March 12, 2004

Powers of Attorney

LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY

NUCOR CORPORATION FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORTS

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

 

That I, Peter C. Browning, the grantor, do by these presents hereby make, constitute and appoint Daniel R. DiMicco and Terry S. Lisenby, or either of them, true and lawful attorneys-in-fact for me and in my name, place and stead, to sign my name in the capacity stated and where required to the Form 10-K Annual Report of Nucor Corporation for calendar year 2003 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any and all amendments thereto.

 

Granting and giving unto my attorneys-in-fact authority and power to do and perform any and all other acts necessary or incident to the performance and execution of the powers herein expressly granted, with power to do and perform all acts authorized hereby, as fully as to all intents and purposes as I, the grantor, might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand as of the 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Peter C. Browning        

Peter C. Browning

 

STATE OF North Carolina

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    )  

ss:

COUNTY OF Union

  )    

 

I, Kelly J. Wilmoth, a Notary Public in and for the State and County aforesaid, do hereby certify that Peter C. Browning, the grantor of the foregoing Limited Power of Attorney, bearing date on the 25th day of February, 2004, personally appeared before me in this jurisdiction, being personally well known to me as the person who executed the said instrument, and acknowledged the same to be the act and deed of the grantor.

 

Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Kelly J. Wilmoth        

Notary Public

 

My commission expires on August 23, 2008


LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY

NUCOR CORPORATION FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORTS

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

 

That I, Clayton C. Daley, Jr., the grantor, do by these presents hereby make, constitute and appoint Daniel R. DiMicco and Terry S. Lisenby, or either of them, true and lawful attorneys-in-fact for me and in my name, place and stead, to sign my name in the capacity stated and where required to the Form 10-K Annual Report of Nucor Corporation for calendar year 2003 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any and all amendments thereto.

 

Granting and giving unto my attorneys-in-fact authority and power to do and perform any and all other acts necessary or incident to the performance and execution of the powers herein expressly granted, with power to do and perform all acts authorized hereby, as fully as to all intents and purposes as I, the grantor, might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand as of the 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Clayton C. Daley, Jr.        

Clayton C. Daley, Jr.

 

STATE OF North Carolina

  )    
    )  

ss:

COUNTY OF Union

  )    

 

I, Kelly J. Wilmoth, a Notary Public in and for the State and County aforesaid, do hereby certify that Clayton C. Daley, Jr., the grantor of the foregoing Limited Power of Attorney, bearing date on the 25th day of February, 2004, personally appeared before me in this jurisdiction, being personally well known to me as the person who executed the said instrument, and acknowledged the same to be the act and deed of the grantor.

 

Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Kelly J. Wilmoth        

Notary Public

 

My commission expires on August 23, 2008


LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY

NUCOR CORPORATION FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORTS

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

 

That I, Harvey B. Gantt, the grantor, do by these presents hereby make, constitute and appoint Daniel R. DiMicco and Terry S. Lisenby, or either of them, true and lawful attorneys-in-fact for me and in my name, place and stead, to sign my name in the capacity stated and where required to the Form 10-K Annual Report of Nucor Corporation for calendar year 2003 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any and all amendments thereto.

 

Granting and giving unto my attorneys-in-fact authority and power to do and perform any and all other acts necessary or incident to the performance and execution of the powers herein expressly granted, with power to do and perform all acts authorized hereby, as fully as to all intents and purposes as I, the grantor, might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand as of the 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Harvey B. Gantt        

Harvey B. Gantt

 

STATE OF North Carolina

  )    
    )  

ss:

COUNTY OF Union

  )    

 

I, Kelly J. Wilmoth, a Notary Public in and for the State and County aforesaid, do hereby certify that Harvey B. Gantt, the grantor of the foregoing Limited Power of Attorney, bearing date on the 25th day of February, 2004, personally appeared before me in this jurisdiction, being personally well known to me as the person who executed the said instrument, and acknowledged the same to be the act and deed of the grantor.

 

Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Kelly J. Wilmoth        

Notary Public

 

My commission expires on August 23, 2008


LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY

NUCOR CORPORATION FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORTS

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

 

That I, Victoria F. Haynes, the grantor, do by these presents hereby make, constitute and appoint Daniel R. DiMicco and Terry S. Lisenby, or either of them, true and lawful attorneys-in-fact for me and in my name, place and stead, to sign my name in the capacity stated and where required to the Form 10-K Annual Report of Nucor Corporation for calendar year 2003 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any and all amendments thereto.

 

Granting and giving unto my attorneys-in-fact authority and power to do and perform any and all other acts necessary or incident to the performance and execution of the powers herein expressly granted, with power to do and perform all acts authorized hereby, as fully as to all intents and purposes as I, the grantor, might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand as of the 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Victoria F. Haynes        

Victoria F. Haynes

 

STATE OF North Carolina

  )    
    )  

ss:

COUNTY OF Union

  )    

 

I, Kelly J. Wilmoth, a Notary Public in and for the State and County aforesaid, do hereby certify that Victoria F. Haynes, the grantor of the foregoing Limited Power of Attorney, bearing date on the 25th day of February, 2004, personally appeared before me in this jurisdiction, being personally well known to me as the person who executed the said instrument, and acknowledged the same to be the act and deed of the grantor.

 

Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Kelly J. Wilmoth        

Notary Public

 

My commission expires on August 23, 2008


LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY

NUCOR CORPORATION FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORTS

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

 

That I, James D. Hlavacek, the grantor, do by these presents hereby make, constitute and appoint Daniel R. DiMicco and Terry S. Lisenby, or either of them, true and lawful attorneys-in-fact for me and in my name, place and stead, to sign my name in the capacity stated and where required to the Form 10-K Annual Report of Nucor Corporation for calendar year 2003 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any and all amendments thereto.

 

Granting and giving unto my attorneys-in-fact authority and power to do and perform any and all other acts necessary or incident to the performance and execution of the powers herein expressly granted, with power to do and perform all acts authorized hereby, as fully as to all intents and purposes as I, the grantor, might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand as of the 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    James D. Hlavacek      

James D. Hlavacek

 

STATE OF North Carolina

  )    
    )  

ss:

COUNTY OF Union

  )    

 

I, Kelly J. Wilmoth, a Notary Public in and for the State and County aforesaid, do hereby certify that James D. Hlavacek, the grantor of the foregoing Limited Power of Attorney, bearing date on the 25th day of February, 2004, personally appeared before me in this jurisdiction, being personally well known to me as the person who executed the said instrument, and acknowledged the same to be the act and deed of the grantor.

 

Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Kelly J. Wilmoth        

Notary Public

 

My commission expires on August 23, 2008


LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY

NUCOR CORPORATION FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORTS

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

 

That I, Raymond J. Milchovich, the grantor, do by these presents hereby make, constitute and appoint Daniel R. DiMicco and Terry S. Lisenby, or either of them, true and lawful attorneys-in-fact for me and in my name, place and stead, to sign my name in the capacity stated and where required to the Form 10-K Annual Report of Nucor Corporation for calendar year 2003 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any and all amendments thereto.

 

Granting and giving unto my attorneys-in-fact authority and power to do and perform any and all other acts necessary or incident to the performance and execution of the powers herein expressly granted, with power to do and perform all acts authorized hereby, as fully as to all intents and purposes as I, the grantor, might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand as of the 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Raymond J. Milchovich        

Raymond J. Milchovich

 

STATE OF North Carolina

  )    
    )  

ss:

COUNTY OF Union

  )    

 

I, Kelly J. Wilmoth, a Notary Public in and for the State and County aforesaid, do hereby certify that Raymond J. Milchovich, the grantor of the foregoing Limited Power of Attorney, bearing date on the 25th day of February, 2004, personally appeared before me in this jurisdiction, being personally well known to me as the person who executed the said instrument, and acknowledged the same to be the act and deed of the grantor.

 

Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Kelly J. Wilmoth        

Notary Public

 

My commission expires on August 23, 2008


LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY

NUCOR CORPORATION FORM 10-K ANNUAL REPORTS

 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS:

 

That I, Thomas A. Waltermire, the grantor, do by these presents hereby make, constitute and appoint Daniel R. DiMicco and Terry S. Lisenby, or either of them, true and lawful attorneys-in-fact for me and in my name, place and stead, to sign my name in the capacity stated and where required to the Form 10-K Annual Report of Nucor Corporation for calendar year 2003 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and any and all amendments thereto.

 

Granting and giving unto my attorneys-in-fact authority and power to do and perform any and all other acts necessary or incident to the performance and execution of the powers herein expressly granted, with power to do and perform all acts authorized hereby, as fully as to all intents and purposes as I, the grantor, might or could do if personally present, with full power of substitution.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand as of the 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Thomas A. Waltermire      

Thomas A. Waltermire

 

STATE OF North Carolina

  )    
    )  

ss:

COUNTY OF Union

  )    

 

I, Kelly J. Wilmoth, a Notary Public in and for the State and County aforesaid, do hereby certify that Thomas A. Waltermire, the grantor of the foregoing Limited Power of Attorney, bearing date on the 25th day of February, 2004, personally appeared before me in this jurisdiction, being personally well known to me as the person who executed the said instrument, and acknowledged the same to be the act and deed of the grantor.

 

Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February, 2004.

 

/s/    Kelly J. Wilmoth        

Notary Public

 

My commission expires on August 23, 2008

Certification of Principal Executive Officer pursuant to section 302

Exhibit 31

Nucor Corporation

2003 Form 10-K

 

NUCOR CORPORATION

Section 302 Certifications

 

Certification of Principal Executive Officer

 

I, Daniel R. DiMicco, certify that:

 

  1. I have reviewed this annual report on Form 10-K of Nucor Corporation;

 

  2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

  3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

  4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

 

  a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  c) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

  5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation, of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

March 12, 2004

 

/s/ Daniel R. DiMicco


   

Daniel R. DiMicco

   

Vice Chairman, President and

Chief Executive Officer

Certification of Principal Financial Officer pursuant to section 302

Exhibit 31(i)

Nucor Corporation

2003 Form 10-K

 

NUCOR CORPORATION

Section 302 Certifications

 

Certification of Principal Financial Officer

 

I, Terry S. Lisenby, certify that:

 

  1. I have reviewed this annual report on Form 10-K of Nucor Corporation;

 

  2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

 

  3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

 

  4. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

 

  a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

  b) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

  c) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

 

  5. The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation, of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

  a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

  b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

 

March 12, 2004

 

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby


   

Terry S. Lisenby

   

Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

and Executive Vice President

Certification of Principal Executive Officer pursuant to section 906

Exhibit 32

Nucor Corporation

2003 Form 10-K

 

Certification of Principal Executive Officer

Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1350

(Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)

 

I, Daniel R. DiMicco, Vice Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer) of Nucor Corporation (the “Registrant”), certify, to the best of my knowledge, based upon a review of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 of the Registrant (the “Report”), that:

 

  (1) The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

 

  (2) The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Registrant.

 

/s/ Daniel R. DiMicco


Name:

 

Daniel R. DiMicco

Date:

 

March 12, 2004

Certification of Principal Financial Officer pursuant to section 906

Exhibit 32(i)

Nucor Corporation

2003 Form 10-K

 

Certification of Principal Financial Officer

Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1350

(Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)

 

I, Terry S. Lisenby, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Executive Vice President (principal financial officer) of Nucor Corporation (the “Registrant”), certify, to the best of my knowledge, based upon a review of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 of the Registrant (the “Report”), that:

 

  (1) The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended; and

 

  (2) The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Registrant.

 

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby


Name:

 

Terry S. Lisenby

Date:

 

March 12, 2004