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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 


 

FORM 10-Q

 


 

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

THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For quarterly period ended July 3, 2004

 

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)

 

(704) 366-7000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 


 

Indicate 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 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x.    No  ¨.

 

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

 

79,267,678 shares of common stock were outstanding at July 3, 2004.

 



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Nucor Corporation

Form 10-Q

July 3, 2004

 

INDEX

 

         Page

Part I

  Financial Information     

Item 1

  Financial Statements     
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings - Six Months (26 Weeks) and Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended July 3, 2004 and July 5, 2003    3
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets - July 3, 2004 and December 31, 2003    4
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Six Months (26 Weeks) Ended July 3, 2004 and July 5, 2003    5
    Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements    6

Item 2

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations    10

Item 3

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk    12

Item 4

  Controls and Procedures    13

Part II

  Other Information     

Item 1

  Legal Proceedings    13

Item 4

  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders    13

Item 6

  Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K    13

Signatures

   14

List of Exhibits to Form 10-Q

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

 

Nucor Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

     Six Months (26 Weeks) Ended

    Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended

     July 3, 2004

    July 5, 2003

    July 3, 2004

   July 5, 2003

Net sales

   $ 5,048,238     $ 3,000,732     $ 2,761,822    $ 1,520,461
    


 


 

  

Costs, expenses and other:

                             

Cost of products sold

     4,250,285       2,860,571       2,233,916      1,454,146

Marketing, administrative and other expenses

     187,405       86,129       110,006      45,938

Interest expense, net

     12,778       13,614       6,116      6,547

Minority interests

     26,286       10,585       15,488      4,346

Other income

     (1,596 )     (2,301 )     —        —  
    


 


 

  

       4,475,158       2,968,598       2,365,526      1,510,977
    


 


 

  

Earnings before income taxes

     573,080       32,134       396,296      9,484

Provision for income taxes

     208,400       5,927       144,854      1,059
    


 


 

  

Net earnings

   $ 364,680     $ 26,207     $ 251,442    $ 8,425
    


 


 

  

Net earnings per share:

                             

Basic

   $ 4.62     $ 0.34     $ 3.18    $ 0.11
    


 


 

  

Diluted

   $ 4.59     $ 0.33     $ 3.17    $ 0.11
    


 


 

  

Average shares outstanding:

                             

Basic

     78,874       78,187       79,006      78,193

Diluted

     79,397       78,282       79,436      78,316

Dividends declared per share

   $ 0.42     $ 0.40     $ 0.21    $ 0.20

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Nucor Corporation Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

     July 3, 2004

    Dec. 31, 2003

 

Assets

                

Current assets:

                

Cash and short-term investments

   $ 502,050     $ 350,332  

Accounts receivable

     900,915       572,479  

Inventories

     730,349       560,396  

Other current assets

     145,407       137,353  
    


 


Total current assets

     2,278,721       1,620,560  

Property, plant and equipment

     2,721,028       2,817,135  

Other assets

     111,117       54,658  
    


 


Total assets

   $ 5,110,866     $ 4,492,353  
    


 


Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

                

Current liabilities:

                

Accounts payable

   $ 412,595     $ 329,863  

Federal income taxes

     75,353       —    

Salaries, wages and related accruals

     201,242       91,187  

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     247,053       208,545  
    


 


Total current liabilities

     936,243       629,595  
    


 


Long-term debt due after one year

     903,550       903,550  
    


 


Deferred credits and other liabilities

     418,877       439,852  
    


 


Minority interests

     146,601       177,279  
    


 


Stockholders’ equity:

                

Common stock

     36,684       36,427  

Additional paid-in capital

     148,499       117,399  

Retained earnings

     2,973,167       2,641,708  

Unearned compensation

     (492 )     —    
    


 


       3,157,858       2,795,534  

Treasury stock

     (452,263 )     (453,457 )
    


 


Total stockholders’ equity

     2,705,595       2,342,077  
    


 


Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 5,110,866     $ 4,492,353  
    


 


 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Nucor Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

     Six Months (26 Weeks) Ended

 
     July 3, 2004

    July 5, 2003

 

Operating activities:

                

Net earnings

   $ 364,680     $ 26,207  

Adjustments:

                

Depreciation

     193,679       183,039  

Gain on sale of facility and equipment

     (1,596 )     —    

Impairment of assets

     13,200       —    

Deferred income taxes

     (32,600 )     8,700  

Minority interests

     26,285       10,577  

Changes in (exclusive of acquisitions and dispositions):

                

Current assets

     (512,413 )     (48,580 )

Current liabilities

     313,094       27,752  

Other

     7,585       (923 )
    


 


Cash provided by operating activities

     371,914       206,772  
    


 


Investing activities:

                

Capital expenditures

     (111,524 )     (94,275 )

Investment in affiliates

     (53,495 )     (9,201 )

Disposition of plant and equipment

     2,456       199  

Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)

     —         (34,941 )
    


 


Cash used in investing activities

     (162,563 )     (138,218 )
    


 


Financing activities:

                

Repayment of long-term debt

     —         (16,000 )

Issuance of common stock

     32,551       1,130  

Distributions to minority interests

     (56,963 )     (59,135 )

Cash dividends

     (33,221 )     (31,278 )
    


 


Cash used in financing activities

     (57,633 )     (105,283 )
    


 


Increase (decrease) in cash and short-term investments

   $ 151,718     $ (36,729 )
    


 


 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Nucor Corporation – Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

1. BASIS OF INTERIM PRESENTATION: The information furnished in Item I reflects all adjustments which are, in the opinion of management, necessary to a fair statement of the results for the interim periods and are of a normal and recurring nature. The information furnished has not been audited; however, the December 31, 2003 condensed consolidated balance sheet data was derived from audited financial statements but does not include all disclosures required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included in Nucor’s annual report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003. Certain amounts for the prior year have been reclassified to conform to the 2004 presentation.

 

2. INVENTORIES: Inventories consist of approximately 44% raw materials and supplies, and 56% finished and semi-finished products, at July 3, 2004 (42% and 58%, respectively at December 31, 2003). 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 77% of total inventories as of July 3, 2004 (75% of total inventories as of December 31, 2003). If the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method of accounting had been used, inventories would have been $256.9 million higher at July 3, 2004 ($157.6 million at December 31, 2003).

 

3. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT: Property, plant and equipment is recorded net of accumulated depreciation of $2,706.2 million at July 3, 2004 ($2,513.7 million at December 31, 2003).

 

4. LONG-TERM DEBT AND FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS: At July 3, 2004, Nucor had an interest rate swap agreement of $175.0 million outstanding that is accounted for as a fair value hedge. Under the agreement, Nucor pays a variable rate of interest and receives a fixed rate of interest over the term of the interest rate swap agreement. The interest rate swap agreement converts Nucor’s $175.0 million 6% note payable due in 2009 from a fixed rate obligation to a variable rate obligation. The change in the fair value of this agreement is recorded in earnings as an equal offset to the change in fair value of the underlying debt obligation. Since this fair value hedge is 100% effective, there is no impact to net earnings. The variable rate is the six-month LIBOR rate in arrears plus 1.25%.

 

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Nucor Corporation – Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited), continued

 

5. 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, net earnings and net earnings per share would have been reduced to the following pro forma amounts (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Six Months (26 Weeks) Ended

    Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended

 
     July 3, 2004

    July 5, 2003

    July 3, 2004

    July 5, 2003

 

Net earnings - as reported

   $ 364,680     $ 26,207     $ 251,442     $ 8,425  

Pro forma stock-based compensation cost

     (3,156 )     (3,484 )     (1,395 )     (1,946 )
    


 


 


 


Net earnings - pro forma

   $ 361,524     $ 22,723     $ 250,047     $ 6,479  
    


 


 


 


Net earnings per share - as reported:

                                

Basic

   $ 4.62     $ 0.34     $ 3.18     $ 0.11  

Diluted

   $ 4.59     $ 0.33     $ 3.17     $ 0.11  

Net earnings per share - pro forma:

                                

Basic

   $ 4.58     $ 0.29     $ 3.16     $ 0.08  

Diluted

   $ 4.55     $ 0.29     $ 3.15     $ 0.08  

 

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

 

6. CONTINGENCIES: Nucor is subject to environmental laws and regulations established by federal, state and local authorities, and, accordingly, makes provision for the estimated costs of compliance. Of the undiscounted total $55.2 million of accrued environmental costs at July 3, 2004 ($54.9 million at December 31, 2003), $22.3 million was classified in accrued expenses and other current liabilities ($22.0 million at December 31, 2003) and $32.9 million was classified in deferred credits and other liabilities ($32.9 million at December 31, 2003). During the second quarter and first half of 2004, Nucor revised estimates as additional information was obtained, increasing environmental reserves by $323,000 and $478,000, respectively. In the second quarter and first half of 2003, Nucor reduced estimates for environmental reserves by $397,000 and $3.1 million, respectively.

 

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.

 

7. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN: Nucor has a Profit Sharing and Retirement Savings Plan for qualified employees. Nucor’s expense for these benefits was $43.3 and $63.0 million in the second quarter and first half of 2004, respectively, and $2.3 million and $5.3 million in the second quarter and first half of 2003, respectively.

 

8. OTHER INCOME: In the first quarter of 2004, Nucor realized a pre-tax gain of $1.6 million on the sale of equipment. In the first quarter of 2003, Nucor received $2.3 million related to a graphite electrodes anti-trust settlement.

 

9. 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.

 

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Nucor Corporation – Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited), continued

 

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 investment in affiliates. The company’s segment results are as follows (in thousands):

 

     Six Months (26 Weeks) Ended

    Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended

 
     July 3, 2004

    July 5, 2003

    July 3, 2004

    July 5, 2003

 

Net sales to external customers:

                                

Steel mills

   $ 4,525,143     $ 2,618,182     $ 2,461,074     $ 1,320,303  

Steel products

     523,095       382,550       300,748       200,158  
    


 


 


 


     $ 5,048,238     $ 3,000,732     $ 2,761,822     $ 1,520,461  
    


 


 


 


Intercompany sales:

                                

Steel mills

   $ 399,166     $ 238,833     $ 209,433     $ 127,767  

Steel products

     3,103       2,094       1,750       1,235  

Corporate/eliminations/other

     (402,269 )     (240,927 )     (211,183 )     (129,002 )
    


 


 


 


     $ —       $ —       $ —       $ —    
    


 


 


 


Earnings (loss) before income taxes:

                                

Steel mills

   $ 768,015     $ 102,386     $ 532,748     $ 47,817  

Steel products

     37,368       (12,247 )     31,532       (3,099 )

Corporate/eliminations/other

     (232,303 )     (58,005 )     (167,984 )     (35,234 )
    


 


 


 


     $ 573,080     $ 32,134     $ 396,296     $ 9,484  
    


 


 


 


 

     July 3, 2004

   Dec. 31, 2003

Segment assets:

             

Steel mills

   $ 4,173,718    $ 3,927,391

Steel products

     444,870      324,235

Corporate/eliminations/other

     492,278      240,727
    

  

     $ 5,110,866    $ 4,492,353
    

  

 

10. ACQUISITIONS: In February 2004, Nucor purchased a one-half interest in Harris Steel, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Steel Group, Inc., for a cash purchase price of approximately $21.0 million. In addition, Harris Steel Group may receive up to an additional $6.0 million upon the achievement of certain operating results of the venture over the next five years.

 

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 $35.0 million. The purchase price did not include working capital and Nucor assumed no material liabilities of the North Star operation. Nucor Steel Kingman is currently not operating. After evaluating options for this facility, Nucor decided not to restart the melt shop. Accordingly, the value of this asset was reduced by $13.2 million in the second quarter of 2004, which has been reflected in cost of products sold.

 

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Nucor Corporation – Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited), continued

 

11. EARNINGS PER SHARE: The computations of basic and diluted earnings per share are as follows (in thousands except per share amounts):

 

     Six Months (26 Weeks) Ended

   Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended

     July 3, 2004

   July 5, 2003

   July 3, 2004

   July 5, 2003

Basic earnings per share:

                           

Basic net earnings

   $ 364,680    $ 26,207    $ 251,442    $ 8,425
    

  

  

  

Average shares outstanding

     78,874      78,187      79,006      78,193
    

  

  

  

Basic net earnings per share

   $ 4.62    $ 0.34    $ 3.18    $ 0.11
    

  

  

  

Diluted earnings per share:

                           

Diluted net earnings

   $ 364,680    $ 26,207    $ 251,442    $ 8,425
    

  

  

  

Diluted average shares outstanding:

                           

Basic shares outstanding

     78,874      78,187      79,006      78,193

Dilutive effect of stock options and other

     523      95      430      123
    

  

  

  

       79,397      78,282      79,436      78,316
    

  

  

  

Diluted net earnings per share

   $ 4.59    $ 0.33    $ 3.17    $ 0.11
    

  

  

  

 

12. SUBSEQUENT EVENT: On July 17, 2004, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc., purchased substantially all of the steelmaking assets of Corus Tuscaloosa for a price of approximately $89.7 million. The facility is a coiled plate mill that manufactures pressure vessel steel coil, discrete plate and cut-to-length plate products with an annual capacity of approximately 800,000 tons.

 

On August 1, 2004, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC, purchased certain assets of Worthington Industries, Inc. cold rolling mill in Decatur Alabama for a cash purchase price of approximately $80.3 million. The assets purchased include all of the buildings, the pickle line, four-stand tandem cold mill, temper mill and annealing furnaces adjacent to the current Nucor Steel Decatur, LLC steel plant. This 1,000,000-ton cold mill facility has 600,000 tons of annealing capacity. The purchase does not include the slitting and cut-to-length equipment, which Worthington will continue to operate.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

Certain statements made in this quarterly 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 the 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.

 

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report, as well as the audited financial statements and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” contained in Nucor’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003.

 

Operations

 

Net sales for the second quarter of 2004 increased 82% from the second quarter of 2003 primarily due to a 61% increase in average sales price per ton from $357 in the second quarter of 2003 to $575 in the second quarter of 2004 and to a 13% increase in total tons shipped to outside customers. Net sales for the first half of 2004 increased 68% from the first half of 2003. Average sales price per ton increased 47% from $350 in the first half of 2003 to $514 in the first half of 2004, while total tons shipped to outside customers increased 15%. Net sales increased due to increased demand for our products and the resulting increase in base prices, as well as the continuation of a raw material surcharge that was initiated in the first quarter of 2004 to address historically high scrap costs.

 

During the first half of 2004, Nucor established records in the steel mills segment for steel production, total steel shipments and steel sales to outside customers. The steel mills operated substantially at capacity in the first half of 2004 versus 96% in the first half of 2003. In the first half of 2004, steel production was 10,081,000 tons, compared with 8,545,000 tons produced in the first half of 2003. Total steel shipments were 10,050,000 tons in the first half of 2004, compared with 8,643,000 tons in last year’s first half. Steel shipments to outside customers were 9,182,000 tons in the first half of 2004, compared with 7,993,000 tons in the first half of 2003. In the steel products segment, steel joist production during the first half of 2004 was 252,000 tons, compared with 235,000 tons in the first half of 2003. Steel deck sales were 168,000 tons, compared with 172,000 tons in last year’s first half. Cold finished steel sales were 145,000 tons, compared with 128,000 tons in the first half of 2003.

 

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Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, continued

 

The major component of cost of products sold is raw material costs. In the second quarter of 2004, the average price of raw materials increased approximately 65% from the second quarter of 2003, and increased approximately 60% in the first half of 2004 compared with the first half of 2003. The average prices of raw materials used in the steel mills segment and the steel products segment increased approximately 70% and 17%, respectively, from the second quarter of 2003 and increased approximately 65% and 10%, respectively, from the first half of 2003. The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in our steel mills segment was $227 in the second quarter of 2004, an increase of 73% from $131 in the second quarter of 2003, and was $214 in the first half of 2004, an increase of 69% from $127 in the first half of 2003. As a result of these increases, Nucor incurred a charge to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting of $67.1 million in the second quarter of 2004 (including a LIFO charge of $12.1 million for Nucor Yamato Steel Company, of which Nucor owns 51%), compared with a charge of $6.5 million in the second quarter of 2003 (including a LIFO charge of $1.3 million for Nucor-Yamato Steel Company). In the first half of 2004, the LIFO charge was $99.3 million (including a LIFO charge of $19.3 million for Nucor-Yamato Steel Company), compared with a charge of $12.9 million in the first half of 2003 (including a LIFO charge of $2.5 million for Nucor-Yamato Steel Company). Interim LIFO charges are based on estimates of inventory prices and quantities at year-end. These estimates will likely differ from actual amounts, and such differences may be significant.

 

After evaluating options for the steel mill in Kingman, Arizona, which is currently not operating, it was determined that the melt shop would not be restarted. Accordingly, the value of this asset was reduced by $13.2 million in the second quarter of 2004, which is reflected in cost of products sold. The net book value as of July 3, 2004 of $20.6 million represents management’s best estimate of the remaining assets’ fair value and such estimates may be revised.

 

Pre-operating and start-up costs of new facilities decreased to $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2004, compared with $33.5 million in the second quarter of 2003. For the first half of 2004, pre-operating and start-up costs decreased to $16.8 million, compared with $60.2 million in the first half of 2003. In 2004, these costs primarily related to the start-up of the Castrip® facility at our sheet mill in Crawfordsville, Indiana. In 2003, these costs primarily related to the start-up of the sheet mill in Decatur, Alabama (formerly Trico Steel Company, LLC) and the Castrip facility.

 

Gross margins improved to approximately 19% for the second quarter of 2004 and approximately 16% for the first half of 2004, compared with approximately 4% for the second quarter of 2003 and approximately 5% for the first half of 2003. The improvement is due to the events and trends discussed above as well as to the turnaround achieved at our sheet mill in Decatur, Alabama and the plate mill in Hertford County, North Carolina.

 

The major components of marketing, administrative and other expenses are freight and profit sharing costs. Unit freight costs remained flat from the second quarter of 2003 to the second quarter of 2004, and decreased approximately 4% in the first half of 2004 compared with the first half of 2003. Profit sharing costs, which are based upon and generally fluctuate with pre-tax earnings, increased approximately eightfold from the second quarter of 2003 to the second quarter of 2004, and increased approximately ninefold from the first half of 2004 compared with the first half of 2003. In the second quarter and first half of 2004, profit sharing costs included $7.5 million and $10.0 million, respectively, for an extraordinary bonus paid to employees for the achievement of record earnings through the first half of 2004. Every employee except for senior officers received $1,000 in July 2004.

 

Interest expense, net of interest income, decreased from the second quarter of 2003 to the second quarter of 2004, and decreased from the first half of 2003 to the first half of 2004, primarily due to an increase in short-term investments and to call premiums expensed in the first quarter of 2003 when fixed rate industrial revenue bonds were redeemed and reissued in the form of new variable rate industrial revenue bonds. There were no such call premiums incurred in the first half of 2004.

 

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Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, continued

 

Minority interests represent the income attributable to the minority partners of Nucor’s less than 100% owned joint venture, Nucor-Yamato Steel Company. 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 the first half of 2004 and 2003, the amount of cash distributed to minority interest holders exceeded amounts allocated to minority interests based on mutual agreement of the general partners; however, the cumulative amount of cash distributed to partners was less than the cumulative net earnings of the partnership.

 

In the first half of 2004, Nucor realized a $1.6 million gain on the sale of equipment. In the first half of 2003, Nucor reported other income of $2.3 million related to graphite electrodes anti-trust settlements.

 

Nucor had an effective tax rate of 36.6% in the second quarter of 2004 compared with 11.2% in the second quarter of 2003, and had an effective tax rate of 36.4% in the first half of 2004 compared with 18.4% in the first half of 2003. The increase in the effective tax rate is primarily due to the effect of increased pre-tax earnings.

 

Net earnings increased during the second quarter and first half of 2004 compared with the second quarter and first half of 2003 due to increased margins and decreased pre-operating and start-up costs, partially offset by increased LIFO charges, increased profit-sharing costs, the write-off of certain idled assets and increased income taxes.

 

Liquidity and capital resources

 

The current ratio was 2.4 at the end of the first half of 2004 and 2.6 at year-end 2003. The percentage of long-term debt to total capital was 24% at the end of the first half of 2004 and 26% at year-end 2003. Nucor has a simple capital structure with no off-balance sheet arrangements or relationships with unconsolidated special purpose entities.

 

Capital expenditures increased approximately 18% from the first half of 2003 to the first half of 2004. Capital expenditures are projected to be approximately $230.0 million for all of 2004.

 

Funds provided from operations and existing credit facilities are expected to be sufficient to meet future capital expenditure and working capital requirements for existing operations for at least the next 24 months. Nucor has the financial ability to borrow additional funds to finance major acquisitions and still maintain reasonable leverage.

 

Nucor’s directors have approved the purchase of up to 15.0 million shares of Nucor common stock. There were no repurchases during the first half of 2004 or 2003. Since the inception of the stock repurchase program in 1998, Nucor has repurchased approximately 10.8 million shares at a cost of about $444.5 million

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

Management does not believe Nucor’s exposure to market risk has significantly changed since December 31, 2003 and does not believe that market risks will result in significant adverse impacts to our financial condition or results of operations.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

Our management, including our principal executive and principal financial officers, has evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to provide reasonable assurance that the information required to be disclosed in this Form 10-Q quarterly report has been appropriately recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the period covered by this report. Based on that evaluation, our principal executive and principal financial officers have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective at the reasonable assurance level of achieving Nucor’s disclosure control objectives.

 

Our management, including our principal executive and principal financial officers, has evaluated any changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarterly period covered by this report, and has concluded that there was no change that occurred during the quarterly period covered by this report that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

 

See the disclosure that appears under Legal Proceedings in Item 1. of Part II of our Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 3, 2004.

 

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

 

At the annual meeting of stockholders held on May 13, 2004, the following actions were taken:

 

Three directors were elected for terms of three years expiring in 2007: 65,933,538 shares were voted for Daniel R. DiMicco (833,707 withheld), 65,935,181 shares were voted for James D. Hlavacek (832,064 withheld) and 65,942,431 shares were voted for Raymond J. Milchovich (824,814 withheld). Peter C. Browning, Clayton C. Daley, Jr., Harvey B. Gantt, Victoria F. Haynes, and Thomas A. Waltermire continue to serve as directors of the Company.

 

The Audit Committee’s selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to serve as Nucor’s independent auditors for the year ending December 31, 2004 was ratified by a vote of 65,058,576 for, 1,322,729 against and 385,931 abstaining.

 

Item 6. Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K

 

a. List of Exhibits:

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description of Exhibit


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
31.1    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
32.1    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

 

b. Reports on Form 8-K:

 

None.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Nucor Corporation has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

   

NUCOR CORPORATION

Date: August 4, 2004

 

By:

 

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby


       

Terry S. Lisenby

       

Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

       

and Executive Vice President

 

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NUCOR CORPORATION

List of Exhibits to Form 10-Q – July 3, 2004

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description of Exhibit


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
31.1   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
32.1   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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Section 302 CEO And CFO Certification

Exhibit 31

 

Certification of Principal Executive Officer

Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a)

(Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)

 

I, Daniel R. DiMicco, certify that:

 

  1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Nucor Corporation;

 

  2. Based on my knowledge, this quarterly 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 quarterly 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 quarterly 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 function):

 

(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.

 

Date: August 4, 2004

 

/s/ Daniel R. DiMicco


   

Daniel R. DiMicco

   

Vice Chairman, President and

Chief Executive Officer

Section 302 CEO Certification

Exhibit 31.1

 

Certification of Principal Financial Officer

Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a)

(Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002)

 

I, Terry S. Lisenby, certify that:

 

  1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Nucor Corporation;

 

  2. Based on my knowledge, this quarterly 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 quarterly 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 quarterly 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 function):

 

(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.

 

Date: August 4, 2004

 

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby


   

Terry S. Lisenby

   

Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

and Executive Vice President

Section 906 CEO And CFO Certification

Exhibit 32

 

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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 3, 2004 of the Registrant (the “Report”), that:

 

(1) The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) 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:   August 4, 2004

Section 906 CEO Certification

Exhibit 32.1

 

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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended July 3, 2004 of the Registrant (the “Report”), that:

 

(1) The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) 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:   August 4, 2004