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First

Quarter

2007

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 March 31, 2007

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.)

 

1915 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 a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer  x    Accelerated filer  ¨    Non-accelerated filer  ¨

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

301,704,034 shares of common stock were outstanding at March 31, 2007.

 



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Nucor Corporation

Form 10-Q

March 31, 2007

 

               Page
INDEX          
Part I    Financial Information   
   Item 1   

Financial Statements

  
     

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings - Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended March 31, 2007 and April 1, 2006

   3
     

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets - March 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006

   4
     

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended March 31, 2007 and April 1, 2006

   5
     

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

   6
   Item 2   

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

   16
   Item 3   

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   19
   Item 4   

Controls and Procedures

   19
Part II    Other Information   
   Item 1A   

Risk Factors

   21
   Item 6   

Exhibits

   21
Signatures    21
List of Exhibits to Form 10-Q    22


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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)

 

      Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
      March 31, 2007    

April 1, 2006

As Adjusted

(Note 1)

 

Net sales

   $ 3,768,885     $ 3,545,097  
                

Costs, expenses and other:

    

Cost of products sold

     2,991,598       2,778,171  

Marketing, administrative and other expenses

     136,210       143,200  

Interest income, net

     (9,162 )     (5,732 )

Minority interests

     60,572       39,858  
                
     3,179,218       2,955,497  
                

Earnings before income taxes

     589,667       589,600  

Provision for income taxes

     208,638       209,569  
                

Net earnings

   $ 381,029     $ 380,031  
                

Net earnings per share:

    

Basic

   $ 1.27     $ 1.22  
                

Diluted

   $ 1.26     $ 1.21  
                

Average shares outstanding:

    

Basic

     301,034       310,626  

Diluted

     303,482       313,748  

Dividends declared per share

   $ 0.61     $ 0.35  

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Nucor Corporation Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

      March 31,
2007
   

Dec. 31, 2006

As Adjusted (Note 1)

 

Assets

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 881,606     $ 785,651  

Short-term investments

     487,465       1,410,633  

Accounts receivable, net

     1,432,123       1,067,322  

Inventories

     1,408,285       1,141,194  

Other current assets

     218,954       278,265  
                

Total current assets

     4,428,433       4,683,065  

Property, plant and equipment, net

     2,978,735       2,856,415  

Goodwill

     625,117       143,265  

Other intangible assets, net

     308,144       5,015  

Other assets

     145,305       205,258  
                

Total assets

   $ 8,485,734     $ 7,893,018  
                

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

    

Current liabilities:

    

Short-term debt

   $ 92,774     $ —    

Accounts payable

     796,320       516,640  

Federal income taxes payable

     136,051       —    

Salaries, wages and related accruals

     226,164       455,051  

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     428,069       450,226  
                

Total current liabilities

     1,679,378       1,421,917  
                

Long-term debt due after one year

     922,300       922,300  
                

Deferred credits and other liabilities

     545,533       448,084  
                

Minority interests

     201,860       243,366  
                

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Common stock

     149,150       149,006  

Additional paid-in capital

     221,201       195,543  

Retained earnings

     6,067,615       5,840,067  

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of income taxes

     23,064       4,470  
                
     6,461,030       6,189,086  

Treasury stock

     (1,324,367 )     (1,331,735 )
                

Total stockholders’ equity

     5,136,663       4,857,351  
                

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 8,485,734     $ 7,893,018  
                

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Nucor Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

      Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
      March 31, 2007    

April 1, 2006

As Adjusted (Note 1)

 

Operating activities:

    

Net earnings

   $ 381,029     $ 380,031  

Adjustments:

    

Depreciation

     98,402       90,825  

Stock-based compensation

     7,649       8,305  

Deferred income taxes

     (16,946 )     (18,331 )

Minority interests

     60,572       39,854  

Settlement of natural gas hedges

     (1,584 )     (4,931 )

Changes in assets and liabilities (exclusive of acquisitions):

    

Accounts receivable

     (122,598 )     (68,123 )

Inventories

     (5,314 )     3,832  

Accounts payable

     220,207       90,749  

Federal income taxes

     204,993       203,897  

Salaries, wages and related accruals

     (232,499 )     (152,709 )

Other

     (28,401 )     (6,008 )
                

Cash provided by operating activities

     565,510       567,391  
                

Investing activities:

    

Capital expenditures

     (91,349 )     (69,871 )

Sale of interest in affiliates

     29,500       —    

Investment in affiliates

     (8,761 )     (14,704 )

Disposition of plant and equipment

     178       1,439  

Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)

     (1,060,080 )     —    

Purchases of short-term investments

     (74,265 )     (220,308 )

Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments

     997,433       645  

Proceeds from currency derivative contracts

     517,241       —    

Settlement of currency derivative contracts

     (511,394 )     —    
                

Cash used in investing activities

     (201,497 )     (302,799 )
                

Financing activities:

    

Net change in short-term debt

     6,096       —    

Issuance of common stock

     6,601       38,011  

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

     6,000       6,500  

Distributions to minority interests

     (105,600 )     (50,142 )

Cash dividends

     (181,155 )     (100,870 )

Acquisition of treasury stock

     —         (10,263 )
                

Cash used in financing activities

     (268,058 )     (116,764 )
                

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

     95,955       147,828  

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year

     785,651       980,150  
                

Cash and cash equivalents - end of three months

   $ 881,606     $ 1,127,978  
                

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 for 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, 2006 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, 2006. Certain amounts for the prior year have been reclassified to conform to the 2007 presentation.

Effective January 1, 2007, Nucor adopted the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Staff Position AUG AIR-1, “Accounting for Planned Major Maintenance Activities.” This position statement eliminates Nucor’s previous policy to accrue in advance for planned major maintenance activities. In accordance with this position statement, Nucor now uses the deferral method of accounting for planned maintenance activities and has adjusted prior period financial statements to retrospectively apply this position statement. The effects of this adjustment on our 2006 financial statements are as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

      Consolidated Balance Sheet
      As of December 31, 2006
     

As

Previously

Reported

   Adjustments    

As

Adjusted

Other current assets

   $ 270,236    $ 8,029     $ 278,265

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     478,337      (28,111 )     450,226

Minority interests

     238,588      4,778       243,366

Retained earnings

     5,808,705      31,362       5,840,067

 

      Consolidated Statements of Earnings
      Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended April 1, 2006
     

As

Previously

Reported

   Adjustments    

As

Adjusted

Cost of products sold

   $ 2,779,042    $ (871 )   $ 2,778,171

Minority interests

     40,326      (468 )     39,858

Earnings before income taxes

     588,261      1,339       589,600

Provision for income taxes

     209,100      469       209,569

Net earnings

     379,161      870       380,031

Net earnings per share:

       

Basic

     1.22      —         1.22

Diluted

     1.21      —         1.21

The effect of the adjustment on the consolidated statement of cash flows was not significant.

 

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

Also effective January 1, 2007, Nucor adopted FASB Interpretation No. 48 (“FIN 48”), “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, an Interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109,” which clarifies the accounting of uncertainty in income taxes recognized in financial statements in accordance with FASB Statement No. 109, “Accounting for Income Taxes” (see Note 14). FIN 48 prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return.

 

2. ACQUISITION: Since 2004, Nucor has owned a one-half interest in the rebar fabricator Harris Steel Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Steel Group Inc. (“Harris Steel”). In March 2007, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nucor acquired all the issued and outstanding shares of Harris Steel for a cash purchase price of Cdn$46.25 per Harris Steel share. The purchase price includes $1.06 billion paid in cash and $68.4 million of short-term debt assumed related to the net assets acquired. Nucor has also consolidated an additional $18.2 million of short-term debt related to its previous 50% ownership in Harris Steel Inc. As a result of the acquisition, Nucor has now consolidated this entity which was previously accounted for under the equity method. Harris Steel, which now operates as a subsidiary of Nucor, manufactures industrial products principally in the U.S. and Canada. Harris Steel also participates in steel trading on a worldwide basis, and in the distribution of reinforcing steel and related products to U.S. customers. The acquisition of Harris Steel has significantly advanced Nucor’s vertical integration strategy.

We have obtained preliminary independent appraisals for the purpose of allocating the purchase price to the individual assets acquired and liabilities assumed. These valuations are subject to adjustment as additional information is obtained; however, these adjustments are not expected to be material. The following table summarizes the estimated fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed of Harris Steel as of the date of acquisition (in thousands):

 

Current assets

   $ 459,992  

Property, plant and equipment

     122,187  

Goodwill

     478,378  

Other intangible assets

     305,200  

Other assets

     565  
        

Total assets acquired

     1,366,322  
        

Short-term debt

     (68,365 )

Other current liabilities

     (108,891 )

Deferred credits and other liabilities

     (126,092 )

Minority interests

     (3,522 )
        

Total liabilities assumed

     (306,870 )
        

Net assets acquired

   $ 1,059,452  
        

The preliminary purchase price allocation to the identifiable intangible assets is as follows (in thousands, except years):

 

          Weighted
Average Life

Customer relationships

   $ 271,400    22 years

Trade names

     33,800    20 years
           
   $ 305,200    22 years
           

 

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The majority of the goodwill has been preliminarily allocated to the steel products segment (see Note 6).

The results of Harris 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 Harris Steel occurred at the beginning of each period are as follows:

 

      Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended
      March 31, 2007    April 1, 2006

Net sales

   $ 3,945,510    $ 3,776,660

Net earnings

     389,679      383,178

Net earnings per share:

     

Basic

   $ 1.29    $ 1.23
             

Diluted

   $ 1.28    $ 1.22
             

 

3. SHORT-TERM INVESTMENTS: As of March 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006, short-term investments consisted entirely of variable rate demand notes (“VRDN’s”), which are variable rate bonds tied to short-term interest rates with maturities on the face of the securities in excess of 90 days. All of the VRDN’s in which Nucor invests are secured by a direct-pay letter of credit issued by a high-credit quality financial institution. Nucor is able to receive the principal invested and interest accrued thereon no later than seven days after notifying the financial institution that Nucor has elected to tender the VRDN’s. VRDN’s trade at par value; therefore, no realized or unrealized gains or losses were incurred. Aggregate contractual maturities of the Company’s short-term investments are $100.8 million in 2015 and $386.7 million in 2028 and thereafter.

 

4. INVENTORIES: Inventories consist of approximately 42% raw materials and supplies and 58% finished and semi-finished products at March 31, 2007 (48% and 52%, respectively, at December 31, 2006). 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 51% of total inventories as of March 31, 2007 (63% as of December 31, 2006). If the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method of accounting had been used, inventories would have been $411.7 million higher at March 31, 2007 ($387.2 million higher at December 31, 2006).

 

5. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT: Property, plant and equipment is recorded net of accumulated depreciation of $3.63 billion at March 31, 2007 ($3.54 billion at December 31, 2006).

 

6. GOODWILL AND OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS: The change in the net carrying amount of goodwill for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 by segment is as follows (in thousands):

 

      Steel Mills    Steel Products    Total

Balance at December 31, 2006

   $ 2,007    $ 141,258    $ 143,265

Acquisitions

     —        478,378      478,378

Other

     —        3,474      3,474
                    

Balance at March 31, 2007

   $ 2,007    $ 623,110    $ 625,117
                    

 

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Goodwill resulting from the acquisition of Harris Steel accounts for the majority of the increase in goodwill in the current period and is presented based upon Nucor’s preliminary purchase price allocation. The majority of goodwill is not tax deductible.

Intangible assets with estimated useful lives of five to 22 years are comprised of the following (in thousands):

 

      March 31, 2007    December 31, 2006
      Gross
Amount
   Accumulated
Amortization
   Gross
Amount
   Accumulated
Amortization

Customer relationships

   $ 271,400    $ 1,624    $ —      $ —  

Trade names

     33,800      116      —        —  

Other

     8,742      4,058      8,742      3,727
                           
   $ 313,942    $ 5,798    $ 8,742    $ 3,727
                           

Intangible asset amortization expense for the first quarter of 2007 and 2006 was $2.1 million and $0.3 million, respectively. Annual amortization expense is estimated to be $17.6 million in 2007; $29.3 million in 2008; $27.2 million in 2009; $24.9 million in 2010; and $22.7 million in 2011.

 

7. CURRENT LIABILITIES: Drafts payable, included in accounts payable in the balance sheet, was $134.6 million at March 31, 2007 ($74.7 million at December 31, 2006).

Dividends payable, included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities in the balance sheet, was $184.6 million at March 31, 2007 ($181.2 million at December 31, 2006).

 

8. DEBT AND FINANCING ARRANGEMENTS: In addition to Nucor’s $700 million five-year unsecured revolving credit facility maturing in June 2010, under which no borrowings were outstanding at March 31, 2007, Harris Steel has credit facilities with two Canadian banks totaling approximately $127 million. Short-term debt outstanding of $90.3 million under these facilities bears interest at rates related to bank prime lending rates or the London Inter-Bank Offered Rates (LIBOR). Inventories and accounts receivable are pledged as collateral.

In addition, the business of Novosteel, of which Harris Steel owns 75%, is financed by trade credit arrangements totaling approximately $172.5 million with a number of Swiss-based banking institutions. These arrangements, principally letters of credit under trade finance facilities, are non-recourse to Nucor and its subsidiaries. As of March 31, 2007, there were outstanding borrowings of $2.5 million and outstanding letters of credit of $37.0 million under the Swiss trade credit arrangements for commitments to purchase inventories, which had not yet been received.

The fair values of Nucor’s short- and long-term debt approximate the carrying values.

 

9. STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION: Stock Options – Nucor’s stock option plans provide that common stock options may be granted to key employees, officers and non-employee directors with exercise prices at 100% of the market value on the date of the grant. Outstanding options are exercisable six months after the grant date and have a term of seven years. Nucor did not grant any options during 2006 or during the first quarter of 2007 and does not expect to grant options to its employees, officers or non-employee directors in future periods. A summary of activity under Nucor’s stock option plans for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 is as follows (in thousands, except year and per share amounts):

 

      Shares     Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
   Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual Life
   Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value

Number of shares under option:

          

Outstanding at beginning of year

   2,461     $ 20.21      

Exercised

   (359 )     18.38       $ 16,342

Canceled

   —         —        
                  

Outstanding at March 31, 2007

   2,102     $ 20.52    4.0 years    $ 93,768
                  

Options exercisable at March 31, 2007

   2,102     $ 20.52    4.0 years    $ 93,768
                  

 

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As of March 1, 2006, all outstanding options were vested; therefore, no compensation expense related to stock options was recorded in the first quarter of 2007 ($2.5 million in the first quarter of 2006). The amount of cash received for the exercise of stock options totaled $6.6 million in the first quarter of 2007.

Restricted Stock Awards – Nucor’s Senior Officers Annual Incentive Plan (the “AIP”) and Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “LTIP”) authorize the award of shares of common stock to officers subject to certain conditions and restrictions. The LTIP provides for the award of shares of restricted common stock at the end of each LTIP performance measurement period at no cost to officers if certain financial performance goals are met during the period. One-third of the LTIP restricted stock award vests upon each of the first three anniversaries of the award date or, if earlier, upon the officer’s attainment of age fifty-five while employed by Nucor. Although participants are entitled to cash dividends and may vote such awarded shares, the sale or transfer of such shares is limited during the restricted period.

The AIP provides for the payment of annual cash incentive awards. An AIP participant may elect, however, to defer payment of up to one-half of an annual incentive award. In such event, the deferred AIP award is converted into common stock units and credited with a deferral incentive, in the form of additional common stock units, equal to 25% of the number of common stock units attributable to the deferred AIP award. Common stock units attributable to deferred AIP awards are fully vested. Common stock units credited as a deferral incentive vest upon the AIP participant’s attainment of age fifty-five while employed by Nucor. Vested common stock units are paid to AIP participants in the form of shares of common stock following their termination of employment with Nucor.

 

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

A summary of Nucor’s restricted stock activity under the AIP and LTIP for the first quarter of 2007 is as follows (shares in thousands):

 

      Shares     Weighted
Average
Price

Restricted stock awards and units:

    

Unvested at beginning of year

   553     $ 39.14

Granted

   464       64.26

Vested

   (431 )     49.31

Canceled

   —         —  
            

Unvested at March 31, 2007

   586     $ 51.56
            

Shares reserved for future grants

   2,267    
        

Compensation expense for common stock and common stock units awarded under the AIP and LTIP is recorded over the performance measurement and vesting periods based on the anticipated number and market value of shares of common stock and common stock units to be awarded. Compensation expense for anticipated awards based upon Nucor’s financial performance, exclusive of amounts payable in cash, was $5.0 million and $5.8 million in the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, respectively. At March 31, 2007, unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested restricted stock was $9.4 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.2 years.

Restricted Stock Units – In June 2006, Nucor granted restricted stock units (“RSU’s”) to key employees, officers and non-employee directors for the first time. The RSU’s typically vest and are converted to common stock in three equal installments on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date. A portion of the RSU’s awarded to senior officers vest upon the officer’s retirement. Retirement, for purposes of vesting in these units only, means termination of employment with approval of the Compensation and Executive Development Committee after satisfying age and years of service requirements. RSU’s granted to non-employee directors are fully vested on the grant date and are payable to the non-employee director in the form of common stock after the termination of the director’s service on the board of directors.

RSU’s granted to employees who are eligible for retirement on the date of grant or will become retirement-eligible prior to the end of the vesting term are expensed over the period through which the employee will become retirement-eligible since the awards vest upon retirement from the Company. Compensation expense for RSU’s granted to employees who are not retirement-eligible is recognized on a straight-line basis over the vesting period. Cash dividend equivalents are paid to participants each quarter. Dividend equivalents paid on units expected to vest are recognized as a reduction in retained earnings.

The fair value of the RSU’s is determined based on the closing stock price of Nucor’s common stock on the day before the grant. A summary of Nucor’s restricted stock for the first quarter of 2007 is as follows (shares in thousands):

 

      Shares     Weighted
Average
Price

Restricted stock awards and units:

    

Unvested at beginning of year

   597     $ 52.64

Granted

   —         —  

Vested

   (2 )     52.64

Canceled

   (2 )     52.64
            

Unvested at April 1, 2007

   593     $ 52.64
            

Shares reserved for future grants

   18,316    
        

 

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Compensation expense for RSU’s was $2.6 million in the first quarter of 2007 (none in the first quarter of 2006). As of March 31, 2007, there was $21.8 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to nonvested RSU’s, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 1.7 years.

 

10. DERIVATIVES: Nucor utilizes forward foreign exchange contracts to hedge cash flows associated with certain assets and liabilities, firm commitments and anticipated transactions. These instruments are measured at their fair value with any foreign exchange gain/loss recorded in the same line as the underlying transactions (cost of products sold or marketing, administrative and other expenses) if they do not meet hedge accounting criteria. Derivatives meeting hedging requirements are also measured at fair value; however, any unrealized gains or losses are recorded as accumulated other comprehensive income until final settlement, at which time the gains/losses are recorded in the same line as the underlying transactions.

In January 2007, the Company entered into forward foreign currency contracts in order to mitigate the risk of currency fluctuation on our anticipated acquisition of Harris Steel. These contracts had a notional value of Cdn$600 million and settled in March 2007 resulting in a recognized gain of $5.8 million included in marketing, administrative and other expenses.

At March 31, 2007, the company had entered into currency contracts with Swiss financial institutions to receive a total of $20.3 million at various dates up to June 2007 in exchange for Cdn$23.8 million. Each contract was entered into in relation to purchase order obligations for steel payable in U.S. funds or the anticipated receipt of Canadian funds related to receivables.

 

11. 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 $22.4 million of accrued environmental costs at March 31, 2007 ($23.0 million at December 31, 2006), $19.1 million was classified in accrued expenses and other current liabilities ($19.7 million at December 31, 2006) and $3.3 million was classified in deferred credits and other liabilities ($3.3 million at December 31, 2006).

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 that would have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements.

 

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12. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN: Nucor has a Profit Sharing and Retirement Savings Plan for qualified employees. Nucor’s expense for these benefits was $62.7 million and $62.6 million in the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, respectively.

 

13. INTEREST INCOME: The components of net interest income are as follows (in thousands):

 

      Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
      March 31, 2007     April 1, 2006  

Interest income

   $ (19,653 )   $ (15,458 )

Interest expense

     10,491       9,726  
                

Interest income, net

   $ (9,162 )   $ (5,732 )
                

 

14. INCOME TAXES: Nucor adopted the provisions of FIN 48 on January 1, 2007. As a result of the implementation of FIN 48, Nucor recognized a $31.1 million decrease to reserves for uncertain tax positions. At the adoption date, Nucor had approximately $92.4 million of unrecognized tax benefits, of which $90.2 million would affect Nucor’s effective tax rate, if recognized. At March 31, 2007, Nucor had approximately $95.9 million of unrecognized tax benefits.

Nucor recognizes interest and penalties accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits as a component of income before taxes, which is consistent with the recognition of these items in prior reporting periods. As of March 31, 2007, Nucor had approximately $33.1 million of accrued interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions.

Nucor has substantially concluded all U.S. federal income tax matters for years through 2004. The tax years 2003 through 2006 remain open to examination by the other major taxing jurisdictions to which Nucor is subject.

 

15. COMPREHENSIVE INCOME: Total comprehensive income is composed primarily of net earnings, net unrealized gains and losses on cash flow hedges and foreign currency translation adjustments, all of which are presented net of tax. Total comprehensive income was $399.6 million and $362.7 million in the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, respectively.

 

16. SEGMENTS: Nucor reports its results in the following 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, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, light gauge steel framing, steel grating and expanded metal, and wire and wire mesh. 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.

Interest expense, minority interests, other income, profit sharing expense and changes in the LIFO reserve and environmental accruals are shown under Corporate/eliminations/other. Corporate assets primarily include cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, deferred income tax assets and investments in affiliates.

 

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The company’s results by segment were as follows (in thousands):

 

      Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
      March 31, 2007    

April 1, 2006

As Adjusted (Note 1)

 

Net sales to external customers:

    

Steel mills

   $ 3,273,254     $ 3,149,426  

Steel products

     484,032       395,671  

Other

     11,599       —    
                
   $ 3,768,885     $ 3,545,097  
                

Intercompany sales:

    

Steel mills

   $ 255,152     $ 255,398  

Steel products

     68,929       5,818  

Corporate/eliminations/other

     (324,081 )     (261,216 )
                
   $ —       $ —    
                

Earnings (loss) before income taxes:

    

Steel mills

   $ 735,329     $ 732,777  

Steel products

     51,095       41,768  

Corporate/eliminations/other

     (196,757 )     (184,945 )
                
   $ 589,667     $ 589,600  
                
      March 31, 2007    

As Adjusted

Dec. 31, 2006

 

Segment assets:

    

Steel mills

   $ 4,790,168     $ 4,717,734  

Steel products

     2,021,207       751,858  

Corporate/eliminations/other

     1,674,359       2,423,426  
                
   $ 8,485,734     $ 7,893,018  
                
Geographic information is as follows (in thousands):     
      March 31, 2007     Dec. 31, 2006  

Property, plant and equipment, net:

    

United States

   $ 2,639,729     $ 2,624,231  

Other

     339,006       232,184  
                
   $ 2,978,735     $ 2,856,415  
                

 

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

 

      Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended
      March 31, 2007   

April 1, 2006

As Adjusted (Note 1)

Basic net earnings per share:

     

Basic net earnings

   $ 381,029    $ 380,031
             

Average shares outstanding

     301,034      310,626
             

Basic net earnings per share

   $ 1.27    $ 1.22
             

Diluted net earnings per share:

     

Diluted net earnings

   $ 381,029    $ 380,031
             

Diluted average shares outstanding:

     

Basic shares outstanding

     301,034      310,626

Dilutive effect of stock options and other

     2,448      3,122
             
     303,482      313,748
             

Diluted net earnings per share

   $ 1.26    $ 1.21
             

 

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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 in this report. 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 volatility in 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 and steel products, which, in the case of many of our products, is driven by the level of non-residential construction activity; (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 and fluctuations in currency conversion rates; (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 steel industry; (9) capital investments and their impact on our performance; and (10) our safety performance.

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 consolidated 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, 2006.

Overview

Nucor and affiliates are manufacturers of steel products, with operating facilities primarily in the U.S. and Canada. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel—in bars, beams, sheet and plate; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; steel fasteners; metal building systems; light gauge steel framing; steel grating and expanded metal; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor is the nation’s largest recycler.

In March 2007, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nucor acquired all the issued and outstanding shares of Harris Steel Group Inc. (“Harris Steel”) for a cash purchase price of Cdn$46.25 per Harris Steel share. Harris Steel has several business units: Harris Rebar, which is involved in the fabrication and placing of concrete reinforcing steel and the design and installation of concrete post-tensioning systems; Laurel Steel, which is a manufacturer and distributor of wire and wire products, welded wire mesh and cold finished bar; and Fisher & Ludlow, which is a manufacturer and distributor of heavy industrial steel grating, aluminum grating and expanded metal. These operations serve customers throughout Canada and the United States. Harris Steel also participates in steel trading on a worldwide basis through Novosteel (owned 75% by Harris), and in the distribution of reinforcing steel and allied products to customers in the United States through Harris Supply Solutions. Harris Steel employs approximately 3,000 people throughout its organization. The results of Harris Steel, which were not significant in the first quarter, are included in the results of operations as of the date of acquisition.

Operations

Net sales for the first quarter of 2007 increased 6% to $3.77 billion, compared with $3.55 billion in the first quarter of 2006 due to an increase in total tons shipped to outside customers and by an increase in average sales price per ton. Total tons shipped to outside customers increased 1% from 5,621,000 tons in the first quarter of 2006 to 5,653,000 tons in the first quarter of 2007. Average sales price per ton increased 6% from $631 in the first quarter of 2006 to $667 in the first quarter of 2007.

In the first quarter of 2007, steel production was 5,585,000 tons, compared with 5,791,000 tons

 

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produced in the first quarter of 2006, a decrease of 4%. Total steel shipments decreased 1% to 5,660,000 tons in the first quarter of 2007, compared with 5,721,000 tons in last year’s first quarter. Steel sales to outside customers decreased 1% to 5,229,000 tons, compared with 5,263,000 tons in last year’s first quarter. In the steel products segment, steel joist production during the first quarter was 121,000 tons, compared with 139,000 tons in the first quarter of 2006, a decrease of 13%. Steel deck sales were 106,000 tons, compared with 85,000 tons in last year’s first quarter, an increase of 25%. Cold finished steel sales decreased 6% to 90,000 tons, compared with 96,000 tons in the first quarter of 2006. During the first quarter of 2007, the average utilization rates of all operating facilities in the steel mills and steel products segments were approximately 88% and 74%, respectively, compared with 93% and 77%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2006.

The major component of cost of products sold is raw material costs. In the first quarter of 2007, the average price of raw materials increased 9% from the first quarter of 2006. The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in our steel mills segment was $259 in the first quarter of 2007, an increase of 9% from $237 in the first quarter of 2006. Total energy costs decreased approximately $3 per ton from the first quarter of 2006 to the first quarter of 2007. Nucor incurred a charge to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting of $24.5 million in the first quarter of 2007, compared with a charge of $9.0 million in the first quarter of 2006. The LIFO charges for these interim periods are based on management’s estimates of both inventory prices and quantities at year-end. These estimates will likely differ from actual amounts, and such differences may be significant.

Pre-operating and start-up costs of new facilities increased to $11.2 million in the first quarter of 2007, compared with $6.0 million in the first quarter of 2006. For the first quarter of 2007, these costs primarily related to the Hlsmelt project in Kwinana, Western Australia, and the start-up of our new SBQ mill in Memphis, Tennessee. In the first quarter of 2006, these costs primarily related to the HIsmelt project and the refurbishment of the facility in Trinidad.

Gross margins were approximately 21% for the first quarter of 2007 compared with approximately 22% for the first quarter of 2006.

The major components of marketing, administrative and other expenses are freight and profit sharing costs. Unit freight costs remained flat from the first quarter of 2006 to the first quarter of 2007. Profit sharing costs, which are based upon and generally fluctuate with pre-tax earnings, decreased 2% from the first quarter of 2006 to the first quarter of 2007. Profit sharing costs also fluctuate based on Nucor’s achievement of certain financial performance goals, including comparisons of Nucor’s financial performance to peers in the steel industry and to other high performing companies. In addition, stock-based compensation expense is impacted by changes in Nucor’s stock price, which increased 19% during the first quarter of 2007 compared with an increase of 57% during the first quarter of 2006.

Net interest income increased 60% from $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2006 to $9.2 million in the first quarter of 2007. Although average investments decreased 7% due to the cash payment of $1.06 billion for the acquisition of Harris Steel in March 2007, the average interest rate earned on investments increased 38% over the first quarter of 2006. This increase was partially offset by an increase in the average interest rate on debt and by the addition of short-term debt assumed with the acquisition of Harris Steel.

Minority interests represent the income attributable to the minority partners of Nucor’s joint ventures, Nucor-Yamato Steel Company (“NYS”) and Novosteel S.A., of which Nucor owns 51% and 75%, respectively. Nucor obtained the investment in Novosteel in March 2007 with the acquisition of Harris Steel. Under the NYS partnership agreement, the minimum amount of cash to be distributed each year to the partners is the amount needed by each partner to pay applicable U.S. federal and state income taxes. In the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, 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.

 

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Nucor had an effective tax rate of 35.4% in the first quarter of 2007, compared with 35.5% in the first quarter 2006.

Net earnings for the first quarter of 2007 were $381.0 million, similar to the first quarter of 2006’s net earnings of $380.0 million. Diluted net earnings per share increased 4% to $1.26 from $1.21 in the first quarter of 2006. Net earnings as a percentage of net sales were 10.1% in the first quarter of 2007 and 10.7% in the first quarter of 2006. The 4% increase in earnings per share reflects the effect of repurchasing approximately 11.5 million shares of Nucor’s common stock since the first quarter of 2006 (none were repurchased in the first quarter of 2007). Return on average stockholders’ equity was 30.9% and 34.3% in the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, respectively.

The outlook for the second quarter remains positive with rising prices for most of Nucor’s products favorably impacting margins as Nucor works through its higher cost scrap inventories. Overall, end-use demand remains very healthy for long products and plate. While conditions are expected to improve in the flat-rolled business, these improvements are coming from the very soft market conditions of the fourth quarter of 2006 and the first quarter of 2007. We expect this improvement to continue through the second and third quarters.

Liquidity and capital resources

The current ratio was 2.6 at the end of the first quarter of 2007 and 3.3 at year-end 2006. The percentage of long-term debt to total capital was 15% at the end of the first quarter of 2007 and at year-end 2006.

Capital expenditures increased approximately 31% during the first quarter of 2007 compared with the first quarter of 2006. Capital expenditures are projected to be approximately $940 million for all of 2007.

In February 2007, Nucor’s board of directors increased the regular quarterly cash dividend on Nucor’s common stock from $0.10 per share to $0.11 per share. In addition to the $0.11 per share base dividend amount, the board of directors approved the payment of a supplemental dividend of $0.50 per share, for a total dividend of $0.61 per share, payable on May 11, 2007 to stockholders of record on March 30, 2007.

In the first quarter of 2007, Nucor sold its interest in Ferro Gusa Carajás S. A. (“FGC”), a pig iron joint venture in northern Brazil, to its partner, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (“CVRD”). Nucor has entered into an off-take agreement with CVRD for the production of this facility.

Existing cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of approximately $1.06 billion funded the acquisition of Harris Steel in the first quarter. 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 for at least the next 24 months. Nucor believes it has the financial ability to borrow significant additional funds to finance major acquisitions and still maintain reasonable financial strength.

 

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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

In the ordinary course of business, Nucor is exposed to a variety of market risks. We continually monitor these risks and develop appropriate strategies to manage them.

Interest Rate Risk – Nucor manages interest rate risk by using a combination of variable-rate and fixed-rate debt. Nucor also makes use of interest rate swaps to manage net exposure to interest rate changes. Management does not believe that Nucor’s exposure to interest rate market risk has significantly changed since December 31, 2006.

Commodity Price Risk – In the ordinary course of business, Nucor is exposed to market risk for price fluctuations of raw materials and energy, principally scrap steel and natural gas. We attempt to negotiate the best prices for our raw materials and energy requirements and to obtain prices for our steel products that match market price movements in response to supply and demand. In the first quarter of 2004, Nucor initiated a raw material surcharge designed to pass through the historically high cost of scrap steel and other raw materials. Our surcharge mechanism has worked effectively to reduce the normal time lag in passing through higher raw material costs so that we can maintain our gross margins.

Nucor also uses derivative financial instruments to hedge a portion of our exposure to price risk related to natural gas purchases used in the production process when management believes it is prudent to do so. Gains and losses from the use of these instruments are deferred in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) on the condensed consolidated balance sheets and recognized into cost of products sold in the same period as the underlying physical transaction. At March 31, 2007, accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) includes $6.0 million in unrealized net-of-tax gains for the fair value of these derivative instruments. A sensitivity analysis of changes in the price of hedged natural gas purchases indicates that declines of 10% and 25% in natural gas prices would reduce the fair value of our pre-tax natural gas hedge position by $15.5 million and $38.6 million, respectively. Any resulting changes in fair value would be recorded as adjustments to other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax. Because these instruments are structured and used as hedges, these hypothetical losses would be partially offset by the benefit of lower prices paid for the natural gas used in the normal production cycle.

Foreign Currency Risk – Prior to the acquisition of Harris Steel, Nucor was principally a domestic manufacturer of steel and steel products with customers located primarily in the U.S. Nucor was exposed to currency fluctuations due to its joint ventures in Brazil and Australia and the direct reduced iron facility in Trinidad. With the acquisition of Harris Steel, Nucor became exposed to Canadian currency fluctuations and hedged a portion of the exposure associated with the closing of the transaction. Nucor has not hedged any other foreign currency exposure.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure 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. During the quarter ended March 31, 2007, Nucor acquired Harris Steel (See Note 2 to the condensed financial statements included in Item 1). Nucor is in the process of incorporating these operations as part of our internal controls. Nucor has extended its Section 404 compliance program under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the applicable rules and regulations under such Act to include Harris Steel. Nucor will report on its assessment of its combined operations within the time period provided by the Act and the applicable SEC rules and regulations concerning business combinations.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures, continued

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting – There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2007 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting, other than with respect to the Harris Steel operations, as noted above.

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes in Nucor’s risk factors from those included in Nucor’s annual report on Form 10-K.

Item 6. 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

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

By:

 

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby

  Terry S. Lisenby
  Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
  and Executive Vice President

Dated: May 8, 2007

 

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NUCOR CORPORATION

List of Exhibits to Form 10-Q – March 31, 2007

 

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 Princiapl Executive Officer 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)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) 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) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

(c) 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

(d) 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: May 8, 2007     

/s/ Daniel R. DiMicco

     Daniel R. DiMicco
    

Chairman, President and

Chief Executive Officer

Section 302 Principal Financial Officer 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)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) 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) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

(c) 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

(d) 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: May 8, 2007       

/s/ Terry S. Lisenby

       Terry S. Lisenby
      

Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

and Executive Vice President

Section 906 Principal Executive Officer 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, 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 March 31, 2007 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:   May 8, 2007
Section 906 Principal Financial Officer 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 March 31, 2007 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:   May 8, 2007