UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 


FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):       January 24, 2008      

NUCOR CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

1-4119
 
13-1860817
(Commission File Number)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

1915 Rexford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina
 
28211
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)

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

N/A
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
 

 
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Item 2.02
Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On January 24, 2008, Nucor Corporation issued a news release reporting its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2007. A copy of the news release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

The information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including the exhibit attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section. Furthermore, the information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.


Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits
 
(c)
Exhibits

99.1
News Release of Nucor Corporation, issued January 24, 2008
 

SIGNATURES

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

     
  NUCOR CORPORATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
  By:   /s/ Terry S. Lisenby 
 
Terry S. Lisenby
  Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Executive Vice President 

Dated: January 24, 2008

 
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INDEX TO EXHIBITS

Exhibit No.
Description

99.1
News Release of Nucor Corporation, issued January 24, 2008

 
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News Release

 
NUCOR REPORTS RESULTS FOR 2007
 
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, January 24, 2008 - Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today consolidated net earnings of $364.8 million ($1.26 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of 2007, a decrease of 10% compared with $405.1 million ($1.34 per diluted share) earned in the fourth quarter of 2006 and a decrease of 4% from the $381.2 million ($1.29 per diluted share) earned in the third quarter of 2007.
 
In the fourth quarter of 2007, Nucor’s consolidated net sales increased 27% to a quarterly record $4.40 billion, compared with $3.47 billion in the fourth quarter of 2006 and increased 3% compared with $4.26 billion in the third quarter of 2007. Average sales price per ton increased 9% from the fourth quarter of 2006 and increased 1% from the third quarter of 2007. Total tons shipped to outside customers were 5,895,000 tons in the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of 16% over the fourth quarter of 2006 and an increase of 2% over the third quarter of 2007.
 
For the full year 2007, consolidated net earnings were $1.47 billion ($4.94 per diluted share), compared with the record net earnings of $1.76 billion ($5.68 per diluted share) in 2006. Although net earnings decreased 16% from 2006 levels, 2007 was the second-best earnings year in Nucor’s history.
 
Nucor’s consolidated net sales for 2007 increased 12% to a record $16.59 billion, compared with $14.75 billion in 2006. Average sales price per ton increased 8% while total tons shipped to outside customers increased 4% from 2006.
 
The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used increased 17% from $243 in the fourth quarter of 2006 to $285 in the fourth quarter of 2007, increased 3% from $277 in the third quarter of 2007, and increased 13% from $246 in 2006 to $278 in 2007.
 
In the fourth quarter of 2007, Nucor incurred a charge to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting of $92.3 million, compared with a credit of $39.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2006, and a charge of $11.0 million in the third quarter of 2007. For the full year 2007, the LIFO charge was $194.3 million, compared with a charge of $5.4 million in 2006.
 
In the steel mill segment, steel production decreased 1% to 22,089,000 tons in 2007, compared with 22,382,000 tons produced in 2006.
 
Total steel shipments remained flat at 22,347,000 tons in 2007, compared with 22,346,000 tons in 2006. Steel shipments to outside customers decreased 2% to 20,235,000 tons in 2007, compared with 20,649,000 tons in 2006.
 
In the steel products segment, steel joist production during 2007 decreased to 542,000 tons, compared with 570,000 tons in 2006. Steel deck sales increased to 478,000 tons in 2007, compared with 398,000 tons in 2006. Cold finished steel sales increased to 449,000 tons, compared with 327,000 tons in 2006. Sales of fabricated concrete reinforcing steel were 583,000 tons from the acquisition date of Harris Steel Group Inc. near the end of the first quarter of 2007 through the end of the year (approximately 9 months).
 
 
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News Release

 
NUCOR REPORTS RESULTS FOR 2007 (Continued)
 
In December 2007, Nucor’s board of directors increased the base dividend from $0.11 per share to $0.30 per share and declared a supplemental dividend of $0.31 per share. The total dividend of $0.61 per share is payable on February 11, 2008 to stockholders of record on December 31, 2007. The board of directors stated that the 173% increase in the quarterly base dividend reflects the company’s success in building long-term earnings power and the company’s belief that the business cycle for steel will see both higher highs and higher lows in the future.
 
During 2007, Nucor repurchased approximately 14.1 million shares of its common stock at a cost of approximately $754.0 million under a publicly announced stock repurchase program (none in the fourth quarter of 2007). Approximately 30.0 million shares remain authorized for repurchase under the current program.
 
In the fourth quarter, Nucor completed the acquisition of Nelson Steel, Inc., a producer of wire mesh and related products. In addition, Nucor’s wholly owned subsidiary, Harris Steel Inc. completed three acquisitions in the fourth quarter. Harris Steel formed a new entity with Barker Steel Company, Inc. that combines the two companies’ rebar fabrication operations in the northeastern U.S. market. Harris Steel has a 90% interest in the joint venture. During the quarter, Harris Steel also acquired Rockford Fabricators Inc., a rebar fabricator, and U.S. Drafting and Detailing Inc., a provider of rebar detailing and project management services. With these acquisitions, Harris Steel’s annual rebar fabrication capacity exceeds 1 million tons.
 
In January 2008, Nucor signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Duferco Group (Lugano, Switzerland) to establish a 50/50 joint venture for the production of beams in Italy and the distribution of beams in Europe and North Africa. The joint venture will encompass the Duferco Group’s wholly owned subsidiary, Duferdofin, and associated distribution companies. Duferdofin is the leader in beam production in Italy and Southern Europe. Final agreement to establish the joint venture company will be dependent upon the completion of due diligence, approval of regulatory bodies, and approval of the boards of directors of both companies.
 
We expect that the first quarter of 2008 will be another good quarter with earnings in the range of $1.20 to $1.30 per diluted share.  We expect continued strength in our bar, beam and plate businesses. Our downstream businesses, in particular rebar fabrication, should remain good. Market conditions for sheet have improved, in spite of reduced demand, because of a much better balance between customer inventories and demand. We believe the market conditions for the first six months of 2008 are likely to be the opposite of what we saw in the late 1990’s. During that period, we had very strong demand for our products but also a glut of supply resulting from huge imports of finished steel. This severe imbalance made it very difficult for the domestic steel producers to achieve the profitability that would be expected for such a cyclical peak in demand.  
 
First quarter shipments should be strong in spite of the normal weather related issues. Scrap price volatility and actual scrap usage costs in the quarter will be a risk impacting first quarter profitability.  Other risks to our forecast for the first quarter and full-year 2008 are any increased weakening in the economy and any significant reversal of the lower import levels that we have been experiencing for several months now.
 
 
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News Release

 
NUCOR REPORTS RESULTS FOR 2007 (Continued)
 
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.
 
Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties. Factors that might cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) the sensitivity of the results of our operations to prevailing steel prices and the changes in the supply and cost of raw materials, including scrap steel; (2) market demand for steel products; (3) energy costs and availability; (4) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including pressure from imports and substitute materials; and (5) capital investments and their impact on our performance. These and other factors are outlined in Nucor’s regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in Nucor’s December 31, 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of this date, and Nucor does not assume any obligation to update them.
 
You are invited to listen to the live broadcast of Nucor’s conference call in which management will discuss Nucor’s fourth quarter results on January 24, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. The conference call will be available over the Internet at www.nucor.com, under Investor Relations.
 

 
 
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News Release

 
NUCOR REPORTS RESULTS FOR 2007 (Continued)
 
Unaudited figures are as follows:

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited)
 
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
                   
   
Year Ended December 31,
 
Quarter Ended December 31,
 
   
2007
 
2006
 
2007
 
2006
 
                   
NET SALES
 
$
16,592,976
 
$
14,751,270
 
$
4,396,760
 
$
3,468,590
 
                           
COSTS, EXPENSES AND OTHER:
                         
Cost of products sold
   
13,462,927
   
11,284,606
   
3,618,164
   
2,655,858
 
Marketing, administrative and
                         
other expenses
   
577,764
   
592,473
   
147,159
   
142,207
 
Interest expense (income), net
   
5,469
   
(37,365
)
 
6,076
   
(11,612
)
Minority interests
   
293,501
   
219,121
   
78,848
   
71,553
 
     
14,339,661
   
12,058,835
   
3,850,247
   
2,858,006
 
                           
EARNINGS BEFORE
                         
INCOME TAXES
   
2,253,315
   
2,692,435
   
546,513
   
610,584
 
Provision for income taxes
   
781,368
   
935,653
   
181,667
   
205,480
 
NET EARNINGS
 
$
1,471,947
 
$
1,756,782
 
$
364,846
 
$
405,104
 
                           
NET EARNINGS PER SHARE:
                         
Basic
 
$
4.98
 
$
5.73
 
$
1.27
 
$
1.35
 
Diluted
 
$
4.94
 
$
5.68
 
$
1.26
 
$
1.34
 
                           
AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:
                         
Basic
   
295,779
   
306,621
   
287,916
   
300,741
 
Diluted
   
297,878
   
309,381
   
289,918
   
303,405
 

 
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News Release
 
 
NUCOR REPORTS RESULTS FOR 2007 (Continued)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)
 
(In thousands)
 
           
   
Dec. 31, 2007
 
Dec. 31, 2006
 
Assets
         
CURRENT ASSETS:
         
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
1,393,943
 
$
785,651
 
Short-term investments
   
182,450
   
1,410,633
 
Accounts receivable, net
   
1,611,844
   
1,067,322
 
Inventories
   
1,601,600
   
1,141,194
 
Other current assets
   
283,412
   
278,265
 
               
 Total current assets
   
5,073,249
   
4,683,065
 
               
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT, NET
   
3,232,998
   
2,856,415
 
               
GOODWILL
   
847,887
   
143,265
 
               
OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET
   
469,936
   
5,015
 
               
OTHER ASSETS
   
202,052
   
205,258
 
               
TOTAL ASSETS
 
$
9,826,122
 
$
7,893,018
 
               
Liabilities and stockholders' equity
             
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
             
Short-term debt
 
$
22,868
 
$
-
 
Accounts payable
   
691,668
   
516,640
 
Salaries, wages and related accruals
   
436,352
   
455,051
 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
   
431,148
   
450,226
 
               
 Total current liabilities
   
1,582,036
   
1,421,917
 
               
LONG-TERM DEBT DUE AFTER ONE YEAR
   
2,250,300
   
922,300
 
               
DEFERRED CREDITS AND OTHER LIABILITIES
   
593,423
   
448,084
 
               
MINORITY INTERESTS
   
287,446
   
243,366
 
               
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
             
Common stock
   
149,302
   
149,006
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
256,406
   
195,543
 
Retained earnings
   
6,621,646
   
5,840,067
 
Accumulated other comprehensive income,
             
net of income taxes
   
163,362
   
4,470
 
     
7,190,716
   
6,189,086
 
Treasury stock
   
(2,077,799
)
 
(1,331,735
)
               
 Total stockholders' equity
   
5,112,917
   
4,857,351
 
               
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
$
9,826,122
 
$
7,893,018
 

 
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News Release
 
 
NUCOR REPORTS RESULTS FOR 2007 (Continued)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
 
(In thousands)
 
            
   
 Year Ended December 31,
 
   
  
 
 
 
   
 2007
 
2006
 
            
Operating activities:
          
Net earnings
 
$
1,471,947
 
$
1,756,782
 
Adjustments:
             
Depreciation
   
403,172
   
363,936
 
Amortization
   
24,384
   
1,333
 
Stock-based compensation
   
44,001
   
40,106
 
Deferred income taxes
   
(81,206
)
 
(39,394
)
Minority interests
   
293,498
   
219,107
 
Settlement of natural gas hedges
   
(18,019
)
 
(6,793
)
Changes in (exclusive of acquisitions):
             
 Accounts receivable
   
(174,326
)
 
(33,878
)
 Inventories
   
(102,490
)
 
(143,971
)
 Accounts payable
   
57,259
   
(8,517
)
 Federal income taxes
   
13,332
   
(7,233
)
 Salaries, wages and related accruals
   
(42,931
)
 
86,475
 
 Other
   
46,685
   
23,280
 
               
Cash provided by operating activities
   
1,935,306
   
2,251,233
 
               
Investing activities:
             
Capital expenditures
   
(520,353
)
 
(338,404
)
Sale of interest in affiliate
   
29,500
   
-
 
Investment in affiliates
   
(31,435
)
 
(34,324
)
Disposition of plant and equipment
   
2,787
   
2,177
 
Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)
   
(1,542,666
)
 
(223,920
)
Purchases of short-term investments
   
(487,395
)
 
(1,082,378
)
Proceeds from the sale of short-term investments
   
1,687,578
   
529,105
 
Proceeds from currency derivative contracts
   
517,241
   
-
 
Settlement of currency derivative contracts
   
(511,394
)
 
-
 
               
Cash used in investing activities
   
(856,137
)
 
(1,147,744
)
               
Financing activities:
             
Net change in short-term debt
   
(65,871
)
 
-
 
Repayment of long-term debt
   
-
   
(1,250
)
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
   
1,313,245
   
-
 
Issuance of common stock
   
12,003
   
37,233
 
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation
   
13,000
   
18,000
 
Distributions to minority interests
   
(263,086
)
 
(174,709
)
Cash dividends
   
(726,139
)
 
(577,816
)
Acquisition of treasury stock
   
(754,029
)
 
(599,446
)
               
Cash used in financing activities
   
(470,877
)
 
(1,297,988
)
               
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
   
608,292
   
(194,499
)
               
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year
   
785,651
   
980,150
 
               
Cash and cash equivalents - end of year
 
$
1,393,943
 
$
785,651
 
 
 
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