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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 the quarterly period ended March 30, 2013

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 has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   x    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   ¨    Smaller reporting company   ¨

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

317,783,440 shares of common stock were outstanding at March 30, 2013.

 

 

 


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Nucor Corporation

Form 10-Q

March  30, 2013

INDEX

 

               Page  

Part I

  

Financial Information

  
  

Item 1

  

Financial Statements (Unaudited)

  
     

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings -
Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended March  30, 2013 and March 31, 2012

     3   
     

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income -
Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended March 30, 2013 and March 31, 2012

     4   
     

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets - March 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012

     5   
     

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows -
Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended March  30, 2013 and March 31, 2012

     6   
     

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

     7   
  

Item 2

  

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

     19   
  

Item 3

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     26   
  

Item 4

  

Controls and Procedures

     27   

Part II

  

Other Information

  

  

Item 1

  

Legal Proceedings

     28   
  

Item 1A

  

Risk Factors

     28   
  

Item 4

  

Mine Safety Disclosures

     28   
  

Item 6

  

Exhibits

     28   

Signatures

     29   

List of Exhibits to Form 10-Q

     30   

 

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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 30, 2013      March 31, 2012  

Net sales

   $ 4,550,772       $ 5,072,594   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Costs, expenses and other:

     

Cost of products sold

     4,247,556         4,692,067   

Marketing, administrative and other expenses

     116,225         107,119   

Equity in losses of unconsolidated affiliates

     1,172         6,674   

Interest expense, net

     32,491         41,672   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
     4,397,444         4,847,532   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings before income taxes and noncontrolling interests

     153,328         225,062   

Provision for income taxes

     42,600         61,650   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net earnings

     110,728         163,412   

Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

     25,939         18,308   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net earnings attributable to Nucor stockholders

   $ 84,789       $ 145,104   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net earnings per share:

     

Basic

   $ 0.26       $ 0.46   

Diluted

   $ 0.26       $ 0.46   

Average shares outstanding:

     

Basic

     318,686         317,689   

Diluted

     318,842         317,779   

Dividends declared per share

   $ 0.3675       $ 0.3650   

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Nucor Corporation Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

     Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
     March 30, 2013     March 31, 2012  

Net earnings

   $ 110,728      $ 163,412   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income:

    

Net unrealized loss on hedging derivatives, net of income taxes of $0 and ($1,100) for the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively

     —          (2,264

Reclassification adjustment for loss on settlement of hedging derivatives included in net income, net of income taxes of $0 and $6,400 for the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively

     —          10,854   

Foreign currency translation gain (loss), net of income taxes of $0 and $0 for the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively

     (50,513     54,052   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     (50,513     62,642   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

     60,215        226,054   

Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (25,939     (18,280
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to Nucor stockholders

   $ 34,276      $ 207,774   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Nucor Corporation Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

     March 30, 2013     Dec. 31, 2012  

ASSETS

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 902,700      $ 1,052,862   

Short-term investments

     29,503        104,167   

Accounts receivable, net

     1,791,321        1,707,317   

Inventories, net

     2,381,648        2,323,641   

Other current assets

     441,569        473,377   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     5,546,741        5,661,364   

Property, plant and equipment, net

     4,450,945        4,283,056   

Restricted cash and investments

     146,573        275,163   

Goodwill

     1,990,903        2,004,538   

Other intangible assets, net

     934,395        959,240   

Other assets

     969,453        968,698   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 14,039,010      $ 14,152,059   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

    

Current liabilities:

    

Short-term debt

   $ 42,384      $ 29,912   

Long-term debt due within one year

     250,000        250,000   

Accounts payable

     1,021,076        1,046,713   

Salaries, wages and related accruals

     202,041        279,898   

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     471,486        423,045   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     1,986,987        2,029,568   

Long-term debt due after one year

     3,380,200        3,380,200   

Deferred credits and other liabilities

     869,580        856,917   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     6,236,767        6,266,685   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

EQUITY

    

Nucor stockholders’ equity:

    

Common stock

     150,807        150,805   

Additional paid-in capital

     1,817,429        1,811,459   

Retained earnings

     7,091,645        7,124,523   

Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of income taxes

     6,248        56,761   

Treasury stock

     (1,499,033     (1,501,977
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Nucor stockholders’ equity

     7,567,096        7,641,571   

Noncontrolling interests

     235,147        243,803   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     7,802,243        7,885,374   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 14,039,010      $ 14,152,059   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

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 30, 2013     March 31, 2012  

Operating activities:

    

Net earnings

   $ 110,728      $ 163,412   

Adjustments:

    

Depreciation

     130,425        131,338   

Amortization

     19,048        16,584   

Stock-based compensation

     6,035        6,835   

Deferred income taxes

     11,183        (21,897

Distribution from affiliates

     6,708        —     

Equity in losses of unconsolidated affiliates

     1,172        6,674   

Changes in assets and liabilities (exclusive of acquisitions):

    

Accounts receivable

     (90,688     (74,627

Inventories

     (63,222     (263,153

Accounts payable

     (175     222,847   

Federal income taxes

     11,654        73,281   

Salaries, wages and related accruals

     (74,206     (119,116

Other

     60,149        59,641   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash provided by operating activities

     128,811        201,819   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing activities:

    

Capital expenditures

     (330,585     (161,497

Investment in and advances to affiliates

     (20,678     (38,441

Repayment of advances to affiliates

     7,500        —     

Disposition of plant and equipment

     2,958        7,953   

Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)

     —          (58,848

Purchases of investments

     —          (185,073

Proceeds from the sale of investments

     73,428        349,729   

Proceeds from the sale of restricted investments

     148,725        38,350   

Changes in restricted cash

     (20,135     (38,707
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash used in investing activities

     (138,787     (86,534
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing activities:

    

Net change in short-term debt

     12,512        6,158   

Issuance of common stock

     —          5,876   

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

     500        5,200   

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

     (34,594     (39,857

Cash dividends

     (117,618     (116,325

Other financing activities

     109        357   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash used in financing activities

     (139,091     (138,591
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     (1,095     2,475   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (150,162     (20,831

Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year

     1,052,862        1,200,645   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents - end of three months

   $ 902,700      $ 1,179,814   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Non-cash investing activity:

    

Change in accrued plant and equipment purchases

   $ (24,590   $ 5,832   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

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 unless otherwise noted. The information furnished has not been audited; however, the December 31, 2012 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, 2012. Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.

Recently Adopted Accounting PronouncementsIn the first quarter of 2013, Nucor adopted new accounting guidance requiring additional disclosures on reclassifications from accumulated other comprehensive income into net income. The new accounting guidance requires entities to report either parenthetically on the face of the financial statements or in the notes to the financial statements these reclassifications for each financial statement line item. Nucor elected to report this information within the notes to the financial statements. This new guidance only impacts disclosures and has no impact on Nucor’s consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

2. INVENTORIES: Inventories consisted of approximately 36% raw materials and supplies and 64% finished and semi-finished products at March 30, 2013 (37% and 63%, respectively at December 31, 2012). 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 represented approximately 43% of total inventories as of March 30, 2013 (45% as of December 31, 2012). If the first-in, first-out (FIFO) method of accounting had been used, inventories would have been $625.2 million higher at March 30, 2013 ($607.2 million higher at December 31, 2012). Use of the lower of cost or market methodology reduced inventories by $4.4 million at March 30, 2013 ($3.5 million at December 31, 2012).

 

3. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT: Property, plant and equipment is recorded net of accumulated depreciation of $6.28 billion at March 30, 2013 ($6.16 billion at December 31, 2012).

 

4. RESTRICTED CASH AND INVESTMENTS: As of March 30, 2013, restricted cash consisted of net proceeds from $600.0 million 30-year variable rate Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds issued in November 2010. The restricted cash is held in a trust account and is to be used to partially fund the capital costs associated with the construction of Nucor’s direct reduced ironmaking facility in St. James Parish, Louisiana. Funds are disbursed as qualified expenditures for the construction of the facility are made ($128.7 million in the first quarter of 2013 and none in the first quarter of 2012). There were no restricted investments held as of March 30, 2013 ($149.8 million at December 31, 2012). Since the restricted cash must be used for the construction of the facility, the entire balance has been classified as a non-current asset.

 

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5. GOODWILL AND OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS: The change in the net carrying amount of goodwill for the three months ended March 30, 2013 by segment is as follows (in thousands):

 

     Steel Mills      Steel Products     Raw Materials      All Other     Total  

Balance at December 31, 2012

   $ 407,045       $ 805,416      $ 703,225       $ 88,852      $ 2,004,538   

Acquisitions

     —           —          —           —          —     

Reclassifications

     88,852         —          —           (88,852     —     

Translation

     —           (13,635     —           —          (13,635
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at March 30, 2013

   $ 495,897       $ 791,781      $ 703,225       $ —        $ 1,990,903   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Previously Nucor’s steel trading businesses and rebar distribution businesses were reported in the “All other” category. Beginning in the first quarter of 2013, these businesses were reclassified to the steel mills segment as part of a realignment of Nucor’s reportable segments to better reflect the way in which they are managed.

Nucor completed its annual goodwill impairment testing during the fourth quarter of 2012 and concluded that there was no impairment of goodwill for any of its reporting units.

Intangible assets with estimated useful lives of three to 22 years are amortized on a straight-line or accelerated basis and are comprised of the following (in thousands):

 

     March 30, 2013      December 31, 2012  
     Gross
Amount
     Accumulated
Amortization
     Gross
Amount
     Accumulated
Amortization
 

Customer relationships

   $ 1,152,001       $ 342,517       $ 1,156,979       $ 325,819   

Trademarks and trade names

     152,049         34,710         152,869         32,653   

Other

     21,869         14,297         28,610         20,746   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 1,325,919       $ 391,524       $ 1,338,458       $ 379,218   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Intangible asset amortization expense for the first quarter of 2013 and 2012 was $19.0 million and $16.6 million, respectively. Annual amortization expense is estimated to be $72.9 million in 2013; $70.0 million in 2014; $68.2 million in 2015; $66.5 million in 2016; and $64.8 million in 2017.

 

6. EQUITY INVESTMENTS: The carrying value of our equity investments in domestic and foreign companies was $855.2 million at March 30, 2013 ($855.9 million at December 31, 2012) and is recorded in other assets in the condensed consolidated balance sheets.

DUFERDOFIN NUCOR

Nucor owns a 50% economic and voting interest in Duferdofin Nucor S.r.l. (Duferdofin Nucor), an Italian steel manufacturer, and accounts for the investment (on a one-month lag basis) under the equity method, as control and risk of loss are shared equally between the members.

Nucor’s investment in Duferdofin Nucor at March 30, 2013 was $433.3 million ($454.1 million at December 31, 2012). Nucor’s 50% share of the total net assets of Duferdofin Nucor was $46.2 million at March 30, 2013, resulting in a basis difference of $387.1 million due to the step-up to fair value of certain assets and liabilities attributable to Duferdofin Nucor as well as the identification of goodwill ($309.5 million) and finite-lived intangible assets. This basis difference, excluding the portion attributable to goodwill, is being amortized based on the remaining estimated useful lives of the various underlying net assets, as appropriate. Amortization expense and other purchase accounting adjustments associated with the fair value step-up were $2.9 million and $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively.

 

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As of March 30, 2013, Nucor had outstanding notes receivable of €35.0 million ($44.9 million) from Duferdofin Nucor (€35 million at December 31, 2012). The notes receivable bear interest at 1.69% and will reset annually on September 30 to the twelve-month Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) plus 1% per year. The principal amounts are due on January 31, 2016. Accordingly, the notes receivable were classified in other assets in the condensed consolidated balance sheets as of March 30, 2013.

Nucor has issued a guarantee for its ownership percentage (50%) of Duferdofin Nucor’s borrowings under Facility A of a Structured Trade Finance Facilities Agreement that matures on October 26, 2013. The maximum amount that Duferdofin Nucor can borrow under Facility A is €112.5 million, and as of March 30, 2013, Duferdofin Nucor had €101.0 million ($129.5 million) outstanding under that facility (€102.0 million, or $134.8 million, at December 31, 2012). If Duferdofin Nucor fails to pay when due any amounts for which it is obligated under Facility A, Nucor could be required to pay 50% of such amounts pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of its guarantee. Any indebtedness of Duferdofin Nucor to Nucor is effectively subordinated to the indebtedness of Duferdofin Nucor under the Structured Trade Finance Facilities Agreement. Nucor has not recorded any liability associated with the guarantee.

NUMIT

Nucor has a 50% economic and voting interest in NuMit LLC (NuMit). NuMit owns 100% of the equity interest in Steel Technologies LLC, an operator of 23 sheet processing facilities located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Nucor accounts for the investment in NuMit (on a one-month lag basis) under the equity method as control and risk of loss are shared equally between the members. The acquisition did not result in a significant amount of goodwill or intangible assets.

Nucor’s investment in NuMit at March 30, 2013 was $289.3 million ($288.4 million as of December 31, 2012). The value of the investment is comprised of the purchase price of approximately $221.3 million plus subsequent additional capital contributions and equity method earnings less distributions since acquisition. Nucor also has recorded a $40.0 million note receivable from Steel Technologies LLC that bears interest at 1.21% as of March 30, 2013 and resets quarterly to the three-month London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 90 basis points. The principal amount is due on October 21, 2014. In addition, Nucor has extended a $130.0 million line of credit (of which $39.5 million was outstanding at March 30, 2013) to Steel Technologies. As of March 30, 2013, the amounts outstanding on the line of credit bear interest at 1.81% and mature on April 1, 2013. Subsequent to March 30, 2013, the line of credit agreement was amended to extend the maturity date to April 1, 2014 and decrease the line of credit to $100.0 million. The note receivable was classified in other assets and the amount outstanding on the line of credit was classified in other current assets in the condensed consolidated balance sheets.

HUNTER RIDGE

In November 2012, Nucor acquired a 50% economic and voting interest in Hunter Ridge Energy Services LLC (Hunter Ridge). Hunter Ridge provides services for the gathering, separation and compression of energy products including natural gas produced by Nucor’s working interest drilling program. Nucor accounts for the investment (on a one-month lag basis) under the equity method, as control and risk of loss are shared equally between the members. Nucor’s investment in Hunter Ridge at March 30, 2013 was $114.5 million ($95.4 million at December 31, 2012). The acquisition did not result in a significant amount of goodwill or intangible assets.

ALL EQUITY INVESTMENTS

Nucor reviews its equity investments for impairment if and when circumstances indicate that a decline in value below their carrying amounts may have occurred. In the fourth quarter of 2012, Nucor assessed its equity investment in Duferdofin Nucor for impairment. After completing its assessment, the Company determined that the estimated fair value exceeded its carrying amount and that there was no need for impairment. The assumptions that most significantly affect the fair value determination include projected revenues and the discount rate. Steel market conditions in Europe

 

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have continued to be challenging through the first quarter of 2013, and, therefore, it is reasonably possible that based on actual performance in the near term the estimates used in our fourth quarter valuation could change and result in further impairment of our investment in Duferdofin Nucor.

 

7. CURRENT LIABILITIES: Book overdrafts, included in accounts payable in the condensed consolidated balance sheets, were $37.7 million at March 30, 2013 ($53.8 million at December 31, 2012). Dividends payable, included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities in the condensed consolidated balance sheets, were $117.7 million at March 30, 2013 ($117.6 million at December 31, 2012).

 

8. DERIVATIVES: Nucor uses derivative financial instruments from time-to-time primarily to partially manage its exposure to price risk related to natural gas purchases used in the production process as well as to scrap, copper and aluminum purchased for resale to its customers. In addition, Nucor uses derivatives from time-to-time to partially manage its exposure to changes in interest rates on outstanding debt instruments and uses forward foreign exchange contracts to hedge cash flows associated with certain assets and liabilities, firm commitments and anticipated transactions.

Nucor recognizes all derivative instruments in the condensed consolidated balance sheets at fair value. Any resulting changes in fair value are recorded as adjustments to other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax, or recognized in net earnings, as appropriate.

The following tables summarize information regarding Nucor’s derivative instruments (in thousands):

Fair Value of Derivative Instruments

 

          Fair Value at  
    

Balance Sheet Location

   March 30, 2013      Dec. 31, 2012  

Asset derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

        

Commodity contracts

   Other current assets    $ 1,637       $ —     

Foreign exchange contracts

   Other current assets      9       $ —     
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total asset derivatives

      $ 1,646       $ —     
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liability derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

        

Commodity contracts

   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities    $ —         $ (303

Foreign exchange contracts

   Accrued expenses and other current liabilities      —           (15
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liability derivatives

      $ —         $ (318
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

The Effect of Derivative Instruments on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

Derivatives Designated as Hedging Instruments

 

          Amount of Gain
or (Loss)
Recognized in OCI
on Derivatives
(Effective Portion)
    Amount of Gain
or  (Loss)
Reclassified from
Accumulated OCI into
Earnings
(Effective Portion)
    Amount of Gain
or  (Loss)Recognized in
Earnings on
Derivatives

(Ineffective Portion)
 

Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging

Relationships

   Statement of Earnings
Location
   Three Months
(13 weeks) Ended
    Three Months
(13 weeks) Ended
    Three Months
(13 weeks)  Ended
 
      March 30,
2013
     March 31,
2012
    March 30,
2013
     March 31,
2012
    March 30,
2013
     March 31,
2012
 

Commodity contracts

   Cost of products sold    $ —         $ (2,264   $ —         $ (10,854   $ —         $ 500   
     

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging Instruments

 

Derivatives Not Designated as

Hedging Instruments

  

Statement of

Earnings Location

   Amount of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in
Earnings on  Derivatives
 
      Three Months (13 weeks) Ended  
      March 30, 2013      March 31, 2012  

Commodity contracts

   Cost of products sold    $ 2,509       $ (1,350

Foreign exchange contracts

   Cost of products sold      116         57   
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

      $ 2,625       $ (1,293
     

 

 

    

 

 

 

During the first quarter of 2012, Nucor settled all of its open natural gas forward purchase contracts that were previously in place. These settlements affected earnings over the periods specified in the original agreements throughout the remainder of 2012.

 

9. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS: The following table summarizes information regarding Nucor’s financial assets and financial liabilities that are measured at fair value as of March 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012 (in thousands). Nucor does not currently have any non-financial assets or liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis.

 

Description

   Carrying
Amount in
Condensed
Consolidated
Balance Sheets
    Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using  
     Quoted Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical Assets
(Level  1)
     Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
    Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
 

As of March 30, 2013

         

Assets:

         

Cash equivalents

   $ 546,607      $ 546,607       $ —        $ —     

Short-term investments

     29,503        29,503         —          —     

Restricted cash

     146,573        146,573         —          —     

Foreign exchange and commodity contracts

     1,646        —           1,646        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 724,329      $ 722,683       $ 1,646      $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

As of December 31, 2012

         

Assets:

         

Cash equivalents

   $ 830,011      $ 830,011       $ —        $ —     

Short-term investments

     104,167        104,167         —          —     

Commodity contracts

     —          —           —          —     

Restricted cash and investments

     275,163        275,163         —          —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 1,209,341      $ 1,209,341       $ —        $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities:

         

Foreign exchange and commodity contracts

   $ (318   $ —         $ (318   $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Fair value measurements for Nucor’s cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash and investments are classified under Level 1 because such measurements are based on quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets. Our short-term investments are held in similar short-term investment instruments as described in Note 4 to Nucor’s annual report for the year ended December 31, 2012. Fair value measurements for Nucor’s derivatives are classified under Level 2 because such measurements are based on published market prices for similar assets or are

 

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estimated based on observable inputs such as interest rates, yield curves, credit risks, spot and future commodity prices, and spot and future exchange rates.

The fair value of short-term and long-term debt, including current maturities, was approximately $4.16 billion at March 30, 2013 ($4.24 billion at December 31, 2012). The debt fair value estimates are classified under Level 2 because such estimates are based on readily available market prices of our debt at March 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, or similar debt with the same maturities, rating and interest rates.

 

10. 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 of $24.7 million of accrued environmental costs at March 30, 2013 ($26.5 million at December 31, 2012), $8.7 million was classified in accrued expenses and other current liabilities ($9.5 million at December 31, 2012) and $16.0 million was classified in deferred credits and other liabilities ($17.0 million at December 31, 2012). Inherent uncertainties exist in these estimates primarily due to unknown conditions, evolving remediation technology, and changing governmental regulations and legal standards.

Nucor has been named, along with other major steel producers, as a co-defendant in several related antitrust class-action complaints filed by Standard Iron Works and other steel purchasers in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The majority of these complaints were filed in September and October of 2008, with two additional complaints being filed in July and December of 2010. Two of these complaints have been voluntarily dismissed and are no longer pending. The plaintiffs allege that from April 1, 2005 through December 31, 2007, eight steel manufacturers, including Nucor, engaged in anticompetitive activities with respect to the production and sale of steel. The plaintiffs seek monetary and other relief. Although we believe the plaintiffs’ claims are without merit and will vigorously defend against them, we cannot at this time predict the outcome of this litigation or estimate the range of Nucor’s potential exposure.

Nucor is involved in various other judicial and administrative proceedings as both plaintiff and defendant, arising in the ordinary course of business. Nucor maintains liability insurance for certain risks that arise that are also subject to certain self-insurance limits. Although the outcome of the proceedings against us cannot be predicted with certainty, we do not believe that any of these proceedings would be expected to have a material adverse effect on the consolidated financial statements.

 

11. STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION: Stock Options – Stock options may be granted to Nucor’s key employees, officers and non-employee directors with exercise prices at 100% of the market value on the date of the grant. The stock options granted in 2010, 2011 and 2012 are exercisable at the end of three years and have a term of 10 years. There were no options exercisable as of March 30, 2013. All stock options granted prior to 2010 were fully exercised at March 30, 2013. New shares are issued upon exercise of stock options.

A summary of activity under Nucor’s stock option plans for the first quarter of 2013 is as follows (in thousands, except year and per share amounts):

 

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

Number of shares under option:

           

Outstanding at beginning of year

     1,543       $ 39.03         

Granted

     —           —           

Exercised

     —           —           

Canceled

     —           —           
  

 

 

          

Outstanding at March 30, 2013

     1,543       $ 39.03       8.5 years    $ 10,979   
  

 

 

          

Options exercisable at March 30, 2013

     —              
  

 

 

          

Compensation expense for stock options was $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2013 ($0.3 million in the first quarter of 2012). As of March 31, 2013, unrecognized compensation expense related to options was $0.2 million, which is expected to be recognized over 0.2 years.

Restricted Stock Units Nucor annually grants restricted stock units (“RSUs”) to key employees, officers and non-employee directors. The RSUs 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 RSUs awarded to senior officers vest upon the officer’s retirement. Retirement, for purposes of vesting in these RSUs only, means termination of employment with approval of the Compensation and Executive Development Committee of the Board of Directors after satisfying age and years of service requirements. RSUs 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.

RSUs granted to employees who are eligible for retirement on the date of grant are expensed immediately, and RSUs granted to employees who 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 these awards vest upon retirement from the Company. Compensation expense for RSUs 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 RSUs is determined based on the closing stock price of Nucor’s common stock on the day before the grant. A summary of Nucor’s RSU activity for the first quarter of 2013 is as follows (shares in thousands):

 

     Shares     Grant Date
Fair Value
 

Restricted stock units:

    

Unvested at beginning of year

     1,106      $ 40.80   

Granted

     —          —     

Vested

     (30   $ 48.76   

Canceled

     (3   $ 38.14   
  

 

 

   

Unvested at March 30, 2013

     1,073      $ 40.58   
  

 

 

   

Shares reserved for future grants (stock options and RSUs)

     11,847     
  

 

 

   

 

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Compensation expense for RSUs was $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2013 ($4.8 million in the first quarter of 2012). As of March 30, 2013, unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested RSUs was $23.4 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 1.7 years.

Restricted Stock Awards Nucor’s Senior Officers Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “LTIP”) and Annual Incentive Plan (the “AIP”) 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.

A summary of Nucor’s restricted stock activity under the AIP and LTIP for the first quarter of 2013 is as follows (shares in thousands):

 

     Shares     Grant Date
Fair Value
 

Restricted stock awards and units:

    

Unvested at beginning of year

     72      $ 43.72   

Granted

     122      $ 47.36   

Vested

     (113   $ 46.42   

Canceled

     —          —     
  

 

 

   

Unvested at March 30, 2013

     81      $ 45.44   
  

 

 

   

Shares reserved for future grants

     1,238     
  

 

 

   

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 $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 ($1.7 million in the first quarter of 2012). At March 30, 2013, unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested restricted stock awards was $1.3 million, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.1 years.

 

12. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN: Nucor makes contributions to a Profit Sharing and Retirement Savings Plan for qualified employees based on the profitability of the Company. Nucor’s expense for these benefits was $13.6 million and $22.6 million in the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively. The related liability for these benefits is included in salaries, wages and related accruals.

 

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

 

      Three Months (13 weeks) Ended  
     March 30, 2013     March 31, 2012  

Interest expense

   $ 33,680      $ 44,982   

Interest income

     (1,189     (3,310
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

   $ 32,491      $ 41,672   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

14. INCOME TAXES: The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2013 was 27.8% compared to 27.4% for the first quarter of 2012. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2013 was favorably impacted by the recognition of research and development credits for the year 2012 retroactively extended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2012 was favorably impacted by a $12.6 million non-cash out-of-period adjustment related to the recognition of a deferred tax asset related to state tax credit carryforwards and to the adjustment of tax expense to previously filed returns. Nucor has concluded U.S. federal income tax matters for years through 2008. The years 2004, 2007, and 2008 are open to the extent net operating losses were carried back. The 2009 to 2012 tax years are open to examination by the Internal Revenue Service. In 2011 the Canada Revenue Agency completed an audit examination for the periods 2006 to 2008 for Harris Steel Group Inc. and subsidiaries with immaterial adjustments to the income tax returns. The tax years 2009 through 2012 remain open to examination by other major taxing jurisdictions to which Nucor is subject (primarily Canada and other state and local jurisdictions).

 

15. STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY: The following tables reflect the changes in stockholders’ equity attributable to both Nucor and the noncontrolling interests of Nucor’s joint ventures, primarily Nucor-Yamato Steel Company, of which Nucor owns 51% (in thousands):

 

     Attributable to
Nucor Corporation
    Attributable to
Noncontrolling Interests
    Total  

Stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2012

   $ 7,641,571      $ 243,803      $ 7,885,374   

Total comprehensive income

     34,276        25,939        60,215   

Stock options

     168        —          168   

Issuance of stock under award plans, net of forfeitures

     8,547        —          8,547   

Amortization of unearned compensation

     201        —          201   

Dividends declared

     (117,667     —          (117,667

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

     —          (34,595     (34,595
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity at March 30, 2013

   $ 7,567,096        235,147      $ 7,802,243   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2011

   $ 7,474,885      $ 231,695      $ 7,706,580   

Total comprehensive income

     207,774        18,280        226,054   

Stock options

     6,189        —          6,189   

Issuance of stock under award plans, net of forfeitures

     13,506        —          13,506   

Amortization of unearned compensation

     300        —          300   

Dividends declared

     (116,441     —          (116,441

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

     —          (39,857     (39,857

Other

     (629     —          (629
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity at March 31, 2012

   $ 7,585,584      $ 210,118      $ 7,795,702   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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16. ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME: The following tables reflect the changes in other accumulated comprehensive income by component (in thousands):

 

                                                                   
    

Three Month Period Ended

March 30, 2013

 
     Gains and Losses on
Hedging Derivatives
    Foreign Currency
Gain (Loss)
    Adjustment to Early
Retiree Medical Plan
     Total  

December 31, 2012

   $ —        $ 46,181      $ 10,580       $ 56,761   

Other comprehensive income before reclassifications

     —          (50,513     —           (50,513

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income into earnings

     —          —          —           —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net current-period other comprehensive income

     —          (50,513     —           (50,513

March 30, 2013

   $ —        $ (4,332   $ 10,580       $ 6,248   
    

Three Month Period Ended

March 31, 2012

 
     Gains and Losses on
Hedging Derivatives
    Foreign Currency
Translation
    Adjustment to Early
Retiree Medical Plan
     Total  

December 31, 2011

   $ (40,250   $ (12,311   $ 14,384       $ (38,177

Other comprehensive income before reclassifications

     (2,264     54,052        —           51,788   

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income into earnings (1)

     10,854        —          —           10,854   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net current-period other comprehensive income

     8,590        54,052        —           62,642   

Other

     —          29        —           29   

March 31, 2012

   $ (31,660   $ 41,770      $ 14,384       $ 24,494   

1 - Includes $10,854 net-of-tax impact of accumulated other comprehensive income reclassifications into Cost of Products Sold for net losses on commodity contracts. The tax impact of this reclassification was $6,400.

 

17. SEGMENTS: Nucor reports its results in the following segments: steel mills, steel products and raw materials. The steel mills segment includes carbon and alloy steel in sheet, bars, structural and plate; steel trading businesses; rebar distribution businesses; and Nucor’s equity method investments in Duferdofin Nucor and NuMit. The steel products segment includes steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel, cold finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, steel grating and expanded metal, and wire and wire mesh. The raw materials segment includes DJJ, a scrap broker and processor; Nu-Iron Unlimited, a facility that produces DRI used by the steel mills; a DRI facility under construction in Louisiana; our natural gas working interests; and certain equity method investments. Previously Nucor’s steel trading businesses and rebar distribution businesses were reported in an “All other” category. Beginning in the first quarter of 2013, these businesses were reclassified to the steel mills segment as part of a realignment of Nucor’s reportable segments to better reflect the way in which they are managed. The segment data for the comparable period has also been reclassified into the steel mills segment in order to conform to the current year presentation. The steel mills, steel products and raw materials 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.

Net interest expense, other income, profit sharing expense, stock-based compensation and changes in the LIFO reserve are shown under Corporate/eliminations. Corporate assets primarily include cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, restricted cash and investments,

 

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allowances to eliminate intercompany profit in inventory, fair value of natural gas hedges, deferred income tax assets, federal income taxes receivable, the LIFO reserve and investments in and advances to affiliates. Certain amounts for prior years have been reclassified to conform to the 2013 presentation.

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

 

     Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
     March 30, 2013     March 31, 2012  

Net sales to external customers:

    

Steel mills

   $ 3,268,154      $ 3,748,141   

Steel products

     789,347        842,245   

Raw materials

     493,271        482,208   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 4,550,772      $ 5,072,594   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Intercompany sales:

    

Steel mills

   $ 632,720      $ 620,248   

Steel products

     19,272        16,786   

Raw materials

     2,163,488        2,882,231   

Corporate/eliminations

     (2,815,480     (3,519,265
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ —        $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interests:

    

Steel mills

   $ 272,258      $ 389,723   

Steel products

     (11,924     (33,044

Raw materials

     1,536        14,572   

Corporate/eliminations

     (108,542     (146,189
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 153,328      $ 225,062   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     March 30, 2013     Dec. 31, 2012  

Segment assets:

    

Steel mills

   $ 7,968,804      $ 7,870,692   

Steel products

     2,844,926        2,870,810   

Raw materials

     3,570,325        3,379,742   

Corporate/eliminations

     (345,045     30,815   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 14,039,010      $ 14,152,059   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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18. 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 30, 2013     March 31, 2012  

Basic net earnings per share:

    

Basic net earnings

   $ 84,789      $ 145,104   

Earnings allocated to participating securities

     (386     (409
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings available to common stockholders

   $ 84,403      $ 144,695   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Average shares outstanding

     318,686        317,689   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic net earnings per share

   $ 0.26      $ 0.46   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted net earnings per share:

    

Diluted net earnings

   $ 84,789      $ 145,104   

Earnings allocated to participating securities

     (386     (409
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings available to common stockholders

   $ 84,403      $ 144,695   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted average shares outstanding:

    

Basic shares outstanding

     318,686        317,689   

Dilutive effect of stock options and other

     156        90   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     318,842        317,779   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted net earnings per share

   $ 0.26      $ 0.46   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

There were no shares excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per common share because their effect would have been antidilutive in either the first quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2012.

 

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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. The words “believe,” “expect,” “project,” “will,” “should,” “could” and similar expressions are intended to identify those forward-looking statements. 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 projected 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 prevailing steel prices and changes in the supply and cost of raw materials, including pig iron, iron ore and scrap steel; (2) availability and cost of electricity and natural gas which could negatively affect our cost of steel production or could result in a delay or cancellation of existing or future drilling within our natural gas working interest drilling programs; (3) market demand for steel products, which, in the case of many of our products, is driven by the level of nonresidential construction activity in the U.S.; (4) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including pressure from imports and substitute materials; (5) impairment in the recorded value of inventory, equity investments, fixed assets, goodwill or other long-lived assets; (6) uncertainties surrounding the global economy, including the severe economic downturn in construction markets and excess world capacity for steel production; (7) fluctuations in currency conversion rates; (8) U.S. and foreign trade policy affecting steel imports or exports; (9) significant changes in laws or government regulations affecting environmental compliance, including legislation or regulations that result in greater regulation of greenhouse gas emissions that could increase our energy costs and our capital expenditures and operating costs; (10) the cyclical nature of the steel industry; (11) capital investments and their impact on our performance; and (12) 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, “Risk Factors” 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, 2012.

Overview

Nucor and its affiliates manufacture steel and steel products. Nucor also produces direct reduced iron (“DRI”) for use in its steel mills. Through The David J. Joseph Company and its affiliates (“DJJ”), the Company also processes ferrous and nonferrous metals and brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron (“HBI”) and DRI. Most of Nucor’s operating facilities and customers are located in North America, but increasingly, Nucor is doing business outside of North America as well. Nucor’s operations include several international trading and sales companies that buy and sell steel and steel products manufactured by the Company and others. Nucor is North America’s largest recycler, using scrap steel as the primary raw material in producing steel and steel products.

Nucor reports its results in three segments: steel mills, steel products and raw materials. In the steel mills segment, Nucor produces sheet steel (hot and cold-rolled), plate steel, structural steel (wide-flange beams, beam blanks, H-piling and sheet piling) and bar steel (blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing bar, merchant bar and special bar quality). Nucor manufactures steel principally from scrap steel and scrap steel substitutes using electric arc furnaces, continuous casting and automated rolling mills. The steel mills segment also includes Nucor’s equity method investments in Duferdofin Nucor and NuMit LLC, as well as Nucor’s steel trading businesses and rebar distribution businesses that were moved into the segment in the first quarter of 2013. In the steel products segment, Nucor produces steel joists and joist girders, steel deck, fabricated concrete reinforcing steel, cold-finished steel, steel fasteners, metal building systems, steel grating and expanded metal, and wire and wire mesh. In the raw materials segment, Nucor produces DRI; brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron, HBI and DRI; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The raw

 

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materials segment also includes certain equity method investments as well as our natural gas drilling working interests.

In late June 2012, Nucor completed the acquisition of the entire equity interest in Skyline Steel LLC (“Skyline”) and its subsidiaries for the cash purchase price of approximately $675.4 million. It is a steel foundation manufacturer and distributor serving the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean. Skyline’s steel products are used in marine construction, bridge and highway construction, heavy civil construction, storm protection, underground commercial parking, and environmental containment projects in the infrastructure and construction industries. Skyline is a significant consumer of H-piling and sheet piling from Nucor-Yamato Steel, and will become a larger downstream consumer of Nucor’s coiled plate and sheet products. Skyline’s results since the acquisition date are included in the steel mills segment’s results.

In August 2012, Nucor sold the assets of Nucor Wire Products Pennsylvania, Inc. Nucor is continuing to produce wire and mesh products at facilities in Utah, Connecticut and Laurel LEC Operations in Canada.

In October 2012, a subsidiary of Nucor entered into a long-term agreement with Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. (Encana) under which Nucor acquired an undivided 50% working interest in U.S.-based proven natural gas reserves. Nucor expects to invest approximately $3.64 billion for the drilling and completion of natural gas wells over the life of the agreement that is projected to span more than 20 years. Natural gas produced by our working interest drilling programs is being sold to offset exposure to the volatility of the price of natural gas we use in our steel production and DRI facilities.

Construction is progressing on our 2,500,000-ton DRI facility in Louisiana. Due to extreme weather conditions in the first quarter, we now expect to start-up late in the third quarter of 2013.

During the first quarter of 2013, the average utilization rates of all operating facilities in the steel mills, steel products and raw materials segments were approximately 72%, 51% and 58%, respectively, compared with 79%, 54% and 65%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2012.

Results of Operations

Net Sales Net sales to external customers by segment for the first quarter of 2013 and 2012 were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
     March 30, 2013      March 31, 2012      % Change  

Steel mills

   $ 3,268,154       $ 3,748,141         -13

Steel products

     789,347         842,245         -6

Raw materials

     493,271         482,208         2
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Net sales

   $ 4,550,772       $ 5,072,594         -10
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Net sales for the first quarter of 2013 decreased 10% from the first quarter of 2012. Average sales price per ton decreased 7% from $857 in the first quarter of 2012 to $798 in the first quarter of 2013, while total tons shipped to outside customers decreased 4% from the same period last year.

In the steel mills segment, production and sales tons were as follows (in thousands):

 

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     Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
     March 30, 2013      March 31, 2012      % Change  

Steel production

     4,818         5,259         -8
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Outside steel shipments

     4,334         4,590         -6

Inside steel shipments

     741         645         15
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total steel shipments

     5,075         5,235         -3
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Net sales for the steel mills segment decreased 13% from the first quarter of 2012 due to a 8% decrease in the average sales price per ton from $824 to $756 and a 6% decrease in tons sold to outside customers. The most significant decreases in average selling prices were for our sheet, bar and plate products, which were impacted by imports and excess domestic capacity. Average selling prices for our structural products group increased quarter over quarter due to Skyline’s distribution business being included in the first quarter of 2013. Skyline, which was acquired on June 20, 2012, has higher average sales prices for its products because of the value-added functions it provides to its customers. The steel mills segment’s sales in the first quarter of 2013 did not experience the typical seasonal improvement in volume and pricing that we have seen in previous years’ first quarters. Demand in nonresidential construction markets has continued to slowly improve from historically low levels. The strongest markets continue to be in manufactured goods, including energy and automotive.

Tonnage data for the steel products segment is as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months (13 weeks) Ended  
     March 30, 2013      March 31, 2012      % Change  

Joist production

     71         64         11

Deck sales

     69         65         6

Cold finish sales

     122         138         -12

Fabricated concrete reinforcing steel sales

     228         250         -9

The 6% decrease in the steel products segment’s sales from the first quarter of 2012 was due to a slight decrease in average sales price per ton from $1,413 to $1,411 and a 6% decrease in volume. Despite slowly improving conditions, sales in the steel products segment remain depressed due to the continued weakness in the nonresidential construction market. Sales of fabricated concrete reinforcing steel decreased in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the first quarter of 2012 due to poor weather conditions in the midwestern United States and eastern Canada.

The sales for the raw materials segment increased 2% over the first quarter of 2012 because of increases in volume. In the first quarter of 2013, approximately 85% of outside sales in the raw materials segment were from the brokerage operations of DJJ and approximately 12% of the outside sales were from the scrap processing facilities (83% and 16%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2012).

Gross Margins For the first quarter of 2013 , Nucor recorded gross margins of $303.2 million (7%), compared to $380.5 million (8%) in the first quarter of 2012. The gross margin was impacted by the following factors:

 

   

In the steel mills segment, the average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used decreased 15% from $445 in the first quarter of 2012 to $379 in the first quarter of 2013 and increased 2% from $372 in the fourth quarter of 2012; however, metal margin dollars also decreased from the first quarter of 2012. Metal margin per ton was lower in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, but total metal margin dollars increased in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012 due to the increase in tons sold to outside customers.

 

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Metal margin is the difference between the selling price of steel and the cost of scrap and scrap substitutes.

Scrap prices are driven by the global supply and demand for scrap and other iron based raw materials used to make steel. During the first quarter of 2013, scrap prices remained relatively flat as we did not experience the normal seasonal increase in steel demand and related increase in scrap prices. As we begin the second quarter there continues to be low volatility in scrap prices.

 

   

Nucor’s gross margins are significantly impacted by the application of the LIFO method of accounting. LIFO charges or credits for interim periods are based on management’s estimates of both inventory costs and quantities at year-end. The actual amounts will likely differ from these estimated amounts, and such differences may be significant. Annual charges or credits are largely based on the relative changes in cost and quantities year over year, primarily within raw material inventory in the steel mills segment. Gross margin was impacted by a LIFO charge of $18.0 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared with a charge of $14.5 million in the first quarter of 2012 and a credit of $71.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. The current year LIFO charge reflects management’s expectations of increasing costs in inventory at December 31, 2013 relative to prior year-end.

 

   

Gross margins related to DJJ’s scrap processing operations decreased during the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. The decrease was due to weather-related effects negatively impacting the flow of scrap into our scrap processing operations.

 

   

Our Trinidad DRI facility experienced an unplanned 18 day maintenance outage which negatively impacted gross margins, particularly as compared with the fourth quarter of 2012.

 

   

Energy costs increased approximately $1 per ton in the first quarter of 2013 over the first quarter of 2012 attributable mainly to the increased cost of electricity due to lower production volumes and increased unit costs. Energy costs decreased approximately $1 per ton from the fourth quarter of 2012 due mainly to decreased natural gas costs.

Marketing, Administrative and Other Expenses The major component of marketing, administrative and other expenses is profit sharing and other incentive compensation costs. These costs, which are based upon and fluctuate with Nucor’s financial performance, decreased $10.9 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012 due to decreased profitability of the Company. Profit sharing and other incentive compensation costs decreased $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

However, overall marketing and administrative expenses increased $9.1 million in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012 due primarily to the inclusion of Skyline’s results since its acquisition date in late June of 2012.

Equity in Losses of Unconsolidated Affiliates Equity method investment losses, including amortization expense and other purchase accounting adjustments, were $1.2 million and $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively. The decrease in the equity method investment losses is primarily due to a slight decrease in losses at Duferdofin Nucor S.r.l, while the equity method earnings at NuMit LLC were higher than last year’s first quarter.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, Nucor assessed its equity investment in Duferdofin Nucor for impairment. After completing its assessment, the Company determined that the estimated fair value exceeded its carrying amount and that there was no need for impairment. Steel market conditions in Europe have continued to be challenging through the first quarter of 2013, and, therefore, it is reasonably possible that based on actual performance in the near term the estimates used in our fourth quarter valuation could change and result in further impairment of our investment.

 

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Interest Expense (Income) Net interest expense for the first quarter of 2013 and 2012 was as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
     March 30, 2013     March 31, 2012  

Interest expense

   $ 33,680      $ 44,982   

Interest income

     (1,189     (3,310
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

   $ 32,491      $ 41,672   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

In the first quarter of 2013, gross interest expense decreased 25% from the prior year due mainly to a significant decrease in average debt outstanding. In addition, there was an increase in the amount of capitalized interest, and a decrease in the average interest rate. Gross interest income decreased 64% because of decreases in average investments outstanding and the average interest rate earned on investments.

Earnings Before Income Taxes and Noncontrolling Interests Earnings before income taxes and noncontrolling interests by segment for the first quarter of 2013 and 2012 were as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended  
     March 30, 2013     March 31, 2012  

Steel mills

   $ 272,258      $ 389,723   

Steel products

     (11,924     (33,044

Raw materials

     1,536        14,572   

Corporate/eliminations

     (108,542     (146,189
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 153,328      $ 225,062   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings before income taxes and noncontrolling interests in the steel mills segment decreased from the first quarter of 2012 due to lower volume, lower sales prices, lower metal margins, and increased energy costs caused by decreased production volume. Partially offsetting these factors was decreased equity in losses from unconsolidated affiliates and decreased profit sharing and other incentive compensation costs. Imports and excess domestic capacity continue to negatively impact the steel mills segment’s performance. In addition, the seasonal improvement in volume and pricing that is typical in the steel mills segment during first quarter of the year was not as strong as it historically has been. Despite the lackluster seasonal improvement in volume in the first quarter of 2013 as compared with the first quarter of 2012, earnings before income taxes and noncontrolling interests in the steel mills segment increased significantly from the $217.7 million earned in the fourth quarter of 2012. This improvement in earnings was primarily due to the fact that shipments to outside customers increased 5% as compared with shipments of 4,121,000 tons in the fourth quarter of 2012. Nonresidential construction markets are continuing to slowly improve, but remain at depressed levels. The strongest end markets continue to be in manufactured goods including energy and automotive.

In the steel products segment, losses before income taxes and noncontrolling interests decreased from the first quarter of 2012 but increased when compared with earnings of $17.0 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2012. Though conditions are slowly improving from historically low levels, demand in this segment remains depressed due to continued weakness in the nonresidential construction market. Our construction products businesses (rebar fabrication, joist and decking and pre-engineered metal buildings) experienced a normal seasonal slowdown in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Our rebar fabrication businesses had lower shipments during the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the first quarter of 2012 due to poor weather conditions extending into the later weeks of the quarter in the midwestern United States and eastern Canada; however, average selling prices increased quarter over quarter.

 

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The profitability of our raw materials segment decreased from the first quarter of 2012 due to an unplanned 18 day outage at our Trinidad DRI facility and weather-related effects negatively impacting the flow of scrap in DJJ’s scrap processing business.

Noncontrolling Interests Noncontrolling interests represent the income attributable to the noncontrolling partners of Nucor’s joint ventures, primarily Nucor-Yamato Steel Company (“NYS”) of which Nucor owns 51%. The increase in earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests was primarily attributable to the increased earnings of NYS, which were due to improved margins in the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the first quarter of 2012. Under the NYS limited 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 quarters of 2013 and 2012, the amount of cash distributed to noncontrolling interest holders exceeded the earnings attributable to noncontrolling 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.

Provision for Income Taxes Nucor had an effective tax rate of 27.8% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with 27.4% in the first quarter of 2012. The expected rate for the full year of 2013 will be approximately 32.0% compared with 30.5% for the full year of 2012. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2013 was favorably impacted by the recognition of research and development credits for the year 2012 retroactively extended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2012 was favorably impacted by a $12.6 million non-cash out-of-period adjustment related to the recognition of a deferred tax asset related to state tax credit carryforwards and to the adjustment of tax expense to previously filed returns.

We estimate that in the next twelve months our gross uncertain tax positions, exclusive of interest, could decrease by as much as $18.6 million as a result of the expiration of the statute of limitations. Nucor has concluded U.S. federal income tax matters for years through 2008. The years 2004, 2007, and 2008 are open to the extent net operating losses were carried back. The 2009 to 2012 tax years are open to examination by the Internal Revenue Service. In 2011 the Canada Revenue Agency completed an audit examination for the periods 2006 to 2008 for Harris Steel Group Inc. and subsidiaries with immaterial adjustments to the income tax returns. The tax years 2009 through 2012 remain open to examination by other major taxing jurisdictions to which Nucor is subject (primarily Canada and other state and local jurisdictions).

Net Earnings and Return on Equity Nucor reported consolidated net earnings of $84.8 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013 compared to consolidated net earnings of $145.1 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2012. Net earnings as a percentage of net sales was 2% in the first quarter of 2013 and 3% in the first quarter of 2012. Return on average stockholders’ equity was 4% and 8% in the first quarter of 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Outlook For the second quarter of 2013, we currently expect to see some improvement in earnings driven by better performance at our fabricated construction products businesses (rebar fabrication, joist and decking and pre-engineered metal buildings), raw materials businesses and most steel mill product groups, partially offset by weaker performance in sheet steel. Import levels and general economic and political uncertainty continue to negatively affect our business. We continue to be cautiously optimistic about nonresidential construction markets in 2013 as they continue to improve slowly from historically low levels. The strongest end markets continue to be in manufactured goods including energy and automotive.

Nucor’s largest exposure to market risk is via our steel mills and steel products segments. Our largest single customer in the first quarter of 2013 represented approximately 5% of sales and consistently pays within terms. In the raw materials segment, we are exposed to price fluctuations related to the purchase of scrap steel and iron ore. Our exposure to market risk is mitigated by the fact that our steel mills use a significant portion of the products of this segment.

 

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Liquidity and capital resources

Cash provided by operating activities was $128.8 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared with cash provided by operating activities of $201.8 million in the first quarter of 2012. Changes in operating assets and liabilities were ($156.5) million in the first quarter of 2013 compared with ($101.1) million in the first quarter of 2012. Driving this decrease was the net change in inventories, accounts payable and federal income taxes. Cash used to purchase inventory during the first quarter of 2013 decreased from the prior year because the prior year experienced a significant increase in tons from year-end 2011 to the first quarter of 2012 that was not experienced this year. The increase in inventory during the first quarter of 2012 led to an increase in accounts payable which did not occur in the first quarter of 2013. Federal income tax payable is down as a result of lower earnings. In addition, there was a $52.7 million decrease in net earnings in the first quarter of 2013, when compared with the first quarter of 2012. These net decreases in cash related to changes in operating assets and liabilities were partially offset by a $33.1 million increase due to the change in deferred income taxes period over period.

The current ratio was 2.8 at the end of the first quarter of 2013 and at year-end 2012. Accounts receivable and inventories increased 5% and 2%, respectively, since year-end, while quarterly net sales increased 2% from the fourth quarter of 2012. The increases in accounts receivable and inventories are due to increased tons shipped to outside customers and the increased cost of raw materials in the current year as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. In the first quarter of 2013, total accounts receivable turned approximately every five weeks and inventories turned approximately every seven weeks. This compares to turns every four to five weeks for accounts receivable and every six weeks for inventory in the first quarter of 2012. Inventory turnover has worsened slightly from historical rates due mainly to the acquisition of Skyline, which as a distributor must keep a larger supply of inventory on hand. The current ratio was positively impacted by a 28% decrease in salaries, wages and related accruals from year-end 2012, which was largely attributable to the payout of profit sharing and other incentive compensation during the first quarter of 2013.

Cash used in investing activities increased by 60% over the prior year period. Capital expenditures increased $169.1 million in large part due to the construction of our DRI facility in Louisiana and the funding of our natural gas working interest drilling program. This increase in capital expenditures was accompanied by a decrease in proceeds from the sale of investments and restricted investments of $165.9 million. These increases in cash used in investing activities were offset by a $185.1 million decrease in purchases of investments and a $58.8 million decrease in acquisitions. While Nucor had no acquisitions in the first quarter of 2013, our DJJ team acquired three metal recycling companies in the first quarter of 2012.

Cash used in financing activities in the first quarter of 2013 remained flat compared to the first quarter of 2012 as financing activities were consistent quarter over quarter.

Nucor’s conservative financial practices have served us well in the past and are serving us well today. Our cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments position remains robust at $932.2 million as of March 30, 2013, and an additional $146.6 million of restricted cash is available for use in the construction of the DRI facility in Louisiana. Our $1.5 billion revolving credit facility is undrawn and does not expire until December 2016, and 93% of our long-term debt matures in 2017 and beyond. We believe our financial strength is a key strategic advantage among domestic steel producers, particularly during recessionary business cycles. We carry the highest credit ratings of any metals and mining company in North America, with an A rating from Standard and Poor’s and an A3 rating from Moody’s.

Based upon these factors, we expect to continue to have adequate access to the capital markets at a reasonable cost of funds for liquidity purposes when needed. Our credit ratings are dependent, however, upon a number of factors, both qualitative and quantitative, and are subject to change at any time. The disclosure of our credit ratings is made in order to enhance investors’ understanding of our sources of liquidity and the impact of our credit ratings on our cost of funds.

 

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Our credit facility includes only one financial covenant, which is a limit of 60% on the ratio of funded debt to total capitalization. In addition, the credit facility contains customary non-financial covenants, including a limit on Nucor’s ability to pledge the Company’s assets and a limit on consolidations, mergers and sales of assets. As of March 30, 2013, our funded debt to total capital ratio was 32%, and we were in compliance with all other covenants under our credit facility. No borrowings were outstanding under the credit facility as of March 30, 2013.

In challenging market conditions such as we are experiencing today, our financial strength allows a number of capital preservation options. Nucor’s robust capital investment and maintenance practices give us the flexibility to reduce spending by prioritizing our capital projects, potentially rescheduling certain projects, and selectively allocating capital to investments with the greatest impact on our long-term earnings power. Capital expenditures more than doubled from $161.5 million during the first quarter of 2012 to $330.6 million in the first quarter of 2013. Capital expenditures for 2013 are projected to be approximately $1.1 billion compared to $947.6 million in 2012.

In February 2013, Nucor’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on Nucor’s common stock of $0.3675 per share payable on May 10, 2013 to stockholders of record on March 28, 2013. This dividend is Nucor’s 160th consecutive quarterly cash dividend.

Funds provided from operations, cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, restricted cash and new borrowings under existing credit facilities are expected to be adequate to meet future capital expenditure and working capital requirements for existing operations for at least the next 24 months.

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 occasionally 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, 2012.

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, other ferrous and nonferrous metals, alloys 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. We employ a raw material surcharge as a component of pricing steel to facilitate the passing through of increased costs of scrap steel and other raw materials. In periods of stable demand for our products, 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. When demand for and cost of raw materials is lower, however, the surcharge impacts our sales prices to a lesser extent.

Our natural gas working interest drilling programs are affected by volatility of natural gas prices in an inverse manner to natural gas costs at our steel production and DRI facilities. This relationship is part of the value proposition and why these drilling programs serve as a natural hedge to price volatility of the natural gas we use in our steel production and DRI facilities.

Nucor also periodically uses derivative financial instruments to hedge a portion of our exposure to price risk related to natural gas purchases used in the production process and to hedge a portion of our scrap, aluminum and copper purchases and sales. Gains and losses from derivatives designated as hedges are deferred in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) on the condensed consolidated balance sheets and recognized into earnings in the same period as the underlying physical transaction. At March 30, 2013, there were no amounts in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) related to derivative instruments as all of our previously held positions have settled. Changes in the fair

 

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values of derivatives not designated as hedges are recognized in earnings each period. The following table presents the negative effect on pre-tax earnings of a hypothetical change in the fair value of derivative instruments outstanding at March 30, 2013, due to an assumed 10% and 25% change in the market price of each of the indicated commodities (in thousands):

 

Commodity Derivative

   10% Change      25% Change  

Aluminum

   $ 1,390       $ 3,475   

Copper

     284         710   

Any resulting changes in fair value would be recognized in net earnings. These hypothetical losses would be partially offset by the benefit of lower prices paid or higher prices received for the physical commodities.

Foreign Currency Risk - Nucor is exposed to foreign currency risk through its operations in Canada, Europe, Trinidad and Colombia. We periodically use derivative contracts to mitigate the risk of currency fluctuations.

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 were effective as of the evaluation date.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting – There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 30, 2013 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

We are from time to time a party to various lawsuits, claims, and other legal proceedings that arise in the ordinary course of business. With respect to all such lawsuits, claims and proceedings, we record reserves when it is probable a liability has been incurred and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. We do not believe that any of these proceedings, individually or in the aggregate, would be expected to have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial position or cash flows.

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 for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

Item 6. Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description of Exhibit

  12    Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges
  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
101    Financial statements (unaudited) from the quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Nucor Corporation for the quarter ended March 30, 2013, filed on May 8, 2013, formatted in XBRL: (i) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings, (ii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, (iii) the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, (iv) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and (v) the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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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
By:  

/s/ James D. Frias

  James D. Frias
  Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Executive Vice President

Dated: May 8, 2013

 

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NUCOR CORPORATION

List of Exhibits to Form 10-Q – March 30, 2013

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description of Exhibit

  12    Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges
  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
101    Financial statements (unaudited) from the quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Nucor Corporation for the quarter ended March 30, 2013, filed on May 8, 2013, formatted in XBRL: (i) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings, (ii) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, (iii) the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, (iv) the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and (v) the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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EX-12

Exhibit 12

Nucor Corporation

2013 Form 10-Q

 

    

Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges

       
     Year-ended December 31,     Three Months
Ended
March 30,

2013
    Three Months
Ended

March 31,
2012
 
     2008     2009     2010     2011     2012      
     (In thousands, except ratios)        

Earnings

              

Earnings/(loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interests

   $ 3,104,391      $ (413,978   $ 267,115      $ 1,251,812      $ 852,940      $ 153,328      $ 225,062   

Plus: losses from equity investments

     36,920        82,341        32,082        10,043        13,323        1,172        6,674   

Plus: fixed charges (includes interest expense and amortization of bond issuance costs and settled swaps and estimated interest on rent expense)

     146,360        168,317        163,626        183,541        179,169        38,569        47,208   

Plus: amortization of capitalized interest

     300        962        2,332        2,724        2,550        696        872   

Plus: distributed income of equity investees

     20,117        7,373        4,923        3,883        9,946        6,708        3,884   

Less: interest capitalized

     (10,020     (16,390     (940     (3,509     (4,715     (4,621     (1,982

Less: pre-tax earnings in noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries that have not incurred fixed charges

     (314,277     (57,865     (73,110     (83,591     (88,507     (25,939     (18,308
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total earnings/(loss) before fixed charges

   $ 2,983,791      $ (229,240   $ 396,028      $ 1,364,903      $ 964,706      $ 169,913      $ 263,410   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Fixed charges

              

Interest cost and amortization of bond issuance and settled swaps

   $ 144,845      $ 166,313      $ 162,213      $ 182,321      $ 178,218      $ 38,302      $ 46,963   

Estimated interest on rent expense

     1,515        2,004        1,413        1,220        951        267        245   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total fixed charges

   $ 146,360      $ 168,317      $ 163,626      $ 183,541      $ 179,169      $ 38,569      $ 47,208   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ratio of earnings to fixed charges

     20.39        *        2.42        7.44        5.38        4.41        5.58   

 

* Earnings for the year ended December 31, 2009 were inadequate to cover fixed charges. The coverage deficiency was $397,557.
EX-31

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, John J. Ferriola, 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, 2013    

/s/ John J. Ferriola

    John J. Ferriola
    Chief Executive Officer and President
EX-31.1

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, James D. Frias, 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, 2013    

/s/ James D. Frias

    James D. Frias
    Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Executive Vice President
EX-32

Exhibit 32

Certification of Principal Executive Officer

Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1350

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

I, John J. Ferriola, Chief Executive Officer and President (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 30, 2013 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/ John J. Ferriola

Name:   John J. Ferriola
Date:   May 8, 2013
EX-32.1

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, James D. Frias, 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 30, 2013 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/ James D. Frias

Name:   James D. Frias
Date:   May 8, 2013