NUE
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Nucor
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Earnings Details
1st Quarter March 2022
Thursday, April 21, 2022 8:00:00 AM
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Nucor (NUE) reported 1st Quarter March 2022 earnings of $7.67 per share on revenue of $10.5 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $7.35 per share on revenue of $10.5 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $7.45 per share. Revenue grew 49.5% on a year-over-year basis.

Nucor Corp and its affiliates are manufacturer of steel and steel products. It also produces direct reduced iron for use in the Company’s steel mills.

Results
Reported Earnings
$7.67
Earnings Whisper
$7.45
Consensus Estimate
$7.35
Reported Revenue
$10.49 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$10.46 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Nucor Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) today announced consolidated net earnings of $2.10 billion, or $7.67 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2022, making it the most profitable first quarter in the Company's history. By comparison, Nucor reported consolidated net earnings of $2.25 billion, or $7.97 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2021 and $942.4 million, or $3.10 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2021.  

"I'm incredibly proud of the Nucor Team's exceptional focus on delivering world class performance in the first quarter of 2022, especially our record results in Safety and first quarter profitability.  We are grateful for the trust our customers place in the Nucor Team with every order as we strive to offer exceptional value by delivering the cleanest and most sustainable steel solutions in the world.  Our key forward looking indicators for 2022 remain favorable and we expect another strong year in both earnings and cash generation," said Leon Topalian, Nucor's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Selected Segment Data
Earnings (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interests by segment for the first quarter of 2022 and 2021 were as follows (in thousands):







Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended




April 2, 2022



April 3, 2021


Steel mills


$

2,578,854



$

1,314,974


Steel products



684,867




211,812


Raw materials



95,853




223,235


Corporate/eliminations



(461,459)




(451,775)




$

2,898,115



$

1,298,246


Financial Review
Nucor's consolidated net sales increased 1% to $10.49 billion in the first quarter of 2022 compared with $10.36 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021 and increased 50% compared with $7.02 billion in the first quarter of 2021. Average sales price per ton in the first quarter of 2022 increased 2% compared with the fourth quarter of 2021 and increased 68% compared with the first quarter of 2021. A total of 6,394,000 tons were shipped to outside customers in the first quarter of 2022, which was similar to the fourth quarter of 2021 and decreased 11% as compared to the first quarter of 2021. Total steel mill shipments in the first quarter of 2022 decreased 1% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2021 and decreased 11% as compared to the first quarter of 2021. Steel mill shipments to internal customers represented 22% of total steel mill shipments in the first quarter of 2022, compared with 22% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 21% in the first quarter of 2021. Downstream steel product shipments to outside customers in the first quarter of 2022 increased 7% from the fourth quarter of 2021 and increased 2% from the first quarter of 2021.

The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per gross ton used in the first quarter of 2022 was $495, a 3% decrease compared to $508 in the fourth quarter of 2021 and a 22% increase compared to $405 in the first quarter of 2021.

Pre-operating and start-up costs related to the Company's growth projects were approximately $62 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2022, compared with approximately $54 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2021 and approximately $19 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2021.

Overall operating rates at the Company's steel mills decreased to 77% in the first quarter of 2022 as compared to 89% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 95% in the first quarter of 2021.

Financial Strength
At the end of the first quarter of 2022, we had $4.26 billion in cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash and cash equivalents on hand. The Company's $1.75 billion revolving credit facility remains undrawn and does not expire until November 2026Nucor continues to have the strongest credit rating in the North American steel sector (Baa1/A-) with stable outlooks at both Moody's and Standard & Poor's.

Commitment to Returning Capital to Stockholders
During the first quarter of 2022, Nucor repurchased approximately 7.0 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $128.45 per share. As of April 2, 2022, Nucor had approximately 266,000,000 shares outstanding and approximately $2.94 billion remaining for repurchases under its existing authorized share repurchase program. This share repurchase authorization is discretionary and has no scheduled expiration date.

On February 22, 2022, Nucor's board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share. This cash dividend is payable on May 11, 2022 to stockholders of record as of March 31, 2022 and is Nucor's 196th consecutive quarterly cash dividend.

First Quarter of 2022 Analysis
Steel mill segment earnings in the first quarter of 2022 decreased from the fourth quarter of 2021, primarily due to the decreased profitability of the sheet mills. While end market demand remains strong, average realized selling prices in sheet softened during the first quarter reflecting increased import volumes coupled with modest destocking. The steel products segment generated increased earnings in the first quarter of 2022 relative to the fourth quarter of 2021 due to continued strong nonresidential construction related demand and expanded profit margins. Earnings for the raw materials segment increased in the first quarter of 2022 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2021 due to improving selling prices for raw materials at the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter of 2022 Outlook
End use market demand remains strong for steel and steel products, and we remain confident that 2022 will be another year of very strong earnings and cash flow for Nucor.

We expect that the second quarter of 2022 will be the most profitable quarter in Nucor's history, surpassing the previous record set in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Second quarter earnings will be driven by increased profitability in the steel products segment, which continues to benefit from robust demand in nonresidential construction markets. In addition, the steel mills segment earnings are expected to strengthen due primarily to increased profitability at our sheet and plate mills.  Similarly, Nucor's raw materials segment is expected to generate increased profits in the second quarter due to relatively higher selling prices for raw materials.

Earnings Conference Call
You are invited to listen to the live broadcast of Nucor's conference call during which management will discuss Nucor's first quarter results on April 21, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be available over the Internet at www.nucor.com, under Investors.

About Nucor
Nucor and its affiliates are manufacturers of steel and steel products, with operating facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Products produced include: carbon and alloy steel -- in bars, beams, sheet and plate; hollow structural section tubing; electrical conduit; steel racking; steel piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; precision castings; steel fasteners; metal building systems; insulated metal panels; steel grating; and wire and wire mesh. Nucor, through The David J. Joseph Company, also brokers ferrous and nonferrous metals, pig iron and hot briquetted iron / direct reduced iron; supplies ferro-alloys; and processes ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Nucor is North America's largest recycler.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this news release are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties which we expect will or may occur in the future and may impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. The words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "intend," "project," "may," "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 news release. 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) competitive pressure on sales and pricing, including pressure from imports and substitute materials; (2) U.S. and foreign trade policies affecting steel imports or exports; (3) the sensitivity of the results of our operations to prevailing market steel prices and changes in the supply and cost of raw materials, including pig iron, iron ore and scrap steel; (4) the availability and cost of electricity and natural gas, which could negatively affect our cost of steel production or result in a delay or cancellation of existing or future drilling within our natural gas drilling programs; (5) critical equipment failures and business interruptions; (6) 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 United States; (7) impairment in the recorded value of inventory, equity investments, fixed assets, goodwill or other long-lived assets; (8) uncertainties surrounding the global economy, including excess world capacity for steel production, inflation and interest rate changes; (9) fluctuations in currency conversion rates; (10) significant changes in laws or government regulations affecting environmental compliance, including legislation and regulations that result in greater regulation of greenhouse gas emissions that could increase our energy costs, capital expenditures and operating costs or cause one or more of our permits to be revoked or make it more difficult to obtain permit modifications; (11) the cyclical nature of the steel industry; (12) capital investments and their impact on our performance; (13) our safety performance; and (14) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and any variants of the virus. These and other factors are discussed in Nucor's regulatory filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including those in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of Nucor's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of this date, and Nucor does not assume any obligation to update them, except as may be required by applicable law.

 

Tonnage Data


(In thousands)

















Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended




April 2, 2022



April 3, 2021



Percent Change


Steel mills total shipments:













     Sheet



2,385




2,927




-19

%

     Bars



2,286




2,319




-1

%

     Structural



640




623




3

%

     Plate



398




596




-33

%

     Other



105




79




33

%




5,814




6,544




-11

%














Sales tons to outside customers:













     Steel mills



4,539




5,190




-13

%

     Joist



179




172




4

%

     Deck



136




135




1

%

     Cold finished



133




132




1

%

     Rebar fabrication products



291




282




3

%

     Piling



111




136




-18

%

     Tubular products



255




250




2

%

     Other steel products



130




100




30

%

     Raw materials



620




779




-20

%




6,394




7,176




-11

%














 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)




Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended




April 2, 2022



April 3, 2021


Net sales


$

10,493,282



$

7,017,140


Costs, expenses and other:









     Cost of products sold



7,035,143




5,394,703


     Marketing, administrative and other expenses



524,584




291,124


     Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates



(7,695)




(13,239)


     Losses on assets



-




6,662


     Interest expense, net



43,135




39,644





7,595,167




5,718,894


Earnings before income taxes and noncontrolling interests



2,898,115




1,298,246


Provision for income taxes



671,000




310,732


Net earnings



2,227,115




987,514


Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests



131,492




45,082


Net earnings attributable to Nucor stockholders


$

2,095,623



$

942,432


Net earnings per share:









     Basic


$

7.69



$

3.10


     Diluted


$

7.67



$

3.10


Average shares outstanding:









     Basic



271,564




301,846


     Diluted



272,094




302,518











 

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(In thousands)




April 2, 2022



Dec 31, 2021


ASSETS









Current assets:









     Cash and cash equivalents


$

3,725,266



$

2,364,858


     Short-term investments



446,868




253,005


     Accounts receivable, net



4,111,478




3,853,972


     Inventories, net



6,245,679




6,011,182


     Other current assets



252,060




316,540


          Total current assets



14,781,351




12,799,557


Property, plant and equipment, net



8,921,263




8,114,818


Restricted cash and cash equivalents



88,242




143,800


Goodwill



2,904,134




2,827,344


Other intangible assets, net



1,063,210




1,103,759


Other assets



874,668




833,794


          Total assets


$

28,632,868



$

25,823,072


LIABILITIES









Current liabilities:









     Short-term debt


$

86,521



$

107,723


     Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease obligations



629,536




615,678


     Accounts payable



1,900,536




1,974,041


     Salaries, wages and related accruals



832,999




1,495,166


     Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



1,081,706




964,805


     Federal income taxes payable



602,537




-


          Total current liabilities



5,133,835




5,157,413


Long-term debt and finance lease obligations due after one year



6,112,331




4,961,410


Deferred credits and other liabilities



1,243,582




1,100,455


          Total liabilities



12,489,748




11,219,278


EQUITY









Nucor stockholders' equity:









     Common stock



152,061




152,061


     Additional paid-in capital



2,163,129




2,140,608


     Retained earnings



19,635,277




17,674,100


     Accumulated other comprehensive loss,

        net of income taxes



(44,504)




(115,282)


     Treasury stock



(6,701,401)




(5,835,098)


          Total Nucor stockholders' equity



15,204,562




14,016,389


Noncontrolling interests



938,558




587,405


     Total equity



16,143,120




14,603,794


     Total liabilities and equity


$

28,632,868



$

25,823,072











 

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In thousands)




Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended




April 2, 2022



April 3, 2021


Operating activities:









     Net earnings


$

2,227,115



$

987,514


     Adjustments:









          Depreciation



195,478




179,820


          Amortization



41,411




21,130


          Stock-based compensation



26,422




19,859


          Deferred income taxes



(18,764)




62,705


          Distributions from affiliates



1,500




180


          Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates



(7,695)




(13,239)


          Losses on assets



-




6,662


          Changes in assets and liabilities (exclusive of acquisitions and dispositions):









               Accounts receivable



(92,394)




(524,570)


               Inventories



124,201




(795,940)


               Accounts payable



(165,476)




225,333


               Federal income taxes



672,142




200,888


               Salaries, wages and related accruals



(658,267)




69,780


               Other operating activities



126,495




90,289


Cash provided by operating activities



2,472,168




530,411


Investing activities:









     Capital expenditures



(447,682)




(313,510)


     Investment in and advances to affiliates



(63)




(118)


     Disposition of plant and equipment



7,288




5,735


     Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)



(347,177)




300


     Purchase of investments



(274,197)




(214,427)


     Proceeds from the sale of investments



80,333




219,777


     Other investing activities



(183)




249


Cash used in investing activities



(981,681)




(301,994)


Financing activities:









     Net change in short-term debt



(21,202)




(1,607)


     Proceeds from long-term debt, net of discount



1,093,059




-


     Repayment of long-term debt



(2,500)




-


     Bond issuance related costs



(8,388)




-


     Proceeds from exercise of stock options



16,586




107,524


     Payment of tax withholdings on certain stock-based compensation



(8,512)




(14,521)


     Distributions to noncontrolling interests



(211,558)




(73,795)


     Cash dividends



(137,587)




(123,901)


     Acquisition of treasury stock



(905,324)




(301,859)


     Other financing activities



(3,883)




(2,505)


Cash used in financing activities



(189,309)




(410,664)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash



3,672




3,307


Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and

   restricted cash and cash equivalents



1,304,850




(178,940)


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash and cash

   equivalents - beginning of year



2,508,658




2,754,929


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash and cash

   equivalents - end of three months


$

3,813,508



$

2,575,989


Non-cash investing activity:









     Change in accrued plant and equipment purchases


$

(7,789)



$

4,461











 

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