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Nucor Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) today announced consolidated net earnings of $398.8 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2020. By comparison, Nucor reported consolidated net earnings of $193.4 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020 and $107.8 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2019. Included in the fourth quarter of 2020 results were the following non-operational items (in millions):

Non-Operational Item


Segment


Gross Amount of
Expense1


Expense/(Benefit) Net of Tax


Non-cash impairment charge


Steel mills


$

103.2


$

78.7


Non-cash impairment charge


Raw materials



27.0



21.0


Loss on assets - Duferdofin Nucor


Steel mills



184.0



(17.9)


State tax credits


N/A



-



(39.7)


CARES Act tax carryback provision


N/A



-



(48.2)






$

314.2


$

(6.1)



1Gross amounts are included in segment reporting. Segment reporting does not include any tax effects.

With the exception of the state tax credits, the non-operational items presented in the above table were not quantifiable at the time of our guidance that was released on December 17, 2020. Refer to the "Review of Non-Operational Items" section for more information related to these items.

For the full year 2020, Nucor reported consolidated net earnings of $721.5 million, or $2.36 per diluted share, compared with consolidated net earnings of $1.27 billion, or $4.14 per diluted share, in 2019.

"Over the last 12 months, the Nucor team has demonstrated incredible resilience as we navigated macroeconomic headwinds and the challenging operating environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Leon Topalian, Nucor's President and Chief Executive Officer. "At the onset of the pandemic, we capitalized on the flexibility of our business model and strong demand for our products to gain market share across nearly our entire portfolio. Even as we worked hard to drive growth and value creation, the safety of our teammates and our commitment to customer relationships remained our top priorities. I am proud to report that 2020 was the safest year in Nucor's history."

Mr. Topalian continued, "We are extremely grateful to our more than 26,000 teammates whose hard work and dedication enabled us to achieve strong financial and operational results throughout the year. Looking ahead, we are confident that Nucor is poised for continued growth, and we anticipate earnings in the first quarter of 2021 to significantly increase from the fourth quarter of 2020. All of us at Nucor remain committed to delivering strong results for our stockholders and strengthening our position as the most profitable steel and steel products company in the world."

Review of Non-Operational Items

Duferdofin Nucor Related Items

In the fourth quarter of 2020 Nucor finalized an agreement (the "Duferdofin Agreement") to transfer its 50% economic and voting interest in Duferdofin Nucor to the owner of the remaining 50% interest. Losses on assets related to the Duferdofin Agreement were $184.0 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020.

We were able to claim certain tax deductions related to our investment in Duferdofin Nucor that resulted in a benefit to the provision for income taxes of $201.9 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Other Fourth Quarter of 2020 Non-Operational Items

Also, included in the fourth quarter of 2020 earnings are non-cash impairment charges of $130.2 million, or $0.33 per diluted share. Of that amount, $103.2 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, relates to impairment of certain inventory and long-lived assets in the steel mills segment. Also included in that amount is a $27.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, impairment charge that relates to a write-down of our unproved natural gas well assets that is included in the raw materials segment.

Tax related items included in the fourth quarter of 2020 earnings were a net benefit totaling $39.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, related to state tax credits and a net benefit of $48.2 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the anticipated carryback of a 2020 tax net operating loss under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act").

Comparative Period Non-Operational Items

Included in earnings for the third quarter of 2020 was a restructuring charge of $16.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, related to the realignment of Nucor's metal buildings business. Included in the fourth quarter of 2019 earnings were non-cash impairment charges of $66.9 million, or $0.17 per diluted share.

Financial Strength

At the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Nucor had $3.16 billion in cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash and cash equivalents on hand. The Company's $1.50 billion revolving credit facility remains undrawn and does not expire until April 2023.  Nucor 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.

Selected Segment Data

Earnings (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interests by segment for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 and 2019 were as follows (in thousands):



Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended



Twelve Months (52 Weeks) Ended




Dec. 31, 2020



Dec. 31, 2019



Dec. 31, 2020



Dec. 31, 2019


Steel mills


$

208,069



$

212,437



$

720,151



$

1,790,694


Steel products



188,138




147,414




690,547




511,145


Raw materials



26,689




(92,577)




23,621




(28,244)


Corporate/eliminations



(205,130)




(89,044)




(598,781)




(490,788)




$

217,766



$

178,230



$

835,538



$

1,782,807


Financial Review

Nucor's consolidated net sales increased 7% to $5.26 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with $4.93 billion in the third quarter of 2020 and increased 3% compared with $5.13 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019. Average sales price per ton in the fourth quarter of 2020 increased 5% compared with the third quarter of 2020 and increased 3% compared with the fourth quarter of 2019. A total of 6,486,000 tons was shipped to outside customers in the fourth quarter of 2020, a 2% increase from the third quarter of 2020 and flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2019. Total steel mill shipments in the fourth quarter of 2020 increased 3% as compared to the third quarter of 2020 and were similar to shipments in the fourth quarter of 2019. Steel mill shipments to internal customers represented 19% of total steel mill shipments in the fourth quarter of 2020, a decrease compared to 21% in both the third quarter of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2019. Downstream steel product shipments to outside customers in the fourth quarter of 2020 decreased 9% from the third quarter of 2020 and decreased 6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.

For 2020, Nucor's consolidated net sales of $20.14 billion decreased 11% compared with consolidated net sales of $22.59 billion reported in 2019. Total tons shipped to outside customers in 2020 were 25,519,000, a decrease of 4% from 2019, while the average sales price per ton in 2020 decreased 7% from 2019.

The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per gross ton used in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $305, a 10% increase compared to $277 in the third quarter of 2020 and an 11% increase compared to $275 in the fourth quarter of 2019. The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per gross ton used for the full year 2020 was $290, an 8% decrease compared to $314 for the full year 2019.

Pre-operating and start-up costs related to the Company's growth projects were approximately $28 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared with approximately $22 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2020 and approximately $35 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019.

For 2020, pre-operating and start-up costs related to the Company's growth projects were approximately $101 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared with approximately $103 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, for 2019.

Overall operating rates at the Company's steel mills increased to 87% in the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared to 83% in both the third quarter of 2020 and the fourth quarter of 2019. Operating rates for the full year 2020 decreased to 82% as compared to 84% for the full year 2019.

Fourth Quarter of 2020 Analysis

Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2020 improved compared to the third quarter of 2020 primarily due to higher pricing at our sheet and plate mills. Reflecting our product diversity, our steel mills segment also continued to benefit from strong results at our bar and structural mills. The fourth quarter of 2020 was another strong quarter for the steel products segment due to the continued resiliency of nonresidential construction markets. The profitability of the raw materials segment increased in the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared to the third quarter of 2020 due to the improved financial performance of our direct reduced iron facilities that are benefitting from higher average selling prices for raw materials.

First Quarter of 2021 Outlook

As we enter 2021 we are encouraged by several positive factors impacting our markets. Nonresidential construction and automotive markets are strong, and we see generally improving conditions in heavy equipment, agriculture, renewable energy and on-highway truck and trailer. We expect earnings in the first quarter of 2021 to significantly increase from the fourth quarter of 2020. The expected performance of the steel mills segment in the first quarter of 2021 is the primary driver for this increase as our sheet, plate, bar and structural mills are forecasting increased profitability in the first quarter of 2021 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2020. The profitability of our downstream steel products segment is expected to decrease in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 due to typical seasonal patterns and some margin compression related to the delay between rising steel input costs and increases in selling prices. The raw materials segment's performance in the first quarter of 2021 is expected to be significantly improved compared to the fourth quarter of 2020 due to higher raw materials selling prices.

Cash Dividend

On December 3, 2020, Nucor's board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.405 per share. This cash dividend is payable on February 11, 2021 to stockholders of record as of December 31, 2020 and is Nucor's 191st consecutive quarterly cash dividend. Nucor has increased its regular, or base, dividend for 48 consecutive years – every year since it first began paying dividends in 1973. Over the past 10 years, Nucor has returned approximately $6 billion in capital to its stockholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Earnings Conference Call

You are invited to listen to the live broadcast of Nucor's conference call in which management will discuss Nucor's fourth quarter results on January 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be available over the Internet at www.nucor.com, under the Investors tab.

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 piling; steel joists and joist girders; steel deck; fabricated concrete reinforcing steel; cold finished steel; precision castings; steel fasteners; metal building systems; 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. The words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "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 steel prices and changes in the supply and cost of raw materials, including pig iron, iron ore and scrap steel; (4) 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, as well as prevailing domestic prices for oil and gas; (5) energy costs and availability; and (6) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These and other factors are discussed in Nucor's regulatory filings with the 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, 2019 and in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of Nucor's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 3, 2020. 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


Twelve Months (52 Weeks) Ended



Dec. 31, 2020


Dec. 31, 2019


Percent
Change


Dec. 31, 2020


Dec. 31, 2019


Percent
Change

Steel mills total shipments:













Sheet


2,660


2,662


-


10,005


10,577


-5%

Bars


2,072


1,969


5%


8,164


8,019


2%

Structural


511


555


-8%


2,265


2,237


1%

Plate


485


519


-7%


1,957


2,124


-8%

Other


65


74


-12%


295


399


-26%



5,793


5,779


-


22,686


23,356


-3%














Sales tons to outside customers:













Steel mills


4,667


4,572


2%


18,049


18,585


-3%

Joist


151


140


8%


557


499


12%

Deck


131


141


-7%


496


495


-

Cold finished


106


108


-2%


406


498


-18%

Rebar Fabrication


284


294


-3%


1,232


1,223


1%

Piling


127


176


-28%


649


638


2%

Tubular products


264


273


-3%


1,080


1,053


3%

Other steel products


96


105


-9%


374


408


-8%

Raw materials


660


677


-3%


2,676


3,133


-15%



6,486


6,486


-


25,519


26,532


-4%

 


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited)


(In thousands, except per share data)





















Three Months (13 Weeks) Ended



Twelve Months (52 Weeks) Ended




Dec. 31, 2020



Dec. 31, 2019



Dec. 31, 2020



Dec. 31, 2019


Net sales


$

5,260,055



$

5,131,746



$

20,139,658



$

22,588,858


Costs, expenses and other:

















Cost of products sold



4,541,527




4,696,558




17,911,708




19,909,773


Marketing, administrative and other expenses



154,119




162,228




615,041




711,248


Equity in losses (earnings) of unconsolidated affiliates



(3,889)




(852)




10,533




(3,311)


Losses and impairments of assets



314,190




66,916




613,640




66,916


Interest expense, net



36,342




28,666




153,198




121,425





5,042,289




4,953,516




19,304,120




20,806,051


Earnings before income taxes and noncontrolling interests



217,766




178,230




835,538




1,782,807


Provision for income taxes



(208,100)




43,977




(490)




411,897


Net earnings



425,866




134,253




836,028




1,370,910


Earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests



27,023




26,430




114,558




99,767


Net earnings attributable to Nucor stockholders


$

398,843



$

107,823



$

721,470



$

1,271,143


Net earnings per share:

















Basic


$

1.31



$

0.35



$

2.37



$

4.14


Diluted


$

1.30



$

0.35



$

2.36



$

4.14


Average shares outstanding:

















Basic



303,467




303,560




303,168




305,040


Diluted



303,806




303,987




303,271




305,503


 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)


(In thousands)













Dec. 31, 2020



Dec. 31, 2019


ASSETS









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

2,639,671



$

1,534,605


Short-term investments



408,004




300,040


Accounts receivable, net



2,298,850




2,160,102


Inventories, net



3,569,089




3,842,095


Other current assets



573,048




389,528


Total current assets



9,488,662




8,226,370


Property, plant and equipment, net



6,899,110




6,178,555


Restricted cash and cash equivalents



115,258




-


Goodwill



2,229,672




2,201,063


Other intangible assets, net



668,021




742,186


Other assets



724,671




996,492


Total assets


$

20,125,394



$

18,344,666


LIABILITIES









Current liabilities:









Short-term debt


$

57,906



$

62,444


Current portion of long-term debt and finance lease obligations



10,885




29,264


Accounts payable



1,432,159




1,201,698


Salaries, wages and related accruals



462,727




510,844


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities



664,183




659,524


Total current liabilities



2,627,860




2,463,774


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



5,271,789




4,291,301


Deferred credits and other liabilities



993,884




798,415


Total liabilities



8,893,533




7,553,490


EQUITY









Nucor stockholders' equity:









Common stock



152,061




152,061


Additional paid-in capital



2,121,288




2,107,646


Retained earnings



11,343,852




11,115,056


Accumulated other comprehensive loss,
    net of income taxes



(118,861)




(302,966)


Treasury stock



(2,709,675)




(2,713,931)


Total Nucor stockholders' equity



10,788,665




10,357,866


Noncontrolling interests



443,196




433,310


Total equity



11,231,861




10,791,176


Total liabilities and equity


$

20,125,394



$

18,344,666


 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)


(In thousands)













Twelve Months (52 Weeks) Ended




Dec. 31, 2020



Dec. 31, 2019


Operating activities:









Net earnings


$

836,028



$

1,370,910


Adjustments:









Depreciation



702,110




648,911


Amortization



83,356




85,742


Stock-based compensation



73,853




90,359


Deferred income taxes



162,836




99,157


Distributions from affiliates



10,521




37,459


Equity in losses (earnings) of unconsolidated affiliates



10,533




(3,311)


Losses and impairment of assets



613,640




66,916


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









Accounts receivable



(129,290)




361,340


Inventories



284,081




712,645


Accounts payable



250,561




(253,457)


Federal income taxes



(197,275)




(180,325)


Salaries, wages and related accruals



(41,169)




(186,755)


Other operating activities



37,092




(40,178)


Cash provided by operating activities



2,696,877




2,809,413


Investing activities:









Capital expenditures



(1,543,219)




(1,477,293)


Investment in and advances to affiliates



(44,427)




(45,834)


Divestiture of affiliates



-




67,591


Disposition of plant and equipment



40,933




41,618


Acquisitions (net of cash acquired)



(88,071)




(83,106)


Purchase of investments



(488,517)




(367,741)


Proceeds from the sale of investments



392,178




67,701


Other investing activities



(33,171)




2,873


Cash used in investing activities



(1,764,294)




(1,794,191)


Financing activities:









Net change in short-term debt



(4,538)




4,574


Proceeds from long-term debt, net of discount



1,237,635




-


Repayment of long-term debt



(97,150)




-


Premium on debt exchange



(180,383)




-


Bond issuance related costs



(6,250)




-


Issuance of common stock



11,846




16,145


Payment of tax withholdings on certain stock-based compensation



(19,102)




(25,047)


Distributions to noncontrolling interests



(115,508)




(76,347)


Cash dividends



(491,655)




(492,062)


Acquisition of treasury stock



(39,499)




(298,541)


Other financing activities



(9,542)




(9,132)


Cash provided by (used in) financing activities



285,854




(880,410)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash



1,887




907


Increase in cash and cash equivalents



1,220,324




135,719


Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year



1,534,605




1,398,886


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash and cash equivalents - end of twelve months


$

2,754,929



$

1,534,605


Non-cash investing activity:









Change in accrued plant and equipment purchases


$

(16,103)



$

34,777


 

 

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