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Nucor Reports Results For Third Quarter And Nine Months Of 2015

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today consolidated net earnings of $227.1 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2015. By comparison, Nucor reported net earnings of $124.8 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2015 and net earnings of $245.4 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014. Third quarter of 2015 diluted net earnings per share of $0.71 was above our guidance range of $0.45 to $0.50 per diluted share due to a larger than forecasted LIFO credit and better than forecasted performance in the steel mills segment.

In the first nine months of 2015, Nucor reported consolidated net earnings of $419.7 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, compared with consolidated net earnings of $503.5 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, in the first nine months of last year.

Earnings (loss) before income taxes and noncontrolling interests by segment were as follows for the third quarter and first nine months of 2015 and 2014 (in thousands):

Three Months (13 Weeks)

Nine Months (39 Weeks)

October 3,

October 4,

taxes and noncontrolling interests:

Steel mills

$ 260,776

$ 502,703

$ 676,404

$ 1,188,638

Steel products

96,167

63,890

199,261

108,222

Raw materials

(43,177)

(19,321)

(122,778)

(20,597)

Corporate/eliminations

40,505

(143,287)

(63,349)

(422,912)

$ 354,271

$ 403,985

$ 689,538

$ 853,351

Nucor's results include a $137.0 million credit ($0.27 per diluted share) to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting in the third quarter of 2015, compared with a credit of $95.5 million ($0.19 per diluted share) recorded in the second quarter of 2015 and a credit of $14.5 million ($0.03 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2014. As a result, the LIFO credit in the first nine months of 2015 was $249.0 million ($0.48 per diluted share), compared with no charge or credit in the first nine months of 2014. The third quarter of 2015 results were impacted by an out-of-period non-cash gain of $10.2 million ($0.03 per diluted share) related to a correction of deferred tax balances. Included in the second quarter of 2015 results was a $9.3 million ($0.03 per diluted share) benefit related to state tax credits. Earnings in the third quarter of 2014 included a $12.5 million charge ($0.03 per diluted share) related to the partial write down of assets within the steel mills segment.

Nucor's consolidated net sales decreased 3% to $4.23 billion in the third quarter of 2015 compared with $4.36 billion in the second quarter of 2015 and decreased 26% compared with $5.70 billion in the third quarter of 2014. Average sales price per ton remained consistent with the second quarter of 2015 and decreased 15% from the third quarter of 2014. Total tons shipped to outside customers were 5,883,000 tons in the third quarter of 2015, a 3% decrease from the second quarter of 2015 and a decrease of 13% from the third quarter of 2014. Total third quarter steel mill shipments decreased 3% from the second quarter of 2015 and decreased 10% from the third quarter of 2014. Third quarter downstream steel products shipments to outside customers increased 9% over the second quarter of 2015 and decreased 3% from the third quarter of 2014.

In the first nine months of 2015, Nucor's consolidated net sales decreased 19% to $12.98 billion, compared with $16.10 billion in last year's first nine months. Total tons shipped to outside customers decreased 9% from the first nine months of 2014, while average sales price per ton decreased 11%.

The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in the third quarter of 2015 was $262, a 3% decrease from $271 in the second quarter of 2015 and a decrease of 31% from $379 in the third quarter of 2014. The average scrap and scrap substitute cost per ton used in the first nine months of 2015 was $285, a decrease of 26% from $387 in the first nine months of 2014.

Overall operating rates at our steel mills decreased to 69% in the third quarter of 2015 as compared with 73% in the second quarter of 2015 and decreased from 81% in the third quarter of 2014. Steel mill utilization decreased to 69% in the first nine months of 2015 from 78% in the first nine months of 2014.

Total steel mill energy costs in the third quarter of 2015 increased approximately $2 per ton compared with the second quarter of 2015 due to decreased steel production volumes and the resulting reduced efficiencies. Total steel mill energy costs in the third quarter of 2015 decreased approximately $2 per ton compared with the third quarter of 2014...


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