NUCOR REPORTS RESULTS FOR FIRST QUARTER OF 2015
Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00

NUCOR REPORTS RESULTS FOR FIRST QUARTER OF 2015

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- April 23, 2015 -- Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced today consolidated net earnings of $67.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015. By comparison, Nucor reported net earnings of $111.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014 and net earnings of $210.4 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Nucor's results include a credit of $16.5 million ($0.03 per diluted share) to value inventories using the last-in, first-out (LIFO) method of accounting. The credit is compared with a charge of $14.5 million ($0.03 per diluted share) in the first quarter of 2014 and a credit of $57.3 million ($0.11 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter of 2014. Included in the fourth quarter of 2014 results were $8.9 million ($0.02 per diluted share) of non-cash inventory related purchase accounting charges associated with the acquisition of Nucor Steel Gallatin and a $13.2 million ($0.04 per diluted share) out-of-period non-cash gain related to a correction to tax balances. Included in the first quarter of 2014 earnings was a $12.8 million ($0.04 per diluted share) charge primarily related to tax legislation changes in the state of New York. Also included in first quarter of 2014 results was a $9.0 million charge ($0.02 per diluted share) related to the disposal of assets within the steel mills segment.

Nucor’s consolidated net sales decreased 14% to $4.40 billion in the first quarter of 2015 from $5.11 billion in the first quarter of 2014 and decreased 12% compared with $5.00 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014. Average sales price per ton in the first quarter of 2015 decreased 5% from both the first quarter of 2014 and the fourth quarter of 2014. Total tons shipped to outside customers were 5,635,000 tons in the first quarter of 2015, a 9% decrease from the first quarter of 2014 and a 7% decrease from the fourth quarter of 2014. Total first quarter steel mill shipments decreased 10% from the first quarter of 2014 and decreased 8% from the fourth quarter of 2014. First quarter downstream steel products shipments to outside customers increased 1% over the first quarter of 2014 and decreased 4% from the fourth quarter of 2014.