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Nucor Corp NUE
Q3 2012 Earnings Call Transcript

Transcript Call Date 10/18/2012

Operator: Good day, everyone, and welcome to the Nucor Corporation Third Quarter of 2012 Earnings Call. As a reminder, today's call is being recorded. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session and instructions will come at that time.

Certain statements made during this conference call will be forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The words we, expect, believe, anticipate, and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify those forward-looking statements, which are based on management's current expectations and information that is currently available. Although Nucor believes they are based on reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that future events will not affect their accuracy. More information about the risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements may be found in the Nucor's latest 10-K and subsequently filed 10-Qs, which are available on the SEC's and Nucor's website. The forward-looking statements made in this conference call speak only as of this date, and Nucor does not assume any obligation to update them either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For opening remarks and introductions, I would like to turn the call over to Mr. Dan DiMicco, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nucor Corporation. Please go ahead, sir.

Daniel R. DiMicco - Chairman and CEO: Thank you. Good afternoon. This is Dan DiMicco, Nucor's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Thank you for joining us for our conference call. As always, we appreciate your interest in Nucor.

With me for today's call are the other members of Nucor's senior management team; our President and Chief Operating Officer, John Ferriola; Chief Financial Officer, Jim Frias; and our other Executive Vice Presidents, Jim Darsey, Long products and Bar products; Keith Grass, for our David J. Joseph, Scrap operations; Ladd Hall, for our Flat-Rolled businesses; Ham Lott, our Downstream and Fabrication businesses; and Joe Stratman, who is responsible for our Beam and Plate businesses as well as our Business Development Group.

First, and most importantly, as always, we want to thank everyone on our Nucor, Harris Steel, David J. Joseph, Duferdofin, NuMit Steel Technologies and Skyline Steel teams for your hard work in today's extremely challenging economic and steel market conditions.

We are extremely proud of your unrivaled commitment to taking care of our customers. Every day, you are building a stronger and more profitable Nucor, and as always, you are doing it by working safely and by working together. You are Nucor's greatest asset and our real competitive advantage; the right people. Thank you all very much.

I will now ask our CFO, Jim Frias, to discuss our third quarter results and financial position. Following Jim, John Ferriola will report our Nucor's operations and growth strategy. Then I will wrap up with some thoughts. Jim?

James D. Frias - CFO, Treasurer and EVP: Thanks Dan and good afternoon. Third quarter 2012 earnings of $0.35 per diluted share were at the high end of our guidance range of $0.30 to $0.35 per diluted share. Third quarter results were negatively impacted by two non-cash charges totaling $0.10 per diluted share. $0.06 per diluted share resulted from inventory related purchase accounting adjustments associated with our acquisition of Skyline Steel, which we acquired at the end of the second quarter. We expect those charges to be much lower in the fourth quarter. We also recorded a non-cash charge of $0.04 per share resulting from a loss on the sale of assets of Nucor Wire Product Pennsylvania.

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