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Nucor Expects Lower Q1 Earnings

Written by Laura Miller

Despite strong profitability within its different product segments, Nucor Corp. expects first-quarter earnings to be down both sequentially and year on year.

 NucorThe Charlotte, N.C.-based steelmaker said Q1 operating income should be higher than the previous quarter while net earnings will be lower. This is due to higher state tax benefits seen in Q4 as well as less favorable intercompany eliminations, it said in its Q1 earnings guidance.

Q1 earnings are expected to be in the range of $3.70 to $3.80 per diluted share, down from $4.89 per diluted share in Q4 and $7.67 per diluted share in Q1 last year.

The steel mills segment should see increased profitability sequentially on higher margins and volumes, with sheet mills seeing the most improvement.

A continuing strong performance is expected within the steel products segment, but profitability will likely be down from Q4 because of slower construction activity and some lower realized pricing. The segment’s quarterly performance should be better than that of Q1 2022, however.

Higher direct-reduced iron (DRI) and scrap volumes should increase Q1 profitability within the raw materials segment, Nucor said.

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