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Nucor (NUE) to Add Blast and Prime Line at Brandenburg Mill

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Nucor Corporation (NUE - Free Report) recently announced its plans to add a blast and prime line at its greenfield steel plate mill that is currently under construction in Brandenburg, KY. With an annual capacity of around 120,000 tons, the line will provide Nucor Plate Group with broader offerings for the customers requiring wider and thicker plate products. The plate mill is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Nucor’s $1.7 billion capital investment will enable the mill to employ 400 members when fully operational. The mill's location in the middle of the largest U.S. steel plate-consuming region will enable it to manufacture 97% of the domestic consumption of plate products.

The company noted that the blast and prime line will better equip it to serve clients in key markets like the country’s military, infrastructure, heavy equipment, offshore wind and other energy products.

Nucor’s shares have soared 111.4% over the past year compared with the industry’s 48% rise. The company’s estimated earnings growth rate for the current year is pegged at 583.2%.

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On its third-quarter earnings call, Nucor stated that it expects continued strong results in the fourth quarter, with earnings exceeding the record-level set in the third quarter. Also, the company expects strong demand across most end-use markets to continue in 2022.

Nucor expects profitability to improve in the steel mills segment in the fourth quarter on a sequential basis on additional earnings growth at its sheet and plate mills. It also expects higher profitability in the steel products segment in the fourth quarter. However, earnings in the raw materials segment are forecast to decline sequentially in the fourth quarter due to margin compression at its direct reduced iron facilities.

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Nucor currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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