Stakeholders were met with plenty of good news at POSCO’s Q317 IR session held on October 26.
To start, POSCO’s Q3 consolidated sales amounted to KRW 15.361 trillion, its operating profit KRW 1.1257 trillion, and its net income KRW 906.6 billion.
It also noted that sales increased by 0.6 percent, its operating profit by 15 percent, and its net income by 71 percent QoQ. The figures reflect the improved performance of its non-steel affiliates, including its energy and ICT division, as well as the enhanced results of its domestic and overseas steel business.
To add, the improved performance of its principal overseas steel subsidiaries contributed to the overall increase in operating profit. The operating profit of its Chinese stainless steel production subsidiary, Zhangjiagang Pohang Stainless Steel, totaled KRW 53.8 billion, up 572.5 percent QoQ, and PT.KP, the integrated steel mill in Indonesia reported an operating profit of KRW 8.8 billion, marking a big turnaround. The operating loss of POSCO SS VINA, its shape steel plant in Vietnam, was greatly reduced.
POSCO’s separate sales increased by 1.7 percent QoQ to KRW 7.255 trillion, and its operating profit rose by 23.4 percent to KRW 721.8 billion. Its net income also increased by 43.3 percent QoQ to KRW 729.9 billion.
POSCO’s financial results continued to show improvements. Its consolidated debt ratio dropped down by 1.5%p QoQ to 68.1 percent, the lowest ever since 2010, and its separate debt ratio was 16.3 percent, the lowest ever in POSCO’s history.
Moreover, POSCO’s consolidated and separate sales projections increased by KRW 4.7 trillion and KRW 3.2 trillion, respectively, to KRW 59.5 trillion and KRW 28.8 trillion compared to its plans at the beginning of the year.
Steel demand looks to continue based on the restructuring of the Chinese steel industry, along with the anticipated robust growth of demand in emerging and developing countries. POSCO plans to make continued efforts to generate revenue by securing financial strength, reducing costs and increasing the sales of its high-value-added products.