Speaking at the investor relations event, a POSCO official said that the trend in the global industry is to bulk up, and that Chinese and Japanese firms are already making moves. However, the official said that there has been no official discussions on the issue, and that whether a merger would improve the company’s competitiveness must be thoroughly reviewed.
The comments were given in response to a question regarding a recent report suggesting that a POSCO-Hyundai Steel merger would be necessary for the country’s steel industry.
On the day, the company said its operating profit turned to the black to reach 1.03 trillion won (US$900 million) in the July-September period, beating the market consensus of 911.4 billion won.
Sales fell 8.9 percent on-year to 12.74 trillion won, it said.
By Choi He-suk (firstname.lastname@example.org)