CSC sees first monthly loss since 2012

BAD COMBINATION:Low demand in China weighed down the company’s earnings, while weak profitability in overseas factories eroded the already thin profit margins

Taipei Times
Date:  Nov 14, 2015
By: Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

China Steel Corp (CSC, 中鋼), the nation’s biggest steelmaker, yesterday reported its first monthly operating losses in about three-and-half years, as oversupply drove down prices.

The company, which is based in Kaohsiung’s Siaogang District (小港), posted operating losses of NT$6 million (US$182,326) for last month, reversing an operating profit of NT$164 million in September.

CSC blamed a global economic slump and overcapacity in China for its weak financial performance. The company’s last reported operating loss was in February 2012, when it posted pre-tax losses of NT$572 million, the company said.

CSC said its pre-tax profits fell 85 percent to NT$109 million last month, compared with NT$725 million in the previous month.     [FULL  STORY]

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