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Non-Energy Minerals

Hyundai Steel Co.

Company Background

Hyundai Steel is the second-largest steelmaker in South Korea, after Posco. In 2014, it ranked 14th in the world, with annual crude steel production of 20.58 million tons.

The company in 2013 started its third blast furnace in Dangjin, South Chungcheong Province. This put it in position to meet growing demand from Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors for automotive steel sheet.

Established in 1953 as Korea Heavy Industry, the company was privatized as Incheon Heavy Industry in 1962. It became a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor group via dissolution of big conglomerates, known as chaebol, after the 1997 Asian currency crisis. Although the company originally relied on electric furnaces, it entered the blast furnace business in 2006. It has the capacity to produce a total of 24 million tons of crude steel a year, including 12 million tons by blast furnaces.

Hyundai Steel group's blast furnaces have allowed it to snatch market share from rival Posco by increasing sales of automotive sheet to Hyundai Motor, as well as heavy-gauge sheet for shipbuilding. In 2015, the company decided to acquire fellow group member Hyundai Hysco, which is known for cold-rolled steel and development of lightweight sheet for vehicles. The company hopes to boost sales by pooling their resources.

Posco outperforms Hyundai Steel in markets for certain high-grade products, such as grain-oriented electrical steel sheet and transformation induced plasticity, or TRIP, steel. Although Hyundai Steel is buttressed by the Hyundai Motor group, it needs to improve its development capabilities and drum up business outside the group.

Business Summary

Hyundai Steel Co. engages in the manufacture and sale of steel products. Its products include bar-shaped steel, board, and heavy machines for construction, industrial, automobile, half-finished products, and by-products. The company was founded on June 10, 1953 and is headquartered in Incheon, South Korea.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2018 KRWUSD
Gross Profit2,064.56B1,875.99M
Operating income1,026.03B932.31M
Income before tax569,810.30M517.76M
Net income398,674.37M362.26M
Diluted EPS3,037.042.75
Dividends Per Share7500.68
Total Assets33,304.91B29,848.46M
Total liabilities16,281.78B14,592.02M
Total equity16,696.01B14,963.26M
Operating cash flow1,575.27B1,431.39M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 16,762.35B 16,132.51B 16,691.51B 19,165.96B 20,780.38B
Gross Profit 2,308.73B 2,423.94B 2,453.07B 2,425.88B 2,064.56B
Operating income 1,491.13B 1,464.14B 1,445.41B 1,347.70B 1,026.03B
Income before tax 1,098.75B 926,727.41M 1,173.96B 1,081.28B 569,810.30M
Net income 764,761.09M 733,620.69M 850,155.15M 716,090.43M 398,674.37M
EBITDA 2,679.71B 2,737.68B 2,832.81B 2,851.96B 2,616.74B
Diluted EPS 6,600 5,955 6,492 5,455 3,037.04
Dividends Per Share 750 750 750 750 750
Total Assets 28,933.79B 31,936.43B 32,540.83B 33,373.82B 33,304.91B
Total liabilities 15,119.01B 16,416.43B 16,056.04B 16,338.30B 16,281.78B
Total equity 13,623.90B 15,242.02B 16,176.24B 16,715.54B 16,696.01B
Operating cash flow 1,936.55B 3,065.57B 2,916.56B 1,719.76B 1,575.27B
 Dec 2014Dec 2015Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018
Revenue 15,923.83M 14,253.81M 14,386.88M 16,953.37M 18,882.36M
Gross Profit 2,193.24M 2,141.66M 2,114.37M 2,145.82M 1,875.99M
Operating income 1,416.54M 1,293.63M 1,245.84M 1,192.12M 932.31M
Income before tax 1,043.78M 818.80M 1,011.87M 956.45M 517.76M
Net income 726.50M 648.18M 732.77M 633.42M 362.26M
EBITDA 2,545.66M 2,418.87M 2,441.68M 2,522.72M 2,377.73M
Diluted EPS 6.26 5.26 5.59 4.82 2.75
Dividends Per Share 0.71 0.66 0.64 0.66 0.68
Total Assets 26,323.79M 27,236.73M 26,942.23M 31,174.46M 29,848.46M
Total liabilities 13,755.18M 14,000.62M 13,293.62M 15,261.59M 14,592.02M
Total equity 12,394.94M 12,999.03M 13,393.14M 15,613.97M 14,963.26M
Operating cash flow 1,839.68M 2,708.57M 2,513.87M 1,521.23M 1,431.39M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2018
Operating margin4.93%
Profit margin1.91%

Key executives

  • President, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Director: Hak-Seo Kang
  • Vice Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer: Yoo-Cheol Woo
  • Director, Vice President & Head-Finance: Choong-Shik Song
  • Managing Director & Head-Information Technology: Min-Su Seo
  • Managing Director & Head-Process Technology: Ju-Tae Choi


  • Kia Motors Corp. (17.2%)
  • CHUNG MONG KOO (11.8%)
  • National Pension Service of Korea (7.9%)
  • Hyundai Motor Co., Ltd. (6.8%)
  • NH Investment & Securities Co. Ltd. (Private Equity) (2.5%)
  • Hermes Investment Management Ltd. (1.8%)
  • Invesco Asset Management Ltd. (1.8%)
  • Hyundai Steel Co. (1.6%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.5%)
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (1.5%)

Contact Details

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Last Updated on 23 Oct, 2019

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