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Non-Energy Minerals

POSCO Holdings Inc.

Company Background

Posco, South Korea's largest steelmaker, produced 41.48 million tons of crude steel in 2014. That made it No. 5 in the world.

Domestic production is concentrated at two integrated mills with blast furnaces, located in the cities of Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, and Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province.

The company also set up Southeast Asia's first blast furnace in the western part of Java, Indonesia, in a joint venture with Indonesian state-run enterprise Krakatau Steel.

The Pohang steelworks, South Korea's first plant with a blast furnace, came onstream in 1973. It was primarily funded with grants and soft loans provided by Japan in lieu of war reparations, based on the countries' 1965 treaty on basic relations.

Since the plant opened, Posco has underpinned South Korea's industrialization efforts. In 2000, the company was fully privatized after government-affiliated Korea Development Bank sold its entire stake.

For years, Posco was the dominant supplier of high-end steel plate to domestic customers. Today, the company is locked in a rivalry with Hyundai Steel, which belongs to the Hyundai Motor group and runs three domestic blast furnaces.

The competition centers on steel plate for automobiles and planks for ships.

In response to a surge in Chinese steel production, Posco has sought other revenue sources in recent years, such as trading and energy. Acquisitions, however, swelled the company's debt. Chairman Kwon Oh-joon, who took office in March 2014, said the company would reconsider its diversification strategy and refocus on steelmaking.

Posco is looking to land more orders from not only South Korean companies but also Japanese, European and other global automakers. It aims to leverage its Chinese and Mexican plants for hot-dip galvanized steel plate, used in cars.

The company supplies magnesium sheet, a new type of material, to German automaker Porsche.

Business Summary

POSCO Holdings Inc. engages in the production of steel products. It operates through the following divisions: Steel, Engineering & Construction and Trading. The Steel division produces cold rolled, hot rolled and stainless steel products, plates, wire rods and silicon steel sheets. The Engineering & Construction division engages in the planning, designing and construction of industrial plants, civil engineering projects, commercial and residential buildings. The Trading division exports and imports steel products and raw materials. The company was founded by Tae-Joon Park on April 1, 1968 and is headquartered in Pohang, South Korea.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2021 KRWUSD
Gross Profit11,995.31B10,474.79M
Operating income9,246.45B8,074.38M
Income before tax8,766.50B7,655.26M
Net income6,610.56B5,772.61M
Diluted EPS85,376.7574.55
Dividends Per Share17,00014.84
Total Assets91,471.61B76,947.73M
Total liabilities36,866.05B31,012.45M
Total equity50,227.97B42,252.76M
Operating cash flow6,242.87B5,451.53M
Currency in KRWCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020Dec 2021
Revenue 60,655.09B 64,977.77B 64,366.84B 57,792.79B 76,332.34B
Gross Profit 8,473.42B 8,176.93B 6,396.30B 4,810.52B 11,995.31B
Operating income 4,523.65B 5,479.50B 3,788.53B 2,349.38B 9,246.45B
Income before tax 4,179.69B 3,562.82B 2,779.53B 1,891.78B 8,766.50B
Net income 2,757.05B 1,672.89B 1,828.41B 1,595.45B 6,610.56B
EBITDA 7,821.07B 8,747.13B 7,249.64B 5,971.12B 12,825.89B
Diluted EPS 34,463.81 20,910.98 22,822.75 20,164.81 85,376.75
Dividends Per Share 8,000 10,000 10,000 8,000 17,000
Total Assets 79,024.95B 78,248.26B 79,058.66B 79,086.97B 91,471.61B
Total liabilities 32,557.86B 31,688.09B 31,463.33B 31,611.76B 36,866.05B
Total equity 42,735.95B 43,171.87B 44,272.48B 44,131.96B 50,227.97B
Operating cash flow 5,539.52B 5,823.55B 5,988.16B 8,669.19B 6,242.87B
 Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020Dec 2021
Revenue 53,652.85M 59,042.90M 55,194.40M 48,981.60M 66,656.52M
Gross Profit 7,495.22M 7,430.08M 5,484.81M 4,077.10M 10,474.79M
Operating income 4,001.42M 4,979.02M 3,248.65M 1,991.19M 8,074.38M
Income before tax 3,697.17M 3,237.40M 2,383.44M 1,603.36M 7,655.26M
Net income 2,438.77M 1,520.09M 1,567.86M 1,352.21M 5,772.61M
EBITDA 6,918.18M 7,948.19M 6,216.55M 5,060.75M 11,200.10M
Diluted EPS 30.48 19.00 19.57 17.09 74.55
Dividends Per Share 7.07 9.08 8.57 6.78 14.84
Total Assets 73,817.15M 70,127.49M 68,363.23M 72,803.98M 76,947.73M
Total liabilities 30,412.28M 28,399.44M 27,206.83M 29,100.39M 31,012.45M
Total equity 39,919.62M 38,691.40M 38,283.09M 40,625.94M 42,252.76M
Operating cash flow 4,900.02M 5,291.65M 5,134.83M 7,347.47M 5,451.53M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2021
Operating margin12.11%
Profit margin8.66%

Key executives

  • Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer: Jeong-Woo Choi
  • Co-Chief Executive Officer & Director: Jung-Son Chon
  • Co-President, Co-CEO & Director: In-Hwa Chang
  • Senior Managing Director & Head-Finance: Seung-Kyu Lim
  • Head-Legal & Compliance Support: Seong-Wook Lee


  • POSCO Holdings Inc. (9.5%)
  • National Pension Service of Korea (8.7%)
  • GIC Pte Ltd. (Investment Management) (4.3%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (2.1%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (2.0%)
  • Fidelity Management & Research Co. LLC (1.8%)
  • POSCO Holdings Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Association (1.4%)
  • ARGA Investment Management LP (0.8%)
  • Samsung Asset Management Co., Ltd. (0.7%)

Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: POSCO Center, 892 Daechi 4-dong, Seoul, 06194, South Korea
  • Phone: +82.2.3457.0114

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Last Updated on 10 Aug, 2022

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