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Third Avenue Management Comments on Posco

June 06, 2014 | About:

Holly LaFon

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Posco (PKX) recently experienced a change in management. The new CEO, Oh-joon Kwon, started in March 2014. He had previously been the Chief Technical Officer. His stated mission is to reform the company and, to that end, four out of five board members have been replaced and three new outside directors added. His focus is on enhancing the existing business via organic growth and reducing leverage, whereas the prior CEO's focus was more about empire building. Despite the weakness in the steel business due to macroeconomic challenges, posco has a substantial non-steel business. For example, via its stake in Daewoo international, posco participates in the profits of Daewoo's Myanmar gas field which is just starting to ramp up . The field began production in June 2013 and was producing only 20% of potential production capacity in the fourth quarter of 2013. posco expects the project to provide 150 billion KrW in pre-tax income in 2014, growing to KrW300 billion in 2015. posco also has potential growth opportunities from its Engineering and Construction business and opportunities to divest non- core assets. recent media reports suggest the company seeks to raise 2 trillion won by selling assets and is seeking to make an initial public offering of some of its affiliates including posco Energy, posco Engineering and posco Specialty Steel.

From Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio)'s second quarter 2014 shareholder letter.


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