Baoshan Steel Quarterly Profit Declines on Steel Prices

Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., China’s biggest publicly-traded steelmaker, said profit fell 7 percent in the first quarter after steel prices dropped.

Net income declined to 1.51 billion yuan ($241 million), from 1.63 billion yuan a year earlier, the company said yesterday in a statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Sales rose to 46.7 billion yuan from 46.4 billion yuan, it said.

China’s biggest steelmakers had a combined loss of 2.3 billion yuan in the first quarter, according to the China Iron & Steel Association. The quarter was the “worst” for mills since 2000, the trade group said on April 28. Steel rebar futures in Shanghai in March fell to the lowest close since the contracts began trading in 2009 amid slowing demand and high inventories.

Overcapacity in the steel industry worsened in the first quarter as China’s economic activity remained weak, Baoshan Steel said in the earnings statement.

Baoshan Steel closed unchanged at 3.88 yuan yesterday in Shanghai trading, before the earnings statement, compared with a 0.8 percent increase in the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index. The stock has declined 19 percent over the past year.

— With assistance by Helen Yuan

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