- KEY REPORTS
- CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
DELIVERING ON OUR PROMISES
"We and our customers proudly bring inspiration, strength and colour to communities..."
These words, developed last year by a team of about 200 employees from across the Company, are the opening words of Our Bond - the document that spells out our promises to shareholders, customers, people and communities.
Our Company has had a very good first year. I am pleased to report that in the period since our public listing, we have made excellent progress in delivering on our promises.
For shareholders we have delivered profitability and growth in value; for customers we have delivered new products and colours; for communities we have provided assistance where it counts; and for employees we have worked together to ensure a safe and satisfying environment.
Independence has given rise to a new spirit of teamwork among our employees - this "can do" attitude is reflected in our achievements.
GROWING OUR BUSINESS
"Our customers are our partners... Our strength lies in working closely with them to create value and trust, together with superior products, service and ideas."
Throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA we are undertaking a range of initiatives to grow our markets and to increase our production capacity, through expanding existing operations and building new facilities.
Our customers are realising that our inspiration and innovative thinking let them create just about anything they can imagine. In May we launched a new range of contemporary colours for our Australian COLORBOND® steel range, ensuring this valuable trademark remains at the forefront of design and performance.
We are undertaking capacity upgrades, at minimal capital cost, to our metal coating and painting facilities in Port Kembla, Western Port, New Zealand, Indonesia and Thailand.
We are planning to establish a major new metal coating and painting operation in Vietnam and a new, state-of-the-art COLORBOND® steel centre in western Sydney.
Our Lysaght business opened two new major roll-forming plants in Australia, producing our market-leading range of steel building products, and in March two further Lysaght plants were opened in China to service that country's fast growing building and construction sector, in the lead-up to the 2008 Olympics.
1. 1999 to and including 2002 normalised. 2.Includes net profit/loss for North Star 3.Shares on issue 30 June 2003 - 784 685 949, weighted average:791 544 061
A STRONG FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
"Our shareholders are our foundations... we commit to continuing profitability and growth in value, which together, make us all stronger."
In the 12 months to 30 June 2003, we achieved a net profit after tax and minority interests of $452 million. Earnings before interest and tax for the year were $611 million, a 282 per cent increase on the result for the preceding 12 months.
Our financial performance was achieved by attaining improved international and domestic prices for our products, higher production and despatch levels across all reporting segments, and further cost and process improvements.
Improved labour productivity, successful cost reduction initiatives and reduced freight costs made a positive contribution to our financial performance.
OUR BEST EVER SAFETY PERFORMANCE
"Our people are our strength... We work in a safe and satisfying environment."
This year was our safest ever. We achieved a company-wide lost time injury frequency rate of 1.8 for the 12 months to June 2003. This means that for every million hours worked, there were 1.8 injuries that resulted in employees or contractors having to take time off work. While any injury in the workplace is unacceptable, this is nevertheless a very good result and places our Company among the best performers in the global steel industry. It is a 36 per cent improvement on the previous year and means we are closer than ever to achieving our goal of Zero Harm.
We believe that if you cannot manage safety, you cannot manage. Our goal is Zero Harm to our employees, contractors, suppliers, communities and the environment.
IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE
"Our communities are our homes... we care for the environment."
We have improved the way we care for our environment. Our environmental performance improved steadily, with a 23 per cent reduction in non-compliances with the conditions of our environmental operating licences. We achieved zero non-compliances at the majority of our sites.
A major achievement was the attainment of certification to the international environment management standard ISO 14001 at all our steel operating sites by the end of June 2003 and our Transport & Logistics business is on track to achieve certification by December 2003. We also commissioned the $94 million Sinter Machine Emission Reduction Project at the Port Kembla Steelworks.
Looking ahead to 2003/04, we will continue to work diligently to delight our customers, grow our markets and product range, further reduce costs, improve labour productivity, and incrementally increase production and throughput at our facilities.
Our business will continue to be influenced by a range of external factors, including hot rolled coil prices, exchange rates and prices for raw materials. We remain focused on managing well those factors that are within our control.
We are moving ahead with great vigour and refreshed confidence. As BlueScope Steel Limited, we and our customers will proudly bring inspiration, strength and colour to our communities.
KIRBY ADAMS, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CEO