Profitability will have to wait: BlueScope

BlueScope has suggested it’ll be no sooner than the first half of 2012/2013’s financial year before the company returns to profitability.

"We expect an underlying net loss after tax approaching break-even," CEO Paul O’Malley was reported as saying by BusinessDay.

The company’s year to last June saw a $1.04 billion loss, following a billion-dollar loss for the corresponding period the year before.

There has been concern around remuneration, with the company hoping to avoid a “second strike” following last year’s vote against the remuneration report. The Australian Shareholders Association, however, has signalled that it will vote in favour of the report this time around.

Earlier this week, director Diane Grady suggested that changes to disclosure requirements on executive pay were needed.

BlueScope has said that it will start paying dividends again once the company starts becoming profitable.