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POSCO -- Moody's assigns Baa1 to POSCO's proposed USD notes

Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Baa1 rating to the proposed senior unsecured USD notes to be issued by POSCO. "POSCO's Baa1 ratings reflect the company's leading position in Korea's steel sector, diversified product mix, and globally competitive cost position, as well as healthy financial leverage and flexibility," says Sean Hwang, a Moody's Analyst. The ratings also take into consideration the intense competition and persistent overcapacity present in Asia's steel sector, which constrain POSCO's core steel margins.