OST, which was spun out of BHP in October 2000, markets products used in the construction, manufacturing, housing, mining and agricultural industries.
On 10 May, OST downgraded its full year guidance due to the strong Aussie dollar.
OST said that the dollar’s strength had hurt its steel margins and iron ore revenue. Indeed, OST has been one of the shares to sell over the past year due to the soaring dollar.
Furthermore, its iron ore operations have been impacted by adverse weather in the second half.
As a result, OST now expects full year earnings to be around $270 million, down from its previous forecast of $232 million.