Summary: The takeover of G Steel Plc and its subsidiary GJ Steel Plc by Nippon Steel, a major global steel producer, has failed to yield positive financial outcomes. Both companies have reported continuous losses since the takeover, causing disappointment among shareholders. Despite expectations of improved performance, the book value and sales of G Steel and GJ Steel have declined. Nippon Steel's objective to invest in a Thai steel plant for hot-rolled steel demand contrasts with the financial downturn observed in the companies it acquired, reports Bangkok PostA Stagnant Turnaround: Nippon Steel's Impact on G Steel and GJ SteelG Steel Plc and its subsidiary GJ Steel Plc, once hopeful under the management of Nippon Steel, have faced a challenging period post-takeover. Nippon Steel, a leading global steel producer, acquired a majority of shares in both firms 18 months ago, raising expectations of improved performance. However, financial results have been less than encouraging, as both companies have reported consistent losses since the acquisition.Dismal Financial Figures: An Uninspiring OutlookThe financial woes of G Steel and GJ Steel are evident in their plummeting book values and net losses. G Steel's book value per share dropped by a significant 59% to 0.09 baht, accompanied by a net loss exceeding 2.5 billion baht. Similarly, GJ Steel's book value per share decreased by over 23.8% to 0.48 baht, coupled with a net loss surpassing 3.6 billion baht. These disappointing figures have raised concerns among shareholders about the future prospects of these companies.A Bumpy Ride for Shareholders and InvestorsShareholders who initially held high hopes for improved stock performance post-takeover are now grappling with the reality of financial setbacks. Both G Steel and GJ Steel have failed to demonstrate a promising resurgence in trading activities, dampening investor confidence. The financial downturn has led to skepticism about the ability of these companies to rebound in the near future.Mismatched Expectations and RealityNippon Steel's entry into the management of G Steel and GJ Steel was anticipated to bring about positive changes. However, contrary to expectations, the companies' sales figures have declined. G Steel's sales plummeted from 9.69 billion baht in H1 2022 to 5.5 billion baht in H1 2023, while GJ Steel's sales fell from 10.5 billion baht to 6.34 billion baht over the same period.The Challenge of Idle MachineryA substantial portion of the financial losses incurred by both companies has been attributed to machinery idleness. G Steel's total net losses of 2.58 billion baht included a significant chunk of 1.49 billion baht resulting from idle machinery. Similarly, GJ Steel's losses of 3.68 billion baht included 3.61 billion baht due to idle machinery. These challenges have further contributed to the companies' financial woes.Future Prospects and DiscontentDespite the intentions of Nippon Steel to invest in a steel plant in Thailand, G Steel and GJ Steel's financial downturn remains a concern. Shareholders hope for improved stock performance, but the situation is complicated by the suspension of G Steel's shares. GJ Steel, despite having relatively low debt, struggles to generate profits and provide dividends to shareholders, leading to a sense of discontent among investors.In Conclusion: A Struggle for GrowthThe takeover of G Steel and GJ Steel by Nippon Steel has presented a challenging period marked by financial losses and diminished stock performance. As both companies grapple with net losses and machinery idleness, the aspirations of shareholders and investors for a positive turnaround remain unfulfilled. The clash between initial expectations and the current reality underscores the complexities of business transformations and the unpredictable nature of financial markets.