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August 19, 2014
05:57 EDTBHPBHP Billiton reports FY14 underlying profit $13.45B vs. $12.21B last year
BHP said capital and exploration expenditure is expected to decline to $14.5Bin the 2015 financial year and be no more than $14B should the proposed demerger be implemented. "By maintaining an internal focus and concentrating investment in our major basins we believe an average rate of return of greater than 20% is achievable for our favoured development options," the company said. It added, "With robust volume growth and further productivity gains expected, we remain confident in the outlook for the Group. On this basis, we increased our full-year progressive base dividend by 4% to 121 US cents per share for an Underlying payout ratio of 48%. We will seek to steadily increase or at least maintain the dividend per share in US dollar terms at each half-yearly payment following the demerger, implying a higher payout ratio."
News For BHP From The Last 14 Days
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December 21, 2014
19:22 EDTBHPFalling commodity prices, valuations may spur rebound in mining deals, FT says
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December 15, 2014
09:31 EDTBHPRio, BHP looking to raise copper output, Reuters says
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08:34 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded BHP Billiton as the firm believes that the outlook for the company's cash flow metrics is weaker than its peers. The firm questions the timing of the company's South32 spin off and Four Pillars initiative, given potential structural issues affecting iron ore and oil.
December 11, 2014
08:16 EDTBHPBHP sees potash as focus for growth in China, WSJ reports
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it is focusing on potash as an area of strategic growth in China, with Mike Henry, a president for BHP saying potash "can be our fifth pillar, adding to the four key markets of iron ore, oil and natural gas, copper and coal that the company had identified previously, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other publicly traded companies in the potash space include Agrium (AGU), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT). Reference Link
December 10, 2014
15:08 EDTBHPFollow-up: BHP Billiton upgraded at CLSA
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15:05 EDTBHP, BHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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December 8, 2014
06:11 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says new company to be called South32
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