BHP Billiton will cut dividends for the first time in 15 years after reporting a $7.84 billion half year loss


BHP profits fell 92 per to $412 million from $4.9 billion a year earlier due to significantly weaker commodities prices hurting the company’s bottom line.

To combat the loss, the Melbourne based mining giant is expected to cut its dividend to approximately $2.23 billion in a bid to sure up its credit rating.

Due to the significant loss, BHP’s key commodities of iron ore, copper, coal and oil are expected to remain stagnant over the next few years.

BHP will now ensure a minimum 50 per cent payout of underlying profit at every reporting period.

“We have not made these changes lightly. They are a determined response to changing markets that will also help us take advantage of the significant opportunities ahead,” chairman Jac Nasser said.

Tim Schroeders, a fund manager at BHP investor Pengana Capital, told Fairfax Media investors were losing faith in the company.

“The board will be under close scrutiny and it will be interesting to see what they can pull out to provide a vision for the future.”


bhp hit a decade low in australia a few weeks bounced hard off of it but cutting a dividend will send the blue rinse set into a frenzy..


~ by seeker401 on February 25, 2016.

24 Responses to “BHP Billiton will cut dividends for the first time in 15 years after reporting a $7.84 billion half year loss”

  1. BHP still has a war chest of 12B in cold cash i read. . . the new CEO is a ‘conservative’ apparently & hasn’t bought any rival’s assets in 2 years

    Meanwhile ,feeling sorry for people who invested their life saving in Mining Towns (e.g. Roxby Downs). . . i supposed when times are good – the renter$ are a goer.

  2. This is what happens when manufacturing is in the dump. And manufacturing is in the dump because the consumers in two of the most dynamic and active markets have been made destitute by the offshoring of jobs.

  3. Meanwhile Woolies gets a new head & suffers first loss in 23 years..
    i never shop in woolies. They give you ,say, a 10 cents discount (on some groceries) & they plaster a big fat yellow sticker/label on the shelf..and i ‘m like,,,,wtf – for ffs 10 cents and you need to brag about it?

  4. SGH.. the next to go under the bus

    good show (class action) = Maurice Blackburn v Slater Gordon–gordons-lawyers-lost-958-million-20160229-gn6dhx.html

  5. Good Guys – an IPO? .. what ya reckon seek? any JBH in Adelaide?

  6. Not sure how big is the LOSS this time..

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