BHP announces record cash return on surging coal prices

BHP said it would return a record amount of cash to investors as surging coal prices helped the world’s biggest miner deliver a 26 per cent increase in annual profits. BHP said shareholder returns were close to $36bn, including the shares in Woodside Petroleum given to its shareholders in exchange for the sale of the miner’s petroleum division. The bumper payout concludes a transformational year for BHP in which the company spun out its oil and gas operations, unified its share structure in Australia and approved development of a huge potash project in Canada.

By Matt Earle

Matthew Earle is the Founder of MiningFeeds. In 2005, Matt founded MiningNerds.com to provide data and information to the mining investment community. This site was merged with Highgrade Review to form MiningFeeds. Matt has a B.Sc. degree with a minor in geology from the University of Toronto.

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