No final dividend was declared for 2015 (final dividend 2014: 53 US cents per ordinary share). An interim dividend of 32 US cents was declared and paid. Total dividends paid to Company shareholders during 2015 were $1,078 million (31 December 2014: $1,099 million).
Further protecting its balance sheet and cash position, Anglo American announced in December 2015 its decision to suspend dividend payments. The commitment to a dividend during the ordinary course of business remains a core part of the Group's overall capital allocation approach and the Board has recommended that, upon resumption, Anglo American should adopt a payout ratio-based dividend policy in order to provide shareholders with exposure to improvements in commodity prices, while retaining cash flow flexibility during periods of weaker pricing.