BHP announce record final dividend of 78 US cents per share
BHP have declared a record final dividend of 78 US cents per share, which includes an additional amount of 25 US cents per share (equivalent to US$1.3 billion) above the 50% minimum payout policy. Total ordinary dividends announced of US$1.33 per share or US$6.7 billion, equivalent to a 74% payout ratio.
Other financial highlights include:
Value and returns: Record US$17 billion of total announced returns to shareholders for the year
Onshore US sales process completed, with net proceeds of US$10.4 billion returned to shareholders through a combination of an off-market buy-back (A$27.64 per share) and a special dividend (US$1.02 per share).
Underlying return on capital employed, excluding Onshore US assets, of 18%.
Attributable profit of US$8.3 billion and Underlying attributable profit of US$9.1 billion up 2% from the prior year.
Profit from operations of US$16.1 billion and Underlying EBITDA of US$23.2 billion at a margin of 53% for continuing operations.
Net operating cash flow of US$17.4 billion and free cash flow of US$10.0 billion from continuing operations.
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The Board intends to have a progressive dividend policy, and the decision on the level of dividend growth will be assessed annually at year-end. Going forwards, the interim dividend is expected to be 50% of the prior full year dividend. Consistent with this approach, the interim dividend for H1 FY20 has been set at 4.50 eurocents.Read more
Land Securities will be paying a second quarterly dividend of 11.6p per share on 3 January 2020 to shareholders registered at the close of business on 29 November 2019. This will be paid wholly as a Property Income Distribution. Taken together with the first quarterly dividend of 11.6p per share, paid wholly as a Property Income Distribution on 4 October 2019, their first half dividend will be 23.2p per share (six months ended 30 September 2018: 22.6p per share), representing an increase of 2.7% and a total payment of £172m (six months ended 30 September 2018: £167m).Read more
The DCC Plc Board has decided to pay an interim dividend of 49.48 pence per share, which represents a 10.0% increase on the prior year interim dividend of 44.98 pence per share. This dividend will be paid on 11 December 2019 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 22 November 2019.Read more
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