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March 29, 2015 1:09 PM ET

Metals and Mining

Company Overview of BHP Billiton Group

Company Overview

BHP Billiton Group operates as a natural resources company. It produces primary aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, manganese, petroleum, nickel, uranium, steel, diamonds, silver, and titanium minerals. The company also offers seaborne iron ore and seaborne traded hard coking coal. In addition, it produces and markets thermal coal for the power markets in Europe, Asia, and the United States. It has operations in Australia, the United Kingdom, the Gulf of Mexico, Pakistan, Algeria, Singapore, the Hague, and the Netherlands. BHP Billiton Group was founded in 2001 and is based in Melbourne, Australia.

180 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


Founded in 2001


61 3 0055 4757


61 3 9609 3015

Key Executives for BHP Billiton Group

Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive
Age: 52
President of Corporate Affairs
Age: 44
Group Company Secretary
Age: 50
President of Human Resources
Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer
Age: 54
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

BHP Billiton Group Key Developments

BHP Billiton Group Announces Group Financial Results for the Six Months Ended December 31, 2014; Provides Capital and Exploration Expenditure Guidance for the Year of 2015 and 2016

BHP Billiton Group announced group financial results for the six months ended December 31, 2014. For the period, the company reported profit from operations (EBIT) was $8,817 million against $12,933 million a year ago. Attributable profit was $4,265 million or $80.0 per diluted share against $8,107 million or $151.9 per diluted share a year ago. Underlying EBITDA was $14,494 million against $16,518 million a year ago. Underlying EBIT was $9,226 million against $12,382 million a year ago. Underlying attributable profit was $5,352 million or $100.7 per share against $7,761 million or $145.9 per share a year ago. Capital and exploration expenditure (BHP Billiton share) was $6,382 million against $8,289 million a year ago. Net debt, comprising interest bearing liabilities less cash, finished the period at $24.9 billion, a decrease of $847 million compared to the net debt position at 30 June 2014. Revenue was $29,900 million against $33,948 million a year ago. Profit before taxation was $8,585 million against $12,405 million a year ago. Net operating cash flows were $10,423 million compared with $11,859 million a year ago. Purchases of property, plant and equipment was $6,772 million against $8,605 million a year ago. Exploration expenditure was $422 million against $504 million a year ago. Purchase of intangibles was $64 million against $65 million a year ago. For the year of 2015, the company's expected to support a reduction in forecast capital and exploration expenditure for the 2015 financial year to $12.6 billion, 15% below original guidance. For the year of 2016, the company's expected capital and exploration expenditure will further reduce to $10.8 billion in the 2016 financial year.

BHP Billiton Group Announces Final Dividend for the Year Ended June 30, 2014, Payable on September 23, 2014

BHP Billiton Group determined to pay a final dividend for the year ended June 30, 2014 of 62 cents per share. Record Date is September 5, 2014, and for South African cents the Last Day to Trade on the JSE Limited, which was August 29, 2014. The dividend will be paid on September 23, 2014.

BHP Billiton Reviewing Options For Nickel West Business

BHP Billiton Group is reviewing its Western Australian Nickel West business, comprising the Mt Keith, Cliffs and Leinster mines and associated concentrators, the Kalgoorlie smelter, Kambalda concentrator and the Kwinana refinery. The review is considering all options for the long-term future of Nickel West, including the potential sale of all or parts of the business, and follows the decision to cease operations in the sub-level cave at Perseverance Underground mine due to safety concerns in December 2013. Nickel West Asset President, Paul Harvey, said: “Nickel West is one of the world’s leading nickel producers. Our reputation is proudly built on the commitment and calibre of our people, and the support of our communities and stakeholders.” “Our focus on working safely and continuing to find and deliver ways to improve the competitiveness of our business is unchanged.” The review of the Nickel West business is consistent with the Company’s long held practice of continually reviewing its operations, although it will only pursue options that maximise value for BHP Billiton shareholders. Any potential course of action remains subject to detailed analysis and an assessment of alternatives.

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