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Business Description: BHP Billiton Limited (BHP) is a diversified natural resources company. BHP is among the world's largest producers of commodities along with substantial interests in oil and gas. BHP's principal business lines are mineral exploration and production, as well as petroleum exploration, production and refining.
Strategy Analysis: BHP aims to be the supplier of choice to its end-use customers. Its strategy is three-pronged: build on its diverse reserves base and ensure that best practices are shared quickly across its operations; maintain a steady pipeline of greenfield projects for internal growth; and help increase its pipeline by staying close to its customers.
BHP Billiton reported NPAT down 57.8% to US$4.24bn for the half-year ended 31 December 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were US$32.2bn, down 14.1% from the same period last year. Underlying EBIT declined by 38% to US$9.8bn. Substantially lower commodity prices, a weak US dollar and inflation more than offset the positive contribution from stronger volumes and operating cost savings. Diluted EPS was 79.4 US cents compared to 187.9 US cents last year. Net operating cash flow was US$6.4bn compared to US$12.28bn last year. The interim dividend declared was 57.0 US cents compared with 55.0 US cents last year
Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) 20/10/2014 |
Today, Australian investors will not have to go it alone buying stocks as they did for much of last week. Bargain hunters this morning will be supported by the morale boosting encouragement of a 3% turnaround in the German Dax and a 264 point rally in the Dow Jones.
Carl Richards, director of investor education at the BAM Alliance 17/10/2014 |
‚ÄúAs odd as it may sound, the sooner you start treating your investments like you treat life, the happier you‚Äôll be with the outcome.‚ÄĚ
William H. Gross, Janus Capital Group 16/10/2014 |
‚ÄúFinancial markets are artificially priced. In the bond market, there is nothing normal about a three year German Bund yielding ‚Äúminus‚ÄĚ 10 basis points.‚ÄĚ
CMC Markets 8/10/2014 |
Share market indices around the globe are breaking down. While analysts cast around for reasons, it‚Äôs clear that a time factor is in play. Simply put, many investors ‚Äúfeel‚ÄĚ a correction is overdue. How low could it go?
The Age 19/12/2013 |
Ten Network's programming ambitions will be funded by a $200 million loan guaranteed by three of its billionaire owners, as the free-to-air broadcaster declared digital was the future and pointed to early signs that its switch to an older market demographic was working.
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