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  • low_mac low_mac Apr 1, 2014 6:55 AM Flag

    BHP weighs asset spin-off to focus on core business

    BHP Billiton is considering spinning off its nickel, manganese, and aluminium businesses into a separate unit as a way to boost shareholder returns amid an industry-wide drive to increase efficiency.

    The Anglo-Australian miner said on Tuesday it was studying the next phase of its “simplification” strategy, which included structural options, in response to speculation about its plans to sell its slower growing non-core units.

    “We believe that a portfolio focused on our major iron ore, copper, coal and petroleum assets would retain the benefits of diversification, generate stronger growth in free cash flow and a superior return on investment,” BHP said.

    “By increasing our focus on these four pillars, with potash as a potential fifth, we will be able to more quickly improve the productivity and performance of our largest businesses.”

    Shares in BHP climbed 1.6 per cent to A$37.05 in Sydney on Tuesday.

 
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