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BHP Summary Review 2012

|Includes: BBL, BHP Billiton Limited (BHP)

BHP 2012 Results at a Glance

> An 11 per cent increase in the 2012 financial year dividend takes the compound annual growth rate of our progressive dividend to 26 per cent over the last 10 years.

> Strong momentum established with annual production records achieved at 10 operations. Our low-risk, largely brownfield projects in execution are expected to create substantial shareholder value.

> Underlying EBIT (Earnings before interest and taxes) decreased by 15 per cent to US$27.2 billion and Attributable profit excluding exceptional items declined by 21 per cent to US$17.1 billion. Exceptional items totalling US$1.7 billion contributed to a 35 per cent decline in Attributable profit to US$15.4 billion.

> Underlying EBIT margin remained at a robust 39 per cent, while Underlying return on capital was 23 per cent.

> Net operating cash flow of US$24.4 billion reflected the strong cash generating capacity of the business throughout the economic cycle. Gearing of 26 per cent remains within the parameters defined by our solid A credit rating.

> In FY2012, three fatalities occurred at controlled operations. The FY2012 total recordable injury frequency (TRIF) performance of 4.7 per million hours worked improved by six per cent compared with FY2011 (5.0).


Disclosure: I am long BHP.

Additional disclosure: The attached information is from BHP Billiton's web site.