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Following BHP's sale of the Onshore US assets, as announced on 27 July 2018, the contribution of these assets has been presented in this report as discontinued operations and related assets and liabilities reclassified as held for sale.
Safety and sustainability: Our highest priority
Tragically, we had two fatalities during the year, one at our Permian operations and one at Goonyella Riverside.
Maximise cash flow: US$12.5 billion free cash flow from higher prices and strong operating performance
Attributable profit of US$3.7 billion, Underlying attributable profit of US$8.9 billion up 33%, supported by 8% Group copper equivalent volume growth.
Underlying EBITDA(ii) of US$23.2 billion at a margin(iii) of 55% for continuing operations.
Net operating cash flow of US$18.5 billion and free cash flow(i) of US$12.5 billion reflect higher prices and
volumes, with annual production records at nine operations across iron ore, coal, copper and petroleum.
Productivity up US$374 million in the second half to negative US$96 million from continuing operations for the full year.
Capital discipline: Net debt in the lower half of target range and investment plans on track
Net debt(i) of US$10.9 billion, down US$15 billion in two years, reflects capital discipline and strong free cash flow.
Value and returns: Record final dividend of 63 US cps, ROCE up to 14.4%, Onshore US exit announced
The Board has determined to pay a record final dividend of 63.0 US cents per share which includes an additional amount of 17 US cents per share above the 50% minimum payout policy (equivalent to US$0.9 billion).
Underlying return on capital employed(iii) of 14.4% (after tax) with further improvement expected.
Onshore US sale announced for US$10.8 billion and we expect to return the net proceeds to shareholders.
BHP Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Mackenzie:
“We have announced a record final dividend for shareholders which reflects strong operating performance, solid prices and capital discipline. Our relentless focus on safety and productivity has released additional volumes across our supply chain, with eight per cent volume growth for the year. Our balance sheet is strong, with net debt now at the lower end of our target range, and our investment plans on track across iron ore, copper, coal and petroleum.
We have started the new year with the sale of our Onshore US business for US$10.8 billion, and once completed we expect to return the net proceeds to shareholders. Across our dramatically simplified portfolio of tier one assets, we see this year's strong momentum carried into the medium term as our leadership, technology and culture drive further increases in productivity, value and returns. Our rich suite of options coupled with our rigorous Capital Allocation Framework will make sure we get the most out of every dollar we invest.”
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