Hopes for investor pay dirt look grim

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 13 & 14 : 10-Jan-17

The rebound in the price of iron ore and coking coal will boost the profits of mining companies in fiscal 2017. Anna Kassianos of Platypus Asset Management says investors should not expect a significant rise in dividends, arguing that some of the increased earnings are likely to be retained to invest in growth strategies and maintenance work that was deferred when commodities prices retreated. Bloomberg expects BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group and South32 to be among the miners that increase their dividends.

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PLATYPUS ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, BLOOMBERG LP, ARGONAUT SECURITIES PTY LTD, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

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