Rio, BHP output boosts payout hopes

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 15 & 17 : 15-Jan-18

Deutsche Bank expects Rio Tinto to report three per cent growth in iron ore output in the Pilbara for the December 2017 quarter, to 87.7 million tonnes, while BHP Billiton’s Pilbara production is forecast to rise by 10 per cent to a record 70.9 million tonnes. Meanwhile, Hayden Bairstow of Macquarie Group expects Rio Tinto to pay a 2017 final dividend of $US1.95 per share, for a full-year payout of $US3.05 per share. Analysts generally also expect BHP to increase its dividend payout for the 2017-18 financial year. Both companies may also boost returns to shareholders via the proceeds of asset sales.

CORPORATES
RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, DEUTSCHE BANK AG, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, BLOOMBERG LP, LIBERTY HOUSE GROUP, PACIFIC ALUMINIUM PTY LTD, SAMARCO MINERACAO SA, VALE SA

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