Discounts put $1b hole in Fortescue’s earnings

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 22-Feb-18

Fortescue Metals Group has posted a 2017-18 interim net profit of $US681m. It is 44 per cent lower than previously but exceeded analysts’ expectations. Fortescue’s received prices for iron ore fell by 15 per cent over the period, and the widening gap between lower-grade ore and the price of benchmark ore reduced its underlying EBITDA by $US734m. Shareholders will receive an interim dividend of $A0.11 per share, compared with analysts’ forecasts for a payout of $A0.14 per share.

CORPORATES
FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED

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