Forrest in $654m payday from surprise Fortescue dividend

Original article by Brad Thompson, Lucas Baird
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 22 : 15-May-19

Pure-play iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group will pay a fully franked dividend of $0.60 per share on 14 June, ahead of possible changes to the franking credits regime if Labor wins the federal election. Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest will earn $654m in dividend payments from his 35 per cent stake, lifting his total payout for 2018-19 to $981m. Fortescue has previously paid an interim dividend of $0.19 per share and a special dividend of $0.11 per share. CEO Elizabeth Gaines say Fortescue will continue to pay fully franked dividends, regardless of any change in government policy.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED

Look beyond bank shares to grow wealth: fund managers

Original article by Lucas Baird
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 3-May-19

National Australia Bank reduced its interim dividend by 16 per cent on 2 May, but Andrew Martin of Alphinity Investment Management does not expect further dividend cuts in the banking sector. He adds that a credit crunch would be a key driver for any future dividend cuts. Prasad Patkar of Platypus Asset Management says the ‘golden era’ for Australian bank shares ended in the wake of the global financial crisis, rather than the Hayne royal commission, and investors should consider other investment options.

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NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, ALPHINITY INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, PLATYPUS ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. ROYAL COMMISSION INTO MISCONDUCT IN THE BANKING, SUPERANNUATION AND FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC

Bank loan losses to reduce dividends

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 21 : 24-Apr-19

Citigroup has downplayed investors’ concerns about the high dividend payout ratios of Australia’ major banks. Brendan Sproule of Citigroup says banks are likely to absorb one-off costs rather than reduce their payout ratios. Instead, a sharp increase in loan losses is seen to be the main threat to continued high dividend ratios. Sproules adds that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s review of its bank capital framework is unlikely to impact on Australia’s major banks.

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CITIGROUP PTY LTD, BELL POTTER SECURITIES LIMITED, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, RESERVE BANK OF NEW ZEALAND

Rio splashes cash with $19bn payday

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 28-Feb-19

Rio Tinto has posted a 2018 underlying net profit of $US8.8bn, which is two per cent higher than previously, while net earnings rose by 56 per cent to $US13.6bn. The full-year result was bolstered by the proceeds of asset sales and an increase in copper production. Rio Tinto shareholders will receive a full-year return of $US13.5bn, which includes share buybacks, a final dividend of $US1.80 per share and a special dividend of $US2.43. Meanwhile, CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques notes that there are signs of a slowdown in global economic growth.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, BARCLAYS BANK PLC

Yancoal delivers thumping profit

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 19 & 22 : 27-Feb-19

Yancoal Australia has posted a 2018 net profit of $852m, compared with $229m previously, while factors such as rising coal prices lifted operating EBIT to $2.18bn. CEO Reinhold Schmidt notes that Yancoal has reduced its dependence on exports to China after increasing its export volumes to other countries in Asia. He has also rejected suggestions that China’s recent coal import restriction were prompted by trade tensions with Australia. Yancoal shareholders will receive a final dividend of $0.126 per share, and a full-year payout of $0.2855.

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YANCOAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX YAL, COAL AND ALLIED INDUSTRIES LIMITED, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, GLENCORE PLC, ADANI MINING PTY LTD

Lendlease slashes dividend as revenue falls

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 36 : 26-Feb-19

Lendlease has posted a 2018-19 interim net profit of $15.7m, compared with $425.7m previously. The result was marred by a $500m writedown in the value of its engineering and services division in late 2018. Lendlease’s revenue for the half-year was $7.7bn, down from $8.7bn previously. Its Australian arm has reported an EBITDA loss of $139.5m, while construction and development revenue also fell. Lendlease’s interim dividend has been reduced from $0.34 per share to just $0.12.

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LEND LEASE GROUP LIMITED – ASX LLC, TRANSURBAN GROUP LIMITED – ASX TCL

Franking fantastic: Forrest’s $327m payday

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 18 : 21-Feb-19

Fortescue Metals Group has posted a 2018-19 interim net profit of $US644m ($900m), which is five per cent lower than previously. Fortescue has reported revenue of $US3.54bn for the half-year, and the pure-play iron ore miner has maintained its guidance for shipments of 165 tonnes to 173 million tonnes for the full year. Shareholders will receive an interim dividend of $0.19 per share and a special dividend of $0.11. Fortescue’s founder and chairman Andrew Forrest will receive a total of $327m in dividend payouts, from a total payout of $924m.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, VALE SA, INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON MINING AND METALS

BHP shares rise on dividend optimism

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 21 : 21-Feb-19

Investors have welcomed BHP’s latest interim financial results, with its share price closing at a long-term high of $37.94 on 20 February. The stock has gained 35.5 per cent in the last year and is now trading at or above the share price targets of seven out of the 12 analysts who are tracked by Bloomberg. BHP has flagged a strong rise in full-year profit if commodity prices remain at current levels, while it announced an interim dividend of $US0.55 per share.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BLOOMBERG LP, CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD

Oil Search says gas output will double in PNG

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 22 : 20-Feb-19

Oil Search has posted a 2018 net profit of $US341.2m, which is 13 per cent higher than previously, with revenue up six per cent to $US1.535bn. A sharp rise in the price of LNG and crude oil during the year helped offset a decline in full-year production due to an earthquake in Papua New Guinea early in the year. Oil Search still aims to double LNG production in PNG by 2024. Shareholders will receive a final dividend of $US0.085 per share, and a full-year payout of $US0.105 a share.

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OIL SEARCH LIMITED – ASX OSH, EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION, TOTAL SA, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

BHP resists ramp-up as prices surge

Original article by Paul Garvey
The Australian – Page: 19 & 22 : 20-Feb-19

BHP has posted an underlying profit of $US3.8bn ($5.3bn) for the first half of 2018-19, which is slightly below the consensus forecast of analysts. Underlying EBITDA also fell slightly short of expectations at $US10.5bn. Meanwhile, CEO Andrew Mackenzie says BHP will not increase its iron ore output despite a rally in the price of the steel input in the wake of the tailings dam disaster in Brazil in January. Shareholders will receive a higher-than-expected interim dividend of $US0.55 per share.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, VALE SA, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS