Rio Tinto eyes cash returns, record tonnage

Original article by Melissa Yeo
The Australian – Page: 16 : 22-Jan-19

Glyn Lawcock of UBS says Rio Tinto could potentially expand its share buyback program and pay a special dividend in 2019 using the proceeds of asset sales. He estimates that the resources group still has about $U4.4bn on hand from asset sales that could be returned to shareholders. Meanwhile, UBS forecasts that Rio Tinto will produce 353 million tonnes of iron ore in 2019, compared with the miner’s own guidance of 338 million to 350 million tonnes.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED

BHP rewards investors with extra dividend

Original article by Nick Toscano
The Age – Page: 24 : 18-Dec-18

BHP has completed an off-market buyback of its shares at $27.64 each. The buyback was funded by BHP’s sale of its US onshore oil and gas assets to BP for $US10.4 billion ($14.7 billion) earlier in 2018. Proceeds from the sale will also go towards the payment of a special dividend of $1.42 per share, which shareholders will receive on 30 January. Those who took part in the share buyback will be paid on 24 December. Macquarie Wealth Management believes that BHP could return another $US3 billion to shareholders in the 2019 financial year.

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BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, BP PLC, MACQUARIE WEALTH MANAGEMENT, ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION

Investors cheer BHP for buyback, dividend

Original article by Matt Chambers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 2-Nov-18

BHP Billiton has advised that it will distribute $US5.2bn of the proceeds from the sale of its US shale assets to shareholders via a special dividend. Another $5.2bn has been earmarked for an off-market buyback of its Australian-listed shares. Macquarie says BHP will return cash to investors faster than the firm had expected; it had anticipated that BHP would complete an off-market buyback of its Australian shares and an on-market buyback of its London-listed shares by mid-2019. BHP shares rose 2.79 per cent to $33.11 on 1 November.

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BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Fortescue up after Forrest buys shares

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 2-Nov-18

Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest has increased his stake in the pure-play iron ore miner from 32.46 per cent to 33.87 per cent after buying 3.95 million shares in late October. Fortescue’s shares closed at a 10-week high of $4.11 on 1 November, and the stock has gained 13 per cent since Forrest’s on-market share transaction. Fortescue has also repurchased about $7m worth of share since it announced a $500 million share buyback in mid-October.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, MINDEROO PTY LTD, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Fortescue in $500m share buy-back

Original article by Brad Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 25 : 12-Oct-18

Shares in Fortescue Metals Group closed nearly 2.5 per cent higher at $3.76 on 11 October, after the pure-play iron ore miner announced plans to repurchase $500m worth of its shares. Peter O’Connor of Shaw & Partners has welcomed the share buyback, which has coincided with the recent rise in the price of lower-grade iron. Fortescue is expected to launch the buyback following the release of its quarterly results in late October.

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FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO

Rio Tinto goes off market for share buyback

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 & 22 : 21-Sep-18

Rio Tinto will repurchase around $US3.2bn worth of its shares, including $US1.9bn ($2.6bn) of its Australian-listed stock. The off-market buyback will be financed via the proceeds from the sale of Rio Tinto’s coking coal assets in Queensland. Don Hamson of Plato Investment Management says an off-market buyback is preferable to a special dividend, given that Labor intends to abolish cash refunds for excess franking credits if it wins the next federal election. Rio Tinto had previously announced $US2.4bn worth of buybacks.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, PLATO INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE

Time for companies to splash the buyback cash

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 10-Aug-18

Berowne Hlavaty of JP Morgan says key indicators suggest that the August reporting season in Australia will be a strong one. The firm’s poll of analysts shows that 33 per cent of stocks are expected to post an earnings surprise on the upside, while only 17 per cent of stocks will surprise on the downside. JP Morgan has identified a number of companies that could potentially announce share buybacks during the reporting season. They include BHP Billiton, Westpac, Woolworths, Insurance Australia Group and Vicinity Centres.

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JP MORGAN AUSTRALIA LIMITED, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX IAG, VICINITY CENTRES – ASX VCX, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, ANSELL LIMITED – ASX ANN, MIRVAC GROUP – ASX MGR, HARVEY NORMAN HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HVN, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, PLATINUM ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX PTM, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, PERPETUAL LIMITED – ASX PPT, SIMS METAL MANAGEMENT LIMITED – ASX SGM, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, NATIONAL STORAGE REIT – ASX NSR, CHARTER HALL LONG WALE REIT – ASX CLW, LYNAS CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX LYC, IRESS LIMITED – ASX IRE, GROWTHPOINT PROPERTIES AUSTRALIA – ASX GOZ, CHARTER HALL RETAIL REIT – ASX CQR, PERSEUS MINING LIMITED – ASX PRU, CROMWELL PROPERTY GROUP – ASX CMW, PROPERTYLINK GROUP LIMITED – ASX PLG, TASSAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX TGR, CARDNO LIMITED – ASX CDD, MYOB GROUP LIMITED – ASX MYO, MAGELLAN FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED – ASX MFG, CROWN RESORTS LIMITED – ASX CWN, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA

Questions over QBE’s plan for $1b buyback

Original article by Alice Uribe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 19 : 4-Oct-17

QBE Insurance Group has increased its provision for natural disaster claims in 2017 to $US1.75bn ($A2.24bn), in the wake of a series of such events in Australia and abroad. The insurer has advised that this will reduce its pre-tax earnings by about $US600m. David Ellis of Morningstar and David Spotswood of Shaw & Partners suggest that QBE may have to put its share buyback on hold. QBE recently advised that it has repurchased about 5.5 per cent of its stock to date.

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QBE INSURANCE GROUP LIMITED – ASX QBE, MORNINGSTAR PTY LTD, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, FITCH RATINGS LIMITED, INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX IAG, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, FLORIDA CITIZENS PROPERTY INSURANCE CORPORATION, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, S&P GLOBAL RATINGS

The sharemarket is not working as capital provider: Credit Suisse

Original article by Vesna Poljak
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 3-Aug-17

Annual net equity issuance via the Australian sharemarket has averaged $A40bn over the last 10 years. However, Hasan Tevfik of Credit Suisse estimates that just $A1bn has been raised so far in 2017, saying contributing factors include the limited number of IPOs and access to corporate debt at interest rates of around three per cent. Meanwhile, Credit Suisse has identified BHP Billiton, Qantas and Lend Lease as being among the companies that could potentially announce share buybacks during the August reporting season.

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CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, QANTAS AIRWAYS LIMITED – ASX QAN, LEND LEASE GROUP LIMITED – ASX LLC, COMPUTERSHARE LIMITED – ASX CPU, YANCOAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX YAL, ZIP INDUSTRIES AUSTRALIA, CRAVEABLE BRANDS LIMITED, ACCOLADE WINES LIMITED, SUPER A-MART PTY LTD, ALINTA ENERGY (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, OFFICEWORKS SUPERSTORES PTY LTD, CHOW TAI FOOK ENTERPRISES LIMITED, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, CITIGROUP INCORPORATED

Rio Tinto coal deal raises hopes of bigger payouts

Original article by James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 30 : 22-Jun-17

Rio Tinto shareholders will vote on Yancoal’s $US2.45bn ($A3.2bn) offer for its Hunter Valley thermal coal assets on 27 June. Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques says Yancoal was chosen as preferred bidder due to factors such as its decision to drop a deferred payment plan and the fact that it has already gained some regulatory approvals. Peter O’Connor of Shaw & Partners expects Rio Tinto to use some of the proceeds of the sale to increase its dividend payout, while he adds that another share buyback is also possible.

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RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, YANCOAL AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX YAL, GLENCORE PLC, COAL AND ALLIED INDUSTRIES LIMITED, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, CITIGROUP PTY LTD, GREAT BRITAIN. SERIOUS FRAUD OFFICE, BLOOMBERG LP, BARCLAYS BANK PLC