BHP Billiton Ltd Dividend yield

 Price  37.36
 Dividend  5.08
 Earnings  3.77
 Cash-flow  5.34
 Book value  7.78
 Equity  7.97

BHP Billiton Ltd is part of Mining business, which is part of Basic Materials industry. BHP Billiton Ltd is a company from Australia, and his stocks are publicly traded.

BHP Billiton Ltd paid a total dividend of 25,715 million AUD last year, for a market value of 189,116 millions (Market Cap 187,807 millions). Dividend per share of BHP Billiton Ltd is 5.08 AUD, and his stock market price 37.36 AUD.

According to the chart below, where dividend yield is displayed, BHP Billiton Ltd has a dividend yield of 13.60%, which is higher than the amount offered by both the market average and companies from Australia. It is also bigger than average of Basic Materials industry. This high dividend yield might be a sign to worry about the future of the company so deeper analysis is needed.

In addition, you should compare BHP Billiton Ltd dividend yield with other Mining companies or firms from Australia.

Dividend yield of BHP Billiton Ltd

BHP Billiton Ltd Dividend Payout

About the ability of BHP Billiton Ltd to maintain his current dividend of AUD 5.08 per share, an amount that accounts for 13.60%, we should study its payout ratio both on earnings and on cash-flows (see chart below). BHP Billiton Ltd payout on ernings is currently 134.75%, which is higher than the market average, and companies of Basic Materials industry, which are 41.59% and 43.97% respectively. Both figures show that BHP Billiton Ltd can have problems to keep with his present dividend yield.

The payout on earnings should be complemented with the payout on cash flow since it is this last amount the one which can be distributed to shareholders. Cash flow per share of BHP Billiton Ltd is AUD 5.34 per share, which is higher than the dividend per share paid by the company of AUD 5.08, so the company generates enough cash to maintain his dividend in the future.

The following figure shows payout ratios over earnings and cashflow of BHP Billiton Ltd, compared againt world market average, Australia companies, Basic Materials industry and Mining sector companies.

BHP Billiton Ltd payout

BHP Billiton Ltd Dividend History

Year Yield  AUD  Paypout  Shares* 

*In millions

BHP Billiton Ltd Stock performance

Finally, last moth BHP Billiton Ltd showed a return of -3.00% compared to a worldwide 3.75% average, and a 2.90% of Basic Materials firms. Over the last year, the company obtained a 14.70% versus a worldwide performance of a -9.52%. More detailed information can be seen in the following graph for Australia and Mining firms.

BHP Billiton Ltd stock and market return