BHP follows Rio, Fortescue with major share buyback

Date: Dec 17, 2018

BHP has completed a $US5.2 billion ($7.3 billion) buyback of company shares for distribution to shareholders.

The buyback was announced in light of BHP’s high-profile sale of its onshore US gas assets in Arkansas and Texas for $US10.8 billion, which was finalised in October.

BHP now joins an exclusive list of mining companies that announced major buybacks in 2018.

Rio Tinto announced in September that it was returning $US3.2 billion to shareholders through an off-market share buyback of up to 41.2 million shares in addition to a further on-market Rio share purchases down the track.

Fortescue Metals Group then followed this in October with its own announcement of a $500 million buyback to remain in place for 12 months due to strong performance in the financial year.

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