BHP surprises with bumper dividend

BHP has declared a record interim dividend of US$1.01 per share amid a positive outlook for commodities.

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BHP CEO Mike Henry (left) and CFO David Lamont

The $5.1 billion dividend is equivalent to an 85% payout ratio on an underlying basis and takes total shareholder returns to more than $30 billion over the past three years.