BHP Billiton is the UK largest stock (based on first quarter 2011). It’s headquarters are in Melbourne with its second office in London. It is the world’s largest mining company based on annual revenues and is the 3rd largest company in the world.
BHP operates a variety of mines all over the world including diamond mines in Canada and copper mines in Papua New Guinea. It has grown considerable through a series of mergers and acquisitions.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Australian Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP) and the Anglo-Dutch Billiton plc
BHP Billiton was created in 2001 when Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP) and the Anglo-Dutch Billiton plc merged to create a dual listed company.
WMC Resources Takeover
In 2003 BHP Billiton took over WMC Resources who control large copper, nickel, gold and uranium mines.
Rio Tinto – Hostile Bid Abandoned
BHP Billiton has shown an interest in Rio Tinto and made a hostile takeover bid in February 2008 by cancelled the offer due to the struggling global economy. The is always a possibility of the new offer fro Rio Tinto though.
In 2010 BHP Billiton acquired Athabasca Potash. This makes BHP Billiton one of the worlds largest, if not the largest, producer of potash, a vital agricultural fertilizer.
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
In 2010 BHP Billiton staged a hostile takeover of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan but this takeover was dropped later in the year. There was a lot of opposition to the takeover.
BHP Billiton Company Information
- BHP Billiton Limited
- BHP Billiton Centre
- 180 Lonsdale Street
- Melbourne Victoria 3000
- Phone: (61) 1300 55 47 57
- Fax: (61 3) 9609 3015
- Corporate Centres
- BHP Billiton Plc
- Neathouse Place
- London SW1V 1BH
- United Kingdom
- Phone: (44 20) 7802 4000
- Fax: (44 20) 7802 4111
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BHP Billiton Dividend Payments
BHP Billiton pays 2 dividends each year, an interim dividend in March and a Final Dividend in September.
You can find historic information and the latest BHP Billiton dividend details on their shareholders portal: www.bhpbilliton.com/home/investors/shareholderinfo/Pages/Dividends.aspx