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BHP Billiton Ltd (NYSE:BHP)
Dividends per Share
$1.56 (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

BHP Billiton Ltd's dividends per share for the six months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0.28. Its dividends per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was $1.56. Its Dividend Payout Ratio for the six months ended in Dec. 2016 was 0.23. As of today, BHP Billiton Ltd's Dividend Yield is 3.17%.

Warning Sign:

If a company dividend payout ratio is too high, its dividend may not be sustainable. The dividend payout ratio of BHP Billiton Ltd is 0.93, which seems too high.

Warning Sign:

BHP Billiton Ltd stock dividend yield is close to 5-year low.

During the past 12 months, BHP Billiton Ltd's average Dividends Per Share Growth Rate was -75.10% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Dividends Per Share Growth Rate was -4.30% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Dividends Per Share Growth Rate was 6.50% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Dividends Per Share Growth Rate was 11.40% per year. Please click Growth Rate Calculation Example (GuruFocus) to see how GuruFocus calculates Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)'s revenue growth rate. You can apply the same method to get the average dividends per share growth rate.

During the past 13 years, the highest 3-Year average Dividends Per Share Growth Rate of BHP Billiton Ltd was 48.50% per year. The lowest was -25.20% per year. And the median was 9.50% per year.

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Definition

Dividends paid to per common share.


Explanation

1. Dividend payout ratio measures the percentage of the company’s earnings paid out as dividends.

BHP Billiton Ltd's Dividend Payout Ratio for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

Dividend Payout Ratio=Dividends Per Share (Q: Dec. 2016 )/EPS without NRI (Q: Dec. 2016 )
=0.28/1.2
=0.23

During the past 13 years, the highest Dividend Payout Ratio of BHP Billiton Ltd was 2.71. The lowest was 0.24. And the median was 0.55.

Warning Sign:

If a company dividend payout ratio is too high, its dividend may not be sustainable. The dividend payout ratio of BHP Billiton Ltd is 0.93, which seems too high.

2. Dividend Yield measures how much a company pays out in dividends each year relative to its share price.

BHP Billiton Ltd Recent Full-Year Dividend History

Amount Ex-date Record Date Pay Date Type Frequency Forex Rate
USD 0.8002017-03-082017-03-102017-03-28Cash Dividendsemi-annuallyUSD:USD 1.0000
USD 0.2802016-08-312016-09-022016-09-20Cash Dividendsemi-annuallyUSD:USD 1.0000

* GuruFocus converts dividend currency to local traded share price currency in order to calculate dividend yield. Please refer to the last column "Forex Rate" in the above table.

BHP Billiton Ltd's Dividend Yield (%) for Today is calculated as

Dividend Yield=Most Recent Full Year Dividend/Current Share Price
=1.08/33.98
=3.18 %

Current Share Price is $33.98.
BHP Billiton Ltd's Dividends Per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Today is $1.08.

During the past 13 years, the highest Dividend Yield of BHP Billiton Ltd was 15.20%. The lowest was 1.45%. And the median was 4.10%.

Warning Sign:

BHP Billiton Ltd stock dividend yield is close to 5-year low.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.


Related Terms

Trailing Dividend Yield, Forward Dividend Yield, Dividend Payout Ratio, Earnings per Share, 3-Year Dividends Growth Rate, 5-Year Dividends Growth Rate, Growth Rate Calculation Example (GuruFocus)


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

BHP Billiton Ltd Annual Data

Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13Jun14Jun15Jun16
Dividends Per Share 0.771.121.641.661.822.202.282.362.481.56

BHP Billiton Ltd Semi-Annual Data

Jun12Dec12Jun13Dec13Jun14Dec14Jun15Dec15Jun16Dec16
Dividends Per Share 1.101.141.141.181.181.241.241.240.320.28
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