“As we announced on 1 April 2014, we are actively studying the next phase of simplification, including structural options,” BHP Billiton said in a statement.
“We believe that a portfolio focused on our major iron ore, copper, coal and petroleum assets would retain the benefits of diversification, generate stronger growth in cash flow and a superior return on investment.”
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The firm added that it continues to examine various other structural alternatives, and that a demerger of a selection of assets was a preferred means of ramping up production.
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“By increasing our focus on these four pillars [iron ore, copper, coal and petroleum], with potash as a potential fifth, we will be able to more quickly improve the productivity and performance of our largest businesses,” said BHP Billiton.