Fueled by strong growth in the second half of the year, BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) enjoyed an 86% surge in full-year profits and hiked its dividend by 22%.
BHP, the worlds largest miner, said its second-half earnings leaped 62% to $10.98 billion, but that missed consensus estimates from analysts for $11.7 billion.
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The basic materials heavyweight posted full-year profits of $23.65 billion, up 86% from a profit of $12.72 billion a year earlier. The profit of nearly $24 billion marked an all-time record for an Australian-based company, Dow Jones Newswires reported.
Excluding one-time items, full-year profits hit $31.98 billion, slightly topping forecasts from analysts. BHP said full-year revenue jumped 36% to $72.74 billion.
Inspired by the results, BHP increased its final dividend to 55 cents a share, up from 45 cents previously.
BHP issued a mixed economic outlook given a slew of challenges facing the global economy. The company also warned it is being hit by a number of cost pressures.
Global imbalances and high levels of sovereign debt continue to create uncertainty and a protracted recovery remains our base case assumption for the developed world, BHP said in a statement. However, a coordinated policy response has the potential to engender confidence and ease the volatility that has been the dominant theme of recent years.
BHPs U.S.-listed shares slipped 0.3% to $80.66 ahead of Wednesdays open. The stock has slid about 13% year-to-date.