Macquarie says BHP Billiton share price worth $40 after share buy-back


The BHP Billiton Limited (ASX: BHP) share price is flat today, but climbed 3.5% yesterday after the big iron ore miner announced it had completed a US$5.2 billion off-market share buy-back and would pay a US$1.02 per share dividend to all eligible shareholders on the register as at January 11, 2019.

The final buy-back price was set at A$27.62, which equalled a 14% discount to the ‘market price’ of $32.14. The total buyback represented 8.3% of the issued capital of BHP Group Limited.

According to reports in the Fairfax press analysts at Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG) are impressed with the buy-back price and think that “BHP could return a further US$3 billion to shareholders during the second half of the current financial year, most likely through an on-market buy back in the UK”.

The sugar hits for BHP shareholders could keep coming then, with the A$1.42 per share FX-adjusted dividend representing a yield of 4.4% alone based on today’s BHP share price of $32.14.

BHP is also due to pay an interim dividend this March and boasts that it has now already returned US$21 billion to shareholders over the past two years.

Elsewhere Rio Tinto Limited (ASX: RIO) is also rewarding shareholders due to the iron ore price rise with its own US$3.2 billion off and on-market share buyback.

Top 3 ASX Blue Chips To Buy For 2019

For many, blue chip stocks mean stability, profitability and regular dividends, often fully franked…

But knowing which blue chips to buy, and when, can be fraught with danger.

The Motley Fool’s in-house analyst team has poured over thousands of hours worth of proprietary research to bring you the names of The Motley Fool’s Top 3 Blue Chip Stocks for 2019.

Each one pays a fully franked dividend. The names of these Top 3 ASX Blue Chips are included in a specially prepared FREE report. But you will have to hurry. Depending on demand – and how quickly the share prices of these companies moves – we may be forced to remove this report.

See the 3 blue chip stocks


Here’s how you can strike it rich in the share market…

The best way to strike it rich in the share market is to buy shares that are not only cheap, but growing quickly.

Combining countless hours of research with over 30 years of hands-on stock market investing experience, The Capital Club’s founder Bruce Jackson has just published his definitive list of 3 Cheap and Good ASX Stocks for 2018.

Best of all, the report is absolutely free, exclusively for readers of The Capital Club.

In this comprehensive free report, you’ll find the name of one ASX gold stock that’s not only profitable, but trading at less than 4 times forecast profits.

You’ll also discover the name of a company one fund manager has called the cheapest stock in the ASX 100, and you’ll read about the three catalysts that could push the share price higher in the next six months.

Finally, the report names one of the cheapest retailers trading on the ASX, a company that just picked up the assets of a distressed competitor on the cheap, paying just 2 times earnings. No wonder one top fund manager thinks its share price could at least double.

With the share prices of each of these 3 companies having the potential to double or more, you’ll want to act now. Simply click here or the button below, enter your email address, and this free report will be instantly sent to you.

See the 3 stocks