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REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

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UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

May 10, 2016

 

 

 

BHP BILLITON LIMITED

(ABN 49 004 028 077)

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

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BHP BILLITON PLC

(REG. NO. 3196209)

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

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UNITED KINGDOM

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NEWS RELEASE

 

Release Time    IMMEDIATE1
Date    10 May 2016
Release Number    13/16

BHP BILLITON OUTLINES STRATEGY TO GROW VALUE

BHP Billiton Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie today outlined a strategy focused on value creation and growing cash returns to shareholders.

Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference, Mr Mackenzie said BHP Billiton can create value in all market conditions.

“Although we remain confident in the long term outlook for commodities, we are not waiting for prices to recover. We have everything we need in our portfolio right now to significantly increase the value of the Company,” he said.

Mr Mackenzie outlined five areas in which the Company plans to create value:

“We will continue to improve productivity, with a further US$3.6 billion of gains expected by the end of the 2017 financial year. Unit costs in our major businesses are expected to fall to almost half the levels experienced five years ago. We are maintaining momentum with more to come.”

“We will also invest in projects to unlock the latent capacity of our assets. These could add over 1 million tonnes of copper equivalent capacity at a total capital cost of less than US$1.5 billion. This is equivalent to more than 10 percent of BHP Billiton’s total current production. We will also maximise the value of our high quality shale assets in a disciplined manner as prices recover.”

“Our quality portfolio of tier 1 assets offers attractive medium-term growth options. We have identified and quantified quality growth projects in oil and copper, with investment decisions on the Mad Dog 2 and Spence projects expected within 18 months.”

“We are increasing our exploration activity to take advantage of falling costs as others pull back. We have embarked upon one of our most significant oil exploration programs, accelerating activity in our three priority basins. Following the positive exploration results at Shenzi North, we plan to drill a further exploration well (Caicos) in July 2016 on our nearby Green Canyon 564 lease (BHP Billiton interest 100 percent). We will also increase the number of copper targets we test this year by 38 percent.”

 

 

1 This release was made outside the hours of operation of the ASX market announcements office.

 

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“We have established a new global technology function to implement integrated programs to unlock resources and lower costs. We have opportunities identified at a number of our major assets that we expect to create significant value over time.”

Mr Mackenzie reiterated that BHP Billiton has the portfolio quality and financial capability to deliver on its growth strategy.

“We have the financial strength and the flexibility to pursue a diverse range of opportunities and grow value per share at all points in the cycle, and we have a clear and simple strategy in place to deliver that growth.”

Read the speech: http://www.bhpbilliton.com/investors/reports/BHP-Billiton-outlines-strategy-to-grow-value.

Further information on BHP Billiton can be found at: bhpbilliton.com

 

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Driving value and returns 10 May 2016
Andrew Mackenzie Chief Executive Officer
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These forward-looking statements are not guarantees or predictions of future performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the statements contained in this presentation. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
For example, future revenues from our operations, projects or mines described in this presentation will be based, in part, upon the market price of the minerals, metals or petroleum produced, which may vary significantly from current levels. These variations, if materially adverse, may affect the timing or the feasibility of the development of a particular project, the expansion of certain facilities or mines, or the continuation of existing operations.
Other factors that may affect the actual construction or production commencement dates, costs or production output and anticipated lives of operations, mines or facilities include our ability to profitably produce and transport the minerals, petroleum and/or metals extracted to applicable markets; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates on the market prices of the minerals, petroleum or metals we produce; activities of government authorities in some of the countries where we are exploring or developing these projects, facilities or mines, including increases in taxes, changes in environmental and other regulations and political uncertainty; labour unrest; and other factors identified in the risk factors discussed in BHP Billiton’s filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) (including in Annual Reports on Form 20-F) which are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
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Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer
10 May 2016
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Right strategic settings for the new era
With firm foundations in place…
asset quality and balance sheet strength provide resilience
new dividend provides flexibility
rising free cash flow provides optionality
capital allocation framework provides discipline
…we can focus on value creation and growing cash returns to shareholders
existing opportunities offer potential to grow value by ~70% and significantly improve Return on Capital
recovering commodity prices provide further upside
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Maximise returns and value
Operating
productivity
Capital
productivity
Maximise cash flow
Maintenance capital Strong balance sheet Minimum pay-out dividend
Excess free cash flow
Buy-backs
Acquisitions
Debt reduction
Organic growth
Additional dividends Our enhanced capital allocation framework 3


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Driving value and returns
Pursuing a broad suite of existing opportunities with the potential to grow the base value of our operations by ~70%
cost and volume productivity supports >15% value uplift
latent capacity options equate to >10% of current production1,2
continued reduction in Onshore US breakeven prices
~US$25 billion unrisked NPV in quality growth options
acceleration of Petroleum exploration program
technology to further lower cost base and unlock resource
Recovery in commodity prices could provide added upside
Base value
(spot prices)4 (value
Broad
at Consensus spot prices 5 suite and of Cost efficiencies consensus Latent capacity prices opportunities
3
) Onshore US growth offers Other growth projects (risked) Exploration significant (risked) Technology upside (risked)
1. Copper equivalent production based on FY13 average realised prices; includes other growth and minor improvement projects.
2. Represents peak capacity delivered (irrespective of date achieved) relative to FY16 expected copper equivalent production.
3. Current value under 19 April 2016 spot prices; all other values under analyst consensus price forecasts; valuation date 1 July 2016.
4. Base value truncated for illustrative purposes.
5. Analyst consensus price forecasts.
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Cost efficiencies Latent capacity Onshore US Growth projects Exploration Technology
Relentless pursuit of sustainable productivity
US$10 billion productivity gains embedded from FY12 to FY15
additional underlying gains of ~US$3.6 billion expected by end FY171 (or US$2.2 billion including the Escondida grade impact)
Group unit cash costs expected to further decline in FY172
WAIO unit costs of ~US$14 per tonne
Queensland Coal unit costs of ~US$55 per tonne
Escondida unit costs of ~US$1.00 per pound
Conventional unit costs of <US$10 per barrel3
Further productivity gains will be harder won
productivity to become a greater differentiator going forward
our scale, asset quality, portfolio simplicity and standardised systems (including 1SAP) position us well to take the next step
Sustainably lower unit costs4
(US$ per copper equivalent tonne)
down 47%
FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16e FY17e
1. Excludes Escondida grade impact of (US$1.4 billion) in FY16.
2. Based on analyst consensus exchange rates of AUD/USD 0.71 and USD/CLP 698.
3. Barrel of oil equivalent.
4. Presented on a total operations basis; unit costs are calculated using Group copper equivalent production;
based on FY13 average realised prices; FY12 to FY15 excludes Third Party Product and statutory adjustments.
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Cost efficiencies Latent capacity Onshore US Growth projects Exploration Technology
Latent capacity offers value and returns
Compelling latent capacity opportunities
1 Mt of copper equivalent volumes for aggregate capital expenditure of ~US$1.5 billion1
average returns ~60%2
equivalent to >10% of current production1,3
Our options include
Escondida incremental capacity of ~150 ktpa over decade4
Olympic Dam to reach ~230 ktpa (Southern Mine Area Optimised) by FY21 and further potential upside to ~280 ktpa with capital efficient investment
Spence to reach ~200 ktpa capacity from FY17
WAIO to reach 290 Mtpa by FY19 with spend included within ~US$4 per tonne average sustaining capital
Queensland Coal to reach 44 Mtpa in FY17 with increased wash-plant and equipment utilisation
Highly capital efficient latent capacity options
(returns2, %)
Olympic Dam5
Southern Mine Area Optimised 100
Spence5
WAIO
Recovery
Optimisation Escondida 290 Mtpa
Los Colorados Extension4
50
Queensland Coal
Caval Ridge
Note: Bubble size represents capital expenditure
0
0 100 200 300 400 Volumes (copper equivalent, tonnes)2
1. Copper equivalent production based on FY13 average realised prices.
2. Under analyst consensus price forecasts, ungeared, post-tax, nominal return.
3. Represents peak capacity delivered (irrespective of date achieved) relative to FY16 expected copper equivalent production.
4. Subject to Escondida Owners Council approval and long-term water availability.
5. Returns exceeds 100% but truncated for illustrative purposes.
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Cost efficiencies Latent capacity Onshore US Growth projects Exploration Technology
Onshore US well placed as prices recover
Potential to access ~1,400 net liquids-rich wells at <US$60/bbl1
remaining core acreage in Black Hawk
majority of Upper Wolfcamp in Permian
condensate-rich areas in Hawkville
Our Permian position offers significant upside
>100 wells drilled currently producing ~30 kboe/d2
~100 obligation wells left to retain acreage
additional ~460 net wells competitive at US$60/bbl WTI1
Potential to access ~700 net dry-gas wells at <US$3.50/mcf1
core acreage in Haynesville
excludes Fayetteville Moorefield opportunity, recently tested by other operators with strong results
Safe productivity will continue to unlock additional resources for development at lower prices
Onshore US liquids-rich portfolio
(net working interest wells competitive for development1) 1,050
700
350
0
<US$50/bbl US$50-60/bbl US$60-70/bbl
Eagle Ford Permian
Onshore US dry-gas portfolio
(net working interest wells competitive for development1) 600
400
200
0
<US$3.0/mcf US$3.0-3.5/mcf US$3.5-4.5/mcf
Haynesville Fayetteville
1. Average 15% rate of return under constant WTI oil and Henry Hub gas prices; liquids analysis assumes US$2.50/mcf Henry Hub gas price and NGL prices as a percentage of WTI; includes US$2/boe general and administrative costs.
2. Net revenue interest.
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Cost efficiencies Latent capacity Onshore US Growth projects Exploration Technology
Growth portfolio timed for value and returns
Our growth projects will further support value creation
aggregate unrisked value of ~US$25 billion1,2
average returns >15%2,3
security of tenure provides timing optionality
Spence Growth Option final Board review expected in CY17
potential first production in FY20
capital cost estimate of <US$2.2 billion
Mad Dog 2 Investment Decision expected in next 12 months
potential first production in FY23
capital cost ~US$2.5-3 billion (net)4
Strong pipeline of growth options aligned with market windows
(returns3, %)
40
Conventional
Conventional
Major Growth
Major Growth Project Project
Conventional
Major Growth
20 Olympic Dam
Project
450 ktpa
Spence
Growth
Option Potash Note: Bubble
Jansen size represents
Initial Stages value1 0
0 200 400 600 800 Volumes (copper equivalent, tonnes)5
1. Under analyst consensus price forecasts; valuation date 1 July 2016; BHP Billiton share; value of projects in execution at date of sanction.
2. Excludes value of Onshore US growth.
3. Under analyst consensus price forecasts, ungeared, post-tax, nominal return; returns of projects in execution at date of sanction.
4. BHP Billiton share 23.9%.
5. Copper equivalent production based on FY13 average realised prices.
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Cost efficiencies Latent capacity Onshore US Growth projects Exploration Technology
Most significant exploration program in years
Counter-cyclically securing additional acreage and rigs
US$600-700 million annual Petroleum program from FY16 to FY18
liquids opportunities with high working interest and operatorship
testing six Tier 1 plays over the next three years
secured 87 blocks in the Gulf of Mexico in the past nine months
accelerating exploration near Shenzi North following discovery
Copper program targets Tier 1 greenfield discoveries globally
102,000 and 41,000 additional hectares acquired in Peru and South West United States in FY16, respectively
38% increase in targets tested in FY161
Significant potential in oil exploration over the next three years
(value2, BHP Billiton share)
FY16 – Phase I FY17 – Phase II
FY17 – Phase I FY18 – Phase II FY18 –Phase I
Gulf of Mexico Trinidad and Tobago Western Australia
Risked Unrisked
1. Relative to FY15.
2. Under our long-term price forecasts.
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Cost efficiencies Latent capacity Onshore US Growth projects Exploration Technology
Harnessing the power of technology
Technology investment to unlock resource and lower costs
A broad range of opportunities across the portfolio
deploying >20 autonomous blasthole drills at WAIO
UAV deployed and IROC to be implemented by FY18 at Queensland Coal1
heap leach recoveries at Spence in FY17 and optimisation opportunities at Escondida
heap leach trials at Olympic Dam to be finalised in FY19
increasing fracture stimulation effectiveness at Onshore US
supply chain integration and automation at Jansen3
new conveyor technology applicable to all minerals operations
Technology presents a significant opportunity to create further value
R&D
Olympic Dam
Heap leach processing
Minerals
New conveyor technology
Escondida Jansen
Exploration Grade Integration and Readiness Advanced decline automation3 imaging and solutions interpretation
Conventional
Enhanced oil recovery
Queensland Coal
UAVs Onshore US
Increased
WAIO fracture Note: Bubble size Autonomous stimulation represents Commercialised Blasthole unrisked value2 Drills
Underway Timing Longer-term
1. UAV refers to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; IROC refers to Integrated Remote Operations Centre; IROC subject to approval.
2. Under our long-term price forecasts.
3. Primarily includes greenfield application of technologies tested in other mining operations.
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Right strategic settings for the new era
With firm foundations in place…
asset quality and balance sheet strength provide resilience
new dividend provides flexibility
rising free cash flow provides optionality
capital allocation framework provides discipline
…we can focus on value creation and growing cash returns
to shareholders
existing opportunities offer potential to grow value by ~70%
and significantly improve Return on Capital
recovering commodity prices provide further upside
We have opportunities to significantly increase returns
(Return on Capital Employed1, nominal)
Short-term Long-term
Returns at analyst consensus prices² Returns at spot prices³
1. Assumes all latent capacity and growth options (including Onshore US) proceed.
2. Under analyst consensus price forecasts.
3. Under 19 April 2016 spot prices.
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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

      BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc
Date: May 10, 2016     By:  

/s/ Rachel Agnew

    Name:   Rachel Agnew
    Title:   Company Secretary