Dividends

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BHP Billiton has a progressive dividend policy. The aim of this policy is to steadily increase, or at least maintain our base dividend in US dollars terms at each half yearly payment.

Our interim and final dividend determination dates coincide with the announcements of our interim and full year results.

Notice of 2015 Interim Dividend Dates

The proposed dates1 for the 2015 Interim Dividend of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc are as follows:

​2015 Interim Dividend
​Half Yearly Results Announcement and Dividend Determination ​24 February 2015
​Last day to trade cum dividend on JSE Limited and currency conversion into RAND 6 March 2015​
​Ex-Dividend Date (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) 9 March 2015​
​Ex-Dividend Date (Australian and New York2 stock exchanges) ​11 March 2015
​Ex-Dividend Date (London Stock Exchange) 12 March 2015​
​Record Date (including currency conversion and currency election date for Australian & London stock exchanges) ​13 March 2015
​Payment Date ​31 March 2015

Please note that BHP Billiton Plc shareholders registered on the South African section of the register will not be able to dematerialise or rematerialise their shareholdings between the dates of 9 and 13 March 2015 (inclusive), nor will transfers between the UK register and the South African register be permitted, between the dates of 6 March and 13 March 2015 (inclusive).

1Dates are subject to change.
2BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc shares are listed in the form of American Depositary Shares (ADSs) and traded as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) on the NYSE. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares.

2014 Final Dividend

The following table details the currency exchange rates applicable for the 2014 final dividend:

​Dividend 62 US cents per share ​Exchange rate ​Dividend per ordinary share in local currency
Australian cents​ 0.936565 66.199356
British pence​ 1.631455 38.002887
New Zealand cents​ 0.829945 74.703745
South African cents​ 10.620135​ 658.448370

 The dividend was paid on 23 September 2014.

Summary of previous dividends