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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 at each half yearly payment.

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

2014 Final Dividend

2014 Final Dividend
Preliminary Results Announcement and Dividend Declaration 19 August 2014
Last day to trade on JSE Limited and currency conversion into RAND 29 August 2014
Ex-Dividend Date (Johannesburg stock exchange) 1 September 2014
Ex-Dividend Date (Australian, London & New York stock exchanges1) 3 September 2014
Record Date (including currency conversion and currency election dates for Australian & London stock exchanges) 5 September 2014
Payment Date 23 September 2014

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 1 and 5 September 2014 (inclusive), nor will transfers between the UK register and the South African register be permitted, between the dates of 29 August and 5 September 2014 (inclusive).

1BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc shares are listed on the NYSE in the form of American Depositary Receipts (ADRs).

2014 Interim Dividend

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

​Dividend 59 US cents per share ​Exchange rate ​Dividend per ordinary share in local currency
Australian cents​ 0.911569​​ 64.723570​​
British pence​ 1.674845​​ 35.227140
New Zealand cents​ 0.849650​​ 69.440358​​
South African cents1 ​10.729500 633.040500​

 The dividend was be paid on 26 March 2014.

Summary of previous dividends