Dividends

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BHP Billiton has a progressive dividend policy. The aim of this policy is to at least maintain or steadily increase 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.

2015 Interim Dividend

On 24 February 2015, our Board determined to pay an interim dividend of 62 US cents per share.

​2015 Interim Dividend
​Last day to trade cum dividend on JSE Limited (JSE) and currency conversion into rand 6 March 2015​
​Ex-Dividend Date JSE 9 March 2015​
​Ex-dividend Date Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ​11 March 2015
Ex-dividend Date London Stock Exchange (LSE) 12 March 2015​
Record Date (including currency conversion and currency election dates for Australian and London stock exchanges) ​13 March 2015
Payment Date ​31 March 2015

American Depositary Shares (ADSs) each represent two fully paid ordinary shares and receive dividends accordingly.

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 and 13 March 2015 (inclusive).

Details of the currency exchange rates applicable for the dividend will be announced to the relevant stock exchanges following conversion and will appear on the Group’s website.

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