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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 Final Dividend

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

​2015 Final Dividend
​Preliminary Results Announcement and Dividend Determination ​25 August 2015
Last day to trade cum dividend on JSE Limited and currency conversion into RAND 4 September 2015
​Ex-Dividend Date (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) 7 September 2015
​Ex-Dividend Date (Australian & New York2 Stock Exchanges) 9 September 2015
Ex-Dividend Date (London Stock Exchange) 10 September 2015
Record Date (including currency conversion and currency election dates for Australian & London stock exchanges) ​11 September 2015
Payment Date 29 September  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 7 and 11 September 2015 (inclusive), nor will transfers between the UK register and the South African register be permitted, between the dates of 4 and 11 September 2015 (inclusive).

1 Dates are subject to change.
2 BHP 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.

Summary of previous dividends