BHP focuses on growth assets

Andrew Mackenzie is preparing to slim down BHP Billiton’s portfolio to focus on the businesses that boast the highest returns.

There is a slide in Andrew Mackenzie’s presentation to investors in Miami overnight that very clearly illustrates why the BHP Billiton chief executive believes the case for simplifying the resource giant’s portfolio is compelling.

The slide contains a comparison between BHP’s overall earnings before interest and tax margin and the margin it generates from its iron ore, copper, coal and petroleum assets.


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