BHP weighs the value of non-core assets

BHP has said it is considering all its options for divesting some of its non-core assets including aluminium, nickel and bauxite, but a demerger is not the only possibility.

The alacrity with which BHP Billiton responded to a media report that it was considering spinning-off its non-core assets into a separately listed vehicle would suggest that there is some fire where that smoke was billowing.

That doesn’t, however, mean that a demerger of those assets – aluminium, alumina, nickel, bauxite, manganese, zinc and, perhaps energy coal – will occur.

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