Fertile ground for BHP growth over time

Andrew Mackenzie’s Jansen investment remains a valuable way to future-proof his business. The break-up of potash cartels and the help potential partners could bring are added positives.

Andrew Mackenzie’s flurry of appearances on television over the weekend have reignited a debate about BHP Billiton’s planned continuing investment in the Jansen phosphate project. Not all of it reflects the sophistication of the group’s plans and position.

The Jansen project in Canada illustrates BHP’s long-held ‘options’ strategy and provides a focus for the current contest between enhanced short-term returns for shareholders and long-term projections and aspirations.



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