Value investor: The upside to a BHP spin-off

BHP is considering a move to divest non-core assets which could reduce high gearing levels, but investors need to consider whether a spin-off would improve value.

In early April, in response to media speculation, BHP confirmed its intention to simplify its business, probably by divesting non-core business units. The non-core assets include aluminium, nickel, bauxite and potentially Cannington which mines lead, silver and zinc.

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