Will a commodity price collapse foil BHP's demerger?

A savage fall in commodity prices has sparked debate about whether the demerger of BHP's non-core assets should proceed.

There’s an emerging discussion occurring over whether the planned demerger of BHP Billiton’s newly-named South32 portfolio of non-core assets should proceed as scheduled next year. The conclusion isn’t necessarily straightforward.

Earlier this year, when the concept of the spin-out started to take real shape, the logic of it was compelling.

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