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BHP Billiton October 17th 2018

The Company operates as a Dual Listed Company (DLC). BHP Billiton plc is incorporated and listed in the UK while BHP Billiton Ltd is incorporated and listed in Australia.

Samarco Incident Update

 On 5 November 2015, one of Samarco’s tailings dams (Fundao) failed unexpectedly,releasing muddy tailings downstream, reaching and flooding certain communities andcausing 19 deceases, 700 people lost their homes and important damages to thesurrounded area. The Company holds 50% interest in this entity.

BHP Billiton Brasil is among the defendants named in a number of legal proceedings initiated by individuals, non governmental organisations, Corporations and Governmental entities in Brazilian federal and state counts following the failure.

In 2018, Samarco, Vale and BHP Billiton Brasil, the other parties to the Framework Agreement, the Public Prosecutors Office and the Public Defence Office agreed an arrangement which settles the R$20 billion Public Civil Claim.


 The Company has paid a dividend in respect of the financial year, however no resolution to approve the distribution has been proposed at the general meeting as was also the case in previous years. The dividend increased by 40% from the previous year and was covered by net profit.

Item 2: Re-appoint KPMG LLP as auditorsThe auditor's tenure exceeds our tenure limit of 10 years.

The Company conducted an audit tender during 2017.

The Board selected Ernst & Young to be appointed as the Company's external auditor from the financial year beginning 1 July 2019. KPMG have audited the Company since 2003.

BHP Group Plc

BHP Billiton is a resources company. Co. extracts and processes minerals, oil and gas, primarily in Australia and the Americas. Co. operates four reportable segments: Petroleum, which is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas; Copper, which is engaged in the mining of copper, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum, uranium and gold; Iron Ore, which is engaged in the mining of iron ore; and Coal, which is engaged in the mining of metallurgical coal and energy coal. Co.'s Petroleum unit comprises conventional and unconventional oil and gas assets, and includes exploration, development and production activities.


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