Rio Tinto announces cash generation of $6.3 billion and cash returns to shareholders of $3.0 billion

First half 2017 highlights

  • Generated operating cash flow of $6.3 billion, EBITDA1 of $9.0 billion and EBITDA margin2 of 45 per cent.
  • Delivered underlying earnings of $3.9 billion and net earnings of $3.3 billion.
  • Achieved $2.1 billion of pre-tax sustainable operating cash cost improvements3 in 2016 and 2017 first half, meeting the target six months ahead of schedule.
  • Strengthening the portfolio with all three growth projects on track and a $2.7 billion disposal announced in 2017 first half.
  • Reduced net debt by $2.0 billion to $7.6 billion, with gross debt4 lowered by $2.5 billion.

Returning cash to shareholders of $3.0 billion with respect to 2017 first half:

  • Declared interim dividend of 110 US cents per share, equivalent to $2.0 billion.
  • An increased share buy-back of $1.0 billion in Rio Tinto plc shares by the end of 2017.
  • In total represents 75 per cent of 2017 first half underlying earnings.

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