24 AUGUST 2023
Today we’ve released our full year financial results for FY23 – delivering a strong financial performance underpinned by our recent portfolio improvements in commodities that are critical in a low-carbon future.
Here are the key highlights of our full year results:
- We delivered strong production growth in aluminium, base metals, and manganese during the year, and achieved annual production records at Hillside Aluminium, Australia Manganese and South Africa Manganese;
- Our results were underpinned by our recent portfolio improvements in commodities that are critical in a low-carbon future;
Our production growth, coupled with our ongoing focus on cost efficiencies, has resulted in one of our largest underlying financial results to date, with Underlying EBITDA of US$2.53 billion;US$1.2 billion was returned to shareholders during the year and today we have announced a fully-franked final ordinary dividend of 3.2 US cents per share in respect of the June 2023 half year.
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Reflecting our strong balance sheet and confidence in the business outlook, we have increased our flexible capital management program by US$50m to US$2.3 billion, leaving US$158 million to be returned by 1 September 2023.
Production guidance for the second half of the financial year is unchanged, with a forecast 6 per cent increase in production as we realise the benefit of recently completed improvement projects and ramp-up of the Brazil Aluminium smelter.
We also provided an update on the Hermosa project in Arizona, where the feasibility study for Hermosa’s zinc-lead-silver Taylor deposit remains on-track to support a final investment decision in mid-calendar year 2023. We have also confirmed the potential for Hermosa’s Clark deposit to produce battery-grade manganese for the growing North American electric vehicle supply chain.
We also progressed programs to deliver on our climate change commitments and we remain focused on our medium-term target to halve our operational greenhouse emissions by 2035, from our FY21 baseline.