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Company BHP Group PLC
Headline Notice of Dividend Currency Exchange Rate SA Rand
Released 15:21 01-Mar-2019
Number 6487R15

RNS Number : 6487R
01 March 2019



Group Governance

1 March 2019







JSE Limited


London Stock Exchange


Notice of Dividend Currency Exchange Rate (South African Rand)

2019 Interim Dividend


Name of entity

BHP Group Plc

REG NO  3196209


On 19 February 2019, the Board of BHP determined to pay an interim dividend of 55 US cents per share for the half year ended 31 December 2018.


The currency exchange rate applicable for the dividend payable in South African cents to shareholders on the BHP Group Plc branch register is based on the exchange rate on 1 March 2019 and is set out below:


Dividend 55 US cents

per share

Exchange rate

Dividend per ordinary share in local currency


South African cents







The exchange rates applicable to the BHP dividend being paid in other currencies will be based on the foreign currency exchange rates on the Dividend Reinvestment Election Date, being 11 March 2019, and will be announced to the market.  


BHP Group Plc shareholders registered on the South African section of the register will not be able to dematerialise or rematerialise their shareholdings between the dates of 6 March 2019 and 8 March 2019, both dates inclusive, nor will transfers between the UK register and the South African register be permitted between the dates of 1 March 2019 and 8 March 2019, both dates inclusive.


The dividend will be paid on 26 March 2019.



Geof Stapledon

Company Secretary


Sponsor: UBS South Africa (Pty) Limited


BHP Group Plc Registration number 3196209

LEI 549300C116EOWV835768

Registered in England and Wales
Registered Office: Nova South, 160 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB United Kingdom


A member of the BHP Group which is headquartered in Australia



NOTE: Additional information required by the JSE Listing Requirements


1.         The dividend should be regarded as a 'foreign dividend' for the purposes of South African  income tax and South African dividends tax.


2.         Dividend Tax will be withheld from the amount of the gross final dividend of 155.15940 South African cents per ordinary share paid to shareholders on the South African branch register at the rate of 20 per cent, unless a shareholder qualifies for an exemption.


3.         After the Dividend Tax has been withheld, the net dividend will be 620.63760 South African cents per ordinary share.


4.         BHP Group Plc had a total of 2,112,071,796 ordinary shares in issue at the dividend determination date of 19 February 2019.


5.         The dividend will be paid out of retained earnings.


6.         For the avoidance of doubt, Dividend Tax, and therefore the information provided in this announcement, is only of direct application to shareholders on the South African branch register.


Shareholders on the South African branch register should direct any questions regarding the application of the Dividend Tax to:


BHP Group Plc Branch Registrar and Transfer Secretary

Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Limited

Rosebank Towers

15 Biermann Avenue



South Africa

PO Box 61051

Marshalltown 2107

Telephone +27 11 373 0033

Facsimile +27 11 688 5217

Email enquiries:



Holders of shares dematerialised into STRATE should contact their CSDP or stockbroker.



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