BHP Billiton: A FTSE 100 Dividend-Raising Starhttp://www.fool.com/investing/international/2012/11/19/bhp-billiton-a-ftse-100-dividend-raising-star.aspx Kevin Godbold
November 19, 2012
LONDON -- In an outcome that's tough on investors, the FTSE 100 (UKX) has failed to deliver a rising dividend payout over the last few years.
Just look at the iShares FTSE 100 ETF (LSE: ISF.L ) , for example. This is an exchange-traded fund that tracks the benchmark index, and we can see the aggregate payment from Britain's top 100 companies has yet to regain its pre-recession peak:
But some companies within London's premier index have performed well on dividends, despite these austere times, and this series aims to seek them out. One such name is BHP Billiton (LSE: BLT.L ) (NYSE: BBL )
The big question is can the company's dividend continue to out-perform its index. Let's take a closer look.
BHP Billiton is a resources company. With the London-listed shares at 1916 pence, the market cap is £40,442 million. This table summarizes the company's recent financial record: