Anglo American reports record profits for 2021, boosts dividend

Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to $20.6 billion in 2021, up from $9.8 billion the previous year.
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Global miner Anglo American posted record full-year earnings on Thursday, helped by bumper commodity prices, and boosted shareholder payouts for the year to $6.2 billion.

Anglo declared a final dividend of $2.1 billion, and a special dividend of 0.5 cents per share. Its total $6.2 billion also includes a $1 billion share buyback announced in August.

Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to $20.6 billion in 2021, up from $9.8 billion the previous year and broadly in line with an average forecast of $20.5 billion from 14 analysts compiled by Vuma.

“These are clearly the strongest results we have ever posted,” Chief Executive Mark Cutifani told reporters.

“Copper and PGMs (platinum group metals) – essential to the global decarbonisation imperative – and premium quality iron ore for greener steelmaking, supported by an improving market for diamonds, all contributed to a record financial performance,” he added.

Anglo’s results are the last of a bumper earnings season that saw rival miners Rio Tinto, BHP Group and Antofagasta return record payouts to shareholders as surging commodity prices buoyed profits.

The London-listed miner’s net debt dropped to $3.8 billion by the end of 2021, down from $5.5 billion a year earlier.

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