Some amusing analysis here for you with BHP’s new result. It missed consensus profits above $10bn pretty badly:
But that’s history. Looking forward is much more concerning. It’s all about iron ore and coking coal, the two major drivers of returns:
Here’s the realised prices:
My outlooks for CY2020 are $50 (FOB) for iron ore and $100 for coking coal. Here is the sensitivity analysis:
That will equal a roughly $7bn smashing to EBITDA and ROCE going straight back to 2016:
The valuation multiple will explode as profits crash. Counter-intuitively, that’s when you buy the BHP drop, not today!
He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.
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