Rio Tinto Limited

Dividend history

 

Description   Dividend amount Imputation credit  Record date   Payment date
   US cents/share  Aus cents/share  Aus cents/share  
 Interim 2014 96.00 103.09 44.181 15 August 2014 11 September 2014
 Final 2013 108.50 120.14 51.489 12 March 2014 10 April 2014
 Interim 2013  83.50  93.00  39.857  20 August 2013  12 September 2013 
 Final 2012  94.50  91.67  39.287  13 March 2013  11 April 2013
 Interim 2012  72.5  68.51  29.361  21 August 2012  13 September 2012
 Final 2011  91.0  84.20  36.086  6 March 2012  12 April 2012
 Interim 2011  54.0  49.81  21.347  16 August 2011  8 September 2011
 Final 2010  63.0  61.94  26.546  8 March 2011  31 March 2011
 Interim 2010  45.0  49.27  21.116  17 August 2010  9 September 2010
 Final 2009  45.0  51.56  22.1  2 March 2010  1 April 2010
 Final 2008  68.0  101.48  43.49  24 February 2009  8 April 2009
 Interim 2008  68.0  77.35  33.15  9 September 2008  2 October 2008
 Final 2007  84.0  93.02  39.866  26 February 2008  11 April 2008
 Interim 2007  52.0  60.69  26.01  14 August 2007  6 September 2007
 Final 2006  64.0  82.84  35.50  17 March 2007  13 April 2007
 Interim 2006  40.0  52.48  22.491   15 August 2006  7 September 2006
 Special 2005  110.0  145.42  62.323  28 February 2006  6 April 2006
 Final 2005  41.5  54.86  23.511  28 February 2006  6 April 2006
 Interim 2005  38.5  50.56  21.668  16 August 2005  8 September 2005
 Final 2004  45.0  58.29  24.98  1 March 2005  8 April 2005
 Interim 2004  32.0  45.53  19.513  17 August 2004  10 September 2004
 Final 2003  34.0  44.68  19.149  16 March 2004  6 April 2004
 Interim 2003  30.0  45.02  19.294  19 August 2003  12 September 2003
 Final 2002  30.5  51.87  22.230  12 March 2003  7 April 2003
 Interim 2002  29.5  54.06  23.169  20 August 2002  13 September 2002
 Final 2001  39.0  75.85  32.507  13 March 2002  8 April 2002
 Interim 2001  20.0  39.42  16.894  17 August 2001  14 September 2001
 Final 2000  38.5  69.76  35.937  9 March 2001  6 April 2001
 Interim 2000  19.0  32.68  16.835  18 August 2000  15 September 2000
 Final 1999  38.5  61.47  34.577  10 March 2000  7 April 2000
 Interim 1999  16.5  25.64  14.423  13 August 1999  31 August 1999
 Final 1998  35.5  55.56  31.253  17 March 1999  7 April 1999

 

Dividend policy

The aim of Rio Tinto's long standing progressive dividend policy is to increase the US dollar value of dividends over time, without reducing them in economic downturns. From 2002 the rate of the total annual dividend, in US dollars, is reviewed in the light of the results for the past year and the outlook for the current year. The interim dividend is set at one half of the total dividend for the previous year. Under the progressive dividend policy the final dividend for each year is expected to be at least equal to the previous interim dividend.

Dividend determination

As the majority of the Group's sales are transacted in US dollars it is the most reliable currency in which to measure the Group's financial performance and is its main reporting currency. The US dollar is therefore the natural currency for dividend determination. Dividends determined in US dollars are translated at exchange rates prevailing two days prior to announcement and are then declared payable in sterling by Rio Tinto plc and in Australian dollars by Rio Tinto Limited.

Australian shareholders of Rio Tinto plc can elect to receive dividends in Australian dollars and UK shareholders of Rio Tinto Limited can elect to receive dividends in £ sterling.

Dividend mandates

Directly registered Australian and UK shareholders may elect to have cash dividends paid directly into any bank, building society or credit union account in Australia.

Dividends and taxation - Dividend imputation system

The basis of the Australian dividend imputation system is that when Australian resident shareholders receive dividends from Rio Tinto Limited, they may be entitled to a credit for the tax paid by the Company in respect of that income, depending on the tax status of the shareholder. The application of the system results in the tax paid by the Company being allocated to shareholders by way of imputation credits attaching to the dividends they receive. Such dividends are known are franked dividends. A dividend may be partly or fully franked. Any imputation credits attached to the dividend are shown in the Dividend Statement provided to shareholders.

Fully franked dividends

Since 1988, all dividends have been fully franked. It is the Company's policy to pay fully franked dividends whenever possible.

Share dividend reinvestment plan

The plan is run by Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited.

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 Description  Reinvestment price (A$)
 2014 Interim dividend 61.596200
 2013 Final dividend 65.210800
 2013 Interim dividend 64.320100
 2012 Final dividend 58.145700 
 2012 Interim dividend 55.326711 
 2011 Final dividend 64.322700 
 2011 Interim dividend 71.174100
 2010 Final dividend 84.645000 
 2010 Interim dividend 74.118681
 2009 Final dividend 79.345000
 2009 Interim dividend No dividend paid
 2008 Final dividend 53.247698
 2008 Interim dividend 92.896278 
 2007 Final dividend 137.305292
 2007 Interim dividend  98.975517
 2006 Final dividend  83.262674
 2006 Interim dividend  73.783556
 2005 Final & Special dividend  83.407725
 2005 Interim dividend  51.075279
 2004 Final dividend  45.472474
 2004 Interim Dividend  36.492768
 2003 Final dividend  35.223596
 2003 Interim dividend  34.162970
 2002 Final dividend  32.463310
 2002 Interim dividend  31.782601
 2001 Final dividend  37.999872
 2001 Interim dividend  30.475959
 2000 Final dividend  35.594344
 2000 Interim dividend  24.996795
 1999 Final dividend  25.707200
 1999 Interim dividend  27.549600