• Colin Lea

Barbarians at the Gate - The Battle for BHP Billiton


  • Activist hedge fund Elliott Advisers recommends BHP Billiton spin off US oil business and scrap its dual corporate listing structure.

  • Proposal could unlock value and improve capital returns to shareholders.

  • BHP Billiton's position is that the costs and associated risks of Elliott’s proposal would significantly outweigh any potential benefits.

  • Activist agendas are usually hostile, tipped in favour of the corporate raider’s interests over the shareholders, and more reminiscent of barbarians at the Gate behaviour.

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