Following a very detailed pre-close trading update earlier in the month, the main full-year figures from copper mining giant Kazakhmys were widely known.
Revenues in 2011 rose to $3,563m from $3,237m in 2010, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) edged up to $1,959m from $1,932m the year before. When accounting for the group's stake in fellow miner ENRC (which contributed $966m), group EBITDA reached $2,925m, up from $2,835m.
The group said that output of copper in 2012 should be similar to the level produced in 2011.
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The full-year dividend was raised by 27% to 28 cents per share.
"We continued to generate strong cash flows in 2011, which is reflected in the 27% increase in our full year dividend and our ongoing share buy-back programme. The balance sheet finished 2011 in a net funds position and with $4.2bn of secured long term funding, we are in an excellent position to continue the delivery of our growth projects," said Chief Financial Officer Matthew Hird.
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