BHP quarterly iron ore output down slightly, flags big productivity loss

 BHP quarterly iron ore output down slightly, flags big productivity loss

(Reuters) - BHP Group Ltd , the world's biggest miner, on Wednesday flagged $1 billion in productivity losses for fiscal 2019 as unplanned outages and bad weather hurt its iron ore production.

The Anglo-Australian miner's iron ore output fell to 71 million tonnes during the fourth-quarter ended June 30, compared with 72 million tonnes a year earlier. The figure was lower than a UBS estimate of 72.6 million tonnes. Source Text https://www.asx.com.au/asx/statistics/displayAnnouncement.do?display=pdf&idsId=02123829

BHP forecast fiscal 2020 iron ore production at 273 million to 286 million tonnes.

Full-year iron ore production came in at 270 million tonnes, compared with 275 million last year, and in line with the company's forecast range of 265 million to 270 million tonnes.

Cyclone Veronica tore down the coast of Western Australia in March, hitting several iron ore export hubs, in a return of more turbulent weather after several moderate years.

That had prompted BHP to lower its fiscal 2019 iron ore production outlook.

(Reporting By Ambar Warrick and Rushil Dutta in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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Updated Date: Jul 17, 2019 06:06:40 IST