BHP BILLITON PLC - Samarco Update

2018-08-10 07:05:00

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Samarco Update

BHP Billiton Plc
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Release Time       IMMEDIATE
Date               9 August 2018
Release Number     13/18

Samarco Update

US Samarco Class Action settled

BHP has reached an agreement to settle the class action complaint filed in the US
District Court of the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of
American Depositary Receipts of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton Plc between
25 September 2014 and 30 November 2015(1) in relation to the Samarco dam failure
on 5 November 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, BHP has agreed to pay the
plaintiffs US$50 million, with no admission of liability. The agreement is subject to
approval by the District Court.

Governance Agreement ratified

On 25 June 2018, BHP announced that various parties(2) had entered into a
Governance Agreement which settles the BRL20 billion Civil Claim, enhances
community participation in decisions related to the remediation and compensation
programs under the Framework Agreement (Programs), and establishes a process
to renegotiate those Programs over two years and to progress settlement of the
BRL155 billion Civil Claim.

On 8 August 2018, the 12th Federal Court of Minas Gerais formally ratified the
Governance Agreement.

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(1) In August 2017, the District Court dismissed the claims in part, including the
claims against current and former executive officers and directors.
(2) The parties the Governance Agreement include Samarco Minerac?o S.A., Vale
S.A., BHP Billiton Brasil Ltda, the Federal Government of Brazil, the Brazilian states
of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais, the Public Prosecutors Office, the Public
Defense Office and other public authorities.

Sponsor: UBS South Africa (Pty) Limited

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