BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP) is due to report its annual results on Tuesday, with expectations the group will succumb to investor demands for an increase in dividends as part of its progressive' dividend policy. The miner is expected to announce profit of just US$12.6 billion - 26% below last year's result and a massive 44% lower than 2011. BHP's dividend payout is tipped to increase to US$1.18 per share - a jump of 5.3% - marking the lowest growth in dividend payout in more than a decade. Whether the market reacts positively to BHP's results will depend on capex plans going forward, progress in cutting costs, as well as its Jansen potash project. Most investment banks believe BHP is set to snap its losing streak with the likes of UBS, JPMorgan, Macquarie, Citi, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Commonwealth tipping an underlying profit of between $US12.8 to $US15.3 billion in FY14.
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