The current value of the BHP Billiton is roughly half what it was less than two years ago.

Big Australian comes back to the field

You probably wouldn’t believe it if someone told you that Perth-based retailing specialist Wesfarmers was bigger than global resources leader BHP Billiton, but that was the situation last week on the Australian Securities Exchange as the company led by Richard Goyder quietly slipped past the global mining giant.

Most market observers missed it because by Friday the natural order had been restored, with BHP Billiton staging a late revival to lift one notch above Wesfarmers as measured by market value.

Another reason for the incident being overlooked was because not all of BHP Billiton’s shares are listed on the Australian market. The company has a separate share register and listing for British investors on the London Stock Exchange.


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Wesfarmers (WES)

Share Price

Closing price for the last 90 trading days
Source: Morningstar

BN30 Index

Index = 100 as of 4 Jan 2016
Source: Morningstar

Total Shareholder Return as at 31/10/17

1 year TSR5 year TSR
394thSeven West Media5%-4%
521stAutomotive Holdings Group-16%6%
726 WA (and selected non WA) listed companies ranked by 1 year TSR relative to other companies with similar revenue
Source: Morningstar

Share Transactions

$191k Bought
$6k Bought
$12k Issued
Total value as at the date of the transaction
Source: Morningstar


2nd-Automotive Holdings Group$6,079.6m
3rd↑Programmed Maintenance Services$2,694.5m
4th-Seven West Media$1,679.0m
233 listed industrial companies ranked by revenue.
Source: Morningstar

Remuneration from Wesfarmers

4thJohn Durkan$5.288m
6thGuy Russo$4.038m
8thTerry Bowen$3.546m
Ranked by total remuneration from all listed WA companies

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