BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP) is the world’s largest diversified resources company, with a global portfolio of high quality assets and more than 100 operations in 25 countries. It is also the biggest company by market cap in the Australian share market, and is considered among the blue chip stocks.
It is an industry leader in most of the major commodities markets, including aluminium, coking and thermal coal, copper, manganese, iron ore, uranium, nickel, silver and titanium. On top of this, BHP has sizeable interests in oil, gas, natural gas and diamonds.
Last week, BHP made a US$15 billion takeover offer for US gas producer, Petrohawk Energy.
The all-cash offer will significantly expand BHP’s oil and gas assets, and in particular, its shale gas holdings in the US,
The deal also signals that BHP is betting the US will turn to unconventional sources of energy, such as shale gas, in an attempt to wean itself of foreign oil.
The offer was unanimously recommended by Petrohawk directors.