Mining firm Rio Tinto achieved record financial results in 2021, recording a free cash flow of £13bn and underlying earnings of £15.7bn.
The figures led to the company paying its biggest ever dividend to shareholders.
Net cash generated from the iron ore producer’s operating activities improved 60 per cent on 2020 levels while profit after tax improved by 116 per cent.
Rio Tinto chief executive Jakob Stausholm said “the recovery of the global economy, driven by industrial production, resulted in significant price strength for our major commodities” and allowed for the results.
“With the launch of our new strategy, we have set a new direction for Rio Tinto to thrive in a decarbonising world.”Rio Tinto chief executive Jakob Stausholm
“We have a portfolio that is well positioned and are targeting disciplined investment in commodities that will see strong demand in the coming decades.
“Our agenda is an ambitious, multi-year journey which we are determined to deliver and we have already taken the first steps, with underground operations under way following the Oyu Tolgoi agreement and a binding agreement to acquire the Rincon lithium project in Argentina.”