Metal and mining company, South32 (ASX:S32) reported a 12 per cent fall in its net profit after tax in the six months to 31 December 2017 to US$543 million
The company which was spun out of BHP (ASX:BHP), meantime reported a 8 per cent lift in revenue to US$3.5 billion in the six months.
The miner reported record ore production at Australian Manganese and increased its production guidance at South Africa Manganese on the back of better market conditions.
Its underlying earnings rose over the period by 14 per cent to US$544 million.
The company declared an interim dividend of 4.3 US cents per share fully franked and a special dividend of 3 US cents per share (81 per cent franked) with a record date of 9 March, payable on 5 April 2018.
Shares in South32 (ASX:S32) are trading 0.3 per cent lower at $3.69.