Profits at Anglo American have risen although the FTSE 100 mining company is cutting its dividend per share by 2% to $1.
Underling core earnings were up 4% at $9.2bn while profits attributable to shareholders have risen 12% to $3.5bn for 2018.
Mark Cutifani, chief executive, said: "This strong financial result derives from our continued productivity improvements in the underlying operations and better than expected prices for many of our products.
"No degree of financial performance is worth a life, however, and in 2018, five of our colleagues tragically died in workplace safety incidents. The safety of our people is always front of mind and our determination to reach and sustain zero harm is our most pressing challenge."