Operating revenue increased 4.6 per cent to $14.0 billion. However, this did not translate to increase in net profit. Net Profit attributable to shareholders declined 4.7 per cent to $2.7 billion. Its earnings per share (EPS) also decreased 4.7 per cent to 16.95 cents. No interim dividend was declared.
Singtel’s net debt gearing ratio was 25.7 per cent as at end of 2011 higher than 19.8 per cent as at 31 March 2011.
Cash and cash equivalents declined $596 million over the one-year period to $1.52 billion. This is partly due to one-time special dividend paid out during this year (of 10 cents per share) amounting to $1.59 billion.
Net asset value per share was $1.39 as at 31 December 2011. Share price as at 20 February 2012 was $3.07. Price to book value was 2.2 times.
With the release of the latest financial results on 13 February 2012, Singtel’s share price had declined from $3.13 on 23 December 2011 to $3.07 today.
Singtel had a history of good total shareholder payout. Over the 10-year period to 31 March 2011, total shareholder payout was 76 per cent of earnings.
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