• Strong financial result – statutory NPAT up 2.5% to $445.1m; underlying NPAT up 7.2% to $465.3m
• Growth in earnings per share for 6th year in a row – underlying EPS up 7.1% to 240.4c
• Solid core business performance and growth in initiatives driving shareholder returns - final dividend per share up 9.3% to 109.1c
• Investment in technology, risk management and operational infrastructure strengthening our foundations for continued resilience and future growth
Strong underlying financial performance
• Revenue growth in all four businesses, highest growth since FY10
• NPAT and DPS increased for 5th year in a row
Focused strategy and culture
• Vision, Strategy, Execution framework utilised in business planning and remuneration structure
• Launched ASX's values and enhanced our risk framework
Stronger operations and technology
• Progressed rollout of Stronger Foundations program
• Well advanced on initiatives to deliver enhancements and enable a platform for the next stage of growth
Continuing to position ASX for future growth
• Financial services industry in a time of great change, expected to increase demand for ASX services
• Emerging long-term, strategic growth opportunities
ASX has delivered a strong operating performance. Revenue in all our four businesses grew. This continues a long line of revenue, EBITDA and NPAT increases. Today, you will also hear about the work we have done at ASX around strategy and culture, and the framework that has been rolled out and embraced across the firm. I'll discuss our updated vision and values, and what we've done to enhance our risk framework. Not only has it been a solid financial year, ASX has also delivered meaningful progress on our Stronger Foundations program, which I discussed at our 9-month update. We see this program giving ASX the opportunity to increase its resilience and to enable it to have a solid platform on which to build the growth of the next 5 to 10 years. We believe the financial services industry is in a period of great change, and many aspects of this change are being driven by forces that help increase demand for ASX's existing services. Additionally, ASX is investing in infrastructure that will support the products and services that will be valuable to our customers in the future. This sees a number of exciting strategic growth opportunities emerging. I will address these a bit later.
ASX Limited (ASX) is Australia's leading exchange group and one of the 50 largest companies by market capitalisation listed in Australia. It was created as a national exchange in April 1987 after the amalgamation of Australia's six state-based stock exchanges. In July 2006, ASX merged with SFE orporation, which operated the major derivatives exchange in Australia.
ASX is ranked among the world's top 10 exchange groups measured by market capitalisation. As a fully integrated exchange group, ASX offers a suite of services including listings, trading, clearing and settlement across multiple asset classes – equities, fixed income, commodities, and energy. ASX has an expansive customer base including retail, institutional and corporate customers directly and through Australian and international intermediaries
Operations of ASX are licensed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).
Key to Disclosures Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations
The Corporate Governance Statement is accurate and up to date as at 16 August 2018 and has been approved by the board.
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