Financial ratios YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH
|Earnings per share - pence||33.2||19.8||28.5||27.8||31.6|
|Growth in net dividends per share %||8.3||8.3||7.1||6.0||5.6|
|Return on capital employed % (a)||19.3||13.6||17.1||15.6||18.3|
|Gearing - net debt to equity % (b)||21.1||14.3||9.3||17.8||7.4|
|Interest cover (c)||11.1||9.4||13.0||10.3||18.2|
|Dividend cover (d)||2.3||1.3||1.7||1.6||1.7|
|(a) The ratio is based on profit before tax and interest on long-term borrowings, adjusted to reflect the utilisation of any
restructuring provision, to average capital employed. Capital employed is represented by total assets less current liabilities,
excluding corporate taxes and dividends payable, and provisions other than those for deferred taxation and restructuring.
Year-end figures are used in the computation of the average, except in the case of short-term investments and borrowings
where average daily balances are used in their place.
(b) The ratio is based on borrowings net of cash and short-term investments to capital and reserves and minority interests.
(c) The number of times net interest payable is covered by operating profit. In 1993 and 1995, net interest excludes the premiums paid on the repurchase of bonds.
(d) The number of times dividends are covered by earnings.
|Expenditure on research and development|
YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH
|Expenditure on tangible fixed assets|
YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH
|Plant and equipment|
|Other network equipment||281||296||335||378||491|
|Computers and office equipment||170||152||219||343||333|
|Motor vehicles and other||131||272||153||214||195|
|Land and buildings||54||66||51||75||87|
|Increase (decrease) in engineering stores||(85)||(11)||24||(4)||(15)|
|Total expenditure on tangible fixed assets||2,446||2,155||2,171||2,671||2,771|
|Decrease (increase) in creditors||119||(7)||(10)||(33)||(224)|
|Cash outflow on purchase of tangible fixed assets||2,565||2,148||2,161||2,638||2,547|