1 Plus $1.5b to be returned to shareholders via off-market and on-market share buy-backs
2 Including $1.8b from the sale of Autohome shares
3 Excluding finance income
In 2016 we saw ongoing advances in technology and constant innovation continue to reshape the telecommunications and technology markets and transform customer experiences. As the world continued to digitise, more and more people took advantage of the exciting and empowering possibilities of new technologies and being connected.
We are a leading telecommunications and technology company with a growing international business, and a heritage that is proudly Australian. We offer a broad suite of connectivity, media and content to consumers and businesses in Australia, cloud and other technology services to business, enterprise and government customers, as well as connectivity services to carriers globally.
We are leveraging our core strengths in networks and connectivity to capture new opportunities in international markets and in emerging areas like eHealth, software and digital media.
We are assembling innovative technology, capability and talent from around the world to deliver exceptional experiences for our customers. As technology innovation accelerates, we know our customers need us to respond by offering simple solutions and products that reflect their needs. This is a time of great opportunity for our customers and for Telstra.
Our strategy is focused on driving growth and creating long term shareholder value. This section outlines our progress in delivering on the three pillars of our strategy over the past year.
We are pleased to deliver another solid result for shareholders in the 2016 financial year, growing revenue and EBITDA on a guidance basis, adding new customers and again providing consistent shareholder returns.
At Telstra, our purpose is to create a brilliant connected future for everyone. The success of our business relies on it and our sustainability agenda is key to achieving it.