Our profit after tax for the year ended 30 September 2006 was $3,688 million, up by 16%; our cash profit (adjusted for AIFRS 2005 adjustments and non-core items) was $3,587 million, up 14%; and our profit before provisions was up 10%.
The dividend for the year is 125 cents per share fully franked.
Revenue growth of 8% was the highest for many years. While costs increased by 6%, our cost to income ratio fell by 1.0% to 45.6%. The overall credit environment was very favourable with provisions for credit impairment at cyclical lows.
The Personal Division achieved exceptional results, with revenue growth of 13% and earnings up 22%. Personal is reaping the benefits of a clear customer proposition – simpler and more convenient banking – along with an expanded branch network, more ATMs and longer opening hours.
In Institutional, good revenue growth of 8% and low credit losses led to growth in earnings of 11%.
In New Zealand, our integration program was successfully completed. The customer base has been maintained and is now growing. We have strong businesses with options for growth.
Turning to East Asia, we celebrated 20 years in China and expanded our presence with a 20% investment in Tianjin City Commercial Bank. In Vietnam, ANZ and Sacombank committed to a joint venture, and we launched banking services in Cambodia through ANZ Royal Bank, a joint venture with Royal Group.
During the year, Dr Roderick Deane retired as an ANZ director, and as Chairman and Director of ANZ National Bank Limited. Dr Deane joined the Board in 1994 and made a very substantial contribution. We thank Dr Deane and wish him well in retirement.