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Note 4

For the Year Ended 31 March 2011

EARNINGS PER SHARE

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit attributable to the shareholders of the Company by the weighted average number of ordinary shares on issue during the year. Diluted earnings per share is calculated by adjusting the weighted average number of shares outstanding to assume conversion of all potential dilutive ordinary shares.

GROUP PARENT
Note 2011 2010 2011 2010
Profit attributable to the shareholders of the Company ($000) 112,369 119,413 107,133 107,632
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (thousands) 314,957 315,612 314,957 315,612
Basic earnings per share (cents per share) 35.7 37.8 34.0 34.1
Profit attributable to the shareholders of the Company ($000) 112,369 119,413 107,133 107,632
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue plus share options outstanding (thousands) 315,237 315,892 315,237 315,892
Diluted earnings per share (cents per share) 35.6 37.8 34.0 34.1
Underlying earnings after tax ($000) 3 116,458 116,819 112,589 111,318
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue (thousands) 314,957 315,612 314,957 315,612
Underlying earnings per share (cents per share) 37.0 37.0 35.7 35.3
Underlying earnings after tax ($000) 3 116,458 116,819 112,589 111,318
Weighted average number of ordinary shares in issue plus share options outstanding (thousands) 315,237 315,892 315,237 315,892
Diluted underlying earnings per share (cents per share) 36.9 37.0 35.7 35.2
         
The share options outstanding referred to in the diluted earnings per share calculation relate to share options issued to certain employees.