Cash Flow
Cash Flow
For the year ended March 31
Note 2018
US$'000
2017
US$'000
Cash flows from operating activities
Net cash (used in)/generated from operations 35 (61,991) 2,697,332
Interest paid (243,584) (173,659)
Tax paid (450,718) (403,851)
Net cash (used in)/generated from operating activities (756,293) 2,119,822
Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (217,849) (117,873)
Purchase of prepaid lease payments (10,908) (175,570)
Sale of property, plant and equipment, prepaid lease payments and construction-in-progress 40,525 411,872
Interests acquired in an associate and joint ventures (2,205) (11,024)
Net proceeds from disposal of a joint venture 160,564 78,497
Payment for construction-in-progress (285,447) (345,685)
Payment for intangible assets (156,390) (164,326)
Purchase of available-for-sale financial assets (100,466) (124,110)
Net proceeds from disposal of available-for-sale financial assets 165 11,897
Repayment of contingent/deferred considerations (686,301) (983,335)
Decrease/(increase) in bank deposits 112,414 (44,384)
Dividends received 286 38,674
Interest received 32,145 27,795
Net cash used in investing activities (1,113,467) (1,397,572)
Cash flows from financing activities
Net proceeds from issue of ordinary shares 12(b) 496,041 -
Acquisition of additional interest in a subsidiary - (20,439)
Contribution to employee share trusts (61,211) (119,042)
Dividends paid (380,750) (376,898)
Dividends paid to other non-controlling interests (4,937) -
Distribution to perpetual securities holders (53,312) -
Issue of perpetual securities 149,625 841,805
Capital contribution from other non-controlling interests 1,823 6,023
Proceeds from borrowings 7,425,740 3,223,391
Repayments of borrowings (6,724,406) (3,905,564)
Issue of notes 749,119 495,821
Repayment of notes (723,389) -
Net cash generated from financing activities 874,343 145,097
(Decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents (995,417) 867,347
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes 88,835 (39,628)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year 2,754,599 1,926,880
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year 24 1,848,017 2,754,599

The notes on pages 173 to 266 form part of these consolidated financial statements.