|Bid||851.80 x 0|
|Ask||852.20 x 0|
|Day's Range||848.40 - 872.80|
|52 Week Range||713.00 - 895.60|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.17|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||18.73|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.42 (4.89%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
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The company said it would appoint Ian Marchant as executive chairman while it looked for a new CEO. "It was felt this was the right time for new leadership to take on the operational and delivery challenges for the next regulatory period (2020-25)," a spokesman for Thames Water said in an emailed statement. Robertson, who was appointed in September 2016, was previously chief executive at telecoms services companies Truphone and BT Openreach.
United Utilities said it would pay a total dividend of 41.28 pence, an increase of 3.9%. Rival Severn Trent said this week that a re-nationalisation of the UK water industry could raise customer bills and lower investment. Labour says that water bills have risen 40% in real terms since privatisation in 1989, while water companies receive more in tax credits than they pay in tax while paying out large dividends to shareholders.
British utility stocks are trading at a growing discount to euro zone peers as investors fear the country's deepening political crisis could trigger a general election that ushers in renationalisation of the industry, worth $76 billion (£59.9 billion). The opposition Labour Party has said it wants to nationalise energy and water infrastructure if it can oust Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives from power, reversing decades of pro-privatisation policies. Simon Webber, lead portfolio manager on the global and international equities team at Schroders said those fears were "another overhang" for utilities, already subject to a discount like other UK assets because of Brexit uncertainty.
Britain's opposition Labour Party wants to nationalise energy and water infrastructure if it can oust Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservatives from power, reversing decades of pro-privatisation public policy. Despite a national election not being due until 2022, the prospect of nationalisation is worrying investors. Analysts have valued the regulated asset values of water and energy networks potentially facing nationalisation at around 125 billion pounds.
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Shares in FTSE 100-listed Severn Trent and United Utilities lost 1.3 percent and 1.1 percent respectively after the announcements, while those in South West Water-owner Pennon Group fell around 1 percent. In a statement published on Thursday, Ofwat said Severn Trent would cut annual bills by an average of 4.7 percent or 16 pounds over the five year period. United Utilities will deliver a larger 11 percent, or 49 pound cut, while South West will reduce bills by 15 percent or 77 pounds.
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The company also forecast higher revenue for the year ending March 31 as utilities in Britain benefit from outcome delivery incentives (ODIs) paid by regulator Ofwat for meeting or exceeding targets including project completions. United Utilities, which supplies water to 3 million homes and 200,000 businesses in the north-west of England, said trading was in line with its expectations for the year ending in March 31. United Utilities warned in November that an extreme period of hot and dry weather during the summer had caused significant strain on its water resources and network, with reservoir levels running "extremely low".
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has today affirmed the A3 senior unsecured debt ratings and long-term issuer rating of United Utilities Water Limited (UU Water), and the Baa1 senior unsecured debt ratings of UU Water's parent United Utilities PLC (UU PLC). Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the (P)A3 ratings for issuance under the group's EMTN programme by UU Water's finance subsidiary, United Utilities Water Finance Plc, guaranteed by UU Water, and the (P)Baa1 ratings for UU PLC's EMTN programme.
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The FTSE 100 added 0.4 percent after earlier hitting its highest level in nearly three weeks, while the midcap index handed back earlier gains to close 0.6 percent lower. A positive tone was initially set with Asian shares bouncing to a four-month high after the Federal Reserve pledged it will be patient with further interest rate hikes, signalling a potential end to its tightening cycle amid signs of slowing global growth. On the other hand, uncertainties mounted for Britain with the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator saying that time was too short to find an alternative to the Irish border arrangement agreed in their divorce deal, as London wants.
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In result-driven moves, Carnival (CCL.L) tanked 10.8 percent to the bottom of the main index after the world's largest cruise operator forecast an adjusted profit for the first quarter that missed market expectations. National Grid (NG.L) was up 2.4 percent after a rating upgrade by CFRA, with Severn Trent (SVT.L) and United Utilities (UU.L) also rising. Despite calls by U.S. President Donald Trump for the Fed to stop raising interest rates, the central bank on Wednesday stuck by a plan to keep repealing support from an economy it views as strong, sending Wall Street spiralling down.