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Monday 18 October, 2021

National Grid PLC

Pre-Close Update ahead of 2021/22 HY Results

RNS Number : 3073P
National Grid PLC
18 October 2021
 

 

 

 

18   October 2021

 

 

National Grid plc

 

Pre-Close Update ahead of 2021/22 Half Year Results

 

 

National Grid today issues a pre-close update in respect of the half year ending 30 September 2021. Half year results will be announced on 18 November 2021.

 

With the acquisition of Western Power Distribution completing on 14 June 2021, its contribution will now be included for the first time. UK Gas Transmission, including our legacy UK gas metering business, is now held as a discontinued operation, with the proposed sale of a majority stake to complete within the next twelve months, and as such, will not be included in the underlying earnings of the continuing business.

 

US regulated operations will continue to include a contribution from Rhode Island, with closure of the sale to PPL Corporation still expected by the end of our financial year. We expect 1H earnings weighting to be in line with the prior year.

 

In UK Electricity Transmission, depreciation is now expected to increase by around £50m in the full year.

 

Net finance costs are expected to be weighted more towards 2H 2022 as a result of non-treasury interest benefits in the first half.

 

Overall, the group continues to perform in line with expectations, however 1H underlying earnings per share is expected to see a marginally greater weighting this year versus prior years.

 

Notes:

 

' Underlying ' represents statutory results excluding exceptional items, remeasurements, timing and major storm costs.

Rhode Island does not qualify under the size criteria for its results to be classified separately from the continuing business as a discontinued operation.

 

 

CONTACTS

 

Investors and Analysts

 

Nick Ashworth

+44 (0) 7814 355 590

Angela Broad

James Flanagan

+44 (0) 7825 351 918

+44 (0) 7970 778 952

Jonathan Clay

+44 (0) 7899 928 247

 

Media

Molly Neal

Surinder Sian

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+44 (0) 7812 485 153

 

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT  

 

This announcement contains certain statements that are neither reported financial results nor other historical information. These statements are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include information with respect to National Grid's (the Company) financial condition, its results of operations and businesses, strategy, plans and objectives. Words such as 'aims', 'anticipates', 'expects', 'should', 'intends', 'plans', 'believes', 'outlook', 'seeks', 'estimates', 'targets', 'may', 'will', 'continue', 'project' and similar expressions, as well as statements in the future tense, identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of National Grid's future performance and are subject to assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Many of these assumptions, risks and uncertainties relate to factors that are beyond National Grid's ability to control, predict or estimate precisely, such as changes in laws or regulations, including any arising as a result of the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, announcements from and decisions by governmental bodies or regulators, including the implementation of the RIIO-2 price controls as well as economic uncertainty following the COVID-19 pandemic; the timing of construction and delivery by third parties of new generation projects requiring connection; breaches of, or changes in, environmental, climate change and health and safety laws or regulations, including breaches or other incidents arising from the potentially harmful nature of its activities; network failure or interruption, the inability to carry out critical non network operations and damage to infrastructure, due to adverse weather conditions including the impact of major storms as well as the results of climate change, due to counterparties being unable to deliver physical commodities, or due to the failure of or unauthorised access to or deliberate breaches of National Grid's IT systems and supporting technology; failure to adequately forecast and respond to disruptions in energy supply; performance against regulatory targets and standards and against National Grid's peers with the aim of delivering stakeholder expectations regarding costs and efficiency savings, as well as against targets and standards designed to deliver net zero; and customers and counterparties (including financial institutions) failing to perform their obligations to the Company. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in this announcement include fluctuations in exchange rates, interest rates and commodity price indices; restrictions and conditions (including filing requirements) in National Grid's borrowing and debt arrangements, funding costs and access to financing; regulatory requirements for the Company to maintain financial resources in certain parts of its business and restrictions on some subsidiaries' transactions such as paying dividends, lending or levying charges; the delayed timing of recoveries and payments in National Grid's regulated businesses and whether aspects of its activities are contestable; the funding requirements and performance of National Grid's pension schemes and other post-retirement benefit schemes; the failure to attract, develop and retain employees with the necessary competencies, including leadership skills, and any significant disputes arising with National Grid's employees or the breach of laws or regulations by its employees; the failure to respond to market developments, including competition for onshore transmission; the threats and opportunities presented by emerging technology; the failure by the Company to respond to, or meet its own commitments as a leader in relation to, climate change development activities relating to energy transition, including the integration of distributed energy resources; and the need to grow the Company's business to deliver its strategy, as well as incorrect or unforeseen assumptions or conclusions (including unanticipated costs and liabilities) relating to business development activity, including the acquisition of WPD, the sale of the Company's Rhode Island gas and electricity business and the proposed sale of a majority stake in its UK gas transmission business. For further details regarding these and other assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may impact National Grid, please read the Strategic Report section and the 'Risk factors' on pages 236 to 239 of National Grid's most recent Annual Report and Accounts. In addition, new factors emerge from time to time and National Grid cannot assess the potential impact of any such factor on its activities or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual future results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Except as may be required by law or regulation, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this announcement.  

 

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