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Thursday 13 December, 2018

Severn Trent PLC

ST Plc accepts Ofwat proposal to increase ODI cap

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Severn Trent PLC
13 December 2018
 

13 December 2018

                     

 

 

Severn Trent Plc pleased to accept increase in customer ODI cap with tougher targets

 

Following a consultation, Ofwat has today published the 'Final Determination of in-period ODIs for 2018' which outlines their proposal to amend Severn Trent Water's waste water Customer Outcome Delivery Incentives (ODIs) for the remainder of AMP6.

The key elements of the proposal are as follows:

·     The cap on waste water customer ODIs will be increased from 2% to 2.6% of RoRE, based on performance from 1 January 2019;

·     Targets for internal and external sewer flooding and category 3 pollution incidents will become tougher by being set at the rates achieved in 2017/18, effective from 1 January 2019; and

·     The incentive rate for external sewer flooding will be reduced to £2,967 per incident from 1 January 2019.

We are pleased that Ofwat has recognised the valuable role that incentivisation plays in enabling us to push forward our frontier performance in waste water. The tougher targets will lock in the significant improvements we have delivered since the start of the AMP and the increase in the customer ODI cap will allow us to enhance our performance even further, to the benefit of both our customers and the environment.

We have fully embraced the role of incentivisation in our sector and firmly believe it is in the best interests of our customers, of whom 72% supported the principle of uncapping, based on a survey of 4,000 customers. We are therefore pleased to accept Ofwat's proposal.

These prospective changes will have a limited impact on our customer ODIs in the remainder of FY2018/19 and we continue to guide to a net neutral customer ODI position for full year. We will now have the opportunity to receive further outperformance payments in FY2019/20 for some of our longer term customer ODIs, such as the Water Framework Directive, which would otherwise have been restricted due to the previous cap. We will now explore cost beneficial options to fully realise these opportunities and will provide guidance for FY2019/20 in our full year results announcement on 22 May 2019.

 

 

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All written or verbal forward-looking statements, made in this document or made subsequently, which are attributable to Severn Trent or any other member of the group or persons acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the factors referred to above. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements in this document will be realised. This document speaks as at the date of publication. Save as required by applicable laws and regulations, Severn Trent does not intend to update any forward-looking statements and does not undertake any obligation to do so. Past performance of securities of Severn Trent Plc cannot be relied upon as a guide to the future performance of securities of Severn Trent Plc.

 

Nothing in this document should be regarded as a profits forecast.

 

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