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Severn Trent PLC - PR19 Final Determination Update - SVT and HD

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Severn Trent PLC
16 December 2019


Severn Trent Plc


PR19 Final Determination Update for Severn Trent Water and Hafren Dyfrdwy



Ofwat has today published its final determination on the PR19 plans for both Severn Trent Water and Hafren Dyfrdwy.


We are pleased Ofwat has approached the final determination 'in the round'. 


In respect of Severn Trent Water, our Totex allowance increased by a further £91m over the next five years (in addition to the £100m increase we received in the updated cost modelling in July) in part reflecting a reduction in the annual shift in the frontier efficiency target from 1.5% to 1.1%.


The benefit of this has been offset by a number of other adjustments including notably the reduction in wholesale WACC of 16bps (reducing revenue by c.£75m over the next five years) and a reduction to the RCV run-off1 (worth c.£40m over AMP7 but value neutral in the long term, as seen by an increase in our AMP7 RCV growth to 3.8%).


We estimate the changes since July 2019 mean an overall reduction of c.£50m in total revenue for AMP7.


We welcome the positive adjustments Ofwat has made to the targets for our Supply Interruptions, CRI2 and Mains Repairs customer ODI measures for AMP7. In combination these changes will have the effect of de-risking our plan, as reflected in the movement on our P10/P90 ranges3 from

-3.9%/+1.7% to -2.83%/+1.9%.


On Hafren Dyfrdwy, we are pleased to note that revenue will increase by £3.6m across the next five years, and we will benefit from a number of positive customer ODI adjustments including those above.


We have until 15th February 2020 to consider the final determinations in full and respond to Ofwat.


1 RCV run-off is a measure of the annual depreciation of the RCV to reflect the long-term nature of the benefit to customers of the previous investment a company has made in its assets


2 CRI - Customer ODI based on the DWI Compliance Risk Index (CRI) is a measure designed to illustrate the risk arising from treated water compliance failures


3 The P90 and P10 are points on a risk distribution. The P90 points means there is only a 10% expected chance that the outturn RoRE will be above the threshold provided





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Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and no assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements in this document will be realised. There are a number of factors, many of which are beyond Severn Trent's control that could cause actual results, performance and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the Principal Risks disclosed in our latest Annual Report and Accounts (which have not been updated since the date of its publication); changes in the economies and markets in which the group operates; changes in the regulatory and competition frameworks in which the group operates; the impact of legal or other proceedings against or which affect the group; and changes in interest and exchange rates.


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.


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