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National Grid PLC
12 April 2018




12 April 2018




National Grid Pre-Close Update to 2017/18 Technical Guidance



National Grid updates its 2017/18 technical guidance ahead of entering close period on 17 April 2018.


Underlying Group EBIT is expected to be in line with original guidance. Headline Group EBIT is expected to be lower due to the impact of major storms in on our US businesses. This is largely offset at the earnings level by benefits to finance costs and a lower effective tax rate.


US Storms


Our US businesses incurred major storm remediation costs of approximately £140 million, approximately 3p on Earnings Per Share (EPS). These costs are expected to be recovered in future periods and will be reported as timing in our full-year results in May.


Financing and tax


Finance costs are expected to benefit from gains of approximately £60m or 1.5p at the EPS level relating to the realisation of gains on investments in our insurance captive. The Group's tax charge is now expected to be approximately 24% (down from the previous expectation of around 27%), in part due to changes in profit mix and the lower US corporate tax rate following changes to US tax law.


Other timing impacts


Headline full-year results are expected to include US in-year timing over recoveries (before major storm costs) of approximately £135 million. This is expected to be partially offset by a UK in-year under recovery of approximately £30m. The net benefit to headline Group EPS attributable to timing is estimated to be 2p.


National Grid will publish its preliminary results for 2017/18 on Thursday 17 May 2018.





For 2017/18 the weighted average number of shares was approximately 3,460m and the average exchange rate was approximately 1.36 Dollars to the Pound.


Underlying EBIT is adjusted earnings before interest and tax excluding the in-year impact of timing and major storms costs.


Headline EBIT is adjusted earnings before interest and tax including the in-year impact of timing and major storms.






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