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Severn Trent PLC
31 January 2019

31 January 2019




Severn Trent selected as Fast-Track Company


Severn Trent today welcomes the news from Ofwat that it has been selected as a fast track company following the assessment of its business plan for the period 2020-2025.

Key highlights of the Severn Trent plan, following the assessment include:

·      Deemed efficient with upper quartile base costs across wholesale and retail, with a gross totex allowance of £6.4bn

·      Additional 'Real Options' enhancement spend of c£160m to address Supply/Demand, Environmental and Water Trading opportunities approved as required

·      Sustainable long term growth represented by a real c3.6%1 increase in RCV

·      A broad set of customer ODIs which demonstrate ambition to deliver further improvements for customers

In its assessment, Ofwat said:

"Severn Trent Water's plan is high quality across a range of areas including securing cost efficiency, engaging customers, addressing affordability and vulnerability, embedding innovation, accounting for past delivery and securing confidence and assurance.…. We also commend Severn Trent for its 'pathfinding social purpose company' thinking, and for their initiative with the Purposeful Company Taskforce. "


Hafren Dyfrdwy

We acknowledge the initial assessment from Ofwat regarding the Hafren Dyfrdwy plan. We are pleased the progress we have made on our cost base in the past two years is reflected in our totex plan being approved. We look forward to continuing dialogue on other aspects of the plan in the coming months to get to the right outcome for customers.

Liv Garfield, Chief Executive of Severn Trent, said:

"We're truly delighted that Severn Trent has been selected as one of only three Fast Track companies by Ofwat in its assessment of the PR19 plans submitted for 2020-2025. It means we have real clarity on what challenges and opportunities lie in front of us. With our plan now agreed and commitments set a full 14 months before the start of the next AMP, the organisation can now focus on preparing for a fast start in April 2020 and continued success into AMP7."

Further Information

An updated investor summary of the Severn Trent plan will be available on our website from tomorrow.

A webcast and conference call with Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, James Bowling, Chief Financial Officer and Shane Anderson, Head of Economic Regulation, will be held on 6 February at 2pm (UK time) with an opportunity for Q&A.

The following link will direct you to the webcast:

To dial into the audio, the details are as follows:

·      UK and International dial in: +44 (0) 203 0095709

·      US free phone dial in: 1 646 787 1226

·      Conference code: 5379477


1.     Equivalent RCV growth in nominal terms is c13.6%





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