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NG/SSE/IBE: 3% Cost Of Equity In RIIO Consultation

Worth Watching: 18 Dec 2018, 6:01 AM ET - NG/SSE/IBE : Ofgem has today announced its RIIO-2 methodology consultation for the UK gas and electricity transmission and gas distribution price controls. The next price control period for these activities will begin in April 2021 and run unti ..

innogy/SSE: UK Retail Merger Called Off

Worth Watching: 17 Dec 2018, 4:53 AM ET - innogy/SSE : This morning, 17 December, innogy and SSE announced that they had called off their proposed retail merger, citing an inability to agree on revised commercial terms. We suspect the main reason was the desire to achieve an investment ..

Oil & Gas: Slashing Oil Outlook, Downgrading E&Ps

Sector Analysis: 26 Nov 2018, 4:48 AM ET - We believe the recent 33% drop in oil prices is likely to be just the first leg of a deeper decline.  We are reducing our 2019 oil price view and recalibrating our IG and HY E&P investment recommendations to a more defensive position.

SSE 1H18/19: Weak Results But Strong Response

Earnings Note: 14 Nov 2018, 9:37 PM ET - Predictably weak numbers from SSE, but management is taking strong action in response to market concerns and we maintain our Market perform view.

innogy/SSE: May Look To Strengthen New SupplyCo

Worth Watching: 08 Nov 2018, 10:03 PM ET - innogy/SSE : innogy (Baa2/BBB) and SSE (A3▼/A-▼) have both issued statements saying that they have entered into discussions and are working together on potential changes to the commercial terms of the merger of the SSE and npower (innogy) UK s ..

ESG and Utilities: CSights Sector View and Ratings

Sector Analysis: 30 Oct 2018, 3:25 PM ET - We are following up the formal launch of the CreditSights ESG investing framework with a in-depth look at ESG issues in the utility sector.

Euro IG Sector Snapshots: October 2018

Sector Analysis: 22 Oct 2018, 9:31 PM ET - Our updated one page snapshots of the Euro IG sectors.

innogy/SSE: Retail Merger Gets CMA Clearance

Worth Watching: 10 Oct 2018, 4:46 AM ET - innogy/SSE : On 10 October the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it had given final clearance to the merger of the UK retail supply businesses of innogy (Npower) and SSE. The CMA gave provisional clearance at the end of A ..

SSE: On Watch Negative With S&P

Worth Watching: 19 Sep 2018, 10:45 PM ET - SSE (A3/A-▼): S&P has affirmed its A- rating on SSE but has put the rating on negative watch. The agency cites SSE's recent profit warning (12 September), prompted by relatively dry and warm weather conditions and high gas prices, combined with ..

UK Utilities: Price Cap Relief

Worth Watching: 06 Sep 2018, 9:38 AM ET - UK Utilities : On 6 September Ofgem released its delayed consultation document on the UK tariff cap: and the market breathed a sigh of relief. I am currently out of the office on holiday and so any exhaustive analysis will need to wait until my ..

innogy/SSE: Retail Merger - Initial OK From CMA

Worth Watching: 30 Aug 2018, 6:00 AM ET - innogy/SSE : The UK Competition and Markets Authority (the CMA) has given preliminary clearance to the planned merger between the UK supply businesses of npower (owned by innogy) and SSE. This preliminary decision follows the in depth enquiry l ..

UK Utilities: Ofgem Confirms Tough RIIO-2

Worth Watching: 30 Jul 2018, 12:52 PM ET - UK Utilities : On Monday 30 July Ofgem released its RIIO-2 Framework Decision which is the "framework" around which it will construct the RIIO-2 price controls. In the UK the current price controls for electricity and gas transmission and for g ..

Euro HY Conference 2018: Insurers and Utilities

Transcript: 19 Jun 2018, 10:51 PM ET - Hybrid bonds issued by European Utilities and Insurers offer an interesting investment opportunity considering their relatively high yield levels while benefiting from strong ratings. We believe they offer an excellent risk/return.

May 2018 Europe Company Recommendation Changes

Euro Recommendation Changes: 31 May 2018, 9:25 PM ET - Our monthly report provides executive summaries for the fifteen companies recommendation changes made on European companies during the month of May.

SSE FY17/18: Spin-Off Mitigates Cap, Move To MP

Earnings Note: 29 May 2018, 12:01 AM ET - SSE reported FY17/18 results ahead of consensus. We like SSE, and expect that any UK price cap will have only a very limited impact with the planned spin-off of the UK retail business. We are moving our view on SSE to M/P from U/P.

innogy/SSE: CMA Launches In-Depth Enquiry

Worth Watching: 08 May 2018, 4:54 AM ET - innogy/SSE : On 8 May the CMA (the UK Competition and Markets Authority) announced that it had referred the proposed merger of the SSE UK retail business with that of innogy's (Npower) for an in-depth, Phase 2 investigation. The decision follow ..

Euro Utilities: 2017 Results Roundup

Sector Analysis: 12 Apr 2018, 10:19 PM ET - We take a look at the trends and the highlights of the recent 2017 Euro utility results season 

UK Utilities: RIIO2-Ofgem To Cut Cost Of Capital

Worth Watching: 07 Mar 2018, 5:54 AM ET - UK Utilities : UK electricity and gas regulator Ofgem has today released its consultation document, consulting on changes to the regulatory framework for the next price control, RIIO-2. The next price control will run from 2021 for electricity ..

UK Utilities: Price Cap Bill Before Parliament

Worth Watching: 27 Feb 2018, 9:05 PM ET - UK Utilities : The Bill that will cap domestic energy tariffs got its first reading before Parliament on the 26 Feb. This is the Bill that intends to put the legislation in place to cap tariffs for customers on a default standard variable tarif ..

2018 Outlook: Euro Utilities, Brave New World

Sector Outlook: 12 Dec 2017, 4:04 PM ET - In 2018 we see operating results and credit quality being relatively stable for the utility sector, but longer term increasing competition and declining profitability will likely lead to anew wave of M&A.

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