Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Northumbrian Water Group LSE:NWG London Ordinary Share GB0033029744 ORD 10P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 464.20p 0.00p 0.00p - - - 0 06:30:09
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Gas Water & Utilities 738.1 181.0 34.4 13.5 2,407.45

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alan@bj: The Cambridge sale is probably what is holding NWG's share price back. This was published in Global Water Intelligence on June 30th:- "Any bid for Northumbrian Water from Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings in the weeks ahead seems likely to depend on the Hong Kong conglomerate achieving a quick sale of the Cambridge water company it bought for £51.4 million in 2004. CKI confirmed on Monday that it was in the "preliminary stages" of assessing a potential offer for Northumbrian, but unless it sells Cambridge first, its bid would face automatic referral to the Competition Commission – which would entail several months' delay. Sector analysts have questioned how easily CKI will be able to dispose of Cambridge Water. The water-only operation is too small to interest infrastructure funds, but any potential trade buyers (such as Anglian, which provides sewerage services to Cambridge's customers) would also face a CC referral. "I don't think that's an easy trade in this environment," said independent analyst Robert Miller-Bakewell. "Unless they've got a Chinese buyer up their sleeve."
darias: An indicative offer of £4:65 with holders at 12/8 being entitled to 9.7 dividend. Surely the share price should be worth more than £4:54 as this is equivalent to £4:45 taking the dividend into account. OK the £4:65 is not definite but a 20p discount for risk is surely too high!
alan@bj: And the Telegraph said today:- The utility has a market capitalisation of £2.2bn and a share price currently at 422p, with Goldman Sachs giving a mergers and acquisitions value to the share price of 464p.
alan@bj: Rated a sell by Investors Chronicle today. That'll be a cast iron buy then. IC's rationale is that the current share price (359p at today's close)is buoyed by persistent bid chatter - but they feel a bid is unlikely to happen and that consequently the price will drift south.
bountyhunter: I considered buying in here but the Net Debt of 3,417.20m (advfn financials) which is more than twice the market cap(1,599.95m ) put me off. I know that high levels of gearing are common for utilities but with interest rates expected to rise surely this level is of some concern? ...although no doubt factored in to the current share price and forecasts.
darias: If you choose to stick with utilities Try United Utilities. The board has tried divergence to other markets in previous years but now consolidating to a purely water play. Share price seems to be fair value now. We have held for longer than NWG June 07 purchase looks a bit sick but high dividend yield. Timed september 09 almost perfectly. For a value company and property play. First Property. We have held since June 08 at a relatively high price but bought again June 09. Decent yield. The company has been a major buyer/manager of property in Poland and got that right. I am a bit concerned that they may be back into commercial property in the UK a little early now however at today's price they are fair value and may break out like BRG did. Of course dont take these tips as gospel I will not take responsibility if they go down the pan.
56richard: (Adds analyst comment in fifth and sixth paragraph.) February 18, 2010, 10:34 AM EST Nortumbrian Water Falls as Ontario Plan Rulls Out Bid By Doug Alexander and Kari Lundgren Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Northumbrian Water Group Plc dropped the most in a year in London trading after Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan ruled out a bid for the U.K. water utility. Northumbrian fell as much as 18.9 pence, or 6.6 percent, to 267.1 pence, the biggest drop since Jan. 7, 2009. The shares traded at 273.2 pence at 3:31 p.m. local time. The stock had risen 22 percent since the Sunday Times reported on Jan. 31 the pension fund was compiling an offer. "There were tons of rumors that we were looking at doing something there; I can say that we aren't," the pension plan's Chief Executive Officer Jim Leech said, speaking in an interview in Toronto today "We're pretty comfortable with the position where it is." The Times reported that Ontario Teachers', which owns 27 percent of the Durham, England-based company, was compiling a 1.7 billion-pound ($2.6 billion) takeover bid. It considered teaming up with other funds for a deal, the newspaper said. "There aren't that many other catalysts in the near term, so this is likely to suppress the trading range a bit," London- based Credit Suisse analyst Robert Chantry said in a telephone interview. He has an "underperform" rating on the stock. The pull-back will not be "dramatic," he said. Dividend visibility and low-risk revenue streams will continue to attract pension and infrastructure funds, Chantry said. In November, Ernst & Young LLP said the U.K. water regulator's five-year pricing and spending review may speed up mergers and acquisitions as utilities chase efficiency targets. "We look at the share price daily," Leech said. "It's housed in our infrastructure asset class, and they'll look at it and decide on a day-to-day basis whether or not acquiring a few more shares makes sense or not.
gateside: Northumbrian Water bosses pump in cash Fri 27 Feb 2009 LONDON (SHARECAST) - Northumbrian Water's managing director John Cuthbert topped up his stake in the utility group today, spending more than £100,000 on shares. He bought 50,000 at 218.25p a time and now has 237,221. Meanwhile, the wife of finance director Chris Green bought 30,000 shares meaning that Green and 'connected persons' now have 157,679. While water companies are generally seen as defensive during downturns, Northumbrian, which provides water for 2.6m people in the the north east of England and 1.7m in the south east, has seen its share price struggle recently. Earlier this month, it predicted that second half revenues would be down by about £4m from the first half.
james93: alan@bj.... 93 is my mental age. I would love for it to have been my birth year. Got my NWG share certificate this morning. Must say I'm a bit disappointed, it being one of those tatty light blue Capita ones. I've got a drawer full of those in companies I've long since lost hope in. Would have thought a major utility like NWG could at least have put it's logo on.
praipus: Using Tobins Q ratio share's could rise another 100% from here. Market to book looks high but probably ok for the sector and its unique asset qualities. Current ratio looks healthy and enterprise value is about £10!!!! So 30%+ £10 = £13.75 take out share price IMHO But seems a shame to sell to some greedy Private Equity outfit when your getting good capital appreciation and a pleasant dividend. Its worth bearing in mind that Ecofin Power and Water Opportunities Investment Trust PLC helped refloat NWG when the previous French owners had to sell. Take a look at the share graph for ECWC. I hold ECWC and NWG.
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