Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
United Utilities LSE:UU. London Ordinary Share GB00B39J2M42 ORD 5P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -3.20p -0.45% 703.40p 703.20p 703.40p 710.40p 702.00p 707.20p 879,089 16:25:29
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Gas Water & Utilities 1,735.8 432.1 52.0 13.5 4,796.40

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I saw this earlier today, UU have been under enormous fire for leaks through our the heatwave and I suppose this is their response. I wonder if they plan on changing dividends - if dividends are maintained in line with rate of inflation, then isn't investment a good thing?
3 September 2018 UNITED UTILITIES PR19 BUSINESS PLAN SUBMISSION United Utilities Water Limited has today submitted its business plan covering the 2020-25 period. Highlights of the proposal -- 10.5% reduction in real terms in average bills between 2020 and 2025 -- Balanced outcome delivery incentive (ODI) package with range of outcomes estimated at plus or minus 2% of return on regulated equity across AMP7, equivalent to around +/-GBP410m -- Reduction of over GBP1bn in expenditure compared with AMP5 -- Bold strategy of innovation with further advancements in Systems Thinking capability -- Delivering a major water resilience scheme with estimated construction costs of over GBP750m in AMP7 and AMP8 to be directly procured for customers in Manchester and the Pennines -- Adopting an RPI-stripped appointee cost of capital of 2.4% consistent with Ofwat's early view -- Leading the industry in operational, corporate and financial resilien That looks like bad news for shareholders, not as if UU can diversify much....
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from HL "Utilities were in focus as Citi said that after several years of exuberant prices, the table has turned in the face of political, regulatory and macro risks, with United Utilities and Centrica both higher as it highlighted them as top picks. "While we expect a turbulent ride in the months ahead given the uncertainties of Brexit and questions over the stability of the current UK government, we cannot ignore the fact that we are starting to see fundamental value," the bank said."
needs a little more to break the trend line from end may high?
The share price is all about politics , not weather, business or economics. If there was a secure Tory majority, a convincing leader and a five yr term , we would not be in the 700s. Probably....
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Quiet thread. At least a small rebound in the share price
Fury at United Utilities as it pays £180m dividend: Experts say plug the leaks before rewarding your City investors By Jamie Nimmo, Financial Mail On Sunday Published: 21:58 BST, 21 July 2018 | Updated: 21:58 BST, 21 July 2018 The water giant set to impose a hosepipe ban on seven million customers is poised to lavish shareholders with a dividend payment of more than £180 million, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. United Utilities will hand out the bumper cash payment on August 3 – just two days before the use of garden hoses is outlawed in the North West of England. Most of the money will be given to big City institutions. The news is bound to enrage customers who will face fines of up to £1,000 if they dare to use hosepipes or sprinklers during the heatwave. Outlawed: United Utilities is set to impose a hosepipe ban on seven million customers in the North West of England +3 Outlawed: United Utilities is set to impose a hosepipe ban on seven million customers in the North West of England Water companies have come under fire for putting shareholders above customers by paying out too much in dividends and not investing enough to reduce leakages, which could avoid the need for hosepipe bans in the first place. The nine major water utilities made £18.8 billion in post-tax profits in the decade to 2016, but paid out almost all of that – £18.1 billion – in dividends. United Utilities – headed by chief executive Steve Mogford – hopes the hosepipe ban will save 22 million gallons of water daily. However, more than four times that volume is lost to leaks each day in the area covered by the company, figures from water regulator Ofwat show. Professor David Hall, a water industry expert at the University of Greenwich, said water companies should pay out less in dividends and instead use the money to cut leaks by improving their infrastructure. 'The money is available,' he said. 'But it's not reaching the right places – which are the leaks. It's reaching the wrong places – which are the pockets of shareholders.' He added: 'Every water company in the world should be planning its resources so as to be able to cope with the worst scenarios. And the water companies clearly haven't been doing that. It's been a month of hot weather, but it's following a wet winter and spring. This isn't really extreme circumstances.' Boss: United Utilities chief Steve Mogford +3 Boss: United Utilities chief Steve Mogford United's upcoming dividend payment is the single biggest payday in a decade for shareholders of the FTSE 100 firm, which has dished out more than £1 billion to investors in the last four years alone. The company's largest shareholders include US financial giant BlackRock along with global asset management firm Lazard. Both will rake in more than £12 million. On Friday, rival Severn Trent paid out a £123 million dividend, while South West Water's owner Pennon is set to funnel £112 million to shareholders in September. Thames Water last month announced it would halt bonuses to bosses this year and suspend dividend payments to its shareholders, which include a Canadian pension fund and the sovereign wealth funds of China, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi. The decision followed criticism from Ofwat, which forced Thames to repay £15 to each customer over the next two years for failing to tackle leaks. In February, United announced it had recruited a spaniel called Snipe who has been trained to sniff out leaks. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been a critic of the water firms and the party's manifesto last year called for renationalisation. Environment Secretary Michael Gove attacked water companies earlier this year for paying little or no corporation tax. He said: 'Ten years of shareholders getting millions, the chief executive getting hundreds of thousands and the public purse getting nothing.' +3 His criticism prompted Ofwat to launch a consultation on how water companies could share more profits with customers. Rachel Fletcher, Ofwat's chief executive, said companies need to 'make sure they've met their obligations to customers before making dividend payments'. Last month, Ofwat called for 'clear improvements' in how they plan for droughts. United Utilities said its total dividend of 39.73p a share is in line with a 'five-year growth policy' of payouts that rise in line with retail price inflation. It added that in the five years to 2020 it is investing more than £3.5 billion in 'essential infrastructure'. Share or comment on this article: United Utilities pays £180m dividend: Experts say plug leaks before rewarding investors
Caoimhe Toman WebFG News 20 Jul, 2018 16:55 20 Jul, 2018 16:55 United Utilities asks for more water from Lake District to battle drought ep entornolos lagoscovadonga turismoasturias United Utilities Group 724.00 16:35:06 20/07/18 0.56% 4.00 FTSE 100 7,678.79 16:35:30 20/07/18 -0.07% -5.18 FTSE 350 4,280.05 16:35:30 20/07/18 -0.04% -1.78 FTSE All-Share 4,224.50 16:35:30 20/07/18 -0.04% -1.63 Water company United Utilities has submitted a request to take more water from three lakes in Cumbria - Lake Ullswater, Lake Windermere and Ennerdale Water - to fight the UK’s driest summer for decades. The company asked for water to supply the north-west of the country in view of the recent shortage of rainfall but will have to comply with the limits regarding how much water can be taken out of the lakes in order to protect the environment, ecology and wildlife. This is the first time United Utilities has applied for a drought permit since 2010. With public water supplies at risk, the group will set a cap on how much water can be used in homes starting on 5 August. The hosepipe ban will affect about 7 million people in the north-west. United Utilities' water services director Martin Padley said the decision had not been taken lightly. "The reducing raw water reservoir levels are not surprising given the ongoing lack of rainfall. Applying for drought permits is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we are working closely with the Environment Agency, to ensure that water supplies are protected for both customers and the environment," Padley said. Drought applications can be made when there is an exceptional shortage of rainfall and public water supplies are at risk.
the grumpy old men
I see the GMB union are criticising water boss pay. Paul Kenny and Tim Roach at GMB were paid £263,000 between them last year. So that is presumably acceptable .To them. As they are good at their jobs, and only one of them is obese.
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£1 a day for unlimited fresh clean drinking water on demand. Bargain if you ask me. many around the world don't have such luxury add another £1/day for waste removal... £780 a year for such. Well worth it. Water delivery far more efficient. Big issue is soaring demand.Population is growing far too fast. "Any restriction on water use is a restriction on people's quality of life" Typical left wing drivel. No one owes anyone unlimited water on tap. The waste by many households is disgusting.
I suppose using all that (free?) water fighting the fires doesn't help
Hose ban, 'Reducing profits' Bosses of England's nine privatised water companies banked £58m in pay and benefits over the past five years, according to research by the GMB union published in June. Privatised water firms in England typically lose between 20% and 22% of supply due to leakage, according to figures from Ofwat, the water industry regulator. Professor David Hall from the University of Greenwich, an expert on the water industry, said privatised water firms had an incentive not to fix too many leaks as the cost of work would bite into profits and become uneconomic. "They can't recoup the cost of making reductions in leakage levels except by reducing profits, that's not what they want to do," he said. "If the leakage levels were not so high, the daily volume of water delivered would be higher, therefore we would reach the point of hosepipe bans much later. "Any restriction on water use is a restriction on people's quality of life."
I was unfortunate enough to buy my majority at about 980p
yup would also mad if didn't already have too many !! Corbyn and rate rise pushing them down but still great earner for long term just glad didn't buy at 1000
I think so , though could be a good time to add. Thinking about it.
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heading back down as possibility of Corbyn getting in ?
Is impending drought good or bad for UU? Demand is up ; good as most customers are metered. I suppose the best result is drought followed by heavy rain..
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unlike others on Countryfile UU came across well re spillages c'mon UU time to get going
"Good" news , UU not criticised in Ofwat's report on the winter problems. Makes a change. PS Ironhorse , I think Karl Marx tried that ; don't think it worked out well.
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