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UK regulated water starts to lose its shine for foreign investors Vol 18, Issue 8 (August 2017)

Unfavourable currency movements and increasing regulatory pressures are convincing more and more foreign holders of UK water assets to consider moving on. Who will pick up the slack?

Europe water in brief Vol 18, Issue 8 (August 2017)

Nijhuis Industries has agreed to acquire UK-based Aquatic Water Services.

Sizing up Anglian Water’s green bond debut Vol 18, Issue 8 (August 2017)

The first green bond to emerge from the UK water sector attracted £800 million of appetite from investors keen to see their money put to work funding projects which mitigate and adapt to climate change. Was it worth all the trouble?

Thames weighs up its infrastructure options for the next 80 years Vol 18, Issue 7 (July 2017)

A series of large-scale desalination and reuse plants are set to make it through Thames Water’s fine screening process as viable options for future implementation. It raises the prospect of the UK’s first major desalination plant to be procured off-balance sheet.

Europe water in brief Vol 18, Issue 7 (July 2017)

Ofwat chief executive Cathryn Ross has resigned, and will leave the regulator at the end of this year. The timing took the market by surprise, given that the next price review process has just got underway.

European Investment Bank looks to up-risk portfolio Vol 18, Issue 6 (June 2017)

Changing political tides are set to mean a new appetite for risk at the world’s biggest multilateral water lender, with new funding targets lined up at home, overseas, and in industrial and technical spheres. The shadow of Brexit still looms on the horizon, however.

Thames Water’s profits leak away in mixed results season for UK water companies Vol 18, Issue 6 (June 2017)

The new chief executive of the UK’s largest private water provider has come under fire over missed leakage targets, which contributed to an 18.5% drop in operating profits last year. What can the company’s new investors do to protect future dividend flows?

Pre-emptive takeover to net Affinity sellers 40% premium Vol 18, Issue 5 (May 2017)

A pre-emptive offer for a UK regulated water company could mark a new direction for the sector. With more money chasing fewer assets, are auctions a thing of the past?

10% of English non-household customers expected to switch supplier by next April Vol 18, Issue 4 (April 2017)

The initial flurry of customers who changed their retail water supplier under new UK competition rules is expected to be sustained over the next year. With 20 retailers now holding licences, how soon before the shake-out begins?

UK water market’s affinity with ROFO clauses withers Vol 18, Issue 4 (April 2017)

Right-of-first-refusal clauses could be limiting interest in UK regulated water assets. The sale of Affinity Water is likely to be different.