Insights

Is lateness the water business’s saving grace?

Is the water industry becoming more global, despite growing protectionism and nationalism around the world? I found myself asking this question while going through the delegate list for next month’s Global Water Summit: not only do we have more registrations at this stage than we have had for any of the previous ten summits, but people seem to be willing to travel...

What does the Suez – GE Water deal mean?

Suez needed this deal very badly. The share price has been drifting downwards since April 2015, primarily because margins on the traditional municipal outsourcing business are being squeezed more quickly than the company can develop its new business offerings. Buying GE Water, with its strong presence in industrial equipment and services, completely transforms that...

Will GE Water save Suez from impatient investors?

This year’s results season has not been pretty for the major European water operators. Veolia saw its water revenues dip from €11.4 billion to €11.1 billion. Suez’s European water revenues edged down from €4.8 billion to €4.7 billion, and FCC Aqualia’s dropped 2.3% to €1.0 billion. Suez’s International division –...

Will China rescue water tech as it falls?

I was in Shanghai last week to join Poten Environment in ringing the bell to open trading on the day of the Chinese industrial water treatment specialist’s initial public offering. It was a very Chinese event, but at the same time one which is a symptom of a global trend which is affecting the value of water businesses.

Within three seconds of the market opening,...

How corruption works in the water industry

With the Odebrecht scandal continuing to spread across Latin America, it is time for the water industry to stop and think a bit about corruption. Odebrecht was a big player in the Brazilian water industry, serving 17 million people with water and wastewater services, and as details of the parent company’s corruption machine come out in the legal process, it raises...

Banishing the black swans in Madrid

We have had four presidents, one vice president, six Nobel Peace Prize winners, one mad scientist, and one queen. This year, however, the guest speaker whom we have invited to the Global Water Awards is someone whose main contribution to humanity is to have coined a phrase. He is a Lebanese American whose career has bounced between trading on the financial markets,...