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Severn Trent PLC

17 July 2019

Severn Trent Plc

Trading Update for the period 1 April to 17 July 2019

Severn Trent Plc, a leading water and wastewater company in the UK, today announces a trading update for the period to 17 July 2019.

Financials on track

Overall, we have made a good start to the financial year and there has been no material change to current year business performance or outlook since the full-year 2018/19 results presentation on 21 May 2019. The Board continues to expect that the Group will deliver full-year trading performance in-line with its expectations and prior guidance.

Momentum continues

-- Customer - We remain on track to deliver at least GBP25 million in customer ODI outperformance payments this year, with our customers seeing continued improvement in the areas that matter most to them. We are progressing well with key end of AMP ODIs, with Water Framework Directive schemes set to deliver 1,600km of improvements to rivers in AMP6.

-- Energy self-generation - In the first three months of the fiscal year we have generated 123Gwh from our own renewable sources, equivalent to 52% of our energy needs, positioning us on the right run rate to exceed our 50% target for the year. This is an important step in our triple carbon pledge for 2030, 20 years ahead of the recent government commitment.

-- AMP7 capital delivery strategy - Earlier this month, we announced further supplier partnerships for our AMP7 capital programme, and have now recruited around 50% of our in-house capital design team, ready for a fast start to AMP7.

-- Supply resilience - Our raw water resources are in a healthy position as we head into the summer period, with our overall storage around 10% higher than the same time last year.


We expect Ofwat to publish a PR19 update, including the draft determination for Hafren Dyfrdwy, on 18 July. We will provide a further announcement to the market as appropriate.


Investors & Analysts

 Richard Eadie                 Severn Trent Plc    +44 (0) 7889 806578 
 Head of Investor Relations 
 Rachel Martin                 Severn Trent Plc    +44 (0) 7824 624011 
 Investor Relations Manager 


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Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and no assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements in this document will be realised. There are a number of factors, many of which are beyond Severn Trent's control that could cause actual results, performance and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the Principal Risks disclosed in our latest Annual Report and Accounts (which have not been updated since the date of its publication); changes in the economies and markets in which the group operates; changes in the regulatory and competition frameworks in which the group operates; the impact of legal or other proceedings against or which affect the group; and changes in interest and exchange rates.

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