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Friday 23 October, 2020

Pennon Group PLC

WaterShare+ Scheme Result of Share Offer

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Pennon Group PLC
23 October 2020
 

23 October 2020 

Pennon Group Plc

WaterShare+ Scheme

On 18 September 2020, Pennon Group Plc announced the launch of South West Water's pioneering customer scheme, the "WaterShare+ Scheme".

The WaterShare+ Scheme, which has been developed in direct response to feedback from South West Water customers, is an innovative voluntary mechanism for sharing regulatory outperformance, endorsed by Ofwat and approved by Pennon shareholders. Reflecting regulatory outperformance to 2020, £20 million is being given to customers, equating to circa £20 per customer.

As part of this unique scheme certain customers were able to elect to receive £20 in Pennon shares as an alternative to receiving a £20 credit on their bill. As a result, one in 16 households have become Pennon shareholders under the WaterShare+ Scheme, with in excess of 100,000 customer shares purchased via a WaterShare+ dividend of £1,186,973.44[1].

Susan Davy, Pennon Chief Executive Officer, commented:

"This landmark step for a listed utility opens up a new kind of share ownership scheme for customers, connecting them with their water company in a way that has never been done before.  If South West Water continues to outperform, we will share further financial benefits with our customers, including the opportunity for them to take a bigger stake in their water company and for more customers to become shareholders." 

"We're very pleased with the positive response we've had to this trailblazing initiative. It's an important milestone on our journey to creating a new kind of water company, closer to the customers and communities we serve."

 

For further information, please contact:

Pennon Group plc

+44 (0)1392 443 168

Paul Boote

Group Finance Director

Jennifer Cooke

Group Investor Relations Manager

Media Enquiries

+44 (0)207 251 3801

James Murgatroyd

Finsbury

Harry Worthington

 

Important Legal Information

The Pennon shares referred to herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any relevant securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered, sold, taken up, exercised, resold, renounced, transferred or delivered, directly or indirectly, within the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

 



[1] For the purposes of paying the WaterShare+ Scheme dividend, Pennon issued and allotted a single non-cumulative redeemable preference share of £0.01 in the capital of Pennon to Link Market Services Limited.

 

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