National Grid Fiscal Year 2020 Pretax Profit Fell, Sees GBP400 Million Virus Hit For Fiscal Year 2021
By Jaime Llinares Taboada
National Grid PLC on Thursday posted a lower pretax profit for
fiscal 2020, proposed a dividend in line with policy and projected
a coronavirus hit of 400 million pounds ($502.2 million) to
underlying earnings this financial year.
The FTSE 100 power infrastructure company made a pretax profit
of GBP1.75 billion for the year ended March 31, down from GBP1.84
billion for fiscal 2019.
Underlying operating profit--one of the company's preferred
metrics, that strips out exceptional items--rose 0.8% to GBP3.45
billion, but missed the market consensus of GBP3.57 billion--taken
from the company's website and based on 12 analysts' forecasts.
National Grid declared a final dividend of 32.0 pence a share,
bringing the full-year payout to 48.57 pence--up from 47.34 pence
for fiscal 2019 and in line with the RPI inflation-linked company's
For fiscal 2021, National Grid said it expects the coronavirus
pandemic to have an impact of GBP400 million in underlying
operating profit. This would be largely driven by the U.S.
business, where the group is forecasting higher bad debt,
additional direct costs and the deferral of rate increases.
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