What to expect from Ofwat’s PR24 – a NatWest Investor Roundtable

To hear first-hand about Ofwat’s 2024 price review (PR24), NatWest invited debt investors to a virtual roundtable with the water sector regulator.

During the investor roundtable, three Ofwat directors outlined the four focus areas of PR24:

  1. Protecting and improving the environment in the context of climate change,
  2. Achieving public confidence and affordability in the face of cost pressures,
  3. Innovating and collaborating to transform performance for customers, and
  4. Anticipating and adapting to uncertainty and change – before introducing the participants to the regulator’s risk and return discussion paper[3] and the financial resilience discussion paper.

With their risk and return paper, Ofwat aims to align the interests of companies and investors with those of customers, so that the sector also remains attractive to investors. 

Meanwhile, and importantly for companies and their stakeholders, the financial resilience discussion paper sets out several options from Ofwat to strengthen the licence and other protections with the aim of bolstering and better measuring financial resilience. Interested parties have now responded to these consultations, the debate continues.

If you are an investor or a water company and want to discuss how PR24 could affect you, please contact Peter Dooley.

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