Innogy feels pressure in UK market as it books £428m charge on NPower
ENERGY GIANT Innogy has booked a 480 million euro (£428m) charge on utility provider NPower as it grapples with the commercial and regulatory pressures in the UK market.
The German firm said it was confronted by a “difficult situation” in the UK, driven by “very tough” competition, squeezed margins and a proposed move by the Government to cap poor value energy tariffs. The hefty writedown comes as the Big Six energy firms look likely to become the Big Five after SSE and NPower announced last week that they had reached an agreement to merge their operations to create a new energy supplier in the UK.
However, Innogy said the deal would have no impact on the impairment charge.
The firm added: “The competitive landscape in the UK retail business remains very tough and pressure on margins is very high.
“The UK Government has initiated recently the legislative process to introduce a general price cap for standard variable tariffs and is proposing an expansion of the existing price cap for vulnerable households.
“As part of the annual impairment test, a goodwill impairment of 480 million euros for the UK retail business was recognised.”