Bristol Water sold to Pennon Group in £425 million deal

Bristol Water

Exeter water company, Pennon Group plc, which was formed in 1989 from the merged water companies of South West Water and Bournemouth Water, has added Bristol Water to its roster.

Pennon paid £425 million for the business, which has around 1.2 million customers.

Susan Davy, Group Chief Executive said: ‘The acquisition of Bristol Water brings great people and a great business to Pennon and I am hugely excited about building a future together. We see attractive opportunities to continue to invest in the Bristol Water business to deliver enhanced resilience and water security to benefit customers in Bristol and beyond. This latest acquisition, building on a strong heritage and history, firmly cements Pennon as one of the leading UK water and waste water companies.

“Additionally, we have demonstrated our credentials as a responsible business, reducing debt levels, increasing pension contributions, and further supporting the Green Recovery for the much-needed regeneration of our region.

“Pennon is also proposing an on-market share buy-back programme of up to £0.4 billion expected to be conducted through to September 2022, noting that this may be reconsidered if other attractive growth opportunities are identified. We are also pleased to be recognising shareholder support through the return of c.£1.5 billion to shareholders in the form of a special dividend.”