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DUBLIN, Ireland -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c43543) has announced the addition of Company Graphics: Benchmarking European Utilities to their offering.

This brief benchmarks utilities across Europe, challenges key assumptions about utility performance and draws comparisons between power and gas utilities. It illustrates graphically the relative performance of 96 European utilities on several different measures.

Scope of this title:

-An examination and illustration of the relationship between utility size and profitability.

-A review of net trade requirements and their relationship to operating profit margins.

-A comparison of relative performance between power, gas, and integrated power and gas utilities.

Highlights of this title:

There is virtually no correlation between revenue and profitability (return on sales). This correlation is -0.12, where 1 is a perfect correlation.

In spite of wholesale market volatility there is no direct relationship between the presence or absence of a structural energy hedge (that is, a positive or negative net trade requirement) and utility profitability.

Reasons to order your copy:

-Benchmark European utilities on a range of performance measurements.

-Compare the average performance of power, gas, and integrated power and gas utilities across Europe.

-Challenge common assumptions about the drivers behind utility profitability.

Content Outline:

Our View

Catalyst

Benchmarking Utilities across Europe Allows For Key Assumptions about Utility Performance to Be Tested

Summary

Methodology

Analysis

There is no correlation between size and profitability

There is no correlation between amount of fixed assets and return on fixed assets

Power companies are outperforming gas companies, but low returns on fixed assets highlight future difficulties

How a net trade requirement is managed is more important than whether a utility is long or short

Profits per unit of energy volume relate strongly to operating efficiency, but significant differences persist among top utilities

Appendix

Extended Methodology

Further Reading

Our Consultancy

Ask the Analyst

List of Figures

Figure 1: Size versus profitability for 95 energy companies

Figure 2: Size versus profitability for gas-only companies

Figure 3: Size versus profitability for power-only companies

Figure 4: Size versus profitability for integrated power and gas companies

Figure 6: Fixed assets versus return on fixed assets for 95 energy companies

Figure 6: Fixed assets versus return on fixed assets for gas-only companies

Figure 7: Fixed assets versus return on fixed assets for power-only companies

Figure 8: Fixed assets versus return on fixed assets for integrated power and gas companies

Figure 9: Average operating margins are 11% higher for power than for gas companies

Figure 10: Average return on fixed assets is 13% higher for gas than for power companies

Figure 11: Average return on sales is 9% higher for power than for gas companies

Figure 12: 10 shortest power NTRs among integrated power and gas companies

Figure 13: 10 shortest gas NTRs among integrated power and gas companies

Figure 14: Gas NTR and profitability for 21 gas-only companies

Figure 15: Power NTR and profitability for 38 power-only companies

Figure 16: 15 highest returns on energy volume compared with operating margins

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c43543

Source: Datamonitor
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