By Anthony O. Goriainoff
SSE said Wednesday that it swung to a pretax loss for fiscal 2023 after booking higher costs, and that retaining 100% ownership of the SSEN distribution business was the right strategy at this time.
The FTSE 100 company reported a pretax loss for the year ended March 31 of 205.6 million pounds ($255.3 million) compared with a pretax profit of GBP3.48 billion for fiscal 2022.
Adjusted pretax profit--a metric which strips out exceptional and other one-off items--was GBP2.18 billion compared with GBP1.16 billion.
Revenue rose to GBP12.49 billion from GBP8.7 billion. Nine analysts polled by FactSet had a revenue consensus of GBP10.59 billion.
Adjusted EPS rose to 166.0 pence a share from 95.4 pence. The company had guided for an adjusted EPS of at least 160 pence for fiscal 2023.
The group declared a final dividend of 67.7 pence a share, taking the full-year dividend to 96.7 pence a share. The company has guided for a full-year dividend of 85.7 pence a share.
The U.K. energy group said that adjusted EPS for fiscal 2024 will be over 150 pence a share, and that capital expenditure and investment for the year will be over GBP2.8 billion.
"We have both the financial footing and capabilities to go after high quality growth opportunities that will create value for years to come," the company said.
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