Analyst Note| Tancrede Fulop |
European utilities have underperformed the European market by 4% year to date with most of the underperformance occurring in the third quarter because of the rise in interest rates. This overshadowed strong second-quarter results driven by the easing of the energy crisis, persisting commodity price volatility, and the hedging improvement. These drivers have persisted in the third quarter. Moreover, some power price clawbacks expired at the end of June like in Germany and Belgium. On the flip side, the comparison basis will be tougher as of the third quarter.