National grid has cautioned of a 400m coronavirus hit to its underlying running profit this year as its us company suffers particularly badly, but maintained its dividend regardless of the crisis.

The ftse 100 energy team said the affect cashflow is as much as 1bn, although john pettigrew, leader, insisted on thursday that results will be largely recoverable over future years.

The company stated the united states procedure, which now accocunts for half its company, faced increasing debt as customers battle to pay their particular bills and higher prices to keep electricity and gasoline flowing. it cited steps particularly isolating and housing whole teams far from their own families, and providing safety equipment and wellness screening to its workers. it also said it had suspended commercial collection agency and delayed price rises to greatly help its us consumers.

The pandemic knocked nationwide grids earnings for its last full monetary 12 months, which ended on march 31, whilst booked a 117m supply for increasing debt inside us.

Main running profit inched up 1 percent to 3.5bn, about 3 percent below analysts forecasts, while statutory pre-tax earnings, which account fully for excellent costs, fell 5 per cent to 1.75bn.

Stocks were marginally down, by 0.70 %, in early trading in london on thursday as nationwide grid became the latest uk business to stick to shareholder payouts despite greater prices from the pandemic. it suggested a full-year dividend of48.57p, up 2.6 per cent.

Deepa venkateswaran, analyst at bernstein, described the coronavirus affect the group as manageable.

Mr pettigrew stated he expected the monetary repercussions become reduced in great britain despite a sharp fall in power demand because the start of lockdown in march. it's triggered difficulties for national grids control room near reading, which will be in charge of managing electricity offer and need on a second-by-second basis.

The business had formerly forecast your costs of balancing the electricity system in britain through the crisis, that has coincided with times of record green electrical energy supply, would increase by around 500m throughout the summer time, although mr pettigrew said the situation had enhanced since limitations had started initially to alleviate.

Extra costs have now been sustained as national grid has been forced to pay wind farms and also an atomic power plant to reduce output to cope with lower demand. the expenses of managing the device in britain ultimately filter right through to energy costs payers.