Uk energy company sse has informed its running profit might be hit by up to 250m this present year by the coronavirus pandemic, that has weakened electricity need and left some clients struggling to pay their expenses.

Nevertheless the ftse 100 organization insisted on wednesday it had puttogether a thorough intend to preserve dividends inspite of the anticipated 150m-250m knock through the crisis, which can be impacting a number of its sections.

The group promises to cut investing by at least 250m during its existing financial year, which ends on march 31 and boost at the least 2bn from disposals by autumn 2021.

Its shares rose 9 per cent during the early mid-day trading on wednesday.

In january, sse offloaded its uk domestic offer procedure to rival ovo for 500m but retained its company power product and airtricity, which offers electricity and fuel to homes in ireland and northern ireland. sse additionally is the owner of electrical energy generation eg gas-fired energy flowers and overseas wind farms and an electricity sites business. its at this time attempting to sell its north sea gasfields.

The groups leader alistair phillips-davies said various other possessions that could be offered included sses share in walney overseas wind farm in irish sea as well as its 33.3 % risk in scotia gasoline networks, a power infrastructure business.

Many energy teams have informed of increasing debt as financially distressed customers default to their expenses. need has additionally fallen to record lows in recent months as lockdown pushed the closure of many united kingdom companies.

Centrica last week launched it can slash an additional 5,000 tasks nearly a 5th of its workforce since the pandemic put into its challenges. ovo is also cutting 2,600 jobs, while other power groups such as for example eon have actually furloughed large number of staff.

Sse stated it had committed not to make any work losses for a period of time given that crisis unfolds. mr phillips-davies stressed the business was making 7bn of investments to aid a green economic data recovery, including building a 580m onshore wind farm on shetland.

The companys results for the 12 months to march 31, published on wednesday, showed modified operating profit which strips out companies held for disposal rose 37 per cent to a consensus-beating 1.49bn, despite an 18.2m hit from paid down electricity need due to the pandemic.

However, including all products, sse fell to a web losing 12.5m from a 1.46bn profit the year earlier in the day due to the fact uk family offer businesses and gasoline manufacturing assets sustained heavy losings. additionally booked heftyexceptional charges including 33.7m associated with bad debts as a result of the pandemic.

The team said it could maybe not supply assistance with adjusted earnings per share for present economic year until later but invested in continue increasing its dividend this season on the basis of the rpi measure of rising prices.

Chairman richard gillingwater insisted dividends, which offer important earnings for peoples pensions and cost savings were now much more essential than ever before, after numerous organizations emerged under fire for continuing to encourage investors throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Sse delivered a full-year payout of 80p per share for economic year that closed on march 31.