Britain's Most Admired Companies 2011: Utilities sector

Utilities: everyone's two favourite spots on the Monopoly board and with good reason. It's a safe sector in a turbulent world. But which firms garner most (and least) respect from their rivals?

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

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A stable sector in a turbulent year, four out of last year's top five have made it back for 2011. Centrica - the firm behind British Gas – made £1.3bn first-half profit but issued a warning in November. Pennon Group, owner of South West Water and waste management business Viridor, posted profits of £188.5m on revenues of £1.16bn in 2011. First-half profits at National Grid – whose new chairman Sir Peter Gershon takes over in January – are up 2% to £935m, and Scottish & Southern Energy has scrapped ‘confusing’ tariffs, to the Energy    52.6 A stable sector in a turbulent year, four out of last year’s top five have made it back for 2011. Centrica – the firm behind British delight of consumers (and energy minister Chris Huhne). Its reward is that planning permission has just been granted for a new power station in West Yorkshire.

BMAC 2011 by sector: Utilities

  QMan Rank FS Rank QG&S Rank AAT Rank
Centrica 7.1 2 7.7 1 7.0 1 6.9 3
E.on UK 5.3 9 5.5 9 6.0 8 5.4 9
EDF Energy 5.4 8 5.9 7 6.4 4 5.6 8
International Power 6.1 5 6.2 6 6.1 6 6.0 5
National Grid 6.5 3 7.3 2 6.9 3 7.0 1
npower 4.6 10 4.7 10 5.3 10 5.0 10
Pennon Group 7.7 1 6.7 3 6.9 2 6.9 2
Scottish & Southern Energy* 6.5 3 5.8 8 6.4 5 6.2 4
Seven Trent 5.7 7 6.7 4 6.0 7 5.7 7
United Utilities 6.1 5 6.4 5 5.9 9 5.8 6

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VLTI Rank CI Rank QMar Rank C&ER Rank  UCA Rank TOTAL Rank
Centrica 6.0 5 6.7 2 8.0 1 6.4 5 6.2 4 62.0 1
E.on UK 5.3 8 5.6 6 6.1 3 6.1 8 5.8 6 51.1 8
EDF Energy 5.2 9 5.8 5 6.4 2 6.8 2 5.1 10 52.6 5
International Power 5.9 6 5.1 8 4.4 10 5.1 10 6.1 5 50.9 9
National Grid 7.4 1 6.0 4 4.7 9 6.6 3 6.3 2 58.7 3
npower 4.7 10 5.0 9 4.9 6 5.7 9 5.3 9 45.2 10
Pennon Group 7.1 2 6.8 1 5.4 5 7.3 1 6.4 1 61.2 2
Scottish & Southern Energy* 6.3 3 6.2 3 5.8 4 6.3 7 6.2 3 55.7 4
Seven Trent 5.7 7 5.1 7 4.7 8 6.4 6 5.8 6 51.9 7
United Utilities 6.0 4 5.0 10 4.8 7 6.6 4 5.7 8 52.2 6

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Key

QMan
FS
QG&S
AAT
VLTI
CI
Q Mar
C&ER
UCA
Quality of Management
Financial Soundness
Quality of Goods & Services
Ability to Attract, Develop and Retain Top Talent
Value as a Long Term Investment
Capacity to Innovate
Quality of Marketing
Community and Environmental Responsibility
Use of Corporate Assets

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