EDF : EDF : Agreement on the repayment of the CSPE deficit Agreement on the repayment of the CSPE deficit EDF and the French State have reached an agreement whereby EDF will receive full compensation for having borne the cumulated financial deficits related to the Contribution to Electricity Public Services (CSPE) mechanism over the years. The CSPE was designed as a tax levied on electricity end-customers' bills. Its level is set by the State and its purpose is to enable French electricity incumbent players, like EDF, to recover the extra charges incurred in performing their mandatory public service assignments. As such, the CSPE contributes to the financing of the development of renewable power generation, of the social electricity tariffs and of the nationwide equalization of electricity tariffs. Since 2007, the level set for the CSPE collection has been insufficient to compensate for the increase in the charges. This resulted in the accumulation of a CSPE deficit, borne by EDF only, which weighs on the group indebtedness. The agreement found between EDF and the French authorities will provide the reimbursement by the French State of the receivable made of the CSPE deficit as of 31 December 2012 of c. €4.3 billion^(1) and of the cumulated implied financing costs of this deficit of c. €0.6 billion. This receivable of c. €4.9 billion will be staggered according to a gradual schedule and will be fully repaid by 31 December 2018. The outstanding receivable will bear interest at market rates. Following the above-mentioned agreement, EDF will account for a financial income of c.€0.6 billion stemming from the recognition of repayment of the historic CSPE deficit financing costs as of 31 December 2012^(2). Discussions between EDF and the French State continue in order to relief the Group net financial debt, on which the CSPE deficit currently weighs. (1) The final receivable amount will be confirmed later in 2013 when the French energy regulator (CRE) will validate the actual CSPE deficit for 2012. (2) The detailed accounting impacts of the agreement will be published with EDF's 2012 financial results on 14 February 2013 EDF: solution to CSPE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: EDF via Thomson Reuters ONE HUG#1670009
EDF : EDF : Agreement on the repayment of the CSPE deficit
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