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Costain Sells Holding in Three Severn Trent Water Joint Ventures

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Costain Group Plc sold its minority shareholding in three joint ventures to Severn Trent Plc, the second-largest publicly traded water company in the U.K., to raise funds for investment and working capital.

Costain’s divestment that was announced today means Severn Trent takes full ownership of the Severn Trent Costain companies set up in 2012 to provide water and wastewater management services for commercial and industrial water users. The companies will now be known as Severn Trent Services.

As a result of the 12 million-pound ($20 million) disposal, Costain said in a statement that the engineering and construction company will realize a 9.1 million-pound profit in 2013.

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