Company in the news: Drax

In April last year, I said Drax was a ‘sell’. It looked expensive on 18 times expected earnings, and I thought future profits would be hit by carbon emissions allowances costs, and as it made its power station comply with regulations. A plan to convert from coal to biomass looked to be stuck in the starting gates.

But events have proved me wrong. Although profits in 2013 are set to be lower than in 2012, Drax’s (LSE: DRX) prospects may have been transformed by the government, which last week agreed to let it charge a minimum of £105 [...]

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