If elected, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could nationalise water and energy networks below market value. Crudely ditching privatisation for state ownership carries legal and reputational risks. Better to lower the returns that regulators allow these companies to make.
The French gas and power group is decluttering its complex structure by exiting 20 markets. Engie’s state ownership and Belgian nuclear albatross act as a brake on activism, but won’t always save it if its undervaluation lingers. Still, steps to close the gap with big wind and solar peers suggest a capacity for self-help.