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South East Water supplies 2.1m customers across Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. Last year, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which invests on behalf of Canadian pension funds, paid £165m for 50% of the company. The other half is owned by the Utilities Trust of Australia. With 8,750 miles of pipes to maintain, South East Water has spent nearly £400m on infrastructure over the past five years and plans to invest a similar sum by 2015. Turnover reached £190.5m in 2011 under managing director Paul Butler.

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Company details
CompanySouth East Water
ActivityWater utility
Sales £m190.5
Operating profit £m93.5
Main shareholdersCaisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (50%), Utilities Trust of Australia (50%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda