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Mild winter season effects

Winter season 2006/2007 has been extraordinary mild being the mildest winter of last 200 years. As a consequence the Ebitda of Gas sales and distribution and, to a minor extent, also of District Heating has record a reduction of about 19 and of 27 million euro respectively in the last quarter 2006 and the first half 2007.

Gas Ebitda trends of 2006 and 2007 is shown in the following chart:

Gas ebitda

Winter season 2007/2008 has highlighted “normalised trends” in Q4 2007 in line with prior years.

Despite the negative effects of the mild winter season, Group Ebitda has maintained a positive trend ( +40.3 e +29.3 million euro respectively in 2006 e 2007) thanks to the positive growth reached in Water, Waste management and Electricity businesses.