SSE Retail / Npower merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated merger between SSE Retail and Npower.

Phase 2

Administrative timetable

Date of referral: 8.5.18

Statutory deadline: 22.10.18

Contact

sse.npower@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Issues statement

29 May 2018: The issues statement sets out the scope of the inquiry. It outlines initial theories on what might be adversely affecting competition, but it does not set out findings or conclusions.

Evidence

The publication of the evidence of any party on the CMA’s webpages does not indicate in any way endorsement by the CMA of the views expressed in the evidence or acceptance of that evidence. Publication in this way is designed to assist public understanding of the issues.

Response to the issues statement

Response to the phase 1 decision

Group disclosure

Inquiry Group appointed

9 May 2018: The CMA has appointed the inquiry group:

Anne Lambert (Chair), Susan Hankey, Keith Richards and John Thanassoulis.

Terms of reference

8 May 2018: The CMA has referred the anticipated merger between SSE’s retail business and Npower for an in-depth investigation.

Phase 1

Reference decision

8 May 2018: The CMA has referred the anticipated merger between SSE Retail and Npower for an in-depth investigation.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
8 May 2018 Decision announced
26 April 2018 Decision announced
28 February to 14 March 2018 Invitation to comment
27 February 2018 Launch of merger inquiry

Reference unless undertakings accepted

26 April 2018: The CMA has decided, on the information currently available to it, that it is or may be the case that this merger may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within a market or markets in the United Kingdom. This merger will be referred for a phase 2 investigation unless the parties offer acceptable undertakings to address these competition concerns.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

28 February 2018: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Launch of merger inquiry

27 February 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Faye Fullalove
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

faye.fullalove@cma.gsi.gov.uk

Published 28 February 2018
Last updated 26 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Responses to the issues statement published.
  2. Response to the issues statement published.
  3. Response to the issues statement published.
  4. SSE Retail / Npower’s response to the phase 1 decision published under the evidence heading.
  5. Issues statement published.
  6. Full text decision published.
  7. Full administrative timetable published.
  8. Decision to refer published.
  9. Phase 2 inquiry group, group disclosure and terms of reference added.
  10. Case referred to Phase 2 investigation, Link to news story published
  11. Decision announced.
  12. First published.