This is still my pick by years-end. (Just a hunch)
Our recent acquisitions continue to perform at or above our required hurdle rates. Going forward we will continue to execute a differentiated and disciplined approach to capital investment and M&A, with clear IRR hurdles by business line. We will continue to seek further acquisition opportunities for 2020 and the pipeline of prospects remains strong. We have made a good start to 2020 and, given the continued strength of our pipeline, our anticipated spend on M&A in 2020 is expected to be in the region of c.£250m.
Keep the faith, there is lots going on , how can there not be. The world is changing and we are positioned better than ever before, as ordinary people, consumers and governments all want and expect visibility going forward.
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Coincidently, SARS-CoV-2 only became an issue in wastewater in the last 6 weeks and from my twitter feed you can see that we have been converting that automated real-time device to a smaller scale to test for pathogens in Microtox units of Modern Water in the last 4 weeks.
The quickest solution is to collaborate with our ecowaterOS partners, with whom we worked on the #AI E. Cole detection project and our objective is to have a miniature version to insert into wastewater treatment systems later this year. Date and time to be provided closer to the time we have it ready to roll out.
We have said it is in our road map, which means it is not ready today, but on the back of our deeper collaboration with Modern Water we have focused more resources to accelerate this project as we outlined in a recent Joint MWG and SKIN Regulatory RNS.
I can't be more detailed than that, at this time and all the above information is in the public domain as RNS and my twitter feed.
Asking when is not going to speed it up. I appreciate your patience for a few months, but when launched will likely improve detection to seconds, rather than hours or days.