Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. announces closing of Georgia Natural Gas Distribution Acquisition

Apr 01, 2013, 17:01 ET from Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

OAKVILLE, ON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ("APUC") (TSX: AQN) announced today that a subsidiary of APUC has closed the acquisition of assets of the regulated natural gas distribution utility serving Columbus and Gainesville, Georgia from Atmos Energy Corporation. The acquisition was originally announced in August 2012 and final regulatory approvals were received in February 2013.

Consideration for the utility asset purchase was approximately U.S. $140.7 million representing a multiple of net regulatory assets of 1.1x, plus working capital and closing adjustments.

Funding of the acquisition is within APUC's targeted 50% equity, 50% debt consolidated capital structure. A portion of the equity was funded through proceeds of $29.3 million from a previously announced private placement of 3.96 million shares issued to Emera Incorporated which closed on March 26, 2013.

The regulated natural gas distribution utilities provide natural gas service to approximately 64,000 customers in Georgia.

"Consistent with our objective of growing to more than one million customers in the US regulated utility sector by 2017, we are very pleased to have successfully closed the acquisition of this natural gas distribution utility in Georgia", commented Ian Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of APUC. "We are excited at expanding our utility footprint to the State of Georgia which we view as a supportive regulatory environment and one where we will continue to seek further opportunities for growth."

About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. owns and operates a diversified $3.0 billion portfolio of regulated and non-regulated utilities in North America. The company's regulated utility business is committed to provide water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 465,000 customers through a nationwide portfolio of regulated generation, transmission and distribution utility systems. The company's non-regulated electric generation subsidiary owns or has interests in renewable energy and thermal energy facilities representing more than 1,100 MW of installed capacity. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable power and clean energy projects, organic growth within its regulated utilities and the pursuit of accretive acquisition opportunities. Common shares and preferred shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN and AQN.PR.A respectively. Visit Algonquin Power and Utilities at and follow us on Twitter @AQN_Utilities.

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SOURCE Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.