Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Announces the Closing of the Acquisition of the Arkansas Water Distribution Utility Assets

Feb 01, 2013, 11:49 ET from Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

OAKVILLE, ON, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ("APUC") (TSX: AQN) today announced the closing of the acquisition of the regulated water distribution utility assets located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas from United Waterworks Inc. The acquisition by its subsidiary was originally announced in August 2012 and final regulatory approvals were received in December 2012.

Consideration for the utility purchase was approximately U.S. $27.6 million representing a multiple of regulatory assets of approximately 1.16x, plus working capital and closing adjustments. The regulated water distribution utility provides water service to over 17,000 customers in the state of Arkansas.

"The acquisition of the Pine Bluff water utility provides the opportunity for Liberty Utilities to participate in the supportive Arkansas regulatory environment," commented Chief Executive Officer Ian Robertson. "The continued expansion of our regulated utility business footprint in the US will deliver enhanced stability in our earnings and cash flows."

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 provides water, electricity and natural gas utility services to more than 350,000 customers through its 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 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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