OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
("APUC") (TSX: AQN) today announced that an APUC subsidiary has
received all federal and state regulatory approvals required to
complete the acquisition of the regulated natural gas distribution
utility assets located in Massachusetts ("New England Gas"). New
England Gas provides natural gas service to approximately 53,000
customers in Massachusetts.
The acquisition, originally announced in February 2013, is expected to
close on or before January 31, 2014. Total consideration for the
utility asset purchase is approximately U.S. $74 million, subject to
working capital and closing adjustments. The acquisition is expected to
be funded using a targeted capital structure of approximately 50%
equity and 50% debt and will include the assumption of $19.5 million of
existing debt. Net property, plant and equipment expected on closing is
U.S. $72.7 million, with a 2014 expected enterprise value to earnings
before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization multiple of 7.8x.
"We are pleased to continue the growth of our regulated utility business
with the acquisition of another high quality natural gas distribution
utility, which strategically expands our regulated utility footprint in
the north-east United States," commented Ian Robertson, Chief Executive
Officer of APUC. "We continue to demonstrate our ability to deliver
accretive growth through disciplined utility acquisitions and prudent
About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. owns and operates a diversified $3.2
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
470,000 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.
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that is forward-looking within the meaning of certain securities laws,
including information and statements regarding prospective results of
operations, financial position or cash flows. These statements are
based on factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a
conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including assumptions
based on historical trends, current conditions and expected future
developments. Since forward-looking statements relate to future events
and conditions, by their very nature they require making assumptions
and involve inherent risks and uncertainties. APUC cautions that
although it is believed that the assumptions are reasonable in the
circumstances, these risks and uncertainties give rise to the
possibility that actual results may differ materially from the
expectations set out in the forward-looking statements. Material risk
factors include those set out in the management's discussion and
analysis section of APUC's most recent annual report and quarterly
report, and APUC's Annual Information Form. Given these risks, undue
reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements,
which apply only as of their dates. Other than as specifically required
by law, APUC undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking
statements or information to reflect new information, subsequent or
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