OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. ("APUC") (TSX: AQN) today announced that it has entered into an agreement for a U.S. $80 million senior unsecured revolving credit facility ("Facility") with a three year term for Liberty Utilities Co. ("Liberty Utilities"), APUC's regulated distribution utility business.
Initially, U.S. $25 million will be available immediately to support the operations of Liberty Utilities and its current subsidiaries. The additional U.S. $55 million will be automatically available to Liberty Utilities to support operations of all committed regulated utility acquisitions following the closing of the previously announced acquisition of the electricity distribution utility, Granite State Electric Company, and the natural gas distribution utility, EnergyNorth Natural Gas Inc. The lead arranger and sole bookrunner for the Facility is J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.
"The Liberty Utilities credit facility forms an integral part of our capital structure going forward", commented David Bronicheski, Chief Financial Officer. "The Facility provides Liberty Utilities with the liquidity and financial flexibility that is needed as we continue to expand our utilities business into New Hampshire, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, and in the future in other new markets within North America."
About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Through its distinct operating subsidiaries, APUC owns and operates a diversified portfolio of $1.2 billion of clean renewable electric generation and sustainable utility distribution businesses in North America. Liberty Utilities Co., APUC's regulated distribution utility business, provides regulated water and electric utility services to more than 120,000 customers with a portfolio of 22 water and electric utility systems. Pursuant to previously announced agreements, Liberty Utilities Co. is committed to acquiring Granite State Electric Company, a New Hampshire electric distribution company, EnergyNorth Natural Gas Inc., a regulated natural gas distribution utility and certain regulated natural gas distribution assets in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa, which together serve approximately 213,000 customers. Algonquin Power Co. (APCo), APUC's electric generation subsidiary, includes 45 renewable energy facilities and 12 thermal energy facilities representing more than 460 MW of installed capacity. APUC and its operating subsidiaries deliver continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of greenfield and expansion renewable power and clean energy projects, organic growth within its regulated utilities and the pursuit of accretive acquisition opportunities. APUC's common shares and convertible debentures are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols AQN, AQN.DB.A and AQN.DB.B. Visit Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. at www.AlgonquinPowerandUtilities.com.
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