American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today that its financing subsidiary, American Water Capital Corp., and its lenders have agreed to increase the commitments under its revolving credit facility. The commitments in the revolving credit facility have been increased from $1 billion to $1.25 billion under its original terms. In addition, $1.1 billion of this facility has been extended from its original termination date of October 2017 to October 2018. The increased and extended credit facility will be used for general corporate purposes. Other than the extension of the maturity date and the increased amount of the facility, the terms and conditions of the facility are unchanged.
The company also announced that it will increase its commercial paper program from $700 million to $1 billion. The revolving credit facility, along with the company’s commercial paper program and cash from operations, provide for the company’s near term financial liquidity.
“We are pleased to increase our financial flexibility during this constructive capital markets environment,” said Susan Story, senior vice president and CFO of American Water.
More details about the revisions to the revolving credit facility and commercial paper program will be detailed in the company’s current report on Form 8-K, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and posted at www.sec.gov and on the company’s Investor Relations page at www.amwater.com.Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com. Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are predictions based on our current expectations and assumptions regarding future events and relate to, among other things, anticipated liquidity and financial flexibility as a result of the increased revolving credit facility and commercial paper program, our future financial performance in 2012, including earnings, our growth strategies, our ability to finance current operations and growth initiatives, trends in our industry, regulatory or legal developments or rate adjustments. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as the decisions of governmental and regulatory bodies, including decisions to raise or lower rates; the timeliness of regulatory commissions’ actions concerning rates; changes in laws, governmental regulations and policies, including environmental, health and water quality and public utility regulations and policies; weather conditions, patterns or events, including drought or abnormally high rainfall; changes in customer demand for, and patterns of use of, water, such as may result from conservation efforts; our ability to appropriately maintain current infrastructure and manage the expansion of our business; our ability to obtain permits for projects; changes in our capital requirements; our ability to control operating expenses and to achieve efficiencies in our operations; our ability to obtain adequate and cost-effective supplies of chemicals, electricity, fuel, water and other raw materials that are needed for our operations; our ability to successfully acquire and integrate water and wastewater systems that are complementary to our operations and the growth of our business; cost overruns relating to improvements or the expansion of our operations; changes in general economic, business and financial market conditions; significant changes to our business processes and corresponding technology; access to sufficient capital on satisfactory terms; fluctuations in interest rates; restrictive covenants in or changes to the credit ratings on our current or future debt that could increase our financing costs or affect our ability to borrow, make payments on debt or pay dividends; fluctuations in the value of benefit plan assets and liabilities that could increase our cost and funding requirements; the incurrence of impairment charges; migration of customers into or out of our service territories; difficulty in obtaining insurance at acceptable rates and on acceptable terms and conditions; ability to retain and attract qualified employees; and civil disturbance, labor strikes or terrorist threats or acts or public apprehension about future disturbances or terrorist threats or acts.