American Water Works Acquires National Enterprises
-- Largest Aquisition in US Water Industry


VOORHEES, N.J. (BUSINESS WIRE) - American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) President and CEO J. James Barr announced today the completion of the acquisition of National Enterprises Inc. (NEI) just four months after the execution of the purchase agreement.

"This is the largest acquisition in the history of the U.S. water utility industry," said Barr. "It has required extraordinary effort on the part of people on both sides of the transaction to bring it to a conclusion so quickly. I am pleased that it has been accomplished without any interruptions or interference in the delivery of water service."

Water utility subsidiaries of NEI provide water service to approximately 1.5 million people in St. Louis County, Missouri; Lake and Porter Counties in Northwest Indiana; Champaign, Livingston, LaSalle and Whiteside Counties in Northern Illinois; and the southwestern portion of Nassau County on Long Island, New York.

"This acquisition significantly expands our operations in the Midwest and in New York State," continued Barr. "It has enhanced our geographic diversity and provides the prospect for further growth in each of the areas served by these utilities."

NEI, a privately owned holding company, in addition to the four water utilities, holds investments in ITC DeltaCom (ITCD), Powertel (PTEL), ITC Holding and US Sugar Company.

The acquisition was accomplished through the exchange of all NEI stock for 14,937,000 shares of American Water Works Company common stock and the assumption by American Water Works Company of $241 million of outstanding debt of NEI in a pooling transaction.

American Water Works Company is the largest and most geographically diverse investor-owned water utility business in the U.S. The Company's utility subsidiaries and affiliates now serve approximately 10 million people in 23 states.

The Company remains committed to continued growth and is involved in a number of industry consolidation and privatization initiatives including water and wastewater system acquisition, contract operation and public/private partnerships.

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