Citizens Utilities Begins Public Services Divestiture

Updated 9:59 AM ET September 24, 1999

STAMFORD, Conn. (BUSINESS WIRE) - Citizens Utilities (NYSE: CZN, CZNPr) announced today that it has authorized the release of an offering memorandum to prospective purchasers of its water and wastewater operations, Citizens Water Resources. In addition, Citizens intends to sell its electric and gas operations, Citizens Energy Services. The company will soon authorize the release of a separate offering memorandum relating to Citizens Energy Services.

Citizens has retained Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as financial advisor to assist with the divestiture process. Parties interested in Citizens Water Resources should contact Lyle D. Miller of Morgan Stanley at 212/761-4273.

Citizens intends to use the proceeds from the sale of its public services businesses to fund recently announced telephone access line acquisitions.

Citizens Utilities provides telecommunications services and public services including gas distribution, electric distribution, water distribution and wastewater treatment services to approximately 1.9 million customers in 22 states. Citizens also owns 83% of Electric Lightwave, Inc., a facilities-based, integrated communications provider that offers a broad range of services to telecommunications-intensive businesses throughout the United States.

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Contact: Financial Community: Alan H. Oshiki 203/614-5629 or Media: Brigid M. Smith 203/614-5042