American Water Announces 2013 Earnings Guidance

  American Water Announces 2013 Earnings Guidance

  *Company announces earnings guidance for 2013: establishes range between
    $2.15 and $2.25 earnings per share
  *Company expects its 2012 earnings per share from continuing operations to
    be at the low-end of the previously issued guidance range, prior to $7
    million donation to American Water Charitable Foundation

Business Wire

VOORHEES, N.J. -- January 24, 2013

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded
U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced its earnings guidance for
2013.

American Water estimates its 2013 earnings to be in the range of $2.15 to
$2.25 per share,

“The 2013 guidance range is based on the execution of our business goals,”
said Jeff Sterba, president and CEO of American Water. “We continue to make
progress in capturing efficiencies, which has benefited our regulated
operation and maintenance cost structure. We have seen success in the areas of
innovation, using technology to lower costs and the expertise of our employees
to drive operational excellence. We will continue our targeted growth efforts,
developing new offerings in our Market-Based business while expanding our
regulated business in areas where we create value for customers and
shareholders.”

The company also announced that it expects 2012 earnings per share from
continuing operations to be at the low-end of the previously announced range
of $2.12 to $2.22, prior to taking into account its $7 million donation to the
American Water Charitable Foundation. The 2012 expectation includes $0.13 to
$0.16 per share driven by unseasonably hot, dry summer weather in the East and
Midwest and is based on fourth quarter performance. The fourth quarter was
impacted by accelerated maintenance of water and wastewater infrastructure,
Hurricane Sandy and the related decline in volume of water sold and an
increase in costs, and higher than expected costs in SAP implementation.
Actual 2012 financial results are subject to the completion of the independent
audit.

The company’s earnings forecasts are subject to numerous risks, including
those described under “Forward-Looking Statements” below and under “Risk
Factors” in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December
31, 2012.

American Water will provide more detailed results in its final 2012 fourth
quarter and year-end earnings press release and 10-K filing on February 26,
2013.

2013 Earnings Guidance

American Water has issued earnings guidance for 2013. The company’s 2013
earnings are estimated to be in the range of $2.15 to $2.25 per share. The
company’s earnings forecasts are subject to numerous risks such as extreme
weather, costs associated with the company’s SAP conversion of multiple
information systems and those described under “Forward-Looking Statements”
below and under “Risk Factors” in its annual and quarterly reports.

Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2012 Earnings Guidance Conference Call

The fourth quarter and year-end 2012 earnings conference call will take place
on February 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties may listen
over the Internet by logging on to the Investor Relations page of the
company’s website at www.amwater.com.

Following the earnings conference call, an audio archive of the call will be
available through March 6, 2013 by dialing 303-590-3030 for U.S. and
international callers. The access code for replay is 4593308. The online
archive of the webcast will be available through April 17, 2013, by accessing
the Investor Relations page of the company’s website located at
www.amwater.com.

About American Water

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 more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in
more than 30 states and parts of Canada.

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, the completion of our independent audit, our future
financial performance in 2013, 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.

For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with
American Water’s business, please refer to American Water’s annual, quarterly
and periodic SEC filings. The Company undertakes no duty to update any
forward-looking statement.

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Contact:

American Water Works Company, Inc.
Edward Vallejo
Vice President, Investor Relations
856-566-4005
edward.vallejo@amwater.com
or
Maureen Duffy
Vice President, Communications
856-309-4546
maureen.duffy@amwater.com
 
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