Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Announces Approval of New England Natural Gas Distribution Acquisition

 Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Announces Approval of New England Natural
                         Gas Distribution Acquisition

PR Newswire

OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 17, 2013

OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/  - Algonquin Power & Utilities  Corp. 
("APUC") (TSX: AQN) today announced that  an APUC subsidiary has received  all 
federal and state regulatory approvals required to complete the acquisition of
the regulated natural gas distribution utility assets located in Massachusetts
("New  England  Gas").  New  England  Gas  provides  natural  gas  service  to 
approximately 53,000 customers in Massachusetts.

The acquisition, originally announced in February 2013, is expected to close
on or before January 31, 2014. Total consideration for the utility asset
purchase is approximately U.S. $74 million, subject to working capital and
closing adjustments. The acquisition is expected to be funded using a targeted
capital structure of approximately 50% equity and 50% debt and will include
the assumption of $19.5 million of existing debt. Net property, plant and
equipment expected on closing is U.S. $72.7 million, with a 2014 expected
enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and
amortization multiple of 7.8x.

"We are pleased to continue the growth of our regulated utility business with
the acquisition of another high quality natural gas distribution utility,
which strategically expands our regulated utility footprint in the north-east
United States," commented Ian Robertson, Chief Executive Officer of APUC. "We
continue to demonstrate our ability to deliver accretive growth through
disciplined utility acquisitions and prudent capital investment."

About Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. owns and operates a diversified$3.2
billionportfolio of regulated and non-regulated utilities inNorth America.
The company's regulated utility business is committed to provide water,
electricity and natural gas utility services to over 470,000 customers through
a nationwide portfolio of regulated generation, transmission and distribution
utility systems. The company's non-regulated electric generation subsidiary
owns or has interests in renewable energy and thermal energy facilities
representing more than 1,100 MW of installed capacity. Algonquin Power &
Utilities Corp. delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of
renewable power and clean energy projects, organic growth within its regulated
utilities and the pursuit of accretive acquisition opportunities. Common
shares and preferred shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
symbols AQN and AQN.PR.A respectively. Visit Algonquin Power and Utilities
atwww.AlgonquinPowerandUtilities.comand follow us on Twitter@AQN_Utilities.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Certain statements included in this news release contain information that is
forward-looking within the meaning of certain securities laws, including
information and statements regarding prospective results of operations,
financial position or cash flows. These statements are based on factors or
assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or
projection, including assumptions based on historical trends, current
conditions and expected future developments. Since forward-looking statements
relate to future events and conditions, by their very nature they require
making assumptions and involve inherent risks and uncertainties. APUC cautions
that although it is believed that the assumptions are reasonable in the
circumstances, these risks and uncertainties give rise to the possibility that
actual results may differ materially from the expectations set out in the
forward-looking statements. Material risk factors include those set out in the
management's discussion and analysis section of APUC's most recent annual
report and quarterly report, and APUC's Annual Information Form. Given these
risks, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking
statements, which apply only as of their dates. Other than as specifically
required by law, APUC undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking
statements or information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.

SOURCE Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Contact:

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
Kelly Castledine
Investor Relations
(905) 465-4500
 
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