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AMERICAN WATER WORKS COMPANY INC Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

November 03, 2010 | About:
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AMERICAN WATER WORKS COMPANY INC (AWK) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2010-09-30.

American Water Works Company Inc has a market cap of $4.2 billion; its shares were traded at around $23.87 with a P/E ratio of 18.1 and P/S ratio of 1.7. The dividend yield of American Water Works Company Inc stocks is 3.7%.AWK is in the portfolios of Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC, John Keeley of Keeley Fund Management, Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, Bruce Kovner of Caxton Associates, George Soros of Soros Fund Management LLC, Steven Cohen of SAC Capital Advisors.

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Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2010 increased by $107.0 million compared to the same period in the prior year. This was primarily due to increased revenues in our Regulated Businesses of $92.1 million, which was mainly attributable to rate increases and increased consumption, and an increase in our Non-Regulated Businesses revenues of $15.1 million, which was primarily attributable to higher revenues in the Contract Operations Group of $13.2 million. The increase in Contract Operations Group revenues was primarily due to revenues of $9.3 million attributable to our entry into the industrial Operations and Maintenance (O&M) market through an acquisition in December of 2009, hereafter referred to as the Contract Operations Acquisition, and increased military contract revenues of $8.1 million due to incremental contract work at two military bases as well as new contracts at two additional bases.

Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2010 were $513.0 million compared to $465.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. This $47.4 million increase was primarily driven by increased operating expenses in our Regulated Businesses operation and maintenance costs of $23.8 million due to an increase in production and employee costs, increased operating and maintenance expenses in our Non-Regulated Businesses of $10.9 million corresponding to an increase in revenue, higher depreciation expense of $4.6 million and increased general taxes of $4.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010 compared to the same period in the prior year.

Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 increased by $203.4 million compared to the same period in the prior year. This was primarily due to increased revenues in our Regulated Businesses of $161.5 million, which was largely attributable to rate increases and increased consumption, and an increase in our Non-Regulated Businesses revenues of $43.1 million, which was primarily attributable to higher revenues in the Contract Operations Group of $38.6 million. The increase in Contract Operations Group revenues was primarily due to revenues of $30.1 million attributable to the Contract Operations Acquisition as well as increased military contract revenues of $15.8 million partially offset by lower O&M and design and build contract revenues. The increase in the military contract revenues was mainly attributable to incremental contract work at two military bases as well as new contracts at two additional bases.

Operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 were $1,450.2 million compared to $1,806.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. Excluding the impairment charge of $450.0 million, all other operating expenses totaled $1,356.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009. The $93.6 million increase from 2009 to 2010 was primarily driven by an increase in our Non-Regulated Businesses of $42.7 million and increased operating expenses in our Regulated Businesses of $47.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2009. The increase in the Non-Regulated Businesses operating expenses was primarily the result of higher operating and maintenance expenses of $39.4 million, corresponding with the increased revenue. The Regulated Businesses increase in operating expenses was mainly driven by higher operations and maintenance expenses of $30.7 million primarily as a result of increased production and employee related costs, higher depreciation expense of $8.5 million and increased general taxes of $7.8 million.

Other items affecting income (loss) before income taxes for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 as compared to the same period in the prior year include increased interest expense of $12.5 million attributable to the 2009 issuances of long-term debt and decreased allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDC) of $3.1 million attributable to construction projects being placed in service in certain of our subsidiaries. Other income was higher compared to 2009 by $3.1 million which was attributable to the release of the remaining balance of a loss reserve of $1.3 million as well as changes in the market value of Company-held deferred compensation. In addition, income tax expense increased by $52.0 million, which was mainly the result of higher taxable income for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Additionally, the income tax expense included tax benefits of $7.0 million associated with the impairment charge recorded in the nine months ended September 30, 2009

Rate Case Development During the three months ended September 30, 2010, we received authorization for additional annualized revenues from a general rate case in a Virginia subsidiary of $0.6 million and additional annualized revenue of $0.2 million from a general rate increase in Michigan. In addition, new rates which would provide for an additional $25.8 million and $6.9 million of annualized revenues were put into effect under bond subject to refund for our Kentucky and Virginia subsidiaries, respectively. There is no assurance that the bonded amount, or any portion thereof, will be approved. In addition to the above general rate case increases, additional annualized revenues of $3.1 million and $0.2 million resulting from infrastructure charges in our Pennsylvania and New York subsidiaries, respectively, became effective. On February 25, 2010, our New Jersey subsidiary filed a petition with the Board of Public Utilities (Board) for approval to recover rates through a surcharge of approximately $3.3 million on an annual basis for an increase in purchased water and sewer treatment cost. On August 4, 2010, the Board authorized the Company to recover in rates a surcharge of approximately $3.1 million on an annual basis for purchased water and sewer treatment costs.

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