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American Water Works Company, Inc. -- Moody's changes American Water Works' outlook to positive

Approximately $5.5 billion of debt affected

New York, August 14, 2012 -- Moody's Investors Service affirmed the ratings of American Water Works (American Water) and changed the outlook to positive from stable. In addition, Moody's affirmed the ratings and changed the outlooks for American Water Capital Corp. (AWCC), Pennsylvania American Water (PAWC), and New Jersey American Water (NJ-AWC) to positive from stable. AWCC's P-2 commercial paper rating is also affirmed.

RATINGS RATIONALE

The change in the rating outlooks primarily reflects the progress made by the company since its spin-off by RWE AG (A3, negative) in 2008. This has been evidenced by successful rate case outcomes in multiple regulatory jurisdictions as well as recent divestitures of assets located in more challenging regulatory jurisdictions. Proceeds from those asset sales have been reinvested into operations domiciled in more credit supportive jurisdictions.

Specifically, American Water's regulatory profile has benefitted from the divestiture of its Arizona, New Mexico and Ohio subsidiaries, which consistently under-earned their authorized ROE. Furthermore, the company has recently acquired additional assets in New York; a more credit supportive regulatory jurisdiction.

American Water's FFO to net debt has steadily increased over the past five years and, at a level around 15% for LTM 2Q12, has benefitted from over $100 million in general rate increases and infrastructure charges since the beginning of 2012. That said, American Water faces a demanding capex program estimated between $800 million to $1 billion, per year, over the intermediate-term. Financing this growth in a manner that allows the company to maintain key financial metric of over 15% FFO to net debt and 10% Retained Cash Flow to net debt, could trigger a ratings upgrade.

The change in outlooks for PAWC and NJ-AWC reflects improved financial profiles and the expectation for each utility to average around 17% FFO to net debt over the intermediate-term. This level of financial metrics would strongly position PAWC and NJ-AWC amongst A3 global water utility peers, given the relative strength of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey regulatory environments. New Jersey, in particular, has improved the cost recovery provisions that it offers NJ-AWC through a newly implemented distribution improvement systems charge (DISC), which enables the utility to automatically pass the costs of routine infrastructure improvements on to rate payers without the usual regulatory delay.

AWCC's outlook corresponds with its parent, American Water, which provides credit enhancement through a support agreement for all of AWCC's debt obligations.

Headquartered in Voorhees, New Jersey, American Water is the largest investor-owned provider of water, wastewater and related services in North America.

The principal methodology used in this rating was Global Regulated Water Utilities published in December 2009. Please see the Credit Policy page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

REGULATORY DISCLOSURES

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Ryan Wobbrock Analyst Infrastructure Finance Group Moody'sInvestors Service, Inc.250 Greenwich StreetNew York, NY 10007 U.S.A. JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376 SUBSCRIBERS: 212-553-1653William L. Hess MD - Utilities Infrastructure Finance Group JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376 SUBSCRIBERS: 212-553-1653 Releasing Office: Moody's Investors Service, Inc.250 Greenwich StreetNew York, NY 10007 U.S.A. JOURNALISTS: 212-553-0376 SUBSCRIBERS: 212-553-1653(C) 2012 Moody's Investors Service, Inc. and/or its licensors and affiliates (collectively, "MOODY'S"). All rights reserved.

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11.12.2012American Water Works neutralLadenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.
06.08.2012American Water Works buyJ.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Inc.
06.08.2012American Water Works outperformRobert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
02.03.2012American Water Works neutralRobert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
19.01.2012American Water Works holdSociété Générale Group S.A. (SG)
06.08.2012American Water Works buyJ.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, Inc.
06.08.2012American Water Works outperformRobert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
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16.02.2011American Water Works buySociété Générale Group S.A. (SG)
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02.03.2012American Water Works neutralRobert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
19.01.2012American Water Works holdSociété Générale Group S.A. (SG)
24.06.2011American Water Works holdSociété Générale Group S.A. (SG)
26.05.2011American Water Works neutralLadenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.
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