Motley Fool  May 27  Comment 
The company reported a great start to the year, but what is it doing to ensure that the smooth sailing will continue?
Motley Fool  May 26  Comment 
American Water Works stock has been soaring. Can it continue to outperform? Two Fools square off.
Motley Fool  May 10  Comment 
Added in March, American Water Works is the only water utility on the S&P 500. How did its first quarter on the index go?
Motley Fool  Apr 30  Comment 
American Water Works' core business is as stable and reliable as they come -- but what about some of its new ventures?
Motley Fool  Apr 21  Comment 
It's time for a financial check-up. Does this company deserve a lashing or a lollipop?
Motley Fool  Apr 19  Comment 
The heavyweight among water stocks has been gushing strong returns. Can its outperformance continue?
Motley Fool  Apr 14  Comment 
American Water Works is an industry leader, but that alone doesn't suggest that an investment in it holds water.
Motley Fool  Apr 11  Comment 
With fiscal 2015 in the rearview mirror, does management see troubled waters or smooth sailing ahead?
Motley Fool  Apr 4  Comment 
American Water Works has a few levers to pull to ensure it has a bright future.


In 2003, a German utility company (RWE) purchased American Waterworks as they attempted to break into the US water utility market. The plan was to implement cost controls and thereby reduce expenses in order to recognize greater profits. What ended up happening was a mismanagement of the firm resulting in tense relationships with regulators across the country, and a company with significant needs for capital expenditures in order to strengthen the utility’s infrastructure. In late 2005 began the process of instituting new management in preparation for a divestiture of the business.

As reported in the 2009 annual report, American Water is still saddled with $1.2 billion in debt from RWE's acquisition.

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