Motley Fool  Jul 14  Comment 
When Wall Street downgrades a stock, it doesn't mean you should look away. Rather, you should look closer.
Forbes  Jul 11  Comment 
Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Monday, shares of Utilities companies are underperforming other sectors, showing a 0.1% loss. Within that group, American Water Works Co, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) and Eversource Energy (NYSE: ES) are two of...
Forbes  Jun 27  Comment 
Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Monday, shares of Utilities companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 0.5%. Within that group, NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE: NEE) and American Water Works Co, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) are two large...
Motley Fool  Jun 24  Comment 
Argus Research's argument for this utility is all wet.
Forbes  Jun 6  Comment 
The worst performing sector as of midday Monday is the Utilities sector, showing a 0.1% loss. Within that group, Ameren Corp (NYSE: AEE) and American Water Works Co, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 1.0% and 0.7%,...
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?


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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