Standard & Poor's forms strategic relationship with WaterInvestments.com

WaterInvestments.com, an Internet based business and finance portal for water industry executives, announced today that it has entered into a relationship with Standard and Poor's to enhance the business development and corporate communication efforts of Standard and Poor's to the global water and wastewater industry.

AQUA WIRE by WaterInvestments.com - May 1, 2001 1:30 (EST)

La Jolla, Calif.--(WaterInvestments.com)--May 1, 2001-WaterInvestments.com, an Internet based business and finance portal for water industry executives, announced today that it has entered into a relationship with Standard and Poor's to enhance the business development and corporate communication efforts of Standard and Poor's to the global water and wastewater industry.

The relationship with Standard & Poor's was structured under WaterInvestments.com's new Strategic Partnership/Sponsorship Program, which was designed to bring together a select and limited group of "top-shelf" professional services firms and industry organizations catering to the water industry. These entities are working with WaterInvestments.com to highlight their unique service offerings to a valued community of decision-makers. The Partnership/Sponsorship relationships bring rich content to the site and broaden the online community's access to quality information. "Standard and Poor's is exactly the type of company we were seeking to participate with us on WaterInvestments.com and we expect to fill the remaining program spots with companies and organizations of equal caliber in the coming months," said Robert Anfuso, Managing Director of Group Triton.

Group Triton, a boutique financial advisory services firm focused on the water industry, owns, operates and manages WaterInvestments.com.

Standard & Poor's content is available to the community through the Standard & Poor's Resource Center; a new feature at WaterInvestments.com. In light of the Western United States existing power dilemma, the Resource Center currently provides informational reports and articles about Water & Power including titles such as: "Northwest US Drought to Challenge Utilities" and "California Water and Sewer Utilities: Meeting the Challenge of the Power Crisis". In addition, articles about Global Water Utilities, contact information for Standard & Poor's Industry Analysts, and links to other relevant information at the Standard & Poor's web site are also available. "We find the Standard & Poor's Resource Center to be an attractive new component of WaterInvestments.com. It's a win-win situation between the community and Standard & Poor's." said Andrew Werner, Managing Director of Group Triton.

In addition to portraying its corporate brand and relevant industry information at WaterInvestments.com, Standard & Poor's plans on highlighting value added credit market services of interest to the community as well as selling its objective credit analysis through the web site. Standard & Poor's provides credit market services to the global water community including ratings, rating evaluation services, counterparty ratings, private credit analysis and risk management products. "By teaming with WaterInvestments.com, we are creating the opportunity to interact with the global water community in a unique and value-added way", said Trevor D'Olier-Lees, Director of New Product Development for the Corporate & Government department of Standard and Poor's Rating Services.

The Standard and Poor's Resource Center at WaterInvestments.com can be reached through the following link: http://www.waterinvestments.com/sponsors/sandp.asp

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