Allete completes sale of North Carolina water systems

ALLETE, Inc. announced that it has completed the sale of its North Carolina-based water and wastewater systems, Heater Utilities, Inc., to Aqua America, Inc. for $48 million in cash and the assumption of approximately $28 million in debt by Aqua America. The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved the transaction on May 26, 2004.

Jun 4th, 2004

DULUTH, Minn., June 4, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ALLETE, Inc. announced that it has completed the sale of its North Carolina-based water and wastewater systems, Heater Utilities, Inc., to Aqua America, Inc. for $48 million in cash and the assumption of approximately $28 million in debt by Aqua America. The North Carolina Utilities Commission approved the transaction on May 26, 2004.

The agreement to sell Heater Utilities to Aqua America was announced in November of 2003. At that time, Aqua America was known as Philadelphia Suburban Corporation.

ALLETE's corporate headquarters are located in Duluth, Minnesota. ALLETE's holdings include ADESA, the second largest wholesale vehicle auction network in North America; AFC, the leading provider of independent auto dealer financing; Minnesota Power, a low-cost electric utility that serves some of the largest industrial customers in the United States; and significant real estate holdings in Florida. For more information about ALLETE, visit the company's Web site at www.allete.com.

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