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Big Deals Hard to Come by in Municipal Water

At the close of 2019, two large municipal utility acquisitions were taken off the table underscoring the challenges of large deals involving municipal systems. On 24 December 2019, Jacksonville, Florida utility JEA canceled its divestment... »

U.S. Private Water: Key Trends, M&A Activity, and Market Outlook Q1 2020

This Quarterly Insight highlights key trends, transactions, and competitive shifts in the U.S. private water market. Bluefield’s team of water experts tracks company financials, mergers and acquisitions,... »

Third-Party O&M for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Enabled by lower barriers to entry across a fragmented addressable market, O&M providers represent the lion’s share of private participation by systems. Of the 2,073 concessions, O&M contracts, and IOU acquisitions identified by Bluefield, 75% of the total is for O&M.... »

NW Natural Jumps into Texas Water Market

On 31 October 2019, investor-owned utility (IOU) NW Natural made a move well beyond its current geographic footprint with the acquisition of Texas-based T&W Water Service Company. T&W is a privately-owned water system serving 3,500 customer connections in the Woodland metropolitan area of Texas.... »

Midstream Water Management: U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Strategies, Solutions, & Outlook, 2019-2028

The US$17 billion per year water-for-hydraulic fracking landscape in the U.S. continues its evolution, shaped by the mercurial oil & gas markets and geopolitical forces influencing production and water management strategies. ... »

U.S. Private Water: Key Trends, M&A Activity, and Market Outlook, Q4 2019

The third quarter of 2019 signals increasing opportunities for growth across the U.S. private water market. This quarterly insight highlights key trends, transactions, and competitive shifts in the U.S. private water market. Bluefield’s team of water experts tracks company financials... »

Central States Water Quietly Builds Utility Platform

Bluefield’s Q3 2019, quarterly tracking and analysis of IOU M&A activity in the U.S. has uncovered new market entries for investor-owned utility Central States Water Resources (CSWR). ... »

Aqua America Lands Big Fish in Wastewater

On 17 September 2019, Aqua America Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, signed an asset purchase agreement with the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA). ... »

Seeking Fair Market Value for Water in Texas

On 10 June 2019, the Texas Legislature passed HB 3542, which will enable regulated water companies to pay a fair market value (FMV) for the purchase of water and wastewater systems in the state. ... »

U.S. Private Water Utilities: Drivers, Competitive Landscape and Acquisition Trends, 2019

This new Focus Report from Bluefield Research provides an in-depth analysis of the changing investor-owned utility landscape in the U.S., including key policy drivers, M&A activity, and competitive developments in utility asset ownership and market-based services.... »

U.S. Private Water Market: Key Trends, M&A Activity, and Market Outlook, Q4 2018

This Quarterly Insight highlights key trends in financial performance, O&M contracts, M&A transactions, and competitive shifts in the U.S. private water market. Bluefield’s team of water experts tracks this activity on an ongoing basis to provide the most reliable and up-to-date insights for clients addressing opportunities in water.... »

06 Dec 2018

Brown and Caldwell Stakes Out Digital Water Position With BC Blue

On 23 October 2018, U.S.-based engineering firm Brown and Caldwell (BC) launched BC Blue, repositioning its smart utility services capabilities under a unified brand. In parallel to the launch, the co... »

American Water’s Retreat from Municipal O&M Signals Caution for Outsourcing Strategies

On 9 July 2018, U.S.-based investor-owned utility (IOU) American Water Works Company, Inc. announced the sale of 23 of its 33 active operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts to Veolia North Amer... »

Pivotal Acquisition Positions American Water Closer to Customers, Municipalities

On 11 April 2018, American Water Works announced an agreement to acquire Pivotal Home Solutions, a home warranty provider based in Naperville, Illinois. The all-cash transaction, which is valued at ap... »

Flurry of M&A Puts Spotlight on Large Water IOUs

California Water Service Group (CWSG) has made three attempts to acquire San Jose Water (SJW), but SJW’s Board of Directors has rejected all three offers. Most recently, on 26 April 2018, CWSG m... »

SJW Lands Rare, Cross Country Water Utility Deal

On 15 March 2018, SJW Group (SJW) and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (CTWS) announced plans to merge in an all-stock transaction, priced at US$750 million. The deal is pending regulatory approval and... »

Outsourcing O&M for Water & Wastewater Utilities: Contracts, Competitive Landscape, and Trends

Companies across the water sector value chain are leveraging their positions to build a presence in water and wastewater utility O&M operations. Third-party, private firms in the U.S. currently op... »

U.S. Investor Owned Water Utilities: M&A Deals and Trends, Year-End 2017

In 2017, the water industry completed more than US$2.11 billion of investor-owned utility (IOU) acquisitions — across 90 deals. Another 65 pending deals worth US$308 million are still awaiting r... »



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