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  • srbrophy@att.net srbrophy Feb 14, 2009 9:31 PM Flag

    A genuine question

    It's really lack of growth. Ameren's customer base is mainly the St. Louis area and rural Illinois. Not much growth in those areas. The other thing is that with the stock price going lower, the dividend payout was sitting at about 88% of earnings, much higher than most utility stocks (around 60%). That is why you just saw them make an adjustment this week. Overall, their cash position is good, and when the overall economy starts to recover (hopefully), their position should continue to improve. The regulatory environment in Illinois has stabilized somewhat as well. In Missouri, they are looking at building another nuke plant, but it remains to be seen if that is feasible financially - rates are really on the low end there.

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