ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwired - Apr 30, 2013) - Fortis Inc. ("Fortis" or the "Corporation") (FTS.TO) today announced that it has reached a settlement with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador pertaining to all matters arising from the December 2008 expropriation of non-regulated hydroelectric generating assets and water rights in central Newfoundland, then owned by the Exploits River Hydro Partnership in which Fortis holds an indirect 51% interest through Fortis Properties Corporation. The settlement values Fortis interest at approximately $22 million, after tax, which will be recognized in the first quarter of 2013.
Fortis is the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, with total assets of approximately $15 billion and fiscal 2012 revenue totalling $3.7 billion. The Corporation serves more than 2,000,000 gas and electricity customers. Its regulated holdings include electric distribution utilities in five Canadian provinces and two Caribbean countries and a natural gas utility in British Columbia, Canada. Fortis owns and operates non-regulated generation assets in Canada, Belize and Upstate New York. It also owns hotels and commercial office and retail space in Canada.
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