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AIG Highstar Capital Announces the Acquisition of Utilities, Inc. from Nuon.

NEW YORK -- Hydro Star, LLC, a subsidiary of AIG Highstar Capital II, L.P. and certain of its affiliates (Highstar II), has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the stock of Utilities, Inc. from a subsidiary of n.v. Nuon (Nuon). Hydro Star and Nuon entered into a stock purchase agreement dated May 14, 2005.

Utilities, Inc. is a water and wastewater utility holding company based in Northbrook, Illinois. It has almost 300,000 customers located in 17 states, with a principal focus in the high growth areas of the Sunbelt.

Highstar II is a group of private equity funds that invest in infrastructure related assets and businesses. Highstar II is sponsored by AIG Global Investment Group (AIGGIG). AIGGIG member companies are subsidiaries of American International Group, Inc. (AIG).

Nuon is a large energy company based in the Netherlands, active in the generation, marketing, sale and distribution of electricity, gas, and heat, as well as related products and services. The divestment is in line with Nuon's strategy to concentrate its energy business in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

AIGGIG Chairman and CEO Win J. Neuger stated, "We have long considered water infrastructure as an attractive investment opportunity and an excellent complement to Highstar II's existing energy infrastructure portfolio. Utilities, Inc. is a leader in this industry and we are pleased that Highstar II has the opportunity to acquire this business from Nuon.".

The transaction for the purchase of Utilities, Inc. is expected to close in early 2006 and is subject to customary conditions, including the receipt of Hart Scott Rodino approval and other regulatory approvals.

AIG Global Investment Group comprises a group of international companies which provide investment advice and market asset management products and services to clients around the world. AIGGIG member companies are subsidiaries of American International Group, Inc. (AIG).

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is the world's leading international insurance and financial services organization, with operations in approximately 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG member companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In the United States, AIG companies are the largest underwriters of commercial and industrial insurance and AIG American General is a top-ranked life insurer. AIG's global businesses also include financial services, retirement services and asset management. AIG's financial services businesses include aircraft leasing, financial products, trading and market making. AIG's growing global consumer finance business is led in the United States by American General Finance. AIG also has one of the largest U.S. retirement services businesses through AIG SunAmerica and AIG VALIC, and is a leader in asset management for the individual and institutional markets, with specialized investment management capabilities in equities, fixed income, alternative investments and real estate. AIG's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the stock exchanges in London, Paris, Switzerland and Tokyo.
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