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PENNSYLVANIA POWER & LIGHT $450 MILLION PREFERRED STOCK SHELF RATED 'A-' BY FITCH -- FITCH FINANCIAL WIRE --

 NEW YORK, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Power & Light Co.'s (PP&L) $450 million preferred stock shelf registration is rated `A-' by Fitch. The credit trend is stable.
 Due to strong cash flow, moderate capital requirements, and aggressive refinancing of high-cost securities, bondholder protection measures have improved steadily since 1985 and are solidly in the `A' range. Earnings have also benefitted from the sale of capacity credits and transmission entitlements to other members of the PJM power pool as well as agreements with other utilities for the reservation of output from certain generating units.
 Fitch anticipates credit quality measures to be relatively stable over the next several years. The ability to control costs, however, will be critical in meeting the company's corporate goal of not raising rates before 1995. Other challenges include retaining the revenue from capacity and transmission agreements and recovering FASB 106 costs.
 Capital requirements over the next several years are rising, partially due to Clean Air Act related expenditures, but remain manageable since PP&L has no need for additional generating capacity. Cash flow is estimated to provide about 75 percent of expenditures over the next three years compared to an average of well over 100 percent the past three years. Moderate sales growth, cost-control measures, including a 6.0 percent reduction in employees through attrition by 1995, and additional refinancings are expected to keep earnings protection measures and capital ratios relatively constant.
 For the year ended March 31, 1993, pretax interest coverage, including interest on lease obligations, was 3.18 times (x), unchanged from year-end 1992 and slightly above 1991's 3.06x. The capital structure included 50.7 percent debt, 40.4 percent common equity, and 8.9 percent preferred stock. Internal cash generation provided 95.3 percent of capital expenditures. Based on PP&L's financing plans, total debt, including capital lease obligations, should rise moderately to about 52 percent over the next two years. Interest coverage is expected to remain in the 3.0x range.
 Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. provides electric service to 1.2 million customers in central eastern Pennsylvania. Its headquarters are in Allentown, Pa.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Hornick of Fitch, 212-908-0564/
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