American Water Summit 2013, Investing in Water: Sorting Through the Hype

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Andy Seidel leads a panel of the water industry's biggest hitters to discuss where the value is in the water sector and how it can be unlocked.

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This American Water Summit panel is composed of water industry business leaders who have participated in some of the largest deals in the water industry and built some of the largest, most successful water companies.

Most water company pitch books or SEC IPO filings start with some variation on the "trillion dollar" global water market, the "billions of dollars" in infrastructure underinvestment accompanied by images of deserts that are meant to portend catastrophic drought – all backed by survey data from government agencies, scholarly articles and banks. If the water market is underpinned by such fantastic underlying fundamentals, why do so many companies in the water industry seem to underperform? The answer lies partly in a fundamental laziness on the part of investors. Underneath the "green" hype and the intimacy investors feel they have with the actual product lie the brutal facts that the water market is a set of fragmented, local markets and the reality that water businesses ultimately have to obey the same laws of financial management that apply to any other business.

This American Water Summit panel is comprised of water industry business leaders who have participated in some of the largest deals in the water industry and built some of the largest, most successful water companies. They will share their private equity and public market insights on how the character of the market drives complexity for operators and investors alike. Let’s open the water industry kimono and have an informed discussion on how to invest in water.

Chair: Andy Seidel, CEO, Underground Solutions

  • Rafael Simon, Venture Partner, VantagePoint Venture Capital Partners
  • Jud Hill, Managing Director, NGP Global Adaptation Partners
  • David L. Rose, Senior Vice President - Water and Renewable Energy Solutions, Wedbush Securities Inc.
  • Douglas Brown, Operating Partner, Element Partners

The American Water Summit takes place on November 5th & 6th in Washington DC.

Check out the full agenda at: http://www.americanwatersummit.com/agenda.

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