Castaic Lake Water Agency Executes $50.7 Million Bond Sale – Saving $6.1 Million in Debt Service Costs

Press Release

NEWS RELEASE
DATE: OCTOBER 11, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS:
Matthew G. Stone, General Manager, CLWA 661 297-1600 ext. 211
Valerie Pryor, Assistant General Manager, CLWA 661 297-1600 ext. 257

CASTAIC LAKE WATER AGENCY
EXECUTES $50.7 MILLION BOND SALE –
SAVING $6.1 MILLION IN DEBT SERVICE COSTS

The Castaic Lake Water Agency on Wednesday successfully completed a bond sale of $50.7 million to refund two outstanding bond series, the Santa Clarita Water Division (SCWD) 2010B Certificates of Participation and the 2011A Revenue Bonds.

Present value savings for the bonds are estimated to be $6.1 million (11.4%), exceeding the Agency’s minimum savings standard of 5%. The refunding will reduce the Agency’s annual debt service costs by an average of $304,000. The Agency was able to take advantage of an extremely low interest rate environment in which the bonds were issued at an all-in true interest cost of 2.01%.

CLWA Assistant General Manager Valerie Pryor stated “The Board has a policy to review current debt and take advantage of historically low interest rates to refinance if appropriate to reduce the total cost to our customers.”

In September 2017, the Santa Clarita Water Division received an upgraded long-term bond rating from Standard & Poor’s from AA to AA+. Standard & Poor’s stated “The ratings reflect, in our opinion, the combination of a very strong enterprise risk profile and an extremely strong financial risk profile.”

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About the Castaic Lake Water Agency:

The Castaic Lake Water Agency is the Santa Clarita Valley’s public water wholesaler and operates the retail Santa Clarita Water Division, serving over 30,000 retail services. CLWA is one of 29 State Water Project contractors and receives water imported from northern California and Kern County through the California Aqueduct. CLWA operates two large surface water treatment plants, a groundwater treatment facility, three major pump stations, three water storage facilities and over 45 miles of large diameter transmission pipelines delivering water to four local water retailers. Our mission is to provide reliable, quality water at a reasonable cost to the Santa Clarita Valley.