Mountain Water is asking for 10 percent return on equity, with a rate of return of 9.29 percent.Carlyle's 10% return on equity is magnified by other common PEU moves, adding debt in order to pay their "sponsor" a PEU dividend, charging management fees for Carlyle's management expertise, and flipping the company for a multiple of the original purchase price from an outright sale or IPO. As for Carlyle earning any Mountain Water management fee:
John Alke, the Helena attorney representing Mountain Water, told commissioners the company isn’t willing to lower its rate-of-return request.
“We conceded to several adjustments, not rate of return,” he said.
Mountain Water testimony filed in the case said 10 percent return on equity is a standard measurement used by the commission to determine rate of return.
Mountain Water Executive Vice President Leigh Jordan said that Carlyle’s lack of experience running a water utility hasn’t allowed it to quickly make efficiency and money-saving measures that could potentially help keep rates down.How much are customers of Mountain Water paying to school Carlyle Group executives? At least 10% ROE if the rate increase is approved.
Update 10-20-13: The testimony on this rate hike is fascinating.