Fortis Inc. Announces First Quarter Dividends-2010

01/11/2010 11:08 EST

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR - 

Increases Quarterly Common Share Dividend by 7.7 Per Cent

Marks 37 Consecutive Years of Annual Common Share Dividend Payment Increases

The Board of Directors of Fortis Inc. (the "Corporation") (TSX:FTS) has declared a common share dividend of $0.28 per share on the issued and outstanding fully paid Common Shares of the Corporation, payable on March 1, 2010 to the Common Shareholders of Record at the close of business on February 5, 2010.

The 7.7 per cent increase in the quarterly common share dividend to $0.28 from $0.26 extends the Corporation's record of annual common share dividend payment increases to 37 consecutive years, the longest record of any public corporation in Canada.

The Board of Directors also declared the following dividends on its First Preference Shares:

1. $0.340625 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series "C" of the Corporation, payable on March 1, 2010 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on February 5, 2010;

2. $0.3063 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series "E" of the Corporation, payable on March 1, 2010 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on February 5, 2010; 

3. $0.3063 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series "F" of the Corporation, payable on March 1, 2010 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on February 5, 2010; and, 

4. $0.3281 per share on the First Preference Shares, Series "G" of the Corporation, payable on March 1, 2010 to the Shareholders of Record at the close of business on February 5, 2010.

Fortis has designated the common share dividend and preference share dividends as eligible dividends for federal and provincial dividend tax credit purposes.

Fortis Inc. is the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, with total assets approaching $12 billion and fiscal 2008 revenues totalling $3.9 billion. The Corporation serves more than 2,000,000 gas and electricity customers. Its regulated holdings include electric distribution utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries and a natural gas utility in British Columbia. Fortis owns and operates non-regulated generation assets across Canada and in Belize and Upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial real estate across Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. 

The Common Shares, First Preference Shares, Series C; First Preference Shares, Series E; First Preference Shares, Series F; and First Preference Shares, Series G of Fortis are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols FTS, FTS.PR.C, FTS.PR.E, FTS.PR.F and FTS.PR.G, respectively. Fortis information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.
Fortis Inc. Ms. Donna Hynes Manager, Investor Relations 709-737-2800

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