Progress Energy Announces 2012 First-Quarter Results; Affirms Full-Year 2012 Earnings Guidance
Posted on May 03, 2012 at 07:30 AM EDT
RALEIGH, N.C., May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN) announced first-quarter GAAP earnings of $150 million, or $0.51 per share, compared with GAAP earnings of $184 million, or $0.62 per share, for the same period last year. First-quarter ongoing earnings were $143 million, or $0.48 per share, compared to $202 million, or $0.69 per share, for the same period last year. The significant drivers in ongoing earnings per share were unfavorable impact of weather in the Carolinas, higher operation and maintenance (O&M) expense and higher depreciation and amortization expense. The higher O&M expense is primarily due to an additional planned nuclear refueling outage at Progress Energy Carolinas (PEC), partially offset by the reversal of certain regulatory liabilities in accordance with the 2012 settlement agreement at Progress Energy Florida (PEF). (See the discussion later in this release for a reconciliation of ongoing earnings per share to GAAP earnings per share.)
"The extremely mild weather through the first quarter of 2012 – although certainly a welcome respite for our customers – resulted in significantly lower energy sales in the Carolinas," said Chairman, President and CEO Bill Johnson. "We remain focused on meeting our financial goals and shareholder expectations for the year through operational excellence, cost management and consistent execution, as we await the last regulatory approvals of our pending merger with Duke Energy."
Progress Energy affirms 2012 ongoing earnings guidance of $3.10 to $3.25 per share. The ongoing earnings guidance excludes the impact, if any, from discontinued operations, the effects of certain identified gains and charges and any merger and integration costs from our proposed strategic combination with Duke Energy Corporation. Progress Energy is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for the 2012 ongoing earnings guidance due to the uncertain nature and amount of these adjustments.
Progress Energy will host a conference call and webcast at 11 a.m. ET today to review first-quarter 2012 financial performance, as well as provide an overall business update. Additional details are provided at the end of this earnings release.
See the first-quarter 2012 business highlights section for detailed first-quarter 2012 earnings variance analyses for the PEC, PEF and Corporate and Other Businesses segments.
Duke Energy – Progress Energy Merger
Financial and Regulatory
Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency
Press releases regarding various announcements are available on the company's website at www.progress-energy.com/aboutus/news.
FIRST-QUARTER 2012 BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS
Below are the first-quarter 2012 earnings variance analyses for the company's segments. See the reconciliation tables in the ongoing earnings adjustments section and on page S-1 of the supplemental data for a reconciliation of ongoing earnings per share to GAAP earnings per share. Also see the attached supplemental data schedules for additional information on PEC and PEF electric revenues, energy sales, energy supply, weather impacts and other topics.
Progress Energy Carolinas
Progress Energy Florida
Corporate and Other Businesses (includes primarily Holding Company debt)
ONGOING EARNINGS ADJUSTMENTS
Progress Energy's management uses ongoing earnings per share to evaluate the operations of the company and to establish goals for management and employees. Management believes this non-GAAP measure is appropriate for understanding the business and assessing our potential future performance, because excluded items are limited to those that we believe are not representative of our fundamental core earnings. Ongoing earnings as presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Ongoing earnings is computed as GAAP net income attributable to controlling interests (or GAAP earnings) less discontinued operations and the effects of certain identified gains and charges. The following table provides a reconciliation of ongoing earnings per share to reported GAAP earnings per share.
Reconciling adjustments from ongoing earnings to GAAP earnings are as follows:
Generally accepted accounting principles require companies to apply an effective tax rate to interim periods that is consistent with a company's estimated annual tax rate. The company projects the effective tax rate for the year and then, based upon projected operating income for each quarter, increases or decreases the tax expense recorded in that quarter to reflect the projected tax rate. Because this adjustment varies by quarter but has no impact on annual earnings, management does not consider this item to be representative of the company's fundamental core earnings.
The company has completed its business strategy of divesting nonregulated businesses to reduce its business risk and focus on core operations of the Utilities. Resolution of guarantees and indemnifications providing for certain legal, tax and environmental matters could result in additional adjustments. In 2012, the company recorded the reversal of certain environmental indemnification liabilities for which the indemnification period has expired. Management does not consider this item to be representative of the company's fundamental core earnings.
Contingent Value Obligations (CVO) Mark-to-Market
In connection with the acquisition of Florida Progress Corporation, Progress Energy issued CVOs that represent the right of the holder to receive contingent payments based on net after-tax cash flows above certain levels of four synthetic fuels facilities purchased by subsidiaries of Florida Progress Corporation in October 1999. The CVO liability is valued at fair value, and gains and losses from changes in fair value of CVOs not held by Progress Energy are recognized in earnings. Progress Energy is unable to predict the changes in the fair value of the CVOs, and management does not consider this item to be representative of the company's fundamental core earnings.
Merger and Integration Costs
The company recorded charges for merger and integration costs related to the merger. Management does not consider this item to be representative of the company's fundamental core earnings.
Progress Energy's conference call with the investment community will be held May 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT). Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by dialing 1.913.312.1448, confirmation code 4637848. If you encounter problems, please contact Investor Relations at 1.919.546.6057.
A webcast of the live conference call will be available at www.progress-energy.com/investor. The webcast will be archived on the site for at least 30 days following the call for those unable to listen in real time. The webcast will include audio of the conference call and a slide presentation referred to by management during the call. The slide presentation will be available for download beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET today at www.progress-energy.com/investor.
Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with 23,000 MW of generation capacity and approximately $9 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve approximately 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes aggressive energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art power system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008. Visit the company's website at www.progress-energy.com.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information:
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The matters discussed throughout this document involve estimates, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.
Examples of factors that you should consider with respect to any forward-looking statements made throughout this document include, but are not limited to, the following:
Many of these risks similarly impact our nonreporting subsidiaries.
These and other risk factors are detailed from time to time in our filings with the SEC. All such factors are difficult to predict, contain uncertainties that may materially affect actual results and may be beyond our control.
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