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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Feb 19, 2013 8:13 PM Flag

    NU Reports Year-End 2012 Results

    NU Reports Year-End 2012 Results

    (HARTFORD, Conn. and BOSTON, Mass. – February 19, 2013) Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU) today reported full-year 2012 earnings of $525.9 million, or $1.89 per share, compared with earnings of $394.7 million in 2011. Excluding costs related to the April 2012 merger of NU and NSTAR and related settlement costs, NU earned $633.5 million in 2012, or $2.28 per share1. Excluding merger-related costs and a storm fund reserve, NU earned $423.9 million in 2011. NSTAR’s earnings are included in NU’s results of operations, effective as of April 2012.

    In the fourth quarter of 2012, NU earned $174.7 million, or $0.55 per share, compared with earnings of $113.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Results in the fourth quarter of 2012 include after-tax merger-related costs of $2.1 million, or $0.01 per share. Results in the fourth quarter of 2011 include $19.1 million of after-tax merger-related costs and a storm fund reserve.

    Thomas J. May, NU president and chief executive officer, said, “These full-year financial results are consistent with our previously announced 2012 recurring earnings guidance of between $2.25 and $2.30 per share1 and cap a very successful year for our newly merged company.”

    May said NU’s efforts to build a premier New-England-based, highly customer-focused organization are well under way. “We continue to identify and implement the best practices of our legacy companies,” May said. “Our 9,000 employees come to work each day, with a singular focus on delivering superior service to our 3.5 million electric and natural gas customers, which will allow us to continue to provide attractive returns and dividend growth for our shareholders.”

    2013 Earnings Guidance Affirmed

    Also today, NU affirmed its 2013 earnings guidance of between $2.40 per share and $2.60 per share, as well as its longer term earnings per share growth rate of 6 percent to 9 percent, using the $2.28 per share earned in 2012 as the base year.

    Electric Transmission

    NU’s transmission segment earned $249.7 million for the full year of 2012 and $68.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with earnings of $199.6 million for the full year of 2011 and $71.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The earnings improvement for the full year primarily represents continued investment in NU’s transmission system, including the $718 million Greater Springfield Reliability Project (GSRP), as well as the addition of NSTAR Electric Company transmission results as of April 2012. Lower fourth quarter results primarily reflect a higher effective tax rate in 2012 than in 2011.

    Electric Distribution and Generation

    NU’s electric distribution and generation segment earned $343.4 million for the full year of 2012, excluding merger and related settlement costs, compared with $207 million for the full year of 2011, excluding a $17.9 million after-tax storm fund reserve at The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P). In the fourth quarter of 2012, the electric distribution and generation segment earned $80.3 million, compared with earnings of $54.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth quarter 2011 results exclude the aforementioned CL&P storm reserve.

    The distribution and generation segment results benefited in the fourth quarter and full-year 2012 from the addition of NSTAR Electric distribution results, effective in April 2012.

    Earnings of Electric Utility Subsidiaries (net of preferred dividends)

    CL&P earned $242.6 million for the full year of 2012, excluding $38.4 million of after-tax merger and related settlement costs, and $72.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. It earned $262.5 million for the full year of 2011 and $83.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, excluding the $17.9 million storm fund reserve. Lower results reflect a higher effective tax rate and higher pension, tree trimming and system maintenance costs, partially offset by a higher transmission rate base.

    NSTAR Electric earned $195.7 million for the last three quarters of 2012 and $33.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Results for the last three quarters of 2012 exclude $10.9 million of after-tax merger and related settlement costs.

    Public Service Company of New Hampshire earned $96.9 million for the full year of 2012 and $27.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $100.3 million for the full year of 2011 and $25.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Lower full-year 2012 results were due primarily to higher depreciation, property tax and income tax expense, while higher fourth quarter 2012 results were due in part to higher transmission investment levels and a change in distribution rates effective in the second half of 2012.

    Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO) earned $56.3 million for the full year of 2012 and $15.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with earnings of $43.1 million for the full year of 2012 and $16.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Full-year 2012 results exclude $1.8 million of after-tax merger and related settlement costs. WMECO’s 2012 results improved largely as a result of higher transmission earnings, which were primarily related to GSRP. The project is being built primarily in the WMECO service territory and was approximately 93 percent complete as of the end of 2012.

    Natural Gas Distribution

    NU’s natural gas distribution segment, which now includes both Yankee Gas Services Company and NSTAR Gas Company, earned $32.9 million for the full year of 2012 and $22.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. In 2011, Yankee Gas earned $31.7 million for the full year and $11 million in the fourth quarter. NSTAR Gas results are reflected from the date of the merger. Improved fourth quarter results reflect the addition of NSTAR Gas, as well as colder weather in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with the fourth quarter of 2011.

    NU parent and other companies

    Excluding $54.4 million of after-tax merger and related settlement costs, NU parent and other companies earned $7.5 million for the full year of 2012, compared with net expenses of $14.4 million for the full year of 2011, excluding $11.3 million of merger-related costs. In the fourth quarter of 2012, NU parent and other companies earned $5.4 million, excluding $2 million of after-tax merger-related costs. In the fourth quarter of 2011, NU parent and other companies recorded net expenses of $4 million, excluding $1.2 million of after-tax merger-related costs. The improvements were driven by a number of factors, including the addition of earnings from NSTAR Communications, Inc. from the date of the merger, as well as lower interest expense.

    The following table reconciles earnings per share for the fourth-quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 and 2011.

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