UIL Reports Third Quarter 2013 Earnings and Affirms 2013 Consolidated Earnings Guidance

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Today, UIL Holdings Corporation (UIL) reported consolidated net income of $5.1 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, and $74.9 million, or $1.46 per diluted share, for the third quarter and the first nine months of 2013, respectively.

The consolidated earnings reflect regulatory disallowances and other adjustments of $10.5 million, after-tax, that were recorded in the third quarter of 2013. Excluding these regulatory disallowances and other adjustments, consolidated net income was $15.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, a decrease of $0.1 million compared to the same period in 2012. For the first nine months of 2013, consolidated net income, excluding regulatory disallowances and other adjustments, was $85.4 million, or $1.67 per diluted share, an increase of $10.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to the same period in 2012.

“We had a strong third quarter operationally with all of our operating segments increasing earnings over the same period last year, excluding various one-time items recorded in the third quarter of 2013 and 2012,” commented James P. Torgerson, UIL’s president and chief executive officer. “In addition to the regulatory disallowances resulting from the electric distribution company’s rate case decision, 2013 results also reflected a charge to earnings related to the return on equity proceeding pending at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Income in 2012 reflected a settlement regarding power procurement incentives.”

“We have strengthened our balance sheet by successfully completing a common stock offering and are continuing to execute on our long-term strategic initiatives of converting customers to natural gas heating and investing in our electric and gas infrastructures,” added Torgerson. “As of October 23rd, we had converted 12,581 households and businesses - 103% of this year’s goal of 12,200 conversions. ”

Electric distribution, CTA & other

Excluding the regulatory disallowances and other adjustments of $10.5 million, after-tax, referenced above, which is broken out separately in the table below reflecting segment earnings, the electric distribution business earned $17.6 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2013, a decrease of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to the third quarter of 2012. The decrease in earnings was primarily due to the non-recurring income of $1.6 million, after-tax, to reflect power procurement incentives approved in a regulatory settlement that were recorded in the third quarter of 2012, offset by earnings sharing of $1.7 million, after-tax, recorded in the third quarter of 2012 and increased uncollectible expenses in the third quarter of 2013.

Excluding the regulatory disallowances and other adjustments of $10.5 million, after-tax, referenced above, for the first nine months of 2013, the electric distribution business earned $44.2 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, an increase of $0.9 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to the same period in 2012. The increase in earnings was primarily due to decreased operation and maintenance expenses, including rent, during the first nine months of 2013, and earnings sharing of $3.7 million, after-tax, recorded in the first nine months of 2012, partially offset by the absence of the power procurement incentives mentioned above.

Including the regulatory disallowances and other adjustments, the electric distribution business earned $7.1 million and $33.7 million for the third quarter and first nine months of 2013, respectively.

Electric transmission

The electric transmission business earned $7.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, a decrease of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to the third quarter of 2012. Higher earnings from increases in rate base and allowance for funds used during construction in the third quarter of 2013 were more than offset by a charge of $1.5 million, after-tax, that was recorded in the third quarter of 2013 to reflect management’s assessment of the ultimate outcome for the refund period in the return on equity proceeding pending at the FERC.

For the first nine months of 2013, the electric transmission business earned $24.7 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, an increase of $1.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to the same period in 2012. Higher earnings from increases in rate base and allowance for funds used during construction were partially offset by the charge discussed above.

Gas distribution

The gas distribution business incurred a loss of $6.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013, consistent with the seasonal nature of the gas business, an improvement of $1.0 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to the third quarter of 2012. The improvement in earnings for the third quarter of 2013 was mainly due to customer growth.

For the first nine months of 2013, earnings from the gas distribution business were $24.3 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, an increase of $6.4 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to the same period in 2012. The increase in earnings for the first nine months of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, was due to colder weather in 2013, and increased normalized usage per customer and customer growth. This was partially offset by increased operation and maintenance expenses and the absence of $3.5 million, pre-tax, of weather insurance proceeds that were recorded in 2012.

The gross margin impacts from weather, normalized usage per customer and customer growth are presented in the table below:

Impact of Weather, Normalized Usage per Customer and Customer Growth
(In Thousands)
      3Q '13 vs. 3Q '12   YTD '13 vs. YTD '12
Gross Margin Gross Margin
Weather $ (30 ) $ 14,112
Normalized usage per customer   302     2,537
Subtotal $ 272 $ 16,649
Customer Growth   1,048     4,923
Total $ 1,320   $ 21,572
 

Amounts may not add due to rounding

 

Corporate

Corporate incurred costs of $2.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2013, an improvement of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share compared to the third quarter of 2012. For the first nine months of 2013, Corporate incurred costs of $7.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, an improvement of $2.0 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to the same period in 2012. The improvement for both the third quarter and first nine months of 2013 was primarily due to tax benefits associated with unitary filing requirements for Massachusetts state income taxes.

Segment details for UIL Holdings Corporation’s results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2013, compared to the same periods in 2012, are presented in the table below:

             
Net Income (Loss) - $M
 
Quarter ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
 
  2013     2012   '13 vs '12   2013     2012   '13 vs '12
 
Electric Distribution & Other $ 17.6 $ 18.2 $ (0.6 ) $ 44.2 $ 43.3 $ 0.9
Electric Transmission 7.1 8.2 (1.1 ) 24.7 23.4 1.3
Gas Distribution   (6.3 )   (7.3 )   1.0     24.3     17.9     6.4  
 
Operating Companies 18.4 19.1 (0.7 ) 93.2 84.6 8.6
 
Corporate   (2.8 )   (3.4 )   0.6     (7.8 )   (9.8 )   2.0  
 
Subtotal $ 15.6 $ 15.7 $ (0.1 ) $ 85.4 $ 74.8 $ 10.6
 
Regulatory disallowances*   (10.5 )   -     (10.5 )   (10.5 )   -     (10.5 )
 
Consolidated Earnings $ 5.1   $ 15.7   $ (10.6 ) $ 74.9   $ 74.8   $ 0.1  
 
 
Earnings (Loss) Per Share
 
Quarter ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
 
  2013     2012   '13 vs '12   2013     2012   '13 vs '12
 
Electric Distribution & Other $ 0.35 $ 0.36 $ (0.01 ) $ 0.87 $ 0.85 $ 0.02
Electric Transmission 0.14 0.16 (0.02 ) 0.48 0.46 0.02
Gas Distribution   (0.12 )   (0.14 )   0.02     0.48     0.35     0.13  
 
Operating Companies 0.37 0.38 (0.01 ) 1.83 1.66 0.17
 
Corporate   (0.06 )   (0.07 )   0.01     (0.16 )   (0.20 )   0.04  
 
Subtotal $ 0.31 $ 0.31 $ - $ 1.67 $ 1.46 $ 0.21
 
Regulatory disallowances*   (0.21 )   -     (0.21 )   (0.21 )   -     (0.21 )
 
Consolidated Earnings $ 0.10   $ 0.31   $ (0.21 ) $ 1.46   $ 1.46   $ -  
 
Avg. Shares - diluted 51.2 51.0 51.2 51.0
 
Amounts may not add due to rounding

* The final decision in UI’s distribution rate case disallowed approximately $22 million related to deferred storm costs and capital costs related to UI’s recently constructed administrative and operations buildings. As a result of these disallowances and other adjustments related to the rate proceeding, UI recorded after-tax charges of $10.5 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013.

Looking Forward

UIL affirms its Total UIL Holdings earnings guidance estimate for 2013 of $1.93-$2.08 per diluted share on a consolidated basis. While consolidated earnings guidance is unchanged, UIL has revised earnings guidance for the following business segments:

  • Earnings for the Gas distribution business have been revised to $0.67-$0.77 per diluted share, compared to the previously reported estimate of $0.62-$0.72 per diluted share. The revision reflects actual year-to-date results and projected cost reductions for the remainder of 2013.
  • UIL Corporate costs have been revised to ($0.23)-($0.19) per diluted share, compared to the previously reported estimate of ($0.21)-($0.17) per diluted share. The revision is mainly due to the earnings impact related to the timing of UIL capital projects closed to plant in service in 2013.

Guidance for all other business segments and for the regulatory disallowances remains unchanged.

             
Category      

Approximate Net
Income(2)

  EPS - diluted(3)
       
Electric distribution, CTA & other $51 - $56 $0.95 - $1.05
Electric transmission $30 - $36 $0.58 - $0.68
 
Total Electric(1) $82 - $90 $1.55 - $1.70
 
Gas distribution $35 - $41 $0.67 - $0.77
UIL Corporate ($12) - ($10) ($0.23) - ($0.19)
 
Subtotal $110 - $118 $2.08 - $2.23
 
Regulatory disallowances ($11) - ($9) ($0.21) - ($0.17)
 
Total UIL Holdings(1) $102 - $110 $1.93 - $2.08
 

(1)

 

Expectations are not expected to be additive

(2)

Rounded to the nearest million

(3)

Assumes approximately 52.7 million average shares outstanding

Third quarter 2013 conference call

UIL Holdings will conduct a webcast conference call with financial analysts on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. UIL Holdings’ executive management will present an overview of the financial results followed by a question and answer session. Interested parties, including analysts, investors and the media, may listen live via the internet by logging onto the Investors section of UIL’s website at http://www.uil.com. Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson Street Events (www.streetevents.com), a password-protected event management site.

Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, UIL Holdings Corporation (UIL) is a diversified energy delivery company serving a total of approximately 700,000 electric and natural gas utility customers in 66 communities across two states, with combined total assets of over $4 billion.

UIL Holdings is the parent company for The United Illuminating Company (UI), Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG), The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG), and The Berkshire Gas Company (Berkshire), each more than 100 years old. UI provides for the transmission and delivery of electricity and other energy related services for Connecticut’s Greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas. SCG and CNG are natural gas distribution companies that serve customers in Connecticut, while Berkshire serves natural gas customers in western Massachusetts. UIL Holdings employs more than 1,850 people in the New England region. For more information on UIL Holdings, visit http://www.uil.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

UIL Holdings believes that a breakdown presented on a net income and per share basis is useful in understanding the change in the consolidated results of operations for UIL Holdings from one reporting period to another. UIL Holdings presents such per share amounts by taking the pretax amounts determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and applying UIL Holdings' combined effective statutory federal and state tax rate and then dividing the results by the average number of diluted shares of UIL Holdings common stock outstanding for the periods presented. Any such amounts provided are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to be used to calculate "Pro-forma" amounts.

UIL Holdings also believes presenting earnings excluding the regulatory disallowances, as well as earnings per share (EPS) information by line of business, including as presented above in the net income discussion and in the earnings guidance section, are useful in understanding and evaluating actual and projected financial performance and contribution of UIL’s businesses. EPS by business is calculated by taking the pretax amounts determined in accordance with GAAP of each line of business, and applying the effective statutory federal and state tax rate and then dividing the results by the average number of diluted shares of UIL common stock outstanding for the periods presented. Total consolidated EPS is a GAAP-basis presentation.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein, regarding matters that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These include statements regarding management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or forecasts for the future. Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations and involve risks and uncertainties; consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory changes, changes in demand for electricity, gas and other products and services, unanticipated weather conditions, changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines, and other economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting the operations, markets, products and services of UIL Holdings’ subsidiaries, The United Illuminating Company, The Southern Connecticut Gas Company, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation and The Berkshire Gas Company. The foregoing and other factors are discussed and should be reviewed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, as amended, and other subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements included herein speak only as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation to revise or update such statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances.

The following are summaries of UIL Holdings’ unaudited consolidated financial information for the third quarter and first nine months of 2012 and 2013:

           
UIL HOLDINGS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(In Thousands except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
  2013     2012   2013   2012
 
Operating Revenues $ 316,478   $ 322,888 $ 1,183,591 $ 1,063,547
 
Operating Expenses
Operation
Purchased power 37,314 43,565 105,996 118,581
Natural gas purchased 37,343 51,570 315,520 242,328
Operation and maintenance 89,810 87,281 273,539 260,887
Transmission wholesale 28,659 26,565 65,994 59,847
Depreciation and amortization 50,761 46,279 146,537 135,886
Taxes - other than income taxes 32,389 28,502 96,335 82,924
Regulatory disallowances   17,543     -   17,543   -
Total Operating Expenses   293,819     283,762   1,021,464   900,453
Operating Income   22,659     39,126   162,127   163,094
 
Other Income and (Deductions), net   5,153     7,416   15,718   21,205
 
Interest Charges, net
Interest on long-term debt 21,896 21,578 65,272 64,505
Other interest, net   (106 )   1,165   2,442   4,012
21,790 22,743 67,714 68,517
Amortization of debt expense and redemption premiums   609     610   1,819   1,818
Total Interest Charges, net   22,399     23,353   69,533   70,335
 
 
Income from Equity Investments   3,930     3,421   11,590   11,823
 
Income Before Income Taxes 9,343 26,610 119,902 125,787
 
Income Taxes   4,186     10,835   45,004   50,924
 
Net Income 5,157 15,775 74,898 74,863
Less:
Preferred Stock Dividends of
Subsidiary, Noncontrolling Interests   13     26   39   65
 
Net Income attributable to UIL Holdings $ 5,144   $ 15,749 $ 74,859 $ 74,798
 
Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 50,989 50,799 50,956 50,760
Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 51,231 51,032 51,237 51,004
       
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock - Basic: $ 0.10   $ 0.31 $ 1.47 $ 1.47
 
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock - Diluted: $ 0.10   $ 0.31 $ 1.46 $ 1.46
 
Cash Dividends Declared per share of Common Stock $ 0.432   $ 0.432 $ 1.296 $ 1.296
                     
 
UIL HOLDINGS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013 and 2012
(Thousands of Dollars)
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
  2013     2012   2013   2012
 
Net Income $ 5,157 $ 15,775 $ 74,898 $ 74,863
Other Comprehensive Income, net   250     350   456   551
Comprehensive Income 5,407 16,125 75,354 75,414
Less:
Preferred Stock Dividends of
Subsidiary, Noncontrolling Interests   13     26   39   65
Comprehensive Income attributable to UIL Holdings $ 5,394   $ 16,099 $ 75,315 $ 75,349
 
       
UIL HOLDINGS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(Unaudited)
 
September 30, December 31,
(thousands of dollars)         2013     2012
ASSETS
Current assets $ 533,626 $ 628,683
Other investments 151,819 148,730
Net property, plant and equipment 2,930,507 2,787,354
Regulatory assets 909,864 1,014,515
Goodwill 266,205 266,205
Deferred charges and other assets   73,757   113,880
Total Assets $ 4,865,778 $ 4,959,367
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND CAPITALIZATION
Current liabilities $ 565,462 $ 625,056
Deferred income taxes 481,264 462,940
Regulatory liabilities 487,170 445,156
Other noncurrent liabilities   610,376   708,968
Total Liabilities 2,144,272 2,242,120
 
Long-term debt, net of unamortized discount and premium 1,591,517 1,600,354
Preferred stock of subsidiary 340 340
Net common stock equity   1,129,649   1,116,553
Total Capitalization 2,721,506 2,717,247
   
Total Liabilities and Capitalization $ 4,865,778 $ 4,959,367

Contact:
UIL Holdings Corporation
Analyst:
Susan Allen, 203-499-2409
or
Media:
Michael West Jr., 203-499-3858

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