WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results; Issues Fiscal Year 2014 Guidance

  • Consolidated earnings per share down – $1.55 per share for fiscal year 2013 vs. $2.71 per share for fiscal year 2012
  • Consolidated non-GAAP operating earnings down – $2.31 per share for fiscal year 2013 vs. $2.68 per share for fiscal year 2012
  • Earnings Guidance for fiscal year 2014 in a range of $2.22 and $2.42 for GAAP earnings and $2.15 and $2.35 for non-GAAP operating earnings

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL):

Consolidated Results

WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported net income determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013 of $80.3 million, or $1.55 per share, compared to net income of $139.8 million, or $2.71 per share, reported for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, we reported a net loss determined in accordance with GAAP of ($51.6) million, or ($1.00) per share, compared to net income of $7.7 million, or $0.15 per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Financial performance is also evaluated based on non-GAAP operating earnings (loss). Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) adjusts for the effects of applying GAAP to certain transactions or classes of transactions that are not representative of the on-going operating earnings of the company. Refer to “Use of Non-GAAP Operating Earnings (Loss)” and supporting reconciliations attached to this news release for a detailed discussion of management’s use of non-GAAP operating earnings, as well as reconciliations of net income determined in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) for both our consolidated and segment results.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, non-GAAP operating earnings were $119.8 million, or $2.31 per share, compared to non-GAAP operating earnings of $138.4 million, or $2.68 per share, for the prior fiscal year. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, our non-GAAP operating loss was ($28.2) million, or ($0.55) per share, compared to a non-GAAP operating loss of ($5.0) million, or ($0.10) per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

“The full-year results for our regulated utility business reflected the positive impact of recent regulatory actions and O&M management, and exceeded our expectations for the year,” said Terry McCallister, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WGL. “This segment of our business is performing well and will benefit in the future from continued customer growth and rate base growth driven by accelerated pipe replacement programs in all three of our jurisdictions.”

“Among our non-utility businesses, our commercial energy systems business is also performing well and is meeting our objective of growing our asset-based renewable energy investments. Market conditions and external costs experienced at both our midstream and retail businesses adversely impacted the expected growth during the year from this part of our portfolio. We believe the challenges in these businesses are manageable and with growth opportunities arising for pipeline investments, we are still positioned to achieve our long term growth objective."

Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter Results by Business Segment

Regulated Utility Segment

For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, our regulated utility segment reported a seasonal net loss of ($39.7) million, or ($0.77) per share, compared to a net loss of ($1.2) million, or ($0.02) per share, reported for the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. After adjustments, the non-GAAP operating loss for the regulated utility segment was ($22.2) million, or ($0.43) per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to a non-GAAP operating loss of ($12.6) million, or ($0.24) per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The quarter comparison of non-GAAP operating losses reflect higher operating costs associated with employee benefits, a higher effective tax rate and lower asset optimization margins. Partially offsetting these unfavorable variances were slightly higher revenues from new base rates in the District of Columbia.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, our regulated utility segment reported net income of $71.8 million, or $1.39 per share, compared to net income of $109.7 million, or $2.13 per share, for the prior fiscal year. After adjustments, non-GAAP operating earnings for the regulated utility segment were $99.8 million, or $1.93 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, compared to non-GAAP operating earnings of $104.4 million, or $2.02 per share, for the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year change in non-GAAP operating earnings reflect lower recovery of carrying costs on storage gas inventory, higher pension costs and higher depreciation expense resulting from the growth in our investment in utility plant. Partially offsetting these unfavorable variances were higher revenues resulting from customer growth, new base rates in Maryland and the District of Columbia, accelerated pipeline replacement surcharges, favorable effects of changes in natural gas consumption patterns and lower uncollectible accounts expense.

Retail Energy-Marketing Segment

For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, the retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to net income of $14.4 million, or $0.28 per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating earnings for the retail energy-marketing segment were $0.6 million, or $0.01 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, compared to non-GAAP operating earnings of $8.9 million, or $0.17 per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The quarter comparison of non-GAAP operating earnings reflect lower realized electric unit margins due to higher costs to customers under fixed contract pricing from the regional power grid operator (PJM), partially offset by higher natural gas unit margins on favorable supply timing issues. Operating expenses for the quarter were higher primarily due to higher customer acquisition costs.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, the retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $33.0 million, or $0.64 per share, compared to net income of $39.3 million, or $0.76 per share, reported for the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating earnings for the retail energy-marketing segment were $30.4 million, or $0.59 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, compared to non-GAAP operating earnings of $36.2 million, or $0.70 per share, for the prior fiscal year.

The fiscal year comparison of non-GAAP operating earnings reflects lower electricity margins due to the timing differences in margin recognition as well as higher costs associated with fixed price contracts partially offset by higher natural gas margins. Natural gas margins were higher primarily due to higher volumes resulting from colder weather and increased margins on portfolio optimization activities. Operating expenses decreased year-over-year due to lower uncollectible accounts expense and purchase of receivables costs, partially offset by higher salaries and benefits.

Commercial Energy Systems Segment

For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, the commercial energy systems segment reported net income of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to net income of $0.9 million, or $0.02 per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, the commercial energy systems segment reported net income of $3.0 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to net income of $2.4 million, or $0.05 per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase in earnings is primarily due to higher revenue from commercial solar projects in the current period partially offset by continued weakness in the federal energy efficiency contracting business. There were no non-GAAP adjustments for this segment for any of the periods presented.

Midstream Energy Services Segment

The wholesale energy solutions segment has been renamed the midstream energy services segment. For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, the midstream energy services segment reported a net loss of ($11.8) million, or ($0.23) per share, compared to a net loss of ($5.6) million, or ($0.11) per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating losses for the midstream energy services segment were ($3.9) million, or ($0.07) per share, compared to an operating loss of ($1.5) million, or ($0.03) per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, the midstream energy services segment reported a net loss of ($18.8) million, or ($0.36) per share, compared to a net loss of ($9.1) million, or ($0.18) per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. Midstream energy services had a non-GAAP operating loss of ($5.3) million, or ($0.10) per share, compared to an operating loss of ($2.2) million, or ($0.04) per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

The non-GAAP comparisons for both the quarter and fiscal year primarily reflect costs incurred related to the investment in the Constitution Pipeline project, continued compression of storage spreads and higher operation and maintenance expense as a result of new storage and optimization arrangements.

Other Activities

For the quarter ended September 30, 2013, other activities reported a net loss of ($2.9) million, or ($0.05) per share, compared to a net loss of ($0.7) million, or ($0.02) per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. There were no non-GAAP adjustments for the three months ended September 30, 2013.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, other activities reported a net loss of ($7.9) million, or ($0.16) per share, compared to a net loss of ($2.5) million, or ($0.05) per share, for the prior fiscal year. Other activities reported non-GAAP operating losses of ($7.3) million, or ($0.15) per share, compared to a non-GAAP operating loss of ($2.5) million, or ($0.05) per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The non-GAAP comparisons for both the quarter and year-to-date reflect our corporate branding initiative costs and an increase in our on-going business development activities.

Earnings Outlook

Our GAAP earnings estimate for fiscal year 2014 is in a range of $2.22 per share to $2.42 per share. This estimate includes projected fiscal year 2014 earnings from our regulated utility segment in a range of $1.90 per share to $2.00 per share and projected fiscal year 2014 earnings from our non-utility business segments in a range of $0.32 per share to $0.42 per share.

We are also providing a consolidated earnings estimate for fiscal year 2014 based on non-GAAP operating earnings in a range of $2.15 per share to $2.35 per share. This estimate includes projected fiscal year 2014 non-GAAP operating earnings from our regulated utility segment in a range of $1.83 per share to $1.93 per share and projected fiscal year 2014 non-GAAP operating earnings from our non-utility business segments in a range of $0.32 per share to $0.42 per share. Refer to the “Reconciliation of GAAP Earnings Guidance to Non-GAAP Earnings Guidance” attached to this press release for a reconciliation of our GAAP earnings per share estimate to our estimate based on non-GAAP operating earnings per share.

We assume no obligation to update this guidance. The absence of any statement by us in the future should not be presumed to represent an affirmation of this earnings guidance. For the assumptions underlying this guidance, please refer to the slides accompanying our webcast that will be posted to WGL's website, www.wglholdings.com.

Other Information

We will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on November 14, 2013, to discuss our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results. The live conference call will be available to the public via a link located on WGL's website, www.wglholdings.com. To hear the live webcast, click on the “Webcast” link located on the home page of the referenced site. The webcast and related slides will be archived on WGL's website through December 13, 2013.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL [NYSE: WGL] is a leading source for clean and efficient energy solutions. Through our affiliates and strategic relationships, the Company offers a diverse set of energy sources including natural gas, wind, and solar as well as a range of energy solutions – generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply, and efficiency – which serve customers in more than 25 states. WGL has five main operating units: Washington Gas Light Company, a regulated natural gas utility serving approximately 1.1 million customers in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area; Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., one of the largest natural gas, electricity and green energy suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic; Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., a distributed generation and energy efficiency business, offering solar, fuel cell, combined heat and power, and other technologies across the United States; WGL Midstream, a midstream energy services business, investing in and optimizing natural gas pipelines and storage facilities in the Midwest and Eastern United States; and Hampshire Gas, a natural gas storage business which owns and operates facilities in and around Hampshire County, West Virginia. As product and service innovation are critical for value creation and sustaining growth, we are continuously increasing our assets and investments in targeted clean energy sectors. This strategy supports WGL’s core business, as well as provides opportunity for growth through partnerships and investments. WGL’s diversity is its strength. We are dedicated to the sustainability of our business, the customers and communities we serve, and the environment. To learn more, visit www.wglholdings.com.

Unless otherwise noted, earnings per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis, and are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding.

Please see the attached comparative statements for additional information on our operating results. Also attached to this news release are reconciliations of net income determined in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) for both our consolidated and segment results as well as reconciliations of our GAAP earnings guidance to our non-GAAP earnings guidance.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release and other statements by us include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the outlook for earnings, revenues and other future financial business performance or strategies and expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as, but not limited to, “estimates,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “believes,” “plans,” and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would,” and “could.” Although we believe such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we cannot give assurance that every objective will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of today, and we assume no duty to update them. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions and the factors discussed under the “Risk Factors” heading in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents we have filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

 
    September 30,     September 30,
(In thousands)     2013     2012
ASSETS
Property, Plant and Equipment
At original cost $ 4,077,506 $ 3,807,036
Accumulated depreciation and amortization       (1,223,019 )       (1,139,623 )
Net property, plant and equipment       2,854,487         2,667,413  
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents 3,478 10,263
Accounts receivable, net 318,534 369,907
Storage gas 347,291 283,008
Derivatives and other       150,708         169,583  
Total current assets       820,011         832,761  
Deferred Charges and Other Assets       532,586         610,773  
Total Assets     $ 4,207,084       $ 4,110,947  
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
Capitalization
Common shareholders' equity $ 1,274,545 $ 1,269,556
Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock 28,173 28,173
Long-term debt       524,067         589,202  
Total capitalization       1,826,785         1,886,931  
Current Liabilities
Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt 440,100 247,718
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 270,658 270,387
Derivatives and other       239,319         238,910  
Total current liabilities       950,077         757,015  
Deferred Credits       1,430,222         1,467,001  
Total Capitalization and Liabilities     $ 4,207,084       $ 4,110,947  
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

 
    Three Months Ended     Fiscal Year Ended
      September 30,     September 30,
(In thousands, except per share data)     2013     2012     2013     2012
OPERATING REVENUES        
Utility $ 122,325 $ 123,827 $ 1,174,724 $ 1,109,355
Non-utility       287,576         295,956         1,291,414         1,315,955  
Total Operating Revenues       409,901         419,783         2,466,138         2,425,310  
OPERATING EXPENSES
Utility cost of gas 52,767 10,245 496,487 394,955
Non-utility cost of energy-related sales 279,649 262,453 1,187,844 1,190,093
Operation and maintenance 102,874 86,613 366,367 342,348
Depreciation and amortization 26,044 22,946 103,284 96,476
General taxes and other assessments       23,706         24,412         145,816         135,455  
Total Operating Expenses       485,040         406,669         2,299,798         2,159,327  
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) (75,139 ) 13,114 166,340 265,983
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates 781 355 1,510 1,240
Other Income — Net 1,265 355 2,026 3,692
Interest Expense       8,981         7,526         36,011         36,428  
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES (82,074 ) 6,298 133,865 234,487
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)       (30,779 )       (1,776 )       52,292         93,349  
NET INCOME (LOSS) $ (51,295 ) $ 8,074 $ 81,573 $ 141,138
Dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock       330         330         1,320         1,320  
NET INCOME (LOSS) APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK     $ (51,625 )     $ 7,744       $ 80,253       $ 139,818  
AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic 51,756 51,592 51,697 51,522
Diluted       51,756         51,637         51,808         51,589  
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE
Basic $ (1.00 ) $ 0.15 $ 1.55 $ 2.71
Diluted     $ (1.00 )     $ 0.15       $ 1.55       $ 2.71  
 
Net Income (Loss) Applicable To Common Stock — By Segment ($000):
 
Regulated utility     $ (39,688 )     $ (1,215 )     $ 71,813       $ 109,696  
 
Non-utility operations:
Retail energy-marketing 2,539 14,355 33,024 39,331
Commercial energy systems 1,051 907 2,991 2,367

Midstream energy services

(11,785 ) (5,647 ) (18,825 ) (9,090 )
Other activities       (2,939 )       (656 )       (7,947 )       (2,486 )
Total non-utility     $ (11,134 )     $ 8,959       $ 9,243       $ 30,122  
Inter-segment eliminations       (803 )       -         (803 )       -  
NET INCOME (LOSS) APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK     $ (51,625 )     $ 7,744       $ 80,253       $ 139,818  
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics

(Unaudited)

FINANCIAL STATISTICS                
                          Fiscal Year Ended September 30,
                          2013     2012
 
Closing Market Price—end of period $42.71

$40.25

52-Week Market Price Range $46.96-$35.96 $44.99-$36.84
Price Earnings Ratio 27.6 15.1
Annualized Dividends Per Share $1.68 $1.60
Dividend Yield 3.9 % 4.0 %
Return on Average Common Equity 6.3 % 11.3 %
Total Interest Coverage (times) 4.5 7.1
Book Value Per Share—end of period $24.62 $24.60
Common Shares Outstanding—end of period (thousands)                         51,774       51,612  
 
UTILITY GAS STATISTICS                                        
Three Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended
      September 30,     September 30,
(In thousands)     2013     2012     2013     2012
 
Operating Revenues
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential - Firm $ 61,009 $ 66,501 $ 740,233 $

697,674

Commercial and Industrial - Firm 17,066 18,272 174,314 155,530
Commercial and Industrial - Interruptible 431 187 2,722 1,585
Electric Generation       275         275         1,100         1,100  
        78,781         85,235         918,369         855,889  
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 24,706 20,635 177,602 173,611
Interruptible 8,032 7,868 51,122 46,124
Electric Generation       175         238         555         727  
        32,913         28,741         229,279         220,462  
111,694 113,976 1,147,648 1,076,351
Other       10,631         9,851         27,076         33,004  
Total     $ 122,325       $ 123,827       $ 1,174,724       $ 1,109,355  
                                         
Three Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended
      September 30,     September 30,
(In thousands of therms)     2013     2012     2013     2012
 
Gas Sales and Deliveries
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential - Firm 35,066 36,742 660,424 540,206
Commercial and Industrial - Firm 16,995 16,550 180,942 149,515
Commercial and Industrial - Interruptible       427         257         2,897         2,042  
        52,488         53,549         844,263         691,763  
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 50,767 49,608 488,182 436,698
Interruptible 43,423 43,216 270,884 243,031
Electric Generation       56,679         111,922         177,533         343,315  
        150,869         204,746         936,599         1,023,044  
Total       203,357         258,295         1,780,862         1,714,807  
 
WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES                                        
Natural Gas Sales
Therm Sales (thousands of therms) 71,989 81,283 702,471 610,420
 
Number of Customers (end of period)       167,900         177,500         167,900         177,500  
 
Electricity Sales
Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs) 3,271,440 3,394,645 12,133,019 11,794,872
 
Number of Accounts (end of period)       179,900         194,300         179,900         194,300  
 
UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE
(excluding asset optimization)    

 

47.59

¢

   

 

54.40

¢

   

 

53.72

¢

   

 

60.47

¢

 
HEATING DEGREE DAYS                                        
Actual 9 5 3,769 3,036
Normal 13 13 3,775 3,799
Percent Colder (Warmer) than Normal       (30.8 )%       (61.5 )%       (0.2 )%       (20.1 )%
 
Average Active Customer Meters       1,105,109         1,093,694         1,104,283         1,093,351  
 

WGL HOLDINGS, INC.
USE OF NON-GAAP OPERATING EARNINGS (LOSS)
(Unaudited)

The attached reconciliations are provided to clearly identify adjustments made to net income calculated in accordance with GAAP to derive non-GAAP operating earnings (loss). Management believes non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) provides a more meaningful representation of our earnings from ongoing operations by adjusting for the effects of: (i) unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses from energy-related derivatives for our regulated utility and retail marketing segments; (ii) unrealized gains (losses) on certain derivatives for the long-term purchase of natural gas for the midstream energy services segment; (iii) certain gains and losses associated with optimizing the utility segment’s capacity assets; (iv) changes in the measured value of our inventory for our midstream energy services segment; (v) the financial effects of warmer-than-normal/colder-than-normal weather that exceeds weather protection for our regulated utility segment; (vi) incremental legal and consulting costs associated with business development activities; and (vii) certain unusual transactions. This presentation facilitates analysis by providing a consistent and comparable measure to help management, investors and analysts better understand and evaluate our operating results and performance trends, to forecast future results and assist in analyzing period-to-period comparisons. Additionally, we use this non-GAAP measure to report to the board of directors and to evaluate management’s performance. The economic substance underlying our adjustments to calculate non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) is as follows:

  • To provide a more transparent and accurate view of the ongoing financial results of our operations, we exclude unrealized mark-to-market adjustments for our energy-related derivatives for our regulated utility and retail energy-marketing operations as well as certain derivatives for the long-term purchase of natural gas for the midstream energy services segment.

    i. For our regulated utility segment, we use derivatives to substantially lock in a future profit. This profit does not change even though the unrealized fair value of the underlying derivatives may change period-to-period, until settlement. Additionally, for the regulated utility segment, sharing with customers is based on realized profit, and does not factor in unrealized gains and losses; therefore, excluding these unrealized losses is consistent with regulatory sharing requirements.

    ii. For our retail energy-marketing segment, we use derivatives to lock in a price for energy supplies to match future retail sales commitments. These derivatives are subject to mark-to-market treatment, while most of the corresponding retail sales contracts are not.

    iii. For the midstream energy services segment, we have entered into certain long-term natural gas purchase agreements which are accounted for as derivatives. These agreements were entered into to take advantage of potential basis spreads, not to hedge inventory. When the natural gas is delivered in the future, any gains and losses from the physical sale of that gas will be recognized.

    With the exception of certain transactions related to the optimization of system capacity assets as discussed below, when these derivatives settle, the realized economic impact is reflected in our non-GAAP operating results, as we are only removing interim unrealized mark-to-market amounts.
  • We adjust for certain gains and losses associated with the optimization of the regulated utility segment’s capacity assets. Transactions to optimize our system storage capacity assets are structured to lock in a profit that is recognized, for regulatory purposes, as the natural gas is delivered to end-use customers. These transactions may result in gains and losses that consist of: (i) the settlement of physical and financial derivatives related to the management of our storage inventory and (ii) lower-of-cost or market adjustments from the difference between the cost of physical inventory compared to the amount realized through rates when the inventory is ultimately delivered to customers. In our GAAP results, due to timing differences between when the physical and financial transactions settle, and when the natural gas is sold to the end-use customer, gains and losses associated with our storage optimization strategy may be spread across different reporting periods. For purposes of calculating non-GAAP operating earnings (loss), gains and losses associated with these transactions are included in the reporting period when the gas is delivered to the end-use customer and the ultimate profit is realized for regulatory purposes. These adjustments reflect a better matching between the economic costs and benefits of the overall optimization strategy.

    We also exclude valuation adjustments to the carrying value of non-system natural gas storage inventory in our regulated utility segment. This inventory is held solely to support asset optimization transactions. Valuation adjustments to reflect lower-of-cost or market under current accounting standards may not be representative of the margins that will be realized and shared with our utility ratepayers. Non-GAAP earnings reflect actual margins realized based on the unadjusted historical cost in storage when inventory is withdrawn and sold.
  • Our non-utility midstream energy services segment owns natural gas storage inventory in connection with its asset optimization strategies. Certain storage inventory is economically hedged with physical sales contracts. We adjust the value of that inventory using the same forward price that is used to calculate the fair value of the related physical sales contracts under derivative accounting requirements. The remaining storage optimization inventory is valued using delivered market prices for the month following the end of the reporting period. This adjustment also includes the estimated effects of certain sharing mechanisms on all of our non-GAAP unrealized gains and losses. Adjusting our storage optimization inventory in this fashion allows our reported non-GAAP earnings to better align with the settlement of both our physical and financial transactions and allows investors and management to better analyze the results of our non-utility asset optimization strategies.
  • Washington Gas has a weather protection strategy designed to neutralize the estimated financial effects of weather. To the extent, however, the financial effects of warm or cold weather exceed our weather protection, we will exclude these effects from non-GAAP operating earnings (loss). Utilization of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is our practice to evaluate our rate-regulated revenues by utilizing normal weather and to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather.
  • We exclude certain incremental legal and consulting costs associated with business development activities. These costs are unpredictable and may vary greatly with each opportunity. Management believes by excluding these costs, it allows both management and investors to better compare, analyze and forecast the performance of our revenue generating operations.
  • We exclude certain unusual transactions that may be the result of regulatory or legal decisions, or items that we may deem outside of the ordinary course of business.

There are limits in using non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) to analyze our results, as they are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, using non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share to analyze our earnings may have limited value as it excludes certain items that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. We compensate for these limitations by providing investors with the attached reconciliations to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

 
WGL HOLDINGS, INC. (Consolidating by Segment)
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS) TO
NON-GAAP OPERATING EARNINGS (LOSS)

(Unaudited)

                           
Three Months Ended September 30, 2013
(In thousands, except per share data)    

Regulated

Utility

   

Retail Energy-

Marketing

   

Commercial

Energy

Systems

   

Midstream

Energy

Services

   

Other

Activities*

   

Intersegment

Eliminations

    Consolidated
GAAP net income (loss) $ (39,688 ) $ 2,539 $ 1,051 $ (11,785 ) $ (2,939 ) $ (803 ) $ (51,625 )
Adjusted for (items shown after-tax): (a)
Unrealized mark-to-market loss (gain) on energy-related derivatives (b) 15,765 (1,957 ) - 8,584 - - 22,392
Storage optimization program (c) (208 ) - - - - - (208 )
Weather derivative products (d) 256 - - - - - 256
Change in measured value of inventory (e) - - - (661 ) - - (661 )
Competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement(f) 76 - - - - - 76
Impairment loss on Springfield Operations Center(i)       1,560         -         -       -         -         -         1,560  
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss)     $ (22,239 )     $ 582       $ 1,051     $ (3,862 )     $ (2,939 )     $ (803 )     $ (28,210 )
GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per average common share (51,756 shares) $ (0.77 ) $ 0.05 $ 0.02 $ (0.23 ) $ (0.05 ) $ (0.02 ) $ (1.00 )
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments       0.34         (0.04 )       -       0.16         (0.01 )       -         0.45  
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share     $ (0.43 )     $ 0.01       $ 0.02     $ (0.07 )     $ (0.06 )     $ (0.02 )     $ (0.55 )
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2012(m)
(In thousands, except per share data)    

Regulated

Utility

   

Retail Energy-

Marketing

   

Commercial

Energy

Systems

   

Midstream

Energy

Services

   

Other

Activities

   

Intersegment

Eliminations

    Consolidated
GAAP net income (loss) $ (1,215 ) $ 14,355 $ 907 $ (5,647 ) $ (656 ) $ - $ 7,744
Adjusted for (items shown after-tax): (a)
Unrealized mark-to-market gain on energy-related derivatives (b) (7,104 ) (7,428 ) - - - - (14,532 )
Storage optimization program (c) (540 ) - - - - - (540 )
Weather derivative products (d) (139 ) - - - - - (139 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e) - - - 4,137 - - 4,137
Competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement(f) (2,286 ) 1,975 - - - - (311 )
DC weather impact(j) 21 - - - - - 21
VA retroactive depreciation expense adjustment(k)       (1,379 )       -         -       -         -         -         (1,379 )
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss)     $ (12,642 )     $ 8,902       $ 907     $ (1,510 )     $ (656 )     $ -       $ (4,999 )
GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per average common share (51,637 shares) $ (0.02 ) $ 0.28 $ 0.02 $ (0.11 ) $ (0.02 ) $ - $ 0.15
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments       (0.22 )       (0.11 )       -       0.08         -         -         (0.25 )
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share     $ (0.24 )     $ 0.17       $ 0.02     $ (0.03 )     $ (0.02 )     $ -       $ (0.10 )
 
Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2013
(In thousands, except per share data)    

Regulated

Utility

   

Retail Energy-

Marketing

   

Commercial

Energy

Systems

   

Midstream

Energy

Services

   

Other

Activities

   

Intersegment

Eliminations

    Consolidated
GAAP net income (loss) $ 71,813 $ 33,024 $ 2,991 $ (18,825 ) $ (7,947 ) $ (803 ) $ 80,253
Adjusted for (items shown after-tax): (a)
Unrealized mark-to-market loss (gain) on energy-related derivatives (b) 27,382 (2,954 ) - 15,705 - - 40,133
Storage optimization program (c) 362 - - - - - 362
Weather derivative products (d) 103 - - - - - 103
Change in measured value of inventory (e) - - - (2,192 ) - - (2,192 )
Competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement(f) (412 ) 369 - - - - (43 )
Net insurance proceeds(g) (1,031 ) - - - - - (1,031 )
Incremental professional service fees(h) - - - - 637 - 637
Impairment loss on Springfield Operations Center(i)       1,560         -         -       -         -         -         1,560  
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss)     $ 99,777       $ 30,439       $ 2,991     $ (5,312 )     $ (7,310 )     $ (803 )     $ 119,782  
GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per average common share (51,808 shares) $ 1.39 $ 0.64 $ 0.06 $ (0.36 ) $ (0.16 ) $ (0.02 ) $ 1.55
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments       0.54         (0.05 )       -       0.26         0.01         -         0.76  
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share     $ 1.93       $ 0.59       $ 0.06     $ (0.10 )     $ (0.15 )     $ (0.02 )     $ 2.31  
 
Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2012(m)
(In thousands, except per share data)    

Regulated

Utility

   

Retail Energy-

Marketing

   

Commercial

Energy

Systems

   

Midstream

Energy

Services

   

Other

Activities

   

Intersegment

Eliminations

    Consolidated
GAAP net income (loss) $ 109,696 $ 39,331 $ 2,367 $ (9,090 ) $ (2,486 ) $ - $ 139,818
Adjusted for (items shown after-tax): (a)
Unrealized mark-to-market gain on energy-related derivatives (b) (9,579 ) (5,058 ) - - - - (14,637 )
Storage optimization program (c) 532 - - - - - 532
Weather derivative products (d) (502 ) - - - - - (502 )
Change in measured value of inventory (e) - - - 6,924 - - 6,924
Competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement(f) (2,286 ) 1,975 - - - - (311 )
Impairment loss on Springfield Operations Center(i) 3,012 - - - - - 3,012
DC weather impact(j) 2,099 - - - - - 2,099
VA retroactive depreciation expense adjustment(k) (1,379 ) - - - - - (1,379 )
Regulatory asset write-off - tax effect Medicare Part D(l)       2,827         -         -       -         -         -         2,827  
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss)     $ 104,420       $ 36,248       $ 2,367     $ (2,166 )     $ (2,486 )     $ -       $ 138,383  
GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per average common share (51,589 shares) $ 2.13 $ 0.76 $ 0.05 $ (0.18 ) $ (0.05 ) $ - $ 2.71
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments       (0.11 )       (0.06 )       -       0.14         -         -         (0.03 )
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share     $ 2.02       $ 0.70       $ 0.05     $ (0.04 )     $ (0.05 )     $ -       $ 2.68  
* Per share amounts may include adjustments for rounding.

(Footnote references are described below.)

 
 
WGL HOLDINGS, INC. (Consolidated by Quarter)
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS) TO
NON-GAAP OPERATING EARNINGS (LOSS)

(Unaudited)

 
Fiscal Year 2013
      Quarterly Period Ended (n)
(In thousands, except per share data)     Dec. 31     Mar. 31     Jun. 30     Sept. 30     Fiscal Year
GAAP net income     $ 52,388     $ 89,505     $ (10,015 )     $ (51,625 )     $ 80,253
Adjusted for (items shown after-tax): (a)
Unrealized mark-to-market loss (gain) on energy-related derivatives (b) 4,150 (6,761 ) 20,352 22,392

40,133

Storage optimization program (c) (90 ) 1,152 (492 ) (208 ) 362
Weather derivative products (d) 143 (425 ) 129 256 103
Change in the measured value of inventory (e) 2,271 7,272 (11,074 ) (661 ) (2,192 )
Competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement (f) - (1 ) (118 ) 76 (43 )
Net insurance proceeds (g) - - (1,031 ) - (1,031 )
Incremental professional service fees (h) - - 637 - 637
Impairment loss on Springfield Operations Center (i)       -         -         -         1,560         1,560  
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss)     $ 58,862       $ 90,742       $ (1,612 )     $ (28,210 )     $ 119,782  
Diluted average common shares outstanding       51,688         51,828         51,721         51,756         51,808  
GAAP diluted earnings per average common share $ 1.01 $ 1.73 $ (0.19 ) $ (1.00 ) $ 1.55
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments       0.13         0.02         0.16         0.45         0.76  
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share     $ 1.14       $ 1.75       $ (0.03 )     $ (0.55 )     $ 2.31  
 
Fiscal Year 2012(m)
      Quarterly Period Ended (n)
(In thousands, except per share data)     Dec. 31     Mar. 31     Jun. 30     Sept. 30     Fiscal Year
GAAP net income (loss) $ 50,438

$

74,179 $ 7,457 $ 7,744 $ 139,818
Adjusted for (items shown after-tax): (a)
Unrealized mark-to-market loss (gain) on energy-related derivatives (b) 11,997 197 (12,299 ) (14,532 ) (14,637 )
Storage optimization program (c) 138 841 93 (540 ) 532
Weather derivative products (d) (228 ) (186 ) 51 (139 ) (502 )
Change in measured value of inventory (e) (4,238 ) 1,604 5,421 4,137 6,924
MD competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement (f) - - - (311 ) (311 )
Impairment loss on Springfield Operations Center (i) - - 3,012 - 3,012
DC weather impact (j) - 1,857 221 21 2,099
VA retroactive depreciation expense adjustment (k) - - - (1,379 ) (1,379 )
Regulatory asset write-off - tax effect Medicare Part D (l)       -         2,827         -         -         2,827  
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss)     $ 58,107       $ 81,319       $ 3,956       $ (4,999 )     $ 138,383  
Diluted average common shares outstanding       51,533         51,561         51,632         51,637         51,589  
GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per average common share $ 0.98 $ 1.44 $ 0.14 $ 0.15 $ 2.71
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments       0.15         0.14         (0.06 )       (0.25 )       (0.03 )
Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share     $ 1.13       $ 1.58       $ 0.08       $ (0.10 )     $ 2.68  
 
 

Footnotes:

 

(a)

 

Non-GAAP adjustments are shown net of tax based on the composite tax rate for each segment. For the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, the tax expenses related to the adjustments were $14.6 million and $24.7 million, respectively. For the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, the tax expense(benefit) related to the adjustments were ($8.9) million and ($3.4) million, respectively.

(b)

Adjustments to eliminate the change in the unrealized mark-to-market positions of our energy-related derivatives for regulated utility, retail energy-marketing, as well as certain derivatives for the long-term purchase of natural gas for the midstream energy services segment that were recorded to income during the period. For the regulated utility segment, the portion of our unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses that are not recognized as being shared with customers are recorded directly to income for GAAP purposes. All unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses for the retail energy-marketing and midstream energy services segments are recorded directly to income.

(c)

Adjustments to shift the timing of storage optimization margins from the periods recognized for GAAP purposes to the periods in which such margins are recognized for regulatory sharing purposes. In addition, lower-of-cost or market adjustments related to system and non-system storage optimization are eliminated for non-GAAP reporting, since the margins will be recognized for regulatory purposes when the withdrawals are made at the unadjusted historical cost of storage inventory.

(d)

Represents weather derivatives that are recorded at fair value rather than being valued based on actual variations from normal weather. Thus, any portion of recorded fair value that is not directly offset by an increase/decrease in revenue due to weather is excluded for non-GAAP purposes.

(e)

Adjustments to reflect storage inventory at market or at a value based on the price used to value the physical forward sales contract that is economically hedging the storage inventory. This adjustment also includes the estimated effects of certain sharing mechanisms on all of our non-GAAP unrealized gains and losses.

(f)

Represents amounts collected and expected to be collected by the regulated utility segment and the expense and payment made by the retail energy-marketing segment to the regulated utility segment in relation to the refund to customers ordered by the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC of MD) in September 2011 associated with a cash settlement of gas imbalances with competitive service providers. The order remanded the matter to a hearing examiner to determine the amount of the refund as the difference between charges made to customers and the charges that would have been incurred had the imbalances been made up through volumetric adjustments.

(g)

Represents the net proceeds of an environmental insurance policy, net of current period environmental claims and regulatory sharing.

(h)

These costs include incremental legal and consulting costs in connection with business development activities. These costs are unpredictable and may vary greatly with each opportunity. Management believes by excluding these costs, it allows both management and investors to better compare, analyze and forecast the performance of our revenue generating opportunities.

(i)

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 and third quarter of fiscal year 2012, Washington Gas recorded impairment charges related to its Springfield Operations Center. Non-GAAP earnings have been adjusted to reflect a comparable measure in analyzing period-to-period comparisons.

(j)

Represents the financial effects of warm or cold weather that exceeds weather protection for our regulated utility segment.

(k)

Adjustment that eliminates the reduction in depreciation expense applicable to the period from January 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011 resulting from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC of VA) decision received on July 24, 2012. This adjustment was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012.

(l)

In March 2010, the PPACA eliminated future Med D tax benefits for Washington Gas’ tax years beginning after September 30, 2013. The deferred tax asset related to this benefit was reversed and a regulatory asset was established to reflect the probable recovery of higher future tax expense from customers. Based on positions taken by the SCC of VA in Washington Gas’ rate case and in other cases, we determined that it was not probable that the SCC of VA would permit recovery of this asset.

(m)

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, we made certain changes to our operating segments to reflect the recent growth of our non-utility business activities and the impact of those activities on our financial performance. As a result, prior period operating segment information has been recast to conform to current quarter presentation and may not conform to prior year presentation.

(n)

Quarterly earnings per share may not sum to year-to-date or annual earnings per share as quarterly calculations are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding, which may vary for each of those periods.

 
 
WGL HOLDINGS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP EARNINGS GUIDANCE TO
NON-GAAP EARNINGS GUIDANCE

FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

 
Consolidated
      Low     High
GAAP Earnings Per Share Guidance Range     $ 2.22     $ 2.42
Adjusted for:
Unrealized mark-to-market gain on energy-related derivatives (a)       (0.07 )       (0.07 )
Non-GAAP Operating Earnings Per Share Guidance Range     $ 2.15       $ 2.35  
 
 
Regulated Utility Segment
      Low     High
GAAP Earnings Per Share Guidance Range $ 1.90 $ 2.00
Adjusted for:
Unrealized mark-to-market loss on energy-related derivatives (a)       (0.07 )       (0.07 )
Non-GAAP Operating Earnings Per Share Guidance Range     $ 1.83       $ 1.93  
 
 
Non-Utility Business Segments
      Low     High
GAAP Earnings Per Share Guidance Range $ 0.32 $ 0.42
Adjusted for:
Unrealized mark-to-market gain on energy-related derivatives (a)       -         -  
Non-GAAP Operating Earnings Per Share Guidance Range     $ 0.32       $ 0.42  
 
 

Footnotes:

(a)

 

Represents the estimated reversal of certain of our existing unrealized mark-to-market positions related to our energy derivatives that will be recorded to income during fiscal year 2014. For the regulated utility segment, to the extent that our unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses are not recognized as being shared with customers, these amounts are recorded directly to income.

 

Contact:
WGL Holdings, Inc.
News Media
Ruben Rodriguez, 202-624-6620
or
Financial Community
Douglas Bonawitz, 202-624-6129

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