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ALLETE, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Earnings

DULUTH, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

ALLETE, Inc. (ALE) today reported third quarter 2019 earnings of 60 cents per share on net income of $31.2 million. Last year’s results were 59 cents per share on net income of $30.7 million, which included 3 cents per share and $1.7 million in earnings from U.S. Water Services sold in the first quarter of this year.

"Results for the quarter are as expected and we are pleased with our progress on strategic initiatives to date, as we approach the end of a successful 2019,” said ALLETE Chairman and CEO Al Hodnik.

“Construction activities in support of generating and delivering carbon-free energy are well underway,” said ALLETE President Bethany Owen. “ALLETE Clean Energy is in the final phase of construction on almost 200 megawatts of new wind generation with the South Peak and Glen Ullin facilities; and Minnesota Power will be finalizing construction activities on the Great Northern Transmission Line expected to be in service in 2020. We anticipate a very robust start to the new year as we advance further on clean energy investments for the future."

ALLETE’s Regulated Operations segment, which includes Minnesota Power, Superior Water, Light and Power (SWL&P) and the Company’s investment in the American Transmission Co. (ATC), recorded net income of $32.4 million, compared to $29.8 million in the third quarter of 2018. Earnings reflect higher net income at Minnesota Power primarily due to higher transmission revenue, increased cost recovery rider revenue, and lower operating and maintenance expense. These increases were partially offset by lower kilowatt-hour sales and associated margins from retail and municipal customers. Net income at SWL&P increased over last year due to higher rates implemented the first of this year, and ALLETE’s earnings in ATC were higher than in 2018 primarily due to additional equity investments.

On November 1, 2019, Minnesota Power filed a retail rate increase request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission seeking an interim rate increase of approximately $48 million in additional revenue, with a final rate increase request of approximately $66 million.

ALLETE’s Energy Infrastructure and Related Services business, ALLETE Clean Energy, recorded a third quarter 2019 net loss of $1.2 million. Earnings at ALLETE Clean Energy decreased $2.2 million from 2018, primarily due to lower revenue resulting from decreased non-cash amortization related to the expiration of power sales agreements, partially offset by additional production tax credits generated in 2019.

Corporate and Other, which includes BNI Energy and ALLETE Properties, earnings increased $1.8 million from 2018. The increase is primarily attributable to the timing of income taxes recorded during the quarter.

“Consistent with the annual earnings guidance discussed in the second quarter, we expect to be in the lower half of our original 2019 guidance range,” said ALLETE Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Adams. “Beyond 2019, we anticipate earnings growth over the next several years, primarily driven by our expanding clean energy investments at both regulated and non-regulated operations. We look forward to sharing more details on additional investment in renewables and supporting transmission and distribution assets early next year, further extending our long-term growth trajectory.”

ALLETE will host a conference call and webcast at 10 a.m. Eastern Time this morning to discuss details of its financial performance. Interested parties may listen live by calling (877) 303-5852, passcode 4575028, or by accessing the webcast at www.allete.com. A replay of the call will be available through November 10, 2019 by calling (855) 859-2056, pass code 4575028. The webcast will be accessible for one year at www.allete.com.

ALLETE is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minn. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth, BNI Energy in Bismarck, N.D., and has an eight percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. More information about ALLETE is available at www.allete.com. ALE-CORP

The statements contained in this release and statements that ALLETE may make orally in connection with this release that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and investors are directed to the risks discussed in documents filed by ALLETE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

ALLETE's press releases and other communications may include certain non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) financial measures. A "non-GAAP financial measure" is defined as a numerical measure of a company's financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes (or includes) amounts that are included in (or excluded from) the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the company's financial statements.

Non-GAAP financial measures utilized by the Company include presentations of earnings (loss) per share. ALLETE's management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors by removing the effect of variances in GAAP reported results of operations that are not indicative of changes in the fundamental earnings power of the Company's operations. Management believes that the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures is appropriate and enables investors and analysts to more accurately compare the company's ongoing financial performance over the periods presented.

ALLETE, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Income

Millions Except Per Share Amounts - Unaudited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Operating Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contracts with Customers – Utility

 

$

254.1

 

 

$

261.3

 

 

$

786.1

 

 

$

789.3

 

Contracts with Customers – Non-utility

 

 

31.3

 

 

 

80.7

 

 

 

141.1

 

 

 

243.1

 

Other – Non-utility

 

 

2.9

 

 

 

6.0

 

 

 

8.7

 

 

 

17.9

 

Total Operating Revenue

 

 

288.3

 

 

 

348.0

 

 

 

935.9

 

 

 

1,050.3

 

Operating Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel, Purchased Power and Gas – Utility

 

 

98.2

 

 

 

103.2

 

 

 

295.9

 

 

 

300.6

 

Transmission Services – Utility

 

 

18.3

 

 

 

17.9

 

 

 

55.8

 

 

 

53.1

 

Cost of Sales – Non-utility

 

 

14.7

 

 

 

38.7

 

 

 

61.8

 

 

 

108.6

 

Operating and Maintenance

 

 

58.1

 

 

 

80.3

 

 

 

201.0

 

 

 

253.6

 

Depreciation and Amortization

 

 

49.5

 

 

 

51.5

 

 

 

151.6

 

 

 

153.4

 

Taxes Other than Income Taxes

 

 

12.5

 

 

 

13.1

 

 

 

39.8

 

 

 

43.8

 

Total Operating Expenses

 

 

251.3

 

 

 

304.7

 

 

 

805.9

 

 

 

913.1

 

Operating Income

 

 

37.0

 

 

 

43.3

 

 

 

130.0

 

 

 

137.2

 

Other Income (Expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Expense

 

 

(16.1

)

 

 

(17.6

)

 

 

(48.9

)

 

 

(51.6

)

Equity Earnings

 

 

4.9

 

 

 

4.0

 

 

 

15.3

 

 

 

13.0

 

Gain on Sale of U.S. Water Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.6

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

3.0

 

 

 

1.4

 

 

 

14.6

 

 

 

5.7

 

Total Other Income (Expense)

 

 

(8.2

)

 

 

(12.2

)

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

(32.9

)

Income Before Income Taxes

 

 

28.8

 

 

 

31.1

 

 

 

131.6

 

 

 

104.3

 

Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

 

 

(2.4

)

 

 

0.4

 

 

 

(4.3

)

 

 

(8.7

)

Net Income

 

$

31.2

 

 

$

30.7

 

 

$

135.9

 

 

$

113.0

 

Average Shares of Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

51.7

 

 

 

51.4

 

 

 

51.6

 

 

 

51.3

 

Diluted

 

 

51.8

 

 

 

51.6

 

 

 

51.7

 

 

 

51.5

 

Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

 

$

0.60

 

 

$

0.59

 

 

$

2.63

 

 

$

2.20

 

Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

 

$

0.60

 

 

$

0.59

 

 

$

2.63

 

 

$

2.19

 

Dividends Per Share of Common Stock

 

$

0.5875

 

 

$

0.56

 

 

$

1.7625

 

 

$

1.68

Consolidated Balance Sheet

Millions - Unaudited

         

 

 

Sept. 30,

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

 

Sept. 30,

 

Dec. 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

$

100.3

 

$

69.1

 

Current Liabilities

 

$

483.3

 

$

405.1

Other Current Assets

 

 

195.8

 

 

265.2

 

Long-Term Debt

 

 

1,404.9

 

 

1,428.5

Property, Plant and Equipment – Net

 

 

4,210.7

 

 

3,904.4

 

Deferred Income Taxes

 

 

213.9

 

 

223.6

Regulatory Assets

 

 

393.1

 

 

389.5

 

Regulatory Liabilities

 

 

510.4

 

 

512.1

Equity Investments

 

 

183.3

 

 

161.1

 

Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Benefit Plans

 

 

162.4

 

 

177.3

Goodwill and Intangibles – Net

 

 

1.0

 

 

223.3

 

Other Non-Current Liabilities

 

 

293.1

 

 

262.6

Other Non-Current Assets

 

 

191.6

 

 

152.4

 

Shareholders’ Equity

 

2,207.8

 

2,155.8

Total Assets

 

$

5,275.8

 

$

5,165.0

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

$

5,275.8

 

$

5,165.0

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

ALLETE, Inc.

 

September 30,

 

September 30,

Income (Loss)

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulated Operations

 

$

32.4

 

 

$

29.8

 

 

$

114.2

 

 

$

99.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Infrastructure and Related Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLETE Clean Energy

 

 

(1.2

)

 

 

1.0

 

 

 

6.5

 

 

 

15.9

 

U.S. Water Services

 

 

 

 

1.7

 

 

 

(1.1

)

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate and Other

 

 

 

 

(1.8

)

 

 

16.3

 

 

 

(3.1

)

Net Income

 

$

31.2

 

 

$

30.7

 

 

$

135.9

 

 

$

113.0

 

Diluted Earnings Per Share

 

$

0.60

 

 

$

0.59

 

 

$

2.63

 

 

$

2.19

 

         

Statistical Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High

 

$

88.60

 

 

$

80.78

 

 

$

88.60

 

 

$

80.78

 

Low

 

$

82.38

 

 

$

73.39

 

 

$

72.50

 

 

$

66.64

 

Close

 

$

87.41

 

 

$

75.01

 

 

$

87.41

 

 

$

75.01

 

Book Value

 

$

42.73

 

 

$

41.15

 

 

$

42.73

 

 

$

41.15

 

         

Kilowatt-hours Sold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulated Utility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail and Municipal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential

 

 

248

 

 

 

251

 

 

 

829

 

 

 

836

 

Commercial

 

 

361

 

 

 

369

 

 

 

1,043

 

 

 

1,075

 

Industrial

 

 

1,802

 

 

 

1,794

 

 

 

5,389

 

 

 

5,418

 

Municipal

 

 

146

 

 

 

196

 

 

 

519

 

 

 

603

 

Total Retail and Municipal

 

 

2,557

 

 

 

2,610

 

 

 

7,780

 

 

 

7,932

 

Other Power Suppliers

 

 

758

 

 

 

968

 

 

 

2,294

 

 

 

2,976

 

Total Regulated Utility Kilowatt-hours Sold

 

 

3,315

 

 

 

3,578

 

 

 

10,074

 

 

 

10,908

 

         

Regulated Utility Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulated Utility Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retail and Municipal Electric Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential

 

$

27.6

 

 

$

29.0

 

 

$

94.0

 

 

$

92.5

 

Commercial

 

 

36.0

 

 

 

37.2

 

 

 

106.1

 

 

 

106.4

 

Industrial

 

 

115.4

 

 

 

116.9

 

 

 

356.0

 

 

 

344.9

 

Municipal

 

 

11.8

 

 

 

14.2

 

 

 

39.4

 

 

 

41.9

 

Total Retail and Municipal Electric Revenue

 

 

190.8

 

 

 

197.3

 

 

 

595.5

 

 

 

585.7

 

Other Power Suppliers

 

 

37.3

 

 

 

40.9

 

 

 

111.9

 

 

 

127.3

 

Other (Includes Water and Gas Revenue)

 

 

26.0

 

 

 

23.1

 

 

 

78.7

 

 

 

76.3

 

Total Regulated Utility Revenue

 

$

254.1

 

 

$

261.3

 

 

$

786.1

 

 

$

789.3

 

 

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