CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 5, 2014) -
(all financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars)
- Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (the Company) delivered earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 of $21.7 million ($0.38 per common share) compared to earnings of $21.2 million ($0.40 per common share) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.
- The Company's investee, Enbridge Income Fund (the Fund), generated cash available for distribution (CAFD) of $73.5 million in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $70.2 million in the first quarter of 2013 primarily as a result of strong contributions from the Fund's renewable power generation assets and a full quarter of contribution from the Bakken Expansion.
- A monthly dividend of $0.1146 per common share was declared by the Company's Board of Directors to be paid on June 16, 2014.
Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (ENF.TO) announced today earnings of $21.7 million, or $0.38 per common share, for the three months ended March 31, 2014, reflecting distributions received from its investment in Enbridge Income Fund.
The Company's financial performance is a direct reflection of the Fund's ability to generate cash for distribution. The Fund's CAFD totaled $73.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 compared with $70.2 million for the same period in the prior year. The improvement in CAFD is primarily due to increased cash flow generated by the Fund's renewable power generation assets which benefitted from strong wind and solar resource in the quarter. CAFD also reflected a full quarter of cash flow contributions from the Bakken Expansion which was placed into service on March 1, 2013, and higher contributions from the Alliance Canada natural gas transportation segment.
"The Fund's strong first quarter results are a reflection of all three business segments performing well. We continue to deliver on our objective to provide reliable and predictable cash returns to our shareholders," said Perry Schuldhaus, President of Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. "Our renewable power generation facilities were a major contributor to earnings this quarter and the Fund achieved solid performance within its gas transmission and liquids transportation and storage businesses.
"The Fund's strategy includes further growth through acquisition and development of complementary energy infrastructure. We remain well positioned to respond to acquisition opportunities including through asset drop downs into the Fund from our sponsor, Enbridge Inc., as contemplated in Enbridge Inc.'s announced funding strategy," said Mr. Schuldhaus.
On May 5, 2014, the Company's Board of Directors declared a monthly cash dividend of $0.1146 per common share to be paid on June 16, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 2, 2014. The dividend is designated an eligible dividend for Canadian tax purposes which qualifies for the enhanced dividend tax credit.
FIRST QUARTER 2014 REVIEW
The unaudited financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) of both the Company and the Fund, which contain additional notes and disclosures, are available on the Company's website at www.enbridgeincomefund.com.
- The Company's earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 were $21.7 million ($0.38 per common share) compared with $21.2 million ($0.40 per common share) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. First quarter 2014 earnings reflected a 1% per unit increase in the Fund's distribution to the Company effective November 2013 combined with the Company's increased ownership in the Fund following the February 2013 acquisition of 4,768,000 trust units. Earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 were impacted by higher income tax expense compared to the first quarter ended March 31, 2013 as a result of an increase in the estimated taxability of distributions paid by the Fund.
- The Fund generated cash available for distribution for the three months ended March 31, 2014 of $73.5 million compared to $70.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 as a result of strong contributions from each of the Fund's operating segments: Green Power, Liquids Transportation and Storage and Alliance Canada. The Fund's Green Power assets had a strong start to 2014 as a result of strong wind and solar resource. The Fund's Liquids Transportation and Storage segment reflected a full quarter contribution from the Bakken Expansion which was placed into service on March 1, 2013 and a steady contribution from the Fund's crude oil storage business. Within the Alliance Canada segment, the Fund's investee Sable NGL Services L.P. (Sable), a joint venture that holds capacity on the Alliance system, benefitted from large differentials between the cost of natural gas in Western Canada and the sales price of natural gas in the Chicago area which arose due to abnormal winter weather conditions. Strong performance from the Fund's operating businesses was partially offset by higher current income tax expense recorded within the Fund's Corporate segment.
- The Company's Board of Directors declared monthly dividends of $0.1146 per common share for each of January, February and March 2014. In addition, monthly dividends of $0.1146 per common share were declared on April 15, 2014 and on May 5, 2014 for payment to shareholders on May 15, 2014 and June 16, 2014, respectively.
ABOUT ENBRIDGE INCOME FUND HOLDINGS INC.
Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. is a publicly traded corporation. The Company, through its investment in Enbridge Income Fund, holds high quality, low risk energy infrastructure assets. The Fund's assets include interests in more than 500 megawatts of renewable and alternative power generation capacity, a portfolio of liquids transportation and storage businesses and a 50% interest in the Canadian segment of the Alliance Pipeline. Information about Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. is available on the Company's website at www.enbridgeincomefund.com.
FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION
In the interest of providing the Company's shareholders and potential investors with information about the Company and its investee, the Fund, and the Fund's subsidiaries and joint ventures, including management's assessment of the Company's and the Fund's future plans and operations, certain information provided in this News Release constitutes forward-looking statements or information (collectively, "forward-looking statements"). This information may not be appropriate for other purposes. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "anticipate", "expect", "project", "estimate", "forecast", "plan", "intend", "target", "believe" and similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. In particular, forward-looking statements include:
- expected earnings or earnings per share;
- expected costs related to projects under construction;
- expected scope and in-service dates for projects under construction;
- expected timing and amount of recovery of capital costs of assets;
- expected capital expenditures;
- expected future dividends, Fund distributions and taxability thereof;
- the Fund's expected cash available for distribution; and
- expected future actions of regulators.
Although the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable based on the information available on the date such statements are made and processes are used to prepare the information, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and readers are cautioned against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements. By their nature, these statements involve a variety of assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, levels of activity and achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Material assumptions include assumptions about: the expected supply and demand for crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids; prices of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids; expected exchange rates; inflation; interest rates; the availability and price of labour and pipeline construction materials; operational reliability; customer project approvals; maintenance of support and regulatory approval for the Fund's projects; anticipated in-service dates and weather. Assumptions regarding the expected supply and demand of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids, and the prices of these commodities, are material to and underlay all forward-looking statements. These factors are relevant to all forward-looking statements as they may impact current and future levels of demand for the Fund's services. Similarly, exchange rates, inflation and interest rates impact the economies and business environments in which the Company and the Fund operates, may impact levels of demand for the Fund's services and cost of inputs, and are therefore inherent in all forward-looking statements. Due to the interdependencies and correlation of these macroeconomic factors, the impact of any one assumption on a forward-looking statement cannot be determined with certainty, particularly with respect to expected earnings and associated per unit or per share amounts, or estimated future distributions or dividends. The most relevant assumptions associated with forward-looking statements on projects under construction, including estimated in-service dates and expected capital expenditures, include: the availability and price of labour and pipeline construction materials; the effects of inflation on labour and material costs; the effects of interest rates on borrowing costs; and the impact of weather, customer and regulatory approvals on construction schedules.
The Company's forward-looking statements, and forward looking statements with respect to the Fund, are subject to risks and uncertainties pertaining to operating performance, regulatory parameters, project approval and support, weather, economic conditions, changes in tax law, tax rates, exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices, including but not limited to those risks and uncertainties discussed in this News Release and in the Company's and the Fund's other filings with Canadian securities regulators. The impact of any one risk, uncertainty or factor on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable with certainty as these are interdependent and the Company's and the Fund's future course of action depends on management's assessment of all information available at the relevant time. Except to the extent required by law, the Company and the Fund assume no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made in this News Release or otherwise, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All subsequent forward-looking statements whether written or oral, attributable to the Company or the Fund or persons acting on the Company's or the Fund's behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.
This News Release contains references to the Fund's cash available for distribution (CAFD). CAFD represents the Fund's cash available to fund distributions on Fund Units and ECT Preferred Units as well as for debt repayments and reserves. This measure is important to shareholders as the Company's objective is to provide a predictable flow of dividends to shareholders and the Company's cash flows are derived from its investment in the Fund. CAFD is not a measure that has standardized meaning prescribed by United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S.GAAP) and is not considered a GAAP measure. Therefore, this measure may not be comparable with similar measures presented by other issuers. The Fund's CAFD reconciliation is as follows:
|Three months ended March 31,||2014||2013|
|(millions of Canadian dollars)|
|Cash provided by operating activities||53.1||49.6|
|Green Power maintenance capital expenditures||(0.3||)||(0.1||)|
|Green Power joint ventures cash distributed/(retained)||0.2||(0.1||)|
|Liquids Transportation and Storage maintenance capital expenditures||(0.6||)||(1.1||)|
|Change in operating assets and liabilities in the period||21.1||21.9|
|Cash available for distribution||73.5||70.2|
SELECTED FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
|ENBRIDGE INCOME FUND HOLDINGS INC.||Three months ended |
|(unaudited; millions of Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts)|
|Earnings per common share, basic and diluted||$||0.38||$||0.40|
|Cash provided by operating activities||18.2||17.3|
|Dividends per common share||$||0.344||$||0.334|
|Number of common shares outstanding||56,491,000||56,491,000|
|ENBRIDGE INCOME FUND1||Three months ended |
|(unaudited; millions of Canadian dollars, except unit and per unit amounts)|
|Liquids Transportation and Storage2||19.2||2.7|
|Cash available for distribution3|
|Liquids Transportation and Storage||36.1||33.1|
|Cash provided by operating activities||53.1||49.6|
|Cash distributions declared||56.2||54.4|
|Distributions per trust unit and ECT preferred unit||$||0.406||$||0.403|
|ECT preferred units||72,465,750||72,465,750|
|Green Power (thousands of megawatt hours produced)|
|Waste Heat Facilities||20.5||19.2|
|Liquids Transportation and Storage (thousands of barrels per day)|
|Saskatchewan Gathering System||134.2||112.0|
|Alliance Canada (millions of cubic feet per day)||1,652.0||1,643.0|
(1) Financial Highlights for Enbridge Income Fund have been extracted from financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
(2) Earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2013 are presented after the effects of the $12.0 million after tax write-off of rate regulated assets.
(3) See Non-GAAP Measures.