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NW Natural Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

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Initiates 2021 earnings guidance

Northwest Natural Holding Company, (NYSE: NWN) (NW Natural Holdings), reported financial results and highlights including:

  • Reported net income from continuing operations of $2.30 per share for 2020, compared to $2.19 per share and adjusted earnings1 from continuing operations of $2.41 per share for 2019

  • Reported net income from continuing operations of $1.50 per share for the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to $1.26 per share for 2019

  • Added nearly 11,600 natural gas meters over the last 12 months equating to a 1.5% growth rate

  • Invested $273 million in our utility systems to support growth and greater reliability and resiliency

  • Received Oregon general rate case order providing an estimated annual pre-tax earnings benefit of $45.1 million

  • Filed a Washington multi-year general rate case to support growth and system investments

  • Signed our first renewable natural gas investment under Oregon SB 98 with BioCarbN and Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN)

  • Announced we are partnering with an Oregon electric utility to propose a renewable hydrogen project

  • Closed five water and wastewater utility transactions bringing our total connections to over 26,000

  • Increased our dividend for the 65th consecutive year to an annual indicated dividend rate of $1.92 per share

  • Initiated 2021 earnings guidance in the range of $2.40 to $2.60 per share

"This past year was one of unprecedented challenges and unparalleled accomplishments. We rapidly embraced new health and safety protocols to continue taking care of customers amid COVID-19, made donations to help our communities, and kept our employees safe," said David H. Anderson, president and CEO of NW Natural Holdings. "At the same time, we continued to look ahead and execute on key long-term priorities, like pursuing our vision of decarbonizing our natural gas system. We also continued a disciplined approach to expanding our water utility business. I'm proud of all we accomplished and look forward to executing on growth opportunities in 2021."

For 2020, NW Natural Holdings reported net income from continuing operations of $70.3 million (or $2.30 per share), compared to $65.3 million (or $2.19 per share) for 2019. Results for 2019 included a regulatory pension disallowance of $10.5 million (or $6.6 million after-tax and $0.22 per share). Excluding this disallowance, adjusted net income from continuing operations on a non-GAAP basis1 for 2019 was $71.9 million (or $2.41 per share). On this basis, net income declined $1.6 million (or $0.11 per share) in 2020 compared to 2019. Results reflected an increase in depreciation and property tax expenses as we continued to invest in our gas utility system and the financial effects resulting from COVID-19, partially offset by higher rates for our gas company in Oregon and Washington.

________

1

Adjusted 2019 metrics are non-GAAP financial measures and exclude the regulatory pension disallowance of $10.5 million pre-tax or $6.6 million and $0.22 cents per share after-tax. See "Annual Results" and "Reconciliation to GAAP" for additional information.

KEY INITIATIVES AND EVENTS

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NW Natural Holdings continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the safety of our employees and customers, while providing essential services without interruption. We continue to follow CDC, OSHA, and state specific requirements. We also continue to benefit from our resilient business model with about 88% of our natural gas utility margin coming from the residential and commercial sectors, and a majority of our utility margin decoupled and weather normalized. Customer growth from residential and multifamily construction and single-family home conversions remained strong during the year, while we did experience a higher level of commercial customers shutting off service. As a result, the customer growth rate was 1.5% for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2020.

For 2020, we estimate the total financial effects of COVID-19 to be approximately $10 million pre-tax with the impact partially mitigated by regulatory deferrals and, in part, temporary management driven cost savings measures. We deferred and recorded a regulatory asset of $4.8 million pre-tax for the financial effects related to COVID-19 that are recoverable for our utilities. These costs include PPE supplies, estimates for bad debts, and interest expense associated with financings undertaken to support liquidity during the pandemic, net of direct cost savings. In addition, we expect to recognize revenue in a future period for an additional $1.3 million related to forgone late fee revenue. We also experienced additional financial implications of approximately $3.8 million pre-tax that will not be recovered through rates, primarily due to lower natural gas distribution margin from customers that stopped natural gas service and lower usage from customers that are not covered under decoupled rate schedules. These unrecoverable costs were mitigated in part by temporary management driven cost savings initiatives totaling approximately $3.5 million in the second half of 2020.

New Rates in Oregon

On Oct. 16, 2020, the OPUC issued an order approving the all-party settlement in NW Natural's general rate case, increasing the utility's revenue requirement by $45.1 million (or $33.1 million after-tax), compared to a requested $71.4 million. The order also approved a capital structure of 50% debt and 50% equity; a return on equity of 9.4%; and a cost of capital of 6.965%. In addition, the order approved an average rate base of $1.44 billion or an increase of $242.1 million compared to the last rate case. New rates in Oregon were effective beginning Nov. 1, 2020.

Rulemaking Complete for Oregon Senate Bill 98 (SB 98)

In July 2020, the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (OPUC) issued final rules related to Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) enabling natural gas utilities to procure or develop renewable natural gas (RNG) on behalf of their Oregon customers. The RNG rules and legislation include the following key tenets: establishes targets for gas utilities to add as much as 30% of RNG into the state's pipeline system by 2050; enables gas utilities to invest in and own the cleaning and conditioning equipment required to bring raw biogas and landfill gas up to pipeline quality, as well as the facilities to connect to the local gas distribution system; and provides for an incremental 5% of a utility's revenue requirement to cover the cost of RNG.

First Renewable Natural Gas Investment

NW Natural is partnering with BioCarbN, a developer and operator of sustainable infrastructure projects, to convert methane from some of Tyson Foods facilities into RNG. Under this partnership, NW Natural has options to invest up to an estimated $38 million in four separate RNG development projects that will access biogas derived from water treatment at Tyson Foods’ processing plants. In December 2020, NW Natural exercised its option for the first development project in Nebraska, initiating investment in an estimated $8 million project. This is the company’s first investment under the landmark new state RNG law, which supports renewable energy procurement and investment by natural gas utilities. Construction on this first project is expected to begin in early 2021, with completion and commissioning expected in late 2021. Once fully operational, these four projects are expected to generate more than 1.2 million MMBtu of renewable natural gas each year – enough RNG to provide heat for about 18,000 homes.

Hydrogen

In October 2020, NW Natural along with a local electric public utility district (PUD) in Eugene and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore developing a renewable hydrogen facility. The facility could demonstrate hydrogen's ability to help decarbonize heating loads. For the Pacific Northwest, renewable hydrogen could help with grid balancing and long-term storage opportunities for renewable sources such as wind and hydro, which have significant seasonal variation.

In 2020, we also began testing a 5% hydrogen blend at NW Natural's state-of-the-art training facility. So far, these positive blend tests focused on pipe, leakage instrument, and end use equipment performance. In 2021, we’ll expand our blend testing to include additional end use equipment performance on furnaces, fireplaces, and water heaters.

Water Utilities and Acquisitions

In 2020, NW Natural Water Company, LLC (NW Natural Water) continued its disciplined acquisition strategy, most notably closing the Suncadia water and wastewater utilities in Washington and its first acquisition in Texas. In addition, NW Natural Water continued to acquire smaller systems around its existing footprint, including its first water utility acquisition in the municipal sector near our Falls Water, Idaho system. NW Natural Water currently serves approximately 63,000 people through about 26,000 connections and has invested approximately $110 million in the water sector to date.

2019 Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report Issued

On October 6, 2020, we issued our inaugural ESG report highlighting our longstanding commitment and progress related to safety, environmental stewardship, and taking care of our employees and communities. It also features goals that we're pursuing related to decarbonizing our gas utility, growing our water and wastewater utility business, and continuing to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace. We’ve also reported the information recommended for our industry by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the American Gas Association reporting template. Additional information is available at ir.nwnaturalholdings.com.

ANNUAL RESULTS

The following financial comparisons are between the annual results for 2020 and 2019 with individual year-over-year drivers below presented on an after-tax basis using a statutory tax rate of 26.5%, unless otherwise noted. Non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effects of the regulatory pension disallowance in 2019, as these adjusted metrics provide a clearer view of operations, reflect how management views financial results, and provide comparability to prior year results. See "Reconciliation to GAAP" for a detailed reconciliation of adjusted amounts.

Financial Implications of March 2019 Regulatory Order

In March 2019, NW Natural received a regulatory order from the OPUC that outlined the recovery of a pension balancing deferral, a disallowance of a portion of this deferral, and the application of tax reform benefits.

NW Natural recognized a $10.5 million pre-tax (or $6.6 million after-tax) regulatory disallowance for amounts in the pension balancing account. This resulted in $3.9 million pre-tax ($2.8 million after-tax) of additional operations and maintenance expense, $6.6 million of pre-tax ($4.9 million after-tax) other expense, and an offsetting tax benefit of $3.9 million. In addition, as a result of beginning collections of the pension balancing account, $3.8 million of regulatory interest income ($2.8 million after-tax) was recognized related to the equity interest component of financing costs on the pension balancing account.

The order required the application of tax reform benefits to the pension balancing deferral account in March 2019, which resulted in the following offsetting adjustments with no material effect on net income:

  • $7.1 million pre-tax ($5.2 million after-tax) increase in margin;

  • $4.6 million pre-tax ($3.4 million after-tax) increase in operations and maintenance expense;

  • $7.9 million pre-tax ($5.8 million after-tax) increase in other expense; and

  • $5.9 million decrease in income tax expense.

NW Natural Holdings' annual results by business segment are summarized in the table below:

2020

2019

Change

In thousands, except per share data

Amount

Per Share

Amount

Per Share

Amount

Per Share

Net income from continuing operations:

Natural Gas Distribution segment

$

63,555

$

2.08

$

60,828

$

2.04

$

2,727

$

0.04

Regulatory pension disallowance, net

6,588

0.22

(6,588

)

(0.22

)

Adjusted Natural Gas Distribution segment1

$

63,555

$

2.08

$

67,416

$

2.26

$

(3,861

)

$

(0.18

)

Other

$

6,718

$

0.22

$

4,483

$

0.15

$

2,235

$

0.07

Consolidated net income

$

70,273

$

2.30

$

65,311

$

2.19

$

4,962

$

0.11

Adjusted consolidated net income1

70,273

2.30

71,899

2.41

(1,626

)

(0.11

)

Diluted Shares

30,599

29,859

740

1

Adjusted 2019 natural gas distribution segment and adjusted consolidated net income from continuing operations are non-GAAP financial measures and exclude the effects of a regulatory disallowance of NW Natural's pension balancing account in the amount of $6.6 million after-tax (or $10.5 million pre-tax). See "Reconciliation to GAAP" for additional information.

Natural Gas Distribution Segment

Natural Gas Distribution segment net income increased $2.7 million (or $0.04 per share). First quarter 2019 results include a $6.6 million non-cash after-tax detriment due to a regulatory disallowance of costs in NW Natural's pension balancing account. Excluding the effects of this disallowance, net income decreased $3.9 million (or $0.18 per share) reflecting higher operating expenses and the financial effects of COVID-19, partially offset by new rates and revenues from the North Mist gas storage facility that commenced service in May 2019. Earnings per share was affected by a share issuance in June 2019.

Margin increased $11.3 million primarily due to higher rates in Oregon beginning Nov. 1, 2020 and Washington beginning Nov. 1, 2019, which collectively contributed $13.0 million, the commencement of North Mist storage services added $5.6 million, and customer growth of 1.5% over the last 12 months provided $2.9 million. Partially offsetting this was a net detriment of $2.0 million related to 12% warmer than average weather in 2020 compared to normal weather for 2019 and $2.5 million of lower entitlement and curtailment fee revenue as 2019 included fees related to pipeline constraints during a weather event. Margin declined $1.4 million related to lower fee revenues as we did not charge customers late or reconnection fees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, margin decreased $5.2 million due to the Oregon rate case with no significant effect on net income as offsetting adjustments were recognized through expenses and income taxes.

Operations and maintenance expense decreased $0.2 million as a result of 2019 incorporating several nonrecurring items related to the Oregon pension order described above, specifically a $2.8 million expense related to the disallowance of costs in the pension balancing account and $3.4 million of costs that were recognized with no significant effect on net income due to offsetting adjustments in margin and income taxes. Excluding these pension expenses, operations and maintenance expense increased $6.0 million primarily due to higher compensation costs, contractor expenses, and moving and lease costs for a new headquarters and operations center, partially offset by temporary management driven cost savings measures intended to mitigate the financial implications of COVID-19.

Depreciation expense and general taxes increased $10.2 million as we continue to invest in our natural gas utility system and facilities and our North Mist gas storage facility went into service in May 2019.

Other expense, net decreased $5.2 million primarily due to several items related to the pension order in 2019 as described above, which collectively decreased other expenses by $7.9 million and included a $4.9 million expense related to the disallowance of costs in the pension balancing account, $5.8 million of costs that were offset with higher revenues and tax benefits in 2019, and $2.8 million of equity interest income recognized in 2019 when we began collecting deferred pension costs from customers. In addition, pension expenses increased $2.8 million in 2020 as this expense is recovered in rates beginning April 1, 2019 instead of a portion recovered through the pension balancing account.

Tax expense increased $4.2 million, however, this approximately offset revenues and expenses, so there was no significant resulting effect on net income. The impact was primarily due to a tax benefit of $5.9 million in 2019, which did not recur in 2020, related to implementing the March 2019 order described above.

Other

Other net income increased $2.2 million (or $0.07 per share) primarily reflecting higher revenues from our water and wastewater utilities and lower holding company expenses, partially offset by lower asset management revenues.

Discontinued Operations

On December 4, 2020, NW Natural Gas Storage, LLC closed the sale of the Gill Ranch storage facility and received payment of the cash purchase price of $13.5 million less the $1.0 million deposit previously paid. The completion of the sale resulted in an after-tax gain of $5.9 million, which is reflected in income from discontinued operations.

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

The following financial comparisons are between the fourth quarter of 2020 and 2019 with individual year-over-year drivers presented on an after-tax basis using a statutory tax rate of 26.5%, unless otherwise noted.

NW Natural Holdings' fourth quarter results by business segment are summarized in the table below:

Three Months Ended December 31,

2020

2019

Change

In thousands, except per share data

Amount

Per Share

Amount

Per Share

Amount

Per Share

Net income from continuing operations:

Natural gas distribution segment

$

44,079

$

1.44

$

37,980

$

1.25

$

6,099

$

0.19

Other

1,727

0.06

368

0.01

1,359

0.05

Net income from continuing operations

$

45,806

$

1.50

$

38,348

$

1.26

$

7,458

$

0.24

Diluted Shares

30,621

30,521

100

Natural Gas Distribution Segment

Natural gas distribution segment net income increased $6.1 million (or $0.19 per share). The increase in net income reflected revenues from new rates in Oregon beginning Nov. 1, 2020 offset in part by higher depreciation expense and the financial implications of COVID-19.

Margin increased $11.5 million primarily due to new Oregon rates, which contributed $9.9 million, and customer growth of 1.5% over the last 12 months, which contributed $1.0 million.

Operations and maintenance expense decreased $0.5 million primarily as a result of approximately $1.1 million of temporary management driven cost savings measures enacted to mitigate the financial implications of COVID-19.

Depreciation and general tax expenses increased $2.9 million as we continue to invest in our natural gas utility system and facilities.

Other

Other net income increased $1.4 million (or $0.05 per share) primarily reflecting higher revenues from our water and wastewater utilities and lower holding company expenses.

Discontinued Operations

On December 4, 2020, NW Natural Gas Storage, LLC closed the sale of the Gill Ranch storage facility. The completion of the sale resulted in an after-tax gain of $5.9 million, which is reflected in income from discontinued operations.

BALANCE SHEET AND CASH FLOWS

For 2020, the Company generated $143.0 million in operating cash flow and invested $273.0 million in natural gas capital expenditures to support growth, safety, and technology and facility upgrades, and water utility capital expenditures to support growth and safety. In addition, we invested $38.3 million to acquire water and wastewater utilities. Net cash provided by financing activities was $171.8 million for 2020 primarily due to issuing long-term and short-term debt, partially offset by repayments.

GUIDANCE

NW Natural Holdings is initiating 2021 earnings guidance in the range of $2.40 to $2.60 per share. This guidance assumes continued customer growth, average weather conditions, and no significant changes in prevailing regulatory policies, mechanisms, or outcomes, or significant local, state or federal laws, legislation or regulations.

NW Natural capital expenditures for 2021 are expected to be in the range of $280 million to $320 million and for the five-year period from 2021 to 2025 is expected to range from $1.0 billion to $1.2 billion. Approximately 80% of the planned amount is for core gas utility investments, with the remainder related to projects. These projects include system reinforcements to support growth and reliability and technology upgrades related to an enterprise resource planning system. NW Natural Water is expected to invest approximately $15 million in 2021 related to maintenance capital expenditures for water and wastewater utilities currently owned or have under a purchase and sale agreement, and for the five-year period is expected to invest approximately $40 million to $50 million.

The timing and amount of the core capital expenditures and projects for 2021 and the next five years could change based on regulation, growth, and cost estimates. Additional investments in our infrastructure during and after 2021 that are not incorporated in the estimates provided above will depend largely on additional regulations, growth, and expansion opportunities. Required funds for the investments are expected to be internally generated and/or financed with long-term debt or equity, as appropriate.

65 YEARS OF INCREASING DIVIDENDS

On Nov. 13, 2020, NW Natural Holdings paid its 65th consecutive annual dividend increase. In 2021, the board of directors of NW Natural Holdings declared a quarterly dividend of 48 cents per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend was paid on Feb. 12, 2021 to shareholders of record on Jan. 29, 2021. The Company’s current indicated annual dividend rate is $1.92 per share. Future dividends are subject to board of director discretion and approval.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

As previously announced, NW Natural Holdings will host a conference call and webcast today to discuss its fourth quarter and annual 2020 financial and operating results.

Date and Time:

Friday, February 26

8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET)

Phone Numbers:

United States: 1-866-267-6789

Canada: 1-855-669-9657

International: 1-412-902-4110

The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and general public and can be accessed at ir.nwnaturalholdings.com. A replay of the conference call will be available on our website and by dialing 1-877-344-7529 (U.S.), 1-855-669-9658 (Canada), and 1-412-317-0088 (international). The replay access code is 10150994.

ABOUT NW NATURAL HOLDINGS

Northwest Natural Holding Company, (NYSE: NWN) (NW Natural Holdings), is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and has been doing business for over 160 years in the Pacific Northwest. It owns NW Natural Gas Company (NW Natural), NW Natural Water Company (NW Natural Water), and other business interests and activities.

NW Natural is a local distribution company that currently provides natural gas service to approximately 2.5 million people in more than 140 communities through more than 770,000 meters in Oregon and Southwest Washington with one of the most modern pipeline systems in the nation. NW Natural consistently leads the industry with high J.D. Power & Associates customer satisfaction scores. NW Natural owns and operates 20 Bcf of underground gas storage capacity in Oregon.

NW Natural Water currently provides water distribution and wastewater services to communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. NW Natural Water serves approximately 63,000 people through approximately 26,000 connections in the Pacific Northwest and Texas. Learn more about our water business at nwnaturalwater.com.

Additional information is available at nwnaturalholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This report, and other presentations made by NW Holdings from time to time, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "anticipates," "assumes," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "believes," "estimates," "expects" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the following: plans, objectives, assumptions, estimates, expectations, timing, goals, strategies, commitments, future events, investments, capital expenditures, targeted capital structure, risks, risk profile, stability, acquisitions and timing, completion and integration thereof, dispositions and timing, completion and outcomes thereof, utility system and infrastructure investments, system modernization, reliability and resiliency, global, national and local economies, customer and business growth, customer satisfaction ratings, weather, customer rates or rate recovery and the timing and magnitude of potential rate changes, environmental remediation cost recoveries, environmental initiatives, decarbonization and the role of natural gas and the gas delivery system, including use of renewable sources, renewable natural gas or renewable hydrogen projects or investments and timing, magnitude and completion thereof, strategic goals and visions, the water utility strategy and financial effects of water acquisitions, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, operating plans of third parties, financial results, including estimated income, availability and sources of liquidity, expenses, positions, revenues, returns, cost of capital, timing, and earnings and earnings guidance, dividends, performance, timing, outcome, or effects of regulatory proceedings or mechanisms or approvals, regulatory prudence reviews, anticipated regulatory actions or filings, accounting treatment of future events, effects of changes in laws or regulations, effects, extent, severity and duration of COVID-19 and resulting economic disruption, the impact of mitigating factors and other efforts to mitigate risks posed by its spread, ability of our workforce, customers or suppliers to operate or conduct business, COVID-19 financial impact, expenses, cost savings measures and cost recovery including through regulatory deferrals and the timing and magnitude thereof, impact on capital projects, governmental actions and timing thereof, including actions to reopen the economy, and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts.

Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. You are therefore cautioned against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. They are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future operational, economic or financial performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are discussed by reference to the factors described in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors", and Part II, Item 7 and Item 7A "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure about Market Risk" in the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in Part I, Items 2 and 3 "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk", and Part II, Item 1A, "Risk Factors", in the quarterly reports filed thereafter.

All forward-looking statements made in this report and all subsequent forward-looking statements, whether written or oral and whether made by or on behalf of NW Holdings or NW Natural, are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and NW Holdings and NW Natural undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law. New factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible to predict all such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each such factor or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Results

In addition to presenting the results of operations and earnings amounts in total, certain financial measures exclude the regulatory pension disallowance in 2019, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company presents net income and EPS excluding this item along with the GAAP measures to illustrate the magnitude of this item on ongoing business and operational results. Although the excluded amount is properly included in the determination of this item under GAAP, the Company believes the amount and nature of such an item makes period-to-period comparisons of operations difficult or potentially confusing. Financial measures are expressed in cents per share as these amounts reflect factors that directly impact earnings, including income taxes. All references to EPS are on the basis of diluted shares. The Company uses such non-GAAP financial measures to analyze financial performance because the Company believes they provide useful information to investors and creditors in evaluating the Company's financial condition and results of operations.

NORTHWEST NATURAL HOLDINGS

Consolidated Income Statement and Financial Highlights (Unaudited)

Fourth Quarter and Annual Period

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

In thousands, except per share amounts, customer, and degree day data

December 31,

December 31,

2020

2019

Change

2020

2019

Change

Operating revenues

$

260,273

$

247,264

5

%

$

773,679

$

746,372

4

%

Operating expenses:

Cost of gas

89,266

91,744

(3

)

262,755

254,911

3

Operations and maintenance

45,873

46,337

(1

)

180,129

178,191

1

Environmental remediation

3,197

5,079

(37

)

9,691

12,337

(21

)

General taxes

8,154

7,489

9

35,078

32,388

8

Revenue taxes

10,539

10,369

2

30,291

30,325

Depreciation and amortization

27,238

24,162

13

103,683

91,496

13

Other operating expenses

1,455

1,119

30

3,701

3,250

14

Total operating expenses

185,722

186,299

625,328

602,898

4

Income from operations

74,551

60,965

22

148,351

143,474

3

Other income (expense), net

(4,042

)

(4,054

)

(13,944

)

(22,836

)

(39

)

Interest expense, net

10,713

10,878

(2

)

43,052

42,685

1

Income before income taxes

59,796

46,033

30

91,355

77,953

17

Income tax expense

13,990

7,685

82

21,082

12,642

67

Net income from continuing operations

45,806

38,348

19

70,273

65,311

8

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

6,241

(1,608

)

(488

)

6,508

(3,576

)

(282

)

Net income

$

52,047

$

36,740

42

$

76,781

$

61,735

24

Common shares outstanding:

Average diluted for period

30,621

30,521

30,599

29,859

End of period

30,589

30,472

30,589

30,472

Per share information:

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$

1.50

$

1.26

$

2.30

$

2.19

Diluted earnings (loss) per share from discontinued operations, net of tax

0.20

(0.06

)

0.21

(0.12

)

Diluted earnings per share

1.70

1.20

2.51

2.07

Dividends paid per share

0.4800

0.4775

1.9125

1.9025

Book value per share, end of period

29.05

28.42

29.05

28.42

Market closing price, end of period

45.99

73.73

45.99

73.73

Capital structure, end of period:

Common stock equity

41.4

%

45.7

%

41.4

%

45.7

%

Long-term debt

40.0

42.5

40.0

42.5

Short-term debt (including current maturities of long-term debt)

18.6

11.8

18.6

11.8

Total

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Natural Gas Distribution segment operating statistics:

Meters - end of period

774,476

762,877

1.5

%

774,476

762,877

1.5

%

Volumes - therms:

Residential and commercial sales

236,460

253,360

677,271

734,347

Industrial sales and transportation

123,871

131,986

465,626

480,807

Total volumes sold and delivered

360,331

385,346

1,142,897

1,215,154

Operating revenues:

Residential and commercial sales

$

230,159

$

219,382

$

661,346

$

638,884

Industrial sales and transportation

16,483

16,042

58,678

56,553

Other distribution revenues

319

357

1,926

13,035

Other regulated services

4,871

4,659

19,122

12,056

Total operating revenues

251,832

240,440

741,072

720,528

Less: Cost of gas

89,323

91,800

262,980

255,135

Environmental remediation expense

3,197

5,079

9,691

12,337

Revenue taxes

10,539

10,369

30,291

30,325

Margin, net

$

148,773

$

133,192

$

438,110

$

422,731

Degree days:

Average (25-year average)

1,047

1,064

2,706

2,710

Actual

978

1,071

(9

)%

2,384

2,709

(12

)%

Percent (warmer) colder than average weather

(7

)

%

1

%

(12

)

%

%

NM = Not Meaningful calculation

NORTHWEST NATURAL HOLDINGS

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

As of December 31,

In thousands

2020

2019

Assets:

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

30,168

$

9,648

Accounts receivable

88,083

67,137

Accrued unbilled revenue

57,949

56,192

Allowance for uncollectible accounts

(3,219

)

(673

)

Regulatory assets

31,745

41,929

Derivative instruments

13,678

6,802

Inventories

42,691

43,985

Gas reserves

11,409

15,278

Income taxes receivable

6,000

256

Other current assets

44,741

38,004

Discontinued operations - current assets

15,134

Total current assets

323,245

293,692

Non-current assets:

Property, plant, and equipment

3,734,039

3,476,746

Less: accumulated depreciation

1,079,269

1,037,847

Total property, plant, and equipment, net

2,654,770

2,438,899

Gas reserves

34,484

48,394

Regulatory assets

348,927

343,146

Derivative instruments

6,135

3,337

Other investments

49,259

63,333

Operating lease right of use asset

77,446

2,950

Assets under sales-type leases

143,759

146,310

Goodwill

69,225

49,929

Other non-current assets

49,129

38,464

Total non-current assets

3,433,134

3,134,762

Total assets

$

3,756,379

$

3,428,454

Liabilities and equity:

Current liabilities:

Short-term debt

$

304,525

$

149,100

Current maturities of long-term debt

95,344

75,109

Accounts payable

97,966

113,370

Taxes accrued

13,812

11,971

Interest accrued

7,441

7,451

Regulatory liabilities

50,362

44,657

Derivative instruments

4,198

2,000

Operating lease liabilities

1,105

2,101

Other current liabilities

52,330

62,705

Discontinued operations - current liabilities

13,709

Total current liabilities

627,083

482,173

Long-term debt

860,081

805,955

Deferred credits and other non-current liabilities:

Deferred tax liabilities

319,292

295,643

Regulatory liabilities

639,663

625,717

Pension and other postretirement benefit liabilities

217,287

228,129

Derivative instruments

2,852

609

Operating lease liabilities

80,621

841

Other non-current liabilities

120,767

123,388

Total deferred credits and other non-current liabilities

1,380,482

1,274,327

Equity:

Common stock

565,112

558,282

Retained earnings

336,523

318,450

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(12,902

)

(10,733

)

Total equity

888,733

865,999

Total liabilities and equity

$

3,756,379

$

3,428,454

NORTHWEST NATURAL HOLDINGS

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Year Ended December 31,

In thousands

2020

2019

Operating activities:

Net income

$

76,781

$

61,735

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operations:

Depreciation and amortization

103,683

91,496

Regulatory amortization of gas reserves

17,779

19,172

Deferred income taxes

18,667

6,317

Qualified defined benefit pension plan expense

18,370

16,497

Contributions to qualified defined benefit pension plans

(28,980

)

(10,970

)

Deferred environmental expenditures, net

(27,871

)

(16,226

)

Environmental remediation expense

9,691

12,337

Regulatory revenue deferral from the TCJA

853

Regulatory disallowance of pension costs

10,500

Gain on sale of discontinued operations

(5,902

)

Other

(6,942

)

13,907

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Receivables, net

(16,799

)

5,844

Inventories

1,262

(5,969

)

Income and other taxes

(10,710

)

4,528

Accounts payable

(15,910

)

(16,485

)

Deferred gas costs

17,590

(23,471

)

Decoupling mechanism

2,884

18,661

Other, net

(12,467

)

(4,140

)

Discontinued operations

1,894

712

Cash provided by operating activities

143,020

185,298

Investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(273,016

)

(223,471

)

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(38,263

)

(56,786

)

Leasehold improvement expenditures

(7,878

)

(18,812

)

Proceeds from the sale of assets

8,149

659

Proceeds from sale of equity method investment

7,000

Proceeds from the sale of discontinued operations

12,500

Other

1,654

(3,544

)

Discontinued operations

(4,423

)

(1,827

)

Cash used in investing activities

(294,277

)

(303,781

)

Financing activities:

Proceeds from stock options exercised

68

2,015

Proceeds from common stock issued

92,956

Long-term debt issued

150,000

175,000

Long-term debt retired

(75,000

)

(30,000

)

Proceeds from term loan due within one year

150,000

Repayment of term loan

(150,000

)

Proceeds from issuances of commercial paper, maturities greater than 90 days

195,025

Changes in other short-term debt, net

(39,600

)

(68,520

)

Cash dividend payments on common stock

(55,420

)

(53,339

)

Other

(3,296

)

(2,614

)

Cash provided by financing activities

171,777

115,498

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

20,520

(2,985

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

9,648

12,633

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

30,168

$

9,648

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Interest paid, net of capitalization

$

42,651

$

41,231

Income taxes paid (refunded), net

13,644

(96

)

NORTHWEST NATURAL HOLDINGS

Reconciliation to GAAP (Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2020

2019

In thousands, except per share data

Amount

Per Share

Amount

Per Share

CONSOLIDATED

GAAP net income from continuing operations

$

70,273

$

2.30

$

65,311

$

2.19

Regulatory pension disallowance

10,500

0.35

Income tax effect of regulatory disallowance1

(3,912

)

(0.13

)

Adjusted net income from continuing operations

$

70,273

$

2.30

$

71,899

$

2.41

Diluted shares

30,599

29,859

NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION SEGMENT

GAAP net income

$

63,555

$

2.08

$

60,828

$

2.04

Regulatory pension disallowance

10,500

0.35

Income tax effect of regulatory disallowance1

(3,912

)

(0.13

)

Adjusted net income

$

63,555

$

2.08

$

67,416

$

2.26

1

Regulatory disallowance related to the pension balancing account was recognized in the first quarter of 2019. Tax effect of adjustment was calculated using a combined federal and statutory rate of 26.5% and reducing the disallowance by $1.1 million of deferred taxes specifically associated with the pension balancing account.

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