Pepco Holdings Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2011 Earnings;2012 Earnings Guidance Announced

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2011 earnings from continuing operations as follows:

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Net Income from Continuing
Operations (GAAP)

Net Income ($ in millions)

$ 23

$ 14

$ 260

$ 139

Earnings Per Share

$ 0.10

$ 0.06

$ 1.15

$ 0.62

Adjusted Net Income from
Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP)

Adjusted Net Income ($ in millions)

$ 34

$ 56

$ 283

$ 277

Adjusted Earnings Per Share

$ 0.15

$ 0.25

$ 1.25

$ 1.24

“2011 was a year of significant progress on our key initiatives,” said Joseph M. Rigby, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While recognizing there is still more work to be done, we are pleased that our investments to improve system reliability and the customer experience are beginning to produce tangible results. Earnings were impacted by our increased spending on system maintenance and tree trimming, which are positively impacting our operating statistics and improving our restoration performance, as demonstrated during Hurricane Irene.” Rigby added, “Throughout the year, we invested nearly $900 million in transmission and distribution infrastructure including projects focused on improving reliability and installing advanced technology. This technology includes smart meters that will provide detailed account-specific energy use information to our customers and advanced control systems that will expedite power restoration after outages. Investments such as these are important components of our strategy to provide enhanced value to our customers and investors.”


Rigby went on to say that it is critically important to ensure timely cost recovery and the opportunity to earn reasonable rates of return on PHI’s extensive reliability investments. “We filed distribution rate cases in each of the five electric jurisdictions we serve to help keep the rate of cost recovery in line with our rate of investment. In addition, the filings propose cost recovery mechanisms that would reduce the time to recover reliability-related investment as well as mitigate the need to file costly, frequent rate cases. Reducing regulatory lag will continue to be a significant focus in 2012.”


The increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) for the full year 2011, as compared to the full year 2010, was primarily the result of higher transmission and distribution revenue (due to higher rates driven by increased investment), lower interest expense, and higher default electricity supply margins (primarily due to an adjustment for the cost recovery of higher cash working capital costs). Partially offsetting the earnings increases were higher Power Delivery operation and maintenance expense (due to increased electric system preventative maintenance and increased tree trimming) and the favorable impact of income tax adjustments in the 2010 period.


The decrease in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) in the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared to the 2010 quarter was primarily the result of the favorable impact of an income tax settlement and income tax adjustments in the 2010 period.

Discontinued Operations

In 2010, the Board of Directors of Pepco Holdings approved a plan for the disposition of Conectiv Energy Holding Company. The plan consisted of the sale of the wholesale power generation business, which was completed on July 1, 2010, and the liquidation of all of Conectiv Energy’s remaining assets and businesses, which has been substantially completed. As a result of the plan of disposition, Conectiv Energy’s results of operations for the 2011 and 2010 quarterly and annual periods are reported as discontinued operations. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2011, the net loss from discontinued operations was $3 million.

Special Items and Other Non-GAAP Adjustments

Management believes the special items and other non-GAAP adjustments shown below are not representative of Pepco Holdings’ ongoing business operations. The other non-GAAP adjustments include mark-to-market losses resulting from economic hedging activities associated with the retail energy supply business of Pepco Energy Services, and the impact of adopting a tax law change in the District of Columbia. The effect of these items was excluded from the 2011 earnings guidance range. Management uses earnings excluding special items and other non-GAAP adjustments and related per share data internally to evaluate Pepco Holdings’ period-over-period financial performance and, therefore, believes that this information is useful to investors. The presentation of earnings excluding special items and other non-GAAP adjustments and related per share data is intended to complement, and should not be considered as an alternative to, reported earnings in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP).

Reconciliation of GAAP Earnings to Earnings Excluding Special Items and Other Non-GAAP Adjustments

Net Income from Continuing Operations – Millions of dollars

Three Months
Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months
Ended
December 31,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Reported (GAAP) Net Income from Continuing Operations

$

23

$

14

$

260

$

139

Adjustments - Special Items (after-tax):

·

Debt extinguishment costs ($54 million and $189 million pre-tax, respectively)

-

32  

-

113

·

Restructuring charge ($16 million and $30 million pre-tax, respectively)

-

10

-

18

·

Effects of Pepco divestiture-related claims ($11 million, pre-tax)

-

-

-

6

23

56

260

276

Adjustments – Guidance-related (after-tax):

11

-

18

1

·

Mark-to-market losses from PES retail energy economic hedging activities ($18 million, $30 million, and $2 million pre-tax, respectively)

·

Effect of adopting a tax law change in District of Columbia ($7 million pre-tax)

-

-

5

-

Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP)

$

34

$

56

$

283

$

277

Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

Three Months
Ended
December 31,

Twelve Months
Ended
December 31,

2011

2010

2011

2010

Reported (GAAP) Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

$

0.10

$

0.06

$$

1.15

$

0.62

Adjustments - Special Items (after-tax):

·

Debt extinguishment costs

-

0.15

-

0.51

·

Restructuring charge

-

0.04

-

0.08

·

Effects of Pepco divestiture-related claims

-

-

-

0.03

0.10

0.25

1.15

1.24

Adjustments – Guidance-related (after-tax):

·

Mark-to-market losses from PES retail energy economic hedging activities

0.05

-

0.08

-

·

Effect of adopting a tax law change in District of Columbia

-

-

0.02

-

Adjusted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP)

$

0.15

$

0.25

$

1.25

$

1.24

Earnings Guidance

Pepco Holdings today announced an earnings guidance range for 2012 of between $1.15 and $1.30 per share.  The guidance range:

  • excludes the results of discontinued operations and the impact of any special, unusual or extraordinary items,
  • assumes normal weather conditions, and
  • excludes the after-tax net mark-to-market effects of economic hedging activities associated with the retail energy supply business of Pepco Energy Services.

2011 Events

Operations

  • Power Delivery electric sales were 49,266 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2011, compared to 50,703 GWh in 2010.  In the electric service territory, heating degree days were lower by 6 percent and cooling degree days were lower by 9 percent in 2011, compared to 2010.  Weather adjusted electric sales were 48,785 GWh in 2011, compared to 49,047 GWh in 2010.
  • Power Delivery electric sales were 10,966 GWh in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to 11,685 GWh for the same period in 2010.  In the electric service territory, heating degree days were lower by 23 percent for the three months ended December 31, 2011, compared to the same period in 2010.  Weather adjusted electric sales were 11,255 GWh in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to 11,543 GWh for the same period in the prior year.
  • On August 18, 2011, PJM Interconnection, LLC notified Pepco Holdings that the scheduled in-service date for the Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) project has been delayed from June 1, 2015 to the 2019 to 2021 time period.  MAPP is a high voltage 152-mile interstate transmission project Pepco Holdings has proposed to improve reliability and provide interconnection to diverse generation sources. 
  • In October 2011, Power Delivery established a forecast of capital expenditures for 2012 through 2016.  The forecast assumes a MAPP in-service date of 2020.  Total Power Delivery capital expenditures forecasted for the five year period are $5.6 billion.
  • As of December 31, 2011, Delmarva Power’s installation of advanced meters in its Delaware electric service territory was essentially complete (99 percent activated) and Pepco had installed approximately 90 percent of its advanced meters in its District of Columbia service territory (21 percent activated) and 12 percent of its advanced meters in its Maryland service territory (activation to begin in 2012).  The respective Public Service Commissions have approved the creation of a regulatory asset to defer Advanced Metering Infrastructure costs between rate cases, as well as the accrual of a return on the deferred costs.
  • Pepco Energy Services signed $47 million and $129 million of energy efficiency contracts for the fourth quarter and full year 2011, respectively.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2011, Pepco Energy Services incurred $11 million of net mark-to-market losses compared to less than $1 million of net mark-to-market losses in the fourth quarter of 2010.  For the full year 2011, Pepco Energy Services incurred $18 million of net mark-to-market losses compared to $1 million of net mark-to-market losses for the full year 2010.  The mark-to-market losses result from derivative contracts that economically hedge the delivery of electricity and gas to retail customers.  The mark-to-market losses as of December 31, 2011 are expected to reverse upon Pepco Energy Services’ delivery of the underlying commodity to its retail customers. 

Regulatory – Decisions 

  • On December 20, 2011, the Delaware Public Service Commission (DPSC) approved Delmarva Power’s request to implement dynamic pricing for its Delaware customers.  Dynamic pricing will reward Standard Offer Service (SOS) customers for lowering their energy use during those times when energy demand and, consequently, the cost of supplying electricity are higher.  Implementation for residential customers will be phased in over 2012 and 2013.  Implementation for commercial and industrial SOS customers will be phased in over 2013 and 2014.
  • On July 8, 2011, the Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved the settlement agreement in Delmarva Power’s electric base rate case.  The MPSC granted a $12 million annual increase in Delmarva Power’s electric distribution base rates.  The new rates were effective July 8, 2011.  Although the return on equity was not specified in the proposed settlement, the MPSC authorized that the return on equity for purposes of calculating the allowance for funds used during construction and regulatory asset carrying costs would remain unchanged.  The current return on equity for those items is 10 percent. 
  • On June 21, 2011, the DPSC approved the settlement agreement in Delmarva Power’s natural gas delivery base rate case.  The DPSC granted a $6 million annual increase in Delmarva Power’s natural gas delivery base rates, based on a 10 percent return on equity.  The new rates were effective July 1, 2011.  As permitted by Delaware law, Delmarva Power implemented interim rate increases of $2.5 million in August 2010 and $7.7 million in February 2011.  The excess amount collected was returned to customers.
  • On January 18, 2011, the DPSC approved a $16 million annual increase in Delmarva Power’s electric distribution base rates based on a 10 percent return on equity.  The new rates were effective February 1, 2011.  As permitted by Delaware law, Delmarva Power implemented interim rate increases of $2.5 million in November 2009 and $23.7 million in April 2010.  The excess amount collected was returned to customers.

Regulatory – Pending Cases

  • On December 16, 2011, Pepco filed an electric distribution base rate case in Maryland.  The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $68 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.75 percent.  In an effort to reduce regulatory lag, the filing includes a request for the approval of a reliability investment recovery mechanism (RIM) and the use of fully forecasted test years in future rate cases.  A decision in the case is expected in July 2012.
  • On December 9, 2011, Delmarva Power filed an electric distribution base rate case in Maryland.  The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $25 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.75 percent.  In an effort to reduce regulatory lag, the filing includes a request for the approval of a RIM and the use of fully forecasted test years in future rate cases.  A decision in the case is expected in July 2012.
  • On December 2, 2011, Delmarva Power filed an electric distribution base rate case in Delaware.  The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $32 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.75 percent.  As permitted by Delaware law, Delmarva Power implemented an interim rate increase of $2.5 million on January 31, 2012, subject to refund.  In an effort to reduce regulatory lag, the filing includes a request for the approval of a RIM and the use of fully forecasted test years in future rate cases.  A decision in the case is expected in July 2012. 
  • On October 18, 2011, Atlantic City Electric filed a petition in New Jersey for the approval of the continuance and expansion of the recently completed Infrastructure Investment Program (IIP).  The IIP allows recovery of Atlantic City Electric’s non-revenue generating infrastructure investment capital expenditures through a special rate outside of the normal rate recovery mechanism of a base rate filing.  Atlantic City Electric currently proposes to spend approximately $63 million, $94 million and $81 million in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively, on reliability-related capital expenditures.
  • On August 5, 2011, Atlantic City Electric filed an electric distribution base rate case in New Jersey.  The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $59 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.75 percent. 
  •  On July 8, 2011, Pepco filed an electric distribution base rate case in the District of Columbia.  The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $42 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.75 percent.  In an effort to reduce regulatory lag, the filing includes a request for the approval of a RIM and the use of fully forecasted test years in future rate cases.  A decision in the case is expected in the second quarter of 2012.

Other

  • In January 2012, Pepco Holdings subsidiaries filed suit against the Internal Revenue Service in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to defend its tax position and recover the tax payment, interest and penalties resulting from the disallowed deductions associated with its cross-border energy lease investments in connection with the audit of its 2001 and 2002 income tax returns.
  • On June 14, 2011, the Council of the District of Columbia adopted the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Support Act of 2011.  The Act includes a unitary tax provision under which all commonly controlled subsidiaries of Pepco Holdings will be included in the District of Columbia income tax filing. This new reporting method became law on September 14, 2011 and is effective for tax years beginning on or after December 31, 2010.  The effects of the law change reduced Pepco Holdings’ 2011 after-tax earnings by $5 million, consisting of additional state income tax expense ($2 million, after-tax) and a charge associated with the recalculation of the equity investment in certain cross-border energy leases due to a change in state tax cash flow assumptions ($3 million, after-tax). 

Further details regarding changes in consolidated earnings between 2011 and 2010 can be found in the following schedules.  Additional information regarding financial results and recent regulatory events can be found in the Pepco Holdings, Inc. Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is also available at www.pepcoholdings.com/investors.

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CONFERENCE CALL FOR INVESTORS

Pepco Holdings Inc. will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results on Friday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. E.T.  Investors, members of the media and other interested persons may access the conference call on the Internet at http://www.pepcoholdings.com/investors or by calling 1-866-713-8395 before 10:55 a.m.  The pass code for the call is 28200193.  International callers may access the call by dialing 1-617-597-5309, using the same pass code, 28200193.  An on-demand replay will be available for seven days following the call.  To hear the replay, dial 1-888-286-8010 and enter pass code 39586558.  International callers may access the replay by dialing 1-617-801-6888 and entering the same pass code 39586558.  An audio archive will be available at PHI's website, http://www.pepcoholdings.com/investors.

Note:  If any non-GAAP financial information (as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission in Regulation G) is used during the quarterly earnings conference call, a presentation of the most directly comparable GAAP measure and a reconciliation of the differences will be available at http://www.pepcoholdings.com/investors promptly after the conclusion of the conference call.

About PHI: Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) is one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region, serving about 2 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey. PHI subsidiaries Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric provide regulated electricity service; Delmarva Power also provides natural gas service.  PHI also provides energy efficiency and renewable energy services through Pepco Energy Services.


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