Pepco Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results;Announces 2013 Earnings Guidance

Friday, March 01, 2013

Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2012 earnings from continuing operations as follows:


Three Months Ended

December 31,


Year Ended
December 31,


2012

2011


2012

2011

Net Income from Continuing Operations (GAAP)






Net Income ($ in millions)

$ 43

$ 23


$ 285

$ 260

Earnings Per Share – Basic

$ 0.18

$ 0.10


$ 1.25

$ 1.15

Earnings Per Share – Diluted

$ 0.18

$ 0.10


$ 1.24

$ 1.15







Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP)






Adjusted Net Income ($ in millions)

$ 44

$ 34


$ 277

$ 283

Adjusted Earnings Per Share – Diluted

$ 0.19

$ 0.15


$ 1.21

$ 1.25

“2012 was a year of significant progress on our key initiatives,” said Joseph M. Rigby, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Throughout the year, we invested nearly $1.2 billion in transmission and distribution infrastructure including projects focused on enhancing reliability and installing advanced technology throughout our service area. These investments are significantly improving our operating performance and restoration efforts, as demonstrated during two severe weather events in 2012. Our progress culminated in ending the year with a notable rise in customer satisfaction levels.” Rigby added, “While earnings reflect the positive effects of our investment in utility infrastructure, results were also impacted by lower Pepco Energy Services earnings. While profitable, Pepco Energy Services’ financial results have been impacted by the wind-down of the retail energy supply business and a challenging energy services market.”

Rigby went on to say that continued improvement in system reliability and initiatives to reduce regulatory lag will be the focus in 2013. “Given our planned $5.9 billion investment in the electric system over the next five years to meet our customers’ needs, achieving timely and reasonable recovery of our investment through constructive regulatory outcomes is critical. Because the rate case outcomes we received in 2012 generally fell short of what is needed to earn our authorized rate of return, we are filing new cases in each jurisdiction we serve. We are also making steady progress in working with regulators and public officials to identify long-term reliability improvements and the corresponding timely recovery of, and an adequate return on, investments, and we look forward to continued progress in 2013.”

The decrease in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) for the full year ended December 31, 2012, as compared to the full year ended 2011, was largely due to lower Pepco Energy Services earnings (due to the ongoing wind-down of the retail energy supply business and lower energy services construction activity), higher Power Delivery operation and maintenance expense (mainly due to higher employee related and customer support costs), lower default electricity supply margins (primarily due to a favorable adjustment in 2011 for cost recovery of higher cash working capital costs) and higher interest expense (due to an increase in outstanding debt), partially offset by higher electric transmission and distribution revenue (predominantly due to higher rates related to increased plant investment).

The increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter 2012, as compared to the same period in the prior year, was driven by higher electric transmission and distribution revenue (due to higher rates related to increased plant investment), partially offset by lower Pepco Energy Services earnings (due to the ongoing wind-down of the retail energy supply business and lower energy services construction activity).

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Management believes the adjusted net income from continuing operations and related per share data are representative of Pepco Holdings’ ongoing business operations. Management uses this information internally to evaluate Pepco Holdings’ period-over-period financial performance and, therefore, believes that this information is useful to investors. The presentation of adjusted net income from continuing operations and related per share data is intended to complement, and should not be considered as an alternative to, reported earnings and related per share data presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP).

Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Information to Adjusted Financial Information

Net Income from Continuing Operations – Millions of dollars


Three Months
Ended
December 31,


Year
Ended
December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011

Reported (GAAP) Net Income from Continuing Operations

$

43

$

23

$

285

$

260

Adjustments (after-tax):









·

Mark-to-market (gains)/losses from Pepco Energy Services

retail energy economic hedging activities (($4) million, $18 million, ($24) million and $30 million pre-tax, respectively)


(3)


11


(15)


18

·

Impairment charges related to Pepco Energy Services long-lived assets ($7 million and $12 million pre-tax, respectively)


4


-


7


-

·

Effect of adopting a tax law change in District of Columbia

($7 million pre-tax)


-


-


-


5

Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP)

$

44

$

34

$

277

$

283

Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations


Three Months
Ended
December 31,


Year
Ended
December 31,



2012


2011


2012


2011

Reported (GAAP) Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations – Diluted

$

0.18

$

0.10

$

1.24

$

1.15

Adjustments (after-tax):









·

Mark-to-market (gains)/losses from Pepco Energy Services retail energy economic hedging activities


(0.01)


0.05


(0.06)


0.08

·

Impairment charges related to Pepco Energy Services long-lived assets


0.02


-


0.03


-

·

Effect of adopting a tax law change in District of Columbia


-


-


-


0.02

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

$

0.19

$

0.15

$

1.21

$

1.25

The income tax effect with respect to the foregoing adjustments was calculated using a composite income tax rate of approximately 40 percent.

Earnings Guidance

Pepco Holdings today announced an earnings guidance range for 2013 of $1.05 to $1.20 per share.

The range:

  • excludes the results of discontinued operations and the impact of any special, unusual or extraordinary items,
  • assumes normal weather conditions,
  • excludes earnings or losses associated with the retail energy supply business of Pepco Energy Services, including the net mark-to-market effects of economic hedging activities, and
  • excludes earnings or losses associated with the cross-border energy lease investments, including the associated interest on the tax liability.

Recent Events

Operations

  • Power Delivery electric sales were 48,142 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2012, compared to 49,266 GWh in 2011. In the electric service territory, heating degree days decreased by 11 percent and cooling degree days decreased by 2 percent in 2012 compared to 2011. Weather-adjusted electric sales were 48,182 GWh in 2012, compared to 48,785 GWh in the prior year.
  • Power Delivery electric sales were 10,992 gigawatt hours (GWh) for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 10,966 GWh for the same period in 2011. Heating degree days in the electric service territory increased by 13 percent for the fourth quarter 2012 compared to the prior year. Weather adjusted electric sales were 11,095 GWh for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 11,255 GWh in 2011.
  • As of December 31, 2012, Delmarva Power’s installation and activation of smart meters in its Delaware electric service territory was substantially complete and Pepco had installed approximately 98 percent of its smart meters in its District of Columbia service territory (91 percent activated) and 83 percent of its smart meters in its Maryland service territory (57 percent activated). On May 8, 2012, the Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) authorized Delmarva Power to proceed with the implementation of the smart meters in Maryland. Installation will commence when the Customer Education Plan is approved by the MPSC, which is expected in the first quarter of 2013. The respective public service commissions have approved the creation of a regulatory asset to defer Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) costs between rate cases, as well as the accrual of a return on the deferred costs.

Regulatory Matters

  • On December 21, 2012, PHI submitted a filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking recovery of approximately $88 million of abandoned Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) capital expenditures, in accordance with the terms of a 2008 FERC order approving an incentive rate for the MAPP project including the recovery of prudently incurred abandonment costs. Consistent with the FERC order, certain of PHI’s MAPP capital expenditures were included in rate base, earning an incentive rate of return of 12.8 percent during the project development period.
  • On December 11, 2012, Atlantic City Electric filed an electric distribution base rate case in New Jersey. The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $70 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.25 percent. A decision in the case is expected in the fourth quarter of 2013.
  • On December 7, 2012, Delmarva Power filed a natural gas distribution base rate case in Delaware. The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $12 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.25 percent. As permitted by Delaware law, Delmarva Power implemented an interim rate increase of $2.5 million on February 5, 2013, subject to refund. A decision in the case is expected in the third quarter of 2013.
  • On November 30, 2012, Pepco filed an electric distribution base rate case in Maryland. The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $61 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.25 percent. In addition, to address the recommendations of the Maryland Governor’s Grid Resiliency Task Force Report, Pepco is requesting approval of a three-year Grid Resiliency Charge (GRC) for costs totaling $192 million associated with its plan to accelerate investments in infrastructure. The GRC, if approved, would be implemented as a rider that is separate from base rates and would include a return on investment. A decision in the case is expected in late June 2013.
  • On November 29, 2012, the Delaware Public Service Commission approved the settlement agreement in Delmarva Power’s electric distribution base rate case. The settlement provides for a $22 million annual increase in Delmarva Power’s electric distribution base rates and a stated return on equity of 9.75 percent. As permitted by Delaware law, Delmarva Power previously implemented interim rate increases of $2.5 million on January 31, 2012 and $22.3 million on July 3, 2012. The amount collected in excess of the settlement will be returned to customers. The settlement agreement also provides for the phased-in recovery of $40 million of AMI costs that were previously deferred as a regulatory asset.

Financing

  • On February 27, 2013, the equity forward transaction entered into on March 5, 2012 was settled for $312 million, (17.9 million shares). Proceeds were used to repay outstanding commercial paper, a portion of which was issued in order to make capital contributions to the utility subsidiaries and for general corporate purposes.

Cross-Border Energy Leases

  • On January 9, 2013, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. & Subsidiaries v. United States (to which PHI is not a party), that disallowed tax benefits associated with certain cross-border energy lease transactions. While PHI believes that its tax position with regard to its cross-border energy lease investments is appropriate, PHI has determined its tax position with respect to the leases no longer meets the more likely than not standard of recognition for accounting purposes. Accordingly, PHI expects to record a non-cash charge of between $355 million and $380 million (after-tax) in the first quarter of 2013. In addition, in order to mitigate PHI’s ongoing interest costs, PHI anticipates that it will make a deposit with the IRS for additional taxes and related interest of approximately $240 million, inclusive of certain tax benefits arising from matters unrelated to the leases that would offset the amount of taxes and interest due. This deposit is expected to be made in the first quarter of 2013 and funded from currently available sources of liquidity and short-term borrowings. PHI is also evaluating the liquidation of its cross-border energy lease investments. The liquidation proceeds would be used to repay any borrowings used to fund the deposit. PHI estimates that a partial or complete liquidation would be accomplished within one year.

Further details regarding changes in consolidated earnings between 2012 and 2011 are provided in the schedules that follow. 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, 2012, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is also available at www.pepcoholdings.com/investors. Pepco Holdings, Inc. routinely makes available this and other important information on its website, which is a key channel of distribution for Pepco Holdings, Inc. to reach its public investors and to disclose material, non-public information. Information on the website is not a part of this news release.


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CONFERENCE CALL FOR INVESTORS

Pepco Holdings, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results on Friday, March 1 at 10 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 1-866-700-6067 before 9:55 a.m. The pass code for the call is 87371827. International callers may access the call by dialing 1-617-213-8834, using the same pass code, 87371827. 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 21341744. International callers may access the replay by dialing 1-617-801-6888 and entering the same pass code 21341744. An audio archive will be available on 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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