Pepco Holdings Reports Second-Quarter 2013 Financial Results; Reaffirms Full-Year 2013 Earnings Guidance

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) today reported second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2013 earnings from continuing operations as follows:

Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations (GAAP)
 Net Income (Loss) ($ in millions) $38 $53 $(392) $113
 Earnings (Loss) Per Share $0.16 $0.23 $(1.61) $0.50
Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP)
 Adjusted Net Income ($ in millions) $53 $46 $110 $97
 Adjusted Earnings Per Share $0.22 $0.20 $0.46 $0.43

"While second quarter results were positively impacted by our investments in utility infrastructure aimed at ongoing improvement of system reliability and customer service, recent distribution base rate case outcomes have been disappointing," said Joseph M. Rigby, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "In mid-July, the Pepco Maryland distribution base rate case decision provided less than half of the requested revenue increase and denied two of the three grid resiliency charge proposals. We have filed an appeal of this decision and plan to file Pepco's next base rate case in Maryland by the end of the year. In addition, we recently settled our Atlantic City Electric distribution base rate case, and as a result reduced planned capital expenditures in New Jersey by a total of $150 million through 2015 to better align spending with revenue. We remain committed to system reliability and improving the customer experience, but expect timely cost recovery and the opportunity to earn reasonable rates of return on Pepco Holdings' extensive investments."

The increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) in the second quarter of 2013, as compared to the 2012 quarter, was driven by higher electric distribution revenue (primarily due to higher rates from increased infrastructure investment) and lower operation and maintenance expense. Partially offsetting these positive factors were lower default electricity supply margins (mainly due to a favorable adjustment in 2012) and lower unbilled revenue associated with Atlantic City Electric basic generation service.

The primary driver of the increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) for the six months ended June 30, 2013, as compared to the 2012 period, was higher electric distribution revenue (largely due to higher rates driven by increased infrastructure investment and higher weather-related sales in our service territories that do not have revenue decoupled from sales). Higher net interest expense, lower transmission revenue primarily due to a less favorable formula rate true-up, and lower default electricity supply margins partially offset the increase for the period.

Non-GAAP Financial Information
Management believes the adjusted net income from continuing operations and related per share data (both as historical financial information and earnings guidance) 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 (Loss) from Continuing Operations – Millions of dollars Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012

Reported (GAAP) Net Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations

$ 38 $ 53 $ (392) $ 113

Adjustments (after-tax):

· Cross-border energy lease charge, including related interest expense on uncertain tax positions 6 395
· Cross-border energy lease net loss on early terminations 9 9
· Other cross-border energy lease earnings (9) (3) (18)
· Potomac Capital Investment Corporation (PCI) valuation allowances related to certain deferred tax assets 101
· Impairment charges related to Pepco Energy Services long-lived assets 2 2
Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) $ 53 $ 46 $ 110 $ 97


Earnings (Loss) per Share from Continuing Operations Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Reported (GAAP) Earnings (Loss) per Share from Continuing Operations $ 0.16 $ 0.23 $ (1.61) $ 0.50
Adjustments (after-tax):
· Cross-border energy lease charge, including related interest expense on uncertain tax positions 0.02 1.62
· Cross-border energy lease net loss on early terminations 0.04 0.04
· Other cross-border energy lease earnings (0.04) (0.01) (0.08)
· PCI valuation allowances related to certain deferred tax assets 0.42
· Impairment charges related to Pepco Energy Services long-lived assets 0.01 0.01
Adjusted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) $ 0.22 $ 0.20 $ 0.46 $ 0.43


The income tax effects with respect to the foregoing adjustments, where applicable, were calculated using composite income tax rates which ranged between 35 and 40 percent.

Discontinued Operations

  • In December 2009, PHI announced the wind-down of the retail energy supply component of Pepco Energy Services (PES). On March 21, 2013, PES entered into an agreement whereby a third party assumed all the rights and obligations of the remaining retail customer contracts, the associated supply obligations, gas inventory and derivative contracts associated with the PES retail natural gas supply business. The transaction was completed on April 1, 2013. In addition, in the second quarter of 2013, PES completed the wind-down of its retail electric supply business by terminating its customer supply and wholesale purchase obligations that extended beyond June 30, 2013. As a result, the operations of PES's retail electric and natural gas supply businesses are being reported as discontinued operations. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, net income from discontinued operations was $0.01 per share, compared to net income of $0.07 per share for the same period in 2012.      

Earnings Guidance
Pepco Holdings today reaffirmed its earnings guidance range for 2013 of between $1.05 and $1.20 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 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 11,172 gigawatt hours (GWh) in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 11,435 GWh for the same period in 2012. In the electric service territory, cooling degree days decreased by 5 percent for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Weather-adjusted electric sales were 11,041 GWh in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 11,282 GWh for the same period in the prior year.  
  • Power Delivery electric sales were 23,077 GWh for the six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to 22,779 GWh for the six months ended June 30, 2012. In the electric service territory, heating degree days increased by 32 percent and cooling degree days decreased by 7 percent for the six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Weather-adjusted electric sales were 23,025 GWh for the six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to 23,285 GWh for the same period in 2012.
  • As of June 30, 2013, Delmarva Power's installation and activation of smart meters is complete in its Delaware electric service territory, and is underway in its Maryland service territory. Pepco's installation and activation of smart meters in its District of Columbia and Maryland service territories is close to completion. A Peak Energy Savings program was launched in Pepco Maryland and the Delmarva Power Delaware service areas in June 2013. The program is designed to reward customers with credits during peak demand periods in exchange for reducing consumption. As of June 1, 2013, 70 percent of Delmarva Power Delaware's costs related to smart meters were included in electric distribution base rates, with the remainder expected to be reflected in base rates by June 2014. Regulatory assets have been created associated with smart meter installation and activation in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
  • In the six months ended June 30, 2013, Pepco Energy Services signed $25 million in energy efficiency contracts.

Regulatory Matters

  • On July 17, 2013, Delmarva Power, the Office of People's Counsel and the staff of the Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) executed a settlement agreement providing for a $15 million annual increase in Delmarva Power's electric distribution base rates and a 9.81 percent return on equity. The agreement provides for the full recovery of storm restoration costs incurred as a result of recent major storm events by including the related capital costs in rate base and amortizing the deferred operation and maintenance expense of $6 million over a five-year period. The annual pre-tax earnings impact of the settlement, including the changes in depreciation and amortization expense and other miscellaneous items, is approximately $14 million. The new rates will become effective September 15, 2013, or as soon as reasonably practicable thereafter, following a MPSC order approving the settlement agreement. In addition, the $4 million accelerated priority feeders project was approved, subject to certain conditions. Costs associated with the project will be recovered through a Grid Resiliency Charge, implemented as a rider that is separate from base rates and includes a return on investment. Approval of the settlement agreement is expected in the third quarter of 2013.
  • On July 12, 2013, the MPSC approved a $28 million annual increase in Pepco's electric distribution base rates based on a 9.36 percent return on equity. The order provides for the full recovery of storm restoration costs incurred as a result of recent major storm events by including the related capital costs in rate base and amortizing the deferred operation and maintenance expense of $24 million over a five-year period. The annual pre-tax earnings impact of the order, including the changes in depreciation and amortization expense and other miscellaneous items, is approximately $27 million. The new rates were effective July 12, 2013. The order also approved the $24 million accelerated priority feeders project, subject to certain conditions. Costs associated with the project will be recovered through a Grid Resiliency Charge, implemented as a rider that is separate from base rates and includes a return on investment. The accelerated vegetation management and selective undergrounding proposals submitted by Pepco were both denied. On July 26, 2013, Pepco filed a notice of appeal of this order in the Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore.
  • On June 21, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) approved a settlement agreement signed by the parties to Atlantic City Electric's electric distribution base rate case. The settlement provides for an annual increase in electric distribution base rates in the net amount of approximately $26million, based on a return on equity of 9.75 percent. The base distribution revenue increase includes full recovery of approximately $70 million in incremental storm restoration costs by including the related capital costs of $44 million in rate base and amortizing the related deferred operation and maintenance expenses of approximately $26 million over a three-year period. Depreciation expense will be reduced approximately $8 million per year. The annual pre-tax earnings impact of the rate order is approximately $25 million. The new rates were effective July 1, 2013.
  • On May 15, 2013, the District of Columbia mayor accepted the recommendations in the interim report prepared by the Power Line Undergrounding Task Force (established in August 2012). The report proposed a multi-year, $1 billion program to underground up to 60 high-voltage lines that are most outage-prone. The project will be funded through a 50-50 combination of District of Columbia and Pepco financing methods. Pepco's funding will be approximately 50 percent debt and 50 percent equity from its parent, totaling $500 million. Pepco's cost recovery will be through a bill surcharge until the assets are moved to rate base. The District of Columbia's funding will be $375 million in municipal bonds and up to $125 million through the District Department of Transportation's existing capital projects program. Legislation providing for implementation of the report recommendations was introduced in the Council of the District of Columbia on July 10, 2013. The legislation is expected to be voted on by the fourth quarter of 2013 and if passed, could be final in the first quarter of 2014. The District of Columbia Public Service Commission is expected to approve the financing and surcharge applications associated with the legislation in the second quarter of 2014.

Financing

  • On August 1, 2013, PHI and its utility subsidiaries extended the expiration date of the $1.5 billion credit facility by one year to August 1, 2018. The other terms and conditions of the credit facility remained unchanged.
  • On May 29, 2013, PHI repaid its $250 million term loan entered into in March 2013 with a portion of the net proceeds from the early termination of the cross-border energy lease investments.
  • On May 10, 2013, Atlantic City Electric entered into a $100 million unsecured term loan agreement due November 10, 2014. The net proceeds were used to repay outstanding commercial paper and for general corporate purposes.

Other Non-Regulated

  • In the second quarter of 2013, PHI terminated five of the remaining six cross-border energy lease investments and received aggregate net cash proceeds of $693 million. In connection with the early termination of the leases, an after-tax loss of $9 million was recorded in the period. On July 26, 2013, the early termination of the remaining investment was completed with aggregate net cash proceeds received of $180 million. The after-tax gain of $7 million related to this termination is expected to be recorded in the third quarter. For 2013 in aggregate, the early termination of the lease investments resulted in $873 million of net cash proceeds and a net after-tax loss of $2 million. With the completion of the early termination of the cross-border energy leases, a substantial portion of the Other Non-Regulated segment is expected to be reported as discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2013.

Further details regarding changes in consolidated earnings between 2013 and 2012 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-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, 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 part of this news release.

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Conference Call for Investors
Pepco Holdings, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss second quarter results on Wednesday, August 7 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 1-866-318-8614 before 9:55 a.m. The pass code for the call is 54016982. International callers may access the call by dialing 1-617-399-5133, using the same pass code, 54016982. 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 35628255. International callers may access the replay by dialing 1-617-801-6888 and entering the same pass code 35628255. 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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