Pepco Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results; Narrows 2013 Earnings Guidance Range

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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

    Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2013 2012   2013 2012
Net Income from Continuing Operations (GAAP)            
Net Income ($ in millions)   $ 110 $ 87   $ 52 $ 184
Earnings Per Share   $ 0.44 $ 0.38   $ 0.21 $ 0.80
             
Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP)            
Adjusted Net Income ($ in millions)   $ 110 $ 88   $ 219 $ 187
Adjusted Earnings Per Share   $ 0.44 $ 0.38   $ 0.90 $ 0.81

"Our third quarter results reflect the positive impact of our continued investment in utility infrastructure," said Joseph M. Rigby, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Over the next five years, we expect to spend $5.8 billion on additional investments aimed at replacing aging infrastructure and installing advanced technologies." Rigby added, "While we remain committed to system reliability and improving the customer experience, we expect timely cost recovery and the opportunity to earn reasonable rates of return on Pepco Holdings’ extensive investments. To that end, we continue to be active in the regulatory arena. Last month, the Delaware Public Service Commission approved a settlement agreement in Delmarva Power’s gas distribution base rate case and initiated a proceeding to consider a unique Forward Looking Rate Plan proposed by Delmarva Power which would establish electric rates over a multi-year period. We are beginning the next cycle of rate cases, and due to the most recent base rate case outcomes for both Pepco in Maryland and Atlantic City Electric in New Jersey, new rate cases will be filed by the end of 2013 in these jurisdictions."

The increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) in the third quarter of 2013, as compared to the 2012 quarter, was driven by higher electric distribution revenue (primarily due to higher rates driven by increased infrastructure investment) and lower operation and maintenance expense. Partially offsetting these positive factors was lower weather-related sales in our service territories that do not have revenue decoupled from sales.

The primary drivers of the increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) for the nine months ended September 30, 2013, as compared to the 2012 period, were higher electric distribution revenue (primarily due to higher rates driven by increased infrastructure investment) and lower operation and maintenance expense. Lower default electricity supply margins due to a favorable adjustment in the prior year and higher interest expense partially offset the increase for the period.

Non-GAAP Financial Information
Management believes the adjusted net income (loss) 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 from Continuing Operations – Millions of dollars
  Three Months
Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
    2013   2012   2013   2012
Reported (GAAP) Net Income from Continuing Operations $ 110 $ 87 $ 52 $ 184
Adjustments (after-tax):                
· Change in assessment of corporate tax benefits related to the cross-border energy lease investments       66  
· Potomac Capital Investment Corporation (PCI) valuation allowances related to certain deferred tax assets       101  
· Impairment charges related to Pepco Energy Services long-lived assets     1     3
Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) $ 110 $ 88 $ 219 $ 187


Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations   Three Months
Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months
Ended
September 30,
    2013   2012   2013   2012
Reported (GAAP) Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations $ 0.44 $ 0.38 $ 0.21 $ 0.80
Adjustments (after-tax):                
· Change in assessment of corporate tax benefits related to the cross-border energy lease investments       0.27  
· PCI valuation allowances related to certain deferred tax assets       0.42  
· Impairment charges related to Pepco Energy Services long-lived assets         0.01
Adjusted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) $ 0.44 $ 0.38 $ 0.90 $ 0.81



The income tax effects with respect to the foregoing adjustments, where applicable, were calculated using a composite income tax rate of 35 percent.

Discontinued Operations
During the third quarter of 2013, Pepco Holdings completed the early termination of its interests in its cross-border energy lease investments. As a result, the cross-border energy lease investments are being accounted for as discontinued operations and are no longer reported as a separate segment for financial reporting purposes.

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’ retail electric and natural gas supply businesses are being reported as discontinued operations.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the net loss from discontinued operations was $1.31 per share, compared to net income of $0.26 per share for the same period in 2012.

Earnings Guidance
Pepco Holdings today narrowed its earnings guidance range for 2013 to between $1.08 and $1.18 from $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, and
  • assumes normal weather conditions for the fourth quarter of 2013.

Recent Events
Operations

  • Power Delivery electric sales were 13,335 gigawatt hours (GWh) in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 14,371 GWh for the same period in 2012. In the electric service territory, cooling degree days decreased by 17 percent for the three months ended September 30, 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Weather-adjusted electric sales were 13,439 GWh in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 13,802 GWh for the same period in the prior year.
  • Power Delivery electric sales were 36,412 GWh for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to 37,150 GWh for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. In the electric service territory, cooling degree days decreased by 14 percent and heating degree days increased by 32 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Weather-adjusted electric sales were 36,464 GWh for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to 37,086 GWh for the same period in 2012.
  • As of September 30, 2013, Delmarva Power’s installation and activation of electric smart meters is underway in its Maryland service territory, and is complete in its Delaware service territory. Pepco’s installation and activation of electric smart meters is nearly complete in both its District of Columbia and Maryland service territories. 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 associated with smart meter installation and activation in the District of Columbia and Maryland have been created.
  • A Peak Energy Savings program was launched in the Pepco Maryland and Delmarva Power Delaware service areas in June 2013. The program’s first request for energy conservation occurred in July for Delaware and in August for Pepco Maryland, followed by requests in both jurisdictions in September. Over 600,000 customers participated, earning credits on their bills while reducing electric usage by over 1,980,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) during the events.
  • In October 2013, Power Delivery established a forecast of capital expenditures for 2014 through 2018. Total Power Delivery capital expenditures for the five-year period are forecast to be $5.8 billion, with $4.4 billion planned for distribution capital expenditures and $1.4 billion planned for transmission capital expenditures.
  • In the nine months ended September 30, 2013, Pepco Energy Services signed $38 million in energy efficiency contracts as compared to $7 million for the same period in 2012. W.A. Chester signed $41 million in underground transmission construction contracts in 2013 as compared to $31 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

Regulatory Matters

  • On October 22, 2013, the Delaware Public Service Commission (DPSC) issued a final order approving a settlement in Delmarva Power’s natural gas distribution base rate case, which provides for a $7 million annual revenue increase and a 9.75 percent return on equity for purposes of calculating the allowance for funds used during construction and regulatory asset carrying costs. As permitted by Delaware law, Delmarva Power implemented interim rate increases of $2.5 million on February 5, 2013 and $8 million on July 7, 2013. The excess amount collected will be returned to customers. The agreement allows a phased-in recovery of the assets associated with remote reading of gas meters through base rates with 50 percent effective May 1, 2014 and the remainder of assets in rates effective March 1, 2015. The new rates became effective on November 1, 2013.
  • On October 2, 2013, Delmarva Power filed a Forward Looking Rate Plan (FLRP) with the DPSC. The FLRP establishes annual rate increases for a four-year period and provides the opportunity to achieve the currently authorized rate of return in year three of the plan. The plan also provides for stricter minimum reliability performance standards, compared to existing regulatory requirements. The DPSC opened a docket to review the details of the FLRP on October 22, 2013. However, the DPSC determined that the currently pending electric distribution base rate case had progressed to a point where it should be concluded before the FLRP is addressed. The FLRP will be updated and re-filed at the completion of the base rate case. A decision on the pending electric distribution base rate case is expected in the first quarter of 2014.
  • On August 30, 2013, the Maryland Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued a final order approving a settlement agreement which provides for a $15 million annual increase in Delmarva Power’s electric distribution base rates and a 9.81 percent return on equity for purposes of calculating the allowance for funds used during construction and regulatory asset carrying costs. 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. The new rates became effective September 15, 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 September 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 third quarter results on Wednesday, November 6 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 1.800.299.8538 before 9:55 a.m. The pass code for the call is 16961105. International callers may access the call by dialing 1.617.786.2902, using the same pass code, 16961105. 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 13019333. International callers may access the replay by dialing 1.617.801.6888 and entering the same pass code 13019333. 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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