Pepco Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter 2013 Financial Results; Announces 2014 Earnings Guidance Range

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Pepco Holdings, Inc. ( POM ) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2013 earnings from continuing operations as follows:

   

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

2013

 

2012

2013

 

2012

Net Income from Continuing Operations (GAAP)
Net Income ($ in millions) $ 58 $ 34 $ 110 $ 218
Earnings Per Share $ 0.23 $ 0.15 $ 0.45 $ 0.95
 

Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP)

Adjusted Net Income ($ in millions) $ 61 $ 38 $ 280 $ 225
Adjusted Earnings Per Share $ 0.24 $ 0.17 $ 1.14 $ 0.98
 

We continue to be pleased with the progress we have made in improving reliability and customer satisfaction, said Joseph M. Rigby, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the past three years, decreases in the duration and number of power outages have been dramatic, reflecting the significant investments we have made in the electric system. The increase in adjusted earnings in 2013 reflects the impact of these investments. Rigby added, While we recognize there is still progress to be made in the execution of our regulatory strategy, the passage of the District of Columbia undergrounding legislation earlier this month is a major step in the right direction, representing a collaborative effort by District of Columbia government officials, the Public Service Commission, the Office of Peoples Counsel, community members and Pepco.

Rigby went on to emphasize the importance of timely cost recovery and having an opportunity to earn reasonable rates of return on Pepco Holdings extensive infrastructure investments. We continue to work to identify cost recovery mechanisms that will better align the timing of when assets are placed in service with when customers begin to pay for using the assets. We will also continue to seek approaches that will mitigate the need to file frequent rate cases.

In 2013, Pepco Holdings GAAP earnings were $110 million, or 45 cents per share, compared to $218 million, or 95 cents per share, in the prior year. Excluding items that we believe are not representative of ongoing business operations, 2013 adjusted earnings would have been $280 million or $1.14 per share in comparison to $225 million, or 98 cents per share in the prior year.

The increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) for the full year 2013, as compared to 2012, 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 were higher depreciation and interest expense, and lower default electricity supply margins due to a favorable adjustment in the prior year.

Pepco Holdings GAAP earnings for the three months ended December 31, 2013 were $58 million or 23 cents per share, as compared to $34 million or 15 cents per share for the same period in 2012. Excluding items that we believe are not representative of ongoing business operations, adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 would have been $61 million or 24 cents per share compared to $38 million or 17 cents per share for the 2012 period.

The primary drivers of the increase in adjusted net income from continuing operations (Non-GAAP) for the fourth quarter 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. Higher depreciation expense partially offset the net income increase for the three months ended December 31, 2013.

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 from Continuing Operations Millions of dollars

 

Three Months
Ended
December 31,

 

Year
Ended
December 31,

2013   2012 2013   2012
Reported (GAAP) Net Income from Continuing Operations $ 58   $ 34 $ 110   $ 218
Adjustments (after-tax):

-- Interest associated with 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

  3     4   3     7
Adjusted Net Income from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) $ 61   $ 38 $ 280   $ 225
 
   

Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations

Three Months
Ended
December 31,
Year
Ended
December 31,
2013   2012 2013   2012
Reported (GAAP) Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations $ 0.23   $ 0.15 $ 0.45   $ 0.95
Adjustments (after-tax):

-- Interest associated with 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

0.41

-- Impairment charges related to Pepco Energy Services long-lived assets

  0.01     0.02   0.01     0.03
Adjusted Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) $ 0.24   $ 0.17 $ 1.14   $ 0.98
 

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

Due to the early termination of Pepco Holdings cross-border energy lease investments during 2013, these investments are being accounted for as discontinued operations and are no longer reported as a separate segment for financial reporting purposes.

In 2013, Pepco Energy Services (PES) completed a previously announced wind-down of its retail energy supply component. As a result, the operations of PES retail electric and natural gas supply businesses are being reported as discontinued operations and are no longer a part of the PES segment for financial reporting purposes.

For the year ended December 31, 2013, the net loss from discontinued operations was $1.31 per share, compared to net income of $0.30 per share ($0.29 per share on a diluted basis), for the prior year.

Earnings Guidance

Pepco Holdings today announced its earnings guidance range for 2014 of between $1.12 and $1.27 per share. The guidance range assumes normal weather conditions and excludes:

  • the results of discontinued operations and the impact of any special, unusual or extraordinary items,
  • the effect of adopting new accounting standards,
  • the effect of changes in tax law, and
  • the impairment of assets.

Recent Events

Operations

  • Power Delivery electric sales were 47,497 gigawatt hours (GWh) for the full year 2013 compared to 48,142 GWh for the full year 2012. In the electric service territories, heating degree days increased by 22 percent and cooling degree days decreased by 12 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. Weather-adjusted electric sales were 47,477 GWh for the full year 2013 compared to 48,182 GWh for the full year 2012.
  • Power Delivery electric sales were 11,085 GWh in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 10,992 GWh for the same period in 2012. In the electric service territories, heating degree days increased by 6 percent for the fourth quarter 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Weather-adjusted electric sales were 11,013 GWh in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 11,095 GWh for the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • As of December 31, 2013, Delmarva Powers installation and activation of electric smart meters is underway in its Maryland service territory, and is complete in its Delaware service territory. Pepcos installation and activation of electric smart meters is complete in both its District of Columbia and Maryland service territories. Currently, 70 percent of Delmarva Power Delawares costs related to smart meters are 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.
  • During 2013, PES signed $66 million in energy efficiency contracts as compared to $9 million for the same period in 2012. W.A. Chester signed $111 million in underground transmission construction contracts in 2013 as compared to $47 million in 2012.

Regulatory Matters

  • On February 4, 2014, the Council of the District of Columbia approved the $1 billion undergrounding legislation initially recommended by the District of Columbias Power Line Undergrounding Task Force. The legislation is expected to become law early in the second quarter of 2014 following a 30-day Congressional review period. The program will underground up to 60 high voltage distribution feeder lines over a seven to ten year period in areas most impacted by storms and overhead related outages. Funding for the undergrounding program will be divided evenly between Pepco and the District of Columbia. Pepcos cost recovery will be through a customer surcharge. District of Columbia Public Service Commission approval of the financing and surcharge applications associated with the legislation is expected in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • On December 18, 2013, a settlement agreement was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding the recovery of Mid-Atlantic Power Pathway (MAPP) abandoned costs. The settlement provides for recovery of $80.5 million of costs over a three-year period and allows Delmarva Power and Pepco to retain title to all real property acquired for the MAPP project.
  • On December 4, 2013, Pepco filed an electric distribution base rate case in Maryland. The filing seeks approval of an annual rate increase of $43 million, based on a requested return on equity of 10.25 percent. A decision is expected in the case in early July 2014.

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-K for the year ended December 31, 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.

Conference Call for Investors

Pepco Holdings, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results on Friday, February 28 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 1.877.474.9502 before 9:55 a.m. The pass code for the call is 76221242. International callers may access the call by dialing 1.857.244.7555, using the same pass code, 76221242. 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 59090463. International callers may access the replay by dialing 1.617.801.6888 and entering the same pass code 59090463. 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. ( 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.

Forward-Looking Statements: Some of the statements contained in this news release with respect to Pepco Holdings, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric, including each of their respective subsidiaries (each, a Reporting Company), are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws, and are subject to the safe harbor created thereby under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as may, might, will, should, could, expects, intends, assumes, seeks to, plans, anticipates, believes, projects, estimates, predicts, potential, future, goal, objective, or continue or the negative of such terms or other variations thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause one or more Reporting Companys or their subsidiaries actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Therefore, forward-looking statements are not guarantees or assurances of future performance, and actual results could differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. These factors should be read together with the risk factors included in the Risk Factors section and other statements contained in each Reporting Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2014, and investors should refer to these risk factor sections and other statements. All of such factors and forward-looking statements are difficult to predict, contain uncertainties, are beyond each Reporting Companys control and may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements speak only as to the date this news release was issued, and none of the Reporting Companies undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for a Reporting Company to predict all such factors. Furthermore, it may not be possible to assess the impact of any such factor on such Reporting Companys or its subsidiaries business (viewed independently or together with the business or businesses of some or all of the other Reporting Companies or their subsidiaries) or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Any specific factors that may be provided should not be construed as exhaustive.

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Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Earnings Per Share Variance
2013 / 2012
         
Year Ended December 31,
 

Pepco

Power

Energy

Corporate   Total
Delivery   Services   and Other   PHI
2012 Earnings (loss) per share from Continuing Operations (GAAP) (1) $ 1.02 $ (0.03 ) $ (0.04 ) $ 0.95
 

2012 Adjustment (2)

-- Pepco Energy Services impairment charges

-     0.03     -     0.03  
 
2012 Adjusted earnings (loss) per share from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) 1.02 - (0.04 ) 0.98
 

Change from 2012 Adjusted earnings (loss) per share from Continuing Operations

Regulated Operations
-- Distribution Revenue
-Weather (estimate) (3) 0.02 - - 0.02
-Rate Increases 0.28 - - 0.28
-Other Distribution Revenue 0.01 - - 0.01
-- Transmission Revenue 0.02 - - 0.02
-- Standard Offer Service Margin (0.03 ) - - (0.03 )
-- Operation & Maintenance 0.07 - - 0.07
-- Depreciation & Amortization (0.05 ) - - (0.05 )
-- Other, net (0.03 ) - - (0.03 )
Pepco Energy Services - 0.02 - 0.02
Corporate and Other - - (0.01 ) (0.01 )
Net Interest Expense (0.03 ) - (0.02 ) (0.05 )
Income Tax Adjustments (0.02 ) - 0.01 (0.01 )
Dilution (0.08 )   -     -     (0.08 )
 
2013 Adjusted earnings (loss) per share from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) 1.18 0.02 (0.06 ) 1.14
 

2013 Adjustments (2)

-- Interest associated with change in assessment of corporate tax benefits related to the cross-border energy lease investments - - (0.27 ) (0.27 )
-- PCI valuation allowances related to certain deferred tax assets
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