AltaGas Reports Strong First Quarter Results and Increases Dividend by 4.2 Percent

AltaGas Reports Strong First Quarter Results and Increases Dividend by 4.2 
Percent 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 -- AltaGas Ltd.
(AltaGas) (TSX:ALA) (TSX:ALA.PR.A) today reported normalized net
income applicable to common shares was $55.5 million ($0.53 per
share) for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared to $40.1
million ($0.45 per share) for the same period 2012. Net income
applicable to common shares reported was $49.0 million ($0.46 per
share) for the three months ended March 31, 2013, compared to $41.3
million ($0.46 per share) for the same period 2012.  
AltaGas also announced today that the Board of Directors has approved
a dividend of $0.125 per common share for the May 2013 dividend,
equivalent to $1.50 per common share on an annualized basis, an
increase of 4.2 percent. 
"We are pleased to report strong first quarter earnings driven by our
diversified portfolio of energy infrastructure assets including our
new utilities in the United States," said David Cornhill, Chairman
and CEO of AltaGas. "The increase in our dividend is a reflection of
the stable and predictable cash flow growth we are starting to
realize from our recent growth and it is a key part of the overall
value proposition that we offer our shareholders." 
Normalized EBITDA increased 59 percent to $145.8 million for first
quarter 2013 compared to $91.6 million in first quarter 2012.
Normalized funds from operations increased 64 percent to $122.4
million ($1.16 per share) for first quarter 2013 compared to $74.7
million ($0.83 per share) for first quarter 2012. 
Results in the first quarter were primarily driven by the August 30,
2012 acquisition of Semco Holding Corporation (SEMCO), natural gas
utilities in Alaska and Michigan, which performed as expected on a
weather normalized basis. Results from AltaGas' Utilities segment are
seasonal in nature as natural gas distribution utilities earn most of
their revenue in first and fourth quarters of the year as a result of
delivering natural gas to customers during the heating season.  
First quarter results also benefited from the addition of the
Gordondale and Co-stream gas processing facilities, the Blair Creek
expansion, the addition of new biomass and gas fired power generation
assets and rate base g
rowth at the Alberta and Nova Scotia utilities.
These increases were partially offset by lower contribution from sale
of NGLs, lower power prices realized in Alberta primarily due to an
unplanned outage at Sundance 3, and lower power generated at the Bear
Mountain wind park (Bear Mountain).  
On January 28, 2013, AltaGas and Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. (Idemitsu)
signed an agreement to form the AltaGas Idemitsu Joint Venture
Limited Partnership (AltaGas Idemitsu LP). AltaGas Idemitsu LP plans
to pursue opportunities to develop long term natural gas supply and
sales arrangements to meet the growing demand for natural gas in
Asia. AltaGas Idemitsu LP is undertaking feasibility studies for the
development and construction of liquefaction facilities as part of
the proposed project to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to markets
in Asia. AltaGas Idemitsu LP also plans to pursue opportunities to
develop a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane) export business
including logistics, plant refrigeration and storage facilities.  
On March 25, 2013, AltaGas announced it has entered into a purchase
and sale agreement to acquire Blythe Energy, LLC, which owns a 507 MW
natural gas-fired combined cycle plant (Blythe Energy Center),
associated major separate parts, and a related 230 kV 67-mile
electric transmission line in Southern California for US$515 million.
The acquisition is expected to close in second quarter 2013. The
acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings and cash flow per
share in 2014, the first full year of ownership, and is expected to
add approximately $50 million in incremental contracted EBITDA per
year.  
"We continue to grow and diversify our already strong portfolio of
energy infrastructure assets," said Mr. Cornhill. "The acquisition of
Blythe adds significant natural gas-fired power generation to our
portfolio and provides another platform for growth to meet the
increasing demand for clean energy." 
Progress on the Northwest run-of-river projects, which include the
Forrest Kerr, McLymont Creek and Volcano Creek generation facilities,
remains ahead of schedule and on budget. Excavation of the power
tunnel for the 195 MW Forrest Kerr project was completed on April 4,
2013. In-river work was completed as was the coffer dam disassembly.
The weir has also now been commissioned. Powerhouse activities
continue to outpace expectations and construction is expected to be
completed in second quarter. The project is expected to be
mechanically complete by the end of 2013, with commissioning to
follow based on the availability of the Northwest Transmission Line
(NTL) in May 2014. The in-service date for Forrest Kerr remains on
target for mid-2014. 
All material permits and licences are in place and construction has
commenced on both the 66 MW McLymont Creek Project and 16 MW Volcano
Creek Project. Construction of the McLymont access road and bridge
work was completed in first quarter 2013. Clearing of the powerhouse
site is complete and tunneling of the construction access tunnel has
begun. Excavation of the Volcano Creek powerhouse, intake site and
diversion are currently underway and anticipated to be completed by
the end of third quarter 2013. The two projects are expected to be in
service in mid-2015. 
Monthly Common Share Dividend and Quarterly Preferred Share Dividend  


 
--  The Board approved a dividend of $0.125 per common share for the May
    2013 dividend. The dividend will be paid on June 17, 2013, to holders of
    record on May 27, 2013, of common shares. The ex-dividend date is May
    23, 2013. This dividend is an eligible dividend for Canadian income tax
    purposes; 
--  The Board approved a dividend of $0.3125 per share for the period
    commencing April 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2013, on AltaGas'
    outstanding Series A Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on June
    28, 2013 to shareholders of record on June 14, 2013. The ex-dividend
    date is June 12, 2013; and 
--  The Board also approved a dividend of US$0.275 per share for the period
    commencing April 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2013, on AltaGas'
    outstanding Series C Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on June
    28, 2013, to shareholders of record on June 14, 2013. The ex-dividend
    date is June 12, 2013.

 
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL REVIEW 


 
                                                          Three months ended
(unaudited)                                                         March 31
($ millions)                                          2013              2012
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Revenue                                              613.5             361.7
Net revenue(1)                                       237.1             166.5
Normalized operating income(1)                       109.1              69.5
Normalized EBITDA(1)                                 145.8              91.6
Net income applicable to common shares                49.0              41.3
Normalized net income(1)                              55.5              40.1
Total assets                                       5,972.4           3,725.4
Total long-term liabilities                        3,261.3           1,934.7
Net ad
ditions to property, plant and                                        
 equipment                                           119.7             147.5
Dividends declared(2)                                 38.0              30.9
Cash flows                                                                  
  Normalized funds from operations(1)                122.4              74.7
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                                                          Three months ended
                                                                    March 31
($ per share, except shares outstanding)              2013              2012
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Normalized EBITDA(1)                                  1.38              1.02
Net income - basic                                    0.46              0.46
Net income - diluted                                  0.45              0.45
Normalized net income(1)                              0.53              0.45
Dividends declared(2)                                 0.36             0.345
Cash flows                                                                  
  Normalized funds from operations(1)                 1.16              0.83
Shares outstanding - basic (millions)                                       
During the period(3)                                 105.7              89.5
End of period                                        106.1              89.8
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(1) Non-GAAP financial measure; see discussion in Non-GAAP Financial        
    Measures section of the Q1 2013 MD&A.                                   
(2) Dividends declared of $0.115 commencing October 27, 2011 and $0.12 per  
    common share per month commencing September 10, 2012.                   
(3) Weighted average.                                                       

 
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST DETAILS: 
AltaGas will hold a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. MT (11:00 a.m.
ET) to discuss first quarter financial results, progress on
construction projects and other corporate developments.  
Members of the media, investment communities and other interested
parties may dial (416) 340-2218 or call toll free at 1-866-226-1793.
There is no passcode. Please note that the conference call will also
be webcast. To listen, please go to
http://www.altagas.ca/investors/presentations_and_events. The webcast
will be archived for one year. 
Shortly after the conclusion of the call, a replay will be available
by dialing (905) 694-9451 or 1-800-408-3053. The passcode is 2174801.
The replay expires at midnight (Eastern) on May 2, 2013. 
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business objectives, expected growth, results of operations,
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views with respect to future events based on certain material factors
and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties,
including without limitation, changes in market, competition,
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and other factors set out in AltaGas' public disclosure documents.
Many factors could cause AltaGas' actual results, performance or
achievements to vary from those described in this news release,
including without limitation those listed above. These factors should
not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or
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materially from those described in this news release as intended,
planned, anticipated, believed, sought, proposed, estimated or
expected, and such forward-looking statements included in, or
incorporated by reference in this news release, should not be unduly
relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this news
release. AltaGas does not intend, and does not assume any obligation,
to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking
statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by
this cautionary statement. 
Contacts:
AltaGas Ltd.
Investment Community and Media
1-877-691-7199
investor.relations@altagas.ca
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