PPL Corporation Reports First-Quarter Earnings --Announces solid increases in results from regulated businesses --Finalizes remarketing plan for equity units; updates per-share earnings guidance to reflect accelerated recognition of common stock underlying equity units --Announces reduction in future equity needs --Affirms underlying 2013 forecast of net income PR Newswire ALLENTOWN, Pa., May 2, 2013 ALLENTOWN, Pa., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) announced first-quarter 2013 reported earnings on Thursday (5/2) of $413 million, or $0.65 per share, a decrease from $541 million, or $0.93 per share, a year ago. Adjusting for special items, quarterly earnings from ongoing operations were $454 million, or $0.71 per share, an increase from $409 million, or $0.70 per share, in the first quarter of 2012. First-quarter per-share reported and ongoing earnings reflect accelerated recognition of the common stock underlying the equity units issued to fund the company's 2010 and 2011 acquisitions in Kentucky and the United Kingdom. Excluding the impact of the accelerated share recognition, per-share earnings from ongoing operations would have been $0.06 higher. "We delivered strong quarter-over-quarter growth in each of the regulated business segments, keeping us on track to achieve our 2013 net income target," said William H. Spence, PPL chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Late in the first quarter we finalized our financing plans to remarket $2.1 billion of debt securities related to the equity units issued in 2010 and 2011," he said. As a result of those activities, effective Jan. 1, 2013, PPL is reflecting the full expected impact of common stock underlying both series of equity units in its calculation of earnings per share. Terms of the equity units have not changed and the actual issuance of common stock under the equity units remains scheduled to occur July 1, 2013, and May 1, 2014, for the 2010 and 2011 Equity Units, respectively. "Additionally, we are announcing today a reduction in future equity needs," Spence said. PPL has removed approximately $100 million per year in previously planned equity offerings from its financing plans for 2013 and beyond. As a result of the accelerated recognition of common stock related to the equity units and the change in financing plans, PPL's 2013 earnings per share forecasts have been adjusted downward by $0.10 per share. The revised forecast of ongoing earnings is a range of $2.15 to $2.40 per share, with a midpoint of $2.27. The forecast of reported earnings is now $2.09 to $2.34 per share, reflecting special items recorded through the first quarter. First-Quarter 2013 Earnings Details PPL's reported earnings for the first quarter of 2013 included net special item charges of $41 million, or $0.06 per share, reflecting a charge of $0.18 per share for adjusted energy-related economic activity (primarily mark-to-market losses on commodity hedges), partially offset by a credit of $0.12 per share for foreign currency-related economic hedges. Reported earnings are calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). "Earnings from ongoing operations" is a non-GAAP financial measure that is adjusted for special items including the impact of adjusted energy-related economic activity, foreign currency-related economic hedges, as well as other impacts fully detailed at the end of this news release. (Dollars in millions, except for per share amounts) 1^st Quarter 1^st Quarter 2013 2012 % Change Reported Earnings $413 $541 -24% Reported Earnings Per Share $0.65 $0.93 -30% Earnings from Ongoing Operations $454 $409 11% Earnings from Ongoing Operations Per Share $0.71 $0.70 1% (See the tables at the end of the news release for details as to the reconciliation of earnings from ongoing operations to reported earnings.) First-Quarter Earnings by Business Segment The following chart shows PPL's earnings per share by business segment for the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same period of 2012. 1^st Quarter Earnings from ongoing operations 2013 2012 Kentucky Regulated $ 0.14 $ 0.06 U.K. Regulated 0.37 0.31 Pennsylvania Regulated 0.10 0.06 Supply 0.11 0.27 Corporate and Other^1 (0.01) – Total $ 0.71 $ 0.70 Special items Kentucky Regulated $ – $ 0.01 U.K. Regulated 0.12 (0.03) Pennsylvania Regulated – – Supply (0.18) 0.25 Corporate and Other^1 – – Total $ (0.06) $ 0.23 Reported earnings Kentucky Regulated $ 0.14 $ 0.07 U.K. Regulated 0.49 0.28 Pennsylvania Regulated 0.10 0.06 Supply (0.07) 0.52 Corporate and Other^1 (0.01) – Total $ 0.65 $ 0.93 ^1 This category primarily includes unallocated corporate-level financing and other costs. Non-financing costs included in this category are not expected to be significant in 2013. (For more details and a breakout of special items by segment, see the reconciliation tables at the end of this news release.) Key Factors Impacting Business Segment Earnings from Ongoing Operations Kentucky Regulated Segment PPL's Kentucky Regulated segment primarily consists of the regulated electricity and natural gas operations of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. Segment earnings from ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2013 increased by $0.08 per share compared with a year ago. This increase was primarily due to new electric and gas rates that went into effect Jan. 1, and higher sales volumes due to weather, partially offset by dilution of $0.01 per share. U.K. Regulated Segment PPL's U.K. Regulated segment primarily consists of the regulated electricity delivery operations of Western Power Distribution, serving Southwest and Central England and South Wales. Segment earnings from ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2013 increased by $0.06 per share compared with a year ago. This increase was primarily due to higher delivery revenue as a result of higher prices, and lower income taxes, partially offset by dilution of $0.04 per share. Pennsylvania Regulated Segment PPL's Pennsylvania Regulated segment consists of the regulated electricity delivery operations of PPL Electric Utilities. Segment earnings from ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2013 increased by $0.04 per share compared with a year ago. This increase was primarily due to higher delivery revenues as a result of new distribution rates that went into effect Jan. 1, higher sales volumes due to weather, and lower operation and maintenance expense, partially offset by dilution of $0.01 per share. Supply Segment PPL's Supply segment consists primarily of the competitive domestic electricity generation and energy marketing operations of PPL Energy Supply. Segment earnings from ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2013 decreased by $0.16 per share compared with a year ago. This decrease was primarily due to lower Eastern energy margins due to lower baseload energy prices, which were partially offset by higher baseload unit availability, higher capacity prices and higher margins on intermediate and peaking units; lower Western energy margins due to lower prices; higher income taxes; and dilution of $0.01 per share. 2013 Earnings from Ongoing Operations Forecast by Business Segment Forecast 2013 original 2013 revised Earnings per share midpoint 2012 Actual midpoint Kentucky Regulated $0.47 $ 0.46 $ 0.33 U.K. Regulated 1.25 1.20 1.19 Pennsylvania Regulated 0.29 0.27 0.22 Supply 0.40 0.37 0.68 Corporate and Other (0.04) (0.03) - Total $2.37 $ 2.27 $ 2.42 PPL expects lower earnings per share in 2013 compared with 2012, primarily due to lower earnings in the Supply segment, higher earnings in the three regulated segments and dilution of $0.21 per share associated with shares related to the 2010 and 2011 Equity Units and the April 2012 forward stock sale that settles in 2013. Kentucky Regulated Segment PPL expects higher segment earnings in 2013 compared with 2012, primarily driven by electric and gas base rate increases, returns on additional environmental capital investments, and load growth, partially offset by higher operation and maintenance expense. Dilution is expected to be $0.03 per share. U.K. Regulated Segment PPL expects higher segment earnings in 2013 compared with 2012, primarily driven by higher electricity delivery revenue and lower income taxes, partially offset by higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation and higher interest expense. Dilution is expected to be $0.10 per share. Pennsylvania Regulated Segment PPL expects higher segment earnings in 2013 compared with 2012, primarily driven by higher distribution revenues from a distribution base rate increase and higher transmission margins, partially offset by higher depreciation. Dilution is expected to be $0.03 per share. Supply Segment PPL expects lower segment earnings in 2013 compared with 2012, primarily driven by lower energy prices, higher fuel costs, higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation, and higher financing costs, partially offset by higher capacity prices and higher nuclear generation output despite scheduled outages for both Susquehanna units to implement a long-term solution to turbine blade issues. Dilution is expected to be $0.05 per share. Corporate and Other This category primarily includes unallocated corporate-level financing and other costs. PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), with annual revenue of more than $12 billion, is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. The PPL family of companies delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom, owns more than 18,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States and sells energy in key U.S. markets. More information is available at www.pplweb.com. (Note: All references to earnings per share in the text and tables of this news release are stated in terms of diluted earnings per share unless otherwise noted.) Conference Call and Webcast PPL invites interested parties to listen to a live Internet webcast of management's teleconference with financial analysts about first-quarter 2013 financial results at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 2. The meeting is available online live, in audio format, along with slides of the presentation, on PPL's website: www.pplweb.com. The webcast will be available for replay on the PPL website for 30 days. Interested individuals also can access the live conference call via telephone at 702-696-4769 (ID#57179671). "Earnings from ongoing operations," also referred to as "ongoing earnings," should not be considered as an alternative to reported earnings, or net income attributable to PPL shareowners, which is an indicator of operating performance determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). PPL believes that "earnings from ongoing operations," although a non-GAAP financial measure, is also useful and meaningful to investors because it provides management's view of PPL's fundamental earnings performance as another criterion in making investment decisions. PPL's management also uses "earnings from ongoing operations" in measuring certain corporate performance goals. Other companies may use different measures to present financial performance. "Earnings from ongoing operations" is adjusted for the impact of special items. Special items include: oAdjusted energy-related economic activity (as discussed below). oForeign currency-related economic hedges. oGains and losses on sales of assets not in the ordinary course of business. oImpairment charges (including impairments of securities in the company's nuclear decommissioning trust funds). oWorkforce reduction and other restructuring effects. oAcquisition-related adjustments. oOther charges or credits that are, in management's view, not reflective of the company's ongoing operations. Adjusted energy-related economic activity includes the changes in fair value of positions used to economically hedge a portion of the economic value of PPL's competitive generation assets, full-requirement sales contracts and retail activities. This economic value is subject to changes in fair value due to market price volatility of the input and output commodities (e.g., fuel and power) prior to the delivery period that was hedged. Also included in adjusted energy-related economic activity is the premium amortization associated with options and the ineffective portion of qualifying cash flow hedges and economic activity realized associated with the monetization of certain full-requirement sales contracts in 2010. This economic activity is deferred, with the exception of the full-requirement sales contracts that were monetized, and included in earnings from ongoing operations over the delivery period of the item that was hedged or upon realization. Management believes that adjusting for such amounts provides a better matching of earnings from ongoing operations to the actual amounts settled for PPL's underlying hedged assets. Please refer to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements and MD&A in PPL Corporation's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information on adjusted energy-related economic activity. Statements contained in this news release, including statements with respect to future earnings, cash flows, financing, regulation and corporate strategy, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although PPL Corporation believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the statements. The following are among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: market demand and prices for energy, capacity and fuel; weather conditions affecting customer energy usage and operating costs; competition in power markets; the effect of any business or industry restructuring; the profitability and liquidity of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; new accounting requirements or new interpretations or applications of existing requirements; operating performance of plants and other facilities; the length of scheduled and unscheduled outages at our plants; environmental conditions and requirements and the related costs of compliance, including environmental capital expenditures and emission allowance and other expenses; system conditions and operating costs; development of new projects, markets and technologies; performance of new ventures; asset or business acquisitions and dispositions, and PPL Corporation's ability to realize the expected benefits from acquired businesses, including the 2010 acquisition of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company and the 2011 acquisition of the Central Networks electricity distribution businesses in the U.K.; any impact of hurricanes or other severe weather on our business, including any impact on fuel prices; receipt of necessary government permits, approvals, rate relief and regulatory cost recovery; capital market conditions and decisions regarding capital structure; the impact of state, federal or foreign investigations applicable to PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; the outcome of litigation against PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; stock price performance; the market prices of equity securities and the impact on pension income and resultant cash funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans; the securities and credit ratings of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; political, regulatory or economic conditions in states, regions or countries where PPL Corporation or its subsidiaries conduct business, including any potential effects of threatened or actual terrorism or war or other hostilities; foreign exchange rates; new state, federal or foreign legislation, including new tax legislation; and the commitments and liabilities of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries. Any such forward-looking statements should be considered in light of such important factors and in conjunction with PPL Corporation's Form 10-K and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION (a) Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (Millions of Dollars) March31, December31, 2013 2012 Assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 853 $ 901 Price risk management assets - current 1,284 1,525 Other current assets 2,852 2,642 Investments 812 759 Property, Plant and Equipment Regulated utility plant 25,054 25,196 Less: Accumulated depreciation - regulated utility 4,258 4,164 plant Regulated utility plant, net 20,796 21,032 Non-regulated property, plant and equipment 12,948 12,545 Less: Accumulated depreciation - non-regulated 6,039 5,942 property, plant and equipment Non-regulated property, plant and 6,909 6,603 equipment, net Construction work in progress 2,270 2,397 Property, Plant and Equipment, net 29,975 30,032 Regulatory assets - noncurrent 1,464 1,483 Goodwill and other intangibles 4,905 5,083 Price risk management assets - noncurrent 598 572 Other noncurrent assets 598 637 Total Assets $ 43,341 $ 43,634 Liabilities and Equity Short-term debt $ 1,061 $ 652 Long-term debt due within one year 751 751 Accounts payable 1,071 1,252 Price risk management liabilities - current 972 1,065 Other current liabilities 1,795 1,905 Long-term debt - noncurrent 18,881 18,725 Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits 3,917 3,715 Price risk management liabilities - noncurrent 533 629 Accrued pension obligations 1,596 2,076 Regulatory liabilities - noncurrent 1,016 1,010 Other noncurrent liabilities 1,206 1,356 Common stock and additional paid-in capital 6,994 6,942 Earnings reinvested 5,676 5,478 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,146) (1,940) Noncontrolling interests 18 18 Total Liabilities and Equity $ 43,341 $ 43,634 The Financial Statements in this news release have been condensed and (a) summarized for purposes of this presentation. Please refer to PPL Corporation's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for full financial statements, including note disclosure. PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited) (Millions of Dollars, Except Share Data) Three Months Ended March31, 2013 2012 Operating Revenues Utility $ 1,950 $ 1,714 Unregulated retail electric and gas (a) 237 223 Wholesale energy marketing Realized 976 1,208 Unrealized economic activity (a) (822) 852 Net energy trading margins (11) 8 Energy-related businesses 127 107 Total Operating Revenues 2,457 4,112 Operating Expenses Operation Fuel (a) 529 424 Energy purchases Realized 691 883 Unrealized economic activity (a) (634) 591 Other operation and maintenance 676 706 Depreciation 284 264 Taxes, other than income 96 91 Energy-related businesses 122 102 Total Operating Expenses 1,764 3,061 Operating Income 693 1,051 Other Income (Expense) - net 122 (17) Interest Expense 251 230 Income Before Income Taxes 564 804 Income Taxes 151 259 Net Income 413 545 Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling 4 Interests Net Income Attributable to PPL Shareowners $ 413 $ 541 Earnings Per Share of Common Stock Basic $ 0.70 $ 0.93 Diluted $ 0.65 $ 0.93 Weighted-Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding (in thousands) Basic 582,640 579,041 Diluted 657,020 579,527 Includes activity from energy-related contracts to hedge future cash flows (a) that are not eligible for hedge accounting, or for which hedge accounting was not elected. PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) (Millions of Dollars) Three Months Ended March31, 2013 2012 Cash Flows from Operating Activities Net income $ 413 $ 545 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities Depreciation 284 264 Amortization 64 55 Defined benefit plans - expense 51 42 Deferred income taxes and investment tax 80 257 credits Unrealized (gains) losses on derivatives, 98 (235) and other hedging activities Other 30 20 Change in current assets and current liabilities Accounts receivable (187) 32 Counterparty collateral (64) 65 Other (70) (82) Other operating activities Defined benefit plans - funding (429) (208) Other (26) (27) Net cash provided by operating 244 728 activities Cash Flows from Investing Activities Expenditures for property, plant and equipment (828) (682) Purchases of nuclear plant decommissioning (28) (38) trust investments Proceeds from the sale of nuclear plant 24 34 decommissioning trust investments Proceeds from the sale of other investments 16 Net (increase) decrease in restricted cash and (52) (22) cash equivalents Other investing activities (15) (19) Net cash used in investing (899) (711) activities Cash Flows from Financing Activities Issuance of long-term debt 450 Retirement of long-term debt (8) Issuance of common stock 20 16 Payment of common stock dividends (210) (203) Debt issuance and credit facility costs (18) (3) Contract adjustment payments (24) (23) Net increase (decrease) in short-term debt 416 93 Other financing activities (5) (4) Net cash provided by (used in) 621 (124) financing activities Effect of Exchange Rates on Cash and Cash (14) 8 Equivalents Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash (48) (99) Equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period 901 1,202 Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $ 853 $ 1,103 Key Indicators (Unaudited) 12 Months Ended March31, Financial 2013 2012 Dividends declared per share $ 1.4475 $ 1.41 Book value per share (a)(b) $ 18.04 $ 19.44 Market price per share (a) $ 31.31 $ 28.26 Dividend yield (a) 4.6% 5.0% Dividend payout ratio (c) 62% 50% Dividend payout ratio - earnings from ongoing 59% 54% operations (c)(d) Price/earnings ratio (a)(c) 13.4 10.0 Price/earnings ratio - earnings from ongoing 12.8 10.8 operations (a)(c)(d) Return on average common equity 12.84% 15.35% Return on average common equity - earnings from 13.44% 14.19% ongoing operations (d) (a) End of period. (b) Based on 583,214 and 579,520 shares of common stock outstanding (in thousands) at March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012. (c) Based on diluted earnings per share. (d) Calculated using earnings from ongoing operations, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the impact of special items, as described in the text and tables of this news release. Operating - Domestic & International Electricity Sales (Unaudited) 3 Months Ended March31, Percent (GWh) 2013 2012 Change Domestic Retail Delivered PPL Electric Utilities (a) 9,883 9,368 5.5% LKE 8,000 7,505 6.6% Total 17,883 16,873 6.0% Domestic Retail Supplied (b) PPL EnergyPlus 3,281 2,702 21.4% LKE 8,000 7,505 6.6% Total 11,281 10,207 10.5% International Delivered United Kingdom 21,752 21,423 1.5% Domestic Wholesale PPL EnergyPlus - East 14,457 12,418 16.4% PPL EnergyPlus - West 1,910 1,918 (0.4%) LKE (c) 575 589 (2.4%) Total 16,942 14,925 13.5% (a) Prior period volumes were restated to include unbilled volumes. (b) Represents GWh supplied by PPL EnergyPlus to PPL Electric Utilities as PLR, and to other retail customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Montana, Delaware and Maryland. Also includes GWh supplied by LKE to retail customers in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. (c) Represents FERC-regulated municipal and unregulated off-system sales. Reconciliation of Segment Earnings from Ongoing Operations to Reported Earnings (After Tax) (Unaudited) 1st Quarter 2013 (millions of dollars) Kentucky U.K. Pennsylvania Corporate Regulated Regulated Regulated Supply and Other Total Earnings from $ 84 $ 238 $ 64 $ 71 $ (3) $ 454 Ongoing Operations Special Items: Adjusted energy-related (117) (117) economic activity, net Foreign currency-related 78 78 economic hedges Acquisition-related adjustments: WPD Midlands Separation benefits (1) (1) Other acquisition-related (2) (2) adjustments Other: EEI adjustments 1 1 Total Special Items 1 75 (117) (41) Reported Earnings $ 85 $ 313 $ 64 $ (46) $ (3) $ 413 (per share - diluted) (a) Kentucky U.K. Pennsylvania Corporate Regulated Regulated Regulated Supply and Other Total Earnings from $ 0.14 $ 0.37 $ 0.10 $ 0.11 $ (0.01) $ 0.71 Ongoing Operations Special Items: Adjusted energy-related (0.18) (0.18) economic activity, net Foreign currency-related 0.12 0.12 economic hedges Total Special Items 0.12 (0.18) (0.06) Reported Earnings $ 0.14 $ 0.49 $ 0.10 $ (0.07) $ (0.01) $ 0.65 (a) The "If-Converted Method" was applied to PPL's Equity Units beginning in the first quarter of 2013, resulting in $15 million of interest charges (after tax) being added back to net income and approximately 72 million shares of PPL Common Stock being treated as outstanding. Both adjustments are only done for purposes of calculating earnings per share diluted. Reconciliation of Segment Earnings from Ongoing Operations to Reported Earnings (After Tax) (Unaudited) 1st Quarter 2012 (millions of dollars) Kentucky U.K. Pennsylvania Regulated Regulated Regulated Supply Total Earnings from Ongoing $ 38 $ 183 $ 33 $ 155 $ 409 Operations Special Items: Adjusted energy-related 150 150 economic activity, net Foreign currency-related (14) (14) economic hedges Impairments: Adjustments - nuclear 1 1 decommissioning trust investments Acquisition-related adjustments: WPD Midlands Separation benefits (4) (4) LKE Net operating loss carryforward and 4 4 other tax-related adjustments Other: Counterparty (6) (6) bankruptcy Ash basin leak remediation 1 1 adjustment Total Special Items 4 (18) 146 132 Reported Earnings $ 42 $ 165 $ 33 $ 301 $ 541 (per share - diluted) Kentucky U.K. Pennsylvania Regulated Regulated Regulated Supply Total Earnings from Ongoing $ 0.06 $ 0.31 $ 0.06 $ 0.27 $ 0.70 Operations Special Items: Adjusted energy-related 0.26 0.26 economic activity, net Foreign currency-related (0.02) (0.02) economic hedges Acquisition-related adjustments: WPD Midlands Separation benefits (0.01) (0.01) LKE Net operating loss carryforward and 0.01 0.01 other tax-related adjustments Other: Counterparty (0.01) (0.01) bankruptcy Total Special Items 0.01 (0.03) 0.25 0.23 Reported Earnings $ 0.07 $ 0.28 $ 0.06 $ 0.52 $ 0.93 SOURCE PPL Corporation Website: http://www.pplweb.com Contact: For news media: George C. Lewis, 610-774-5997; or For financial analysts, Joseph P. Bergstein, 610-774-5609
PPL Corporation Reports First-Quarter Earnings
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