UIL Reports First Quarter 2013 Earnings and Affirms 2013 Earnings Guidance Business Wire NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- May 2, 2013 Today, UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE: UIL) reported consolidated net income of $51.8 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of $4.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to the same period in 2012. “In the first quarter, earnings at all the operating companies were higher than the same period last year. The gas companies were not as negatively impacted by the weather this year, and we saw a positive impact on earnings at the gas businesses from our conversions in 2012,” said James P. Torgerson, UIL’s president and chief executive officer. “We continue to switch households and businesses to natural gas, and as of the end of the first quarter, we had converted 4,787 customers and are well on our way to achieving this year’s goal of 12,200,” continued Torgerson. “The proposals in the State of Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy should provide UIL with the tools to enhance our existing gas growth strategy.” UIL Holdings Corporation’s results for the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012, are presented in the table below: Net Income (Loss) - $M Quarter ended March 31, 2013 2012 '13 vs '12 Electric Distribution & Other $ 14.4 $ 14.2 $ 0.2 Electric Transmission 8.7 7.4 1.3 Gas Distribution 31.5 28.5 3.0 Operating Companies 54.6 50.1 4.5 Corporate (2.8 ) (3.0 ) 0.2 Consolidated Earnings $ 51.8 $ 47.1 $ 4.7 Earnings (Loss) Per Share Quarter ended March 31, 2013 2012 '13 vs '12 Electric Distribution & Other $ 0.28 $ 0.28 $ 0.00 Electric Transmission 0.17 0.15 0.02 Gas Distribution 0.62 0.55 0.07 Operating Companies 1.07 0.98 0.09 Corporate (0.06 ) (0.06 ) 0.00 Consolidated Earnings $ 1.01 $ 0.92 $ 0.09 Avg. Shares - diluted 51,157 50,985 United Illuminating United Illuminating earnings increased by $1.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Details of the increase follow. Electric distribution, CTA & other The electric distribution business earned $14.4 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013, which was slightly higher than the first quarter of 2012. The small increase in net income was due to decreases in rent expense and corporate allocations, which were partially offset by increases in various operation and maintenance costs and a lower contribution from GenConn. In the first quarter of 2013, pre-tax earnings from the equity investment in GenConn were $3.8 million, compared to $4.5 million for the same period in 2012. The slight decrease in pre-tax earnings was primarily due to the absence in 2013 of non-recurring adjustments recorded in the first quarter of 2012 largely relating to 2011. Electric transmission The electric transmission business earned $8.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of $1.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to the same period in 2012. The increase in earnings for the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, was primarily attributable to an increase in the income earned on an increase in rate base and increased total deposits in the New England East-West Solutions transmission projects. Gas distribution The gas distribution companies earned $31.5 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of $3.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to the first quarter in 2012. The increase in earnings was due primarily to increased sales volume, partially offset by increased operation and maintenance costs and the absence of $3.5 million, pre-tax, of weather insurance proceeds that were recorded in the first quarter of 2012. The increased sales volume in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012, was due to colder weather, increased customer usage and customer growth. The colder temperatures in the first quarter of 2013 resulted in a $9.0 million increase in gross margin, compared to the first quarter of 2012, which is equivalent to approximately $0.11 per diluted share. The increase in customer usage in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012, resulted in an additional $1.0 million increase in gross margin, or approximately $0.01 per diluted share. Customer growth in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter of 2012, resulted in an additional $2.4 million in gross margin, or approximately $0.03 per diluted share. The increase in earnings due to sales volume, as discussed above, was partially offset by higher operation and maintenance costs, including increases in pension and post-retirement benefits, corporate allocations, uncollectibles and gross receipts taxes. Corporate UIL Corporate incurred net after-tax costs of $2.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013, a decrease of $0.2 million, compared to the same period in 2012. The decrease in costs was primarily due to the allocation of returns on shared capital assets and decreased interest expense. Looking Forward UIL affirms its consolidated earnings guidance for 2013 of $2.05 - $2.25 per diluted share. Forecasted earnings for 2013 are detailed in the table below. Approximate Net Category EPS - diluted^(3) Income^(2) Electric distribution, CTA & other $46 - $54 $0.90 - $1.05 Electric transmission $30 - $36 $0.60 - $0.70 Total Electric^(1) $79 - $87 $1.55 - $1.70 Gas distribution $33 - $38 $0.65 - $0.75 UIL Corporate ($11) - ($9) ($0.21) - ($0.18) Total UIL^(1) $105 - $115 $2.05 - $2.25 ^(1) Expectations are not expected to be additive ^(2) Rounded to the nearest million ^(3) Assumes approximately 51.2 million average shares outstanding First quarter 2013 conference call UIL Holdings will conduct a webcast conference call with financial analysts on Friday, May 3, 2013, beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. UIL Holdings’ executive management will present an overview of the financial results followed by a question and answer session. Interested parties, including analysts, investors and the media, may listen live via the internet by logging onto the Investors section of UIL’s website at http://www.uil.com. Institutional investors can access the call via Thomson Street Events (www.streetevents.com), a password-protected event management site. Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, UIL Holdings Corporation (NYSE:UIL) is a diversified energy delivery company serving a total of approximately 700,000 electric and natural gas utility customers in 66 communities across two states, with combined total assets of over $4 billion. UIL Holdings is the parent company for The United Illuminating Company (UI), Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG), The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG), and The Berkshire Gas Company (Berkshire), each more than 100 years old. UI provides for the transmission and delivery of electricity and other energy related services for Connecticut’s Greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas. SCG and CNG are natural gas distribution companies that serve customers in Connecticut, while Berkshire serves natural gas customers in western Massachusetts. UIL Holdings employs more than 1,850 people in the New England region. For more information on UIL Holdings, visit http://www.uil.com. Use of Non-GAAP Measures UIL Holdings believes that a breakdown, presented on a net income and per share basis is useful in understanding the change in the consolidated results of operations for UIL Holdings from one reporting period to another. UIL Holdings presents such per share amounts by taking the pretax amounts determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and applying UIL Holdings' combined effective statutory federal and state tax rate and then dividing the results by the average number of shares of UIL Holdings common stock outstanding for the periods presented. Any such amounts provided are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to be used to calculate "Pro-forma" amounts. UIL Holdings also believes earnings per share (EPS) information as presented in its earnings guidance is useful in understanding the earnings expectations for the business as a whole. The amounts presented in the earnings guidance show the EPS for each of UIL Holdings’ lines of business. EPS is calculated by dividing the 2013 net income for each line of business by the average number of shares of UIL Holdings common stock outstanding for 2013. Total consolidated EPS is a GAAP-basis presentation. Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements contained herein, regarding matters that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These include statements regarding management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or forecasts for the future. Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations and involve risks and uncertainties; consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory changes, changes in demand for electricity, gas and other products and services, unanticipated weather conditions, changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines, and other economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting the operations, markets, products and services of UIL Holdings’ subsidiaries, The United Illuminating Company, The Southern Connecticut Gas Company, Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation and The Berkshire Gas Company. The foregoing and other factors are discussed and should be reviewed in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and other subsequent periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements included herein speak only as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation to revise or update such statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or circumstances. The following are summaries of UIL Holdings’ unaudited consolidated financial information for the first quarter of 2012 and 2013: UIL HOLDINGS CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (In Thousands except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 2012 Operating Revenues $ 548,039 $ 457,818 Operating Expenses Operation Purchased power 38,489 40,658 Natural gas purchased 219,267 150,805 Operation and maintenance 89,259 85,687 Transmission wholesale 18,818 16,048 Depreciation and amortization 50,107 46,559 Taxes - other than income taxes 35,866 30,600 Total Operating Expenses 451,806 370,357 Operating Income 96,233 87,461 Other Income and (Deductions), net 5,361 8,917 Interest Charges, net Interest on long-term debt 21,686 21,102 Other interest, net 1,025 1,535 22,711 22,637 Amortization of debt expense and redemption premiums 601 609 Total Interest Charges, net 23,312 23,246 Income from Equity Investments 3,812 4,487 Income Before Income Taxes 82,094 77,619 Income Taxes 30,287 30,543 Net Income 51,807 47,076 Less: Preferred Stock Dividends of Subsidiary, Noncontrolling Interests 16 26 Net Income attributable to UIL Holdings $ 51,791 $ 47,050 Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 50,888 50,686 Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 51,157 50,985 Earnings Per Share of Common Stock - Basic $ 1.02 $ 0.93 Earnings Per Share of Common Stock - Diluted $ 1.01 $ 0.92 Cash Dividends Declared per share of Common Stock $ 0.432 $ 0.432 UIL HOLDINGS CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 (Thousands of Dollars) Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 2012 Net Income $ 51,807 $ 47,076 Other Comprehensive Income, net 251 356 Comprehensive Income 52,058 47,432 Less: Preferred Stock Dividends of Subsidiary, Noncontrolling Interests 16 26 Comprehensive Income attributable to UIL Holdings $ 52,042 $ 47,406 UIL HOLDINGS CORPORATION CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited) March 31, December 31, (thousands of dollars) 2013 2012 ASSETS Current assets $ 628,088 $ 628,683 Other investments 153,014 148,730 Net property, plant and equipment 2,843,434 2,787,354 Regulatory assets 977,939 1,014,515 Goodwill 266,205 266,205 Deferred charges and other assets 94,411 113,880 Total Assets $ 4,963,091 $ 4,959,367 LIABILITIES AND CAPITALIZATION Current liabilities $ 581,631 $ 625,056 Noncurrent liabilities 673,138 708,968 Deferred income taxes 449,868 462,940 Regulatory liabilities 510,716 445,156 Total Liabilities 2,215,353 2,242,120 Long-term debt, net of unamortized discount and 1,599,066 1,600,354 premium Preferred stock of subsidiary 340 340 Net common stock equity 1,148,332 1,116,553 Total Capitalization 2,747,738 2,717,247 Total Liabilities and Capitalization $ 4,963,091 $ 4,959,367 Contact: UIL Holdings Corporation Analyst: Susan Allen, 203-499-2409 or Media: Michael West Jr., 203-499-3858
UIL Reports First Quarter 2013 Earnings and Affirms 2013 Earnings Guidance
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