AltaGas Reports Strong Second Quarter Results and Increases Dividend

AltaGas Reports Strong Second Quarter Results and Increases Dividend 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/01/13 -- AltaGas Ltd.
(AltaGas) (TSX:ALA) (TSX:ALA.PR.A) (TSX:ALA.PR.U) today reported a
150 percent increase in normalized net income per share. Normalized
net income applicable to common shares was $35.5 million ($0.30 per
share) for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to $10.4
million ($0.12 per share) for the same period 2012. Net income
applicable to common shares reported was $35.9 million ($0.31 per
share) for the three months ended June 30, 2013, compared to $25.8
million ($0.29 per share) for the same period 2012.  
Stronger earnings also resulted in stronger cash flows. Normalized
EBITDA more than doubled to $106.2 million for second quarter 2013
compared to $51.7 million in second quarter 2012. Normalized funds
from operations increased to $83.1 million ($0.71 per share) for
second quarter 2013 compared to $40.7 million ($0.45 per share) for
second quarter 2012. 
"We are pleased to report another very solid quarter with substantial
growth in earnings and cash flow," said David Cornhill, Chairman and
CEO of AltaGas. "We had strong performance from all our businesses
and we have attractive growth opportunities. Therefore, we are
pleased to announce our Board approved a dividend increase of a
quarter cent per share per month. In addition to the increase
approved last quarter, this results in a $0.09 cent or 6.25 percent
increase to our dividend on an annualized basis. On a full year basis
the dividend is now $1.53 per share. The Board and management remain
committed to enhancing returns for our shareholders." 
Normalized net income for the six months ended June 30, 2013
increased to $91.1 million, an 80 percent increase over the same
period 2012. Normalized net income per share increased 46 percent to
$0.82 per share, up from $0.56 per share. 
For the six months ended June 30, 2013, normalized EBITDA increased
76 percent to $252.1 million compared to $143.1 million for the same
period 2012. Normalized funds from operations for the six months
ended June 30, 2013, increased 78 percent to $205.5 million ($1.84
per share) compared to $115.5 million ($1.29 per share) for the same
period 2012.  
Operating income from the business segments increased 89 percent in
the second quarter 2013 compared to the same quarter 2012, primarily
driven by the addition of the U.S. utilities in August 2012, higher
throughput in the Gas business, higher power prices realized and the
addition of the new Blythe power facility in mid-May 2013. Earnings
were partially offset by lower frac spreads and higher operating
costs in the quarter.  
AltaGas also announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Pacific
Northern Gas Ltd. (PNG) has entered into Transportation Reservation
Agreements with both Douglas Channel Gas Services Ltd. and AltaGas
Idemitsu Joint Venture Limited Partnership for 520 Mmcf/d of natural
gas transportation capacity on the proposed PNG pipeline expansion.
The PNG expansion is expected to increase capacity of the PNG system
to approximately 750 Mmcf/d from its current capacity of 115 Mmcf/d.
PNG continues to work with other potential shippers for the remaining
capacity. 
"Securing shippers for the expansion of our PNG pipeline has been a
critical milestone toward executing on our LNG export plans," said
Mr. Cornhill. "We are pleased with our progress and continue to work
with other shippers to secure the remaining capacity on the pipeline
expansion. We continue to lead the way in getting Canadian natural
gas to export markets." 
AltaGas also announced today the expansion of its Cogeneration fleet
at Harmattan to 45 MW. AltaGas will construct the new 15 MW
Cogeneration facility to meet the increased power demand at the
Harmattan complex and increase sales to the Alberta power market.
Cogen III is expected to be in service in the fourth quarter 2014
with a total project cost estimated at $40 million.  
AltaGas is also expanding its Cold Lake natural gas transmission
system to deliver natural gas to provide steam to two heavy oil
projects near Cold Lake, Alberta. The estimated cost of both projects
is $17 million and both are underpinned by long-term take-or-pay
transportation agreements. The expansion is expected to be in service
in late 2014.  
AltaGas continues to make good progress on the Northwest run-of-river
projects, which include the Forrest Kerr, McLymont Creek and Volcano
Creek generation facilities. The projects remain ahead of schedule
and on budget. The powerhouse activities continue as planned and the
power tunnel inlet gate control structure and intake desander
structure was completed in the quarter. Three turbine units are
on-site with installation expected to begin by mid-August. The
installation of the penstock and turbines are expected to be
completed in third quarter 2013. 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-service date is on target for mid-2014. 
Construction continues to progress on both the 66 MW McLymont Creek
project and 16 MW Volcano Creek project. The McLymont Creek
engineering design is now 95 percent complete. Construction of the
7-kilometre McLymont intake access road is on-going and the pioneer
trail is 55 percent completed and anticipated to be completed within
the next 90 days. Excavation of the McLymont power portal has been
completed and approximately 15 percent of the 2,800-metre power
tunnel has been excavated. Excavation of the Volcano Creek intake
site and diversion have been completed and the installation of the
weir embeds has commenced. At Volcano Creek 100 percent of the
penstock right-of-way has been cleared and excavation of the penstock
trench has commenced. The powerhouse foundation is approximately 80
percent complete and excavation of the headrace is complete. 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 $0.1275 per common share for the August
    2013 dividend. The dividend will be paid on September 16, 2013, to
    common shareholders of record on August 26, 2013. The ex-dividend date
    is August 22, 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 July 1, 2013, and ending September 30, 2013, on AltaGas'
    outstanding Series A Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on
    September 30, 2013 to shareholders of record on September 16, 2013. The
    ex-dividend date is September 12, 2013; and 
--  The Board also approved a dividend of US$0.275 per share for the period
    commencing July 1, 2013, and ending September 30, 2013, on AltaGas'
    outstanding Series C Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on
    September 30, 2013, to shareholders of record on September 16, 2013. The
    ex-dividend date is September 12, 2013. 
 
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL REVIEW                                               
                                                                            
                                      Three months ended    Six months ended
(unaudited)                                      June 30             June 30
($ millions)                              2013      2012      2013      2012
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Revenue                                  458.6     272.2   1,072.1     633.8
Net revenue(1)                           211.8     144.0     449.1     310.4
Normalized operating income(1)            68.0      30.4     177.2      99.7
Normalized EBITDA(1)                     106.2      51.7     252.1     143.1
Net income applicable to common                                             
 shares                                   35.9      25.8      85.0      67.1
Normalized net income(1)                  35.5      10.4      91.1      50.6
Total assets                           6,704.3   3,852.1   6,704.3   3,852.1
Total long-term liabilities            3,598.9   1,901.1   3,598.9   1,901.1
Net additions to property, plant and                                        
 equipment                               715.8     176.4     835.5     323.8
Dividends declared(2)                     43.8      31.1      81.8      62.0
Cash flows                                                                  
  Normalized funds from                                                     
   operations(1)                          83.1      40.7     205.5     115.5
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                                      Three months ended    Six months ended
                                                 June 30             June 30
($ per share, except shares                                                 
 outstanding)                             2013      2012      2013      2012
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Normalized EBITDA(1)                      0.90      0.57      2.26      1.59
Net income - basic                        0.31      0.29      0.76      0.75
Net income - diluted                      0.30      0.28      0.74      0.74
Normalized net income(1)                  0.30      0.12      0.82      0.56
Dividends declared(2)                     0.37     0.345      0.73      0.69
Cash flows                                                                  
  Normalized funds from                                                     
   operations(1)                          0.71      0.45      1.84      1.29
Shares outstanding - basic                                                  
 (millions)                                                                 
  During the period(3)                   117.7      90.0     111.7      89.8
  End of period                          118.4      90.3     118.4      90.3
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(1) Non-GAAP financial measure; see discussion in Non-GAAP Financial        
    Measures section of the second quarter 2013 MD&A.                       
(2) Dividends declared of $0.12 per common share per month commencing       
    September 10, 2012 and $0.125 commencing May 2013.                      
(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 second quarter financial results, progress on
construction projects and other corporate developments.  
Members of the media, investment communities and other interested
parties may dial (416) 340-8410 or call toll free at 1-866-225-2055.
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 6668430.
The replay expires at midnight (Eastern) on August 8, 2013.  
This news release contains forward-looking statements. When used in
this news release, the words "may", "would", "could", "will",
"intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "seek", "propose",
"estimate", "expect", and similar expressions, as they relate to
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forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things,
business objectives, expected growth, results of operations,
performance, business projects and opportunities and financial
results. These statements involve known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or
events to differ materially from those anticipated in such
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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,
governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions
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
uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying
forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary
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
1-877-691-7199
investor.relations@altagas.ca 
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Media
(403) 691-9873
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