AltaGas Reports 31 Percent Increase in Earnings Per Share and Record Cash Flow for 2013

AltaGas Reports 31 Percent Increase in Earnings Per Share and Record Cash Flow 
for 2013 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/27/14 --  Fourth Quarter and
2013 Highlights 


 
 
--  31 percent increase in normalized earnings per share in 2013, compared
    to 2012; 
--  A record $508.9 million in normalized EBITDA in 2013, a 51 percent
    increase compared to 2012;
--  Normalized earnings per share increased by 11 percent and normalized
    EBITDA increased by 18 percent in fourth quarter 2013, compared to
    fourth quarter 2012; 
--  A record $402.7 million, a 43 percent increase, in normalized funds from
    operations in 2013; $117.1 million in fourth quarter 2013; 
--  Increased dividend by 6.25 percent; payout ratio of 43 percent of
    normalized funds from operations;  
--  The 195 MW Forrest Kerr hydro project is in commissioning and on track
    to be in service in mid-2014; 16 MW Volcano hydro project advanced to
    2014 - two years ahead of schedule; and 
--  Strategic relationships in place to execute on LPG and LNG export
    initiatives.

AltaGas Ltd. (AltaGas) (TSX: ALA)(TSX: ALA.PR.A)(TSX: ALA.PR.U)(TSX:
ALA.PR.E) today reported significant earnings and cash flow growth
for 2013. Normalized net income increased to $175.8 million ($1.51
per share), compared to $109.5 million ($1.15 per share) in 2012. Net
income applicable to common shares was $181.5 million ($1.56 per
share) for 2013, compared to $101.8 million ($1.07 per share) in
2012.  
Normalized EBITDA for 2013 increased 51 percent to $508.9 million,
compared to $336.9 million for 2012. Normalized funds from operations
was $402.7 million ($3.47 per share) for 2013, compared to $281.0
million ($2.96 per share) in 2012.  
"AltaGas achieved outstanding results in 2013, delivering growth of
over 30 percent in earnings per share and 17 percent in FFO per
share. On the growth front, we successfully positioned ourselves for
energy exports with the expansion of our gas business and we
established a significant footprint in the US power market," said
David Cornhill, Chairman and CEO of AltaGas. "We also achieved EBITDA
of over half a billion for the first time - a great achievement in
the company's twenty-year history. 2014 will be another exciting year
for AltaGas as we commission our Forrest Kerr and Volcano projects.
These projects are marquee projects that will bring another step
change to our already strong portfolio of energy infrastructure
assets."  
The increase in earnings and cash flow were the result of the
strength of AltaGas' operations and the positive growth across all
business segments in the year. Full year results from SEMCO,
Gordondale and Harmattan Co-stream as well as the expansion of Blair
Creek and other smaller assets contributed significant incremental
earnings in 2013 compared to 2012. In 2013, AltaGas continued to
execute its strategy of adding clean energy to its portfolio and
moving its energy export initiatives forward. The acquisition of
Blythe and the 25 percent interest in Petrogas Energy Corp.
(Petrogas) also contributed to the strong growth in earnings and cash
flow. AltaGas also benefited from higher realized power prices in
Alberta, colder weather in Michigan, Alberta and Nova Scotia and
lower income taxes. Earnings in the year were partially offset by
lower realized frac prices, higher general and administrative costs,
and higher interest expense as a result of AltaGas' growth. 
Fourth quarter normalized net income was $59.9 million ($0.49 per
share), compared to $46.6 million ($0.44 per share) in fourth quarter
2012. Net income applicable to common shares was $53.2 million ($0.44
per share) in fourth quarter 2013, compared to $26.7 million ($0.25
per share) for same period 2012.  
Normalized EBITDA was $153.3 million in fourth quarter 2013, compared
to $129.4 million in fourth quarter 2012. Normalized funds from
operations was $117.1 million ($0.96 per share) in fourth quarter
2013, compared to $112.0 million ($1.07 per share) in fourth quarter
2012. The lower normalized funds from operations on a per share basis
was due to the timing of cash distributions from equity-owned
investments.  
The solid earnings delivered in fourth quarter 2013 were due to the
contributions from Blythe and a 25 percent interest in Petrogas which
were acquired in 2013, higher volumes of natural gas processed,
stronger earnings from NGL sales, higher production at Bear Mountain,
higher volumes delivered and higher rate base at the utilities, and
lower taxes. Earnings in the quarter were negatively impacted by
weaker power prices in Alberta, higher interest expense and higher
general and administrative costs compared to the same quarter last
year.  
Project Updates 
Northwest Run-of-river Projects 
AltaGas continues to make solid progress on its three Northwest
run-of-river hydro projects. The 195 MW Forrest Kerr project is
mechanically complete and commissioning is ongoing. The nine turbine
generator units have been assembled, aligned and grouted into
position. Based on progress made over the past six months, AltaGas
expects the Northwest Transmission Line to be available in time to
enable Forrest Kerr to be in service by mid-2014. 
At the 16 MW Volcano Creek project, intake construction, weir
installation, powerhouse building, turbine foundations, and
powerhouse crane installation have been completed. The penstock
excavation is also complete with the penstock installation to
commence in the spring of 2014. The project is expected to be in
service in late 2014.  
At the 66 MW McLymont Creek project, construction of the 7-kilometre
intake access road is complete. Excavation of the McLymont power
portal has been completed and approximately 50 percent of the 2,800
metre power tunnel has been excavated. Excavation of the powerhouse
foundation is complete and installation of the powerhouse foundation
has commenced. The project is expected to be in service in mid-2015.  
Energy Exports 
AltaGas has significantly advanced its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
export project. On October 1, 2013 AltaGas closed the acquisition of
a 25 percent interest in Petrogas, a privately held leading North
American integrated midstream company. Petrogas provides key
infrastructure as well as supply logistics and marketing expertise
required to pursue LPG exports.  
On October 24, 2013, AltaGas announced it will increase its effective
ownership of Petrogas to one-third and will transfer its current 25
percent ownership to AltaGas Idemitsu Joint Venture Limited
Partnership (AIJVLP). AIJVLP will acquire an additional 41 2/3
percent interest in Petrogas. As a result of the transaction,
Petrogas will be effectively owned one third by each of AltaGas,
Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., and Petrogas' current majority shareholder.
The acquisition is expected to be accretive to AltaGas' earnings per
share by approximately $0.10 in 2015. All regulatory approvals have
been obtained and the transaction is expected to close on March 1,
2014.  
AIJVLP is also preparing preliminary engineering designs for the
construction of the refrigeration facilities and is in negotiations
for potential site locations. The proposed LPG export business is
subject to consultations with First Nations, and the completion of
the feasibility study, permitting, regulatory approvals and facility
construction. Based on progress to date, AltaGas expects LPG exports
to begin as early as 2016. 
AltaGas continues to advance its liquefied natural gas export (LNG)
initiative. On October 29, 2013 Triton LNG Limited Partnership
(Triton LNG), a subsidiary of AIJVLP, filed an application with the
National Energy Board for approval to export up to 2.3 million tonnes
of LNG per year. The application is an important step required in the
project's progress. Triton LNG is also preparing preliminary
engineering designs for the construction of the liquefaction
facilities and is pursuing potential site locations. The proposed LNG
business is subject to consultations with First Nations, and the
completion of the feasibility study, permitting, regulatory approvals
and facility construction.  
Monthly Common Share Dividend and Quarterly Preferred Share Dividend 


 
 
--  The Board of Directors approved the March 2014 dividend of $0.1275 per
    common share. The dividend will be paid on April 15, 2014, to common
    shareholders of record on March 25, 2014. The ex-dividend date is March
    21, 2014. This dividend is an eligible dividend for Canadian income tax
    purposes; 
--  The Board of Directors approved a dividend of $0.3125 per share for the
    period commencing January 1, 2014 and ending March 31, 2014, on AltaGas'
    outstanding Series A Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on
    March 31, 2014 to shareholders of record on March 18, 2014. The ex-
    dividend date is March 14, 2014;  
--  The Board of Directors approved a dividend of US$0.275 per share for the
    period commencing January 1, 2014 and ending March 31, 2014, on AltaGas'
    outstanding Series C Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on
    March 31, 2014 to shareholders of record on March 18, 2014. The ex-
    dividend date is March 14, 2014; and 
--  The Board of Directors also approved a dividend of $0.3699 per share for
    the period commencing December 13, 2013, and ending March 31, 2014, on
    AltaGas' outstanding Series E Preferred Shares. The dividend will be
    paid on March 31, 2014 to shareholders of record on March 18, 2014. The
    ex-dividend date is March 14, 2014. 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL REVIEW 


 
 
                                        Three months ended    Year ended    
(unaudited)                                 December 31       December 31   
($ millions)                                 2013     2012     2013     2012
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Revenue                                     581.2    525.8  2,042.9  1,449.7
Net revenue(1)                              264.6    207.6    960.2    664.4
Normalized operating income(1)              111.9     96.4    352.7    234.6
Normalized EBITDA(1)                        153.3    129.4    508.9    336.9
Net income applicable to common shares       53.2     26.7    181.5    101.8
Normalized net income(1)                     59.9     46.6    175.8    109.5
Total assets                              7,281.3  5,932.4  7,281.3  5,932.4
Total long-term liabilities               3,727.4  3,357.4  3,727.4  3,357.4
Net additions to property, plant and                                        
 equipment                                  223.4    166.5  1,144.6  1,532.1
Dividends declared(2)                        46.7     37.4    173.6    132.8
Cash flows                                                                  
 Normalized funds from operations(1)        117.1    112.0    402.7    281.0
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                                        Three months ended    Year ended    
                                            December 31       December 31   
($ per share, except shares outstanding)     2013     2012     2013     2012
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Normalized EBITDA(1)                         1.26     1.23     4.38     3.55
Net income - basic                           0.44     0.25     1.56     1.07
Net income - diluted                         0.43     0.25     1.52     1.06
Normalized net income(1)                     0.49     0.44     1.51     1.15
Dividends declared(2)                        0.38     0.36     1.50     1.40
Cash flows                                                                  
 Normalized funds from operations(1)         0.96     1.07     3.47     2.96
Shares outstanding - basic (millions)                                       
 During the period(3)                       122.0    105.0    116.1     95.0
 End of period                              122.3    105.3    122.3    105.3
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(1) Non-GAAP financial measure; see discussion in Non-GAAP Financial        
 Measures section of the 2013 annual MD&A.                                  
 (2)  Dividends declared per common share per month of $0.115 beginning     
 October 27, 2011, $0.12 beginning September 10, 2012, $0.125 beginning     
 April 24, 2013 and $0.1275 beginning July 31, 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 fourth quarter and 2013 financial results, progress on
construction projects and other corporate developments.  
Members of the media, investment communities and other interested
parties may dial (416) 340-2219 or call toll free at 1-866-226-1798.
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 5334017.
The replay expires at midnight (Eastern) on March 6, 2014.  
AltaGas is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural
gas, power and regulated utilities. AltaGas creates value by
acquiring, growing and optimizing its energy infrastructure,
including a focus on clean energy sources. For more information
visit: www.altagas.ca. 
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Contacts:
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