AltaGas Reports Record Earnings in First Quarter and Increases Dividend 16 Percent

AltaGas Reports Record Earnings in First Quarter and Increases Dividend 16 
Percent 
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/01/14 --  First Quarter 2014
Highlights 


 
 
--  Record normalized earnings of $73.7 million, a 33 percent increase
    compared to first quarter 2013; 
--  23 percent increase to $179.2 million in normalized EBITDA, compared to
    first quarter 2013; 
--  Normalized funds from operations of $129.8 million, compared to $122.4
    million in first quarter 2013; 
--  Forrest Kerr nears completion with the commencement of waterflow on
    April 28; and 
--  Increased dividend by $0.02 per share per month for an annual dividend
    of $1.77 per share. 

AltaGas Ltd. (AltaGas) (TSX: ALA)(TSX: ALA.PR.A)(TSX: ALA.PR.U)(TSX:
ALA.PR.E) today reported record first quarter normalized earnings of
$73.7 million ($0.60 per share), compared to $55.5 million ($0.53 per
share) in the same period 2013. Normalized EBITDA increased 23
percent to $179.2 million for the first quarter 2014, compared to
$145.9 million for the same period 2013. Normalized funds from
operations was $129.8 million ($1.06 per share) for the three months
ended March 31, 2014, compared to $122.4 million ($1.16 per share)
for the same period 2013.  
"We are pleased to report a record quarter with strong asset
performance across all our business segments," said David Cornhill,
Chairman and CEO of AltaGas. "The stronger results were driven mainly
by the energy infrastructure assets we added over the past two years
and there is more to come. The Board and management remain committed
to delivering shareholder value as we continue to execute on our
five-year, $2.5 billion growth plans."  
Increased earnings in the first quarter were driven by higher natural
gas volumes processed, the partial ownership of Petrogas, the
addition of Blythe, colder weather in Michigan, Alberta and Nova
Scotia, and favorable exchange rates. Results in the quarter were
partially offset by lower earnings from Power in Alberta and higher
costs in Gas related to natural gas storage and extraction premiums.
In addition, the Blythe facility was on major turnaround during the
month of March.  
On a GAAP basis, net income applicable to common shares was $39.9
million ($0.33 per share) for the three months ended March 31, 2014,
compared to $49.0 million ($0.46 per share) for the same period 2013.
Net income applicable to common shares includes an after-tax gain of
$9.0 million from the sale of assets, offset by a non-cash after-tax
provision of $28.7 million related to assets from the acquisition of
Taylor NGL Limited Partnership in 2008, a non-cash after-tax
provision of $8.1 million related to a number of small hydro power
assets under development that are in a sales process, mark-to-market
accounting and the cost of early redemption of medium-term notes.  
In the first quarter, AltaGas continued to make progress on its
five-year $2.5 billion growth program. AltaGas sanctioned the Alton
natural gas storage project in Nova Scotia and the regional liquefied
natural gas (LNG) project in Dawson Creek, B.C., for approximately
$125 million. This brings total secured growth capital to over $1
billion. 
Northwest Run-of-river Projects 
AltaGas continues to make solid progress on its three Northwest
run-of-river hydro projects. Forrest Kerr completed commissioning of
the head-works and intake structure at the end of March, which set
the stage for the project to achieve a significant milestone on April
28 with commencement of waterflow into the power tunnel. Remaining
commissioning and construction activities continue on schedule with
the focus on the powerhouse systems and high voltage switchyard. The
tailrace tunnel was completed during first quarter 2014 with all
tunnelling and underground excavation work now finished. 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, construction continues to pace
ahead of schedule. The tailrace is complete, with no further in-river
work required. The turbine assembly is in progress and the penstock
installation has commenced. The project remains on track to be in
service in late 2014.  
At the 66 MW McLymont Creek project, excavation of the powerhouse
foundation is complete and installation of the powerhouse foundations
has commenced. Clearing of the intake access road is 85 percent
complete and approximately 65 percent of the 2,800 metre tunnel has
been excavated. The project is expected to be in service in mid-2015. 
Energy Exports 
AltaGas has made significant progress in developing its liquefied
petroleum gas (LPG) export business. The AltaGas Idemitsu Joint
Venture Limited Partnership's (AIJVLP) two-thirds ownership of
Petrogas, together with Petrogas' acquisition of the Ferndale LPG
export terminal in the State of Washington are significant steps in
moving the LPG export initiative forward. The goal is to reach 60,000
Bbls/d of export capability through Ferndale and one other export
facility by the end of the current decade.   
AltaGas, Idemitsu and Petrogas are working together to build the LPG
export business from Ferndale. LPG shipments are targeted to begin in
the second quarter of 2014 and increase over the course of the next
few years. In addition to the Ferndale site, the AIJVLP continues to
progress the development of a LPG export terminal on the west coast
of Canada. Terminal sites and refrigeration technology have been
identified and FEED studies are ongoing.  
AltaGas continues to advance its LNG export initiative. The AIJVLP
continues to focus on the Triton LNG project, which received approval
from the National Energy Board on April 16, 2014, to export 2.3
million tonnes of LNG per year. LNG exports are subject to
consultations with First Nations and the completion of the
feasibility study, siting, permitting, regulatory approvals and
facility construction.  
The AIJVLP continues to work with various parties to support the
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) Plan of Arrangement
proceedings for the Douglas Channel LNG project. The various parties
continue to work on completing term sheets which may allow the
project to be restructured under CCAA in accordance with the terms
which have been substantially agreed to by the secured creditors. The
completion of the term sheets is currently targeted for May 5. If the
May 5 deadline is met, AIJVLP plans to develop definitive agreements
and stakeholders are expected to vote on the CCAA plan of arrangement
following the approximately six-week proof of claim period.  
Monthly Common Share Dividend and Quarterly Preferred Share Dividend 


 
 
--  The Board of Directors increased the dividend by 16 percent and approved
    the May 2014 dividend of $0.1475 per common share. The dividend will be
    paid on June 16, 2014, to common shareholders of record on May 26, 2014.
    The ex-dividend date is May 22, 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 April 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2014, on AltaGas'
    outstanding Series A Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on June
    30, 2014 to shareholders of record on June 17, 2014. The ex-dividend
    date is June 13, 2014;  
 
--  The Board of Directors approved a dividend of US$0.275 per share for the
    period commencing April 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2014, on AltaGas'
    outstanding Series C Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on June
    30, 2014 to shareholders of record on June 17, 2014. The ex-dividend
    date is June 13, 2014; and 
 
--  The Board of Directors also approved a dividend of $0.3125 per share for
    the period commencing April 1, 2014, and ending June 30, 2014, on
    AltaGas' outstanding Series E Preferred Shares. The dividend will be
    paid on June 30, 2014 to shareholders of record on June 17, 2014. The
    ex-dividend date is June 13, 2014.  

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL REVIEW 


 
 
                                                          Three months ended
(unaudited)                                                         March 31
($ millions)                                               2014         2013
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Revenue                                                   823.8        613.5
Net revenue(1)                                            296.5        237.1
Normalized operating income(1)                            137.0        109.2
Normalized EBITDA(1)                                      179.2        145.9
Net income applicable to common shares                     39.9         49.0
Normalized net income(1)                                   73.7         55.5
Total assets                                            7,377.4      5,972.9
Total long-term liabilities                             4,044.2      3,261.3
Net additions to property, plant and equipment            153.7        119.7
Dividends declared(2)                                      47.0         38.0
Cash flows                                                                  
  Normalized funds from operations(1)                     129.8        122.4
 
                                                          Three months ended
                                                                    March 31
($ per share, except shares outstanding)                   2014         2013
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Normalized EBITDA(1)                                       1.46         1.38
Net income - basic                                         0.33         0.46
Net income - diluted                                       0.32         0.45
Normalized net income(1)                                   0.60         0.53
Dividends declared(2)                                      0.38         0.36
Cash flows                                                                  
  Normalized funds from operations(1)                      1.06         1.16
Shares outstanding - basic (millions)                                       
  During the period(3)                                    122.6        105.7
  End of period                                           122.9        106.1
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(1) Non-GAAP financial measure; see discussion in Non-GAAP Financial        
Measures section of the first quarter 2014 MD&A.                            
(2)  Dividends declared per common share per month of $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 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 1-866-225-0198.
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 6350008.
The replay expires at midnight (Eastern) on May 8, 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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