Otter Tail Corporation Announces Strong First Quarter Earnings

Otter Tail Corporation Announces Strong First Quarter Earnings  Increases 2014 Earnings Guidance to $1.60 to $1.80 per Share  Board of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend  FERGUS FALLS, Minn., May 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq:OTTR) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.  Summary:    *Consolidated revenues were $240.5 million compared with $218.0 million for     the first quarter of 2013.   *Consolidated net income and diluted earnings from continuing operations     totaled $21.4 million and $0.59 per share, respectively, compared with     $15.2 million and $0.41 per share for the first quarter of 2013.   *The corporation is increasing its 2014 earnings guidance range to $1.60 to     $1.80 per diluted share from its previously announced range of $1.55 to     $1.75, based on its strong first quarter performance.  CEO Overview  "With consolidated revenues up more than 10% and consolidated net income from continuing operations up over 40% compared with first quarter last year, we are more than pleased with our 2014 first quarter results," said Otter Tail Corporation CEO Jim McIntyre.  "Late last year and again this quarter investors saw an earnings uplift from our utility rate base growth strategy. The regulatory mechanisms we discussed in investor communications throughout last year have taken effect, allowing for a return on the funds we have invested in three CapX2020 transmission projects, two 345-kv transmission projects deemed 'multi-value projects,' or MVPs, by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), and the environmental upgrade at Big Stone Plant.  "In addition, Otter Tail Power Company's electricity sales through a prolonged, colder-than-normal winter boosted our electric segment net income.  "Earnings from our manufacturing and infrastructure companies under Varistar, although down in some cases compared with first quarter last year, were generally in line with our expectations for first quarter this year—the result of our initiatives to drive operational excellence. Foley, in particular, continues to improve its profitability through better project management and bid estimating. And corporate costs were down significantly.  "On the strength of our discipline, strategy, and first quarter results, we are increasing our overall guidance for 2014 diluted earnings per share to $1.60 to $1.80 from our previously announced range of $1.55 to $1.75."  Cash Flow from Operations, Liquidity and Financing  The corporation's consolidated cash used in continuing operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $18.9 million compared with $10.2 million in cash provided by continuing operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Contributing to the $29.1 million change between the quarters was a $21.2 million increase in cash used for working capital items associated with quarter over quarter revenue growth and a $10.0 million increase in discretionary contributions to the corporation's pension plan. The following table presents the status of the corporation's lines of credit as of March 31, 2014:                                        In Use On Restricted due to Available on (in thousands)             Line Limit March 31, Outstanding       March 31,                                       2014      Letters of Credit 2014 Otter Tail Corporation     $ 150,000  $ 11,899  $ 659             $ 137,442 Credit Agreement Otter Tail Power Company   170,000    --        3,830             166,170 Credit Agreement Total                     $ 320,000  $ 11,899  $4,489           $ 303,612  On February 27, 2014 Otter Tail Power Company issued $150 million in senior unsecured notes under a Note Purchase Agreement entered into on August 14, 2013. A portion of the proceeds of the notes were used to retire Otter Tail Power Company's $40.9 million unsecured term loan and to repay $82.5million of short-term debt then outstanding under the Otter Tail Power Company Credit Agreement. Remaining proceeds of the notes will be used to fund planned construction program expenditures.  Board of Directors Declared Quarterly Dividend  On May 2, 2014 the corporation's Board of Directors declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.3025 per share. This dividend is payable June 10, 2014 to shareholders of record on May15, 2014.  Segment Performance Summary  Electric  Electric revenues and net income were $119.1 million and $16.7 million, respectively, compared with $101.0million and $11.9 million for the first quarter of 2013.  The following table shows Heating Degree Days as a percent of normal:  Three Months ended March 31, 2014           2013 117.3%         105.3%  Retail electric revenues increased $13.2 million as a result of:    oa $5.7 million increase in fuel clause adjustment revenues and fuel and     purchased power costs recovered in base rates, driven by an 8.2% increase     in fuel costs per kilowatt-hour (kwh) generated at Otter Tail Power     Company's fuel fired generating units and a 43.2% increase in prices for     power purchased to serve retail customers as a result of higher demand due     to colder weather in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first     quarter of 2013,   oa $3.4 million increase in revenues related to a 6.7% increase in retail     kwh sales, of which: $1.8 million is attributed to colder weather in 2014,     $0.8 million is related to increased sales to a pipeline customer and     approximately $0.8 million is from increased sales to residential and     commercial customers due, in part, to improved economic conditions and     customer growth in Otter Tail Power Company's service territory,   oa $2.6 million increase in Environmental Cost Recovery rider revenues     related to earning a return in Minnesota and North Dakota on increasing     amounts invested in the AQCS under construction at Big Stone Plant, and   oa $2.3 million increase in Transmission Cost Recovery rider revenues     resulting from increased investment in transmission lines,  offset by:    oa $0.9 million decrease in Renewable Resource Adjustment rider (RRA)     revenues in North Dakota as a result of: (1) declining book values of     renewable assets due to depreciation and (2) reduced RRA revenue     requirements related to earning more federal Production Tax Credits (PTCs)     as a result of a 33.0% increase in kwhs generated by Otter Tail Power     Company's wind turbines eligible for PTCs.  Wholesale electric revenues from company-owned generation increased $3.3 million as a result of a 163% increase in revenue per wholesale kwh sold and a 13.9% increase in wholesale kwhs sold. The increase in wholesale kwh sales and prices was driven by increased wholesale market demand resulting from colder weather in the first quarter of 2014. Otter Tail Power Company was able to serve the higher demand from both wholesale and retail customers as a result of improved availability of Coyote Station, which was shut down for generator repairs during the first seven weeks of 2013, and as a result of a 30.9% increase in kwhs generated from company-owned wind turbines.  Net revenue from energy trading activities, including net mark-to-market gains and losses on forward energy contracts, decreased $0.6 million mainly as a result of decreased trading activity and the incurrence of losses on contracts entered into and settled in the first quarter of 2014.  Other electric operating revenues increased $2.2 million, reflecting:    *a $1.4 million increase in MISO tariff revenues resulting from increased     investment in regional transmission lines and returns on and recovery of     CapX2020 and MISO-designated MVP investment costs and operating expenses,     and   *a $0.8 million increase in revenue from various other sources including a     $0.3 million increase in transmission related revenue under an integrated     transmission agreement and a $0.2 million increase in revenue from steam     sales at Big Stone Plant.  Production fuel costs increased $4.1 million as a result of a 13.4% increase in kwhs generated from Otter Tail Power Company's steam-powered and combustion turbine generators in combination with an 8.2% increase in the cost of fuel per kwh generated. The increase in kwh generation was facilitated by improved availability of Coyote Station. The cost of purchased power to serve retail customers increased $5.1 million due to a 43.2% increase in costs per kwh purchased, partially offset by an 8.5% decrease in kwhs purchased. The increase in costs per kwh purchased was driven by increased wholesale market demand resulting from colder weather.  Electric operating and maintenance expenses increased $2.2 million as a result of:    *a $1.2 million increase in MISO transmission tariff charges related to     increasing investments in regional CapX2020 and MISO-designated MVPs,   *a $1.2 million increase in labor costs due to increased wages and hours     worked and accrued incentives related to Otter Tail Power Company's     improved performance quarter over quarter, and   *increases of $0.1 million to $0.2 million in each of the following     categories of expense: generating plant material and supplies, electric     grid software maintenance, travel expenses, regulatory assessment charges     and insurance premiums,  offset by:    *a $1.3 million decrease in labor loading charges as a result of a     reduction in pension and postretirement benefit costs related to an     increase in discount rates and pension fund contributions.  Manufacturing  Manufacturing revenues and net income were $55.4 million and $2.9 million, respectively, compared with $53.2million and $3.3 million for the first quarter of 2013.    *At BTD, revenues increased $4.9 million mainly as a result of increased     sales to manufacturers of recreational equipment. BTD's revenue increase     was offset by increased material costs and increases in support salaries,     wages and product handling costs to support anticipated sales growth in     2014. A $0.7million increase in BTD's administrative and general expenses     related to increased labor and benefit costs was mostly offset by     decreases of $0.3 million in depreciation expense and $0.3 million in     income taxes, resulting in a $0.1 million decrease in quarter over quarter     net income at BTD.   *At T.O. Plastics, revenues decreased $2.6 million and net income decreased     $0.4 million, mainly due to a significant reduction in sales of a high     volume product that a customer began producing on its own in 2014.  Plastics  Plastics revenues and net income were $40.5 million and $3.5million, respectively, compared with $37.4million and $3.9million for the first quarter of 2013. The increase in revenues is the result of a 10.3% increase in pounds of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe sold, partially offset by a 1.8% decrease in the price per pound of pipe sold. States with significant increases in sales were Colorado, California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Minnesota. Cost of products sold increased by $3.3 million, mostly due to the increase in sales volume, but also due to a 1.1% increase in the cost per pound of pipe sold related to higher PVC resin costs. A $0.7 million increase in operating expenses, mainly related to increased wage and benefit costs, in combination with the $0.2million reduction in gross margins was partially offset by a $0.5 million decrease in income tax expense, resulting in the $0.4million decline in Plastics segment net income between the quarters.  Construction  Construction revenues and net loss were $25.5 million and $0.6 million, respectively, compared with $26.4million and $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2013.    oFoley broke even in the first quarter of 2014 compared with losing $0.3     million in the first quarter of 2013, despite a $1.8 million decrease in     revenues. Foley's improved results are reflective of more selective     bidding on projects and improved cost control processes in construction     management, resulting in a $1.0 million improvement in gross margins     between quarters. The increase in gross margins was partially offset by a     $0.5 million increase in labor and benefit expenses and a $0.2 million     increase in income taxes.   oAevenia's revenues increased $0.9 million and its net loss decreased $0.2     million between the quarters. Aevenia's revenue increase was offset by a     commensurate increase in costs and their operating expenses were flat     between quarters. The $0.2 million increase in Aevenia's net income is     attributable to an after-tax gain on the sale of its data communication     installation and services business in the first quarter of 2014.  Corporate    oCorporate costs, net-of-tax, decreased $1.2 million as a result of a gain     on the sale of a low income housing investment and reductions in stock     based performance incentive and health care benefit costs. Corporate costs     also decreased $0.6 million due to a decrease in interest expense related     to the early retirement, in November 2013, of $47.7 million of the     corporation's outstanding 9.0% notes due December 15, 2016.  2014 Business Outlook  The corporation is increasing its consolidated diluted earnings per share guidance for 2014 to be in the range of $1.60 to $1.80 from its previously announced range of $1.55 to $1.75. This updated guidance reflects the current mix of businesses owned by the corporation. It considers the cyclical nature of some of the corporation's businesses and reflects challenges, as well as the corporation's plans and strategies for improving future operating results.  Segment components of the corporation's 2014 earnings per share guidance range are as follows:                                                                              Previous 2014 EPS Current 2014 EPS                               Guidance          Guidance                              Low      High     Low      High Electric                      $1.19    $1.23    $1.21    $1.25 Manufacturing                 $0.29    $0.33    $0.29    $0.33 Plastics                      $0.25    $0.29    $0.27    $0.31 Construction                  $0.07    $0.11    $0.07    $0.11 Corporate                     ($0.25)  ($0.21)  ($0.24)  ($0.20) Total – Continuing Operations $1.55    $1.75    $1.60    $1.80  Contributing to our updated earnings guidance for 2014 are the following items:    *The corporation expects 2014 net income for its Electric segment to     increase from its previously issued guidance primarily as a result of the     strong first quarter results driven in part by colder than normal weather.     Items affecting the corporation's 2014 Electric segment earnings guidance     compared with 2013 earnings include:         *Rider recovery increases, including environmental riders in Minnesota          and North Dakota related to the Big Stone AQCS environmental upgrades          while under construction, and        *A decrease in pension costs of approximately $2.0 million as a result          of an increase in the discount rate from 4.5% to 5.3%, offset by        *An increase in interest costs as a result of $150 million of fixed          rate long term debt put in place in the first quarter of 2014 to          finance the Big Stone Plant AQCS and transmission projects, and        *An increase in operating and maintenance costs primarily for          increased labor and a planned outage for maintenance at Hoot Lake          Plant.    *The corporation is maintaining its original 2014 earnings expectations for     its Manufacturing segment, which are expected to be unchanged from 2013     results due to the following factors:         *An increase at BTD due to increased order volume as a result of          expanded relationships with customers in recreational vehicle, lawn          and garden, industrial and commercial end markets BTD serves, offset          by        *A decrease in earnings from T.O. Plastics due to a reduction in sales          of a product the customer will be producing on its own in 2014.        *Backlog for the manufacturing companies of approximately $115 million          for 2014 compared with $97million one year ago.    *The corporation is raising its expectations for 2014 net income for its     Plastics segment from its original guidance due to a stronger than     expected first quarter.   *The corporation is maintaining its original 2014 net income guidance for     its Construction segment. Net income is expected to be higher in 2014 than     in 2013 as a result of improved cost control processes in construction     management and more selective bidding on projects with the potential for     higher margins. Backlog in place for the construction businesses is $85     million for 2014 compared with $100million one year ago.   *Corporate costs for 2014 are expected to be slightly lower than original     guidance as a result of a sale of an investment in tax-credit-qualified     low income housing rental property, which was not expected when the     corporation's original guidance was given, and improved performance in the     corporation's self-insured health plan.  The corporation reviews its portfolio of companies at least annually to see where additional opportunities exist to improve its risk profile, improve credit metrics and generate additional sources of cash to support the future capital expenditure plans of its Electric segment.  The following table shows our 2013 capital expenditures and 2014 through 2018 anticipated capital expenditures and electric utility average rate base:  (in millions)                           2013  2014  2015  2016   2017   2018 Capital Expenditures:                                               Electric Segment:                                                   Transmission                                 $53  $46  $97   $52   $56 Environmental                                82    61    --     --     -- Other                                        37    38    44     45     46 Total Electric Segment                  $ 149 $ 172 $ 145 $141  $97   $102 Manufacturing and Infrastructure        15    23    19    26     20     24 Segments Total Capital Expenditures              $ 164 $ 195 $ 164 $167  $117  $126 Total Electric Utility Average Rate          $ 885 $ 991 $1,062 $1,120 $1,152 Base  Execution on the currently anticipated electric utility capital expenditure plan is expected to grow rate base and be a key driver in increasing utility earnings over the 2014 through 2018 timeframe.  CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST  The corporation will host a live webcast on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. CDT to discuss the company's financial and operating performance.  The presentation will be posted on the corporation's website before the webcast. To access the live webcast go to and select "Webcast". Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download any necessary software that may be needed to listen to the webcast.An archived copy of the webcast will be available on our website shortly following the call.  If you are interested in asking a question during the live webcast, the Dial-In Number is:877-312-8789.  Risk Factors and Forward-Looking Statements that Could Affect Future Results  The information in this release includes certain forward-looking information, including 2014 expectations, made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although the corporation believes its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, actual results may differ materially from those expectations. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results for the corporation to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements:    oFederal and state environmental regulation could require the corporation     to incur substantial capital expenditures and increased operating costs.   oVolatile financial markets and changes in the corporation's debt ratings     could restrict its ability to access capital and could increase borrowing     costs and pension plan and postretirement health care expenses.   oThe corporation relies on access to both short- and long-term capital     markets as a source of liquidity for capital requirements not satisfied by     cash flows from operations. If the corporation is not able to access     capital at competitive rates, its ability to implement its business plans     may be adversely affected.   oDisruptions, uncertainty or volatility in the financial markets can also     adversely impact the corporation's results of operations, the ability of     its customers to finance purchases of goods and services, and its     financial condition, as well as exert downward pressure on stock prices     and/or limit its ability to sustain its current common stock dividend     level.   oThe corporation made $20.0 million in discretionary contributions to its     defined benefit pension plan in January 2014. The corporation could be     required to contribute additional capital to the pension plan in the     future if the market value of pension plan assets significantly declines,     plan assets do not earn in line with the corporation's long-term rate of     return assumptions or relief under the Pension Protection Act is no longer     granted.   oAny significant impairment of the corporation's goodwill would cause a     decrease in its asset values and a reduction in its net operating income.   oDeclines in projected operating cash flows at any of the corporation's     reporting units may result in goodwill impairments that could adversely     affect its results of operations and financial position, as well as     financing agreement covenants.   oThe corporation currently has $7.3 million of goodwill and a $1.1 million     indefinite-lived trade name recorded on its consolidated balance sheet     related to the acquisition of Foley in 2003. Foley net earnings improved     $10.4million between 2012 and 2013. If future expected operating profits     do not meet the corporation's projections, the reductions in anticipated     cash flows from Foley may indicate its fair value is less than its book     value, resulting in an impairment of some or all of the goodwill and     indefinite-lived intangible assets associated with Foley along with a     corresponding charge against earnings.   oThe inability of the corporation's subsidiaries to provide sufficient     earnings and cash flows to allow the corporation to meet its financial     obligations and debt covenants and pay dividends to its shareholders could     have an adverse effect on the corporation.   oEconomic conditions could negatively impact the corporation's businesses.   oIf the corporation is unable to achieve the organic growth it expects, its     financial performance may be adversely affected.   oThe corporation's plans to grow and realign its business mix through     capital projects, acquisitions and dispositions may not be successful,     which could result in poor financial performance.   oThe corporation may, from time to time, sell assets to provide capital to     fund investments in its electric utility business or for other corporate     purposes, which could result in the recognition of a loss on the sale of     any assets sold and other potential liabilities. The sale of any of the     corporation's businesses could expose the corporation to additional risks     associated with indemnification obligations under the applicable sales     agreements and any related disputes.   oThe corporation's plans to grow and operate its manufacturing and     infrastructure businesses could be limited by state law.   oSignificant warranty claims and remediation costs in excess of amounts     normally reserved for such items could adversely affect the corporation's     results of operations and financial condition.   oThe corporation is subject to risks associated with energy markets.   oThe corporation is subject to risks and uncertainties related to the     timing and recovery of deferred tax assets which could have a negative     impact on the corporation's net income in future periods.   oThe corporation relies on its information systems to conduct its business,     and failure to protect these systems against security breaches or     cyber-attacks could adversely affect its business and results of     operations. Additionally, if these systems fail or become unavailable for     any significant period of time, the corporation's business could be     harmed.   oThe corporation may experience fluctuations in revenues and expenses     related to its electric operations, which may cause its financial results     to fluctuate and could impair its ability to make distributions to its     shareholders or scheduled payments on its debt obligations, or to meet     covenants under its borrowing agreements.   oActions by the regulators of the corporation's electric operations could     result in rate reductions, lower revenues and earnings or delays in     recovering capital expenditures.   oOtter Tail Power Company's electric generating facilities are subject to     operational risks that could result in unscheduled plant outages,     unanticipated operation and maintenance expenses and increased power     purchase costs.   oChanges to regulation of generating plant emissions, including but not     limited to carbon dioxide (CO[2]) emissions, could affect Otter Tail Power     Company's operating costs and the costs of supplying electricity to its     customers.   oCompetition from foreign and domestic manufacturers, the price and     availability of raw materials and general economic conditions could affect     the revenues and earnings of our manufacturing businesses.   oThe corporation's Plastics segment is highly dependent on a limited number     of vendors for PVC resin, many of which are located in the Gulf Coast     regions, and a limited supply of resin. The loss of a key vendor, or an     interruption or delay in the supply of PVC resin, could result in reduced     sales or increased costs for this segment.   oThe corporation's plastic pipe companies compete against a large number of     other manufacturers of PVC pipe and manufacturers of alternative products.     Customers may not distinguish the pipe companies' products from those of     its competitors.   oReductions in PVC resin prices can negatively impact PVC pipe prices,     profit margins on PVC pipe sales and the value of PVC pipe held in     inventory.   oA significant failure or an inability to properly bid or perform on     projects or contracts by the corporation's construction businesses could     lead to adverse financial results and could lead to the possibility of     delay or liquidated damages.   oThe corporation's construction subsidiaries enter into contracts which     could expose them to unforeseen costs and costs not within their control,     which may not be recoverable and could adversely affect the corporation's     results of operations and financial condition.  For a further discussion of other risk factors and cautionary statements, refer to reports the corporation files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  About The Corporation: Otter Tail Corporation has interests in diversified operations that include an electric utility and manufacturing and infrastructure businesses consisting of its Manufacturing, Plastics and Construction segments. Otter Tail Corporation stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol OTTR. The latest investor and corporate information is available at Corporate offices are located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota.  See Otter Tail Corporation's results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 in the following financial statements: Consolidated Statements of Income, Consolidated Balance Sheets – Assets, Consolidated Balance Sheets – Liabilities and Equity, and Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. For a further discussion of other risk factors and cautionary statements, refer to reports the corporation files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   Otter Tail Corporation Consolidated Statements of Income In thousands, except share and per share amounts (not audited)                                                        Quarter Ended                                                        March 31,                                                       2014        2013 Operating Revenues by Segment                                      Electric                                               $119,088  $101,010 Manufacturing                                          55,435     53,166 Plastics                                               40,483     37,400 Construction                                           25,506     26,425 Corporate Revenue and Intersegment Eliminations        (40)        (47) Total Operating Revenues                               240,472    217,954 Operating Expenses                                                 Fuel and Purchased Power                               43,815     34,592 Nonelectric Cost of Goods Sold (depreciation included  96,301     92,062 below) Electric Operating and Maintenance Expense             37,593     35,363 Nonelectric Operating and Maintenance Expense          13,561     13,778 Depreciation and Amortization                          14,780     14,920 Total Operating Expenses                               206,050    190,715 Operating Income (Loss) by Segment                                 Electric                                               26,917     20,424 Manufacturing                                          5,391      6,349 Plastics                                               5,771      6,717 Construction                                           (1,218)     (1,699) Corporate                                              (2,439)     (4,552) Total Operating Income                                 34,422     27,239 Interest Charges                                       6,595      6,980 Other Income                                           1,823      861 Income Tax Expense – Continuing Operations             8,288      5,886 Net Income (Loss) by Segment – Continuing Operations               Electric                                               16,653     11,931 Manufacturing                                          2,896      3,318 Plastics                                               3,460      3,887 Construction                                           (620)       (1,092) Corporate                                              (1,027)     (2,810) Net Income from Continuing Operations                  21,362     15,234 Discontinued Operations                                            Income (Loss) - net of Income Tax Expense (Benefit) of 68         (81) $49 in 2014 and ($205) in 2013 Gain on Disposition - net of Income Tax Expense of $6  --         210 in 2013 Net Income from Discontinued Operations                68         129 Net Income                                             21,430     15,363 Preferred Dividend Requirement and Other Adjustments   --         513 Balance for Common                                     $21,430   $14,850 Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding                        Basic                                                  36,240,350 36,075,131 Diluted                                                36,431,915 36,259,115                                                                   Basic Earnings Per Common Share:                                   Continuing Operations (net of preferred dividend       $0.59     $0.41 requirement and other adjustments) Discontinued Operations                                --        --                                                       $0.59     $0.41 Diluted Earnings Per Common Share:                                 Continuing Operations (net of preferred dividend       $0.59    $0.41 requirement and other adjustments) Discontinued Operations                                --        --                                                       $0.59     $0.41   Otter Tail Corporation Consolidated Balance Sheets ASSETS in thousands (not audited)                                                   March 31,   December 31,                                                   2014        2013                                                               Current Assets                                                 Cash and Cash Equivalents                          $6,613   $1,150 Accounts Receivable:                                           Trade—Net                                          99,892     83,572 Other                                              11,523     9,790 Inventories                                        81,875     72,681 Deferred Income Taxes                              39,352     35,452 Unbilled Revenues                                  16,902     18,157 Costs and Estimated Earnings in Excess of Billings 3,719      4,063 Regulatory Assets                                  20,199     17,940 Other                                              11,336     7,747 Assets of Discontinued Operations                  38         38 Total Current Assets                               291,449    250,590                                                               Investments                                        8,753      9,362 Other Assets                                       29,605     28,834 Goodwill                                           38,808     38,971 Other Intangibles—Net                              13,084     13,328                                                               Deferred Debits                                                Unamortized Debt Expense                           4,498      4,188 Regulatory Assets                                  78,839     83,730 Total Deferred Debits                              83,337     87,918                                                               Plant                                                          Electric Plant in Service                          1,473,685  1,460,884 Nonelectric Operations                             196,500    194,872 Construction Work in Progress                      207,442    187,461 Total Gross Plant                                  1,877,627  1,843,217 Less Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization     686,460    676,201 Net Plant                                          1,191,167  1,167,016 Total                                              $1,656,203 $ 1,596,019    Otter Tail Corporation Consolidated Balance Sheets LIABILITIES AND EQUITY in thousands (not audited)                                                   March 31,    December 31,                                                   2014         2013                                                                Current Liabilities                                             Short-Term Debt                                    $11,899   $51,195 Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt               191         188 Accounts Payable                                   104,486     113,457 Accrued Salaries and Wages                         13,556      19,903 Billings In Excess Of Costs and Estimated Earnings 10,077      13,707 Accrued Taxes                                      14,057      12,491 Derivative Liabilities                             8,252       11,782 Other Accrued Liabilities                          8,272       6,532 Liabilities of Discontinued Operations             3,442       3,637 Total Current Liabilities                          174,232     232,892                                                                Pensions Benefit Liability                         50,129      69,743 Other Postretirement Benefits Liability            45,547      45,221 Other Noncurrent Liabilities                       21,367      25,209                                                                Deferred Credits                                                Deferred Income Taxes                              212,682     195,603 Deferred Tax Credits                               27,834      28,288 Regulatory Liabilities                             75,365      73,926 Other                                              733         718 Total Deferred Credits                             316,614     298,535                                                                Capitalization                                                  Long-Term Debt, Net of Current Maturities          498,640     389,589                                                                Cumulative Preferred Shares                        --          --                                                                Cumulative Preference Shares                       --          --                                                                Common Equity                                                   Common Shares, Par Value $5 Per Share              182,062     181,358 Premium on Common Shares                           259,454     255,759 Retained Earnings                                  109,878     99,441 Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss               (1,720)      (1,728) Total Common Equity                                549,674     534,830 Total Capitalization                               1,048,314   924,419 Total                                              $ 1,656,203 $ 1,596,019    Otter Tail Corporation Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows In thousands (not audited)                                                     For the Three Months Ended                                                     March 31, In thousands                                        2014          2013 Cash Flows from Operating Activities                              Net Income                                          $21,430    $15,363 Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash                   (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities: Net Gain from Sale of Discontinued Operations       --           (210) Net (Income) Loss from Discontinued Operations      (68)          81 Depreciation and Amortization                       14,780       14,920 Deferred Tax Credits                                (454)         (483) Deferred Income Taxes                               12,872       6,139 Change in Deferred Debits and Other Assets          (888)         4,800 Discretionary Contribution to Pension Plan          (20,000)      (10,000) Change in Noncurrent Liabilities and Deferred       (2,408)       1,975 Credits Allowance for Equity/Other Funds Used During        (340)         (293) Construction Change in Derivatives Net of Regulatory Deferral    118          378 Stock Compensation Expense – Equity Awards          358          392 Other—Net                                           (255)         25 Cash (Used for) Provided by Current Assets and                    Current Liabilities: Change in Receivables                               (17,884)      (13,423) Change in Inventories                               (9,234)       (4,062) Change in Other Current Assets                      (1,599)       (3,025) Change in Payables and Other Current Liabilities    (16,363)      (3,440) Change in Interest and Income Taxes                 1,013        1,076 Receivable/Payable Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Continuing           (18,922)      10,213 Operations Net Cash Used in Discontinued Operations            (135)         (2,400) Net Cash (Used in) Provided by Operating Activities (19,057)      7,813 Cash Flows from Investing Activities                              Capital Expenditures                                (37,690)      (23,327) Proceeds from Disposal of Noncurrent Assets         1,505        729 Net Increase in Other Investments                   (989)         (923) Net Cash Used in Investing Activities - Continuing  (37,174)      (23,521) Operations Net Proceeds from Sale of Discontinued Operations   --           10,465 Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities 7            (208) - Discontinued Operations Net Cash Used in Investing Activities               (37,167)      (13,264) Cash Flows from Financing Activities                              Net Short-Term (Repayments) Borrowings              (39,296)      1,335 Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock              3,666        1,156 Payments for Retirement of Capital Stock            (242)         (15,500) Proceeds from Issuance of Long-Term Debt            150,000      40,900 Short-Term and Long-Term Debt Issuance Expenses     (502)         (7) Payments for Retirement of Long-Term Debt           (40,946)      (25,178) Dividends Paid and Other Distributions              (10,993)      (11,307) Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities 61,687       (8,601) Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents –           --           (778) Discontinued Operations Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents             5,463        (14,830) Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period    1,150        52,362 Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period          $6,613      $37,532  CONTACT: Media contact:          Cris Oehler, Vice President of Corporate Communications          (218) 531-0099 or (866) 410-8780          Investor contact:          Loren Hanson, Manager of Investor Relations          (218) 739-8481 or (800) 664-1259  Otter Tail Corporation Logo  
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