AEP Reports 2011 First-Quarter Earnings

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  • 2011 first-quarter earnings: $0.73 per share GAAP, $0.82 per share ongoing
  • Company reaffirms 2011 ongoing earnings guidance of between $3.00 and $3.20 per share

AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER
Preliminary, unaudited results

      1st quarter ended March 31  
    2011 2010 Variance  
Revenue ($ in billions) 3.7 3.6 0.1  
Earnings ($ in millions):        
  GAAP 353 344 9  
  Ongoing 392 365 27  
EPS ($):          
  GAAP 0.73 0.72 0.01  
  Ongoing 0.82 0.76 0.06  
EPS based on 481mm shares in Q1 2011, 478mm in Q1 2010      
           

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 21, 2011 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) today reported 2011 first-quarter earnings, prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), of $353 million or $0.73 per share, compared with $344 million or $0.72 per share in first-quarter 2010. Ongoing earnings (earnings excluding special items) for the quarter were $392 million or $0.82 per share, compared with $365 million or $0.76 per share in first-quarter 2010.

For the quarter, GAAP earnings were $39 million lower than ongoing earnings because of the settlement of litigation with Bank of America and Enron related to the Enron bankruptcy, resulting in a $22 million net-of-tax loss; and a $26 million net-of-tax charge related to a partial disallowance by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia of the Mountaineer Plant carbon capture and storage project. These were partially offset by a $9 million net-of-tax recovery through rates related to severance costs associated with the 2010 cost-reduction program.

A full reconciliation of GAAP earnings with ongoing earnings for the quarter is included in tables at the end of this news release.

“Our first-quarter earnings were improved from the same period last year, despite less favorable winter temperatures for the quarter across much of our 11-state service area,” said Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman and chief executive officer. “The improvement in earnings reflects the effect of our cost-reduction initiatives and our success in recovering operating costs in rate proceedings in a number of jurisdictions.

“We continue to see signs of economic improvement in our service areas, particularly in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas, but the recovery is slower in our eastern states,” Morris said. “Industrial usage grew 7 percent in the first quarter when compared with the same quarter last year. Commercial usage showed modest growth, a good sign after being relatively stagnant in recent quarters. This economic recovery isn’t a consistent or rapid one, but recent national data showing an improving economy should mean future good news for our service areas and customers.”

 

EARNINGS GUIDANCE

 

AEP reaffirmed its ongoing guidance range for 2011 of between $3.00 and $3.20 per share. AEP also reaffirmed its 2012 earnings midpoint estimate of $3.25 per share.

In providing ongoing earnings guidance, there could be differences between ongoing earnings and GAAP earnings for matters such as, but not limited to, divestitures or changes in accounting principles. AEP management is not able to estimate the impact, if any, on GAAP earnings of these items. Therefore, AEP is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for earnings guidance.

SUMMARY ONGOING RESULTS BY SEGMENT
$ in millions except EPS

  Q1 11 Q1 10 Variance
Utility Operations 393 362 31
Ongoing EPS 0.82 0.75 0.07
AEP River Operations 7 4 3
Ongoing EPS 0.02 0.01 0.01
Generation and Marketing 1 10 (9)
Ongoing EPS 0.00 0.02 (0.02)
All Other (9) (11) 2
Ongoing EPS (0.02) (0.02) 0.00
Ongoing Earnings 392 365 27
Ongoing EPS 0.82 0.76 0.06
EPS based on 481mm shares in Q1 2011, 478mm in Q1 2010
       

 

Ongoing earnings from Utility Operations increased by $31 million during first-quarter 2011 compared with the same period in 2010. The improvement was driven by successful rate proceedings, higher margins for off-system sales, and operation and maintenance savings. These positives were somewhat offset by milder weather when compared with 2010 and lower retail margins because of lower residential usage. Sales to commercial and industrial customers improved.

Results for AEP’s River Operations were higher in the quarter when compared with the same period in 2010 primarily because of increased volumes, partially offset by higher operating costs.

Generation and Marketing, which includes AEP’s non-regulated generating, marketing and risk management activities primarily in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market area, decreased $9 million in first-quarter 2011 compared with the same period in 2010 primarily because of lower gross margins due to reduced plant availability and decreased marketing activities.

All Other, which includes the Parent Company and other investments, was comparable in first-quarter 2011 with the same period in 2010.

ONGOING RESULTS FROM UTILITY OPERATIONS
$ in millions except EPS

  Q1 11 Q1 10 Variance
East Regulated Integrated Utilities 757 784 (27)
Ohio Companies 715 683 32
West Regulated Integrated Utilities 293 271 22
Texas Wires 149 150 (1)
Off-System Sales 86 74 12
Transmission Revenue - 3rd Party 102 94 8
Other Operating Revenue 125 123 2
Utility Gross Margin 2,227 2,179 48
Operations & Maintenance (836) (835) (1)
Depreciation & Amortization (393) (398) 5
Taxes Other Than Income Taxes (209) (203) (6)
Interest Expense & Preferred Dividend (233) (236) 3
Other Income & Deductions 53 40 13
Income Taxes (216) (185) (31)
Utility Operations Ongoing Earnings 393 362 31
Ongoing EPS 0.82 0.75 0.07
EPS based on 481mm shares in Q1 2011, 478mm in Q1 2010  
       

 

Retail Sales – The continued improvement in retail gross sales reflects overall favorable results from regulatory proceedings in multiple jurisdictions and higher overall sales to customers compared with the same period last year. This was somewhat offset by decreased residential usage driven by milder weather than experienced in first-quarter 2010. First-quarter heating degree days were 4 percent lower than in the same period last year but 10 percent above normal.

Off-System Sales – Gross margins from Off-System Sales increased $12 million for first-quarter 2011 primarily because of increased margins in the eastern service territory linked to higher volumes and capacity payments. This was somewhat offset by lower trading and marketing margins.

Transmission Revenues – Transmission revenues were higher than in the same period last year primarily because of increases in the PJM Interconnection region.

Other Operating Revenue – Other Operating Revenue for first-quarter 2011 was consistent with the prior period.

Operations & Maintenance Expense – Operations and Maintenance Expense was essentially flat in the first quarter compared with 2010. O&M expenses associated with dollar-for-dollar rate recovery in 2011 were up $31 million, offset by savings resulting from the company’s cost-reduction initiatives and lower storm restoration related costs.

Depreciation & Amortization – The decrease in Depreciation & Amortization in first-quarter 2011 compared with the prior period is primarily attributed to reduced amortization of regulatory assets offset somewhat by increased property balances.

Interest Expense & Preferred Dividends – The decrease in Interest Expense during first-quarter 2011 compared with the same period in 2010 is primarily because of a decrease in average long-term debt borrowings outstanding.

Other Income & Deductions – The increase in Other Income & Deductions over the same period in 2010 is primarily because of an $11 million gain on sale of property in the first quarter of 2011.

 

WEBCAST

 

American Electric Power’s quarterly conference call with financial analysts will be broadcast live over the Internet at 9 a.m. EDT today at http://www.aep.com/go/webcasts. The webcast will include audio of the conference call and visuals of charts and graphics referred to by AEP management during the call. The charts and graphics will be available for download at http://www.aep.com/go/webcasts.

The call will be archived on http://www.aep.com/go/webcasts for those unable to listen to the broadcast during the live webcast. Archived calls also are available as podcasts.

Minimum requirements to listen to broadcast: Windows Media Player software, free from http://windowsmedia.com/download, and at least a 56Kbps connection to the Internet.

 


 

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

 


 

AEP’s earnings are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and represent the company’s earnings as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission. AEP’s management believes that the company’s ongoing earnings, or GAAP earnings adjusted for certain items as described in the news release and charts, provide a more meaningful representation of the company’s performance. AEP uses ongoing earnings as the primary performance measurement when communicating with analysts and investors regarding its earnings outlook and results. The company also uses ongoing earnings data internally to measure performance against budget and to report to AEP’s board of directors.

 


 

-Full news release and supplemental tables (PDF)

 


This report made by American Electric Power and its Registrant Subsidiaries contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although AEP and each of its Registrant Subsidiaries believe that their expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any such statements may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: the economic climate and growth in, or contraction within, AEP’s service territory and changes in market demand and demographic patterns; inflationary or deflationary interest rate trends; volatility in the financial markets, particularly developments affecting the availability of capital on reasonable terms and developments impairing AEP’s ability to finance new capital projects and refinance existing debt at attractive rates; the availability and cost of funds to finance working capital and capital needs, particularly during periods when the time lag between incurring costs and recovery is long and the costs are material; electric load and customer growth; weather conditions, including storms, and AEP’s ability to recover significant storm restoration costs through applicable rate mechanisms; available sources and costs of, and transportation for, fuels and the creditworthiness and performance of fuel suppliers and transporters; availability of necessary generating capacity and the performance of AEP’s generating plants; AEP’s ability to recover Indiana Michigan Power’s Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant Unit 1 restoration costs through warranty, insurance and the regulatory process; AEP’s ability to recover regulatory assets and stranded costs in connection with deregulation; AEP’s ability to recover increases in fuel and other energy costs through regulated or competitive electric rates; AEP’s ability to build or acquire generating capacity, including the Turk Plant, and transmission line facilities (including the ability to obtain any necessary regulatory approvals and permits) when needed at acceptable prices and terms and to recover those costs (including the costs of projects that are cancelled) through applicable rate cases or competitive rates; new legislation, litigation and government regulation, including requirements for reduced emissions of sulfur, nitrogen, mercury, carbon, soot or particulate matter and other substances or additional regulation of fly ash and similar combustion products that could impact the continued operation and cost recovery of AEP’s plants; timing and resolution of pending and future rate cases, negotiations and other regulatory decisions (including rate or other recovery of new investments in generation, distribution and transmission service and environmental compliance); resolution of litigation (including AEP’s dispute with Bank of America); AEP’s ability to constrain operation and maintenance costs; AEP’s ability to develop and execute a strategy based on a view regarding prices of electricity, natural gas and other energy-related commodities; changes in the creditworthiness of the counterparties with whom AEP has contractual arrangements, including participants in the energy trading market; actions of rating agencies, including changes in the ratings of debt; volatility and changes in markets for electricity, natural gas, coal, nuclear fuel and other energy-related commodities; changes in utility regulation, including the implementation of electric security plans and related regulation in Ohio and the allocation of costs within regional transmission organizations, including PJM and SPP; accounting pronouncements periodically issued by accounting standard-setting bodies; the impact of volatility in the capital markets on the value of the investments held by AEP’s pension, other postretirement benefit plans and nuclear decommissioning trust and the impact on future funding requirements; prices and demand for power that AEP generates and sells at wholesale; changes in technology, particularly with respect to new, developing or alternative sources of generation; and other risks and unforeseen events, including wars, the effects of terrorism (including increased security costs), embargoes and other catastrophic events.

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