AEP Reports 2012 Second-Quarter Earnings

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  • Second-quarter earnings $0.75 per share GAAP and $0.77 per share operating
  • Disciplined approach to controlling costs continues

AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER

Preliminary, unaudited results

  Second quarter ended June 30 Year-to-date ended June 30
  2012 2011 Variance 2012 2011 Variance
Revenue ($ Billions): 3.6 3.6 0.0 7.2 7.3 (0.1)
Earnings ($ Millions):
GAAP 362 352 10 751 705 46
Operating 370 352 18 759 744 15
EPS ($):
GAAP 0.75 0.73 0.02 1.55 1.46 0.09
Operating 0.77 0.73 0.04 1.57 1.55 0.02

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 20, 2012 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) today reported 2012 second-quarter earnings, prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), of $362 million or $0.75 per share, compared with $352 million or $0.73 per share for second-quarter 2011.

Operating earnings (excluding special items) for second-quarter 2012 were $370 million or $0.77 per share, $8 million or $0.02 per share higher than GAAP earnings because of a pretax $13 million severance provision recorded in second-quarter 2012 related to the first phase of AEP’s cost restructuring program launched earlier this year. Year-to-date operating earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2012, were also $8 million or $0.02 per share higher than GAAP as a result of this program.

A full reconciliation of 2012 and 2011 GAAP earnings with operating earnings for the quarter and year to date is included in tables at the end of this news release.

“We had solid financial performance in the second quarter, driven by warmer than normal weather and our continued disciplined approach to controlling costs,” said Nicholas K. Akins, president and chief executive officer. “The economy in our service territories has shown some signs of improvement, with growth in our western states outpacing that in our eastern states.

“In operations, severe storms swept through our eastern states on June 29, causing considerable damage,” Akins said. “At the peak we had more than 1.4 million customers in five states without power, an unprecedented outage number for AEP. We’re proud of the efforts of our employees, contractors and crews from other utilities who worked long hours in extreme heat and difficult conditions to restore power to our customers.”

EARNINGS GUIDANCE

 

“Our earnings guidance for 2012 remains suspended because of the ongoing Ohio regulatory proceedings,” Akins said. “We have received an order from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio regarding capacity charges, but a decision on the Electric Security Plan, or ESP, isn’t expected until early August.

 

“Our earnings performance was strong for the first half of the year, but we face challenges for the remainder of the year, including customer switching in Ohio,” Akins said. “The costs and lost revenue associated with the late-June storm will be reflected primarily in third-quarter results.”

SUMMARY ONGOING RESULTS BY SEGMENT

$ in millions

GAAP Earnings 2Q 12 2Q 11 Variance YTD 12 YTD 11 Variance
Utility Operations 364 349 15 747 721 26  
Transmission Operations 8 6 2 17 10 7  
AEP River Operations 3 (1) 4 12 6 6  
Generation and Marketing (5) 11 (16) (6) 12 (18)  
All Other (8) (13) 5 (19) (44) 25  
Total GAAP Earnings 362 352 10 751 705 46
Operating Earnings 2Q 12 2Q 11 Variance YTD 12 YTD 11 Variance  
 
Utility Operations 372 349 23 755 738 17  
Transmission Operations 8 6 2 17 10 7  
AEP River Operations 3 (1) 4 12 6 6  
Generation and Marketing (5) 11 (16) (6) 12 (18)  
All Other (8) (13) 5 (19) (22) 3  
Total Operating Earnings 370 352 18 759 744 15
A full reconciliation of GAAP earnings with operating earnings is included in tables at the end of this news release.

Operating earnings from Utility Operations during second-quarter 2012 were $23 million higher than in second-quarter 2011. This reflects the positive impact of lower spending because of cost containment efforts, offset by lost earnings from customer switching in Ohio. The $8 million difference between GAAP and operating earnings relates to the cost restructuring program.

Operating earnings from Generation and Marketing, which includes AEP’s non-regulated generating, marketing and risk management activities primarily in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) area, were $16 million lower when compared with second-quarter 2011, primarily because of lower trading margins, lower power prices and the expiration of wind production tax credits in 2011.

OPERATING MARGIN FROM UTILITY OPERATIONS

$ in millions

  2Q 12 2Q 11 Variance YTD 12 YTD 11 Variance
East Regulated Integrated Utilities 712 648 64 1,475 1,405 70
Ohio Power Company 568 658 (90) 1,186 1,372 (186)
West Regulated Integrated Utilities 368 358 10 657 651 6
Texas Wires 165 164 1 310 313 (3)
Off-System Sales 100 95 5 183 181 2
Transmission Revenue - 3rd Party 123 101 22 237 203 34
Other Operating Revenue 126 134 (8) 230 260 (30)
Utility Margin 2,162 2,158 4 4,278 4,385 (107)

Margin represents total revenues less the related direct cost of fuel, including consumption of chemicals and emissions allowances and purchased power.

Retail Sales – Retail margins for the second quarter were $15 million less than in the same period in 2011, primarily because of lost margins from customer switching in Ohio. Retail Sales includes the East Regulated Integrated Utilities, Ohio Power Company, West Regulated Integrated Utilities and Texas Wires.

Off-System Sales – Margins from Off-System Sales were comparable with the same period in 2011.

Transmission Revenue – 3rd Party – Transmission Revenue for second-quarter 2012 was $22 million higher than for the same period in 2011, primarily as a result of increased revenues in ERCOT and PJM, including revenues associated with customer switching.

Other Operating Revenue – Other Operating Revenue for second-quarter 2012 was comparable with the same period last year.

SELECT OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES - UTILITY OPERATIONS

  2Q 12 2Q 11 Variance YTD 12 YTD 11 Variance
Maintenance and Other Operations 756 853 (97) 1,513 1,688 (175)
Depreciation and Amortization 448 398 50 860 791 69

The following Utility Operations expense categories had significant fluctuations in 2012 compared with 2011 (dollars in millions):

Operations and maintenance expense (excluding special items) decreased $97 million in second-quarter 2012 when compared with the prior year, primarily as a result of controlled spending measures instituted in 2012. On a GAAP basis, Maintenance and Other Operations expense decreased $84 million in the second quarter. This $13 million difference is because of severance charges discussed above.

Depreciation and Amortization expense increased $50 million in second-quarter 2012, when compared with the prior year, because of higher depreciation related to shortened plant lives for certain generating plants and higher amortization expense associated with regulatory assets.

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 during the live webcast. Archived calls also are available as podcasts.


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 operating 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 operating earnings as the primary performance measurement when communicating with analysts and investors regarding its earnings outlook and results. The company also uses operating earnings data internally to measure performance against budget and to report to AEP’s board of directors.



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, customer growth and the impact of retail competition, particularly in Ohio due to the February 2012 Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rehearing order; 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 resolve I&M’s Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant Unit 1 restoration and outage-related issues 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, and transmission lines and 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 oversight of nuclear generation, energy commodity trading and new or heightened 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 and related assets; a reduction in the federal statutory tax rate; 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; 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 AEP 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 the expected legal separation and transition to market for generation 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, captive insurance entity 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; AEP’s ability to recover through rates or market prices any remaining unrecovered investment in generating units that may be retired before the end of their previously projected useful lives; AEP’s ability to successfully manage negotiations with stakeholders and obtain regulatory approval to terminate or amend the Interconnection Agreement and break up or modify the AEP Power Pool; evolving public perception of the risks associated with fuels used before, during and after the generation of electricity, including nuclear fuel; and other risks and unforeseen events, including wars, the effects of terrorism (including increased security costs), embargoes, cyber security threats and other catastrophic events.

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