ENP Newswire - 27 February 2014
Release date- 26022014 - AKRON, Ohio - FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today announced fourth quarter 2013 basic operating earnings of $0.75 per share of common stock.
These results exclude the impact of the special items listed below. This compares to basic operating earnings of $0.80 per share of common stock in the fourth quarter of 2012.
On a GAAP basis, the company reported unaudited basic and diluted earnings of $0.34 per share of common stock in the fourth quarter of 2013 on earnings of $142 million and revenue of $3.6 billion. In the fourth quarter of 2012, the company reported a basic and diluted loss of $0.35 per share, on a loss of $148 million, with revenue of $3.5 billion.
'Our solid results for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2013 are at the upper end of our guidance,' said FirstEnergy President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony J. Alexander. 'We also took a series of decisive actions during 2013 that were intended to strengthen our financial position and reposition the company to focus on more predictable and stable growth initiatives in our regulated businesses. This growth strategy features a $4.2 billion planned investment in our transmission business over the next four years.'
Fourth quarter 2013 operating earnings benefited from higher distribution revenues, higher regulated generation operating margin - primarily related to the Harrison Plant asset transfer in the fourth quarter of 2013 - and increased investment income and lower interest expense compared to the prior-year period. Results were negatively impacted by lower commodity margin at the competitive energy services segment, and higher operating expenses.
Total distribution deliveries increased 4 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase was largely due to colder temperatures compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, which drove a 3 percent increase in sales to both residential and commercial customers. Sales to industrial customers increased by 6 percent compared to the prior-year period.
Contract sales at the company's competitive segment increased 9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, and capacity revenues were higher, but overall commodity margin decreased as a result of higher expenses and lower average contract sales prices.
Operating earnings were $3.04 per basic share for the full year 2013. On a GAAP basis, unaudited earnings were $392 million, or $0.94 per basic and diluted share of common stock, on revenue of $14.9 billion. In 2012, the company reported full year operating earnings of $3.34 per basic share. Earnings in 2012 on a GAAP basis were $770 million, or basic earnings of $1.85 per share ($1.84 diluted), on revenue of $15.3 billion.
The company today also affirmed its 2014 operating earnings guidance range of $2.45-$2.85 per share and provided a first quarter operating earnings guidance range of $0.35 to $0.45 per share.
Consolidated Report and Teleconference
FirstEnergy's Consolidated Report to the Financial Community - which provides highlights on company developments and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013 - is posted on the company's Investor Information website -www.firstenergycorp.com/ir. To access the report, click on Fourth Quarter 2013 Consolidated Report to the Financial Community.
The company invites investors, customers and other interested parties to listen to a live Internet webcast of its teleconference for financial analysts at 1:00 p.m. EST today. FirstEnergy management will present an overview of the company's financial results for the quarter and year, followed by a question-and-answer session. The teleconference can be accessed on the company's website by selecting the Q4 2013 Earnings Conference Call link. The webcast will be archived on the website.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Its generation subsidiaries currently control nearly 18,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewables.
This news release includes forward-looking statements based on information currently available to management. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. These statements include declarations regarding management's intents, beliefs and current expectations. These statements typically contain, but are not limited to, the terms 'anticipate,' 'potential,' 'expect,' 'will,' 'intend,' 'believe,' 'estimate' and similar words.
Forward-looking statements involve estimates, assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
Actual results may differ materially due to the speed and nature of increased competition in the electric utility industry, in general, and the retail sales market in particular; the ability to experience growth in the Regulated Distribution and Regulated Transmission segments and to continue to successfully implement our direct retail sales strategy in the Competitive Energy Services segment; the accomplishment of our regulatory and operational goals in connection with our transmission plan and planned distribution rate cases and the effectiveness of our repositioning strategy; the impact of the regulatory process on the pending matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in the various states in which we do business including, but not limited to, matters related to rates and pending rate cases or the West Virginia Citizen Action Group's pending appeal of the Generation Resource Transaction; the uncertainties of various cost recovery and cost allocation issues resulting from American Transmission Systems, Incorporated's realignment into PJM Interconnection LLC; economic or weather conditions affecting future sales and margins such as the polar vortex or other significant weather events; regulatory outcomes associated with storm restoration, including but not limited to, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene and the October snowstorm of 2011; changing energy, capacity and commodity market prices including, but not limited to, coal, natural gas and oil, and availability and their impact on retail margins; the continued ability of our regulated utilities to recover their costs; costs being higher than anticipated and the success of our policies to control costs and to mitigate low energy, capacity and market prices; other legislative and regulatory changes, and revised environmental requirements, including possible greenhouse gas emission, water discharge, water intake and coal combustion residual regulations, the potential impacts of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), and/or any laws, rules or regulations that ultimately replace CAIR, and the effects of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rules including our estimated costs of compliance; the uncertainty of the timing and amounts of the capital expenditures that may arise in connection with any litigation, including New Source Review litigation or potential regulatory initiatives or rulemakings (including that such expenditures could result in our decision to deactivate or idle certain generating units); the uncertainties associated with the deactivation of certain older regulated and competitive fossil units including the impact on vendor commitments, and the timing thereof as they relate to, among other things, Reliability Must-Run arrangements and the reliability of the transmission grid; adverse regulatory or legal decisions and outcomes with respect to our nuclear operations (including, but not limited to the revocation or non-renewal of necessary licenses, approvals or operating permits by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or as a result of the incident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant); issues arising from the indications of cracking in the shield building and steam generator replacement at Davis-Besse; the impact of future changes to the operational status or availability of our generating units; the risks and uncertainties associated with litigation, arbitration, mediation and like proceedings, including, but not limited to, any such proceedings related to vendor commitments; replacement power costs being higher than anticipated or not fully hedged; the ability to comply with applicable state and federal reliability standards and energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates; changes in customers' demand for power, including but not limited to, changes resulting from the implementation of state and federal energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates; the ability to accomplish or realize anticipated benefits from strategic and financial goals including, but not limited to, the ability to reduce costs and to successfully complete our announced financial plans designed to improve our credit metrics and strengthen our balance sheet, including but not limited to, the benefits from our announced dividend reduction and our proposed capital raising and debt reduction initiatives; our ability to improve electric commodity margins and the impact of, among other factors, the increased cost of fuel and fuel transportation on such margins; changing market conditions that could affect the measurement of certain liabilities and the value of assets held in our Nuclear Decommissioning Trusts, pension trusts and other trust funds, and cause us and our subsidiaries to make additional contributions sooner, or in amounts that are larger than currently anticipated; the impact of changes to material accounting policies; the ability to access the public securities and other capital and credit markets in accordance with our announced financial plans, the cost of such capital and overall condition of the capital and credit markets affecting us and our subsidiaries; actions that may be taken by credit rating agencies that could negatively affect us and our subsidiaries' access to financing, increase the costs thereof, and increase requirements to post additional collateral to support outstanding commodity positions, letters of credit and other financial guarantees; changes in national and regional economic conditions affecting us, our subsidiaries and our major industrial and commercial customers, and other counterparties including fuel suppliers, with which we do business; the impact of any changes in tax laws or regulations or adverse tax audit results or rulings; issues concerning the stability of domestic and foreign financial institutions and counterparties with which we do business; the risks and other factors discussed from time to time in our United States Securities and Exchange Commission filings, and other similar factors.
Dividends declared from time to time on FirstEnergy Corp.'s common stock during any period may in the aggregate vary from prior periods due to circumstances considered by FirstEnergy Corp.'s Board of Directors at the time of the actual declarations. A security rating is not a recommendation to buy or hold securities and is subject to revision or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating agency. Each rating should be evaluated independently of any other rating. The foregoing review of factors should not be construed as exhaustive.
New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor assess the impact of any such factor on FirstEnergy's business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. FirstEnergy expressly disclaims any current intention to update, except as required by law, any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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