ENP Newswire - 04 August 2014
Release date- 01082014 - CALGARY, ALBERTA - AltaGas Ltd. (TSX: ALA) today reported second quarter normalized net income of $26.8 million), compared to $35.5 million in the same period 2013.
Normalized EBITDA was $107.3 million for the second quarter 2014, compared to $106.2 million for the same period 2013. Normalized funds from operations were $105.8 million ($0.86 per share) for the second quarter 2014, compared to $83.1 million ($0.71 per share) for the same period 2013.
'We continue to deliver solid earnings and cash flow and have hit record financial results on a trailing twelve month basis,' said David Cornhill, Chairman and CEO of AltaGas. 'We expect growth in earnings and cash flow to continue with Forrest Kerr now in service and Volcano expected to come online soon. Bringing these facilities on with 60-year contracts demonstrates the successful execution of our strategy to grow our business with high quality assets that deliver long-term stable cash flows.'
In the second quarter, earnings were driven primarily by the partial ownership of Petrogas, higher natural gas volumes processed, higher frac spreads, contributions from the Blythe facility and higher rate base at the Utilities. Earnings in the quarter were negatively impacted by significantly weaker power prices in Alberta and warmer weather affecting the US utilities, compared to the second quarter 2013. In the second quarter, funds from operations were strong as a result of receiving approximately $28 million in dividends from AltaGas' investment in Petrogas.
On a GAAP basis, net income applicable to common shares was $28.9 million ($0.23 per share) for the three months ended June 30, 2014, compared to $35.9 million ($0.31 per share) for the same period 2013.
In the second quarter, AltaGas acquired the Blythe Energy II project for US$8.5 million. The project, renamed the Sonoran Energy Project, is a fully permitted, shovel ready project located adjacent to the existing 507 MW Blythe facility in California. AltaGas expects to respond to anticipated upcoming Request for Proposals by the end of 2014, with the potential to double the size of the existing Blythe facility.
For the six months ended June 30, 2014, normalized net income increased 10 percent to $100.5 million compared to $91.1 million for the same period in 2013. In both periods, normalized earnings per share were $0.82. Normalized funds from operations increased to $235.7 million ($1.92 per share), compared to $199.2 million ($1.78 per share) for the same period in 2013.
On a GAAP basis, net income applicable to common shares was $68.8 million ($0.56 per share) for the six months ended June 30, 2014, compared to $85.0 million ($0.76 per share) for the same period 2013.
Net income applicable to common shares for the six months ended June 30, 2014 includes an after-tax gain of $8.9 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, mark-to-market accounting and the cost of early redemption of medium-term notes.
Northwest Run-of-River Projects
On July 30, 2014, AltaGas announced that it has brought into service its 195 MW Forrest Kerr run-of-river hydro project. Commissioning of the powerhouse systems and high voltage switchyard were completed in July and the facility is tied-in and delivering power to the Northwest Transmission Line. Over the next four to six weeks a number of online electrical and system functional checks will be performed during which time generation is expected to fluctuate. AltaGas expects final project commercial operations to be achieved by the end of third quarter 2014.
At the 16 MW Volcano Creek project, construction continues to pace ahead of schedule. The penstock excavation and switchyard work continues. Installation of the turbine generators is complete and assembly of the powerhouse is well underway. The project is on track to be in service shortly.
At the 66 MW McLymont Creek project, construction of the powerhouse foundation is advancing. Excavation of the 2,800 meter power tunnel is approximately 80 percent complete. The project is expected to be in service in mid-2015.
AltaGas continues to advance its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) export initiative. AltaGas is now operating Petrogas'Ferndale facility in the State of Washington. Capacity at the Ferndale facility is expected to ramp up to 30,000 Bbls/d over the next several years.
AltaGas Idemitsu Joint Venture Limited Partnership (AIJVLP) continues to make progress on building an LPG export business off Canada's west coast for an additional 30,000 Bbls/d. AIJVLP has been in active negotiations for potential site locations and a site feasibility study is underway.
In addition to LPG, 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. AIJVLP continues to develop definitive agreements and stakeholders are expected to vote on the CCAA plan of arrangement following filing of the plan with the court. The CCAA court deadline to reach definitive agreements is August 1, 2014.
Monthly Common Share Dividend and Quarterly Preferred Share Dividend
The Board of Directors approved the August 2014 dividend of $0.1475 per common share. The dividend will be paid on September 15, 2014, to common shareholders of record on August 25, 2014. The ex-dividend date is August 21, 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 July 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2014, on AltaGas' outstanding Series A Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on September 30, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 17, 2014. The ex-dividend date is September 15, 2014;
The Board of Directors approved a dividend of US$0.275 per share for the period commencing July 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2014, on AltaGas' outstanding Series C Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on September 30, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 17, 2014. The ex-dividend date is September 15, 2014;
The Board of Directors also approved a dividend of $0.3125 per share for the period commencing July 1, 2014, and ending September 30, 2014, on AltaGas' outstanding Series E Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on September 30, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 17, 2014. The ex-dividend date is September 15, 2014 and
The Board of Directors also approved a dividend of $0.2896 per share for the period commencing July 3, 2014, and ending September 30, 2014, on AltaGas' outstanding Series G Preferred Shares. The dividend will be paid on September 30, 2014 to shareholders of record on September 17, 2014. The ex-dividend date is September 15, 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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