By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) announced (7/31) second-quarter 2014 reported earnings of $229 million, or $0.34 per share, a decrease from $405 million, or $0.63 per share, a year ago. For the first six months of 2014, PPL's reported earnings were $545 million, or $0.83 per share, compared with $818 million, or $1.28 per share, in the first six months of 2013.
Adjusting for special items, PPL's earnings from ongoing operations for the quarter were $357 million, or $0.53 per share, an increase from $311 million, or $0.49 per share, a year ago. Earnings from ongoing operations for the first half of the year were $880 million, or $1.33 per share, compared with $765 million, or $1.20 per share, for the first half of 2013.
"Strong performance at each of our regulated utilities, combined with stronger margins from our competitive energy supply business, led to very solid results through the first half of the year," said William H. Spence, PPL's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Earnings increases in all four of our business segments during the first half of the year drove a $115 million, or 15 percent, increase in earnings from ongoing operations compared with the same period in 2013."
He also said the company is making steady progress on the spinoff of its PPL Energy Supply business, which it announced in early June. "We have completed nearly all the required regulatory filings and have transition teams up and running," said Spence. The company is on track to complete the spinoff and subsequent combination with Riverstone's competitive generation business, which will create a new publicly traded company called Talen Energy, in the first or second quarter of 2015.
PPL increased its 2014 forecast of earnings from ongoing operations to $2.20 to $2.40 per share, with a midpoint of $2.30 per share, up from the previous forecast of $2.15 to $2.30 per share, with a midpoint of $2.23 per share. The increased forecast is primarily driven by the strong earnings performance of the competitive energy supply business through the first half of the year. The 2014 forecast for reported earnings is $1.70 to $1.90 per share, reflecting special items recorded through the second quarter.
Second-Quarter 2014 Earnings Details
PPL's reported earnings for the second quarter of 2014 included net special item charges of $128 million, or $0.19 per share, primarily reflecting charges of $0.07 per share for an increase in tax valuation allowances related to the anticipated spinoff of PPL Energy Supply, $0.05 per share for foreign currency-related economic hedges and $0.04 per share for adjusted energy-related economic activity.
Reported earnings are calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). "Earnings from ongoing operations" is a non-GAAP financial measure that is adjusted for special items that are fully detailed at the end of this news release.
(Dollars in millions, except for per share amounts) 2nd Quarter
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