PPL reports third-quarter earnings

11-08-12

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) announced on Thursday (11/8) third-quarter reported earnings of $355 million, or $0.61 per share, down from $444 million, or $0.76 per share, a year ago.

For the first nine months of 2012, PPL’s reported earnings were $1.17 billion, or $2.00 per share, compared with $1.04 billion, or $1.91 per share, for the first nine months of 2011.

Adjusting for special items, PPL’s third-quarter earnings from ongoing operations were $419 million, or $0.72 per share, compared with $439 million, or $0.76 per share, a year ago. For the first nine months of 2012, earnings from ongoing operations were $1.13 billion, or $1.93 per share, compared with $1.1 billion, or $2.02 per share, for the first nine months of 2011.

PPL’s year-to-date earnings from ongoing operations reflect dilution of $0.14 per share, primarily due to the April 2011 common stock issuance to finance the WPD Midlands acquisition.

“Our solid performance through three quarters gives us the confidence to increase the midpoint of our earnings forecast range despite the previously announced turbine inspection outages at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant,” said William H. Spence, PPL’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Based on the results through nine months, PPL adjusted its 2012 forecast range to $2.30 to $2.40 per share in earnings from ongoing operations. The previous forecast range was $2.15 to $2.45 per share. The 2012 forecast range of reported earnings also has been adjusted to $2.37 to $2.47 per share, reflecting special items recorded through the third quarter of 2012. The previous range was $2.33 to $2.63 per share, reflecting special items recorded through the second quarter of 2012.

“We are delivering on the promises of PPL’s transformational utility acquisitions in 2010 and 2011. As intended, the rate-regulated businesses are providing financial stability while commodity electricity pricing remains weak. The energy supply business is managing through significant challenges and our U.K. utilities continue to perform strongly,” Spence said.

PPL’s rate-regulated businesses account for the following percentages of earnings from ongoing operations: 64 percent in the third quarter of 2012, 68 percent in the first nine months of 2012, and 71 percent of the midpoint of the 2012 forecast.

Third-Quarter 2012 Earnings Details

PPL’s reported earnings for the third quarter of 2012 include net special item charges of $0.11 per share. The charges include $0.16 per share for energy-related economic activity, $0.06 per share for foreign currency-related economic hedges, and $0.02 per share for coal contract modification payments. The charges were partially offset by a special item credit of $0.13 per share for a change in the U.K. corporate income tax rate.

Reported earnings are calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Earnings from ongoing operations, a non-GAAP financial measure, are adjusted for special items that include the impact of adjusted energy-related economic activity (principally changes in fair value of economic hedges and the ineffective portion of qualifying cash flow hedges), acquisition-related adjustments and other impacts fully detailed at the end of this news release. 

 (Dollars in millions, except for per share amounts)









 

3rd Quarter

3rd Quarter

 
 

2012

2011

% Change

Reported Earnings

$355

$444

-20%

Reported Earnings Per Share

$0.61

$0.76

-20%

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$419

$439

-5%

Earnings from Ongoing Operations Per Share

$0.72

$0.76

-5%

(See the tables at the end of the news release for details as to the reconciliation of earnings from ongoing operations to reported earnings.)

Third-Quarter and Nine-Month 2012 Earnings by Business Segment

The following chart shows PPL’s earnings by business segment for the third quarter and first nine months of 2012, compared with the same periods of 2011.






























Per share

 

3rd Quarter

 

Year to Date

Earnings from ongoing operations

 

2012

 

2011

 

2012

 

2011

                                 

Kentucky Regulated

 

$

0.12

   

$

0.13

   

$

0.26

   

$

0.34

 

U.K. Regulated

   

0.28

     

0.22

     

0.90

     

0.58

 

Pennsylvania Regulated

   

0.06

     

0.05

     

0.16

     

0.21

 

Supply

   

0.26

     

0.36

     

0.61

     

0.89

 
                                 

    Total

 

$

0.72

   

$

0.76

   

$

1.93

   

$

2.02

 
                                 

Special items

                               
                                 

Kentucky Regulated

 

$

   

$

   

$

   

$

 

U.K. Regulated

   

0.07

     

0.02

     

0.06

     

(0.16)

 

Pennsylvania Regulated

   

     

     

     

 

Supply

   

(0.18)

     

(0.02)

     

0.01

     

0.05

 
                                 

    Total

 

$

(0.11)

   

$

   

$

0.07

   

$

(0.11)

 
                                 

Reported earnings

                               
                                 

Kentucky Regulated

 

$

0.12

   

$

0.13

   

$

0.26

   

$

0.34

 

U.K. Regulated

   

0.35

     

0.24

     

0.96

     

0.42

 

Pennsylvania Regulated

   

0.06

     

0.05

     

0.16

     

0.21

 

Supply

   

0.08

     

0.34

     

0.62

     

0.94

 
                                 

    Total

 

$

0.61

   

$

0.76

   

$

2.00

   

$

1.91

 

(For more details and a breakout of special items by segment, see the reconciliation tables at the end of this news release.)

Key Factors Impacting Business Segment Earnings from Ongoing Operations

Kentucky Regulated Segment PPL’s Kentucky regulated segment primarily consists of the regulated electricity and natural gas operations of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company.

Segment earnings from ongoing operations in the third quarter of 2012 decreased by $0.01 per share compared with a year ago. This decrease was primarily due to lower retail margins.

Segment earnings from ongoing operations decreased during the first nine months of 2012 by $0.08 per share compared to a year ago. This decrease was primarily due to lower retail volumes as a result of mild weather early in the year, higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation, higher property taxes, losses from an equity method investment and dilution of $0.02 per share. 

U.K. Regulated Segment PPL’s U.K. regulated segment consists of the regulated electricity delivery operations of Western Power Distribution, serving Southwest and Central England and South Wales.

Segment earnings from ongoing operations in the third quarter of 2012 rose by $0.06 per share compared with a year ago. This increase was primarily due to higher delivery revenue and lower U.K. income taxes, partially offset by higher U.S. income taxes and a less favorable currency exchange rate. 

Segment earnings from ongoing operations during the first nine months of 2012 increased by $0.32 per share compared to a year ago. This increase was primarily due to four additional months of earnings from the WPD Midlands utilities, higher delivery revenue, lower U.K. income taxes and lower financing costs. These positive drivers were partially offset by higher U.S. income taxes, higher operation and maintenance expense, a less favorable currency exchange rate and dilution of $0.07 per share.

Pennsylvania Regulated Segment PPL’s Pennsylvania regulated segment consists of the regulated electricity delivery operations of PPL Electric Utilities.

Segment earnings from ongoing operations in the third quarter of 2012 increased by $0.01 per share compared with a year ago. This increase was primarily due to higher distribution margins and lower financing costs, partially offset by higher operation and maintenance expense.

Segment earnings from ongoing operations during the first nine months of 2012 decreased by $0.05 per share compared to a year ago. This decrease was primarily due to lower retail sales as a result of mild weather early in the year, higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation and dilution of $0.01 per share. This decline was partially offset by higher transmission revenue and lower financing costs.

Supply Segment PPL’s supply segment consists primarily of the competitive electricity generation and energy marketing operations of PPL Energy Supply.

Segment earnings from ongoing operations in the third quarter of 2012 decreased by $0.10 per share compared with a year ago. This decrease was the result of lower Eastern energy margins primarily due to lower hedged baseload energy prices, lower Western energy margins as a result of lower wholesale volumes, higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation and higher financing costs.

Segment earnings from ongoing operations during the first nine months of 2012 decreased by $0.28 per share compared to a year ago. This decrease was the result of lower Eastern energy margins primarily due to lower hedged baseload energy prices and lower capacity prices, partially offset by higher nuclear generation volumes. Also contributing to the decline were lower Western energy margins primarily due to lower wholesale volumes, higher operation and maintenance expense primarily at the Susquehanna nuclear station, higher depreciation, higher financing costs and dilution of $0.04 per share.

2012 Earnings from Ongoing Operations Forecast by Business Segment










Earnings per share

2012

Forecast

midpoint

 

2011

Actual

 
         

Kentucky Regulated

$0.32

 

$0.40

 

U.K. Regulated

1.15

 

0.87

 

Pennsylvania Regulated                           

0.21

 

0.31

 

Supply

0.67

 

1.15

 

         Total

$2.35

 

$2.73

 

PPL projects lower earnings in 2012 compared with 2011, primarily due to lower energy margins in the supply segment, partially offset by a full year of earnings from the WPD Midlands utilities. These projected earnings also reflect dilution of $0.14 per share associated with PPL’s April 2011 common stock issuance to finance the WPD Midlands acquisition. 

Kentucky Regulated Segment PPL projects lower segment earnings in 2012 compared with 2011, primarily driven by higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation, higher property taxes and losses from an equity method investment. Dilution for 2012 is expected to be $0.02 per share.

U.K. Regulated Segment PPL projects higher segment earnings in 2012 compared with 2011, primarily driven by four additional months of earnings from the WPD Midlands utilities and higher electricity delivery revenue. Partially offsetting these positive earnings drivers are higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation, higher interest expense, higher income taxes and a less favorable currency exchange rate. Dilution for 2012 is expected to be $0.07 per share.  

Pennsylvania Regulated Segment PPL projects lower segment earnings in 2012 compared with 2011, primarily driven by higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation and lower distribution revenue, which are expected to be partially offset by higher transmission revenue, lower financing costs and lower income taxes. Dilution for 2012 is expected to be $0.01 per share.

Supply Segment PPL projects lower segment earnings in 2012 compared with 2011. The decrease is primarily driven by lower energy margins as a result of lower energy and capacity prices and lower generation volumes, higher operation and maintenance expense and higher depreciation. Dilution for 2012 is expected to be $0.04 per share.