1 Jan

Entergy Corp sees profits decline in first quarter

first_img Appendix A: Consolidated Earnings – Reconciliation of GAAP to Non- GAAP Measures First Quarter 2009 vs. 2008 (Per share in U.S. $) First Quarter ————- 2009 2008 Change As-Reported Utility, Parent & Other 0.32 0.48 (0.16) Entergy Nuclear 0.91 1.12 (0.21) Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets (0.03) (0.04) 0.01 Consolidated As-Reported Earnings 1.20 1.56 (0.36) Less Special Items Utility, Parent & Other (0.05) – (0.05) Entergy Nuclear (0.04) – (0.04) Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets – – – Consolidated Special Items (0.09) – (0.09) Operational Utility, Parent & Other 0.37 0.48 (0.11) Entergy Nuclear 0.95 1.12 (0.17) Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets (0.03) (0.04) 0.01 Consolidated Operational Earnings 1.29 1.56 (0.27)  Entergy Corporation Consolidated Income Statement Three Months Ended Mar. 31 (in thousands) 2009 2008 %Inc/(Dec) (unaudited) Operating Revenues: Electric $2,026,916 $2,046,227 (0.9) Natural gas 74,049 89,395 (17.2) Competitive businesses 688,147 729,112 (5.6) Total 2,789,112 2,864,734 (2.6) Operating Expenses: Operation and maintenance: Fuel, fuel-related expenses, and gas purchased for resale 846,332 540,501 56.6 Purchased power 323,255 620,642 (47.9) Nuclear refueling outage expenses 56,779 51,258 10.8 Other operation and maintenance 644,702 611,268 5.5 Decommissioning 48,742 45,996 6.0 Taxes other than income taxes 134,397 108,571 23.8 Depreciation and amortization 257,852 244,985 5.3 Other regulatory charges (credits) – net (29,474) 35,280 (183.5) Total 2,282,585 2,258,501 1.1 Operating Income 506,527 606,233 (16.4) Other Income (Deductions): Allowance for equity funds used during construction 16,947 9,286 82.5 Interest and dividend income 30,650 54,282 (43.5) Equity in earnings (loss) of unconsolidated equity affiliates (3,127) (929) 236.6 Miscellaneous – net (10,172) (11,556) (12.0) Total 34,298 51,083 (32.9) Interest and Other Charges: Interest on long-term debt 127,965 123,144 3.9 Other interest – net 19,293 32,538 (40.7) Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction (9,812) (5,116) 91.8 Total 137,446 150,566 (8.7) Income Before Income Taxes 403,379 506,750 (20.4) Income Taxes 163,046 193,003 (15.5) Consolidated Net Income 240,333 313,747 (23.4) Preferred Dividend Requirements of Subsidiaries 4,998 4,998 – Net Income Attributable to Entergy Corporation $235,335 $308,749 (23.8) Earnings Per Average Common Share Basic $1.22 $1.60 (23.8) Diluted $1.20 $1.56 (23.1) Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding – Basic 192,593,601 192,639,605 Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding – Diluted 198,058,002 198,300,041 Entergy Corporation Utility Electric Energy Sales & Customers Three Months Ended Mar. 31 2009 2008 % % Change Weather- Adjusted (Millions of kwh) Electric Energy Sales: Residential 7,893 8,011 (1.5) (1.8) Commercial 6,194 6,238 (0.7) (1.2) Governmental 562 569 (1.1) (1.6) Industrial 8,139 9,377 (13.2) (13.2) Total to Ultimate Customers 22,788 24,195 (5.8) (6.0) Wholesale 1,387 1,290 7.5 Total Sales 24,175 25,485 (5.1) Mar. 31 2009 2008 % Change Electric Customers (End of period): Residential 2,321,488 2,297,765 1.0 Commercial 328,352 325,905 0.8 Governmental 15,519 15,161 2.4 Industrial 38,892 40,860 (4.8) Total Ultimate Customers 2,704,251 2,679,691 0.9 Wholesale 33 32 3.1 Total Customers 2,704,284 2,679,723 0.9 Source: Entergy.  NEW ORLEANS, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Northstar Vermont Yankee,Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today reported first quarter 2009 as-reported earnings of $235.3 million, or $1.20 per share, compared with $308.7 million, or $1.56 per share, for first quarter 2008. On an operational basis, Entergy’s first quarter 2009 earnings were $252.6 million, or $1.29 per share, compared with $308.7 million, or $1.56 per share, in first quarter 2008.  Consolidated Earnings – Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures First Quarter 2009 vs. 2008 (Per share in U.S. $) 2009 2008 Change As-Reported Earnings 1.20 1.56 (0.36) Less Special Items (0.09) – (0.09) Operational Earnings 1.29 1.56 (0.27) *GAAP refers to United States generally accepted accounting principles. Operational Earnings Highlights for First Quarter 2009 Utility, Parent & Other results were lower due to higher other taxes and depreciation and amortization expenses.Entergy Nuclear earnings decreased as a result of lower production due to additional planned refueling outage days and impairments recorded on decommissioning trust fund investments.Entergy’s Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets results were essentially flat. “In the current uncertain climate, we have focused significant effort on positioning the company for long-term success while weathering the current economic storm,” said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While we cannot predict what will come next in these times, we will be relentless in seeking value and managing risk, and we are prepared to seize opportunities that add value for our stakeholders.” Other Business Highlights Leonard was named one of the nation’s “Best CEOs” by Institutional Investor magazine, his sixth consecutive year for achieving the honor.Entergy received its 12th and 13th industry awards for restoring power after major storms and is the only company recognized 11 years in a row by Edison Electric Institute for its storm restoration work.Indian Point 3 completed 678 continuous days of operation as it entered its refueling outage in March. This run marked an operating record for Westinghouse Pressurized Water Reactors which account for nearly one-fourth of the commercial nuclear power reactors in the U.S. Entergy will host a teleconference to discuss this release at 10 a.m. CDT on Monday, May 4, 2009, with access by telephone, 719-457-2080, confirmation code 8064872. The call and presentation slides can also be accessed via Entergy’s Web site at www.entergy.com(link is external). A replay of the teleconference will be available for seven days thereafter by dialing 719-457-0820, confirmation code 8064872. The replay will also be available on Entergy’s Web site atwww.entergy.com(link is external). Utility, Parent & OtherIn first quarter 2009, Utility, Parent & Other had earnings of $60.0 million, or 32 cents per share, on an as-reported basis and $70.7 million, or 37 cents per share, on an operational basis, compared to earnings of $95.3 million, or 48 cents per share, on as-reported and operational bases in first quarter 2008. Operational results for Utility, Parent & Other in first quarter 2009 reflect higher taxes other than income taxes due to the absence of the benefit associated with favorable resolution of tax audit issues that was included in results in first quarter 2008. Higher depreciation and amortization expense also contributed to lower results in the current quarter. Residential megawatt-hour sales in first quarter 2009, on a weather-adjusted basis, showed a 1.8 percent decrease compared to first quarter 2008, which was also a leap year. Commercial and governmental sales, after adjusting for weather, decreased 1.2 percent year over year. Industrial sales in the first quarter were down 13.2 percent compared to the same quarter of 2008. The residential and commercial and governmental sales sectors reflected a decrease quarter to quarter as the continued weakening in the economy affected customer usage across these sectors. Sales in the industrial sector for first quarter 2009 decreased significantly compared to the same quarter of 2008 primarily due to a weak economic climate that worsened in the current period. Small and mid-sized industrial customers are also being negatively affected by overseas competition. Despite the lower sales volume, net revenue at the Utility was essentially flat, in part due to the fact that a significant portion of the industrial customer bill is based on a fixed charge basis that does not vary linearly with volume changes. Entergy NuclearEntergy Nuclear earned $180.9 million, or 91 cents per share, on an as-reported basis and $187.5 million, or 95 cents per share, on an operational basis in first quarter 2009, compared to $221.7 million, or $1.12 per share, on as-reported and operational bases in first quarter 2008. Entergy Nuclear’s earnings decreased primarily as a result of lower revenue due to lower generation resulting from additional planned refueling outage days and lower revenue amortization for the Palisades below-market Power Purchase Agreement. Impairments recorded in the current period associated with decommissioning trust fund investments also contributed to lower earnings. Non-Nuclear Wholesale AssetsEntergy’s Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets business incurred a loss of $5.6 million, or three cents per share, on both as-reported and operational bases in first quarter 2009 compared to a loss of $8.2 million, or four cents per share, a year ago. OutlookEntergy is reaffirming 2009 earnings guidance in the range of $6.70 to $7.30 per share on an operational basis, assuming a business-as-usual operation for the full year. As-reported guidance ranges from $6.56 to $7.16 and reflects (14) cents per share of projected dis-synergies associated with the spin-off of Entergy’s non-utility nuclear business and plans to enter into a nuclear services joint venture, both discussed below. Guidance for 2009 does not include a special item for expenses, which were incurred beginning in 2008 and continuing in first quarter 2009, anticipated in connection with the outside services provided to pursue the spin-off. Entergy has indicated that should the current economic climate and power prices on Entergy Nuclear’s open position persist for the balance of 2009, earnings could approach the lower end of the guidance ranges. Business SeparationOn Nov. 3, 2007, Entergy’s Board of Directors approved a plan to pursue a separation of the non-utility nuclear business from Entergy’s regulated utility business through a tax-free spin-off of the non-utility nuclear business. Enexus Energy Corporation will be a new, independent publicly traded company. In addition, Entergy and Enexus intend to enter into a nuclear services joint venture, with equal ownership. EquaGen LLC has been selected as the name for the joint venture. Progress achieved since the last quarter update and/or current status includes: An advisory committee of announced members of the Enexus Board has begun to meet periodically.Discussions continue with regulators in Vermont and New YorkIn Vermont, all scheduled procedural matters have been completed and a decision from the Vermont Public Service Board is pending.In New York, settlement discussions are ongoing per the December 2008 notification by the ALJs that the parties intended to conduct a settlement discussion.Entergy and Enexus remain in a rolling readiness posture. The state regulatory decisions and financing continue as the critical path items. The rolling readiness posture enables Entergy to execute the spin-off following receipt of regulatory approvals and once the timing is right to access the credit markets, both on acceptable terms. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $13 billion and approximately 14,700 employees. Additional information regarding Entergy’s quarterly results of operations, regulatory proceedings, and other operations is available in Entergy’s investor news release dated May 4, 2009, a copy of which has been filed today with the Securities Exchange Commission on Form 8-K and is available on Entergy’s investor relations Web site atwww.entergy.com/investor_relations(link is external). In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation makes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, Entergy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including (a) those factors discussed in (i) Entergy’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and (ii) Entergy’s other reports and filings made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, (b) the uncertainties associated with efforts to remediate the effects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the January 2009 Arkansas ice storm and recovery of costs associated with restoration, and (c) the following transactional factors (in addition to others described elsewhere in this news release and in subsequent securities filings): (i) risks inherent in the contemplated spin-off, joint venture and related transactions (including the level of debt to be incurred by Enexus Energy Corporation and the terms and costs related thereto), (ii) legislative and regulatory actions, and (iii) conditions of the capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements. Entergy cannot provide any assurances that the spin-off or any of the proposed transactions related thereto will be completed, nor can it give assurances as to the terms on which such transactions will be consummated. The transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent, including regulatory approvals and the final approval by the Board of Directors of Entergy. Appendix A provides a reconciliation of GAAP as-reported earnings to non-GAAP operational earnings. last_img read more

5 Sep

Greeces Yanis Varoufakis says talks with euro zone have made progress

first_img Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on 24 April that talks with his eurozone peers had improved over the past few weeks.There was a clear indication that the process of negotiation has converged substantially over the past few weeks, Varoufakis said following a meeting of euro group finance ministers in Riga.Varoufakis criticised some plans put forward, such as a foreclosures law demanded by creditors and cuts to secondary pensions.Issues that concern are for instance the demand of the part of some – if not all of the institutions – that pensions, especially secondary pensions be cut forthwith, a demand that the Greek government is steadfastly opposing on the ground that it is not consistent with the requirements for stabilising the Greek social economy in the short run or in the medium run, Varoufakis said.Varoufakis also blamed the slow progress of negotiations on the unrealistic demands of his eurozone counterparts, especially with regards to budget surpluses.This government does not want to do what previous governments did, which is to sign on pledges regarding the primary surplus that were simply, from a macro-economic perspective, impossible to achieve. This is why these negotiations are dragging, Varoufakis told reporters.The comments came after he had said in his blog that he had agreed to reforms demanded by international lenders in return for new funding before Athens runs out of money.Eurozone finance ministers met in the Latvian capital to assess progress on a reform-for-cash package to ward off a Greek default.The Greek government wants a broad political deal with other eurozone leaders, leaving officials to fill in the details. But partly due to a lack of trust, the eurozone, led by Germany, insists technicians must draft a detailed, comprehensive agreement and only then will governments sign off on it. Closelast_img read more