ST. LOUIS, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) today announced second quarter 2008 net income in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) of $206 million, or 98 cents per share, compared to second quarter 2007 GAAP net income of $143 million, or 69 cents per share. Excluding certain items in each year, Ameren recorded second quarter 2008 core (non-GAAP) net income of $142 million, or 67 cents per share, compared with second quarter 2007 core (non-GAAP) net income of $138 million, or 67 cents per share.
Core (non-GAAP) earnings per share in the second quarter of 2008 were comparable with the same period in 2007. Higher electric and gas margins and the benefit of not having a Callaway Nuclear Plant refueling and maintenance outage in the second quarter of 2008, as occurred in the second quarter of 2007, were largely offset by the following factors: higher fuel prices, increased spending on utility distribution system reliability, coal-fired plant operations and maintenance and other operating expenses, and the earnings impact of milder weather.
GAAP earnings in the second quarter of 2008 exceeded the same period in 2007 because of several significant, unusual items. The net effect of these items has been excluded from core (non-GAAP) earnings comparisons. They include the following:
-- Net unrealized mark-to-market gains from nonqualifying hedges boosted second quarter 2008 net income by $48 million, as compared to net unrealized gains of $5 million in the second quarter of 2007. These unrealized gains primarily related to financial instruments that were acquired to mitigate the risk of rising diesel fuel price adjustments embedded in coal transportation contracts for the period 2008 through 2012. The value of nonqualifying hedges will vary over time based on current market prices. -- A lump-sum payment in the second quarter of 2008 from a coal supplier for expected higher fuel costs in 2009 as a result of the premature closure of a mine and termination of a contract. This payment benefited second quarter 2008 net income by $16 million, but will result in higher fuel costs for non-rate-regulated generation in 2009. -- The estimated minimum benefit of an accounting order from the Missouri Public Service Commission that gave AmerenUE the ability to seek direct recovery in its pending electric rate case of, and record as a regulatory asset, all or a portion of AmerenUE's 2007 severe storm costs. This accounting order benefited second quarter 2008 net income by $8 million. -- The net costs associated with the Illinois comprehensive electric rate relief and customer assistance settlement agreement reached in 2007 reduced net income by $8 million in the second quarter of 2008.
Net income in accordance with GAAP for the first six months of 2008 was $344 million, or $1.64 per share, compared to $266 million, or $1.29 per share, in the first half of 2007. Excluding certain items in each year, Ameren recorded first half 2008 core (non-GAAP) net income of $276 million, or $1.31 per share, compared to first half 2007 core (non-GAAP) net income of $283 million, or $1.38 per share. A reconciliation of GAAP to core (non-GAAP) earnings per share is as follows:
Second Quarter Six Months 2008 2007 2008 2007 GAAP earnings per share $0.98 $0.69 $1.64 $1.29 Net unrealized mark-to-market gains (0.23) (0.02) (0.28) - Coal contract settlement (0.08) - (0.08) - Severe storms & accounting order (0.04) - (0.04) 0.09 Retroactive federal regulatory order - - - 0.05 Illinois electric rate relief settlement, net 0.04 - 0.07 (0.05) Core (non-GAAP) earnings per share $0.67 $0.67 $1.31 $1.38
"Our core earnings for the first half of 2008 were consistent with our expectations, but some unusual items drove our GAAP earnings higher," said Gary L. Rainwater, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ameren Corporation. "Like our customers are seeing for everyday items, our business is experiencing significant cost increases. This is occurring during a period when we also need to make substantial investments in our systems for improved reliability and cleaner air. We have proactively taken actions to manage these cost increases, especially as they relate to our fuel costs. To date, our actions have been very effective, but we simply can not entirely eliminate the rising costs which are impacting many aspects of our business.
"These cost pressures, coupled with significant investments in our utility infrastructure, have required us to seek rate increases for both our Illinois and Missouri regulated operations. We expect decisions on these rate requests from Illinois and Missouri regulators in September 2008 and February 2009, respectively. Achieving constructive outcomes in these cases is critical to our ability to continue to invest in our infrastructure so that we will be able to meet our customers' expectations for safe and reliable service," added Rainwater.
Ameren also announced today that it has reaffirmed its expectations for core (non-GAAP) earnings to be in the range of $2.80 to $3.20 per share. Excluded from 2008 core (non-GAAP) earnings guidance is an estimated 12 cents per share negative impact of the Illinois comprehensive electric rate relief and customer assistance settlement agreement, the 8 cents per share benefit from the coal contract settlement related to expected 2009 costs and the 4 cents per share positive impact of a Missouri Public Service Commission accounting order associated with 2007 storm costs. Ameren also reaffirmed the contribution its business segments are expected to make to 2008 core (non- GAAP) earnings per share. The expected contributions are as follows:
Missouri Regulated $1.20 - $1.30 Illinois Regulated 0.30 - 0.40 Non-rate-regulated Generation 1.30 - 1.50 2008 Core (Non-GAAP) Earnings Guidance Range $2.80 - $3.20
Ameren also adjusted its expectations for 2008 GAAP earnings and looks for them to be in the range of $2.80 to $3.20 per share, up from the previous estimate of $2.68 to $3.08 per share. The increase in its GAAP earnings guidance range was driven by the 8 cents per share benefit from the coal contract settlement related to expected 2009 costs and the 4 cents per share positive impact of the Missouri Public Service Commission accounting order, as previously discussed. Any net unrealized mark-to-market gains or losses from nonqualifying hedges will impact GAAP earnings, but are excluded from GAAP and core (non-GAAP) earnings guidance because the company is unable to reasonably estimate the impact of any gains or losses due to the volatility of markets.
Ameren's guidance for 2008 assumes normal weather and is subject to, among other things, regulatory decisions and legislative actions, plant operations, energy market and economic conditions, severe storms, unusual or otherwise unexpected gains or losses, and other risks and uncertainties outlined, or referred to, in the Forward-looking Statements section of this press release.
Missouri Regulated Operations
Core (non-GAAP) earnings in the second quarter of 2008 were $77 million, compared to $68 million in the second quarter of 2007. Earnings in the second quarter of 2008 primarily benefited from the lack of a refueling and maintenance outage at the Callaway Nuclear Plant, as occurred in the second quarter of 2007, and higher power prices for off-system sales. These improvements more than offset higher fuel prices, increased distribution system reliability and plant maintenance spending and other higher operating costs. GAAP earnings in the second quarter of 2008 were $122 million, or $55 million higher than in the second quarter of 2007. In addition to the items noted above, this increase was primarily driven by net unrealized mark-to- market gains from nonqualifying hedges of future fuel transportation costs and the estimated minimum benefit of an accounting order from the Missouri Public Service Commission associated with 2007 storm costs. The value of the nonqualifying hedges will fluctuate over time based on current market prices.
Illinois Regulated Operations
In the second quarter of 2008, Illinois regulated operations recorded a core (non-GAAP) loss of $10 million, compared to earnings of $20 million in the second quarter of 2007. This decrease was primarily driven by increased distribution system reliability spending, higher bad debt expenses and increased financing costs. Illinois regulated operations recorded a GAAP loss of $14 million, compared to earnings of $20 million in the second quarter of 2007. In addition to the items noted above, this difference was driven by the cost of the Illinois comprehensive electric rate relief and customer assistance settlement agreement in 2008.
Non-rate-regulated Generation Operations
Core (non-GAAP) earnings in the second quarter of 2008 were $77 million, or $27 million higher than in the second quarter of 2007. The increase in core (non-GAAP) earnings between the second quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2008 was primarily driven by higher realized electric margins. GAAP earnings in the second quarter of 2008 were $98 million, compared with $56 million in the second quarter of 2007. In addition to the items noted above, this change was driven by net unrealized mark-to-market gains principally from nonqualifying hedges of future fuel transportation costs and a lump-sum payment in the second quarter of 2008 from a coal supplier for expected higher fuel costs in 2009 as a result of the premature closure of a mine and termination of a contract. This payment benefited 2008 second quarter net income by $16 million, but will result in higher fuel costs for non-rate- regulated generation in 2009. The benefit of these items more than offset the costs of the Illinois comprehensive electric rate relief and customer assistance settlement agreement in the second quarter of 2008.
Analyst Conference Call
Ameren will conduct a conference call for financial analysts at 9:00 a.m. (Central Time) on Friday, Aug. 1, to discuss 2008 second quarter earnings and other matters. Investors, the news media and the public may listen to a live Internet broadcast of the call at http://www.ameren.com/ by clicking on "Q2 2008 Ameren Corporation Earnings Conference Call," then the appropriate audio link. A slide presentation will also be available on Ameren's Web site reconciling earnings per share for the second quarter and first six months of 2008 to the second quarter and first six months of 2007, and reconciling 2008 core (non- GAAP) earnings per share guidance to 2007 core (non-GAAP) earnings per share on a comparable share basis. This presentation will be posted in the "Investors" section of the Web site under "Presentations." The analyst call will also be available for replay on the Internet for one year. Telephone playback of the conference call will also be available beginning at 1:00 p.m. (Central Time), from Aug. 1 through Aug. 8, by dialing, U.S. (800) 405-2236; international (303) 590-3000 and entering the number: 11117661#.
With assets of approximately $22 billion, Ameren serves approximately 2.4 million electric customers and almost one million natural gas customers in a 64,000 square mile area of Missouri and Illinois. Ameren owns a diverse mix of electric generating plants strategically located in its Midwest market with a generating capacity of more than 16,400 megawatts.
Regulation G Statement
Ameren has presented certain information in this release on a diluted cents per share basis. These diluted per share amounts reflect certain factors that directly impact Ameren's total earnings per share. The core (non-GAAP) earnings per share and core (non-GAAP) earnings per share guidance excludes one or more of the following: costs related to severe January 2007 storms, the earnings impact of the settlement agreement among parties in Illinois for comprehensive electric rate relief and customer assistance, the reversal of accruals made in 2006 for low-income energy assistance and energy efficiency program funding commitments in Illinois, a March 2007 FERC order, which retroactively adjusted prior years' regional transmission organization costs, net mark-to-market gains or losses from nonqualifying hedges, the estimated minimum benefit of an accounting order from the Missouri Public Service Commission associated with 2007 storm costs and the 2008 lump-sum payment from a coal supplier for expected higher fuel costs in 2009 as a result of the premature closure of a mine and termination of a contract. Ameren uses core (non-GAAP) earnings internally for financial planning and for analysis of performance. Ameren also uses core (non-GAAP) earnings as primary performance measurements when communicating with analysts and investors regarding our earnings results and outlook, as the company believes it allows it to more accurately compare the company's ongoing performance across periods.
In providing consolidated and segment core (non-GAAP) earnings guidance, there could be differences between core (non-GAAP) earnings and earnings prepared in accordance with GAAP for certain items, such as those listed above. Ameren is unable to estimate the impact, if any, on future GAAP earnings of certain items, such as the ultimate earnings impact of the Missouri Public Service Commission storm cost-related order, or net mark-to- market gains or losses from nonqualifying hedges.
Statements in this release not based on historical facts are considered "forward-looking" and, accordingly, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. Although such forward-looking statements have been made in good faith and are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that the expected results will be achieved. These statements include (without limitation) statements as to future expectations, beliefs, plans, strategies, objectives, events, conditions, and financial performance. In connection with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, we are providing this cautionary statement to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. The following factors, in addition to those discussed elsewhere in this release and in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking statements:
-- regulatory or legislative actions, including changes in regulatory policies and ratemaking determinations, such as the outcome of pending Union Electric Company, Central Illinois Public Service Company, Central Illinois Light Company and Illinois Power Company rate proceedings or future legislative actions that seek to limit or reverse rate increases; -- uncertainty as to the effect of implementation of the Illinois comprehensive electric rate relief and customer assistance settlement agreement on Ameren, the Ameren Illinois utilities, Ameren Energy Generating Company and AmerenEnergy Resources Generating Company, including implementation of the new power procurement process in Illinois beginning in 2008; -- changes in laws and other governmental actions, including monetary and fiscal policies; -- changes in laws or regulations that adversely affect the ability of electric distribution companies and other purchasers of wholesale electricity to pay their suppliers, including Union Electric Company and Ameren Energy Marketing Company; -- enactment of legislation taxing electric generators in Illinois or elsewhere; -- the effects of increased competition in the future due to, among other things, deregulation of certain aspects of our business at both the state and federal levels, and the implementation of deregulation, such as occurred when the electric rate freeze and power supply contracts expired in Illinois at the end of 2006; -- the effects of participation in the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc.; -- the availability of fuel such as coal, natural gas, and enriched uranium used to produce electricity; the availability of purchased power and natural gas for distribution; and the level and volatility of future market prices for such commodities, including the ability to recover the costs for such commodities; -- the effectiveness of our risk management strategies and the use of financial and derivative instruments; -- prices for power in the Midwest, including forward prices; -- business and economic conditions, including their impact on interest rates; -- disruptions of the capital markets or other events that make access to necessary capital more difficult or costly; -- the impact of the adoption of new accounting standards and the application of appropriate technical accounting rules and guidance; -- actions of credit rating agencies and the effects of such actions; -- weather conditions and other natural phenomena; -- the impact of system outages caused by severe weather conditions or other events; -- generation plant construction, installation and performance, including costs associated with Union Electric Company's Taum Sauk pumped-storage hydroelectric plant incident and the plant's future operation; -- recoverability through insurance of costs associated with Union Electric Company's Taum Sauk pumped-storage hydroelectric plant incident; -- operation of Union Electric Company's nuclear power facility, including planned and unplanned outages, and decommissioning costs; -- the effects of strategic initiatives, including acquisitions and divestitures; -- the impact of current environmental regulations on utilities and power generating companies and the expectation that more stringent requirements, including those related to greenhouse gases, will be introduced over time, which could have a negative financial effect; -- labor disputes, future wage and employee benefits costs, including changes in discount rates and returns on benefit plan assets; -- the inability of our counterparties and affiliates to meet their obligations with respect to contracts and financial instruments; -- the cost and availability of transmission capacity for the energy generated by the Ameren companies' facilities or required to satisfy energy sales made by the Ameren companies; -- legal and administrative proceedings; and -- acts of sabotage, war, terrorism or intentionally disruptive acts.
Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or future events.
AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE) CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited, in millions) June 30, December 31, 2008 2007 ASSETS Current Assets: Cash and cash equivalents $205 $355 Accounts receivable - trade, net 529 570 Unbilled revenue 389 359 Miscellaneous accounts and notes receivable 376 280 Materials and supplies 719 735 Mark-to-market derivative assets 273 35 Other current assets 275 146 Total current assets 2,766 2,480 Property and Plant, Net 15,566 15,069 Investments and Other Assets: Nuclear decommissioning trust fund 284 307 Goodwill 831 831 Intangible assets 177 198 Regulatory assets 1,081 1,158 Other assets 940 685 Total investments and other assets 3,313 3,179 TOTAL ASSETS $21,645 $20,728 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS'EQUITY Current Liabilities: Current maturities of long-term debt $285 $221 Short-term debt 1,450 1,472 Accounts and wages payable 527 687 Taxes accrued 111 84 Mark-to-market derivative liabilities 236 24 Other current liabilities 469 414 Total current liabilities 3,078 2,902 Long-term Debt, Net 6,146 5,691 Preferred Stock of Subsidiary Subject to Mandatory Redemption 16 16 Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities: Accumulated deferred income taxes, net 2,104 2,046 Accumulated deferred investment tax credits 104 109 Regulatory liabilities 1,437 1,240 Asset retirement obligations 576 562 Accrued pension and other postretirement benefits 758 839 Other deferred credits and liabilities 390 354 Total deferred credits and other liabilities 5,369 5,150 Preferred Stock of Subsidiaries Not Subject to Mandatory Redemption 195 195 Minority Interest in Consolidated Subsidiaries 24 22 Stockholders' Equity: Common stock 2 2 Other paid-in capital, principally premium on common stock 4,693 4,604 Retained earnings 2,188 2,110 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (66) 36 Total stockholders' equity 6,817 6,752 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $21,645 $20,728 AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE) CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (Unaudited, in millions, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Operating Revenues: Electric $1,545 $1,519 $3,012 $2,982 Gas 243 209 855 770 Total operating revenues 1,788 1,728 3,867 3,752 Operating Expenses: Fuel 200 263 502 526 Coal contract settlement (60) - (60) - Purchased power 306 314 593 687 Gas purchased for resale 165 133 624 554 Other operations and maintenance 469 420 891 809 Depreciation and amortization 178 176 354 359 Taxes other than income taxes 89 96 202 198 Total operating expenses 1,347 1,402 3,106 3,133 Operating Income 441 326 761 619 Other Income and Expenses: Miscellaneous income 21 20 42 34 Miscellaneous expense (8) (8) (13) (13) Total other income 13 12 29 21 Interest Charges 118 108 218 206 Income Before Income Taxes, Minority Interest and Preferred Dividends of Subsidiaries 336 230 572 434 Income Taxes 119 78 206 149 Income Before Minority Interest and Preferred Dividends of Subsidiaries 217 152 366 285 Minority Interest and Preferred Dividends of Subsidiaries 11 9 22 19 Net Income $206 $143 $344 $266 Earnings per Common Share - Basic and Diluted $0.98 $0.69 $1.64 $1.29 Average Common Shares Outstanding 209.5 207.1 209.1 206.9 AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE) CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited, in millions) Six Months Ended June 30, 2008 2007 Cash Flows From Operating Activities: Net income $344 $266 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Gain on sales of emission allowances (2) (2) Mark-to-market gain on derivatives (94) (1) Coal contract settlement (60) - Depreciation and amortization 364 357 Amortization of nuclear fuel 20 15 Amortization of debt issuance costs and premium/discounts 8 10 Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits, net 107 (8) Minority interest 16 13 Other 4 7 Changes in assets and liabilities: Receivables 15 (131) Materials and supplies 16 35 Accounts and wages payable (64) (62) Taxes accrued, net (58) 59 Assets, other 32 29 Liabilities, other 65 19 Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations 15 50 Counterparty collateral asset (205) (97) Counterparty collateral liability 79 - Taum Sauk insurance receivable, net (107) (16) Net cash provided by operating activities 495 543 Cash Flows From Investing Activities: Capital expenditures (798) (715) Nuclear fuel expenditures (123) (24) Purchases of securities - nuclear decommissioning trust fund (247) (75) Sales of securities - nuclear decommissioning trust fund 231 65 Purchases of emission allowances (2) (9) Sales of emission allowances 2 3 Other 2 1 Net cash used in investing activities (935) (754) Cash Flows From Financing Activities: Dividends on common stock (266) (263) Capital issuance costs (9) (3) Short-term debt, net (22) 1,007 Dividends paid to minority interest holder (15) (10) Redemptions, repurchases, and maturities of long-term debt (808) (443) Issuances: Common stock 75 48 Long-term debt 1,335 425 Net cash provided by financing activities 290 761 Net change in cash and cash equivalents (150) 550 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 355 137 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $205 $687 AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE) CONSOLIDATED OPERATING STATISTICS Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Electric Sales - kilowatt-hour (in millions): Missouri Regulated Residential 2,881 3,189 6,859 6,714 Commercial 3,662 3,485 7,185 6,873 Industrial 2,210 2,311 4,488 4,627 Other 212 174 396 358 Native 8,965 9,159 18,928 18,572 Non-affiliate interchange sales 2,930 2,219 6,041 4,967 Subtotal 11,895 11,378 24,969 23,539 Illinois Regulated Residential Generation and delivery service 2,573 2,711 5,655 5,513 Commercial Generation and delivery service 1,517 1,839 2,959 3,813 Delivery service only 1,336 1,243 2,851 2,315 Industrial Generation and delivery service 404 394 739 1,236 Delivery service only 2,740 2,831 5,607 5,435 Other 128 143 274 291 Subtotal 8,698 9,161 18,085 18,603 Non-rate-regulated Generation Non-affiliate energy sales 5,928 5,592 12,315 11,729 Affiliate energy sales 1,437 1,769 3,198 3,577 Subtotal 7,365 7,361 15,513 15,306 Eliminate affiliate sales (1,437) (1,769) (3,198) (3,577) Eliminate Illinois Regulated/Non- rate-regulated Generation common customers (1,128) (1,489) (2,378) (3,044) Ameren Total 25,393 24,642 52,991 50,827 Electric Revenues (in millions): Missouri Regulated Residential $227 $244 $445 $435 Commercial 230 215 395 372 Industrial 94 100 170 179 Other 38 20 69 44 Native 589 579 1,079 1,030 Non-affiliate interchange sales 147 89 298 211 Subtotal 736 668 1,377 1,241 Illinois Regulated Residential Generation and delivery service 255 302 513 591 Commercial Generation and delivery service 151 177 285 361 Delivery service only 17 11 34 19 Industrial Generation and delivery service 22 24 49 75 Delivery service only 7 8 14 10 Other 69 45 157 98 Subtotal 521 567 1,052 1,154 Non-rate-regulated Generation Non-affiliate energy sales 295 289 612 607 Affiliate native energy sales 92 116 210 240 Other 20 9 33 18 Subtotal 407 414 855 865 Eliminate affiliate and common customer sales (119) (130) (272) (278) Ameren Total $1,545 $1,519 $3,012 $2,982 AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE) CONSOLIDATED OPERATING STATISTICS Three Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2008 2007 2008 2007 Electric Generation - megawatt-hour (in millions): Missouri Regulated 12.2 11.5 25.1 23.8 Non-rate-regulated Generation Ameren Energy Generating Company (Genco) 3.5 4.0 7.9 8.1 AmerenEnergy Resources Generating Company (AERG) 1.6 1.1 3.3 2.6 Electric Energy, Incorporated(EEI) 1.8 1.9 3.8 3.9 Medina Valley - - 0.1 0.1 Subtotal 6.9 7.0 15.1 14.7 Ameren Total 19.1 18.5 40.2 38.5 Fuel Cost per kilowatt-hour (cents) Missouri Regulated 1.279 1.284 1.254 1.177 Non-rate-regulated Generation 1.846 1.598 1.875 1.662 Gas Sales - decatherms (in thousands) Missouri Regulated 1,564 1,395 7,772 7,124 Illinois Regulated 13,677 13,562 64,460 58,371 Other 288 72 926 1,591 Ameren Total 15,529 15,029 73,158 67,086 Net Income (Loss) by Segment (in millions): Missouri Regulated $122 $67 $174 $85 Illinois Regulated (14) 20 2 53 Non-rate-regulated Generation 98 56 176 126 Other - - (8) 2 Ameren Total $206 $143 $344 $266 June 30, December 31, 2008 2007 Common Stock: Shares outstanding (in millions) 210.1 208.3 Book value per share $32.45 $32.41 Capitalization Ratios: Common equity 46.4% 48.3% Preferred stock 1.3% 1.4% Debt, net of cash 52.3% 50.3%
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