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TECO Energy reports second quarter results

TAMPA, July 27, 2005

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE) today reported second quarter net income of $95.2 million, compared to a loss of $108.2 million in the second quarter of 2004. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.46, compared to a loss of $0.57 per share in the second quarter of 2004. Net income for the quarter included a debt extinguishment charge and a gain associated with the disposition of the Union and Gila River power stations described below. The number of shares outstanding was 9.7% higher in 2005 than in the 2004 period, primarily due to common shares issued in the settlement of the 9.5% adjustable conversion-rate equity security units in 2004 and 2005.

Second quarter net income from continuing operations according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) was $12.4 million in 2005, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $81.9 million for the same period in 2004. Earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.06 for the 2005 quarter, compared to a loss of $0.43 per share in the 2004 period. Second quarter results from continuing operations, excluding charges and gains (non-GAAP), were $57.4 million in 2005, compared to $41.2 million in the same period in 2004 (see the results reconciliation table, Table 1).

Year-to-date net income was $127.9 million in 2005, compared to a loss of $105.7 million for the same period in 2004. Earnings per share were $0.62 for the 2005 year-to-date period, compared to a loss of $0.56 per share in 2004. Shares outstanding in the 2005 period were 9.2% higher than in the 2004 period.

The year-to-date GAAP net income from continuing operations was $63.9 million in 2005, compared to a loss from continuing operations of $50.2 million for the same period in 2004. Earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.31 for the 2005 year-to-date period, compared to a loss of $0.27 per share in the 2004 period. Year-to-date results from continuing operations, excluding charges and gains (non-GAAP), were $108.9 million in 2005, compared to $66.5 million in the same period in 2004 (see the results reconciliation table, Table 1).

Chairman and CEO Sherrill W. Hudson said, “We are very pleased with the performance of our operating companies this quarter. Our non-GAAP results from continuing operations, which excludes charges and gains, rose almost 40%, despite very mild and extended spring weather for Tampa Electric. The focus on the execution of our plans at the operating companies was a major factor in our improved operating and financial results this quarter. In addition, the strong coal markets are driving improved results at TECO Coal, and operating efficiencies, and better market conditions and pricing are delivering better results at TECO Transport.

Charges and Gains

On the charge and gain recorded in the quarter, Chief Financial Officer, Gordon Gillette, said, “We are working to eliminate charges to quarterly earnings going forward, but both the charge and the gain in the second quarter were necessary steps in our achieving our plans to improve our financial position and eliminate merchant power risk.”

Net income in the 2005 quarter included a $45.0 million after-tax debt-extinguishment charge associated with the June redemption of $380 million of 10.5% notes. The pretax amount for the debt-extinguishment charge consisted of the $54.4 million make-whole cash premium paid in the redemption and a $17.1 million non-cash charge for unamortized debt issuance premiums and fees. This charge was more than offset by the $76.5 million after-tax gain recorded in discontinued operations upon the final transfer of the Union and Gila River merchant power projects to the lenders effective May 31. The gain related to the transferred power projects represents the accumulated unfunded operating losses recorded against equity for the period from December 2003, the date the company decided to exit the projects, through the effective date of the transfer to the lending group. The net loss in the 2004 quarter included $98.7 million of after-tax charges associated with the valuation adjustment for the sale of the interest in the Texas Independent Energy projects completed in August 2004; a $6.7 million debt-extinguishment charge associated with the refinancing of the San José Power Station in Guatemala; and a $19.3 million charge for taxes on cash repatriated from Guatemala (see the results reconciliation table, Table 1).

Year-to-date charges and gains in 2005 consisted of the second-quarter items described above, compared to the 2004 period, which included the charges described above and first-quarter charges and gains contained in Table 1.

Non-GAAP Earnings

Second quarter non-GAAP results from continuing operations were $57.4 million, which exclude the identified charges and gains shown in Table 1 below. Non-GAAP results from continuing operations were $41.2 million in 2004, excluding the charges and gains identified in Table 1 below. Table 1 also provides non-GAAP results for the 6- and 12-month periods ended June 30, 2005 and June 30, 2004.

For a discussion regarding this presentation of non-GAAP results and management’s use of this information, please see the Non-GAAP Presentation section later in this release.

Segment Reporting

Effective with 2005’s first quarter results, TECO Energy revised its segment reporting to separately report the results of TECO Guatemala, which includes the results for the San José and Alborada power stations and the 24% ownership interest in EEGSA, Guatemala’s largest distribution utility. The results for these operations were previously reported in the “Other unregulated” segment. Following the sales of the larger energy services businesses, which were previously reported in the “Other unregulated” segment, the remaining small operations of TECO Solutions are now reported in the Parent/other results. Following the merchant power dispositions, the current-period TWG Merchant segment includes only the results for the uncompleted Dell and McAdams power stations and the costs associated with the TWG Merchant parent. Prior periods also included the results for the ownership interest in the Texas Independent Energy (TIE) projects in the TWG Merchant segment.

Results for the unregulated business segments include internally allocated interest expense. Interest expense is not allocated to discontinued operations and instead remains at the TECO Energy parent level.

Table 1 – Results Reconciliation
($ millions)

3 months ended June 30

6 months ended June 30

12 months ended June 30


2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

GAAP net income (loss)

$95.2

($108.2)

$ 127.9

($105.7)

($318.4)

($915.9)

Add change in accounting

--

--

--

--

--

3.2

Exclude discontinued operations

(82.8) (1)

26.3

(64.0)

55.5

76.9

914.8

GAAP net income (loss) from continuing operations

$12.4

($81.9)

$63.9

($50.2)

($241.5)

$2.1

Add parent debt extinguishment(2)

45.0

--

45.0

--

45.0

--

Add TIE write-off

--

98.7

--

98.7

0.3

98.7

Add Guatemalan debt extinguishment

--

6.7

--

6.7

--

6.7

Add tax on Guatemalan cash repatriation

--

19.3

--

19.3

(1.9)

19.3

Add TECO Solutions valuation adjustment

--

--

--

3.4

--

3.4

Add TECO Transport valuation adjustment

--

--

--

0.8

(0.2)

0.8

Add unutilized tax credits

--

--


--

(7.0)

9.7

Add Dell & McAdams valuation adjustment

--

--

--

--

381.7

--

Add Hamakua FIN 46 accounting adjustment

--

--

--

--

--

3.2

Add corporate restructuring costs

--

--

--

--

6.5

15.2

Add steam turbine write-offs

--

--

--

--

12.8

13.2

Add TWG cancelled project write-offs

--

--

--

--

--

9.0

Add benefits of early exchange

--

--

--

--

(0.5)

--

Add gain on sale of Hardee Power Station and results of operations

--

--

--

--

--

(37.3)

Add gain on propane business sale

--

(1.6)

--

(12.2)

(0.2)

(12.2)

Total charges and gains

45.0

123.1

45.0

116.7

436.5

129.7

Non-GAAP results from continuing operations (3)

$57.4

$41.2

$108.9

$66.5

$195.0

$131.8

(1) Results included in discontinued operations are the operations of the Union, Gila River, Commonwealth Chesapeake and Frontera power stations and the energy services companies, but primarily reflect the gain on the transfer of the Union and Gila River power stations to the lender group.
(2) Represents the “make-whole” premium and unamortized debt issuance costs associated with the June 2005 redemption of the 10.5% notes due in 2007.
(3) A non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flow that includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the most directly comparable GAAP measure so calculated and presented.

Operating Results

Table 2 – Segment Information (1)

3 months ended June 30

6 months ended June 30

12 months ended June 30

(in millions)

Net Income (Loss) Summary

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

Tampa Electric

$38.8

$41.9

$60.8

$65.8

$141.0

$134.2

Peoples Gas System

6.0

5.9

18.8

18.7

27.9

26.5

Total regulated

44.8

47.8

79.6

84.5

168.9

160.7

TECO Coal

28.4

17.7

55.9

33.1

84.2

63.7

TECO Transport

5.3

1.9

9.4

3.0

16.5

8.6

TECO Guatemala

7.9

(16.3)

19.4

(5.2)

30.3

12.6

TWG Merchant

(8.6)

(113.1)

(14.3)

(128.7)

(419.8)

(165.6)

Parent/other

(65.4)

(19.9)

(86.1)

(36.9)

(121.6)

(77.9)

Total unregulated

(32.4)

(129.7)

(15.7)

(134.7)

(410.4)

(158.6)

Net income from continuing operations before cumulative effect of an accounting change

12.4

(81.9)

63.9

(50.2)

(241.5)

2.1

Discontinued operations

82.8

(26.3)

64.0

(55.5)

(76.9)

(914.8)

Cumulative effect of an accounting change

--

--

--

--

--

(3.2)

Total net income (loss)

$95.2

($108.2)

$127.9

($105.7)

($318.4)

($915.9)

(1) Table 2, Segment Information, presents segment net income on a GAAP basis which includes the charges and gains detailed in Table 1.

Tampa Electric

Tampa Electric’s net income for the second quarter was $38.8 million, compared to $41.9 million for the same period in 2004. Results in 2005 reflect 2.4% customer growth, more than offset by weather that was milder than normal and milder than 2004, non-fuel operations and maintenance expenses that were approximately 1% higher than 2004, and higher depreciation expense from normal plant additions. Results in 2005 also reflect a $3.6 million reduction in pretax income due to the Florida Public Service Commission’s decision in the third quarter of 2004 to disallow recovery of a portion of Tampa Electric’s waterborne solid fuel transportation costs.

Year-to-date net income was $60.8 million in 2005, compared to $65.8 million for the same period in 2004. These results reflect the benefits of 2.3% customer growth, more than offset by weather that was milder than normal and 2004, non-fuel operations and maintenance expenses approximately 1% higher than 2004, and higher depreciation expense from normal plant additions. Year-to-date results in 2005 also reflect a $7.4 million reduction in pretax income related to the waterborne solid fuel transportation disallowance.

Retail energy sales decreased almost 1% compared to the second quarter of 2004, as customer growth was more than offset by mild weather, which reduced sales to weather-sensitive residential customers. Sales to commercial customers increased, reflecting the strong local economy, but sales to industrial-phosphate customers were lower than the 2004 period as mining activity continues to move out of Tampa Electric’s service area due to normal reserve depletion. Total heating and cooling degree-days for the Tampa area in the quarter were more than 17% below normal and 15% below 2004 levels. Year-to-date retail energy sales were almost 1% lower in 2005 than the same period in 2004, due to the same factors as the second quarter. Total heating and cooling degree-days for the Tampa area for the year-to-date period were almost 17% below normal and 13% below 2004 levels.

Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas System reported net income of $6.0 million for the second quarter, compared to $5.9 million for the same period in 2004. Quarterly results reflected customer growth of 3.8% and higher therm sales to residential and commercial customers. Residential therm sales growth was helped by cool weather early in the quarter. Year-to-date net income was $18.8 million, compared to $18.7 million for the 2004 period. These results reflect mild first quarter weather, which limited residential therm sales growth and offset 4.0% customer growth. In both the quarter and year-to-date periods, strong sales to commercial customers reflected growth in the Florida economy and high levels of tourism, which affect commercial sales to hotels and restaurants, while sales of low-margin transportation service for interruptible customers declined due to high gas prices.

TECO Coal

TECO Coal reported net income of $28.4 million for the second quarter on total sales of 2.5 million tons, compared to $17.7 million reported in the same period in 2004 on 2.3 million tons sold. Synfuel sales, which are included in the total sales, were 1.7 million tons in 2005, compared to 1.6 million tons in the 2004 period. Results for the quarter reflect a more than 40% higher average net selling price per ton and more than 20% higher average cash cost of sales, excluding synfuel costs, than 2004. The cash cost of sales was driven by higher prices for diesel fuel, labor and steel products. Cost of sales comparisons to the 2004 second quarter and year-to-date periods do not reflect coal truck weight restrictions that were effective in the third quarter of 2004 and increased contract miner costs effective in the fourth quarter of 2004. Results for the quarter also included a $2.0 million pretax mark-to-market loss on hedges placed to protect the synfuel benefits against rising oil prices, and an increased percentage of ownership benefits allocated to the third parties with membership interests in Pike Letcher Synfuel, LLC, as described below.

Year-to-date net income in 2005 was $55.9 million on total sales of 4.8 million tons, compared to $33.1 million on 4.6 million tons sold for the same period in 2004. Synfuel sales, which are included in the total sales, were 3.3 million tons in 2005, compared to 3.2 million tons in the 2004 period. Results for the year-to-date period reflect an average net selling price per ton more than 40% higher, average cash cost of sales, excluding synfuel costs, more than 20% higher than 2004, and increased allocations of ownership benefits in the synfuel production facilities. First quarter results included a $1.6 million pretax benefit from the 2004 Section 29 tax credit rate, which was adjusted to reflect $1.13 per million Btu on an actual basis versus the $1.12 per million Btu estimated in 2004. These benefits were offset by a $0.7 million year-to-date pretax mark-to-market loss on oil price hedges, and a $2.4 million negative adjustment to deferred tax assets, due to a reduction in the Kentucky state income tax rate recorded in the first quarter.

TECO Synfuel Holdings, LLC had previously sold 90% of its membership interest to two third parties, along with associated percentage rights to benefits in the business that adjust from time to time. Allocation of the benefits increased 8% in the first quarter and continued through the second quarter such that 98% of the benefits went to the third parties. Under these transactions, TECO Coal is paid to provide feedstock, operate the synthetic fuel production facilities and sell the output while the purchasers have the risks and rewards of ownership, including being allocated 98% of the tax credits and operating costs. Due to TECO Energy’s anticipated 2005 tax position and inability to record Section 29 tax credits to its account, this allocation decreases the operating loss and increases earnings and cash flow to TECO Coal.

TECO Transport

TECO Transport recorded second quarter net income of $5.3 million, compared to $1.9 million in the same period in 2004. These results reflect higher river barge rates, increased northbound shipments and increased tonnage moved for Tampa Electric at TECO Barge Line, as well as improved operating conditions and efficiencies at all three operating companies. These results also reflect the benefits of recent tax law changes under the Jobs Creation Act to keep U.S. flag vessels competitive with non-U.S. flag vessels, which reduces taxes on income earned by U.S. flag vessels engaged in full-time international trade. These tax benefits are not available on vessels engaged in domestic, U.S. port to U.S. port, trade. Higher fuel costs were partially offset by $0.5 million after-tax of fuel hedges and mark-to-market gains on fuel hedge call options.

TECO Transport recorded year-to-date net income of $9.4 million, compared to $3.8 million, excluding $0.8 million of valuation adjustments on oceangoing equipment (see Table 1), in the same period in 2004. These results reflect the same factors as in the second quarter and increased movements of export coal, petroleum coke and other products through TECO Bulk Terminal. Higher fuel costs were partially offset by $1.4 million after-tax of fuel hedges and mark-to-market gains on fuel hedge call options.

TECO Guatemala

TECO Guatemala reported second quarter net income of $7.9 million in 2005, compared to $9.7 million in the 2004 period, excluding the 2004 charges related to debt extinguishment and taxes on repatriated cash (see Table 1). These results reflect lower foreign tax credits and higher maintenance expenses on the San José Power Station, which more than offset the higher capacity revenues and energy sales from the generating facilities and customer growth and higher energy sales at EEGSA. Year-to-date net income was $19.4 million in 2005, compared to $20.8 million in 2004, excluding the 2004 charges. These results reflect the same factors as the second quarter results.

TWG Merchant

TWG Merchant recorded a second-quarter loss of $8.6 million, compared to a loss of $14.4 million for the same period in 2004, excluding the $98.7 million after-tax charge related to the TIE valuation adjustment. The 2005 results primarily reflect allocated interest expense and caretaker costs at the uncompleted Dell and McAdams power stations and overhead expenses of TWG Merchant. Results in 2004 included the losses from the ownership interest in the TIE projects, which was sold in July 2004. Year-to-date net loss was $14.3 million in 2005, which reflects the same factors as the second quarter, compared to a loss of $30.0 million for the same period in 2004, excluding the TIE charge.

Parent/Other

Parent/Other results in the second quarter were a $20.4 million loss, excluding the $45.0 million after-tax charge related to the TECO Energy debt extinguishment, compared to a $21.5 million loss in the same period in 2004, excluding the 2004 gain on the sale of the propane business. Although total parent interest expense declined in the quarter due to the retirement of the trust-preferred debt associated with the early settlement and final conversion of the variable conversion-rate equity security units, more interest remains at the parent due to less interest allocated to TWG Merchant. The year-to-date loss was $41.1 million, excluding the second quarter debt-extinguishment charge, in 2005 compared to a loss of $45.7 million in the same period in 2004.

Discontinued Operations

Net income from discontinued operations for the 2005 second quarter was $82.8 million, compared to a net loss of $26.3 million in the same period of 2004. Discontinued operations in the quarter included the operating results from the Union and Gila River power stations through the end of May and the gain recorded upon the final disposition of the plants described above. Discontinued operations also include results for the Commonwealth Chesapeake Power Station until its sale on Apr. 19, 2005. Year-to-date net income from discontinued operations was $64.0 million, which reflects the items described above, compared to a net loss of $55.5 million for the same period in 2004.

On Jan. 26, 2005, the Union and Gila River project companies filed a pre-negotiated Chapter 11 case in Arizona, and at the time of the filing the project companies stopped recording the interest expense associated with the non-recourse project debt. The after-tax loss from discontinued operations was approximately $14.4 million and $28.8 million lower than it would otherwise have been in the second quarter and year-to-date periods, respectively, due to this change. Discontinued operations for the 2004 periods include the results from the Frontera and Commonwealth Chesapeake power stations and the results from the energy services businesses that have also been sold, as well as the Union and Gila River power stations, including the interest on the non-recourse debt.

Cash and Liquidity

TECO Energy’s consolidated cash and cash equivalents, excluding all restricted cash, totaled $188.2 million at June 30, 2005. Restricted cash of $57.1 million includes $50.0 million held in escrow until the end of 2007 related to the sale of a 49 percent interest in the synthetic coal production facilities. Cash at June 30, 2005 excludes the San José and Alborada power stations’ unrestricted cash balances of $31.2 million and restricted cash of $8.9 million, as these companies were deconsolidated due to the adoption of FIN 46R, Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities, effective Jan. 1, 2004.

In addition, at June 30, 2005, aggregate availability under bank credit facilities was $527.4 million, net of letters of credit of $27.6 million outstanding under these facilities and $70 million drawn on Tampa Electric’s credit facilities. At the end of the quarter, total liquidity, including cash plus credit facilities, was $746.8 million, which included $357.1 million at Tampa Electric consisting of $355.0 million of undrawn credit facilities and $2.1 million of cash.

TECO Energy parent had total liquidity of $332.0 million at June 30, 2005, consisting of $159.6 million of cash and availability under its credit facilities of $172.4 million.

TECO Energy consolidated cash flow from operations for the second quarter included the $54.4 million cash make-whole premium paid in the debt extinguishment, an under-recovery of fuel costs at Tampa Electric and the final payments for hurricane restoration costs at Tampa Electric that carried over from 2004.

Other sources of cash in the second quarter of 2005 were $58.5 million of proceeds from the third-party investors for synfuel production and $300 million of proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt. Cash used in financing activities included dividends of $39.4 million on TECO Energy common stock and the repayment of $380 million of long-term debt at TECO Energy. Capital expenditures for the quarter were $79.9 million.

2005 Outlook

For 2005, TECO Energy is maintaining its estimate for earnings per share from continuing operations in a range of $1.05 to $1.15, which it announced in June. These forecasted results are based on the company’s current expectations and assumptions, which are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those described below.

Tampa Electric expects approximately 2.5% annual customer growth with energy sales growth slightly above that, assuming normal weather for the remainder of the year. Peoples Gas expects customer growth of about 4% in 2005. Operations and maintenance expenses at the utilities are expected to increase at about the level of inflation for the full year. The after-tax impact of the disallowance of the recovery of a portion of waterborne fuel transportation costs is expected to be in the range of $8 million to $10 million for the full year.

Results at TECO Coal are expected to improve due to coal prices being more than 40% higher than 2004, partially offset by higher production costs. TECO Coal expects full-year production costs to be more than 10% higher than 2004 levels. Production costs increased significantly in the second half of 2004 due to coal truck weight constraints which impacted results starting in the third quarter and increased contract miner costs which were effective in the fourth quarter. The forecast assumes that TECO Coal will benefit from continued strong earnings and cash flow from its synfuel facilities and the sale of the additional 8% ownership interest of the synfuel production facilities that it expects to complete for the second half of 2005 and through the expirations of the tax credits at the end of 2007. These estimates of earnings and cash flow assume no reduction in Section 29 tax credits due to limitations that could result from oil prices exceeding the average reference price for the full year. The company estimates that oil prices, as quoted on NYMEX, would have to average above $65 per barrel for the remainder of 2005 before any limitation would be effective for that year.

TECO Transport anticipates improved results from strong river market pricing due to better balance in the supply and demand for river barges, the benefits of recent tax law changes which reduce taxes on income earned by U.S. flag vessels in international trade, as well as increased product movement through the bulk transfer terminal.

TECO Guatemala expects to continue to provide strong earnings and cash flow at levels about $5 million lower than in 2004, due to 2004 tax benefits that will be lower in 2005.

Estimated 2005 consolidated cash flow from operations of $250 million to $300 million reflects the expected improvements in the operating companies’ results, the cash make-whole premium paid to redeem TECO Energy’s 10.5% notes, and expected under-recoveries on fuel largely offset by the sale of emissions credits.

Net cash generation at TECO Energy parent is expected in a range of $195 million to $245 million and in a range of $195 million to $245 million for TECO Energy consolidated. Capital expenditures are estimated to remain about $300 million in addition to the $31.8 million paid to the lenders upon the final transfer of the Union and Gila River power stations. Expected net cash generation also reflects the proceeds from the final settlement of the adjustable conversion-rate equity security units, the cash proceeds from the third-party ownership in TECO Coal’s synfuel production facilities, the proceeds from the sale of the Commonwealth Chesapeake Power Station, the expected proceeds from the announced sale of the Dell Power Station, the issuance of $300 million of long-term debt, and the redemption of $380 million of long-term debt. The forecast also assumes the planned retirement of half of the $200 million of 8.5% trust preferred securities in late 2005 and the remainder in early 2006 and the payment of common stock dividends at current levels.

Common shares outstanding increased by 6.85 million shares on January 18, 2005 upon the final settlement of TECO Energy’s equity security units, which is reflected in the 2005 earnings-per-share forecast. The company does not expect to require additional capital from external sources to meet cash needs in 2005, except for Tampa Electric’s short-term borrowings under its credit facilities for its needs.

Taxability of TECO Energy Dividends

The company had previously reported that upon the transfer of the Union and Gila River power stations to the lenders that it expected that some of its future common stock distributions would be characterized as return of capital distributions rather than ordinary dividend income for tax purposes. A return of capital distribution is generally nontaxable and reduces the original purchase tax basis. This reduction in basis could affect future gains or loses, if any, on the sale of the shares which would generally be taxed as capital gains or losses.

The tax status of dividends depends upon the availability of the company’s earnings and profits, as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, first for the current year and then on an accumulated basis. If the distribution is determined to be out of earnings and profits, it is treated as ordinary taxable dividend income. If earnings and profits are negative, the distribution is treated as a return of capital distribution. The preliminary results of a detailed earnings and profits study now indicate that the company currently has positive accumulated earnings and profits. Therefore, the upcoming distribution is expected to be ordinary taxable dividend income. Due to the rules for calculating earnings and profits, the company cannot know the characterization of any distribution with certainty until after the end of the year. The company will be updating information regarding the taxability of its dividends when it is available and no later than when it provides the IRS Form 1099 to shareholders to report the quarterly dividends received from the company in 2005.

Shareholders should consult their tax advisors for details as to what, if any impact, the tax treatment of these distributions will have on their individual tax situations.

Non-GAAP Presentation

Table 1, “Results Reconciliation,” presents non-GAAP financial results after elimination of the effects of certain identified gains and charges in the 2005 and 2004 quarterly, year-to-date and 12-months ended periods. Management believes that the presentation of this non-GAAP financial performance provides investors a measure that reflects the company’s operations under its business strategy, which is focused on its five core businesses. Management also believes that it is helpful to present a non-GAAP measure of performance that clearly reflects the ongoing operations of TECO Energy’s business and which allows investors to better understand and evaluate the business as it is expected to operate in future periods.

The non-GAAP measure of financial performance used by the company is not a measure of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered an alternative to net income or other GAAP figures as an indicator of the company’s financial performance or liquidity. TECO Energy’s non-GAAP presentation of net income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Management and the Board of Directors use this non-GAAP presentation as a yardstick for measuring the company’s performance, making decisions that are dependent upon the profitability of the company’s various operating units and in determining levels of incentive compensation.

While each of the particular excluded items is not expected to recur, there may be true-ups to charges related to merchant power facilities or additional debt extinguishment activities. Management recognizes that there may be items that could be excluded in the future. Even though charges may occur, management believes the non-GAAP measure is an important addition to GAAP net income for assessing the company’s potential future performance because excluded items are limited to those that management believes are not indicative of future performance.

Update Webcast

As previously announced, TECO Energy plans to Webcast an update on its second quarter results, operations outlook and cash flow outlook at 5:00PM Eastern time today, Wednesday, July 27, 2005. The webcast can be accessed by following the link on TECO Energy’s Website: www.tecoenergy.com. The webcast and accompanying slides will be available for replay through the website for 30 days following, starting two hours after the conclusion of the live event.

TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an integrated energy-related holding company with regulated utility businesses, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Its principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company, is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and electric generation and distribution in Guatemala.

Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Actual results may differ materially from those forecasted. The forecasted results are based on the company’s expectations for 2005 described above. Additional factors that could impact actual results include: any adverse outcome in the previously disclosed litigation; any additional debt extinguishment costs or premiums associated with the early retirement of TECO Energy debt; unexpected capital needs or unanticipated reductions in cash flow that affect liquidity; oil prices in excess of the annual reference price, which would reduce or eliminate Section 29 tax credits and reduce or eliminate the earnings and cash flow from the sale of membership interests in the synfuel production facilities at TECO Coal; general economic conditions in Tampa Electric’s service area affecting energy sales; economic conditions, both national and international, affecting the demand for TECO Transport’s waterborne transportation services; weather variations affecting sales and operating costs at Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas and the effect of extreme weather conditions; commodity price changes affecting the margins at TECO Coal; the ability of TECO Energy’s subsidiaries to operate equipment without undue accidents, breakdowns or failures; and TECO Coal’s ability to successfully operate its synthetic fuel production facilities in a manner qualifying for Section 29 federal income tax credits, which could be impacted by changes in law, regulation or administration. Additional information is contained under “Risk Factors” in the company’s Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 26, 2005.

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Summary Information


3 months ended June 30

6 months ended June 30

12 months ended June 30


(millions, except per share amounts)

2005

2004

2005

2004

2005

2004

Revenues

$719.0

$668.9

$1,403.7

$1,284.9

$2,758.1

$2,583.8

Net income (loss)from continuing operations

$12.4

($81.9)

$63.9

($50.2)

($241.5)

$2.1

Net income (loss) from discontinued operations

82.8

(26.3)

64.0

(55.5)

(76.9)

(914.8)

Total net income (loss) before cumulative effect of change in accounting principle

95.2

(108.2)

127.9

(105.7)

(318.4)

(912.7)

Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle

--

--

--

--

--

(3.2)

Net income

$95.2

($108.2)

$127.9

($105.7)

($318.4)

($915.9)

Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations- basic

$0.06

($0.43)

$0.31

($0.27)

($1.20)

$0.01

Earnings (loss) per share from discontinued operations- basic

0.40

(0.14)

0.31

(0.29)

(0.39)

(4.93)

Earnings (loss) per share from cumulative effect of change in accounting principle – basic

--

--

--

--

--

(0.02)

Earnings (loss) per share – basic

$0.46

($0.57)

$0.62

($0.56)

($1.59)

($4.94)








Total earnings (loss) per share – basic

$0.46

($0.57)

$0.62

($0.56)

($1.59)

($4.94)

Total earnings (loss) per share – diluted

$0.44

($0.57)

$0.60

($0.56)

($1.59)

($4.93)

Average common shares outstanding – basic

206.7

188.3

205.5

188.2

200.7

185.5

Average common shares outstanding – diluted

208.9

188.3

207.4

188.2

200.7

185.8

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