TECO Energy reports first-quarter results
Company maintains 2013 earnings-per-share guidance from continuing operations in a range between $0.90 and $1.00
TAMPA, April 30, 2013
TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE) today reported first-quarter 2013 net income of $41.5 million, or $0.19 per share, compared with $50.5 million, or $0.24 per share, in the first quarter of 2012. Net income from continuing operations was $41.2 million, or $0.19 per share, in the 2013 first quarter, compared with $44.6 million, or $0.21 per share, for the same period in 2012. The 2013 first-quarter net income of $0.3 million reported in discontinued operations was related to the TECO Guatemala sale transaction.
TECO Energy President and Chief Executive Officer John Ramil said, “We are off to a good start for 2013, and our results this quarter position us well for the remainder of the year despite another mild winter in Florida. The utilities are benefiting from continued improvements in the state and local economies, and TECO Coal is operating profitably even in a weak market, with a strong focus on margins and cost control.”
Ramil went on to say, “Tampa Electric has filed its full base rate increase request with the Florida Public Service Commission, and we look forward to working with the commission, its staff and the intervenors to reach a constructive outcome.”
The table below includes TECO Energy segment information on a GAAP basis, which includes all charges and gains for the periods shown.
3 months ended Mar. 31
12 months ended Mar. 31
Net Income Summary
Peoples Gas System
Parent & other
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Total net income attributable to TECO Energy
All amounts included in the operating company discussions below are after tax, unless otherwise noted.
Tampa Electric’s net income for the first quarter of 2013 was $31.8 million, compared with $31.4 million for the same period in 2012. Results for the quarter reflected a 1.4% higher average number of customers, lower base revenues due to milder weather than in 2012, lower interest expense, and higher depreciation and operations and maintenance expenses. First-quarter net income in 2013 included $1.1 million of Allowance for Funds Used During Construction (AFUDC) equity, which represents allowed equity cost capitalized to construction costs, compared with $0.4 million in the 2012 quarter.
Total degree days in Tampa Electric's service area in the first quarter of 2013 were 9% below normal, and 16% below the same period in 2012, resulting in pretax base revenue approximately $4.0 million lower than in 2012. Total net energy for load, which is a calendar measurement of retail energy sales rather than a billing-cycle measurement, decreased 3.7% in the first quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012. The quarterly energy sales shown on the statistical summary that accompanies this earnings release reflect the energy sales based on the timing of billing cycles, which can vary period to period. While residential sales in 2013 were similar to 2012 levels, sales to commercial customers decreased in the first quarter of 2013 due to cooler-than-normal weather in March. Commercial customers are more sensitive to air conditioning load, which was higher in the first quarter of 2012 than in the 2013 period. Sales for resale decreased due to the expiration of several wholesale contracts.
Operations and maintenance expense, excluding all Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC)-approved cost-recovery clauses, increased $2.1 million in the 2013 quarter, reflecting primarily higher pension and other employee benefit expenses, partially offset by lower costs due to the timing of generating unit outage expenditures. Depreciation and amortization expense increased $1.0 million in 2013 due to additions to facilities to serve customers, partially offset by a $1.0 million adjustment to depreciation expense related to combustion turbine repairs. Interest expense decreased $4.0 million due to lower long-term debt interest rates and balances and a lower interest rate on customer deposits.
Peoples Gas System reported net income of $13.8 million for the quarter, compared with $11.0 million in 2012. First-quarter results in 2013 reflected customer growth of 1.3% and higher therm sales to all retail customer classes. Therms sold to commercial and interruptible industrial customers increased due to improving economic conditions. Non-fuel operations and maintenance expense decreased $0.8 million compared to the 2012 period, primarily due to higher-than-normal self-insurance expenses in 2012. Interest expense decreased slightly due to lower long-term debt interest rates and a lower interest rate on customer deposits.
TECO Coal reported first-quarter net income of $3.0 million on sales of 1.3 million tons, compared with $9.8 million on sales of 1.4 million tons in the same period in 2012. In 2013, first-quarter results reflect an average net per-ton selling price, excluding transportation allowances, of almost $90 per ton, which included higher priced carry-over tons from 2012, compared to an average selling price of almost $96 per ton in 2012. In the first quarter of 2013, the all-in total per-ton cost of sales was almost $88, which is higher than full-year guidance. The cost of sales in January and February included some higher-cost tons from December inventory that included costs associated with personnel reductions and with idling certain mining operations. The cost of sales in March was in line with full year 2013 cost guidance. Due to the effects of tax percentage depletion, TECO Coal's effective income tax rate in the first quarter of 2013 was essentially zero, compared with 24% in the 2012 period.
Parent & other
The cost for Parent & other in continuing operations in the first quarter of 2013 was $7.4 million, compared with a cost of $7.6 million in the same period in 2012. The cost for the 2013 quarter included slightly lower interest expense due to the repayment of $8.8 million of parent debt in 2012 and certain favorable tax adjustments recorded at Parent.
The total cost for Parent & other for the first quarter of 2013 was $7.1 million, compared with $8.3 million for the 2012 period. Total cost for the 2013 first quarter reflected a $0.3 million benefit at Parent related to the sale of TECO Guatemala in 2012, which were recorded as discontinued operations.
TECO Energy is maintaining its earnings-per-share guidance for 2013 in a range between $0.90 and $1.00. TECO Energy expects earnings in 2013 to be driven by the factors discussed below.
At Tampa Electric, full-year customer growth of 1.2% is anticipated in 2013, but total retail energy sales growth is expected to be lower than customer growth due to lower average customer usage. Sales to the lower margin industrial-phosphate customers are expected to be lower in 2013 due to increased self-generation following outages of customers’ generating equipment that increased sales to these customers in 2012. Operations and maintenance expenses are expected to increase in 2013 due to increased expenses to operate the system and reliably serve customers and higher employee-related expenses. Pension expense is expected to increase driven by discount rate assumptions in the current low-interest rate environment. In 2013, Tampa Electric expects its full-year thirteen-month average return on equity (ROE) to be less than 9%.
Peoples Gas expects to continue to earn above the middle of its allowed ROE range of 9.75% to 11.75% from moderate customer growth, which is expected to continue in 2013 in line with the trends experienced in 2012, and continued focus on cost management. It also expects to benefit from continued interest from customers utilizing petroleum and other fuel sources to convert to natural gas due to the attractive economics.
TECO Coal now has almost 95% of its expected sales of between 5.2 million and 5.7 million tons contracted for 2013. The product mix is expected to be about 50% specialty coals, which include stoker, metallurgical and PCI coals, and the remainder utility steam coal. The average selling price across all products is expected to be more than $86 per ton. All of the 2.7 million tons of steam coal sales planned for 2013 are committed and priced. The all-in total cost of production is still expected to be in a range between $81 and $85 per ton, due to actions taken in 2012 to reduce mining costs and lower royalty payments and severance taxes, which are a function of selling price . Because of the zero effective tax rate in the first quarter, TECO Coal’s full-year 2013 effective income tax rate is expected to be less than the previously forecast 25%.
As previously announced, TECO Energy will host a webcast with the investment community to discuss its first-quarter results and 2013 outlook at 5:00 pm Eastern time, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The webcast will be accessible through the link on TECO Energy’s website: www.tecoenergy.com . The webcast and accompanying slides will be available for replay for 30 days through the website, beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live event.
TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company. Its principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company, is a regulated utility in Florida with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Its other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.
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 current expectations and assumptions, and the company does not undertake to update that information or any other information contained in this press release, except as may be required by law. Factors that could impact actual results include: regulatory actions by federal, state or local authorities; unexpected capital needs or unanticipated reductions in cash flow that affect liquidity; the ability to access the capital and credit markets when required; general economic conditions affecting energy sales at the utility companies; economic conditions, both national and international, affecting the Florida economy and demand for TECO Coal’s production; costs for alternative fuels used for power generation affecting demand for TECO Coal’s thermal coal production; weather variations and changes in customer energy usage patterns affecting sales and operating costs at Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas and the effect of extreme weather conditions or hurricanes; general operating conditions; input commodity prices affecting cost at all of the operating companies; operating cost and environmental or safety regulations affecting the production levels and margins at TECO Coal; fuel cost recoveries and related cash at the utilities; natural gas demand at Peoples Gas; and the ability of TECO Energy's subsidiaries to operate equipment without undue accidents, breakdowns or failures. Additional information is contained under "Risk Factors" in TECO Energy, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended Dec. 31, 2012.
Summary Information (as of Mar. 31, 2013)
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