The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) today reported Adjusted Earnings Per Share (Adjusted EPS, a non-GAAP financial measure) of $1.24 for full year 2012. The contributions from new businesses, which collectively represent more than 1,900 MW of capacity additions, and improved performance at generation plants in the U.S. and Asia drove strong operating performance for the year. Reductions of general and administrative expenses also contributed to earnings growth. These positive drivers were partially offset by higher taxes and declines in Chile, due to lower spot margins and second quarter plant outages, and Brazil, as a result of the tariff reset at Eletropaulo. The Company also reported Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations of ($1.21), which declined principally due to a goodwill impairment expense of $1,817 million, or $2.41 per share, at DPL in the third quarter of 2012.
“In the fourth quarter of 2011, we undertook a new strategy to drive operating performance and profitability, improve cash flow and returns on our investments, and streamline our portfolio. Since then, we have reduced general and administrative costs by $90 million, invested more than $1.1 billion in our balance sheet, and closed asset sales representing nearly $1 billion of equity proceeds to AES. As a result of all of these initiatives, we have delivered on our financial commitments,” said Andrés Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain strongly dedicated to continuing to implement our strategy to meet our commitments to shareholders.”
“We continue to expect 4% to 6% average annual EPS capital growth, which combined with our current dividend yield, is in line with our 6% to 8% three-year total return expectations through 2015,” said Tom O’Flynn, AES Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We are committed to maximizing our total return through strong operations, effective capital management and deployment of discretionary cash into debt reduction, share repurchases and attractive growth investments.”
Table 1: Key Financial Results
|Full Year||Fourth Quarter|
|Adjusted EPS 1||$||1.24||$||1.02||$||0.32||$||0.23|
|Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations||$||(1.21||)||$||0.63||$||0.31||$||0.18|
|Proportional Free Cash Flow 1||$||1,242||M||$||932||M||$||293||M||$||168||M|
|Consolidated Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities||$||2,901||M||$||2,884||M||$||772||M||$||571||M|
1 A non-GAAP financial measure. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for definitions and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP financial measures.Full year 2012 Adjusted EPS of $1.24 was in the Company’s guidance range of $1.22 to $1.30. This performance was driven by the contributions of new businesses, lower general and administrative expenses and a lower share count, partially offset by higher taxes and lower spot margins and second quarter outages in Chile and the Eletropaulo tariff reset in Brazil. Full year 2012 Diluted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations decreased $1.84, principally due to the DPL goodwill impairment expense of $2.41 per share.