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AES Reports 22% Increase In Adjusted Earnings Per Share To $1.24 For Full Year 2012; Announces 2013 Adjusted Earnings Per Share Guidance Of $1.24 To $1.32

Actual results could differ materially from those projected in our forward-looking statements due to risks, uncertainties and other factors. Important factors that could affect actual results are discussed in AES’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, the risks discussed under Item 1A “Risk Factors” and Item 7: Management’s Discussion & Analysis in AES’ 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Readers are encouraged to read AES’ filings to learn more about the risk factors associated with AES’ business. AES undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Any Stockholder who desires a copy of the Company’s 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K dated on or about February 26, 2013 with the SEC may obtain a copy (excluding Exhibits) without charge by addressing a request to the Office of the Corporate Secretary, The AES Corporation, 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Exhibits also may be requested, but a charge equal to the reproduction cost thereof will be made. A copy of the Form 10-K may be obtained by visiting the Company’s website at www.aes.com.

 
THE AES CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
YEARS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2012, 2011, AND 2010
     
2012 2011 2010
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Revenue:
Regulated $ 9,925 $ 9,504 $ 8,910
Non-Regulated   8,216     7,419     6,533  
Total revenue   18,141     16,923     15,443  
Cost of Sales:
Regulated (8,433 ) (7,134 ) (6,497 )
Non-Regulated   (5,994 )   (5,726 )   (5,126 )
Total cost of sales   (14,427 )   (12,860 )   (11,623 )
Gross margin   3,714     4,063     3,820  
General and administrative expenses (301 ) (391 ) (391 )
Interest expense (1,572 ) (1,553 ) (1,449 )
Interest income 349 399 407
Other expense (93 ) (153 ) (232 )
Other income 105 149 100
Gain on sale of investments 219 8 -
Goodwill impairment (1,817 ) (17 ) (21 )
Asset impairment expense (73 ) (173 ) (304 )
Foreign currency transaction losses (167 ) (39 ) (33 )
Other non-operating expense   (50 )   (82 )   (7 )
INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE
TAXES AND EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF AFFILIATES 314 2,211 1,890
Income tax expense (708 ) (634 ) (593 )
Net equity in earnings (losses) of affiliates   34     (2 )   184  
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (360 ) 1,575 1,481
Loss from operations of discontinued businesses, net of income tax
expense (benefit) of $3, $(26) and $(284), respectively (13 ) (131 ) (486 )
Net gain from disposal and impairments of discontinued businesses, net of income
tax expense of $68, $300 and $132, respectively   16     86     64  
NET INCOME (LOSS) (357 ) 1,530 1,059
Noncontrolling interests:
Less: Income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests (555 ) (1,083 ) (985 )
Less: Income from discontinued operations attributable to noncontrolling interests   -     (389 )   (65 )
Total net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (555 )   (1,472 )   (1,050 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE AES CORPORATION $ (912 ) $ 58   $ 9  
AMOUNTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE AES CORPORATION
COMMON STOCKHOLDERS:
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax $ (915 ) $ 492 $ 496
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   3     (434 )   (487 )
Net income (loss) $ (912 ) $ 58   $ 9  
BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE:
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to The AES Corporation common stockholders, net of tax
$ (1.21 ) $ 0.63 $ 0.64
Loss from discontinued operations attributable to The AES Corporation common stockholders, net of tax
- (0.56 ) (0.63 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE AES CORPORATION            
COMMON STOCKHOLDERS $ (1.21 ) $ 0.07   $ 0.01  
DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE:
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to The AES Corporation common stockholders, net of tax
$ (1.21 ) $ 0.63 $ 0.64
Loss from discontinued operations attributable to The AES Corporation common stockholders, net of tax
- (0.56 ) (0.63 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE AES CORPORATION            
COMMON STOCKHOLDERS $ (1.21 ) $ 0.07   $ 0.01  
           
DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE $ 0.08   $ -   $ -  
 
 
THE AES CORPORATION
STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNIT INFORMATION (unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
($ in millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011
 
REVENUE
US $ 917 $ 625 $ 3,759 $ 2,110
Andes 741 619 3,020 2,989
Brazil 1,522 1,503 5,788 6,640
MCAC (1) 679 617 2,573 2,328
EMEA (2) 605 652 2,292 2,271
Asia 181 177 738 626
Corporate, Other and Inter-SBU eliminations (5 ) (10 ) (29 ) (41 )
Total Revenue $ 4,640   $ 4,183   $ 18,141   $ 16,923  

(1)

  MCAC includes MCAC Utilities which are reported within Corporate and Other in the segment disclosures provided in the notes to the Company's financial statements.
 

(2)

EMEA includes Europe Utilities and Africa Utilities which are reported within Corporate and Other in the segment disclosures provided in the notes to the Company's financial statements.
 
THE AES CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
DECEMBER 31, 2012 AND 2011
   
2012 2011 Revised (1)
 

(in millions, except share and per share data)

ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,970 $ 1,695
Restricted cash 751 477
Short-term investments 696 1,356
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $309 and $273, respectively 2,712 2,522
Inventory 769 775
Deferred income taxes 222 454
Prepaid expenses 231 157
Other current assets 1,114 1,560
Current assets of discontinued operations and held for sale assets   -     233  
Total current assets   8,465     9,229  
NONCURRENT ASSETS
Property, Plant and Equipment:
Land 1,008 1,089
Electric generation, distribution assets and other 31,837 31,068
Accumulated depreciation (9,723 ) (8,944 )
Construction in progress   2,791     1,788  
Property, plant and equipment, net   25,913     25,001  
Other Assets:
Investments in and advances to affiliates 1,196 1,422
Debt service reserves and other deposits 565 876
Goodwill 1,999 3,820
Other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $276 and $164, respectively 429 545
Deferred income taxes 996 715
Other noncurrent assets 2,242 2,346
Noncurrent assets of discontinued operations and held for sale assets   25     1,392  

Total other assets

  7,452     11,116  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 41,830   $ 45,346  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts payable $ 2,638 $ 2,008
Accrued interest 295 327
Accrued and other liabilities 2,532 3,389
Non-recourse debt including $287 and $259, respectively, related to variable interest entities 2,843 2,123
Recourse debt 11 305
Current liabilities of discontinued operations and held for sale businesses   -     286  
Total current liabilities   8,319     8,438  
NONCURRENT LIABILITIES
Non-recourse debt including $1,187 and $1,156, respectively, related to variable interest entities 12,568 13,412
Recourse debt 5,951 6,180
Deferred income taxes 1,238 1,321
Pension and other post-retirement liabilities 2,456 1,729
Other noncurrent liabilities 3,706 3,111
Noncurrent liabilities of discontinued operations and held for sale businesses   -     1,348  
Total noncurrent liabilities   25,919     27,101  
Commitments and Contingencies (see Notes 13 and 14)
Cumulative preferred stock of subsidiaries 78 78
EQUITY
THE AES CORPORATION STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Common stock ($0.01 par value, 1,200,000,000 shares authorized; 810,679,839 issued

 

and 744,263,855 outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 807,573,277 issued and 765,186,316

outstanding at December 31, 2011)

8 8
Additional paid-in capital 8,525 8,507
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (264 ) 678
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,920 ) (2,758 )
Treasury stock, at cost (66,415,984 and 42,386,961 shares at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively)   (780 )   (489 )
Total The AES Corporation stockholders' equity 4,569 5,946
NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS   2,945     3,783  
Total equity   7,514     9,729  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $ 41,830   $ 45,346  
(1)   December 31, 2011 balances revised to reflect updated DPL purchase accounting allocation. For further information see our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed with the SEC.
 
THE AES CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
(in millions)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income (loss) $ 323 $ 445 $ (357 ) $ 1,530
Adjustments to net income (loss):
Depreciation and amortization 356 315 1,394 1,262
Gain from sale of investments and impairment expense (36 ) 65 1,766 386
Deferred income taxes 61 (132 ) 162 (199 )
Provisions for contingencies (4 ) (6 ) 47 30
Loss on the extinguishment of debt 7 10 7 62
(Gain) loss on disposal and impairment write-down - discontinued operations 46 (389 ) (84 ) (388 )
Other 24 84 34 149
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:
(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable (50 ) (51 ) (241 ) (236 )
(Increase) decrease in inventory 34 (23 ) 24 (141 )
(Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other current assets 30 (74 ) 120 (7 )
(Increase) decrease in other assets (210 ) (236 ) (589 ) (403 )
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and current liabilities 27 122 330 322
Increase (decrease) in income tax payables, net 104 317 (47 ) 166
Increase (decrease) in other liabilities   60     124     335     351  
Net cash provided by operating activities   772     571     2,901     2,884  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Capital expenditures (655 ) (598 ) (2,236 ) (2,430 )
Acquisitions—net of cash acquired (2 ) (3,404 ) (20 ) (3,562 )
Proceeds from the sale of businesses, net of cash sold 207 880 639 927
Proceeds from the sale of assets 42 28 46 117
Sale of short-term investments 1,321 1,884 6,437 6,075
Purchase of short-term investments (1,143 ) (2,228 ) (5,907 ) (5,860 )
(Increase) decrease in restricted cash (54 ) 225 (43 ) 61
(Increase) decrease in debt service reserves and other assets 4 95 28 (284 )
Affiliate advances and equity investments (90 ) (64 ) (89 ) (155 )
Proceeds from performance bonds - - - 199
Proceeds from government grants for asset construction 2 1 122 8
Proceeds from loan repayments 1 - 1 -
Other investing   20     9     (1 )   (2 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (347 )   (3,172 )   (1,023 )   (4,906 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
(Repayments) borrowings under the revolving credit facilities, net 1 311 (321 ) 437
Issuance of recourse debt - - - 2,050
Issuance of non-recourse debt 569 1,702 1,391 3,218
Repayments of recourse debt (227 ) (2 ) (235 ) (476 )
Repayments of non-recourse debt (566 ) (728 ) (1,325 ) (2,217 )
Payments for financing fees (16 ) (49 ) (40 ) (202 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interests (154 ) (98 ) (895 ) (1,088 )
Contributions from noncontrolling interests 31 - 43 6
Dividends paid on AES common stock (30 ) - (30 ) -
Financed capital expenditures (4 ) (18 ) (34 ) (31 )
Purchase of treasury stock - (54 ) (301 ) (279 )
Other financing   -     1     8     (6 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (396 ) 1,065 (1,739 ) 1,412
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (4 ) (43 ) 5 (122 )
(Increase) decrease in cash of discontinued and held for sale businesses   25     (75 )   131     (79 )
Total increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 50 (1,654 ) 275 (811 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning   1,920     3,349     1,695     2,506  
Cash and cash equivalents, ending $ 1,970   $ 1,695   $ 1,970   $ 1,695  
 
 
THE AES CORPORATION
ADJUSTED PRE-TAX CONTRIBUTION (PTC) AND ADJUSTED EPS (unaudited)
 
  (In millions, except per share amounts)
   
Three Months Ended

December 31, 2012

Three Months Ended

December 31, 2011

Per Share Per Share
(Diluted) (Diluted)

Net of

Net of NCI Net of Net of NCI

NCI*

  and Tax NCI* and Tax
Income from continuing operations attributable to AES and Diluted EPS from continuing operations $ 229 $

 

0.31 $ 139 $

 

0.18
Add back income tax expense from continuing operations attributable to AES     116       106
Pre-tax contribution $   345   $   245
 
Adjustments:
Unrealized derivatives losses (1) $ 34 $ 0.04 $ 9

$

0.01
Unrealized foreign currency transaction (gains)/ losses (2) (8 ) (0.02 ) 16 0.03
Impairment (gains) / losses (30 ) (0.02

) (3)

14

0.01

(4)

Debt retirement losses     16      

0.01

(5)

    4     -  
Adjusted PTC and Adjusted EPS $   357   $

 

0.32   $   288 $   0.23  
*NCI is defined as noncontrolling interest
(1)   Unrealized derivative losses were net of income tax per share of $0.01 and $0.00 in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
 
(2) Unrealized foreign currency transaction (gains) losses were net of income tax per share of $0.01 and $0.00 in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
 
(3) Amount primarily relates to the reduction in the goodwill impairment at DPL of $33 million ($33 million, or $0.04 per share, net of income tax of $0.00 per share).
 
(4) Amount includes the asset impairment at Kelanitissa of $5 million ($4 million, or $0.01 per share, net of noncontrolling interest of $1 million and of income tax of $0.00 per share).
 
(5) Amount primarily relates to the loss on retirement of debt at the Parent Company of $15 million ($10 million, or $0.01 per share, net of income tax of $0.01 per share).
 
THE AES CORPORATION
ADJUSTED PRE-TAX CONTRIBUTION (PTC) AND ADJUSTED EPS (unaudited)
     
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
Year Ended

December 31, 2012

Year Ended

December 31, 2011

Per Share Per Share
(Diluted) (Diluted)
Net of Net of NCI Net of Net of NCI and
NCI* and Tax NCI* Tax
Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to AES and GAAP Diluted EPS from continuing operations $ (915 ) $ (1.21 ) $ 492 $ 0.63
Adjustment to Diluted shares $ 0.01     -  
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS from continuing operations $ (1.20 ) $ 0.63  
Add back income tax expense from continuing operations attributable to AES   446     220
Pre-tax contribution $ (469 ) $ 712
 
Adjustments
 
Unrealized derivatives losses (1) $ 118 $ 0.11 $ 11 $ 0.01
Unrealized foreign currency transaction (gains)/ losses (2) (18 ) (0.03 ) 38 0.05
Disposition/ acquisition (gains) (206 ) (0.18

) (3)

- -
Impairment losses 1,936

2.53

(4)

271

0.29

(5)

Debt retirement losses   16    

0.01

(6)

  46  

0.04

(7)

Adjusted PTC and Adjusted EPS $ 1,377   $ 1.24   $ 1,078 $ 1.02  
*NCI is defined as noncontrolling interest
(1)   Unrealized derivative losses were net of income tax per share of $0.04 and $0.01 in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
 
(2) Unrealized foreign currency transaction (gains) losses were net of income tax per share of $0.00 and $0.00 in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
 
(3) Amount primarily relates to the gains from the sale of 80% of our interest in Cartagena for $178 million ($109 million, or $0.14 per share, net of income tax of $0.09 per share) and equity method investments in China of $24 million ($25 million, or $0.03 per share, including an income tax credit of $1 million, or $0.00 per share).
 
(4) Amount primarily relates to the goodwill impairment at DPL of $1.82 billion ($1.82 billion, or $2.39 per share, net of income tax of $0.00 per share). Amount also includes other-than-temporary impairment of equity method investments in China of $32 million ($32 million, or $0.04 per share, net of income tax of $0.00 per share), and at InnoVent of $17 million ($17 million, or $0.02 per share, net of income tax of $0.00 per share), as well as asset impairments of wind turbines and projects of $41 million ($26 million, or $0.03 per share, net of income tax of $0.02 per share), at Kelanitissa of $19 million ($17 million, or $0.02 per share, net of noncontrolling interest of $2 million and of income tax of $0.00 per share), and at St. Patrick of $11 million ($11 million, or $0.01 per share, net of income tax of $0.00 per share).
 
(5) Amount includes other-than-temporary impairment of equity method investments at Chigen, including Yangcheng, of $79 million ($79 million, or $0.10 per share, net of income tax of $0.00 per share), asset impairments of wind turbines of $116 million ($75 million, or $0.10 per share, net of income tax of $0.05 per share), Kelanitissa of $42 million ($38 million, or $0.05 per share, net of noncontrolling interest of $4 million and of income tax of $0.00 per share), Bohemia of $9 million ($9 million, and $0.01 per share, net of income tax of $0.00 per share), and goodwill impairment at Chigen of $17 million ($17 million or $0.02 per share, net of income tax of $0.00 per share).
 
(6) Amount primarily relates to the loss on retirement of debt at the Parent Company of $15 million ($10 million, or $0.01 per share, net of income tax of $0.01 per share).
 
(7) Amount includes loss on retirement of debt at Gener of $38 million ($22 million, or $0.03 per share, net of noncontrolling interest of $11 million and of income tax of $0.01 per share) and at IPL of $15 million ($10 million, or $0.01 per share, net of income tax of $0.01 per share).
 
THE AES CORPORATION
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (unaudited)
     
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
($ in millions) 2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Calculation of Maintenance Capital Expenditures for
Free Cash Flow (1) Reconciliation Below:
 
Maintenance Capital Expenditures $ 300 $ 244 $ 968 $ 889
Environmental Capital Expenditures 23 23 75 82
Growth Capital Expenditures   336   349   1,227   1,490
Total Capital Expenditures $ 659 $ 616 $ 2,270 $ 2,461
                         
 
Reconciliation of Proportional Operating Cash Flow (2)
 
Consolidated Operating Cash Flow $ 772 $ 571 $ 2,901 $ 2,884
Less: Proportional Adjustment Factor   281   237   966   1,312
Proportional Operating Cash Flow (2) $ 491 $ 334 $ 1,935 $ 1,572
                         
 
Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow (1)
 
Consolidated Operating Cash Flow $ 772 $ 571 $ 2,901 $ 2,884
Less: Maintenance Capital Expenditures, net of reinsurance proceeds 269 239 923 878
Less: Environmental Capital Expenditures   23   23   75   82
Free Cash Flow (1) $ 480 $ 309 $ 1,903 $ 1,924
                         
 
Reconciliation of Proportional Free Cash Flow (1),(2)
 
Proportional Operating Cash Flow $ 491 $ 334 $ 1,935 $ 1,572

Less: Proportional Maintenance Capital Expenditures, net of reinsurance proceeds and Environmental Capital Expenditures

  198   166   693   640
Proportional Free Cash Flow (1),(2) $ 293 $ 168 $ 1,242 $ 932
(1)   Free Cash Flow (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as net cash from operating activities less maintenance capital expenditures (including environmental capital expenditures), net of reinsurance proceeds from third parties. AES believes that free cash flow is a useful measure for evaluating our financial condition because it represents the amount of cash provided by operations less maintenance capital expenditures as defined by our businesses, that may be available for investing or for repaying debt.
 
(2) See footnote (2) on Guidance Elements for definition of proportional financial metrics.
       
The AES Corporation
Parent Financial Information
Parent only data: last four quarters
($ in millions) 4 Quarters Ended
December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,

Total subsidiary distributions & returns of capital to Parent

2012 2012 2012 2012
Actual Actual Actual Actual
Subsidiary distributions (1) to Parent & QHCs $ 1,332 $ 1,252 $ 1,267 $ 1,287
Returns of capital distributions to Parent & QHCs   29     143   233   207
Total subsidiary distributions & returns of capital to parent $ 1,361   $ 1,395 $ 1,500 $ 1,494
 
 
Parent only data: quarterly
($ in millions) Quarter Ended
December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,

Total subsidiary distributions & returns of capital to Parent

2012 2012 2012 2012
Actual Actual Actual Actual
Subsidiary distributions to Parent & QHCs $ 450 $ 331 $ 374 $ 176
Returns of capital distributions to Parent & QHCs   (100 )   12   34   83
Total subsidiary distributions & returns of capital to Parent $ 350   $ 343 $ 408 $ 259
 
 

Parent Company Liquidity (2)

Balance at
($ in millions) December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
2012 2012 2012 2012
Actual Actual Actual Actual
Cash at Parent & Cash at QHCs (3) $ 311 $ 444 $ 240 $ 133
Availability under credit facilities   795     795   795   778
Ending liquidity $ 1,106   $ 1,239 $ 1,035 $ 911
(1)  

Subsidiary distributions should not be construed as an alternative to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities which are determined in accordance with GAAP. Subsidiary distributions are important to the Parent Company because the Parent Company is a holding company that does not derive any significant direct revenues from its own activities but instead relies on its subsidiaries’ business activities and the resultant distributions to fund the debt service, investment and other cash needs of the holding company. The reconciliation of difference between the subsidiary distributions and the Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities consists of cash generated from operating activities that is retained at the subsidiaries for a variety of reasons which are both discretionary and non-discretionary in nature. These factors include, but are not limited to, retention of cash to fund capital expenditures at the subsidiary, cash retention associated with non-recourse debt covenant restrictions and related debt service requirements at the subsidiaries, retention of cash related to sufficiency of local GAAP statutory retained earnings at the subsidiaries, retention of cash for working capital needs at the subsidiaries, and other similar timing differences between when the cash is generated at the subsidiaries and when it reaches the Parent Company and related holding companies.

 
(2) Parent Company Liquidity is defined as cash at the Parent Company plus availability under corporate credit facilities plus cash at qualified holding companies (QHCs). AES believes that unconsolidated Parent Company liquidity is important to the liquidity position of AES as a Parent Company because of the non-recourse nature of most of AES’s indebtedness.
 
(3) The cash held at QHCs represents cash sent to subsidiaries of the company domiciled outside of the US. Such subsidiaries had no contractual restrictions on their ability to send cash to AES, the Parent Company. Cash at those subsidiaries was used for investment and related activities outside of the US. These investments included equity investments and loans to other foreign subsidiaries as well as development and general costs and expenses incurred outside the US. Since the cash held by these QHCs is available to the Parent, AES uses the combined measure of subsidiary distributions to Parent and QHCs as a useful measure of cash available to the Parent to meet its international liquidity needs.
 
THE AES CORPORATION
2012 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE ELEMENTS (1)
     
2012 Updated Financial Guidance (as of 11/7/2012)
 
Proportional
Consolidated

Adjustment Factors (2)

Proportional
 
Income Statement Elements
 
Gross Margin $3,600 to 3,800 million $950 million $2,650 to 2,850 million
 
Adjusted Earnings Per Share (3) $1.22 to 1.30
 
Cash Flow Elements
 
Net Cash From Operating Activities $2,900 to 3,100 million $975 million $1,925 to 2,125 million
 
Operational Capital Expenditures (a) $1,050 to 1,125 million $300 million $725 to 850 million
 
Environmental Capital Expenditures (b) $100 to 125 million $25 million $75 to 100 million
 
Maintenance Capital Expenditures (a + b) $1,150 to 1,250 million $325 million $800 to 950 million
 
Free Cash Flow (4) $1,700 to 1,900 million $650 million $1,050 to 1,250 million
 
Subsidiary Distributions (5) $1,325 to 1,525 million
 
Parent Free Cash Flow (6) $550 to 650 million
 
Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow
 
Net Cash from Operating Activities $2,900 to 3,100 million $975 million $1,925 to 2,125 million
 
Less: Maintenance Capital Expenditures $1,150 to 1,250 million $325 million $800 to 950 million
 
Free Cash Flow (7) $1,700 to 1,900 million $650 million $1,050 to 1,250 million
 
Reconciliation of Parent Free Cash Flow
 
Subsidiary distributions $1,325 to 1,525 million
 
Less: Cash Interest $450 to 500 million
 
Less: Cash for development, SGA, and taxes $325 to 375 million
 
Parent Free Cash Flow (6) $550 to 650 million
 
Reconciliation of Adjusted Pre-Tax Contribution (7)
 
Adjusted Pre-Tax Contribution (7) Before Corporate Charges $1,900 to 2,100 million
 
Less: Corporate Charges $650 to 750 million
 
Adjusted Pre-Tax Contribution (7) After Corporate Charges $1,250 to 1,350 million

(1)

  2012 Guidance is based on expectations for future foreign exchange rates and commodity prices as of September 30, 2012.

(2)

AES is a holding company that derives its income and cash flows from the activities of its subsidiaries, some of which may not be wholly-owned by the Company. Accordingly, the Company has presented certain financial metrics which are defined as Proportional (a non-GAAP financial measure). Proportional metrics present the Company’s estimate of its share in the economics of the underlying metric. The Company believes that the Proportional metrics are useful to investors because they exclude the economic share in the metric presented that is held by non-AES shareholders. For example, Net Cash from Operating Activities (Operating Cash Flow) is a GAAP metric which presents the Company’s cash flow from operations on a consolidated basis, including operating cash flow allocable to noncontrolling interests. Proportional Operating Cash Flow removes the share of operating cash flow allocable to noncontrolling interests and therefore may act as an aid in the valuation of the Company. Proportional metrics are reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure. Certain assumptions have been made to estimate our proportional financial measures. These assumptions include: (i) the Company’s economic interest has been calculated based on a blended rate for each consolidated business when such business represents multiple legal entities; (ii) the Company’s economic interest may differ from the percentage implied by the recorded net income or loss attributable to noncontrolling interests or dividends paid during a given period; (iii) the Company’s economic interest for entities accounted for using the hypothetical liquidation at book value method is 100%; (iv) individual operating performance of the Company’s equity method investments is not reflected and (v) inter-segment transactions are included as applicable for the metric presented.

(3)

Adjusted earnings per share (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding gains or losses of the consolidated entity due to (a) unrealized gains or losses related to derivative transactions, (b) unrealized foreign currency gains or losses, (c) significant gains or losses due to dispositions and acquisitions of business interests, (d) significant losses due to impairments, and (e) costs due to the early retirement of debt. The GAAP measure most comparable to Adjusted EPS is diluted earnings per share from continuing operations. AES believes that adjusted earnings per share better reflects the underlying business performance of the Company, and is considered in the Company's internal evaluation of financial performance. Factors in this determination include the variability due to unrealized gains or losses related to derivative transactions, unrealized foreign currency gains or losses, losses due to impairments and strategic decisions to dispose or acquire business interests or retire debt, which affect results in a given period or periods. Adjusted earnings per share should not be construed as an alternative to diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, which is determined in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measure as reconciled in the table. Beginning in the first quarter of 2013, the Company will exclude in its determination of Adjusted EPS all gains or losses due to dispositions and acquisitions of business interests and all losses due to impairments, not just those that were deemed significant per our previous definition.

(4)

Free Cash Flow is reconciled above. Free cash flow (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as net cash from operating activities less maintenance capital expenditures (including environmental capital expenditures), net of reinsurance proceeds from third parties. AES believes that free cash flow is a useful measure for evaluating our financial condition because it represents the amount of cash provided by operations less maintenance capital expenditures as defined by our businesses, that may be available for investing or for repaying debt.

(5)

Subsidiary distributions should not be construed as an alternative to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities which are determined in accordance with GAAP. Subsidiary distributions are important to the Parent Company because the Parent Company is a holding company that does not derive any significant direct revenues from its own activities but instead relies on its subsidiaries' business activities and the resultant distributions to fund the debt service, investment and other cash needs of the holding company. The reconciliation of the difference between the subsidiary distributions and the Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities consists of cash generated from operating activities that is retained at the subsidiaries for a variety of reasons which are both discretionary and non-discretionary in nature. These factors include, but are not limited to, retention of cash to fund capital expenditures at the subsidiary, cash retention associated with non-recourse debt covenant restrictions and related debt service requirements at the subsidiaries, retention of cash related to sufficiency of local GAAP statutory retained earnings at the subsidiaries, retention of cash for working capital needs at the subsidiaries, and other similar timing differences between when the cash is generated at the subsidiaries and when it reaches the Parent Company and related holding companies.

(6)

Parent Free Cash Flow is reconciled above. Parent Free Cash Flow (a non-GAAP financial measure) should not be construed as an alternative to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities which is determined in accordance with GAAP. Parent Free Cash Flow is available to fund shareholder dividends, equity repurchases, growth investments, recourse debt repayments, and other uses by the Parent Company.

(7)

Adjusted Pre-Tax Contribution (a non-GAAP financial measure) represents pre-tax income from continuing operations attributable to AES excluding gains or losses of the consolidated entity due to (a) unrealized gains or losses related to derivative transactions, (b) unrealized foreign currency gains or losses, (c) significant gains or losses due to dispositions and acquisitions of business interests, (d) significant losses due to impairments, and (e) costs due to the early retirement of debt. It includes net equity in earnings of affiliates, on an after-tax basis. The GAAP measure most comparable to Adjusted PTC is income from continuing operations attributable to AES. AES believes that Adjusted PTC better reflects the underlying business performance of the Company and is considered in the Company’s internal evaluation of financial performance. Factors in this determination include the variability due to unrealized gains or losses related to derivative transactions, unrealized foreign currency gains or losses, losses due to impairments and strategic decisions to dispose or acquire business interests or retire debt, which affect results in a given period or periods. Earnings before tax represents the business performance of the Company before the application of statutory income tax rates and tax adjustments, including the affects of tax planning, corresponding to the various jurisdictions in which the Company operates. Adjusted PTC should not be construed as an alternative to income from continuing operations attributable to AES, which is determined in accordance with GAAP. Beginning in the first quarter of 2013, the Company will exclude in its determination of Adjusted PTC all gains or losses due to dispositions and acquisitions of business interests and all losses due to impairments, not just those that were deemed significant per our previous definition.
   
THE AES CORPORATION
2013 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE ELEMENTS (1)
 
2013 Financial Guidance (as of 2/27/13)
 
Consolidated Proportional (2)
 
Income Statement Guidance
 
Adjusted Earnings Per Share (3) $1.24 to $1.32
 
Cash Flow Guidance
 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $2,500 to $3,100 million
 
Free Cash Flow (4) $750 to $1,050 million
 
Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow Guidance
 
Net Cash from Operating Activities $2,500 to $3,100 million $1,650 to $1,950 million
 
Less: Maintenance Capital Expenditures $1,050 to $1,350 million $750 to $1,050 million
 
Free Cash Flow (4) $1,300 to $1,900 million $750 to $1,050 million
(1)   2013 Guidance is based on expectations for future foreign exchange rates and commodity prices as of December 31, 2012.
 
(2)

AES is a holding company that derives its income and cash flows from the activities of its subsidiaries, some of which may not be wholly-owned by the Company. Accordingly, the Company has presented certain financial metrics which are defined as Proportional (a non-GAAP financial measure). Proportional metrics present the Company’s estimate of its share in the economics of the underlying metric. The Company believes that the Proportional metrics are useful to investors because they exclude the economic share in the metric presented that is held by non-AES shareholders. For example, Net Cash from Operating Activities (Operating Cash Flow) is a GAAP metric which presents the Company’s cash flow from operations on a consolidated basis, including operating cash flow allocable to noncontrolling interests. Proportional Operating Cash Flow removes the share of operating cash flow allocable to noncontrolling interests and therefore may act as an aid in the valuation of the Company. Proportional metrics are reconciled to the nearest GAAP measure. Certain assumptions have been made to estimate our proportional financial measures. These assumptions include: (i) the Company’s economic interest has been calculated based on a blended rate for each consolidated business when such business represents multiple legal entities; (ii) the Company’s economic interest may differ from the percentage implied by the recorded net income or loss attributable to noncontrolling interests or dividends paid during a given period; (iii) the Company’s economic interest for entities accounted for using the hypothetical liquidation at book value method is 100%; (iv) individual operating performance of the Company’s equity method investments is not reflected and (v) inter-segment transactions are included as applicable for the metric presented.

 
(3) Adjusted earnings per share (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding gains or losses of the consolidated entity due to (a) mark-to-market amounts related to derivative transactions, (b) unrealized foreign currency gains or losses, (c) gains or losses due to dispositions and acquisitions of business interests, (d) losses due to impairments, and (e) costs due to the early retirement of debt. The GAAP measure most comparable to Adjusted EPS is diluted earnings per share from continuing operations. AES believes that adjusted earnings per share better reflects the underlying business performance of the Company, and is considered in the Company's internal evaluation of financial performance. Factors in this determination include the variability due to mark-to-market gains or losses related to derivative transactions, currency gains or losses, losses due to impairments and strategic decisions to dispose or acquire business interests or retire debt, which affect results in a given period or periods. Adjusted earnings per share should not be construed as an alternative to diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, which is determined in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measure as reconciled in the table. Beginning in the first quarter of 2013, the Company will exclude in its determination of Adjusted EPS all gains or losses due to dispositions and acquisitions of business interests and all losses due to impairments, not just those that were deemed significant per our previous definition.
 
(4) Free Cash Flow is reconciled above. Free cash flow (a non-GAAP financial measure) is defined as net cash from operating activities less maintenance capital expenditures (including environmental capital expenditures), net of reinsurance proceeds from third parties. AES believes that free cash flow is a useful measure for evaluating our financial condition because it represents the amount of cash provided by operations less maintenance capital expenditures as defined by our businesses, that may be available for investing or for repaying debt.




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