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Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN) reported full-year 2012 Enterprise-wide Adjusted EBITDA of $57 million compared to $281 million for the same period in 2011. Lower realized prices for the Coal segment, lower revenues from the termination of certain California contracts, and the settlement of legacy financial positions reduced Adjusted EBITDA for the Coal and Gas segments by $305 million. Partially offsetting these items were an $18 million improvement in Coal and Gas segments operating and maintenance expenses, a $27 million improvement in spark spreads, net of hedges and basis, in the Gas segment, and a $38 million positive adjustment for non-cash amortization related to the Gas segment’s Independence contract. The Company’s operating loss was $99 million for the full-year 2012 compared to an operating loss of $189 million for the same period in 2011.
“2012 was a transformative year for Dynegy. We completed the majority of our financial and organizational restructuring during the year and now have one of the strongest balance sheets in the merchant generation sector. Both our coal and gas fleets had strong operational performance in 2012 despite pressure on power prices from low natural gas prices,” said Robert C. Flexon, Dynegy President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our work in 2012 allows us to further focus on executing daily operations, strategic priorities including capital allocation, successfully closing the AER acquisition and completing a corporate-level refinancing. We are committed to maintaining and building upon our financial strength and affirm the 2013 Adjusted EBITDA and cash flow guidance that we provided during our January 2013 investor meeting.”
Fourth quarter 2012 Enterprise-wide Adjusted EBITDA was $(42) million compared to $(14) million for the same period in 2011. The weaker financial results were primarily driven by lower realized power prices for the Coal segment, due to lower hedge prices and increased basis differentials, which decreased energy margins by $62 million. Unfavorable financial settlements of $29 million related to legacy financial positions for the Gas segment were more than offset by a $34 million increase in operating margin due to improved spark spreads, net of hedges and basis, and the absence of a $34 million loss on commercial activities which occurred in 2011. The 2012 fourth quarter operating loss was $104 million compared to an operating loss of $105 million for the same period in 2011.