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Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL) today reported 2013 second quarter earnings of $197 million, or $0.40 per share, compared with 2012 earnings of $183 million, or $0.38 per share.
Second quarter 2013 earnings were favorably impacted by increased electric and natural gas margins. The increase in electric margin was mainly due to rate increases in Colorado, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Texas, along with interim rate increases, subject to refund, in Minnesota and North Dakota. Natural gas margins were positively impacted by cooler weather compared with the second quarter of last year. These positive drivers were partially offset by higher operating and maintenance expenses and depreciation and amortization, reflecting our continued infrastructure investment in our utility business.
“In addition to a solid quarter financially, we continued to demonstrate our strong operational capabilities,” said Ben Fowke, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In June, Minnesota experienced several severe thunderstorms which impacted more than 600,000 of our customers. We coordinated a workforce of 1,100 linemen from 14 states and several hundred support personnel to handle the state’s record electrical outage. As a result, power was restored to 96 percent of our customers within three days. I’m proud of all the workers who labored tirelessly to complete this effort in an orderly, safe and timely fashion.”
“Regarding developments in our Minnesota electric rate case, the Administrative Law Judge’s recommendation provided for approximately $127 million in revenue, well below our request,” stated Fowke. “However, the ALJ also recommended approximately $34 million in additional cost deferrals. The additional deferrals combined with favorable weather and certain other items position Xcel Energy to deliver 2013 earnings within the guidance range of $1.85 to $1.95 per share.”
At 10:00 a.m. CDT today, Xcel Energy will host a conference call to review financial results. To participate in the call, please dial in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start and follow the operator’s instructions.
The conference call also will be simultaneously broadcast and archived on Xcel Energy’s website at
www.xcelenergy.com. To access the presentation, click on Investor Relations. If you are unable to participate in the live event, the call will be available for replay from 2:00 p.m. CDT on Aug. 1 through 11:59 p.m. CDT on Aug. 2.
Except for the historical statements contained in this release, the matters discussed herein, are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements, including our 2013 earnings per share guidance and assumptions, are intended to be identified in this document by the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “outlook,” “plan,” “project,” “possible,” “potential,” “should” and similar expressions. Actual results may vary materially. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake any obligation to update them to reflect changes that occur after that date. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, including inflation rates, monetary fluctuations and their impact on capital expenditures and the ability of Xcel Energy Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, Xcel Energy) to obtain financing on favorable terms; business conditions in the energy industry, including the risk of a slow down in the U.S. economy or delay in growth recovery; trade, fiscal, taxation and environmental policies in areas where Xcel Energy has a financial interest; customer business conditions; actions of credit rating agencies; competitive factors, including the extent and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets served by Xcel Energy Inc. and its subsidiaries; unusual weather; effects of geopolitical events, including war and acts of terrorism; state, federal and foreign legislative and regulatory initiatives that affect cost and investment recovery, have an impact on rates or have an impact on asset operation or ownership or impose environmental compliance conditions; structures that affect the speed and degree to which competition enters the electric and natural gas markets; costs and other effects of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements, investigations and claims; actions by regulatory bodies impacting our nuclear operations, including those affecting costs, operations or the approval of requests pending before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; financial or regulatory accounting policies imposed by regulatory bodies; availability or cost of capital; employee work force factors; and the other risk factors listed from time to time by Xcel Energy in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including Risk Factors in Item 1A and Exhibit 99.01 of Xcel Energy Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2012 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.