NextEra Energy Management Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

NextEra Energy (NEE)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

July 26, 2012 9:00 am ET

Executives

Julie Holmes

Moray P. Dewhurst - Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President - Finance and Vice Chairman

James L. Robo - Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Operating Officer and Director

Armando Pimentel - Chief Executive Officer and President

Analysts

Dan Eggers - Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division

Michael J. Lapides - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division

Stephen Byrd - Morgan Stanley, Research Division

Jonathan P. Arnold - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Hugh Wynne - Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC., Research Division

Steven I. Fleishman - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Paul Patterson - Glenrock Associates LLC

James L. Dobson - Wunderlich Securities Inc., Research Division

Andrew Bischof - Morningstar Inc., Research Division

Ashar Khan

Presentation

Operator

Good day, everyone, and welcome to the NextEra Energy 2012 Second Quarter Earnings Release Conference Call. Today's conference is being recorded. At this time, for opening remarks, I would like to turn the call over to Ms. Julie Holmes, Director of Investor Relations for NextEra Energy Inc. Please go ahead.

Julie Holmes

Thank you, Audra. Good morning, everyone, and welcome to our Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call. Joining us this morning are Jim Robo, President and Chief Operating Officer of NextEra Energy; Moray Dewhurst, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of NextEra Energy; Armando Pimentel, President and Chief Executive Officer of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC; and Eric Silagy, President of Florida Power & Light Company. Moray will provide an overview of our results, following which, Jim will touch on our strategy for future growth.

We will be making statements during this call that are forward looking. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from our forward-looking statements if any of our key assumptions are incorrect or because of other factors discussed in today's earnings news release, in the comments made during this conference call, in the Risk Factors section of the accompanying presentation or in our latest reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, each of which can be found in the Investor Relations section of our website, nexteraenergy.com. We do not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statements.

Please also note that today's presentation includes references to adjusted earnings, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. You should refer to the information contained in the slides accompanying this presentation for definitional information and reconciliations of the non-GAAP measure to the closest GAAP financial measure.

With that, I will turn the call over to Moray.

Moray P. Dewhurst

Thank you, Julie. Good morning, everyone. NextEra Energy delivered solid results during the second quarter of 2012 and built on the progress made in the first quarter. The company remains on track to achieve the goals we outlined for this year, and we believe we are well positioned to attain our longer-range expectations.

At FPL, we continue to invest in the business at a record rate to deliver even more value to our customers. Regulatory capital employed grew $3.7 billion or 17.5% versus the second quarter of 2011, and we recorded a regulatory ROE of 11%, consistent with the 2010 settlement agreement. As a result, our net income increased $52 million compared with the same quarter last year.

Energy Resources' contribution to adjusted earnings in the second quarter increased $0.04 compared with the same quarter last year. Contributions from new investments helped offset declines from our existing assets, which stemmed primarily from below-average wind resource this quarter versus above-average wind resource in the second quarter of 2011. Overall, we continue development on the renewables projects in our backlog and remain on track for the goals we laid out at the beginning of the year.

In Florida, the early signs of economic recovery we witnessed in prior quarters appear to have slowed. After significant employment growth in late 2011, Florida's pace of job creation has slowed. The Florida unemployment rate in June was flat compared to May, but has dropped more than 2% since this time last year. Consumer confidence in Florida increased in June relative to last year, but declined versus the prior month. We saw an uptick in tourism taxable sales, which are now trending above the levels seen prior to the recession, and the housing market continues to show signs of modest improvement.

Notwithstanding the somewhat hesitant recovery, we continue to invest in the business to provide greater value for our customers and to keep our overall bills low. We are making major investments to modernize our generation fleet and increase our nuclear generation output to be more efficient, to reduce emissions and to drive down fuel costs for customers. Over the lives of these projects, we expect that fuel and other savings will more than offset the capital and operating costs of these projects.

At Energy Resources, our focus has been on executing the plans for our record backlog of renewables projects. All of our projects continue to proceed with no significant changes in the execution timeline.

As a result of the progress we have made in the first half of the year, our overall financial expectations remain about the same as we previously discussed. For 2012, we expect adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $4.35 to $4.65, and for 2014, we continue to see a range of $5.05 to $5.65, subject to all the usual caveats we provide, including normal weather and operating conditions.

Let's now look at our results for the second quarter of 2012. I'll start with the results at FPL before moving on to Energy Resources and then the consolidated numbers. For the second quarter of 2012, FPL reported net income of $353 million or $0.85 per share, up $0.13 per share year-over-year. The principal driver of FPL's earnings growth was continued investment in the business. During the quarter, we invested roughly $1.1 billion of the approximately $4.1 billion that we expect to invest in the business in 2012, and regulatory capital employed, that is capital on which we are able to earn a return, grew 17.5% over the same quarter last year.

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