ITC Holdings' CEO Discusses Q2 2012 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC)

Q2 2012 Earnings Call

August 1, 2012 11:00 a.m. ET

Executives

Gretchen Holloway – Head – IR

Joe Welch – Chairman, President & CEO

Cameron Bready – EVP, Treasurer & CFO

Analysts

Kevin L. Cole – Credit Suisse

Caroline V. Bone – Deutsche Bank.

Neil A. Kalton – Wells Fargo Securities

Presentation

Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to ITC Holdings Corp. Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this call may be recorded.

I would now like to introduce your host for today’s conference, Gretchen Holloway. Ma’am, you may begin.

Gretchen Holloway

Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us for ITC’s 2012 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call. Joining me on today’s call are Joseph Welch, Chairman, President and CEO of ITC, and Cameron Bready, our Executive Vice President and CFO.

Last night, we issued a press release summarizing our results for the second quarter and for the six months ended June 30, 2012. We expect to file our Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone of the cautionary language contained in the Safe Harbor statement. Certain statements made during today’s call that are not historical facts such as those regarding our future plans, objectives and expected performance are considered forward-looking statements under Federal Securities Laws. While we believe these statements are reasonable, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from our projections and expectations.

These risks and uncertainties are discussed in our reports filed with the SEC such as our periodic reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K and our other SEC filings. You should consider these factors when evaluating our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements represent our outlook only as of today and we disclaim any obligation to update these statements except as may be required by law.

A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures discussed on today’s call is available on the Investor Relations page of our website.

In addition, on December 5, 2011, ITC and Entergy Corporation made an announcement regarding an intended transaction. Investors are encouraged to read the proxy statement and prospectus in its entirety regarding the proposed transaction, as well as any other relevant documents when they become publicly available. These documents will contain important information about the proposed transaction.

A free copy of the proxy statement and prospectus, as well as other filings containing relevant information will be available without charge on the SEC website. Copies of the proxy statement and prospectus and the filings with the SEC that will be incorporated by reference in the proxy statement and prospectus can also be obtained when available and without charge from ITC or Entergy. Information regarding participants or persons who may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the proposed transaction is contained in ITC’s proxy statement for its most recent annual meeting and Entergy’s proxy statement for its most recent annual meeting, both of which are filed with the SEC. This material contains forward-looking statements which involve a number of significant risks and uncertainties.

I will now turn the call over to Joe Welch.

Joe Welch

Thank you, Gretchen, and good morning, everyone. The second quarter of 2012 proved to be yet another successful quarter for ITC on all fronts; strategic, operational and financial. As I have stressed over the past several months, we have worked very hard as an organization to position ourselves well to both, continue to deliver our stand-alone commitments, while also advancing the Entergy transaction towards closing, with a near-term focus on efficiently and successfully navigating the regulatory approval process. I believe that the results of the first half 2012 should demonstrate that we are capable of doing just that.

We are very pleased with our overall performance this year as we continue to invest significant amounts of capital in our system and execute our maintenance programs, all while maintaining top-tier system performance. In addition, as we continue to deliver the high level with system performance that our customers have come to expect, we have consistently produced financial results and further strengthened the overall financial position of the company. This is quite a testament to the capabilities of the team that we have developed at ITC.

As Cameron will touch on further, we continue to effectively execute our stand-alone strategic plan. This plan provides for approximately $4.2 billion of transmission infrastructure investment over the next five years to improve reliability, reduce congestion, interconnect new generating resources and develop regional infrastructure to support a robust twenty-first century grid.

As we have highlighted previously, the level of planned capital investment in 2012 reflects a significant ramp up relative to prior years and proposes a challenge for our organization, particularly in light of the fact that we are simultaneously pursuing the Entergy transaction. We believe that our performance in the first six months continues to support our ability to deliver on the commitments to our customers and our shareholders premised in our stand-alone strategic plan. Our investments in our base operations continue to support our objective of providing best-in-class transmission service to our customers. ITCTransmission and METC remain top performing systems and we see ongoing system performance improvements at ITC Midwest.

Further, our development efforts are advancing through various initiatives, including our participation in SPP, our MVP projects and through the ongoing evolution of our development portfolio. We’ve reached a very important milestone with our development activities in the second quarter when we energized our first development projects in Oklahoma and Kansas.

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