Xcel Energy 2012 Year End Earnings Report

Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL) today reported 2012 GAAP earnings of $905 million, or $1.85 per share compared with 2011 GAAP earnings of $841 million, or $1.72 per share.

Ongoing earnings, which exclude one adjustment, were $1.82 per share for 2012 compared with $1.72 per share in 2011. Ongoing earnings increased largely due to increases in electric margins driven by the conclusion of various rate cases, which reflect our continued investment in our utility business and a lower effective tax rate. Partially offsetting these positive factors were warmer than normal winter weather, increases in depreciation expense, operating and maintenance expenses and property taxes.

“We had an excellent year financially and operationally in 2012,” said Ben Fowke, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We delivered earnings in the upper half of our guidance range, which represents the eighth consecutive year in which we have met or exceeded our earnings guidance and for the ninth consecutive year we increased our dividend. We implemented a multi-year rate plan in Colorado and reached constructive regulatory outcomes in several other rate cases. Finally, we maintained excellent reliability during one of the warmest years on record, all executed with outstanding safety performance.”

“We have established a solid strategy and continue to execute our business plan. As a result, we are well positioned to deliver on our 2013 earnings guidance of $1.85 to $1.95 per share,” stated Fowke.

Earnings Adjusted for Certain Items (Ongoing Earnings)

The following table provides a reconciliation of ongoing earnings per share to GAAP earnings per share:
Three Months Ended Dec. 31   Twelve Months Ended Dec. 31
Diluted Earnings Per Share 2012     2011 2012     2011
Ongoing (a) diluted earnings per share $ 0.29 $ 0.29 $ 1.82 $ 1.72
Prescription drug tax benefit (a)   -   -   0.03   -
GAAP diluted earnings per share $ 0.29 $ 0.29 $ 1.85 $ 1.72

    See Note 6.

At 9:00 a.m. CST 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.
US Dial-In: (877) 941-0844
International Dial-In: (480) 629-9835
Conference ID: 4577479

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. CST on Jan. 31 through 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 1.
Replay Numbers
US Dial-In: (800) 406-7325
International Dial-In: (303) 590-3030
Access Code: 4577479 #

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, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30 and Sept. 30, 2012.

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