NU Reports Second Quarter Results

Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU) today reported earnings of $171 million, or $0.54 per share, in the second quarter of 2013, compared with earnings of $44.3 million, or $0.15 per share, in the second quarter of 2012. Second quarter 2012 results included approximately $91.5 million, or $0.30 per share, of after-tax charges related to the April 10, 2012 closing of the merger between NU and NSTAR and related merger and regulatory settlement agreements.

In the first half of 2013, NU earned $399.1 million, or $1.26 per share, compared with earnings of $143.6 million, or $0.60 per share, in the first half of 2012. Excluding merger and related settlement costs of $92.6 million, or $0.38 per share, NU earned $236.2 million, or $0.98 per share, in the first half of 2012. Results for the first half of 2013 include after-tax integration-related costs of $3.5 million, or $0.01 per share. Due to the timing of the merger, NU’s six-month results from last year exclude NSTAR’s first quarter 2012 earnings.

Thomas J. May, NU president and chief executive officer, said that NU’s operating performance has been strong and that results for the first half of the year were consistent with NU’s expectations, illustrating the benefits of the merger. “We have been very pleased with the performance of our system and our service to our customers, particularly during an extremely warm and humid first half of the summer. We continue to have a great deal of work ahead of us, but we’ve made considerable progress over the 15 months since our merger closed,” May said. “Additionally, our financial results continue to improve as we integrate the best practices that our employees brought to this merger.”

Also today, NU revised its 2013 earnings guidance by narrowing the range to between $2.45 and $2.60 per share. Prior guidance was between $2.40 and $2.60 per share.

Electric Transmission

NU’s transmission segment earned $76.8 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $156.7 million in the first half of 2013, compared with $63.7 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $110 million in the first half of 2012. The increase in year-to-date earnings primarily reflects continued investment in NU’s transmission system, as well as the absence of NSTAR Electric Company transmission results in the first quarter of 2012.

Electric Distribution and Generation

NU’s electric distribution and generation segment earned $91.2 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $190.6 million in the first half of 2013, compared with $70.5 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $112.5 million in the first half of 2012. Results for 2012 exclude $50.8 million of second-quarter after-tax charges relating to the merger and related settlement agreements. Those charges included a total of $43 million of rate credits provided to customers of The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P), NSTAR Electric Company, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECO), as well as $40 million of reduced storm cost recovery from CL&P customers as a result of the Connecticut settlement agreement.

Earnings of Electric Utility Subsidiaries (net of preferred dividends)

CL&P earned $66.5 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $150.1 million in the first half of 2013, compared with $44 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $96.6 million in the first half of 2012. The 2012 results exclude $38.4 million of second-quarter after-tax charges relating to the merger and a related settlement agreement. Improved results were due primarily to higher transmission earnings and a 2.5 percent increase in retail sales in the first half of 2013, compared with the first half of 2012.

NSTAR Electric earned $57.4 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $105 million in the first half of 2013. In the second quarter of 2012, NSTAR Electric earned $55.6 million, excluding $10.6 million of after-tax settlement-related charges. Improved recurring results in 2013 were due primarily to higher NSTAR Electric transmission earnings, which benefited from an increased level of investment. In June 2013, NSTAR Electric placed in service a new 345-kV transmission line to Cape Cod.

Public Service Company of New Hampshire earned $27.2 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $56.2 million in the first half of 2013, compared with earnings of $21.2 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $42.5 million in the first half of 2012. Improved results reflect higher transmission and generation earnings, a 2 percent increase in retail sales in the first half of 2013, compared with the first half of 2012, and a change in distribution rates that took effect July 1, 2012. Those factors were offset by higher depreciation and property tax expense.

WMECO earned $16.4 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $35 million in the first half of 2013, compared with $13 million in the second quarter of 2012 and $27.1 million in the first half of 2012. Results in 2012 exclude a second quarter $3 million pre-tax credit to retail customers as a result of a merger settlement. WMECO’s 2013 results improved largely as a result of higher transmission earnings, primarily related to the nearly completed Greater Springfield Reliability Project, most of which has been built in the WMECO service territory.

Natural Gas Distribution

NU’s natural gas distribution segment, which includes both Yankee Gas Services Company and NSTAR Gas Company, earned $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $44.5 million in the first half of 2013. In the second quarter of 2012, the natural gas distribution segment had flat results, excluding $3 million of merger-related customer rate credits at NSTAR Gas, which contributed to a $2 million after-tax charge. In the first half of 2012, the natural gas distribution segment earned $14.7 million, excluding the rate credits. Improved results in the first six months of 2013, compared with the same period of 2012, reflect the absence of first quarter NSTAR Gas earnings from NU’s 2012 results, as well as this year’s colder temperatures, higher space heating demand and continued customer growth. Combined firm natural gas sales for NSTAR Gas and Yankee Gas were up 19.1 percent in the first half of 2013, compared with the first half of 2012. They rose 3.1 percent on a weather-adjusted basis.

“We continue to see steady customer and unit sales growth in our natural gas delivery business,” May said. “We expect this growth to actually accelerate in Connecticut in the years ahead as a result of the very progressive comprehensive energy strategy proposed by Governor Malloy and approved by the state Legislature in June.”

NU parent and other businesses

NU parent and other businesses earned $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $10.8 million in the first half of 2013. First half 2013 results exclude $3.5 million of after-tax integration-related costs. In the second quarter of 2012, NU parent and other businesses recorded $38.6 million of after-tax merger-related expenses. Absent merger-related costs, NU parent and other businesses had net earnings of $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 and net expenses of $1 million in the first half of 2012.

The following table reconciles 2013 and 2012 second quarter and first six months earnings per share:
             
        Second Quarter   First Six Months
2012   Reported EPS   $0.15     $0.60  
    Total merger-related settlements and other merger-related charges  

($0.30

)
 

($0.38

)
   

2012 EPS before merger-related settlements and other merger-related charges
 

$0.45
   

$0.98
 
    Higher transmission earnings in 2013   $0.04     $0.12  
    Higher electric sales in 2013   $0.01     $0.05  
    Higher firm natural gas sales in 2013   $0.01     $0.05  
    Lower O&M in 2013   $0.05     $0.12  
    Other, including NU Parent   ---     $0.06  
    NSTAR first-quarter 2013 earnings   ---     $0.21  
    Higher outstanding common shares   ($0.02 )   ($0.33 )
2013   Reported EPS   $0.54     $1.26  
     

Financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2013 and 2012 are noted below:
       

Three months ended:
               
(in millions, except EPS)   June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012   Increase   2013 EPS 1

Electric Distribution/Generation*
  $91.2     $70.5     $20.7   $0.29  
Natural Gas Distribution*   $1.2     $0.0     $1.2   $0.00  
Electric Transmission   $76.8     $63.7     $13.1   $0.25  
NU Parent and Other Companies*   $3.6     $1.6     $2.0   $0.01  
Earnings, ex. integration, merger impacts  

$172.8
   

$135.8
   

$37.0
 

$0.55
 
Integration, merger impacts   ($1.8 )   ($91.5 )   $89.7   ($0.01 )
Reported Earnings   $171.0     $44.3     $126.7   $0.54  
 
       

Six months ended:
               
(in millions, except EPS)   June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012   Increase   2013 EPS 1
Electric Distribution/Generation*   $190.6     $112.5     $78.1   $0.60  
Natural Gas Distribution*   $44.5     $14.7     $29.8   $0.14  
Electric Transmission   $156.7     $110.0     $46.7   $0.50  
NU Parent and Other Companies*   $10.8     ($1.0 )   $11.8   $0.03  
Earnings, ex. merger, integration impacts  

$402.6
   

$236.2
   

$166.4
 

$1.27
 
Integration, merger impacts   ($3.5 )   ($92.6 )   $89.1   ($0.01 )
Reported Earnings   $399.1     $143.6     $255.5   $1.26  

* Excludes costs attributable to merger and related settlement agreements.
 
     

Retail sales data:
           

 
 

June 30, 2013
 

June 30, 2012
 

% Change Actual
Electric Distribution            
Gwh for three months ended   12,911   12,836   0.6
Gwh for six months ended   26,707   26,196*   1.9
             
Natural Gas Distribution            

Firm volumes in mmcf for three months ended
 

15,238
 

13,501
 

12.9

Firm volumes in mmcf for six months ended
 

54,660
 

45,879**
 

19.1
 

* Pre-merger sales data for NSTAR Electric are included for illustrative purposes.** Pre-merger sales data for NSTAR Gas are included for illustrative purposes.

NU has approximately 315 million common shares outstanding. It operates New England’s largest energy delivery system, serving approximately 3.6 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Note: NU will webcast a conference call with senior management on July 30, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. The webcast can be accessed through NU’s website at www.nu.com .

1 All per share amounts in this news release are reported on a diluted basis. The only common equity securities that are publicly traded are common shares of NU parent. The earnings and EPS of each business do not represent a direct legal interest in the assets and liabilities allocated to such business, but rather represent a direct interest in NU's assets and liabilities as a whole. EPS by business is a non-GAAP (not determined using generally accepted accounting principles) measure that is calculated by dividing the net income or loss attributable to controlling interests of each business by the weighted average diluted NU parent common shares outstanding for the period. In addition, our second quarter and first half 2013 and 2012 earnings and EPS excluding certain charges related to the April 10, 2012 closing of the merger between NU and NSTAR are non-GAAP financial measures. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate earnings results and to provide details of earnings results by business and to more fully compare and explain our second quarter and first half 2013 and 2012 results without including the impact of the non-recurring merger-related and integration costs. Management believes that this measurement is useful to investors to evaluate the actual and projected financial performance and contribution of NU’s businesses. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to NU consolidated net income attributable to controlling interests or EPS determined in accordance with GAAP as indicators of NU’s operating performance.

This news release includes statements concerning NU’s expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, assumptions of future events, future financial performance or growth and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, readers can identify these forward-looking statements through the use of words or phrases such as “estimate, “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “believe,” “forecast,” “should,” “could,” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the possibility that expected merger synergies will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; cyber breaches, acts of war or terrorism, or grid disturbances; actions or inaction of local, state and federal regulatory and taxing bodies; changes in business and economic conditions, including their impact on interest rates, bad debt expense and demand for NU’s products and services; fluctuations in weather patterns; changes in laws, regulations or regulatory policy; changes in levels or timing of capital expenditures; disruptions in the capital markets or other events that make NU’s access to necessary capital more difficult or costly; developments in legal or public policy doctrines; technological developments; changes in accounting standards and financial reporting regulations; actions of rating agencies; and other presently unknown or unforeseen factors. Other risk factors are detailed from time to time in NU’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and NU undertakes no obligation to update the information contained in any forward-looking statements to reflect developments or circumstances occurring after the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 
NORTHEAST UTILITIES AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
     
 
June 30, December 31,
(Thousands of Dollars)   2013   2012
 

ASSETS
 
Current Assets:
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 36,055 $ 45,748
Receivables, Net 789,410 792,822
Unbilled Revenues 193,534 216,040
Fuel, Materials and Supplies 280,600 267,713
Regulatory Assets 577,010 705,025
Prepayments and Other Current Assets   174,484   199,947
Total Current Assets   2,051,093   2,227,295
 
Property, Plant and Equipment, Net   16,931,448   16,605,010
 
Deferred Debits and Other Assets:
Regulatory Assets 4,817,305 5,132,411
Goodwill 3,519,401 3,519,401
Marketable Securities 501,876 400,329
Derivative Assets 89,309 90,612
Other Long-Term Assets   286,460   327,766
Total Deferred Debits and Other Assets   9,214,351   9,470,519
 
 
 
Total Assets $ 28,196,892 $ 28,302,824
 

The data contained in this report is preliminary and is unaudited. This report is being submitted for the sole purpose of providing information to present shareholders about Northeast Utilities and Subsidiaries and is not a representation, prospectus, or intended for use in connection with any purchase or sale of securities.
 
NORTHEAST UTILITIES AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
       
 
June 30, December 31,
(Thousands of Dollars)   2013     2012  
 

LIABILITIES AND CAPITALIZATION
 
Current Liabilities:
Notes Payable $ 794,500 $ 1,120,196
Long-Term Debt - Current Portion 888,346 763,338
Accounts Payable 532,036 764,350
Regulatory Liabilities 216,422 134,115
Other Current Liabilities   650,206     861,691  
Total Current Liabilities   3,081,510     3,643,690  
 
Rate Reduction Bonds   -     82,139  
 
Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities:
Accumulated Deferred Income Taxes 3,745,144 3,463,347
Regulatory Liabilities 511,737 540,162
Derivative Liabilities 788,929 882,654
Accrued Pension, SERP and PBOP 1,956,726 2,130,497
Other Long-Term Liabilities   899,270     967,561  
Total Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities   7,901,806     7,984,221  
 
Capitalization:
Long-Term Debt   7,651,396     7,200,156  
 
Noncontrolling Interest - Preferred Stock of Subsidiaries   155,568     155,568  
 
Equity:
Common Shareholders' Equity:
Common Shares 1,664,833 1,662,547
Capital Surplus, Paid In 6,176,366 6,183,267
Retained Earnings 1,969,755 1,802,714
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (69,469 ) (72,854 )
Treasury Stock   (334,873 )   (338,624 )
Common Shareholders' Equity   9,406,612     9,237,050  
Total Capitalization   17,213,576     16,592,774  
 
Total Liabilities and Capitalization $ 28,196,892   $ 28,302,824  
 

The data contained in this report is preliminary and is unaudited. This report is being submitted for the sole purpose of providing information to present shareholders about Northeast Utilities and Subsidiaries and is not a representation, prospectus, or intended for use in connection with any purchase or sale of securities.
 
NORTHEAST UTILITIES AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
             
 
For the Three Months Ended June 30, For the Six Months Ended June 30,
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Share Information)   2013     2012 2013     2012
 
Operating Revenues $ 1,635,862   $ 1,628,684 $ 3,630,885   $ 2,728,307
 
Operating Expenses:
Purchased Power, Fuel and Transmission 488,302 542,014 1,236,111 937,358
Operations and Maintenance 357,169 529,977 703,261 791,940
Depreciation 159,553 144,485 314,530 225,324
Amortization of Regulatory Assets, Net 54,574 25,590 108,623 31,016
Amortization of Rate Reduction Bonds 8,082 40,752 42,581 59,100
Energy Efficiency Programs 94,142 73,489 199,913 110,762
Taxes Other Than Income Taxes   123,464     112,862   256,345     198,899
Total Operating Expenses   1,285,286     1,469,169   2,861,364     2,354,399
Operating Income 350,576 159,515 769,521 373,908
 
Interest Expense:
Interest on Long-Term Debt 85,999 86,925 171,294 146,892
Interest on Rate Reduction Bonds (189 ) 2,056 422 3,487
Other Interest   1,040     66   (8,610 )   5,116
Interest Expense 86,850 89,047 163,106 155,495
Other Income, Net   4,944     1,806   12,710     10,580
Income Before Income Tax Expense 268,670 72,274 619,125 228,993
Income Tax Expense   95,606     26,055   216,093     82,019
Net Income 173,064 46,219 403,032 146,974
Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests   2,043     1,880   3,922     3,373
Net Income Attributable to Controlling Interest $ 171,021   $ 44,339 $ 399,110   $ 143,601
 
Basic Earnings Per Common Share $ 0.54   $ 0.15 $ 1.27   $ 0.60
 
Diluted Earnings Per Common Share $ 0.54   $ 0.15 $ 1.26   $ 0.60
 
Dividends Declared Per Common Share $ 0.37   $ 0.34 $ 0.74   $ 0.63
 
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:
Basic   315,154,130     301,047,753   315,141,956     239,551,735
Diluted   315,962,619     301,816,884   315,982,578     240,127,169
 

The data contained in this report is preliminary and is unaudited. This report is being submitted for the sole purpose of providing information to present shareholders about Northeast Utilities and Subsidiaries and is not a representation, prospectus, or intended for use in connection with any purchase or sale of securities.
 
NORTHEAST UTILITIES AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
       
 
For the Six Months Ended June 30,
(Thousands of Dollars)   2013     2012  
 
Operating Activities:
Net Income $ 403,032 $ 146,974
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Flows
Provided by Operating Activities:
Depreciation 314,530 225,324
Deferred Income Taxes 256,294 59,509
Pension, SERP and PBOP Expense 97,671 97,378
Pension and PBOP Contributions (122,826 ) (164,294 )
Regulatory Underrecoveries, Net (4,793 ) (54,491 )
Amortization of Regulatory Assets, Net 108,623 31,016
Amortization of Rate Reduction Bonds 42,581 59,100
Other 19,932 19,520
Changes in Current Assets and Liabilities:
Receivables and Unbilled Revenues, Net (101,229 ) 83,395
Fuel, Materials and Supplies 10,964 40,695
Taxes Receivable/Accrued, Net (58,350 ) 17,709
Accounts Payable (127,379 ) (176,533 )
Other Current Assets and Liabilities, Net   (70,026 )   (64,899 )
Net Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities   769,024     320,403  
 
Investing Activities:
Investments in Property, Plant and Equipment (700,252 ) (690,376 )
Proceeds from Sales of Marketable Securities 342,251 132,580
Purchases of Marketable Securities (424,096 ) (143,225 )
Decrease/(Increase) in Special Deposits 65,121 (11,852 )
Other Investing Activities   (843 )   23,126  
Net Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities   (717,819 )   (689,747 )
 
Financing Activities:
Cash Dividends on Common Shares (232,069 ) (159,708 )
Cash Dividends on Preferred Stock (3,922 ) (3,269 )
(Decrease)/Increase in Short-Term Debt (720,500 ) 558,500
Issuance of Long-Term Debt 1,350,000 300,000
Retirements of Long-Term Debt (360,635 ) (267,699 )
Retirements of Rate Reduction Bonds (82,139 ) (36,439 )
Other Financing Activities   (11,633 )   (117 )
Net Cash Flows (Used in)/Provided by Financing Activities   (60,898 )   391,268  
Net (Decrease)/Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents (9,693 ) 21,924
Cash and Cash Equivalents - Beginning of Period   45,748     6,559  
Cash and Cash Equivalents - End of Period $ 36,055   $ 28,483  
 

The data contained in this report is preliminary and is unaudited. This report is being submitted for the sole purpose of providing information to present shareholders about Northeast Utilities and Subsidiaries and is not a representation, prospectus, or intended for use in connection with any purchase or sale of securities.

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