FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Aug. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq:OTTR) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Summary:
- Consolidated net income and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations totaled $7.5 million and $0.21, respectively, compared with $6.9 million and $0.19 for the second quarter of 2012.
- Consolidated net income and diluted earnings per share from continuing and discontinued operations totaled $7.7 million and $0.21, respectively, compared with a net loss of $17.4 million and a diluted loss of $0.48 per share for the second quarter of 2012.
- Net income from discontinued operations was $0.2 million compared with a net loss of $24.3 million for the second quarter of 2012, which included a $27.5 million net-of-tax asset impairment charge at the corporation's former wind tower business.
- Consolidated revenues from continuing operations were $212.4 million compared with $211.4 million for the second quarter of 2012.
"Our Plastics segment, which includes PVC pipe manufacturers Northern Pipe Products and Vinyltech, remains a bright spot. Strong sales volume and margins resulted in better-than-expected net income from our plastic pipe companies. Sales volume from our Vinyltech plant in Arizona increased 36% over second quarter 2012 sales as housing markets continue to show improvement in South Central and Southwest regions of the United States. Northern Pipe Products continues to capitalize on opportunities in the Bakken oil fields of western North Dakota, and throughout its other markets."Within our Construction segment, Foley, our mechanical and prime contractor on industrial projects, showed substantial improvement compared to the second quarter of 2012, swinging from a sizable loss to profitability. Aevenia, our electrical contractor, was hampered by adverse weather throughout the Midwest resulting in delays, higher project costs and lower productivity. Overall, the Construction segment provided a slight profit in the second quarter of 2013. "Earnings from our Manufacturing segment were down 18% compared with second quarter 2012 as a result of $3.2 million in lower sales, but were in line with management's expectations. Tooling activity at BTD, our metal parts stamping and fabrication company, has ramped up in preparation for increased sales in the second half of 2013 and into 2014. BTD's focus on operational excellence has further improved its quality and its cost effectiveness. "Based on second quarter and year-to-date results and our expectations for the rest of the year, we are narrowing our earnings guidance for 2013 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to $1.30 to $1.50." Cash Flow from Operations, Liquidity and Financing The corporation's consolidated cash flow from continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2013 was $48.8 million compared with $45.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. The following table presents the status of the corporation's lines of credit as of June 30, 2013:
|(in thousands)||Line Limit||In Use On June 30, 2013||Restricted due to Letters of Credit||Available on June 30, 2013|
|Otter Tail Corporation Credit Agreement||$ 150,000||$ --||$ 680||$ 149,320|
|Otter Tail Power Company Credit Agreement||170,000||1,117||1,189||167,694|
|Total||$ 320,000||$ 1,117||$ 1,869||$ 317,014|
|$60 million||15 years||4.68%|
|$90 million||30 years||5.47%|
Board of Directors Declared Quarterly DividendOn August 2, 2013 the corporation's Board of Directors declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.2975 per share. This dividend is payable September 10, 2013 to shareholders of record on August 15, 2013. Segment Performance Summary Electric Electric revenues and net income were $82.9 million and $3.6 million, respectively, compared with $79.0 million and $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. Electric retail revenues increased $3.5 million, as a result of:
- a $1.7 million increase in Transmission Cost Recovery Rider revenues as a result of increased investment in transmission assets,
- a $1.1 million increase in revenue related to a 6.0% increase in retail kilowatt-hour (kwh) sales resulting, in part, from colder spring weather in 2013 compared with 2012, as heating-degree days were up 70.3% between the quarters, and
- a $0.9 million increase in revenue related to the recovery of increased fuel and purchased power costs driven by increased kwh generation to meet higher retail kwh sales demand and by higher purchased power prices, tempered by lower prices for fuel per kwh generated and a reduction in kwhs purchased,
- a $0.2 million decrease in Renewable Resource Cost Recovery Rider revenue in Minnesota.
- a $0.9 million reduction in estimated revenue from shared use of transmission facilities with another regional transmission provider under an integrated transmission service agreement, and
- a $0.3 million decrease in Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) transmission tariff revenues due to implementation of a revised and lower tariff in October 2012, offset by
- a $0.2 million increase in revenue from steam sales to an ethanol producer adjacent to the Big Stone Plant site, due to the customer burning less natural gas to meet its steam requirements in 2013 in response to higher natural gas prices.
The cost of purchased power for retail sales decreased $1.1 million as a result of a 23.7% decrease in kwhs purchased, partially offset by a 19.5% increase in the cost per kwh purchased. The decrease in kwhs purchased was directly related to an increase in the availability of owned generation to serve retail load.Electric operating and maintenance expenses increased $3.7 million mainly due to the following:
- a $1.3 million increase in general and administrative expenses, mostly related to an increase in corporate costs allocated to the Electric segment due, in part, to changes in corporate cost allocation factors resulting from the corporation's recent divestitures,
- a $1.2 million increase in labor and benefit expenses, mainly due to increases in pension and retirement health benefit costs resulting from reductions in discount rates related to projected benefit obligations,
- a $1.0 million increase in MISO transmission tariff charges related to increasing investments in regional CapX2020 and MISO-designated Multi-Value transmission projects,
- a $0.7 million discount recorded on the Minnesota jurisdictional share of abandoned Big Stone II project transmission assets that were transferred from construction work in progress to a regulatory asset account for future recovery as the initial investment was deemed prudent but potential future uses for the assets did not materialize, and
- a $0.3 million increase in property tax expense related to higher property value assessments in Minnesota and South Dakota,
- a $0.8 million reduction in external service costs, which were higher in the second quarter of 2012 as a result of the seven-week scheduled maintenance outage at Coyote Station.
A decrease in income tax expense of $0.7 million related to a $1.6 million decrease in income before income taxes was offset by:
- the reversal of $0.3 million in deferred tax assets related to a reduction in North Dakota corporate income tax rates in 2013,
- the reversal of $0.2 million in deferred tax assets due to a valuation allowance related to charitable contributions carried forward from 2008, and
- $0.2 million in tax expense related to a reduction in deductible Medicare Part D benefit payments.
- At BTD, revenues decreased $3.0 million and net income decreased $0.4 million as a result of lower sales volume mainly due to reduced demand from customers in end markets serving the construction and energy industries. The decline in sales and its negative impact on net income was partially offset by a $2.6 million decrease in costs of goods sold.
- At T.O. Plastics, revenues decreased by $0.2 million and net income decreased $0.1 million mainly as a result of a decrease in sales of packaging products.
- Foley revenues increased $0.6 million and Foley recorded $0.4 million in net income in the second quarter of 2013 compared to a net loss of $2.1 million for the second quarter of 2012 resulting from cost overruns and losses incurred on certain major projects in progress in the second quarter of 2012.
- Aevenia's revenues decreased $3.5 million and it incurred a $0.4 million net loss in the second quarter of 2013 compared with $0.3 million in net income in the second quarter of 2012 due, in part, to a colder and wetter spring in 2013 delaying the start of many construction projects relative to the early start to construction that was facilitated by extremely mild weather in the second quarter of 2012. Aevenia's second quarter 2012 results also included revenues of $2.1 million and net income of $0.1 million from Moorhead Electric, Inc., an Aevenia subsidiary that was sold in October 2012.
CorporateCorporate expenses, net-of-tax, decreased $1.0 million between the quarters as a result of lower interest expenses related to the July 2012 early redemption of the corporation's $50 million, 8.89% senior unsecured note, lower insurance costs, and increased allocation of costs to the Electric segment offset by higher labor and employee benefit expenses. Discontinued Operations Disposals and settlements of remaining assets and liabilities of discontinued operations resulted in $0.2 million in net income from discontinued operations in the second quarter of 2013 compared to a net loss of $24.3 million in the second quarter of 2012 mainly related to asset impairment charges taken at our wind tower manufacturing business to reduce the value of the assets to their net realizable values based on a sales price agreed to in a nonbinding letter of interest in June 2012. 2013 Business Outlook The corporation is narrowing its consolidated earnings per share from continuing operations guidance for 2013 to be in the range of $1.30 to $1.50 from its previous guidance of $1.30 to $1.55. This guidance reflects the current mix of businesses owned by the corporation and considers the cyclical nature of some of the corporation's businesses. Segment components of the corporation's 2013 earnings per share guidance range are as follows:
|Previous 2013 EPS Guidance||Current 2013 EPS Guidance|
|Total – Continuing Operations||$1.30||$1.55||$1.30||$1.50|
- The corporation is narrowing its guidance for 2013 for its Electric segment based on increases in benefit and administrative costs.
- The corporation is also narrowing its guidance and reducing the low end of the range for 2013 for its Manufacturing segment due to the following factors:
- Order volume across the end markets of the construction, energy and lawn and garden industries have softened for the remainder of 2013 affecting BTD's customers in these industries.
- Lower earnings are now expected in 2013 at T.O. Plastics, primarily due to a key customer announcing plans to produce certain products in house rather than outsource the work to T.O. Plastics.
- Backlog for the manufacturing companies is approximately $76 million for 2013 compared with $71 million one year ago.
- The corporation is reducing its 2013 guidance for its Construction segment due to disappointing results at Aevenia during the first six months of 2013. Segment net income is still expected to be higher in 2013 than 2012 due to improved cost control processes in construction management and selective bidding on projects with the potential for higher margins. Foley's performance on certain large projects negatively impacted 2012 results. These projects were substantially completed in 2012 and Foley's internal bidding and estimating project review procedures have been improved such that the corporation expects Foley to be profitable in 2013. Backlog in place for the construction businesses is $74 million for 2013 compared with $73 million one year ago.
- The corporation is increasing its 2013 guidance for its Plastics segment based on the strength of its performance in the first half of 2013.
- Corporate general and administrative costs are expected to be in line with previous 2013 guidance.
The presentation will be posted on the corporation's website before the webcast. To access the live webcast go to www.ottertail.com/presentations.cfm and select "Webcast". Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download any necessary software that may be needed to listen to the webcast. An archived copy of the webcast will be available on our website shortly following the call.If you are interested in asking a question during the live webcast, the Dial-In Number is: 877-312-8789. Risk Factors and Forward-Looking Statements that Could Affect Future Results The information in this release includes certain forward-looking information, including 2013 expectations, made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although the corporation believes its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, actual results may differ materially from those expectations. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results for the corporation to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements:
- Federal and state environmental regulation could require the corporation to incur substantial capital expenditures and increased operating costs.
- Volatile financial markets and changes in the corporation's debt ratings could restrict its ability to access capital and could increase borrowing costs and pension plan and postretirement health care expenses.
- The corporation relies on access to both short- and long-term capital markets as a source of liquidity for capital requirements not satisfied by cash flows from operations. If the corporation is not able to access capital at competitive rates, its ability to implement its business plans may be adversely affected.
- Disruptions, uncertainty or volatility in the financial markets can also adversely impact the corporation's results of operations, the ability of its customers to finance purchases of goods and services, and its financial condition, as well as exert downward pressure on stock prices and/or limit its ability to sustain its current common stock dividend level.
- The corporation made a $10.0 million discretionary contribution to its defined benefit pension plan in January 2013. The corporation could be required to contribute additional capital to the pension plan in the future if the market value of pension plan assets significantly declines, plan assets do not earn in line with the corporation's long-term rate of return assumptions or relief under the Pension Protection Act is no longer granted.
- Any significant impairment of the corporation's goodwill would cause a decrease in its asset values and a reduction in its net operating income.
- A sustained decline in the corporation's common stock price below book value or declines in projected operating cash flows at any of its operating companies may result in goodwill impairments that could adversely affect its results of operations and financial position, as well as financing agreement covenants.
- The corporation currently has $7.3 million of goodwill and a $1.1 million indefinite-lived trade name recorded on its consolidated balance sheet related to the acquisition of Foley Company in 2003. Foley Company generated a large operating loss in 2012 due to significant cost overruns on certain construction projects. If operating margins do not meet the corporation's projections, the reductions in anticipated cash flows from Foley Company may indicate that its fair value is less than its book value, resulting in an impairment of some or all of the goodwill and indefinite-lived trade name associated with Foley along with a corresponding charge against earnings.
- The inability of the corporation's subsidiaries to provide sufficient earnings and cash flows to allow the corporation to meet its financial obligations and debt covenants and pay dividends to its shareholders could have an adverse effect on the corporation.
- Economic conditions could negatively impact the corporation's businesses.
- If the corporation is unable to achieve the organic growth it expects, its financial performance may be adversely affected.
- The corporation's plans to grow and realign its business mix through capital projects, acquisitions and dispositions may not be successful, which could result in poor financial performance.
- The corporation may, from time to time, sell assets to provide capital to fund investments in its electric utility business or for other corporate purposes, which could result in the recognition of a loss on the sale of any assets sold and other potential liabilities. The sale of any of the corporation's businesses could expose the corporation to additional risks associated with indemnification obligations under the applicable sales agreements and any related disputes.
- The corporation's plans to grow and operate its manufacturing and infrastructure businesses could be limited by state law.
- Significant warranty claims and remediation costs in excess of amounts normally reserved for such items could adversely affect the corporation's results of operations and financial condition.
- The corporation is subject to risks associated with energy markets.
- The corporation is subject to risks and uncertainties related to the timing and recovery of deferred tax assets which could have a negative impact on the corporation's net income in future periods.
- The corporation relies on its information systems to conduct its business, and failure to protect these systems against security breaches could adversely affect its business and results of operations. Additionally, if these systems fail or become unavailable for any significant period of time, the corporation's business could be harmed.
- The corporation may experience fluctuations in revenues and expenses related to its electric operations, which may cause its financial results to fluctuate and could impair its ability to make distributions to its shareholders or scheduled payments on its debt obligations, or to meet covenants under its borrowing agreements.
- Actions by the regulators of the corporation's electric operations could result in rate reductions, lower revenues and earnings or delays in recovering capital expenditures.
- Otter Tail Power Company's electric generating facilities are subject to operational risks that could result in unscheduled plant outages, unanticipated operation and maintenance expenses and increased power purchase costs.
- Changes to regulation of generating plant emissions, including but not limited to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, could affect Otter Tail Power Company's operating costs and the costs of supplying electricity to its customers.
- Competition from foreign and domestic manufacturers, the price and availability of raw materials and general economic conditions could affect the revenues and earnings of our manufacturing businesses.
- A significant failure or an inability to properly bid or perform on projects or contracts by the corporation's construction businesses could lead to adverse financial results and could lead to the possibility of delay or liquidated damages.
- The corporation's construction subsidiaries enter into contracts which could expose them to unforeseen costs and costs not within their control, which may not be recoverable and could adversely affect the corporation's results of operations and financial condition.
- The corporation's Plastics segment is highly dependent on a limited number of vendors for PVC resin, many of which are located in the Gulf Coast regions, and a limited supply of resin. The loss of a key vendor, or an interruption or delay in the supply of PVC resin, could result in reduced sales or increased costs for this segment.
- The corporation's plastic pipe companies compete against a large number of other manufacturers of PVC pipe and manufacturers of alternative products. Customers may not distinguish the pipe companies' products from those of its competitors.
- Reductions in PVC resin prices can negatively impact PVC pipe prices, profit margins on PVC pipe sales and the value of PVC pipe held in inventory.
About The Corporation: Otter Tail Corporation has interests in diversified operations that include an electric utility, manufacturing, and infrastructure businesses. Otter Tail Corporation stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol OTTR. The latest investor and corporate information is available at www.ottertail.com. Corporate offices are located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota.See Otter Tail Corporation's results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 in the following financial statements: Consolidated Statements of Income, Consolidated Balance Sheets – Assets, Consolidated Balance Sheets – Liabilities and Equity, and Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
|Otter Tail Corporation|
|Consolidated Statements of Income|
|In thousands, except share and per share amounts|
|Quarter Ended June 30,||Year-to-Date June 30,|
|Operating Revenues by Segment|
|Electric||$ 82,862||$ 78,963||$ 183,872||$ 168,966|
|Corporate Revenue and Intersegment Eliminations||(21)||(25)||(68)||(64)|
|Total Operating Revenues||212,389||211,401||430,343||431,291|
|Fuel and Purchased Power||26,848||24,783||61,440||54,365|
|Nonelectric Cost of Goods Sold (depreciation included below)||103,937||108,426||195,999||218,722|
|Electric Operating and Maintenance Expense||38,814||35,077||74,177||67,707|
|Nonelectric Operating and Maintenance Expense||12,176||12,979||25,954||26,881|
|Asset Impairment Charge - Electric||--||--||--||432|
|Depreciation and Amortization||14,835||14,890||29,755||29,683|
|Total Operating Expenses||196,610||196,155||387,325||397,790|
|Operating Income (Loss) by Segment|
|Total Operating Income||15,779||15,246||43,018||33,501|
|Income Tax Expense – Continuing Operations||2,094||517||7,980||985|
|Net Income (Loss) by Segment – Continuing Operations|
|Net Income from Continuing Operations||7,504||6,901||22,738||17,076|
|Income - net of Income Tax Expense (Benefit) of $131, $3,093, ($75) and $3,506 for the respective periods||197||3,657||116||3,814|
|Impairment Loss - net of Income Tax (Benefit) of $0, ($18,114), $0 and ($18,114) for the respective periods||--||(27,459)||--||(27,459)|
|(Loss) Gain on Disposition - net of Income Tax (Benefit) Expense of $0, ($35), $6, and ($169) for the respective periods||--||(455)||210||(3,544)|
|Net Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations||197||(24,257)||326||(27,189)|
|Net Income (Loss)||7,701||(17,356)||23,064||(10,113)|
|Preferred Dividend Requirement and Other Adjustments||--||184||513||368|
|Balance for Common||$ 7,701||$ (17,540)||$ 22,551||$ (10,481)|
|Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding|
|Basic Earnings Per Common Share:|
|Continuing Operations (net of preferred dividend requirement and other adjustments)||$ 0.21||$ 0.19||$ 0.61||$ 0.46|
|$ 0.21||$ (0.49)||$ 0.62||$ (0.29)|
|Diluted Earnings Per Common Share:|
|Continuing Operations (net of preferred dividend requirement and other adjustments)||$ 0.21||$ 0.19||$ 0.61||$ 0.46|
|$ 0.21||$ (0.48)||$ 0.62||$ (0.29)|
|Otter Tail Corporation|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents||$ 42,275||$ 52,362|
|Deferred Income Taxes||19,362||30,964|
|Costs and Estimated Earnings in Excess of Billings||5,122||3,663|
|Assets of Discontinued Operations||1,132||19,092|
|Total Current Assets||293,428||323,632|
|Unamortized Debt Expense||4,476||5,529|
|Total Deferred Debits||136,021||140,284|
|Electric Plant in Service||1,434,511||1,423,303|
|Construction Work in Progress||107,248||77,890|
|Total Gross Plant||1,732,295||1,687,287|
|Less Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization||659,539||637,835|
|Total||$ 1,591,469||$ 1,602,337|
|Otter Tail Corporation|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|Short-Term Debt||$ 1,117||$ --|
|Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt||182||176|
|Accrued Salaries and Wages||16,185||20,571|
|Billings In Excess Of Costs and Estimated Earnings||16,158||16,204|
|Other Accrued Liabilities||5,985||6,334|
|Liabilities of Discontinued Operations||5,332||11,156|
|Total Current Liabilities||164,780||173,128|
|Pensions Benefit Liability||108,342||116,541|
|Other Postretirement Benefits Liability||60,082||58,883|
|Other Noncurrent Liabilities||24,537||22,244|
|Deferred Income Taxes||171,320||171,787|
|Deferred Tax Credits||29,258||31,299|
|Total Deferred Credits||271,149||272,387|
|Long-Term Debt, Net of Current Maturities||437,353||421,680|
|Cumulative Preferred Shares||--||15,500|
|Cumulative Preference Shares||--||--|
|Common Shares, Par Value $5 Per Share||181,340||180,842|
|Premium on Common Shares||254,947||253,296|
|Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss||(4,282)||(4,385)|
|Total Common Equity||525,226||521,974|
|Total||$ 1,591,469||$ 1,602,337|
|Otter Tail Corporation|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|For the Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Cash Flows from Operating Activities|
|Net Income (Loss)||$ 23,064||$ (10,113)|
|Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:|
|Net (Gain) Loss from Sale of Discontinued Operations||(210)||3,544|
|Net (Income) Loss from Discontinued Operations||(116)||23,645|
|Depreciation and Amortization||29,755||29,683|
|Asset Impairment Charge||--||432|
|Deferred Tax Credits||(955)||(1,045)|
|Deferred Income Taxes||9,882||3,180|
|Change in Deferred Debits and Other Assets||7,519||9,960|
|Discretionary Contribution to Pension Plan||(10,000)||(10,000)|
|Change in Noncurrent Liabilities and Deferred Credits||4,971||6,995|
|Allowance for Equity-Other Funds Used During Construction||(567)||(378)|
|Change in Derivatives Net of Regulatory Deferral||486||748|
|Stock Compensation Expense – Equity Awards||786||612|
|Cash (Used for) Provided by Current Assets and Current Liabilities:|
|Change in Receivables||(10,126)||(7,551)|
|Change in Inventories||(4,075)||(866)|
|Change in Other Current Assets||(783)||(2,598)|
|Change in Payables and Other Current Liabilities||(1,362)||5,028|
|Change in Interest and Income Taxes Receivable/Payable||(313)||(8,832)|
|Net Cash Provided by Continuing Operations||48,823||45,577|
|Net Cash Used in Discontinued Operations||(1,971)||(60)|
|Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities||46,852||45,517|
|Cash Flows from Investing Activities|
|Proceeds from Disposal of Noncurrent Assets||1,603||2,223|
|Net Increase in Other Investments||(25)||(268)|
|Net Cash Used in Investing Activities - Continuing Operations||(49,575)||(63,034)|
|Net Proceeds from Sale of Discontinued Operations||12,842||24,278|
|Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Investing Activities - Discontinued Operations||193||(12,822)|
|Net Cash Used in Investing Activities||(36,540)||(51,578)|
|Cash Flows from Financing Activities|
|Change in Checks Written in Excess of Cash||--||6,419|
|Net Short-Term Borrowings||1,117||11,274|
|Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock||1,462||--|
|Common Stock Issuance Expenses||--||(86)|
|Payments for Retirement of Capital Stock||(15,723)||(110)|
|Proceeds from Issuance of Long-Term Debt||40,900||--|
|Short-Term and Long-Term Debt Issuance Expenses||(52)||(10)|
|Payments for Retirement of Long-Term Debt||(25,222)||(81)|
|Dividends Paid and Other Distributions||(22,097)||(21,980)|
|Net Cash Used in Financing Activities - Continuing Operations||(19,615)||(4,574)|
|Net Cash Used in Financing Activities - Discontinued Operations||--||(3,344)|
|Net Cash Used in Financing Activities||(19,615)||(7,918)|
|Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents – Discontinued Operations||(784)||(2,015)|
|Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents||(10,087)||(15,994)|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period||52,362||15,994|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period||$ 42,275||$ --|
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