Otter Tail Corporation Announces Third Quarter Earnings, Reaffirms 2016 Earnings Guidance Range; Board Of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend

FERGUS FALLS, Minn., Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ:OTTR) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Summary:
  • Consolidated operating revenues were $197.2 million compared with $200.0 million for the third quarter of 2015.
  • Consolidated net income and diluted earnings from continuing operations totaled $14.6 million and $0.37 per share, respectively, compared with $15.7 million and $0.42 per share for the third quarter of 2015.
  • Consolidated net income totaled $14.6 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared with $15.4 million and $0.41 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2015.
  • Otter Tail Corporation reaffirms its 2016 earnings guidance range of $1.50 to $1.65 per diluted share.

CEO Overview"Otter Tail's employees worked hard to overcome a number of challenges this quarter, and we remain confident in our plans and in our full year expectations," said Otter Tail Corporation President and CEO Chuck MacFarlane.

"Electric segment results were negatively impacted by $0.03 per diluted share due to recording an additional estimate of refunds for revenues collected under interim rates. This accrual reflects a modification in our original request and other expected outcomes in the rate case filed in February 2016. We expect the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to issue its final order in March 2017. 

"Milder summer weather resulted in a 19.9% decrease in cooling degree days. This negatively impacted diluted earnings per share by $0.01 quarter over quarter.

"The utility continues its solid operational performance. The two 345-kilovolt transmission projects that are under construction and part of Otter Tail Power Company's plan to grow during the next five years are on schedule and on budget. We are a 50% owner with other regional utilities in the Big Stone South-Brookings line, scheduled for completion in 2017, and the Big Stone South-Ellendale line, scheduled for completion in 2019. Otter Tail Power Company manages the Big Stone South-Ellendale project. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator recognizes both as multi-value projects.

"Our $858 million utility capital spending plan for 2016 through 2020 also includes a 248-megawatt simple-cycle natural gas combustion turbine, 200 megawatts of additional wind energy, and 30 megawatts of solar energy. We expect these and the transmission projects to drive a compounded annual growth rate of 8.0% in utility rate base through 2020, using 2014 as the base year.

"Quarter-over-quarter net income at BTD, our custom metal fabricator, was stable in the face of a recreational vehicle market that continues to soften and decreased demand for manufactured equipment used in oil and gas extraction and agriculture. Original equipment manufacturers in these markets are BTD's customers. With expanded facilities and service offerings, we expect BTD to be in a good position to enhance earnings when market conditions improve.

"Our Plastics segment, PVC pipe companies Northern Pipe Products and Vinyltech, experienced a significant decrease in quarter over quarter revenues. Lower revenues resulted from declining sales prices, which were a response to known reductions in PVC resin costs. Overall volumes were stable, but gross margins declined primarily due to lower sales prices between the quarters. We expect these conditions to remain through the end of the year.

"We are reaffirming our 2016 diluted earnings per share guidance range of $1.50 to $1.65."

Operating Cash Flows and Liquidity Cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $115.1 million compared with $81.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. Items contributing to the increase in cash provided by continuing operations between the periods include:
  • A $10.8 million increase in non-cash depreciation expense.
  • A $10.7 million decrease in cash used for accounts payable at Otter Tail Power Company, reflecting higher levels of payables in September 2016 for coal deliveries and transmission services and the payment, in January 2015, of large billings for coal transportation, coal and power purchased in December 2014.
  • A $10.5 million increase in cash from reduced levels of receivables between the periods, including $5.6 million at BTD Manufacturing, Inc. (BTD), $2.5 million at Vinyltech and $1.0 million at T.O. Plastics.
  • A $4.0 million refund of 2015 estimated tax payments received in the first quarter of 2016, as a five-year extension of bonus depreciation for income taxes, approved on December 18, 2015, resulted in the elimination of any federal income tax liability for the Company in 2015.

The following table presents the status of our lines of credit as of September 30, 2016:
(in thousands) Line Limit In Use OnSeptember 30, 2016 Restricted due to Outstanding Letters of Credit Available onSeptember 30, 2016 Available onDecember 31, 2015
Otter Tail Corporation Credit Agreement $ 150,000   $                --     $                 --       $ 150,000   $   90,334  
Otter Tail Power Company Credit Agreement   170,000     37,173     50     132,777     148,694  
  Total $ 320,000   $ 37,173   $    50   $ 282,777   $ 239,028  

On October 31, 2016 both the Otter Tail Corporation and the Otter Tail Power Company credit agreements were amended to extend the expiration dates by one year from October 29, 2020 to October 29, 2021. Also, the line limit on the Otter Tail Corporation Credit Agreement was reduced from $150 million to $130 million.

On September 23, 2016 we entered into a note purchase agreement for the issuance of $80 million aggregate principal amount of our 3.55% Guaranteed Senior Notes due December 15, 2026 (the 2026 Notes) in a private placement transaction. We expect to issue the 2026 Notes on December 13, 2016, and intend to use the proceeds from the issuance to repay existing debt, including the remaining $52,330,000 of our 9.000% Senior Notes due December 15, 2016, and for general corporate purposes.

Board of Directors Declared Quarterly Dividend On November 1, 2016 the corporation's Board of Directors declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.3125 per share. This dividend is payable December 10, 2016 to shareholders of record on November 15, 2016.

Segment Performance Summary

Electric
  Three Months ended September 30,  
(in thousands)   2016     2015   Change
Retail Electric Revenues $   87,755   $   89,140   $ (1,385 )
Wholesale Electric Revenues   1,656     377     1,279   
Other Electric Revenues   13,312     11,050     2,262   
  Total Electric Revenues $ 102,723   $ 100,567   $  2,156   
Net Income $   12,513   $   12,921   $  (408 )

  Three Months ended September 30,  
  2016 2015 % Change
Cooling Degree Days               317 396   (19.9 )

The following table shows cooling degree days as a percent of normal:
  Three Months ended September 30,
    2016      2015  
Cooling Degree Days                               89.5 %   111.5 %

The following table summarizes the estimated impact of weather changes on diluted earnings per share compared with sales under normal weather conditions and the third quarter of 2015:
  Three Months ended September 30,
  2016 vs Normal 2015 vs Normal 2016 vs 2015
Effect on Diluted Earnings Per Share $ (0.01 ) $ 0.00   $ (0.01 )

Retail electric revenues decreased $1.4 million as a result of:
  • A $3.8 million increase in retail revenue related to a 9.56% interim rate increase implemented in April 2016 in conjunction with Otter Tail Power Company's 2016 general rate increase request in Minnesota.
  • A $1.2 million increase in Environmental Cost Recovery rider revenue due to the recovery of additional investment and costs related to the operation of the air quality control system (AQCS) at Big Stone Plant that was placed in service in December 2015.
  • A $0.8 million increase related to increased kilowatt-hours (kwhs) sales across all customer classes offsetting the negative impact of milder weather on kwh sales and revenue.
  • A $0.8 million increase in Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) cost recovery and incentive revenues.
  • A $0.2 million increase in Transmission Cost Recovery and Renewable Resource Adjustment rider revenues related to increased investment in transmission plant and renewable energy resources.

more than offset by:
  • A $5.3 million decrease in fuel and purchased power cost recovery revenues mainly due to a 48.3% decrease in kwhs purchased partially offset by a 28.3% increase in generation at a lower fuel-cost-per-kwh than the cost of purchased power.
  • A $2.1 million reduction in interim rate revenues recorded to provide for an estimated refund related to a modification in Otter Tail Power Company's original request and other expected outcomes in the pending Minnesota general rate case. Through the nine months ended September 30, 2016, a $2.3 million provision has been recorded for an estimated refund of a portion of interim rate revenues of $6.9 million.
  • A $0.8 million decrease in revenues from reduced demand due to milder weather in the third quarter of 2016, evidenced by a 19.9% decrease in cooling degree days compared to the third quarter of 2015.

Revenue from wholesale electric sales from company-owned generation increased $1.3 million while fuel costs for wholesale generation increased $0.8 million, resulting in a $0.5 million increase in wholesale revenue net of fuel costs.

Other electric revenues increased $2.3 million as a result of:

  • A $2.7 million increase in Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) transmission tariff revenues related to increased investment in regional transmission lines and driven in part by returns on and recovery of CapX2020 and MISO-designated multi-value project (MVP) investment costs and operating expenses.
  • A $0.6 million increase in MISO network integration transmission service revenues as a result of a regional transmission cooperative terminating its integrated transmission agreement with Otter Tail Power Company and becoming a member the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in 2016.
  • A $0.2 million increase in steam sales from Big Stone Plant to a nearby ethanol plant as a result of Big Stone Plant being fully operational in the third quarter of 2016 compared to operating in only August and September of 2015.

offset by:
  •  A $0.9 million decrease in revenue related to a reduction in work performed on projects for another regional transmission owner.
  • A $0.4 million reduction in integrated transmission agreement revenues from two regional transmission providers related to the curtailment of services under an agreement with one provider and termination of an agreement with the other provider.

Production fuel costs increased $3.7 million as a result of a 40.5% increase in kwhs generated from our steam-powered and combustion turbine generators related to Big Stone Plant and Coyote Station being fully operational in the third quarter of 2016. In the third quarter of 2015, Big Stone Plant was down for an extended maintenance outage and Coyote Station was operating at reduced load due to ongoing repairs related to a December 2014 boiler feed pump failure and fire.

The cost of purchased power to serve retail customers decreased $7.3 million due to a 48.3% decrease in kwhs purchased partially offset by an 18.6% increase in the cost per kwh purchased. The decrease in kwhs purchased was the result of increased availability and generation from company-owned resources. The increased cost per kwh purchased is related to contractual prices being paid for purchased power under a long-term supply agreement.

Electric operating and maintenance expenses increased $3.6 million as a result of:

  • A $1.2 million increase in MISO transmission service charges due to increased transmission investment by other MISO members.
  • A $0.9 million increase in operating supply and maintenance costs mainly related to increased generation at Coyote Station and Big Stone Plant and increased expenditures for vegetation maintenance.
  • A $0.6 million increase in storm repair and other expenses mainly associated with excessive storm damage in Otter Tail Power Company's Minnesota service area in July of 2016.
  • A $0.6 million increase in pollution control reagent costs at Big Stone Plant and Coyote Station related to compliance with Environmental Protection Agency power plant emission regulations.
  • A $0.5 million increase in transmission expenses from the SPP as a result of a regional transmission cooperative terminating its integrated transmission agreement with Otter Tail Power Company and becoming a member of the SPP in 2016.
  • A $0.2 million increase in CIP program expenditures.

offset by:
  • A $0.5 million decrease in costs related to a reduction in work performed on projects for another regional transmission owner.

Depreciation and amortization expense increased $2.2 million mainly due to the Big Stone Plant AQCS being placed in service in December 2015.

Manufacturing
  Three Months ended September 30,  
(in thousands)   2016     2015   Change
Revenues $ 52,171   $ 52,460   $ (289 )
Net Income $   1,246   $   1,714   $ (468 )

At BTD, a revenue increase of $1.6 million includes:
  • A $3.7 million increase in revenues at BTD-Georgia as a result of BTD acquiring and operating the Georgia plant in September 2015, compared with three months of operations in the third quarter of 2016.

offset by:
  • A $2.1 million decrease in revenues at BTD's Minnesota and Illinois plants, mainly related to a decline in sales to manufacturers of recreational and agricultural equipment and heavy machinery due to softness in end markets served by those manufacturers.

Cost of products sold at BTD increased $0.3 million. This includes a $4.0 million increase in cost of products sold at BTD-Georgia, offset by a $3.7 million decrease in cost of products sold at BTD's other facilities. The $3.7 million decrease is related to the decrease in sales. Operating expenses at BTD increased $0.5 million, mainly in the areas of labor and benefit costs and computer-related expenditures, and included a $0.2 million increase in operating expenses at BTD-Georgia.

Depreciation and amortization expenses at BTD increased $1.1 million, including a $0.6 million increase at BTD-Georgia, and a $0.5 million increase BTD's Minnesota facilities as a result of placing new assets in service in Minnesota in 2015 and 2016. BTD's interest expense increase of $0.1 million was entirely at BTD-Georgia. A favorable tax variance at BTD, due to an increase in research and development tax credits recorded in 2016, resulted in essentially no change in quarter over quarter net income. A $0.8 million increase in net income at BTD's Minnesota and Illinois locations was mostly offset by a $0.7 million increase in net losses at BTD-Georgia.

At T.O. Plastics, revenues decreased $1.9 million, including a $1.2 million decrease in industrial market sales and a $0.6 million decrease in revenues from sales of horticultural containers. The decrease in industrial market sales is primarily due to a continued decline in sales volumes to a customer insourcing product into its own manufacturing facilities.

The decrease in revenues was partially offset by a $0.6 million decrease in cost of products sold and a $0.4 million decrease in selling, benefits and administrative and general expenses, resulting in a $0.5 million decrease in net income at T.O. Plastics between the quarters.

Plastics
  Three Months ended September 30,  
(in thousands)   2016     2015   Change
Revenues $ 42,292   $ 47,025   $ (4,733 )
Net Income $   2,346   $   3,534   $ (1,188 )

The decrease in Plastics segment revenues is the result of a 10.4% decrease in the price per pound of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe sold, while quarter over quarter sales volume was essentially unchanged. The decline in sales price per pound is due to a continued softening in sales prices as a result of lower raw material prices. Increased pipe sales in Colorado and Utah and the Midwest and South-Central regions of the United States were mostly offset by decreased sales volumes in California, Minnesota and North Dakota. Lower material costs, which did not decline as much as sales prices, resulted in a $2.7 million decrease in costs of product sold. The cost decrease in combination with a $0.3 million decrease in operating expenses fell short of offsetting the impact of lower pipe prices, resulting in a $1.2 million decrease in Plastics segment net income.

The PVC pipe industry is highly sensitive to commodity raw material pricing volatility. Historically, when resin prices are rising or stable, margins and sales volume have been higher and when resin prices are falling, sales volumes and margins have been lower.

Corporate

Corporate costs, net-of-tax, decreased $0.9 million between the quarters as a result of:
  • A $0.4 million net-of-tax increase in the cash value of corporate-owned life insurance policies.
  • A $0.3 million net-of-tax reduction in insurance costs related to reduced claims at our captive insurance company.
  • A $0.2 million net-of-tax reduction in accounting and legal fees.

2016 Business OutlookWe are reaffirming our consolidated diluted earnings per share guidance for 2016 to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.65. This guidance reflects the current mix of businesses we own, considers the cyclical nature of some of our businesses, and reflects current regulatory factors and economic challenges facing our Electric, Manufacturing and Plastics segments and strategies for improving future operating results. We expect capital expenditures for 2016 to be $159 million compared with $160 million in capital expenditures in 2015. Major projects in our planned expenditures for 2016 include investments in two large transmission line projects for the Electric segment, which positively impact earnings by providing an immediate return on invested funds through rider recovery mechanisms.

Segment components of our 2016 earnings per share initial and revised guidance range compared with 2015 actual earnings are as follows:
Diluted Earnings Per Share 2015 EPS by Segment 2016 GuidanceFebruary 8, 2016 2016 GuidanceAugust 8, 2016 2016 GuidanceNovember 2, 2016
Low High Low High Low High
Electric $ 1.29   $ 1.29   $ 1.32   $ 1.27   $ 1.30   $ 1.24   $ 1.27  
Manufacturing $ 0.11   $ 0.11   $ 0.15   $ 0.14   $ 0.18   $ 0.16   $ 0.20  
Plastics $ 0.32   $ 0.26   $ 0.30   $ 0.24   $ 0.28   $ 0.24   $ 0.28  
Corporate ($ 0.16 ) ($ 0.16 ) ($ 0.12 ) ($ 0.15 ) ($ 0.11 ) ($ 0.14 ) ($ 0.10 )
 Total - Continuing Operations $ 1.56   $ 1.50   $ 1.65   $ 1.50   $ 1.65   $ 1.50   $ 1.65  
Expected Return on Equity     9.3 %   10.2 %   9.3 %   10.2 %   9.2 %   10.1 %

Contributing to our earnings guidance for 2016 are the following items:

- We now expect 2016 Electric segment net income to be comparable with 2015 segment net income based on:  -  Normalized weather for the remainder of 2016. Mild weather in the first nine months of 2016 has had a negative impact on diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.05 compared to our original 2016 expected earnings based on normal temperatures and $0.04 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2015.  -  Constructive outcome of the rate case filed in Minnesota in February 2016. We are currently receiving revenues under interim rates (subject to refund) related to this rate case. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission determines our rates. Our ability to obtain final rates similar to interim rates and reasonable rates of return depends on regulatory action under applicable statutes and regulations. We cannot provide assurance our interim rates will become final and that our revised 10.05% requested return on equity will ultimately be approved. Through September of 2016, Otter Tail Power Company revenue has increased $4.6 million as a result of the interim rate increase, which includes $6.9 million billed and accrued under interim rates net of a $2.3 million provision for an estimated refund related to a modification in Otter Tail Power Company's original request and other expected outcomes in the rate case. Compared to our original 2016 expected earnings, the refund provision has had a negative impact on diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.04 through September 30, 2016 and projected to be $0.06 by year-end 2016.  -  Rider recovery increases, including environmental riders in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota related to the Big Stone AQCS environmental upgrades and transmission riders related to the Electric segment's continuing investments in its share of the MISO-designated MVPs in South Dakota.  -  Meeting forecasted sales to pipeline and commercial customers.  -  A decrease in pension costs as a result of an increase in the discount rate from 4.35% to 4.76%.

offset by:

  -  The effect of the 2015 adoption of bonus depreciation for income taxes reducing projected earnings from Electric segment operations by $0.06 per share in 2016.  -  Higher depreciation and property tax expenses due to large capital projects being put into service.  -  Higher short-term interest costs as major construction projects continue to be funded.  -  Increased operating expenses associated with reagents.  -  Increased transmission expenses associated with termination of historic integrated transmission agreements.  -  Higher post-retirement and post-employment medical costs than initially expected for 2016 due to changes in actuarial estimates and increased claims in 2016.-  We are increasing our guidance for 2016 net income from our Manufacturing segment based on positive results through the first nine months of the year driven by improved productivity, despite softening end markets, and continued focus on improved productivity and cost reductions for the remainder of the year.-  In spite of softening end markets, we expect 2016 net income from our Manufacturing segment to increase over 2015 by $3.0 million due to:  -  Increased sales volume at BTD as a result of having BTD-Georgia in place for a full year. Full year sales for BTD-Georgia are estimated to be $25 million compared with original expectations of $33 million. The decline is due to continued softness in end markets served by the BTD-Georgia location.   -  Improved margins on product mix that occurred in the second quarter and improved margins on parts and tooling sales driven by improved productivity resulting from lower expediting costs, costs of quality and maintenance expenses in our Illinois and Minnesota plants.

offset by:

  -  An expected decline in revenue, excluding the full year impact of BTD-Georgia revenues, of approximately 4%, compared with an original growth expectation of 7%. This change is due to challenging market conditions impacting end markets served by BTD, which has significant exposure to agriculture, oil and gas and recreational vehicle end markets. All of these end markets are forecasted to be down in 2016 compared to 2015.  -  Continued challenges of on time deliveries, low productivity and end market softness at BTD-Georgia.  -  Higher facility costs associated with BTD's expansion of its square footage at its Minnesota plants.  -  A decrease in earnings from T.O. Plastics mainly driven by an expected decrease in operating margins due to a shift in product mix relating to a customer bringing a product back into its own manufacturing facilities.  -  Backlog for the manufacturing companies of approximately $42 million for 2016 compared with $45 million one year ago. -  We are maintaining our August guidance for 2016 net income from our Plastics segment. Net income for 2016 from this segment is expected to be down from 2015 with lower expected operating margins due to tighter spreads between raw material costs and sales prices, along with higher labor and freight costs.-  We continue to expect lower corporate costs than originally estimated for 2016 due to continued cost reduction efforts.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST  Otter Tail Corporation will host a live webcast on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. CDT to discuss its financial and operating performance.

The presentation will be posted on our 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 ResultsThe information in this release includes certain forward-looking information, including 2016 expectations, made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although we believe our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, actual results may differ materially from those expectations. The following factors, among others, could cause our actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements:
  • Federal and state environmental regulation could require us to incur substantial capital expenditures and increased operating costs.
  • Volatile financial markets and changes in our debt ratings could restrict our ability to access capital and could increase borrowing costs and pension plan and postretirement health care expenses.
  • We rely 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 we are not able to access capital at competitive rates, our ability to implement our business plans may be adversely affected.
  • Disruptions, uncertainty or volatility in the financial markets can also adversely impact our results of operations, the ability of our customers to finance purchases of goods and services, and our financial condition, as well as exert downward pressure on stock prices and/or limit our ability to sustain our current common stock dividend level.
  • We made a $10.0 million discretionary contribution to our defined benefit pension plan in January 2016. We 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 our long-term rate of return assumptions or relief under the Pension Protection Act is no longer granted.
  • Any significant impairment of our goodwill would cause a decrease in our asset values and a reduction in our net operating income.
  • Declines in projected operating cash flows at any of our reporting units may result in goodwill impairments that could adversely affect our results of operations and financial position, as well as financing agreement covenants.
  • The inability of our subsidiaries to provide sufficient earnings and cash flows to allow us to meet our financial obligations and debt covenants and pay dividends to our shareholders could have an adverse effect on us.
  • We rely on our information systems to conduct our business and failure to protect these systems against security breaches or cyber-attacks could adversely affect our business and results of operations. Additionally, if these systems fail or become unavailable for any significant period of time, our business could be harmed.
  • Economic conditions could negatively impact our businesses.
  • If we are unable to achieve the organic growth we expect, our financial performance may be adversely affected.
  • Our plans to grow and realign our business mix through capital projects, acquisitions and dispositions may not be successful, which could result in poor financial performance.
  • We may, from time to time, sell assets to provide capital to fund investments in our 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 our businesses could expose us to additional risks associated with indemnification obligations under the applicable sales agreements and any related disputes.
  • Significant warranty claims and remediation costs in excess of amounts normally reserved for such items could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.
  • We are subject to risks associated with energy markets.
  • We are subject to risks and uncertainties related to the timing and recovery of deferred tax assets which could have a negative impact on our net income in future periods.
  • We may experience fluctuations in revenues and expenses related to our electric operations, which may cause our financial results to fluctuate and could impair our ability to make distributions to our shareholders or scheduled payments on our debt obligations, or to meet covenants under our borrowing agreements.
  • Actions by the regulators of our electric operations could result in rate reductions, lower revenues and earnings or delays in recovering capital expenditures.
  • Otter Tail Power Company's operations are subject to an extensive legal and regulatory framework under federal and state laws as well as regulations imposed by other organizations that may have a negative impact on our business and results of operations.
  • 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 emissions, could affect our operating costs and the costs of supplying electricity to our customers.
  • Competition from foreign and domestic manufacturers, the price and availability of raw materials, prices and supply of scrap or recyclable material and general economic conditions could affect the revenues and earnings of our manufacturing businesses.
  • Our plastics operations are highly dependent on a limited number of vendors for PVC resin and a limited supply of resin. The loss of a key vendor, or any interruption or delay in the supply of PVC resin, could result in reduced sales or increased costs for this segment.
  • We 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 our competitors.
  • Changes 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.

For a further discussion of other risk factors and cautionary statements, refer to reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About The Corporation: Otter Tail Corporation has interests in diversified operations that include an electric utility and manufacturing 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 nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 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
(not audited)
 
  Quarter Ended September 30, Year-to-Date September 30,
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
Operating Revenues by Segment        
 Electric $   102,723    $   100,567    $  313,642    $   305,078   
 Manufacturing   52,171      52,460      170,443      160,492   
 Plastics   42,292      47,025      122,841      125,531   
 Intersegment Eliminations   (11 )   (29 )   (27 )   (84 )
    Total Operating Revenues   197,175      200,023      606,899      591,017   
Operating Expenses        
 Fuel and Purchased Power   26,262      29,849      83,965      92,007   
 Nonelectric Cost of Goods Sold (depreciation included below)   75,405      78,428      228,993      224,912   
 Electric Operating and Maintenance Expense   36,207      32,648      115,206      107,929   
 Nonelectric Operating and Maintenance Expense   10,197      10,771      30,890      32,057   
 Depreciation and Amortization   18,314      15,141      55,128      44,337   
 Property Taxes - Electric   3,506      3,560      10,774      10,324   
    Total Operating Expenses   169,891      170,397      524,956      511,566   
Operating Income (Loss) by Segment        
 Electric   23,340      23,320      63,374      61,427   
 Manufacturing   2,382      3,469      12,042      9,890   
 Plastics   4,187      5,988      13,939      16,824   
 Corporate   (2,625 )   (3,151 )   (7,412 )   (8,690 )
    Total Operating Income   27,284      29,626      81,943      79,451   
Interest Charges   8,026      7,730      23,996      23,175   
Other Income   499      334      2,431      1,473   
Income Tax Expense - Continuing Operations   5,163      6,521      15,738      14,602   
Net Income (Loss) by Segment - Continuing Operations        
 Electric   12,513      12,921      34,199      34,351   
 Manufacturing   1,246      1,714      6,108      4,810   
 Plastics   2,346      3,534      7,983      9,919   
 Corporate   (1,511 )   (2,460 )   (3,650 )   (5,933 )
Net Income from Continuing Operations   14,594      15,709      44,640      43,147   
Discontinued Operations        
 Income (Loss) - net of Income Tax Expense (Benefit) of  $14, ($168), $114 and ($2,873) for the respective periods   22      (252 )   171      (4,316 )
 Impairment Loss - net of Income Tax Benefit of $0 for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 --     --   --       (1,000 )
 (Loss) Gain on Disposition - net of Income Tax (Benefit) Expense of ($43) and $4,493 for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2015 --       (65 ) --       6,932   
Net Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations   22      (317 )   171      1,616   
Net Income $   14,616    $   15,392    $   44,811    $   44,763   
Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding        
 Basic   38,832,659      37,575,413      38,316,324      37,417,283   
 Diluted   39,005,706      37,794,543      38,457,401      37,636,413   
         
Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share:        
 Continuing Operations $   0.38    $    0.42    $   1.17    $   1.15   
 Discontinued Operations --       (0.01 ) --       0.05   
  $   0.38    $   0.41    $   1.17    $   1.20   
Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share:        
 Continuing Operations $   0.37    $    0.42    $   1.16    $   1.15   
 Discontinued Operations --       (0.01 )   0.01      0.04   
  $    0.37    $   0.41    $   1.17    $   1.19   

Otter Tail Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets
ASSETS
in thousands
(not audited)
  September 30, December 31,
    2016     2015  
     
Current Assets    
  Cash and Cash Equivalents $                      --     $                     --    
  Accounts Receivable:    
    Trade—Net   69,556      62,974   
    Other   7,082      9,073   
  Inventories   80,848      85,416   
  Unbilled Revenues   14,882      17,869   
  Income Taxes Receivable --       4,000   
  Regulatory Assets   19,958      18,904   
  Other   11,139      8,453   
  Assets of Discontinued Operations   249    --    
    Total Current Assets   203,714      206,689   
     
Investments   8,065      8,284   
Other Assets   33,707      32,784   
Goodwill   37,572      39,732   
Other Intangibles—Net   15,291      15,673   
Regulatory Assets   118,123      127,707   
     
Plant    
  Electric Plant in Service   1,842,931      1,820,763   
  Nonelectric Operations   215,074      201,343   
  Construction Work in Progress   143,999      79,612   
    Total Gross Plant   2,202,004      2,101,718   
      Less Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization   749,569      713,904   
    Net Plant   1,452,435      1,387,814   
      Total $ 1,868,907    $ 1,818,683   

Otter Tail Corporation
Consolidated Balance Sheets
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
in thousands
(not audited)
  September 30, December 31,
    2016     2015  
     
Current Liabilities    
  Short-Term Debt $    37,173    $   80,672   
  Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt   85,490      52,422   
  Accounts Payable   77,704      89,499   
  Accrued Salaries and Wages   15,573      16,182   
  Accrued Taxes   12,635      14,827   
  Other Accrued Liabilities   16,050      15,416   
  Liabilities of Discontinued Operations   1,631      2,098   
    Total Current Liabilities   246,256      271,116   
     
Pensions Benefit Liability   95,653      104,912   
Other Postretirement Benefits Liability   49,718      48,730   
Other Noncurrent Liabilities   25,857      23,854   
     
Deferred Credits    
  Deferred Income Taxes   222,244      207,669   
  Deferred Tax Credits   23,264      24,506   
  Regulatory Liabilities   79,835      77,432   
  Other   8,604      11,595   
    Total Deferred Credits   333,947      321,202   
     
Capitalization    
  Long-Term Debt—Net   460,757      443,846   
     
  Cumulative Preferred Shares --     --    
     
  Cumulative Preference Shares --     --    
     
  Common Equity    
    Common Shares, Par Value $5 Per Share   196,123      189,286   
    Premium on Common Shares   329,288      293,610   
    Retained Earnings   134,884      126,025   
    Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss   (3,576 )   (3,898 )
      Total Common Equity   656,719      605,023   
    Total Capitalization   1,117,476      1,048,869   
      Total $ 1,868,907    $ 1,818,683   

Otter Tail Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
In thousands
(not audited)
 
  For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
In thousands   2016     2015  
Cash Flows from Operating Activities    
  Net Income $   44,811    $   44,763   
  Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:    
    Net Gain from Sale of Discontinued Operations --       (6,932 )
    Net (Income) Loss from Discontinued Operations   (171 )   5,316   
    Depreciation and Amortization   55,128      44,337   
    Deferred Tax Credits   (1,242 )   (1,408 )
    Deferred Income Taxes   14,924      12,244   
    Change in Deferred Debits and Other Assets   5,595      13,839   
    Discretionary Contribution to Pension Plan   (10,000 )   (10,000 )
    Change in Noncurrent Liabilities and Deferred Credits   5,999      4,345   
    Allowance for Equity/Other Funds Used During Construction   (605 )   (944 )
    Change in Derivatives Net of Regulatory Deferral --       (28 )
    Stock Compensation Expense - Equity Awards   1,151      1,428   
    Other—Net   (73 )   (27 )
  Cash (Used for) Provided by Current Assets and Current Liabilities:    
    Change in Receivables   (3,490 )   (14,020 )
    Change in Inventories   4,766      5,721   
    Change in Other Current Assets   1,690      2,163   
    Change in Payables and Other Current Liabilities   (5,945 )   (17,490 )
    Change in Interest and Income Taxes Receivable/Payable   2,538      (1,499 )
      Net Cash Provided by Continuing Operations   115,076      81,808   
      Net Cash Used for Discontinued Operations   (333 )   (11,581 )
        Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   114,743      70,227   
Cash Flows from Investing Activities    
  Capital Expenditures   (125,913 )   (115,321 )
  Proceeds from Disposal of Noncurrent Assets   4,167      2,956   
  Acquisition Purchase Price Adjustment (Payment)   1,500      (30,806 )
  Cash Used for Investments and Other Assets   (3,161 )   (7,297 )
    Net Cash Used in Investing Activities - Continuing Operations   (123,407 )   (150,468 )
    Net Proceeds from Sale of Discontinued Operations --       32,765   
    Net Cash Used in Investing Activities - Discontinued Operations --       (1,769 )
   Net Cash Used in Investing Activities   (123,407 )   (119,472 )
Cash Flows from Financing Activities    
  Changes in Checks Written in Excess of Cash   (841 )   (1,236 )
  Net Short-Term Debt (Repayments) Borrowings   (43,499 )   76,098   
  Proceeds from Issuance of Common Stock - net of Issuance Expenses   39,378      10,979   
  Payments for Retirement of Capital Stock   (104 )   (1,596 )
  Proceeds from Issuance of Long-Term Debt   50,000    --    
  Short-Term and Long-Term Debt Issuance Expenses   (157 )   (7 )
  Payments for Retirement of Long-Term Debt   (161 )   (149 )
  Dividends Paid and Other Distributions   (35,952 )   (34,607 )
    Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities - Continuing Operations   8,664      49,482   
    Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities - Discontinued Operations --       321   
      Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities   8,664      49,803   
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents - Discontinued Operations --       (10 )
Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents --       548   
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period --     --    
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $             --     $   548   
Media contact:Cris OehlerVice President of Corporate Communications(218) 531-0099 or (866) 410-8780Investor contact:Loren HansonManager of Investor Relations(218) 739-8481 or (800) 664-1259

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