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Jan 19, 2012

CenterPoint Energy Raises Quarterly Dividend to 20.25 Cents From 19.75 Cents per Share

HOUSTON, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s (NYSE: CNP) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.2025 per share of common stock payable on March 9, 2012, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 16, 2012.


"I am pleased that for the seventh consecutive year, CenterPoint Energy is raising its dividend," said David M. McClanahan, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. "This increase demonstrates a strong commitment to our shareholders and the confidence the board of directors has in our ability to deliver sustainable earnings and cash flow."

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines, and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total nearly $21 billion. With over 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. For more information, visit the company's website at

This news release includes forward-looking statements. Actual events and results may differ materially from those projected. The statements in this news release regarding future events and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual results include the financial performance of CenterPoint Energy, the timing and impact of future regulatory decisions, and other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Form 10-K for the period ended Dec. 31, 2010, and Form 10-Qs for the periods ended March 31, June 30, and Sept. 30, 2011, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For more information contact

Leticia Lowe
Phone      713.207.7702
Marianne Paulsen
Phone      713.207.6500

SOURCE CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

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