CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Mar 1, 2011

CenterPoint Energy Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Earnings

HOUSTON, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today reported net income of $124 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $105 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the same period of 2009. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $302 million compared to $299 million for the same period of 2009.

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For the year ended December 31, 2010, net income was $442 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, compared to $372 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, for the same period of 2009. Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $1.25 billion compared to $1.12 billion for the same period of 2009.  

"I am pleased with our company's overall performance in 2010," said David M. McClanahan, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. "Our regulated electric and natural gas utilities, and interstate pipelines turned in solid operating and financial performances. Our field services unit expanded its facilities in the Haynesville shale resulting in substantial increases in throughput, revenues and operating income. As our performance demonstrates, we continue to benefit from our balanced portfolio of electric and natural gas assets, and I believe we are well positioned for the future."

Electric Transmission & Distribution

The electric transmission & distribution segment reported operating income of $90 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, consisting of $56 million from the regulated electric transmission & distribution utility operations (TDU) and $34 million related to securitization bonds.  Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $95 million, consisting of $61 million from the TDU and $34 million related to securitization bonds. Operating income for the TDU benefited from growth of nearly 28,000 metered customers since December 2009 and increased usage, which was more than offset by higher operation and maintenance expenses in part associated with energy efficiency and system reliability programs.

Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $567 million, consisting of $427 million from the TDU and $140 million related to securitization bonds. Operating income for the same period of 2009 was $545 million, consisting of $414 million from the TDU and $131 million related to securitization bonds. Operating income for the TDU benefited from customer growth and increased usage due in part to favorable weather, partially offset by reduced revenues associated with the credit to customers' bills reflecting the benefit of deferred taxes associated with Hurricane Ike storm restoration costs, and increased operation and maintenance expenses in part associated with system reliability programs and higher employee-related costs.    

Natural Gas Distribution

The natural gas distribution segment reported operating income of $86 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $99 million for the same period of 2009. The decline in operating income resulted primarily from milder weather, higher operation and maintenance expenses, and rate design changes.    

Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $231 million compared to $204 million for the same period of 2009. Operating results benefited from rate changes, lower pension and benefit costs, and reduced bad debt expense, partially offset by higher operation and maintenance expenses.

Interstate Pipelines

The interstate pipelines segment reported operating income of $63 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $62 million for the same period of 2009. Higher revenues from firm contracts associated with Phase IV of the Carthage to Perryville pipeline were substantially offset by reduced revenues from ancillary services.  

In addition to operating income, this segment recorded equity income of $4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 from its 50 percent interest in the Southeast Supply Header (SESH) compared to equity income of $5 million for the same period of 2009.

Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $270 million compared to $256 million for the same period of 2009. Operating income increased primarily due to higher revenue from new firm contracts and lower operation and maintenance expenses, partially offset by lower revenue from ancillary services and off-system sales.  

In addition to operating income, this segment recorded equity income of $19 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, from its interest in SESH compared to equity income of $7 million for the same period of 2009, which included non-cash charges of $16 million to reflect SESH's discontinued use of regulatory accounting.

Field Services

The field services segment reported operating income of $57 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to $22 million for the same period of 2009. Revenue growth from higher gathering volumes, primarily associated with projects in the Haynesville shale, was partially offset by increased operation and maintenance expenses primarily related to facility expansions. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 also included a gain of $21 million associated with the sale of a small, non-strategic gas gathering system.

In addition to operating income, this business had equity income of $2 million in each of the fourth quarters of 2010 and 2009 from its 50 percent interest in a gathering and processing joint venture (Waskom).  

Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $151 million compared to $94 million for the same period of 2009. Revenue growth from higher gathering volumes associated with projects in the Haynesville and other shale areas was partially offset by increased operation and maintenance expenses from the new facilities. Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2010, also included a gain of $21 million associated with the sale of a small, non-strategic gas gathering system. Equity income from the Waskom joint venture was $10 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to $8 million for the same period of 2009.

Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services

The competitive natural gas sales and services segment reported no operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to operating income of $21 million for the same period of 2009. The decline in operating income was due to substantially reduced locational and seasonal price differentials. In addition, operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 included charges of $10 million resulting from mark-to-market accounting for derivatives associated with certain forward natural gas purchases and sales used to lock in economic margins, compared to charges of $1 million for the same period of 2009.  

Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2010, was $16 million compared to $21 million for the same period of 2009. The decline in operating income was due to substantially reduced locational and seasonal price differentials. In addition, operating income for the year ended December 31, 2010, included gains of $4 million resulting from mark-to-market accounting compared to charges of $23 million for the same period of 2009. During each of the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, there were $6 million in natural gas inventory write-downs to the lower of cost or market.      

Corporate and Other

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 included a decrease in deferred income tax expense of $24 million to reflect the effects of restructuring certain gas subsidiaries. Net income for the first quarter of 2010 reflected an increase in deferred income tax expense of $21 million as a result of the passing of federal health care legislation that eliminated the future tax deductibility of certain retiree health care costs.

During the year ended December 31, 2010, the company issued 33 million common shares through an underwritten public offering, and dividend reinvestment and employee benefit plans.  

Dividend Declaration

On January 20, 2011, CenterPoint Energy's board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.1975 per share of common stock payable on March 10, 2011, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 16, 2011.  This marks the sixth consecutive year the company has increased its quarterly dividend.

Outlook for 2011

CenterPoint Energy expects earnings for 2011 to be in the range of $1.04 to $1.14 per diluted share.   This guidance takes into consideration various economic and operational assumptions related to the business segments in which the company operates.  The company has made certain assumptions regarding financing activities and the impact to earnings of various regulatory proceedings.  In providing this guidance, the company has not included the impact of any changes in accounting standards, any impact from significant acquisitions or divestitures, any impact to income from the change in value of Time Warner stocks and the related ZENS securities, the timing effects of mark-to-market or inventory accounting in the company's competitive natural gas sales and services business, or the outcome of the TDU's true-up appeal.  

Filing of Form 10-K for CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2010.  A copy of that report is available on the company's Web site, www.CenterPointEnergy.com, under the Investors section.  Other filings the company makes with the SEC and other documents relating to its corporate governance can also be found on that site. 

Webcast of Earnings Conference Call

CenterPoint Energy's management will host an earnings conference call on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. Central time or 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.  Interested parties may listen to a live audio broadcast of the conference call at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.  A replay of the call can be accessed approximately two hours after the completion of the call and will be archived on the Web site for at least one year.

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 more than $20 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 Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.   The statements in this news release regarding the company's earnings outlook for 2011 and future financial performance and results of operations, and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements.  Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release.  Factors that could affect actual results include (1) the resolution of the true-up proceedings, including, in particular, the results of appeals to the Texas Supreme Court regarding rulings obtained to date; (2) state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments relating to the environment, including those related to global climate change; (3) other state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments affecting various aspects of CenterPoint Energy's businesses, including, among others, energy deregulation or re-regulation, pipeline safety, health care reform, financial reform and tax legislation; (4) timely and appropriate rate actions and increases, allowing recovery of costs and a reasonable return on investment; (5) the timing and outcome of any audits, disputes or other proceedings related to taxes; (6) problems with construction, implementation of necessary technology or other issues with respect to major capital projects that result in delays or in cost overruns that cannot be recouped in rates; (7) industrial, commercial and residential growth in CenterPoint Energy's service territories and changes in market demand, including the effects of energy efficiency measures, and demographic patterns; (8) the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, particularly natural gas and natural gas liquids; (9) the timing and extent of changes in the supply of natural gas, including supplies available for gathering by CenterPoint Energy's field services business and transporting by its interstate pipelines; (10) the timing and extent of changes in natural gas basis differentials; (11) weather variations and other natural phenomena; (12) the impact of unplanned facility outages; (13) timely and appropriate regulatory actions allowing securitization or other recovery of costs associated with any future hurricanes or natural disasters; (14) changes in interest rates or rates of inflation; (15) commercial bank and financial market conditions, CenterPoint Energy's access to capital, the cost of such capital, and the results of our financing and refinancing efforts, including availability of funds in the debt capital markets; (16) actions by rating agencies; (17) effectiveness of CenterPoint Energy's risk management activities; (18) inability of various counterparties to meet their obligations; (19) non-payment for our services due to financial distress of CenterPoint Energy's customers; (20) the ability of GenOn Energy, Inc. (formerly known as RRI Energy, Inc.) and its subsidiaries to satisfy their obligations to CenterPoint Energy and its subsidiaries; (21) the ability of retail electric providers, and particularly the two largest customers of the TDU, to satisfy their obligations to CenterPoint Energy and its subsidiaries; (22) the outcome of litigation brought by or against CenterPoint Energy; (23) CenterPoint Energy's ability to control costs; (24) the investment performance of pension and postretirement benefit plans; (25) potential business strategies, including restructurings, acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses; (26) acquisition and merger activities; and (27) other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Phone 713.207.6500



CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Statements of Consolidated Income

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)





















Quarter Ended


Year  Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2009


2010


2009


2010



















Revenues:









Electric Transmission & Distribution


$                    472


$                    506


$                 2,013


$                 2,205

Natural Gas Distribution


1,043


813


3,384


3,213

Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services


634


592


2,230


2,651

Interstate Pipelines


137


145


598


601

Field Services


65


96


241


338

Other Operations


2


2


11


11

Eliminations


(54)


(56)


(196)


(234)

Total


2,299


2,098


8,281


8,785










Expenses:









Natural gas


1,290


1,053


4,371


4,574

Operation and maintenance


438


451


1,664


1,719

Depreciation and amortization


181


204


743


864

Taxes other than income taxes


91


88


379


379

Total


2,000


1,796


7,157


7,536

Operating Income


299


302


1,124


1,249










Other Income (Expense) :









Gain on marketable securities


14


32


82


67

Loss on indexed debt securities


(14)


(31)


(68)


(31)

Interest and other finance charges


(129)


(117)


(513)


(481)

Interest on transition and system restoration bonds


(33)


(34)


(131)


(140)

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


7


7


15


29

Other - net


8


5


39


12

Total


(147)


(138)


(576)


(544)










Income Before Income Taxes


152


164


548


705










Income Tax Expense


(47)


(40)


(176)


(263)










Net Income


$                    105


$                    124


$                    372


$                    442




























Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.




CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Selected Data From Statements of Consolidated Income

(Millions of Dollars, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)





















Quarter Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2009


2010


2009


2010



















Basic Earnings Per Common Share


$                          0.27


$                          0.29


$                          1.02


$                          1.08










Diluted Earnings Per Common Share


$                          0.27


$                          0.29


$                          1.01


$                          1.07










Dividends Declared per Common Share


$                        0.190


$                        0.195


$                        0.760


$                        0.780










     Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding (000):









- Basic


390,922


423,860


365,229


409,721

- Diluted


393,472


426,963


367,681


412,776



















Operating Income by Segment


















Electric Transmission & Distribution:









Electric Transmission and Distribution Operations


$                             61


$                             56


$                           414


$                           427

Transition and System Restoration Bond Companies


34


34


131


140

Total Electric Transmission & Distribution


95


90


545


567

Natural Gas Distribution


99


86


204


231

Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services


21


-


21


16

Interstate Pipelines


62


63


256


270

Field Services


22


57


94


151

Other Operations


-


6


4


14










Total


$                           299


$                           302


$                        1,124


$                        1,249




























Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.




CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Results of Operations by Segment

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)





























Electric Transmission & Distribution



Quarter Ended




Year Ended





December 31,


% Diff


December 31,


% Diff



2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)


2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)

Results of Operations:













Revenues:













Electric transmission and distribution utility


$                       392


$                    413


5%


$                 1,673


$                 1,768


6%

Transition and system restoration bond companies


80


93


16%


340


437


29%

Total


472


506


7%


2,013


2,205


10%














Expenses:













Operation and maintenance


211


232


(10%)


774


841


(9%)

Depreciation and amortization


70


74


(6%)


277


293


(6%)

Taxes other than income taxes


50


51


(2%)


208


207


-

Transition and system restoration bond companies


46


59


(28%)


209


297


(42%)

Total


377


416


(10%)


1,468


1,638


(12%)

Operating Income


$                         95


$                      90


(5%)


$                    545


$                    567


4%














Operating Income:













Electric transmission and distribution operations


$                         61


$                      56


(8%)


$                    414


$                    427


3%

Transition and system restoration bond companies


34


34


-


131


140


7%

Total Segment Operating Income


$                         95


$                      90


(5%)


$                    545


$                    567


4%



























Electric Transmission & Distribution









Operating Data:









Actual MWH Delivered













Residential


4,774,799


5,054,882


6%


24,815,397


26,554,309


7%

Total


16,632,601


17,020,701


2%


74,579,298


76,973,117


3%














Weather (average for service area):













Percentage of 10-year average:













Cooling degree days


82%


108%


26%


105%


105%


-

Heating degree days


122%


94%


(28%)


103%


133%


30%



























Number of metered customers - end of period:













Residential


1,849,019


1,874,508


1%


1,849,019


1,874,508


1%

Total


2,094,210


2,122,135


1%


2,094,210


2,122,135


1%












































Natural Gas Distribution



Quarter Ended




Year Ended





December 31,


% Diff


December 31,


% Diff



2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)


2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)

Results of Operations:













Revenues


$                    1,043


$                    813


(22%)


$                 3,384


$                 3,213


(5%)

Expenses:













Natural gas


713


486


32%


2,251


2,049


9%

Operation and maintenance


161


168


(4%)


639


639


-

Depreciation and amortization


40


42


(5%)


161


166


(3%)

Taxes other than income taxes


30


31


(3%)


129


128


1%

Total


944


727


23%


3,180


2,982


6%

Operating Income


$                         99


$                      86


(13%)


$                    204


$                    231


13%














Natural Gas Distribution Operating Data:













Throughput data in BCF













Residential


62


52


(16%)


173


177


2%

Commercial and Industrial


69


67


(3%)


233


249


7%

Total Throughput


131


119


(9%)


406


426


5%



























Weather (average for service area)













Percentage of 10-year average:













Heating degree days


110%


100%


(10%)


105%


107%


2%



























Number of customers - end of period:













Residential


3,002,114


3,016,333


-


3,002,114


3,016,333


-

Commercial and Industrial


244,101


246,891


1%


244,101


246,891


1%

Total


3,246,215


3,263,224


1%


3,246,215


3,263,224


1%








































Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.



CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Results of Operations by Segment

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)





























Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services



Quarter Ended




Year Ended





December 31,


% Diff


December 31,


% Diff



2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)


2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)

Results of Operations:













Revenues


$                  634


$                  592


(7%)


$               2,230


$               2,651


19%

Expenses:













Natural gas


603


582


3%


2,165


2,591


(20%)

Operation and maintenance


9


9


-


39


38


3%

Depreciation and amortization


1


1


-


4


4


-

Taxes other than income taxes


-


-


-


1


2


(100%)

Total


613


592


3%


2,209


2,635


(19%)

Operating Income


$                    21


$                    -


(100%)


$                    21


$                    16


(24%)














Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services Operating Data:













Throughput data in BCF


134


144


7%


504


548


9%














Number of customers - end of period


11,168


12,193


9%


11,168


12,193


9%












































Interstate Pipelines



Quarter Ended




Year Ended





December 31,


% Diff


December 31,


% Diff



2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)


2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)

Results of Operations:













Revenues


$                  137


$                  145


6%


$                  598


$                  601


1%

Expenses:













Natural gas


                      12


                      21


(75%)


                      97


                      93


4%

Operation and maintenance


                      43


                      41


5%


                    166


                    153


8%

Depreciation and amortization


                      12


                      13


(8%)


                      48


                      52


(8%)

Taxes other than income taxes


                        8


                        7


13%


                      31


                      33


(6%)

Total


                      75


                      82


(9%)


                    342


                    331


3%

Operating Income


$                    62


$                    63


2%


$                  256


$                  270


5%



























Pipelines Operating Data:













Throughput data in BCF













Transportation


                    357


                    433


21%


                 1,592


                 1,693


6%


































































Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.



CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Results of Operations by Segment

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)





























Field Services



Quarter Ended




Year Ended





December 31,


% Diff


December 31,


% Diff



2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)


2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)

Results of Operations:













Revenues


$                    65


$                    96


48%


$                  241


$                  338


40%

Expenses:













Natural gas


15


19


(27%)


51


72


(41%)

Operation and maintenance


23


10


57%


77


85


(10%)

Depreciation and amortization


4


8


(100%)


15


25


(67%)

Taxes other than income taxes


1


2


(100%)


4


5


(25%)

Total


43


39


9%


147


187


(27%)

Operating Income


$                    22


$                    57


159%


$                    94


$                  151


61%



























Field Services Operating Data:













Throughput data in BCF













Gathering


114


186


63%


426


650


53%































Other Operations



Quarter Ended




Year Ended





December 31,


% Diff


December 31,


% Diff



2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)


2009


2010


Fav/(Unfav)

Results of Operations:













Revenues


$                      2


$                      2


-


$                    11


$                    11


-

Expenses


2


(4)


300%


7


(3)


143%

Operating Income


$                    -


$                      6


-


$                      4


$                    14


250%



Capital Expenditures by Segment

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)














Quarter Ended




Year Ended



December 31,




December 31,



2009


2010




2009


2010

Capital Expenditures by Segment











Electric Transmission & Distribution


$                  114


$                  146




$                  402


$                  463

Hurricane Ike


-


-




26


-

Total Electric Transmission & Distribution


114


146




428


463

Natural Gas Distribution


44


74




165


202

Competitive Natural Gas Sales and Services


-


-




2


2

Interstate Pipelines


58


31




176


102

Field Services


131


196




348


668

Other Operations


11


10




29


25

Total


$                  358


$                  457




$               1,148


$               1,462



(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)













Quarter Ended




Year Ended



December 31,




December 31,



2009


2010




2009


2010

Interest Expense Detail











Amortization of Deferred Financing Cost


$                      7


$                      6




$                    34


$                    24

Capitalization of Interest Cost


-


(4)




                      (4)


                      (9)

Transition and System Restoration Bond Interest Expense


33


34




                    131


                    140

Other Interest Expense


122


115




                    483


                    466

Total Interest Expense


$                  162


$                  151




$                  644


$                  621


































Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.



CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)













December 31,


December 31,



2009


2010











ASSETS





Current Assets:





 Cash and cash equivalents


$                     740


$                        199

 Other current assets


2,164


2,383

     Total current assets


2,904


2,582






Property, Plant and Equipment, net


10,788


11,732






Other Assets:





 Goodwill


1,696


1,696

 Regulatory assets


3,677


3,446

 Other non-current assets


708


655

     Total other assets


6,081


5,797

       Total Assets


$                19,773


$                   20,111






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current Liabilities:





 Short-term borrowings


$                       55


$                          53

 Current portion of transition and system restoration bonds long-term debt


241


283

 Current portion of indexed debt


121


126

 Current portion of other long-term debt


541


19

 Other current liabilities


2,080


2,139

     Total current liabilities


3,038


2,620






Other Liabilities:





 Accumulated deferred income taxes, net and investment tax credit


2,792


2,943

 Regulatory liabilities


921


989

 Other non-current liabilities


1,264


1,360

     Total other liabilities


4,977


5,292






Long-term Debt:





 Transition and system restoration bonds


2,805


2,522

 Other


6,314


6,479

     Total long-term debt


9,119


9,001






Shareholders' Equity


2,639


3,198

     Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


$                19,773


$                   20,111





















Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.



CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)














Year Ended December 31,


2009


2010





Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




 Net income

$                      372


$                      442

 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

780


891

Deferred income taxes

269


199

Write-down of natural gas inventory

6


6

Changes in net regulatory assets

-


14

Changes in other assets and liabilities

398


(164)

Other, net

16


(2)

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

1,841


1,386





Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(896)


(1,420)





Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

(372)


(507)





Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

573


(541)





Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

167


740





Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$                      740


$                      199





















Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.



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