CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
May 11, 2015

CenterPoint Energy reports first quarter 2015 earnings of $0.30 per diluted share and reaffirms full year guidance

- Strong customer growth continues:
-- Continued 2% annualized growth in metered electric customers
-- Continued 1% growth in new gas customers
- Initiated key rate filings, including Houston Electric's DCRF filing and Gas Operations' Texas Coast rate case and GRIP filings
- Company reaffirms full-year 2015 consolidated earnings guidance of $1.00 - $1.10 per diluted share; $0.71 - 0.75 utility operations and $0.29 - $0.35 for equity investment in midstream operations

HOUSTON, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today reported net income of $131 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015, compared with $185 million, or $0.43 per diluted share for the same period of the prior year. On a guidance basis, for the first quarter 2015, CenterPoint Energy earned 30 cents per diluted share. Utility operations earned 22 cents per diluted share and the equity investment in midstream operations earned 8 cents per diluted share. 

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Operating income for the first quarter of 2015 was $256 million, compared with $295 million in the prior year. Equity income from the company's investment in midstream operations was $52 million, for the first quarter of 2015, compared with $91 million in the prior year.

"I'm pleased with our first quarter results, which were in-line with our forecasts," said Scott M. Prochazka, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. "Our utilities continue to benefit from strong customer growth, and ongoing attention to cost management. Further, we filed several key rate recovery mechanisms in the quarter. Enable Midstream continues to execute their long-term strategy despite the challenges associated with a lower commodity price environment." 

Electric Transmission & Distribution

The electric transmission & distribution segment reported operating income of $96 million for the first quarter of 2015, consisting of $68 million from the regulated electric transmission & distribution utility operations (TDU) and $28 million related to securitization bonds. Operating income for the first quarter of 2014 was $105 million, consisting of $75 million from the TDU and $30 million related to securitization bonds.

Operating income for the TDU benefited primarily from higher net transmission-related revenues ($7 million) and continued strong customer growth ($6 million).These benefits were more than offset largely due to milder weather and the related weather hedge ($8 million), reduced equity return ($6 million) and lower right of way revenues ($3 million).

Natural Gas Distribution

The natural gas distribution segment reported operating income of $146 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared with $162 million for the same period of 2014.Operating income benefited from rate relief and customer growth ($7 million). Such benefits were more than offset by reduced usage due to milder weather primarily in our Minnesota service territory ($9 million) and higher depreciation and amortization expense and taxes ($10 million). 

Energy Services

The energy services segment reported operating income of $13 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared to $26 million for the same period of 2014. First quarter operating income for 2015 included a mark-to-market accounting loss of $4 million, compared to a gain of $4 million for the same period of 2014. The remaining decrease in operating income was margin-related, primarily as a result of reduced weather-related optimization opportunities for existing gas transportation assets.

Equity Investment in Midstream Operations

The midstream investments segment reported $52 million of equity income for the first quarter of 2015, compared with $91 million in the prior year.  In their May 6, 2015, press release, Enable Midstream stated that the decrease in net income attributable to the partnership is primarily a result of lower gross margin due to lower commodity prices.

Cash distributions received in the first quarter of 2015 were $72 million. Further, Enable Midstream declared a quarterly cash distribution on April 24, 2015, from which CenterPoint Energy expects to receive approximately $73 million. This represents an increase of approximately 1.2 percent over the prior quarter distribution.

Refer to Enable Midstream's earnings press release issued on May 6, 2015, for detailed results of operations.

Dividend Declaration

On April 23, 2015, CenterPoint Energy's board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.2475 per share of common stock payable on June 10, 2015, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 15, 2015.

Outlook for 2015

CenterPoint Energy reaffirms that its earnings estimate for 2015 utility operations is in the range of $0.71 to $0.75 per diluted share. The company expects its 2015 earnings estimate from its equity investment in midstream operations to be in the range of $0.29 to $0.35 per diluted share. On a consolidated basis, CenterPoint Energy reaffirms earnings on a guidance basis for 2015 in the range of $1.00 to $1.10 per diluted share.

The utility operations guidance range considers performance to date and certain significant variables that may impact earnings, such as weather, regulatory and judicial proceedings, throughput, commodity prices, effective tax rates, and financing activities. In providing this guidance, the company does not include other potential impacts, such as changes in accounting standards or unusual items, earnings from the change in the value of the ZENS securities and the related stocks, or the timing effects of mark-to-market accounting in the company's energy service business. 

In providing guidance for equity investments in midstream operations, the company assumes a 55.4 percent limited partner ownership interest in Enable Midstream and includes the amortization of our basis differential in Enable Midstream. The company's guidance takes into account such factors as Enable Midstream's most recent public outlook for 2015 dated May 6, 2015, and effective tax rates. The company does not include other potential impacts such as any changes in accounting standards or Enable Midstream's unusual items.

 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Net Income and diluted EPS to the basis used in providing 2015 annual earnings guidance


















Quarter Ended








March 31, 2015


















Net Income
(in millions)


EPS

















Consolidated as reported

$  131


$  0.30







  Midstream Investments

(33)


(0.08)







  Utility Operations (1)

98


$  0.22

















Timing effects impacting CES(2):










  Mark-to-market (gain) losses

3


0.01

















ZENS-related mark-to-market (gains) losses:










  Marketable securities(3)

11


0.03







  Indexed debt securities

(16)


(0.04)



























Utility operations earnings on an adjusted guidance basis

$    96


$  0.22

















Per the basis used in providing 2015 earnings guidance:










  Utility Operations on a guidance basis

$    96


$  0.22







  Midstream Investments

33


0.08







2015 Consolidated on guidance basis

$  129


$  0.30









(1)

CenterPoint earnings excluding Midstream Investments 

(2)

Energy Services segment 

(3)

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

Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2015. A copy of that report is available on the company's website, under the Investors section. Other filings the company makes with the SEC and certain documents relating to its corporate governance can also be found under the Investors section. 

Webcast of Earnings Conference Call

CenterPoint Energy's management will host an earnings conference call on Monday, May 11, 2015, 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 on the company's website under the Investors section. A replay of the call can be accessed approximately two hours after the completion of the call and will be archived on the website 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 and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp.,  which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. For more information, visit the website at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties.  Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future earnings, and future financial performance and results of operations, including, but not limited to earnings guidance, and any 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) state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments affecting various aspects of CenterPoint Energy's businesses (including the businesses of Enable Midstream Partners (Enable Midstream)), including, among others, energy deregulation or re-regulation, pipeline integrity and safety, health care reform, financial reform, tax legislation, and actions regarding the rates charged by CenterPoint Energy's regulated businesses; (2) state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments relating to the environment, including those related to global climate change; (3) timely and appropriate rate actions that allow recovery of costs and a reasonable return on investment; (4) the timing and outcome of any audits, disputes or other proceedings related to taxes; (5) 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; (6) 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; (7) the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, particularly natural gas and natural gas liquids, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials, and the impact of commodity changes on producer related activities; (8) weather variations and other natural phenomena, including the impact on operations and capital from severe weather events; (9) any direct or indirect effects on CenterPoint Energy's facilities, operations and financial condition resulting from terrorism, cyber-attacks, data security breaches or other attempts to disrupt its businesses or the businesses of third parties, or other catastrophic events; (10) the impact of unplanned facility outages; (11) timely and appropriate regulatory actions allowing securitization or other recovery of costs associated with any future hurricanes or natural disasters; (12) changes in interest rates or rates of inflation; (13) commercial bank and financial market conditions, CenterPoint Energy's access to capital, the cost of such capital, and the results of its financing and refinancing efforts, including availability of funds in the debt capital markets; (14) actions by credit rating agencies; (15) effectiveness of CenterPoint Energy's risk management activities; (16) inability of various counterparties to meet their obligations; (17) non-payment for services due to financial distress of CenterPoint Energy's customers; (18) the ability of GenOn Energy, Inc. (formerly known as RRI Energy, Inc.), a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., and its subsidiaries to satisfy their obligations to CenterPoint Energy and its subsidiaries; (19) the ability of retail electric providers, and particularly the largest customers of the TDU, to satisfy their obligations to CenterPoint Energy and its subsidiaries; (20) the outcome of litigation brought by or against CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries; (21) CenterPoint Energy's ability to control costs, invest planned capital, or execute growth projects; (22) the investment performance of pension and postretirement benefit plans; (23) potential business strategies, including restructurings, joint ventures, and acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses, for which no assurance can be given that they will be completed or will provide the anticipated benefits to CenterPoint Energy; (24) acquisition and merger activities involving CenterPoint Energy or its competitors; (25) future economic conditions in regional and national markets and their effects on sales, prices and costs; (26)  the performance of Enable Midstream, the amount of cash distributions CenterPoint Energy receives from Enable Midstream, and the value of its interest in Enable Midstream, and factors that may have a material impact on such performance, cash distributions and value, including certain of the factors specified above and: (A) the integration of the operations of the businesses contributed to Enable Midstream; (B) the achievement of anticipated operational and commercial synergies and expected growth opportunities, and the successful implementation of  Enable Midstream's business plan; (C) competitive conditions in the midstream industry, and actions taken by Enable Midstream's customers and competitors, including the extent and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets served by Enable Midstream; (D) the timing and extent of changes in the supply of natural gas and associated commodity prices, particularly natural gas and natural gas liquids, the competitive effects of the available pipeline capacity in the regions served by Enable Midstream, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials, including the effects of these circumstances on re-contracting available capacity on Enable Midstream's interstate pipelines; (E) the demand for natural gas, NGLs and transportation and storage services; (F) changes in tax status; (G) access to growth capital; and (H) the availability and prices of raw materials for current and future construction projects; and (27) other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, as well as in CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to presenting its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), CenterPoint Energy also provides guidance based on adjusted diluted earnings per share, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance that excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of net income and diluted earnings per share to the basis used in providing 2015 guidance is provided in this news release.

Management evaluates financial performance in part based on adjusted diluted earnings per share and believes that presenting this non-GAAP financial measure enhances an investor's understanding of CenterPoint Energy's overall financial performance by providing them with an additional meaningful and relevant comparison of current and anticipated future results across periods by excluding items that Management does not believe most accurately reflect its fundamental business performance, which items include the items reflected in the reconciliation table of this news release. This non-GAAP financial measure should be considered as a supplement and complement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and may be different than non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Statements of Consolidated Income

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)













Quarter Ended



March 31,



2015


2014











Revenues:





Electric Transmission & Distribution 


$   612


$   629

Natural Gas Distribution


1,193


1,487

Energy Services


650


1,084

Other Operations


4


4

Eliminations


(26)


(41)

Total


2,433


3,163






Expenses:





Natural gas


1,354


2,043

Operation and maintenance


498


479

Depreciation and amortization


217


235

Taxes other than income taxes


108


111

Total


2,177


2,868

Operating Income


256


295






Other Income (Expense) :





Loss on marketable securities


(17)


(30)

Gain on indexed debt securities


24


43

Interest and other finance charges


(89)


(84)

Interest on transition and system restoration bonds


(28)


(30)

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


52


91

Other - net


11


9

Total


(47)


(1)






Income Before Income Taxes 


209


294






Income Tax Expense 


78


109






Net Income


$   131


$   185
















Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q 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




March 31,




2015


2014














Basic Earnings Per Common Share


$      0.30


$      0.43








Diluted Earnings Per Common Share


$      0.30


$      0.43








Dividends Declared per Common Share


$  0.2475


$  0.2375








     Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding (000):






- Basic


429,955


429,163


- Diluted


431,183


430,559














Operating Income by Segment 












Electric Transmission & Distribution:






Electric Transmission and Distribution Operations


$         68


$         75


Transition and System Restoration Bond Companies


28


30


Total Electric Transmission & Distribution


96


105


Natural Gas Distribution


146


162


Energy Services


13


26


Other Operations


1


2








Total


$       256


$       295




















Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Results of Operations by Segment

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)



















Electric Transmission & Distribution



Quarter Ended






March 31,


% Diff




2015


2014


Fav/(Unfav)


Results of Operations:








Revenues:








Electric transmission and distribution utility


$               514


$            502


2%


Transition and system restoration bond companies


98


127


(23%)


Total


612


629


(3%)










Expenses:








Operation and maintenance


307


288


(7%)


Depreciation and amortization


83


81


(2%)


Taxes other than income taxes


56


58


3%


Transition and system restoration bond companies


70


97


28%


Total


516


524


2%


Operating Income


$                 96


$            105


(9%)










Operating Income:








Electric transmission and distribution operations


$                 68


$              75


(9%)


Transition and system restoration bond companies


28


30


(7%)


Total Segment Operating Income


$                 96


$            105


(9%)










Electric Transmission & Distribution Operating Data:






Actual MWH Delivered








Residential


5,412,794


5,282,384


2%


Total


18,014,776


17,718,811


2%










Weather (average for service area):








Percentage of 10-year average:








Cooling degree days


57%


52%


5%


Heating degree days


135%


136%


(1%)










Number of metered customers - end of period:








Residential


2,043,463


1,994,506


2%


Total


2,310,706


2,257,065


2%




















Natural Gas Distribution



Quarter Ended 






March 31,


% Diff




2015


2014


Fav/(Unfav)


Results of Operations:








Revenues


$            1,193


$         1,487


(20%)


Natural gas


756


1,039


27%


   Gross Margin


437


448


(2%)


Expenses:








Operation and maintenance


186


187


1%


Depreciation and amortization


55


48


(15%)


Taxes other than income taxes


50


51


2%


Total


291


286


(2%)


Operating Income


$               146


$            162


(10%)










Natural Gas Distribution Operating Data:








Throughput data in BCF








Residential


97


106


(8%)


Commercial and Industrial


88


97


(9%)


Total Throughput


185


203


(9%)










Weather (average for service area)








Percentage of 10-year average:








Heating degree days


113%


126%


(13%)










Number of customers - end of period:








Residential


3,137,337


3,103,209


1%


Commercial and Industrial


251,811


248,625


1%


Total


3,389,148


3,351,834


1%


























Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries


Results of Operations by Segment


(Millions of Dollars)


(Unaudited)






















Energy Services




Quarter Ended 







March 31,


% Diff





2015


2014


Fav/(Unfav)



Results of Operations:









Revenues


$           650


$        1,084


(40%)



Natural gas


624


1,045


40%



   Gross Margin


26


39


(33%)



Expenses:









Operation and maintenance


12


12


-



Depreciation and amortization


1


1


-



Total


13


13


-



Operating Income


$             13


$             26


(50%)












Mark-to-market gain (loss)


$             (4)


$               4


(200%)












Energy Services Operating Data:









Throughput data in BCF


185


184


1%












Number of customers - end of period


18,206


17,395


5%























Other Operations




Quarter Ended 







March 31,


% Diff





2015


2014


Fav/(Unfav)



Results of Operations:









Revenues


$               4


$               4


-



Expenses


3


2


(50%)



Operating Income


$               1


$               2


(50%)












 Capital Expenditures by Segment 


(Millions of Dollars)


(Unaudited)













Quarter Ended 







March 31,







2015


2014





Capital Expenditures by Segment









Electric Transmission & Distribution


$           208


$           187





Natural Gas Distribution


91


83





Energy Services


1


1





Other Operations


9


15





Total


$           309


$           286














Interest Expense Detail


(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)












Quarter Ended 







March 31,







2015


2014





Interest Expense Detail









Amortization of Deferred Financing Cost


$               6


$               6





Capitalization of Interest Cost


(3)


(3)





Transition and System Restoration Bond Interest Expense


28


30





Other Interest Expense


86


81





Total Interest Expense


$           117


$           114
































Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements


contained in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.


 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)















March 31,


December 31,




2015


2014














                                        ASSETS






Current Assets:






  Cash and cash equivalents


$     234


$     298


  Other current assets


2,457


2,970


      Total current assets


2,691


3,268








Property, Plant and Equipment, net


10,670


10,502








Other Assets:






  Goodwill


840


840


  Regulatory assets


3,426


3,527


  Investment in unconsolidated affiliates


4,501


4,521


  Other non-current assets


542


542


      Total other assets


9,309


9,430


        Total Assets


$22,670


$23,200








                         LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY












Current Liabilities:






  Short-term borrowings


$         -


$      53


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


380


372


  Indexed debt


154


152


  Current portion of other long-term debt


271


271


  Other current liabilities


2,382


2,627


      Total current liabilities


3,187


3,475








Other Liabilities:






  Accumulated deferred income taxes, net 


4,716


4,757


  Regulatory liabilities


1,243


1,206


  Other non-current liabilities


1,183


1,205


      Total other liabilities


7,142


7,168








Long-term Debt:






  Transition and system restoration bonds


2,528


2,674


  Other


5,239


5,335


      Total long-term debt


7,767


8,009








Shareholders' Equity


4,574


4,548


      Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity


$22,670


$23,200




















Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

 

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows

(Millions of Dollars)

(Unaudited)














Three Months Ended March 31,


2015


2014





Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




  Net income

$131


$185

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




Depreciation and amortization

224


242

Deferred income taxes

7


4

Write-down of natural gas inventory

2


-

Changes in net regulatory assets

58


27

Changes in other assets and liabilities

245


(70)

Other, net

(1)


(8)

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

666


380





Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(337)


(316)





Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities

(393)


107





Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(64)


171





Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

298


208





Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$234


$379




Reference is made to the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

contained in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

 

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