Full Year 2011
Fourth Quarter 2011
2012 Earnings Guidance
RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2012) – Progress Energy [NYSE: PGN] announced full-year GAAP earnings of $575 million, or $1.94 per share, compared with GAAP earnings of $856 million, or $2.95 per share, for the same period last year. GAAP earnings were reduced by a charge recorded for the $288 million to be refunded to Florida customers through the fuel clause in accordance with a comprehensive settlement agreement. Full-year ongoing earnings were $871 million, or $2.95 per share, compared to $889 million, or $3.06 per share, last year. The significant drivers in ongoing earnings per share were the less favorable impact of weather, partly offset by lower amortization expense in Florida. (See the discussion later in this release for a reconciliation of ongoing earnings per share to GAAP earnings per share.)
Fourth-quarter GAAP loss was $76 million, or $0.25 per share, compared with GAAP earnings of $125 million, or $0.42 per share, for the same period last year. The fourth quarter GAAP loss resulted from the previously noted charge recorded for the $288 million to be refunded to Florida customers. Fourth-quarter ongoing earnings were $114 million, or $0.39 per share, compared to $133 million, or $0.45 per share, for the same period last year. The significant drivers in ongoing earnings per share were the less favorable impact of weather, partly offset by lower O&M. (See the discussion later in this release for a reconciliation of ongoing earnings per share to GAAP earnings per share.)
"In 2011, we had lower than expected sales, particularly in the Carolinas' retail market. The lower sales, coupled with some unusual expenses, negatively affected our overall financial performance for the year," said Bill Johnson, Progress Energy chairman. president and CEO. "When you take into account the nature of the unusual items, it is clear that our employees maintained excellent focus on providing safe, reliable and efficient services for our customers, which lays the groundwork for stronger financial performance in 2012."
Progress Energy announces 2012 ongoing earnings guidance of $3.10 to $3.25 per share. The ongoing earnings guidance excludes the impact, if any, from discontinued operations, the effects of certain identified gains and charges and any merger-related costs from our proposed merger with Duke Energy Corporation. Progress Energy is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for the 2012 ongoing earnings guidance due to the uncertain nature and amount of these adjustments.
Progress Energy will host a conference call and webcast at 2 p.m. ET today to review fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 financial performance, as well as discuss 2012 earnings guidance and provide an overall business update. Additional details are provided at the end of this earnings release.
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Progress Energy’s conference call with the investment community will be held Feb. 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by dialing 1.913.312.1411, confirmation code 5496498. If you encounter problems, please contact Investor Relations at 1.919.546.6057.
A webcast of the live conference call will be available at www.progress-energy.com/webcast. The webcast will be archived on the site for at least 30 days following the call for those unable to listen in real time. The webcast will include audio of the conference call and a slide presentation referred to by management during the call. The slide presentation will be available for download beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET today at www.progress-energy.com/webcast.
Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a Fortune 500 energy company with 23,000 megawatts of generation capacity and approximately $9 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve approximately 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. The company has earned the Edison Electric Institute's Edison Award, the industry's highest honor, in recognition of its operational excellence, and was the first utility to receive the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates Founder's Award for customer service. The company is pursuing a balanced strategy for a secure energy future, which includes aggressive energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art power system. Progress Energy celebrated a century of service in 2008. Visit the company’s website at www.progress-energy.com.
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Examples of factors that you should consider with respect to any forward-looking statements made throughout this document include, but are not limited to, the following:
• our ability to obtain the approvals required to complete the merger and the impact of compliance with material restrictions or conditions potentially imposed by our regulators;
• the risk that the merger is terminated prior to completion and results in significant transaction costs to us;
• our ability to achieve the anticipated results and benefits of the merger;
• the impact of business uncertainties and contractual restrictions while the merger is pending;
• the scope of necessary repairs of the delamination of CR3 could prove more extensive than is currently identified, such repairs could prove not to be feasible, the costs of repair and/or replacement power could exceed our estimates and insurance coverage or may not be recoverable through the regulatory process;
• the impact of fluid and complex laws and regulations, including those relating to the environment and energy policy;
• our ability to recover eligible costs and earn an adequate return on investment through the regulatory process;
• the ability to successfully operate electric generating facilities and deliver electricity to customers;
• the impact on our facilities and businesses from a terrorist attack, cyber security threats and other catastrophic events;
• the ability to meet the anticipated future need for additional baseload generation and associated transmission facilities in our regulated service territories and the accompanying regulatory and financial risks;
• our ability to meet current and future renewable energy requirements;
• the inherent risks associated with the operation and potential construction of nuclear facilities, including environmental, health, safety, regulatory and financial risks;
• the financial resources and capital needed to comply with environmental laws and regulations;
• risks associated with climate change;
• weather and drought conditions that directly influence the production, delivery and demand for electricity;
• recurring seasonal fluctuations in demand for electricity;
• the ability to recover in a timely manner, if at all, costs associated with future significant weather events through the regulatory process;
• fluctuations in the price of energy commodities and purchased power and our ability to recover such costs through the regulatory process;
• our ability to control costs, including O&M and large construction projects;
• the ability of our subsidiaries to pay upstream dividends or distributions to Progress Energy, Inc. holding company;
• current economic conditions;
• the ability to successfully access capital markets on favorable terms;
• the stability of commercial credit markets and our access to short- and long-term credit;
• the impact that increases in leverage or reductions in cash flow may have on us;
• our ability to maintain our current credit ratings and the impacts in the event our credit ratings are downgraded;
• the investment performance of our nuclear decommissioning trust funds;
• the investment performance of the assets of our pension and benefit plans and resulting impact on future funding requirements;
• the impact of potential goodwill impairments;
• our ability to fully utilize tax credits generated from the previous production and sale of qualifying synthetic fuels under Internal Revenue Code Section 29/45K; and
• the outcome of any ongoing or future litigation or similar disputes and the impact of any such outcome or related settlements.
Many of these risks similarly impact our nonreporting subsidiaries.
These and other risk factors are detailed from time to time in our filings with the SEC. All such factors are difficult to predict, contain uncertainties that may materially affect actual results and may be beyond our control.
Any forward-looking statement is based on information current as of the date of this document and speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or statements to reflect events or circumstances after that date on which such statement is made.
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