AGL Resources Reports First Quarter 2016 Earnings
1Q 2016 diluted EPS of $1.53, excluding merger expenses, compared to $1.62 in 1Q 2015
1Q 2016 diluted EPS of $1.30, excluding merger expenses and wholesale services, compared to $1.34 in 1Q 2015
Year-over-year weather impact across distribution operations and retail operations was $(0.11) due to warmer-than-normal weather in 1Q 2016 and colder-than-normal weather in 1Q 2015
ATLANTA, May 4, 2016 -- AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE: GAS) today reported first quarter 2016 net income, excluding merger expenses, of $184 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, compared to $193 million, or $1.62 per share, for the same period in 2015. Net income excluding merger expenses and wholesale services was $157 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, compared to $159 million, or $1.34 per share.
"Despite warmer-than-normal weather in the first quarter of this year, performance at each business segment surpassed our expectations driven by our infrastructure investment programs, higher customer usage, lower expenses and an effective weather hedging program," said Andrew W. Evans, AGL Resources' President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to solid first quarter business performance, we have made significant progress on our pending merger with Southern Company. We have obtained state regulatory approvals in California, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland. While we still have pending applications in Illinois and New Jersey, we are pleased with our progress and continue to expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2016."
Earnings per Share (EPS):
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT):
Excluding merger expenses, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, the primary driver of the $13 million quarter-over-quarter decrease in EBIT was lower commercial activity driven by lower price volatility in the wholesale services segment.
Excluding wholesale services and merger expenses, first quarter 2016 EBIT decreased by $1 million due primarily to the following:
INTEREST EXPENSE, INCOME TAXES AND NONCONTROLLING INTEREST
SOUTHERN COMPANY / AGL RESOURCES MERGER UPDATES
The proposed merger is subject to approval by certain regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions. To date, the proposed merger has been approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission, the Georgia Public Service Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Virginia State Corporation Commission and our shareholders. The company expects the transaction to close in the second half of 2016.
AGL Resources has suspended its earnings conference calls due to the proposed merger and related regulatory filings and approval processes, which are pending in several jurisdictions. A presentation with earnings highlights will be posted in the Investor Relations section of www.aglresources.com.
About AGL Resources
Actual results may differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, the failure to obtain, on a timely basis or otherwise, the remaining required regulatory approvals in connection with the proposed merger with Southern Company (including the terms of such approvals); the risk that another condition to closing of the merger may not be satisfied; changes in price, supply and demand for natural gas and related products; the impact of changes in state and federal legislation and regulation including any changes related to climate change; actions taken by government agencies on rates and other matters; concentration of credit risk; utility and energy industry consolidation; the impact on cost and timeliness of construction projects by government and other approvals, project delays, adequacy of supply of diversified vendors and unexpected changes in project costs, including the cost of funds to finance these projects and our ability to recover our costs from our customers; limits on pipeline capacity; the impact of acquisitions and divestitures; our ability to successfully integrate operations that we have or may acquire or develop in the future; direct or indirect effects on our business, financial condition or liquidity resulting from a change in our credit ratings or change in the credit ratings of our counterparties or competitors; interest rate fluctuations; financial market conditions, including disruptions in the capital markets and lending environment; general economic conditions; uncertainties about environmental issues and the related impact of such issues, including our environmental remediation plans; the impact of changes in weather, including climate change, on the temperature-sensitive portions of our business; the impact of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, on the supply and price of natural gas; acts of war or terrorism; the outcome of litigation; and other factors which are provided in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which we incorporate by reference in this press release. There can be no assurance that the proposed merger with Southern Company will in fact be consummated.
Additional information about these factors and about the material factors or assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements may be found in this press release, as well as under Item 1A in the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015. The company cautions that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to the company, investors and security holders should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the transaction or other matters attributable to the company or any other person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements referenced above.
There may also be other factors that we do not anticipate or that we do not recognize are material that could cause results to differ materially from our expectations. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise, except as required by law.
Operating margin is a non-GAAP measure that is calculated as operating revenues minus cost of goods sold and revenue tax expense in distribution operations. Operating margin excludes operation and maintenance expenses, depreciation and amortization, taxes other than income taxes and merger-related expenses, which are included in the calculation of operating income as calculated in accordance with GAAP and reflected on the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income. The company believes that operating margin provides useful information to management and investors regarding the contribution resulting from customer growth in our distribution operations segment since the cost of goods sold and revenue tax expenses can vary significantly and are generally billed directly to our customers. We further believe that operating margin at our retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations segments allows us to focus on a direct measure of operating margin before overhead costs.
AGL Resources presented non-GAAP measures of adjusted EPS and adjusted net income that exclude the impacts of our wholesale services segment and merger-related expenses. The company believes presenting EPS and net income excluding wholesale services provides investors with an additional measure of operating performance that excludes the volatility that results from mark-to-market and lower of weighted average cost or current market price accounting adjustments in the wholesale services segment. As the company does not regularly engage in transactions of the magnitude of the proposed merger with Southern Company, and consequently does not regularly incur merger expenses of correlative size, the company believes presenting EPS and net income excluding merger expenses provides investors with an additional measure of AGL Resources' core operating performance. Details related to the adjustments for merger-related expenses are included in the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" section of our 2015 Form 10-K.
Operating margin, adjusted EPS and adjusted net income should not be considered as alternatives to, or more meaningful indicators of, the company's operating performance than net income attributable to AGL Resources, operating income or EPS as determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, the company's operating margin, adjusted EPS and adjusted net income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of another company. Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures referenced in this press release is attached to this release and available on the company's Website at http://www.aglresources.com/ under the Investor Relations section.
AGL Resources Inc.