Southern Company reports third-quarter earnings - 10.23.96
Southern Company reported net income of $468 million or 69 cents a share for the three months ending Sept. 30, 1996, compared with $469 million or 71 cents a share for the third quarter of 1995, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer A.W. Dahlberg announced today.
"Milder weather this past summer kept our third-quarter earnings relatively flat when compared with the third quarter of 1995," Dahlberg said.
Revenue for the quarter was $2.9 billion, compared with $2.8 billion in 1995.
Earnings for the nine months ending Sept. 30, 1996, were $988 million or $1.47 a share, compared with $943 million or $1.42 per share for the same period in 1995. Revenue for the same period was $7.9 billion, compared with $6.9 billion in 1995.
Earnings for the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 1996, were $1.15 billion or $1.71 a share, compared with $1.12 billion or $1.69 a share for the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, 1995. Revenue for the same period was $10.2 billion, compared with $8.8 billion.
Reviewing operations, Dahlberg said electricity use by retail customers in Southern Company`s service area in the Southeast increased 3.7 percent to 101.7 billion kilowatt-hours during the first nine months of 1996, compared with the same period in 1995. In-home electricity needs were up 3.6 percent to 32.0 billion kilowatt-hours. Electricity consumption by commercial customers offices, stores, and other non-manufacturing firms gained 6.0 percent to 29.2 billion kilowatt-hours. Industrial energy use increased 2.2 percent to 39.8 billion kilowatt-hours.
Total sales of electricity to customers of Southern Company including sales to other utilities were up 4.7 percent to 117.9 billion kilowatt-hours for the first three quarters of 1996, compared with the same period in 1995.
Southern Company (NYSE: SO), the nation`s largest producer of electricity, is the parent firm of five electric utilities: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric. Other subsidiaries include Southern Energy Inc., Southern Communications Services, Southern Development and Investment Group, Southern Nuclear and Southern Company Services. Southern Company`s common stock is one of the 20 most widely held corporate stocks in America.
THE SOUTHERN COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED INCOME DATA
Three Months Ended September 1996 1995 Percent Change
Income Before Interest Charges
Consolidated Net Income
Average Number of Shares of Common Stock Outstanding
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock
THE SOUTHERN COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED
CONDENSED INCOME DATA Nine Months Ended SeptemberPercent
(Note)1995 Operating Revenues (in millions)$7,871$6,87114.5 Income Before Interest Charges (in millions)$1,616$1,5196.4 Consolidated Net Income (in millions)$988$9434.8 Average Number of Shares of Common
Stock Outstanding (in millions)6726641.1 Earnings Per Share of Common Stock$1.47$1.423.5 Kilowatt-Hour Sales:(millions of KWH) Total Sales
Total Retail Sales --
Note: Financial data includes the acquisition of South Western Electricity located in the United Kingdom. The acquisition
was completed in October 1995. Data for prior periods does not reflect this acquisition.