August 2, 2017

El Paso Electric Announces Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

EL PASO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- El Paso Electric Company (NYSE:EE):

Overview

  • For the second quarter of 2017, El Paso Electric Company ("EE" or the "Company") reported net income of $36.1 million, or $0.89 basic and diluted earnings per share. In the second quarter of 2016, EE reported net income of $22.3 million, or $0.55 basic and diluted earnings per share.
  • For the six months ended June 30, 2017, EE reported net income of $32.1 million, or $0.79 basic and diluted earnings per share. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2016 was $16.5 million, or $0.41 basic and diluted earnings per share.

"During the second quarter of 2017, our region continued to experience solid growth and we set a new native system peak of 1,935 MW on June 22, 2017, which is 2.3%, or 43 MW, higher than the peak we established on July 14, 2016. Additionally, the Texas Community Solar Program began commercial operation, which was celebrated with a successful subscriber open house," said Mary Kipp, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our improved overall financial results for the second quarter were largely due to the new rates that we began to recognize in August 2016, the resolution of the 2016 Texas fuel reconciliation, continued customer growth, and warmer weather conditions."

Earnings Summary

The table and explanations below present the major factors affecting second quarter and first half of 2017 net income relative to second quarter and first half of 2016 net income, respectively, (in thousands except per share data):

    Quarter Ended     Six Months Ended
    After-         After-    
Pre-Tax Tax Basic Pre-Tax Tax Basic
Effect Effect EPS Effect Effect EPS
June 30, 2016 $ 22,284 $ 0.55 $ 16,476 $ 0.41
Changes in:
Retail non-fuel base revenues 18,557 12,062 0.30 23,726 15,421 0.38
Palo Verde performance rewards, net 5,005 3,253 0.08 5,005 3,253 0.08
Investment and interest income 3,195 2,477 0.06 4,252 3,289 0.08
Depreciation and amortization 1,357 882 0.02 2,716 1,765 0.04
Allowance for funds used during construction (2,071 ) (1,838 ) (0.05 ) (4,459 ) (3,923 ) (0.10 )
Administrative and general expense (2,214 ) (1,438 ) (0.04 ) (1,567 ) (1,019 ) (0.02 )
Taxes other than income taxes (1,945 ) (1,264 ) (0.03 ) (2,863 ) (1,860 ) (0.05 )
Interest on long-term debt (109 ) (71 ) (1,877 ) (1,220 ) (0.03 )
Other   (281 )       (105 )    
June 30, 2017 $ 36,066   $ 0.89   $ 32,077   $ 0.79  
 

Financial Effect of the Public Utility Commission of Texas ("PUCT") Final Order

On August 25, 2016, the PUCT issued its final order in the Company's rate case in Docket No. 44941 ("PUCT Final Order"). The PUCT Final Order had a significant effect on the Company's three and six months ended June 30, 2017 financial results, the impacts of which are reflected in the table above and discussed below. For financial reporting purposes, the Company deferred any recognition of the Company's request in its 2015 Texas retail rate case until it received the PUCT Final Order in August 2016. Accordingly, it recorded in the third quarter of 2016 the cumulative effect of the PUCT Final Order that related back to January 12, 2016. The impact of the PUCT Final Order recorded in August 2016 relating to the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 would have increased net income by approximately $8.0 million and $12.6 million, respectively.

Second Quarter 2017

Income for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, when compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2016, was positively affected by (presented on a pre-tax basis):

  • Increased retail non-fuel base revenues primarily due to the non-fuel base rate increase approved in the PUCT Final Order. The second quarter of 2016 did not include approximately $11.3 million of retail non-fuel base revenues for the period from April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016, which revenues were not recognized until the PUCT Final Order was approved in August 2016. Warmer weather and the 1.8% growth in the average number of retail customers served also contributed to the increase in retail non-fuel base revenues in the quarter ended June 30, 2017.
  • Palo Verde performance rewards, associated with the 2013 to 2015 performance periods, net of disallowed fuel and purchased power costs related to the resolution of the Texas fuel reconciliation proceeding designated as PUCT Docket No. 46308 for the period from April 2013 through March 2016, were recorded in June 2017 with no comparable amount in the quarter ended June 30, 2016.
  • Increased investment and interest income primarily due to higher realized gains on securities sold from the Company's Palo Verde decommissioning trust in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2016.
  • Decreased depreciation and amortization primarily due to (i) reductions of approximately $2.9 million resulting from changes in depreciation rates as approved in the PUCT Final Order and in the final order in the Company's 2015 New Mexico retail rate case and (ii) the sale of the Company's interest in Units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant. These decreases were partially offset by increases in plant, including Montana Power Station ("MPS") Units 3 and 4, which were placed in service in May and September 2016, respectively.

Income for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, when compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2016, was negatively affected by (presented on a pre-tax basis):

  • Decreased allowance for funds used during construction ("AFUDC") due to (i) lower balances of construction work in progress ("CWIP"), primarily due to MPS Units 3 and 4 being placed in service in May and September 2016, respectively, and (ii) a reduction in the AFUDC rate effective January 2017.
  • Increased administrative and general ("A&G") expenses primarily due to timing of the accrual of employee incentive compensation and an annual merit increase.
  • Increased taxes other than income taxes primarily due to increased revenue related taxes and increased property valuations in Texas as a result of MPS Units 3 and 4 being placed in service in 2016.

First Six Months of 2017

Income for the six months ended June 30, 2017, when compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016, was positively affected by (presented on a pre-tax basis):

  • Increased retail non-fuel base revenues primarily due to the non-fuel base rate increase approved in the PUCT Final Order. The six months ended June 30, 2016 did not include approximately $17.2 million of retail non-fuel base revenues for the period from January 12, 2016 through June 30, 2016, which revenues were not recognized until the PUCT Final Order was approved in August 2016. The 1.7% growth in the average number of retail customers served also contributed to the increase in retail non-fuel base revenues.
  • Increased investment and interest income primarily due to higher realized gains on securities sold from the Company's Palo Verde decommissioning trust during the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016.
  • Palo Verde performance rewards, associated with the 2013 to 2015 performance periods, net of disallowed fuel and purchased power costs related to the resolution of the Texas fuel reconciliation proceeding designated as PUCT Docket No. 46308 for the period from April 2013 through March 2016, were recorded in June 2017 with no comparable amount during the six months ended June 30, 2016.
  • Decreased depreciation and amortization primarily due to (i) reductions of approximately $5.8 million resulting from changes in depreciation rates as approved in the PUCT Final Order and in the final order in the Company's 2015 New Mexico retail rate case and (ii) the sale of the Company's interest in Units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant. These decreases were partially offset by increases in plant, including MPS Units 3 and 4, which were placed in service in 2016.

Income for the six months ended June 30, 2017, when compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016, was negatively affected by (presented on a pre-tax basis):

  • Decreased AFUDC due to (i) lower balances of CWIP, primarily due to MPS Units 3 and 4 being placed in service in 2016 and (ii) a reduction in the AFUDC rate effective January 2017.
  • Increased taxes other than income taxes primarily due to increased revenue related taxes and increased property valuations in Texas as a result of MPS Units 3 and 4 being placed in service in 2016. These increases were partially offset by decreased property taxes in New Mexico due to decreased property valuations.
  • Increased interest on long-term debt primarily due to the $150 million principal amount of senior notes issued in March 2016.
  • Increased A&G expenses primarily due to timing of the accrual of employee incentive compensation and an annual merit increase.

Retail Non-fuel Base Revenues

Excluding the $11.3 million PUCT Final Order impact, for the second quarter of 2017, retail non-fuel base revenues increased $7.3 million pre-tax, or 4.5%, compared to the second quarter of 2016. This increase primarily includes (i) a $4.3 million increase in revenues from residential customers due to a 6.7% increase in kWh sales which were driven by warmer weather and a 1.6% increase in the average number of residential customers, (ii) a $1.2 million increase in revenues from sales to public authorities due to a 4.5% increase in kWh sales which were driven by warmer weather, and (iii) a $1.1 million increase in revenues from small commercial and industrial customers due to a 2.2% increase in kWh sales which were driven by a 2.5% increase in the average number of small commercial and industrial customers. Cooling degree days increased 14.8% in the quarter ended June 30, 2017, when compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2016. Cooling degree days for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 were 4.5% above the 10-year average. The Company experienced an overall 1.8% increase in the average number of customers served. Non-fuel base revenues and kWh sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 are provided by customer class on page 12 of this news release.

Excluding the $17.2 million PUCT Final Order impact, for the six months ended June 30, 2017, retail non-fuel base revenues increased $6.5 million pre-tax, or 2.4%, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016. This increase primarily includes (i) a $3.5 million increase in revenues from residential customers due to a 1.7% increase in kWh sales which were driven by a 1.5% increase in the average number of residential customers served and (ii) a $2.1 million increase in revenues from small commercial and industrial customers due to a 1.2% increase in kWh sales which were driven by a 3.2% increase in the average number of small commercial and industrial customers served. The Company experienced an overall 1.7% increase in the average number of customers served. Weather had minimal impact in the six months ended June 30, 2017, when compared to the six months ended June 30, 2016 due to milder weather in the first quarter of 2017 offsetting warmer weather in the second quarter of 2017. Non-fuel base revenues and kWh sales for the six months ended June 30, 2017 are provided by customer class on page 14 of this news release.

The second quarter of 2017 and the first half of 2017 included approximately $0.9 million and $1.7 million, respectively, of base revenues associated with the Four Corners surcharge which was established in the PUCT Final Order. This surcharge represents $3.7 million of annualized base revenue and in accordance with the PUCT Final Order, was discontinued in July 2017.

Rate Cases

2017 Texas Retail Rate Case Filing

On February 13, 2017, the Company filed with the City of El Paso, other municipalities incorporated in the Company's Texas service territory and the PUCT in Docket No. 46831, a request for an increase in non-fuel base revenues of approximately $42.5 million. On July 21, 2017, the Company filed its rebuttal testimony modifying the requested increase to $39.2 million. The decrease from the original request related primarily to the transfer of the recovery of $3.0 million of the rate case expenses to a separate proceeding. Hearings on the merits of this rate case are scheduled to begin on August 21, 2017. The Company requested, pursuant to its statutory right, to have its new rates relate back for consumption on and after July 18, 2017, which is the 155th day after the filing of the rate case. The difference in rates that would have been billed will be surcharged or refunded to customers after the PUCT's final order in Docket No. 46831. The PUCT has the authority to require the Company to surcharge or refund such difference over a period not to exceed 18 months. The Company cannot predict the outcome or the timing of the rate case at this time.

Texas Fuel Reconciliation Proceeding

On June 29, 2017, the PUCT approved a settlement in the Texas fuel reconciliation proceeding designated as PUCT Docket No. 46308. The settlement provides for the reconciliation of $436.6 million of fuel and purchased power costs incurred from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2016. The financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 include a $5.0 million, pre-tax increase to income reflecting the settlement of the Texas fuel reconciliation proceeding. This amount includes Palo Verde performance rewards associated with the 2013 to 2015 performance periods net of disallowed fuel and purchased power costs as approved in the settlement.

Quarterly Cash Dividend

On May 25, 2017, our Board of Directors approved an increase to the quarterly cash dividend to $0.335 per share of common stock from our previous quarterly rate of $0.31 per share. This represents an increase in the annualized cash dividend from $1.24 to $1.34 per share. The dividend increase commenced with the June 30, 2017 dividend payment. On July 27, 2017, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.335 per share payable on September 29, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 15, 2017.

Capital and Liquidity

In March 2016, we issued $150 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.00% Senior Notes due December 1, 2044 to repay outstanding short-term borrowings on our Revolving Credit Facility ("RCF") used for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include funding capital expenditures. We continue to maintain a strong capital structure in which common stock equity represented 42.7% of our capitalization (common stock equity, long-term debt, current maturities of long-term debt and short-term borrowings under the RCF) as of June 30, 2017. At June 30, 2017, we had a balance of $11.3 million in cash and cash equivalents. Based on current projections, we believe that we will have adequate liquidity through our current cash balances, cash from operations and available borrowings under our RCF to meet all of our anticipated cash requirements for the next twelve months including the maturity of $50.0 million aggregate principal amount of our Series B 4.47% Senior Notes (maturing on August 15, 2017) and $33.3 million aggregate principal amount of 2012 Series A 1.875% Pollution Control Bonds which are subject to mandatory tender for purchase on September 1, 2017.

Cash flows from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2017 were $68.0 million, compared to $40.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. The primary factors contributing to the increase in cash flows from operations were (i) the increase in net income and deferred income taxes and (ii) changes in accounts payable and accounts receivable. A component of cash flows from operations is the change in net over-collection and under-collection of fuel revenues. The difference between fuel revenues collected and fuel expense incurred is deferred to be either refunded (over-recoveries) or surcharged (under-recoveries) to customers in the future. During the six months ended June 30, 2017, we had fuel over-recoveries of $2.7 million compared to under-recoveries of fuel costs of $2.0 million during the six months ended June 30, 2016. At June 30, 2017, we had a net fuel under-recovery balance of $8.2 million, including an under-recovery of $8.5 million in Texas offset by an over-recovery of $0.3 million in New Mexico. Contributing to the under-recovery balance in Texas is the recognition of $5.0 million resulting from the settlement of the Texas fuel reconciliation in the second quarter of 2017. On November 30, 2016, we filed a request to increase our Texas fixed fuel factor by approximately 28.8% to reflect increased fuel expenses primarily related to an increase in the price of natural gas used to generate power. The increase in our Texas fixed fuel factor was effective on an interim basis on January 1, 2017 and was approved by the PUCT on January 10, 2017.

During the six months ended June 30, 2017, our primary capital requirements were for the construction and purchase of our electric utility plant, payments of common stock dividends and purchases of nuclear fuel. Capital requirements for new electric utility plant were $108.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and $102.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016. Capital expenditures for 2017 are expected to be approximately $215.0 million. Capital requirements for purchases of nuclear fuel were $20.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, and $20.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

On June 30, 2017, we paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.335 per share, or $13.6 million, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 16, 2017. We paid a total of $26.2 million in cash dividends during the six months ended June 30, 2017. At the current dividend rate, we expect to pay cash dividends of approximately $53.4 million during 2017.

No shares of common stock were repurchased during the six months ended June 30, 2017. As of June 30, 2017, a total of 393,816 shares remain available for repurchase under our currently authorized stock repurchase program. We may in the future make purchases of our common stock in open market transactions at prevailing prices and may engage in private transactions where appropriate.

We maintain the RCF for working capital and general corporate purposes and financing of nuclear fuel through the Rio Grande Resources Trust ("RGRT"). The RGRT, the trust through which we finance our portion of nuclear fuel for Palo Verde, is consolidated in our financial statements. On January 9, 2017, we exercised the option to extend the maturity of the RCF by one year to January 14, 2020 and to increase the size of the facility by $50 million to $350 million. We still have the option to extend the facility by one additional year to January 2021 and to increase the RCF by up to $50 million (up to a total of $400 million) upon the satisfaction of certain conditions, more fully set forth in the agreement, including obtaining commitments from lenders or third party financial institutions. The total amount borrowed for nuclear fuel by the RGRT, excluding debt issuance costs, was $133.9 million at June 30, 2017, of which $38.9 million had been borrowed under the RCF, and $95.0 million was borrowed through the issuance of senior notes. Borrowings by the RGRT for nuclear fuel, excluding debt issuance costs, were $129.6 million as of June 30, 2016, of which $34.6 million had been borrowed under the RCF and $95.0 million was borrowed through the issuance of senior notes. Interest costs on borrowings to finance nuclear fuel are accumulated by the RGRT and charged to us as fuel is consumed and recovered through fuel recovery charges. At June 30, 2017, $140.0 million was outstanding under the RCF for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include funding capital expenditures. At June 30, 2016, $67.0 million was outstanding under the RCF for working capital and general corporate purposes. Total aggregate borrowings under the RCF at June 30, 2017 were $178.9 million with an additional $171.1 million available to borrow, after giving consideration to the January 2017 $50 million increase.

We received approval from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission ("NMPRC") on October 7, 2015, and from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") on October 19, 2015, to issue up to $310 million in long-term debt and to guarantee the issuance of up to $65 million of debt by the RGRT to finance future purchases of nuclear fuel and to refinance existing nuclear fuel debt obligations. We also requested approval from the FERC to continue to utilize our existing RCF without change from the FERC's previously approved authorization. The FERC authorization is effective from November 15, 2015 through November 15, 2017. The approvals granted in these cases supersede prior approvals. Under this authorization, on March 24, 2016, we issued $150 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.00% Senior Notes due December 1, 2044. These senior notes constitute an additional issuance of our 5.00% Senior Notes due 2044, of which $150 million was previously issued on December 1, 2014, for a total principal amount outstanding of $300 million.

2017 Earnings Guidance

On February 13, 2017, the Company filed a rate case in Texas as discussed above. The outcome of this case could have a significant impact on the Company's results of operations in 2017. Since we cannot predict the outcome of this rate case at this time, the Company is not currently providing earnings guidance.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss our financial results for the second quarter of 2017 is scheduled for 10:30 A.M. Eastern Time, on August 2, 2017. The dial-in number is 888-471-3831 with a conference ID number of 1899332. The international dial-in number is 719-325-2359. The conference leader will be Lisa Budtke, Director-Treasury Services and Investor Relations. A replay will run through August 16, 2017 with a dial-in number of 888-203-1112 and a conference ID number of 1899332. The replay international dial-in number is 719-457-0820. The conference call and presentation slides will be webcast live on the Company's website found at http://www.epelectric.com. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the call.

Safe Harbor

This news release includes statements that are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. This information may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements is contained in EE's most recently filed periodic reports and in other filings made by EE with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and include, but is not limited to: (i) increased prices for fuel and purchased power and the possibility that regulators may not permit EE to pass through all such increased costs to customers or to recover previously incurred fuel costs in rates; (ii) full and timely recovery of capital investments and operating costs through rates in Texas and New Mexico; (iii) uncertainties and instability in the general economy and the resulting impact on EE's sales and profitability; (iv) changes in customers' demand for electricity as a result of energy efficiency initiatives and emerging competing services and technologies, including distributed generation; (v) unanticipated increased costs associated with scheduled and unscheduled outages of generating plant; (vi) unanticipated maintenance, repair, or replacement costs for generation, transmission, or distribution facilities and the recovery of proceeds from insurance policies providing coverage for such costs; (vii) the size of our construction program and our ability to complete construction on budget and on time; (viii) potential delays in our construction schedule due to legal challenges or other reasons; (ix) costs at Palo Verde; (x) deregulation and competition in the electric utility industry; (xi) possible increased costs of compliance with environmental or other laws, regulations and policies; (xii) possible income tax and interest payments as a result of audit adjustments proposed by the IRS or state taxing authorities; (xiii) uncertainties and instability in the financial markets and the resulting impact on EE's ability to access the capital and credit markets; (xiv) possible physical or cyber attacks, intrusions or other catastrophic events; and (xv) other factors of which we are currently unaware or deem immaterial. EE's filings are available from the SEC or may be obtained through EE's website, http://www.epelectric.com. Any such forward-looking statement is qualified by reference to these risks and factors. EE cautions that these risks and factors are not exclusive. Management cautions against putting undue reliance on forward-looking statements or projecting any future results based on such statements or present or prior earnings levels. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release, and EE does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement contained herein.

 
 
El Paso Electric Company
Statements of Operations
Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
(In thousands except for per share data)
(Unaudited)
           
2017 2016 Variance
 
Operating revenues $ 251,843   $ 217,865   $ 33,978  
Energy expenses:
Fuel 49,173 43,143 6,030
Purchased and interchanged power   16,721     13,610     3,111  
  65,894     56,753     9,141  
Operating revenues net of energy expenses   185,949     161,112     24,837  
Other operating expenses:
Other operations 59,835 56,817 3,018
Maintenance 20,415 20,426 (11 )
Depreciation and amortization 22,495 23,852 (1,357 )
Taxes other than income taxes   17,265     15,320     1,945  
  120,010     116,415     3,595  
Operating income   65,939     44,697     21,242  
Other income (deductions):
Allowance for equity funds used during construction 726 2,133 (1,407 )
Investment and interest income, net 6,786 3,591 3,195
Miscellaneous non-operating income 39 145 (106 )
Miscellaneous non-operating deductions   (530 )   (890 )   360  
  7,021     4,979     2,042  
Interest charges (credits):
Interest on long-term debt and revolving credit facility 18,407 18,298 109
Other interest 762 272 490
Capitalized interest (1,344 ) (1,253 ) (91 )
Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction   (711 )   (1,375 )   664  
  17,114     15,942     1,172  
Income before income taxes 55,846 33,734 22,112
Income tax expense   19,780     11,450     8,330  
Net income $ 36,066   $ 22,284   $ 13,782  
 
Basic earnings per share $ 0.89   $ 0.55   $ 0.34  
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.89   $ 0.55   $ 0.34  
 
Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.335   $ 0.310   $ 0.025  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding   40,409     40,345     64  

Weighted average number of shares and dilutive potential shares outstanding

  40,526     40,399     127  
 
 
El Paso Electric Company
Statements of Operations
Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
(In thousands except for per share data)
(Unaudited)
           
2017 2016 Variance
 
Operating revenues $ 423,178 $ 375,674 $ 47,504
Energy expenses
Fuel 85,779 77,462 8,317
Purchased and interchanged power   30,394     23,256     7,138  
  116,173     100,718     15,455  
Operating revenues net of energy expenses   307,005     274,956     32,049  
Other operating expenses:
Other operations 115,958 115,204 754
Maintenance 41,405 37,941 3,464
Depreciation and amortization 44,429 47,145 (2,716 )
Taxes other than income taxes   32,995     30,132     2,863  
  234,787     230,422     4,365  
Operating income   72,218     44,534     27,684  
Other income (deductions):
Allowance for equity funds used during construction 1,541 4,469 (2,928 )
Investment and interest income, net 10,772 6,520 4,252
Miscellaneous non-operating income 124 801 (677 )
Miscellaneous non-operating deductions   (1,270 )   (1,356 )   86  
11,167 10,434 733
Interest charges (credits):
Interest on long-term debt and revolving credit facility 36,774 34,897 1,877
Other interest 1,182 834 348
Capitalized interest (2,638 ) (2,495 ) (143 )
Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction   (1,502 )   (3,033 )   1,531  
  33,816     30,203     3,613  
Income before income taxes 49,569 24,765 24,804
Income tax expense   17,492     8,289     9,203  
Net income $ 32,077   $ 16,476   $ 15,601  
 
Basic earnings per share $ 0.79   $ 0.41   $ 0.38  
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.79   $ 0.41   $ 0.38  
 
Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.645   $ 0.605   $ 0.040  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding   40,398     40,335     63  

Weighted average number of shares and dilutive potential shares outstanding

  40,499     40,381     118  
 
 
El Paso Electric Company
Cash Flow Summary
Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
(In thousands and Unaudited)
       
2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 32,077 $ 16,476
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operations:
Depreciation and amortization of electric plant in service 44,429 47,145
Amortization of nuclear fuel 21,100 21,957
Deferred income taxes, net 15,339 6,695
Net gains on sale of decommissioning trust funds (7,357 ) (3,498 )
Other 7,809 4,422
Change in:
Accounts receivable (32,684 ) (39,117 )
Net under/over-collection of fuel revenues 2,667 (1,990 )
Accounts payable (1,262 ) (9,345 )
Other   (14,127 )   (2,052 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   67,991     40,693  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Cash additions to utility property, plant and equipment (108,113 ) (102,785 )
Cash additions to nuclear fuel (20,647 ) (20,478 )
Decommissioning trust funds (3,429 ) (4,225 )
Other   (3,343 )   (2,161 )
Net cash used for investing activities   (135,532 )   (129,649 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Dividends paid (26,157 ) (24,474 )
Borrowings (repayments) under the revolving credit facility, net 97,310 (40,124 )
Proceeds from issuance of senior notes 157,052
Other   (757 )   (2,040 )
Net cash provided by financing activities   70,396     90,414  
 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 2,855 1,458
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   8,420     8,149  
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 11,275   $ 9,607  
 
El Paso Electric Company
Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
Sales and Revenues Statistics
           
Increase (Decrease)
2017 2016 Amount     Percentage

kWh sales (in thousands):

Retail:
Residential 724,656 679,035 45,621 6.7 %
Commercial and industrial, small 647,377 633,714 13,663 2.2 %
Commercial and industrial, large 276,391 270,908 5,483 2.0 %
Sales to public authorities   423,374   405,277   18,097   4.5 %
Total retail sales   2,071,798   1,988,934   82,864   4.2 %
Wholesale:
Sales for resale 21,718 20,668 1,050 5.1 %
Off-system sales   374,861   450,801   (75,940 ) (16.8 )%
Total wholesale sales   396,579   471,469   (74,890 ) (15.9 )%
Total kWh sales   2,468,377   2,460,403   7,974   0.3 %

Operating revenues (in thousands):

Non-fuel base revenues:
Retail:
Residential $ 75,027 $ 62,679 $ 12,348 19.7 %
Commercial and industrial, small 57,090 54,707 2,383 4.4 %
Commercial and industrial, large 10,443 9,489 954 10.1 %
Sales to public authorities   27,544   24,672   2,872   11.6 %
Total retail non-fuel base revenues (a) 170,104 151,547 18,557 12.2 %
Wholesale:
Sales for resale   859   826   33   4.0 %
Total non-fuel base revenues   170,963   152,373   18,590   12.2 %
 
Fuel revenues:
Recovered from customers during the period 57,148 26,219 30,929
Under collection of fuel (b) 5,822 6,096 (274 ) (4.5 )%
New Mexico fuel in base rates (c)     16,602   (16,602 )
Total fuel revenues (d)   62,970   48,917   14,053   28.7 %
 
Off-system sales:
Fuel cost 8,833 8,398 435 5.2 %
Shared margins 1,089 852 237 27.8 %
Retained margins   403   213   190   89.2 %
Total off-system sales 10,325 9,463 862 9.1 %
Other (e)   7,585   7,112   473   6.7 %
Total operating revenues $ 251,843 $ 217,865 $ 33,978   15.6 %
 
(a) 2016 excludes $11.3 million of relate back revenues in Texas from April 2016 through June 2016 which were recorded in August 2016.
(b) 2017 includes $5.0 million related to the Palo Verde performance rewards, net.
(c) Historically, fuel and purchased power costs in the New Mexico jurisdiction were recorded through base rates and a Fuel and Purchased Power Cost Adjustment Clause (the "FPPCAC") that accounts for the changes in the costs of fuel relative to the amount included in base rates. Effective July 1, 2016, with the implementation of the NMPRC Final Order, these costs are no longer recovered through base rates but are recovered through the FPPCAC.
(d) Includes deregulated Palo Verde Unit 3 revenues for the New Mexico jurisdiction of $2.2 million and $1.9 million in 2017 and 2016, respectively.
(e) Represents revenues with no related kWh sales.
 
 
El Paso Electric Company
Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
Other Statistical Data
               
Increase (Decrease)
2017 2016 Amount Percentage
 

Average number of retail customers: (a)

Residential 367,686 361,812 5,874 1.6 %
Commercial and industrial, small 41,860 40,832 1,028 2.5 %
Commercial and industrial, large 48 49 (1 ) (2.0 )%
Sales to public authorities   5,622     5,274     348   6.6 %
Total   415,216     407,967     7,249   1.8 %
 

Number of retail customers (end of period): (a)

Residential 368,328 362,417 5,911 1.6 %
Commercial and industrial, small 41,653 40,901 752 1.8 %
Commercial and industrial, large 48 49 (1 ) (2.0 )%
Sales to public authorities   5,603     5,251     352   6.7 %
Total   415,632     408,618     7,014   1.7 %
 

Weather statistics: (b)

10-Yr Average
Cooling degree days 1,108 965 1,060
Heating degree days 45 75 68
 

Generation and purchased power (kWh, in thousands):

Increase (Decrease)
2017 2016 Amount Percentage
 
Palo Verde 1,151,530 1,165,459 (13,929 ) (1.2 )%
Four Corners (c) 82,143 (82,143 )
Gas plants   1,055,911     1,032,440     23,471   2.3 %
Total generation 2,207,441 2,280,042 (72,601 ) (3.2 )%
Purchased power:
Photovoltaic 91,921 88,765 3,156 3.6 %
Other   307,904     239,329     68,575   28.7 %
Total purchased power   399,825     328,094     71,731   21.9 %
Total available energy 2,607,266 2,608,136 (870 )
Line losses and Company use   138,889     147,733     (8,844 ) (6.0 )%
Total kWh sold   2,468,377     2,460,403     7,974   0.3 %
 

Palo Verde capacity factor

84.8

%

85.8

%

(1.0

)%

 

Palo Verde O&M expenses (d)

$

25,931

$

24,048

$

1,883

 
(a) The number of retail customers presented is based on the number of service locations.
 
(b) A degree day is recorded for each degree that the average outdoor temperature varies from a standard of 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
(c) The Company sold its interest in Four Corners on July 6, 2016.
 
(d) Represents the Company's 15.8% interest in Palo Verde.
 
 
El Paso Electric Company
Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
Sales and Revenues Statistics
               
Increase (Decrease)
2017 2016 Amount Percentage

kWh sales (in thousands):

Retail:
Residential 1,269,784 1,248,120 21,664 1.7 %
Commercial and industrial, small 1,147,967 1,133,940 14,027 1.2 %
Commercial and industrial, large 529,389 515,834 13,555 2.6 %
Sales to public authorities   758,937     751,512   7,425   1.0 %
Total retail sales   3,706,077     3,649,406   56,671   1.6 %
Wholesale:
Sales for resale 32,639 32,509 130 0.4 %
Off-system sales   971,623     1,029,474   (57,851 ) (5.6 )%
Total wholesale sales   1,004,262     1,061,983   (57,721 ) (5.4 )%
Total kWh sales   4,710,339     4,711,389   (1,050 )

Operating revenues (in thousands):

Non-fuel base revenues:
Retail:
Residential $ 126,337 $ 110,422 $ 15,915 14.4 %
Commercial and industrial, small 90,875 86,847 4,028 4.6 %
Commercial and industrial, large 18,343 17,582 761 4.3 %
Sales to public authorities   45,094     42,072   3,022   7.2 %
Total retail non-fuel base revenues (a) 280,649 256,923 23,726 9.2 %
Wholesale:
Sales for resale   1,322     1,195   127   10.6 %
Total non-fuel base revenues   281,971     258,118   23,853   9.2 %
 
Fuel revenues:
Recovered from customers during the period 104,768 48,753 56,015
Under (over) collection of fuel (b) (c) (2,708 ) 1,993 (4,701 )
New Mexico fuel in base rates (d)       32,828   (32,828 )
Total fuel revenues (e)   102,060     83,574   18,486   22.1 %
 
Off-system sales:
Fuel cost 20,361 16,890 3,471 20.6 %
Shared margins 3,302 3,407 (105 ) (3.1 )%
Retained margins   862     573   289   50.4 %
Total off-system sales 24,525 20,870 3,655 17.5 %
Other (f)   14,622     13,112   1,510   11.5 %
Total operating revenues $ 423,178   $ 375,674 $ 47,504   12.6 %
 
(a) 2016 excludes $17.2 million of relate back revenues in Texas from January 12, 2016 through June 30, 2016 which were recorded in August 2016.
(b) Includes the portion of DOE refunds related to spent fuel storage of $1.4 million and $1.6 million in 2017 and 2016, respectively, that were credited to customers through the applicable fuel adjustment clauses.
(c) 2017 includes $5.0 million related to the Palo Verde performance rewards, net.
(d) Historically, fuel and purchased power costs were recorded through base rates and a Fuel and Purchased Power Cost Adjustment Clause (the "FPPCAC") that accounts for the changes in the costs of fuel relative to the amount included in base rates. Effective July 1, 2016, with the implementation of the NMPRC Final Order, these costs are no longer recovered through base rates but are recovered through the FPPCAC.
(e) Includes deregulated Palo Verde Unit 3 revenues for the New Mexico jurisdiction of $5.0 million and $4.0 million in 2017 and 2016, respectively.
(f) Represents revenue with no related kWh sales.
 
 
El Paso Electric Company
Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
Other Statistical Data
           
Increase (Decrease)
2017 2016 Amount     Percentage
 

Average number of retail customers: (a)

Residential 366,497 360,929 5,568 1.5 %
Commercial and industrial, small 41,968 40,684 1,284 3.2 %
Commercial and industrial, large 49 49
Sales to public authorities   5,528     5,324     204   3.8 %
Total   414,042     406,986     7,056   1.7 %
 

Number of retail customers (end of period): (a)

Residential 368,328 362,417 5,911 1.6 %
Commercial and industrial, small 41,653 40,901 752 1.8 %
Commercial and industrial, large 48 49 (1 ) (2.0 )%
Sales to public authorities   5,603     5,251     352   6.7 %
Total   415,632     408,618     7,014   1.7 %
 

Weather statistics: (b)

10-Year
Average

Cooling degree days 1,180 988 1,093
Heating degree days 855 1,129 1,203
 

Generation and purchased power (kWh, in thousands):

Increase (Decrease)
2017 2016 Amount Percentage
 
Palo Verde 2,515,057 2,545,956 (30,899 ) (1.2 )%
Four Corners (c) 163,149 (163,149 )
Gas plants   1,626,736     1,669,870     (43,134 ) (2.6 )%
Total generation 4,141,793 4,378,975 (237,182 ) (5.4 )%
Purchased power:
Photovoltaic 156,656 156,529 127 0.1 %
Other   671,279     444,486     226,793   51.0 %
Total purchased power   827,935     601,015     226,920   37.8 %
Total available energy 4,969,728 4,979,990 (10,262 ) (0.2 )%
Line losses and Company use   259,389     268,601     (9,212 ) (3.4 )%
Total kWh sold   4,710,339     4,711,389     (1,050 )
 

Palo Verde capacity factor

93.1

%

93.7

%

(0.6

)%

 

Palo Verde O&M expenses (d)

$

47,539

$

46,391

$

1,148

 
(a) The number of retail customers presented is based on the number of service locations.
 
(b) A degree day is recorded for each degree that the average outdoor temperature varies from a standard of 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
(c) The Company sold its interest in Four Corners on July 6, 2016.
 
(d) Represents the Company's 15.8% interest in Palo Verde.
 
 
El Paso Electric Company
Financial Statistics
At June 30, 2017 and 2016
(In thousands, except number of shares, book value per common share, and ratios)
       
Balance Sheet 2017 2016
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,275   $ 9,607  
 
Common stock equity $ 1,085,826 $ 1,010,940
Long-term debt   1,195,748     1,278,301  
Total capitalization $ 2,281,574   $ 2,289,241  
 
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 83,268   $  
 
Short-term borrowings under the revolving credit facility $ 178,884   $ 101,614  
 
Number of shares - end of period   40,596,665     40,520,871  
 
Book value per common share $ 26.75   $ 24.95  
 
Common equity ratio (a) 42.7 % 42.3 %
Debt ratio 57.3 % 57.7 %
 
(a)

The capitalization component includes common stock equity, long-term debt and the current maturities of long-term debt, and short-term borrowings under the RCF.

El Paso Electric Company
Media Contact
Eddie Gutierrez, 915-543-5763
eduardo.gutierrez@epelectric.com
or
Investor Relations
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lisa.budtke@epelectric.com

Source: El Paso Electric Company

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