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El Paso Electric Announces Second Quarter Financial Results

August 03, 2011

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

Overview

  • For the second quarter of 2011, EE reported net income of $33.0 million, or $0.78 basic and diluted earnings per share. In the second quarter of 2010, EE reported net income of $21.5 million, or $0.49 basic and diluted earnings per share.
  • For the six months ended June 30, 2011, EE reported net income of $39.8 million, or $0.94 basic and diluted earnings per share. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was $33.0 million, or $0.75 basic and diluted earnings per share.

"Earnings increased during the second quarter of 2011 due to significant growth in kWh sales in our local service territory," said David W. Stevens, Chief Executive Officer. "The increase in earnings was primarily driven by hotter than normal weather and the new seasonal rates in Texas, which were effective July 1, 2010. Our retail kWh sales grew 6.2% over the second quarter of 2010 and we reached a new native system peak of 1,689 MW in June 2011."

Earnings Summary

The table and explanations below present the major factors affecting 2011 net income relative to 2010 net income.

 
  Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
Pre-Tax

Effect

  After-Tax

Net

Income

  Basic

EPS

Pre-Tax

Effect

  After-Tax

Net

Income

  Basic

EPS

June 30, 2010 $ 21,507 $ 0.49 $ 32,956 $ 0.75
Changes in:
Retail non-fuel base revenue $ 24,112 15,190 0.36 $ 17,961 11,315 0.27
Fossil fuel plant O&M (2,673 )

 

(1,684 ) (0.04 ) (1,182 ) (744 ) (0.02 )
Retained off-system sales margins (1,580 ) (995 ) (0.03 ) (6,023 ) (3,795 ) (0.09 )
Outside services (1,185 ) (746 ) (0.02 ) (2,659 ) (1,675 ) (0.04 )

Deregulated Palo Verde Unit 3 revenues

(354 ) (223 ) (0.01 ) (1,495 ) (942 ) (0.02 )
Taxes other than income taxes (206 ) (130 ) (1,590 ) (1,002 ) (0.02 )

Elimination of Medicare Part D tax benefit

4,787 0.11
Other   71         (1,135 )   (0.03 )
June 30, 2011 $ 32,990   0.75 $ 39,765   0.91

Change in weighted average number of shares

 

0.03

   

0.03

 
June 30, 2011 $ 0.78   $ 0.94  
 

Second Quarter 2011

Income for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 when compared to the same period last year was positively affected by:

  • Increased retail non-fuel base revenues due to a 6.2% increase in kWh sales to retail customers reflecting hotter summer weather in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. In addition, the increase reflects new seasonal non-fuel base rates in Texas that are higher in the summer months (May through October).

Income for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 when compared to the same period last year was negatively affected by:

  • Increased fossil fuel plant O&M expense due to increased plant maintenance largely due to weather- related damage during severe winter weather in February 2011.
  • Decreased off-system sales margins due to lower average market prices for power, and losses on sales of power purchased for system reliability when wildfires in June 2011 threatened key transmission lines in Arizona.
  • Increased outside services related to regulatory activities.

Year to Date

Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2011 when compared to the same period last year, were positively affected by:

  • Increased retail non-fuel base revenues due to a 2.8% increase in kWh sales to retail customers primarily due to hotter summer weather in 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. In addition, the increase reflects new seasonal non-fuel base rates in Texas that are higher in the summer months.
  • Lower income taxes in 2011 relative to a one-time charge to income tax expense incurred in 2010 to recognize a change in tax law enacted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to eliminate the tax benefit related to the Medicare Part D subsidies.

Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2011 when compared to the same period last year were negatively affected by:

  • Decreased off-system sales margins due to an increase in sharing of off-system sales margins with customers from 25% to 90% effective in July 2010 and, to a lesser extent, lower average market prices for power and losses on sales of power purchased for system reliability.
  • Increased outside services primarily related to regulatory activities and additional outside services related to new software systems to improve productivity.
  • Increased taxes other than income taxes due to increased estimated property taxes and revenue-related taxes in Texas.
  • Decreased deregulated Palo Verde Unit 3 revenues in 2011 due to lower proxy market prices, increased nuclear fuel prices, and decreased generation at Palo Verde Unit 3 in 2011.

Retail Non-fuel Base Revenues

Retail non-fuel base revenues increased by $24.1 million, pre-tax, or 18.5% in the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 primarily due to (i) new seasonal non-fuel base rates in Texas, and (ii) a 6.2% increase in kWh sales to retail customers reflecting hotter summer weather and 1.4% growth in the average number of customers served. During the three months ended June 30, 2011, cooling degree days were over 16% above the same period in 2010 and the 10-year average. KWh sales to residential customers and small commercial and industrial customers increased 9.3% and 5.5%, respectively, in the second quarter. Sales to other public authorities increased due to increased sales to Fort Bliss at higher non-fuel base rates. The new seasonal non-fuel base rates in Texas are higher in the summer months of May to October and lower in the winter months of November to April. Non-fuel base revenues and kilowatt-hour sales are provided by customer class on page 10 of the Release.

For the six months ended June 30, 2011, retail non-fuel base revenues increased by $18.0 million, pre-tax, or 7.5% compared to the same period in 2010 primarily due to a 2.8% increase in kWh sales to retail customers, reflecting hotter summer weather, and 1.4% growth in the average number of customers served. During the six months ended June 30, 2011, cooling degree days were 21% above the same period in 2010 and 18% above the 10-year average. KWh sales to residential customers and small commercial and industrial customers increased 3.4% and 2.5%, respectively, during the six months ended June 30, 2011 compared to the same period last year. The increases in kWh sales in the second quarter were offset by the decreased kWh sales we experienced in the first quarter and were generally at the higher summer rates contributing to the revenue increase. Sales to other public authorities increased due to increased sales to Fort Bliss at higher non-fuel base rates. Non-fuel base revenues and kilowatt-hour sales are provided by customer class on page 12 of the Release.

Off-system Sales

We make off-system sales in the wholesale power markets when competitively priced excess power is available from our generating plants and purchased power contracts. The Company shared 25% of off-system sales margins with customers and retained 75% of off-system sales margins through June 30, 2010 pursuant to rate agreements in prior years. Effective July 1, 2010, we share 90% of off-system sales margins with customers and retain 10% of off-system sales margins. Off-system sales margins were negatively impacted by power purchases required for system reliability during extremely cold weather in February 2011 and when wildfires in June 2011 threatened key transmission lines in Arizona. The cost of this power was reserved pending a request for recovery. Retained margins from off-system sales, including the reliability purchases, decreased approximately $1.6 million and $6.0 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively, compared to the corresponding periods in 2010.

Palo Verde License Extension

On April 21, 2011, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted extensions in the operating licenses for all three units at Palo Verde. The operating licenses for Units 1, 2 and 3 will now expire in 2045, 2046, and 2047, respectively. For the quarter ended June 30, 2011, the extension of the operating licenses had the effect of reducing depreciation and amortization expense by approximately $2.6 million and reducing the accretion expense on the Palo Verde asset retirement obligation by approximately $0.7 million.

Capital and Liquidity

We continue to maintain a strong capital structure to ensure access to capital markets at reasonable rates. At June 30, 2011, common stock equity represented 47.9% of our capitalization (common stock equity, long-term debt, and short-term borrowings under the revolving credit facility). At June 30, 2011, we had a balance of $5.1 million in cash and cash equivalents. We believe we have adequate liquidity through our current cash balances, cash from operations, and our revolving credit facility to meet all of our anticipated cash requirements for the next twelve months.

Cash flows from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2011 were $49.6 million compared to $59.5 million in the corresponding period in 2010. The decrease in cash flows from operations reflects the timing of collection of fuel revenues to recover actual fuel expenses in 2011 compared to 2010. 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, 2011, the Company had an under-recovery of fuel costs, net of refunds, of $25.8 million as compared to an over-recovery, net of refunds, of $0.4 million during the six months ended June 30, 2010. At June 30, 2011, we had a net fuel under-recovery balance of $6.9 million, including $6.8 million in Texas and $0.1 million in FERC.

During the six months ended June 30, 2011, our primary capital requirements were for the construction and purchase of electric utility plant, purchases of nuclear fuel, the repurchase of common stock, and common stock dividends. Capital requirements for new electric plant were $87.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 compared to $90.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010.

On March 21, 2011, the Board of Directors authorized repurchases of up to 2.5 million shares of the Company's outstanding common stock (the "2011 Plan"). During the six months ended June 30, 2011, we repurchased 910,749 shares of common stock in the open market at an aggregate cost of $26.3 million including 323,838 shares repurchased in the second quarter at an aggregate cost of $9.6 million as authorized under both our previously authorized plan and under the 2011 Plan. As of June 30, 2011, 2,265,522 shares remain available for repurchase under our stock repurchase program. The Company currently expects to continue to repurchase shares in the open market from time to time.

We maintain a $200 million revolving credit facility for the interim financing of construction and operations including the financing of nuclear fuel through the Rio Grande Resources Trust ("RGRT"). RGRT is the trust through which we finance our portion of nuclear fuel for Palo Verde and is consolidated in the Company's financial statements. The revolving credit facility has a term ending September 2014, and EE may request that the facility be increased up to $300 million during the term of the facility subject to the lenders agreement. The terms of the agreement provide that amounts we borrow under the facility may be used for working capital and general corporate purposes. The total amount borrowed for nuclear fuel by RGRT was $123.6 million at June 30, 2011 of which $13.6 million had been borrowed under the revolving credit facility and $110 million was borrowed through senior notes. Borrowings by RGRT and the Company for nuclear fuel were $122.8 million as of June 30, 2010, including accrued interest and fees, all of which was borrowed under the revolving credit facility then in effect. Interest costs on borrowings to finance nuclear fuel are accumulated by RGRT and charged to EE as fuel is consumed and recovered from customers through fuel recovery charges. At June 30, 2011, we had $26.0 million outstanding under the revolving credit facility for working capital and general corporate purposes.

On July 28, 2011, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share payable on September 30, 2011 to shareholders of record on September 15, 2011. On June 30, 2011, we paid $9.3 million of dividends to shareholders. We expect to pay quarterly cash dividends of approximately $27 million during 2011.

2011 Earnings Guidance

We are revising our 2011 earnings to a range of $2.20 to $2.50 per basic share from a range of $2.10 to $2.50 per basic share.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss second quarter 2011 earnings is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, August 3, 2011. The dial-in number is 866-283-8246 with a conference ID of 1540697. The conference leader will be Steven P. Busser, Vice President — Treasurer of EE. A replay will run through August 17, 2011 with a dial-in number of 866-837-8032 and a conference ID of 1540697. The conference call and presentation slides will be webcast live on EE'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 may constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This information may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are 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) 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) unanticipated increased costs associated with scheduled and unscheduled outages; (v) the size of our construction program and our ability to complete construction on budget and on time; (vi) costs at Palo Verde; (vii) deregulation and competition in the electric utility industry; (viii) possible increased costs of compliance with environmental or other laws, regulations and policies; (ix) possible income tax and interest payments as a result of audit adjustments proposed by the IRS; (x) uncertainties and instability in the financial markets and the resulting impact on EE's ability to access the capital and credit markets; and (xi) other factors detailed by EE in its public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. EE's filings are available from the Securities and Exchange Commission 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. EE does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of EE except as required by law.

 
El Paso Electric Company and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Quarter Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
(In thousands except for per share data)
(Unaudited)
       
 
2011 2010 Variance
Operating revenues, net of energy expenses:
Base revenues $ 155,082 $ 130,752 $ 24,330 (a)
Off-system sales margins, net of sharing (793 ) 787 (1,580 )
Deregulated Palo Verde Unit 3 revenues 3,914 4,268 (354 )
Other   6,787     5,286   1,501  
Operating Revenues Net of Energy Expenses 164,990 141,093 23,897
 
Other operating expenses:
Other operations and maintenance 47,592 41,684 5,908
Palo Verde operations and maintenance 26,377 25,595 782
Taxes other than income taxes 13,376 13,170 206
Other income (deductions)   893     462   431  

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization

78,538 61,106 17,432 (b)
 
Depreciation and amortization 19,524 20,167 (643 )
Interest on long-term debt 13,526 12,241 1,285
AFUDC and capitalized interest 4,481 4,499 (18 )
Other interest expense   237     25   212  
Income Before Income Taxes 49,732 33,172 16,560
 
Income tax expense   16,742     11,665   5,077  
Net Income $ 32,990   $ 21,507 $ 11,483  
 
Basic Earnings per Share $ 0.78   $ 0.49 $ 0.29  
 
Diluted Earnings per Share $ 0.78   $ 0.49 $ 0.29  
 
Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.22   $ - $ 0.22  
 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding   41,854     43,460   (1,606 )
 

Weighted average number of shares and dilutive potential shares outstanding

42,077 43,558 (1,481 )
 
 

(a) Base revenues exclude fuel recovered through New Mexico base rates of $17.2 million and $17.8 million, respectively.

(b) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is not a substitute for net income or other measures of financial performance in accordance with GAAP.

 
El Paso Electric Company and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
(In thousands except for per share data)
(Unaudited)
       
 
2011 2010 Variance
Operating revenues, net of energy expenses:
Base revenues $ 259,644 $ 241,222 $ 18,422 (a)
Off-system sales margins, net of sharing (854 ) 5,169 (6,023 )
Deregulated Palo Verde Unit 3 revenues 7,854 9,349 (1,495 )
Other   13,225     11,581   1,644  
Operating Revenues Net of Energy Expenses 279,869 267,321 12,548
 
Other operating expenses:
Other operations and maintenance 91,346 83,875 7,471
Palo Verde operations and maintenance 48,966 48,002 964
Taxes other than income taxes 26,503 24,913 1,590
Other income (deductions)   2,833     1,203   1,630  

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization

115,887 111,734 4,153 (b)
 
Depreciation and amortization 40,460 39,451 1,009
Interest on long-term debt 27,024 24,442 2,582
AFUDC and capitalized interest 10,637 8,834 1,803
Other interest expense   534     65   469  
Income Before Income Taxes 58,506 56,610 1,896
 
Income tax expense (c)   18,741     23,654   (4,913 )
Net Income $ 39,765   $ 32,956 $ 6,809  
 
Basic Earnings per Share $ 0.94   $ 0.75 $ 0.19  
 
Diluted Earnings per Share $ 0.94   $ 0.75 $ 0.19  
 
Dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.22   $ - $ 0.22  
 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding   42,080     43,599   (1,519 )
 

Weighted average number of shares and dilutive potential shares outstanding

42,299 43,710 (1,411 )
 

(a) Base revenues exclude fuel recovered through New Mexico base rates of $33.5 million and $33.6 million, respectively.

(b) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is not a substitute for net income or other measures of financial performance in accordance with GAAP.

(c) Income tax expense for the six months ended June 30, 2010 includes a charge of $4,787 related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which required the elimination of the tax benefit associated with the Medicare Part D subsidies beginning in 2013.

 

 
El Paso Electric Company and Subsidiary
Cash Flow Summary
Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
(In thousands and Unaudited)
 
          2011   2010
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 39,765 $ 32,956
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operations:
Depreciation and amortization of electric plant in service 40,460 39,451
Deferred income taxes, net 12,647 14,206
Other 24,452 15,815
Change in working capital items:
Net recovery (deferral) of fuel revenues (25,827 ) 420
Accounts receivable (35,772 ) (26,175 )
Other (a)   (6,144 )   (17,148 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   49,581     59,525  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Cash additions to utility property, plant and equipment (86,950 ) (90,603 )
Cash additions to nuclear fuel (24,140 ) (26,981 )
Decommissioning trust funds (6,235 ) (5,604 )
Other   (5,387 )   (4,454 )
Net cash used for investing activities   (122,712 )   (127,642 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repurchase of common stock (26,320 ) (9,988 )
Dividends paid (9,248 ) -
Borrowings under the revolving credit facility 34,938 15,828
Other   (317 )   (103 )
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities   (947 )   5,737  
 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (74,078 ) (62,380 )
 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   79,184     91,790  
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 5,106   $ 29,410  
 
 

(a) 2011 includes funding of $15.1 million to EE's employee benefit plans compared to funding of $6.3 million for 2010.

 
El Paso Electric Company and Subsidiary
Quarter Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
Sales and Revenues Statistics
 
        Increase (Decrease)
2011 2010 Amount   Percentage

MWh sales:

Retail:
Residential 637,257 583,096 54,161 9.3 %
Commercial and industrial, small 634,081 601,048 33,033 5.5 %
Commercial and industrial, large 308,978 289,095 19,883 6.9 %
Sales to public authorities   413,258     403,770     9,488   2.3 %
Total retail sales   1,993,574     1,877,009     116,565   6.2 %
Wholesale:
Sales for resale 19,346 17,335 2,011 11.6 %
Off-system sales   668,420     511,470     156,950   30.7 %
Total wholesale sales   687,766     528,805     158,961   30.1 %
Total MWh sales   2,681,340     2,405,814     275,526   11.5 %
 

Operating revenues (in thousands):

Non-fuel base revenues:
Retail:
Residential $ 58,934 $ 50,153 $ 8,781 17.5 %
Commercial and industrial, small 57,060 47,238 9,822 20.8 %
Commercial and industrial, large 12,305 11,608 697 6.0 %
Sales to public authorities   25,998     21,186     4,812   22.7 %
Total retail non-fuel base revenues 154,297 130,185 24,112 18.5 %
Wholesale:
Sales for resale   785     567     218   38.4 %
Total non-fuel base revenues 155,082 130,752 24,330 18.6 %
 
Fuel revenues:

Recovered from customers during the period (a)

33,672 45,248 (11,576 ) (25.6 %)
Under (over) collection of fuel 12,700 (6,402 ) 19,102 -

New Mexico fuel in base rates (b)

    17,156     17,753     (597 ) (3.4 %)
Total fuel revenues 63,528 56,599 6,929 12.2 %
 
Off-system sales:
Fuel cost 17,256 16,661 595 3.6 %
Shared margins 248 262 (14 ) (5.3 %)
Retained margins   (793 )   787     (1,580 ) -
Total off-system sales 16,711 17,710 (999 ) (5.6 %)
 
Other   7,284     6,336     948   15.0 %
Total operating revenues $ 242,605   $ 211,397   $ 31,208   14.8 %
 

Average number of retail customers:

Residential 335,808 330,976 4,832 1.5 %
Commercial and industrial, small 37,096 36,740 356 1.0 %
Commercial and industrial, large 50 49 1 2.0 %
Sales to public authorities   4,849     4,701     148   3.1 %
Total   377,803     372,466     5,337   1.4 %
 

Number of retail customers (end of period):

Residential 335,897 331,050 4,847 1.5 %
Commercial and industrial, small 37,886 36,713 1,173 3.2 %
Commercial and industrial, large 50 49 1 2.0 %
Sales to public authorities   4,854     4,795     59   1.2 %
Total   378,687     372,607     6,080   1.6 %
 

Weather statistics

10 Yr Average

Heating degree days 40 82 66
Cooling degree days 1,169 995 1,005
 
(a)

Excludes $12.0 million of refunds in 2011 related to Texas deferred fuel revenues from prior periods.

 
(b)

Includes $3.9 million and $4.3 million, respectively, charged to New Mexico customers for power supplied to New Mexico customers from Palo Verde Unit 3 using a proxy price.

 
El Paso Electric Company and Subsidiary
Quarter Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
Generation and Purchased Power Statistics
 
 
                Increase (Decrease)
2011 2010 Amount   Percentage
Generation and purchased power (MWh):
Palo Verde 1,182,054 1,091,969 90,085 8.2 %
Four Corners 145,008 167,625 (22,617 ) (13.5 %)
Gas plants (a) 856,448   766,575   89,873   11.7 %
Total generation 2,183,510 2,026,169 157,341 7.8 %
Purchased power 499,040   545,720   (46,680 ) (8.6 %)
Total available energy 2,682,550 2,571,889 110,661 4.3 %
Line losses and Company use 1,210   166,075   (164,865 ) (99.3 %)
Total MWh sold 2,681,340   2,405,814   275,526   11.5 %
 
Palo Verde capacity factor 87.0 % 80.4 % 6.6 %
Four Corners capacity factor 66.8 % 76.9 % (10.1 %)
 
 

(a) Includes 48,266 MWhs for pre-commercial testing of Newman Unit 5 Phase II.

 
El Paso Electric Company and Subsidiary
Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
Sales and Revenues Statistics
 
          Increase (Decrease)
2011 2010 Amount   Percentage

MWh sales:

Retail:
Residential 1,178,539 1,139,376 39,163 3.4 %
Commercial and industrial, small 1,112,602 1,085,330 27,272 2.5 %
Commercial and industrial, large 538,210 525,708 12,502 2.4 %
Sales to public authorities   748,227     729,327     18,900   2.6 %
Total retail sales   3,577,578     3,479,741     97,837   2.8 %
Wholesale:
Sales for resale 30,999 26,515 4,484 16.9 %
Off-system sales   1,436,040     1,359,208     76,832   5.7 %
Total wholesale sales   1,467,039     1,385,723     81,316   5.9 %
Total MWh sales   5,044,617     4,865,464     179,153   3.7 %
 

Operating revenues (in thousands):

Non-fuel base revenues:
Retail:
Residential $ 103,911 $ 94,988 $ 8,923 9.4 %
Commercial and industrial, small 90,274 86,437 3,837 4.4 %
Commercial and industrial, large 21,106 20,821 285 1.4 %
Sales to public authorities   43,018     38,102     4,916   12.9 %
Total retail non-fuel base revenues 258,309 240,348 17,961 7.5 %
Wholesale:
Sales for resale   1,335     874     461   52.7 %
Total non-fuel base revenues 259,644 241,222 18,422 7.6 %
 
Fuel revenues:

Recovered from customers during the period (a)

59,535 83,281 (23,746 ) (28.5 %)
Under (over) collection of fuel 13,738 (12,092 ) 25,830 -
New Mexico fuel in base rates (b)   33,525     33,582     (57 ) (0.2 %)
Total fuel revenues 106,798 104,771 2,027 1.9 %
 
Off-system sales:
Fuel cost 37,519 49,523 (12,004 ) (24.2 %)
Shared margins 1,412 1,721 (309 ) (18.0 %)
Retained margins   (854 )   5,169     (6,023 ) -
Total off-system sales 38,077 56,413 (18,336 ) (32.5 %)
 
Other   14,198     13,159     1,039   7.9 %
Total operating revenues $ 418,717   $ 415,565   $ 3,152   0.8 %
 

Average number of retail customers:

Residential 335,320 330,356 4,964 1.5 %
Commercial and industrial, small 37,081 36,644 437 1.2 %
Commercial and industrial, large 50 48 2 4.2 %
Sales to public authorities   4,693     4,833     (140 ) (2.9 %)
Total   377,144     371,881     5,263   1.4 %
 

Number of retail customers (end of period):

Residential 335,897 331,050 4,847 1.5 %
Commercial and industrial, small 37,886 36,713 1,173 3.2 %
Commercial and industrial, large 50 49 1 2.0 %
Sales to public authorities   4,854     4,795     59   1.2 %
Total   378,687     372,607     6,080   1.6 %
 

Weather statistics

10 Yr Average
Heating degree days 1,305 1,478 1,290
Cooling degree days 1,210 1,004 1,026
 

(a) Excludes $12.0 million and $11.8 million of refunds in 2011 and 2010, respectively, related to Texas deferred fuel revenues from prior periods.

 

(b) Includes $7.9 million and $9.3 million, respectively, charged to New Mexico customers for power supplied to New Mexico customers from Palo Verde Unit 3 using a proxy price.

 
El Paso Electric Company & Subsidiary
Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010
Generation and Purchased Power Statistics
 
 
                Increase (Decrease)
2011 2010 Amount   Percentage
Generation and purchased power (MWh):
Palo Verde 2,511,861 2,372,281 139,580 5.9 %
Four Corners 311,979 288,034 23,945 8.3 %
Gas plants (a) 1,473,782   1,319,377   154,405   11.7 %
Total generation 4,297,622 3,979,692 317,930 8.0 %
Purchased power 1,060,968   1,155,743   (94,775 ) (8.2 %)
Total available energy 5,358,590 5,135,435 223,155 4.3 %
Line losses and Company use 313,973   269,971   44,002   16.3 %
Total 5,044,617   4,865,464   179,153   3.7 %
 
Palo Verde capacity factor 93.0 % 87.9 % 5.1 %
Four Corners capacity factor 75.4 % 66.0 % 9.4 %
 
 

(a) Includes 193,460 MWhs for pre-commercial testing of Newman Unit 5 Phase II.

 
El Paso Electric Company and Subsidiary
Financial Statistics
At June 30, 2011 and 2010
(In thousands, except number of shares, book value per share, and ratios)
 
 
 
Balance Sheet   2011   2010
   
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,106   $ 29,410  
 
Common stock equity $ 818,302 $ 744,163
Long-term debt   849,771     739,721  
Total capitalization $ 1,668,073   $ 1,483,884  
 
 
Borrowings under the revolving credit facility $ 39,642   $ 122,826  
 
Number of shares - end of period   41,820,178     43,515,310  
 
Book value per common share $ 19.57   $ 17.10  
 
Common equity ratio 47.9 % 46.3 %
Debt ratio 52.1 % 53.7 %

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