WGL
$82.96
WGL Holdings
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Earnings Details
2nd Quarter March 2017
Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:50:01 PM
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Summary

WGL Holdings Lowers Guidance

WGL Holdings (WGL) reported 2nd Quarter March 2017 earnings of $1.87 per share on revenue of $841.8 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.95 per share on revenue of $873.1 million. Revenue grew 0.7% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects fiscal 2017 earnings of $3.10 to $3.30 per share. The company's previous guidance was earnings of $3.40 to $3.60 per share and the current consensus earnings estimate is $3.51 per share for the year ending September 30, 2017.

WGL Holdings Inc through its wholly owned subsidiaries sells and delivers natural gas and provides energy-related products and services to customers in the District of Columbia and the surrounding metropolitan areas in Maryland and Virginia.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.87
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$1.95
Reported Revenue
$841.8 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$873.1 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2017 Guidance

Second quarter non-GAAP operating earnings per share up -- $1.87 per share vs. $1.78 per share

WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL):

Consolidated Results

WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported net income applicable to common stock determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP) for the three months ended March 31, 2017, of $123.1 million, or $2.39 per share, an improvement of $16.8 million, or $0.28 per share, over net income applicable to common stock of $106.3 million, or $2.11 per share, reported for the three months ended March 31, 2016. For the six months ended March 31, 2017, net income applicable to common stock was $181.0 million, or $3.52 per share, an improvement of $6.5 million, or $0.04 per share, over net income applicable to common stock of $174.5 million, or $3.48 per share for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

On a consolidated basis, WGL also uses non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) to evaluate overall financial performance, and evaluates segment financial performance based on earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and adjusted EBIT. Operating earnings (loss) and adjusted EBIT are non-GAAP financial measures, which are not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as alternatives to GAAP measures of performance. Both non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) and adjusted EBIT adjust for the accounting recognition of certain transactions that are not representative of the ongoing earnings of the company. Additionally, we believe that adjusted EBIT enhances the ability to evaluate segment performance because it excludes interest and income tax expense, which are affected by corporate-wide strategies such as capital financing and tax sharing allocations. Refer to "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," attached to this news release, for a more detailed discussion of management’s use of these measures and for reconciliations to GAAP financial measures.

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, operating earnings were $96.1 million, or $1.87 per share, an increase of $6.6 million, or $0.09 per share, over operating earnings of $89.5 million, or $1.78 per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the six months ended March 31, 2017, operating earnings were $155.4 million, or $3.02 per share, an improvement of $6.7 million, or $0.06 per share, over operating earnings of $148.7 million, or $2.96 per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

Results by Business Segment
Regulated Utility
Three Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
Six Months ended March 31,
Increase/
(In millions)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
EBIT
$ 165.2
$ 164.3
$
0.9
$ 267.9
$ 263.6
$
4.3
Adjusted EBIT
$ 150.2
$ 153.9
$
(3.7 )
$ 241.6
$ 240.5
$
1.1

For the three and six months ended March 31, 2017, the EBIT comparisons reflect higher unrealized margins associated with our asset optimization program, partially offset by unfavorable effects of warmer than normal weather in the District of Columbia.

Additionally, for the three months ended March 31, 2017, the comparisons of EBIT and adjusted EBIT reflect new base rates in Virginia and increased customer growth, more than offset by: (i) lower realized margins associated with our asset optimization program; (ii) higher depreciation and amortization expense related to our new billing system as well as the growth in our utility plant; and (iii) higher operation and maintenance expenses.

For the six months ended March 31, 2017, the comparisons in EBIT and adjusted EBIT primarily reflect: (i) new base rates in Virginia and (ii) increased customer growth. These favorable variances were partially offset by higher depreciation and amortization expense and higher operation and maintenance expenses.

Retail Energy-Marketing
Three Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
Six Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
(In millions)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
EBIT
$
9.3
$
3.1
$
6.2
$ 38.4
$
2.5
$
35.9
Adjusted EBIT
$ 13.1
$
8.4
$
4.7
$ 23.0
$ 13.6
$
9.4

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, the comparisons in EBIT and adjusted EBIT reflect higher realized natural gas margins primarily due to higher margins on storage-sourced sales, when compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. Favorable natural gas margins were partially offset by slightly lower electricity margins due to lower sales volumes and average unit margins.

For the six months ended March 31, 2017, the comparisons in EBIT and adjusted EBIT reflect higher natural gas margins due to higher margins on storage-sourced sales, partially offset by unfavorable weather and price conditions as well as lower portfolio optimization activities early in the winter. In addition, electricity margins were higher due to lower capacity charges from the regional power grid operator (PJM) associated with fixed-price retail contracts.

Additionally, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2017, the EBIT comparisons reflect higher unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives.

Commercial Energy Systems
Three Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
Six Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
(In millions)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
EBIT
$
8.5
$
1.0
$
7.5
$ 13.2
$ 2.0
$
11.2
Adjusted EBIT
$ 10.3
$
2.3
$
8.0
$ 16.4
$ 4.5
$
11.9

For the three and six months ended March 31, 2017, improvements in EBIT and adjusted EBIT reflect: (i) the growth in distributed generation assets in service, including increased solar renewable energy credit sales and (ii) higher earnings from alternative energy investments, including tax equity ventures. These improvements were partially offset by lower revenues from the energy-efficiency contracting business due to the completion of certain projects and higher depreciation expenses related to new projects placed in service.

Midstream Energy Services
Three Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
Six Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
(In millions)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
EBIT
$ 42.0
$ 13.7
$
28.3
$ 13.5
$ 34.5
$
(21.0 )
Adjusted EBIT
$ (1.3 )
$ (8.4 )
$
7.1
$
1.4
$
4.8
$
(3.4 )

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, the increase in EBIT primarily reflects: (i) increased valuations on our derivative contracts associated with our long-term transportation strategies; (ii) higher valuations and realized margins related to storage inventory and the associated economic hedging transactions and (iii) higher income related to our pipeline investments. For the six months ended March 31, 2017, the decrease in EBIT primarily reflects: (i) lower valuations on our derivative contracts associated with our long-term transportation strategies; (ii) lower valuations and realized margins related to storage inventory and the associated economic hedging transactions; and (iii) lower realized margins on our transportation strategies.

For the three months ended March 31, 2017, the increase in adjusted EBIT is primarily due to higher realized margins on our transportation strategies, as well as higher income related to our pipeline investments. The comparison of adjusted EBIT for the six months ended March 31, 2017, primarily reflects lower income related to unfavorable storage spreads when compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year as well as lower realized margins on our transportation strategies.

Lower realized margins on our transportation strategies are primarily a result of losses associated with certain gas purchases from Antero Resources Corporation (Antero) beginning in January 2016. The index price used to invoice these purchases had been the subject of an arbitration proceeding which WGL expected to result in a favorable outcome; therefore, the unfavorable impacts of these purchases had been removed from previously reported adjusted EBIT. In February 2017, the arbitral tribunal ruled in favor of Antero, and as a result, both operating earnings and adjusted EBIT for prior periods have been recast, as appropriate, to reflect the impact of these losses. Losses realized during the three and six months ending March 31, 2017, were $0.5 million and $7.3 million, respectively, associated with this purchase contract. Losses for both the three and six months ending March 31, 2016 were $3.8 million. Accumulated losses from the inception of the contract are $22.5 million. In March 2017, we filed suit in state court in Colorado related to the delivery point to which the gas is being delivered by Antero. To date, no rulings have been obtained from the Court.

Other Activities
Three Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
Six Months Ended March 31,
Increase/
(In millions)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
2017
2016
(Decrease)
EBIT
$ (15.1 )
$ (1.5 )
$
(13.6 )
$ (16.3 )
$ (2.3 )
$
(14.0 )
Adjusted EBIT
$
(1.1 )
$ (1.5 )
$
0.4
$
(2.3 )
$ (2.3 )
$ --

For the three and six months ended March 31, 2017, the decrease in EBIT primarily relates to external costs associated with the planned merger with AltaGas.

Earnings Outlook

We provide earnings guidance for consolidated non-GAAP operating earnings. In providing fiscal year 2017 guidance, we note that there will likely be differences between our reported GAAP earnings and our non-GAAP operating earnings due to matters such as, but not limited to, unrealized mark-to-market positions for our energy-related derivatives and changes in the measured value of our trading inventory for WGL Midstream. On a year-to-date basis, non-GAAP operating earnings are lower than GAAP earnings due to $25.6 million of after-tax non-GAAP adjustments. Non-GAAP adjustments could change significantly and are subject to swings from period to period. As a result, WGL management is not able to reasonably estimate the aggregate impact of these items to derive GAAP earnings guidance and therefore is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for its non-GAAP operating earnings guidance.

We are updating our consolidated non-GAAP operating earnings estimate for fiscal year 2017 in a range of $3.10 per share to $3.30 per share. We are lowering guidance as a result of losses associated with the index price used in certain gas purchases from Antero, as well as lower expected results at the regulated utility related to asset optimization and other revenues.

We assume no obligation to update this guidance. The absence of any statement by us in the future should not be presumed to represent an affirmation of this earnings guidance.

Other Information

During the pendency period of the acquisition agreement between WGL and AltaGas, WGL will not conduct earnings calls. Additional information regarding financial results and recent regulatory events can be found in WGL’s and Washington Gas’ Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and which is also available at www.wglholdings.com.

WGL, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at www.wgl.com.

Unless otherwise noted, earnings per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis, and are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding.

Please see the attached comparative statements for additional information on our operating results. Also attached to this news release are reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger transaction. WGL Holdings, Inc. ("WGL") filed a definitive proxy statement in connection with the proposed merger transaction with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on March 31, 2017 (the "Proxy Statement") and first mailed the Proxy Statement to its shareholders on or about April 3, 2017. THE INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF WGL ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION about AltaGas, Ltd. ("AltaGas"), WGL and the proposed merger transaction. Investors and security holders are able to obtain these materials and other documents filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. In addition, a copy of WGL’s proxy statement may be obtained free of charge upon request by contacting WGL Holdings, Inc., Leslie T. Thornton, Corporate Secretary, 101 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, District of Columbia, 20080. WGL’s filings with the SEC are also available on WGL’s website at: http://wglholdings.com/sec.cfm. Investors and security holders may also read and copy any reports, statements and other information filed by WGL with the SEC, at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 or visit the SEC’s website for further information on its public reference room.

Participants in the Solicitation

AltaGas, WGL and certain of their respective directors, executive officers and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed merger transaction. Information regarding AltaGas’ directors and executive officers is available in AltaGas’ Management Information Circular, filed on March 24, 2017 (in English and French) with the Canadian Securities Administrators (the "CSA") and in AltaGas’ Annual Information Form, filed on February 23, 2017 (in English) and February 27, 2017 (in French) with the CSA, each of which are available at: www.sedar.com. Information regarding WGL’s directors and executive officers is available in the Proxy Statement. WGL’s proxy statement filed with the SEC on December 23, 2016 in connection with its 2017 annual meeting of shareholders, and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016, each of which may be obtained from the sources indicated in Additional Information and Where to Find It. Other information regarding persons who may be deemed participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests (which may be different than those of WGL’s investors and security holders), by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement and other relevant materials filed or to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release and other statements by us include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the outlook for earnings, revenues, dividends and other future financial business performance, strategies, legal developments relating to the Constitution Pipeline, AltaGas Ltd.’s proposed acquisition of us and other expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as, but not limited to, "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "believes," "plans," and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "should," "would," and "could." Although we believe such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we cannot give assurance that every objective will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of today, and we assume no duty to update them. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, the closing of the AltaGas transaction may not occur or may be delayed; our stockholders may not approve the AltaGas transaction; litigation related to the AltaGas transaction or limitations or restrictions imposed by regulatory authorities may delay or negatively impact the transaction and there may be a loss of customers, employees or business partners as a result of the transaction and the factors discussed under the "Risk Factors" heading in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents that we have filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

WGL Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
March 31, 2017
September 30, 2016
ASSETS
Property, Plant and Equipment
At original cost
$ 5,745,531
$ 5,542,916
Accumulated depreciation and amortization
(1,472,749 )
(1,415,679 )
Net property, plant and equipment
4,272,782
4,127,237
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents
7,462
5,573
Accounts receivable, net
709,854
491,020
Storage gas
139,134
207,132
Derivatives and other
147,909
139,749
Total current assets
1,004,359
843,474
Deferred Charges and Other Assets
1,132,594
1,078,739
Total Assets
$ 6,409,735
$ 6,049,450
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
Capitalization
WGL Holdings common shareholders’ equity
$ 1,537,882
$ 1,375,561
Non-controlling interest
3,251
409
Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock
28,173
28,173
Total Equity
1,569,306
1,404,143
Long-term debt
1,235,432
1,435,045
Total capitalization
2,804,738
2,839,188
Current Liabilities
Notes payable and project financing
782,320
331,385
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities
389,881
405,351
Derivatives and other
259,918
290,190
Total current liabilities
1,432,119
1,026,926
Deferred Credits
2,172,878
2,183,336
$ 6,409,735
$ 6,049,450
Total Capitalization and Liabilities
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
March 31,
March 31,
(In thousands, except per share data)
2017
2016
2017
2016
OPERATING REVENUES
Utility
$
466,270
$
442,837
$
793,333
$
730,990
Non-utility
375,480
392,852
657,904
718,083
Total Operating Revenues
841,750
835,689
1,451,237
1,449,073
OPERATING EXPENSES
Utility cost of gas
134,458
121,055
209,958
171,080
Non-utility cost of energy-related sales
301,780
351,720
554,666
634,207
Operation and maintenance
118,261
103,933
218,978
199,352
Depreciation and amortization
39,110
33,170
74,393
64,582
General taxes and other assessments
50,544
51,400
90,932
87,932
Total Operating Expenses
644,153
661,278
1,148,927
1,157,153
OPERATING INCOME
197,597
174,411
302,310
291,920
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates
7,344
4,768
7,609
6,031
Other income (expenses) -- net
(1,953 )
795
(1,475 )
1,774
Interest expense
14,255
12,999
30,490
25,759
INCOME BEFORE TAXES
188,733
166,975
277,954
273,966
INCOME TAX EXPENSE
70,778
60,357
104,232
98,847
NET INCOME
$
117,955
$
106,618
$
173,722
$
175,119
Non-controlling interest
(5,439 )
--
(7,974 )
--
Dividends on Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock
330
330
660
660
NET INCOME APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK
$
123,064
$
106,288
$
181,036
$
174,459
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic
51,217
50,009
51,192
49,918
Diluted
51,476
50,282
51,458
50,166
EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE
Basic
$
2.40
$
2.13
$
3.54
$
3.49
Diluted
$
2.39
$
2.11
$
3.52
$
3.48
The following table reconciles EBIT by operating segment to net
income applicable to common stock.
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
March 31,
March 31,
(In thousands)
2017
2016
2017
2016
EBIT:
Regulated utility
$ 165,171
$
164,271
$ 267,888
$
263,560
Retail energy-marketing
9,255
3,078
38,440
2,511
Commercial energy systems
8,547
1,022
13,210
1,965
Midstream energy services
41,993
13,700
13,509
34,539
Other activities
(15,067 )
(1,476 )
(16,265 )
(2,256 )
Intersegment eliminations
(1,472 )
(621 )
(364 )
(594 )
Total
$ 208,427
$
179,974
$ 316,418
$
299,725
Interest expense
14,255
12,999
30,490
25,759
Income tax expense
70,778
60,357
104,232
98,847
Dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock
330
330
660
660
Net income applicable to common stock
$ 123,064
$
106,288
$ 181,036
$
174,459
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics
(Unaudited)
FINANCIAL STATISTICS
Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
2017
2016
Closing Market Price -- end of period
$82.53
$72.37
52-Week Market Price Range
$83.58- $58.69
$74.10 - $51.86
Price Earnings Ratio
24.1
22.5
Annualized Dividends Per Share
$2.04
$1.95
Dividend Yield
2.5%
2.7%
Return on Average Common Equity
11.9%
11.9%
Total Interest Coverage (times)
5.7
5.8
Book Value Per Share -- end of period
$30.03
$27.72
Common Shares Outstanding -- end of period (thousands)
51,219
50,337
UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
March 31,
March 31,
(In thousands)
2017
2016
2017
2016
2017
2016
Operating Revenues
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential -- Firm
$ 297,406
$ 279,507
495,427
447,407
$
663,189
$
610,692
Commercial and Industrial -- Firm
60,624
59,550
105,971
96,222
146,422
136,174
Commercial and Industrial -- Interruptible
1,099
1,085
1,653
1,605
2,228
2,213
359,129
340,142
603,051
545,234
811,839
749,079
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm
86,024
80,492
142,099
142,396
206,413
213,660
Interruptible
14,369
16,831
29,139
28,336
46,879
46,220
Electric Generation
201
480
576
931
1,599
1,795
100,594
97,803
171,814
171,663
254,891
261,675
459,723
437,945
774,865
716,897
1,066,730
1,010,754
Other
6,547
4,892
18,468
14,093
39,416
35,063
Total
$ 466,270
$ 442,837
793,333
730,990
$ 1,106,146
$ 1,045,817
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
March 31,
March 31,
(In thousands of therms)
2017
2016
2017
2016
2017
2016
Gas Sales and Deliveries
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential -- Firm
286,159
321,765
493,641
474,689
609,576
581,803
Commercial and Industrial -- Firm
66,898
79,817
124,619
124,709
167,742
164,345
Commercial and Industrial -- Interruptible
1,465
1,332
2,279
2,051
2,999
2,678
354,522
402,914
620,539
601,449
780,317
748,826
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm
182,743
218,692
344,325
351,970
493,385
470,956
Interruptible
75,572
82,999
139,735
145,534
233,214
234,651
Electric Generation
13,229
59,154
36,828
102,380
225,701
226,231
271,544
360,845
520,888
599,884
952,300
931,838
Total
626,066
763,759
1,141,427
1,201,333
1,732,617
1,680,664
Utility Gas Purchase Expense (excluding asset optimization)
43.94
?
34.12
?
40.17
?
34.83 ?
35.15
?
37.81
?
HEATING DEGREE DAYS
Actual
1,727
1,996
2,923
2,952
4,651
3,155
Normal
2,098
2,098
3,416
3,429
5,525
3,737
Percent Colder (Warmer) than Normal
(17.7
)%
(4.9
)%
(14.4
)%
(13.9
)%
(15.8
)%
(15.6
)%
Average Active Customer Meters
1,154,427
1,144,147
1,151,289
1,139,798
1,148,092
1,136,067
WGL ENERGY SERVICES
Natural Gas Sales
Therm Sales (thousands of therms)
269,100
315,900
489,600
505,500
734,800
702,900
Number of Customers (end of period)
122,800
139,400
122,800
139,400
122,800
139,400
Electricity Sales
Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs)
3,048,300
3,192,700
6,151,500
6,119,200
13,123,000
12,519,400
Number of Accounts (end of period)
121,200
134,400
121,200
134,400
121,200
134,400
WGL ENERGY SYSTEMS
Megawatts in service
200
134
200
134
200
134
Megawatt hours generated
57,695
43,691
106,449
77,306
240,007
171,598
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

The tables below reconcile operating earnings (loss) on a consolidated basis to GAAP net income (loss) applicable to common stock and adjusted EBIT on a segment basis to EBIT. Management believes that operating earnings (loss) and adjusted EBIT provide a meaningful representation of our earnings from ongoing operations on a consolidated and segment basis, respectively. These measures facilitate analysis by providing consistent and comparable measures to help management, investors and analysts better understand and evaluate our operating results and performance trends, and assist in analyzing period-to-period comparisons. Additionally, we use these non-GAAP measures to report to the board of directors and to evaluate management’s performance.

To derive our non-GAAP measures, we adjust for the accounting recognition of certain transactions (non-GAAP adjustments) based on at least one of the following criteria:

To better match the accounting recognition of transactions with their economics;

-- To better align with regulatory view/recognition;

To eliminate the effects of: i. Significant out of period adjustments; ii. Other significant items that may obscure historical earnings comparisons and are not indicative of performance trends; and iii. For adjusted EBIT, other items which may obscure segment comparisons.

There are limits in using operating earnings (loss) and adjusted EBIT to analyze our consolidated and segment results, respectively, as they are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different than non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, using operating earnings (loss) and adjusted EBIT to analyze our results may have limited value as they exclude certain items that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. We compensate for these limitations by providing investors with the attached reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

The following tables represent the reconciliation of non-GAAP operating earnings to GAAP net income applicable to common stock (consolidated by quarter):

WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated by Quarter)
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
Fiscal Year 2017
Quarterly Period Ended(1)
(In thousands, except per share data)
Dec. 31(2)
Mar. 31
Jun. 30
Sept. 30
Fiscal Year
Operating earnings
$
59,362
$
96,087
$ 155,449
Non-GAAP adjustments(3)
(2,324 )
38,468
36,144
De-designated interest rate swaps(4)
--
2,516
2,516
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments(5)
934
(14,007 )
(13,073 )
Net income applicable to common stock
$
57,972
$ 123,064
$ 181,036
Diluted average common shares outstanding
51,445
51,476
51,458
Operating earnings per share
$
1.15
$
1.87
$
3.02
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments
(0.03 )
0.52
0.50
Diluted earnings per average common share
$
1.12
$
2.39
$
3.52
Fiscal Year 2016
Quarterly Period Ended(1)
(In thousands, except per share data)
Dec. 31
Mar. 31
Jun. 30
Sept. 30
Fiscal Year
Operating earnings
$
59,205
$
89,490
$ 148,695
Non-GAAP adjustments(3)
13,312
25,815
39,127
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments(5)
(4,346 )
(9,017 )
(13,363 )
Net income applicable to common stock
$
68,171
$ 106,288
$ 174,459
Diluted average common shares outstanding
50,030
50,282
50,166
Operating earnings per share
$
1.18
$
1.78
$
2.96
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments
0.18
0.33
0.52
Diluted earnings per average common share
$
1.36
$
2.11
$
3.48
(1)
Quarterly earnings per share may not sum to year-to-date or
annual earnings per share as quarterly calculations are based on
weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding,
which may vary for each of those periods.
(2)
Prior quarter non-GAAP measures have been recast to include
$6.8 million of losses associated with the index price used in
certain gas purchases from Antero. The index price used to invoice
these purchases had been the subject of an arbitration proceeding;
however, in February 2017, the arbitral tribunal ruled in favor of
Antero.
(3)
Refer to the reconciliations of adjusted EBIT to EBIT below for
further details on our non-GAAP adjustments. Note that non-GAAP
adjustments associated with interest expense or income taxes are
shown separately and are not included in the reconciliation from
adjusted EBIT to EBIT.
(4)
Non-GAAP adjustment related to mark-to-market valuations on
forward starting interest rate swaps associated with anticipated
future financing. Due to certain covenants in the merger agreement
with AltaGas, it is no longer probable that the 30-year debt
issuance that the swaps were originally intended to hedge will
occur. However, we believe that some form of financing will
continue to be required. The hedges were de-designated in January
2017.
(5)
Non-GAAP adjustments are presented on a gross basis and the
income tax effects of those adjustments are presented separately.
The income tax effects of non-GAAP adjustments, both current and
deferred, are calculated at the individual company level based on
the applicable composite tax rate for each period presented, with
the exception of transactions not subject to income taxes.
Additionally, the income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments
includes investment tax credits related to distributed generation
assets.
The following tables summarize non-GAAP adjustments by operating
segment and present a reconciliation of adjusted EBIT to EBIT. EBIT
is defined as earnings before interest and taxes less amounts
attributable to non-controlling interests. Items we do not include
in EBIT are interest expense, inter-company financing activity,
dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock, and income taxes.
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017
(In thousands)
Regulated
Retail Energy-
Commercial
Midstream
Other
Eliminations(i)
Total
Utility
Marketing
Energy
Energy
Activities(h)
Systems
Services
Adjusted EBIT
$ 150,223
$
13,149
$
10,312
$
(1,252 )
$
(1,061 )
$
(1,412 )
$ 169,959
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a)
21,050
(3,894 )
--
23,658
--
(60 )
40,754
Storage optimization program(b)
866
--
--
--
--
--
866
DC weather impact(c)
(6,968 )
--
--
--
--
--
(6,968 )
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d)
--
--
(1,765 )
--
--
--
(1,765 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e)
--
--
--
19,587
--
--
19,587
Merger related costs(f)
--
--
--
--
(11,905 )
--
(11,905 )
Third-party guarantee(g)
--
--
--
--
(2,101 )
--
(2,101 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments
$
14,948
$
(3,894 )
$
(1,765 )
$
43,245
$
(14,006 )
$
(60 )
$
38,468
EBIT
$ 165,171
$
9,255
$
8,547
$
41,993
$
(15,067 )
$
(1,472 )
$ 208,427
Three Months Ended March 31, 2016
(In thousands)
Regulated
Retail Energy-
Commercial
Midstream
Other
Eliminations(i)
Total
Utility
Marketing
Energy
Energy
Activities(h)
Systems
Services
Adjusted EBIT
$ 153,915
$
8,376
$
2,338
$
(8,373 )
$
(1,476 )
$
(621 )
$ 154,159
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a)
13,693
(5,298 )
--
11,486
--
--
19,881
Storage optimization program (b)
(826 )
--
--
--
--
--
(826 )
DC weather impact(c)
(2,511 )
--
--
--
--
--
(2,511 )
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d)
--
--
(1,316 )
--
--
--
(1,316 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e)
--
--
--
10,587
--
--
10,587
Total non-GAAP adjustments
$
10,356
$
(5,298 )
$
(1,316 )
$
22,073
$ --
$ --
$
25,815
EBIT
$ 164,271
$
3,078
$
1,022
$
13,700
$
(1,476 )
$
(621 )
$ 179,974
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
Six Months Ended March 31, 2017
(In thousands)
Regulated
Retail Energy-
Commercial
Midstream
Other
Eliminations(j)
Total
Utility
Marketing
Energy
Energy
Activities(i)
Systems
Services(h)
Adjusted EBIT
$ 241,603
$
23,044
$
16,384
$
1,409
$
(2,259 )
$
93
$ 280,274
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a)
36,486
15,396
--
13,981
--
(457 )
65,406
Storage optimization program(b)
202
--
--
--
--
--
202
DC weather impact(c)
(10,403 )
--
--
--
--
--
(10,403 )
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d)
--
--
(3,174 )
--
--
--
(3,174 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e)
--
--
--
(1,881 )
--
--
(1,881 )
Merger related costs(f)
--
--
--
--
(11,905 )
--
(11,905 )
Third-party guarantee(g)
--
--
--
--
(2,101 )
--
(2,101 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments
$
26,285
$
15,396
$
(3,174 )
$
12,100
$
(14,006 )
$
(457 )
$
36,144
EBIT
$ 267,888
$
38,440
$
13,210
$
13,509
$
(16,265 )
$
(364 )
$ 316,418
Six Months Ended March 31, 2016
(In thousands)
Regulated
Retail Energy-
Commercial
Midstream
Other
Eliminations(i)
Total
Utility
Marketing
Energy
Energy
Activities(h)
Systems
Services
Adjusted EBIT
$ 240,538
$
13,621
$
4,533
$
4,756
$
(2,256 )
$
(594 )
$ 260,598
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a)
33,116
(11,110 )
--
22,322
--
--
44,328
Storage optimization program (b)
(351 )
--
--
--
--
--
(351 )
DC weather impact(c)
(9,743 )
--
--
--
--
--
(9,743 )
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d)
--
--
(2,568 )
--
--
--
(2,568 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e)
--
--
--
7,461
--
--
7,461
Total non-GAAP adjustments
$
23,022
$ (11,110 )
$
(2,568 )
$
29,783
$ --
$ --
$
39,127
EBIT
$ 263,560
$
2,511
$
1,965
$
34,539
$
(2,256 )
$
(594 )
$ 299,725
Footnotes:
(a)
Adjustments to eliminate unrealized mark-to-market gains
(losses) for our energy-related derivatives for our regulated
utility and retail energy-marketing operations as well as certain
derivatives related to the optimization of transportation capacity
for the midstream energy services segment. With the exception of
certain transactions related to the optimization of system
capacity assets as discussed in footnote (b) below, when these
derivatives settle, the realized economic impact is reflected in
our non-GAAP results, as we are only removing interim unrealized
mark-to-market amounts.
(b)
Adjustments to shift the timing of storage optimization margins
for the regulated utility segment from the periods recognized for
GAAP purposes to the periods in which such margins are recognized
for regulatory sharing purposes. In addition, lower-of-cost or
market adjustments related to system and non-system storage
optimization are eliminated for non-GAAP reporting because the
margins will be recognized for regulatory purposes when the
withdrawals are made at the unadjusted historical cost of storage
inventory.
(c)
Eliminates the estimated financial effects of warm or cold
weather in the District of Columbia, as measured consistent with
our regulatory tariff. Washington Gas has regulatory weather
protection mechanisms in Maryland and Virginia designed to
neutralize the estimated financial effects of weather. Utilization
of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is our practice
to evaluate our rate-regulated revenues by utilizing normal
weather and to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of
normal weather.
(d)
To reclassify the amortization of deferred investment tax
credits from income taxes to operating income for the commercial
energy systems segment. These credits are a key component of the
operating success of this segment and therefore are included
within adjusted EBIT to help management and investors better
assess the segment’s performance.
(e)
For our midstream energy services segment, adjustments to
reflect storage inventory at market or at a value based on the
price used to value the physical forward sales contract that is
economically hedging the storage inventory. Adjusting our storage
optimization inventory in this fashion better aligns the
settlement of both our physical and financial transactions and
allows investors and management to better analyze the results of
our non-utility asset optimization strategies. Additionally, this
adjustment also includes the net effect of certain sharing
mechanisms on the difference between the changes in our non-GAAP
storage inventory valuations and the unrealized gains and losses
on derivatives not subject to non-GAAP adjustments.
(f)
Adjustment to eliminate external costs associated with the
planned merger with AltaGas.
(g)
Guarantee on behalf of a third party associated with a solar
investment.
(h)
Prior quarter non-GAAP measures have been recast to include
$6.8 million of losses associated with the index price used in
certain gas purchases from Antero. The index price used to invoice
these purchases had been the subject of an arbitration proceeding;
however, in February 2017, the arbitral tribunal ruled in favor of
Antero.
(i)
Activities and transactions that are not significant enough on
a standalone basis to warrant treatment as an operating segment
and that do not fit into one of our four operating segments.
(j)
Activities and transactions between segments that are
eliminated in consolidation.

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