DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) reported 2013 earnings of $661 million, or $3.76 per diluted share, compared with $610 million, or $3.55 per diluted share in 2012.
2013 operating earnings were $720 million, or $4.09 per diluted share, compared with 2012 operating earnings of $676 million, or $3.94 per diluted share. Operating earnings for 2013 and 2012 exclude non-recurring items, certain mark-to-market adjustments and discontinued operations. Reconciliations of reported earnings to operating earnings are at the end of this news release.
"2013 was successful for us on many fronts," said Gerard M. Anderson, DTE Energy chairman and CEO. "In addition to our strong financial performance, we made great strides in improving employee engagement. I'm proud to say that DTE received the Gallup organization's 'Great Workplace Award' and our employee engagement scores increased for the seventh year in a row. I believe that having engaged, dedicated employees helped drive our financial success as well as our customer service, community involvement and operational accomplishments."
When highlighting recent accomplishments, Anderson noted that customers remained DTE Energy's primary focus as it worked to implement strategies to enhance system reliability and safety, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction.
In reviewing 2013 successes, Anderson noted:
- DTE Energy continues to be a top performer in cost control and productivity in the industry. On-going efforts to reduce the company's cost structure, coupled with lower fuel supply costs and reduced cost of providing energy from wind, allowed DTE to lower residential electric rates by approximately 6.5 percent in January 2014.
- The company is in the top 25% of its peer group in the J.D. Power customer satisfaction rankings at both the electric and gas utilities.
- DTE Energy is ahead of schedule in investing in renewable energy. The Echo Wind Park was constructed in 2013 and will go online shortly, bringing the total amount of renewables that DTE has built or contracted for up to 9.6 percent of sales against our 10 percent target for 2015.
- In 2013, the company spent more than $800 million with Michigan-based companies on goods and services. This surpassed the company's goal of $625 million by almost 30 percent. DTE also increased spending 15 percent within the city of Detroit to $140 million, compared with $122 million in 2012.
"A year ago when I announced our 2012 earnings, I said that our aspiration was to become the best operated energy company in North America and a force for growth and prosperity in the communities we serve," Anderson said. "We made progress toward that goal this past year and remain committed to finding additional ways to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy for our customers while providing shareholders with an attractive dividend and five percent to six percent annual earnings per share growth. Following this course of action will steer us toward our goal to become the best operating energy company in North America."
Increasing operating earnings guidance for 2014
DTE Energy increased its previously communicated 2014 operating earnings guidance of $4.15 to $4.39 per diluted share to $4.20 to $4.40 per diluted share.
"Solid earnings and cash flow driven by increased weather-related sales and continued cost control, coupled with a strong balance sheet, allowed us to increase our dividend in 2013 and helped us finish the year at the high end of our earnings guidance range," said Peter Oleksiak, DTE Energy senior vice president and chief financial officer. "This strong financial performance allows us to increase our 2014 earnings per share midpoint. We continue to target a 60 percent to 70 percent dividend payout target while maintaining our strong balance sheet and credit ratings."
This earnings announcement, as well as a package of slides and supplemental information, is available at www.dteenergy.com.
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio also includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, midstream services and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.
Use of Operating Earnings Information - DTE Energy management believes that operating earnings provide a more meaningful representation of the company's earnings from ongoing operations and uses operating earnings as the primary performance measurement for external communications with analysts and investors. Internally, DTE Energy uses operating earnings to measure performance against budget and to report to the Board of Directors.
In this release, DTE Energy discusses 2013 operating earnings guidance. It is likely that certain items that impact the company's 2013 reported results will be excluded from operating results. Reconciliations to the comparable 2013 reported earnings guidance are not provided because it is not possible to provide a reliable forecast of specific line items. These items may fluctuate significantly from period to period and may have a significant impact on reported earnings.
The information contained herein is as of the date of this release. DTE Energy expressly disclaims any current intention to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information or future events or developments. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "projected," "aspiration" and "goals" signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various assumptions, risks and uncertainties. This release contains forward-looking statements about DTE Energy's financial results and estimates of future prospects, and actual results may differ materially.
Many factors may impact forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, the following: impact of regulation by the FERC, MPSC, NRC and other applicable governmental proceedings and regulations, including any associated impact on rate structures; the amount and timing of cost recovery allowed as a result of regulatory proceedings, related appeals or new legislation; impact of electric and natural gas utility restructuring in Michigan, including legislative amendments and Customer Choice programs; economic conditions and population changes in our geographic area resulting in changes in demand, customer conservation and increased thefts of electricity and natural gas and high levels of uncollectible accounts receivable; environmental issues, laws, regulations, and the increasing costs of remediation and compliance, including actual and potential new federal and state requirements; health, safety, financial, environmental and regulatory risks associated with ownership and operation of nuclear facilities; changes in the cost and availability of coal and other raw materials, purchased power and natural gas; the potential for losses on investments, including nuclear decommissioning and benefit plan assets and the related increases in future expense and contributions; volatility in the short-term natural gas storage markets impacting third-party storage revenues; volatility in commodity markets impacting the results of our energy trading operations; access to capital markets and the results of other financing efforts which can be affected by credit agency ratings; instability in capital markets which could impact availability of short and long-term financing; the timing and extent of changes in interest rates; the level of borrowings the potential for increased costs or delays in completion of significant construction projects; changes in and application of federal, state and local tax laws and their interpretations, including the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, rulings, court proceedings and audits; the effects of weather and other natural phenomena on operations and sales to customers, and purchases from suppliers; unplanned outages; the cost of protecting assets against, or damage due to, terrorism or cyber attacks; employee relations and the impact of collective bargaining agreements; the availability, cost, coverage and terms of insurance and stability of insurance providers; cost reduction efforts and the maximization of plant and distribution system performance; the effects of competition; changes in and application of accounting standards and financial reporting regulations; changes in federal or state laws and their interpretation with respect to regulation, energy policy and other business issues; binding arbitration, litigation and related appeals; and the risks discussed in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New factors emerge from time to time. We cannot predict what factors may arise or how such factors may cause our results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. This release should also be read in conjunction with the "Forward-Looking Statements" sections in each of DTE Energy's and DTE Electric's 2012 Forms 10-K and 2013 Forms 10-Q (which sections are incorporated herein by reference), and in conjunction with other SEC reports filed by DTE Energy and DTE Electric.
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