February 20, 2014
SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) announced earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.
For the year ended December 31, 2013, SCANA reported earnings of $471 million, or basic earnings per share of $3.40, compared to earnings of $420 million, or basic earnings per share of $3.20, for the same period in 2012. The increase was driven by higher electric margins due primarily to base rate increases and customer growth, as well as higher gas margins. Higher operations and maintenance expenses, as well as expenses related to our capital program including property taxes, depreciation and share dilution partially offset the increase in margins.
"We are very pleased with our 2013 results," said Jimmy Addison, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Economic conditions in our service territory continue to improve as evidenced by recent economic expansion and declining unemployment rates."
SCANA's earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $104 million, or basic earnings per share of 73 cents, compared to earnings of $105 million, or basic earnings per share of 79 cents, for the fourth quarter of 2012. During the fourth quarter, increases in margins from base rate increases and customer growth were more than offset by increases in operations and maintenance expenses, property taxes, depreciation and share dilution.
Financial Results by Major Lines of Business
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company
Reported earnings for 2013 at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), SCANA's principal subsidiary, were $391 million, or basic earnings per share of $2.82, compared to $352 million, or basic earnings per share of $2.69, in 2012. Higher margins from base rate increases, along with customer growth were partially offset by increases in operations and maintenance expenses, as well as expenses related to our capital program including property taxes, depreciation and share dilution. For the fourth quarter of 2013, SCE&G reported earnings of $72 million, or basic earnings per share of 51 cents compared to $70 million, or basic earnings per share of 54 cents, in the same quarter of 2012. At year-end 2013, SCE&G was serving approximately 675,000 electric customers and approximately 325,000 natural gas customers, up 1.2 and 2.1 percent, respectively, over 2012.
PSNC Energy, the Company's North Carolina-based retail natural gas distribution subsidiary, reported 2013 earnings of $52 million, or basic earnings per share of 37 cents, compared to $51 million, or basic earnings per share of 38 cents, in 2012. Increases in margin due to customer growth were offset by higher operations and maintenance expenses and share dilution. Reported earnings in the fourth quarter of 2013 were $23 million, or basic earnings per share of 16 cents, compared to $23 million, or basic earnings per share of 17 cents in the fourth quarter of 2012. At December 31, 2013, PSNC Energy was serving approximately 500,000 customers, an increase of 2.3 percent over the previous year.
SCANA Energy - Georgia
SCANA Energy, the Company's retail natural gas marketing business in Georgia, reported 2013 earnings of $24 million, or basic earnings per share of 17 cents, compared to $11 million, or basic earnings per share of 8 cents, in 2012. The increase is primarily attributable to higher throughput due to a return to more normal weather during 2013 compared to milder than normal weather in 2012. Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2013 were $8 million, or basic earnings per share of 6 cents, compared to $7 million, or basic earnings per share of 6 cents in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Corporate and Other, Net
SCANA's corporate and other businesses, which include Carolina Gas Transmission, SCANA Communications, ServiceCare, SCANA Energy Marketing and the holding company, reported earnings of $4 million, or basic earnings per share of 4 cents in 2013, compared to earnings of $6 million, or basic earnings per share of 5 cents in 2012. For the fourth quarter of 2013 earnings were essentially flat for these businesses, compared to earnings of $4 million, or basic earnings per share of 2 cents in the fourth quarter of 2012. During 2012, SCANA sold two groups of wireless telecommunications towers in its communications business, as it does periodically when the towers are well subscribed. The communications business had no tower sales during 2013.
For 2014, the Company preliminarily estimates that earnings per share will be in the range of $3.45 to $3.65, with an internal target of $3.55 per share. The Company's average annual growth rate target is 3 to 6 percent over the next 3 to 5 years. The Company is resetting its base year to 2013 basic earnings per share.
Factors and risks that could impact future earnings are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and below under the Safe Harbor Statement.
SCANA Corporation, headquartered in Cayce, S.C., is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. The Company serves approximately 675,000 electric customers in South Carolina and more than 1.2 million natural gas customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's website at www.scana.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
Statements included in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, "forward-looking statements" for purposes of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning key earnings drivers, customer growth, environmental regulations and expenditures, leverage ratio, projections for pension fund contributions, financing activities, access to sources of capital, impacts of the adoption of new accounting rules and estimated construction and other expenditures. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "expects," "forecasts," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar terminology. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and that actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) the information is of a preliminary nature and may be subject to further and/or continuing review and adjustment; (2) regulatory actions, particularly changes in rate regulation, regulations governing electric grid reliability and pipeline integrity, environmental regulations, and actions affecting the construction of new nuclear units; (3) current and future litigation; (4) changes in the economy, especially in areas served by subsidiaries of SCANA; (5) the impact of competition from other energy suppliers, including competition from alternate fuels in industrial markets; (6) the impact of conservation and demand side management efforts and/or technological advances on customer usage; (7) the loss of sales to distributed generation, such as solar photovoltaic systems; (8) growth opportunities for SCANA's regulated and diversified subsidiaries; (9) the results of short- and long-term financing efforts, including prospects for obtaining access to capital markets and other sources of liquidity; (10) the effects of weather, especially in areas where the generation and transmission facilities of SCANA and its subsidiaries (the Company) are located and in areas served by SCANA's subsidiaries; (11) changes in SCANA's or its subsidiaries' accounting rules and accounting policies; (12) payment and performance by counterparties and customers as contracted and when due; (13) the results of efforts to license, site, construct and finance facilities for electric generation and transmission; (14) maintaining creditworthy joint owners for SCE&G's new nuclear generation project; (15) the ability of suppliers, both domestic and international, to timely provide the labor, secure processes, components, parts, tools, equipment and other supplies needed, at agreed upon prices, for our construction program, operations and maintenance; (16) the results of efforts to ensure the physical and cyber security of key assets and processes; (17) the availability of fuels such as coal, natural gas and enriched uranium used to produce electricity; the availability of purchased power and natural gas for distribution; the level and volatility of future market prices for such fuels and purchased power; and the ability to recover the costs for such fuels and purchased power; (18) the availability of skilled and experienced human resources to properly manage, operate, and grow the Company's businesses; (19) labor disputes; (20) performance of SCANA's pension plan assets; (21) changes in taxes; (22) inflation or deflation; (23) compliance with regulations; (24) natural disasters and man-made mishaps that directly affect our operations or the regulations governing them; and (25) the other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the periodic reports filed by SCANA or SCE&G with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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