NorthWestern Reports 2012 Financial Results Reports diluted earnings per share of $2.66 for 2012

Guidance for 2013 of $2.40 - $2.55 per diluted share

Increased the quarterly dividend to $0.38 per share, payable March 31, 2013

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NorthWestern Corporation, d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (NYSE: NWE), reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012.  Net income was $98.4 million, or $2.66 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared with net income of $92.6 million, or $2.53 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2011.  

"Our net income and cash flows from operations improved in 2012, compared with 2011.  Those results were driven by higher gross margin, primarily due to a favorable arbitration decision, partially offset by higher operating expenses, an impairment charge related to our decision to shelve the Mountain States Transmission Intertie (MSTI) project and higher income taxes," said Bob Rowe, Chief Executive Officer.  "Our continued focus is to remain committed to funding our distribution system infrastructure project and transmission infrastructure improvements while we seek additional regulated energy supply resources to provide our customers long-term price stability and resource adequacy." 

Annual Summary Financial Results






Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011

Total Revenues

$

280,773



$

283,209



$

1,070,342



$

1,117,316


Cost of Sales

67,550



124,036



395,434



494,559


Gross Margin

213,223



159,173



674,908



622,757


Operating Expenses








Operating, general and administrative

74,241



63,906



269,966



267,160


Mountain States Transmission Intertie impairment





24,039




Property and other taxes

23,279



20,571



97,674



89,122


Depreciation

26,680



25,364



106,044



100,926


Total Operating Expenses

124,200



109,841



497,723



457,208


Operating Income

89,023



49,332



177,185



165,549


Interest Expense, net

(15,464)



(16,122)



(65,062)



(66,859)


Other Income

1,238



1,674



4,372



3,931


Income Before Income Taxes

74,797



34,884



116,495



102,621


Income Tax Expense

(16,100)



(768)



(18,089)



(10,065)


Net Income

$

58,697



$

34,116



$

98,406



$

92,556


Average Common Shares Outstanding

37,218



36,271



36,847



36,258


Basic Earnings per Average Common Share

$

1.58



$

0.94



$

2.67



$

2.55


Diluted Earnings per Average Common Share

$

1.57



$

0.93



$

2.66



$

2.53


Dividends Declared per Average Common Share

$

0.37



$

0.36



$

1.48



$

1.44


 

Significant items during 2012

  • Improvement in net income of approximately $5.9 million as compared with 2011, due primarily to:
    • Higher gross margin of $52.2 million, largely due to a $47.9 million pre-tax gain associated with a favorable arbitration decision;
    • Higher operating expenses of $40.5 million, primarily due to:
      • a charge of approximately $24.0 million in the third quarter of 2012 for the impairment of substantially all of the capitalized preliminary survey and investigative costs associated with the MSTI project; and
      • higher other operating expenses of $16.5 million, primarily related to property taxes and depreciation;
    • a reduction of interest expense of $1.8 million due to lower rates on debt outstanding and higher capitalization of accumulated funds used during construction on projects; and
    • higher income tax expense of $8.0 million.
  • Purchased and placed into service the 40 MW Spion Kop wind project in Montana for approximately $84 million.
  • Received approval from the MPSC to include our Battle Creek production assets in natural gas rate base.
  • Purchased natural gas production interests in northern Montana's Bear Paw Basin for approximately $19 million.
  • Successfully accessed the capital markets to fund growth projects and extend debt maturities by:
    • Entering into an equity distribution agreement with UBS Securities LLC. Under this agreement we have received net proceeds of approximately $28.5 million from the sale of 815,416 common shares, after commissions and other fees; and
    • Issuing $90 million of first mortgage bonds at 4.15% and $60 million of first mortgage bonds at 4.30%, maturing in 2042 and 2052, respectively.

Summary Financial Results

The following table reconciles the primary changes from 2011 to 2012:






Year Ended



Pre-tax

Net

EPS



Income

Income(1)

Diluted







2011 reported

$

102.6


$

92.6


$

2.53







Gross Margin  





Gain on qualifying facility arbitration

47.9


29.5


0.79



DSM lost revenues

5.9


3.6


0.10



Montana property tax tracker

4.0


2.5


0.07



Gas production

3.3


2.0


0.05



Transmission capacity

2.3


1.4


0.04



South Dakota natural gas rate increase

1.7


1.0


0.03



Natural gas retail volumes

(5.5)


(3.4)


(0.09)



Electric retail volumes

(1.5)


(0.9)


(0.02)



DGGS revenues

(3.8)


(2.3)


(0.06)



Operating expenses recovered in trackers

(1.3)


(0.8)


(0.02)



Other

(0.8)


(0.5)


(0.01)



               Subtotal - Gross Margin

52.2


32.1


0.88


OG&A Expense  





Legal and professional fees

(3.9)


(2.4)


(0.06)



Employee benefits and labor

(2.8)


(1.7)


(0.05)



Plant operator costs

1.9


1.2


0.03



Nonemployee directors deferred compensation

1.7


1.0


0.03



Operating expenses recovered in trackers

1.3


0.8


0.02



Other

(1.0)


(0.6)


(0.02)



               Subtotal - OG&A Expense

(2.8)


(1.7)


(0.05)


Other  





MSTI impairment

(24.0)


(14.8)


(0.40)



Depreciation expense

(5.1)


(3.1)


(0.08)



Property and other taxes

(8.6)


(5.3)


(0.14)



Interest expense

1.8


1.1


0.03



Other income

0.5


0.3


0.01


Items related to income tax and other items  





Prior year permanent return to accrual adjustments


(2.0)


(0.05)



Flow-through repairs deductions


3.0


0.08



Flow-through of state bonus depreciation deduction


(4.8)


(0.13)



State income tax and other, net


0.7


0.02



Impact of higher share count



(0.04)



All other, net

(0.2)


0.3









               Total EPS impact of above items



0.13








2012 reported

$

116.5


$

98.4


$

2.66


(1) Income Tax Benefit (Expense) calculation on reconciling items assumes effective tax rate of 38.5%.

 

For more information see www.northwesternenergy.com/documents/investor/Q412.pdf

Significant Drivers

Gross Margin

Consolidated gross margin for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $674.9 million compared with $622.7 million for the same period of 2011.  Consolidated gross margin increased $52.2 million primarily due to:

  • A $47.9 million pre-tax gain associated with a favorable arbitration decision related to a dispute over energy and capacity rates on a QF contract;
  • An increase in demand side management lost revenues recovered through our supply trackers related to efficiency measures implemented by customers;
  • An increase in Montana property taxes included in a tracker as compared to 2011;
  • An increase in gas production margin due to the inclusion of Battle Creek in rates, including approximately $1.1 million that we had deferred in prior periods based on the difference between our cost of service and current natural gas market prices. The acquisition of the Bear Paw Basin assets in the third quarter of 2012 also contributed to the higher gas production margin;
  • An increase in transmission capacity revenues due to higher demand to transmit energy for others across our transmission lines; and 
  • An increase in South Dakota natural gas rates implemented in December 2011.

These increases were partly offset by the following:

  • A decrease in natural gas retail volumes, and to a lesser extent electric residential retail volumes, due primarily to warmer winter and spring weather;
  • Lower Dave Gates Generating Station (DGGS) related revenues primarily due to the deferral of an additional $13.7 million of DGGS FERC jurisdictional revenues, offset in part by higher DGGS Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) jurisdictional revenues of approximately $7.2 million due to the regulatory flow-through treatment of the state bonus depreciation deduction during 2011 and approximately $2.7 million that we had deferred in 2011 pending outcome of allocation uncertainty in Montana; and
  • Lower revenues for operating expenses recovered in trackers, primarily due to lower environmental remediation costs, partly offset by increases in costs for customer efficiency programs.

Operating, General and Administrative Expenses

Consolidated operating, general and administrative expenses were $270.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared with $267.2 million during the same period of 2011.  The increase in operating, general and administrative expenses of $2.8 million was primarily due to:

  • An increase in legal and professional fees due in part to the DGGS FERC proceeding, the QF arbitration matter and asset acquisitions discussed above; and
  • Higher employee benefits and labor expenses primarily due to increased medical costs in 2012.

These increases were partly offset by the following:

  • Lower plant operator costs at Colstrip Unit 4 and Big Stone offset in part by higher plant operator costs at Coyote due to the timing of scheduled maintenance;
  • Non-employee directors deferred compensation decreased as compared to the prior year, primarily due to changes in our stock price. Directors may defer their board fees into deferred shares held in a rabbi trust. If the market value of our stock goes up, deferred compensation expense increases; however, we  account for the deferred shares as trading securities and their increase in value is reflected in other income with no impact on net income; and
  • Lower operating expenses recovered from customers primarily due to lower environmental remediation costs, partly offset by increases in costs for customer efficiency programs. These costs are included in our supply trackers and have no impact on operating income.

MSTI

We recorded a pre-tax charge of approximately $24.0 million in the third quarter of 2012 for the impairment of substantially all of the capitalized preliminary survey and investigative costs associated with MSTI.

Property and Other Taxes

Consolidated property and other taxes were $97.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared with $89.1 million during the same period of 2011.  This increase was due primarily to higher assessed property valuations in Montana and plant additions. 

Depreciation Expense

Consolidated depreciation expense was $106.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared with $100.9 million during the same period of 2011.  This increase was due primarily to plant additions.

Interest Expense

Consolidated interest expense was $65.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 as compared with $66.9 million during the same period of 2011.  The decrease was primarily due to lower interest rates on debt outstanding and higher capitalization of AFUDC.

Income Tax Expense

Consolidated income tax expense for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $18.1 million as compared with $10.1 million in same period of 2011.  The effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2012 was 15.5% as compared with 9.8% for the same period of 2011.  The increase in income tax expense for 2012 was primarily due to higher taxable income.  The effective tax rate differs from the federal statutory tax rate of 35% primarily due to repairs and state tax bonus depreciation deductions.

The following table summarizes the significant differences from the Federal statutory rate, which result in reduced income tax expense:


Year Ended December 31,


(in millions)


2012


2011

Income Before Income Taxes

$

116.5



$

102.6






Income tax calculated at 35% Federal statutory rate

(40.8)



(35.9)






Permanent or flow through adjustments:




Flow-through repairs deductions

16.4



13.4


Flow-through of state bonus depreciation deduction

2.8



7.6


Recognition of state NOL benefit

2.4



2.4


Prior year permanent return to accrual adjustments

1.9



3.9


State income tax & other, net

(0.8)



(1.5)



22.7



25.8






Income tax expense

$

(18.1)



$

(10.1)


 

Regulated Operations

In the regulated operations for the year ended December 31, 2012, electric gross margin improved by $57.4 million, due primarily to the $47.9 million pre-tax gain related to the favorable arbitration decision related to the QF dispute and an increase in demand side management lost revenues recovered in supply trackers. 

Natural gas gross margin declined by $5.1 million, due primarily to reduced retail volumes driven by warmer winter and spring weather. 

Fourth Quarter Financial Results

Consolidated net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, was $58.7 million, or $1.57/diluted share, compared with $34.1 million, or $.93/diluted share for the fourth quarter in 2011.

The increase was primarily due to an increase in gross margin, driven by the pre-tax gain on the favorable arbitration decision related to the QF dispute, offset by increases in operating expenses and income tax expense, when compared with the prior fourth quarter.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2012, cash and cash equivalents were $9.8 million compared with $5.9 million at December 31, 2011.  The Company had $173.6 million available from its revolving credit facility at December 31, 2012, compared with $130.1 million at December 31, 2011. 

Dividend Increase

NorthWestern's Board of Directors declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.38 per share, an increase from $.37 per share, payable March 31, 2013, to common shareholders of record as of March 15, 2013. 

Significant Items Not Contemplated in 2012 Guidance

A reconciliation of items not factored into our 2012 earnings guidance of $2.30 to $2.40 per diluted earnings per share is as follows (net of tax). The amount calculated below represents a non-GAAP measure that may provide users of this financial information with additional meaningful information regarding the impact of certain items on the Company's expected earnings.  The Company believes the following presentation is more representative of our ongoing earnings than the GAAP EPS, also represented below.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative to, the reported operating results or cash flows from operations or any other measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, the presentation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures other companies use.


Actual

Actual

Actual

Actual




Q1 2012

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012


2012








Reported Diluted EPS

$

0.88


$

0.31


$

(0.10)


$

1.57



$

2.66









Non-GAAP Adjustments:














Weather

0.09


0.05


(0.06)


0.06



0.14


Release of DGGS deferral

(0.05)






(0.05)


Lost revenue recovery related to 2010/2011


(0.05)





(0.05)


DGGS - FERC ALJ initial decision related to 2011



0.12




0.12


MSTI impairment



0.40




0.40


QF decision (favorable)




(0.79)



(0.79)


Income tax benefit -MT NOL




(0.06)



(0.06)


Adjusted Diluted EPS

$

0.92


$

0.31


$

0.36


$

0.78



$

2.37


 

2013 Earnings Outlook

NorthWestern expects its 2013 earnings to be $2.40 - 2.55 per diluted share.










Bridge



2012 Reported GAAP (diluted EPS)



$

2.66










2012 Non-GAAP adjustments:












Weather



$

0.14




Release of MPSC DGGS deferral



$

(0.05)




Lost revenue recovery related to 2010/2011



$

(0.05)




DGGS - FERC ALJ Decision - portion related to 2011 (unfavorable)



$

0.12




MSTI Impairment (unfavorable)



$

0.40




QF Decision (favorable)



$

(0.79)




Income tax adjustment - benefit from MT NOL



$

(0.06)










2012 Non-GAAP Earnings



$

2.37










2013 Expectations/Assumptions












Gross Margin increase over 2012


$

0.20



$

0.25



Spion Kop wind & Bear Paw gas fields addition


$

0.10



$

0.13



Decrease in pension expense


$

0.31



$

0.32



Increase in DSIP expenses


$

(0.23)



$

(0.22)



Scheduled maintenance at jointly owned plants


$

(0.08)



$

(0.07)



Increased operating expenses


$

(0.09)



$

(0.08)



Increased property taxes (ex Spion Kop & Bear Paw)


$

(0.07)



$

(0.06)



Increased depreciation expense


$

(0.09)



$

(0.09)



Increased AFUDC (debt and equity)


$

0.05



$

0.05



Dilution estimated on equity issuance


$

(0.07)



$

(0.05)









2013 Expectations/Assumptions


$

0.03



$

0.18









2013 diluted EPS Range


$

2.40



$

2.55









Basic assumptions include the following expectations:

  • A consolidated income tax rate of approximately 12% - 16% of pre-tax income;
  • Colstrip Unit 4, Big Stone, and Coyote generation plants are scheduled for routine maintenance during second quarter of 2013
  • Diluted average shares outstanding of 38.1 million; and
  • Normal weather in the Company's electric and natural gas service territories for 2013.

Company Hosting Investor Conference Call

NorthWestern will host an investor conference call today at 4:00 pm Eastern Time to review its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012.

The conference call will be webcast live on the Internet at http://www.northwesternenergy.com under the "Investor Information" heading.  To listen, please go to the site at least 10 minutes in advance of the call to register.  An archived webcast will be available shortly after the call.

A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET on February 14, 2013 through March 14, 2013, at (888) 203-1112 access code 7514599.

Annual Meeting

The Company's Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Huron, South Dakota. The record date for the annual meeting is February 25, 2013. The annual meeting notice, proxy statement, annual report to stockholders and voting instructions will be provided approximately 40 days prior to the meeting date to stockholders as of the record date.

About NorthWestern Energy

NorthWestern Energy is one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, serving approximately 673,200 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.  More information on NorthWestern Energy is available on the Company's Web site at www.northwesternenergy.com.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, the information under "2013 Earnings Outlook".  Forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," or "will."  These statements are based upon our current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof.  Our actual future business and financial performance may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors and uncertainties, including, but not limited to:

  • potential adverse federal, state, or local legislation or regulation or adverse determinations by regulators could have a material effect on our liquidity, results of operations and financial condition;
  • changes in availability of trade credit, creditworthiness of counterparties, usage, commodity prices, fuel supply costs or availability due to higher demand, shortages, weather conditions, transportation problems or other developments, may reduce revenues or may increase operating costs, each of which could adversely affect our liquidity and results of operations;
  • unscheduled generation outages or forced reductions in output, maintenance or repairs, which may reduce revenues and increase cost of sales or may require additional capital expenditures or other increased operating costs; and
  • adverse changes in general economic and competitive conditions in the U.S. financial markets and in our service territories.

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K, recent and forthcoming Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings discuss some of the important risk factors that may affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. 

We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

This press release includes financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP, as well as other financial measures, such as Gross Margin and adjusted EPS, that are considered a "non-GAAP financial measures." Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's financial performance, financial position or cash flows that exclude (or include) amounts that are included in (or excluded from) the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Gross Margin (Revenues less Cost of Sales) is a non-GAAP financial measure due to the exclusion of depreciation from the measure. The presentation of Gross Margin is intended to supplement investors' understanding of our operating performance. Gross Margin is used by us to determine whether we are collecting the appropriate amount of energy costs from customers to allow recovery of operating costs. Our Gross Margin measure may not be comparable to other companies' Gross Margin measure. Furthermore, this measure is not intended to replace operating income as determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of operating performance.

 

NORTHWESTERN CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)






Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2012


2011


2012


2011

Revenues








Electric

$

199,838



$

195,538



$

805,554



$

797,562


Gas

80,582



87,364



263,394



318,335


Other

353



307



1,394



1,419


Total Revenues

280,773



283,209



1,070,342



1,117,316


Operating Expenses








Cost of Sales

67,550



124,036



395,434



494,559


Operating, general and administrative

74,241



63,906



269,966



267,160


Mountain States Transmission Intertie impairment





24,039




Property and other taxes

23,279



20,571



97,674



89,122


Depreciation

26,680



25,364



106,044



100,926


Total Operating Expenses

191,750



233,877



893,157



951,767


Operating Income

89,023



49,332



177,185



165,549


Interest Expense, net

(15,464)



(16,122)



(65,062)



(66,859)


Other Income

1,238



1,674



4,372



3,931


Income Before Income Taxes

74,797



34,884



116,495



102,621


Income Tax Expense

(16,100)



(768)



(18,089)



(10,065)


Net Income

$

58,697



$

34,116



$

98,406



$

92,556


Average Common Shares Outstanding

37,218



36,271



36,847



36,258


Basic Earnings per Average Common Share

$

1.58



$

0.94



$

2.67



$

2.55


Diluted Earnings per Average Common Share

$

1.57



$

0.93



$

2.66



$

2.53


Dividends Declared per Average Common Share

$

0.37



$

0.36



$

1.48



$

1.44


 

NORTHWESTERN CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)






December 31, 2012


December 31, 2011





ASSETS




Current Assets

$

303,128



$

290,199


Property, Plant, and Equipment, Net

2,435,590



2,213,267


Goodwill

355,128



355,128


Regulatory Assets

367,890



308,804


Other Noncurrent Assets

23,797



43,040


Total Assets

$

3,485,533



$

3,210,438


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current Maturities of Long-term Debt and Capital Leases

$

1,612



$

5,162


Short-term Borrowings

122,934



166,934


Other Current Liabilities

324,719



303,858


Long-term Capital Leases

31,562



32,918


Long-term Debt

1,055,074



905,049


Noncurrent Regulatory Liabilities

276,618



265,987


Deferred Income Taxes

363,928



282,406


Other Noncurrent Liabilities

375,054



389,012


Total Liabilities

2,551,501



2,351,326


Total Shareholders' Equity

934,032



859,112


Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

$

3,485,533



$

3,210,438


 

NORTHWESTERN CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)




Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2012


2011


2010

Operating Activities






Net income

$

98,406



$

92,556



$

77,376


Non-cash items

132,029



167,090



137,448


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

20,758



(25,889)



4,096


Cash Provided by Operating Activities

251,193



233,757



218,920








Cash Used in Investing Activities

(322,213)



(188,521)



(240,676)








Cash Provided (Used in) Financing Activities

74,914



(45,542)



23,646








Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

3,894



(306)



1,890


Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period

5,928



6,234



4,344


Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period

$

9,822



$

5,928



$

6,234


 

NORTHWESTERN CORPORATION

REGULATED ELECTRIC SEGMENT

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(Unaudited)





Results



2012


2011


Change


% Change


(dollars in millions)


Retail revenue

$

747.9



$

729.7



$

18.2



2.5

%

Regulatory amortization

10.0



8.6



1.4



16.3

%

   Total retail revenues

757.9



738.3



19.6



2.7

%

Transmission

46.4



44.1



2.3



5.2

%

Ancillary Services

(6.1)



7.8



(13.9)



(178.2)

%

Wholesale

3.0



1.9



1.1



57.9

%

Other

4.4



5.4



(1.0)



(18.5)

%

Total Revenues

$

805.6



$

797.5



$

8.1



1.0

%

Total Cost of Sales

277.8



327.1



(49.3)



(15.1)

%

Gross Margin

$

527.8



$

470.4



$

57.4



12.2

%

 


Revenues


Megawatt Hours (MWH)



Avg. Customer Counts



2012


2011


2012


2011


2012


2011


(in thousands)






Retail Electric












Montana

$

255,623



$

250,988



2,356



2,394



273,984



272,131


South Dakota

47,696



46,869



544



565



48,929



48,685


    Residential

303,319



297,857



2,900



2,959



322,913



320,816


Montana

308,077



302,591



3,199



3,197



62,102



61,571


South Dakota

69,639



65,614



938



919



12,113



11,946


Commercial

377,716



368,205



4,137



4,116



74,215



73,517


Industrial

37,835



37,378



2,876



2,833



74



72


Other

29,074



26,298



199



170



5,990



5,875


Total Retail Electric

$

747,944



$

729,738



10,112



10,078



403,192



400,280


Total Wholesale Electric

$

2,959



$

1,928



183



106



N/A


N/A

 


Degree Days


2012 as compared with:

Heating Degree-Days

2012


2011


Historic Average


2011


Historic Average

Montana

7,331



8,094



7,959


9% warmer


8% warmer

South Dakota

6,387



8,074



7,773


21% warmer


18% warmer

 

NORTHWESTERN CORPORATION

REGULATED NATURAL GAS SEGMENT

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(Unaudited)





Results



2012


2011


Change


% Change


(dollars in millions)


Retail revenues

$

220.8



$

274.8



$

(54.0)



(19.7)

%

Regulatory amortization

7.9



2.5



5.4



216.0


     Total retail revenues

228.7



277.3



(48.6)



(17.5)


Wholesale and other

34.7



41.0



(6.3)



(15.4)


Total Revenues

263.4



318.3



(54.9)



(17.2)


Total Cost of Sales

117.6



167.4



(49.8)



(29.7)


Gross Margin

$

145.8



$

150.9



$

(5.1)



(3.4)

%

 


Revenue


Dekatherms (Dkt)



Avg. Customer Counts



2012


2011


2012


2011


2012


2011


(in thousands)






Retail Gas












Montana

$

102,884



$

124,001



11,826



13,170



159,431



158,514


South Dakota

21,085



25,633



2,351



2,918



37,915



37,515


Nebraska

19,223



23,855



2,129



2,605



36,595



36,586


Residential

143,192



173,489



16,306



18,693



233,941



232,615


Montana

51,978



63,346



6,082



6,787



22,326



22,176


South Dakota

13,446



18,591



2,116



2,665



5,980



5,915


Nebraska

10,250



16,915



1,674



2,668



4,580



4,586


Commercial

75,674



98,852



9,872



12,120



32,886



32,677


Industrial

1,021



1,464



121



162



272



278


Other

905



1,044



118



126



150



147


Total Retail Gas

$

220,792



$

274,849



26,417



31,101



267,249



265,717


 


Degree Days


2012 as compared with:

Heating Degree-Days

2012


2011


Historic Average


2011


Historic Average

Montana

7,331



8,094



7,959


9% warmer


8% warmer

South Dakota

6,387



8,074



7,773


21% warmer


18% warmer

Nebraska

5,175



6,493



6,432


20% warmer


20% warmer

 

NORTHWESTERN CORPORATION

FOURTH QUARTER SEGMENT RESULTS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)











Three Months Ended










December 31, 2012

Electric


Gas


Other


Eliminations


Total

Operating revenues

$

199,838



$

80,582



$

353



$



$

280,773


Cost of sales

32,923



34,626







67,549


Gross margin

166,915



45,956



353





213,224


Operating, general and administrative

49,847



20,573



3,821





74,241


Property and other taxes

17,129



6,147



3





23,279


Depreciation

21,789



4,883



8





26,680


Operating income (loss)

78,150



14,353



(3,479)





89,024


Interest expense

(12,861)



(2,404)



(199)





(15,464)


Other income

812



399



27





1,238


Income tax (expense) benefit

(17,368)



(443)



420





(17,391)


Net income (loss)

$

48,733



$

11,905



$

(3,231)



$



$

57,407


 

Three Months Ended










December 31, 2011

Electric


Gas


Other


Eliminations


Total

Operating revenues

$

195,538



$

87,364



$

307



$



$

283,209


Cost of sales

80,534



43,502







124,036


Gross margin

115,004



43,862



307





159,173


Operating, general and administrative

43,235



19,781



890





63,906


Property and other taxes

15,488



5,080



3





20,571


Depreciation

20,656



4,701



7





25,364


Operating income (loss)

35,625



14,300



(593)





49,332


Interest expense

(13,518)



(2,327)



(277)





(16,122)


Other income

1,140



507



27





1,674


Income tax (expense) benefit

5,496



(3,191)



(3,073)





(768)


Net income (loss)

$

28,743



$

9,289



$

(3,916)



$



$

34,116


 

Twelve Months Ended










December 31, 2012

Electric


Gas


Other


Eliminations


Total

Operating revenues

$

805,554



$

263,394



$

1,394



$



$

1,070,342


Cost of sales

277,826



117,608







395,434


Gross margin

527,728



145,786



1,394





674,908


Operating, general and administrative

187,599



75,971



6,396





269,966


MSTI impairment

24,039









24,039


Property and other taxes

72,755



24,907



12





97,674


Depreciation

86,559



19,452



33





106,044


Operating income (loss)

156,776



25,456



(5,047)





177,185


Interest expense

(55,118)



(9,063)



(881)





(65,062)


Other income

2,630



1,633



109





4,372


Income tax (expense) benefit

(22,298)



(692)



4,901





(18,089)


Net income (loss)

$

81,990



$

17,334



$

(918)



$



$

98,406


 

 

Twelve Months Ended










December 31, 2011

Electric


Gas


Other


Eliminations


Total

Operating revenues

$

797,562



$

318,335



$

1,419



$



$

1,117,316


Cost of sales

327,126



167,433







494,559


Gross margin

470,436



150,902



1,419





622,757


Operating, general and administrative

183,503



80,431



3,226





267,160


Property and other taxes

66,425



22,686



11





89,122


Depreciation

81,859



19,034



33





100,926


Operating income (loss)

138,649



28,751



(1,851)





165,549


Interest expense

(54,394)



(10,432)



(2,033)





(66,859)


Other income

2,563



1,258



110





3,931


Income tax (expense) benefit

(14,049)



(3,472)



7,456





(10,065)


Net income (loss)

$

72,769



$

16,105



$

3,682



$



$

92,556


SOURCE NorthWestern Corporation



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