OGE Energy Corp. reports second quarter results Enable partnership drives higher earnings

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company ("OG&E"), and holder of 26.3 percent limited partner interest and 50 percent general partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, today reported earnings of $0.50 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $0.46 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2014.

OG&E, a regulated electric utility, contributed earnings of $0.38 per share in the second quarter, compared with earnings of $0.40 per share in the second quarter last year. OGE Energy's interest in the natural gas midstream operations contributed earnings of $0.12 per share compared with earnings of $0.07 per share in the year-ago quarter. The holding company posted breakeven results in the second quarter of 2014 compared to a loss of $0.01 per share for the same period in 2013.

"Higher earnings over the same quarter last year are primarily driven by our natural gas midstream partnership, Enable Midstream Partners," said OGE Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Pete Delaney. "The utility is performing in line with expectations and focused on implementing our regional haze compliance plan."

Discussion of Second Quarter 2014
OGE Energy's net income was $101 million in the second quarter, compared to $92 million in the year-ago quarter.

OG&E's gross margin on revenues was $341 million in the second quarter, compared with $327 million in the comparable quarter last year. The increase in gross margin was primarily due to revenues associated with transmission projects as well as new customer growth, partially offset by mild weather. Net income at the utility declined to $77 million, compared to $79 million in the year-ago quarter primarily due to higher operating expenses.

Natural Gas Midstream Operations contributed net income to OGE Energy Corp. of $24 million for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $15 million for the same period in 2013. The increase reflects the accretive effect of the Enable transaction as well as higher gross margins in the transportation and storage business.

2014 Outlook 
The Company's 2014 consolidated earnings guidance is unchanged at between $388 million to $411 million of net income, or $1.94 to $2.06 per average diluted share. This guidance assumes normal weather for the remainder of the year and the dilution associated with the initial public offering of Enable Midstream Partners.  See the Company's 2013 Form 10-K for other key factors and assumptions underlying its 2014 earnings guidance.

Conference Call Webcast
OGE Energy will host a conference call for discussion of the results and the outlook for the rest of 2014 on Thursday, August 7, at 8 a.m. CST. The conference will be available through www.oge.com.  OGE Energy Corp. is the parent company of OG&E, a regulated electric utility with over 810,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.  In addition, OGE holds a 26.3 percent limited partner interest and a 50 percent general partner interest of Enable Midstream, created by the merger of OGE's Enogex LLC midstream subsidiary and the pipeline and field services businesses of Houston-based CenterPoint Energy.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures 
OG&E has included in this release the non-GAAP financial measure Gross Margin. Gross Margin is defined by OG&E as operating revenues less fuel, purchased power and certain transmission expenses.  Gross margin is a non-GAAP financial measure because it excludes depreciation and amortization, and other operation and maintenance expenses. Expenses for fuel, purchased power and transmission expenses are recovered through fuel adjustment clauses and as a result changes in these expenses are offset in operating revenues with no impact on net income.  OG&E believes gross margin provides a more meaningful basis for evaluating its operations across periods than operating revenues because gross margin excludes the revenue effect of fluctuations in these expenses.  Gross margin is used internally to measure performance against budget and in reports for management and the Board of Directors. OG&E's definition of gross margin may be different from similar terms used by other companies.

Reconciliation of Gross Margin to Revenue attributable to OG&E









Three Months Ended

June 30,

(In millions)


2014



2013

      Operating revenues

$

611.8


$

574.6

Less:  






Cost of sales                                                                          


270.9



247.6

     Gross Margin

$

340.9


$

327.0










Some of the matters discussed in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Such forward-looking statements are intended to be identified in this document by the words "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "objective", "plan", "possible", "potential", "project" and similar expressions.  Actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, including the availability of credit, access to existing lines of credit, access to the commercial paper markets, actions of rating agencies and their impact on capital expenditures; the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to access the capital markets and obtain financing on favorable terms as well as inflation rates and monetary fluctuations; prices and availability of electricity, coal, natural gas and natural gas liquids; the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, particularly natural gas and natural gas liquids, the competitive effects of the available pipeline capacity in the regions Enable Midstream Partners serves, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials, including the effects of these circumstances on re-contracting available capacity on Enable Midstream Partners' interstate pipelines; the timing and extent of changes in the supply of natural gas, particularly supplies available for gathering by Enable Midstream Partners' gathering and processing business and transporting by Enable Midstream Partners' interstate pipelines, including the impact of natural gas and natural gas liquids prices on the level of drilling and production activities in the regions Enable Midstream Partners serves; business conditions in the energy and natural gas midstream industries; competitive factors including the extent and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets served by the Company; unusual weather; availability and prices of raw materials for current and future construction projects; Federal or state legislation and regulatory decisions and initiatives that affect cost and investment recovery, have an impact on rate structures or affect the speed and degree to which competition enters the Company's markets; environmental laws and regulations that may impact the Company's operations; changes in accounting standards, rules or guidelines; the discontinuance of accounting principles for certain types of rate-regulated activities; the cost of protecting assets against, or damage due to, terrorism or cyber-attacks and other catastrophic events; advances in technology; creditworthiness of suppliers, customers and other contractual parties; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding future revenues and costs associated with the Company's equity investment in Enable Midstream Partners that the Company does not control; and other risk factors listed in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission including those listed in Risk Factors and Exhibit 99.01 to the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Note: Consolidated Statements of Income, Financial and Statistical Data attached.

OGE Energy Corp.









consolidated statements of income









(unaudited)

Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



June 30


June 30



2014


2013


2014


2013



(In millions, except per share data)










OPERATING REVENUES









Electric Utility

$      611.8


$     573.9


$   1,172.2


$   1,027.6


Natural Gas Midstream Operations

-


160.3


-


608.0


Total operating revenues

611.8


734.2


1,172.2


1,635.6











COST OF SALES









Electric Utility 

270.9


243.6


564.3


444.8


Natural Gas Midstream Operations 

-


127.0


-


478.8


Total cost of sales

270.9


370.6


564.3


923.6











OPERATING EXPENSES









Other operation and maintenance

111.4


122.0


223.8


270.0


Depreciation and amortization

68.3


74.4


135.5


166.3


Taxes other than income

19.4


23.3


45.0


56.4


   Total operating expenses

199.1


219.7


404.3


492.7











OPERATING INCOME

141.8


143.9


203.6


219.3











OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)









Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate

39.3


18.5


87.2


18.5


Allowance for equity funds used during construction

0.8


1.5


1.9


2.7


Other income

3.1


4.5


4.5


19.2


Other expense

(2.1)


(4.2)


(5.4)


(10.7)


Net other income

41.1


20.3


88.2


29.7











INTEREST EXPENSE









Interest on long-term debt

37.8


36.0


72.9


75.7


Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction

(0.5)


(0.7)


(1.1)


(1.4)


Interest on short-term debt and other interest charges

2.1


2.0


3.5


4.2


Interest expense

39.4


37.3


75.3


78.5











INCOME BEFORE TAXES

143.5


126.9


216.5


170.5











INCOME TAX EXPENSE 

42.7


33.9


66.4


49.5











NET INCOME 

100.8


93.0


150.1


121.0




















Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

-


1.3


-


6.2











NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OGE ENERGY

$      100.8


$       91.7


$     150.1


$     114.8




















BASIC AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

199.2


198.3


199.0


198.0


DILUTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

200.0


199.4


199.8


199.1











BASIC EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE









ATTRIBUTABLE TO OGE ENERGY COMMON SHAREHOLDERS

$        0.51


$       0.46


$       0.75


$       0.58











DILUTED EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE









ATTRIBUTABLE TO OGE ENERGY COMMON SHAREHOLDERS

$        0.50


$       0.46


$       0.75


$       0.58


DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE

$   0.22500


$  0.20875


$  0.45000


$  0.41750



Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company









financial and statistical data









(unaudited)

Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended




June 30


June 30




2014


2013


2014


2013




(Dollars in millions)



Operating revenues by classification










     Residential

$     217.2


$     218.9


$     437.7


$     402.3



     Commercial

149.4


146.4


273.1


252.0



     Industrial

56.0


58.1


106.8


104.2



     Oilfield

47.5


48.0


91.8


84.8



     Public authorities and street light

56.1


56.0


104.0


97.6



     Sales for resale

11.4


15.3


28.0


29.8



          System sales revenues

537.6


542.7


1,041.4


970.7



     Off-system sales revenues

33.2


3.3


52.2


5.4



     Other

41.0


28.6


78.6


54.0



          Total operating revenues

$     611.8


$     574.6


$   1,172.2


$   1,030.1













Megawatt-hour sales by classification 










     Residential

2.0


2.1


4.5


4.3



     Commercial

1.9


1.8


3.5


3.3



     Industrial

0.9


1.0


1.8


1.9



     Oilfield

0.9


0.8


1.7


1.6



     Public authorities and street light

0.9


0.8


1.6


1.5



     Sales for resale

0.2


0.3


0.5


0.6



          System sales

6.8


6.8


13.6


13.2



     Off-system sales

0.8


0.1


1.2


0.2



          Total sales

7.6


6.9


14.8


13.4













Number of customers

810,509


801,491


810,509


801,491













Average cost of energy per kilowatt-hour - cents










     Natural gas

4.690


4.374


5.188


3.884



     Coal

2.138


2.304


2.142


2.295



     Total fuel

2.628


3.008


2.938


2.822



     Total fuel and purchased power

3.437


3.440


3.613


3.218













Degree days










     Heating - Actual

205


365


2,270


2,165



     Heating - Normal

203


203


2,001


2,001













     Cooling - Actual

683


596


692


600



     Cooling - Normal

625


625


638


638


SOURCE OGE Energy Corp.



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