Southern Company reports second quarter earnings; company encouraged by residential customer growth

ATLANTA, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company today reported second quarter 2012 earnings of $623 million, or 71 cents a share, compared with earnings of $604 million, or 71 cents a share, in the second quarter of 2011.

For the six months ended June 30, 2012, earnings were $991 million, or $1.14 a share, compared with $1.03 billion, or $1.20 a share, for the same period in 2011.

Earnings for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012, included 2 cents a share of insurance recovery related to the March 2009 settlement agreement with MC Asset Recovery, LLC (MCAR) to resolve a lawsuit arising out of the 2003 bankruptcy of Mirant Corp., a Southern Company subsidiary until its 2001 spinoff. 

Excluding the impact of the MCAR insurance recovery, Southern Company earned 69 cents a share in the second quarter of 2012, compared with 71 cents a share for the second quarter of 2011. For the first six months of 2012, Southern Company earned $1.12 a share, excluding the impact of the MCAR insurance recovery, compared with $1.20 a share for the same period in 2011.

Second quarter 2012 revenues were $4.18 billion, compared with $4.52 billion for the second quarter of 2011, a 7.5 percent decrease.  Year-to-date 2012 revenues were $7.79 billion, compared with $8.53 billion for the same period a year ago, an 8.8 percent decrease.

Earnings were negatively affected by near-normal weather during the second quarter of 2012, as compared with an unusually warm second quarter in 2011. This effect was partially offset by other retail revenue effects in the company's traditional business.

Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning pointed to strong residential customer growth as the latest indicator of a continuing economic recovery in the Southeast. "In the first six months of 2012, our traditional operating companies have already added 20,000 new residential customers – more than we originally projected for the entire year," said Fanning. "And with new economic development successes – representing more than 7,200 new jobs announced in just the last three months – the future continues to look bright for our region."  

Kilowatt-hour sales to retail customers in the Southern Company system's four-state service area decreased 1.9 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the second quarter of 2011. Residential and commercial energy sales – which were affected by warmer-than-normal weather in the second quarter of 2011 – decreased 4.3 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.  Industrial energy sales decreased 0.1 percent.

For the year to date, retail sales decreased 3.5 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Residential energy sales decreased 9.1 percent, commercial energy sales decreased 2.2 percent and industrial energy sales increased 0.9 percent.

Total energy sales to customers, including wholesale sales, decreased 3.0 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared with the second quarter of 2011. For the year to date, total energy sales decreased 5.1 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

Southern Company's financial analyst call will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time today, during which Fanning and Chief Financial Officer Art P. Beattie will discuss earnings and provide a general business update. Investors, media and the public may listen to a live webcast of the call and view associated slides at http://investor.southerncompany.com/events.cfm. A replay of the webcast only will be available at the site for 12 months.

Southern Company has also posted on its website detailed financial information on its second quarter performance. These materials are available at www.southerncompany.com.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company also is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the economy, job creation and customer growth. Southern Company cautions that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Southern Company; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Southern Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the impact of recent and future federal and state regulatory changes, including legislative and regulatory initiatives regarding deregulation and restructuring of the electric utility industry, implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, environmental laws including regulation of water, coal combustion byproducts, and emissions of sulfur, nitrogen, carbon, soot, particulate matter, hazardous air pollutants, including mercury, and other substances, financial reform legislation, and also changes in tax and other laws and regulations to which Southern Company and its subsidiaries are subject, as well as changes in application of existing laws and regulations; current and future litigation, regulatory investigations, proceedings, or inquiries, including the pending Environmental Protection Agency civil actions against certain Southern Company subsidiaries, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission matters, and Internal Revenue Service and state tax audits; the effects, extent, and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets in which Southern Company's subsidiaries operate; variations in demand for electricity, including those relating to weather, the general economy and recovery from the recent recession, population and business growth (and declines), and the effects of energy conservation measures; available sources and costs of fuels; effects of inflation; ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the development and construction of facilities; investment performance of Southern Company's employee benefit plans and nuclear decommissioning trust funds; advances in technology; state and federal rate regulations and the impact of pending and future rate cases and negotiations, including rate actions relating to fuel and other cost recovery mechanisms; regulatory approvals and actions related to the Plant Vogtle expansion, including Georgia Public Service Commission approvals, Nuclear Regulatory Commission actions, and potential U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees; regulatory approvals and actions related to the Kemper County integrated coal gasification combined cycle facility, including Mississippi Public Service Commission approvals, potential U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees, the South Mississippi Electric Power Association purchase decision, utilization of investment tax credits, and the outcome of any further proceedings regarding the Mississippi Public Service Commission's issuance of the certificate of public convenience and necessity; the performance of projects undertaken by the non-utility businesses and the success of efforts to invest in and develop new opportunities; internal restructuring or other restructuring options that may be pursued; potential business strategies, including acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses, which cannot be assured to be completed or beneficial to Southern Company or its subsidiaries; the ability of counterparties of Southern Company and its subsidiaries to make payments as and when due and to perform as required; the ability to obtain new short- and long-term contracts with wholesale customers; the direct or indirect effect on Southern Company's business resulting from terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorist incidents, including cyber intrusion; interest rate fluctuations and financial market conditions and the results of financing efforts, including Southern Company's and its subsidiaries' credit ratings; the impacts of any potential U.S. credit rating downgrade or other sovereign financial issues, including impacts on interest rates, access to capital markets, impacts on currency exchange rates, counterparty performance, and the economy in general, as well as potential impacts on the availability or benefits of proposed U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees; the ability of Southern Company and its subsidiaries to obtain additional generating capacity at competitive prices; catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, hurricanes, droughts, pandemic health events such as influenzas, or other similar occurrences; the direct or indirect effects on Southern Company's business resulting from incidents affecting the U.S. electric grid or operation of generating resources; and the effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by standard setting bodies. Southern Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.

 

 Southern Company 

 Financial Highlights 

 (In Millions of Dollars Except Earnings Per Share) 





 Three Months Ended June 






 Year-to-Date June 




2012



2011







2012



2011

Consolidated Earnings–As Reported

















(See Notes)

















   Traditional Operating Companies


$

549


$

559






$

889


$

943

   Southern Power



47



45







76



82

   Total



596



604







965



1,025

   Parent Company and Other



27



-







26



1

   Net Income–As Reported


$

623


$

604






$

991


$

1,026


















   Basic Earnings Per Share 


$

0.71


$

0.71






$

1.14


$

1.20



































   Average Shares Outstanding (in millions)



872



855







870



851

   End of Period Shares Outstanding (in millions)













875



858





































 Three Months Ended June 






 Year-to-Date June 




2012



2011







2012



2011

Consolidated Earnings–Excluding Items

















(See Notes)

















   Net Income–As Reported


$

623


$

604






$

991


$

1,026

   MC Asset Recovery Insurance Settlement, net



(21)



-







(21)



-

   Net Income–Excluding Items


$

602


$

604






$

970


$

1,026


















   Basic Earnings Per Share–Excluding Items


$

0.69


$

0.71






$

1.12


$

1.20



Notes

- For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, dilution does not change basic earnings per share by more than 1 cent and is not material.


- In March 2009, Southern Company recorded a charge related to a settlement agreement with MC Asset Recovery, LLC (MCAR) to settle a lawsuit.  Southern Company filed an insurance claim for a portion of the MCAR settlement amount.  In June 2012, Southern Company received an insurance recovery related to this claim.  Earnings for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 include 2 cents a share for the MCAR insurance recovery.


- Certain prior year data has been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.


- All figures in this earnings release are preliminary and remain subject to the completion of normal quarter-end accounting procedures and adjustments, which could result in changes to these preliminary results.  In addition, certain classifications and rounding may be different from final results published in the Form 10-Q.

 

 Southern Company 

Significant Factors Impacting EPS























 Three Months Ended June 



 Year-to-Date June 




2012



2011



Change




2012



2011



Change





















Consolidated Earnings Per Share–




















As Reported (See Notes)



$0.71



$0.71


$

0.00




$1.14



$1.20


$

(0.06)





















   Significant Factors:




















   Traditional Operating Companies









(0.01)










(0.06)

   Southern Power









-










(0.01)

   Parent Company and Other









0.03










0.03

   Additional Shares









(0.02)










(0.02)

   Total–As Reported








$

0.00









$

(0.06)































































 Three Months Ended June 



 Year-to-Date June 




2012



2011



Change




2012



2011



Change





















Consolidated Earnings Per Share–




















Excluding Items (See Notes)



$0.69



$0.71


$

(0.02)




$1.12



$1.20


$

(0.08)





















   Total–As Reported









0.00










(0.06)

   MC Asset Recovery Insurance Settlement









(0.02)










(0.02)

   Total–Excluding Items








$

(0.02)









$

(0.08)



Notes

- For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, dilution does not change basic earnings per share by more than 1 cent and is not material.


- In March 2009, Southern Company recorded a charge related to a settlement agreement with MC Asset Recovery, LLC (MCAR) to settle a lawsuit.  Southern Company filed an insurance claim for a portion of the MCAR settlement amount.  In June 2012, Southern Company received an insurance recovery related to this claim.  Earnings for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 include 2 cents a share for the MCAR insurance recovery.


- Certain prior year data has been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.


- All figures in this earnings release are preliminary and remain subject to the completion of normal quarter-end accounting procedures and adjustments, which could result in changes to these preliminary results.  In addition, certain classifications and rounding may be different from final results published in the Form 10-Q.

Southern Company

EPS Earnings Analysis

Three Months Ended June 2012















Cents


Description











Retail Sales










5


Retail Revenue Impacts










(6)


Weather 










(2)


Non-Fuel O&M










(1)


Depreciation and Amortization










(1)


Interest Expense










2


Income Taxes










(1)¢


Total Traditional Operating Companies










1


Parent and Other (excluding the MC Asset Recovery Insurance Settlement)










(2)


Increase in Shares










(2)¢


Total Change in QTD EPS (x-Items)










2


MC Asset Recovery Insurance Settlement











Total Change in QTD EPS (As Reported)












Notes



-

In March 2009, Southern Company recorded a charge related to a settlement agreement with MC Asset Recovery, LLC (MCAR) to settle a lawsuit.  Southern Company filed an insurance claim for a portion of the MCAR settlement amount.  In June 2012, Southern Company received an insurance recovery related to this claim.  Earnings for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 include 2 cents a share for the MCAR insurance recovery.










-

All figures in this earnings release are preliminary and remain subject to the completion of normal quarter-end accounting procedures and adjustments, which could result in changes to these preliminary results.  In addition, certain classifications and rounding may be different from final results published in the Form 10-Q.








 Southern Company 

 Consolidated Earnings 

 (In Millions of Dollars) 




Three Months Ended June





Year-to-Date June



2012



2011



Change





2012



2011



Change

Income Account-




















Retail Revenues-




















   Fuel

$

1,230


$

1,491


$

(261)




$

2,265


$

2,794


$

(529)

   Non-Fuel


2,367



2,351



16





4,424



4,444



(20)

Wholesale Revenues


415



507



(92)





764



956



(192)

Other Electric Revenues


154



154



0





302



303



(1)

Non-regulated Operating Revenues


15



18



(3)





30



36



(6)

Total Revenues


4,181



4,521



(340)





7,785



8,533



(748)

Fuel and Purchased Power


1,440



1,818



(378)





2,645



3,394



(749)

Non-fuel O & M


944



910



34





1,911



1,854



57

MC Asset Recovery Insurance Settlement


(19)



0



(19)





(19)



0



(19)

Depreciation and Amortization 


445



430



15





886



848



38

Taxes Other Than Income Taxes


228



227



1





453



447



6

Total Operating Expenses


3,038



3,385



(347)





5,876



6,543



(667)

Operating Income


1,143



1,136



7





1,909



1,990



(81)

Allowance for Equity Funds Used During Construction


32



36



(4)





63



71



(8)

Interest Expense, Net of Amounts Capitalized


220



199



21





431



421



10

Other Income (Expense), net


13



(4)



17





11



(2)



13

Income Taxes


329



349



(20)





529



580



(51)

Net Income


639



620



19





1,023



1,058



(35)

Dividends on Preferred and Preference Stock of Subsidiaries


16



16



0





32



32



0

NET INCOME AFTER DIVIDENDS ON PREFERRED




















   AND PREFERENCE STOCK (See Notes)

$

623


$

604


$

19




$

991


$

1,026


$

(35)





















Notes




- Certain prior year data has been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.


- All figures in this earnings release are preliminary and remain subject to the completion of normal quarter-end accounting procedures and adjustments, which could result in changes to these preliminary results.  In addition, certain classifications and rounding may be different from final results published in the Form 10-Q.

 Southern Company 

 Kilowatt-Hour Sales 

 (In Millions of KWHs) 

























Three Months Ended June



Year-to-Date June











Weather

Adjusted

Change











Weather

Adjusted

Change





















As Reported (See Notes)


2012



2011



Change




2012



2011



Change


Kilowatt-Hour Sales-






















Total Sales


46,964



48,393



-3.0%





88,488



93,198



-5.1%

























Total Retail Sales-


39,550



40,329



-1.9%


1.0%



75,808



78,549



-3.5%


0.7%

   Residential


12,431



12,996



-4.3%


2.1%



23,835



26,215



-9.1%


1.3%

   Commercial


13,744



13,938



-1.4%


1.2%



25,702



26,272



-2.2%


0.0%

   Industrial


13,146



13,160



-0.1%


-0.1%



25,812



25,590



0.9%


0.9%

   Other


229



235



-2.7%


-2.3%



459



472



-2.8%


-2.2%























Total Wholesale Sales


7,414



8,064



-8.1%


N/A



12,680



14,649



-13.4%


N/A























Notes






















- Certain prior year data has been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.























- All figures in this earnings release are preliminary and remain subject to the completion of normal quarter-end accounting procedures and adjustments, which could result in changes to these preliminary results.  In addition, certain classifications and rounding may be different from final results published in the Form 10-Q.

 

 Southern Company 

 Financial Overview 

 (In Millions of Dollars) 


















 Three Months Ended June 


 Year-to-Date June 



















2012



2011


% Change



2012



2011


% Change

















Consolidated –















Operating Revenues


$4,181



$4,521


-7.5%



$7,785



$8,533


-8.8%

Earnings Before Income Taxes


968



969


-0.1%



1,552



1,638


-5.3%

Net Income Available to Common


623



604


3.3%



991



1,026


-3.4%

















Alabama Power –
















Operating Revenues


$1,377



$1,440


-4.4%



$2,593



$2,760


-6.1%

Earnings Before Income Taxes


321



331


-3.0%



541



589


-8.1%

Net Income Available to Common


185



190


-2.6%



311



342


-9.1%

















Georgia Power –
















Operating Revenues


$2,020



$2,265


-10.8%



$3,765



$4,254


-11.5%

Earnings Before Income Taxes


452



483


-6.4%



715



804


-11.1%

Net Income Available to Common


295



309


-4.5%



462



515


-10.3%

















Gulf Power –















Operating Revenues


$370



$399


-7.3%



$686



$724


-5.2%

Earnings Before Income Taxes


59



55


6.5%



93



75


23.3%

Net Income Available to Common


35



33


4.8%



56



45


23.5%

















Mississippi Power –
















Operating Revenues


$266



$286


-7.0%



$495



$549


-9.9%

Earnings Before Income Taxes


48



38


24.5%



82



61


35.2%

Net Income Available to Common


35



25


38.5%



60



40


51.1%

















Southern Power –
















Operating Revenues


$286



$305


-6.4%



$539



$587


-8.1%

Earnings Before Income Taxes


76



69


10.4%



119



127


-6.8%

Net Income Available to Common


47



45


4.5%



76



82


-7.8%

































Notes

- Certain prior year data has been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.

















- All figures in this earnings release are preliminary and remain subject to the completion of normal quarter-end accounting procedures and adjustments, which could result in changes to these preliminary results.  In addition, certain classifications and rounding may be different from final results published in the Form 10-Q.

 

SOURCE Southern Company



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