The Laclede Group Reports Second Quarter Results Addition of MGE and Favorable Wholesale Markets Drive Higher Earnings

ST. LOUIS, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Laclede Group, Inc. (NYSE: LG) ("Company" or "Laclede") today reported operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2014, the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014. Highlights include:

  • Net economic earnings (non-GAAP) increased to $51.7 million ($1.58 per fully diluted share) compared to $32.5 million ($1.44 per share) last year
  • Net income of $52.2 million (or $1.59 per share)
  • Extreme cold weather increased quarterly earnings by approximately $6.6 million, or $0.20 per share
  • Alabama Gas Corporation acquisition, first announced this month, expected to close in 2014

"We had a strong second quarter driven in part by unusually cold weather that resulted in record demand.  Our distribution system performed well, enabling us to meet our retail customers' needs safely and reliably," said Suzanne Sitherwood, president and chief executive officer of The Laclede Group. "At the same time, we were positioned to take advantage of weather-driven market conditions to capture additional earnings in our Gas Marketing business and to create value for our customers and our shareholders inside the Gas Utility segment." 

SECOND QUARTER RESULTS


Three Months Ended March 31,


(Millions)


(Per Diluted Share)


2014


2013


2014


2013

Earnings by Segment













Gas Utility

$

44.7


$

30.2


$

1.36


$

1.33


Gas Marketing


7.1



2.4



0.22



0.10


Other


(0.1)



(0.1)





0.01

Net Economic Earnings (non-GAAP)*

$

51.7


$

32.5


$

1.58


$

1.44


Acquisition-related costs


(1.8)



(1.7)



(0.06)



(0.07)


Fair value adjustments


2.3



(0.6)



0.07



(0.03)

Net Income (GAAP)

$

52.2


$

30.2


$

1.59


$

1.34

Average Shares Outstanding (Millions)








32.6



22.5


* See "Net Economic Earnings and Reconciliation to GAAP".

For the three months ended March 31, 2014, Laclede reported consolidated net income of $52.2 million, up from $30.2 million for the second quarter a year ago. Net economic earnings (NEE) increased to $51.7 million from $32.5 million.  NEE excludes from net income the effect of unrealized gains and losses on energy-related derivatives, as well as integration and transaction costs associated with acquisition, divestiture and restructuring activities, as detailed below. The $19.2 million increase in NEE was driven by higher earnings from both the Gas Utility and Gas Marketing segments.  On a per-share basis, NEE was $1.58 per fully diluted share for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $1.44 per share a year ago. Per share results for the second quarter of 2014 reflect the addition of 10 million common shares issued in mid-2013 to finance a portion of the MGE acquisition. 

The Company's service territory experienced near-record cold temperatures during the winter heating season just ended, and in January Laclede Gas recorded its highest one day send-out of natural gas in 15 years.  Laclede's distribution system and team performed extremely well, safely and reliably meeting the needs of customers throughout the winter. This weather, combined with lower industry-wide inventories of natural gas, resulted in periods of significant natural gas price volatility and higher overall commodity prices.  For the quarter, the Company's earnings were favorably impacted by these conditions by approximately $6.6 million, or $0.20 per share, with a majority of that benefit in our Gas Marketing business.    

Gas Utility
For the second quarter, the Gas Utility segment reported net economic earnings of $44.7 million, up from $30.2 million a year earlier. Net income was $44.1 million compared to $30.2 million in the prior year. The increase was primarily due to a $65.6 million (or 60%) improvement in operating margin, driven by

  • $56.0 million increase due to the inclusion of MGE's operating results for the first time in 2014
  • $6.5 million related to the extreme winter weather
  • $3.1 million from higher consumption and modest customer growth

During the second quarter of 2014, temperatures in Laclede Gas' service area were 17% colder than normal and 16% colder than a year ago.  Weather is a normal part of Laclede's operating environment, and the unusual winter weather this past heating season had a net beneficial impact.  Gas Utility operating margins (non-GAAP; see "Operating Margin and Reconciliation to GAAP") improved due principally to higher margins from off-system sales and capacity release, mechanisms that allow the Utility to share in the value created by selling gas supply resources at market prices when not needed to serve retail customers.

Other operating expenses increased by $34.4 million, of which $28.7 million reflects the inclusion of MGE.  Unusual weather-related expenses, principally higher maintenance, bad debt and personnel costs associated with the higher demands placed on its system, totaled approximately $5.0 million.

Depreciation and amortization expenses increased by $8.9 million from prior year, with $7.7 million due to the addition of MGE and the remainder due to infrastructure investments over the last year. 

Gas Marketing
The Gas Marketing segment includes the results of Laclede Energy Resources, which provides non-regulated natural gas marketing services to the Mid-Continent region.  Quarterly net economic earnings were $7.1 million, up from $2.4 million in the prior year period, while net income increased to $9.4 million from $1.8 million.  As noted earlier, Gas Marketing was able to capitalize on greater industry-wide price volatility and basis differential (pricing differences between supply regions), and its operating margins for the quarter improved to $16.8 million, an increase of $12.5 million over the prior year.  Approximately $9.0 million of this increase is attributed to the unusually cold weather and market conditions during the winter.

SIX MONTH RESULTS


Six Months Ended March 31,


(Millions)



(Per Diluted Share)


2014


2013


2014


2013

Earnings by Segment













Gas Utility

$

80.5


$

55.5


$

2.45


$

2.46


Gas Marketing


7.9



5.6



0.24



0.25


Other


(0.4)



(0.4)



(0.01)



(0.02)

Net Economic Earnings (non-GAAP)*

$

88.0


$

60.7


$

2.68


$

2.69


Acquisition-related costs


(2.2)



(3.9)



(0.07)



(0.17)


Fair value adjustments


2.0



(1.0)



0.07



(0.05)

Net Income (GAAP)

$

87.8


$

55.8


$

2.68


$

2.47

Average Shares Outstanding (Millions)








32.6



22.5


* See "Net Economic Earnings and Reconciliation to GAAP".

For the first half of fiscal 2014, Laclede reported consolidated net economic earnings of $88.0 million compared to $60.7 million in the prior year.  Net income was $87.8 million, up from $55.8 million in 2013. The increase in earnings was driven principally by higher Gas Utility and Gas Marketing operating results.  On a per-share basis, NEE was $2.68 per fully diluted share for the six months ended March 31, 2014, compared to $2.69 per share in the prior-year period.  Per share results in 2014 reflect the impact of the 10 million common shares issued in May 2013 to finance a portion of the MGE acquisition

Gas Utility

For the first half of fiscal 2014, the Gas Utility segment reported NEE of $80.5 million, up 45% from $55.5 million for the same period in 2013.  Segment net income was $79.5 million, up from $55.4 million a year ago. The increase was primarily due to a $122.7 million improvement in operating margin, of which $107.3 million is attributable to the addition of MGE in the current year.  As noted earlier, the unusually cold winter weather favorably impacted operating margins by approximately $6.5 million.  Other operating expenses increased by $61.4 million, of which $51.8 million reflects the inclusion of MGE and weather related costs totaling $5.0 million.  Depreciation and amortization expenses increased by $17.9 million, with $15.3 million attributable to MGE and the remainder reflecting higher capital investments. 

Gas Marketing

For the six months ended March 31, 2014, Gas Marketing NEE was $7.9 million, up from $5.6 million a year ago.  Net income increased to $9.9 million from $4.7 million a year ago.  The earnings increase was attributable to higher weather-related operating margins in the second quarter of $9.0 million, as noted earlier (an impact to earnings of approximately $5.6 million). Removing the weather benefit, operating results trailed the prior year by $3.3 million as a result of lower first quarter operating margins due largely to the expiration of favorable gas supply contracts and the lack of price volatility and basis differential that generally characterized the market through December 2013.

ACQUISITIONS

Alabama Gas Company (Alagasco)
As announced on April 7, 2014, Laclede has entered into an agreement with Energen Corporation to acquire 100% of the common stock of Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco).  This transaction is expected to close in 2014, subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and regulatory approval from the Alabama Public Service Commission (APSC).  Laclede and Energen made an initial joint filing with the APSC on April 14, 2014 to request approval of the acquisition.  

The transaction is supported by a fully-committed bridge facility with Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., which as of April 28 has been syndicated to a group of eleven additional financial institutions. Laclede expects the permanent financing to include the issuance of a combination of Laclede Group common stock, mandatory convertible securities, assumed and newly-issued debt, corporate cash and revolving credit borrowing.  Laclede has also placed interest rate hedges covering approximately 70% of its anticipated long-term debt issuance.

Missouri Gas Energy
Also during the quarter, Laclede Gas and Southern Union Company agreed to a final reconciliation of certain balance sheet accounts from the time of the acquisition agreement to closing.  A reconciliation amount of  $23.9 million was paid to Laclede Gas on February 14, 2014. 

The Company has incurred costs associated with the evaluation and negotiation of the above transactions totaling $1.8 million in the second quarter and the first six months of fiscal 2014, which had an after-tax earnings impact of $1.2 million in both periods.  In the prior-year period, acquisition-related costs, principally due diligence and transaction costs associated with the then-pending MGE acquisition, were $2.7 million for the second quarter and $6.3 million for the first six months, or an earnings impact of $1.7 million and $3.9 million, respectively.  The after-tax impact for all periods is reflected in GAAP results, and is excluded for net economic earnings as noted in the reconciliation.

The Company expects to incur total costs up to closing of the Alagasco transaction in the range of $18 million to $22 million

REGULATORY UPDATE

Laclede Gas
On April 2, 2014, the Missouri Public Service Commission (MoPSC) approved the establishment of an Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge (ISRS) of $7.0 million annually, effective April 12, 2014.  The monthly bill for the average residential customer will increase by $0.86.  The ISRS revenues allow Laclede Gas to recover the investment it has made in upgrading its distribution system to improve safety and reliability, and to reduce future operating costs. 

Missouri Gas Energy
On April 23, 2014, the MoPSC approved a stipulation and agreement resolving all issues in MGE's general rate case which was originally filed in September 2013.  All parties to the case either supported or expressed no opposition to the agreement. Under the agreement, MGE's annual revenues will increase by $7.8 million, effective May 1, 2014.  The revenues will be collected in base rates and will replace a like amount that MGE is currently authorized to collect through the ISRS mechanism. Similar to the rates currently in effect for Laclede Gas, the agreement also revises MGE's residential and small commercial rates to incorporate a modest usage-related charge, effective October 1, 2014.

Under the regulatory order approving the acquisition of MGE, the Company defers for future rate recovery 50 percent of the one-time costs it incurs for integration. In the second quarter of 2014, those integration costs totaled $2.1 million, of which $1.0 million was deferred pursuant to the regulatory order. The after-tax impact of the remaining costs of $0.6 million (or $0.02 per share) is reflected in GAAP results.

BALANCE SHEETS AND CASH FLOWS

The balance sheets for The Laclede Group as of March 31, 2014 and September 30, 2013 reflect the acquisition of MGE, including the addition of its assets and liabilities and the equity and debt issued to finance the acquisition which closed on September 1, 2013.  The balance sheet as of March 31, 2014 also reflects the final reconciliation of certain balance sheet items post-closing under the agreement to acquire MGE.  The balance of goodwill at March 31, 2014 was reduced by $30.7 million in comparison to September 30, 2013, mainly due to the final reconciliation of MGE balance sheet accounts noted above. The balance sheet as of March 31, 2013 largely excludes the impact of the MGE acquisition and related financing.

The Company maintains a strong capital structure, which at March 31, 2014 consisted of 57 percent equity as a percentage of long-term capitalization. Total outstanding shares of common stock at quarter end were 32.8 million, including 10.0 million shares issued to support the MGE acquisition. Short-term borrowings outstanding at March 31, 2014 were $36.0 million, compared to none a year ago. On January 6, 2014, Laclede Gas redeemed at par all $80.0 million of its 6.35% first mortgage bonds originally due in 2038.

The net cash provided by operating activities was $142.8 million for the six months ended March 31, 2014, compared with net cash provided by operating activities of $142.4 million for the same period a year ago. The slight increase in cash flow in the fiscal year-to-date March 31, 2014 period reflects a higher release of natural gas stored underground, higher net income, seasonality of accounts payable associated with natural gas and higher depreciation.  These factors were largely offset by the seasonality of the accounts receivable balance increases due to the inclusion of MGE's operations and the timing of collections of gas cost under the Purchased Gas Adjustment clauses. 

Excluding temporary changes in working capital, operating cash flows (non-GAAP) for the six months ended March 31, 2014 were $130.4 million, up from $79.2 million for the same period a year ago. See Operating Cash Flows and Reconciliation to GAAP.

Capital expenditures for the first half of fiscal 2014 increased to $68.2 million from $62.7 million in the prior year period, primarily due to increased investment in pipeline replacement driven by the addition of MGE.

For additional details on The Laclede Group's results for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, please see the accompanying unaudited Statements of Consolidated Income, unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, and unaudited Condensed Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

As previously announced, The Laclede Group will host a conference call and webcast today to discuss its first quarter financial results.  To access the call, please dial the number below approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the start time.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, April 29


9 a.m. CST (10 a.m. EST)




Phone Numbers:

U.S. and Canada:

1-855-590-6721


International:

1-619-377-4221

The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and general public. The webcast can be accessed at www.TheLacledeGroup.com under the Investor Services tab.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 11 a.m. CST (Noon EST) on April 29 through May 31 by dialing  1-855-590-6721 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-619-377-4221 (International). The Conference ID is 23292727. The webcast will be available for replay beginning April 29, at www.TheLacledeGroup.com.

ABOUT THE LACLEDE GROUP

The Laclede Group, Inc. (NYSE: LG), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a public utility holding company. The Gas Utility segment serves St. Louis and eastern Missouri through Laclede Gas and serves Kansas City and western Missouri through Missouri Gas Energy. Together they provide more than 1.13 million residential, commercial and industrial customers with safe and reliable natural gas service. Laclede's primary non-utility business, Laclede Energy Resources, Inc., included in the Gas Marketing segment, provides non-regulated natural gas services. Laclede Group is committed to pursuing growth through 1) developing and investing in emerging technologies; 2) investing in infrastructure; 3) acquiring businesses to which the Company can apply its operating model, and 4) leveraging its current business unit competencies. For more information about Laclede and its subsidiaries, visit www.TheLacledeGroup.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND NON-GAAP MEASURES
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company's future operating results may be affected by various uncertainties and risk factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control, including weather conditions, economic factors, the competitive environment, governmental and regulatory policy and action, and risks associated with the acquisition and integration of Missouri Gas Energy. For a more complete description of these uncertainties and risk factors, see the Company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, to be filed later today.

This news release includes the non-GAAP financial measures of "net economic earnings,"  "net economic earnings per share," and "operating margin." Management also uses these non-GAAP measures internally when evaluating the Company's performance and results of operations. Net economic earnings exclude from net income the after-tax impacts of fair value accounting and timing adjustments associated with energy-related transactions. These adjustments, which primarily impact the Gas Marketing segment, include net unrealized gains and losses on energy-related derivatives resulting from the current changes in the fair value of financial and physical transactions prior to their completion and settlement, lower of cost or market inventory adjustments, and realized gains and losses on economic hedges prior to the sale of the physical commodity. In calculating net economic earnings, management also excludes from net income the after-tax impacts related to acquisition, divestiture, and restructuring activities, including one-time costs related to the integration of MGE and costs related to the acquisition of Alabama Gas Corporation. Management believes that excluding these items provides a useful representation of the economic impact of actual settled transactions and overall results of ongoing operations. Operating margin adjusts operating income to include only those costs that are directly passed on to customers and collected through revenues, which are the wholesale cost of natural gas and propane and gross receipts taxes. These internal non-GAAP operating metrics should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, GAAP measures such as operating income or net income.

This news release also includes the non-GAAP financial measure of "Operating Cash Flows." Management also uses this measure internally when evaluating longer-term cash flow impacts. This measure excludes the effects of temporary changes in working capital, such as the effect of regulatory timing differences in the recovery of certain costs and the timing of cash payments for income taxes. Management believes that excluding these items provides a useful representation of the economic impact of longer-term cash flows generated from business activities. This internal non-GAAP cash flow metric should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, GAAP measures such as net cash provided by operating activities.

 


STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED INCOME — UNAUDITED


THE LACLEDE GROUP, INC.

(Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)








Three Months Ended
 March 31,



Six Months Ended
 March 31,


2014


2013


2014

2013








OPERATING REVENUES








Gas Utility

$

634,442


$

354,097


$

1,069,608


$

604,208


Gas Marketing

59,811


41,255


93,064


96,504


Other

251


2,261


441


3,904


Total Operating Revenues

694,504


397,613


1,163,113


704,616

OPERATING EXPENSES








Gas Utility








Natural and propane gas

405,359


230,440


647,145


366,956


Other operation and maintenance expenses

72,009


41,191


134,331


80,842


Depreciation and amortization

20,118


11,258


40,144


22,223


Taxes, other than income taxes

41,739


21,751


70,328


36,557


Total Gas Utility Operating Expenses

539,225


304,640


891,948


506,578


Gas Marketing

65,021


35,995


116,803


93,376


Other

3,079


5,129


4,280


10,727


Total Operating Expenses

607,325


345,764


1,013,031


610,681

Operating Income

87,179


51,849


150,082


93,935

Other Income and (Income Deductions) - Net

(248)


1,340


1,401


2,424

Interest Charges:







Interest on long-term debt

8,630


5,689


18,324


11,127


Other interest charges

742


1,016


1,509


1,604


Total Interest Charges

9,372


6,705


19,833


12,731

Income Before Income Taxes

77,559


46,484


131,650


83,628

Income Tax Expense

25,340


16,242


43,839


27,818

Net Income

$

52,219


$

30,242


$

87,811


$

55,810









Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding:








Basic

32,617


22,421


32,593


22,396


Diluted

32,656


22,498


32,652


22,466









Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

$

1.59


$

1.34


$

2.68


$

2.48

Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

$

1.59


$

1.34


$

2.68


$

2.47

Dividends Declared Per Share of Common Stock

$

0.440


$

0.425


$

0.880


$

0.850















 


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS — UNAUDITED


THE LACLEDE GROUP, INC.

(Thousands)








March 31, 2014


September 30, 2013


March 31, 2013

ASSETS






Utility Plant

$

2,325,358


$

2,271,189


$

1,538,890

Less:  Accumulated depreciation and amortization

522,408


494,559


478,971

Net Utility Plant

1,802,950


1,776,630


1,059,919

Non-Utility Property

5,539


7,694


5,456

Goodwill

216,370


247,078


Other Investments

62,231


58,306


52,910

Other Property and Investments

284,140


313,078


58,366







Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

10,931


52,981


146,880

    Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts)

382,990


171,275


205,006

Delayed customer billings

29,667



19,663

Inventories

82,839


199,151


46,124

Other

35,204


52,473


42,240

Total Current Assets

541,631


475,880


459,913







Regulatory assets and other deferred charges

551,750


559,798


430,900

Total Assets

$

3,180,471


$

3,125,386


$

2,009,098







CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES






Capitalization:






Common stock and paid-in capital

$

630,245


$

626,966


$

195,380

Retained earnings

478,955


420,103


451,114

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,578)


(787)


(6,491)

Total Common Stock Equity

1,106,622


1,046,282


640,003

Long-term debt (less current portion)

832,817


912,712


464,434

Total Capitalization

1,939,439


1,958,994


1,104,437







Current Liabilities:






Notes payable

36,000


74,000


Accounts payable

215,085


140,234


108,648

Advance customer billings


23,736


Accrued liabilities and other

148,879


115,208


98,696

Total Current Liabilities

399,964


353,178


207,344







Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities:






Deferred income taxes

392,461


379,114


343,016

Pension and postretirement benefit costs

223,970


228,653


191,778

Regulatory liabilities

105,201


85,460


86,032

Asset retirement obligations and other

119,436


119,987


76,491

Total Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities

841,068


813,214


697,317

Total Capitalization and Liabilities

$

3,180,471


$

3,125,386


$

2,009,098

 


CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS — UNAUDITED


THE LACLEDE GROUP, INC.

(Thousands)



Six Months Ended
 March 31,


2014


2013

Operating Activities:




Net Income

$

87,811


$

55,810

  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by

     (used in) operating activities:




Depreciation, amortization, and accretion

40,501


22,913

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

3,396


(11,132)

Other – net

2,102


450

Changes in assets and liabilities

8,994


74,325

Net cash provided by operating activities

142,804


142,366





Investing Activities:




Capital expenditures

(68,226)


(62,707)

Other investments

(5,082)


(2,126)

Proceeds from sale of right to acquire NEG

11,000


Proceeds from final reconciliation of Acquisition of MGE

23,925


Net cash used in investing activities

(38,383)


(64,833)





Financing Activities:




Issuance of long-term debt


125,000

Maturity and redemption of first mortgage bonds

(80,000)


(25,000)

Repayment of short-term debt – net

(38,000)


(40,100)

Changes in book overdrafts

(1,184)


(1,262)

Issuance of common stock

1,440


2,852

Dividends paid

(28,503)


(19,054)

Other

(224)


(546)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(146,471)


41,890





Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(42,050)


119,423

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

52,981


27,457

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

10,931


$

146,880





 

NET ECONOMIC EARNINGS AND RECONCILIATION TO GAAP


THE LACLEDE GROUP, INC.

(Millions, except per share amounts)




Gas Utility


 Gas Marketing


Other


 

Total


Per Share Amounts (2)

Three Months Ended March 31, 2014











Net Income (Loss) (GAAP)

$

44.1


$

9.4


$

(1.3)


$

52.2


$

1.59


Unrealized (gain) loss on energy-related derivatives (1)


(1.7)



(1.7)


(0.04)


Lower of cost or market inventory adjustments (1)


(0.5)



(0.5)


(0.02)


Realized (gain) loss on economic hedges prior to the sale of the physical commodity (1)


(0.1)



(0.1)


(0.01)


Acquisition, divestiture and restructuring activities (1)

0.6



1.2


1.8


0.06


Net Economic Earnings (Losses) (Non-GAAP)

$

44.7


$

7.1


$

(0.1)


$

51.7


$

1.58


Diluted EPS (GAAP)

$

1.35


$

0.29


$

(0.05)


$

1.59




Net Economic EPS (Non-GAAP) (2)

$

1.36


$

0.22


$


$

1.58

















Three Months Ended March 31, 2013














Net Income (Loss) (GAAP)

$

30.2


$

1.8


$

(1.8)


$

30.2


$

1.34


Unrealized (gain) loss on energy-related derivatives (1)


0.6



0.6


0.03


Acquisition, divestiture and restructuring activities (1)



1.7


1.7


0.07


Net Economic Earnings (Losses) (Non-GAAP)

$

30.2


$

2.4


$

(0.1)


$

32.5


$

1.44


Diluted EPS (GAAP)

$

1.33


$

0.08


$

(0.07)


$

1.34




Net Economic EPS (Non-GAAP) (2)

$

1.33


$

0.10


$

0.01


$

1.44














Six Months Ended March 31, 2014











Net Income (Loss) (GAAP)

$

79.5


$

9.9


$

(1.6)


$

87.8


$

2.68


Unrealized (gain) loss on energy-related derivatives (1)


(1.3)



(1.3)


(0.05)


Lower of cost or market inventory adjustments (1)


(0.6)



(0.6)


(0.02)


Realized (gain) loss on economic hedges prior to the sale of the physical commodity (1)


(0.1)



(0.1)



Acquisition, divestiture and restructuring activities (1)

1.0



1.2


2.2


0.07


Net Economic Earnings (Losses) (Non-GAAP)

$

80.5


$

7.9


$

(0.4)


$

88.0


$

2.68


Diluted EPS (GAAP)

2.43


0.30


(0.05)


2.68




Net Economic EPS (Non-GAAP) (2)

2.45


0.24


(0.01)


2.68














Six Months Ended March 31, 2013











Net Income (Loss) (GAAP)

$

55.4


$

4.7


$

(4.3)


$

55.8


2.47


Unrealized (gain) loss on energy-related derivatives (1)

0.1


0.9



1.0


0.05


Acquisition, divestiture and restructuring activities (1)



3.9


3.9


0.17


Net Economic Earnings (Losses) (Non-GAAP)

$

55.5


$

5.6


$

(0.4)


$

60.7


$

2.69


Diluted EPS (GAAP)

$

2.45


$

0.21


$

(0.19)


$

2.47




Net Economic EPS (Non-GAAP) (2)

$

2.46


$

0.25


$

(0.02)


$

2.69




(1) Amounts presented net of income taxes, which were calculated by applying federal, state, and local income tax rates applicable to ordinary income to the amounts of the pre-tax reconciling items.


(2) Consolidated net economic earnings per share (EPS) are calculated by replacing consolidated net income (loss) with consolidated net economic earnings (loss) in the GAAP diluted EPS calculation.


Note: EPS amounts by segment represent contributions to The Laclede Group's consolidated EPS.

 

OPERATING CASH FLOWS AND RECONCILIATION TO GAAP


THE LACLEDE GROUP, INC.

(Thousands)



Six Months Ended March 31,


2014


2013





Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)

$

142,804


$

142,366





Add (deduct):




Changes in assets and liabilities

(8,994)


(74,325)

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

(3,396)


11,132

Operating Cash Flows (Non-GAAP)

$

130,414


$

79,173





Net cash used in investing activities (GAAP)

$

(38,383)


$

(64,833)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (GAAP)

$

(146,471)


$

119,423

 

OPERATING MARGIN AND RECONCILIATION TO GAAP


THE LACLEDE GROUP, INC.

(Millions)



Gas Utility


Gas Marketing


Other


Eliminations


Consolidated

Three Months Ended March 31, 2014











Operating Revenues

$

638.7


$

80.5


$

0.7


$

(25.4)


$

694.5


Natural and propane gas expense

430.6


63.6



(25.2)


469.0


Gross receipts tax expense

33.3


0.1




33.4


Operating margin (non-GAAP)

174.8


16.8


0.7


(0.2)


192.1


Depreciation and amortization

20.1


0.1


0.1



20.3


Other operating expenses

80.6


1.2


3.0


(0.2)


84.6


Operating income (GAAP)

$

74.1


$

15.5


$

(2.4)


$


$

87.2












Three Months Ended March 31, 2013











Operating revenues

$

363.9


$

38.9


$

2.5


$

(7.7)


$

397.6


Natural and propane gas expense

237.9


34.5


1.5


(7.7)


266.2


Gross receipts tax expense

16.8


0.1




16.9


Operating margin (non-GAAP)

109.2


4.3


1.0



114.5


Depreciation and amortization

11.2


0.1


0.3



11.6


Other operating expenses

46.2


1.3


3.6



51.1


Operating income (GAAP)

$

51.8


$

2.9


$

(2.9)


$


$

51.8












Six Months Ended March 31, 2014











Operating revenues

$

1,073.9


$

133.2


$

1.4


$

(45.4)


$

1,163.1


Natural and propane gas expense

692.1


114.1



(45.0)


761.2


Gross receipts tax expense

52.9


0.1




53.0


Operating margin (non-GAAP)

328.9


19.0


1.4


(0.4)


348.9


Depreciation and amortization

40.1


0.2


0.2



40.5


Other operating expenses

152.3


2.4


4.0


(0.4)


158.3


Operating income (GAAP)

$

136.5


$

16.4


$

(2.8)


$


$

150.1












Six Months Ended March 31, 2013











Operating revenues

$

614.7


$

101.1


$

4.4


$

(15.6)


$

704.6


Natural and propane gas expense

382.0


90.7


1.8


(15.5)


459.0


Gross receipts tax expense

26.5


0.1




26.6


Operating margin (non-GAAP)

206.2


10.3


2.6


(0.1)


219.0


Depreciation and amortization

22.2


0.2


0.5



22.9


Other operating expenses

90.9


2.4


9.0


(0.1)


102.2


Operating income (GAAP)

$

93.1


$

7.7


$

(6.9)


$


$

93.9

 

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