OGE Energy Corp. 2nd Quarter Earnings Higher From Hot Weather

Aug 04, 2011, 07:00 ET from OGE Energy Corp.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E) and OGE Enogex Holdings LLC, today reported earnings of $1.04 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2011, compared to $0.78 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2010.

OG&E, a regulated electric utility, contributed earnings of $0.79 per share in the second quarter, compared with earnings of $0.61 per share in the second quarter last year. Enogex, a midstream natural gas pipeline business, contributed earnings of $0.25 per share compared with earnings of $0.19 per share in the year-ago quarter. The holding company posted break-even results in the second quarter, compared with a loss of $0.02 per share in the second quarter of 2010.

"The summer heat in our service area highlights the outstanding performance by our members to serve our customers, as well as the importance of our continuing infrastructure investments for reliable service," said Pete Delaney, OGE Energy chairman and CEO. "In our midstream business, we're pleased to report margins are up in all areas as we continue to see growth in the natural gas liquids-rich basins of the midcontinent."

Discussion of Second Quarter 2011

OGE Energy's consolidated gross margin on revenues was $428 million in the second quarter, compared with $381 million a year ago. Net income attributable to OGE Energy was $103 million in the second quarter, compared to $77 million in the year-ago quarter.

OG&E's gross margin on revenues was $314 million in the second quarter, compared with $282 million in the comparable quarter last year.  The increase was due primarily to hot weather, with cooling-degree days 20 percent higher than last year and 62 percent above normal, partially offset by higher operating expenses. Net income for OG&E was $79 million in the second quarter, compared with $60 million a year earlier.

Enogex's gross margin on revenues was $114 million in the second quarter, compared with $99 million in the comparable quarter last year. The increase was primarily due to higher natural gas gathering volumes and natural gas liquids prices. Net income attributable to OGE Enogex Holdings was $25 million in the second quarter, compared to $19 million a year earlier.

2011 Outlook

OGE Energy projects earnings to exceed the top end of the previously issued earnings guidance of $3.00 to $3.20 per average diluted share.  The primary driver for the increase is higher gross margins at the utility from the extremely hot summer weather experienced in its service territory thus far in 2011. With the exception of the warmer weather experienced through July 31, 2011, the key factors and assumptions regarding the Company's 2011 earnings guidance remain unchanged and are contained in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call Webcast

OGE Energy will host a conference call for discussion of the results and the outlook for the rest of 2011 on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 8 a.m. CDT. The conference will be available through www.oge.com. OGE Energy is the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company (OG&E), which serves more than 786,000 customers in a service territory spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, and of OGE Enogex Holdings LLC, a midstream natural gas pipeline business with principal operations in Oklahoma.

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 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; prices and availability of electricity, coal, natural gas and natural gas liquids, each on a stand-alone basis and in relation to each other as well as the processing contract mix between percent-of-liquids, keep-whole and fixed-fee; 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; whether OG&E can successfully implement its Smart Grid program to install meters for its customers and integrate the Smart Grid meters with its customer billing and other computer information systems; advances in technology; creditworthiness of suppliers, customers and other contractual parties; the higher degree of risk associated with the Company's nonregulated business compared with the Company's regulated utility business; 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, 2010.

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

2011

2010

2011

2010

(In millions, except per share data)

OPERATING REVENUES

Electric Utility operating revenues

$ 568.7

$ 512.8

$  990.8

$  956.8

Natural Gas Midstream Operations operating revenues

409.4

374.4

827.8

806.2

Total operating revenues

978.1

887.2

1,818.6

1,763.0

COST OF GOODS SOLD (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below)

Electric Utility cost of goods sold

242.5

218.9

450.0

457.8

Natural Gas Midstream Operations cost of goods sold

307.6

287.6

633.3

618.8

Total cost of goods sold

550.1

506.5

1,083.3

1,076.6

Gross margin on revenues

428.0

380.7

735.3

686.4

OPERATING EXPENSES

Other operation and maintenance

146.6

135.0

284.9

258.6

Depreciation and amortization

74.7

71.2

148.7

141.5

Taxes other than income

24.5

23.0

51.6

48.0

  Total operating expenses

245.8

229.2

485.2

448.1

OPERATING INCOME

182.2

151.5

250.1

238.3

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

Interest income

0.1

-

0.2

-

Allowance for equity funds used during construction

5.8

2.3

10.2

4.6

Other income

7.0

3.4

13.3

6.5

Other expense

(3.5)

(5.0)

(5.8)

(7.4)

Net other income

9.4

0.7

17.9

3.7

INTEREST EXPENSE

Interest on long-term debt

35.8

33.4

71.2

67.0

Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction

(2.9)

(1.0)

(5.2)

(2.2)

Interest on short-term debt and other interest charges

1.6

1.6

2.6

3.3

Interest expense

34.5

34.0

68.6

68.1

INCOME BEFORE TAXES

157.1

118.2

199.4

173.9

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

47.8

40.3

60.4

70.8

NET INCOME

109.3

77.9

139.0

103.1

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

6.3

0.6

11.2

1.6

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO OGE ENERGY

$ 103.0

$   77.3

$  127.8

$  101.5

BASIC AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

98.0

97.3

97.8

97.2

DILUTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

99.3

98.7

99.2

98.6

BASIC EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE

ATTRIBUTABLE TO OGE ENERGY COMMON SHAREHOLDERS

$   1.05

$   0.79

$    1.31

$    1.04

DILUTED EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE

ATTRIBUTABLE TO OGE ENERGY COMMON SHAREHOLDERS

$   1.04

$   0.78

$    1.29

$    1.03

OGE Energy Corp.

financial and statistical data

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30

June 30

2011

2010

2011

2010

(In millions)

ELECTRIC UTILITY

Operating revenues by classification

    Residential

$  234.4

$  207.7

$  411.2

$  398.9

    Commercial

141.9

132.0

240.1

233.0

    Industrial

55.9

52.8

100.0

98.3

    Oilfield

42.7

40.4

77.6

76.0

    Public authorities and street light

55.0

50.5

93.3

90.0

    Sales for resale

14.9

14.5

28.1

31.2

         System sales revenues

544.8

497.9

950.3

927.4

    Off-system sales revenues

12.5

7.5

21.9

13.9

    Other

11.4

7.4

18.6

15.5

         Total operating revenues

$  568.7

$  512.8

$  990.8

$  956.8

Sales of electricity - MWH (a) sales by classification

    Residential

2.3

2.0

4.5

4.4

    Commercial

1.8

1.8

3.3

3.2

    Industrial

1.0

1.0

1.9

1.9

    Oilfield

0.8

0.8

1.6

1.5

    Public authorities and street light

0.8

0.7

1.5

1.4

    Sales for resale

0.4

0.4

0.7

0.7

         System sales

7.1

6.7

13.5

13.1

    Off-system sales

0.3

0.2

0.6

0.3

         Total sales

7.4

6.9

14.1

13.4

Number of customers

786,125

779,359

786,125

779,359

Average cost of energy per KWH (b) - cents

    Natural gas

4.485

4.503

4.477

5.050

    Coal

2.032

1.916

2.033

1.858

    Total fuel

2.986

2.832

2.842

3.049

    Total fuel and purchased power

3.255

3.127

3.156

3.334

Degree days

    Heating

         Actual

174

158

2,078

2,298

         Normal

236

236

2,199

2,199

    Cooling

         Actual

885

737

926

745

         Normal

547

547

555

555

NATURAL GAS MIDSTREAM OPERATIONS

Operating revenues

$  430.1

$  397.5

$  872.5

$  857.6

Operating income

$    48.9

$    38.5

$    90.5

$    95.5

Net income attributable to Enogex

$    25.0

$    18.6

$    43.8

$    46.0

Net cash provided from operating activities

$    86.9

$  108.2

$  136.1

$  154.7

Capital expenditures

$  109.5

$    62.8

$  174.6

$    96.7

Gathered volumes - TBtu/d (c)

1.36

1.33

1.33

1.30

Incremental transportation volumes - TBtu/d (d)

0.53

0.41

0.51

0.44

  Total throughput volumes - TBtu/d

1.89

1.74

1.84

1.74

Natural gas processed - TBtu/d

0.76

0.83

0.76

0.78

Natural gas liquids sold (keep-whole) - million gallons

42

50

84

92

Natural gas liquids sold (purchase for resale) - million gallons

112

121

224

220

Natural gas liquids sold (percent-of-liquids) - million gallons

7

8

14

15

  Total natural gas liquids sold - million gallons

161

179

322

327

Average natural gas liquids sales price per gallon

$    1.24

$    0.86

$    1.17

$    0.94

Average natural gas sales price per MMBtu (e)

$    4.36

$    4.01

$    4.25

$    4.65

 (a)  Megawatt-hours.  

 (b)  Kilowatt-hours.  

 (c)  Trillion British thermal units per day.  

 (d)  Incremental transportation volumes consist of natural gas moved only on the transportation pipeline.  

 (e)  Million British thermal units.  

SOURCE OGE Energy Corp.



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