CAYCE, S.C., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) today announced earnings for the first quarter of 2014 of $193 million, or basic earnings per share of $1.37, compared to $151 million, or basic earnings per share of $1.13, for the first quarter of 2013.
"We are very pleased with the first quarter of 2014," said Jimmy Addison, executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Margins were higher than last year due mainly to an extremely cold first quarter, continued customer growth in our service territories, and a rate increase at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company. As I noted during the 2013 year-end earnings call, the pilot eWNA program ended in December and our earnings are now subject to the impact of abnormal weather in our electric business."
FINANCIAL RESULTS BY MAJOR LINES OF BUSINESS
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company
Reported earnings for the first quarter of 2014 at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), SCANA's principal subsidiary, were $126 million, or basic earnings per share of 89 cents, compared to $92 million, or basic earnings per share of 68 cents, in the first quarter of 2013. Higher electric margins due primarily to weather, a Base Load Review Act rate increase, and customer growth, as well as higher gas margins, were partially offset by increases in operations and maintenance expenses, as well as expenses related to our capital program including property taxes, depreciation and share dilution. At March 31, 2014, SCE&G was serving approximately 681,000 electric customers and approximately 332,000 natural gas customers, up 1.3 and 2.4 percent over the previous year.
PSNC Energy, the Company's North Carolina-based retail natural gas distribution subsidiary, reported first quarter 2014 earnings of $33 million, or 24 cents per share, compared to $32 million, or 24 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2013. Increases in margin due to customer growth were offset by higher depreciation and share dilution. At March 31, 2014, PSNC Energy was serving approximately 512,000 customers, an increase of 2.3 percent over the previous year.
SCANA Energy - Georgia
SCANA Energy, the Company's retail natural gas marketing business in Georgia, reported first quarter 2014 earnings of $22 million, or 16 cents per share, compared to $22 million, or 16 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2013. The effects of higher customer volumes arising from the abnormally cold weather during the quarter were offset by higher commodity prices experienced in serving the incremental volumes and price competition.
Corporate and Other, Net
SCANA's corporate and other businesses, which include Carolina Gas Transmission, SCANA Communications, ServiceCare, SCANA Energy Marketing and the holding company, reported earnings of $11 million, or 8 cents per share, compared to earnings of $6 million, or 5 cents per share in the first quarter of 2013.
The Company reaffirms its guidance for 2014 earnings per share will be in the range of $3.45 to $3.65, with an internal target of $3.55 per share. The Company's average annual growth rate target is 3 to 6 percent over the next 3 to 5 years.
Factors and risks that could impact future earnings are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and below under the Safe Harbor Statement.
CONFERENCE CALL NOTICE
SCANA will host its quarterly conference call for security analysts at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The call-in numbers for the conference call are 1-866-652-5200 (US), 1-855-669-9657 (Canada) and 1-412-317-6060 (International). Participants should call in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A replay of the conference call will be available through May 8, 2014. The telephone replay numbers are 1-877-344-7529 (US) and 1-412-317-0088 (Canada/International). The passcode for the telephone replay is 10042634.
All interested persons, including investors, media and the general public, may listen to a live webcast and access related presentation materials of the conference call at the Company's website at www.scana.com. Participants should go to the website at least 5 to 10 minutes prior to the call start time and follow the instructions. A replay of the conference call will also be available on the website through May 8, 2014.
SCANA Corporation, headquartered in Cayce, S.C., is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. The Company serves approximately 681,000 electric customers in South Carolina and more than 1.3 million natural gas customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's website at www.scana.com.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
Statements included in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, "forward-looking statements" for purposes of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning key earnings drivers, customer growth, environmental regulations and expenditures, leverage ratio, projections for pension fund contributions, financing activities, access to sources of capital, impacts of the adoption of new accounting rules and estimated construction and other expenditures. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "expects," "forecasts," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar terminology. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and that actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) the information is of a preliminary nature and may be subject to further and/or continuing review and adjustment; (2) regulatory actions, particularly changes in rate regulation, regulations governing electric grid reliability and pipeline integrity, environmental regulations, and actions affecting the construction of new nuclear units; (3) current and future litigation; (4) changes in the economy, especially in areas served by subsidiaries of SCANA; (5) the impact of competition from other energy suppliers, including competition from alternate fuels in industrial markets; (6) the impact of conservation and demand side management efforts and/or technological advances on customer usage; (7) the loss of sales to distributed generation, such as solar photovoltaic systems; (8) growth opportunities for SCANA's regulated and diversified subsidiaries; (9) the results of short- and long-term financing efforts, including prospects for obtaining access to capital markets and other sources of liquidity; (10) the effects of weather, especially in areas where the generation and transmission facilities of SCANA and its subsidiaries (the Company) are located and in areas served by SCANA's subsidiaries; (11) changes in SCANA's or its subsidiaries' accounting rules and accounting policies; (12) payment and performance by counterparties and customers as contracted and when due; (13) the results of efforts to license, site, construct and finance facilities for electric generation and transmission; (14) maintaining creditworthy joint owners for SCE&G's new nuclear generation project; (15) the ability of suppliers, both domestic and international, to timely provide the labor, secure processes, components, parts, tools, equipment and other supplies needed, at agreed upon prices, for our construction program, operations and maintenance; (16) the results of efforts to ensure the physical and cyber security of key assets and processes; (17) the availability of fuels such as coal, natural gas and enriched uranium used to produce electricity; the availability of purchased power and natural gas for distribution; the level and volatility of future market prices for such fuels and purchased power; and the ability to recover the costs for such fuels and purchased power; (18) the availability of skilled and experienced human resources to properly manage, operate, and grow the Company's businesses; (19) labor disputes; (20) performance of SCANA's pension plan assets; (21) changes in taxes; (22) inflation or deflation; (23) compliance with regulations; (24) natural disasters and man-made mishaps that directly affect our operations or the regulations governing them; and (25) the other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the periodic reports filed by SCANA or SCE&G with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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Note (1): In March 2013, SCANA settled an equity forward sales agreement through the issuance of 6.6 million shares of common stock. Diluted earnings per share reflects the Company's use of the treasury stock method during periods in which the forward sales agreement was outstanding and the average market price of SCANA's common stock was above the per share adjusted forward sales price.