UserAlias1 Thursday, 02/19/15 07:48:36 AM Re: Penny Roger$ post# 12 Post # of 23 SCANA Reports Financial-Results for Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2014 and Announces 2015 Guidance Quote:Last update: 19/02/2015 7:30:08 am SCANA Reports Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 and Announces 2015 Guidance PR Newswire CAYCE, S.C., Feb. 19, 2015 CAYCE, S.C., Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) today announced earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2014. For the year ended December 31, 2014, SCANA reported earnings of $538 million, or basic earnings per share of $3.79, compared to earnings of $471 million, or basic earnings per share of $3.40, for the same period in 2013. The increase was driven by higher electric margins due primarily to favorable weather as well as Base Load Review Act rate increases, and customer growth. Higher gas margins and a decrease in the effective tax rate also contributed to the increase. Higher operation and maintenance expenses, expenses related to our capital program including interest expense, property taxes, and depreciation, as well as share dilution partially offset the increase in margins. "2014 was certainly a very unusual year due to the significant impact of weather in both the winter and summer seasons, with abnormal weather contributing 21 cents per share to electric margins," said Jimmy Addison, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "More importantly though, we continue to see improved economic conditions in all of our service territories with customer growth accelerating." SCANA's earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 were $105 million, or basic earnings per share of 73 cents, compared to earnings of $104 million, or basic earnings per share of 73 cents, for the fourth quarter of 2013. FINANCIAL RESULTS BY MAJOR LINES OF BUSINESS South Carolina Electric & Gas Company Reported earnings for 2014 at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), SCANA's principal subsidiary, were $458 million, or basic earnings per share of $3.23, compared to $391 million, or basic earnings per share of $2.82, in 2013. Increases in electric margins due primarily to favorable weather of 21 cents, Base Load Review Act rate increases, and customer growth, as well as higher gas margins, were partially offset by increases in operation and maintenance expenses, expenses related to our capital program including interest expense, property taxes, and depreciation, as well as share dilution. For the fourth quarter of 2014, SCE&G reported earnings of $75 million, or basic earnings per share of 53 cents compared to $72 million, or basic earnings per share of 51 cents, in the same quarter of 2013. The fourth quarter of 2014 experienced a negative 2 cents impact of unfavorable weather. At year-end 2014, SCE&G was serving approximately 688,000 electric customers and 338,000 natural gas customers, up 1.4 and 2.8 percent, respectively, over 2013. PSNC Energy PSNC Energy, the Company's North Carolina-based retail natural gas distribution subsidiary, reported 2014 earnings of $55 million, or basic earnings per share of 39 cents, compared to $52 million, or basic earnings per share of 37 cents, in 2013. The increase is primarily attributable to increased margins due to customer growth. Reported earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $23 million, or basic earnings per share of 16 cents, consistent with the fourth quarter of 2013. At year-end 2014, PSNC Energy was serving approximately 521,000 customers, an increase of 2.5 percent over the previous year. SCANA Energy - Georgia SCANA Energy, the Company's retail natural gas marketing business in Georgia, reported 2014 earnings of $26 million, or basic earnings per share of 18 cents, compared to $24 million, or basic earnings per share of 17 cents, in 2013. Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $10 million, or basic earnings per share of 7 cents, compared to $8 million, or basic earnings per share of 6 cents in the fourth quarters of 2013. These increases reflect higher margins due to increased throughput during the first and fourth quarters. Corporate and Other, Net SCANA's corporate and other businesses, which include Carolina Gas Transmission (CGT), SCANA Communications (SCI), ServiceCare, SCANA Energy Marketing and the holding company, reported a loss of $1 million, or 1 cent per share in 2014, compared to earnings of $4 million, or basic earnings per share of 4 cents in 2013. For the fourth quarter of 2014, these businesses reported a loss of $3 million, or 3 cents per share, compared to near break-even results in the fourth quarter of 2013. This change is primarily the result of higher interest expense at the holding company due to the accelerated amortization of debt issuance costs associated with hybrid securities that were called at par in early 2015 prior to their maturity. New Nuclear Progress continues on V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3. 2014 marked some major accomplishments for the project such as the placement of the Unit 2 module CA20, the first ring of the Unit 2 containment vessel, the Unit 2 module CA05, and the containment vessel bottom head for Unit 3. Escalation continues to run below original expectations and due to the historically low interest rate environment over the last several years, customers will realize approximately $700 million in interest savings over the life of the debt issued to support the financing as the weighted average rate has been 4.99%, compared to the original estimate of 6.43%. Additionally, SCE&G has locked in rates for planned issuances over the next two years which will likely generate an additional $525 million in savings over the life of those issuances. In total, this equates to approximately $1.2 billion in interest savings that will be realized by our customers. EARNINGS OUTLOOK For 2015, the Company estimates that GAAP-adjusted earnings per share will be $3.60 to $3.80, with an internal target of $3.70 per share. The Company's average annual growth rate target for GAAP-adjusted earnings per share is 3 to 6 percent over the next 3 to 5 years. The Company is resetting its base year to 2014 GAAP-adjusted weather normalized earnings per share of $3.58 (reflecting a downward adjustment of 21 cents per share to normalize weather in the electric business). Excluded from the estimated 2015 GAAP-adjusted earnings per share is the effect of the aggregate estimated gains of approximately $1.40 per share expected to be recorded in the first quarter of 2015 from the sales of CGT and SCI. The CGT transaction closed on January 31, 2015 and the sale of SCI is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. These estimated gains are based on the terms of the particular stock purchase agreements and may be impacted by customary adjustments which may arise. Also, the estimated 2015 GAAP-adjusted earnings per share reflects a short term negative 4 cent per share impact as the proceeds from the sales of the two subsidiaries are not anticipated to be fully deployed to displace equity needs until 2016. The following information is provided in accordance with SEC Regulation G. For 2015, the Company estimates that GAAP earnings per share will be in the range of $5.00 to $5.20, with an internal target of $5.10. This estimate includes the effects of all the items listed in the preceding paragraph in respect to the sales of CGT and SCI. Based on 2014 GAAP earnings per share of $3.79, the Company's average annual earnings per share growth rate target is 1 to 5 percent over the next 3 to 5 years. The Company's management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide a meaningful representation of the Company's fundamental earnings power and can aid in performing period-over-period financial analysis and comparison with peer group data. In management's opinion, these non-GAAP measures serve as useful indicators of the financial results of the Company's primary businesses and as a basis for management's provision of earnings guidance and growth projections. In addition, management uses these non-GAAP measures in making resource allocation and other budgetary and operational decisions. These non-GAAP measures are not intended to replace the GAAP measures of earnings per share or average annual earnings per share growth rate, but are offered as supplements to those GAAP measures. 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, February 19, 2015. The call-in numbers for the conference call are 1-888-347-3258 (US), 1-855-669-9657 (Canada) and 1-412-902-4279 (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 March 5, 2015. The telephone replay numbers are 1-877-344-7529 (US), 1-855-669-9658 (Canada), and 1-412-317-0088 (International). The event code for the telephone replay is 10058449. 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 March 5, 2015. PROFILE 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 688,000 electric customers in South Carolina and approximately 1.3 million natural gas customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. 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