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WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2005 Results

WASHINGTON, Aug 01, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) (the Company), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas or the regulated utility) and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported a net loss of $8.2 million, or $0.17 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2005, the third quarter of its fiscal year 2005. This compares to a net loss of $4.1 million, or $0.08 per share, for the same quarter of fiscal year 2004. Reporting a net loss for quarters ending June 30 is typical due to the seasonal nature of the Company's utility operations and the corresponding reduced demand for natural gas during this period. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2005, the Company reported net income of $114.9 million, or $2.35 per share, as compared to net income of $114.6 million, or $2.35 per share, reported for the corresponding period in fiscal year 2004. Unless otherwise noted, earnings per share amounts are presented in this news release on a diluted basis, and are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding.

Commenting on third quarter results and the outlook for the remainder of the year, WGL Holdings' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr. said, "Our third quarter results reflect our increasing ability to diversify our financial results through the successful performance of our non-regulated businesses, most notably retail energy-marketing which has achieved a record year-to-date earnings of $0.28 per share." DeGraffenreidt added, "This performance, together with continued customer growth at our regulated utility, should enable us to achieve our objective of generating 5 percent per annum average annual earnings growth from normal operations for fiscal year 2005."

Results from Normal Operations

The Company reviews its financial results from normal operations (based on normal weather, and uninfluenced by unique transactions) to monitor its progress towards achieving its five-year financial objectives. The Company's consolidated net loss from normal operations for the third quarter of fiscal year 2005 was $0.17 per share as compared to a net loss of $0.08 per share for the same quarter of fiscal year 2004. Results from normal operations for the current quarter, when compared to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year, reflect increased utility operating expenses including operation and maintenance, depreciation and amortization, and general taxes, as well as the effect of an anticipated rate increase in Virginia that was reflected in the prior year's third quarter results but excluded from the current year's results. Favorably affecting current quarter results from normal operations were increased earnings from the Company's major non-utility operations, utility customer growth and lower interest expense.

Excluding the effects of colder-than-normal weather and unique transactions described below, the Company's consolidated earnings from normal operations for the first nine months of fiscal year 2005 were $2.25 per share, an $0.18 per share increase over earnings from normal operations of $2.07 per share for the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. The increased earnings from normal operations for the current year-to-date period reflect improved results from the Company's major non-utility operations.

As discussed above, earnings from normal operations exclude the impact of variations from normal weather. The Company's regulated operations are weather sensitive, with a significant portion of its revenue coming from deliveries of natural gas to residential and commercial heating customers. Deviations in weather patterns from normal levels in the third quarters ended June 30, 2005 and 2004 did not have a significant impact on operating results; accordingly, results from normal operations for these periods do not exclude any effects of weather. For the nine months ended June 30, 2005, weather, when measured by heating degree days, was 6.2 percent colder than normal, enhancing net income in relation to normal weather by an estimated $5 million, or $0.10 per share. For the nine months ended June 30, 2004, weather was 6.4 percent colder than normal, and contributed $10 million, or $0.20 per share, to net income for that period. The difference in the relative contribution to earnings of the colder-than-normal weather for the 2005 and 2004 year-to-date periods presented is later discussed.

Earnings from normal operations also exclude the impact of unique transactions related to the Company's utility and non-utility segments. There were no unique transactions in the third quarter of fiscal years 2005 or 2004, or in the current nine-month period. Earnings from normal operations for the nine months ended June 30, 2004 exclude the effect of an after-tax gain of $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share, realized in that period from the sale of two buildings by a third party in a commercial real estate project in which the Company held a carried interest. Earnings from normal operations for the 2004 nine-month period also exclude the effect of additional depreciation expense unrelated to that period of $3.5 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, that was recorded in connection with a Virginia rate order.

Reconciliations of the Company's and regulated utility segment's earnings (loss) per share reported in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) to earnings (loss) per share from normal operations are attached to this press release.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2005

Regulated Utility Operations

The operating results of the Company's regulated utility segment are the primary influence on consolidated operating results. For the three months ended June 30, 2005, the regulated utility segment reported a seasonal net loss of $11.1 million, or $0.23 per share, as compared to a net loss of $4.2 million, or $0.09 per share, for the same three-month period of the prior fiscal year. Operating results for the current quarter were favorably affected by the addition of more than 23,300 active customer meters, an increase of 2.4 percent, from the end of the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This growth was more than offset by the effect of a Virginia rate increase in the prior year's third quarter that was not in effect in the third quarter of the current fiscal year, and higher operating expenses in the current quarter. As further discussed below, weather had a negligible effect on operating results for both the current and prior fiscal year's third quarter.

Comparisons between the third quarter of the current and prior fiscal year reflect the inclusion in the prior year's third quarter of an anticipated Virginia rate increase that went into effect on February 26, 2004, subject to refund. Since the Company did not ultimately receive an increase in its base rates in Virginia, the amount recorded through the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2004 was reversed in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2004, and a similar amount was not recorded in the third quarter of fiscal year 2005.

Third quarter 2005 operating results for the regulated utility segment also reflect a $5.0 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, increase in operation and maintenance expenses. The increased expenses primarily reflect: (i) higher labor expenses; (ii) increased employee benefits expenses principally related to post-retirement and group insurance costs; (iii) greater expenses associated with performing the initial assessment of internal controls in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and (iv) higher expenses for uncollectible accounts. Higher labor expenses during the current quarter were due in part to increased overtime incurred in connection with the Company-wide response to issues that arose in a portion of the Company's distribution system in Prince George's County, Maryland such as special leak surveys, emergency response site visits and repairs. The increase in labor expenses for the current quarter was tempered by 3.8 percent fewer employees, reduced employee severance costs, and the inclusion in the third quarter of fiscal year 2004 of an accrual for unusual operational expenses that did not recur in the current quarter.

The regulated utility segment also incurred higher depreciation and amortization expense and higher general taxes, partially offset by lower interest expense. Although income tax benefits were greater in the current quarter due to a higher pre-tax loss, much of this effect was offset by a higher estimated annual effective income tax rate.

Weather was 21.3 percent colder in the current quarter than in the same quarter last fiscal year. However, total natural gas deliveries to firm customers increased only 2.7 million therms, or 1.6 percent, to 167.6 million therms delivered during the third quarter of fiscal year 2005. Quarters ending on June 30 include months in which the Company is coming out of the primary portion of its winter-heating season. In such "shoulder" months, weather patterns may become erratic and some space-heating customers may turn off their furnaces for the remainder of the heating season upon the first significant rise in temperatures. Thus, usage patterns may not highly correlate with the level of degree days in periods that include shoulder months. Overall, weather had no significant effect on operating results for the current or prior year's third quarter.

Non-Utility Operations

On a segmented basis, the Company's non-utility operations reported net income of $2.9 million, or $0.06 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2005, as compared to net income of $119,000 for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The increased earnings from non-utility operations principally were attributable to a $0.05 per share improvement in the operating results of the Company's retail energy-marketing segment.

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $4.0 million, or $0.08 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2005, a $2.6 million, or $0.05 per share, increase over net income of $1.4 million, or $0.03 per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year improvement in earnings for this segment reflects higher gross margins from the sale of natural gas, slightly offset by reduced gross margins from the sale of electricity. Gross margins per therm of natural gas sold increased over 60 percent, while natural gas sales volumes declined by less than one percent. This earnings improvement also reflects a $0.02 per share benefit in the current quarter for reduced expenses associated with uncollectible accounts due to enhanced recoveries of these accounts.

The Company's commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) segment reported a net loss of $600,000, or $0.01 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2005, a significant improvement over the net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per share, reported for this segment for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This improvement primarily reflects improved operating margins during the period.

Nine Months Ended June 30, 2005

Regulated Utility Operations

The regulated utility segment reported net income of $103.4 million, or $2.11 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2005, as compared to net income of $105.8 million, or $2.17 per share, for the corresponding nine-month period of the prior fiscal year. This comparison reflects a decrease in total natural gas deliveries to firm customers of 27.5 million therms, or 2.3 percent, to 1.189 billion therms delivered during the current nine-month period. Although natural gas deliveries fell by 2.3 percent, heating degree days were unchanged for the nine months ended June 30, 2005 when compared to the same period in fiscal year 2004. The decrease in natural gas deliveries to firm customers is due, in part, to warmer weather experienced primarily during the 2005 second quarter, the most significant period of the Company's winter-heating season. However, during the current nine-month period (particularly in certain months within the first and third quarters of fiscal year 2005), the Company experienced lower than expected natural gas deliveries because the increase in heating degree days did not correlate highly with the change in the volume of gas delivered. This was explained previously in the discussion of results for the three months ended June 30, 2005.

Favorably affecting earnings for the regulated utility segment for the nine months ended June 30, 2005 was a 2.4 percent increase in active customer meters from the end of the same period of the prior fiscal year. The current nine-month period also benefited from realizing the favorable effect of changes in rates charged to customers that were implemented in Maryland on November 6, 2003 and the District of Columbia on November 24, 2003. This benefit was mostly offset by the impact of an anticipated Virginia rate increase that went into effect on February 26, 2004, subject to refund, and was included in this segment's operating results for the nine months ended June 30, 2004, but that was not in effect during the nine months ended June 30, 2005 as a result of a regulatory order issued after June 30, 2004.

Current year-to-date earnings also reflect a $4.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.05 per share, increase in operation and maintenance expenses. This increase of 2.4 percent primarily reflects: (i) higher employee benefits expenses principally related to post-retirement and group insurance costs; (ii) increased overtime associated with work being performed in Prince George's County, Maryland; (iii) higher expenses associated with performing the initial assessment of internal controls in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and (iv) higher expenses for uncollectible accounts. These increased expenses were partially offset by fewer employees, reduced employee severance costs, and an accrual recorded in the 2004 nine-month period for unusual operational expenses that were not incurred in the current nine-month period.

Depreciation and amortization expense for the current nine-month period declined by $2.8 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share. This decline was attributable primarily to depreciation expense of $3.5 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, applicable to a previous accounting period, that was recorded during the first nine months of fiscal year 2004 pursuant to a Virginia rate order.

The regulated utility segment also benefited during the current year-to- date period from reduced income tax expense due to a lower effective income tax rate (primarily attributable to a non-taxable benefit of a Medicare prescription drug subsidy), and lower interest expense, partially offset by increased general taxes.

Non-Utility Operations

On a segmented basis, the Company's non-utility operations reported net income of $11.5 million, or $0.24 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2005, an increase of $2.6 million, or $0.06 per share, over the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. The current nine-month period reflects a $0.16 per share improvement in the earnings of the retail energy- marketing segment and a $0.02 per share improvement for the commercial HVAC segment. Operating results for the same period of the prior fiscal year included a $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share, after-tax gain related to the sale of a carried interest in a commercial real estate project.

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $13.9 million, or $0.28 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2005, more than double its net income of $6.1 million, or $0.12 per share, reported for the same period last fiscal year. The $7.8 million, or $0.16 per share, year-over-year improvement in earnings primarily reflects higher gross margins from the sale of natural gas. Although natural gas sales volumes declined by 1.1 percent, gross margins per therm increased over 50 percent. The higher gross margins from gas sales reflects the utilization of greater volumes of lower cost storage inventory, partially offset by the realization in the current nine- month period of mark-to-market losses associated with certain contracts used to hedge supply risks that occur due to the volatility in the price of natural gas. The earnings improvement for this segment also reflects a $0.03 per share benefit in the current year-to-date period for reduced expenses associated with uncollectible accounts due to enhanced recoveries of these accounts. Slightly tempering this improvement was a decline in gross margins from electric sales as the drop in sales volumes more than offset the increase in the margin per kilowatt hour sold.

The Company's commercial HVAC segment reported a net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.03 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2005, reducing its net loss by almost one-half of the net loss reported of $2.3 million, or $0.05 per share, for the same period last fiscal year. This improvement primarily reflects improved operating margins during the period.

Earnings Outlook

The Company is lowering its consolidated earnings estimate for the full fiscal year 2005 to a range of $1.92 per share to $1.98 per share from its previous guidance of $1.94 per share to $2.04 per share. This updated estimate includes an increase in projected full fiscal year 2005 earnings from its unregulated businesses to a range of $0.20 per share to $0.24 per share from the previous range of $0.16 per share to $0.20 per share. The annual guidance for the consolidated entity includes an estimated seasonal net loss for the fourth quarter ending September 30, 2005 in the range of $0.43 per share to $0.37 per share, which reflects a projected net loss from the Company's unregulated businesses in the range of $0.03 per share to $0.01 per share.

This guidance: (i) assumes an anticipated level of costs and a rate of incurrence of such costs throughout the remainder of fiscal year 2005 in connection with a large project being performed by the Company to address natural gas leaks in a portion of its distribution system in Prince George's County, Maryland, (ii) assumes no additional effect that may result from performing earnings tests pursuant to a December 18, 2003 rate order issued by the State Corporation Commission of Virginia and (iii) excludes the effect of other unusual items that could arise in the future. This earnings guidance has been determined on the date of this news release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update this guidance. The absence of any statement by the Company in the future should not be presumed to represent an affirmation of the earnings guidance given herein.

Other Information

The Company will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on August 2, 2005, to discuss its third quarter financial results. The live conference call will be available to the public via a link located on the WGL Holdings Web site, http://www.wglholdings.com. To hear the live Webcast, click on the Live Webcast link located on the home page of the referenced site. The Webcast will be archived for replay on the WGL Holdings Web site through August 31, 2005.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings is the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company, a natural gas utility that serves approximately one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region. In addition, it holds a group of energy-related retail businesses that focus primarily on retail energy-marketing and commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning services.

Additional information about WGL Holdings is available on its Web site, http://www.wglholdings.com.

Note: This news release and other statements by the Company include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the outlook for earnings, revenues and other future financial business performance or strategies and expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as, but not limited to, "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "believes," "plans," and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "should," "would," and "could." Although the Company believes such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it cannot give assurance that every objective will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of today, and the Company assumes no duty to update them.

As previously disclosed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: the level and rate at which costs and expenses are incurred in connection with constructing, operating and maintaining the Company's natural gas distribution system; the ability to successfully implement approaches to modify the current or future composition of the gas being used to supply customers as a result of the introduction of Cove Point gas into the Company's natural gas distribution system; variations in weather conditions from normal levels; changes in economic, competitive, political and regulatory conditions and developments; changes in capital and energy commodity market conditions; changes in credit ratings of debt securities of WGL Holdings, Inc. or Washington Gas Light Company that may affect access to capital or the cost of debt; changes in credit market conditions and creditworthiness of customers and suppliers; changes in relevant laws and regulations, including tax, environmental and employment laws and regulations; legislative, regulatory and judicial mandates or decisions affecting business operations or the timing of recovery of costs and expenses; the timing and success of business and product development efforts and technological improvements; the pace of deregulation efforts and the availability of other competitive alternatives; terrorist activities; and other uncertainties. The outcome of negotiations and discussions the Company may hold with other parties from time to time regarding utility and energy-related investments and strategic transactions that are both recurring and non-recurring may also affect future performance. For a further discussion of the risks and uncertainties, see the Company's most recent annual report on Form 10-K, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Please see the following comparative statements for additional
information.  Also attached is a reconciliation of the Company's earnings per
share reported in accordance with GAAP to earnings per share from normal
operations.



                              WGL Holdings, Inc.
                      Consolidated Statements of Income
                   For Periods Ended June 30, 2005 and 2004
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                           June 30,
    (In thousands, except per share data)           2005              2004

    UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues                         $  197,629        $  180,836
      Less:  Cost of gas                            99,576            83,811
             Revenue taxes                           9,930             8,374
       Utility Net Revenues                         88,123            88,651

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operation and maintenance                     62,033            57,050
      Depreciation and amortization                 22,663            20,956
      General taxes                                 10,389             8,014
      Income tax expense (benefit)                  (5,931)           (5,011)
       Utility Other Operating Expenses             89,154            81,009
       Utility Operating Income (Loss)              (1,031)            7,642

    NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues
      Retail energy-marketing                      143,613           169,828
      Heating, ventilating and air
       conditioning (HVAC)                           5,033             5,717
      Other non-utility activities                     386               471
       Total Non-Utility Operating Revenues        149,032           176,016

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operating expenses                           143,397           176,305
      Income tax expense (benefit)                   2,200              (200)
       Total Non-Utility Operating Expenses        145,597           176,105
       Non-Utility Operating Income (Loss)           3,435               (89)
    TOTAL OPERATING INCOME                           2,404             7,553
    Other Income (Expenses) -- Net                     (50)              216
    INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE                   2,354             7,769
    Interest expense                                10,217            11,567
    Dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock        330               330
    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE TO COMMON
     STOCK)                                     $   (8,193)       $   (4,128)

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
      Basic                                         48,695            48,648
      Diluted                                       48,695            48,648

    EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE COMMON
     SHARE
      Basic                                     $    (0.17)       $    (0.08)
      Diluted                                   $    (0.17)       $    (0.08)




       Net Income (Loss) Applicable To Common Stock-By Segment ($000):
                                                       Three Months Ended
                                                             June 30,
                                                      2005              2004
      Regulated utility                         $  (11,053)       $   (4,247)

      Non-utility operations:
       Retail energy-marketing                       4,036             1,432
       Commercial HVAC                                (600)           (1,062)
        Total major non-utility                      3,436               370
       Other, principally non-utility
        activities                                    (576)             (251)
        Total non-utility                            2,860               119
    NET INCOME (LOSS)                           $   (8,193)       $   (4,128)



                                                      Nine Months Ended
                                                           June 30,
    (In thousands, except per share data)           2005              2004

    UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues                         $1,241,806        $1,144,798
      Less:  Cost of gas                           712,746           619,575
             Revenue taxes                          50,804            42,653
       Utility Net Revenues                        478,256           482,570

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operation and maintenance                    177,568           173,476
      Depreciation and amortization                 66,277            69,122
      General taxes                                 31,643            28,667
      Income tax expense (benefit)                  64,783            69,376
       Utility Other Operating Expenses            340,271           340,641
       Utility Operating Income (Loss)             137,985           141,929

    NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues
      Retail energy-marketing                      634,819           637,766
      Heating, ventilating and air
       conditioning (HVAC)                          24,557            20,497
      Other non-utility activities                     999             1,332
       Total Non-Utility Operating Revenues        660,375           659,595

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operating expenses                           640,231           654,918
      Income tax expense (benefit)                   7,823             1,914
       Total Non-Utility Operating Expenses        648,054           656,832
       Non-Utility Operating Income (Loss)          12,321             2,763
    TOTAL OPERATING INCOME                         150,306           144,692
    Other Income (Expenses) -- Net                  (1,985)            4,849
    INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE                 148,321           149,541
    Interest expense                                32,446            33,904
    Dividends on Washington Gas preferred
     stock                                             990               990
    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE TO COMMON
     STOCK)                                     $  114,885        $  114,647

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
      Basic                                         48,684            48,638
      Diluted                                       48,991            48,848

    EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE COMMON
     SHARE
      Basic                                     $     2.36        $     2.36
      Diluted                                   $     2.35        $     2.35






       Net Income (Loss) Applicable To Common Stock-By Segment ($000):
                                                      Nine Months Ended
                                                           June 30,
                                                    2005              2004
      Regulated utility                         $  103,390        $  105,799

      Non-utility operations:
       Retail energy-marketing                      13,929             6,059
       Commercial HVAC                              (1,288)           (2,334)
        Total major non-utility                     12,641             3,725
       Other, principally non-utility
        activities                                  (1,146)            5,123
    Total non-utility                               11,495             8,848
    NET INCOME (LOSS)                           $  114,885        $  114,647



                                                      Twelve Months Ended
                                                            June 30,
    (In thousands, except per share data)            2005              2004
    UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues                         $1,364,956        $1,248,254
      Less:  Cost of gas                           762,139           655,298
             Revenue taxes                          58,230            49,868
       Utility Net Revenues                        544,587           543,088

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operation and maintenance                    230,843           224,677
      Depreciation and amortization                 88,665            90,552
      General taxes                                 39,520            35,718
      Income tax expense (benefit)                  53,870            55,384
       Utility Other Operating Expenses            412,898           406,331
       Utility Operating Income (Loss)             131,689           136,757

    NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues
      Retail energy-marketing                      786,912           804,175
      Heating, ventilating and air
       conditioning (HVAC)                          34,183            30,418
      Other non-utility activities                   1,340             1,546
       Total Non-Utility Operating Revenues        822,435           836,139

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operating expenses                           801,485           831,676
      Income tax expense (benefit)                   8,084             2,665
       Total Non-Utility Operating Expenses        809,569           834,341
       Non-Utility Operating Income (Loss)          12,866             1,798
    TOTAL OPERATING INCOME                         144,555           138,555
    Other Income (Expenses) -- Net                  (3,673)            5,159
    INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE                 140,882           143,714
    Interest expense                                42,687            45,350
    Dividends on Washington Gas preferred
     stock                                           1,320             1,320
    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE TO COMMON
     STOCK)                                     $   96,875        $   97,044

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
      Basic                                         48,676            48,629
      Diluted                                       48,957            48,838

    EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE COMMON
     SHARE
      Basic                                     $     1.99        $     2.00
      Diluted                                   $     1.98        $     1.99






       Net Income (Loss) Applicable To Common Stock-By Segment ($000):
                                                      Twelve Months Ended
                                                            June 30,
                                                     2005              2004
      Regulated utility                         $   86,542        $   89,180

      Non-utility operations:
      Retail energy-marketing                       16,150             6,905
      Commercial HVAC                               (4,350)           (2,571)
       Total major non-utility                      11,800             4,334
      Other, principally non-utility
       activities                                   (1,467)            3,530
       Total non-utility                            10,333             7,864
    NET INCOME (LOSS)                           $   96,875        $   97,044



                               WGL Holdings, Inc.
                           Consolidated Balance Sheets
                             June 30, 2005 and 2004
                                   (Unaudited)

                                                            June 30,
    (In thousands)                                   2005              2004

    ASSETS
    Property, Plant and Equipment
      At original cost                          $2,733,740        $2,636,132
      Accumulated depreciation and
       amortization                               (796,647)         (736,723)
        Net property, plant and equipment        1,937,093         1,899,409

    Current Assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                     68,756           105,594
      Accounts receivable, net                     184,615           229,989
      Storage gas--at cost (first-in,
       first-out)                                  128,747           126,336
      Other                                         44,628            41,803
        Total current assets                       426,746           503,722
    Deferred Charges and Other Assets              133,471           142,702
        Total Assets                            $2,497,310        $2,545,833


    CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
    Capitalization
      Common shareholders' equity               $  922,462        $  887,974
      Washington Gas Light Company
       preferred stock                              28,173            28,173
      Long-term debt                               523,681           589,388
        Total capitalization                     1,474,316         1,505,535

    Current Liabilities
      Notes payable and current maturities
       of long-term debt                            76,787           122,658
      Accounts payable                             164,947           188,598
      Other                                        140,630           130,557
        Total current liabilities                  382,364           441,813
    Deferred Credits                               640,630           598,485
        Total Capitalization and Liabilities    $2,497,310        $2,545,833



                                WGL Holdings, Inc.
                 Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics
                     For Periods Ended June 30, 2005 and 2004
                                   (Unaudited)

    COMMON STOCK DATA
             June 30, 2005                          52 Week
             Closing Price                        Price Range

                 $33.64                         $33.96 - $26.91

             Earnings Per Share                        Annualized
         Twelve Months Ended June 30,         P/E       Dividend      Yield
              2005       2004

    Basic     $1.99      $2.00                16.9        $1.33        4.0%
    Diluted   $1.98      $1.99


    FINANCIAL STATISTICS
                                                    Twelve Months Ended
                                               June 30,             June 30,
                                                 2005                 2004

    Return on Average Common Equity              10.7%                11.2%
    Total Interest Coverage  (times)              4.7                  4.4
    Book Value Per Share  (end of
     period)                                   $18.94               $18.25
    Common Shares Outstanding-end of
     period  (thousands)                       48,696               48,648



    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                         June 30,
    (In thousands)                              2005                 2004

    Operating Revenues
     Gas Sold and Delivered
      Residential - Firm                    $ 118,468            $ 105,022
      Commercial and Industrial - Firm         38,527               34,371
      Commercial and Industrial -
       Interruptible                            1,973                1,384
      Electric Generation                         275                  275
                                              159,243              141,052
     Gas Delivered for Others
      Firm                                     22,331               25,217
      Interruptible                             7,162                6,593
      Electric Generation                         120                   65
                                               29,613               31,875
                                              188,856              172,927
      Other                                     8,773                7,909
       Total                                $ 197,629            $ 180,836

                                                    Three Months Ended
                                                         June 30,
    (In thousands of therms)                    2005                 2004

    Gas Sales and Deliveries
     Gas Sold and Delivered
      Residential - Firm                       74,660               69,776
      Commercial and Industrial - Firm         29,376               29,795
      Commercial and Industrial -
       Interruptible                            1,771                1,388
                                              105,807              100,959
     Gas Delivered for Others
      Firm                                     63,562               65,377
      Interruptible                            53,061               53,772
      Electric Generation                      16,370                9,823
                                              132,993              128,972
       Total                                  238,800              229,931

    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
    Natural Gas Sales
      Therm Sales (thousands of therms)       121,999              122,685

      Number of Customers (end of period)     149,100              154,700

    Electricity Sales
      Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs)   598,222            1,790,375

      Number of Accounts (end of period)       37,400               47,200

    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE
     (excluding off system)                     94.46c               83.14c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
      Actual                                      365                  301
      Normal                                      306                  303
      Percent Colder than Normal                 19.3%                (0.7)%

    Number of Active Customer Meters
     (end of period)                        1,010,272              986,936




    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
                                                     Nine Months Ended
                                                         June 30,
    (In thousands)                              2005                 2004

    Operating Revenues
     Gas Sold and Delivered
      Residential - Firm                  $   801,591          $   728,674
      Commercial and Industrial - Firm        251,958              221,093
      Commercial and Industrial -
       Interruptible                            7,059                6,283
      Electric Generation                         825                  692
                                            1,061,433              956,742
     Gas Delivered for Others
      Firm                                    124,884              133,473
      Interruptible                            30,695               27,884
      Electric Generation                         236                  215
                                              155,815              161,572
                                            1,217,248            1,118,314
      Other                                    24,558               26,484
       Total                              $ 1,241,806          $ 1,144,798

                                                   Nine Months Ended
                                                       June 30,
    (In thousands of therms)                    2005                 2004

    Gas Sales and Deliveries
     Gas Sold and Delivered
      Residential - Firm                      591,013              593,654
      Commercial and Industrial - Firm        202,095              204,703
      Commercial and Industrial -
       Interruptible                            6,340                6,362
                                              799,448              804,719
     Gas Delivered for Others
      Firm                                    395,947              418,188
      Interruptible                           230,501              221,056
      Electric Generation                      34,879               31,540
                                              661,327              670,784
       Total                                1,460,775            1,475,503

    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
    Natural Gas Sales
      Therm Sales (thousands of therms)       623,564              630,717

      Number of Customers (end of period)     149,100              154,700

    Electricity Sales
      Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs) 1,961,340            5,196,816

      Number of Accounts (end of period)       37,400               47,200

    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE
     (excluding off system)                     88.93c               75.51c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
      Actual                                    4,018                4,017
      Normal                                    3,782                3,775
      Percent Colder than Normal                  6.2%                 6.4%

     Number of Active Customer Meters
      (end of period)                       1,010,272              986,936




    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
                                                    Twelve Months Ended
                                                         June 30,
    (In thousands)                              2005                 2004

    Operating Revenues
     Gas Sold and Delivered
      Residential - Firm                   $  865,916           $  779,248
      Commercial and Industrial - Firm        276,107              238,003
      Commercial and Industrial -
       Interruptible                            8,354                8,064
      Electric Generation                       1,100                  967
                                            1,151,477            1,026,282
     Gas Delivered for Others
      Firm                                    141,959              151,074
      Interruptible                            36,884               33,104
      Electric Generation                         299                  321
                                              179,142              184,499
                                            1,330,619            1,210,781
      Other                                    34,337               37,473
       Total                               $1,364,956           $1,248,254

                                                  Twelve Months Ended
                                                       June 30,
    (In thousands of therms)                    2005                 2004

    Gas Sales and Deliveries
     Gas Sold and Delivered
      Residential - Firm                      627,087              622,745
      Commercial and Industrial - Firm        223,799              221,184
      Commercial and Industrial -
       Interruptible                            7,604                8,299
                                              858,490              852,228
     Gas Delivered for Others
      Firm                                    432,308              460,431
      Interruptible                           277,928              263,127
      Electric Generation                      44,391               46,626
                                              754,627              770,184
       Total                                1,613,117            1,622,412

    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
    Natural Gas Sales
      Therm Sales (thousands of therms)       709,424              715,709

      Number of Customers (end of period)     149,100              154,700

    Electricity Sales
      Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs) 3,423,450            7,294,691

      Number of Accounts (end of period)       37,400               47,200

    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE
     (excluding off system)                    88.65c                75.24c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
      Actual                                   4,025                 4,030
      Normal                                   3,799                 3,792
      Percent Colder than Normal                 5.9%                  6.3%

    Number of Active Customer Meters
    (end of period)                        1,010,272               986,936



                      WGL HOLDINGS, INC. (CONSOLIDATED)
        RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED GAAP EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE AND
                      ADJUSTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
                                 (Unaudited)

                                August 1, 2005

The reconciliation below is provided to demonstrate management's utilization of historical earnings (loss) per share, as derived in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), and adjusted earnings (loss) per share from normal operations, a non- GAAP measure. This reconciliation is provided to more clearly identify the results from normal operations for WGL Holdings, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries (the Company), and identify certain unique transactions that are not expected to repeat. This information should assist investors and analysts to track progress towards achieving the Company's five-year financial objectives, which are based on normal weather and uninfluenced by single, one- time, non-repeating transactions.

Utilization of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is the practice of the Company to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather. Actual performance and results may vary from normal weather projections, and the Company consistently identifies and explains this variation to assist users in the analysis of actual results versus the guidance. There may be other uses for the data, and the Company does not imply that this is the only use or the best use of this data for purposes of this analysis.

WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
         Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
          Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
                       Fiscal Year 2005 By Quarter (1)



                                          Fiscal Year 2005 Results
                                               Quarter Ended
                                                                      Year-To-
                               Dec. 31   Mar. 31   Jun. 30   Sept. 30   Date
    GAAP diluted earnings
     (loss) per share           $0.88     $1.63    $(0.17)             $2.35
    Adjustments for:
    Colder-than-normal
     weather                    -         (0.10)       -               (0.10)
    Adjusted diluted earnings
     (loss) per share from
     normal operations          $0.88     $1.53    $(0.17)             $2.25



                      WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
         Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
          Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
                       Fiscal Year 2004 By Quarter (1)



                                          Fiscal Year 2004 Results
                                               Quarter Ended
                                                                      Year-To-
                               Dec. 31   Mar. 31   Jun. 30   Sept. 30   Date
    GAAP diluted earnings
     (loss) per share           $0.81     $1.62    $(0.08)             $2.35
    Adjustments
     for:
    Colder-than-normal weather      -     (0.20)         -             (0.20)
    Retroactive depreciation
     related to the period from
     from 1/02-11/02, per
     Virginia rate order         0.04          -         -              0.04
    Net gain on the sale
     of real estate                 -     (0.12)         -             (0.12)
    Adjusted diluted earnings
     (loss)per share from
     normal operations          $0.85     $1.30    $(0.08)             $2.07


     (1) Quarterly earnings (loss) per share may not sum to year-to-date or
         annual earnings (loss) per share as quarterly calculations are based
         on weighted average common shares outstanding which may vary for each
         of those periods.



                WGL HOLDINGS, INC. (REGULATED UTILITY SEGMENT)
        RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED GAAP EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE AND
                      ADJUSTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
                                 (Unaudited)

                                August 1, 2005

The reconciliation below is provided to demonstrate management's utilization of historical earnings (loss) per share, as derived in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), and adjusted earnings (loss) per share from normal operations, a non- GAAP measure. This reconciliation is provided to more clearly identify the results from normal operations for the Company's regulated utility segment, and identify certain unique transactions that are not expected to repeat. This information should assist investors and analysts to track progress towards achieving the Company's five-year financial objectives, which are based on normal weather and uninfluenced by single, one-time, non-repeating transactions.

Utilization of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is the practice of the Company to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather. Actual performance and results may vary from normal weather projections, and the Company consistently identifies and explains this variation to assist users in the analysis of actual results versus the guidance. There may be other uses for the data, and the Company does not imply that this is the only use or the best use of this data for purposes of this analysis.

WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
         Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
          Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
                       Fiscal Year 2005 By Quarter (1)

                                         Fiscal Year 2005 Results
                                              Quarter Ended
                                                                      Year-To-
                               Dec. 31   Mar. 31   Jun. 30   Sept. 30   Date
    GAAP diluted earnings
     (loss)per share            $0.81    $1.52     $(0.23)              $2.11
    Adjustments for:
    Colder-than-normal
     weather                    -       (0.10)          -               (0.10)
    Adjusted diluted earnings
     (loss)per share from
      normal operations         $0.81    $1.42     $(0.23)              $2.01



                WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
         Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
          Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
                       Fiscal Year 2004 By Quarter (1)

                                          Fiscal Year 2004 Results
                                               Quarter Ended
                                                                      Year-To-
                               Dec. 31   Mar. 31   Jun. 30   Sept. 30   Date
    GAAP diluted earnings
     (loss) per share           $0.71    $1.54     $(0.09)              $2.17
    Adjustments
     for:
    Colder-than-normal weather  -        (0.20)          -              (0.20)
    Retroactive depreciation
     related to the period
     from 1/02-11/02, per
     Virginia rate order         0.04    -               -               0.04
    Adjusted diluted earnings
     (loss)per share from
      normal operations         $0.75    $1.34     $(0.09)              $2.01

(1) Quarterly earnings (loss) per share may not sum to year-to-date or annual

earnings (loss) per share as quarterly calculations are based on weighted

average common shares outstanding which may vary for each of those

periods.

SOURCE WGL Holdings, Inc.

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