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WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Fiscal Year 2006 Earnings and Issues Fiscal Year 2007 Earnings Guidance

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported net income of $86.0 million, or $1.76 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006. This compares to net income of $103.5 million, or $2.11 per share, reported for fiscal year 2005. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006, we reported a seasonal net loss of $13.4 million, or $0.28 per share, as compared to a net loss of $11.4 million, or $0.23 per share, reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2005. Reporting a net loss for quarters ended September 30 is typical due to the seasonal nature of our utility operations and the corresponding reduced demand for natural gas during this period. 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.

On September 29, 2006, we sold all of the outstanding shares of common stock of American Combustion Industries, Inc. (ACI), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings that was previously reported as part of our commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) business segment. ACI is reported as a discontinued operation of WGL Holdings and, accordingly, its operating results, financial position and cash flows have been presented separately from our continuing operations in the consolidated financial statements of WGL Holdings for all current and prior periods presented. Consolidated operating results for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2006 include after-tax losses from discontinued operations totaling $4.6 million, or $0.10 per share, and $7.1 million, or $0.14 per share, respectively, representing the combination of ACI's net losses from operations and an after-tax loss of $3.6 million, or $0.07 per share, that resulted from the ACI sale.

We reported consolidated net income from continuing operations of $93.1 million, or $1.90 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, as compared to net income from continuing operations of $106.1 million, or $2.16 per share, reported for fiscal year 2005. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006, we reported a consolidated net loss from continuing operations of $8.8 million, or $0.18 per share, an improvement of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, over the net loss from continuing operations of $10.4 million, or $0.21 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005.

Commenting on operating results for fiscal year 2006, WGL Holdings' Chairman and CEO James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr. said, "In a year characterized by increased customer conservation and rising operations and maintenance costs, we have continued to look for and seize opportunities to build on our strong utility business and our successful retail energy businesses. With the disposition of ACI, our emphasis on improving utility operations, the filing of a rate case in Virginia and profitable expansion in retail electricity markets, WGL Holdings is positioning itself for sustainable success."

Results from Normal Operations

We evaluate our financial performance based on our results from normal operations, which reflect normal weather, and are not influenced by unique transactions and discontinued operations. Excluding the effects of weather, unique transactions and discontinued operations, our consolidated earnings from normal operations for fiscal year 2006 were $1.87 per share as compared to earnings from normal operations of $2.03 per share reported for the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year decrease in earnings from normal operations was primarily attributable to lower earnings from our retail energy-marketing business. Our consolidated net loss from normal operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006 was $0.18 per share as compared to a net loss of $0.24 per share reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2005. The improved results from normal operations were driven by our regulated utility segment.

Earnings from normal operations for fiscal years 2006 and 2005 exclude the effect of variations from normal weather. Our weather protection strategy for Washington Gas for fiscal year 2006 was designed to provide full protection from the negative financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather, while preserving any possible benefit from colder-than-normal weather. For fiscal year 2006, net income was enhanced in relation to normal weather by an estimated $2.5 million (after-tax), or $0.05 per share, even though weather was 2.5 percent warmer than normal for the current fiscal year. This enhancement was driven primarily from the colder-than-normal weather experienced during the first quarter of fiscal year 2006. The effects on net income of weather and our related weather protection products for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006 are discussed later in this news release. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005, weather, when measured by heating degree days, was 5.9 percent colder than normal, contributing an estimated $5 million (after-tax), or $0.10 per share, to net income for that fiscal year.

Earnings from normal operations for fiscal year 2006 also exclude the effect of certain unique transactions related to our regulated utility and energy-marketing segments. Excluded in fiscal year 2006 is a charge of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded by the regulated utility segment in the current fiscal year related to a proposed order from a Hearing Examiner, which we are currently appealing to the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC of MD), that recommends the disallowance of certain natural gas costs incurred by Washington Gas and collected from customers in a prior fiscal year. Also excluded to derive earnings from normal operations is income recognized by the energy-marketing segment from its reversal in the current fiscal year of $3.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, related to fees that were previously assessed by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC of DC) and accrued in prior fiscal years. The reversal of these expenses stemmed from a favorable court decision in the current fiscal year resulting from our appeal of these fees.

Earnings from normal operations for both the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2005 exclude the effects of the following unique transactions recorded during the fourth quarter of that fiscal year: (i) a favorable tax adjustment related to the regulated utility segment of $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share and (ii) a charge of $912,000, or $0.02 per share, that resulted principally from the resolution of a legal contingency allocated to the remaining portion of our commercial HVAC business.

Reconciliations of WGL Holdings' and the 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 included with this news release.

GAAP Results from Operations - Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2006

The remainder of the discussion in this news release focuses on operating results derived by each of our three business segments in accordance with GAAP. An analysis of net income (loss) applicable to common stock by segment is included with this news release.

Regulated Utility Segment

Our regulated utility segment reported net income of $83.7 million, or $1.71 per share, for fiscal year 2006, as compared to net income of $87.5 million, or $1.79 per share, for the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year decrease in net income reflects a decline in total natural gas deliveries to firm customers associated with customer conservation. Although natural gas deliveries also declined from the effect of warmer weather, the earnings effect of warmer-than-normal weather experienced in fiscal year 2006 was neutralized by the application of a regulatory mechanism in Maryland and other weather protection strategies implemented in Virginia and the District of Columbia, as discussed below. Favorably affecting earnings for fiscal year 2006 when compared to the prior fiscal year were: (i) the addition of approximately 19,800 active customer meters since the end of the prior fiscal year; (ii) increased earnings from carrying costs on a higher average balance of storage gas inventory that was the result of both higher natural gas prices and volumes; (iii) favorable adjustments related to the annual reconciliation of lost-and-unaccounted-for gas and (iv) favorable customer billing adjustments.

Our various weather protection strategies, coupled with the timing of heating degree days during the current fiscal year, resulted in weather having a favorable effect on net income in relation to normal weather. Prior to October 1, 2005, we managed weather risk with a weather insurance policy designed to protect against 50 percent of the effects of warmer-than-normal weather. That policy expired on September 30, 2005. Commencing in fiscal year 2006, our weather risk management strategy varied by jurisdiction: (i) in Maryland, we implemented a Revenue Normalization Adjustment (RNA) billing mechanism on October 1, 2005; (ii) in the District of Columbia, we purchased a new weather insurance policy that became effective on October 1, 2005 and (iii) in Virginia, we purchased a weather derivative that became effective on December 18, 2005 and expired on May 31, 2006.

In Maryland, the RNA is designed to stabilize the level of revenues collected from customers by eliminating the effect of deviations in normal customer usage caused by weather and other factors, such as customer conservation. Deliveries to Maryland customers represent approximately 40 percent of therms delivered by Washington Gas.

In the District of Columbia and Virginia, both the weather insurance and the weather derivative were designed to provide us with full protection from the negative financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather. With these products, we retain the benefits from colder-than-normal weather. In the current fiscal year, the regulated utility segment benefited $8.9 million (pre-tax), or $0.11 per share, from weather protection products in relation to the prior fiscal year. This enhancement to earnings in the current fiscal year is reflected in "Operation and maintenance" expense, as discussed below, and includes the estimated benefits of the insurance and the derivative, and the related expenses of these products.

Earnings of the regulated utility segment for the current fiscal year reflect a $3.8 million (pre-tax), or $0.05 per share, increase in operation and maintenance expense, after excluding the benefits of $8.9 million (pre- tax), or $0.11 per share, realized in the current fiscal year from the weather protection products, as discussed above. Principally contributing to the increased expenses were higher costs associated with information technology projects and higher expenses for uncollectible accounts. Results from the regulated utility segment also reflect higher depreciation and amortization expense and increased interest expense.

Current year earnings of the regulated utility segment were unfavorably affected by a charge of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded in "Utility cost of gas" for fiscal year 2006 related to a proposed regulatory order to disallow certain natural gas costs incurred by Washington Gas and billed to Maryland customers. On a comparative basis, the regulated utility segment benefited in fiscal year 2005 from a favorable income tax adjustment of $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share.

Retail Energy-Marketing Segment

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $12.6 million, or $0.26 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, as compared to net income of $22.3 million, or $0.45 per share, reported for the prior fiscal year. The $9.7 million, or $0.19 per share, year-over-year decline in earnings for this business primarily reflects lower gross margins (revenues less costs of energy) from the sale of natural gas, partially offset by increased gross margins from the sale of electricity and the reversal of expenses in the current fiscal year of $3.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, related to certain fees assessed by the PSC of DC that were accrued in prior fiscal years.

Lower gross margins from natural gas sales were affected by mark-to-market losses and the cost of weather hedges in fiscal year 2006, as compared to mark-to-market gains recognized in the prior fiscal year. Market valuation losses or gains are recorded principally in connection with derivative contracts that are used to mitigate the risk of volatility in the market price of natural gas. The year-over-year net change in the valuation of these instruments decreased net income by $6.8 million (after-tax), or $0.14 per share. The decrease in gross margins from natural gas sales also reflects benefits in fiscal year 2005 of $2.0 million (after-tax), or $0.04 per share, from reduced expenses related to the termination of two natural gas supply contracts, and $1.2 million (after-tax), or $0.02 per share, from the recording of gross margin adjustments for certain contracts.

Gross margins from electric sales increased significantly during the current fiscal year, reflecting a dramatic rise in the gross margin per kilowatt hour sold, partially offset by a 10 percent decline in electric sales volumes. Electric customers grew 75 percent in fiscal year 2006 when compared to the end of the prior fiscal year. This customer growth was principally the result of new competitive opportunities that emerged near the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2006 due to sharp increases in competing rates offered by electric utilities in Maryland and Delaware.

Commercial HVAC Segment

Our commercial HVAC segment, excluding the effects of discontinued operations, reported net income of $450,000, or $0.01 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, an improvement over last year's reported net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.03 per share.

GAAP Results from Operations - Quarter Ended September 30, 2006

Regulated Utility Segment

For the three months ended September 30, 2006, our regulated utility segment reported a seasonal net loss of $13.9 million, or $0.28 per share, a slight improvement over the net loss of $15.9 million, or $0.33 per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year improvement in operating results was principally attributable to increased net revenues (revenues less cost of gas and revenue taxes) due to: (i) favorable adjustments related to the annual reconciliation of lost-and-unaccounted-for gas; (ii) favorable customer billing adjustments; (iii) the addition of approximately 19,800 active customer meters since the end of the same quarter of the prior year and (iv) increased earnings from carrying costs on a higher average balance of storage gas inventory. Fourth quarter 2006 also benefited by $2.7 million (pre-tax), or $0.03 per share, from lower operation and maintenance expense primarily due to lower expenses for uncollectible accounts and lower costs associated with information technology projects. On a comparative basis, the regulated utility's operating results for the 2005 fourth quarter benefited by a $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share, income tax adjustment. Weather had a negligible effect on operating results for both quarters ended September 30, 2006 and 2005.

Retail Energy-Marketing Segment

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $7.7 million, or $0.16 per share, for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2006, compared to net income of $8.4 million, or $0.17 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. The year-over-year decline in earnings for this segment reflects lower gross margins from the sale of natural gas, offset by higher gross margins from the sale of electricity.

Lower gross margins from the sale of natural gas stemmed, in part, from the net change in the market valuation of derivative contracts used to mitigate the risk of volatility in the market price of natural gas which reduced net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006 by $3.6 million (after-tax), or $0.07 per share, relative to the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. The year-over-year decrease in gross margins from natural gas sales also reflects benefits in fiscal year 2005 of $2.0 million (after-tax), or $0.04 per share, from reduced expenses related to the termination of two natural gas supply contracts, and $2.7 million (after-tax), or $0.05 per share, from the recording of gross margin adjustments for certain contracts. More than offsetting these declines were: (i) wider spreads on fixed-priced sales contracts, reflecting lower natural gas costs in relation to the sales prices associated with these contracts and (ii) increased gross margins from electric sales, reflecting increases in both electric sales volumes and the gross margin per kilowatt hour sold as a result of new competitive opportunities that emerged in the current period.

Commercial HVAC Segment

Our commercial HVAC segment, excluding the effects of discontinued operations, reported net income of $126,000 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006, as compared to a net loss of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005.

Earnings Outlook

We are providing a consolidated earnings estimate for the full fiscal year 2007 in a range of $1.81 per share to $1.91 per share. This estimate includes projected full fiscal year 2007 earnings from our regulated utility segment in a range of $1.55 per share to $1.61 per share, and projected full fiscal year 2007 earnings from continuing operations related to our unregulated business segments in a range of $0.26 per share to $0.30 per share. The annual guidance for the consolidated entity includes an estimate of earnings for the first quarter ending December 31, 2006 in the range of $0.86 per share to $0.92 per share. This estimate reflects projected earnings from our regulated utility segment in a range of $0.77 per share to $0.81 per share, and projected earnings related to our unregulated business segments in a range of $0.09 per share to $0.11 per share. The annual guidance includes an estimated increase in revenues in Virginia in connection with a pending rate case, coupled with an adjustment of $0.06 per share of lower depreciation expense for the retroactive implementation in the first quarter ending December 31, 2006 of a depreciation study submitted to the State Corporation Commission of Virginia (SCC of VA). Both the increase in rates and the depreciation adjustment are subject to a final determination by the SCC of VA. The guidance also assumes no effect of unusual items that could arise in the future, and no future gains or losses related to discontinued operations. This guidance includes the forecasted results of continuing operations only, and assumes normal weather throughout the guidance period. We assume no obligation to update this guidance. The absence of any statement by us in the future should not be presumed to represent an affirmation of this earnings guidance.

Other Information

We will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on November 8, 2006, to discuss our fiscal year 2006 financial results and our strategy and outlook for fiscal year 2007. The live conference call will be available to the public via a link located on the WGL Holdings Web site, http://www.wglholdings.com. Slides providing details of our results of operations will be posted to the Web site. To hear the live webcast, click on the "Live Webcast" link located on the home page of the referenced site. The webcast and related slides will be archived on the WGL Holdings Web site through December 8, 2006.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings is the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company, a natural gas utility that serves over one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region. In addition, we hold 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 our Web site, http://www.wglholdings.com.

Note: This news release and other statements by us 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 we believe such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we cannot give assurance that every objective will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of today, and we assume no duty to update them.

As previously disclosed in our 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 and the extent to which they are allowed to be recovered from customers through the regulatory process in connection with constructing, operating and maintaining Washington Gas' natural gas distribution system; the ability to implement successful approaches to modify the current or future composition of gas delivered to customers or to remediate the effects of the current or future composition of gas delivered to customers, as a result of the introduction of gas from the Dominion Cove Point facility to Washington Gas' natural gas distribution system; the ability to recover the costs of implementing steps to accommodate delivery of natural gas to customers as a result of the receipt of gas from the Cove Point facility; variations in weather conditions from normal levels; the availability of natural gas supply and interstate pipeline transportation and storage capacity; the ability of natural gas producers, pipeline gatherers, and natural gas processors to deliver natural gas into interstate pipelines for delivery by those interstate pipelines to the entrance points of Washington Gas' natural gas distribution system as a result of factors beyond our control; 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 to our products and services; changes in accounting principles; acts of God and terrorist activities; and other uncertainties. The outcome of negotiations and discussions we 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 our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, our 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 included are reconciliations of WGL Holdings' and the regulated utility segment's earnings (loss) per share reported in accordance with GAAP to earnings (loss) per share from normal operations, as well as a reconciliation of WGL Holdings' GAAP net income to free cash flow.


                              WGL Holdings, Inc.
                      Consolidated Statements of Income
                For Periods Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005
                                 (Unaudited)

                                   Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
                                     September 30,         September 30,
    (In thousands, except per
     share data)                       2006      2005        2006        2005

    OPERATING REVENUES
      Utility                      $131,922  $137,584  $1,622,510  $1,379,390
      Non-utility                   190,531   140,901   1,014,215     783,953
         Total Operating Revenues   322,453   278,485   2,636,725   2,163,343

    OPERATING EXPENSES
      Utility cost of gas            44,318    60,152   1,016,669     772,898
      Non-utility cost of energy-
       related sales                171,004   120,242     971,560     713,522
      Operation and maintenance      64,080    66,799     258,022     262,575
      Depreciation and amortization  23,531    23,655      93,055      90,135
      General taxes and other
       assessments                   18,479    17,846      96,187     113,048
         Total Operating Expenses   321,412   288,694   2,435,493   1,952,178

    OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)           1,041   (10,209)    201,232     211,165
    Other Income (Expenses)-- Net       525     1,412       3,241       2,291
    Interest Expense
      Interest on long-term debt     10,048    10,110      40,634      41,049
      Other - net                     1,944       748       7,670       2,254
         Total Interest Expense      11,992    10,858      48,304      43,303
    Dividends on Washington Gas
     preferred stock                    330       330       1,320       1,320
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME
     TAXES                          (10,756)  (19,985)    154,849     168,833
    INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)     (1,965)   (9,584)     61,718      62,761

    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS                      (8,791)  (10,401)     93,131     106,072
    Loss from discontinued
     operations, net of income tax
     benefit                         (4,639)     (991)     (7,116)     (2,579)

    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE
     TO COMMON STOCK)              $(13,430) $(11,392)    $86,015    $103,493

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES
     OUTSTANDING
      Basic                          48,817    48,700      48,773      48,688
      Diluted                        48,817    48,700      48,905      49,008

    EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE
     COMMON SHARE
      Basic
        Income (loss) from
         continuing operations       $(0.18)   $(0.21)      $1.91       $2.18
        Loss from discontinued
         operations                   (0.10)    (0.02)      (0.15)      (0.05)
          Basic earnings (loss) per
           average common share      $(0.28)   $(0.23)      $1.76       $2.13
      Diluted
        Income (loss) from
         continuing operations       $(0.18)   $(0.21)      $1.90       $2.16
        Loss from discontinued
         operations                   (0.10)    (0.02)      (0.14)      (0.05)
          Diluted earnings (loss)
           per average common share  $(0.28)   $(0.23)      $1.76       $2.11



         Net Income (Loss) Applicable To Common Stock -- By Segment ($000):

    Regulated utility                   $(13,864) $(15,898) $83,735   $87,492

    Non-utility operations:
      Retail energy-marketing              7,665     8,365   12,616    22,294
      Commercial HVAC                        126    (1,614)     450    (1,314)
        Total major non-utility            7,791     6,751   13,066    20,980
      Other, principally non-utility
       activities                         (2,718)   (1,254)  (3,670)   (2,400)
        Total non-utility                  5,073     5,497    9,396    18,580
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS                           (8,791)  (10,401)  93,131   106,072
    Loss from discontinued operations,
     net of income tax benefit            (4,639)     (991)  (7,116)   (2,579)
    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE TO
     COMMON STOCK)                      $(13,430) $(11,392) $86,015  $103,493



                              WGL Holdings, Inc.
                         Consolidated Balance Sheets
                         September 30, 2006 and 2005
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                        September 30,
    (In thousands)                                 2006              2005

    ASSETS
    Property, Plant and Equipment
      At original cost                          $2,949,951        $2,779,878
      Accumulated depreciation and
       amortization                               (882,056)         (810,862)
         Net property, plant and equipment       2,067,895         1,969,016

    Current Assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                      4,350             4,842
      Accounts receivable, net                     197,933           161,037
      Storage gas -- at cost (first-in,
       first-out)                                  296,061           252,925
      Other                                         62,979            52,958
      Current assets of discontinued
       operations                                        -             9,679
         Total current assets                      561,323           481,441
    Deferred Charges and Other Assets
      Deferred charges and other assets            161,489           149,957
      Other assets of discontinued
       operations                                        -               667
         Total deferred charges and other
          assets                                   161,489           150,624
         Total Assets                           $2,790,707        $2,601,081


    CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
    Capitalization
      Common shareholders' equity                 $920,244          $893,992
      Washington Gas Light Company preferred
       stock                                        28,173            28,173
      Long-term debt                               576,139           584,150
         Total capitalization                    1,524,556         1,506,315

    Current Liabilities
      Notes payable and current maturities
       of long-term debt                           238,370            90,998
      Accounts payable and other accrued
       liabilities                                 208,501           203,315
      Other                                        113,971           114,404
      Current liabilities of discontinued
       operations                                        -             3,210
         Total current liabilities                 560,842           411,927
    Deferred Credits
      Deferred credits                             705,309           682,440
      Other liabilities of discontinued
       operations                                        -               399
         Total deferred credits                    705,309           682,839
         Total Capitalization and Liabilities   $2,790,707        $2,601,081



                                WGL Holdings, Inc.
                 Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics
                  For Periods Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005
                                   (Unaudited)

    COMMON STOCK DATA
                             September 30, 2006         52 Week
                               Closing Price          Price Range

                                    $31.34          $32.88-$27.04

                                Earnings Per Share
                               Twelve Months Ended            Annualized
                                  September 30,          P/E  Dividend  Yield
                             2006               2005

                                                         17.8   $1.35    4.3%
    Basic
      Income from continuing
       operations             $1.91              $2.18
      Loss from discontinued
       operations             (0.15)             (0.05)
        Basic earnings per
         average share        $1.76              $2.13

    Diluted
      Income from continuing
       operations             $1.90              $2.16
      Loss from discontinued
       operations             (0.14)             (0.05)
        Diluted earnings per
         average share        $1.76              $2.11



    FINANCIAL STATISTICS
                                                 Twelve Months Ended
                                           September 30,     September 30,
                                                2006              2005

    Return on Average Common Equity                   9.5 %            11.8 %
    Total Interest Coverage  (times) (1)              4.1               4.8
    Book Value Per Share  (end of period)          $18.83            $18.38
    Common Shares Outstanding-end of
     period  (thousands)                           48,878            48,704
    (1) Calculated using income from continuing operations.


    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
                                  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
                                     September 30,         September 30,
    (In thousands)                 2006       2005       2006       2005

    Operating Revenues
      Gas Sold and Delivered

        Residential - Firm        $71,587    $71,714  $1,049,655    $873,305
        Commercial and
         Industrial - Firm         24,224     29,122     338,288     281,080
        Commercial and
         Industrial -
         Interruptible              1,441      1,765       8,190       8,824
        Electric Generation           275        275       1,232       1,100

                                   97,527    102,876   1,397,365   1,164,309
    Gas Delivered for Others
        Firm                       16,918     15,890     135,988     140,774
        Interruptible               7,569      6,422      42,286      37,117
        Electric Generation            80        292         287         528
                                   24,567     22,604     178,561     178,419
                                  122,094    125,480   1,575,926   1,342,728
        Other                       9,828     12,104      46,584      36,662
          Total                  $131,922   $137,584  $1,622,510  $1,379,390

                                    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
                                      September 30,         September 30,
    (In thousands of therms)         2006       2005       2006       2005

    Gas Sales and Deliveries
      Gas Sold and Delivered
        Residential - Firm         41,306     34,238     593,594     625,251
        Commercial and
         Industrial - Firm         20,826     20,492     213,997     222,587
        Commercial and
         Industrial -
         Interruptible              1,404      1,469       6,185       7,809
                                   63,536     56,199     813,776     855,647
      Gas Delivered for Others
        Firm                       45,320     38,152     403,812     434,099
        Interruptible              43,939     49,423     251,003     279,924
        Electric Generation        60,540     38,995     108,315      73,874
                                  149,799    126,570     763,130     787,897
          Total                   213,335    182,769   1,576,906   1,643,544



    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
      Natural Gas Sales
        Therm Sales
         (thousands of therms)     81,156     90,112     696,694     713,676

        Number of Customers
         (end of period)          142,700    144,800     142,700     144,800

    Electricity Sales
        Electricity Sales
         (thousands of kWhs)    1,022,247    719,129   2,412,407   2,680,469

        Number of Accounts
         (end of period)           63,300     36,200      63,300      36,200



    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED
     EXPENSE (excluding off
      system)                       75.08 c   105.60 c    124.56 c     90.25 c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
      Actual                           22          5       3,710       4,023
      Normal                           16         16       3,807       3,798
     Percent Colder (Warmer)
      than Normal                    37.5 %    (68.8)%      (2.5)%       5.9 %

     Number of Active Customer
      Meters (end of period)    1,031,916  1,012,105   1,031,916   1,012,105



                WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
                For Periods Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005
                                 (Unaudited)


                             Statements of Income

                                   Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
                                     September 30,         September 30,
    (In thousands, except per
     share data)                    2006       2005      2006         2005

    Operating Revenues             $133,929  $145,983  $1,637,491  $1,402,905
    Operating Expenses:
      Cost of gas                    46,325    68,551   1,031,650     796,413
      Operation                      46,593    49,457     198,044     201,633
      Maintenance                    10,469    10,326      38,423      39,949
      Depreciation and amortization  23,445    23,582      92,712      89,859
      General taxes and other
       assessments
        Revenue taxes                 9,243     7,366      55,964      58,170
        Other                         8,864     8,835      40,726      40,478
          Total operating expenses  144,939   168,117   1,457,519   1,226,502

    Operating income (loss)         (11,010)  (22,134)    179,972     176,403

    Other income (expenses) - net       461       580       1,950       1,159
    Interest expense                 10,914    10,331      44,026      41,600
    Dividends on Washington Gas
     preferred stock                    330       330       1,320       1,320
    Income tax expense (benefit)     (7,929)  (16,317)     52,841      47,150
             Net income (loss)     $(13,864) $(15,898)    $83,735     $87,492


                         Utility Net Revenues ($000) (1)

    Operating revenues             $133,929  $145,983  $1,637,491  $1,402,905
    Less:  Cost of gas               46,325    68,551   1,031,650     796,413
           Revenue taxes              9,243     7,366      55,964      58,170
       Utility net revenues         $78,361   $70,066    $549,877    $548,322

    (1)  We analyze the operating results of our regulated utility segment
         based on utility net revenues.  Washington Gas Light Company includes
         the cost of the natural gas commodity and revenue taxes (comprised
         principally of gross receipts taxes) in its rates charged to
         customers as reflected in operating revenues. Accordingly, changes in
         the cost of gas and revenue taxes associated with sales made to
         customers have no direct effect on the net revenues or net income of
         the regulated utility segment.



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

                               November 7, 2006

The reconciliation below is provided to demonstrate our 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, and identify certain unique transactions that are not expected to repeat. This information should assist investors and analysts to track progress towards achieving our five-year financial objectives, which are based on normal weather and uninfluenced by: (i) single, one-time, non-repeating transactions and (ii) our discontinued operations.

Utilization of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is our practice to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather. Actual performance and results may vary from normal weather projections and we consistently identify and explain this variation to assist users in the analysis of actual results versus the guidance. There may be other uses for the data, and we do 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 Per Share to
              Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Normal Operations
                Fiscal Years Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005


                                                         Fiscal Year Ended
                                                           September 30,
                                                      2006              2005
    GAAP diluted earnings per share                  $1.76             $2.11
    Less: (Loss) from discontinued operations - net  (0.14)            (0.05)
    GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing
     operations                                       1.90              2.16
    Adjustments for:
    Colder-than-normal weather                       (0.05)            (0.10)
    Reserve for disallowance of natural gas costs     0.06               -
    Energy-marketing reversal of fee expense         (0.04)              -
    Income tax adjustment                              -               (0.05)
    Impairment of commercial HVAC intangible asset     -                0.02
    Adjusted diluted earnings per share from normal
     operations                                      $1.87             $2.03



                      WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
         Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
          Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
                      Fiscal Year 2006 By Quarter (1)(2)


                                                Fiscal Year 2006 Results
                                                     Quarter Ended
                                                                         Year-
                                                                          To-
                                        Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30 Sept. 30 Date
    GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per
     share                                $0.91  $1.16  $(0.04) $(0.28) $1.76
    Less: (Loss) from discontinued
     operations - net                     (0.02) (0.01)  (0.03)  (0.10) (0.14)
    GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per
     share from continuing operations      0.93   1.17   (0.01)  (0.18)  1.90
    Adjustments for:
    Warmer (colder) than normal weather   (0.07)  0.02     -       -    (0.05)
    Reserve for disallowance of natural
     gas costs                              -     0.06     -       -     0.06
    Energy-marketing reversal of fee
     expense                                -    (0.04)    -       -    (0.04)
    Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per
     share from normal operations         $0.86  $1.21  $(0.01) $(0.18) $1.87


                      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)(2)



                                               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) $(0.23) $2.11
    Less: (Loss) from discontinued
     operations - net                     (0.01) (0.01)  (0.02)  (0.02) (0.05)
    GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per
     share from continuing operations      0.89   1.64   (0.15)  (0.21)  2.16
    Adjustments for:
    Colder than normal weather              -    (0.10)    -       -    (0.10)
    Income tax adjustment                   -      -       -     (0.05) (0.05)
    Impairment of commercial HVAC
     intangible asset                       -      -       -      0.02   0.02
    Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per
     share from normal operations         $0.89  $1.54  $(0.15) $(0.24) $2.03


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

  (2)  On September 29, 2006, we sold all of the outstanding shares of common
       stock of a portion of our commercial heating, ventilation and air
       conditioning business segment.  The operating results of the
       discontinued operation, along with the after-tax loss from the sale of
       this operation have been presented separately from the operating
       results of our continuing operations for all current and prior periods
       presented.



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


                               November 7, 2006

The reconciliation below is provided to demonstrate our 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 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 our 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 our practice to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather. Actual performance and results may vary from normal weather projections, and we consistently identify and explain this variation to assist users in the analysis of actual results versus the guidance. There may be other uses for the data, and we do 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 Per Share to
              Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Normal Operations
                Fiscal Years Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005


                                               Fiscal Year Ended September 30,
                                                      2006              2005

    GAAP diluted earnings per share                  $1.71             $1.79
    Adjustments for:
    Colder-than-normal weather                       (0.05)            (0.10)
    Reserve for disallowance of natural gas costs     0.06               -
    Income tax adjustment                              -               (0.05)
    Adjusted diluted earnings per share from
     normal operations                               $1.72             $1.64



                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 2006 By Quarter (1)


                                           Fiscal Year 2006 Results
                                                 Quarter Ended
                                                                        Year-
                                                                          To-
                                        Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30 Sept. 30 Date
    GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per
     share                                $0.92  $1.22  $(0.14) $(0.28) $1.71
    Adjustments for:
    Warmer (colder) than normal weather   (0.07)  0.02     -       -    (0.05)
    Reserve for disallowance of natural
     gas costs                              -     0.06     -       -     0.06
    Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per
     share from normal operations         $0.85  $1.30  $(0.14) $(0.28) $1.72



                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) $(0.33) $1.79
    Adjustments for:
    Colder-than-normal weather              -    (0.10)    -       -    (0.10)
    Income tax adjustment                                        (0.05) (0.05)
    Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per
     share from normal operations         $0.81  $1.42  $(0.23) $(0.38) $1.64


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



                RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO FREE CASH FLOW
                                 (Unaudited)

                               November 7, 2006

The analysis below provides information we use to evaluate free cash flow, a measure that we define but that is not derived in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP). We utilize this data to determine our ability to generate sufficient cash from internal operations to finance long-term investments, most notably capital expenditures. The assumption for this analysis is that changes in working capital and changes in cash from other assets and other liabilities have no effect on free cash flow because they net to zero when combined over a period of several years. This liquidity measure, Free Cash Flow, is a non-GAAP measure that is reconciled below to Net Income and Net Cash Flow Provided by Operating Activities, which are derived in accordance with GAAP.

This measure can be further used to evaluate trends of our future needs for external debt and equity financing. This data can also be utilized to compare our performance to that of our peers. Free cash flow, as we define and utilize it, does not relate to cash available for discretionary expenditures. There are additional uses for this data and we do not imply that this is the only use or the best use of this data and this analysis.

               ANALYSIS OF TOTAL FREE CASH FLOW GREATER (LESS)
                          THAN CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

                                                          Fiscal Year Ended
                                                            September 30,
    (In thousands)                                      2006            2005
    GAAP net income (applicable to common stock)     $86,015        $103,493
    Less: (Loss) from discontinued operations - net   (7,116)         (2,579)
    GAAP income from continuing operations            93,131         106,072
    Depreciation and amortization                     96,843          94,454
    Change in deferred income taxes - accelerated
     depreciation                                      7,324           5,373
          Adjusted cash available before dividends   197,298         205,899
    Dividends on common stock                        (65,338)        (64,024)

    Total free cash flow (Non-GAAP Measure)          131,960         141,875
    Less: Capital expenditures (a)                  (161,496)       (124,014)
    Total Free Cash Flow Greater (Less) than
     Expenditures                                   $(29,536)        $17,861

    (a)  Excludes Allowance for Funds Used During Construction. Includes
         capital expenditures accrued as of the end of the fiscal year.


    RECONCILIATION OF ANALYSIS OF TOTAL FREE CASH FLOW GREATER (LESS) THAN
             CAPITAL EXPENDITURES TO GAAP-BASED NET CASH PROVIDED
                           BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES


                                                         Fiscal Year Ended
                                                            September 30,
    (In thousands)                                      2006            2005
    GAAP net cash provided by operating activities   $85,707        $232,498
    Less: Net cash used in operating activities
     of discontinued operations                       (1,100)         (3,095)
    GAAP net cash provided by operating activities
     of continuing operations                         86,807         235,593

    Adjustments for:
    Deferred income taxes, except for accelerated
     depreciation                                     (2,748)         (2,301)
    Other, principally changes in assets
     and liabilities                                 113,239         (27,393)
         Adjusted cash available before dividends    197,298         205,899
    Dividends on common stock                        (65,338)        (64,024)
    Total Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP Measure)         $131,960        $141,875

SOURCE WGL Holdings, Inc.

CONTACT: News Media: Jan Davis, +1-202-624-6383 (Office),
+1-703-408-3962 (Cell), or Financial Community: Melissa E. Adams,
+1-202-624-6410 (Office), both of WGL Holdings, Inc.

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