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WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Improved 2006 Third Quarter Earnings and Updates Earnings Guidance

WASHINGTON, Aug 07, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) (WGL Holdings or the Company), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.04 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2006, the third quarter of its fiscal year 2006. This represents a $6.4 million, or $0.13 per share, improvement over the net loss of $8.2 million, or $0.17 per share, reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2005. 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 2006, the Company reported net income of $99.4 million, or $2.03 per share, as compared to net income of $114.9 million, or $2.35 per share, reported for the corresponding period in fiscal year 2005.

During the quarter ended June 30, 2006, the Company completed a plan that will result in the disposition of American Combustion Industries, Inc. (ACI), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings that was previously reported as part of the Company's commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) business segment. ACI has been reported as a discontinued operation of WGL Holdings and, accordingly, its operating results (including a related impairment charge of $578,000 recorded in the quarter ended June 30, 2006), financial position and cash flows have been presented separately from the Company's continuing operations in the consolidated financial statements of WGL Holdings for all current and prior periods presented. Consolidated operating results for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2006 include after-tax losses of $1.2 million, or $0.03 per share, and $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share, respectively, representing ACI's net losses from operations (both amounts including a related impairment charge of $578,000 recorded in the current quarter).

The Company reported a consolidated net loss from continuing operations of $584,000, or $0.01 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2006, an improvement of $6.8 million, or $0.14 per share, over the net loss from continuing operations of $7.4 million, or $0.15 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2006, the Company reported net income from continuing operations of $101.9 million, or $2.08 per share, as compared to net income from continuing operations of $116.5 million, or $2.38 per share, reported for the corresponding period in fiscal year 2005.

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. Because the Company's operations are seasonal, the Company's operating results for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2006 are not indicative of the results to be expected for the twelve months ending September 30, 2006.

Commenting on third quarter results and the outlook for the year, WGL Holdings' Chairman and CEO James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr. said, "We attribute the quarter's sharply improved results to the strength of our utility operations, which continue to experience customer growth, the implementation of innovative regulatory mechanisms, and process improvements." DeGraffenreidt added, "Stronger gross margins generated by our retail energy- marketing business are likely to continue to drive end-of-year results, while success in new competitive electric markets is expected to yield growing market share and long-term benefit."

Results from Normal Operations

The Company reviews its financial performance based on its results from normal operations, which reflect normal weather, and are not influenced by unique transactions and discontinued operations. The Company's consolidated net loss from normal operations for the third quarter of fiscal year 2006 was $0.01 per share, a $0.14 per share improvement over the net loss of $0.15 per share reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2005. This improvement primarily reflects: (i) decreased utility operation and maintenance expenses and general taxes; (ii) continued utility customer growth; (iii) increased earnings from greater carrying costs on higher balances of storage gas inventory at the regulated utility; and (iv) improved operating results from the Company's retail energy-marketing business. This improvement was partially offset by lower consumption of natural gas by utility customers due to factors other than weather, such as customer conservation, and higher interest expense. Net losses from normal operations for the quarters ended June 30, 2006 and 2005 exclude the effect of discontinued operations. There were no effects on results of operations from weather or unique transactions in the quarters ended June 30, 2006 and 2005.

For the first nine months of fiscal year 2006, the Company's consolidated earnings from normal operations were $2.05 per share as compared to earnings from normal operations of $2.28 per share reported for the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. Earnings from normal operations for the current year-to-date period, when compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year, reflect: (i) lower consumption of natural gas by utility customers due to factors other than weather, such as customer conservation; (ii) higher utility operation and maintenance, depreciation and amortization, and interest expenses; and (iii) lower earnings from the Company's retail energy-marketing business. Items that favorably affected earnings from normal operations were: (i) continued utility customer growth; (ii) increased revenues from the conservation component of a regulatory mechanism known as the Revenue Normalization Adjustment (RNA) that was implemented in Maryland on October 1, 2005; and (iii) increased earnings from greater carrying costs on higher balances of storage gas inventory at the regulated utility.

Earnings from normal operations for the nine months ended June 30, 2006 and 2005 exclude the effect of variations from normal weather. The Company's weather protection strategy in fiscal year 2006 is designed to provide full protection from the negative financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather, and can provide a benefit from colder-than-normal weather. For the nine months ended June 30, 2006, net income was enhanced in relation to normal weather by an estimated $2.5 million (after-tax), or $0.05 per share, 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 the Company's related weather protection products for the nine months ended June 30, 2006 are more fully discussed later in this news release. For the comparable nine-month period in fiscal year 2005, weather, when measured by heating degree days, was 6.2 percent colder than normal, contributing an estimated $5 million (after-tax), or $0.10 per share, to net income for that period.

Earnings from normal operations for the nine months ended June 30, 2006 also exclude the effect of unique transactions related to the Company's regulated utility and energy-marketing segments. Earnings from normal operations exclude a charge of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded by the regulated utility segment in the current nine-month period related to a proposed order from a Hearing Examiner, which the Company is currently appealing to the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC of MD), that recommends the disallowance of certain natural gas costs incurred by the regulated utility 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 nine-month period 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 expensed in prior fiscal years. The reversal of these expenses stemmed from a favorable court decision in the current year-to- date period resulting from an appeal by the Company regarding these fees. There were no unique transactions in the comparable nine-month period of the prior fiscal year.

Reconciliations of the Company's 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.

    Three Months Ended June 30, 2006

    Regulated Utility Operations

The operating results of the Company's core regulated utility segment are the primary influence on overall consolidated operating results. For the three months ended June 30, 2006, the regulated utility segment reported a seasonal net loss of $6.8 million, or $0.14 per share, an improvement of $4.3 million, or $0.09 per share, over the net loss of $11.1 million, or $0.23 per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This improvement reflects the addition of approximately 22,000 active customer meters since the end of the same quarter of the prior fiscal year, coupled with $1.5 million (pre-tax), or $0.02 per share, of increased earnings from greater carrying costs on a higher balance of storage gas inventory that was the result of both higher natural gas prices and volumes. Tempering these improvements was a decrease of 21.5 million therms, or 12.8 percent, in total natural gas deliveries to firm customers during the third quarter of fiscal year 2006 that was attributable, in part, to the lower consumption of natural gas by customers due to factors other than weather, such as customer conservation. Although the decline in natural gas deliveries also was attributable to warmer weather in the current quarter in relation to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year, weather had a negligible effect on operating results for both quarters ended June 30, 2006 and 2005.

Third quarter 2006 operating results of the regulated utility segment also benefited from a $4.1 million (pre-tax) decrease in operation and maintenance expenses that reduced the net loss per share by $0.05. Principally contributing to the decrease in these expenses was a $2.0 million reduction in group insurance costs, $760,000 of reduced gas transportation and engineering related costs, $117,000 of reduced expenses for uncollectible accounts, and other miscellaneous items. Results from the regulated utility segment also benefited from lower general taxes that were partially offset by increased interest expense.

Non-Utility Operations

The Company's continuing non-utility operations, principally comprised of the results of the unregulated energy-marketing segment and the remaining portion of the commercial HVAC segment, reported net income of $6.2 million, or $0.13 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2006, as compared to net income of $3.6 million, or $0.08 per share, reported for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increased earnings from non-utility operations principally were attributable to the Company's retail energy-marketing business.

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $6.1 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter ended June 30, 2006, a $2.1 million, or $0.05 per share, increase over net income of $4.0 million, or $0.08 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. The year-over-year improvement in earnings for this segment reflects higher gross margins from the sale of natural gas and electricity, and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.

Higher gross margins from the sale of natural gas reflect higher gross margins per therm, partially offset by a 5.9 percent decrease in natural gas sales volumes primarily due to warmer weather in the current quarter relative to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The higher gross margins per therm resulted, in part, from a larger number of commercial customers entering into long-term, fixed-price contracts during the first quarter of fiscal year 2006 compared to the same period in the prior year. Gross margins recognized on fixed-price sales contracts vary over their term as such margins are based on the spread between the fixed sales price billed each month and the monthly fluctuating commodity cost. During the first two quarters of fiscal year 2006, the Company's winter heating season, spreads on these contracts were relatively narrow due to higher natural gas costs in relation to the fixed sales prices associated with these contracts. However, these spreads widened in the current quarter due to lower natural gas costs, improving gross margins in the 2006 third quarter when compared to the same quarter last year.

Higher gross margins from natural gas sales for the current quarter also reflect mark-to-market gains in the current quarter (net of the cost of weather hedges), as compared to mark-to-market losses incurred in the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. These valuation gains or losses are associated with certain contracts used to mitigate risks associated with the volatility in the market price of natural gas and, in the current quarter, sales contracts that provide customers flexibility on the price and volumes of natural gas being sold. Changes in the mark-to-market valuation of these instruments increased net income for the current quarter in relation to the same quarter last year by $491,000 (after-tax), or $0.01 per share.

Gross margins from electric sales increased during the current three-month period, reflecting an increase in the margin per kilowatt hour sold, partially offset by a 21.2 percent decline in electric sales volumes. Electric customers grew 31 percent in the current quarter when compared to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This customer growth was concentrated near the end of the current quarter and was principally the result of new competitive opportunities that emerged due to sharp increases in competing rates offered by electric utilities in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

The retail energy-marketing segment also benefited $1.5 million (pre-tax), or $0.02 per share, from the reversal in the current quarter of certain administrative fees that were previously accrued during fiscal year 2006, coupled with reduced bad debt expenses. The reversal of administrative fees, which are normally levied by a regulatory body, resulted from a decision of the regulatory body in July 2006 not to levy such fees to the energy-marketing business for fiscal year 2006.

The Company's commercial HVAC segment, excluding the effects of discontinued operations, reported net income of $205,000 for the third quarter of fiscal year 2006, as compared to net income of $186,000 reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005.

    Nine Months Ended June 30, 2006

    Regulated Utility Operations

The regulated utility segment reported net income of $97.6 million, or $2.00 per share, for the first nine months of fiscal year 2006, as compared to net income of $103.4 million, or $2.11 per share, for the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. This comparison primarily reflects a decrease in total natural gas deliveries to firm customers of 85.1 million therms, or 7.2 percent, to 1.104 billion therms delivered during the nine months ended June 30, 2006. The decline in natural gas deliveries reflects 8.2 percent warmer weather in the current nine-month period than in the comparable period of the prior fiscal year. Weather was 2.7 percent warmer than normal during the current year-to-date period, as compared to 6.2 percent colder than normal during the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year comparison of natural gas deliveries to firm customers also reflects lower consumption of natural gas by customers due to factors other than weather, such as customer conservation. Mitigating the financial effects of warmer weather and lower consumption of natural gas during the current nine-month period were: (i) the application of the Maryland RNA and other weather protection strategies, as discussed below; (ii) the addition of approximately 22,000 active customer meters since the end of the same quarter of the prior fiscal year; and (iii) $6.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.08 per share, of increased earnings from greater carrying costs on a higher balance of storage gas inventory.

As mentioned, the Company's various weather protection strategies, coupled with the timing of heating degree days during the current nine-month period, resulted in weather having a favorable effect on net income despite warmer- than-normal weather. Prior to October 1, 2005, the Company managed weather risk for all jurisdictions of the regulated utility 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, the Company began utilizing the following new mechanisms to manage weather risk: (i) the RNA billing mechanism implemented in Maryland on October 1, 2005; (ii) a weather insurance policy for the District of Columbia effective October 1, 2005 and (iii) a weather derivative in Virginia effective December 18, 2005 which expired on May 31, 2006. The RNA is a mechanism that is designed to stabilize the level of net revenues collected from Maryland customers by eliminating the effect of deviations in customer usage caused by variations in weather from normal levels and certain other factors such as customer conservation. Deliveries to Maryland customers represent approximately 40 percent of therms delivered by the regulated utility.

The weather insurance policy and the weather derivative utilized in the District of Columbia and Virginia, respectively, were designed to provide full protection for the regulated utility from the negative financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather. If weather is colder than normal, the Company retains any associated benefits. The regulated utility segment benefited $5.5 million (after-tax), or $0.11 per share, in the current nine-month period from these weather protection products in relation to the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. This enhancement to earnings in the current nine-month period includes the estimated benefits of the insurance and the derivative, and the related expenses of these products.

Utility net revenues of the regulated utility segment for the nine months ended June 30, 2006 were unfavorably affected by a charge of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 to reflect a proposed order by a Hearing Examiner of the PSC of MD that recommends the disallowance of certain natural gas costs incurred by the regulated utility and billed to Maryland customers from September 2003 through August 2004. An appeal filed by the regulated utility is currently pending before the PSC of MD.

Earnings of the regulated utility segment for the first nine months of the current fiscal year reflect a $6.9 million (pre-tax), or $0.09 per share, increase in operation and maintenance expenses. Principally contributing to this increase was $3.2 million of higher expenses for uncollectible accounts, $2.4 million of increased expenses associated with information technology projects and $541,000 of increased labor and labor-related expenses. This increase in labor and labor-related expenses is net of $1.4 million of lower employee benefit costs primarily due to reductions in group insurance and other post-retirement benefit costs. Results from the regulated utility segment also reflect higher depreciation and amortization expense and increased interest expense that, together, reduced pre-tax income by $4.8 million, or $0.06 per share.

Non-Utility Operations

The Company's continuing non-utility operations reported net income of $4.3 million, or $0.08 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2006, as compared to net income of $13.1 million, or $0.27 per share, reported for the corresponding nine-month period of the prior fiscal year.

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $5.0 million, or $0.10 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2006, as compared to net income of $13.9 million, or $0.28 per share, reported for the same period in fiscal year 2005. The $8.9 million, or $0.18 per share, year-over-year decline in earnings for this business primarily reflects lower gross margins from the sale of natural gas and electricity, that was partially offset by the reversal of expenses in the current year-to-date period 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 primarily reflect lower gross margins per therm that resulted, in part, from a larger number of commercial customers entering into long-term, fixed-price contracts during the first quarter of fiscal year 2006, when natural gas costs were relatively high compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year, thereby causing a compression in gross margins during the first half of fiscal year 2006. This was partially offset by increased gross margins during the 2006 third quarter, due to lower natural gas costs in relation to the fixed sales prices associated with these contracts. Lower gross margins from natural gas sales for the current nine-month period also reflect increased mark-to-market losses and weather hedge costs associated with certain of its contracts used to mitigate the risk in the volatility of natural gas prices, partially offset by mark-to-market gains in the current period on sales contracts that provide customers flexibility on the price and volumes of natural gas being sold. The increased mark-to-market losses (net of gains) decreased net income by $3.2 million (after-tax), or $0.07 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2006. Gross margins from electric sales fell during the current year-to-date period, reflecting a 29 percent decline in sales volumes that was partially offset by an increase in the margin per kilowatt hour sold.

The Company's commercial HVAC segment, excluding the effects of discontinued operations, reported net income of $324,000, or $0.01 per share, for the first nine months of fiscal year 2006, virtually unchanged from the results reported for the corresponding period in fiscal year 2005.

Earnings Outlook

The Company is providing a consolidated earnings estimate for the full fiscal year 2006 to only reflect a forecast of the Company's earnings from continuing operations. That estimate is a range of $1.82 per share to $1.90 per share. This estimate includes projected full fiscal year 2006 earnings from its regulated business segment in a range of $1.63 per share to $1.67 per share from the previous range of $1.59 per share to $1.65 per share, and projected full fiscal year 2006 earnings from continuing operations related to its unregulated businesses in a range of $0.19 per share to $0.23 per share. The annual guidance for the consolidated entity includes an estimated seasonal net loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006 in the range of $(0.26) per share to $(0.18) per share. This reflects an estimate from continuing operations for the fourth quarter related to its unregulated businesses of a range of $0.11 per share to $0.15 per share. The guidance also assumes no effect that may result from performing earnings tests on a quarterly basis pursuant to a December 18, 2003 rate order issued by the State Corporation Commission of Virginia, and no change in the assumptions used for known and potential regulatory contingencies, including those assumptions used to account for and record regulatory assets and liabilities at June 30, 2006. The guidance also assumes no effect of unusual items that could arise in the future, and excludes results from discontinued operations and future gains or losses related to such discontinued operations. This guidance has been determined as of August 4, 2006, and includes the forecasted results of continuing operations only. 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 8, 2006, 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. Slides providing details of the Company's 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 August 31, 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, 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 and the extent to which they are allowed to be recovered from customers through the regulatory process in connection with constructing, operating and maintaining the Company's 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 the Company's 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 Cove Point; 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 the regulated utility's natural gas distribution system as a result of factors beyond the control of the Company or its subsidiaries; 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 the Company's products and services; changes in accounting principles; acts of God and 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 included are reconciliations of the Company's and regulated utility segment's earnings (loss) per share reported in accordance with GAAP to earnings (loss) per share from normal operations.


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

                                   Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                        June 30,               June 30,
    (In thousands, except per
     share data)                     2006      2005        2006        2005

    UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues            $183,595  $197,629  $1,490,588  $1,241,806
      Less: Cost of gas              87,402    99,576     972,351     712,746
            Revenue taxes             9,268     9,930      46,721      50,804
        Utility Net Revenues         86,925    88,123     471,516     478,256

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operation and maintenance      57,899    62,033     184,484     177,568
      Depreciation and amortization  23,210    22,663      69,267      66,277
      General taxes                   8,818    10,389      31,862      31,643
      Income tax expense (benefit)   (5,262)   (5,931)     57,981      64,783
        Utility Other Operating
         Expenses                    84,665    89,154     343,594     340,271
        Utility Operating Income
         (Loss)                       2,260    (1,031)    127,922     137,985

    NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues
      Retail energy-marketing       159,911   143,613     812,762     634,819
      Heating, ventilating and air
       conditioning (HVAC)            3,276     1,637      10,358       7,234
      Other non-utility activities      139       386         564         999
        Non-Utility Operating
         Revenues                   163,326   145,636     823,684     643,052

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operating expenses            150,778   138,969     809,396     624,446
      Income taxes                    4,588     2,600       4,805       7,214
        Non-Utility Operating
         Expenses                   155,366   141,569     814,201     631,660
        Non-Utility Operating
         Income                       7,960     4,067       9,483      11,392

    TOTAL OPERATING INCOME           10,220     3,036     137,405     149,377
    Other Income (Expenses) - Net
      Income (expenses) - net         1,813       386       2,716         879
      Income tax benefit (expense)     (660)     (282)       (897)       (348)
        Other Income (Expenses) -
         Net                          1,153       104       1,819         531

    INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE   11,373     3,140     139,224     149,908
    Interest expense                 11,627    10,217      36,312      32,445
    Dividends on Washington Gas
     preferred stock                    330       330         990         990
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS                        (584)   (7,407)    101,922     116,473
    Loss from discontinued
     operations, net of income
     tax benefit                     (1,240)     (786)     (2,477)     (1,588)
    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE
     TO COMMON STOCK)               $(1,824)  $(8,193)    $99,445    $114,885

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES
     OUTSTANDING
        Basic                        48,762    48,695      48,754      48,684
        Diluted                      48,762    48,695      48,891      48,991

    EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE
     COMMON SHARE
        Basic
         Income (loss) from
          continuing operations      $(0.01)   $(0.15)      $2.09       $2.39
         Loss from discontinued
          operations                  (0.03)    (0.02)      (0.05)      (0.03)
           Basic earnings (loss)
            per average share        $(0.04)   $(0.17)      $2.04       $2.36

        Diluted
         Income (loss) from
          continuing operations      $(0.01)   $(0.15)      $2.08       $2.38
         Loss from discontinued
          operations                  (0.03)    (0.02)      (0.05)      (0.03)
           Diluted earnings (loss)
            per average share        $(0.04)   $(0.17)      $2.03       $2.35


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

      Regulated utility             $(6,825) $(11,053)    $97,599    $103,390

      Non-utility operations:
        Retail energy-marketing       6,124     4,036       4,951      13,929
        Commercial HVAC                 205       186         324         300
           Total major non-utility    6,329     4,222       5,275      14,229
        Other, principally non-
         utility activities             (88)     (576)       (952)     (1,146)
           Total non-utility          6,241     3,646       4,323      13,083
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS                        (584)   (7,407)    101,922     116,473
    Loss from discontinued
     operations, net of income tax
     benefit                         (1,240)     (786)     (2,477)     (1,588)
    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE
     TO COMMON STOCK)               $(1,824)  $(8,193)    $99,445    $114,885



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

    UTILITY OPERATIONS
      Operating Revenues                            $1,628,172    $1,364,956
        Less: Cost of gas                            1,032,503       762,139
              Revenue taxes                             54,087        58,230
          Utility Net Revenues                         541,582       544,587

      Other Operating Expenses
        Operation and maintenance                      244,248       230,843
        Depreciation and amortization                   92,849        88,665
        General taxes                                   40,697        39,520
        Income tax expense (benefit)                    42,380        53,870
          Utility Other Operating Expenses             420,174       412,898
          Utility Operating Income (Loss)              121,408       131,689

    NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
      Operating Revenues
        Retail energy-marketing                        950,989       786,912
        Heating, ventilating and air conditioning
         (HVAC)                                         12,606         9,236
        Other non-utility activities                       990         1,340
          Non-Utility Operating Revenues               964,585       797,488

      Other Operating Expenses
        Operating expenses                             938,391       777,792
        Income taxes                                    10,522         7,591
          Non-Utility Operating Expenses               948,913       785,383
          Non-Utility Operating Income                  15,672        12,105

    TOTAL OPERATING INCOME                             137,080       143,794
    Other Income (Expenses) - Net
        Income (expenses) - net                          4,128         1,624
        Income tax benefit (expense)                    (1,197)       (1,288)
          Other Income (Expenses) - Net                  2,931           336

    INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE                     140,011       144,130
    Interest expense                                    47,170        42,685
    Dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock          1,320         1,320
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS            91,521       100,125
    Loss from discontinued operations, net of
     income tax benefit                                 (3,468)       (3,250)
    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK)     $88,053       $96,875

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
        Basic                                           48,741        48,676
        Diluted                                         48,933        48,957

    EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE
        Basic
          Income (loss) from continuing operations       $1.88         $2.06
          Loss from discontinued operations              (0.07)        (0.07)
            Basic earnings (loss) per average share      $1.81         $1.99

        Diluted
          Income (loss) from continuing operations       $1.87         $2.05
          Loss from discontinued operations              (0.07)        (0.07)
            Diluted earnings (loss) per average share    $1.80         $1.98


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

      Regulated utility                                $81,701       $86,542

      Non-utility operations:
        Retail energy-marketing                         13,316        16,150
        Commercial HVAC                                 (1,290)       (1,100)
          Total major non-utility                       12,026        15,050
        Other, principally non-utility activities       (2,206)       (1,467)
          Total non-utility                              9,820        13,583
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS            91,521       100,125
    Loss from discontinued operations, net of
     income tax benefit                                 (3,468)       (3,250)
    NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK)     $88,053       $96,875



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

                                                             June 30,
    (In thousands)                                      2006          2005

    ASSETS
    Property, Plant and Equipment
      At original cost                               $2,890,380    $2,729,678
      Accumulated depreciation and amortization        (864,136)     (793,302)
        Net property, plant and equipment             2,026,244     1,936,376

    Current Assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                          88,078        68,756
      Accounts receivable, net                          205,572       178,816
      Storage gas -- at cost (first-in, first-out)      193,053       128,747
      Other                                              49,026        42,353
      Current assets of discontinued operations           6,711         8,931
        Total current assets                            542,440       427,603
    Deferred Charges and Other Assets
      Deferred charges and other assets                 148,114       133,230
      Other assets of discontinued operations                 -           958
        Total deferred charges and other assets         148,114       134,188
        Total Assets                                 $2,716,798    $2,498,167


    CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
    Capitalization
      Common shareholders' equity                      $946,556      $922,462
      Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock       28,173        28,173
      Long-term debt                                    581,788       523,681
        Total capitalization                          1,556,517     1,474,316

    Current Liabilities
      Notes payable and current maturities of
       long-term debt                                   144,974        76,787
      Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities    172,433       164,211
      Other                                             145,359       139,604
      Current liabilities of discontinued operations      2,435         2,619
        Total current liabilities                       465,201       383,221
    Deferred Credits
      Deferred credits                                  694,781       640,299
      Other liabilities of discontinued operations          299           331
        Total deferred credits                          695,080       640,630
        Total Capitalization and Liabilities         $2,716,798    $2,498,167



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

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

                                    $28.95           $34.79-$27.04


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

      Basic                                             16.0    $1.35     4.7%
        Income from continuing
         operations              $1.88     $2.06
        Loss from discontinued
         operations              (0.07)    (0.07)
          Basic earnings per
           average share         $1.81     $1.99

      Diluted
        Income from continuing
         operations              $1.87     $2.05
        Loss from discontinued
         operations              (0.07)    (0.07)
          Diluted earnings per
           average share         $1.80     $1.98


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

    Return on Average Common Equity                   9.4 %         10.7 %
    Total Interest Coverage  (times)(1)               4.0            4.8
    Book Value Per Share  (end of period)          $19.41         $18.94
    Common Shares Outstanding-end of period
     (thousands)                                   48,762         48,696

    (1) Calculated using income from continuing operations.


    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
                                  Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                       June 30,               June 30,
    (In thousands)                 2006        2005       2006       2005

    Operating Revenues
     Gas Sold and Delivered
      Residential - Firm         $102,953    $118,468   $978,068   $801,591
      Commercial and
      Industrial - Firm            34,863      38,527    314,064    251,958
      Commercial and
      Industrial - Interruptible    1,808       1,973      6,749      7,059
      Electric Generation             274         275        957        825
                                  139,898     159,243  1,299,838  1,061,433
     Gas Delivered for Others
      Firm                         22,972      22,331    119,070    124,884
      Interruptible                 8,655       7,162     34,717     30,695
      Electric Generation              59         120        207        236
                                   31,686      29,613    153,994    155,815
                                  171,584     188,856  1,453,832  1,217,248
      Other                        12,011       8,773     36,756     24,558
        Total                    $183,595    $197,629 $1,490,588 $1,241,806


                                   Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                        June 30,               June 30,
    (In thousands of therms)         2006        2005      2006      2005

    Gas Sales and Deliveries
     Gas Sold and Delivered
      Residential - Firm           60,329      74,660    552,288    591,013
      Commercial and
       Industrial - Firm           26,331      29,376    193,171    202,095
      Commercial and Industrial
       - Interruptible              1,511       1,771      4,781      6,340
                                   88,171     105,807    750,240    799,448
     Gas Delivered for Others
      Firm                         59,458      63,562    358,492    395,947
      Interruptible                48,912      53,061    207,064    230,501
      Electric Generation          21,916      16,370     47,775     34,879
                                  130,286     132,993    613,331    661,327
        Total                     218,457     238,800  1,363,571  1,460,775

    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
     Natural Gas Sales
      Therm Sales (thousands of
       therms)                    114,750     121,999    615,538    623,564

      Number of Customers
       (end of period)            144,900     149,100    144,900    149,100

     Electricity Sales
      Electricity Sales
       (thousands of kWhs)        471,255     598,222  1,390,160  1,961,340

      Number of Accounts (end
       of period)                  49,100      37,400     49,100     37,400

    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE
     (excluding off system)         98.99 c     94.46 c   129.06 c    88.93 c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
     Actual                           255         365      3,688      4,018
     Normal                           306         306      3,791      3,782
      Percent Colder (Warmer)
       than Normal                  (16.7)%      19.3 %     (2.7)%      6.2 %

     Number of Active Customer
      Meters (end of period)    1,032,198   1,010,272  1,032,198  1,010,272



                                                       Twelve Months Ended
                                                            June 30,
    (In thousands)                                     2006          2005

     Operating Revenues
      Gas Sold and Delivered
        Residential - Firm                          $1,049,782      $865,916
        Commercial and Industrial - Firm               343,186       276,107
        Commercial and Industrial - Interruptible        8,514         8,354
        Electric Generation                              1,232         1,100
                                                     1,402,714     1,151,477
      Gas Delivered for Others
        Firm                                           134,960       141,959
        Interruptible                                   41,139        36,884
        Electric Generation                                499           299
                                                       176,598       179,142
                                                     1,579,312     1,330,619
      Other                                             48,860        34,337
        Total                                       $1,628,172    $1,364,956


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

     Gas Sales and Deliveries
      Gas Sold and Delivered
        Residential - Firm                             586,526       627,087
        Commercial and Industrial - Firm               213,663       223,799
        Commercial and Industrial - Interruptible        6,250         7,604
                                                       806,439       858,490
      Gas Delivered for Others
        Firm                                           396,644       432,308
        Interruptible                                  256,487       277,928
        Electric Generation                             86,770        44,391
                                                       739,901       754,627
          Total                                      1,546,340     1,613,117

    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
     Natural Gas Sales
      Therm Sales (thousands of therms)                705,650       709,424

      Number of Customers (end of period)              144,900       149,100

     Electricity Sales
      Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs)          2,109,289     3,423,450

      Number of Accounts (end of period)                49,100        37,400

    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE (excluding off
     system)                                            127.43 c       88.65 c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
     Actual                                              3,693         4,025
     Normal                                              3,807         3,799
      Percent Colder (Warmer) than Normal                 (3.0)%         5.9 %

     Number of Active Customer Meters (end of
      period)                                        1,032,198     1,010,272



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

                                August 7, 2006

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: (i) single, one-time, non-repeating transactions and (ii) the Company's discontinued operations.

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 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)            $2.03
    Less: (Loss) from discontinued
     operations - net               (0.02)   (0.01)   (0.03)            (0.05)
    GAAP diluted earnings (loss)
     per share from continuing
     operations                      0.93     1.17    (0.01)             2.08
    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)            $2.05


                      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)            $2.35
    Less: (Loss) from discontinued
     operations - net               (0.01)   (0.01)   (0.02)            (0.03)
    GAAP diluted earnings (loss)
     per share from continuing
     operations                      0.89     1.64    (0.15)             2.38
    Adjustments for:
    Colder than normal weather          -    (0.10)       -             (0.10)
    Adjusted diluted earnings
     (loss) per share from normal
     operations                     $0.89    $1.54   $(0.15)            $2.28

    (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) During the quarter ended June 30, 2006, the Company discontinued the
        operations of a portion of its commercial heating, ventilation and
        air conditioning business segment. The operating results of the
        discontinued operation, including a related impairment charge recorded
        in the third quarter of 2006, have been presented separately from the
        operating results of the Company's continuing operations for all
        periods ended June 30, 2006. All prior periods presented herein have
        been restated to conform to the current fiscal year's presentation of
        the Company's discontinued operation.



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

                                August 7, 2006

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 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)            $2.00
    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)            $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 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

    (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.


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