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

WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) (the Company), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported net income of $56.9 million, or $1.16 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2006, the second quarter of its fiscal year 2006. This compares to net income of $79.9 million, or $1.63 per share, reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2005. For the first six months of fiscal year 2006, the Company reported net income of $101.3 million, or $2.07 per share, as compared to $123.1 million, or $2.51 per share, 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. The Company's operations are seasonal and, accordingly, the Company's operating results for the three and six months ended March 31, 2006 are not indicative of the results to be expected for the twelve months ending September 30, 2006.

Commenting on second quarter results and the outlook for the year, WGL Holdings' Chairman and CEO James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr. said, "As the winter season began, we knew, like many gas distribution utilities, that we would face challenges this fiscal year, given the high-price commodity environment and customers' energy concerns. We also knew we could face additional challenges if weather was warmer than normal. Accordingly, we made timely decisions and implemented effective plans that have produced tangible benefits. Notably, the weather and conservation protection strategies that we implemented last fall protected our shareholders as planned, and we continue to win new customers at a rate that outpaces the industry average." DeGraffenreidt added, "Our management team and dedicated employees deserve credit for continuing to drive our strategic focus and for helping our business to achieve its long-term goals. As we look ahead, we see that our retail energy-marketing segment is well positioned for customer growth in electric markets as regulated rate caps are removed and consumers begin to seek more competitive pricing."

Results from Normal Operations

The Company reviews its financial results from normal operations (based on normal weather, and uninfluenced by unique transactions) to monitor its progress towards achieving its five-year financial objectives. Excluding the effects of weather and unique transactions described below, the Company's consolidated earnings from normal operations for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 were $1.20 per share as compared to earnings from normal operations of $1.53 per share reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2005. For the first six months of fiscal year 2006, earnings from normal operations were $2.04 per share as compared to earnings from normal operations of $2.41 per share reported for the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. Earnings from normal operations for both the current quarter and year-to-date periods, when compared to the same periods of the prior fiscal year, reflect: (i) lower earnings from the Company's retail energy-marketing business and other non-utility operations; (ii) lower consumption of natural gas by utility customers due to factors other than weather, such as customer conservation; and (iii) higher utility operation and maintenance, depreciation and amortization, general taxes and interest expenses. Items that favorably affected earnings from normal operations during the current three- and six- month periods were: (i) continued utility customer growth; (ii) the conservation component of a new regulatory mechanism known as a 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 exclude the effect of variations from normal weather. The Company's weather protection strategy 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. The financial effect of this strategy is calculated based on cumulative weather experienced from the beginning of the fiscal year. Accordingly, the financial effects of weather on a quarterly basis may not correlate with the heating degree days experienced in a particular quarter. Results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 illustrate these effects in that net income for the current quarter includes an estimated $1 million (after-tax), or $0.02 per share, reduction in earnings in relation to normal weather, reflecting a partial adjustment to the colder-than-normal weather benefit recorded during the first quarter of fiscal year 2006. Colder-than-normal weather for the three months ended March 31, 2005 enhanced net income for that period in relation to normal weather by an estimated $5 million (after-tax), or $0.10 per share. The financial effects of variations from normal weather have been excluded to derive earnings from normal operations.

For the six months ended March 31, 2006, net income in relation to normal weather increased by an estimated $2.5 million (after-tax), or $0.05 per share, derived from the colder-than-normal weather experienced prior to the December 18, 2005 effective date of the Virginia weather derivative. Weather was colder than normal for the comparable six-month period in fiscal year 2005, contributing an estimated $5 million (after-tax), or $0.10 per share, to net income for that period. The effects on net income of weather and the Company's related weather protection products for the three and six months ended March 31, 2006 are more fully discussed later in this news release.

Earnings from normal operations for both the three and six months ended March 31, 2006, also exclude the effect of unique transactions related to the Company's regulated utility and energy-marketing segments. Earnings from normal operations for both the current three- and six-month periods exclude a charge of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded by the regulated utility segment in the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 related to a proposed order of a Hearing Examiner from the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC of MD). That proposed order, which the Company is currently appealing before the PSC of MD, recommends the disallowance of certain purchased 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 quarter of $3.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, related to fees that were previously assessed by a regulatory body and expensed in prior fiscal years. The reversal of these expenses stemmed from a favorable court decision this quarter resulting from an appeal by the Company regarding these fees. There were no unique transactions recorded in the prior fiscal year's second quarter or year-to-date period presented.

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

Three Months Ended March 31, 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 March 31, 2006, the regulated utility segment reported net income of $59.7 million, or $1.22 per share, as compared to net income of $74.6 million, or $1.52 per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This comparison primarily reflects a decrease in total natural gas deliveries to firm customers of 98.7 million therms, or 15.7 percent, to 528.2 million therms delivered during the second quarter of fiscal year 2006. The decline in natural gas deliveries reflects 14.6 percent warmer weather in the current quarter when compared to the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. Weather was 8.9 percent warmer than normal during the current quarter, as compared to 6.9 percent colder than normal during the comparable quarter of the prior fiscal year. Natural gas deliveries to firm customers for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006, when compared to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year, also reflect lower consumption of natural gas by customers due to factors other than weather, such as customer conservation. Mitigating the financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather and lower non-weather related consumption of natural gas during the current quarter were: (i) the application of the Maryland RNA and other weather protection strategies, as discussed below; (ii) the addition of approximately 20,700 active customer meters since the end of the same quarter of the prior fiscal year; and (iii) $2.7 million (pre-tax), or $0.03 per share, of increased earnings from greater carrying costs on a higher balance of storage gas inventory that was primarily the result of higher natural gas prices.

As mentioned, the effects of warmer-than-normal weather during the current quarter were substantially eliminated by the Company's various weather protection strategies. 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. 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, are designed to provide full protection for the regulated utility from the negative financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather, and can provide a benefit from colder-than-normal weather. The regulated utility segment benefited $3.6 million (after-tax), or $0.07 per share, in the current quarter from these weather protection products in relation to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Utility net revenues of the regulated utility segment 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 for the disallowance of certain purchased natural gas costs incurred by the regulated utility and billed to Maryland customers from September 2003 through August 2004. Disallowance of these costs was recommended by a Hearing Examiner of the PSC of MD on March 14, 2006, in connection with its annual review of the regulated utility's purchased gas costs. The regulated utility filed an appeal to the PSC of MD asserting that the recommendation is without merit. This appeal is currently before the PSC of MD. If the PSC of MD rules in the Company's favor, the liability recorded in the current quarter for this issue will be reversed.

Earnings of the regulated utility segment for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 were also reduced due to a $6.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.08 per share, increase in operation and maintenance expenses. Principally contributing to the increase in these expenses were $1.4 million of increased labor and incentive costs which primarily reflect higher labor rates, as well as higher accruals for equity-based compensation pursuant to a new accounting standard that became effective on October 1, 2005. The current quarter also reflects $1.2 million of higher employee benefits costs primarily related to increased group insurance, $1.3 million of increased costs associated with information technology projects, $534,000 of higher expenses for uncollectible accounts partially due to the effects of higher revenues related to higher natural gas costs, and other miscellaneous items. Results from the regulated utility segment also reflect higher depreciation and amortization expense, higher general taxes and increased interest expense that, together, reduced pre-tax net income by $3.2 million, or $0.04 per share.

Non-Utility Operations

The Company's non-utility operations, principally comprised of the results of the Company's unregulated energy-marketing and commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) segments, reported a net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.06 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2006, as compared to net income of $5.3 million, or $0.11 per share, reported for the same three-month period of the prior fiscal year.

The retail energy-marketing segment reported a net loss of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006, as compared to net income of $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. The year-over-year decline in earnings primarily reflects lower gross margins from the sale of natural gas, which was partially offset by the reversal of expenses in the current quarter of $3.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, related to certain fees assessed by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC of DC) that were accrued in prior fiscal years, and higher gross margins from the sale of electricity.

Lower gross margins from the sale of natural gas reflect lower gross margins per therm, coupled with a 6.7 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 lower 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. Natural gas costs incurred for these contracts in the second quarter of the current fiscal year were high in relation to the sales prices associated with the contracts, causing a compression in gross margins in the current quarter in relation to 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. Over the life of these contracts, positive margins are expected to be realized. Lower gross margins from natural gas sales for the current quarter also reflect increased mark-to-market losses and the cost of weather hedges that are associated with certain contracts used to hedge risks associated with the volatility in the price of natural gas and the volumes being sold. The increase in these mark- to-market losses and hedges in the current quarter decreased net income by $2.7 million (after-tax), or $0.06 per share.

The operating results of the energy-marketing segment for the current quarter also benefited from higher gross margins from electric sales, reflecting an increase in the margin per kilowatt hour sold that was partially offset by a decline in electric sales volumes due, in part, to weather and a 16 percent decline in customers.

The Company's commercial HVAC segment reported a net loss of $687,000, or $0.01 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2006, as compared to a net loss of $256,000, or $0.01 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. The increased net loss is primarily attributable to $753,000 (pre-tax), or $0.01 per share, of costs in the current quarter in connection with completing a large construction project.

Six Months Ended March 31, 2006

Regulated Utility Operations

The regulated utility segment reported net income of $104.4 million, or $2.14 per share, for the first six months of fiscal year 2006, as compared to net income of $114.4 million, or $2.34 per share, for the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. Natural gas deliveries to firm customers of 957.8 million therms for the six months ended March 31, 2006 were 6.2 percent lower than firm deliveries for the same six-month period in fiscal year 2005. The decline in these deliveries primarily reflects 6.0 percent warmer weather in the current six-month period than in the comparable period of the prior fiscal year, as well as lower consumption of natural gas by customers due to factors other than weather, such as customer conservation. Weather was 1.5 percent warmer than normal during the current year-to-date period, as compared to 5.1 percent colder than normal during the corresponding period in the prior fiscal year. Mitigating the financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather and lower non-weather related consumption of natural gas during the current six- month period were: (i) the application of the Maryland RNA and other weather protection strategies; (ii) the addition of approximately 20,700 active customer meters since the end of the same quarter of the prior fiscal year; and (iii) $5.0 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, of increased earnings from greater carrying costs on a higher balance of storage gas inventory that was primarily the result of higher natural gas prices.

In addition to the Maryland RNA, the effects of warmer-than-normal weather during the current year-to-date period were substantially eliminated by the benefits of the weather insurance policy in the District of Columbia and the weather derivative in Virginia which increased net income by $4.4 million (after-tax), or $0.09 per share, for the current six-month period when compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year. Utility net revenues of the regulated utility segment also reflect a charge of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 related to a proposed order of a Hearing Examiner in Maryland that recommends the disallowance of certain purchased natural gas costs. As mentioned, this recommendation is pending an appeal by the Company.

Earnings of the regulated utility segment for the first six months of the current fiscal year reflect an $11.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.14 per share, increase in operation and maintenance expenses. Principally contributing to this increase was $3.3 million of higher expenses for uncollectible accounts, $1.8 million of increased labor and incentive costs and $1.6 million of increased expenses associated with information technology projects. Other drivers of the increase in operation and maintenance expenses were increased employee benefits and other miscellaneous items. Results from the regulated utility segment also reflect higher depreciation and amortization expense, higher general taxes and increased interest expense that, together, reduced pre-tax net income by $5.6 million, or $0.07 per share.

Non-Utility Operations

The Company's non-utility operations reported a net loss of $3.2 million, or $0.07 per share, for the six months ended March 31, 2006, as compared to net income of $8.6 million, or $0.17 per share, reported for the corresponding six-month period of the prior fiscal year.

The retail energy-marketing segment reported a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.02 per share, for the six months ended March 31, 2006, as compared to net income of $9.9 million, or $0.20 per share, reported for the same period in fiscal year 2005. The $11.1 million, or $0.22 per share, year-over-year decline in earnings primarily reflects a lower gross margin per therm of natural gas sold, that was partially offset by the reversal of expenses in the current period of $3.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, related to certain administrative fees previously assessed by the PSC of DC and 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, causing a compression in gross margins. Lower gross margins from natural gas sales for the current six-month period also reflect increased mark-to-market losses and weather hedge costs associated with certain of its contracts used to hedge the volatility of natural gas prices and the volumes being sold, which decreased net income by $3.7 million (after-tax), or $0.08 per share, for the six months ended March 31, 2006. Gross margins from electric sales fell during the current year-to-date period, reflecting a 33 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 reported a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per share, for the first six months of fiscal year 2006, as compared to a net loss of $688,000, or $0.02 per share, reported for the corresponding period in fiscal year 2005. The increased net loss is primarily attributable to $753,000 (pre-tax), or $0.01 per share, of costs in the current quarter in connection with completing a large construction project.

Earnings Outlook

The Company is lowering its consolidated earnings estimate for the full fiscal year 2006 to a range of $1.76 to $1.86 per share from its previous guidance of $1.81 to $1.91 per share. This updated estimate includes a decrease in projected full fiscal year 2006 earnings from its regulated business to a range of $1.59 to $1.65 per share from the previous range of $1.71 to $1.77 per share, and an increase in projected full fiscal year 2006 earnings from its unregulated businesses to a range of $0.17 to $0.21 per share from the previous range of $0.10 to $0.14 per share. The guidance for the consolidated entity for the third quarter of fiscal year 2006 is expected to range from a seasonal net loss of $0.09 per share to earnings per share of $0.01. This includes projected net income from the Company's unregulated businesses of $0.12 to $0.16 per share.

This guidance reflects the estimated effect of actual weather through April 30, 2006, and assumes normal weather thereafter. The guidance also includes assumptions related to estimated conservation for reduced customer usage driven by high natural gas prices, as well as assumptions related to income from weather insurance and weather derivatives. 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 March 31, 2006. The guidance also assumes no effect of unusual items that could arise in the future. This guidance has been determined as of April 30, 2006, and the Company assumes no obligation to update this guidance. The absence of any statement by the Company in the future should not be presumed to represent an affirmation of the earnings guidance given herein.

Other Information

The Company will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on May 4, 2006, to discuss its second quarter financial results. The live conference call will be available to the public via a link located on the WGL Holdings Web site, http://www.wglholdings.com. To hear the live webcast, click on the "Live Webcast" link located on the home page of the referenced site. The webcast will be archived for replay on the WGL Holdings Web site through June 1, 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 liquefied natural gas from the Dominion Cove Point facility to the Company's natural gas distribution system; and the ability to recover the costs of implementing steps to accommodate delivery of natural gas to customers as a result of the receipt of liquefied natural 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 laws and regulations, including tax, environmental and employment laws and regulations; legislative, regulatory and judicial mandates and 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; changes in accounting principles; 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 per share reported in accordance with GAAP to earnings per share from normal operations.


                              WGL Holdings, Inc.
                      Consolidated Statements of Income
                  For Periods Ended March 31, 2006 and 2005
                                 (Unaudited)

                                   Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
                                       March 31,             March 31,
    (In thousands, except per
     share data)                     2006      2005        2006        2005

    UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues            $705,656  $635,226  $1,306,993  $1,044,177
      Less:  Cost of gas            478,363   384,559     884,949     613,170
             Revenue taxes           20,760    23,779      37,453      40,874
        Utility Net Revenues        206,533   226,888     384,591     390,133

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operation and maintenance      66,174    59,537     126,585     115,535
      Depreciation and amortization  23,097    21,418      46,057      43,614
      General taxes                  13,005    12,197      23,044      21,254
      Income taxes                   35,155    46,677      63,243      70,714
        Utility Other Operating
         Expenses                   137,431   139,829     258,929     251,117
        Utility Operating Income     69,102    87,059     125,662     139,016

    NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
     Operating Revenues
      Retail energy-marketing       356,066   285,918     652,851     491,206
      Heating, ventilating and air
       conditioning (HVAC)            8,411     8,343      19,485      17,202
      Other non-utility activities      295       319         425         613
        Non-Utility Operating
         Revenues                   364,772   294,580     672,761     509,021

     Other Operating Expenses
      Operating expenses            364,397   288,210     673,076     498,404
      Income tax expense (benefit)     (236)    2,454        (781)      4,092
        Non-Utility Operating
         Expenses                   364,161   290,664     672,295     502,496
        Non-Utility Operating
         Income                         611     3,916         466       6,525

    TOTAL OPERATING INCOME           69,713    90,975     126,128     145,541
    Other Income (Expenses) - Net
      Income (expenses) - net           524       610         723         492
      Income tax expense               (321)     (111)       (237)        (66)
        Other Income (Expenses) -
         Net                            203       499         486         426

    INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE   69,916    91,474     126,614     145,967
    Interest expense                 12,703    11,198      24,685      22,229
    Dividends on Washington Gas
     preferred stock                    330       330         660         660
    NET INCOME (APPLICABLE TO
     COMMON STOCK)                 $ 56,883  $ 79,946  $  101,269  $  123,078

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES
     OUTSTANDING
      Basic                          48,760    48,688      48,750      48,679
      Diluted                        48,913    48,996      48,903      48,967

    EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON
     SHARE
      Basic                        $   1.17  $   1.64  $     2.08  $     2.53
      Diluted                      $   1.16  $   1.63  $     2.07  $     2.51


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

       Regulated utility           $ 59,654  $ 74,640  $  104,424  $  114,443

       Non-utility operations:
        Retail energy-marketing      (1,596)    5,785      (1,173)      9,893
        Commercial HVAC                (687)     (256)     (1,118)       (688)
           Total major non-utility   (2,283)    5,529      (2,291)      9,205
        Other, principally non-
         utility activities            (488)     (223)       (864)       (570)
           Total non-utility         (2,771)    5,306      (3,155)      8,635
    NET INCOME                     $ 56,883  $ 79,946  $  101,269  $  123,078


                                                    Twelve Months Ended
                                                          March 31,
    (In thousands, except per share data)          2006              2005

    UTILITY OPERATIONS
      Operating Revenues                        $1,642,206        $1,348,163
        Less:  Cost of gas                       1,044,677           746,374
               Revenue taxes                        54,749            56,674
          Utility Net Revenues                     542,780           545,115

    Other Operating Expenses
        Operation and maintenance                  248,382           225,860
        Depreciation and amortization               92,302            86,958
        General taxes                               42,268            37,145
        Income taxes                                41,711            54,790
          Utility Other Operating Expenses         424,663           404,753
          Utility Operating Income                 118,117           140,362

    NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
      Operating Revenues
        Retail energy-marketing                    934,691           813,127
        Heating, ventilating and air
         conditioning (HVAC)                        34,724            32,545
        Other non-utility activities                 1,237             1,425
          Non-Utility Operating Revenues           970,652           847,097

      Other Operating Expenses
        Operating expenses                         954,635           837,822
        Income tax expense (benefit)                 6,915             4,011
          Non-Utility Operating Expenses           961,550           841,833
          Non-Utility Operating Income               9,102             5,264

    TOTAL OPERATING INCOME                         127,219           145,626
    Other Income (Expenses) - Net
        Income (expenses) - net                      2,511             1,762
        Income tax expense                            (819)           (1,091)
          Other Income (Expenses) - Net              1,692               671

    INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE                 128,911           146,297
    Interest expense                                45,907            44,037
    Dividends on Washington Gas preferred
     stock                                           1,320             1,320
    NET INCOME (APPLICABLE TO COMMON
     STOCK)                                     $   81,684        $  100,940

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
        Basic                                       48,726            48,665
        Diluted                                     48,978            48,914

    EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE
        Basic                                   $     1.68        $     2.07
        Diluted                                 $     1.67        $     2.06


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

        Regulated utility                       $   77,473        $   93,348

        Non-utility operations:
          Retail energy-marketing                   11,228            13,546
          Commercial HVAC                           (4,323)           (4,812)
              Total major non-utility                6,905             8,734
         Other, principally non-utility
          activities                                (2,694)           (1,142)
              Total non-utility                      4,211             7,592
    NET INCOME                                  $   81,684        $  100,940



                              WGL Holdings, Inc.
                         Consolidated Balance Sheets
                           March 31, 2006 and 2005
                                 (Unaudited)

                                                             March 31,
    (In thousands)                                      2006          2005

    ASSETS
    Property, Plant and Equipment
        At original cost                             $2,848,830    $2,704,566
        Accumulated depreciation and amortization      (845,551)     (780,638)
            Net property, plant and equipment         2,003,279     1,923,928

    Current Assets
        Cash and cash equivalents                        14,112        72,214
        Accounts receivable, net                        535,318       460,069
        Storage gas -- at cost (first-in,
         first-out)                                     144,758        52,347
        Other                                            52,839        47,160
            Total current assets                        747,027       631,790
    Deferred Charges and Other Assets                   162,031       160,136
            Total Assets                             $2,912,337    $2,715,854


    CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
    Capitalization
        Common shareholders' equity                  $  963,690    $  945,490
        Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock     28,173        28,173
        Long-term debt                                  581,541       523,692
            Total capitalization                      1,573,404     1,497,355

    Current Liabilities
        Notes payable and current maturities of
         long-term debt                                 216,835       173,526
        Accounts payable and other accrued
         liabilities                                    255,173       207,954
        Other                                           179,739       190,686
            Total current liabilities                   651,747       572,166
    Deferred Credits                                    687,186       646,333
            Total Capitalization and Liabilities     $2,912,337    $2,715,854



                              WGL Holdings, Inc.
               Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics
                  For Periods Ended March 31, 2006 and 2005
                                 (Unaudited)

    COMMON STOCK DATA

                        March 31, 2006            52 Week
                        Closing Price            Price Range

                            $30.42              $34.79-$28.86


                       Earnings Per Share               Annualized
                 Twelve Months Ended March 31,   P/E     Dividend      Yield
                        2006       2005

            Basic       $1.68      $2.07        18.1      $1.35         4.4%
            Diluted     $1.67      $2.06


    FINANCIAL STATISTICS

                                                  Twelve Months Ended
                                               March 31,         March 31,
                                                 2006              2005

    Return on Average Common Equity               8.6 %           10.9 %
    Total Interest Coverage (times)               3.8              4.6
    Book Value Per Share (end of period)       $19.76           $19.42
    Common Shares Outstanding -- end of
     period (thousands)                        48,762           48,693


    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS

                                 Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                      March 31,               March 31,
    (In thousands)                2006        2005        2006        2005

     Operating Revenues
      Gas Sold and Delivered
       Residential - Firm     $  476,251  $  430,886  $  875,115  $  683,123
       Commercial and
        Industrial - Firm        145,532     122,797     279,201     213,431
       Commercial and
        Industrial -
        Interruptible              2,611       2,744       4,941       5,086
       Electric Generation           275         275         683         550
                                 624,669     556,702   1,159,940     902,190
      Gas Delivered for Others
       Firm                       54,192      59,196      96,098     102,553
       Interruptible              15,110      13,513      26,062      23,533
       Electric Generation            57          62         148         116
                                  69,359      72,771     122,308     126,202
                                 694,028     629,473   1,282,248   1,028,392
       Other                      11,628       5,753      24,745      15,785
        Total                 $  705,656  $  635,226  $1,306,993  $1,044,177


                                 Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                      March 31,              March 31,
    (In thousands of therms)      2006        2005        2006        2005

     Gas Sales and Deliveries
      Gas Sold and Delivered
       Residential - Firm        275,129     332,727     491,959     516,353
       Commercial and
        Industrial - Firm         89,286      99,531     166,840     172,719
       Commercial and
        Industrial -
        Interruptible              1,594       2,413       3,270       4,569
                                 366,009     434,671     662,069     693,641
      Gas Delivered for Others
       Firm                      163,771     194,666     299,034     332,385
       Interruptible              85,358      99,942     158,152     177,440
       Electric Generation         9,939       9,202      25,859      18,509
                                 259,068     303,810     483,045     528,334
        Total                    625,077     738,481   1,145,114   1,221,975

    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
     Natural Gas Sales
      Therm Sales (thousands
       of therms)                277,313     297,201     500,788     501,565

       Number of Customers
        (end of period)          145,400     151,100     145,400     151,100

     Electricity Sales
      Electricity Sales
       (thousands of kWhs)       426,534     586,290     918,905   1,363,118

       Number of Accounts
        (end of period)           34,300      40,800      34,300      40,800

    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE
     (excluding off system)       130.00 c    87.80 c     133.07 c     88.10 c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
     Actual                        1,934       2,264       3,433       3,653
     Normal                        2,123       2,117       3,485       3,476
     Percent Colder (Warmer)
      than Normal                   (8.9)%       6.9 %      (1.5)%       5.1 %


    Number of Active Customer
     Meters (end of period)    1,035,918   1,015,227   1,035,918   1,015,227


    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
                                                      Twelve Months Ended
                                                            March 31,
    (In thousands)                                     2006          2005

     Operating Revenues
      Gas Sold and Delivered
       Residential - Firm                          $ 1,065,297   $   852,470
       Commercial and Industrial - Firm                346,850       271,951
       Commercial and Industrial -
       Interruptible                                     8,679         7,765
       Electric Generation                               1,233         1,100
                                                     1,422,059     1,133,286
      Gas Delivered for Others
       Firm                                            134,319       144,845
       Interruptible                                    39,646        36,315
       Electric Generation                                 560           244
                                                       174,525       181,404
                                                     1,596,584     1,314,690
       Other                                            45,622        33,473
        Total                                      $ 1,642,206   $ 1,348,163


                                                        Twelve Months Ended
                                                             March 31,
    (In thousands of therms)                            2006          2005

     Gas Sales and Deliveries
      Gas Sold and Delivered
       Residential - Firm                              600,857       622,203
       Commercial and Industrial - Firm                216,708       224,218
       Commercial and Industrial - Interruptible         6,510         7,221
                                                       824,075       853,642
      Gas Delivered for Others
       Firm                                            400,748       434,123
       Interruptible                                   260,636       278,639
       Electric Generation                              81,224        37,844
                                                       742,608       750,606
        Total                                        1,566,683     1,604,248

    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
     Natural Gas Sales
      Therm Sales (thousands of therms)                712,899       710,110

      Number of Customers (end of period)              145,400       151,100

    Electricity Sales
      Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs)          2,236,256     4,615,604

      Number of Accounts (end of period)                34,300        40,800

    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE
     (excluding off system)                             126.22 c       87.27 c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
    Actual                                               3,803         3,961
    Normal                                               3,807         3,796
      Percent Colder (Warmer) than Normal                 (0.1)%         4.3 %

    Number of Active Customer Meters (end of period) 1,035,918     1,015,227



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

                                 May 3, 2006

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

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

                      WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
            Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share to
              Adjusted Earnings 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
     per share                      $0.91    $1.16                     $2.07
    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 per
     share from normal operations   $0.84    $1.20                     $2.04


                      WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
            Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share to
              Adjusted Earnings 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
     per share                      $0.88    $1.63                     $2.51
    Adjustments for:
    Colder than normal weather          -    (0.10)                    (0.10)
    Adjusted diluted earnings per
     share from normal operations   $0.88    $1.53                     $2.41

     (1) Quarterly earnings 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.



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

                                 May 3, 2006

The reconciliation below is provided to demonstrate management's utilization of historical earnings per share, as derived in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), and adjusted earnings 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 Per Share to
              Adjusted Earnings 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
     per share                      $0.92    $1.22                     $2.14
    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 per
     share from normal operations   $0.85    $1.30                     $2.15


                WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
            Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share to
              Adjusted Earnings 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
     per share                      $0.81    $1.52                      $2.34
    Adjustments for:
    Colder-than-normal weather         -     (0.10)                     (0.10)
    Adjusted diluted earnings per
     share from normal operations   $0.81    $1.42                      $2.24

    (1) Quarterly earnings 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.

SOURCE WGL Holdings, Inc.

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both of WGL Holdings, Inc.

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