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WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Increased Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2007 Earnings and Raises Earnings Guidance

WASHINGTON, Aug 01, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported net income of $13.0 million, or $0.26 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2007, the third quarter of fiscal year 2007. This represents a $14.8 million, or $0.30 per share, increase over a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.04 per share, reported for the three months ended June 30, 2006.

"Our third quarter performance reflects excellent results from our retail energy-marketing business and confirms our progress in achieving sustained long-term success for our customers, employees and investors through a continued focus on our core strategic objectives," said James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of WGL Holdings.

For the first nine months of fiscal year 2007, we reported net income of $121.4 million, or $2.46 per share, an increase of $22.0 million, or $0.43 per share, over net income of $99.4 million, or $2.03 per share, reported for the first nine months of fiscal year 2006. Unless otherwise noted, earnings per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis, and are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding. Our operations are seasonal and, accordingly, our operating results for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2007, are not indicative of the results expected for the 12 months ending September 30, 2007.

Results from Normal Operations

We evaluate our financial performance based on results from normal operations, which reflect normal weather for our regulated utility segment and exclude certain unusual transactions and discontinued operations. Our consolidated net income from normal operations for the third quarter of fiscal year 2007 was $0.22 per share, a $0.23 per share improvement over the net loss from normal operations of $0.01 per share for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This improvement reflects $0.19 per share of increased earnings from normal operations by our retail energy-marketing business, as well as $0.06 per share of increased earnings from normal operations by our regulated utility segment. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2007, earnings from normal operations were $2.35 per share, a $0.30 per share improvement over earnings from normal operations of $2.05 per share reported for the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. This improvement reflects $0.29 per share of increased earnings from normal operations by our retail energy-marketing business, as well as $0.04 per share of increased earnings from normal operations by our regulated utility segment.

Earnings from normal operations for the prior periods presented exclude a loss from discontinued operations. For the three and nine months ended June 30, 2006, we reported an after-tax loss of $1.2 million, or $0.03 per share, and $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share, respectively, from the discontinued operations of a commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning subsidiary of WGL Holdings, sold in September 2006.

Earnings from normal operations exclude the effect of variations from normal weather on our regulated utility segment. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, the results from normal operations exclude the effects of weather that was 31.8 percent colder than normal and contributed an estimated $2 million (after-tax), or $0.04 per share, to net income during this period. There were no effects on results of operations from weather for the third quarter of fiscal year 2006. For the nine months ended June 30, 2007, results from normal operations exclude the effects of weather that was 3.8 percent colder than normal and contributed an estimated $3 million (after-tax), or $0.06 per share, to net income during this period. For the comparable nine- month period in fiscal year 2006, weather was 2.7 percent warmer than normal; however, 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 colder- than-normal weather experienced during the first quarter of fiscal year 2006.

Earnings from normal operations for the nine months ended June 30, 2007, exclude the effect of an unusual transaction related to our regulated utility segment. Specifically excluded was a $3.9 million (pre-tax), or $0.05 per share, adjustment that reduced depreciation expense applicable to the period from January 1, 2006, through September 30, 2006. This adjustment was recorded in the first quarter of fiscal year 2007 upon approval of new depreciation rates by the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC of VA). There were no unusual transactions in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007.

Earnings from normal operations for the nine months ended June 30, 2006, also exclude the effect of unusual transactions related to both our regulated utility and energy-marketing segments. Earnings from normal operations for the nine months ended June 30, 2006, exclude a charge of $4.6 million (pre- tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded by the regulated utility segment in the nine-month period of fiscal year 2006 related to a proposed order of a Hearing Examiner from the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC of MD) that recommends the disallowance of certain natural gas costs incurred by Washington Gas and collected from customers in a prior fiscal year. Also excluded to derive earnings from normal operations for the nine months ended June 30, 2006, was income recognized by the energy-marketing segment to reflect the reversal of $3.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, related to fees that were previously assessed by the District of Columbia Public Service Commission (PSC of DC) and accrued in prior fiscal years. The reversal of these expenses stemmed from a favorable court decision resulting from our appeal of the assessment. There were no unusual transactions in the third quarter of fiscal year 2006.

Reconciliations of WGL Holdings' 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.

Business Process Outsourcing

During the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, Washington Gas executed a ten-year business process outsourcing agreement which is designed to improve customer service and reduce costs. During fiscal years 2007 and 2008, Washington Gas expects to incur and pay total, one-time costs of approximately $29 million to implement this agreement. We believe that the costs necessary to implement the business process outsourcing plan will ultimately be recoverable through the ratemaking process. Washington Gas seeks to amortize these costs over various periods specified in pending rate cases which include Performance-Based Rate (PBR) mechanisms. This proposed treatment will match these amortized costs with expected savings. This net savings will be shared through the proposed PBR mechanisms when earnings exceed a targeted level. During the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, Washington Gas recorded a regulatory asset in the amount of $10.5 million for costs incurred associated with its business process outsourcing plan allocable to Virginia and Maryland which would be amortized over a recovery period to be established and approved in pending rate cases. Of this $10.5 million, $8.5 million was related to employee severance and benefit costs that arose in the third quarter in recognition of organization changes necessary to implement the business process outsourcing plan. The remaining $2.0 million was incurred in prior periods and related to consulting and legal fees necessary to implement the plan. All or a portion of these costs to achieve the outsourcing effort could be expensed if the regulators in our jurisdictions do not permit recovery of such costs as part of PBR mechanisms in pending or future rate cases. We expensed $972,000 (pre-tax), or $0.01 per share, of costs allocable to the District of Columbia associated with this plan because it is not sufficiently clear when or how the PSC of DC will address the pending rate design proposal concerning the deferral and amortization of these costs.

Virginia Rate Settlement

On July 30, 2007, Washington Gas, the Staff of the SCC of VA (VA Staff) and one other participant submitted a Stipulation to the SCC of VA related to a rate case application in Virginia that was filed on September 15, 2006. The Stipulation is not opposed by any of the parties to the proceedings. We expect the SCC of VA to issue a final order approving this Stipulation prior to September 30, 2007. Among other things, this Stipulation includes an annual rate increase of $3.9 million, the implementation of a weather normalization provision and the implementation of a PBR mechanism. The weather normalization provision will complement the existing declining block rate structure and strengthen Washington Gas's ability to recover its costs even if consumption declines. The PBR mechanism includes a four-year rate freeze and provisions for sharing earnings that exceed an established target, after the recovery of Washington Gas's costs, including a four-year amortization of initial start-up costs, associated with achieving Washington Gas's business process outsourcing initiatives.

GAAP Results from Operations - Three Months Ended June 30, 2007

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

Regulated Utility Segment

Our regulated utility segment reported a seasonal net loss of $2.0 million, or $0.04 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, an improvement of $4.8 million, or $0.10 per share, over the net loss of $6.8 million, or $0.14 per share, reported for the third quarter of the prior fiscal year. This improvement was primarily attributable to higher net revenues. Reporting a net loss for quarters ending June 30 is typical due to the seasonal nature of our utility operations and the corresponding reduced demand for natural gas during this period.

Higher net revenues primarily reflect natural gas deliveries totaling 199.7 million therms during the current quarter, an increase of 53.6 million therms, or 36.7 percent, over the same quarter of last year. The increase in therm deliveries was driven by 59.2 percent colder weather in the current quarter when compared to the same quarter in fiscal year 2006. In Maryland, the application of our Revenue Normalization Adjustment (RNA) billing mechanism offsets the benefits from the colder-than-normal weather. In the District of Columbia and Virginia, our weather protection strategy allows us to retain the benefits of colder-than-normal weather while neutralizing the estimated effects of warmer-than-normal weather. On a quarterly basis, the financial effect of this strategy may not correlate with the heating degree days experienced in a particular quarter, as the effect is measured based on the cumulative impact of weather, based on year-to-date statistics, which matches the underlying weather protection products. Including the effects of our weather protection strategies, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, net income was enhanced by an estimated $2 million (after-tax), or $0.04 per share, from the 31.8 percent colder-than-normal weather. There were no effects from weather during the third quarter of fiscal year 2006. Expenses and net benefits associated with our weather protection strategies in the District of Columbia and Virginia for the third quarter of fiscal years 2007 and 2006 are reflected in operation and maintenance expenses.

Also contributing to the increase in net revenues were: (i) the addition of over 14,700 active customer meters since the end of the same quarter last year; (ii) a favorable adjustment related to a true-up of lost-and- unaccounted-for gas for the recently completed winter season and (iii) new rates that went into effect in Virginia on February 13, 2007. This rate increase in Virginia went into effect pursuant to the regulations of the SCC of VA, and is subject to refund pending the SCC of VA's final order approving the recent Stipulation. Our financial results reflect a provision for rate refunds to customers consistent with the Stipulation.

Operation and maintenance expenses increased $2.3 million (pre-tax), or $0.03 per share, during the three months ended June 30, 2007, when compared to the corresponding period of the prior year. Operation and maintenance expenses for the prior period were reduced by a $1.8 million (pre-tax), or $0.02 per share, benefit related to our weather protection products due to warmer-than-normal weather. No such benefits were recognized in the current period due to the colder-than-normal weather. Other increases in operation and maintenance expenses include higher pension and post-retirement benefit costs and $972,000, or $0.01 per share, of severance costs related to the implementation of the business process outsourcing plan. Partially offsetting these increases in operation and maintenance expenses were lower uncollectible accounts expense and the reversal of $2.0 million (pre-tax), or $0.02 per share, related to costs previously expensed for the start-up activities associated with achieving Washington Gas's business process outsourcing initiatives.

Retail Energy-Marketing Segment

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $16.0 million, or $0.32 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2007, an increase of $9.9 million, or $0.19 per share, over net income of $6.1 million, or $0.13 per share, reported for the same three-month period of the prior fiscal year. Results in the current quarter improved due to higher gross margins (revenues less costs of energy) from the sale of both electricity and natural gas, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses that resulted from certain adjustments that occurred in the prior period that did not recur in the current period.

Gross margins from electric sales increased significantly in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007 compared to the same quarter of fiscal year 2006, reflecting a substantial rise in customers, electric sales volumes and the gross margin per kilowatt hour sold. At the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, the number of electric customers had increased by 27.1 percent when compared to the end of the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This customer growth was principally the result of new competitive opportunities that emerged during the second half of fiscal year 2006 as a result of a sharp increase in competing rates offered by electric utilities in Maryland and Delaware. Also favorably affecting the gross margins from electric sales were unrealized mark-to-market gains associated with derivatives that enhanced current period earnings by $5.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share.

Gross margins from natural gas sales in the current quarter increased over the same quarter of the prior period reflecting an increase in natural gas sales volumes and the gross margin per therm sold. Natural gas sales volumes increased 14.2 percent due to colder weather experienced in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007 over the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. Partially offsetting the increase in gross margin per therm sold were lower unrealized mark-to-market gains from derivatives that reduced earnings by $349,000 (pre- tax).

GAAP Results from Operations - Nine Months Ended June 30, 2007

Regulated Utility Segment

Our regulated utility segment reported net income of $106.6 million, or $2.16 per share, for the first nine months of fiscal year 2007, an increase of $9.0 million, or $0.16 per share, over net income of $97.6 million, or $2.00 per share for the first nine months of fiscal year 2006. The year-over-year increase in net income primarily was attributable to higher net revenues.

Higher net revenues primarily reflect natural gas deliveries to firm customers totaling 1.2 billion therms during the nine months ended June 30, 2007, an increase of 84.8 million therms, or 7.7 percent, over the same period last year. The increase in therm deliveries was driven by 7.0 percent colder weather when compared to the same period of the prior year. Including the effects of our weather protection strategies, during the nine months ended June 30, 2007, net income was enhanced by an estimated $3 million (after-tax), or $0.06 per share, from the colder-than-normal weather. For the comparable nine-month period in fiscal year 2006, net income was enhanced in relation to normal weather by an estimated $2.5 million (after-tax), or $0.05 per share, driven primarily from colder-than-normal weather experienced during the first quarter of fiscal year 2006.

Also contributing to the increase in net revenues for the nine months ended June 30, 2007, were: (i) the addition of more than 14,700 active customer meters since the end of the same period of the prior fiscal year; (ii) a charge recorded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2006 of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, related to a proposed regulatory order to disallow certain natural gas costs incurred by Washington Gas and billed to Maryland customers; (iii) a favorable adjustment related to lost-and- unaccounted-for gas and (iv) new rates that went into effect in Virginia on February 13, 2007, subject to refund, associated with the Virginia rate case proceeding. These increases were partially offset by decreased earnings from recoverable carrying costs on storage gas inventories.

Operation and maintenance expenses increased $5.4 million (pre-tax), or $0.07 per share, during the nine months ended June 30, 2007, when compared to the corresponding period of the prior year. Operation and maintenance expenses for the prior period were reduced by an $8.3 million (pre-tax), or $0.10 per share, benefit related to our weather protection products due to warmer-than-normal weather. Excluding these prior period benefits, operation and maintenance expenses decreased due to lower expenses for uncollectible accounts, partially offset by higher pension and post-retirement benefit costs.

The regulated utility segment also benefited from $2.8 million (pre-tax), or $0.03 per share, of lower depreciation and amortization expense in the first nine months of 2007 when compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year. The lower expense was attributable to a reduction in Washington Gas's depreciation rates on fixed assets related to the Virginia jurisdiction, partially offset by the effect of increased investment in depreciable property, plant and equipment. The reduction in Washington Gas's depreciation rates was approved by the VA Staff during the first quarter of fiscal year 2007. In accordance with Virginia regulatory policy, we implemented the new depreciation rates retroactive to January 1, 2006, which coincides with the date of the approved depreciation study. Accordingly, our depreciation and amortization expense for the current nine-month period included a benefit totaling $7.9 million (pre-tax), or $0.10 per share, of which $3.9 million (pre-tax), or $0.05 per share, was applicable to the period from January 1, 2006, through September 30, 2006, and $4.0 million (pre-tax) was related to the current nine-month period. Of this $4.0 million current period benefit, approximately $2.0 million, or $0.02 per share, was recorded prior to the implementation of new rates in Virginia. When new rates were put into effect in Virginia, both annual revenues and annual depreciation expense were reduced by equivalent amounts; therefore, subsequent to February 13, 2007, there is no impact on annual operating income for this reduction.

Retail Energy-Marketing Segment

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $17.1 million, or $0.35 per share, for the nine months ended June 30, 2007, an increase in earnings of $12.1 million, or $0.25 per share, over net income of $5.0 million, or $0.10 per share, reported for the same nine-month period of fiscal year 2006. The year-over-year improvement in earnings for this business primarily reflects higher gross margins from the sale of electricity, partially offset by lower gross margins from the sale of natural gas. Further tempering the improved earnings were higher selling, general and administrative expenses due to increased costs associated with growing our electric customer base and increased labor and benefits expenses. Additionally, results from the prior fiscal year benefited from the reversal of expenses 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.

Gross margins from electric sales increased significantly in the current nine-month period, reflecting a substantial rise in both electric sales volumes and the gross margin per kilowatt hour sold resulting from new competitive opportunities that emerged in the second half of fiscal year 2006. Also favorably affecting the gross margins from electric sales were unrealized mark-to-market gains in the current nine-month period resulting from derivatives that enhanced current period earnings by $7.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.09 per share.

Partially offsetting this increase were lower gross margins from natural gas sales stemming from higher gas costs in relation to retail sales prices, slightly offset by a 5.9 percent increase in natural gas sales volumes. The decrease in gross margins was partially offset by lower unrealized mark-to- market losses from derivatives that enhanced earnings by $1.7 million (pre- tax), or $0.02 per share, over the prior period.

Earnings Outlook

We are raising our consolidated earnings estimate for the full fiscal year 2007 to a range of $2.02 to $2.10 per share from our previous guidance of $1.93 to $2.03 per share. This updated estimate includes an increase in projected full fiscal year 2007 earnings from our regulated utility segment to a range of $1.68 to $1.72 per share from the previous range of $1.66 to $1.72 per share, and an increase in projected full fiscal year 2007 earnings from continuing operations related to our unregulated business segments to a range of $0.34 to $0.38 per share from the previous range of $0.27 to $0.31 per share. The annual guidance for the consolidated entity includes an estimate of a net loss for our fourth quarter ending September 30, 2007, in the range of $(0.44) to $(0.36) per share. This estimate reflects a projected seasonal net loss from our regulated utility segment in a range of $(0.48) to $(0.44) per share, and projected net income related to our unregulated business segments in a range of $0.04 to $0.08 per share.

This guidance reflects the estimated effect of actual weather through July 31, 2007, and assumes normal weather thereafter, as well as the addition of 16,000 new customers in fiscal year 2007. The annual guidance also includes an estimated increase in revenues in Virginia based on the unopposed Stipulation that was submitted related to the rate case pending before the SCC of VA. This Stipulation is subject to final approval by the SCC of VA. The guidance assumes that the revenue effects of new rates in the District of Columbia and Maryland will occur after fiscal year 2007. The guidance also assumes no effect of unusual items that could arise in the future, and no future gains or losses related to discontinued operations. This guidance includes the forecasted results of continuing operations only. We assume no obligation to update this guidance. The absence of any statement by us in the future should not be presumed to represent an affirmation of this earnings guidance.

Other Information

We will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on August 2, 2007, to discuss our third quarter financial results. The live conference call will be available to the public via a link located on the WGL Holdings Web site, www.wglholdings.com. Slides providing details of our results of operations will be posted to the Web site. To hear the live webcast, click on the "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, 2007.

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

Additional information about WGL Holdings is available on our Web site, www.wglholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to our operations and results of operations, the accuracy of which is necessarily subject to risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include general economic conditions and the factors discussed under the "Risk Factors" heading in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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

As previously disclosed in our filings with the SEC, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: the level and rate at which costs and expenses are incurred and the extent to which they are allowed to be recovered from customers through the regulatory process in connection with constructing, operating and maintaining Washington Gas'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 Cove Point facility to Washington Gas'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 the Cove Point facility; variations in weather conditions from normal levels; the availability of natural gas supply and interstate pipeline transportation and storage capacity; the ability of natural gas producers, pipeline gatherers, and natural gas processors to deliver natural gas into interstate pipelines for delivery by those interstate pipelines to the entrance points of Washington Gas's natural gas distribution system as a result of factors beyond our control; changes in economic, competitive, political and regulatory conditions and developments; changes in capital and energy commodity market conditions; changes in credit ratings of debt securities of WGL Holdings, Inc. or Washington Gas Light Company that may affect access to capital or the cost of debt; changes in credit market conditions and creditworthiness of customers and suppliers; changes in relevant laws and regulations, including tax, environmental and employment laws and regulations; legislative, regulatory and judicial mandates or decisions affecting business operations or the timing of recovery of costs and expenses; the timing and success of business and product development efforts and technological improvements; the pace of deregulation efforts and the availability of other competitive alternatives to our products and services; changes in accounting principles; new commodity purchase and sales contracts and modifications in the terms of existing contracts that may materially affect fair value calculations under derivative accounting requirements; the ability of Washington Gas to implement effectively the outsourcing of several of its business functions; acts of God and terrorist activities and other uncertainties. The outcome of negotiations and discussions we may hold with other parties from time to time regarding utility and energy-related investments and strategic transactions that are both recurring and non-recurring may also affect future performance. For a further discussion of risks and uncertainties, see our most recent annual report to the SEC filed on Form 10-K, and other reports filed with the SEC.

Please see the following comparative statements for additional information. Also included are reconciliations of WGL Holdings' and the 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 June 30, 2007 and 2006
                                   (Unaudited)

                                   Three Months Ended      Nine Months Ended
                                        June 30,                June 30,
    (In thousands, except per
     share data)                     2007      2006        2007        2006

    OPERATING REVENUES
      Utility                      $233,107  $183,595  $1,363,186  $1,490,588
      Non-utility                   234,351   163,326     957,137     823,684
        Total Operating Revenues    467,458   346,921   2,320,323   2,314,272

    OPERATING EXPENSES
      Utility cost of gas           123,486    87,402     822,363     972,351
      Non-utility cost of energy-
       related sales                200,624   148,049     905,471     800,556
      Operation and maintenance      65,112    60,964     205,090     193,942
      Depreciation and
       amortization                  23,758    23,294      66,973      69,524
      General taxes and other
       assessments                   21,862    17,666      84,142      77,708
        Total Operating Expenses    434,842   337,375   2,084,039   2,114,081

    OPERATING INCOME                 32,616     9,546     236,284     200,191
    Other Income (Expenses)-Net       2,152     1,813       2,697       2,716
    Interest Expense
      Interest on long-term debt      9,997    10,059      30,047      30,586
      Other - net                     1,649     1,568       7,432       5,726
        Total Interest Expense       11,646    11,627      37,479      36,312
    Dividends on Washington Gas
     preferred stock                    330       330         990         990
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME
     TAXES                           22,792      (598)    200,512     165,605
    INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)      9,821       (14)     79,068      63,683

    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS                      12,971      (584)    121,444     101,922
    Loss from discontinued
     operations, net of income tax
     benefit                              -    (1,240)          -      (2,477)

    NET INCOME (LOSS) APPLICABLE
     TO COMMON STOCK                $12,971   $(1,824)   $121,444     $99,445

    AVERAGE COMMON SHARES
     OUTSTANDING
      Basic                          49,259    48,762      49,131      48,754
      Diluted                        49,557    48,762      49,313      48,891

    EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON
     SHARE
      Basic
        Income (loss) from
         continuing operations        $0.26    $(0.01)      $2.47       $2.09
        Loss from discontinued
         operations                       -     (0.03)          -       (0.05)
          Basic earnings (loss) per
           average common share       $0.26    $(0.04)      $2.47       $2.04
      Diluted
        Income (loss) from
         continuing operations        $0.26    $(0.01)      $2.46       $2.08
        Loss from discontinued
         operations                       -     (0.03)          -       (0.05)
          Diluted earnings (loss) per
           average common share       $0.26    $(0.04)      $2.46       $2.03


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

    Regulated utility               $(1,981)  $(6,825)   $106,639     $97,599
    Non-utility operations:
      Retail energy-marketing        16,022     6,124      17,109       4,951
      Commercial HVAC                    37       205         175         324
        Total major non-utility      16,059     6,329      17,284       5,275
      Other, principally non-
       utility activities            (1,107)      (88)     (2,479)       (952)
        Total non-utility            14,952     6,241      14,805       4,323
    INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
     OPERATIONS                      12,971      (584)    121,444     101,922
    Loss from discontinued
     operations, net of income tax
     benefit                              -    (1,240)          -      (2,477)
    NET INCOME (LOSS) APPLICABLE
     TO COMMON STOCK                $12,971   $(1,824)   $121,444     $99,445



                               WGL Holdings, Inc.
                           Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                  June 30, 2007
                                   (Unaudited)

                                                 June 30,      September 30,
    (In thousands)                                 2007              2006
    ASSETS
    Property, Plant and Equipment
      At original cost                          $3,035,054        $2,949,951
      Accumulated depreciation and
       amortization                               (907,506)         (882,056)
        Net property, plant and equipment        2,127,548         2,067,895

    Current Assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                     67,170             4,350
      Accounts receivable, net                     234,461           197,733
      Storage gas-at cost (first-in, first-out)    189,658           296,061
      Other                                         53,321            63,878
        Total current assets                       544,610           562,022
    Deferred Charges and Other Assets              162,309           161,489
        Total Assets                            $2,834,467        $2,791,406

    CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
    Capitalization
      Common shareholders' equity               $1,008,872          $921,807
      Washington Gas Light Company
       preferred stock                              28,173            28,173
      Long-term debt                               605,364           576,139
        Total capitalization                     1,642,409         1,526,119

    Current Liabilities
      Notes payable and current maturities
       of long-term debt                            64,675           238,370
      Accounts payable and other accrued
       liabilities                                 250,219           201,401
      Other                                        156,627           121,071
        Total current liabilities                  471,521           560,842
    Deferred Credits                               720,537           704,445
        Total Capitalization and Liabilities    $2,834,467        $2,791,406



                              WGL Holdings, Inc.
                Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics
                   For Periods Ended June 30, 2007 and 2006
                                  (Unaudited)

    FINANCIAL STATISTICS
                                                    Twelve Months Ended
                                                          June 30,
                                                   2007             2006

    Closing Market Price-end of period             $32.64           $28.95
    52-Week Market Price Range              $35.91-$28.44    $34.79-$27.04
    Price Earnings Ratio                             14.6             16.0
    Annualized Dividends Per Share                  $1.37            $1.35
    Dividend Yield                                    4.2%             4.7%
    Return on Average Common Equity                  11.2%             9.4%
    Total Interest Coverage (times) (1)               4.8              4.0
    Book Value Per Share-end of period             $20.46           $19.41
    Common Shares Outstanding-end of period
     (thousands)                                   49,310           48,762
    (1) Calculated using income from continuing operations.


    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
                               Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                                     June 30,                   June 30,
    (In thousands)               2007         2006        2007          2006

      Operating Revenues
        Gas Sold and Delivered
          Residential - Firm  $144,244     $102,953    $915,828     $978,068
          Commercial and
           Industrial - Firm    43,621       34,863     255,225      314,064
          Commercial and
           Industrial -
           Interruptible         1,431        1,808       5,538        6,749
          Electric Generation      275          274         825          957
                               189,571      139,898   1,177,416    1,299,838
        Gas Delivered for Others
          Firm                  24,611       22,972     122,191      119,070
          Interruptible         10,391        8,655      41,492       34,717
          Electric Generation       67           59         199          207
                                35,069       31,686     163,882      153,994
                               224,640      171,584   1,341,298    1,453,832
          Other                  8,467       12,011      21,888       36,756
            Total             $233,107     $183,595  $1,363,186   $1,490,588

                                 Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                                      June 30,                   June 30,
    (In thousands of
     therms)                     2007         2006        2007         2006

      Gas Sales and Deliveries
        Gas Sold and Delivered
          Residential - Firm    91,267       60,329     611,497      552,288
          Commercial and
           Industrial - Firm    32,617       26,331     185,227      193,171
          Commercial and
           Industrial -
           Interruptible         1,133        1,511       4,335        4,781
                               125,017       88,171     801,059      750,240
        Gas Delivered for Others
          Firm                  75,854       59,458     391,993      358,492
          Interruptible         54,471       48,912     221,865      207,064
          Electric Generation   18,331       21,916      45,444       47,775
                               148,656      130,286     659,302      613,331
            Total              273,673      218,457   1,460,361    1,363,571

    WASHINGTON GAS
     ENERGY SERVICES
      Natural Gas Sales
        Therm Sales
         (thousands of
         therms)               130,988      114,750     651,635      615,538

        Number of Customers
         (end of period)       143,100      144,900     143,100      144,900

      Electricity Sales
        Electricity Sales
         (thousands of kWhs)   985,558      471,255   2,892,539    1,390,160

        Number of Accounts
         (end of period)        62,400       49,100      62,400       49,100

    UTILITY GAS
     PURCHASED EXPENSE
     (excluding off
     system)                     99.46 c      98.99 c    103.63 c     129.06 c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
        Actual                     406          255       3,945        3,688
        Normal                     308          306       3,799        3,791
      Percent Colder
       (Warmer) than
       Normal                     31.8 %      (16.7)%       3.8%        (2.7)%

        Number of Active
         Customer Meters
         (end of period)     1,046,916    1,032,198   1,046,916    1,032,198


    UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
                                                    Twelve Months Ended
                                                          June 30,
    (In thousands)                                 2007               2006

      Operating Revenues
        Gas Sold and Delivered
          Residential - Firm                     $987,415         $1,049,782
          Commercial and Industrial - Firm        279,449            343,186
          Commercial and Industrial -
           Interruptible                            6,979              8,514
          Electric Generation                       1,100              1,232
                                                1,274,943          1,402,714
        Gas Delivered for Others
          Firm                                    139,109            134,960
          Interruptible                            49,061             41,139
          Electric Generation                         279                499
                                                  188,449            176,598
                                                1,463,392          1,579,312
          Other                                    31,716             48,860
            Total                              $1,495,108         $1,628,172

                                                       Twelve Months Ended
                                                             June 30,
    (In thousands of therms)                         2007               2006

      Gas Sales and Deliveries
        Gas Sold and Delivered
          Residential - Firm                      652,803            586,526
          Commercial and Industrial - Firm        206,053            213,663
          Commercial and Industrial -
           Interruptible                            5,739              6,250
                                                  864,595            806,439
        Gas Delivered for Others
          Firm                                    437,313            396,644
          Interruptible                           265,804            256,487
          Electric Generation                     105,984             86,770
                                                  809,101            739,901
            Total                               1,673,696          1,546,340

    WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
      Natural Gas Sales
        Therm Sales (thousands of therms)         732,791            705,650

        Number of Customers (end of period)       143,100            144,900

      Electricity Sales
        Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs)   3,914,786          2,109,289

        Number of Accounts (end of period)         62,400             49,100

    UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE
    (excluding off system)                         101.53 c           127.43 c

    HEATING DEGREE DAYS
        Actual                                      3,967              3,693
        Normal                                      3,815              3,807
      Percent Colder (Warmer) than
       Normal                                         4.0 %             (3.0)

        Number of Active Customer Meters (end
         of period)                             1,046,916          1,032,198



                WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
                   For Periods Ended June 30, 2007 and 2006
                                 (Unaudited)

                             Statements of Income

                                   Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                          June 30,              June 30,
    (In thousands)                     2007      2006        2007        2006

    Operating Revenues             $236,184  $185,768  $1,377,196  $1,503,562
    Operating Expenses:
      Cost of gas                   126,563    89,575     836,373     985,325
      Operation                      48,666    47,136     155,269     151,451
      Maintenance                    10,037     9,244      29,556      27,954
      Depreciation and
       amortization                  23,597    23,210      66,487      69,267
      General taxes and other
       assessments:
        Revenue taxes                11,156     9,268      49,266      46,721
        Other                         9,673     8,818      31,943      31,862
          Total operating expenses  229,692   187,251   1,168,894   1,312,580

    Operating income (loss)           6,492    (1,483)    208,302     190,982
    Other income (expenses)
     - net                            2,040     1,396       2,220       1,489
    Interest expense                 11,059    10,416      34,204      33,112
    Dividends on Washington
     Gas preferred stock                330       330         990         990
    Income tax expense
     (benefit)                         (876)   (4,008)     68,689      60,770
          Net income (loss)         $(1,981)  $(6,825)   $106,639     $97,599

                       Utility Net Revenues ($000) (1)

    Operating revenues             $236,184  $185,768  $1,377,196  $1,503,562
    Less: Cost of gas               126,563    89,575     836,373     985,325
          Revenue taxes              11,156     9,268      49,266      46,721
        Utility net revenues        $98,465   $86,925    $491,557    $471,516

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



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

                                August 1, 2007

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

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

                      WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
            Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share to
              Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Normal Operations
                       Fiscal Year 2007 By Quarter (1)

                                        Fiscal Year 2007 Results
                                               Quarter Ended
                             Dec. 31  Mar. 31  Jun. 30  Sept. 30  Year-To-Date
    GAAP diluted earnings
     per share                $0.92    $1.29    $0.26                  $2.46
    Less: (Loss) from
     discontinued
     operations - net             -        -        -                      -
    GAAP diluted earnings
     per share from
     continuing operations     0.92     1.29     0.26                   2.46
    Adjusted for:
    Colder-than-normal weather    -    (0.02)   (0.04)                 (0.06)
    Retroactive depreciation
     expense adjustment       (0.05)       -        -                  (0.05)
    Adjusted diluted earnings
     per share from normal
     operations               $0.87    $1.27    $0.22                  $2.35


                      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)(2)

                                          Fiscal Year 2006 Results
                                                Quarter Ended
                             Dec. 31  Mar. 31  Jun. 30  Sept. 30  Year-To-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
    Adjusted 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

    (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 and common equivalent shares outstanding which may
         vary for each of those periods.

    (2)  On September 29, 2006, we sold all of the outstanding shares of
         common stock of a portion of our commercial heating, ventilation and
         air conditioning business segment. The operating results of the
         discontinued operation have been presented separately from the
         operating results of our continuing operations for the fiscal year
         2006 period presented.



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

                                August 1, 2007

The reconciliation below is provided to demonstrate our 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 regulated utility segment, and identify certain unusual transactions that are not expected to repeat. This information should assist investors and analysts to track progress towards achieving our five-year financial objectives, which are based on normal weather and uninfluenced by single, one-time, non-repeating transactions.

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

                WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
            Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share to
              Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Normal Operations
                       Fiscal Year 2007 By Quarter (1)

                                      Fiscal Year 2007 Results
                                            Quarter Ended
                             Dec. 31  Mar. 31  Jun. 30  Sept. 30  Year-To-Date
    GAAP diluted earnings
     (loss) per share          $0.88   $1.33   $(0.04)               $2.16
    Adjusted for:
    Colder-than-normal weather     -   (0.02)   (0.04)               (0.06)
    Retroactive depreciation
     expense adjustment        (0.05)      -        -                (0.05)
    Adjusted diluted earnings
     (loss) per share from
     normal operations         $0.83   $1.31   $(0.08)               $2.05


                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
                             Dec. 31  Mar. 31  Jun. 30  Sept. 30  Year-To-Date
    GAAP diluted earnings
     (loss) per share          $0.92    $1.22  $(0.14)                $2.00
    Adjusted 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

    (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 and common equivalent shares outstanding which may
         vary for each of those periods.

SOURCE WGL Holdings, Inc.

Media, Kimberly Greer, +1-202-624-6704, +1-703-216-3686 (Cell), or Financial
Community, Melissa E. Adams, +1-202-624-6410 Office, both of WGL Holdings, Inc.
http://www.wglholdings.com

  
  
  
  

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