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WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results; Issues Fiscal Year 2016 Non-GAAP Guidance

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL):

Consolidated Results

WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported net income applicable to common stock determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, of $131.3 million, or $2.62 per share, compared to net income applicable to common stock of $105.9 million, or $2.05 per share, reported for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, net income applicable to common stock was $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to net income applicable to common stock of $38.0 million, or $0.74 per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

On a consolidated basis, WGL uses operating earnings (loss) to evaluate overall financial performance, and evaluates segment financial performance based on earnings before interest and taxes, as adjusted (adjusted EBIT). Both operating earnings (loss) and adjusted EBIT adjust for the accounting recognition of certain transactions that are not representative of the ongoing earnings of the company. Additionally, we believe that adjusted EBIT enhances the ability to evaluate segment performance because it excludes interest and income tax expense, which are affected by corporate-wide strategies such as capital financing and tax sharing allocations. Operating earnings (loss) and adjusted EBIT are non-GAAP financial measures, which are not recognized in accordance with GAAP and should not be viewed as alternatives to GAAP measures of performance. Refer to "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," attached to this news release, for a more detailed discussion of management's use of these measures and for reconciliations to GAAP financial measures.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, operating earnings were $158.2 million, or $3.16 per share, an improvement of $19.2 million, or $0.48 per share, over operating earnings of $139.0 million, or $2.68 per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, we reported an operating loss of $(11.5) million, or $(0.23) per share, compared to an operating loss of $(8.8) million, or $(0.17) per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

"I am pleased to announce record non-GAAP operating earnings in 2015 for WGL," said Terry D. McCallister, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Non-GAAP per share earnings of $3.16 increased 18% over last year's $2.68. Our earnings growth was driven by record results in our Retail Energy-Marketing and Commercial Energy Systems businesses. The Retail segment has now shown five consecutive quarters of strong earnings growth, and our Systems segment is benefiting from our continued investment in clean distributed generation assets. Our core regulated utility also showed strong results in 2015 driven in part by record asset optimization margins."

"In addition, we are announcing 2016 non-GAAP EPS guidance in a range of $3.00 to $3.20. While the midpoint of our guidance reflects lower earnings than our 2015 results, we are solidly within the range of 7% - 10% growth from 2014 results that we established as a goal earlier this year during our Analyst Day."

Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter Results by Business Segment

Regulated Utility

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, the regulated utility segment reported adjusted EBIT of $(19.8) million, compared to adjusted EBIT of $(15.2) million for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year, reflecting the typical seasonal loss for this segment. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the regulated utility segment reported adjusted EBIT of $235.7 million, compared to adjusted EBIT of $244.4 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

For both the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the decline in adjusted EBIT reflects higher expenses primarily associated with: (i) labor and employee incentives; (ii) business-development related activities; (iii) environmental reserve costs and (iv) the depreciation related to the growth in our utility plant. Partially offsetting these unfavorable variances were higher revenues from: (i) customer growth; (ii) favorable effects of changes in natural gas consumption patterns in the District of Columbia; (iii) rate recovery related to our accelerated pipe replacement programs and (iv) realized margins associated with our asset optimization program. Additionally, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the regulated utility segment earned higher revenues from new base rates in Maryland and incurred lower employee benefit costs.

Retail Energy-Marketing

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, the retail energy-marketing segment reported adjusted EBIT of $13.8 million, an increase of $1.7 million, over adjusted EBIT of $12.1 million for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the retail energy-marketing segment reported adjusted EBIT of $68.5 million, an increase of $57.8 million, over adjusted EBIT of $10.7 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, the increase in adjusted EBIT resulted primarily from an increase in natural gas margins reflecting favorable gas supply and pricing opportunities in the current period compared to the same period of the prior year.

Improved results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, primarily reflect higher electricity margins due to lower PJM capacity and ancillary charges. In addition, the comparison reflects a recovery from the extreme cost levels experienced in the second quarter of 2014 related to colder than normal weather.

Commercial Energy Systems

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, the commercial energy systems segment reported adjusted EBIT of $6.1 million, an increase of $1.8 million, over adjusted EBIT of $4.3 million for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the commercial energy systems segment reported adjusted EBIT of $16.8 million, an increase of $4.5 million, over adjusted EBIT of $12.3 million, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase in adjusted EBIT reflects: (i) continued growth in income producing distributed generation assets in service; (ii) higher income from state rebate programs for certain distributed generation projects and (iii) for the year-to-date comparison, higher margins from energy-efficiency contracting. These favorable variances are partially offset by additional expenses from increased in-service distributed generation assets.

Midstream Energy Services

For the three months ended September 30, 2015, the midstream energy services segment reported adjusted EBIT of $(1.7) million, an increase of $2.0 million, over adjusted EBIT of $(3.7) million for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The increase in adjusted EBIT primarily reflects favorable storage and transportation spreads this quarter compared to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the midstream energy services segment reported adjusted EBIT of $(3.6) million, compared to $5.1 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. This comparison primarily reflects lower total annual storage and transportation spreads in the current year, partially offset by lower investment development expenses and higher income related to our pipeline investments.

Consolidated Interest Expense

For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, interest expense was $11.8 million, compared to interest expense of $9.7 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, interest expense was $50.5 million, compared to interest expense of $37.7 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year. For both the three months and fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, the increase reflects increased long-term borrowings at Washington Gas and WGL.

Earnings Outlook

We are providing a consolidated non-GAAP operating earnings estimate for fiscal year 2015 in a range of $3.00 per share to $3.20 per share. This estimate includes projected fiscal year 2016 non-GAAP EBIT from our regulated utility segment with a midpoint of $229.0 million and projected fiscal year 2016 non-GAAP EBIT from our non-utility business segments with a midpoint of $80.0 million. This earnings guidance includes dilution from the planned issuance of equity in fiscal year 2016. Note that we expect that there will be differences between reported GAAP earnings and operating earnings due to such items as, but not limited to, unrealized mark-to-market positions for our energy-related derivatives. WGL management is not able to reasonably estimate the aggregate impact of these items on reported earnings and therefore is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for its operating earnings guidance.

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. For the assumptions underlying this guidance, please refer to the slides accompanying our webcast that will be posted to WGL's website, www.wglholdings.com.

Other Information

We will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Time on November 16, 2015, to discuss our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 financial results. The live conference call will be available to the public via a link located on WGL's website, www.wglholdings.com. To hear the live webcast, click on "Investor Relations" then "Events & Webcasts." The webcast and related slides will be archived on WGL's website through at least Monday December 14, 2015.

WGL, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at www.wglholdings.com.

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.

Please see the attached comparative statements for additional information on our operating results. Also attached to this news release are reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures.

Forward-Looking Statements

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. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include, but are not limited to, 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 that we have filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

   
WGL Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

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(In thousands)   September 30, 2015   September 30, 2014
ASSETS
Property, Plant and Equipment
At original cost $ 5,003,910 $ 4,582,764
Accumulated depreciation and amortization   (1,331,182 )   (1,268,319 )
Net property, plant and equipment   3,672,728     3,314,445  
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents 6,733 8,811
Accounts receivable, net 358,491 298,978
Storage gas 211,443 333,602
Derivatives and other   204,716     194,124  
Total current assets   781,383     835,515  
Deferred Charges and Other Assets   840,090     706,539  
Total Assets   $ 5,294,201     $ 4,856,499  
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
Capitalization
Common shareholders' equity $ 1,243,247 $ 1,246,576
Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock 28,173 28,173
Long-term debt   944,201     679,228  
Total capitalization   2,215,621     1,953,977  
Current Liabilities
Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt 357,000 473,500
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 325,146 313,221
Derivatives and other   300,768     233,564  
Total current liabilities   982,914     1,020,285  
Deferred Credits   2,095,666     1,882,237  
Total Capitalization and Liabilities   $ 5,294,201     $ 4,856,499  
   
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income

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Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,

(In thousands, except per share data)   2015   2014   2015   2014
OPERATING REVENUES    
Utility $ 129,648 $ 133,254 $ 1,303,044 $ 1,416,951
Non-utility   338,039     325,646     1,356,786     1,363,996
Total Operating Revenues   467,687     458,900     2,659,830     2,780,947
OPERATING EXPENSES
Utility cost of gas 11,772 (10,131 ) 510,900 700,305
Non-utility cost of energy-related sales 284,420 257,321 1,218,331 1,255,279
Operation and maintenance 100,461 88,068 395,770 365,873
Depreciation and amortization 31,733 29,256 121,892 110,772
General taxes and other assessments   25,689     24,820     152,164     151,196
Total Operating Expenses   454,075     389,334     2,399,057     2,583,425
OPERATING INCOME 13,612 69,566 260,773 197,522
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates 1,230 1,343 5,468 3,194
Other income—net 2,341 1,279 653 1,536
Interest expense   11,807     9,718     50,511     37,738
INCOME BEFORE TAXES 5,376 62,470 216,383 164,514
INCOME TAX EXPENSE   3,440     24,102     83,804     57,254
NET INCOME $ 1,936 $ 38,368 $ 132,579 $ 107,260
Dividends on Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock   330     330     1,320     1,320
NET INCOME APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK   $ 1,606     $ 38,038     $ 131,259     $ 105,940
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic 49,729 51,524 49,794 51,759
Diluted   50,069     51,527     50,060     51,770
EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE
Basic $ 0.03 $ 0.74 $ 2.64 $ 2.05
Diluted   $ 0.03     $ 0.74     $ 2.62     $ 2.05
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics

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FINANCIAL STATISTICS
     
    Fiscal Year Ended September 30,
    2015   2014
Closing Market Price — end of period $57.67   $42.12
52-Week Market Price Range $59.08 - $42.04 $45.40-$35.88
Price Earnings Ratio 21.8 20.5
Annualized Dividends Per Share $1.85 $1.76
Dividend Yield 3.2% 4.2%
Return on Average Common Equity 10.5% 8.4%
Total Interest Coverage (times) 5.2 5.2
Book Value Per Share — end of period $25.00 $24.61
Common Shares Outstanding — end of period (thousands)   49,729   50,657
 

UTILITY GAS STATISTICS

         
   

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,

 
(In thousands)   2015       2014   2015       2014  
Operating Revenues        
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential — Firm $ 61,641 $ 66,900 $ 816,666 $ 891,079
Commercial and Industrial — Firm 15,761 17,263 187,938 213,787
Commercial and Industrial — Interruptible 216 197 2,577 2,267
Electric Generation   275         275     1,100         1,100    
Total Sold and Delivered   77,893         84,635     1,008,281         1,108,233    
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 28,702 26,422 205,204 199,079
Interruptible 8,268 8,192 52,477 59,329
Electric Generation   189         151     553         516    
Total Delivered for Others   37,159         34,765     258,234         258,924    
115,052 119,400 1,266,515 1,367,157
Other   14,596         13,854     36,529         49,794    
Total   $ 129,648         $ 133,254     $ 1,303,044         $ 1,416,951    
                           
   

Three Months Ended
September 30,

 

Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,

 
(In thousands of therms)   2015       2014   2015       2014  
Gas Sales and Deliveries
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential — Firm 32,660 36,406 734,874 738,963
Commercial and Industrial — Firm 15,926 17,235 197,543 200,153
Commercial and Industrial — Interruptible   286       428   2,072       2,193  
Total Sold and Delivered   48,872       54,069   934,489       941,309  
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 51,932 50,178 558,125 535,503
Interruptible 42,452 45,231 260,264 267,705
Electric Generation   65,989       51,368   179,061       144,403  
Total Delivered for Others   160,373       146,777   997,450       947,611  
Total   209,245       200,846   1,931,939       1,888,920  
Utility Gas Purchased Expense (excluding asset optimization)   44.21   ¢   51.80 ¢ 55.58   ¢   67.66 ¢
Heating Degree Days
Actual 3,929 4,111
Normal 12 13 3,758 3,751
Percent Colder (Warmer) than Normal   (100.0 )%       (100.0 )%   4.6 %       9.6 %  
Average Active Customer Meters   1,129,784       1,116,837   1,129,240       1,116,527  
WGL ENERGY SERVICES
Natural Gas Sales
Therm Sales (thousands of therms) 85,000 82,310 713,000 718,090

Number of Customers (end of period)

 

143,800

      156,600   143,800       156,600  
Electricity Sales
Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs) 3,507,100 3,021,468 12,057,000 11,692,366
Number of Accounts (end of period)   138,000       162,100   138,000       162,100  
WGL ENERGY SYSTEMS
Megawatts in service 108 63 108 63
Megawatt hours generated   41,520       26,298   147,451       85,141  
 

WGL Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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The tables below reconcile adjusted EBIT on a segment basis to GAAP income (loss) before income taxes and reconcile operating earnings (loss) on a consolidated basis to GAAP net income (loss) applicable to common stock. Management believes that adjusted EBIT and operating earnings (loss) provide a more meaningful representation of our earnings from ongoing operations on a segment and consolidated basis, respectively. These measures facilitate analysis by providing consistent and comparable measures to help management, investors and analysts better understand and evaluate our operating results and performance trends, and assist in analyzing period-to-period comparisons. Additionally, we use these non-GAAP measures to report to our board of directors and to evaluate management's performance.

To derive our non-GAAP measures, we adjust for the financial recognition of certain transactions (non-GAAP adjustments) based on at least one of the following criteria:

There are limits in using adjusted EBIT and operating earnings (loss) to analyze our segment and consolidated results, respectively, as they are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, using adjusted EBIT and operating earnings (loss) to analyze our results may have limited value as they exclude certain items that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. We compensate for these limitations by providing investors with the attached reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

The following table summarizes the reconciliations of adjusted EBIT by segment to income before income taxes:

         
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
    September 30,   September 30,
(In thousands)   2015   2014   2015   2014
Adjusted EBIT:    
Regulated utility $ (19,787 ) $ (15,198 ) $ 235,713 $ 244,359
Retail energy-marketing 13,818 12,114 68,459 10,653
Commercial energy systems 6,140 4,308 16,803 12,258
Midstream energy services (1,676 ) (3,664 ) (3,571 ) 5,144
Other activities(*) (752 ) (1,294 ) (4,042 ) (7,951 )
Eliminations   (421 )   (277 )   (1,013 )   (167 )
Total   $ (2,678 )   $ (4,011 )   $ 312,349     $ 264,296  
Non-GAAP adjustments(1) 19,861 76,199 (45,455 ) (62,044 )
Interest expense   11,807     9,718     50,511     37,738  
Income before income taxes   $ 5,376     $ 62,470     $ 216,383     $ 164,514  
Income tax expense 3,440 24,102 83,804 57,254
Dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock   330     330     1,320     1,320  
Net income applicable to common stock   $ 1,606     $ 38,038     $ 131,259     $ 105,940  
(*) Activities and transactions that are not significant enough on a stand-alone basis to warrant treatment as an operating segment and that do not fit into one of our four operating segments.
 

WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated by Quarter)
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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The following tables represent the reconciliation of operating earnings to net income (loss) applicable to common stock (consolidated by quarter):

Fiscal Year 2015
    Quarterly Period Ended(**)
(In thousands, except per share data)   Dec. 31   Mar. 31   Jun. 30   Sept. 30   Fiscal Year
Operating earnings (loss)   $ 58,004   $ 101,034   $ 10,734   $ (11,525 )   $ 158,247
Non-GAAP adjustments(1) 10,892 (32,126 ) (44,082 ) 19,861 (45,455 )
Income tax expense (benefit) on non-GAAP adjustments   (5,008 )   12,547     17,658     (6,730 )   18,467  
Net income (loss) applicable to common stock   $ 63,888     $ 81,455     $ (15,690 )   $ 1,606     $ 131,259  
Diluted average common shares outstanding   50,091     49,983     49,729     50,069     50,060  
Operating earnings (loss) per share $ 1.16 $ 2.02 $ 0.22 $ (0.23 ) $ 3.16
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments   0.12     (0.39 )   (0.54 )   0.26     (0.54 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per average common share   $ 1.28     $ 1.63     $ (0.32 )   $ 0.03     $ 2.62  
Fiscal Year 2014
    Quarterly Period Ended(**)
(In thousands, except per share data)   Dec. 31   Mar. 31   Jun. 30   Sept. 30   Fiscal Year
Operating earnings (loss) $ 51,398 $ 95,526 $ 827 $ (8,799 ) $ 138,952
Non-GAAP adjustments(1) (58,843 ) (58,179 ) (21,221 ) 76,199 (62,044 )
Income tax expense (benefit) on non-GAAP adjustments 22,453 23,866 8,454 (29,362 ) 25,411
Regulatory asset - tax effect Medicare Part D (***)   3,621                 3,621  
Net income (loss) applicable to common stock   $ 18,629     $ 61,213     $ (11,940 )   $ 38,038     $ 105,940  
Diluted average common shares outstanding   51,827     51,899     51,921     51,527     51,770  
Operating earnings (loss) per share $ 0.99 $ 1.84 $ 0.02 $ (0.17 ) $ 2.68
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments   (0.63 )   (0.66 )   (0.25 )   0.91     (0.63 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per average common share   $ 0.36     $ 1.18     $ (0.23 )   $ 0.74     $ 2.05  
(**) 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.
(***) In March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) eliminated future Medicare Part D (Med D) tax benefits for Washington Gas' tax years beginning after September 30, 2013. On March 30, 2012, based on positions taken by the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC of MD) in Washington Gas' rate case, Washington Gas determined that it is not probable that the PSC of MD would permit recovery of this asset. Therefore, the Maryland portion of the regulatory asset related to the Med D benefit was charged to tax expense. In November of 2013, the PSC of MD issued an order authorizing Washington Gas to establish a regulatory asset and amortize the costs related to the change in tax treatment of Med D.

WGL Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
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(1) The following tables summarize non-GAAP adjustments, by operating segment and present a reconciliation of adjusted EBIT to EBIT. EBIT is defined as earnings before interest and taxes from continuing operations. Items we do not include in EBIT are interest expense, inter-company financing activity, dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock, and income taxes.

 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
(In thousands)   Regulated

Utility

  Retail-Energy

Marketing

  Commercial

Energy

Systems

  Midstream

Energy

Services

  Other

Activities

  Intersegment

Eliminations

  Total
Adjusted EBIT   $ (19,787 )   $ 13,818     $ 6,140     $ (1,676 )   $ (752 )   $ (421 )   $ (2,678 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a) 7,006 (5,271 ) 15,182 16,917
Storage optimization program(b) (461 ) (461 )
DC weather impact(c) (95 ) (95 )
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d) (1,183 ) (1,183 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e) 7,117 7,117
Competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement(f)   (1,331 )   (1,103 )                   (2,434 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments   $ 5,119     $ (6,374 )   $ (1,183 )   $ 22,299     $     $     $ 19,861  
EBIT   $ (14,668 )   $ 7,444     $ 4,957     $ 20,623     $ (752 )   $ (421 )   $ 17,183  
                             
Three Months Ended September 30, 2014
(In thousands)   Regulated

Utility

  Retail-Energy

Marketing

  Commercial

Energy

Systems

  Midstream

Energy

Services

  Other

Activities

  Intersegment

Eliminations

  Total
Adjusted EBIT   $ (15,198 )   $ 12,114     $ 4,308     $ (3,664 )   $ (1,294 )   $ (277 )   $ (4,011 )
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a) 39,060 (3,285 ) 39,594 75,369
Storage optimization program (b) 866 866
DC weather impact(c) (77 ) (77 )
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d) (806 ) (806 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e) 1,892 1,892
Incremental professional service fees (k) (18 ) (18 )
Regulatory implementation true-up (m) 1,573 1,573
Legal related cost accrual(n)           (2,600 )        

 

 

 

  (2,600 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments   $ 41,422     $ (3,285 )   $ (3,406 )   $ 41,486     $ (18 )   $     $ 76,199  
EBIT   $ 26,224     $ 8,829     $ 902     $ 37,822     $ (1,312 )   $ (277 )   $ 72,188  
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2015
(In thousands)   Regulated

Utility

  Retail-Energy

Marketing

  Commercial

Energy

Systems

  Midstream

Energy

Services

  Other

Activities

  Intersegment

Eliminations

  Total
Adjusted EBIT   $ 235,713     $ 68,459     $ 16,803     $ (3,571 )   $ (4,042 )   $ (1,013 )   $ 312,349  
Non-GAAP adjustments:              
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a) (6,322 ) (20,727 ) (5,807 ) (32,856 )
Storage optimization program(b) (3,704 ) (3,704 )
DC weather impact(c) 86 86
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d) (4,134 ) (4,134 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e) 6,658 6,658
Competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement(f) (1,331 ) (1,103 ) (2,434 )
Investment impairment(g) (5,625 ) (5,625 )
Impairment loss on Springfield Operations Center(h) (465 ) (465 )
Unrecovered government contracting costs(i)           (2,981 )               (2,981 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments   $ (11,736 )   $ (21,830 )   $ (7,115 )   $ 851     $ (5,625 )   $     $ (45,455 )
EBIT   $ 223,977     $ 46,629     $ 9,688     $ (2,720 )   $ (9,667 )   $ (1,013 )   $ 266,894  
                             
Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2014
(In thousands)   Regulated

Utility

  Retail-Energy

Marketing

  Commercial

Energy

Systems

  Midstream

Energy

Services

  Other

Activities

  Intersegment

Eliminations

  Total
Adjusted EBIT   $ 244,359     $ 10,653     $ 12,258     $ 5,144     $ (7,951 )   $ (167 )   $ 264,296  
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a) (66,220 ) 3,362 1,464 (61,394 )
Storage optimization program(b) 4,972 4,972
DC weather impact(c) 2,135 2,135
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d) (2,795 ) (2,795 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e) 1,804 1,804
Impairment loss on Springfield Operations Center(h) (770 ) (770 )
Competitive service provider imbalance cash settlement(j) 488 488
Incremental professional services fees(k) (3,588 ) (3,588 )
Impairment loss on proposed Chillum liquefied natural gas facility(l) (1,869 ) (1,869 )
Regulatory implementation true up (m) 1,573 1,573
Legal related cost accrual (n)           (2,600 )               (2,600 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments   $ (59,691 )   $ 3,362     $ (5,395 )   $ 3,268     $ (3,588 )   $     $ (62,044 )
EBIT   $ 184,668     $ 14,015     $ 6,863     $ 8,412     $ (11,539 )   $ (167 )   $ 202,252  

Footnotes:

(a)

 

Adjustments to eliminate unrealized mark-to-market gains (losses) for our energy-related derivatives for our regulated utility and retail energy-marketing operations as well as certain derivatives related to the optimization of transportation capacity for the midstream energy services segment. With the exception of certain transactions related to the optimization of system capacity assets as discussed in footnote (b) below, when these derivatives settle, the realized economic impact is reflected in our non-GAAP results, as we are only removing interim unrealized mark-to-market amounts.

(b)

Adjustments to shift the timing of storage optimization margins for the regulated utility segment from the periods recognized for GAAP purposes to the periods in which such margins are recognized for regulatory sharing purposes. In addition, lower-of-cost or market adjustments related to system and non-system storage optimization are eliminated for non-GAAP reporting, since the margins will be recognized for regulatory purposes when the withdrawals are made at the unadjusted historical cost of storage inventory.

(c)

Eliminates the estimated financial effects of warm or cold weather in the District of Columbia, as measured consistent with our regulatory tariff. For fiscal year 2015, Washington Gas did not enter into weather protection products due to the pricing environment. Washington Gas has regulatory weather protection mechanisms in Maryland and Virginia designed to neutralize the estimated financial effects of weather. Utilization of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is our practice to evaluate our rate-regulated revenues by utilizing normal weather and to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather.

(d)

To reclassify the amortization of deferred investment tax credits from income taxes to operating income for the commercial energy systems segment. These credits are a key component of the operating success of this segment and therefore are included within adjusted EBIT to help management and investors better assess its performance.

(e)

For our midstream energy services segment, adjustments to reflect storage inventory at market or at a value based on the price used to value the physical forward sales contract that is economically hedging the storage inventory. This adjustment also includes the estimated effects of certain sharing mechanisms on all of our non-GAAP unrealized gains and losses. Adjusting our storage optimization inventory in this fashion better aligns the settlement of both our physical and financial transactions and allows investors and management to better analyze the results of our non-utility asset optimization strategies.

(f)

Eliminates the financial effects of a potential refund to customers related to an order of the DC Public Service Commission (PSC of DC) in October 2015 associated with a cash settlement of competitive service provider gas imbalances built during the 2008-2009 winter season.

(g)

Represents an impairment of an equity investment in a solar holding company, accounted for at cost, which occurred in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. We do not believe this impairment charge is indicative of our historical or future performance trends.

(h)

Represents impairment charges and accrued selling expenses related to Washington Gas' Springfield Operations Center.

(i)

Represents unrecovered government contracting costs under the Small Business Administration's Business Development 8(a) Program. We do not anticipate any further unrecovered costs as the company exits its participation in this program.

(j)

Represents amounts collected by the regulated utility segment in relation to the refund to customers ordered by the PSC of MD in September 2011 associated with a cash settlement of gas imbalances with competitive service providers.

(k)

These costs include incremental legal and consulting costs in connection with business development activities. These costs are unpredictable and may vary greatly with each opportunity. Management believes that excluding these costs allows management and investors to better compare, analyze and forecast the performance of our revenue generating opportunities.

(l)

On July 7, 2014, the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC of VA) disallowed full recovery of certain costs related to a proposed Chillum liquefied natural gas facility, therefore a portion of the associated regulatory asset was impaired.

(m)

Adjustment reflects a retroactive true-up to reflect the effects of a regulatory decision.

(n)

Legal related cost accrual associated with subcontracting under the Small Business Administration's Business Development 8(a) Program.

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