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WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results; Affirms 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 quarter ended March 31, 2016, of $106.3 million, or $2.11 per share, an improvement of $24.8 million, or $0.48 per share, over net income applicable to common stock of $81.5 million, or $1.63 per share, reported for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

For the six months ended March 31, 2016, net income applicable to common stock was $174.5 million, or $3.48 per share, an improvement of $29.2 million, or $0.58 per share, over net income applicable to common stock of $145.3 million, or $2.90 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 quarter ended March 31, 2016, operating earnings were $89.5 million, or $1.78 per share, compared to operating earnings of $101.0 million, or $2.02 per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the six months ended March 31, 2016, operating earnings were $148.7 million, or $2.96 per share, compared to operating earnings of $159.0 million, or $3.18 per share, for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

"I am happy to announce another solid quarter of earnings at WGL Holdings," said Terry McCallister, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Adjusted EBIT improved compared to the second quarter of 2015 in both the regulated utility and in our commercial energy systems segments. The utility continues to benefit from new customers and from rate base growth driven by our accelerated infrastructure replacement programs, and the systems segment has seen improved earnings fueled by investments in distributed generation assets and by growth in our energy efficiency contracting business. While current market pricing has lowered results in the quarter compared to the prior year in the midstream energy services segment, we expect results there to improve in the second half and to exceed our original plans for this business. Our retail energy-marketing business also realized lower results for the quarter, but as we have noted before, earnings in the segment were unusually high in 2015 driven in part by weather related portfolio optimization results."

"While we are disappointed in the recent decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to deny approval for the Constitution pipeline, we remain committed to the project and to finding a path forward for this needed infrastructure investment. We are, however, still evaluating the accounting impacts of this development as well as any potential impacts to our financial forecasts."

Second Quarter Results by Business Segment

Regulated Utility

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, the regulated utility segment reported adjusted EBIT of $153.9 million, compared to adjusted EBIT of $152.4 million for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the six months ended March 31, 2016, the regulated utility segment reported adjusted EBIT of $240.5 million, compared to adjusted EBIT of $249.0 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

For both the three and six months ended March 31, 2016 comparisons, adjusted EBIT reflects: (i) higher revenues from customer growth; (ii) higher rate recovery related to our accelerated pipe replacement programs and (iii) lower expenses associated with employee incentives. For both period-to-period comparisons, these favorable variances were partially offset by: (i) the negative effects of certain natural gas consumption patterns in the District of Columbia; (ii) lower realized margins associated with our asset optimization program and (iii) a decrease in the recovery of carrying costs on lower average storage gas inventory balances. The comparison for the six months ended March 31, 2016, also reflects higher labor and support activity costs, higher depreciation expense related to the growth in our utility plant and other taxes.

Retail Energy-Marketing

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, the retail energy-marketing segment reported adjusted EBIT of $8.4 million, compared to adjusted EBIT of $27.0 million for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the six months ended March 31, 2016, the retail energy-marketing segment reported adjusted EBIT of $13.6 million, compared to adjusted EBIT of $36.0 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

For both the three and six months ended March 31, 2016, the decline in adjusted EBIT primarily reflects lower natural gas margins due to a decrease in portfolio optimization activity that returned to more historical levels during these periods and lower electric margins due to higher capacity charges from the regional power grid operator (PJM). Further contributing to these unfavorable variances were higher operating expenses primarily due to commercial broker fees.

Commercial Energy Systems

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, the commercial energy systems segment reported adjusted EBIT of $2.3 million, an increase of $0.6 million, over adjusted EBIT of $1.7 million for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the six months ended March 31, 2016, the commercial energy systems segment reported adjusted EBIT of $4.5 million, an increase of $1.6 million, over adjusted EBIT of $2.9 million, for the same period of the prior fiscal year. The increase in adjusted EBIT reflects: (i) improved margins from the energy-efficiency contracting business and (ii) the growth in distributed generation assets in service, including higher income from state rebate programs and solar renewable energy credit sales. Additionally, there were improved results in our investment solar businesses related to changes in the recognition of earnings for our solar partnership. These improvements were partially offset by a $3.0 million impairment related to our investment in thermal solar projects recorded during the three month period and higher operating and depreciation expenses.

Midstream Energy Services

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, the midstream energy services segment reported adjusted EBIT of $(8.4) million, compared to adjusted EBIT of $(3.1) million for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. For the six months ended March 31, 2016, the midstream energy services segment reported adjusted EBIT of $4.8 million, an increase of $5.3 million, over adjusted EBIT of $(0.5) million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

For the three months ended March 31, 2016, the decline in adjusted EBIT when compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year is primarily related to the recognition of losses associated with current market pricing. We anticipate these losses will reverse by fiscal year-end as we realize the value of economic hedging transactions we executed during the first two quarters and as certain contractual procedures approach resolution. For the six months ended March 31, 2016, the increase in adjusted EBIT primarily reflects favorable spreads when compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year.

Earnings Outlook

We are affirming our consolidated non-GAAP operating earnings estimate for fiscal year 2016 in a range of $3.00 per share to $3.20 per share. This guidance does not include any potential impacts related to the decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to deny the section 401 certification for the Constitution pipeline, other than a reduction in forecasted AFUDC related to the project. In providing fiscal year 2016 earnings guidance, management is aware that there could be differences between reported GAAP earnings and estimated operating earnings due to matters such as, but not limited to, unrealized mark-to-market positions for our energy-related derivatives. At this time, 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 May 5, 2016, to discuss our second quarter fiscal year 2016 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 June 5, 2016.

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, dividends 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.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

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(In thousands)   March 31, 2016   September 30, 2015
ASSETS    
Property, Plant and Equipment
At original cost $ 5,199,734 $ 5,003,910
Accumulated depreciation and amortization   (1,367,215 )   (1,331,182 )
Net property, plant and equipment   3,832,519     3,672,728  
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents 9,874 6,733
Accounts receivable, net 577,622 358,491
Storage gas 133,947 211,443
Derivatives and other   202,765     171,874  
Total current assets   924,208     748,541  
Deferred Charges and Other Assets   902,838     840,090  
Total Assets   $ 5,659,565     $ 5,261,359  
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
Capitalization
Common shareholders' equity $ 1,395,114 $ 1,243,247
Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock 28,173 28,173
Long-term debt   1,194,251     944,201  
Total capitalization   2,617,538     2,215,621  
Current Liabilities
Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt 329,307 357,000
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 349,746 325,146
Derivatives and other   306,849     300,768  
Total current liabilities   985,902     982,914  
Deferred Credits   2,056,125     2,062,824  
Total Capitalization and Liabilities   $ 5,659,565     $ 5,261,359  
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

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  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
(In thousands, except per share data)   2016   2015   2016   2015
OPERATING REVENUES    
Utility $ 442,837 $ 606,505 $ 730,990 $ 988,217
Non-utility     392,852     395,228     718,083     762,753  
Total Operating Revenues     835,689     1,001,733     1,449,073     1,750,970  
OPERATING EXPENSES
Utility cost of gas 121,055 310,138 171,080 439,842
Non-utility cost of energy-related sales 351,720 356,535 634,207 693,103
Operation and maintenance 103,933 104,287 199,352 196,667
Depreciation and amortization 33,170 30,103 64,582 59,463
General taxes and other assessments     51,400     57,784     87,932     97,167  
Total Operating Expenses     661,278     858,847     1,157,153     1,486,242  
OPERATING INCOME 174,411 142,886 291,920 264,728
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates 4,768 1,832 6,031 2,976
Other income (expenses) — net 795 338 1,774 (4,017 )
Interest expense     12,999     13,254     25,759     25,564  
INCOME BEFORE TAXES 166,975 131,802 273,966 238,123
INCOME TAX EXPENSE     60,357     50,017     98,847     92,120  
NET INCOME $ 106,618 $ 81,785 $ 175,119 $ 146,003
Dividends on Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock     330     330     660     660  
NET INCOME APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK   $ 106,288   $ 81,455   $ 174,459   $ 145,343  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
Basic 50,009 49,720 49,918 49,851
Diluted     50,282     49,983     50,166     50,055  
EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE
Basic $ 2.13 $ 1.64 $ 3.49 $ 2.92
Diluted   $ 2.11   $ 1.63   $ 3.48   $ 2.90  
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics

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FINANCIAL STATISTICS
  Twelve Months Ended
    March 31,
    2016   2015
Closing Market Price — end of period $72.37   $56.40
52-Week Market Price Range $74.10 - $51.86 $59.08-$37.77
Price Earnings Ratio 22.5 16.7
Annualized Dividends Per Share $1.95 $1.85
Dividend Yield 2.7% 3.3%
Return on Average Common Equity 11.9% 13.4%
Total Interest Coverage (times) 5.8 7.1
Book Value Per Share — end of period $27.72 $26.22
Common Shares Outstanding — end of period (thousands)   50,337   49,729
 
 

UTILITY GAS STATISTICS

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,   March 31,
(In thousands)   2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015
Operating Revenues      
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential — Firm $ 279,973 $ 411,386 $ 447,661 $ 655,120 $ 609,207 $ 827,935
Commercial and Industrial — Firm 59,679 92,036 96,288 148,454 135,772 193,001
Commercial and Industrial — Interruptible 1,087 1,256 1,606 1,974 2,209 2,499
Electric Generation   275         275       550         550       1,100         1,100    
    341,014         504,953       546,105         806,098       748,288         1,024,535    
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 80,492 77,819 142,396 133,940 213,660 199,059
Interruptible 16,831 20,857 28,336 34,593 46,220 53,383
Electric Generation   205         107       381         239       695         508    
    97,528         98,783       171,113         168,772       260,575         252,950    
438,542 603,736 717,218 974,870 1,008,863 1,277,485
Other   4,295         2,769       13,772         13,347       36,954         38,887    
Total   $ 442,837         $ 606,505       $ 730,990         $ 988,217       $ 1,045,817         $ 1,316,372    
                                                       
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,   March 31,
(In thousands of therms)   2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015
Gas Sales and Deliveries
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential — Firm 321,765 410,701 474,689 627,760 581,803 735,038
Commercial and Industrial — Firm 79,817 98,729 124,709 157,907 164,345 197,483
Commercial and Industrial — Interruptible   1,332         390       2,051         1,445       2,678         2,177    
    402,914         509,820       601,449         787,112       748,826         934,698    
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 218,692 279,133 351,970 439,139 470,956 565,683
Interruptible 82,999 93,488 145,534 171,147 234,651 269,082
Electric Generation   59,154         28,955       102,380         55,210       226,231         140,484    
    360,845         401,576       599,884         665,496       931,838         975,249    
Total   763,759         911,396       1,201,333         1,452,608       1,680,664         1,909,947    
Utility Gas Purchase Expense (excluding asset optimization)   34.12     ¢   56.88   ¢   34.83     ¢   56.63   ¢   37.81     ¢   57.26   ¢
HEATING DEGREE DAYS
Actual 1,996 2,471 2,952 3,726 3,155 4,003
Normal 2,098 2,107 3,429 3,450 3,737 3,758
Percent Colder (Warmer) than Normal   (4.9

)

%

    17.3 %     (13.9

)

%

    8.0 %     (15.6

)

%

    6.5 %  
Average Active Customer Meters   1,144,147         1,132,836       1,139,798         1,127,843       1,136,067         1,123,632    
WGL ENERGY SERVICES                                                      
Natural Gas Sales
Therm Sales (thousands of therms) 315,900 314,500 505,500 515,600 702,900 714,100
Number of Customers (end of period)   139,400         150,000       139,400         150,000       139,400         150,000    
Electricity Sales
Electricity Sales (thousands of kWhs) 3,192,700 2,988,200 6,119,200 5,656,700 12,519,400 11,468,500
Number of Accounts (end of period)   134,400         150,100       134,400         150,100       134,400         150,100    
WGL ENERGY SYSTEMS
Megawatts in service 134 87 134 87 134 87
Megawatt hours generated   43,691         27,902       77,306         52,771       171,598         112,006    
 

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 the board of directors and to evaluate management's performance.

To derive our non-GAAP measures, we adjust for the accounting 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 than 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 March 31,   Six Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands)   2016   2015   2016   2015
Adjusted EBIT:        
Regulated utility $ 153,915 $ 152,395 $ 240,538 $ 248,951
Retail energy-marketing 8,376 27,031 13,621 35,986
Commercial energy systems 2,338 1,683 4,533 2,851
Midstream energy services (8,373 ) (3,062 ) 4,756 (496 )
Other activities(*) (1,476 ) (846 ) (2,256 ) (2,320 )
Eliminations   (621 )   (19 )   (594 )   (51 )
Total   $ 154,159     $ 177,182     $ 260,598     $ 284,921  
Non-GAAP adjustments(1) 25,815 (32,126 ) 39,127 (21,234 )
Interest expense   12,999     13,254     25,759     25,564  
Income before income taxes   $ 166,975     $ 131,802     $ 273,966     $ 238,123  
Income tax expense 60,357 50,017 98,847 92,120
Dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock   330     330     660     660  
Net income applicable to common stock   $ 106,288     $ 81,455     $ 174,459     $ 145,343  
 
(*)   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 applicable to common stock (consolidated by quarter):

 
Fiscal Year 2016
    Quarterly Period Ended*
(In thousands, except per share data)   Dec. 31   Mar. 31   Jun. 30   Sept. 30   Fiscal Year
Operating earnings   $ 59,205   $ 89,490       $ 148,695
Non-GAAP adjustments(1) 13,312 25,815 39,127
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments   (4,346 )   (9,017 )           (13,363 )
Net income applicable to common stock   $ 68,171     $ 106,288             $ 174,459  
Diluted average common shares outstanding   50,030     50,282             50,166  
Operating earnings per share $ 1.18 $ 1.78 $ 2.96
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments   0.18     0.33             0.52  
Diluted earnings per average common share   $ 1.36     $ 2.11             $ 3.48  
Fiscal Year 2015
    Quarterly Period Ended*
(In thousands, except per share data)   Dec. 31   Mar. 31   Jun. 30   Sept. 30   Fiscal Year
Operating earnings $ 58,004 $ 101,034 $ 159,038
Non-GAAP adjustments(1) 10,892 (32,126 ) (21,234 )
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments   (5,008 )   12,547             7,539  
Net income applicable to common stock   $ 63,888     $ 81,455             $ 145,343  
Diluted average common shares outstanding   50,091     49,983             50,055  
Operating earnings per share $ 1.16 $ 2.02 $ 3.18
Per share effect of non-GAAP adjustments   0.12     (0.39 )           (0.28 )
Diluted earnings per average common share   $ 1.28     $ 1.63             $ 2.90  
 

* 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.

 
 

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 March 31, 2016
    Retail   Commercial   Midstream      
Regulated Energy- Energy Energy Other
(In thousands)   Utility   Marketing   Systems   Services   Activities   Eliminations   Total
Adjusted EBIT   $ 153,915     $ 8,376     $ 2,338     $ (8,373 )   $ (1,476 )   $ (621 )   $ 154,159  
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a) 13,693 (5,298 ) 11,486 19,881
Storage optimization program(b) (826 ) (826 )
DC weather impact(c) (2,511 ) (2,511 )
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d) (1,316 ) (1,316 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e)               10,587             10,587  
Total non-GAAP adjustments   $ 10,356     $ (5,298 )   $ (1,316 )   $ 22,073     $     $     $ 25,815  
EBIT   $ 164,271     $ 3,078     $ 1,022     $ 13,700     $ (1,476 )   $ (621 )   $ 179,974  
                             
Three Months Ended March 31, 2015
Retail Commercial Midstream
Regulated Energy- Energy Energy Other
(In thousands)   Utility   Marketing   Systems   Services   Activities   Eliminations   Total
Adjusted EBIT   $ 152,395     $ 27,031     $ 1,683     $ (3,062 )   $ (846 )   $ (19 )   $ 177,182  
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a) (27,979 ) 11,395 (7,478 ) (24,062 )
Storage optimization program (b) 1,581 1,581
DC weather impact(c) 4,283 4,283
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d) (961 ) (961 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e)               (12,967 )           (12,967 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments   $ (22,115 )   $ 11,395     $ (961 )   $ (20,445 )   $     $     $ (32,126 )
EBIT   $ 130,280     $ 38,426     $ 722     $ (23,507 )   $ (846 )   $ (19 )   $ 145,056  
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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Six Months Ended March 31, 2016
    Retail   Commercial   Midstream      
Regulated Energy- Energy Energy Other
(In thousands)   Utility   Marketing   Systems   Services   Activities   Eliminations   Total
Adjusted EBIT   $ 240,538     $ 13,621     $ 4,533     $ 4,756     $ (2,256 )   $ (594 )   $ 260,598  
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a) 33,116 (11,110 ) 22,322 44,328
Storage optimization program(b) (351 ) (351 )
DC weather impact(c) (9,743 ) (9,743 )
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d) (2,568 ) (2,568 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e)               7,461             7,461  
Total non-GAAP adjustments   $ 23,022     $ (11,110 )   $ (2,568 )   $ 29,783     $     $     $ 39,127  
EBIT   $ 263,560     $ 2,511     $ 1,965     $ 34,539     $ (2,256 )   $ (594 )   $ 299,725  
                             
Six Months Ended March 31, 2015
Retail Commercial Midstream
Regulated Energy- Energy Energy Other
(In thousands)   Utility   Marketing   Systems   Services   Activities   Eliminations   Total
Adjusted EBIT   $ 248,951     $ 35,986     $ 2,851     $ (496 )   $ (2,320 )   $ (51 )   $ 284,921  
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Unrealized mark-to-market valuations on energy-related derivatives(a) (2,902 ) (13,455 ) 851 (15,506 )
Storage optimization program (b) (2,599 ) (2,599 )
DC weather impact(c) 1,457 1,457
Distributed generation asset related investment tax credits(d) (1,870 ) (1,870 )
Change in measured value of inventory(e) 2,909 2,909
Investment impairment(f)                   (5,625 )       (5,625 )
Total non-GAAP adjustments   $ (4,044 )   $ (13,455 )   $ (1,870 )   $ 3,760     $ (5,625 )   $     $ (21,234 )
EBIT   $ 244,907     $ 22,531     $ 981     $ 3,264     $ (7,945 )   $ (51 )   $ 263,687  

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. 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 the segment's 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)

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 did not believe this impairment charge was indicative of our historical or future performance trends.

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