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Pinnacle West Reports First-Quarter Results

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmarginbottom'> <i>Quarterly earnings aided by retail regulatory settlement</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmarginbottom'> <i>Company remains focused on renewable resources, cost management and efficient performance</i> </li> </ul>

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Pinnacle West Reports First-Quarter Results08:01 EDT Thursday, May 06, 2010 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) today reported a consolidated net loss attributable to common shareholders of $6.0 million, or $0.06 per diluted share of common stock, for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. This result compares with a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $156.5 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2009. Excluding results of the Company's real estate segment, the restructuring of which was announced last year, Pinnacle West's on-going consolidated earnings in the 2010 first quarter were $7.2 million, or $0.07 per share, compared with an on-going loss of $24.8 million or $0.25 per share, in the same period a year ago. A reconciliation of reported earnings to on-going earnings is provided at the end of this release. “Our first quarter results support our full-year earnings guidance,” said Pinnacle West Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Don Brandt. “We are focused on executing our renewables program, actively managing our costs and identifying additional efficiencies and savings throughout our organization.” The 2010 first-quarter on-going results were positively impacted by the following factors: Higher revenues resulting from retail rate increases improved earnings by $0.20 per share.Of this amount, $0.14 is related to retail base rates and $0.03 is related to line extension revenue, both implemented in January as a result of the Company's regulatory settlement. The balance is attributable to a retail transmission rate increase implemented in the 2009 third quarter. A reduction of the Company's 2010 effective income tax rate improved earnings by $0.08 per share. Improved mark-to-market valuations of fuel contracts as a result of changes in commodity prices contributed $0.02 per share to the quarterly earnings comparison. These positive factors were offset by increased operations and maintenance expenses, which decreased earnings by $0.04 per share. This increase was primarily related to higher labor expenses, offset in part by lower generation costs, including the timing of fossil-plant planned maintenance. The variance excludes costs associated with renewable energy and demand-side management programs, which are offset by comparable amounts of operating revenues. A net decrease in weather-normalized kilowatt-hour sales reduced earnings by $0.02 per share. However, this decrease was offset by the effects of more favorable weather versus last year's quarter. The sales decrease was primarily related to the impacts of APS's energy efficiency programs and lower electricity consumption by commercial and industrial customers due to the current economic slowdown. Total retail electricity sales, excluding the effects of weather, decreased 1.7 percent in the 2010 first quarter compared to the corresponding 2009 period. Arizona Public Service Co. (APS), the Company's principal subsidiary, reported 2010 first quarter net income attributable to common shareholder of $11.0 million, compared with a net loss of $15.5 million for the comparable 2009 quarter. 2010 and 2011 On-going Earnings Outlook The Company continues to estimate its 2010 on-going consolidated earnings will be in the range of $2.95 to $3.10 per diluted share. Key factors and assumptions underlying the outlook remain unchanged, except for the following: Weather-normalized retail electricity sales volumes are expected to be slightly below the prior year, in part due to the Company's energy efficiency initiatives and reflecting first-quarter results; and The on-going effective income tax rate is expected to be about 35 percent. For 2011, the Company continues to estimate its on-going consolidated earnings will be within the guidance range provided for 2010 on-going consolidated earnings, with some opportunity for modestly exceeding that range. Conference Call and Web Cast Pinnacle West invites interested parties to listen to the live web cast of management's conference call to discuss the Company's 2010 first-quarter results, as well as recent developments at 12:00 noon (ET) today, May 6. The web cast can be accessed at and will be available for replay on the web site for 30 days. To access the live conference call by telephone, dial (877) 356-3961 and enter Conference ID 66015030. A replay of the call also will be available until 11:55 p.m. (ET), Thursday, May 13, 2010, by calling (800) 642-1687 in the U.S. and Canada or (706) 645-9291 internationally and entering the same Conference ID number as above. General Information Pinnacle West is a Phoenix-based company with consolidated assets of about $12 billion. Through its subsidiaries, the Company generates, sells and delivers electricity and sells energy-related products and services to retail and wholesale customers in the western United States. Dollar amounts in this news release are after income taxes. Earnings per share amounts are based on average diluted common shares outstanding. For more information on Pinnacle West's operating statistics and earnings, please visit PINNACLE WEST CAPITAL CORPORATIONNON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE RECONCILIATION     NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON SHAREHOLDERS(GAAP MEASURE) TO ON-GOING EARNINGS (NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE)   Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 Three Months Ended March 31, 2009 Dollars inMillions   DilutedEPS Dollars inMillions   DilutedEPS   Net Loss Attributable to Common Shareholders $ (6.0 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (156.5 ) $ (1.55 ) Adjustment: Real estate segment   13.2     0.13     131.7     1.30   On-going Earnings (Loss) $ 7.2   $ 0.07   $ (24.8 ) $ (0.25 )   NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION In this press release, we refer to “on-going earnings.” On-going earnings is a “non-GAAP financial measure,” as defined in accordance with SEC rules. We believe on-going earnings provide investors with a useful indicator of our results that is comparable among periods because it excludes the effects of unusual items that may occur on an irregular basis. Investors should note that these non-GAAP financial measures involve judgments by management, including whether an item is classified as an unusual item. We use on-going earnings, or similar concepts, to measure our performance internally in reports for management. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our 2010 and 2011 earnings outlook, and neither Pinnacle West nor APS assumes any obligation to update these statements, even if our internal estimates change, except as required by applicable law. These forward-looking statements are often identified by words such as “estimate,” “predict,” “may,” “believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “require,” “intend,” “assume” and similar words. Because actual results may differ materially from expectations, we caution you not to place undue reliance on these statements. A number of factors could cause future results to differ materially from historical results, or from outcomes currently expected or sought by Pinnacle West or APS. These factors include, but are not limited to: regulatory and judicial decisions, developments and proceedings; our ability to achieve timely and adequate rate recovery of our costs; our ability to reduce capital expenditures and other costs while maintaining reliability and customer service levels; variations in demand for electricity, including those due to weather, the general economy, customer and sales growth (or decline), and the effects of energy conservation measures; power plant performance and outages; volatile fuel and purchased power costs; fuel and water supply availability; new legislation or regulation relating to greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy mandates and energy efficiency standards; our ability to meet renewable energy requirements and recover related costs; risks inherent in the operation of nuclear facilities, including spent fuel disposal uncertainty; competition in retail and wholesale power markets; the duration and severity of the economic decline in Arizona and current credit, financial and real estate market conditions; the cost of debt and equity capital and the ability to access capital markets when required; restrictions on dividends or other burdensome provisions in our credit agreements and Arizona Corporation Commission orders; our ability, or the ability of our subsidiaries, to meet debt service obligations; changes to our credit ratings; the investment performance of the assets of our nuclear decommissioning trust, pension, and other postretirement benefit plans and the resulting impact on future funding requirements; liquidity of wholesale power markets and the use of derivative contracts in our business; potential shortfalls in insurance coverage; new accounting requirements or new interpretations of existing requirements; transmission and distribution system conditions and operating costs; the ability to meet the anticipated future need for additional baseload generation and associated transmission facilities in our region; the ability of our counterparties and power plant participants to meet contractual or other obligations; technological developments in the electric industry; and economic and other conditions affecting the real estate market in SunCor Development Company's market areas. These and other factors are discussed in Risk Factors described in Item 1A of the Pinnacle West/APS Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, which readers should review carefully before placing any reliance on our financial statements, disclosures or our earnings outlook. PINNACLE WEST CAPITAL CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited) (dollars and shares in thousands, except per share amounts)         THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010   2009 Operating Revenues Regulated electricity segment $ 611,425 $ 602,578 Real estate segment 9,416 14,840 Other revenues   12,750     8,449   Total   633,591     625,867     Operating Expenses Regulated electricity segment fuel and purchased power 215,540 247,388 Real estate segment operations 13,890 26,910 Real estate impairment charge 15,112 208,480 Operations and maintenance 209,991 197,616 Depreciation and amortization 101,536 101,812 Taxes other than income taxes 31,827 34,128 Other expenses   8,061     6,467   Total   595,957     822,801     Operating Income (Loss)   37,634     (196,934 )   Other Allowance for equity funds used during construction 5,389 4,992 Other income 2,395 537 Other expense   (2,696 )   (9,741 ) Total   5,088     (4,212 )   Interest Expense Interest charges 62,054 59,035 Capitalized interest   (3,080 )   (3,834 ) Total   58,974     55,201     Loss From Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes (16,252 ) (256,347 )   Income Taxes   (15,480 )   (95,004 )   Loss From Continuing Operations (772 ) (161,343 )   Loss From Discontinued OperationsNet of Income Taxes   (125 )   (4,727 )   Net Loss (897 ) (166,070 )   Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests 5,117 (9,560 )     Net Loss Attributable To Common Shareholders $ (6,014 ) $ (156,510 )     Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding - Basic 101,474 100,986   Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 101,474 100,986   Earnings Per Weighted-Average Common Share Outstanding Loss from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - basic $ (0.06 ) $ (1.50 ) Net loss attributable to common shareholders - basic $ (0.06 ) $ (1.55 ) Loss from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders - diluted $ (0.06 ) $ (1.50 ) Net loss attributable to common shareholders - diluted $ (0.06 ) $ (1.55 )   Amounts Attributable To Common Shareholders Loss from continuing operations, net of tax $ (5,889 ) $ (151,783 ) Discontinued operations, net of tax   (125 )   (4,727 ) Net loss attributable to common shareholders $ (6,014 ) $ (156,510 )