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SCANA Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2012

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

SCANA Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 201207:30 EST Tuesday, November 06, 2012CAYCE, S.C., Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) today announced earnings for the third quarter of 2012 of $122 million, or 93 cents basic earnings per share, compared to earnings of $105 million, or 81 cents basic earnings per share, for the third quarter of 2011.  During the third quarter, increases in electric and gas margins principally from base rate increases were partially offset by increases in interest and depreciation expenses, and share dilution.(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111004/CH80784LOGO )For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, SCANA reported earnings of $315 million, or $2.41 basic earnings per share, compared to earnings of $289 million, or $2.25 basic earnings per share, for the same period in 2011.  "We are pleased with the results for the third quarter of 2012," said Jimmy Addison, executive vice president and chief financial officer.  "Margins were higher than last year due to customer growth and base rate increases under the Base Load Review Act.  We are tightening our earnings guidance for the year to be in the range of $3.10 to $3.25 basic earnings per share and maintaining our internal target of $3.17 per share."FINANCIAL RESULTS BY MAJOR LINES OF BUSINESSSouth Carolina Electric & Gas CompanyEarnings in the third quarter of 2012 at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), SCANA's principal subsidiary, were $132 million, or $1.01 basic earnings per share compared to earnings of $120 million, or 92 cents basic earnings per share, in 2011. The increase in earnings was due to higher margins from base rate increases under the Base Load Review Act and the Rate Stabilization Act, along with lower operating and maintenance expenses.  These increases were partially offset by increases in interest and depreciation expense and share dilution.  At September 30, 2012, SCE&G was serving approximately 669,000 electric customers and approximately 317,000 natural gas customers, up 0.6 and 1.5 percent, respectively, over 2011.PSNC EnergyFor the third quarter of 2012, PSNC Energy, the Company's North Carolina-based retail natural gas distribution subsidiary, reported a seasonal loss of $4 million, or 3 cents per share compared to a loss of $5 million, or 3 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2011.  Increases in margin due to customer growth were offset by higher depreciation and interest expenses.  At September 30, 2012, PSNC Energy was serving approximately 485,000 customers, an increase of 2.0 percent over the previous year.SCANA Energy - Georgia  SCANA Energy, the Company's retail natural gas marketing business in Georgia, reported a seasonal loss of $5 million, or 3 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2012 compared to a loss of $4 million, or 3 cents per share, in the third quarter of the prior year. At September 30, 2012, SCANA Energy was serving approximately 440,000 customers.Corporate and Other, Net SCANA's corporate and other businesses, which include Carolina Gas Transmission (CGT), SCANA Communications, ServiceCare, SCANA Energy Marketing and the holding company, reported a loss of $2 million, or 2 cents per share, in the current quarter, compared to a loss of $6 million, or 5 cents per share in the third quarter of 2011.  The results for 2011 reflect a slightly higher quarterly effective income tax rate at the holding company, while 2012's results also reflect revenue growth at CGT.EARNINGS OUTLOOKThe Company tightened its guidance for 2012 basic earnings per share to be in the range of $3.10 to $3.25.  These estimates assume the sale of the shares under the 2010 equity forward in the first quarter of 2013.  Other factors and risks that could impact future earnings are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and below under the Safe Harbor Statement.CONFERENCE CALL NOTICESCANA will host its quarterly conference call for security analysts at 11:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The call-in numbers for the conference call are 1-800-860-2442 (US), 1-866-605-3852 (Canada) and 1-412-858-4600 (International). Participants should call in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately 2 hours after conclusion of the call through November 21, 2012. The telephone replay numbers are 1-877-344-7529 (US) and 1-412-317-0088 (Canada/International). The passcode for the telephone replay is 10019124. All interested persons, including investors, media and the general public, may listen to a live webcast and access related presentation materials of the conference call at the Company's website at www.scana.com.  Participants should go to the website at least 5 to 10 minutes prior to the call start time and follow the instructions. PROFILESCANA Corporation, headquartered in Cayce, S.C., is an energy-based holding company principally engaged, through subsidiaries, in electric and natural gas utility operations and other energy-related businesses. The Company serves approximately 669,000 electric customers in South Carolina and more than 1.2 million natural gas customers in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Information about SCANA and its businesses is available on the Company's website at www.scana.com.SAFE HARBOR STATEMENTStatements included in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, "forward-looking statements" for purposes of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning key earnings drivers, customer growth, environmental regulations and expenditures, leverage ratio, projections for pension fund contributions, financing activities, access to sources of capital, impacts of the adoption of new accounting rules and estimated construction and other expenditures. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "expects," "forecasts," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar terminology. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and that actual results could differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) the information is of a preliminary nature and may be subject to further and/or continuing review and adjustment; (2)  regulatory actions, particularly changes in rate regulation, regulations governing electric grid reliability, environmental regulations, and actions affecting the construction of new nuclear units; (3) current and future litigation; (4) changes in the economy, especially in areas served by subsidiaries of SCANA; (5) the impact of competition from other energy suppliers, including competition from alternate fuels in industrial markets; (6) the impact of conservation efforts and/or technological advances on customer usage; (7) growth opportunities for SCANA's regulated and diversified subsidiaries; (8) the results of short- and  long-term financing efforts, including prospects for obtaining access to capital markets and other sources of liquidity; (9) changes in SCANA's or its subsidiaries' accounting rules and accounting policies; (10) the effects of weather, including drought, especially in areas where the generation and transmission facilities of SCANA and its subsidiaries (the Company) are located and in areas served by SCANA's subsidiaries; (11) payment and performance by counterparties and customers as contracted and when due; (12) the results of efforts to license, site, construct and finance facilities for electric generation and transmission; (13) maintaining creditworthy joint owners for SCE&G's new nuclear generation project; (14) the ability of suppliers, both domestic and international, to timely provide the labor, components, parts, tools, equipment and other supplies needed, at agreed upon prices, for our construction program, operations and maintenance; (15) the results of efforts to ensure the physical and cyber security of key assets and processes; (16) the availability of fuels such as coal, natural gas and enriched uranium used to produce electricity; the availability of purchased power and natural gas for distribution; the level and volatility of future market prices for such fuels and purchased power; and the ability to recover the costs for such fuels and purchased power; (17) the availability of skilled and experienced human resources to properly manage, operate, and grow the Company's businesses; (18) labor disputes; (19) performance of SCANA's pension plan assets; (20) changes in taxes; (21) inflation or deflation; (22) compliance with regulations; (23) natural disasters and man-made mishaps that directly affect our operations or the regulations governing them; and (24) the other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the periodic reports filed by SCANA or SCE&G with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements. FINANCIAL AND OPERATING INFORMATIONCondensed Consolidated Statements of Income(Millions, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)Quarter EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,2012201120122011Operating Revenues:   Electric     $714$728$1,851$1,903   Gas-Regulated109115513613   Gas-Nonregulated215249690858     Total Operating Revenues1,0381,0923,0543,374Operating Expenses:   Fuel Used in Electric Generation239277617739   Purchased Power962016   Gas Purchased for Resale2482918371,101   Other Operation and Maintenance165166510501   Depreciation and Amortization8987267259   Other Taxes5050156153     Total Operating Expenses8008772,4072,769Operating Income238215647605Other Income (Expense)   Other Income13123936   Other Expense(9)(10)(29)(29)   Interest Charges, Net(75)(73)(219)(212)   Allowance for Equity Funds Used During Construction651313     Total Other Expense(65)(66)(196)(192)Income Before Income Tax Expense173149451413Income Tax Expense     5144136124Net Income122105315289Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock $0.93$0.81$2.41$2.25Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock(1)     $0.91$0.81$2.37$2.23Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Millions):  Basic131.4129.1130.8128.5  Diluted(1)133.8130.3133.1129.8Dividends Declared Per Share of Common Stock   $0.495$0.485$1.485$1.455 Note (1): In May 2010, SCANA entered into an equity forward sales agreement.  During periods when the average market price ofSCANA's common stock is above the per share adjusted forward sales price, the Company computes diluted earnings per share givingeffect to this dilutive potential common stock using the treasury stock method. Earnings per Share by Company:(Unaudited)Quarter EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,2012201120122011SC Electric & Gas$1.01$0.92$2.15$1.95PSNC Energy(0.03)(0.03)0.210.21SCANA Energy-Georgia(0.03)(0.03)0.020.11Corporate and Other(0.02)(0.05)0.03(0.02)   Basic Earnings per Share$0.93$0.81$2.41$2.25   Diluted Earnings per Share(1)$0.91$0.81$2.37$2.23 Variances in Earnings per Share:(Unaudited)Quarter EndedNine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,2011 Basic Earnings per Share$0.81$2.25Variances:    Electric Margin0.110.36    Natural Gas Margin0.02(0.02)    Operations & Maintenance Expense   0.01(0.05)    Interest Expense (Net of AFUDC)(0.01)(0.04)    Depreciation(0.01)(0.04)    Other Taxes0.00(0.02)    Other0.010.01    Dilution(0.01)(0.04)       Variances in Earnings per Share 0.120.162012 Basic Earnings per Share$0.93$2.41Additional dilution re: potential common stock(1)(0.02)(0.04)2012 Diluted Earnings per Share(1)$0.91$2.37 Consolidated Operating Statistics:Quarter Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,20122011% Change20122011% ChangeElectric Operations:Sales (GWh):   Residential2,3722,542(6.7)5,8616,609(11.3)   Commercial2,1322,180(2.2)5,6225,769(2.5)   Industrial1,5311,586(3.5)4,4304,536(2.3)   Other167169(1.2)4494402.0     Total Retail Sales6,2026,477(4.2)16,36217,354(5.7)   Wholesale6776199.41,9351,61819.6     Total Sales6,8797,096(3.1)18,29718,972(3.6)Customers (Period-End, Thousands)6696650.6Quarter Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,20122011% Change20122011% ChangeNatural Gas Operations:Sales (Thousand Dekatherms):   Residential4,2834,304(0.5)35,34845,041(21.5)   Commercial6,0555,6946.325,16326,947(6.6)   Industrial58,35951,52513.3155,908139,87111.5     Total Retail Sales68,69761,52311.7216,419211,8592.2   Sales for Resale1,7401,19046.26,2595,8077.8     Total Sales70,43762,71312.3222,678217,6662.3  Transportation Volumes35,11135,849(2.1)111,109116,872(4.9)Customers (Period-End, Thousands)1,2421,2370.4 Security Credit Ratings (as of 11/6/12):Moody's Standard & Poor'sFitchSCANA Corporation:   Senior UnsecuredBaa3BBBBBB+   Junior Subordinated DebtBa1BBB-BBB-   Commercial PaperP-3A-2F-2   OutlookStableStableStableSouth Carolina Electric & Gas Company:   Senior SecuredA3AA   Senior UnsecuredBaa2BBB+A-   Commercial PaperP-2A-2F-2   OutlookStableStableStablePSNC Energy:   Senior UnsecuredA3BBB+A-   Commercial PaperP-2A-2F-2   OutlookStableStableStableSouth Carolina Fuel Company:   Commercial PaperP-2A-2F-2 Media Contact:Investor Contacts:Eric BoomhowerIris Griffin Byron Hinson(803) 217-7701(803) 217-6642(803) 217-5352eboomhower@scana.comigriffin@scana.combhinson@scana.comSOURCE SCANA Corporation