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Williams Reports Year-End 2012 Financial Results

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>2012 Net Income is $859 Million, $1.37 per Share</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Adjusted Earnings Impacted by Sharply Lower NGL Margins</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Williams Partners' Midstream Fee-based Business Continues Strong Growth; Up 18% in 4Q vs. Prior Year, Up 17% for Full Year</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Reaffirming Strong Cash Dividend Growth Guidance of 20% Annually Through 2014</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Lowering 2013-2014 Earnings Guidance due to Effect of Sharply Lower Ethane, Propane Prices; Expect Fee-Based Business Growth Will Partially Offset</i> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <i>Robust Demand for Infrastructure, Related Projects, Investments Drive Strong Growth</i> </li> </ul>

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Williams Reports Year-End 2012 Financial Results16:01 EST Wednesday, February 20, 2013 TULSA, Okla. (Business Wire) -- Williams (NYSE: WMB):           Year-End Summary Financial Information20122011   Per share amounts are reported on a diluted basis. Allamounts are attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc.millionsper sharemillionsper share   Income from continuing operations $ 723 $ 1.15 $ 803 $ 1.34 Income (loss) from discontinued operations   136     0.22   (427 )   (0.71 ) Net income $ 859   $ 1.37 $ 376   $ 0.63                     Adjusted income from continuing operations* $ 695   $ 1.11 $ 734   $ 1.23     Quarterly Summary Financial Information4Q 2012     4Q 2011     Per share amounts are reported on a diluted basis.All amounts are attributable to The Williams Companies, Inc.millionsper sharemillionsper share   Income from continuing operations $ 151 $ 0.23 $ 79 $ 0.13 Loss from discontinued operations   (2 )   −   (523 )   (0.87 ) Net income (loss) $ 149   $ 0.23   ($444 )   ($0.74 )                   Adjusted income from continuing operations* $ 160   $ 0.25 $ 214   $ 0.36     * A schedule reconciling income from continuing operations to adjusted income from continuing operations (non-GAAP measures) is available at www.williams.com and as an attachment to this press release.   Williams (NYSE: WMB) announced 2012 unaudited net income attributable to Williams of $859 million, or $1.37 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $376 million, or $0.63 per share on a diluted basis for 2011. The increase in net income for 2012 was primarily due to the absence of a $427 million loss from discontinued operations in 2011. The significant loss from discontinued operations in 2011 was primarily due to significant non-cash property impairment and other charges associated with Williams' former exploration and production business. The 2012 net income also benefited from $136 million of income from discontinued operations, primarily due to gains following the sale of certain of our former Venezuela operations. For fourth-quarter 2012, Williams reported net income of $149 million, or $0.23 per share on a diluted basis, compared with a net loss of $444 million, or a loss of $0.74 per share, for fourth-quarter 2011. The substantial increase in net income during the fourth quarter of 2012 is due to the absence of the previously described non-cash property impairment and other charges associated with Williams' former exploration and production business recorded in fourth-quarter 2011. Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations Adjusted income from continuing operations was $695 million, or $1.11 per share, for 2012, compared with $734 million, or $1.23 per share for 2011. For fourth-quarter 2012, adjusted income from continuing operations was $160 million, or $0.25 per share, compared with $214 million, or $0.36 per share for fourth quarter 2011. Lower NGL margins at Williams Partners and increased costs, partially offset by higher fee-based revenue and increased olefin margins, drove the decline in adjusted income from continuing operations during the 2012 periods. There is a more detailed description of the business results later in this press release. Adjusted income from continuing operations reflects the removal of items considered unrepresentative of ongoing operations and is a non-GAAP measure. Reconciliation to the most relevant GAAP measure is attached to this news release. CEO Comment Alan Armstrong, Williams' president and chief executive officer, made the following comments: “This past year was one of significant growth and change at Williams. We spun off WPX Energy at the end of 2011 and followed that up by seizing on a significant number of strategic growth opportunities. Our focus now is executing on our portfolio of great growth projects across of our operating areas – from the Marcellus and Utica Shale and Canada to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. “We've reaffirmed our annual dividend growth guidance of 20 percent in each of 2013 and 2014 in the face of sharply lower ethane and propane prices. We're basing our strong dividend growth outlook on the continued rapid growth of our fee-based business and the strong mitigating effect of the Geismar ethylene complex. We also continue to expect strong growth in 2014 and beyond as we place into service the large-scale projects that are currently under construction. As well, recent investments, including Access Midstream and Caiman II, serve to sustain our long-term growth. “There continues to be significant demand for energy infrastructure to connect North America's prolific shale plays to growing markets, from power generation to petrochemical manufacturing. Williams is well-positioned to provide the kind of large-scale infrastructure solutions that are needed to meet demand,” Armstrong said. 2013-14 Guidance Williams is lowering its 2013-14 earnings guidance primarily to reflect sharply lower commodity margin assumptions. Capital expenditures for 2013-14 are increasing, primarily due to increases of approximately $220 million in 2013 and $210 million in 2014 associated with a change in the forecasting presentation for Williams Partners' Gulfstar FPS and Constitution Pipeline projects. Previous capital expenditure guidance only reflected Williams Partners' 51-percent interest in Gulfstar and its 51-percent interest in Constitution. While Williams Partners' interests in each project are unchanged, the new guidance reflects Gulfstar and Constitution on a fully consolidated basis with our partners non-controlling interests reflected separately. The capital increases associated with this presentation change will be fully offset by capital contributions from the partners on each project. Earlier this month, Williams Partners announced that Marubeni Corporation agreed to acquire a 49-percent interest in the Gulfstar project. Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG) and Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) own 25-percent and 24-percent interests in Constitution, respectively. Williams expects cash tax rates for 2013-14 to be sharply lower than previous guidance due to legislation that extended bonus depreciation and the company's investment in ACMP. Williams' current commodity price assumptions and the corresponding guidance for its earnings and capital expenditures are displayed in the following table:             Commodity Price Assumptions and Financial OutlookAs of Feb. 20, 201320132014   LowMidHighLowMidHighCommodity Price Assumptions Ethane ($ per gallon) $ 0.23 $ 0.33 $ 0.43 $ 0.30 $ 0.40 $ 0.50 Propane ($ per gallon) $ 0.81 $ 0.96 $ 1.11 $ 1.05 $ 1.20 $ 1.35 Natural Gas - NYMEX ($/MMBtu) $ 3.00 $ 3.50 $ 4.00 $ 3.50 $ 4.00 $ 4.50 Ethylene Spot ($ per pound) $ 0.46 $ 0.56 $ 0.66 $ 0.46 $ 0.56 $ 0.66 Propylene Spot ($ per pound) $ 0.50 $ 0.60 $ 0.70 $ 0.46 $ 0.56 $ 0.66 Crude Oil - WTI ($ per barrel) $ 75 $ 90 $ 105 $ 75 $ 90 $ 105   NGL to Crude Oil Relationship (1) 40 % 40 % 39 % 45 % 44 % 43 %   Crack Spread ($ per pound) (2) $ 0.36 $ 0.42 $ 0.48 $ 0.33 $ 0.39 $ 0.45 Composite Frac Spread ($ per gallon) (3) $ 0.47 $ 0.56 $ 0.65 $ 0.52 $ 0.61 $ 0.71   Capital & Investment Expenditures (millions) Williams Partners $ 3,550 $ 3,750 $ 3,950 $ 1,950 $ 2,150 $ 2,350 Williams NGL & Petchem Services 390 490 590 425 575 725 Access Midstream Partners − − − − − − Other   35     35     35     25     25     25   Total Capital & Investment Expenditures $ 3,975 $ 4,275 $ 4,575 $ 2,400 $ 2,750 $ 3,100   Cash Flow from Operations (millions) $ 2,075 $ 2,313 $ 2,550 $ 3,025 $ 3,250 $ 3,475   Adjusted Segment Profit (millions) (5) Williams Partners $ 1,625 $ 1,838 $ 2,050 $ 2,300 $ 2,575 $ 2,850 Williams NGL & Petchem Services 50 100 150 95 155 215 Access Midstream Partners 25 38 50 80 95 110 Other   0     0     0     0     0     0   Total Adjusted Segment Profit $ 1,700 $ 1,975 $ 2,250 $ 2,475 $ 2,825 $ 3,175   Adjusted Segment Profit + DD&A (millions) Williams Partners $ 2,410 $ 2,643 $ 2,875 $ 3,210 $ 3,505 $ 3,800 Williams NGL & Petchem Services 75 130 185 135 200 265 Access Midstream Partners (4) 90 103 115 145 160 175 Other   20     20     20     25     25     25   Total Adjusted Segment Profit + DD&A $ 2,595 $ 2,895 $ 3,195 $ 3,515 $ 3,890 $ 4,265   Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (5) $ 0.75 $ 0.95 $ 1.15 $ 1.20 $ 1.45 $ 1.70   (1)   Calculated as the price of natural gas liquids as a percentage of the price of crude oil on an equal volume basis. (2) Crack spread is based on Delivered U.S. Gulf Coast Ethylene and Mont Belvieu Ethane. (3) Composite frac spread is based on Henry Hub natural gas and Mont Belvieu NGLs. (4) Amortization adjustment for Access Midstream Partners reflects the amortization of the basis difference between Williams' investment and its proportional share of the underlying net assets. (5) Adjusted Segment Profit and Adjusted Diluted EPS are adjusted to remove items considered unrepresentative of ongoing operations and are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations to the most relevant GAAP measures are attached to this news release.   Business Segment Results Williams' business segments for financial reporting are Williams Partners, Williams NGL & Petchem Services, Access Midstream Partners, and Other. The Williams Partners segment includes the consolidated results of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE:WPZ); Williams NGL & Petchem Services includes the results of Williams' Canadian midstream and NGL/olefin pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Coast region; and Access Midstream Partners includes the company's equity earnings from its 50-percent indirect interest in privately held Access Midstream Partners GP, L.L.C. and its approximate 24-percent limited-partner interest in Access Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: ACMP). Results have been recast to reflect Williams Partners L.P.'s (NYSE:WPZ) acquisition of Williams' Gulf Olefins business, which was completed in November 2012.         Consolidated Segment ProfitFull Year4QAmounts in millions   2012     2011   2012     2011   Williams Partners $ 1,812 $ 2,035 $ 441 $ 540 Williams NGL & Petchem Services 99 157 27 54 Access Midstream Partners - - - - Other   49     24   (12 )   1   Consolidated Segment Profit $ 1,960   $ 2,216 $ 456   $ 595     Adjusted Consolidated Segment Profit*Full Year4QAmounts in millions   2012     2011   2012     2011   Williams Partners $ 1,849 $ 2,046 $ 449 $ 542 Williams NGL & Petchem Services 99 138 27 35 Access Midstream Partners - - - - Other   (4 )   13   (12 )   1   Adjusted Consolidated Segment Profit $ 1,944   $ 2,197 $ 464   $ 578   * A schedule reconciling segment profit to adjusted segment profit (non-GAAP measure) is available at www.williams.com and as an attachment to this press release.Williams Partners Williams Partners is focused on natural gas transportation, gathering, treating, processing and storage; natural gas liquid (NGL) fractionation; and oil transportation. For 2012, Williams Partners reported segment profit of $1.81 billion, compared with $2.04 billion for 2011. For fourth quarter 2012, Williams Partners reported segment profit of $441 million, compared with $540 million for fourth quarter 2011. The decline in Williams Partners' segment profit during 2012 periods is due to a significant decline in NGL margins, which led to lower results in the partnership's midstream business. A substantial decline in NGL prices was the key driver of the lower NGL margins in 2012. Higher expenses associated with developing businesses acquired earlier in the year also contributed to the lower results in 2012. An increase in fee-based revenue, including a fourth-quarter 2012 increase of 18 percent in the partnership's midstream business, partially offset the impacts of lower NGL prices and other factors. Higher olefin margins from the recently acquired Gulf Olefin assets also helped mitigate the impact of the lower NGL margins and higher expenses.           Key Operational Metrics201120121Q   2Q   3Q   4Q1Q   2Q   3Q   4Q 4Q Change Fee-based Revenues (millions) Year-over-year Sequential Gas Pipeline $ 361 $ 359 $ 368 $ 384 $ 384 $ 366 $ 372 $ 392 2.1 % 5.4 % Midstream Gas & Liquids   223     235     257     255       267     281     287     302   18.4 %   5.2 % Total $ 584 $ 594 $ 625 $ 639 $ 651 $ 647 $ 659 $ 694 8.6 % 5.3 %   NGL Margins NGL margins (millions) $ 207 $ 253 $ 234 $ 287 $ 242 $ 189 $ 167 $ 154 -46.3 % -7.8 % NGL equity volumes (gallons in millions) 289 308 274 317 308 295 301 279 -12.0 % -7.3 % Per-unit NGL margins ($/gallon) $ 0.71 $ 0.83 $ 0.85 $ 0.91 $ 0.79 $ 0.64 $ 0.55 $ 0.55 -39.6 % 0.0 %   The increase in fee-based revenues during 2012 was primarily due to higher volumes in the Marcellus Shale area including new volumes on Williams Partners' recently acquired Ohio Valley Midstream system and Susquehanna Supply Hub gathering assets. There is a more detailed description of Williams Partners' interstate gas pipeline and midstream business results in the partnership's year-end 2012 financial results news release, which is also being issued today. Williams NGL & Petchem Services Williams NGL & Petchem Services primarily includes Williams' midstream operations in Canada including an oil sands offgas processing plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta and an NGL/olefin fractionation facility and butylene/butane splitter facility at Redwater, Alberta. Williams NGL & Petchem Services reported segment profit of $99 million for 2012, compared with $157 million for 2011. For the fourth quarter of 2012, Williams NGL & Petchem Services reported segment profit of $27 million, compared with $54 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The decline in segment profit during the 2012 periods was due to lower Canadian NGL and propylene product margins driven by lower per-unit sales prices. These factors were partially offset by higher propylene sales volumes. Other The Other segment benefited from gains related to the 2010 sale of the company's Accroven investment in Venezuela of $53 million in 2012 and $11 million in 2011. Year-End Materials to be Posted Shortly; Q&A Webcast Scheduled for Tomorrow Williams' year-end 2012 financial results package will be posted shortly at www.williams.com. The package will include the data book and analyst package, and the investor presentation with a recorded commentary from CEO Alan Armstrong. Williams and Williams Partners L.P. will host a joint Q&A live webcast on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. EST. A limited number of phone lines will be available at (888) 401-4690. International callers should dial (719) 325-2461. A link to the live year-end webcast, as well as replays of the webcast in both streaming and downloadable podcast formats will be available for two weeks following the event at www.williams.com and www.williamslp.com. Form 10-K The company plans to file its 2012 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission next week. Once filed, the document will be available on both the SEC and Williams websites. Non-GAAP Measures This press release includes certain financial measures – adjusted segment profit, adjusted income from continuing operations (“earnings”) and adjusted earnings per share – that are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Adjusted segment profit, adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share measures exclude items of income or loss that the company characterizes as unrepresentative of its ongoing operations. Management believes these measures provide investors meaningful insight into the company's results from ongoing operations. This press release is accompanied by a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest GAAP financial measures. Management uses these financial measures because they are widely accepted financial indicators used by investors to compare a company's performance. In addition, management believes that these measures provide investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of the company and aid investor understanding. Neither adjusted segment profit, adjusted earnings, nor adjusted earnings per share measures are intended to represent an alternative to segment profit, net income or earnings per share. They should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for a measure of performance prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles. About Williams (NYSE: WMB) Williams is one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in North America. It owns interests in or operates 15,000 miles of interstate gas pipelines, 1,000 miles of NGL transportation pipelines, and more than 10,000 miles of oil and gas gathering pipelines. The company's facilities have daily gas processing capacity of 6.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas and NGL production of more than 200,000 barrels per day. Williams owns approximately 70 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ), one of the largest diversified energy master limited partnerships. Williams Partners owns most of Williams' interstate gas pipeline and domestic midstream assets. The company's headquarters is in Tulsa, Okla. More information is available at www.williams.com, where the company routinely posts important information. Our reports, filings, and other public announcements may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements relate to anticipated financial performance, management's plans and objectives for future operations, business prospects, outcome of regulatory proceedings, market conditions and other matters. We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this report that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will exist or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by various forms of words such as "anticipates," "believes," "seeks," "could," "may," "should," "continues," "estimates," "expects," "assumes," "forecasts," "intends," "might," "goals," "objectives," "targets," "planned," "potential," "projects," "scheduled," "will," “assumes,” "guidance," "outlook," "in service date" or other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management and include, among others, statements regarding:Amounts and nature of future capital expenditures;Expansion and growth of our business and operations;Financial condition and liquidity;Business strategy;Cash flow from operations or results of operations;The levels of dividends to stockholders;Seasonality of certain business components;Natural gas, natural gas liquids and olefins prices and demand.Forward-looking statements are based on numerous assumptions, uncertainties and risks that could cause future events or results to be materially different from those stated or implied in this report. Many of the factors that will determine these results are beyond our ability to control or predict. Specific factors that could cause actual results to differ from results contemplated by the forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:Whether we have sufficient cash to enable us to pay current and expected levels of dividends;Availability of supplies, market demand, volatility of prices, and the availability and cost of capital;Inflation, interest rates, fluctuation in foreign exchange, and general economic conditions (including future disruptions and volatility in the global credit markets and the impact of these events on our customers and suppliers);The strength and financial resources of our competitors;Ability to acquire new businesses and assets and integrate those operations and assets into our existing businesses, as well as expand our facilities;Development of alternative energy sources;The impact of operational and development hazards;Costs of, changes in, or the results of laws, government regulations (including safety and environmental regulations), environmental liabilities, litigation, and rate proceedings;Our costs and funding obligations for defined benefit pension plans and other postretirement benefit plans;Changes in maintenance and construction costs;Changes in the current geopolitical situation;Our exposure to the credit risk of our customers and counterparties;Risks related to strategy and financing, including restrictions stemming from our debt agreements, future changes in our credit ratings and the availability and cost of credit;The amount of cash distributions from and capital requirements of our investments and joint ventures in which we participate;Risks associated with future weather conditions;Acts of terrorism, including cybersecurity threats and related disruptions;Additional risks described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Given the uncertainties and risk factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, we caution investors not to unduly rely on our forward-looking statements. We disclaim any obligations to and do not intend to update the above list or to announce publicly the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.In addition to causing our actual results to differ, the factors listed above may cause our intentions to change from those statements of intention set forth in this announcement. Such changes in our intentions may also cause our results to differ. We may change our intentions, at any time and without notice, based upon changes in such factors, our assumptions, or otherwise.Investors are urged to closely consider the disclosures and risk factors in our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on Feb. 28, 2012, and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q available from our offices or from our website at www.williams.com.       2013 forecast guidance - reported to adjusted                 February 20Dollars in millionsReportedAdjustmentAdjusted     Low - High   Items   Low - High   Segment profit $1,700 - 2,250 - $1,700 - 2,250   Net interest expense (520) - (535) - (520) - (535)   General corporate/other/rounding (140) - (150) - (140) - (150)   Pretax income 1,040 - 1,565 - 1,040 - 1,565   Provision for income tax (325) - (445) - (325) - (445)     Income from continuing operations $715 - 1,120 $0 $715 - 1,120   Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (200) - (330) - (200) - (330)     Amounts attributable to Williams: Income from continuing operations $515 - 790 $0 $515 - 790   Adjusted Diluted EPS$0.75-1.15$0.75-1.15   Segment profit guidance – reported to adjusted                             Dollars in millions   2013 Guidance     2014 Guidance Low   Midpoint   High     Low   Midpoint   High Reported segment profit:     Williams Partners (WPZ) $ 1,625 $ 1,838 $ 2,050 $ 2,300 $ 2,575 $ 2,850 NGL & Petchem Services 50 100 150 95 155 215 Access Midstream Partners 25 38 50 80 95 110 Other   -   -   -   -   -   - Total Reported segment profit 1,700 1,975 2,250 2,475 2,825 3,175   Adjustments: Total Williams Partners Adjustments - - - - - -   Total NGL & Petchem Services Adjustments - - - - - -   Total Access Midstream Partners Adjustments - - - - - -   Total "Other" Adjustments - - - - - -             Total Adjustments - - - - - -   Adjusted segment profit: Williams Partners (WPZ) 1,625 1,838 2,050 2,300 2,575 2,850 NGL & Petchem Services 50 100 150 95 155 215 Access Midstream Partners 25 38 50 80 95 110 Other   -   -   -   -   -   - Total Adjusted segment profit $ 1,700 $ 1,975 $ 2,250 $ 2,475 $ 2,825 $ 3,175   Reconciliation of forecasted reported income from continuing operationsto adjusted income from continuing operations                             Dollars in millions   2013 Guidance   2014 Guidance   Low   Midpoint   High     Low   Midpoint   High   Reported income from continuing operations$515$653$790$835$1,005$1,175   Adjustments - pretax - - - - - -   Less taxes   -   -   -   -   -   -   Adjustments - after tax - - - - - -   Adjusted income from continuing ops$515$653$790$835$1,005$1,175   Adjusted diluted EPS$0.75$0.95$1.15$1.20$1.45$1.70     Notes: All amounts attributable to Williams WilliamsMedia Contact:Jeff Pounds, 918-573-3332orInvestor Contacts:John Porter, 918-573-0797orSharna Reingold, 918-573-2078