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ITC Holdings Reports Increased Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 Results

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ITC Holdings Reports Increased Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 Results19:05 EST Wednesday, February 27, 2013NOVI, Mich., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --HighlightsFull-year 2012 operating earnings of $4.14 per diluted common share; full-year 2012 reported earnings of $3.60 per diluted common share Fourth quarter 2012 operating earnings of $1.09 per diluted common share; fourth quarter 2012 reported earnings of $0.92 per diluted common share Full-year 2012 capital investments of $819.8 million Reaffirmed 2013 operating earnings per share guidance of $4.80 to $5.00 per diluted share and capital expenditure guidance of $760 to $860 million(in thousands, except per share data)Three months ended  December 31,Twelve months endedDecember 31, 2012201120122011OPERATING REVENUES$221,646$201,610$830,535$757,397REPORTED NET INCOME$48,256$42,663$187,876$171,685OPERATING EARNINGS$56,913$44,863$216,296$174,048REPORTED DILUTED EPS $0.92$0.82$3.60$3.31OPERATING DILUTED EPS$1.09$0.86$4.14$3.35ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 2012.  Reported net income for the quarter, measured in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), was $48.3 million, or $0.92 per diluted common share, compared to $42.7 million or $0.82 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2011.  For the year ended December 31, 2012, reported net income was $187.9 million, or $3.60 per diluted common share, compared to $171.7 million, or $3.31 per diluted common share for the same period last year.Operating earnings for the fourth quarter were $56.9 million, or $1.09 per diluted common share, compared to operating earnings of $44.9 million, or $0.86 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter of 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, operating earnings were $216.3 million, or $4.14 per diluted common share, compared to operating earnings of $174.0 million, or $3.35 per diluted common share for the same period last year.  Operating earnings are non-GAAP measures that exclude the impact of after-tax expenses for the following items:After-tax expenses associated with the Entergy Corporation (Entergy) transaction of  approximately $8.6 million or $0.17 per diluted common share and $20.1 million or $0.38 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012, respectively, and approximately $7.0 million, or $0.13 per share for both the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.  After-tax expenses associated with the estimated refund liability recorded for certain acquisition accounting adjustments for ITC Midwest, ITCTransmission and METC resulting from the FERC audit order on ITC Midwest issued in May 2012 of approximately $8.3 million or $0.16 per diluted common share for the year ended December 31, 2012. An after-tax gain associated with the adoption of the Michigan Corporate Income Tax (CIT) of approximately $4.6 million or $0.09 per share for both the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011.Operating earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 increased by $12.0 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share, and $42.2 million, or $0.79 per diluted common share, respectively, compared to the same periods last year.  The increases in both periods were largely attributable to higher income associated with increased rate base and AFUDC at our operating companies. For the year-ended December 31, 2012, this increase was partially offset by lower revenues associated with the final amortization of the ITCTransmission rate freeze revenue deferral which expired in May 2011. ITC invested $819.8 million in capital projects at its operating companies during the year-ended December 31, 2012, including $231.2 million, $149.0 million, $343.3 million and $96.3 million at ITCTransmission, METC, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains, respectively."As ITC marks its 10th anniversary, we are pleased to report another year of strong performance and continued success in delivering on the commitments we have made to our customers and shareholders", said Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC.  "These results are the culmination of our overarching strategy of investing in our core systems to achieve operational excellence and building on our leadership position to develop a 21st century transmission system, all while maintaining our status as an independent transmission company.  As we look further into 2013, we remain focused on completing our transaction with Entergy, which supports our strategy and represents a natural extension of our independent business model into the Mid-South region, while also building on our stand-alone plans."EPS and Capital Expenditure Guidance For 2013, ITC is reaffirming its full year operating earnings per share guidance of $4.80 to $5.00, excluding any impact of the Entergy transaction announced on December 5, 2011.  ITC is also reaffirming its 2013 capital guidance of $760 to $860 million, which includes $200 to $230 million, $160 to $180 million, $270 to $300 million and $130 to $150 million for ITCTransmission, METC, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains, respectively.Fourth Quarter 2012 Operating Earnings Financial Results Detail ITC's operating revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased to $221.6 million compared to $201.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.  This increase was primarily due to higher revenue requirements attributable to higher rate base at our regulated operating subsidiaries and higher recoverable operating expenses, as well as an increase in regional cost sharing revenues due to additional capital projects being placed in-service that have been identified by the Midwest ISO (MISO) as eligible for regional cost sharing.  Operation and maintenance (O&M) expenses of $31.6 million decreased by $5.2 million compared to the same period in 2011. This decrease was due to lower vegetation management expenses and a decrease in activities associated with surveying transmission overhead lines. General and administrative (G&A) expenses of $24.2 million were $4.8 million higher compared to the same period in 2011.  Amounts reported for the fourth quarter 2012 and 2011 exclude $9.1 million and $8.4 million, respectively, of pre-tax expenses related to the Entergy transaction.  This increase was primarily due to higher compensation-related expenses and an increase in other professional services.Depreciation and amortization expenses of $28.1 million increased by $3.4 million compared to the same period in 2011 due to a higher depreciable base resulting from property, plant and equipment additions.Taxes other than income taxes of $15.5 million were $1.7 million higher than the same period in 2011. This increase was due to 2011 capital additions at our regulated operating subsidiaries, which are included in the tax base for 2012 personal property taxes.Interest expense of $38.8 million increased by $1.9 million compared to the same period in 2011 due primarily to higher borrowing levels to finance capital investments.The effective income tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 36.3 percent compared to 39.9 percent for the same period last year.  Amounts reported for the fourth quarter of 2012 exclude approximately $0.5 million of income taxes associated with the Entergy transaction.  Amounts reported for the fourth quarter of 2011 exclude the impacts of a one-time reduction to the income tax provision of $4.6 million associated with the adoption of the CIT and income taxes of approximately $1.6 million associated with the Entergy transaction. Year-End 2012 Operating Earnings Financial Results Detail ITC's operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 increased to $841.5 million, excluding approximately $11.0 million in reduction to revenues associated with the ITC Midwest FERC audit related refunds recorded for ITCTransmission, METC and ITC Midwest, compared to $757.4 million from the same period last year. This increase was primarily due to higher revenue requirements attributable to higher rate base at our regulated operating subsidiaries and higher recoverable operating expenses, as well as an increase in regional cost sharing revenues due to additional capital projects being placed in-service that have been identified by MISO as eligible for regional cost sharing.  Partially offsetting these increases was the impact of the elimination of the amortization of the ITCTransmission rate freeze revenue deferral in May 2011.O&M expenses of $121.9 million were $7.3 million lower for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. This decrease was due to increased cost efficiencies associated primarily with substation, breaker and relay maintenance activities, partially offset by higher vegetation management expenses, a decrease in activities associated with surveying transmission overhead lines and lower operating and training expenses.G&A expenses of $85.7 million were $11.5 million higher compared to the same period in 2011. Amounts report for the year-ended December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 exclude approximately $26.4 million and $8.6 million of pre-tax expenses associated with the Entergy transaction, respectively.  The increase for the period was due to higher compensation-related expenses, higher general business expenses associated with increased information technology support and higher other professional services. The increase was also attributable to the recognition of the Kansas V-Plan Project regulatory asset which reduced expenses in 2011 and did not reoccur in 2012. Depreciation and amortization expenses of $106.5 million increased by $11.5 million for the year-ended December 31, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. This increase was primarily due to a higher depreciable base resulting from property, plant and equipment additions.Taxes other than income taxes of $59.7 million were $6.3 million higher compared to the same period in 2011. This increase was due to 2011 capital additions at our regulated operating subsidiaries, which are included in the tax base for 2012 personal property taxes.Interest expense of $154.4 million, which excludes the impact of $1.3 million of interest on the ITC Midwest FERC audit related refund recorded at ITCTransmission, METC and ITC Midwest, increased $7.5 million compared to the same period in 2011 due primarily to higher borrowing levels to finance capital investments. The effective income tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2012 was 35.7 percent compared to 36.7 percent for the same period in 2011. Amounts reported for the year ended December 31, 2012 exclude income taxes of $6.5 million associated with the Entergy transaction and income taxes of $4.8 million associated with the ITC Midwest FERC audit related refund recorded at ITCTransmission, METC and ITC Midwest.  Amounts reported for the year ended December 31, 2011 exclude the impacts of a one-time reduction to the income tax provision of $4.6 million associated with the adoption of the CIT and income taxes of approximately $1.6 million associated with the Entergy transaction. Fourth Quarter and Year-End Conference Call and Webcast     ITC will conduct a webcast and conference call at 11 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, February 28, 2013.  Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO, will provide a business overview, and Cameron M. Bready, executive vice president and CFO, will discuss the financial results. Individuals wishing to participate in the conference call may dial toll-free 877-644-1296 (domestic) or 914-495-8555 (international); there is no passcode.  A listen-only live webcast of the conference call, including accompanying slides and the earnings release, will be available on the company's investor information page.  The conference call replay, available through Tuesday, March 5, 2013, can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (toll free) or 404-537-3406, passcode 93804905. The webcast will be archived on the ITC website.Other Available InformationMore detail about the year-end 2012 results may be found in ITC's Form 10-K filing. Once filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, an electronic copy of our 10-K can be found at our website, http://investor.itc-holdings.com. Written copies can also be made available by contacting us through our website.About ITC Holdings Corp. ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) is the nation's largest independent electric transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems. ITC's regulated operating subsidiaries include ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains. Through these subsidiaries, ITC owns and operates high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, serving a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along 15,000 circuit miles of transmission line. Through ITC Grid Development and its subsidiaries, the company also focuses on expansion in areas where significant transmission system improvements are needed. For more information, please visit ITC's website at www.itc-holdings.com. (itc-ITC)GAAP v. Non-GAAP MeasuresITC's reported earnings are prepared in accordance with GAAP and represent earnings as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  ITC's management believes the company's operating earnings, or GAAP earnings adjusted for specific items as described in the release, provide a more meaningful representation of the company's fundamental earnings power.  However, such measures should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains certain statements that describe our management's beliefs concerning future business conditions, plans and prospects, growth opportunities and the outlook for our business and the electricity transmission industry based upon information currently available. Such statements are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Wherever possible, we have identified these forward-looking statements by words such as "will," "may," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "expects," "projects" and similar phrases. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions our management believes are reasonable.  Such forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause our actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements, including, among others, the risks and uncertainties disclosed in our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Because our forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions that are subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control or are subject to change, actual results could be materially different and any or all of our forward-looking statements may turn out to be wrong.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and can be affected by assumptions we might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Many factors mentioned in our discussion in this release and in our annual and quarterly reports will be important in determining future results. Consequently, we cannot assure you that our expectations or forecasts expressed in such forward-looking statements will be achieved. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update any of our forward-looking or other statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. ITC HOLDINGS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Three months endedTwelve months endedDecember 31,December 31,(in thousands, except per share data)2012201120122011OPERATING REVENUES$221,646$201,610$830,535$757,397OPERATING EXPENSESOperation and maintenance31,62736,802121,941129,288General and administrative33,30027,875112,09182,790Depreciation and amortization28,05924,643106,51294,981Taxes other than income taxes15,51513,81059,70153,430Other operating (income) and expense ? net(183)(233)(769)(844)Total operating expenses108,318102,897399,476359,645OPERATING INCOME113,32898,713431,059397,752OTHER EXPENSES (INCOME)Interest expense38,81636,927155,734146,936Allowance for equity funds used during construction(7,200)(4,621)(23,000)(16,699)Other income15(692)(2,401)(2,881)Other expense1,5008534,2183,962Total other expenses (income)33,13132,467134,551131,318INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES80,19766,246296,508266,434INCOME TAX PROVISION31,94123,583108,63294,749NET INCOME$48,256$42,663$187,876$171,685Basic earnings per common share $0.93$0.83$3.65$3.36Reported diluted earnings per common share $0.92$0.82$3.60$3.31Operating diluted earnings per common share  $1.09$0.86$4.14$3.35Dividends declared per common share$0.378$0.353$1.460$1.375RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED NET INCOME (GAAP) TO OPERATING EARNINGS (NON-GAAP MEASURE) Three months endedTwelve months endedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011Reported net income$48,256$42,663$187,876$171,685Pre-tax Entergy transaction related expenses 9,1008,41626,5558,616Pre-tax liability for audit related refund102-13,150-One-time CIT adjustment-(4,652)-(4,652)Income taxes on adjustments (545)(1,564)(11,285)(1,601)Operating earnings$56,913$44,863$216,296$174,048RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED DILUTED EPS (GAAP) TO OPERATING DILUTED EPS (NON-GAAP MEASURE) Three months endedTwelve months endedDecember 31,December 31,2012201120122011Reported diluted EPS$0.92$0.82$3.60$3.31Pre-tax Entergy transaction related expenses 0.170.160.510.16Pre-tax liability for audit related refund--0.25-One-time CIT adjustment-(0.09)-(0.09)Income taxes on adjustments-(0.03)(0.22)(0.03)Operating diluted EPS$1.09$0.86$4.14$3.35 ITC HOLDINGS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION December 31,December 31,(in thousands, except share data)20122011ASSETSCurrent assetsCash and cash equivalents$            26,187$          58,344Accounts receivable72,19276,895Inventory37,35734,855Deferred income taxes23,01420,636Regulatory assets ? revenue accruals, including accrued interest7,4896,639Prepaid assets29,2354,129Other2,75230Total current assets198,226201,528Property, plant and equipment (net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $1,269,810 and $1,193,164, respectively)4,134,5793,415,823Other assetsGoodwill950,163950,163Intangible assets ( net of accumulated amortization of $18,397 and $15,276, respectively)48,49246,885Other regulatory assets180,378161,987Deferred financing fees (net of accumulated amortization of $17,838 and $14,594,   respectively)19,29320,989Other33,67825,991Total other assets1,232,0041,206,015TOTAL ASSETS$       5,564,809$      4,823,366LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilitiesAccounts payable$          123,022$         136,934Accrued payroll20,74018,013Accrued interest44,70843,642Accrued taxes28,11725,627Regulatory liabilities ? revenue deferrals, including accrued interest53,76346,579Refundable deposits from generators for transmission network upgrades40,74538,805Debt maturing within one year651,929-Other40,2875,867Total current liabilities1,003,311315,467Accrued pension and postretirement liabilities53,24344,923Deferred income taxes460,072373,268Regulatory liabilities ? revenue deferrals, including accrued interest28,61350,917Regulatory liabilities ? accrued asset removal costs75,47783,934Refundable deposits from generators for transmission network upgrades7,62314,570Other26,31736,373Long-term debt2,495,2982,645,022STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCommon stock, without par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 52,248,514 and 51,323,368  shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively989,334943,444Retained earnings443,569330,816Accumulated other comprehensive loss(18,048)(15,368)Total stockholders' equity1,414,8551,258,892TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY$       5,564,809$      4,823,366ITC HOLDINGS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS Twelve months endedDecember 31,(in thousands)20122011CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIESNet income$187,876$171,685Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation and amortization expense106,51294,981Recognition, refund and collection of revenue accruals and deferrals ? including accrued interest(13,052)56,944Deferred income tax expense67,28530,797Allowance for equity funds used during construction(23,000)(16,699)Other ? net13,77213,361Changes in assets and liabilities, exclusive of changes shown separately:Accounts receivable1,7212,434Inventory(2,502)7,431Prepaid and other current assets(25,102)1,134Accounts payable(5,400)12,573Accrued payroll1,583(1,096)Accrued interest1,066917Accrued taxes24,24734,279Tax benefit for excess tax deductions of share-based compensation(23,022)(28,114)Other current liabilities2,912(246)Other non-current assets and liabilities, net12,627535Net cash provided by operating activities327,523380,916CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIESExpenditures for property, plant and equipment(802,763)(556,931)Proceeds from sale of securities5,9353,839Purchases of securities(11,779)(8,136)Other(454)1,033Net cash used in investing activities(809,061)(560,195)CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIESIssuance of long-term debt175,000-Borrowings under revolving credit agreements1,355,1501,065,215Borrowings under term loan credit agreement200,000-Repayments of revolving credit agreements(1,228,410)(917,555)Issuance of common stock14,18918,993Dividends on common stock(75,153)(70,363)Refundable deposits from generators for transmission network upgrades33,31035,768Repayment of refundable deposits from generators for transmission network upgrades(38,253)(6,976)Tax benefit for excess tax deductions of share-based compensation23,02228,114Other(9,474)(10,682)Net cash provided by financing activities449,381142,514NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS(32,157)(36,765)CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS ? Beginning of period58,34495,109CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS ? End of period$           26,187$           58,344  SOURCE ITC Holdings Corp.For further information: Investor/Analyst contact: Gretchen Holloway, +1-248-946-3595; gholloway@itctransco.com; Media contact: Robert Doetsch, +1-248-946-3493; rdoetsch@itctransco.com