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WEC Energy Group posts third-quarter results

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MILWAUKEE, Oct. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- WEC Energy Group (NYSE:WEC) today reported net income of $233.2 million, or $0.74 per share, for the third quarter of 2018. This compares to earnings of $215.4 million, or $0.68 per share, for the third quarter of 2017.

For the first nine months of 2018, the company recorded net income of $854.3 million, or $2.70 per share ‒ up from $771.1 million, or $2.43 per share, in the corresponding period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2018, were $1.6 billion and $5.6 billion, respectively, both level with the comparable periods in 2017.

"Our solid results for the quarter were driven by a strong economy across the region coupled with warmer than normal summer temperatures and our ongoing focus on efficiency," said Gale Klappa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Retail deliveries of electricity– excluding the iron ore mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula – increased by 6.0 percent in the third quarter of 2018, compared to the third quarter last year.  Residential electricity use grew by 10.2 percent, and electricity consumption by small commercial and industrial customers rose by 5.1 percent.

Consumption of electricity by large commercial and industrial customers – excluding the iron ore mine – was up 3.0 percent during the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period last year. "This marks the fourth consecutive quarter that we've seen demand growth from our large customer segment," Klappa added.

On a weather-normal basis, retail deliveries of electricity – excluding the iron ore mine – increased by 2.6 percent.

At the end of September, the company was serving approximately 11,000 more electric customers and 15,000 more natural gas customers than at the same time a year ago.

The company is reaffirming its 2018 earnings guidance of $3.32 per share. The guidance assumes normal weather for the remainder of the year.

Earnings per share listed in this news release are on a fully diluted basis.

Conference call

A conference call is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time, Wednesday, Oct. 31. The call will review 2018 third-quarter earnings and the company's outlook for the future.

All interested parties, including stockholders, news media and the general public, are invited to listen. Access the call at 866-393-4306 up to 15 minutes before it begins. The number for international callers is 734-385-2616. The conference ID is 9174377.

Conference call access also is available at wecenergygroup.com. On the homepage, go to 'Webcasts' and select '3rd Quarter Earnings.' In conjunction with this earnings announcement, WEC Energy Group will post on its website a package of detailed financial information on its third-quarter performance. The materials will be available at 6:30 a.m. Central time, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Replay

A replay will be available on the website and by phone after the call. Access to the webcast replay will be available on the website about two hours after the call. Access to a phone replay also will be available approximately two hours after the call and remain accessible through Nov. 14, 2018. Domestic callers should dial 855-859-2056. International callers should dial 404-537-3406. The replay conference ID is 9174377.

WEC Energy Group (NYSE:WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation's premier energy companies, serving 4.5 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

The company's principal utilities are We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. The company's other major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants.

WEC Energy Group (wecenergygroup.com) is a Fortune 500 company and a component of the S&P 500. The company has approximately 50,000 stockholders of record, 8,000 employees and more than $32 billion of assets.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning management's expectations and projections regarding earnings and future results. In some cases, forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods or by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "guidance," "intends," "may," "objectives," "plans" "possible," "potential," "projects," "should," "targets," "will" or similar terms or variations of these terms.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in any forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, including business and competitive conditions in the company's service territories; timing, resolution and impact of rate cases and other regulatory decisions; the company's ability to continue to successfully integrate the operations of its subsidiaries; availability of the company's generating facilities and/or distribution systems; unanticipated changes in fuel and purchased power costs; key personnel changes; varying weather conditions; continued industry consolidation; continued adoption of distributed generation by the company's customers; energy conservation efforts; cybersecurity threats and data security breaches; construction risks; equity and bond market fluctuations; changes in the company's and its subsidiaries' ability to access the capital markets; the impact of tax reform and any other legislative and regulatory changes, including changes to environmental standards; political developments; current and future litigation and regulatory investigations; changes in accounting standards; the financial performance of the American Transmission Company; goodwill and its possible impairment; and other factors described under the heading "Factors Affecting Results, Liquidity and Capital Resources" in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and under the headings "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information" and "Risk Factors" contained in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017, and in subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company expressly disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information.

 

WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.






CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS (Unaudited)


Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30


September 30

(in millions, except per share amounts)


2018


2017


2018


2017

Operating revenues


$

1,643.7



$

1,657.5



$

5,602.7



$

5,593.5











Operating expenses









Cost of sales


524.1



542.7



2,043.9



2,025.6


Other operation and maintenance


553.1



473.1



1,602.7



1,457.4


Depreciation and amortization


212.8



201.2



628.1



593.5


Property and revenue taxes


51.0



48.3



149.4



147.9


Total operating expenses


1,341.0



1,265.3



4,424.1



4,224.4











Operating income


302.7



392.2



1,178.6



1,369.1











Equity in earnings of transmission affiliates


33.7



39.2



95.2



122.9


Other income, net


26.1



17.8



65.0



49.2


Interest expense


112.0



103.8



327.2



310.4


Other expense


(52.2)



(46.8)



(167.0)



(138.3)











Income before income taxes


250.5



345.4



1,011.6



1,230.8


Income tax expense


17.0



129.7



156.4



458.8


Net income


233.5



215.7



855.2



772.0











Preferred stock dividends of subsidiary


0.3



0.3



0.9



0.9


Net income attributed to common shareholders


$

233.2



$

215.4



$

854.3



$

771.1











Earnings per share









Basic


$

0.74



$

0.68



$

2.71



$

2.44


Diluted


$

0.74



$

0.68



$

2.70



$

2.43











Weighted average common shares outstanding









Basic


315.5



315.6



315.5



315.6


Diluted


316.9



317.5



316.9



317.5











Dividends per share of common stock


$

0.5525



$

0.5200



$

1.6575



$

1.5600


 

WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)


September 30,
2018


December 31,
2017

Assets





Current assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$

14.5



$

38.9


Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues, net of reserves of $153.7 and $143.2, respectively


1,017.3



1,350.7


Materials, supplies, and inventories


608.5



539.0


Prepayments


137.6



210.0


Other


61.8



74.9


Current assets


1,839.7



2,213.5







Long-term assets





Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $8,589.3 and $8,618.5, respectively


21,663.7



21,347.0


Regulatory assets


3,643.5



2,803.2


Equity investment in transmission affiliates


1,613.7



1,553.4


Goodwill


3,052.8



3,053.5


Other


749.0



619.9


Long-term assets


30,722.7



29,377.0


Total assets


$

32,562.4



$

31,590.5







Liabilities and Equity










Current liabilities





Short-term debt


$

1,788.3



$

1,444.6


Current portion of long-term debt


369.4



842.1


Accounts payable


690.4



859.9


Accrued payroll and benefits


143.1



169.1


Accrued taxes


217.4



178.5


Other


393.9



375.1


Current liabilities


3,602.5



3,869.3







Long-term liabilities





Long-term debt


9,119.0



8,746.6


Deferred income taxes


3,172.1



2,999.8


Deferred revenue, net


525.9



543.3


Regulatory liabilities


3,960.3



3,718.6


Environmental remediation liabilities


617.4



617.4


Pension and OPEB obligations


489.1



397.4


Other


1,233.4



1,206.3


Long-term liabilities


19,117.2



18,229.4







Commitments and contingencies










Common shareholders' equity





Common stock – $0.01 par value; 325,000,000 shares authorized; 315,526,051 and 315,574,624 shares outstanding, respectively


3.2



3.2


Additional paid in capital


4,261.6



4,278.5


Retained earnings


5,508.1



5,176.8


Accumulated other comprehensive income


2.4



2.9


Common shareholders' equity


9,775.3



9,461.4







Preferred stock of subsidiary


30.4



30.4


Noncontrolling interest in subsidiary


37.0




Total liabilities and equity


$

32,562.4



$

31,590.5












 

WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)


Nine Months Ended



September 30

(in millions)


2018


2017

Operating Activities





Net income


$

855.2



$

772.0


Reconciliation to cash provided by operating activities





Depreciation and amortization


628.1



593.5


Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits, net


34.4



444.4


Contributions and payments related to pension and OPEB plans


(13.8)



(115.4)


Equity income in transmission affiliates, net of distributions


(4.5)



(18.5)


Change in –





Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues


312.1



310.5


Materials, supplies, and inventories


(69.0)



(84.1)


Other current assets


112.7



56.8


Accounts payable


(71.2)



(111.2)


Other current liabilities


42.5



23.4


Other, net


181.7



(125.7)


Net cash provided by operating activities


2,008.2



1,745.7







Investing Activities





Capital expenditures


(1,490.5)



(1,309.2)


Acquisition of Bishop Hill III Wind Energy Center, net of restricted cash acquired of $4.5


(143.5)




Acquisition of Forward Wind Energy Center


(77.1)




Acquisition of Bluewater




(226.0)


Capital contributions to transmission affiliates


(43.7)



(63.3)


Proceeds from the sale of assets and businesses


10.9



22.7


Proceeds from the sale of investments held in rabbi trust


16.6



8.6


Other, net


7.3



1.4


Net cash used in investing activities


(1,720.0)



(1,565.8)







Financing Activities





Exercise of stock options


13.9



25.6


Purchase of common stock


(42.0)



(60.6)


Dividends paid on common stock


(523.0)



(492.4)


Issuance of long-term debt


600.0



210.0


Retirement of long-term debt


(694.4)



(26.9)


Change in short-term debt


343.7



133.3


Other, net


(4.8)



(3.1)


Net cash used in financing activities


(306.6)



(214.1)







Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash


(18.4)



(34.2)


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period


58.6



72.7


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period


$

40.2



$

38.5


 

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