ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Southern Company today reported fourth-quarter 2016 earnings of $197 million, or 20 cents per share, compared with earnings of $271 million, or 30 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Southern Company also reported full year 2016 earnings of $2.45 billion, or $2.57 per share, compared with earnings of $2.37 billion, or $2.60 per share, for the same period in 2015.

Excluding the items described in the «Net Income – Excluding Items» table below, Southern Company earned $235 million, or 24 cents per share, during the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with $403 million, or 44 cents per share, during the fourth quarter of 2015. For the full-year 2016, excluding these items, Southern Company earned $2.7 billion, or $2.89 per share, compared with earnings of $2.6 billion, or $2.89 per share, for the same period in 2015.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Three Months Ended December

Year-to-Date December

Net Income – Excluding Items (in millions)

2016

2015

2016

2015

Net Income – As Reported

$197

$271

$2,448

$2,367

Estimated Loss on Kemper IGCC

206

183

428

365

  Tax Impact

(79)

(70)

(164)

(139)

Acquisition and Integration Costs

12

25

120

41

  Tax Impact

(4)

(6)

(38)

(10)

Additional MCAR Settlement Costs

7

  Tax Impact

(3)

Subtotal

$332

$403

$2,794

$2,628

Earnings Guidance Comparability Items:

Equity Return Related to Kemper IGCC

    Schedule Extension

(22)

(29)

       Tax Impact

(4)

(5)

Southern Company Gas Earnings,

(185)

(231)

net of Acquisition and Integration Costs

       Tax Impact

72

90

Acquisition Debt Financing Costs

68

175

       Tax Impact

(26)

(67)

Net Income – Excluding Items

$235

$403

$2,727

$2,628

Adjusted Average Shares Outstanding –
Acquisition Financing (in millions)

964

911

942

910

Basic Earnings Per Share – Excluding Items

$0.24

$0.44

$2.89

$2.89

 

NOTE: For more information regarding these non-GAAP adjustments, see the footnotes accompanying the Financial Highlights page of the earnings package.

Earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2016 were positively influenced by retail revenue effects at Southern Company’s traditional electric operating companies and weather-related revenue impacts, offset by increased operations and maintenance costs, increased share issuances and lower customer usage. Full year 2016 earnings were further positively influenced by continued success with renewable energy projects at wholesale subsidiary Southern Power.

«2016 was a year of tremendous accomplishment for Southern Company,» said Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. «The acquisitions of Southern Company Gas, PowerSecure and a 50 percent equity interest in Southern Natural Gas have served to lengthen and strengthen our low-risk, customer-focused business model and are expected to further support our ability to deliver regular, predictable and sustainable long-term earnings and dividend growth.»

Fourth quarter 2016 operating revenues were $5.18 billion, compared with $3.57 billion for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 45.2 percent. Southern Company Gas accounted for $1.11 billion of the increase in operating revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016. Operating revenues for the full year 2016 were $19.90 billion, compared with $17.49 billion for the same period in 2015, a 13.8 percent increase.  Southern Company Gas accounted for $1.65 billion of the increase in operating revenues for the full year 2016.

Southern Company’s fourth quarter earnings slides with supplemental financial information, including its earnings guidance for 2017, are available at http://investor.southerncompany.com.

Southern Company’s financial analyst call will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern Time today, during which Fanning and Chief Financial Officer Art P. Beattie will discuss earnings and provide a general business update. Investors, media and the public may listen to a live webcast of the call and view associated slides at http://investor.southerncompany.com/webcasts. A replay of the webcast will be available on the site for 12 months.

About Southern Company

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America’s premier energy company, with 44,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America’s energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune’s annual Worlds Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.

Cautionary Notes Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning expected earnings and dividend growth. Southern Company cautions that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Southern Company; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Southern Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the impact of recent and future federal and state regulatory changes, including environmental laws regulating emissions, discharges, and disposal to air, water, and land, and also changes in tax and other laws and regulations to which Southern Company and its subsidiaries are subject, including potential tax reform, as well as changes in application of existing laws and regulations; current and future litigation, regulatory investigations, proceedings, or inquiries; the effects, extent, and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets in which Southern Company’s subsidiaries operate; variations in demand for electricity and natural gas, including those relating to weather, the general economy and recovery from the last recession, population and business growth (and declines), the effects of energy conservation and efficiency measures, including from the development and deployment of alternative energy sources such as self-generation and distributed generation technologies, and any potential economic impacts resulting from federal fiscal decisions; available sources and costs of natural gas and other fuels; limits on pipeline capacity; effects of inflation; the ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the development, construction, and operation of facilities, which include the development and construction of generating facilities with designs that have not been finalized or previously constructed, including changes in labor costs and productivity, adverse weather conditions, shortages and inconsistent quality of equipment, materials, and labor, sustaining nitrogen supply, contractor or supplier delay, non-performance under construction, operating, or other agreements, operational readiness, including specialized operator training and required site safety programs, unforeseen engineering or design problems, start-up activities (including major equipment failure and system integration), and/or operational performance (including additional costs to satisfy any operational parameters ultimately adopted by any Public Service Commission (PSC)); the ability to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses, to satisfy any environmental performance standards and the requirements of tax credits and other incentives, and to integrate facilities into the Southern Company system upon completion of construction; investment performance of the Southern Company system’s employee and retiree benefit plans and nuclear decommissioning trust funds; advances in technology; ongoing renewable energy partnerships and development agreements; state and federal rate regulations and the impact of pending and future rate cases and negotiations, including rate actions relating to fuel and other cost recovery mechanisms; legal proceedings and regulatory approvals and actions related to Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4, including Georgia PSC approvals and Nuclear Regulatory Commission actions; actions related to cost recovery for the integrated coal gasification combined cycle facility under construction in Kemper County Mississippi (the Kemper IGCC), including the ultimate impact of the 2015 decision of the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Mississippi PSC’s December 2015 rate order, and related legal or regulatory proceedings, Mississippi PSC review of the prudence of Kemper IGCC costs and approval of further permanent rate recovery plans, actions relating to proposed securitization, satisfaction of requirements to utilize grants, and the ultimate impact of the termination of the proposed sale of an interest in the Kemper IGCC to South Mississippi Electric Power Association; the ability to successfully operate the electric utilities’ generating, transmission, and distribution facilities and Southern Company Gas’ natural gas distribution and storage facilities and the successful performance of necessary corporate functions; the inherent risks involved in operating and constructing nuclear generating facilities, including environmental, health, regulatory, natural disaster, terrorism, and financial risks; the inherent risks involved in transporting and storing natural gas; the performance of projects undertaken by the non-utility businesses and the success of efforts to invest in and develop new opportunities; internal restructuring or other restructuring options that may be pursued; potential business strategies, including acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses, which cannot be assured to be completed or beneficial to Southern Company or its subsidiaries; the possibility that the anticipated benefits from the acquisition of Southern Company Gas cannot be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected, the possibility that costs related to the integration of Southern Company and Southern Company Gas will be greater than expected, the ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers, or other business partners, and the diversion of management time on integration-related issues; the ability of counterparties of Southern Company and its subsidiaries to make payments as and when due and to perform as required; the ability to obtain new short- and long-term contracts with wholesale customers; the direct or indirect effect on the Southern Company system’s business resulting from cyber intrusion or terrorist incidents and the threat of terrorist incidents; interest rate fluctuations and financial market conditions and the results of financing efforts; changes in Southern Company’s and any of its subsidiaries’ credit ratings, including impacts on interest rates, access to capital markets, and collateral requirements; the impacts of any sovereign financial issues, including impacts on interest rates, access to capital markets, impacts on foreign currency exchange rates, counterparty performance, and the economy in general, as well as potential impacts on the benefits of the Department of Energy loan guarantees; the ability of Southern Company’s electric utilities to obtain additional generating capacity (or sell excess generating capacity) at competitive prices; catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms, droughts, pandemic health events such as influenzas, or other similar occurrences; the direct or indirect effects on the Southern Company system’s business resulting from incidents affecting the U.S. electric grid, natural gas pipeline infrastructure, or operation of generating or storage resources; and the effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by standard-setting bodies. Southern Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.

 

 

Southern Company

Financial Highlights

(In Millions of Dollars Except Earnings Per Share)

Three Months Ended
December

Year-to-Date

December

Net Income–As Reported (See Notes)

2016

2015

2016

2015

  Traditional Electric Operating Companies

$

147

$

274

$

2,233

$

2,186

  Southern Power

23

34

338

215

Southern Company Gas

110

114

  Total

280

308

2,685

2,401

  Parent Company and Other

(83)

(37)

(237)

(34)

  Net Income–As Reported

$

197

$

271

$

2,448

$

2,367

  Basic Earnings Per Share1

$

0.20

$

0.30

$

2.57

$

2.60

  Average Shares Outstanding (in millions)

986

911

951

910

  End of Period Shares Outstanding (in millions)

990

912

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Three Months Ended
December

Year-to-Date
December

Net Income–Excluding Items (See Notes)

2016

2015

2016

2015

  Net Income–As Reported

$

197

$

271

$

2,448

$

2,367

Estimated Loss on Kemper IGCC2

206

183

428

365

Tax Impact

(79)

(70)

(164)

(139)

Acquisition and Integration Costs3

12

25

120

41

Tax Impact

(4)

(6)

(38)

(10)

Additional MCAR Settlement Costs4

7

Tax Impact

(3)

Subtotal

$

332

$

403

$

2,794

$

2,628

Earnings Guidance Comparability Items:

Equity Return Related to Kemper IGCC

   Schedule Extension5

(22)

(29)

Tax Impact

(4)

(5)

Southern Company Gas Earnings,

   net of Acquisition and Integration Costs6

(185)

(231)

Tax Impact

72

90

Acquisition Debt Financing Costs6

68

175

Tax Impact

(26)

(67)

  Net Income–Excluding Items

$

235

$

403

$

2,727

$

2,628

Adjusted Average Shares Outstanding – Acquisition

   Financing6(in millions)

964

911

942

910

  Basic Earnings Per Share–Excluding Items

$

0.24

$

0.44

$

2.89

$

2.89

– See Notes on the following page.

 

 

Southern Company

Financial Highlights

Notes

– In connection with the adoption in the fourth quarter 2016 of a new accounting standard for stock compensation, previously reported amounts for income tax expense were reduced by a total of $25 million for January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

(1) For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, dilution does not change basic earnings per share by more than 2 cents and is not material.

(2) The estimated probable losses relating to Mississippi Power Company’s construction and associated rate recovery of the integrated coal gasification combined cycle facility in Kemper County, Mississippi (Kemper IGCC) significantly impacted the presentation of earnings and earnings per share for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. Similar charges of uncertain amounts may occur with uncertain frequency in future periods.

(3) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 include costs related to the acquisition of Southern Company Gas and earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include costs related to the acquisitions of PowerSecure International, Inc. and the 50% interest in Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C. (SNG). Further costs are expected to continue to occur in connection with the related integration activities; however, the amount and duration of such expenditures is uncertain.

(4) Earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 include additional costs related to the discontinued operations of Mirant Corporation and the March 2009 litigation settlement with MC Asset Recovery, LLC. Further charges are not expected to occur.

(5) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include additional allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDC) equity as a result of extending the schedule for the Kemper IGCC construction project. Southern Company’s February 2016 earnings guidance assumed construction would be complete and AFUDC equity would cease by August 31, 2016. As a result, Southern Company believes presentation of earnings per share excluding these amounts provides investors with information comparable to the February guidance. Management also used such measures to evaluate Southern Company’s performance in 2016.

(6) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include the earnings of Southern Company Gas since July 1, 2016 (the date of acquisition), as well as debt financing costs related to the acquisition. Earnings of Southern Company Gas since September 1, 2016 include amounts related to its acquisition of a 50% ownership interest in SNG. In addition, earnings per share for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include the impact of 22.3 million shares ($1.1 billion) of common stock issued in August 2016 to finance a portion of the purchase price for the SNG acquisition.

 

The timing of completion of the acquisition of Southern Company Gas was uncertain at the time Southern Company issued earnings per share guidance in February 2016, and Southern Company’s agreement to acquire a 50% interest in SNG did not occur until July 2016. Accordingly, Southern Company’s February 2016 guidance did not reflect any earnings contribution from these acquisitions or the financing costs related to the acquisitions. As a result, Southern Company believes presentation of earnings per share excluding these items provides investors with information comparable to the February guidance. Management also used such measures to evaluate Southern Company’s performance in 2016.

 

In addition to earnings and earnings per share calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Southern Company intends to continue to present earnings and earnings per share excluding the impact of the Wholesale Gas Services business of Southern Company Gas in future periods. Presenting earnings and earnings per share excluding Wholesale Gas Services provides investors with an additional measure of operating performance that excludes the volatility that results from mark-to-market and lower of weighted average cost or current market price accounting adjustments. Management also expects to use earnings and earnings per share excluding Wholesale Gas Services to evaluate Southern Company’s performance. For the three months ended December 31, 2016, pre-tax earnings from Wholesale Gas Services and the related tax impact were $15.1 million and $3.8 million, respectively. For the six months ended December 31, 2016, the pre-tax loss from Wholesale Gas Services and the related tax benefit were $3.7 million and $3.5 million, respectively.

 

 

Southern Company

Significant Factors Impacting EPS

Three Months Ended
December

Year-to-Date
December

2016

2015

Change

2016

2015

Change

Earnings Per Share–

As Reported1 (See Notes)

$

0.20

$

0.30

$

(0.10)

$

2.57

$

2.60

$

(0.03)

  Significant Factors:

  Traditional Electric Operating Companies

$

(0.14)

$

0.06

Southern Power

(0.01)

0.13

Southern Company Gas

0.12

0.12

Parent Company and Other

(0.05)

(0.22)

Increase in Shares

(0.02)

(0.12)

  Total–As Reported

$

(0.10)

$

(0.03)

Three Months Ended
December

Year-to-Date
December

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

2016

2015

Change

2016

2015

Change

Earnings Per Share–

Excluding Items (See Notes)

$

0.24

$

0.44

$

(0.20)

$

2.89

$

2.89

$

  Total–As Reported

$

(0.10)

$

(0.03)

Estimated Loss on Kemper IGCC2

0.01

0.03

Acquisition and Integration Costs3

(0.02)

0.06

Additional MCAR Settlement Costs4

(0.01)

Equity Return Related to Kemper IGCC

   Schedule Extension5

(0.03)

(0.04)

Southern Company Gas Earnings,

   net of Acquisition and Integration Costs6

(0.11)

(0.15)

Acquisition Debt Financing Costs6

0.04

0.11

Additional Shares Issued for SNG Acquisition6

0.01

0.03

  Total–Excluding Items

$

(0.20)

$

– See Notes on the following page.

 

 

Southern Company

Significant Factors Impacting EPS

Notes

– In connection with the adoption in the fourth quarter 2016 of a new accounting standard for stock compensation, previously reported amounts for income tax expense were reduced by a total of $25 million for January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

(1) For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, dilution does not change basic earnings per share by more than 2 cents and is not material.

(2) The estimated probable losses relating to Mississippi Power Company’s construction and associated rate recovery of the integrated coal gasification combined cycle facility in Kemper County, Mississippi (Kemper IGCC) significantly impacted the presentation of earnings and earnings per share for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. Similar charges of uncertain amounts may occur with uncertain frequency in future periods.

(3) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 include costs related to the acquisition of Southern Company Gas and earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include costs related to the acquisitions of PowerSecure International, Inc. and the 50% interest in Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C. (SNG). Further costs are expected to continue to occur in connection with the related integration activities; however, the amount and duration of such expenditures is uncertain.

(4) Earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 include additional costs related to the discontinued operations of Mirant Corporation and the March 2009 litigation settlement with MC Asset Recovery, LLC. Further charges are not expected to occur.

(5) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include additional allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDC) equity as a result of extending the schedule for the Kemper IGCC construction project. Southern Company’s February 2016 earnings guidance assumed construction would be complete and AFUDC equity would cease by August 31, 2016. As a result, Southern Company believes presentation of earnings per share excluding these amounts provides investors with information comparable to the February guidance. Management also used such measures to evaluate Southern Company’s performance in 2016.

(6) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include the earnings of Southern Company Gas since July 1, 2016 (the date of acquisition), as well as debt financing costs related to the acquisition. Earnings of Southern Company Gas since September 1, 2016 include amounts related to its acquisition of a 50% ownership interest in SNG. In addition, earnings per share for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include the impact of 22.3 million shares ($1.1 billion) of common stock issued in August 2016 to finance a portion of the purchase price for the SNG acquisition.

 

The timing of completion of the acquisition of Southern Company Gas was uncertain at the time Southern Company issued earnings per share guidance in February 2016, and Southern Company’s agreement to acquire a 50% interest in SNG did not occur until July 2016. Accordingly, Southern Company’s February 2016 guidance did not reflect any earnings contribution from these acquisitions or the financing costs related to the acquisitions. As a result, Southern Company believes presentation of earnings per share excluding these items provides investors with information comparable to the February guidance. Management also used such measures to evaluate Southern Company’s performance in 2016.

 

In addition to earnings and earnings per share calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Southern Company intends to continue to present earnings and earnings per share excluding the impact of the Wholesale Gas Services business of Southern Company Gas in future periods. Presenting earnings and earnings per share excluding Wholesale Gas Services provides investors with an additional measure of operating performance that excludes volatility that results from mark-to-market and lower of weighted average cost or current market price accounting adjustments. Management also expects to use earnings and earnings per share excluding Wholesale Gas Services to evaluate Southern Company’s performance. For the three months ended December 31, 2016, pre-tax earnings from Wholesale Gas Services and the related tax impact were $15.1 million and $3.8 million, respectively. For the six months ended December 31, 2016, the pre-tax loss from Wholesale Gas Services and the related tax benefit were $3.7 million and $3.5 million, respectively.

 

 

Southern Company

EPS Earnings Analysis

Description

Three Months Ended
December

2016 vs. 2015

Year-to-Date
December

2016 vs. 2015

Retail Sales

(2)¢

(5)¢

Retail Revenue Impacts

4

33

Weather

5

10

Wholesale Operations

(1)

(4)

Other Operating Revenues

3

Non-Fuel O&M

(15)

(9)

Depreciation and Amortization

(1)

(7)

Taxes Other Than Income Taxes

(1)

(3)

Other Income and Deductions

(5)

(8)

Interest Expense

(2)

(8)

Income Taxes

3

4

Total Traditional Electric Operating Companies

(15)¢

Southern Power

(1)¢

13¢

Parent and Other (Excluding Items)1

(2)¢

(9)¢

Increase in Shares (Excluding Items)2

(2)¢

(10)¢

Total Change in EPS (Excluding Items)

(20)¢

—¢

Estimated Loss on Kemper IGCC3

(1)

(3)

Acquisition and Integration Costs4

2

(6)

Additional MCAR Settlement Costs5

1

Equity Return Related to Kemper IGCC

    Schedule Extension6

3

4

Southern Company Gas Earnings, net of

    Acquisition and Integration Costs7

11

15

Acquisition Debt Financing Costs7

(4)

(11)

Increase in Shares Issued for the Acquisition

    of a 50% Interest in SNG7

(1)

(3)

Total Change in EPS (As Reported)

(10)¢

(3)¢

– See Notes on the following page.

 

 

Southern Company

EPS Earnings Analysis

Three and Twelve Months Ended December 2016 vs. December 2015

Notes

– In connection with the adoption in the fourth quarter 2016 of a new accounting standard for stock compensation, previously reported amounts for income tax expense were reduced by a total of $25 million for January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

(1) Excludes Acquisition Debt Financing Costs, which are identified separately in the table.

(2) Excludes the impact of 22.3 million shares ($1.1 billion) of common stock issued in August 2016 to finance a portion of the purchase price for the Southern Natural Gas Company, L.L.C. (SNG) acquisition which is identified separately in the table.

(3) The estimated probable losses relating to Mississippi Power Company’s construction and associated rate recovery of the integrated coal gasification combined cycle facility in Kemper County, Mississippi (Kemper IGCC) significantly impacted the presentation of earnings and earnings per share for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015. Similar charges of uncertain amounts may occur with uncertain frequency in future periods.

(4) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 include costs related to the acquisition of Southern Company Gas and earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include costs related to the acquisitions of PowerSecure International, Inc. and the 50% interest in SNG. Further costs are expected to continue to occur in connection with the related integration activities; however, the amount and duration of such expenditures is uncertain.

(5) Earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 include additional costs related to the discontinued operations of Mirant Corporation and the March 2009 litigation settlement with MC Asset Recovery, LLC. Further charges are not expected to occur.

(6) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include additional allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDC) equity as a result of extending the schedule for the Kemper IGCC construction project. Southern Company’s February 2016 earnings guidance assumed construction would be complete and AFUDC equity would cease by August 31, 2016. As a result, Southern Company believes presentation of earnings per share excluding these amounts provides investors with information comparable to the February guidance. Management also used such measures to evaluate Southern Company’s performance in 2016.

(7) Earnings for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include the earnings of Southern Company Gas since July 1, 2016 (the date of acquisition), as well as debt financing costs related to the acquisition. Earnings of Southern Company Gas since September 1, 2016 include amounts related to its acquisition of a 50% ownership interest in SNG. In addition, earnings per share for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 include the impact of 22.3 million shares ($1.1 billion) of common stock issued in August 2016 to finance a portion of the purchase price for the SNG acquisition.

 

The timing of completion of the acquisition of Southern Company Gas was uncertain at the time Southern Company issued earnings per share guidance in February 2016, and Southern Company’s agreement to acquire a 50% interest in SNG did not occur until July 2016. Accordingly, Southern Company’s February 2016 guidance did not reflect any earnings contribution from these acquisitions or the financing costs related to the acquisitions. As a result, Southern Company believes presentation of earnings per share excluding these items provides investors with information comparable to the February guidance. Management also used such measures to evaluate Southern Company’s performance in 2016.

 

In addition to earnings and earnings per share calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Southern Company intends to continue to present earnings and earnings per share excluding the impact of the Wholesale Gas Services business of Southern Company Gas in future periods. Presenting earnings and earnings per share excluding Wholesale Gas Services provides investors with an additional measure of operating performance that excludes the volatility that results from mark-to-market and lower of weighted average cost or current market price accounting adjustments. Management also expects to use earnings and earnings per share excluding Wholesale Gas Services to evaluate Southern Company’s performance. For the three months ended December 31, 2016, pre-tax earnings from Wholesale Gas Services and the related tax impact were $15.1 million and $3.8 million, respectively. For the six months ended December 31, 2016, the pre-tax loss from Wholesale Gas Services and the related tax benefit were $3.7 million and $3.5 million, respectively.

 

 

Southern Company

Consolidated Earnings As Reported

(In Millions of Dollars)

Three Months Ended
December

Year-to-Date

December

2016

2015

Change

2016

2015

Change

Income Account-

Retail Electric Revenues-

Fuel

$

952

$

786

$

166

$

4,121

$

4,437

$

(316)

Non-Fuel

2,350

2,243

107

11,113

10,550

563

Wholesale Electric Revenues

471

363

108

1,926

1,798

128

Other Electric Revenues

169

163

6

698

657

41

Natural Gas Revenues

1,078

1,078

1,596

1,596

Other Revenues

161

13

148

442

47

395

Total Revenues

5,181

3,568

1,613

19,896

17,489

2,407

Fuel and Purchased Power

1,196

956

240

5,111

5,395

(284)

Cost of Natural Gas

480

480

613

613

Cost of Other Sales

99

99

260

260

Non-Fuel O & M

1,624

1,096

528

5,240

4,416

824

Depreciation and Amortization

697

519

178

2,502

2,034

468

Taxes Other Than Income Taxes

292

236

56

1,113

997

116

Estimated Loss on Kemper IGCC

206

183

23

428

365

63

Total Operating Expenses

4,594

2,990

1,604

15,267

13,207

2,060

Operating Income

587

578

9

4,629

4,282

347

Allowance for Equity Funds Used During Construction

52

63

(11)

202

226

(24)

Earnings from equity method investments

31

31

59

59

Interest Expense, Net of Amounts Capitalized

404

228

176

1,317

840

477

Other Income (Expense), net

(27)

(12)

(15)

(93)

(39)

(54)

Income Taxes

34

118

(84)

951

1,194

(243)

Net Income

205

283

(78)

2,529

2,435

94

Less:

Dividends on Preferred and Preference Stock of Subsidiaries

11

12

(1)

45

54

(9)

Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

(3)

(3)

36

14

22

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO SOUTHERN COMPANY

$

197

$

271

$

(74)

$

2,448

$

2,367

$

81

Notes

– Certain prior year data may have been reclassified to conform with current year presentation.

– In connection with the adoption in the fourth quarter 2016 of a new accounting standard for stock compensation, previously reported amounts for income tax expense were reduced by a total of $25 million for January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

 

 

Southern Company

Kilowatt-Hour Sales and Customers

(In Millions of KWHs)

Three Months Ended December

Year-to-Date December

2016

2015

Change

Weather Adjusted Change

2016

2015

Change

Weather Adjusted Change1

Kilowatt-Hour Sales-

Total Sales

44,542

41,945

6.2

%

195,641

190,989

2.4

%

Total Retail Sales-

36,209

35,589

1.7

%

(1.5)

%

160,745

160,484

0.2

%

(1.0)

%

Residential

11,080

10,196

8.7

%

0.2

%

53,337

52,121

2.3

%

0.2

%

Commercial

12,224

12,166

0.5

%

(2.2)

%

53,733

53,525

0.4

%

(1.0)

%

Industrial

12,690

13,003

(2.4)

%

(2.4)

%

52,792

53,941

(2.1)

%

(2.2)

%

Other

215

224

(3.9)

%

(4.1)

%

883

897

(1.7)

%

(1.7)

%

Total Wholesale Sales

8,333

6,356

31.1

%

N/A

34,896

30,505

14.4

%

N/A

(In Thousands of Customers)

Year-End December

2016

20152

Change

Regulated Utility Customers-

Total Utility Customers-

9,179

9,104

0.8

%

Total Traditional Electric

4,593

4,546

1.0

%

Southern Company Gas

4,586

4,558

0.6

%

Notes

(1) Also reflects adjustment of 2015 KWH sales consistent with Mississippi Power’s updated methodology to estimate the unbilled revenue allocation among customer classes implemented in the first quarter 2015.

(2) Southern Company’s acquisition of Southern Company Gas was completed on July 1, 2016. Year-end December 2015 customers are shown on a pro forma basis for comparative purposes.

 

 

Southern Company

Financial Overview As Reported

(In Millions of Dollars)

Three Months Ended December

Year-to-Date

December

2016

2015

% Change

20161

2015

% Change

Southern Company –

Operating Revenues

$

5,181

$

3,568

45.2

%

$

19,896

$

17,489

13.8

%

Earnings Before Income Taxes

239

401

(40.4)

%

3,480

3,629

(4.1)

%

Net Income Available to Common

197

271

(27.3)

%

2,448

2,367

3.4

%

Alabama Power –

Operating Revenues

$

1,329

$

1,217

9.2

%

$

5,889

$

5,768

2.1

%

Earnings Before Income Taxes

174

204

(14.7)

%

1,370

1,317

4.0

%

Net Income Available to Common

102

121

(15.7)

%

822

785

4.7

%

Georgia Power –

Operating Revenues

$

1,762

$

1,641

7.4

%

$

8,383

$

8,326

0.7

%

Earnings Before Income Taxes

163

312

(47.8)

%

2,127

2,046

4.0

%

Net Income Available to Common

113

196

(42.3)

%

1,330

1,260

5.6

%

Gulf Power –

Operating Revenues

$

349

$

313

11.5

%

$

1,485

$

1,483

0.1

%

Earnings Before Income Taxes

42

47

(10.6)

%

231

249

(7.2)

%

Net Income Available to Common

23

28

(17.9)

%

131

148

(11.5)

%

Mississippi Power –

Operating Revenues

$

277

$

246

12.6

%

$

1,163

$

1,138

2.2

%

Earnings (Loss) Before Income Taxes

(162)

(130)

N/M

(152)

(78)

N/M

Net Income (Loss) Available to Common

(89)

(71)

N/M

(50)

(8)

N/M

Southern Power –

Operating Revenues

$

389

$

304

28.0

%

$

1,577

$

1,390

13.5

%

Earnings Before Income Taxes

(8)

41

N/M

179

250

(28.4)

%

Net Income Available to Common

23

34

(32.4)

%

338

215

57.2

%

Southern Company Gas –

Operating Revenues

$

1,109

$

N/A

$

1,652

$

N/A

Earnings Before Income Taxes

178

N/A

190

N/A

Net Income Available to Common

110

N/A

114

N/A

N/M – not meaningful

N/A – not applicable

Notes

– In connection with the adoption in the fourth quarter 2016 of a new accounting standard for stock compensation, previously reported amounts for income tax expense were reduced by a total of $25 million for January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.

(1) Southern Company’s acquisition of Southern Company Gas was completed on July 1, 2016. Year-to-Date December reflects financial results for Southern Company Gas for the period July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

 

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SOURCE Southern Company