AEP Reports 2010 First-Quarter Earnings

  • 2010 first-quarter earnings: $0.72 per share GAAP, $0.76 per share ongoing
  • Company reaffirms 2010 ongoing earnings guidance of between $2.80 and $3.20 per share

Preliminary, unaudited results
1st quarter ended March 31
Revenue ($ in billions)
Earnings ($ in millions):
EPS ($):
EPS based on 407mm shares in Q1 2009, 478mm in Q1 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29, 2010 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) today reported 2010 first-quarter earnings, prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), of $344 million or $0.72 per share, compared with $360 million or $0.89 per share in first-quarter 2009. Ongoing earnings (earnings excluding special items) for the quarter were $365 million or $0.76 per share, compared with $360 million or $0.89 per share in first-quarter 2009.

The per-share results for first-quarter 2010 reflect the dilutive effect of additional shares outstanding issued during 2009, which reduced ongoing earnings by $0.13 per share compared with first-quarter 2009.

For the quarter, GAAP earnings were $21 million lower than ongoing earnings because the enactment of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act brought an unfavorable change to the tax treatment of post-employment health care costs associated with the future reimbursement of Medicare Part D retiree prescription drug benefits.

A full reconciliation of GAAP earnings with ongoing earnings for the quarter is included in tables at the end of this news release.

“We had strong results for the first quarter because of successful rate proceedings, increased off-system sales and favorable weather,” said Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer. “For several quarters we’ve been seeing some signs of economic improvement in the states that we serve, but the signs have yet to be followed by a broad increase in electricity demand that typically accompanies economic improvement. Residential electricity sales have improved year on year. Industrial sales are down slightly from first quarter last year, but we are no longer seeing the steep declines experienced throughout 2009. Commercial sales continue to struggle.

“In light of the slow recovery of electricity demand and depressed wholesale prices, we are taking further meaningful steps to reduce our costs,” Morris said. “These steps include non-labor and labor reductions such as an offer of a voluntary severance package.

“As always, our top priorities are maintaining reliable service for our customers, a safe work environment for our employees and our commitments to our shareholders.”


AEP reaffirmed its ongoing guidance range for 2010 of between $2.80 and $3.20 per share. “The additional cost-reduction measures have allowed us to keep our 2010 earnings guidance unchanged,” Morris said.

In providing ongoing earnings guidance, there could be differences between ongoing earnings and GAAP earnings for matters such as, but not limited to, divestitures or changes in accounting principles. AEP management is not able to estimate the impact, if any, on GAAP earnings of these items. Therefore, AEP is not able to provide a corresponding GAAP equivalent for earnings guidance.

$ in millions except EPS
Q1 09Q1 10Variance
Utility Operations34336219
Ongoing EPS0.840.75(0.09)
AEP River Operations114(7)
Ongoing EPS0.030.01(0.02)
Generation and Marketing2410(14)
Ongoing EPS0.060.02(0.04)
All Other(18)(11)7
Ongoing EPS(0.04)(0.02)0.02
Ongoing Earnings3603655
Ongoing EPS0.890.76(0.13)
EPS based on 407mm shares in Q1 2009, 478mm in Q1 2010

Ongoing earnings from Utility Operations increased by $19 million during first-quarter 2010 compared with the same period in 2009. The improvement was driven by higher retail margins because of successful rate proceedings, the effects of favorable weather and higher margins for both off-system sales and transmission revenues. These increases were somewhat offset by lower sales to AEP’s commercial and industrial customers, higher operating expenses and the 2009 receipt of the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant accidental outage insurance.

Results for AEP’s River Operations were lower in first-quarter 2010 compared with the same period in 2009 primarily because of reduced grain loadings, higher fuel and other operating expenses and the gain on sale of two towboats in 2009.

Generation and Marketing, which includes AEP’s non-regulated generating, marketing and risk management activities in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market area, decreased $14 million in first-quarter 2010 compared with the same period in 2009 because of lower gross margins from marketing activities.

All Other, which includes the Parent Company and other investments, was favorable by $7 million in first-quarter 2010 compared with the same period in 2009 primarily because of lower expenses.

$ in millions except EPS
Q1 09Q1 10Variance
East Regulated Integrated Utilities71078474
Ohio Companies63968344
West Regulated Integrated Utilities24327128
Texas Wires12715023
Off-System Sales627412
Transmission Revenue - 3rd Party849410
Other Operating Revenue206123(83)
Utility Gross Margin2,0712,179108
Operations & Maintenance(803)(835)(32)
Depreciation & Amortization(373)(398)(25)
Taxes Other Than Income Taxes(194)(203)(9)
Interest Expense & Preferred Dividend(221)(236)(15)
Other Income & Deductions31409
Income Taxes(168)(185)(17)
Utility Operations Ongoing Earnings34336219
Ongoing EPS0.840.75(0.09)
EPS based on 407mm shares in Q1 2009, 478mm in Q1 2010

Retail Sales – The improvement in retail gross margins reflects the favorable results from regulatory proceedings in multiple jurisdictions and increased residential usage driven by favorable weather in the quarter. These increases were somewhat offset by lower sales to commercial and industrial customers than in the same period last year. First-quarter heating degree days were 9 percent above normal and 4 percent higher than in the same period last year in AEP’s eastern service territory. In AEP’s western service area, heating degree days were 32 percent higher than normal and 48 percent higher than in the same period last year. The favorable weather increased margins in the quarter by $37 million.

Off-System Sales – Gross margins from Off-System Sales increased $12 million for first-quarter 2010 primarily because of higher physical sales volumes in our eastern territory, which reflects favorable generation availability.

Transmission Revenues – Transmission revenues were higher than in the same period last year primarily because of increases in the Southwest Power Pool, ERCOT and PJM Interconnection regions.

Other Operating Revenue – The decrease in Other Operating Revenue during first-quarter 2010 from the prior year is primarily because of the receipt of the Cook Nuclear Plant accidental outage insurance proceeds in 2009 and lower gains on the sale of allowances.

Operations & Maintenance Expense – O&M expenses in first-quarter 2010 were $32 million higher than in the prior year, but expenses net of revenue offsets were $14 million higher than in the prior period.

Depreciation & Amortization – The increase in Depreciation & Amortization in first-quarter 2010, compared with the prior period, primarily is attributed to an increase in plant balances.

Interest Expense & Preferred Dividends – The increase in Interest Expense during first-quarter 2010 compared with the same period in 2009 is primarily because of an increase in long-term debt and a decrease in the debt component of Allowance for Equity Funds Used During Construction (AFUDC) due to lower Construction Work in Progress balances at Appalachian Power Company and the Ohio Companies.

Other Income & Deductions – The increase over the same period in 2009 is primarily because of an increase in AFUDC for the J. Lamar Stall and John W. Turk plants under construction at Southwestern Electric Power Company.


American Electric Power’s quarterly conference call with financial analysts will be broadcast live over the Internet at 9 a.m. EDT today at http://www.aep.com/go/webcasts. The webcast will include audio of the conference call and visuals of charts and graphics referred to by AEP management during the call. The charts and graphics will be available for download at http://www.aep.com/go/webcasts.

The call will be archived on http://www.aep.com/go/webcasts for those unable to listen during the live webcast. Archived calls also are available as podcasts.

Minimum requirements to listen to broadcast: Windows Media Player software, free from http://windowsmedia.com/download, and at least a 56Kbps connection to the Internet.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

AEP’s earnings are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and represent the company’s earnings as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission. AEP’s management believes that the company’s ongoing earnings, or GAAP earnings adjusted for certain items as described in the news release and charts, provide a more meaningful representation of the company’s performance. AEP uses ongoing earnings as the primary performance measurement when communicating with analysts and investors regarding its earnings outlook and results. The company also uses ongoing earnings data internally to measure performance against budget and to report to AEP’s board of directors.

-Full news release and supplemental tables (PDF)

This report made by American Electric Power and its Registrant Subsidiaries contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although AEP and each of its Registrant Subsidiaries believe that their expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, any such statements may be influenced by factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are: electric load and customer growth; weather conditions, including storms; available sources and costs of, and transportation for, fuels and the creditworthiness and performance of fuel suppliers and transporters; availability of generating capacity and the performance of AEP’s generating plants; AEP’s ability to recover regulatory assets and stranded costs in connection with deregulation; AEP’s ability to recover increases in fuel and other energy costs through regulated or competitive electric rates; AEP’s ability to build or acquire generating capacity (including the ability to obtain any necessary regulatory approvals and permits) when needed at acceptable prices and terms and to recover those costs (including the costs of projects that are canceled) through applicable rate cases or competitive rates; new legislation, litigation and government regulation, including requirements for reduced emissions of sulfur, nitrogen, mercury, carbon, soot or particulate matter and other substances; timing and resolution of pending and future rate cases, negotiations and other regulatory decisions (including rate or other recovery of new investments in generation, distribution and transmission service and environmental compliance); resolution of litigation (including disputes arising from the bankruptcy of Enron Corp. and related matters); AEP’s ability to constrain operation and maintenance costs; the economic climate and growth or contraction in AEP’s service territory and changes in market demand and demographic patterns; inflationary and interest rate trends; volatility in the financial markets, particularly developments affecting the availability of capital on reasonable terms and developments impacting AEP’s ability to refinance existing debt at attractive rates; AEP’s ability to develop and execute a strategy based on a view regarding prices of electricity, natural gas and other energy-related commodities; changes in the creditworthiness of the counterparties with whom AEP has contractual arrangements, including participants in the energy trading markets; actions of rating agencies, including changes in the ratings of debt; volatility and changes in markets for electricity, natural gas, coal, nuclear fuel and other energy-related commodities; changes in utility regulation, including the implementation of the recently passed utility law in Ohio and the allocation of costs within regional transmission organizations; accounting pronouncements periodically issued by accounting standard-setting bodies; the impact of volatility in the capital markets on the value of the investments held by AEP’s pension, other postretirement benefit plans and nuclear decommissioning trust and the impact on future funding requirements; prices for power that AEP generates and sells at wholesale; changes in technology, particularly with respect to new, developing or alternative sources of generation; and other risks and unforeseen events, including wars, the effects of terrorism (including increased security costs), embargoes and other catastrophic events.

Pat D. Hemlepp
Director, Corporate Media Relations

Bette Jo Rozsa
Managing Director, Investor Relations

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