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WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports a 22% Increase in Fiscal Year 2007 Earnings and Issues Fiscal Year 2008 Guidance

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007 8:00 am EST

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WASHINGTON

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NYSE:
WGL
"Use of Non-GAAP Operating Earnings (Loss) Per Share"

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consolidated earnings up 22% -- $2.19 per share vs. $1.79 per share for fiscal year 2006 -- Retail Energy-Marketing earnings up 67% -- $0.45 per share vs. $0.27 per share for fiscal year 2006 -- Utility growth continues with the addition of over 14,200 active customer meters during fiscal year 2007 -- Business process outsourcing initiative launched with expected customer service enhancements in fiscal year 2008 and long-term savings Consolidated Results

WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported net income determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) for fiscal year 2007 of $107.9 million, or $2.19 per share, an increase of $20.3 million, or $0.40 per share, over net income of $87.6 million, or $1.79 per share, reported for fiscal year 2006. Unless otherwise noted, earnings per share amounts are presented on a diluted basis, and are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding.

"We are realizing the sustainable benefits from our integrated strategies for success," said James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of WGL Holdings. "Our rate design approaches in Maryland and Virginia directly enhance shareholder value, while protecting our customers from fluctuations due to weather, pricing and usage. Also, the success and continued growth of our unregulated businesses firmly positions us to become the retail energy company of choice," DeGraffenreidt affirmed.

For the three months ended September 30, 2007, we reported a seasonal net loss determined in accordance with GAAP of $(13.5) million, or $(0.27) per share, compared to a net loss of $(11.9) million, or $(0.24) per share, reported for the three months ended September 30, 2006. Reporting a net loss for quarters ended September 30 is typical due to the seasonal nature of our utility operations and the corresponding reduced demand for natural gas during this period.

We also evaluate our financial performance based on non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share. Non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share excludes the effect of: (i) warmer-than-normal/colder-than-normal weather for our regulated utility segment; (ii) certain unusual transactions; (iii) unrealized mark-to-market gains (losses) on energy-related derivatives and (iv) discontinued operations. Refer to "Use of Non-GAAP Operating Earnings (Loss) Per Share" and supporting reconciliations attached to this news release for a detailed discussion of management's use of this non-GAAP financial measure, as well as reconciliations of earnings per share determined in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share for both our consolidated and segment results.

For fiscal year 2007, our non-GAAP operating earnings were $1.99 per share, an increase of $0.05 per share over non-GAAP operating earnings of $1.94 per share for fiscal year 2006. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007, we had a non-GAAP operating loss of $(0.31) per share compared to a loss of $(0.17) per share for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter Results by Business Segment

Regulated Utility Segment

Our regulated utility segment reported net income determined in accordance with GAAP of $89.9 million, or $1.82 per share, for fiscal year 2007, an increase of $5.3 million, or $0.09 per share, over net income of $84.6 million, or $1.73 per share for the preceding fiscal year. For fiscal year 2007, non-GAAP operating earnings for the regulated utility segment were $1.71 per share compared to $1.72 for fiscal year 2006. The year-to-year comparison in non-GAAP operating earnings for this segment is relatively unchanged primarily due to the fact that increased labor and benefit costs and higher depreciation due to the effect of increased investment in depreciable property, plant and equipment were offset by the favorable effects of the addition of over 14,200 active customer meters since the end of last year and new rates that went into effect in Virginia on February 13, 2007.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007, our regulated utility segment reported a seasonal net loss determined in accordance with GAAP of $(16.8) million, or $(0.34) per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007, compared to a net loss of $(13.0) million, or $(0.27) per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. Our regulated utility segment had a non-GAAP operating loss of $(0.35) per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007 compared to a loss of $(0.29) per share for the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year. This comparison in non-GAAP results primarily reflects favorable adjustments recorded in the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year associated with customer billing and a true-up of lost-and- unaccounted-for gas.

Retail Energy-Marketing Segment

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income determined in accordance with GAAP of $22.4 million, or $0.45 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, an increase of $9.1 million, or $0.18 per share, over net income of $13.3 million, or $0.27 per share, reported for fiscal year 2006. Non-GAAP operating earnings for the retail energy-marketing segment were $0.36 per share for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2007, an $0.08 per share improvement over $0.28 per share for fiscal year 2006. The year- over-year improvement in non-GAAP operating earnings was related to a substantial rise in electric sales volumes and higher margins per kilowatt hour sold. Sales volume growth was principally the result of new competitive opportunities that emerged during the second half of fiscal year 2006, as retail customers of the electric utilities in Maryland and Delaware switched to competitive electric suppliers in response to a sharp increase in utility rates. Higher margins per kilowatt hour sold resulted from the full-year benefit of these new customers coupled with favorable market conditions.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2007, our retail energy-marketing segment reported net income determined in accordance with GAAP of $5.3 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to net income of $8.4 million, or $0.17 per share, reported for the same three-month period of the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP operating earnings for the retail energy-marketing segment were $0.08 per share for the three months ended September 30, 2007, compared to $0.17 per share for the same three-month period of the prior fiscal year. The quarter- to-quarter decline in non-GAAP operating earnings related to both the sale of electricity and natural gas. Margins per kilowatt hour sold on new electric sales contracts decreased from the relatively large margins on sales in the prior period due to increases in wholesale market prices combined with more competitive rates offered by electric utilities that went into effect in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007. We also experienced a decline in natural gas sales volumes and margin per therm sold related to our natural gas sales.

Business Process Outsourcing

In the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, Washington Gas announced a ten- year agreement with Accenture to outsource a number of its business functions. To date, we have successfully transitioned human resources and purchasing. Other functions, including payroll, information technology, and consumer services are on schedule to transition by December 31, 2007. The agreement was designed to generate approximately $170 million in net savings over its ten-year term and provide customer service enhancements, including many that will be implemented in fiscal year 2008.

Earnings Outlook

Our GAAP earnings estimate for the full fiscal year 2008, is in a range of $2.08 to $2.18 per share. This estimate includes projected full fiscal year 2008 earnings from our regulated utility segment in a range of $1.83 per share to $1.89 per share and projected full fiscal year 2008 earnings from our unregulated business segments in a range of $0.25 per share to $0.29 per share.

We are also providing a consolidated earnings estimate for the full fiscal year 2008 based on non-GAAP operating earnings in a range of $2.17 per share to $2.27 per share. This estimate includes projected full fiscal year 2008 non-GAAP operating earnings from our regulated utility segment in a range of $1.84 per share to $1.90 per share, and projected full fiscal year 2008 non- GAAP operating earnings from our unregulated business segments in a range of $0.33 per share to $0.37 per share. Refer to the "Reconciliation of GAAP Earnings Guidance to Non-GAAP Earnings Guidance" attached to this press release for a reconciliation of our GAAP earnings estimate to our estimate based on non-GAAP operating earnings per share.

Guidance reflects the estimated addition of 17,500 new customers at the regulated utility in fiscal year 2008. The guidance includes an estimated increase in revenues in Maryland and the District of Columbia in connection with pending rate cases. These increases in rates are subject to a final determination by the Maryland Public Service Commission and the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, respectively. The guidance assumes normal weather throughout the guidance period, no effect of unusual items that could arise in the future, and no future gains or losses related to discontinued operations. We assume no obligation to update this guidance. The absence of any statement by us in the future should not be presumed to represent an affirmation of this earnings guidance.

Other Information

We will hold a conference call at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time on November 8, 2007, to discuss our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2007 financial results. The live conference call will be available to the public via a link located on the WGL Holdings Web site, www.wglholdings.com. Slides providing details of our results of operations will be posted to the Web site. To hear the live Webcast, click on the "Webcast" link located on the home page of the referenced site. The Webcast and related slides will be archived on the WGL Holdings Web site through December 7, 2007.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings has three operating segments: (i) the regulated utility segment which primarily consists of Washington Gas, a natural gas utility that serves over one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region; (ii) the retail-energy marketing segment which consists of Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., a third-party marketer that competitively sells natural gas and electricity and (iii) the commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) segment, which consists of Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. Additional information about WGL Holdings is available on our Web site, www.wglholdings.com.

Please see the attached comparative statements for additional information on our operating results. Also attached to this news release are: (i) reconciliations of earnings per share determined in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share for both our consolidated and segment results; (ii) reconciliations of our GAAP earnings guidance to our non-GAAP earnings guidance and (iii) reconciliations of WGL Holdings' net income determined in accordance with GAAP and GAAP Net Cash Flow provided by operating activities to free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release and other statements by us include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the outlook for earnings, revenues and other future financial business performance or strategies and expectations. Forward- looking statements are typically identified by words such as, but not limited to, "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "believes," "plans," and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "should," "would," and "could." Although we believe such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we cannot give assurance that every objective will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of today, and we assume no duty to update them. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions and the factors discussed under the "Risk Factors" heading in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
For Periods Ended September 30, 2007 and 2006
(Unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(In thousands, except per    
share data) 2007 2006 2007 2006
 
OPERATING REVENUES
Utility $134,088 $131,922 $1,497,274 $1,622,510
Non-utility 191,597 $191,689 1,148,734 $1,015,373
Total Operating Revenues 325,685 323,611 2,646,008 2,637,883
 
OPERATING EXPENSES
Utility cost of gas 53,448 44,318 875,811 1,016,669
Non-utility cost of energy-
related sales 173,907 171,004 1,079,378 971,560
Operation and maintenance 70,254 64,080 275,344 258,022
Depreciation and amortization 23,632 23,531 90,605 93,055
General taxes and other
assessments 15,881 18,479 100,023 96,187
Total Operating Expenses 337,122 321,412 2,421,161 2,435,493
 
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) (11,437 ) 2,199 224,847 202,390
Other Income (Expenses)-Net 681 525 3,378 3,241
Interest Expense
Interest on long-term debt 10,000 10,048 40,047 40,634
Other - net 1,389 1,944 8,821 7,670
Total Interest Expense 11,389 11,992 48,868 48,304
Dividends on Washington Gas
preferred stock 330 330 1,320 1,320
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME
TAXES (22,475 ) (9,598 ) 178,037 156,007
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) (8,931 ) (2,370 ) 70,137 61,313
 
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
OPERATIONS (13,544 ) (7,228 ) 107,900 94,694
Loss from discontinued
operations, net of income tax
benefit - (4,639 ) - (7,116 )
 
NET INCOME (LOSS) APPLICABLE
TO COMMON STOCK $(13,544 ) $(11,867 ) $107,900 $87,578
 
AVERAGE COMMON SHARES
OUTSTANDING
Basic 49,312 48,817 49,172 48,773
Diluted 49,312 48,817 49,377 48,905
 
EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE
COMMON SHARE
Basic
Income (loss) from continuing
operations $(0.27 ) $(0.15 ) $2.19 $1.94
Loss from discontinued
operations - (0.09 ) - (0.14 )
Basic earnings (loss) per
average common share $(0.27 ) $(0.24 ) $2.19 $1.80
Diluted
Income (loss) from continuing
operations $(0.27 ) $(0.15 ) $2.19 $1.94
Loss from discontinued
operations - (0.09 ) - (0.15 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per
average common share $(0.27 ) $(0.24 ) $2.19 $1.79
 
 
Net Income (Loss) Applicable To Common Stock-By Segment ($000):
 
Regulated utility $(16,750 ) $(13,000 ) $89,889 $84,599
Non-utility operations:
Retail energy-marketing 5,317 8,364 22,426 13,315
Commercial HVAC 192 126 367 450
Total major non-utility 5,509 8,490 22,793 13,765
Other, principally non-
utility activities (2,303 ) (2,718 ) (4,782 ) (3,670 )
Total non-utility 3,206 5,772 18,011 10,095
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING
OPERATIONS (13,544 ) (7,228 ) 107,900 94,694
Loss from discontinued
operations, net of income tax
benefit - (4,639 ) - (7,116 )
NET INCOME (LOSS) APPLICABLE
TO COMMON STOCK $(13,544 ) $(11,867 ) $107,900 $87,578
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
September 30, 2007
(Unaudited)
   
September 30, September 30,
(In thousands) 2007 2006
 
ASSETS
Property, Plant and Equipment
At original cost $3,072,935 $2,949,951
Accumulated depreciation and amortization (922,494 ) (882,056 )
Net property, plant and equipment 2,150,441 2,067,895
 
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents 4,870 4,350
Accounts receivable, net 192,021 197,733
Storage gas-at cost (first-in, first-out) 294,889 296,061
Other 81,945 63,878
Total current assets 573,725 562,022
Deferred Charges and Other Assets 322,195 161,489
Total Assets $3,046,361 $2,791,406
 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
Capitalization
Common shareholders' equity $980,767 $921,807
Washington Gas Light Company
preferred stock 28,173 28,173
Long-term debt 616,419 576,139
Total capitalization 1,625,359 1,526,119
 
Current Liabilities
Notes payable and current maturities
of long-term debt 205,341 238,370
Accounts payable and other accrued
liabilities 216,861 201,401
Other 134,854 121,071
Total current liabilities 557,056 560,842
Deferred Credits 863,946 704,445
Total Capitalization and Liabilities $3,046,361 $2,791,406
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics
For Periods Ended September 30, 2007 and 2006
(Unaudited)
   
FINANCIAL STATISTICS
Twelve Months Ended
September 30,
2007 2006
 
Closing Market Price-end of period $33.89 $31.34
52-Week Market Price Range $35.91-$29.79 $32.88-$27.04
Price Earnings Ratio 15.5 17.4
Annualized Dividends Per Share $1.37 $1.35
Dividend Yield 4.0 % 4.3 %
Return on Average Common Equity 11.3 % 9.6 %
Total Interest Coverage (times) (1) 4.6 4.2
Book Value Per Share-end of period $19.89 $18.86
Common Shares Outstanding-end of
period (thousands) 49,316 48,878
 
(1) Calculated using income from continuing operations.
 
     
UTILITY GAS STATISTICS
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(In thousands) 2007 2006 2007 2006
 
Operating Revenues
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential - Firm $71,581 $71,587 $987,409 $1,049,655
Commercial and
Industrial - Firm 23,724 24,224 278,949 338,288
Commercial and
Industrial -
Interruptible 1,080 1,441 6,618 8,190
Electric Generation 283 275 1,108 1,232
96,668 97,527 1,274,084 1,397,365
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 17,484 16,918 139,675 135,988
Interruptible 8,032 7,569 49,524 42,286
Electric Generation 94 80 293 287
25,610 24,567 189,492 178,561
122,278 122,094 1,463,576 1,575,926
Other 11,810 9,828 33,698 46,584
Total $134,088 $131,922 $1,497,274 $1,622,510
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(In thousands of therms) 2007 2006 2007 2006
 
Gas Sales and Deliveries
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential - Firm 37,204 41,306 648,701 593,594
Commercial and
Industrial - Firm 18,735 20,826 203,962 213,997
Commercial and
Industrial -
Interruptible 940 1,404 5,275 6,185
56,879 63,536 857,938 813,776
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 41,427 45,320 433,420 403,812
Interruptible 45,440 43,939 267,305 251,003
Electric Generation 66,506 60,540 111,950 108,315
153,373 149,799 812,675 763,130
Total 210,252 213,335 1,670,613 1,576,906
 
WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
Natural Gas Sales
Therm Sales
(thousands of
therms) 73,830 81,156 725,465 696,694
 
Number of
Customers
(end of period) 140,700 142,700 140,700 142,700
 
Electricity Sales
Electricity Sales
(thousands
of kWhs) 1,051,305 1,022,247 3,943,844 2,412,407
 
Number of Accounts
(end of period) 65,900 63,300 65,900 63,300
 
UTILITY GAS PURCHASED
EXPENSE
(excluding off system) 94.76c 75.08c 103.04c 124.56c
 
HEATING DEGREE DAYS
Actual 10 22 3,955 3,710
Normal 16 16 3,815 3,807
Percent Colder (Warmer)
than Normal (37.5 )% 37.5 % 3.7 % (2.5 )%
 
Number of Active
Customer Meters
(end of period) 1,046,201 1,031,916 1,046,201 1,031,916
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
For Periods Ended September 30, 2007 and 2006
(Unaudited)
 
 
Statements of Income
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(In thousands) 2007   2006 2007   2006
 
Operating Revenues $136,643 $133,929 $1,513,839 $1,637,491
Operating Expenses:
Cost of gas 56,003 46,325 892,376 1,031,650
Operation 51,354 46,593 206,623 198,044
Maintenance 10,129 10,469 39,685 38,423
Depreciation and
amortization 23,420 23,445 89,907 92,712
General taxes and other
assessments:
Revenue taxes 6,683 9,243 55,949 55,964
Other 8,705 8,864 40,648 40,726
Total operating
expenses 156,294 144,939 1,325,188 1,457,519
 
Operating income (loss) (19,651 ) (11,010 ) 188,651 179,972
Other income (expenses)
- net 395 461 2,615 1,950
Interest expense 10,953 10,914 45,157 44,026
Dividends on Washington
Gas preferred stock 330 330 1,320 1,320
Income tax expense
(benefit) (13,789 ) (8,793 ) 54,900 51,977
Net income (loss) $(16,750 ) $(13,000 ) $89,889 $84,599
 
 

Utility Net Revenues ($000) (1)

 
Operating revenues $136,643 $133,929 $1,513,839 $1,637,491
Less: Cost of gas 56,003 46,325 892,376 1,031,650
Revenue taxes 6,683 9,243 55,949 55,964
Utility net revenues $73,957 $78,361 $565,514 $549,877
 
(1)  

We analyze the operating results of our regulated utility segment based on utility net revenues. Washington Gas Light Company includes the cost of the natural gas commodity and revenue taxes (comprised principally of gross receipts taxes) in its rates charged to customers as reflected in operating revenues. Accordingly, changes in the cost of gas and revenue taxes associated with sales made to customers have no direct effect on the net revenues or net income of the regulated utility segment.

 
 
WGL HOLDINGS, INC.
USE OF NON-GAAP OPERATING EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
(Unaudited)
 
The attached reconciliations are provided to clearly identify adjustments made to diluted earnings (loss) per average common share calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) to derive non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share. Management believes non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share provides a more meaningful representation of our earnings from ongoing operations by excluding the effects of: (i) warmer-than-normal/colder-than-normal weather, (ii) certain unusual transactions, (iii) unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses from energy-related derivatives and (iv) our discontinued operations. This presentation facilitates analysis by providing a consistent and comparable measure to help management, investors and analysts better understand and evaluate our operating results and performance trends. Additionally, we use this non-GAAP measure to report to the board of directors, evaluate management's performance and for incentive compensation purposes.
 
We exclude from non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share the effects of warmer-than-normal/colder-than-normal weather to "normalize" weather. Utilization of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is our practice to evaluate our rate-regulated revenues by utilizing normal weather and to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather. Additionally, we exclude unrealized mark-to-market adjustments for our energy-related derivatives to provide a more transparent and accurate view of the ongoing financial results of our operations. When these derivatives settle, the economic impact is reflected in our non-GAAP operating results, as we are only removing the interim unrealized mark-to-market amounts which are ultimately reversed when these derivatives are settled. These non-GAAP adjustments also assist both management and investors to analyze period-over-period comparisons.
 
There are limits in using non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share to analyze our results, as it is not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In addition, using non-GAAP operating earnings (loss) per share to analyze our earnings have limited value as it excludes certain items that may have a material impact on our reported financial results. We compensate for these limitations by providing investors with the attached reconciliations to diluted earnings (loss) per average common share, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
 
WGL HOLDINGS, INC. (Consolidating by Segment)
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE TO
NON-GAAP OPERATING EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
(Unaudited)
 

 

Twelve Months Ended September 30, 2007

 

Retail

      Dis-  

 

Regulated

 

Energy-

 

Other

 

continued

 

Consoli-

 

Utility

 

Marketing

HVAC

 

Activities

 

Operations

dated
 
GAAP diluted
earnings (loss)
per average
common share $1.82 $0.45 $0.01 $(0.09 ) $- $2.19
Less: (Loss) from
discontinued
operations - net (a) - - - - - -
GAAP diluted
earnings (loss)
per share from
continuing
operations $1.82 $0.45 $0.01 $(0.09 ) $- $2.19
Adjusted for:
Colder-than-normal
weather (b) (0.06 ) - - - - (0.06 )
Retroactive
depreciation
expense
adjustment (c) (0.05 ) - - - - (0.05 )
Unrealized
mark-to-market
(gain) loss on
energy-related
derivatives (d) - (0.09 ) - - - (0.09 )
Non-GAAP operating
earnings (loss)
per share $1.71 $0.36 $0.01 $(0.09 ) $- $1.99
 
 

 

Twelve Months Ended September 30, 2006

 

 

Retail

 

 

Dis-

 

Regulated

 

Energy-

 

 

Other

 

continued

 

Consoli-

 

Utility

 

Marketing

 

HVAC

 

Activities

 

Operations

 

dated

 
GAAP diluted
earnings (loss)
per average
common share $1.73 $0.27 $0.01 $(0.07 ) $(0.15 ) $1.79
Less: (Loss) from
discontinued
operations - net (a) - - - - (0.15 ) (0.15 )
GAAP diluted
earnings (loss)
per share from
continuing
operations $1.73 $0.27 $0.01 $(0.07 ) $- $1.94
Adjusted for:
Colder-than-normal
weather (e) (0.05 ) - - - - (0.05 )
Reserve for
disallowance of
natural gas
costs (f) 0.06 - - - - 0.06
Energy-marketing
reversal of fee
expense (g) - (0.04 ) - - - (0.04 )
Unrealized
mark-to-market
(gain) loss on
energy-related
derivatives (d) (0.02 ) 0.05 - - - 0.03
Non-GAAP operating
earnings (loss)
per share $1.72 $0.28 $0.01 $(0.07 ) $- $1.94
 
 

 

Quarter Ended September 30, 2007

 

 

Retail

 

 

Dis-

 

Regulated

 

Energy-

 

 

Other

 

continued

 

Consoli-

 

Utility

 

Marketing

 

HVAC

 

Activities

 

Operations

 

dated

 
GAAP diluted
earnings (loss)
per average
common share $(0.34 ) $0.11 $- $(0.04 ) $- $(0.27 )
Less: (Loss) from
discontinued
operations - net (a) - - - - - -
GAAP diluted
earnings (loss)
per share from
continuing
operations $(0.34 ) $0.11 $- $(0.04 ) $- $(0.27 )
Adjustments for:
Unrealized
mark-to-market
(gain) loss on
energy-related
derivatives (d) (0.01 ) (0.03 ) - - - (0.04 )
Non-GAAP operating
earnings (loss)
per share $(0.35 ) $0.08 $- $(0.04 ) $- $(0.31 )
 
 

 

Quarter Ended September 30, 2006

 

 

Retail

 

 

Dis-

 

Regulated

 

Energy-

 

 

Other

 

continued

 

Consoli-

 

Utility

 

Marketing

 

HVAC

 

Activities

 

Operations

 

dated

 
GAAP diluted
earnings (loss)
per average
common share $(0.27 ) $0.17 $- $(0.05 ) $(0.09 ) $(0.24 )
Less: (Loss) from
discontinued
operations - net (a) - - - - (0.09 ) (0.09 )
GAAP diluted
earnings (loss)
per share from
continuing
operations $(0.27 ) $0.17 $- $(0.05 ) $- $(0.15 )
Adjustments for:
Unrealized
mark-to-market
(gain) loss on
energy-related
derivatives (d) (0.02 ) - - - - (0.02 )
Non-GAAP operating
earnings (loss)
per share $(0.29 ) $0.17 $- $(0.05 ) $- $(0.17 )
 
Footnotes
(Footnote references a - g are described on the following page)
 
 
WGL HOLDINGS, INC. (Consolidated by Quarter)
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE COMMON

SHARE TO NON-GAAP OPERATING EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE

 
Fiscal Year 2007

Quarterly Period Ended (h)

        Year-
Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30 Sept. 30 To-Date
GAAP diluted earnings
(loss) per average
common share $ 0.92 $ 1.29 $ 0.26 $ (0.27 ) $ 2.19
Less: (Loss) from
discontinued
operations - net (a) - - - - -
GAAP diluted earnings
(loss) per share from
continuing operations $ 0.92 $ 1.29 $ 0.26 $ (0.27 ) $ 2.19
Adjusted for:
Colder-than-normal
weather (b) - (0.02 ) (0.04 ) - (0.06 )
Retroactive depreciation
expense adjustment (c) (0.05 ) - - - (0.05 )
Unrealized mark-to-market
(gain) loss on energy-
related derivatives (d) 0.03 - (0.08 ) (0.04 ) (0.09 )
Non-GAAP operating
earnings (loss) per share $ 0.90 $ 1.27 $ 0.14 $ (0.31 ) $ 1.99
 
 

Fiscal Year 2006

Quarterly Period Ended (h)

Year-
Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30 Sept. 30 To-Date
GAAP diluted earnings
(loss) per average
common share $ 0.91 $ 1.16 $ (0.04 ) $ (0.24 ) $ 1.79
Less: (Loss) from
discontinued
operations - net (a) (0.02 ) (0.01 ) (0.03 ) (0.09 ) (0.15 )
GAAP diluted earnings
(loss) per share from
continuing operations $ 0.93 $ 1.17 $ (0.01 ) $ (0.15 ) $ 1.94
Adjusted for:
Warmer (colder)-than-normal
weather (e) (0.07 ) 0.02 - - (0.05 )
Reserve for disallowance
of natural gas costs (f) - 0.06 - - 0.06
Energy-marketing reversal
of fee expense (g) - (0.04 ) - - (0.04 )
Unrealized mark-to-market
(gain) loss on energy-
related derivatives (d) 0.05 0.01 (0.01 ) (0.02 ) 0.03
Non-GAAP operating
earnings (loss) per share $ 0.91 $ 1.22 $ (0.02 ) $ (0.17 ) $ 1.94
 
Footnotes:
 
(a)  

Represents an adjustment for the discontinued operations of a commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning subsidiary of WGL Holdings, sold in September 2006.

 
(b)

Weather was 4.9 percent and 31.8 percent colder than normal during the quarters ended March 31, 2007 and June 30, 2007, respectively. There were no adjustments related to weather during the quarters ended December 31, 2006 or September 30, 2006.

 
(c)

Represents an adjustment that reduced depreciation expense applicable to the period from January 1, 2006, through September 30, 2006. This adjustment was recorded in the first quarter of fiscal year 2007 upon approval of new depreciation rates by the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

 
(d)

Represents the change in the unrealized mark-to-market positions of our energy-related derivatives that are recorded to income during the period. For the regulated utility segment, to the extent that our unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses are not shared with customers, these amounts are recorded directly to income. All unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses for the retail-energy marketing segment are recorded directly to income.

 
(e)

Weather was 10.1 percent colder than normal and 8.9 percent warmer than normal during the quarters ended December 31, 2005 and March 31, 2006, respectively. There were no adjustments related to weather during the quarters ended June 30, 2006 or September 30, 2006.

 
(f)

Represents a charge recorded by the regulated utility segment related to a proposed order from a Hearing Examiner, which we are currently appealing to the Public Service Commission of Maryland, that recommends the disallowance of certain natural gas costs incurred by Washington Gas and collected from customers in a prior fiscal year.

 
(g)

Income recognized by the energy-marketing segment to reflect the reversal of fees that were previously assessed by the District of Columbia Public Service Commission and accrued in prior fiscal years.

 
(h)

Quarterly earnings per share may not sum to year-to-date or annual earnings per share as quarterly calculations are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding, which may vary for each of those periods.

 
 
WGL HOLDINGS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP EARNINGS GUIDANCE TO
NON-GAAP EARNINGS GUIDANCE
FISCAL YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
 
Consolidated
Low High
GAAP Earnings Guidance Range $2.08 $2.18
Adjusted for:
Unrealized mark-to-market loss on energy-related
derivatives (a) 0.09 0.09
Non-GAAP Earnings Guidance Range $2.17 $2.27
 
 
Regulated Utility Segment
Low High
GAAP Earnings Guidance Range $1.83 $1.89
Adjusted for:
Unrealized mark-to-market loss on energy-related
derivatives (a) 0.01 0.01
Non-GAAP Earnings Guidance Range $1.84 $1.90
 
 
Unregulated Business Segments
Low High
GAAP Earnings Guidance Range $0.25 $0.29
Adjusted for:
Unrealized mark-to-market loss on energy-related
derivatives (a) 0.08 0.08
Non-GAAP Earning Guidance Range $0.33 $0.37
 
(a)  

Represents the reversal of certain of our existing unrealized mark-to- market positions related to our energy derivatives that will be recorded to income during fiscal year 2008. For the regulated utility segment, to the extent that our unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses are not shared with customers, these amounts are recorded directly to income. All unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses for the retail-energy marketing segment are recorded directly to income.

 
RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP NET INCOME AND
GAAP NET CASH FLOW PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO
FREE CASH FLOW
(Unaudited)
 
Below is a reconciliation of net income derived in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) and GAAP Net Cash Flow provided by operating activities to free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure. We utilize free cash flow as a liquidity measure to determine our ability to generate sufficient cash from internal operations to finance long-term investments, most notably capital expenditures. The assumption underlying this analysis is that changes in working capital and changes in cash from other assets and other liabilities have no effect on free cash flow because they net to zero when combined over a period of several years.
 
We further use this measure to evaluate trends of our future needs for external debt and equity financing. This data can also be utilized to compare our performance to that of our peers. Free cash flow, as we define and utilize it, does not relate to cash available for discretionary expenditures. Additionally, there are limits in using free cash flow to measure our liquidity, as it is not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. We compensate for these limitations by providing investors with the reconciliations below.
ANALYSIS OF TOTAL FREE CASH FLOW LESS THAN CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
 
  Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,
(In thousands) 2007   2006
GAAP net income (applicable to common stock) $107,900 $87,578
Less: (Loss) from discontinued operations - net - (7,116 )
GAAP income from continuing operations 107,900 94,694
Depreciation and amortization (a) 93,256 96,843
Change in deferred income taxes - accelerated
depreciation 6,831 7,324
Adjusted cash available before dividends 207,987 198,861
Dividends on common stock (66,818 ) (65,338 )
Total free cash flow (Non-GAAP Measure) 141,169 133,523
Less: Capital expenditures (b) (158,101 ) (161,496 )
Total Free Cash Flow Less than Capital Expenditures $(16,932 ) $(27,973 )
(a)  

Includes amortization of other regulatory assets and liabilities as well as amortization of debt related costs.

 
(b)

Excludes Allowance for Funds Used During Construction. Additionally, excludes adjustments for capital expenditures accrued and other cash-basis adjustments.

 
 
RECONCILIATION OF ANALYSIS OF FREE CASH FLOW
TO GAAP-BASED NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 
Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,
(In thousands) 2007   2006
GAAP net cash provided by operating activities $213,298 $85,707
Less: Net cash used in operating activities of
discontinued operations - (1,100 )
GAAP net cash provided by operating activities of
continuing operations 213,298 86,807
 
Adjustments for:
Deferred income taxes, except for accelerated
depreciation (35 ) (2,343 )
Other, principally changes in assets and liabilities (5,276 ) 114,397
Adjusted cash available before dividends 207,987 198,861
Dividends on common stock (66,818 ) (65,338 )
Total Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP Measure) $141,169 $133,523

Contact:

Media: Eric Grant +1-202-624-6091
Investors: Melissa E. Adams +1-202-624-6410
of WGL Holdings, Inc.