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WGL Holdings, Inc. Reports Fiscal Year 2006 Earnings and Issues Fiscal Year 2007 Earnings Guidance

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006 9:00 am EST

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) and other energy-related subsidiaries, today reported net income of $86.0 million, or $1.76 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006. This compares to net income of $103.5 million, or $2.11 per share, reported for fiscal year 2005. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006, we reported a seasonal net loss of $13.4 million, or $0.28 per share, as compared to a net loss of $11.4 million, or $0.23 per share, reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2005. 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. Unless otherwise noted, earnings per share amounts are presented in this news release on a diluted basis, and are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding.

On September 29, 2006, we sold all of the outstanding shares of common stock of American Combustion Industries, Inc. (ACI), an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings that was previously reported as part of our commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) business segment. ACI is reported as a discontinued operation of WGL Holdings and, accordingly, its operating results, financial position and cash flows have been presented separately from our continuing operations in the consolidated financial statements of WGL Holdings for all current and prior periods presented. Consolidated operating results for the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2006 include after-tax losses from discontinued operations totaling $4.6 million, or $0.10 per share, and $7.1 million, or $0.14 per share, respectively, representing the combination of ACI's net losses from operations and an after-tax loss of $3.6 million, or $0.07 per share, that resulted from the ACI sale.

We reported consolidated net income from continuing operations of $93.1 million, or $1.90 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, as compared to net income from continuing operations of $106.1 million, or $2.16 per share, reported for fiscal year 2005. For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006, we reported a consolidated net loss from continuing operations of $8.8 million, or $0.18 per share, an improvement of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, over the net loss from continuing operations of $10.4 million, or $0.21 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005.

Commenting on operating results for fiscal year 2006, WGL Holdings' Chairman and CEO James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr. said, "In a year characterized by increased customer conservation and rising operations and maintenance costs, we have continued to look for and seize opportunities to build on our strong utility business and our successful retail energy businesses. With the disposition of ACI, our emphasis on improving utility operations, the filing of a rate case in Virginia and profitable expansion in retail electricity markets, WGL Holdings is positioning itself for sustainable success."

Results from Normal Operations

We evaluate our financial performance based on our results from normal operations, which reflect normal weather, and are not influenced by unique transactions and discontinued operations. Excluding the effects of weather, unique transactions and discontinued operations, our consolidated earnings from normal operations for fiscal year 2006 were $1.87 per share as compared to earnings from normal operations of $2.03 per share reported for the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year decrease in earnings from normal operations was primarily attributable to lower earnings from our retail energy-marketing business. Our consolidated net loss from normal operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006 was $0.18 per share as compared to a net loss of $0.24 per share reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2005. The improved results from normal operations were driven by our regulated utility segment.

Earnings from normal operations for fiscal years 2006 and 2005 exclude the effect of variations from normal weather. Our weather protection strategy for Washington Gas for fiscal year 2006 was designed to provide full protection from the negative financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather, while preserving any possible benefit from colder-than-normal weather. For fiscal year 2006, net income was enhanced in relation to normal weather by an estimated $2.5 million (after-tax), or $0.05 per share, even though weather was 2.5 percent warmer than normal for the current fiscal year. This enhancement was driven primarily from the colder-than-normal weather experienced during the first quarter of fiscal year 2006. The effects on net income of weather and our related weather protection products for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006 are discussed later in this news release. For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005, weather, when measured by heating degree days, was 5.9 percent colder than normal, contributing an estimated $5 million (after-tax), or $0.10 per share, to net income for that fiscal year.

Earnings from normal operations for fiscal year 2006 also exclude the effect of certain unique transactions related to our regulated utility and energy-marketing segments. Excluded in fiscal year 2006 is a charge of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded by the regulated utility segment in the current fiscal year related to a proposed order from a Hearing Examiner, which we are currently appealing to the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC of MD), that recommends the disallowance of certain natural gas costs incurred by Washington Gas and collected from customers in a prior fiscal year. Also excluded to derive earnings from normal operations is income recognized by the energy-marketing segment from its reversal in the current fiscal year of $3.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, related to fees that were previously assessed by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC of DC) and accrued in prior fiscal years. The reversal of these expenses stemmed from a favorable court decision in the current fiscal year resulting from our appeal of these fees.

Earnings from normal operations for both the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2005 exclude the effects of the following unique transactions recorded during the fourth quarter of that fiscal year: (i) a favorable tax adjustment related to the regulated utility segment of $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share and (ii) a charge of $912,000, or $0.02 per share, that resulted principally from the resolution of a legal contingency allocated to the remaining portion of our commercial HVAC business.

Reconciliations of WGL Holdings' and the regulated utility segment's earnings (loss) per share reported in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) to earnings (loss) per share from normal operations are included with this news release.

GAAP Results from Operations - Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2006

The remainder of the discussion in this news release focuses on operating results derived by each of our three business segments in accordance with GAAP. An analysis of net income (loss) applicable to common stock by segment is included with this news release.

Regulated Utility Segment

Our regulated utility segment reported net income of $83.7 million, or $1.71 per share, for fiscal year 2006, as compared to net income of $87.5 million, or $1.79 per share, for the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year decrease in net income reflects a decline in total natural gas deliveries to firm customers associated with customer conservation. Although natural gas deliveries also declined from the effect of warmer weather, the earnings effect of warmer-than-normal weather experienced in fiscal year 2006 was neutralized by the application of a regulatory mechanism in Maryland and other weather protection strategies implemented in Virginia and the District of Columbia, as discussed below. Favorably affecting earnings for fiscal year 2006 when compared to the prior fiscal year were: (i) the addition of approximately 19,800 active customer meters since the end of the prior fiscal year; (ii) increased earnings from carrying costs on a higher average balance of storage gas inventory that was the result of both higher natural gas prices and volumes; (iii) favorable adjustments related to the annual reconciliation of lost-and-unaccounted-for gas and (iv) favorable customer billing adjustments.

Our various weather protection strategies, coupled with the timing of heating degree days during the current fiscal year, resulted in weather having a favorable effect on net income in relation to normal weather. Prior to October 1, 2005, we managed weather risk with a weather insurance policy designed to protect against 50 percent of the effects of warmer-than-normal weather. That policy expired on September 30, 2005. Commencing in fiscal year 2006, our weather risk management strategy varied by jurisdiction: (i) in Maryland, we implemented a Revenue Normalization Adjustment (RNA) billing mechanism on October 1, 2005; (ii) in the District of Columbia, we purchased a new weather insurance policy that became effective on October 1, 2005 and (iii) in Virginia, we purchased a weather derivative that became effective on December 18, 2005 and expired on May 31, 2006.

In Maryland, the RNA is designed to stabilize the level of revenues collected from customers by eliminating the effect of deviations in normal customer usage caused by weather and other factors, such as customer conservation. Deliveries to Maryland customers represent approximately 40 percent of therms delivered by Washington Gas.

In the District of Columbia and Virginia, both the weather insurance and the weather derivative were designed to provide us with full protection from the negative financial effects of warmer-than-normal weather. With these products, we retain the benefits from colder-than-normal weather. In the current fiscal year, the regulated utility segment benefited $8.9 million (pre-tax), or $0.11 per share, from weather protection products in relation to the prior fiscal year. This enhancement to earnings in the current fiscal year is reflected in "Operation and maintenance" expense, as discussed below, and includes the estimated benefits of the insurance and the derivative, and the related expenses of these products.

Earnings of the regulated utility segment for the current fiscal year reflect a $3.8 million (pre-tax), or $0.05 per share, increase in operation and maintenance expense, after excluding the benefits of $8.9 million (pre- tax), or $0.11 per share, realized in the current fiscal year from the weather protection products, as discussed above. Principally contributing to the increased expenses were higher costs associated with information technology projects and higher expenses for uncollectible accounts. Results from the regulated utility segment also reflect higher depreciation and amortization expense and increased interest expense.

Current year earnings of the regulated utility segment were unfavorably affected by a charge of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share, recorded in "Utility cost of gas" for fiscal year 2006 related to a proposed regulatory order to disallow certain natural gas costs incurred by Washington Gas and billed to Maryland customers. On a comparative basis, the regulated utility segment benefited in fiscal year 2005 from a favorable income tax adjustment of $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share.

Retail Energy-Marketing Segment

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $12.6 million, or $0.26 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, as compared to net income of $22.3 million, or $0.45 per share, reported for the prior fiscal year. The $9.7 million, or $0.19 per share, year-over-year decline in earnings for this business primarily reflects lower gross margins (revenues less costs of energy) from the sale of natural gas, partially offset by increased gross margins from the sale of electricity and the reversal of expenses in the current fiscal year of $3.1 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, related to certain fees assessed by the PSC of DC that were accrued in prior fiscal years.

Lower gross margins from natural gas sales were affected by mark-to-market losses and the cost of weather hedges in fiscal year 2006, as compared to mark-to-market gains recognized in the prior fiscal year. Market valuation losses or gains are recorded principally in connection with derivative contracts that are used to mitigate the risk of volatility in the market price of natural gas. The year-over-year net change in the valuation of these instruments decreased net income by $6.8 million (after-tax), or $0.14 per share. The decrease in gross margins from natural gas sales also reflects benefits in fiscal year 2005 of $2.0 million (after-tax), or $0.04 per share, from reduced expenses related to the termination of two natural gas supply contracts, and $1.2 million (after-tax), or $0.02 per share, from the recording of gross margin adjustments for certain contracts.

Gross margins from electric sales increased significantly during the current fiscal year, reflecting a dramatic rise in the gross margin per kilowatt hour sold, partially offset by a 10 percent decline in electric sales volumes. Electric customers grew 75 percent in fiscal year 2006 when compared to the end of the prior fiscal year. This customer growth was principally the result of new competitive opportunities that emerged near the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2006 due to sharp increases in competing rates offered by electric utilities in Maryland and Delaware.

Commercial HVAC Segment

Our commercial HVAC segment, excluding the effects of discontinued operations, reported net income of $450,000, or $0.01 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, an improvement over last year's reported net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.03 per share.

GAAP Results from Operations - Quarter Ended September 30, 2006

Regulated Utility Segment

For the three months ended September 30, 2006, our regulated utility segment reported a seasonal net loss of $13.9 million, or $0.28 per share, a slight improvement over the net loss of $15.9 million, or $0.33 per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year improvement in operating results was principally attributable to increased net revenues (revenues less cost of gas and revenue taxes) due to: (i) favorable adjustments related to the annual reconciliation of lost-and-unaccounted-for gas; (ii) favorable customer billing adjustments; (iii) the addition of approximately 19,800 active customer meters since the end of the same quarter of the prior year and (iv) increased earnings from carrying costs on a higher average balance of storage gas inventory. Fourth quarter 2006 also benefited by $2.7 million (pre-tax), or $0.03 per share, from lower operation and maintenance expense primarily due to lower expenses for uncollectible accounts and lower costs associated with information technology projects. On a comparative basis, the regulated utility's operating results for the 2005 fourth quarter benefited by a $2.5 million, or $0.05 per share, income tax adjustment. Weather had a negligible effect on operating results for both quarters ended September 30, 2006 and 2005.

Retail Energy-Marketing Segment

The retail energy-marketing segment reported net income of $7.7 million, or $0.16 per share, for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2006, compared to net income of $8.4 million, or $0.17 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. The year-over-year decline in earnings for this segment reflects lower gross margins from the sale of natural gas, offset by higher gross margins from the sale of electricity.

Lower gross margins from the sale of natural gas stemmed, in part, from the net change in the market valuation of derivative contracts used to mitigate the risk of volatility in the market price of natural gas which reduced net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006 by $3.6 million (after-tax), or $0.07 per share, relative to the same quarter in fiscal year 2005. The year-over-year decrease in gross margins from natural gas sales also reflects benefits in fiscal year 2005 of $2.0 million (after-tax), or $0.04 per share, from reduced expenses related to the termination of two natural gas supply contracts, and $2.7 million (after-tax), or $0.05 per share, from the recording of gross margin adjustments for certain contracts. More than offsetting these declines were: (i) wider spreads on fixed-priced sales contracts, reflecting lower natural gas costs in relation to the sales prices associated with these contracts and (ii) increased gross margins from electric sales, reflecting increases in both electric sales volumes and the gross margin per kilowatt hour sold as a result of new competitive opportunities that emerged in the current period.

Commercial HVAC Segment

Our commercial HVAC segment, excluding the effects of discontinued operations, reported net income of $126,000 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006, as compared to a net loss of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, reported for the same quarter in fiscal year 2005.

Earnings Outlook

We are providing a consolidated earnings estimate for the full fiscal year 2007 in a range of $1.81 per share to $1.91 per share. This estimate includes projected full fiscal year 2007 earnings from our regulated utility segment in a range of $1.55 per share to $1.61 per share, and projected full fiscal year 2007 earnings from continuing operations related to our unregulated business segments in a range of $0.26 per share to $0.30 per share. The annual guidance for the consolidated entity includes an estimate of earnings for the first quarter ending December 31, 2006 in the range of $0.86 per share to $0.92 per share. This estimate reflects projected earnings from our regulated utility segment in a range of $0.77 per share to $0.81 per share, and projected earnings related to our unregulated business segments in a range of $0.09 per share to $0.11 per share. The annual guidance includes an estimated increase in revenues in Virginia in connection with a pending rate case, coupled with an adjustment of $0.06 per share of lower depreciation expense for the retroactive implementation in the first quarter ending December 31, 2006 of a depreciation study submitted to the State Corporation Commission of Virginia (SCC of VA). Both the increase in rates and the depreciation adjustment are subject to a final determination by the SCC of VA. The guidance also assumes no effect of unusual items that could arise in the future, and no future gains or losses related to discontinued operations. This guidance includes the forecasted results of continuing operations only, and assumes normal weather throughout the guidance period. 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, 2006, to discuss our fiscal year 2006 financial results and our strategy and outlook for fiscal year 2007. The live conference call will be available to the public via a link located on the WGL Holdings Web site, http://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 "Live 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 8, 2006.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., WGL Holdings is the parent company of Washington Gas Light Company, a natural gas utility that serves over one million customers throughout metropolitan Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region. In addition, we hold a group of energy-related retail businesses that focus primarily on retail energy-marketing and commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning services.

Additional information about WGL Holdings is available on our Web site, http://www.wglholdings.com.

Note: 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.

As previously disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: the level and rate at which costs and expenses are incurred and the extent to which they are allowed to be recovered from customers through the regulatory process in connection with constructing, operating and maintaining Washington Gas' natural gas distribution system; the ability to implement successful approaches to modify the current or future composition of gas delivered to customers or to remediate the effects of the current or future composition of gas delivered to customers, as a result of the introduction of gas from the Dominion Cove Point facility to Washington Gas' natural gas distribution system; the ability to recover the costs of implementing steps to accommodate delivery of natural gas to customers as a result of the receipt of gas from the Cove Point facility; variations in weather conditions from normal levels; the availability of natural gas supply and interstate pipeline transportation and storage capacity; the ability of natural gas producers, pipeline gatherers, and natural gas processors to deliver natural gas into interstate pipelines for delivery by those interstate pipelines to the entrance points of Washington Gas' natural gas distribution system as a result of factors beyond our control; changes in economic, competitive, political and regulatory conditions and developments; changes in capital and energy commodity market conditions; changes in credit ratings of debt securities of WGL Holdings, Inc. or Washington Gas Light Company that may affect access to capital or the cost of debt; changes in credit market conditions and creditworthiness of customers and suppliers; changes in relevant laws and regulations, including tax, environmental and employment laws and regulations; legislative, regulatory and judicial mandates or decisions affecting business operations or the timing of recovery of costs and expenses; the timing and success of business and product development efforts and technological improvements; the pace of deregulation efforts and the availability of other competitive alternatives to our products and services; changes in accounting principles; acts of God and terrorist activities; and other uncertainties. The outcome of negotiations and discussions we may hold with other parties from time to time regarding utility and energy-related investments and strategic transactions that are both recurring and non-recurring may also affect future performance. For a further discussion of the risks and uncertainties, see our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Please see the following comparative statements for additional information. Also included are reconciliations of WGL Holdings' and the regulated utility segment's earnings (loss) per share reported in accordance with GAAP to earnings (loss) per share from normal operations, as well as a reconciliation of WGL Holdings' GAAP net income to free cash flow.

 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
For Periods Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(In thousands, except per    
share data) 2006 2005 2006 2005
 
OPERATING REVENUES
Utility $ 131,922 $ 137,584 $ 1,622,510 $ 1,379,390
Non-utility 190,531 140,901 1,014,215 783,953
Total Operating Revenues 322,453 278,485 2,636,725 2,163,343
 
OPERATING EXPENSES
Utility cost of gas 44,318 60,152 1,016,669 772,898

Non-utility cost of energy-related sales

171,004 120,242 971,560 713,522
Operation and maintenance 64,080 66,799 258,022 262,575
Depreciation and amortization 23,531 23,655 93,055 90,135

General taxes and other assessments

18,479 17,846 96,187 113,048
Total Operating Expenses 321,412 288,694 2,435,493 1,952,178
 
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) 1,041 (10,209 ) 201,232 211,165
Other Income (Expenses)-- Net 525 1,412 3,241 2,291
Interest Expense
Interest on long-term debt 10,048 10,110 40,634 41,049
Other - net 1,944 748 7,670 2,254
Total Interest Expense 11,992 10,858 48,304 43,303

Dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock

330 330 1,320 1,320

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

(10,756 ) (19,985 ) 154,849 168,833
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT) (1,965 ) (9,584 ) 61,718 62,761
 

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

(8,791 ) (10,401 ) 93,131 106,072

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax benefit

(4,639 ) (991 ) (7,116 ) (2,579 )
 

NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK)

$ (13,430 ) $ (11,392 ) $ 86,015 $ 103,493
 

AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

Basic 48,817 48,700 48,773 48,688
Diluted 48,817 48,700 48,905 49,008
 

EARNINGS (LOSS) PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE

Basic

Income (loss) from continuing operations

$ (0.18 ) $ (0.21 ) $ 1.91 $ 2.18

Loss from discontinued operations

(0.10 ) (0.02 ) (0.15 ) (0.05 )

Basic earnings (loss) per average common share

$ (0.28 ) $ (0.23 ) $ 1.76 $ 2.13
Diluted

Income (loss) from continuing operations

$ (0.18 ) $ (0.21 ) $ 1.90 $ 2.16

Loss from discontinued operations

(0.10 ) (0.02 ) (0.14 ) (0.05 )

Diluted earnings (loss) per average common share

$ (0.28 ) $ (0.23 ) $ 1.76 $ 2.11
 
 
 

Net Income (Loss) Applicable To Common Stock -- By Segment ($000):

 
Regulated utility $ (13,864 ) $ (15,898 )

$

83,735

$

87,492

 
Non-utility operations:
Retail energy-marketing 7,665 8,365 12,616 22,294
Commercial HVAC 126 (1,614 ) 450 (1,314 )
Total major non-utility 7,791 6,751 13,066 20,980

Other, principally non-utility activities

(2,718 ) (1,254 ) (3,670 ) (2,400 )
Total non-utility 5,073 5,497 9,396 18,580

INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

(8,791 ) (10,401 ) 93,131 106,072

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax benefit

(4,639 ) (991 ) (7,116 ) (2,579 )

NET INCOME (LOSS) (APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK)

$ (13,430 ) $ (11,392 ) $ 86,015 $ 103,493
   
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
September 30, 2006 and 2005
(Unaudited)
 
September 30,
(In thousands) 2006 2005
 
ASSETS
Property, Plant and Equipment
At original cost $ 2,949,951 $ 2,779,878

Accumulated depreciation and amortization

(882,056 ) (810,862 )
Net property, plant and equipment 2,067,895 1,969,016
 
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents 4,350 4,842
Accounts receivable, net 197,933 161,037

Storage gas -- at cost (first-in, first-out)

296,061 252,925
Other 62,979 52,958

Current assets of discontinued operations

- 9,679
Total current assets 561,323 481,441
Deferred Charges and Other Assets
Deferred charges and other assets 161,489 149,957

Other assets of discontinued operations

- 667

Total deferred charges and other assets

161,489 150,624
Total Assets $ 2,790,707 $ 2,601,081
 
 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
Capitalization
Common shareholders' equity $ 920,244 $ 893,992

Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock

28,173 28,173
Long-term debt 576,139 584,150
Total capitalization 1,524,556 1,506,315
 
Current Liabilities

Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt

238,370 90,998

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

208,501 203,315
Other 113,971 114,404

Current liabilities of discontinued operations

- 3,210
Total current liabilities 560,842 411,927
Deferred Credits
Deferred credits 705,309 682,440

Other liabilities of discontinued operations

- 399
Total deferred credits 705,309 682,839
Total Capitalization and Liabilities $ 2,790,707 $ 2,601,081
 
WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Financial and Operating Statistics
For Periods Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005
(Unaudited)
 
COMMON STOCK DATA        
September 30, 2006 52 Week
Closing Price Price Range
 
$31.34 $32.88-$27.04
 
Earnings Per Share
Twelve Months Ended Annualized

September 30,

P/E Dividend Yield
2006 2005
 
17.8 $ 1.35 4.3 %
Basic
Income from continuing
operations $ 1.91 $ 2.18
Loss from discontinued
operations (0.15 ) (0.05 )
Basic earnings per
average share $ 1.76 $ 2.13
 
Diluted
Income from continuing
operations $ 1.90 $ 2.16
Loss from discontinued
operations (0.14 ) (0.05 )
Diluted earnings per
average share $ 1.76 $ 2.11
   
FINANCIAL STATISTICS
Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2006 2005
 
Return on Average Common Equity 9.5 % 11.8 %
Total Interest Coverage (times) (1) 4.1 4.8
Book Value Per Share (end of period) $ 18.83 $ 18.38

Common Shares Outstanding-end of period (thousands)

48,878 48,704

(1) Calculated using income from continuing operations.

UTILITY GAS STATISTICS        
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(In thousands) 2006 2005 2006 2005
 
Operating Revenues
Gas Sold and Delivered
 
Residential - Firm $ 71,587 $ 71,714 $ 1,049,655 $ 873,305

Commercial and Industrial - Firm

24,224 29,122 338,288 281,080

Commercial and Industrial - Interruptible

1,441 1,765 8,190 8,824
Electric Generation 275 275 1,232 1,100
 
97,527 102,876 1,397,365 1,164,309
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 16,918 15,890 135,988 140,774
Interruptible 7,569 6,422 42,286 37,117
Electric Generation 80 292 287 528
24,567 22,604 178,561 178,419
122,094 125,480 1,575,926 1,342,728
Other 9,828 12,104 46,584 36,662
Total $ 131,922 $ 137,584 $ 1,622,510 $ 1,379,390
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
(In thousands of therms) 2006   2005 2006   2005
 
Gas Sales and Deliveries
Gas Sold and Delivered
Residential - Firm 41,306 34,238 593,594 625,251

Commercial and Industrial - Firm

20,826 20,492 213,997 222,587

Commercial and Industrial - Interruptible

1,404 1,469 6,185 7,809
63,536 56,199 813,776 855,647
Gas Delivered for Others
Firm 45,320 38,152 403,812 434,099
Interruptible 43,939 49,423 251,003 279,924
Electric Generation 60,540 38,995 108,315 73,874
149,799 126,570 763,130 787,897
Total 213,335 182,769 1,576,906 1,643,544
 
 
 
WASHINGTON GAS ENERGY SERVICES
Natural Gas Sales
Therm Sales
(thousands of therms) 81,156 90,112 696,694 713,676
 
Number of Customers
(end of period) 142,700 144,800 142,700 144,800
 
Electricity Sales
Electricity Sales
(thousands of kWhs) 1,022,247 719,129 2,412,407 2,680,469
 
Number of Accounts
(end of period) 63,300 36,200 63,300 36,200
 
 
 

UTILITY GAS PURCHASED EXPENSE (excluding off system)

75.08

c

105.60

c

124.56

c

90.25

c

 
HEATING DEGREE DAYS
Actual 22 5 3,710 4,023
Normal 16 16 3,807 3,798
Percent Colder (Warmer)
than Normal 37.5 % (68.8 )% (2.5 )% 5.9 %
 

Number of Active Customer Meters (end of period)

1,031,916 1,012,105 1,031,916 1,012,105
 
WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
For Periods Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005
(Unaudited)
 
 
Statements of Income
 
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
September 30,

September 30,

(In thousands, except per    
share data) 2006 2005 2006 2005
 
Operating Revenues $ 133,929 $ 145,983 $ 1,637,491 $ 1,402,905
Operating Expenses:
Cost of gas 46,325 68,551 1,031,650 796,413
Operation 46,593 49,457 198,044 201,633
Maintenance 10,469 10,326 38,423 39,949
Depreciation and amortization 23,445 23,582 92,712 89,859

General taxes and other assessments

Revenue taxes 9,243 7,366 55,964 58,170
Other 8,864 8,835 40,726 40,478
Total operating expenses 144,939 168,117 1,457,519 1,226,502
 
Operating income (loss) (11,010 ) (22,134 ) 179,972 176,403
 
Other income (expenses) - net 461 580 1,950 1,159
Interest expense 10,914 10,331 44,026 41,600

Dividends on Washington Gas preferred stock

330 330 1,320 1,320
Income tax expense (benefit) (7,929 ) (16,317 ) 52,841 47,150
Net income (loss) $ (13,864 ) $ (15,898 ) $ 83,735 $ 87,492
 
 

Utility Net Revenues ($000) (1)

 
Operating revenues $ 133,929 $ 145,983 $ 1,637,491 $ 1,402,905
Less: Cost of gas 46,325 68,551 1,031,650 796,413
Revenue taxes 9,243 7,366 55,964 58,170
Utility net revenues $ 78,361 $ 70,066 $ 549,877 $ 548,322

(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. (CONSOLIDATED)
RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED GAAP EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE AND
ADJUSTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
(Unaudited)
 
November 7, 2006
   
The reconciliation below is provided to demonstrate our utilization of historical earnings (loss) per share, as derived in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), and adjusted earnings (loss) per share from normal operations, a non-GAAP measure. This reconciliation is provided to more clearly identify the results from normal operations for WGL Holdings, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, and identify certain unique transactions that are not expected to repeat. This information should assist investors and analysts to track progress towards achieving our five-year financial objectives, which are based on normal weather and uninfluenced by: (i) single, one-time, non-repeating transactions and (ii) our discontinued operations.
 
Utilization of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is our practice to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather. Actual performance and results may vary from normal weather projections and we consistently identify and explain this variation to assist users in the analysis of actual results versus the guidance. There may be other uses for the data, and we do not imply that this is the only use or the best use of this data for purposes of this analysis.
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share to
Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Normal Operations
Fiscal Years Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,
2006 2005
GAAP diluted earnings per share $ 1.76 $ 2.11
Less: (Loss) from discontinued operations - net (0.14 ) (0.05 )

GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

1.90 2.16
Adjustments for:
Colder-than-normal weather (0.05 ) (0.10 )
Reserve for disallowance of natural gas costs 0.06 -
Energy-marketing reversal of fee expense (0.04 ) -
Income tax adjustment - (0.05 )
Impairment of commercial HVAC intangible asset - 0.02

Adjusted diluted earnings per share from normal operations

$ 1.87 $ 2.03
 
WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
Fiscal Year 2006 By Quarter (1)(2)
 
 
  Fiscal Year 2006 Results
Quarter Ended
        Year-
To-
Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30 Sept. 30 Date

GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share

$ 0.91 $ 1.16 $ (0.04 ) $ (0.28 ) $ 1.76

Less: (Loss) from discontinued operations - net

(0.02 ) (0.01 ) (0.03 ) (0.10 ) (0.14 )

GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations

0.93 1.17 (0.01 ) (0.18 ) 1.90
Adjustments for:
Warmer (colder) than normal weather (0.07 ) 0.02 - - (0.05 )

Reserve for disallowance of natural gas costs

- 0.06 - - 0.06

Energy-marketing reversal of fee expense

- (0.04 ) - - (0.04 )

Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from normal operations

$ 0.86 $ 1.21 $ (0.01 ) $ (0.18 ) $ 1.87
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc. (Consolidated)
Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
Fiscal Year 2005 By Quarter (1)(2)
 
 
 
Fiscal Year 2005 Results
Quarter Ended
Year-
To-
Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30 Sept. 30 Date

GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share

$ 0.88 $ 1.63 $ (0.17 ) $ (0.23 ) $ 2.11

Less: (Loss) from discontinued operations - net

(0.01 ) (0.01 ) (0.02 ) (0.02 ) (0.05 )

GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations

0.89 1.64 (0.15 ) (0.21 ) 2.16
Adjustments for:
Colder than normal weather - (0.10 ) - - (0.10 )
Income tax adjustment - - - (0.05 ) (0.05 )

Impairment of commercial HVAC intangible asset

- - - 0.02 0.02

Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from normal operations

$ 0.89 $ 1.54 $ (0.15 ) $ (0.24 ) $ 2.03

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

(2) On September 29, 2006, we sold all of the outstanding shares of common stock of a portion of our commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning business segment. The operating results of the discontinued operation, along with the after-tax loss from the sale of this operation have been presented separately from the operating results of our continuing operations for all current and prior periods presented.

 
WGL HOLDINGS, INC. (REGULATED UTILITY SEGMENT)
RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED GAAP EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE AND
ADJUSTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
(Unaudited)
   
 
November 7, 2006
 
The reconciliation below is provided to demonstrate our utilization of historical earnings (loss) per share, as derived in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP), and adjusted earnings (loss) per share from normal operations, a non-GAAP measure. This reconciliation is provided to more clearly identify the results from normal operations for the regulated utility segment, and identify certain unique transactions that are not expected to repeat. This information should assist investors and analysts to track progress towards achieving our five- year financial objectives, which are based on normal weather and uninfluenced by single, one-time, non-repeating transactions.
 
Utilization of normal weather is an industry standard, and it is our practice to provide estimates and guidance on the basis of normal weather. Actual performance and results may vary from normal weather projections, and we consistently identify and explain this variation to assist users in the analysis of actual results versus the guidance. There may be other uses for the data, and we do not imply that this is the only use or the best use of this data for purposes of this analysis.
 
WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings Per Share to
Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Normal Operations
Fiscal Years Ended September 30, 2006 and 2005
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,
2006 2005
 
GAAP diluted earnings per share $ 1.71 $ 1.79
Adjustments for:
Colder-than-normal weather (0.05 ) (0.10 )
Reserve for disallowance of natural gas costs 0.06 -
Income tax adjustment - (0.05 )

Adjusted diluted earnings per share from normal operations

$ 1.72 $ 1.64
 
WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
Fiscal Year 2006 By Quarter (1)
 
 
  Fiscal Year 2006 Results
Quarter Ended
        Year-
To-
Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30 Sept. 30 Date

GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share

$ 0.92 $ 1.22 $ (0.14 ) $ (0.28 ) $ 1.71
Adjustments for:
Warmer (colder) than normal weather (0.07 ) 0.02 - - (0.05 )

Reserve for disallowance of natural gas costs

- 0.06 - - 0.06

Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from normal operations

$ 0.85 $ 1.30 $ (0.14 ) $ (0.28 ) $ 1.72
 
 
 
WGL Holdings, Inc. (Regulated Utility Segment)
Reconciliation of Reported GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share to
Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share from Normal Operations
Fiscal Year 2005 By Quarter (1)
 
 
Fiscal Year 2005 Results
Quarter Ended
Year-
To-
Dec. 31 Mar. 31 Jun. 30 Sept. 30 Date

GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share

$ 0.81 $ 1.52 $ (0.23 ) $ (0.33 ) $ 1.79
Adjustments for:
Colder-than-normal weather - (0.10 ) - - (0.10 )
Income tax adjustment (0.05 ) (0.05 )

Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share from normal operations

$ 0.81 $ 1.42 $ (0.23 ) $ (0.38 ) $ 1.64

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

 
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO FREE CASH FLOW
(Unaudited)
   
November 7, 2006
 
The analysis below provides information we use to evaluate free cash flow, a measure that we define but that is not derived in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP). We utilize this data to determine our ability to generate sufficient cash from internal operations to finance long-term investments, most notably capital expenditures. The assumption for 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. This liquidity measure, Free Cash Flow, is a non-GAAP measure that is reconciled below to Net Income and Net Cash Flow Provided by Operating Activities, which are derived in accordance with GAAP.
 
This measure can be further used 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. There are additional uses for this data and we do not imply that this is the only use or the best use of this data and this analysis.
 
ANALYSIS OF TOTAL FREE CASH FLOW GREATER (LESS)
THAN CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
 
Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,
(In thousands) 2006 2005
GAAP net income (applicable to common stock) $ 86,015 $ 103,493
Less: (Loss) from discontinued operations - net (7,116 ) (2,579 )
GAAP income from continuing operations 93,131 106,072
Depreciation and amortization 96,843 94,454

Change in deferred income taxes - accelerated depreciation

7,324 5,373
Adjusted cash available before dividends 197,298 205,899
Dividends on common stock (65,338 ) (64,024 )
 
Total free cash flow (Non-GAAP Measure) 131,960 141,875
Less: Capital expenditures (a) (161,496 ) (124,014 )

Total Free Cash Flow Greater (Less) than Expenditures

$ (29,536 ) $ 17,861
 

(a) Excludes Allowance for Funds Used During Construction. Includes capital expenditures accrued as of the end of the fiscal year.

 
 
RECONCILIATION OF ANALYSIS OF TOTAL FREE CASH FLOW GREATER (LESS) THAN
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES TO GAAP-BASED NET CASH PROVIDED
BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 
 
Fiscal Year Ended
September 30,
(In thousands) 2006 2005
GAAP net cash provided by operating activities $ 85,707 $ 232,498

Less: Net cash used in operating activities of discontinued operations

(1,100 ) (3,095 )

GAAP net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

86,807 235,593
 
Adjustments for:

Deferred income taxes, except for accelerated depreciation

(2,748 ) (2,301 )

Other, principally changes in assets and liabilities

113,239 (27,393 )
Adjusted cash available before dividends 197,298 205,899
Dividends on common stock (65,338 ) (64,024 )
Total Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP Measure) $ 131,960 $ 141,875

Contact:

WGL Holdings, Inc.
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or
Financial Community:
Melissa E. Adams, +1-202-624-6410 (Office)