ATCO Ltd.
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ATCO Ltd.

April 25, 2014 07:40 ET

ATCO Reports 2014 First Quarter Earnings

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 25, 2014) - ATCO Ltd. (TSX:ACO.X) (TSX:ACO.Y)

ATCO today reported first-quarter adjusted earnings of $115 million in 2014 compared to $120 million in 2013.

As expected, adjusted earnings in ATCO Structures & Logistics were lower in the quarter due to earnings forgone as a result of the sale of the South American operations in 2013. In addition, reduced project activity in Australia was partly offset by continued strong project activity in the North American Modular Structures business.

The lower adjusted earnings in the first quarter were partly offset by continued capital investment by the Utility companies. ATCO Electric, ATCO Gas and ATCO Pipelines collectively invested $506 million in electricity and natural gas transmission and distribution facilities to support the continuing growth in the province and replace aging infrastructure. ATCO earns a regulated rate of return on its utility capital investment and expects to spend $2 billion in 2014 on a number of projects, the largest of which is the Eastern Alberta Transmission Line.

The Energy segment also achieved a 20 per cent increase in adjusted earnings compared to the same period in 2013 mainly due to higher natural gas and propane prices.

Earnings attributable to Class I and Class II Shares were $127 million for the quarter ended March 31 compared to $117 million in the same period of 2013. Adjusted Earnings will differ from earnings attributable to Class I and Class II Shares because of the timing of recoveries from or refunds to customers of amounts that are deferred by the Utilities for regulatory purposes; however, over time there is no difference.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

  • ATCO declared a second quarter dividend for 2014 of 21.5 cents per Class I Non-Voting and Class II Voting Share. ATCO's annual dividend per share has increased for 21 consecutive years.
  • ATCO Structures & Logistics was awarded a contract to provide facilities and operations maintenance services to five resource development sites in Northern Alberta operated by a major Canadian exploration and production company. The two year contract commenced in March 2014.
  • ATCO Structures & Logistics was also awarded a contract by K+S Potash Canada GP for a 1,470-room camp services contract, located in southern Saskatchewan, in the first quarter of 2014. The two-and-a-half year contract commenced in April 2014.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY AND RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EARNINGS

A financial summary and reconciliation of adjusted earnings to earnings attributable to Class I and Class II Shares is provided below:

For the Quarter
Ended March 31
($ Millions except per share data) 2014 2013
Adjusted earnings (1) 115 120
Adjustments for rate-regulated activities (2) 12 (3)
Earnings attributable to Class I and Class II Shares 127 117
Revenues 1,226 1,099
Funds generated by operations (3) 556 458
Weighted average shares outstanding (millions of shares) 114.8 114.7
(1) Adjusted earnings are earnings attributable to Class I and Class II Shares after adjusting for the timing of revenues and expenses associated with rate-regulated activities. Adjusted earnings also exclude one-time gains and losses, significant impairments and items that are not in the normal course of business or day-to- day operations. Adjusted earnings present earnings on the same basis as was used prior to adopting International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) - that basis being the U.S. accounting principles for rate-regulated entities - and they are a key measure used to assess segment performance, to reflect the economics of rate regulation and to facilitate comparability of ATCO's earnings with other Canadian rate-regulated companies.
(2) Refer to Note 3 to the consolidated financial statements for descriptions of the adjustments for rate-regulated activities and the timing of their recovery from or refund to customers.
(3) This measure is cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital. It does not have standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies.

The $127 million increase in revenues was due primarily to increased rate base in the Utilities segment and higher natural gas and propane prices in the Energy segment.

The $98 million increase in funds generated by operations was due primarily to higher contributions received from customers for utility capital expenditures.

ATCO's consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2014, will be available on the ATCO website (www.atco.com), via SEDAR (www.sedar.com) or can be requested from the Company.

ATCO Ltd., with more than 9,800 employees and assets of approximately $16 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in Structures & Logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement), Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), Energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction) and Technologies (business systems solutions). More information can be found at www.atco.com.

Forward-Looking Information:

Certain statements contained in this news release may constitute forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "intend", "should", and similar expressions. Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking information are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking information should not be unduly relied upon.

Any forward-looking information contained in this news release represents the Company's expectations as of the date hereof, and is subject to change after such date. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities legislation.

Contact Information

  • ATCO Ltd.
    B.R. (Brian) Bale
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 292-7502