SOURCE: Central Vermont Public Service Corporation

Central Vermont Public Service Corporation

May 11, 2011 11:31 ET

Central Vermont Reports 2011 First Quarter Earnings

CVPS Filed the Following Release With the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 5, 2011

RUTLAND, VT--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV)

--  First-quarter earnings of $8.4 million, or 62 cents per diluted share,
    27 cents higher than 2010

     --  $6.1 million increase in operating revenues
     --  $3.0 million increase in regulatory amortization expense
     --  $1.8 million decrease in service restoration costs
     --  $1.5 million increase in equity in earnings of affiliates

--  2011 earnings forecast reaffirmed in the range of $1.60 to $1.75 per
    diluted share.

Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) reported consolidated earnings of $8.4 million, or 62 cents per diluted share of common stock, for the first three months of 2011, compared to $4.2 million, or 35 cents per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2010. The improved earnings were driven in part by increases in operating revenue and decreases in operating expenses and storm restoration costs compared to the first quarter of 2010.

"First quarter earnings were significantly improved compared to the same period last year," President and CEO Larry Reilly said. "Our improved performance reflects differences in weather effects, timing of some expenditures, and higher sales volume, which increased due to colder winter weather and the slowly improving economy in the state.

"Going forward, we will continue to focus heavily on customer service and reliability, while maintaining close attention to cost control," Reilly said. "We firmly believe that creating value for our customers is critical to creating value for our shareholders. They are irrevocably intertwined."

First quarter 2011 results compared to 2010

First quarter operating revenues increased $6.1 million, including a $7.2 million increase in retail revenues, a $3.3 million increase from provision for rate refund, partially offset by a $3.6 million decrease in resale revenue, and a $0.8 million decrease in other operating revenues.

The increase in retail revenues primarily resulted from a 7.46 percent base rate increase, effective January 1, 2011 and higher customer usage, due to colder weather in 2011. The provision for rate refund is related to deferrals and refunds as required by the power cost adjustment clause within our alternative regulation plan. Resale revenue decreased due to lower 2011 contract prices associated with the sale of our excess energy, and lower volume available for resale due to higher retail load. Other operating revenues decreased primarily due to mutual aid for other utilities in 2010.

Purchased power expense decreased $0.4 million due to a $1.3 million decrease resulting from lower capacity costs, lower volume and lower market rates from ISO-NE, partially offset by an increase of $0.8 million due to higher output at the Vermont Yankee plant in 2011 and higher related capacity costs.

Other operating expenses increased $1.8 million due to a $3 million increase from higher regulatory amortizations including $4.1 million of 2010 exogenous costs related to major storms and tax law changes, partially offset by $0.9 million of 2008 major storm costs recovered in 2010; a $0.8 million increase in transmission expenses driven by higher rates from ISO-NE, and higher Vermont Transmission Agreement billings due to higher specific facility charges, partially offset by higher NEPOOL Open Access Transmission Tariff reimbursements; and a $1 million increase in operating income tax expense as a result of a higher level of earnings. These increases were partially offset by an unfavorable charge of $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2010 required by health care reform legislation and $1.8 million in service restoration costs incurred for a major storm in February 2010.

Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $1.5 million, due to the return on the $34.9 million investment that we made in Transco in December 2010.

2010 Common Stock Issuance

Earnings per share for 2011 reflect the impact of shares issued under our at-the-market program. From April to December 2010, CV sold an aggregate of 1,498,745 shares in open market trading and direct placements under this program for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $30.6 million. The net proceeds of the offering were used for general corporate purposes.

2011 Earnings Guidance

CV reaffirmed its previously announced guidance range for 2011 earnings of $1.60 to $1.75 per diluted share. The earnings range reflects an approved retail rate increase of 7.46 percent effective January 1, 2011 and an allowed rate of return of 9.45 percent in 2011.

Webcast

CV hosted an earnings teleconference and webcast on May 6, 2011, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. At that time, CV President and CEO Larry Reilly and Chief Financial Officer Pamela Keefe discussed the company's financial results, as well as progress made toward achieving the company's long-term strategy.

Interested parties may listen to the conference call live on the Internet by selecting the "CVPS 2011 First Quarter Earnings Call" link on the "Investor Relations" section of the company's website at www.cvps.com. An audio archive of the call will be available later that day at the same location or by dialing 1-877-660-6853 within the U.S. or internationally by dialing 1-201-612-7415 and entering Account 286 and Conference ID 370724.

About CV

CV is Vermont's largest electric utility, serving more than 159,000 customers statewide. CV's non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.

Form 10-Q

On Thursday, May 5, 2011, the company filed its quarterly Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of that report is available on our web site, www.cvps.com, under the "Investor Relations" section. Please refer to it for additional information regarding our condensed consolidated financial statements, results of operations, capital resources and liquidity.

Reconciliation of Earnings Per Diluted Share
                                                                   First
                                                                  Quarter
                                                                 2011 vs.
                                                                   2010
                                                                 ---------
2010 Earnings per diluted share                                  $    0.35

Major Income Statement Variances:
   Higher operating revenue                                           0.30
   Lower service restoration expenses                                 0.09
   Higher equity in earnings of affiliates                            0.07
   Lower purchased power expense                                      0.02
   Higher regulatory amortizations                                   (0.14)
   Higher transmission expenses                                      (0.04)
   Other (includes income tax adjustments, impact of additional
    common shares and various items)                                 (0.03)
                                                                 ---------
2011 Earnings per diluted share                                  $    0.62
                                                                 =========

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets, volatility in the financial markets, and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

        Central Vermont Public Service Corporation - Consolidated
                             Earnings Release
             (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)


                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                           March 31
Condensed Income Statement                             2011        2010
                                                    ----------  ----------
Operating revenues:
 Retail sales                                       $   83,258  $   76,062
 Resale sales                                            7,695      11,339
 Provision for rate refund                               3,391         125
 Other                                                   2,741       3,481
                                                    ----------  ----------
Total operating revenues                                97,085      91,007
                                                    ----------  ----------

Operating expenses:
 Purchased power - affiliates and other                 41,352      41,718
 Other operating expenses                               45,948      44,196
 Income tax expense                                      2,857       1,838
                                                    ----------  ----------
 Total operating expense                                90,157      87,752
                                                    ----------  ----------
Utility operating income                                 6,928       3,255
                                                    ----------  ----------

Other income:
 Equity in earnings of affiliates                        6,941       5,395
 Other, net                                                105          36
 Income tax expense                                     (2,302)     (1,589)
                                                    ----------  ----------
 Total other income                                      4,744       3,842
                                                    ----------  ----------

Interest expense                                         3,247       2,895
                                                    ----------  ----------
Net income                                               8,425       4,202
Dividends declared on preferred stock                       92          92
                                                    ----------  ----------
Earnings available for common stock                 $    8,333  $    4,110
                                                    ==========  ==========

Per Common Share Data
Earnings per share of common stock - basic          $     0.62  $     0.35
Earnings per share of common stock - diluted        $     0.62  $     0.35

Average shares of common stock outstanding - basic  13,353,973  11,725,484
Average shares of common stock outstanding -
 diluted                                            13,406,926  11,756,303

Dividends declared per share of common stock        $     0.46  $     0.46
Dividends paid per share of common stock            $     0.23  $     0.23

Supplemental Financial Statement Data
Balance sheet
 Investments in affiliates                          $  174,893  $  132,439
 Total assets                                       $  700,016  $  627,692
 Common stock equity                                $  275,248  $  230,513
 Long-term debt (excluding current portions)        $  188,300  $  188,233

Cash Flows
 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   $    2,676  $    2,069
 Cash provided by operating activities                  32,382      24,942
 Cash used for investing activities                     (2,824)     (6,007)
 Cash used by financing activities                     (17,105)    (15,866)
                                                    ----------  ----------
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period         $   15,129  $    5,138
                                                    ==========  ==========

Refer to our first-quarter 2011 Form 10-Q for additional information

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Steve Costello
    Director of Public Affairs
    (802) 747-5427
    e-mail: Email Contact
    (802) 742-3062 (pager)

    Contact:
    Pamela Keefe
    Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
    (802) 747-5435
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