Reinstates 2020 annual GAAP earnings guidance, with range of $3.09 – $3.29, in light of improved visibility of industrial customer production levels for the remainder of the year
Announces 2020 annual adjusted earnings guidance range (Non-GAAP) of $3.25 – $3.45, excluding the Minnesota Power rate case settlement charge, net of tax
DULUTH, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 5, 2020– ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE: ALE) today reported second quarter 2020 earnings of 39 cents per share on net income of $20.1 million. Last year’s results were 66 cents per share on net income of $34.2 million. Results in the second quarter of 2020 included a 16 cent per share charge for the recent Minnesota Power rate case resolution. Results in the second quarter of 2019 included 2 cents per share of a U.S. Water Services gain on sale adjustment.
“From many aspects, including cultural, operational and financial results, this quarter demonstrates the commitment and resilience of ALLETE’s talented employees,” said ALLETE President and CEO Bethany Owen. “We’re proud of the resourcefulness demonstrated in our ability to provide essential quality of life services while delivering a fair level of financial results even against the challenging backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
ALLETE’s Regulated Operations segment, which includes Minnesota Power, Superior Water, Light and Power and the Company’s investment in the American Transmission Co., recorded net income of $11.1 million, compared to $30.3 million in the second quarter of 2019. Earnings reflect lower net income at Minnesota Power primarily due to the rate case settlement, lower kilowatt-hour sales to commercial and industrial customers due to COVID-19 impacts, lower sales to municipal customers and other power suppliers due to the expiration of related contracts, and timing impacts of fuel adjustment clause recoveries. These decreases were partially offset by lower operating and maintenance expense, higher sales to residential customers and higher equity earnings in the American Transmission Co.
ALLETE Clean Energy recorded second quarter 2020 net income of $4.0 million compared to $1.9 million in 2019. Net income in 2020 reflects additional production tax credits and earnings from the new Glen Ullin and South Peak wind energy facilities, partially offset by higher depreciation expense.
Corporate and Other businesses, which include BNI Energy and ALLETE Properties, recorded net income of $5.0 million in 2020 compared to net income of $2.0 million in 2019. Net income in 2020 included higher earnings from marketable equity securities held in certain benefit trusts and additional income tax benefit which varies quarter to quarter based on an estimated annual effective tax rate. Net income in 2019 included a gain on the sale of U.S. Water Services adjustment of $1.2 million after-tax.
“Although results for the quarter reflect obvious negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, on a year to date comparison, our financial results are similar to those in 2019, excluding the second quarter rate case resolution impact,” said ALLETE Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Adams. “With constructive indications of improving production from Minnesota Power’s industrial customers, ALLETE’s 2020 annual adjusted earnings guidance (Non-GAAP) is expected to be in the range of $3.25 to $3.45 per share, excluding the 16 cent per share charge related to the Minnesota Power rate case resolution, net of tax. This guidance reflects year to date results along with several expectations and assumptions into the end of the year. These primarily include, lower power demands related to taconite and paper customers that remain idled, and lower kilowatt-hour sales to commercial, industrial and municipal customers, both due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, offset by lower operating and maintenance expense.”
Live Webcast on August 5, 2020; updated 2020 guidance slides posted on company website
ALLETE’s earnings conference call will be at 10:00 a.m. (EST), August 5, 2020, at which time management will discuss the second quarter of 2020 financial results and 2020 earnings guidance. Interested parties may listen live by calling 877-303-5852, pass code 9239038, ten minutes prior to the start time, or may listen to the live audio-only webcast and view supporting slides, which will be available on ALLETE’s Investor Relations website http://investor.allete.com/events-presentations. A replay of the call will be available through August 12, 2020 by calling (855) 859-2056, pass code 9239038. The webcast will be accessible for one year at www.allete.com.
ALLETE is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minn. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth, BNI Energy in Bismarck, N.D., and has an eight percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. More information about ALLETE is available at www.allete.com. ALE-CORP
The statements contained in this release and statements that ALLETE may make orally in connection with this release that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and investors are directed to the risks discussed in documents filed by ALLETE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
ALLETE’s press releases and other communications may include certain non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) financial measures. A “non-GAAP financial measure” is defined as a numerical measure of a company’s financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes (or includes) amounts that are included in (or excluded from) the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the company’s financial statements.
Non-GAAP financial measures utilized by the company include presentations of earnings (loss) per share. ALLETE’s management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors by removing the effect of variances in GAAP reported results of operations that are not indicative of changes in the fundamental earnings power of the company’s operations, such as the charge for the recent Minnesota Power rate case resolution. Management believes that the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures is appropriate and enables investors and analysts to more accurately compare the company’s ongoing financial performance over the periods presented. See page 4 in this release for a reconciliation of 2020 annual GAAP earnings guidance range to 2020 annual adjusted earnings guidance range (Non-GAAP).
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