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Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. : PSEG Announces 2012 First Quarter Results

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05/02/2012 | 01:35pm CET

NEWARK, N.J., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) reported today Income from Continuing Operations and Net Income for the first quarter of 2012 of $493 million or $0.97 per share as compared to Income from Continuing Operations of $462 million or $0.91 per share in the first quarter of 2011. Including Income from Discontinued Operations, and gain on sale ($64 million or $0.13 per share), PSEG reported Net Income for the first quarter of 2011 of $526 million or $1.04 per share. Operating Earnings for the first quarter of 2012 were $432 million or $0.85 per share compared to Operating Earnings in the first quarter of 2011 of $431 million or $0.85 per share.

"PSEG delivered strong results in the face of challenging market conditions" said Ralph Izzo, chairman, president and chief executive officer. He went on to say, "our employees' responsiveness to the market and the mild winter allowed us to better align expenses with operations." He added, "we continue to implement a $6.7 billion capital program that will improve reliability and add jobs in New Jersey." In discussing the outlook for 2012, Izzo said "we continue to forecast operating earnings for 2012 of $2.25 - $2.50 per share."

PSEG believes that the non-GAAP financial measure of "Operating Earnings" provides a consistent and comparable measure of performance of its businesses to help shareholders understand performance trends. Operating Earnings exclude the impact of returns/(losses) associated with NDT and MTM accounting. The table below provides a reconciliation of PSEG's Net Income to Operating Earnings (a non-GAAP measure) for the first quarter. See Attachment 10 for a complete list of items excluded from Income from Continuing Operations in the determination of Operating Earnings.

                 PSEG CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS (unaudited)
                    First Quarter Comparative Results
                              2012 and 2011

                                         Income                       Diluted
                                       ($millions)                   Per Share
                                      2012    2011               2012     2011
                                      ----    ----               ----     ----
    Operating Earnings                $432    $431              $0.85    $0.85
    ------------------                ----    ----              -----    -----
    Reconciling Items                   61      31               0.12     0.06
    -----------------                  ---     ---               ----     ----
    Income from Continuing
     Operations                       $493    $462              $0.97    $0.91
    ----------------------            ----    ----              -----    -----
    Income from Discontinued
     Operations                          0      64               0.00     0.13
    ------------------------           ---     ---               ----     ----
    Net Income                        $493    $526              $0.97    $1.04
    ----------                        ----    ----              -----    -----
                                                       Shares 507M     507M

In discussing the quarter, Izzo went on to say "fossil operations that took cost control to a new level allowed us to meet the challenge of a complete absence of winter, lower demand and a collapse in gas prices". He continued by saying "this focus on operational excellence is a guiding principle at PSEG that will help ensure superior results for customers, employees and shareholders."

The following table outlines continued expectations for operating earnings in 2012 by subsidiary:

                   2012 Operating Earnings Guidance
                       ($ millions, except EPS)

    PSEG Power                                        $575-$665
    ----------                                        ---------
    PSE&G                                        530-560
    -----                                        -------
    PSEG Energy Holdings/Parent                   35-45
    ---------------------------                   -----

    Operating Earnings                            $1,140-$1,270
    ------------------                            -------------
    Earnings Per Share                            $2.25 - $2.50
    ------------------                            -------------

Operating Earnings Review by Subsidiary

See Attachment 5 for detail regarding the quarter-over-quarter reconciliations for each of PSEG's businesses.

PSEG Power

PSEG Power reported operating earnings of $196 million ($0.39 per share) for the first quarter of 2012 compared with operating earnings of $267 million ($0.53 per share) for the first quarter of 2011.

PSEG Power's earnings were affected by warmer than normal weather conditions and a decline in the price for energy and capacity as well as lower fuel costs. These issues were offset somewhat by continued strong nuclear operations coupled with greater dispatch from the combined cycle natural gas fleet.

Output from Power's fleet declined 6.3% in the quarter as a result of a decline in production from the coal fleet. Production from the nuclear fleet increased 0.5% from very strong levels in the year ago quarter and output from Power's combined cycle natural gas fleet increased 8.3% in the quarter. A decline in demand given warmer than normal weather conditions compared with more normal weather in the year-ago quarter, as well as a decline in wholesale energy prices, resulted in reduced dispatch of the coal fleet. The decline in volume reduced earnings by $0.02 per share in the quarter. Lower realized pricing reduced earnings by $0.08 per share quarter-over-quarter. A decline in average capacity prices to $110-MW/Day from $174-MW/Day reduced earnings in the quarter by $0.07 per share. An increase in customer migration away from the BGS contract was in line with expectations. The increase in customer migration to approximately 36% in the quarter reduced earnings by $0.01 per share. However, an increase in headroom associated with the decline in energy prices further reduced earnings by $0.03 per share.

Power has reduced the operating and maintenance expenses at its fossil stations in response to the decline in the market. The reduction in operating and maintenance expense improved earnings in the quarter by $0.04 per share. A decline in debt levels at Power coupled with a reduction in interest rates resulted in lower finance costs and improved earnings comparisons quarter-over-quarter by $0.02 per share. The absence of losses on wholesale energy contracts recognized in the year-ago quarter more than offset the impact of lower volumes and prices on gas supply contracts and net added $0.01 per share to earnings.

PSEG Power's nuclear fleet operated at an average capacity factor of 98.2% during the quarter. The Hope Creek nuclear facility, 100%-owned by PSEG Power, entered a refueling outage in April. Salem 2, 57%-owned and operated by PSEG Power, is scheduled for refueling in the Fall of 2012. The combined cycle fleet's availability improved in the quarter, and the fleet operated at an average capacity factor of 56.6% versus 52.9% in the year-ago period.

Power continues to forecast output for 2012 of 53-54 TWh. Output for the remainder of the year is approximately 70% - 75% hedged at an average price of $59 per MWh. For 2013, forecast output of 52 - 54 TWh is approximately 55% - 60% hedged at an average price of $53 per MWh. We forecast output for 2014 of 53 - 55 TWh. Of this amount, approximately 20% - 25% is hedged at an average price of $55 per MWh.


PSE&G reported operating earnings of $197 million ($0.39 per share) for the first quarter of 2012 compared with operating earnings of $163 million ($0.32 per share) for the first quarter of 2011.

PSE&G's results in the quarter were influenced by higher transmission formula rates, warmer than normal weather and an adjustment this quarter due to the settlement of tax audits. An annualized increase in transmission revenue of $94 million effective on January 1, 2012, added $0.03 per share to results. A return on investments in energy efficiency, solar and infrastructure programs added $0.01 per share. Warmer than normal weather versus colder than normal weather in the year-ago quarter reduced electric and gas sales and lowered earnings by $0.02 per share. PSE&G's ability to accrue earnings under the gas weather normalization clause, which has a return cap, was affected by the positive impact of the settlement of tax audits which reduced the utility's tax expense. Higher levels of capital investment led to an increase in depreciation expense which reduced quarterly earnings comparisons by $0.01 per share. Higher operating and maintenance expense reduced earnings by $0.01 per share and was offset by other miscellaneous items of $0.01 per share. PSE&G's quarterly earnings also benefited from the settlement of tax audits for 1997 - 2006 which resulted in a one-time reduction in tax expense. The reduction in taxes improved earnings by $0.06 per share.

PSE&G experienced the warmest first quarter, in terms of heating degree days, since 1970. In addition, weak economic conditions continued to have an impact on demand. In terms of weather-normalized demand, a 1.9% decline in electric sales was led by a 2.5% decline in sales to the commercial and industrial sector. Weather-normalized sales to gas customers declined 0.7% quarter-over-quarter.

PSE&G received news in March from the National Park Service (NPS) that "identified" our route for the Susquehanna - Roseland transmission line as its preferred alternative for the portion of the existing transmission line that runs through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - the route approved by state regulators including the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU). A final order from the NPS is expected to be issued in October 2012. The expected in-service date for the line is June 2015. The capital cost for Susquehanna - Roseland has been updated, and is now forecast at up to $790 million from $750 million.

PSE&G is awaiting a decision by the BPU on construction of the North-Central Reliability project, a $390 million upgrade of transmission lines located in the northern and central portions of New Jersey.

PSEG Energy Holdings/Enterprise

PSEG Energy Holdings/Enterprise reported operating earnings of $39 million ($0.07 per share) for the first quarter of 2012 compared with operating earnings of $1 million during the first quarter of 2011.

The improvement in operating earnings is due to the settlement with the Internal Revenue Service of the offshore lease transactions for all tax years, and a settlement of all federal audit issues for tax years 1997 - 2006. A reduction in the effective tax rate improved operating earnings by $38 million, or $0.08 per share. A small reduction in lease earnings in 2012's first quarter was approximately equal to the absence of an asset impairment recognized in 2011's first quarter.

The following attachments can be found on www.pseg.com:

Attachment 1 - Operating Earnings and Per Share Results by Subsidiary
Attachment 2 - Consolidating Statements of Operations
Attachment 3 - Capitalization Schedule
Attachment 4 - Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Attachment 5 - Quarter-over-Quarter EPS Reconciliation
Attachment 6 - Generation Measures
Attachment 7 - Retail Sales and Revenues
Attachment 8 - Retail Sales and Revenues
Attachment 9 - Statistical Measures
Attachment 10 - Reconciling Items Excluded from Continuing Operations to Compute Operating Earnings


Readers are cautioned that statements contained in this presentation about our future performance, including future revenues, earnings, strategies, prospects, consequences and all other statements that are not purely historical, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used herein, the words "anticipate", "intend", "estimate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "should", "hypothetical", "potential", "forecast", "project", variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although we believe that our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, they are subject to risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance they will be achieved. The results or developments projected or predicted in these statements may differ materially from what may actually occur. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to:

    --  adverse changes in the demand for or price of the capacity and energy
        that we sell into wholesale electricity markets,
    --  adverse changes in energy industry law, policies and regulation,
        including market structures and a potential shift away from competitive
        markets toward subsidized market mechanisms, transmission planning and
        cost allocation rules, including rules regarding how transmission is
        planned and who is permitted to build transmission in the future, and
        reliability standards,
    --  any inability of our transmission and distribution businesses to obtain
        adequate and timely rate relief and regulatory approvals from federal
        and state regulators,
    --  changes in federal and state environmental regulations that could
        increase our costs or limit our operations,
    --  changes in nuclear regulation and/or general developments in the nuclear
        power industry, including various impacts from any accidents or
        incidents experienced at our facilities or by others in the industry,
        that could limit operations of our nuclear generating units,
    --  actions or activities at one of our nuclear units located on a
        multi-unit site that might adversely affect our ability to continue to
        operate that unit or other units located at the same site,
    --  any inability to balance our energy obligations, available supply and
        trading risks,
    --  any deterioration in our credit quality, or the credit quality of our
        counterparties, including in our leveraged leases,
    --  availability of capital and credit at commercially reasonable terms and
        conditions and our ability to meet cash needs,
    --  any inability to realize anticipated tax benefits or retain tax credits,
    --  changes in the cost of, or interruption in the supply of, fuel and other
        commodities necessary to the operation of our generating units,
    --  delays in receipt of necessary permits and approvals for our
        construction and development activities,
    --  delays or unforeseen cost escalations in our construction and
        development activities,
    --  any inability to achieve or continue to sustain, our expected levels of
        operating performance,
    --  increase in competition in energy supply markets as well as competition
        for certain rate-based transmission projects,
    --  challenges associated with recruitment and/or retention of a qualified
    --  adverse performance of our decommissioning and defined benefit plan
        trust fund investments and changes in discount rates and funding
        requirements, and
    --  changes in technology and customer usage patterns.

For further information, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K, including Item 1A. Risk Factors, and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These documents address in further detail our business, industry issues and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in this presentation. In addition, any forward-looking statements included herein represent our estimates only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our estimates as of any subsequent date. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements from time to time, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if our internal estimates change, unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws.

Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of more than $12 billion, and three principal subsidiaries: PSEG Power, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and PSEG Energy Holdings.

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