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CenterPoint Energy
CenterPoint Energy reports second quarter 2017 earnings of $0.31 per diluted share; $0.29 per diluted share on a guidance basis



Aug 9, 2017

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) reported net income of $135 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017, compared with a net loss of $2 million, or a loss of $0.01 per diluted share for the same period of the prior year. On a guidance basis, second quarter 2017 earnings were $0.29 per diluted share, consisting of $0.20 from utility operations and $0.09 from midstream investments. Second quarter 2016 earnings on a guidance basis were $0.17 per diluted share, consisting of $0.14 from utility operations and $0.03 from midstream investments. 

Operating income for the second quarter of 2017 was $223 million, compared with $182 million in the second quarter of the prior year. Equity income from midstream investments was $59 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $31 million for the second quarter of the prior year.

"We are very pleased with strong second quarter results," said Scott M. Prochazka, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. "All four of our business segments performed well this quarter."

Business Segments

Electric Transmission & Distribution

The electric transmission & distribution segment reported operating income of $164 million for the second quarter of 2017, consisting of $144 million from the regulated electric transmission & distribution utility operations (TDU) and $20 million related to securitization bonds. Operating income for the second quarter of 2016 was $158 million, consisting of $135 million from the TDU and $23 million related to securitization bonds.

Operating income for the TDU benefited primarily from rate relief and customer growth. These benefits were partially offset by higher depreciation and amortization expense, other taxes and lower equity return.

Natural Gas Distribution

The natural gas distribution segment reported operating income of $37 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $20 million for the same period of 2016. Operating income benefited primarily from rate relief, customer growth and favorable usage due to timing of a decoupling adjustment. These benefits were partially offset by higher depreciation and amortization expense and other taxes. In addition, operating income benefited from $10 million of adjustments related to the Texas Gulf rate order, including the recording of a $16 million regulatory asset, and the corresponding reduction in expense, to recover prior post-retirement expenses in future rates, which was partially offset by a $6 million operations and maintenance expense adjustment that is primarily timing related.  

Energy Services

The energy services segment reported operating income of $16 million for the second quarter of 2017, which included a mark-to-market gain of $6 million. In comparison, operating income for the same period in 2016 was $-0- , which included a mark-to-market loss of $7 million.  Excluding mark-to-market adjustments, operating income was $10 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $7 million for the same period in 2016. The $3 million increase in operating income was primarily due to an increase in throughput and number of customers related to the acquisition of Atmos Energy Marketing in 2017.   

Midstream Investments

The midstream investments segment reported $59 million of equity income for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $31 million in the second quarter of the prior year. 

Earnings Outlook

On a consolidated basis, CenterPoint Energy reaffirms its earnings estimate for 2017 in the range of $1.25 - $1.33 per diluted share. 

The utility operations guidance range considers performance to date and certain significant variables that may impact earnings, such as weather, regulatory and judicial proceedings, throughput, commodity prices, effective tax rates, and financing activities.

In providing this guidance, the company uses a non-GAAP measure of adjusted diluted earnings per share that does not consider other potential impacts, such as changes in accounting standards or unusual items, earnings or losses from the change in the value of the ZENS securities and the related stocks, or the timing effects of mark-to-market accounting in the company's Energy Services business. 

In providing guidance for midstream investments, the company assumes ownership of 54.1 percent of the common and subordinated units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream and includes the amortization of CenterPoint Energy's basis differential in Enable Midstream. CenterPoint Energy's guidance takes into account such factors as Enable Midstream's most recent public outlook for 2017 dated Aug. 1, 2017, and effective tax rates. The company does not include other potential impacts, such as any changes in accounting standards or Enable Midstream's unusual items. 

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United States, 77210-4567
www.centerpointenergy.com
Tel: 713-207-1111


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