ALLETE, Inc. reports increased 2015 earnings
DULUTH, Minn. - ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE: ALE) today reported 2015 earnings of $2.92 per share on net income of $141.1 million and operating revenue of $1.49 billion. Earnings for 2014 were $2.90 per share on net income of $124.8 million and operating revenue of $1.14 billion.
Included in 2015 results are a $20.4 million, or 42 cents per share, profit on the construction and sale of a wind energy facility by ALLETE Clean Energy, a $22.3 million, or 46 cents per share, non-cash impairment charge at ALLETE Properties, and $4.8 million, or 10 cents per share, of acquisition transaction fees related to ALLETE’s Energy Infrastructure and Related Services businesses. Earnings in 2014 included $1.4 million, or 3 cents per share, of acquisition transaction fees, and a $2.5 million, or 6 cents per share, charge associated with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settlement.
ALLETE finished within its November 2015 earnings guidance of $3.35 to $3.50 per share which did not include impacts of the impairment charge or acquisition transaction fees. ALLETE also finished within its original December 2014 guidance of $3.00 to $3.20 per share which did not include the impacts of the impairment charge, acquisition transaction fees, or profit on the construction and sale of the wind energy facility.
“We are proud of our financial and operational accomplishments in 2015, especially when considering the challenges that came at us on many fronts. Our broadened energy businesses are well positioned for success in 2016 and beyond,” said ALLETE Chairman, President and CEO Al Hodnik. “ALLETE’s value proposition remains intact and our 2015 financial results are a good example of how our operating businesses support ALLETE’s mission and how management deals with economic challenges and delivers on shareholder value.”
ALLETE announced a dividend increase of 6 cents per share on an annual basis on January 22, 2016, the sixth consecutive year ALLETE has increased its dividend. ALLETE has paid dividends without interruption since 1948.
ALLETE’s Regulated Operations segment, which includes Minnesota Power, Superior Water, Light and Power, and the Company’s investment in the American Transmission Co. (ATC), recorded net income of $131.6 million, an increase of $8.6 million over 2014 net income. Earnings increased primarily due to higher cost recovery rider revenue, production tax credits, power marketing sales, and lower operating and maintenance expenses. These increases were partially offset by lower industrial sales and higher depreciation, interest and property tax expense. In addition, Minnesota Power recorded a reserve in 2015 for estimated refunds of $1.6 million after-tax related to Midwest Independent System Operator return on equity complaints, of which $0.9 million after-tax was attributable to prior years. In 2015, our equity earnings in ATC also reflected a $3.0 million after-tax charge related to the same complaints, of which $1.4 million after-tax was attributable to prior years. In 2014, results included a $2.5 million after-tax charge related to a settlement agreement with the EPA.
ALLETE’s Energy Infrastructure and Related Services businesses, which include ALLETE Clean Energy and U.S. Water Services, recorded net income of $29.9 million and $0.9 million, respectively. Earnings at ALLETE Clean Energy increased due to higher earnings from its growing portfolio of wind energy facilities, and $20.4 million of profit earned on the construction and sale of the wind energy facility. Earnings at U.S. Water Services reflect the results for the year with ALLETE’s acquisition of the company on February 10, 2015, which included $2.2 million of after-tax expense related to purchase accounting for inventories and sales backlog.
The Corporate and Other segment, which includes BNI Energy and ALLETE Properties, posted a net loss of $21.3 million in 2015, compared to a net loss of $1.5 million in 2014. The net loss for 2015 included the $22.3 million after-tax non-cash impairment charge on ALLETE Properties real estate assets, and a $3.0 million after-tax expense, or 6 cents per share, for acquisition costs related to the acquisition of U.S. Water Services.
The following information was filed by Allete Inc (ALE) on Thursday, February 18, 2016 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.