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NEW YORK, April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) [NYSE: ED] today reported net income for common stock for the first quarter of 2005 of $181 million or 75 cents a share, compared with earnings of $155 million or 69 cents a share for the first quarter of 2004. The company also declared a quarterly dividend of 57 cents a share on its common stock payable June 15, 2005 to stockholders of record as of May 18, 2005.
"Our improved performance for the first quarter reflects the continued strengthening of the local economy and Con Edison of New York's new gas and steam rate plans, which have their greatest effect in the winter months," said Eugene R. McGrath, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The following table shows the major factors affecting basic earnings per share for the first quarter of 2005 compared with 2004:
Earnings per Share Variation Con Edison of New York: Sales growth (estimated) $0.04 Impact of weather in 2005 versus 2004 (estimated) (0.01) Gas rate changes (estimated) 0.04 Retention of non-firm gas revenues 0.04 Steam rate changes (estimated) 0.09 Increased pension and other postretirement benefit costs (0.06) Higher operation and maintenance expense (0.04) Higher depreciation and property tax expense (0.04) Other (0.03) Total Con Edison of New York 0.03 Orange and Rockland Utilities - Unregulated energy subsidiaries 0.02 Total earnings per share variation from continuing operations $0.05 Discontinued operations - Con Edison Communications 0.01 Total earnings per share variation $0.06
The earnings per share variations shown above reflect the dilutive effect of a higher weighted average number of common shares outstanding in the 2005 period (243 million shares) than in the 2004 period (226 million shares).
For the three months ended March 31, 2005, amounts of electricity, firm gas and steam delivered by Con Edison of New York, after adjusting for variations in weather and billing days in the period, increased 2.2 percent, 3.8 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively, as compared with the 2004 period.
For Con Edison of New York, the variation in pension and other postretirement benefit costs reflects primarily lower net pension credits from the amortization of previous years' net investment gains and losses. Higher operation and maintenance expense includes costs of moving facilities to avoid interfering with government projects. The gas and steam rate plans that went into effect in October 2004 and the new electric rate plan described below address these increased cost levels.
In March, the New York Public Service Commission approved a three-year electric rate plan for Con Edison of New York's electric delivery service. Under this plan, rates were increased $104.6 million, effective April 1, 2005, and will be increased $220.4 million effective April 1, 2007. Additional plan provisions include amortization of certain regulatory assets and liabilities, which will increase electric revenues by $128 million, $173 million and $249 million in the first, second and third rate years, respectively; retention by the company of the first $60 million per year of proceeds from the sale of transmission rights; retention of a portion of earnings in excess of an 11.4 percent return on common equity; annual reconciliations of utility plant carrying cost, pension and other postretirement benefit costs and certain other costs to levels reflected in rates (with the difference, in some cases subject to certain limitations, deferred as regulatory assets or liabilities); and potential earnings adjustments if the company meets specified standards in its retail access and demand side management programs or fails to meet specified operational standards.
For the year 2005, the Company confirms its previous forecast of earnings in the range of $2.75 to $2.90 per share.
Refer to the attachments to this press release for the condensed consolidated balance sheets at March 31, 2005 and December 31, 2004 and the consolidated income statements for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004. For additional information related to utility sales and revenues go to the Con Edison Web site at http://www.conedison.com, select "Investor Information" and then select "Financial Reports."
This press release contains forward-looking statements of future expectations. Actual results might differ materially from those projected because of factors such as those identified in reports the company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $10 billion in annual revenues and $23 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through the following subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a regulated utility providing electric, gas, and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,350 square mile area in southeastern New York state and adjacent sections of northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania; Con Edison Solutions, a retail energy supply and services company; Con Edison Energy, a wholesale energy supply company; Con Edison Development, a company that owns and operates generating plants and participates in other infrastructure projects; and Con Edison Communications, a telecommunications infrastructure company and service provider.
Attachment A CONSOLIDATED EDISON, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Condensed) (UNAUDITED) March 31, 2005 December 31, 2004 ASSETS (Millions of Dollars) PLANT, AT ORIGINAL COST Utility plant - net $15,400 $15,168 Non-utility plant - net 867 873 Non-utility property held for sale 69 65 NET PLANT 16,336 16,106 CURRENT ASSETS Cash and temporary cash investments 477 26 Accounts receivable - customers, less allowance for uncollectible accounts 825 760 Other receivables, less allowance for uncollectible accounts 127 179 Inventories 190 307 Prepayments 245 93 Current assets held for sale 6 5 Other current assets 539 345 TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 2,409 1,715 INVESTMENTS 258 257 DEFERRED CHARGES, REGULATORY ASSETS AND NONCURRENT ASSETS Goodwill 406 406 Intangible assets - net 98 100 Prepaid pension costs 1,455 1,442 Regulatory assets 2,188 2,263 Noncurrent assets held for sale 1 - Other deferred charges and noncurrent assets 279 271 TOTAL DEFERRED CHARGES, REGULATORY ASSETS AND NONCURRENT ASSETS 4,427 4,482 TOTAL ASSETS $23,430 $22,560 CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES CAPITALIZATION Common shareholders' equity $7,139 $7,054 Preferred stock of subsidiary 213 213 Long-term debt 6,947 6,561 TOTAL CAPITALIZATION 14,299 13,828 NONCURRENT LIABILITIES Provision for injuries and damages 181 180 Pension and retiree benefits 234 207 Superfund and other environmental costs 233 198 Noncurrent liabilities held for sale 6 5 Other noncurrent liabilities including minority interest 140 134 TOTAL NONCURRENT LIABILITIES 794 724 CURRENT LIABILITIES Long-term debt due within one year 469 469 Notes payable 50 156 Accounts payable 874 920 Customer deposits 232 234 Current liabilities held for sale 7 11 Other current liabilities 578 434 TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 2,210 2,224 DEFERRED CREDITS AND REGULATORY LIABILITIES Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits 3,757 3,726 Regulatory liabilities and other deferred credits 2,370 2,058 TOTAL DEFERRED CREDITS AND REGULATORY LIABILITIES 6,127 5,784 TOTAL CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES $23,430 $22,560 Attachment B Consolidated Edison, Inc. CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT (Unaudited) For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2005 2004 (Millions of Dollars/Except Share Data) OPERATING REVENUES Electric $1,513 $1,539 Gas 728 645 Steam 267 235 Non-utility 293 260 TOTAL OPERATING REVENUES 2,801 2,679 OPERATING EXPENSES Purchased power 940 930 Fuel 191 185 Gas purchased for resale 452 401 Other operations and maintenance 414 378 Depreciation and amortization 141 136 Taxes, other than income taxes 270 282 Income taxes 110 108 TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES 2,518 2,420 OPERATING INCOME 283 259 OTHER INCOME (DEDUCTIONS) Investment and other income 6 11 Allowance for equity funds used during construction 7 6 Preferred stock dividend requirements of subsidiary (3) (3) Other deductions (6) (3) Income taxes 4 2 TOTAL OTHER INCOME (DEDUCTIONS) 8 13 INTEREST EXPENSE Interest on long-term debt 107 108 Other interest 9 10 Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction (6) (4) NET INTEREST EXPENSE 110 114 INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS 181 158 LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS (NET OF INCOME TAXES OF $2 IN 2004) - (3) NET INCOME $181 $155 EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE - BASIC Continuing operations $0.75 $0.70 Discontinued operations - $(0.01) Net income $0.75 $0.69 EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE - DILUTED Continuing operations $0.75 $0.69 Discontinued operations - $(0.01) Net income $0.75 $0.68 AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING - BASIC (IN MILLIONS) 242.7 226.2 AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING - DILUTED (IN MILLIONS) 243.4 227.2
SOURCE Consolidated Edison, Inc. -0- 04/21/2005 /CONTACT: Michael Clendenin of Consolidated Edison, Inc., +1-212-460-4111/ /Web site: http://www.coned.com / (ED)
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