PPL Corporation Reports 2017 Earnings
  • Delivers reported earnings of $1.64 per share, reflecting the impact of U.S. tax reform.
  • Achieves high end of 2017 earnings from ongoing operations forecast range, or $2.25 per share.
  • Announces 2018 earnings forecast range of $2.20 to $2.40 per share.
  • Projects 5 to 6 percent compound annual earnings growth from 2018 through 2020 off 2018 midpoint of $2.30 per share.
  • Increases annualized common stock dividend to $1.64 per share.

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) on Thursday (2/22) announced 2017 reported earnings (GAAP) of $1.13 billion, or $1.64 per share, compared with $1.90 billion, or $2.79 per share, in 2016.

The company's results for 2017 reflect a loss of $321 million, or $0.47 per share, due to the impacts of U.S. tax reform legislation enacted in December 2017.

Adjusting for special items, including tax reform impacts, earnings from ongoing operations were $1.55 billion, or $2.25 per share, compared with earnings from ongoing operations of $1.67 billion, or $2.45 per share, in 2016. The decrease in ongoing earnings for 2017 compared to 2016 was driven primarily by lower foreign currency exchange rates, lower sales volumes, and higher depreciation and interest expense due to additional capital investments, partially offset by an April 1, 2016 price increase in the U.K., lower operation and maintenance expense primarily from higher pension income in the U.K., higher base electricity and gas rates effective July 1, 2017, in Kentucky and higher transmission earnings in Pennsylvania due to additional capital investments.

The company delivered at the high end of its earnings from ongoing operations forecast range, or $2.25 per share, exceeding its prior midpoint guidance of $2.18 per share due primarily to lower operation and maintenance expense in the U.S. and U.K. and favorable U.S. weather in the fourth quarter. This marks the eighth consecutive year PPL has exceeded the midpoint of its ongoing earnings forecast.

"Once again in 2017, we demonstrated strong execution across our U.S. and U.K. businesses," said William H. Spence, PPL's chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer. "We delivered on our earnings commitments, invested $3.5 billion in infrastructure improvements, provided award-winning customer service, strengthened reliability for our customers and increased our dividend for shareowners."

Looking forward, Spence said the company is well-positioned to deliver competitive earnings growth and dividends as it continues to invest in the future. In addition, he said the company has updated its long-range business plans to reflect the impact of U.S. tax reform on PPL's earnings and cash flow.

Based on these updates, PPL announced a 2018 earnings forecast range of $2.20 to $2.40 per share, with a midpoint of $2.30 per share. The company set a new growth projection of 5 to 6 percent compound annual earnings growth per share from 2018 through 2020 off of its 2018 midpoint. Establishing 2018 as the new baseline coincides with the effective date of tax reform, and the duration of the growth rate coincides with the company's foreign currency hedging program.

PPL's 2018 forecast includes the full impact of tax reform, which is expected to negatively impact earnings by about 3 cents per share and result in reduced utility cash flows. To mitigate the effects on PPL's corporate credit ratings, the company said it plans to issue about $1 billion in equity in 2018, compared with prior guidance for equity issuances of $350 million. The equity needs beyond 2018 will be dependent on a number of factors, with an objective of maintaining PPL's current credit ratings. Spence said the company is confident it can still achieve 5 to 6 percent earnings per share growth from 2018 through 2020 even with the additional planned equity issuances.

Backed by the expected growth of its utilities, PPL announced that it is increasing its common stock dividend to $0.41 per share on a quarterly basis, raising the annualized dividend about 4 percent from $1.58 per share to $1.64 per share. The increased dividend will be payable April 2 to shareowners of record as of March 9. The change marks PPL's 16th dividend increase in 17 years.

"PPL's dividend is secure, and we remain committed to continued dividend growth," Spence said.

PPL also provided an update on its planned infrastructure investment, announcing that the company plans to invest more than $15 billion across its U.S. and U.K. businesses from 2018 to 2022 to make the grid smarter, more reliable and more resilient and to advance a cleaner energy future.

In addition to announcing its year-end earnings results, PPL reported fourth-quarter earnings of $78 million, or $0.11 per share, compared with reported earnings of $465 million, or $0.68 per share, in 2016. The company's 2017 fourth-quarter reported earnings reflect a loss of $321 million, or $0.47 per share, due to adjusting deferred tax assets and liabilities resulting from U.S. tax reform. Adjusting for special items, including the tax reform impacts, fourth-quarter earnings from ongoing operations were $384 million, or $0.55 per share, compared with $409 million, or $0.60 per share, in 2016.  

Fourth-Quarter and Year-to-Date Earnings Details

PPL's reported earnings for 2017 included net special-item after-tax charges of $425 million, or $0.61 per share, due primarily to a $321 million loss in the fourth quarter, or $0.47 per share, as a result of U.S. tax reform, and a $111 million loss, or $0.15 per share, due to foreign currency economic hedges. Reported earnings for 2016 included net special-item after-tax benefits of $228 million, or $0.34 per share, due to foreign currency economic hedges and a reduction in the U.K. corporate income tax rate.

PPL's reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2017 included net special-item after-tax charges of $306 million, or $0.44 per share, due primarily to the impact of U.S. tax reform, partially offset by a benefit due to foreign currency economic hedges. Reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 included net special-item after-tax benefits of $56 million, or $0.08 per share, from foreign currency economic hedges.

As discussed in this news release, reported earnings are calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). "Earnings from ongoing operations" is a non-GAAP financial measure that is adjusted for special items. See the tables at the end of this news release for a reconciliation of reported earnings to earnings from ongoing operations, including an itemization of special items.

 

 

(Dollars in millions, except for per share amounts)

4th Quarter

 

Year

 

2017

 

2016

 

% Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

% Change

Reported earnings

$

78

   

$

465

   

(83)%

   

$

1,128

   

$

1,902

   

(41)%

 

Reported earnings per share

$

0.11

   

$

0.68

   

(84)%

   

$

1.64

   

$

2.79

   

(41)%

 
                       
 

4th Quarter

 

Year

 

2017

 

2016

 

% Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

% Change

Earnings from ongoing operations

$

384

   

$

409

   

(6)%

   

$

1,553

   

$

1,674

   

(7)%

 

Earnings from ongoing operations per share

$

0.55

   

$

0.60

   

(8)%

   

$

2.25

   

$

2.45

   

(8)%

 

 

 

Fourth-Quarter and Year-to-Date Earnings by Segment

 
 

4th Quarter

 

Year

Per share

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

Reported Earnings

             

U.K. Regulated

$

0.13

   

$

0.48

   

$

0.95

   

$

1.83

 

Kentucky Regulated

(0.01)

   

0.12

   

0.42

   

0.58

 

Pennsylvania Regulated

0.15

   

0.11

   

0.52

   

0.50

 

Corporate & Other

(0.16)

   

(0.03)

   

(0.25)

   

(0.12)

 

    Total

$

0.11

   

$

0.68

   

$

1.64

   

$

2.79

 
       
 

4th Quarter

 

Year

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

Special items benefit (expense)

             

U.K. Regulated

$

(0.16)

   

$

0.08

   

$

(0.33)

   

$

0.34

 

Kentucky Regulated

(0.15)

   

   

(0.15)

   

 

Pennsylvania Regulated

0.01

   

   

0.01

   

 

Corporate & Other

(0.14)

   

   

(0.14)

   

 

Total Special Items

$

(0.44)

   

$

0.08

   

$

(0.61)

   

$

0.34

 
       
 

4th Quarter

 

Year

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

             

U.K. Regulated

$

0.29

   

$

0.40

   

$

1.28

   

$

1.49

 

Kentucky Regulated

0.14

   

0.12

   

0.57

   

0.58

 

Pennsylvania Regulated

0.14

   

0.11

   

0.51

   

0.50

 

Corporate and Other

(0.02)

   

(0.03)

   

(0.11)

   

(0.12)

 

    Total

$

0.55

   

$

0.60

   

$

2.25

   

$

2.45

 

 

Key Factors Impacting Earnings

U.K. Regulated Segment 
PPL's U.K. Regulated segment primarily consists of the regulated electricity delivery operations of Western Power Distribution (WPD), serving Southwest and Central England and South Wales.

Reported earnings in 2017, which reflect the impact of U.S. tax reform and lower foreign currency exchange rates, decreased by $0.88 per share compared with a year ago. Excluding special items, earnings from ongoing operations in 2017 decreased by $0.21 per share. Factors driving earnings results primarily included $0.27 from lower foreign currency exchange rates; lower sales volumes; higher interest expense and higher depreciation expense, partially offset by higher prices from an April 1, 2016 price increase; lower operation and maintenance expense, primarily from higher pension income; and lower income taxes. The lower income taxes resulted from lower U.K. income taxes and a 2017 U.S. tax benefit from accelerated pension contributions, partially offset by a 2016 U.S. tax benefit recorded for the carryforward of foreign tax credits.

Reported earnings in the fourth quarter of 2017,which reflect the impact of U.S. tax reform and lower foreign currency exchange rates, decreased by $0.35 per share compared to a year ago. Excluding special items, earnings from ongoing operations in the fourth quarter of 2017 decreased by $0.11 per share. Factors driving earnings results primarily included higher U.S. income taxes due to a fourth-quarter 2016 benefit recorded for the carryforward of foreign tax credits, lower foreign currency exchange rates in 2017 and lower sales volumes, partially offset by lower operation and maintenance expense, primarily from higher pension income.

Kentucky Regulated Segment
PPL's Kentucky Regulated segment primarily consists of the regulated electricity and natural gas operations of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and the regulated electricity operations of Kentucky Utilities Company.

Reported earnings in 2017, which reflect the impact of U.S. tax reform, decreased by $0.16 per share compared with a year ago. Excluding special items, earnings from ongoing operations in 2017 decreased by $0.01 per share, driven primarily by lower sales volumes due to unfavorable weather and higher depreciation expense, partially offset by higher base electricity and gas rates effective July 1, 2017.

Reported earnings in the fourth quarter of 2017, which reflect the impact of U.S. tax reform, decreased by $0.13 cents per share compared to a year ago, resulting in a $0.01 loss. Excluding special items, earnings from ongoing operations in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased by $0.02 per share, driven primarily by higher base electricity and gas rates effective July 1, 2017, and higher sales volumes due to favorable weather, partially offset by higher depreciation expense.           

Pennsylvania Regulated Segment 
PPL's Pennsylvania Regulated segment consists of the regulated electricity transmission and distribution operations of PPL Electric Utilities.

Reported earnings in 2017, which reflect the impact of U.S. tax reform, increased by $0.02 per share compared with a year ago. Excluding special items, earnings from ongoing operations in 2017 increased by $0.01 per share, driven primarily by lower operation and maintenance expense and higher transmission earnings due to additional capital investments, partially offset by a lower PPL zonal peak load billing factor, lower distribution sales volumes due to unfavorable weather, higher depreciation expense and higher interest expense.

Reported earnings in the fourth quarter of 2017, which reflect the impact of U.S. tax reform, increased by $0.04 compared to a year ago. Excluding special items, earnings from ongoing operations in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased by $0.03 per share, driven primarily by lower operation and maintenance expense and higher transmission earnings due to additional capital investments.

Corporate and Other 
PPL's Corporate and Other category primarily includes unallocated corporate-level financing and other costs.

The loss for 2017 increased by $0.13 per share compared with a year ago for reported earnings, reflecting the impact of U.S. tax reform. Excluding special items, the loss decreased by $0.01 per share for earnings from ongoing operations.

The loss for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased by $0.13 per share compared to a year ago for reported earnings, reflecting the impact of U.S. tax reform. Excluding special items, the loss decreased by $0.01 per share for earnings from ongoing operations.

 

2018 Earnings Forecast

 
 

Reported Earnings

 

Earnings from Ongoing
Operations

 

2018 forecast
midpoint

 

2017 actual

 

2018 forecast
midpoint

 

2017 actual

Per share

             

U.K. Regulated

$

1.32

   

$

0.95

   

$

1.32

   

$

1.28

 

Kentucky Regulated

0.52

   

0.42

   

0.52

   

0.57

 

Pennsylvania Regulated

0.57

   

0.52

   

0.57

   

0.51

 

Corporate and Other

(0.11)

   

(0.25)

   

(0.11)

   

(0.11)

 

    Total

$

2.30

   

$

1.64

   

$

2.30

   

$

2.25

 

 

(See the tables at the end of this news release for a reconciliation of 2017 reported earnings to earnings from ongoing operations.)

 

U.K. Regulated Segment 
PPL projects higher segment earnings in 2018 compared with 2017. The increase in reported earnings reflects the 2017 unfavorable impact of U.S. tax reform and unrealized losses on foreign currency economic hedges. Excluding these 2017 special items, the increase is expected to be driven primarily by higher foreign currency exchange rates and higher pension income, partially offset by higher taxes and the effect of share dilution.

The remaining 2018 foreign currency exposure for this segment is 100 percent hedged at an average rate of $1.34 per pound, compared to an average rate of $1.20 per pound in 2017.

Kentucky Regulated Segment 
PPL projects higher reported segment earnings in 2018 compared with 2017, which reflects the 2017 unfavorable impact of U.S. tax reform. Excluding this 2017 special item, earnings in 2018 compared with 2017 are projected to be lower, driven primarily by higher operation and maintenance expense, higher depreciation expense, higher interest expense, a lower tax shield on holding company interest and expenses, and the effect of share dilution, partially offset by an assumed return to normal weather and higher base electricity and gas rates effective July 1, 2017.

Pennsylvania Regulated Segment 
PPL projects higher segment earnings in 2018 compared to 2017, driven primarily by higher transmission earnings and lower operation and maintenance expense, partially offset by higher depreciation expense, higher interest expense and the effect of share dilution.

Corporate and Other 
PPL projects lower reported costs in 2018 compared with 2017, which reflects the 2017 unfavorable impact of U.S. tax reform. Excluding this 2017 special item, PPL projects costs to be flat in this category in 2018 compared to 2017 with a lower tax shield on holding company interest expense offset by lower financing costs.

Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. PPL's seven high-performing, award-winning utilities serve 10 million customers in the U.S. and United Kingdom. With more than 12,000 employees, the company is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and reliability and delivering superior value for shareowners. To learn more, visit www.pplweb.com.

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(Note: All references to earnings per share in the text and tables of this news release are stated in terms of diluted earnings per share unless otherwise noted.)

Conference Call and Webcast

PPL invites interested parties to listen to a live Internet webcast of management's teleconference with financial analysts about fourth-quarter 2017 financial results at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Feb. 22. The call will be webcast live, in audio format, together with slides of the presentation. For those who are unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay with slides will be accessible at www.pplweb.com/investors for 90 days after the call. Interested individuals can access the live conference call via telephone at 1-888-317-6003. International participants should call 1-412-317-6061. Participants will need to enter the following "Elite Entry" number in order to join the conference: 3204926. Callers can access the webcast link at http://pplweb.investorroom.com/ under "Events."

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Management utilizes "Earnings from Ongoing Operations" as a non-GAAP financial measure that should not be considered as an alternative to reported earnings, or net income, an indicator of operating performance determined in accordance with GAAP. PPL believes that Earnings from Ongoing Operations is useful and meaningful to investors because it provides management's view of PPL's earnings performance as another criterion in making investment decisions. In addition, PPL's management uses Earnings from Ongoing Operations in measuring achievement of certain corporate performance goals, including targets for certain executive incentive compensation. Other companies may use different measures to present financial performance.

Earnings from Ongoing Operations is adjusted for the impact of special items. Special items are presented in the financial tables on an after-tax basis with the related income taxes on special items separately disclosed. Income taxes on special items, when applicable, are calculated based on the effective tax rate of the entity where the activity is recorded. Special items include:

  • Unrealized gains or losses on foreign currency economic hedges (as discussed below).
  • Spinoff of the Supply segment.
  • Gains and losses on sales of assets not in the ordinary course of business.
  • Impairment charges.
  • Significant workforce reduction and other restructuring effects.
  • Acquisition and divestiture-related adjustments.
  • Other charges or credits that are, in management's view, non-recurring or otherwise not reflective of the company's ongoing operations.

Unrealized gains or losses on foreign currency economic hedges include the changes in fair value of foreign currency contracts used to hedge British-pound-sterling-denominated anticipated earnings. The changes in fair value of these contracts are recognized immediately within GAAP earnings. Management believes that excluding these amounts from Earnings from Ongoing Operations until settlement of the contracts provides a better matching of the financial impacts of those contracts with the economic value of PPL's underlying hedged earnings.

Statements contained in this news release, including statements with respect to future earnings, cash flows, dividends, financing, regulation and corporate strategy, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although PPL Corporation believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the statements. The following are among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: market demand for energy in our U.S. service territories; weather conditions affecting customer energy usage and operating costs; the effect of any business or industry restructuring; the profitability and liquidity of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; new accounting requirements or new interpretations or applications of existing requirements; operating performance of our facilities; the length of scheduled and unscheduled outages at our generating plants; environmental conditions and requirements and the related costs of compliance; system conditions and operating costs; development of new projects, markets and technologies; performance of new ventures; asset or business acquisitions and dispositions; any impact of severe weather on our business; receipt of necessary government permits, approvals, rate relief and regulatory cost recovery; capital market conditions and decisions regarding capital structure; the impact of state, federal or foreign investigations applicable to PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; the outcome of litigation against PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; stock price performance; the market prices of equity securities and the impact on pension income and resultant cash funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans; the securities and credit ratings of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; political, regulatory or economic conditions in states, regions or countries where PPL Corporation or its subsidiaries conduct business, including any potential effects of threatened or actual terrorism or war or other hostilities; British pound sterling to U.S. dollar exchange rates; new state, federal or foreign legislation, including new tax legislation; and the commitments and liabilities of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries. Any such forward-looking statements should be considered in light of such important factors and in conjunction with factors and other matters discussed in PPL Corporation's Form 10-K and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

 

PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION (1)

       

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(Millions of Dollars)

       
 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

2017

 

2016

Assets

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

485

   

$

341

 

Accounts receivable

781

   

712

 

Unbilled revenues

543

   

480

 

Fuel, materials and supplies

320

   

356

 

Current price risk management assets

49

   

63

 

Other current assets

116

   

115

 

Property, Plant and Equipment

     

Regulated utility plant

38,228

   

34,674

 

Less: Accumulated depreciation - regulated utility plant

6,785

   

6,013

 

Regulated utility plant, net

31,443

   

28,661

 

Non-regulated property, plant and equipment

384

   

413

 

Less: Accumulated depreciation - non-regulated property, plant and equipment

110

   

134

 

Non-regulated property, plant and equipment, net

274

   

279

 

Construction work in progress

1,375

   

1,134

 

Property, Plant and Equipment, net

33,092

   

30,074

 

Noncurrent regulatory assets

1,504

   

1,918

 

Goodwill and other intangibles

3,955

   

3,760

 

Pension benefit assets

284

   

9

 

Noncurrent price risk management assets

215

   

336

 

Other noncurrent assets

135

   

151

 

Total Assets

$

41,479

   

$

38,315

 
       

Liabilities and Equity

     

Short-term debt

$

1,080

   

$

923

 

Long-term debt due within one year

348

   

518

 

Accounts payable

924

   

820

 

Other current liabilities

1,671

   

1,576

 

Long-term debt

19,847

   

17,808

 

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

2,591

   

4,021

 

Accrued pension obligations

800

   

1,001

 

Asset retirement obligations

312

   

428

 

Noncurrent regulatory liabilities

2,704

   

899

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

441

   

422

 

Common stock and additional paid-in capital

10,312

   

9,848

 

Earnings reinvested

3,871

   

3,829

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(3,422)

   

(3,778)

 

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

41,479

   

$

38,315

 

 

(1)

The Financial Statements in this news release have been condensed and summarized for purposes of this presentation.  Please refer to PPL Corporation's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for full financial statements, including note disclosure.

 

 

 PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

               

 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(Millions of Dollars, except share data)

       
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

Operating Revenues

$

1,926

   

$

1,832

   

$

7,447

   

$

7,517

 
               

Operating Expenses

             

Operation

             

Fuel

183

   

184

   

759

   

791

 

Energy purchases

191

   

175

   

685

   

706

 

Other operation and maintenance

418

   

453

   

1,635

   

1,745

 

Depreciation

263

   

234

   

1,008

   

926

 

Taxes, other than income

78

   

72

   

292

   

301

 

Total Operating Expenses

1,133

   

1,118

   

4,379

   

4,469

 
               

Operating Income

793

   

714

   

3,068

   

3,048

 
               

Other Income (Expense) - net

(20)

   

106

   

(255)

   

390

 
               

Interest Expense

232

   

217

   

901

   

888

 
               

Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes

541

   

603

   

1,912

   

2,550

 
               

Income Taxes

463

   

138

   

784

   

648

 
               

Net Income

$

78

   

$

465

   

$

1,128

   

$

1,902

 
               

Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:

             

Net Income Available to PPL Common Shareowners:

             

Basic

$

0.11

   

$

0.68

   

$

1.64

   

$

2.80

 

Diluted

$

0.11

   

$

0.68

   

$

1.64

   

$

2.79

 
               

Weighted-Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding (in thousands)

             

Basic

689,563

   

679,641

   

685,240

   

677,592

 

Diluted

691,046

   

681,863

   

687,334

   

680,446

 

 

 

PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(Millions of Dollars)

 
 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

         

Net income

$

1,128

   

$

1,902

   

$

682

 

Income from discontinued operations (net of income taxes)

   

   

921

 

Income from continuing operations (net of income taxes)

1,128

   

1,902

   

1,603

 

Adjustments to reconcile Income from continuing operations (net of taxes) to net cash provided
by operating activities - continuing operations

         

Depreciation

1,008

   

926

   

883

 

Amortization

97

   

80

   

59

 

Defined benefit plans - expense (income)

(95)

   

(40)

   

56

 

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

707

   

560

   

428

 

Unrealized (gains) losses on derivatives, and other hedging activities

178

   

19

   

(77)

 

Other

29

   

16

   

17

 

Change in current assets and current liabilities

         

Accounts receivable

(33)

   

(15)

   

47

 

Accounts payable

(10)

   

57

   

(116)

 

Taxes payable

3

   

31

   

(175)

 

Unbilled revenues

(48)

   

(63)

   

54

 

Regulatory assets and liabilities, net

(12)

   

(59)

   

42

 

Other

54

   

(35)

   

17

 

Other operating activities

         

Defined benefit plans - funding

(565)

   

(427)

   

(499)

 

Settlement of interest rate swaps

2

   

(9)

   

(101)

 

Other

18

   

(53)

   

34

 

Net cash provided by operating activities - continuing operations

2,461

   

2,890

   

2,272

 

Net cash provided by operating activities - discontinued operations

   

   

343

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

2,461

   

2,890

   

2,615

 

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

         

Expenditures for property, plant and equipment

(3,133)

   

(2,920)

   

(3,533)

 

Expenditures for intangible assets

(38)

   

(37)

   

(37)

 

Proceeds from the sale of other investments

   

2

   

136

 

Other investing activities

15

   

37

   

(5)

 

Net cash used in investing activities - continuing operations

(3,156)

   

(2,918)

   

(3,439)

 

Net cash used in investing activities - discontinued operations

   

   

(149)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(3,156)

   

(2,918)

   

(3,588)

 

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

         

Issuance of long-term debt

1,515

   

1,342

   

2,236

 

Retirement of long-term debt

(168)

   

(930)

   

(1,000)

 

Issuance of common stock

453

   

144

   

203

 

Payment of common stock dividends

(1,072)

   

(1,030)

   

(1,004)

 

Net increase in short-term debt

115

   

29

   

94

 

Other financing activities

(19)

   

6

   

(47)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities - continuing operations

824

   

(439)

   

482

 

Net cash used in financing activities - discontinued operations

   

   

(546)

 

Net cash distributions to parent from discontinued operations

   

   

132

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

824

   

(439)

   

68

 

Effect of Exchange Rates on Cash and Cash Equivalents

15

   

(28)

   

(10)

 

Net Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents included in Discontinued Operations

   

   

352

 

Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents

144

   

(495)

   

(563)

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

341

   

836

   

1,399

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

485

   

$

341

   

$

836

 

 

 

Key Indicators (Unaudited)

       
 

12 Months Ended  
December 31,

Financial

2017

 

2016

       

Dividends declared per share of common stock

$

1.58

   

$

1.52

 

Book value per share (1)(2)

$

15.52

   

$

14.56

 

Market price per share (1)

$

30.95

   

$

34.05

 

Dividend yield

5.1

%

 

4.5

%

Dividend payout ratio (3)

96.3

%

 

54.5

%

Dividend payout ratio - earnings from ongoing operations (3)(4)

70.2

%

 

62.0

%

Return on common equity

10.9

%

 

19.2

%

Return on common equity - earnings from ongoing operations (4)

15.0

%

 

16.9

%

Spot rate of U.S. Dollar per British pound sterling for Balance Sheet translation (5)

$

1.35

   

$

1.25

 

Average rate of U.S. Dollar per British pound sterling for Statement of Income translation (6)

$

1.20

   

$

1.45

 

 

(1)

End of period.

(2)

Based on 693,398 and 679,731 shares of common stock outstanding (in thousands) at December 31, 2017, and December 31, 2016.

(3)

Based on diluted earnings per share.

(4)

Calculated using earnings from ongoing operations, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that includes adjustments described in the text and tables of this news release.

(5)

As of November 30, 2017 and 2016 as WPD is consolidated on a one-month lag.

(6)

Represents a year-to-date average and includes the impact of foreign exchange hedges.

 

 

Operating - Domestic & International Electricity Sales (Unaudited)

                       
 

3 Months Ended December 31,

 

12 Months Ended December 31,

         

Percent

         

Percent

(GWh)

2017

 

2016

 

Change

 

2017

 

2016

 

Change

                       

Domestic Retail Delivered

                     

PPL Electric Utilities

9,126

 

8,885

 

2.7

%

 

35,996

 

36,645

 

(1.8)

%

LKE

7,270

 

7,184

 

1.2

%

 

29,755

 

30,829

 

(3.5)

%

Total

16,396

 

16,069

 

2.0

%

 

65,751

 

67,474

 

(2.6)

%

                       

International Delivered

                     

United Kingdom

18,645

 

18,758

 

(0.6)

%

 

74,317

 

74,728

 

(0.5)

%

                       

Domestic Wholesale

                     

LKE (1)

495

 

581

 

(14.8)

%

 

2,084

 

2,177

 

(4.3)

%

 

(1) Represents FERC-regulated municipal and unregulated off-system sales.

 

 

Reconciliation of Segment Reported Earnings to Earnings from Ongoing Operations

(After-Tax)

(Unaudited)

   

4th Quarter 2017

(millions of dollars)

 

 U.K.

 

 KY

 

 PA

 

 Corp.

   
 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 & Other

 

 Total

Reported Earnings

$

92

   

$

(13)

   

$

108

   

$

(109)

   

$

78

 

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:

                 

Foreign currency economic hedges, net of tax of ($6)

11

   

   

   

   

11

 

Other:

                 

U.S. tax reform

(122)

   

(112)

   

10

   

(97)

   

(321)

 

Settlement of indemnification agreement, net of tax of ($2)

   

4

   

   

   

4

 

Total Special Items

(111)

   

(108)

   

10

   

(97)

   

(306)

 

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$

203

   

$

95

   

$

98

   

$

(12)

   

$

384

 
                   
                   
 

(per share - diluted)

 

 U.K.

 

 KY

 

 PA

 

 Corp.

   
 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 & Other

 

 Total

Reported Earnings

$

0.13

   

$

(0.01)

   

$

0.15

   

$

(0.16)

   

$

0.11

 

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:

                 

Foreign currency economic hedges

0.02

   

   

   

   

0.02

 

Other:

                 

U.S. tax reform

(0.18)

   

(0.16)

   

0.01

   

(0.14)

   

(0.47)

 

Settlement of indemnification agreement

   

0.01

   

   

   

0.01

 

Total Special Items

(0.16)

   

(0.15)

   

0.01

   

(0.14)

   

(0.44)

 

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$

0.29

   

$

0.14

   

$

0.14

   

$

(0.02)

   

$

0.55

 

 

 

Reconciliation of Segment Reported Earnings to Earnings from Ongoing Operations

(After-Tax)

(Unaudited)

                   

Year-to-Date December 31, 2017

(millions of dollars)

 

 U.K.

 

 KY

 

 PA

 

 Corp.

   
 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 & Other

 

 Total

Reported Earnings

$

652

   

$

286

   

$

359

   

$

(169)

   

$

1,128

 

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:

                 

Foreign currency economic hedges, net of tax of $59

(111)

   

   

   

   

(111)

 

Spinoff of the Supply segment, net of tax of ($1)

   

   

   

4

   

4

 

Other:

                 

U.S. tax reform

(122)

   

(112)

   

10

   

(97)

   

(321)

 

Settlement of indemnification agreement, net of tax of ($2)

   

4

   

   

   

4

 

Adjustment to investment, net of tax of $0

   

(1)

   

   

   

(1)

 

Total Special Items

(233)

   

(109)

   

10

   

(93)

   

(425)

 

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$

885

   

$

395

   

$

349

   

$

(76)

   

$

1,553

 
                   
                   
 

(per share - diluted)

 

 U.K.

 

 KY

 

 PA

 

 Corp.

   
 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 & Other

 

 Total

Reported Earnings

$

0.95

   

$

0.42

   

$

0.52

   

$

(0.25)

   

$

1.64

 

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:

                 

Foreign currency economic hedges

(0.15)

   

   

   

   

(0.15)

 

Other:

                 

U.S. tax reform

(0.18)

   

(0.16)

   

0.01

   

(0.14)

   

(0.47)

 

Settlement of indemnification agreement

   

0.01

   

   

   

0.01

 

Total Special Items

(0.33)

   

(0.15)

   

0.01

   

(0.14)

   

(0.61)

 

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$

1.28

   

$

0.57

   

$

0.51

   

$

(0.11)

   

$

2.25

 

 

 

Reconciliation of Segment Reported Earnings to Earnings from Ongoing Operations

(After-Tax)

(Unaudited)

                   

4th Quarter 2016

(millions of dollars)

 

 U.K.

 

 KY

 

 PA

 

 Corp.

   
 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 & Other

 

 Total

Reported Earnings

$

331

   

$

84

   

$

75

   

$

(25)

   

$

465

 

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:

                 

Foreign currency economic hedges, net of tax of (31)

57

   

   

   

   

57

 

Spinoff of the Supply segment, net of tax of $1

   

   

   

(1)

   

(1)

 

Total Special Items

57

   

   

   

(1)

   

56

 

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$

274

   

$

84

   

$

75

   

$

(24)

   

$

409

 
   
   
 

(per share - diluted)

 

 U.K.

 

 KY

 

 PA

 

 Corp.

   
 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 & Other

 

 Total

Reported Earnings

$

0.48

   

$

0.12

   

$

0.11

   

$

(0.03)

   

$

0.68

 

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:

                 

Foreign currency economic hedges

0.08

   

   

   

   

0.08

 

Total Special Items

0.08

   

   

   

   

0.08

 

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$

0.40

   

$

0.12

   

$

0.11

   

$

(0.03)

   

$

0.60

 

 

 

Reconciliation of Segment Reported Earnings to Earnings from Ongoing Operations

(After-Tax)

(Unaudited)

                   

Year-to-Date December 31, 2016

(millions of dollars)

 

 U.K.

 

 KY

 

 PA

 

 Corp.

   
 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 & Other

 

 Total

Reported Earnings

$

1,246

   

$

398

   

$

338

   

$

(80)

   

$

1,902

 

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:

                 

Foreign currency economic hedges, net of tax of $4

(8)

   

   

   

   

(8)

 

Spinoff of the Supply segment, net of tax of $2

   

   

   

(3)

   

(3)

 

Other:

                 

Settlement of foreign currency contracts, net of tax of ($108)

202

   

   

   

   

202

 

Change in U.K. tax rate

37

   

   

   

   

37

 

Total Special Items

231

   

   

   

(3)

   

228

 

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$

1,015

   

$

398

   

$

338

   

$

(77)

   

$

1,674

 
                   
                   
 

(per share - diluted)

 

 U.K.

 

 KY

 

 PA

 

 Corp.

   
 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 Reg.

 

 & Other

 

 Total

Reported Earnings

$

1.83

   

$

0.58

   

$

0.50

   

$

(0.12)

   

$

2.79

 

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:

                 

Foreign currency economic hedges

(0.01)

   

   

   

   

(0.01)

 

Other:

                 

Settlement of foreign currency contracts

0.30

   

   

   

   

0.30

 

Change in U.K. tax rate

0.05

   

   

   

   

0.05

 

Total Special Items

0.34

   

   

   

   

0.34

 

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$

1.49

   

$

0.58

   

$

0.50

   

$

(0.12)

   

$

2.45

 

 

 

Contacts:

For news media: Ryan Hill, 610-774-5997

For financial analysts: Andy Ludwig, 610-774-3389, or Lisa Pammer, 610-774-3316

 

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