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Exelon Announces Fourth Quarter 2016 Results, Provides 2017 Earnings Expectation

CHICAGO — Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) announced fourth quarter 2016 consolidated earnings as follows:

2016
(Full Year)
2015
(Full Year)
2016
(Fourth Quarter)
2015
(Fourth Quarter)
GAAP Results:
Net Income ($ millions) $1,134 $2,269 $204 $309
Diluted Earnings per Share $1.22 $2.54 $0.22 $0.33
Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Results:
Net Income ($ millions) $2,488 $2,227 $410 $347
Diluted Earnings per Share $2.68 $2.49 $0.44 $0.38

“2016 was a monumental year for Exelon. We made great progress in the ongoing transformation of our company, with a focus on meeting our commitments to stakeholders via the PHI merger and the creation of the ZEC programs in both New York and Illinois that compensate our nuclear plants for their carbon-free attributes,” said Christopher M. Crane, Exelon President and CEO. “In addition, each of our operating companies turned in best-ever performance in a range of key metrics, which would not have been possible without the remarkable contributions of our 34,000 employees that work hard every day to keep the power and gas flowing for our customers.”

Fourth Quarter Operating Results

Exelon’s GAAP Net Income decreased to $0.22 per share in the fourth quarter of 2016 from $0.33 per share in the fourth quarter of 2015. Exelon's Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings increased to $0.44 per share in the fourth quarter of 2016 from $0.38 per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Fourth quarter 2016 operating results include $0.05 per share of Pepco Holdings, LLC (PHI) Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings, which was partially offset by incremental debt and equity costs incurred in connection with the merger. Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2016 also reflect the following favorable factors:
  • Favorable impacts of decreased nuclear outage days at Generation;
  • Favorable weather conditions at ComEd and PECO; and
  • Higher utility earnings due to regulatory rate increases.
These factors were partially offset by:
  • Lower capacity prices at Generation;
  • Lower realized energy prices at Generation; and
  • Increased depreciation and amortization expenses, primarily from an increase in capital expenditures across the operating companies.
Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 do not include the following items (after-tax) that were included in reported GAAP Net Income:


(in millions) (per diluted share)
Exelon GAAP Net Income $204 $0.22
Mark-to-Market Impact of Economic Hedging Activities (44) (0.05)
Unrealized Losses Related to Nuclear Decommissioning Trust (NDT) Fund Investments 9 0.01
Amortization of Commodity Contract Intangibles 26 0.03
Merger and Integration Costs 23 0.02
Reassessment of State Deferred Income Taxes 10 0.01
Asset Retirement Obligation (75) (0.08)
Merger Commitments 38 0.04
Plant Retirements and Divestitures(1) 94 0.10
Cost Management Program 8 0.01
Curtailment of Generation Growth and Development Activities 57 0.06
Long-Lived Asset Impairments (1)
CENG Noncontrolling Interest 61 0.07
Exelon Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings $410 $0.44

(1) Includes after-tax $154 million of incremental accelerated depreciation from June 2, 2016 through December 6, 2016, pursuant to the second quarter decision to early retire the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear generating facilities, which decision was reversed in December 2016.

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2015 do not include the following items (after-tax) that were included in reported GAAP Net Income:


(in millions) (per diluted share)
Exelon GAAP Net Income $309 $0.33
Unrealized Gains Related to NDT Fund Investments (51) (0.05)
Amortization of Commodity Contract Intangibles 10 0.01
Merger and Integration Costs 9 0.01
Long-Lived Asset Impairments 6 0.01
Reassessment of State Deferred Income Taxes 41 0.05
Reduction in State Income Tax Reserve (10) (0.01)
PHI Merger Related Redeemable Debt Exchange 13 0.01
CENG Noncontrolling Interest 20 0.02
Exelon Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings $347 $0.38

2017 Earnings Outlook

Exelon introduced a guidance range for 2017 Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings of $2.50 to $2.80 per share.  Operating Earnings guidance is based on the assumption of normal weather, which is determined based on historical average heating and cooling degree days for a 30-year period in the respective utilities' service territories, except at PHI, where a 20-year period is used.

The outlook for 2017 Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for Exelon and its subsidiaries excludes the following items:
  • Mark-to-market adjustments from economic hedging activities;
  • Unrealized gains and losses from NDT fund investments to the extent not offset by contractual accounting as described in the notes to the consolidated financial statements;
  • Certain costs incurred related to the PHI acquisition and pending acquisition of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant;
  • Certain costs incurred to achieve cost management program savings;
  • Other unusual items; and
  • One-time impacts of adopting new accounting standards.
Fourth Quarter and Recent Highlights

  • Reversal of Decision to Early Retire Clinton and Quad Cities Nuclear Facilities: On Dec. 7, 2016, the Future Energy Jobs Act was signed into law by the Governor of Illinois and included a Zero Emission Standard (ZES) providing compensation in the form of a Zero Emission Credit (ZEC). The Illinois ZES will have a 10-year duration extending from June 1, 2017, through May 31, 2027. With the passage of the Illinois ZES, Generation has reversed its decision to permanently cease generation operations at the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear generating plants, subject to prevailing over any potential administrative or legal challenges. Pursuant to this development, in December 2016 Exelon and Generation reversed approximately $120 million of the one-time charges initially recorded in June 2016 associated with the early retirements, primarily for employee-related costs and a materials and supplies inventory reserve adjustment, and adjusted the expected economic useful life for both facilities to 2027 for Clinton, commensurate with the end of the Illinois ZES, and to 2032 for Quad Cities, the end of its operating license.
  • Nuclear Operations: Generation’s nuclear fleet, including its owned output from the Salem Generating Station and 100 percent of the Constellation Energy Group (CENG) units, produced 44,834 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 43,832 GWh in the fourth quarter of 2015. Excluding Salem, the Exelon-operated nuclear plants at ownership achieved a 94.2 percent capacity factor for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 93.3 percent for the fourth quarter of 2015. The number of planned refueling outage days totaled 71 in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 103 in the fourth quarter of 2015. There were 32 non-refueling outage days in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 21 days in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Fossil and Renewable Operations:  The Dispatch Match rate for Generation’s gas and hydro fleet was 99.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 97.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015. Energy Capture for the wind and solar fleet was 95.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 95.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • ComEd Electric Distribution Rate Case: On Dec. 6, 2016, the Illinois Commerce Commission issued its final order approving ComEd's 2016 annual distribution formula rate update. The final order resulted in an increase to the revenue requirement of $127 million. The increase was set using an allowed return on capital of 6.69 percent (inclusive of an allowed ROE of 8.64 percent for 2016 less a reliability performance metric penalty of 5 basis points for the 2015 reconciliation). The rates took effect in January 2017.
  • Pepco Maryland Electric Distribution Rate Case: On Nov. 15, 2016, the Maryland Public Service Commission approved an electric rate increase of $53 million based on an allowed ROE of 9.55 percent. The approved electric delivery rates became effective for services rendered on or after Nov. 15, 2016.
  • Settlement of Baltimore City Conduit Fee Dispute: On Nov. 30, 2016, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates approved a favorable settlement agreement entered into between BGE and the City of Baltimore to resolve certain disputes and pending litigation related to BGE's use of the city-owned underground conduit system, resulting in a credit to expense in the fourth quarter.
  • Financing Activities: On Dec. 12, 2016, DPL issued $175 million aggregate principal amount of its 4.15 percent First Mortgage Bonds, due May 15, 2045. The proceeds of the sale of the bonds were used by DPL to refinance maturing mortgage bonds, repay commercial paper and for general corporate purposes.
  • Hedging Update: Exelon’s hedging program involves the hedging of commodity risk for Exelon’s expected generation, typically on a ratable basis over a three-year period. Expected generation is the volume of energy that best represents our commodity position in energy markets from owned or contracted generating facilities upon a simulated dispatch model that makes assumptions regarding future market conditions, which are calibrated to market quotes for power, fuel, load following products, and options. The proportion of expected generation hedged as of Dec. 31, 2016, was 91 percent to 94 percent for 2017, 56 percent to 59 percent for 2018, and 28 percent to 31 percent for 2019. The primary objective of Exelon’s hedging program is to manage market risks and protect the value of its generation and its investment-grade balance sheet, while preserving its ability to participate in improving long-term market fundamentals.
Operating Company Results

ComEd consists of electricity transmission and distribution operations in northern Illinois.

ComEd's fourth quarter 2016 GAAP Net Income was $80 million, compared with net income of $87 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 do not include merger and integration costs that were included in reported GAAP earnings. A reconciliation of Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings to GAAP Net Income is presented in the table below:

($ millions) 4Q16 4Q15
ComEd GAAP Net Income $80 $87
Merger and Integration Costs 1
ComEd Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings $81 $87

ComEd’s Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2016 decreased $6 million compared with the same quarter in 2015, primarily due to the impacts of certain one-time ordered and proposed adjustments to ComEd's 2015 and 2016 electric distribution formula revenues.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, heating degree-days in the ComEd service territory were up 18.6 percent relative to the same period in 2015 and 11.2 percent below normal. Total retail electric deliveries increased 3.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

Weather-normalized retail electric deliveries remained relatively consistent in the fourth quarter of 2016 relative to 2015.

PECO consists of electricity transmission and distribution operations and retail natural gas distribution operations in southeastern Pennsylvania.

PECO’s fourth quarter 2016 GAAP Net Income was $92 million, compared with $79 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016 do not include merger and integration costs and cost management program costs that were included in reported GAAP earnings. A reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings is presented in the table below:

($ millions) 4Q16 4Q15
PECO GAAP Net Income $92 $79
Merger and Integration Costs 1
Cost Management Program 1

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