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TransCanada Reports 2012 Comparable Earnings of $1.3 Billion
Published : February 12, 2013

Increases Common Share Dividend by Five Per Cent

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 12, 2013) - TransCanada Corporation (News - Market indicators) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada or the Company) today announced comparable earnings for fourth quarter 2012 of $318 million or $0.45 per share. For the year ended December 31, 2012, comparable earnings were $1.3 billion or $1.89 per share. TransCanada's Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.46 per common share for the quarter ending March 31, 2013, equivalent to $1.84 per common share on an annualized basis, an increase of five per cent. This is the thirteenth consecutive year the Board of Directors has raised the dividend.

"TransCanada's diverse set of high-quality critical energy infrastructure assets performed relatively well over the course of 2012," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer. "While the majority of our assets continued to generate stable and predictable earnings and cash flow, plant outages at Bruce Power and Sundance A along with a lower contribution from certain natural gas pipelines did adversely affect our financial results. 

"In 2012, we made significant progress on a number of initiatives to improve earnings and position our Company for continued growth," added Girling. "We commenced construction on the Gulf Coast Project, advanced Keystone XL, received positive decisions related to Sundance A and Ravenswood, and placed $3.4 billion of new assets into service. The restart of Bruce Power Units 1 and 2, the return to service of Sundance A in fall 2013, and the start up of other natural gas pipeline and energy projects are expected to have a positive impact on earnings and cash flow in 2013. Looking forward, TransCanada is well positioned to grow sustainable earnings, cash flow and dividends as we complete our current capital program, benefit from an anticipated recovery in natural gas and power prices and execute on our significant portfolio of secured new growth opportunities."

Over the next three years, subject to required approvals, TransCanada expects to complete $12 billion of projects that are currently in advanced stages of development. They include the Gulf Coast Project, Keystone XL, the Keystone Hardisty Terminal, the initial phase of the Grand Rapids Pipeline, the Tamazunchale extension, the acquisition of nine Ontario Solar projects, and the ongoing expansion of the Alberta System.

During the course of 2012 and early 2013, the Company also commercially secured an additional $13 billion of long-life, contracted energy infrastructure projects that are expected to be placed into service in 2016 and beyond. They include the Coastal GasLink and Prince Rupert Gas Transmission projects that would move natural gas to Canada's West Coast for liquefaction and shipment to Asian markets, the Topolobampo and Mazatlan Gas Pipeline projects in Mexico, completion of the Grand Rapids and Northern Courier oil pipeline projects in Northern Alberta, and the Napanee Generating Station in Eastern Ontario. TransCanada expects these projects to generate predictable, sustained earnings and cash flow.

Fourth Quarter and Year-End Highlights

(All financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise)

  • Fourth quarter financial results
    • Comparable earnings of $318 million or $0.45 per share
    • Net income attributable to common shares of $306 million or $0.43 per share
    • Comparable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $1.1 billion
    • Funds generated from operations of $818 million
  • For the year ended December 31, 2012
    • Comparable earnings of $1.3 billion or $1.89 per share
    • Net income attributable to common shares of $1.3 billion or $1.84 per share
    • Comparable EBITDA of $4.2 billion
    • Funds generated from operations of $3.3 billion
  • Announced an increase in the quarterly common share dividend of five per cent to $0.46 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2013
  • Selected to develop a proposed $5 billion pipeline that would transport natural gas to the recently announced Pacific Northwest LNG export facility near Prince Rupert, British Columbia (B.C.). An additional $1 to $1.5 billion of Alberta System expansions would be required as part of the project
  • Awarded US$1.4 billion in contracts to build the Topolobampo and Mazatlan natural gas pipelines in Mexico
  • Signed a 20-year Power Purchase Arrangement (PPA) with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to develop the $1 billion Napanee natural gas-fired power plant in Eastern Ontario
  • Bruce Power completed the refurbishment of Units 1 and 2 and placed the units into commercial service on October 22 and October 31, respectively
  • Continued to advance construction on the US$2.3 billion Gulf Coast Project that will transport crude oil from Cushing, Oklahoma to the U.S. Gulf Coast
  • Governor of Nebraska approved the re-route of Keystone XL through the state

Comparable earnings for fourth quarter 2012 were $318 million or $0.45 per share compared to $365 million or $0.52 per share for the same period in 2011. The decrease was primarily due to lower earnings contributions from Western Power, Bruce Power and certain natural gas pipelines including the Canadian Mainline, ANR and Great Lakes.

Comparable earnings for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $1.3 billion or $1.89 per share compared to $1.6 billion or $2.22 per share in 2011. Incremental earnings from Keystone and recently commissioned assets were more than offset by lower contributions from Western Power, Bruce Power, U.S. Power and certain natural gas pipelines including the Canadian Mainline, ANR and Great Lakes.

Net income attributable to common shares for fourth quarter 2012 was $306 million or $0.43 per share compared to $376 million or $0.53 per share in fourth quarter 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, net income attributable to common shares was $1.3 billion or $1.84 per share compared to $1.5 billion or $2.17 per share in 2011.

Notable recent developments in Oil Pipelines, Natural Gas Pipelines, Energy and Corporate include:

Oil Pipelines:

  • Gulf Coast Project: In August 2012, TransCanada started construction on the US$2.3 billion Gulf Coast Project. The 36-inch pipeline, which will extend from Cushing, Oklahoma to the U.S. Gulf Coast, is expected to have an initial capacity of up to 700,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) with an ultimate capacity of 830,000 bbl/d. Construction of the pipeline is approximately 45 per cent complete and is expected to be in service in late 2013. 
  • Keystone XL: On January 4, 2013, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality issued its final evaluation report on the proposed re-route of Keystone XL to the Governor of Nebraska. The report noted that the new route avoids the Nebraska Sandhills, and that construction and operation of the pipeline is expected to have minimal environmental impacts in Nebraska. On January 22, 2013, the Governor of Nebraska approved the re-route through the state. The new route now becomes part of the project's Presidential Permit application with the U.S. Department of State, which was filed on May 4, 2012.

    Subject to regulatory approvals, TransCanada expects Keystone XL to be in service in late 2014 or early 2015. The approximate cost of the 36-inch, 830,000 bbl/d line is US$5.3 billion. As of December 31, 2012, US$1.8 billion has been invested in the project.
  • Grand Rapids Pipeline: In October 2012, TransCanada announced that it entered into binding agreements with Phoenix Energy Holdings Limited (Phoenix) to develop the Grand Rapids Pipeline in Northern Alberta. TransCanada and Phoenix will each own 50 per cent of the proposed $3 billion pipeline project that includes both a crude oil and a diluent line to transport volumes approximately 500 kilometres (km) (300 miles) between the producing area northwest of Fort McMurray and the Edmonton / Heartland region. The pipeline will be the first to serve the growing oil sands region west of the Athabasca River. TransCanada will be the operator and Phoenix has entered into a long-term commitment to ship crude oil and diluent on the system. 

    The Grand Rapids Pipeline system, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to be placed into service in multiple stages, with initial crude oil service by mid-2015. Once completed in 2017, the full system will have the capacity to move up to 900,000 bbl/d of crude oil and 330,000 bbl/d of diluent.
  • Canadian Mainline Conversion: TransCanada has determined a conversion of a portion of the Canadian Mainline natural gas pipeline system to crude oil service is both technically and economically feasible. Through a combination of converted natural gas pipeline and new construction, the proposed pipeline would deliver crude oil between Hardisty, Alberta and markets in Eastern Canada. The Company has begun soliciting input from stakeholders and prospective shippers to determine market acceptance of the proposed project.

Natural Gas Pipelines:

  • Alberta System: During 2012, TransCanada continued to expand its Alberta System by completing and placing into service pipeline projects totalling approximately $650 million. This work included completion of the Horn River project in May, which extended the Alberta System into the Horn River shale play in Northeast B.C.

    In 2012, the National Energy Board (NEB) approved approximately $640 million of additional expansions, including the Leismer-Kettle River Crossover project, a 30-inch, 77 km (46 mile) pipeline. This project will cost an estimated $160 million and is intended to increase capacity to meet demand in northeastern Alberta. As of December 31, approximately $330 million of additional projects were awaiting approval, including the $100 million Chinchaga expansion and the $230 million Komie North project that would extend the Alberta System further into the Horn River area. On January 30, 2013, the NEB issued its recommendation to the Governor-in-Council that the proposed Chinchaga Expansion component of that project be approved, but denied the proposed Komie North Extension component. All applications awaiting approval as of the end of 2012 have now been addressed.

    TransCanada proposes to extend the Alberta System in Northeast B.C. to connect to both the recently announced Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project and to incremental North Montney gas supply. This new infrastructure would allow the Pacific Northwest LNG facility to access both the abundant North Montney natural gas supply and other Western Canada Sedimentary Basin supply through the extensive Alberta System. Initial capital cost estimates are $1 to $1.5 billion, with an in service date of late 2015 targeted for a large portion of this infrastructure.
  • Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project: In January 2013, TransCanada was selected by Progress Energy Canada Ltd. (Progress), to design, build, own and operate the proposed $5 billion Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline. This proposed pipeline will transport natural gas primarily from the North Montney gas-producing region near Fort St John, B.C., to the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG export facility near Prince Rupert, B.C. Progress and TransCanada expect to finalize definitive agreements in early 2013, subject to approvals by their respective Boards of Directors. The project is expected to be placed in service by the end of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision to be made by Progress.
  • Topolobampo Pipeline Project: In November 2012, Mexico's Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) awarded TransCanada the Topolobampo pipeline project, from Chihuahua to Topolobampo, Mexico. The project, which is supported by a 25-year contract with CFE, is a 530 km (329 mile) natural gas pipeline with a capacity of 670 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d). The project is expected to cost approximately US$1 billion and be in service in mid-2016.
  • Mazatlan Pipeline Project: In November 2012, the CFE also awarded TransCanada the Mazatlan pipeline project, which will extend from El Oro to Mazatlan, Mexico and interconnect with the Topolobampo pipeline. The project consists of a 413 km (257 mile) natural gas pipeline with a capacity of 200 MMcf/d that is supported by a 25-year contract with CFE. It is expected to cost approximately US$400 million and be in service by fourth quarter 2016.
  • Canadian Mainline: An NEB hearing began in June 2012 to address our application to change the business structure and the terms and conditions of service for the Canadian Mainline, including tolls for 2012 and 2013. The hearing concluded in December 2012 and a decision is expected in late first quarter or early second quarter 2013.

    In May 2012, TransCanada received NEB approval to build new pipeline facilities to provide Southern Ontario with additional natural gas supply from the Marcellus shale basin. On November 1, 2012, a portion of these facilities began transporting natural gas.

Energy:

  • Bruce Power: In late 2012, Bruce Power completed the multi-year refurbishment of Units 1 and 2 by placing them into commercial service on October 22 and October 31, respectively. Both units have operated at reduced output levels following their return to service and in late November 2012, Bruce Power took Unit 1 offline for an approximate one month maintenance outage. Bruce Power expects the availability percentages for Units 1 and 2 to increase over time; however, these units have not operated for an extended period of time and may experience slightly higher forced outage rates and reduced availability percentages in 2013.

    Bruce Power also continued its strategy to maximize the operating life of its reactors. It returned Unit 3 to service in June 2012 after completing the seven month West Shift Plus life extension outage. Unit 4 is expected to return to service in late first quarter 2013 after the completion of an expanded outage program that began in August 2012. These outages are expected to allow Units 3 and 4 to produce low cost electricity until at least 2021.

    In 2013, the overall plant availability is expected to be approximately 90 per cent for Bruce A and in the high 80 per cent range for Bruce B. Following the full return to service of both Units 1 and 2, Bruce Power will be capable of producing 6,200 megawatts (MW) of emission-free power for the province of Ontario.

  • Napanee Generating Station:  On December 17, 2012, TransCanada signed a 20-year contract with the OPA to develop, own and operate a new 900 MW natural gas-fired power plant. The facility will be located at Ontario Power Generation's Lennox Generating Station in the town of Greater Napanee in Eastern Ontario. The Napanee Generating Station will replace the facility that was planned and subsequently cancelled in the community of Oakville. The Company has been reimbursed for $250 million of costs, primarily related to natural gas turbines that were purchased for the Oakville project which will be deployed at Napanee. The Company will further invest approximately $1 billion in the Napanee facility. 
  • CrossAlta Acquisition: In December 2012, the Company acquired the remaining 40 per cent interests in the Crossfield Gas Storage facility and CrossAlta Gas Storage & Services Ltd. marketing company from BP for approximately $214 million, net of cash acquired. TransCanada now owns 100 per cent of these operations. This acquisition added 27 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of working gas storage capacity to the Company's existing portfolio in Alberta.

  • Cartier Wind: The 111 MW second phase of Gros-Morne was placed into service on November 6, 2012. This marks the completion of the 590 MW Cartier Wind project in Québec, the largest wind development in Canada. All of the power produced by Cartier Wind is sold under 20-year PPAs to Hydro-Québec.
  • Ravenswood: In 2011, TC Ravenswood, LLC jointly filed two formal complaints with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) challenging how the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) applied its buy-side mitigation rules affecting bidding criteria associated with two new power plants that began service in the New York Zone J market during the summer of 2011.

    In June 2012, the FERC addressed the first complaint, indicating it would take steps to increase transparency and accountability for future mitigation exemption tests (MET) and decisions. In September, 2012, the FERC granted an order on the second complaint, directing the NYISO to retest the two new power plants as well as a transmission project currently under construction using an amended set of assumptions to more accurately perform the MET calculations in accordance with existing rules and tariff provisions. The recalculation was completed in November 2012 and it was determined that one of the plants had been granted an exemption in error. That exemption was revoked and the plant is now required to offer its capacity at a floor price which has put upward pressure on capacity auction prices since December. The order was prospective only and has no impact on capacity prices for prior periods.

Corporate:

  • The Board of Directors of TransCanada declared a quarterly dividend of $0.46 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2013 on TransCanada's outstanding common shares. The quarterly amount is equivalent to $1.84 per common share on an annual basis and represents a five per cent increase over the previous amount.
  • In January 2013, TransCanada issued US$750 million of senior notes maturing on January 15, 2016, bearing interest at an annual rate of 0.75 per cent. The net proceeds of the offering were used to reduce short-term indebtedness and for general corporate purposes.
  • As previously disclosed, TransCanada adopted U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) effective January 1, 2012. Accordingly, the 2012 financial information, along with comparative financial information for 2011, has been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Teleconference - Audio and Slide Presentation:

TransCanada will hold a teleconference and webcast on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to discuss its fourth quarter 2012 financial results. Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and chief executive officer and Don Marchand, executive vice-president and chief financial officer, along with other members of the TransCanada executive leadership team, will discuss the financial results and Company developments at 1:00 p.m. (MST) / 3:00 p.m. (EST).

Analysts, members of the media and other interested parties are invited to participate by calling 866.226.1793 or 416.340.2218 (Toronto area). Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. No pass code is required. A live webcast of the teleconference will be available at www.transcanada.com.

A replay of the teleconference will be available two hours after the conclusion of the call until 11:59 PM (EST) February 19, 2013. Please call 905.694.9451 or 800.408.3053 (North America only) and enter pass code 6260206.

With more than 60 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure, including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 68,500 kilometres (42,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with over 400 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. For more information visit: www.transcanada.com/ or check us out on Twitter @TransCanada.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights

Operating Results
 
(unaudited)    Three months ended
 December 31
   Year end ended
 December 31
(millions of dollars)   2012 2011   2012 2011
             
Revenues   2,089 2,015   8,007 7,839
             
Comparable EBITDA(1)   1,052 1,120   4,245 4,544
             
Net Income Attributable to Common Shares   306 376   1,299 1,526
             
Comparable Earnings(1)   318 365   1,330 1,559
             
Cash Flows            
  Funds generated from operations(1)   818 837   3,284 3,451
  Decrease in operating working capital