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Portland General Electric Reports First Quarter 2009 Earnings Results

Reaffirms 2009 Earnings Guidance

PORTLAND, Ore., May 04, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR) today reported net income of $31 million or $0.47 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2009, compared to $28 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2008. Revenues increased in the first quarter of 2009 as the General Rate Case order went into effect at the beginning of the year. However, these increases were substantially offset by a reduction in energy sales, higher power costs, and increases in other operating expenses. Adjustments related to Senate Bill 408 (SB 408) and a smaller decline in the fair market value of non-qualified benefit plan trust assets contributed to the increase in net income in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter of 2008.

"We made progress with major capital projects during the first quarter," said Jim Piro, President and CEO of Portland General Electric (PGE). "We've officially started the rollout of our new smart meter project system-wide, and construction of our Biglow Canyon Wind Farm Phases II and III are on schedule. These projects reflect a strong alignment with the priorities our customers place on energy efficiency and green power - priorities that are confirmed by the fact that, for the fourth year in a row, we sold more renewable energy to residential customers than any other utility in the United States."

First Quarter 2009 Highlights

  • Total retail customers increased by approximately 0.5% from 810,197 at the end of 2008 to 814,058 at the end of the first quarter of 2009.
  • Total retail energy deliveries decreased by 1.3% on a weather adjusted basis in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter of 2008.
  • Prices increased approximately 5.6% pursuant to the General Rate Case order that went into effect on January 1, 2009 and other price adjustments, including a reduction to reflect less-than-anticipated power costs in 2007.
  • Ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the Western U.S.", according to J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM.*
  • The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) approved a decoupling mechanism for a two-year trial period effective February 1, 2009.
  • Completed systems acceptance testing phase of the smart meter project in March 2009 and began full deployment of 850,000 smart meters in April. Installation is expected to be completed by year-end 2010.
  • Construction of Phases II and III of the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm continued on track in the first quarter of 2009. Phases II and III are expected to be completed by the end of 2009 and 2010, respectively.
  • Issued 12.5 million shares of common stock in March 2009 for net proceeds of $170 million.
  • $130 million in First Mortgage Bonds (FMBs) were issued in January 2009. Also, $300 million in FMBs were issued in April 2009, in part to refinance approximately $142 million in Pollution Control Bonds.

2009 Earnings Guidance

PGE is reaffirming full-year 2009 earnings guidance within the previously disclosed range of $1.80 to $1.90 per diluted share. PGE is also reaffirming its long-term annual earnings growth expectation of 6 to 8 percent beginning with 2009.

Liquidity

PGE has two unsecured revolving credit facilities with two separate groups of banks and an aggregate borrowing capacity of $495 million. As of March 31, 2009, the company had an aggregate remaining borrowing capacity of $272 million available under the two credit facilities and a cash balance of $47 million. As of April 30, 2009, the aggregate borrowing capacity was $279 million. PGE posts or receives margin deposits related to power and natural gas contracts. These contracts are used to meet load requirements and are reflected in customer prices. As of March 31, 2009, PGE had posted margin deposits of $409 million, consisting of $205 million in cash and $204 million in letters of credit.

Capital Expenditures

  • Capital expenditures in 2009 are estimated to be $723 million. The majority of these expenditures in 2009 are related to Phases II ($230 million) and III ($176 million) of the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm and ongoing expenditures for production, transmission and distribution ($226 million).
  • Capital expenditures in 2010 are estimated to be $522 million. The majority of these expenditures are for Phase III of the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm ($201 million) and ongoing expenditures for production, transmission and distribution ($223 million).

Financing Plans

To fund a portion of the capital expenditures, PGE issued $130 million of First Mortgage Bonds in January 2009. The Company also issued $300 million in FMBs in April 2009, in part to refinance $142 million of Pollution Control Bonds and to fund capital expenditures related to Biglow Canyon Phase II and smart meters. In addition to the debt issuances, PGE issued 12.5 million shares of common stock for net proceeds of $170 million. Under PGE's current capital expenditure program the Company anticipates issuing approximately $375 million of debt through 2010, part of which will be used to refinance approximately $186 million in debt maturities in 2010.

First Quarter 2009 Summary

Higher revenues in the first quarter of 2009 compared to first quarter 2008 were offset by a reduction in energy sales, higher power costs and increases in other operating expenses. Other items impacting comparative results are as follows:

First Quarter 2009

  • $1.6 million after-tax loss or $0.02 per diluted share from a decline in the fair market value of non-qualified benefit plan trust assets.
  • Approximately $1 million after-tax loss or $0.01 per diluted share from additional costs related to the December 2008 storm.

First Quarter 2008

  • $2.5 million after-tax loss or $0.04 per diluted share from a decline in the fair market value of non-qualified benefit plan trust assets.
  • $1.2 million after-tax loss or $0.02 per diluted share from refunds to customers related to SB 408.

First Quarter 2009 Earnings Call and Webcast May 4, 2009

PGE will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors on Monday, May 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. ET. The conference call will be webcast live on the PGE Web site at www.PortlandGeneral.com. A replay of the call will be available beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, May 4 through Tuesday, May 12.

Jim Piro, president and CEO; Maria Pope, senior vice president, CFO and treasurer; and Bill Valach, director of investor relations will participate in the call. Management will respond to questions following formal comments.

The attached condensed consolidated statements of income, balance sheets, statements of cash flows and supplemental operating statistics are an integral part of this earnings release.

About Portland General Electric Company

Portland General Electric, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a vertically integrated electric utility that serves approximately 814,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon. Visit our Web site at www.PortlandGeneral.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements in this news release that relate to future plans, objectives, expectations, performance, events and the like may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding earnings guidance, statements regarding growth prospects, statements regarding future financing activities and capital expenditures, statements regarding the cost, and completion of capital projects, such as the smart meter project and the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, as well as other statements containing words such as "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "promises," "expects," "should," "conditioned upon" and similar expressions. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including matters and events related to final regulatory review and approval of the deferral of excess power costs related to Boardman's outage; regulatory approval and rate treatment of the smart meter and Biglow Canyon Wind Farm projects; the costs of compliance with environmental laws and regulations, including those that govern emissions from thermal power plants; changes in weather, hydroelectric, and energy market conditions, which could affect the availability and cost of purchased power and fuel; and the outcome of various legal and regulatory proceedings. As a result, actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included in this news release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof and such statements speak only as of the date hereof. The Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement. Prospective investors should also review the risks and uncertainties listed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company's reports on Forms 8-K and 10-Q filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, including Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation and the risks described therein from time to time.

*PGE received the highest numerical score among electric utilities in the West region in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 15,434 interviews with U.S. business electric customers measuring 19 utilities in the West (AZ, CA, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY). Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers/businesses/business users surveyed in April-June and September-December 2008. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com

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Source: Portland General Electric Company

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

       
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2009   2008
       
Revenues $ 485     $ 471  
       
Operating expenses:      
Purchased power and fuel   255       250  
Production and distribution   42       39  
Administrative and other   45       47  
Depreciation and amortization   57       50  
Taxes other than income taxes   23       22  
Total operating expenses   422       408  
       
Income from operations   63       63  
       
Other income (expense):      
Allowance for equity funds used during construction   2       2  
Miscellaneous income (expense)   (3 )     (3 )
Other expense, net   (1 )     (1 )
Interest expense   25       23  
       
Income before income taxes   37       39  
       
Income taxes   13       11  
       
Net income   24       28  
       
Add: net losses attributable to the noncontrolling interests   7       -  
       
Net income attributable to Portland General      
Electric Company $ 31     $ 28  
       
Weighted-average shares outstanding (in thousands):    
Basic   65,521       62,530  
Diluted   65,607       62,571  
       
Earnings per share - basic and diluted $ 0.47     $ 0.44  
       
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.245     $ 0.235  
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
         
    March 31,   December 31,
    2009   2008
         
ASSETS      
         
Current assets:      
         
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 47   $ 10
  Accounts receivable, net   168     168
  Unbilled revenues   77     96
  Assets from price risk management activities - current   51     31
  Inventories, at average cost   72     71
  Margin deposits   205     189
  Current deferred income taxes   28     17
  Regulatory assets - current   235     194
  Other current assets   57     44
         
  Total current assets   940     820
         
Electric utility plant, net   3,440     3,301
Non-qualified benefit plan trust   41     46
Nuclear decommissioning trust   46     46
Regulatory assets - noncurrent   679     631
Other noncurrent assets   41     45
         
  Total assets $ 5,187   $ 4,889
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS, continued
(Dollars in millions)
(Unaudited)
           
      March 31,   December 31,
      2009   2008
           
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
           
Current liabilities:      
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 256     $ 217  
  Liabilities from price risk management activities - current   286       225  
  Regulatory liabilities - current   72       43  
  Short-term debt   -       203  
  Current portion of long-term debt   149       142  
  Other current liabilities   76       59  
    Total current liabilities   839       889  
Long-term debt, net of current portion   1,287       1,164  
Liabilities from price risk management activities - noncurrent   243       201  
Regulatory liabilities - noncurrent   613       640  
Deferred income taxes   327       304  
Unfunded status of pension and postretirement plans   174       174  
Non-qualified benefit plan liabilities   93       91  
Other noncurrent liabilities   74       72  
    Total liabilities   3,650       3,535  
           
Shareholders' equity:      
Portland General Electric Company shareholders' equity:      
  Preferred stock, no par value, 30,000,000 shares authorized;    
    none issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2009 and      
    December 31, 2008   -       -  
  Common stock, no par value, 80,000,000 shares authorized;    
    75,130,568 and 62,575,257 shares issued and outstanding as    
    of March 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008, respectively   829       659  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (5 )     (5 )
  Retained earnings   713       700  
    Total Portland General Electric Company shareholders' equity   1,537       1,354  
Noncontrolling interests' equity   -       -  
    Total shareholders' equity   1,537       1,354  
    Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 5,187     $ 4,889  
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
       
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2009   2008
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income $ 24     $ 28  
Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization   57       50  
Increase (decrease) in net liabilities (assets) from price risk management activities   87       (141 )
Regulatory deferral - price risk management activities   (87 )     141  
Deferred income taxes   11       10  
Senate Bill 408 deferrals   (6 )     3  
Allowance for equity funds used during construction   (2 )     (2 )
Power cost deferrals   (5 )     -  
Other non-cash income and expenses, net   9       11  
Changes in working capital:      
(Increase) decrease in margin deposits   (16 )     22  
Decrease in receivables   19       -  
Increase (decrease) in payables   (35 )     13  
Other working capital items, net   (21 )     (13 )
Other, net   5       (5 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   40       117  
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Capital expenditures   (91 )     (71 )
Sales of nuclear decommissioning trust securities   7       7  
Purchases of nuclear decommissioning trust securities   (7 )     (6 )
Insurance proceeds   -       3  
Other, net   -       (1 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (91 )     (68 )
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from issuance of common stock,      
net of issuance costs   170       -  
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net of issuance costs   129       -  
Payments on long-term debt   -       (56 )
Borrowings on revolving credit facilities   82       -  
Noncontrolling interests' cash contributions   7       -  
Payments on revolving credit facilities   (213 )     -  
Payments on short-term debt, net   (72 )     -  
Dividends paid   (15 )     (15 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   88       (71 )
       
Change in cash and cash equivalents   37       (22 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   10       73  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 47     $ 51  
       
Supplemental cash flow information is as follows:      
Cash paid during the period for interest, net of amounts capitalized $ 13     $ 12  
Non-cash investing and financing activities:      
Accrued capital additions   104       71  
Accrued dividends payable   18       15  

PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING STATISTICS

(Unaudited)

               
            Three Months Ended
March 31,
                2009   2008
                     
Revenues (in millions)                  
Retail sales:                    
Residential               $ 233     $ 235  
Commercial                 149       149  
Industrial                 42       38  
Total retail sales                 424       422  
Other retail revenues              

 

 

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Trojan refund liability              

 

 

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Direct Access customers           (1 )     (2 )
Total retail revenues                 452       417  
Wholesale revenues               28       48  
Other operating revenues               5       6  
Revenues, net             $ 485     $ 471  
                     
Energy sold and delivered - MWhs (in thousands)            
Retail energy sales:                    
Residential                 2,351       2,358  
Commercial                 1,733       1,791  
Industrial                 604       568  
Total retail energy sales             4,688       4,717  
Delivery to direct access customers:              
Commercial                 88       147  
Industrial                 362       440  
Total retail energy deliveries               5,138       5,304  
Wholesale sales               709       806  
Total energy sold and delivered               5,847       6,110  
                     
Retail customers - end of period              
Residential                 714,516       709,725  
Commercial                 99,275       98,063  
Industrial                 267       260  
Total retail customers                 814,058       808,048  
       
Degree Days      
  Heating
  2009   2008
January   767       805  
February   656       578  
March   599       598  
1st Quarter   2,022       1,981  
Average   1,831       1,831  

SOURCE: Portland General Electric Company

Portland General Electric Company
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Director, Corporate Communications
503-464-8693
or
Investor:
Bill Valach
Director, Investor Relations
503-464-7395

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