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PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) today reported net income of $27 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011, compared to $49 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010, a decrease of $22 million, or 45%. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011 net income was $118 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, compared to $100 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, an increase of $18 million, or 18%.

Retail revenues decreased $21 million, or 5%, in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010 resulting from an estimated collection from customers recorded in the third quarter of 2010 of $20 million related to the regulatory treatment of income taxes (SB 408), as well as an $18 million decrease related to certain regulatory items. Such items were offset by a $14 million or 4% increase in average retail prices primarily driven by the 2011 General Rate Case and the recovery of the Company's Boardman coal plant over a shortened operating life, which became effective July 1, 2011. Additionally, retail energy deliveries increased $5 million or 1% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010 as the result of increased production by certain customers in the industrial sector, offset by the effects of customers' energy-efficiency efforts.

Purchased power and fuel expense decreased $21 million, or 10%, in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010 primarily from a 12% decrease in average variable power cost. Such decrease was driven by favorable hydro conditions in 2011, which resulted in an abundant supply of power from hydroelectric projects in the region and contributed to lower wholesale power prices. Energy received from hydroelectric resources increased 24% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010, and was 16% above normal, compared to 9% below normal in the third quarter of 2010. Lower-cost power purchased in the wholesale market and increased power provided by the Company's hydro resources economically displaced a significant amount of PGE's thermal generation. As a result, thermal generation represented 35% of PGE's total system load in the third quarter of 2011, compared to 50% in the third quarter of 2010.

Retail revenues increased $26 million, or 2% in the nine months ended September 30, 2011, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2010, primarily due to a 4% increase in retail energy deliveries resulting from cooler weather, increased production in the paper and technology sectors, and an overall increase in the number of customers. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, purchased power and fuel expense decreased $68 million, or 11%, compared to the similar period of 2010 based on a 13% decrease in average variable power cost. The decrease in the average variable power cost was driven primarily by favorable hydro conditions in 2011, with hydroelectric energy received during the nine months ended September 30, 2011, exceeding the comparable period of 2010 by 26% and "normal" by 17%. As of September 30, 2011, PGE has recorded an estimated refund to customers of $17 million pursuant to the Company's power cost adjustment mechanism (PCAM), as actual net variable power costs were below baseline net variable power costs by approximately $36 million.

"We continued to see excellent operational performance in the third quarter, with strong reliability metrics and high generation plant availability combined with lower-than-expected power costs," said Jim Piro, president and chief executive officer of PGE. "Looking forward, we continue to put a special emphasis on improvements and sustainable cost efficiencies for the long term, while remaining focused on implementation of our resource plan, including acquisition of new power supply resources as well as ongoing planning and permitting of the Cascade Crossing Transmission Project."

Recent Events

  • On October 5, 2011, the White House announced a coordinated interagency process to facilitate the permitting and construction of seven proposed electric transmission lines, including PGE's proposed Cascade Crossing Transmission Project, a 210-mile, 500kV transmission system that would run from Boardman to Salem. This move is expected to give greater certainty to PGE's proposed schedule, which calls for the project to be in service in late 2016 or early 2017. The project would help meet Oregon's growing needs, enhance reliability of the regional grid, and provide connection to renewable and thermal generating resources east of the Cascades. It is expected to create hundreds of construction and operating jobs.
  • On September 27, 2011, the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) issued an order that directed PGE to combine separate requests for proposals (RFPs) planned for capacity and energy resources into a single, combined RFP. The Company now anticipates issuing two RFPs, one for capacity and energy resources and one for renewable resources. These RFPs are expected to be issued in 2012 pursuant to PGE's acknowledged 2009 Integrated Resource Plan.
  • On August 23, 2011, PGE, along with the Oregon Department of Transportation, broke ground on a 1.75 megawatt solar project, which is expected to generate up to 2 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy. The estimated cost of the solar highway project is $10 million, which is expected to go online in January 2012.

Third Quarter Operating Results

  • Total revenues decreased $25 million, or 5%, in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010, primarily due to a $21 million, or 5%, decrease in Retail revenues. The decrease in Retail revenues primarily resulted from the net effect of the following:
    • A $20 million decrease related to the regulatory treatment of income taxes (SB 408). Based on the rules in effect at the time, an estimated collection from customers of $20 million was recorded in the third quarter of 2010. Such estimated collection from customers was reversed in the fourth quarter of 2010 when it became evident that the rules of SB 408 were likely to change. In May 2011, statutes governing the annual adjustment of the regulatory treatment of income taxes were repealed effective for 2010 and thereafter;
    • A $14 million decrease related to the $8 million accrual of revenue requirements for Biglow Canyon under the 2010 Renewal Adjustment Clause and the $6 million reversal of a regulatory liability for customer refunds related to the 2005 Oregon Tax Kicker during the third quarter of 2010;
    • A $4 million decrease related to an estimated future refund to customers recorded in the third quarter of 2011 pursuant to the PCAM, while no amounts were recorded in 2010;
    • A $14 million increase related to higher average retail prices resulting primarily from the 3.9% overall increase authorized in the Company's 2011 General Rate Case, which became effective January 1, 2011, and an increase for the recovery of Boardman over a shortened operating life; and
    • A $5 million increase related to the volume of retail energy sold. During the third quarter of 2011, with energy deliveries to industrial and commercial customers combined increasing 2% compared to the third quarter of 2010 primarily resulting from increased demand by certain customers in the paper production sector, which was partially offset by a 2% decrease in average energy use per residential customer.
  • Purchased power and fuel expense decreased $21 million, or 10%, in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010, consisting of a 12% decrease in average variable power cost partially offset by a 2% increase in total system load. The average variable power cost decreased to $33.49 per MWh in the third quarter of 2011 from $38.12 per MWh in the third quarter of 2010. Energy received from hydro resources increased 24% from the third quarter of 2010 and was approximately 16% above normal in the third quarter of 2011, compared to 9% below normal in the third quarter of 2010.
  • Production and distribution expense increased $8 million, or 19%, in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010. This increase was primarily driven by increased planned operating and maintenance expenses at PGE's thermal generating plants and higher delivery system expenses.
  • Administrative and other expense increased $8 million, or 17%, in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010 largely due to higher employee benefits expenses and increased incentive compensation, related to an improvement in projected corporate financial performance for 2011, as well as an increase in legal fees.
  • Other income (expense), net was $(3) million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $7 million in the third quarter of 2010, primarily driven by a $4 million loss recorded in the third quarter of 2011 related to a decrease in the fair value of the non-qualified benefit plan trust assets, compared to a $3 million gain recorded in the third quarter of 2010.

2011 Earnings Guidance

PGE reaffirms 2011 earnings guidance, which is estimated to range from $1.90 to $2.05 per diluted share.

Third Quarter 2011 Earnings Call and Web cast — November 3, 2011

PGE will host a conference call with financial analysts and investors on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 11 a.m. EDT. The conference call will be web cast live on the PGE website at www.PortlandGeneral.com. A replay of the call will be available beginning at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, November 3, 2011, through Thursday, November 10, 2011.

Jim Piro, President and CEO; Maria Pope, Senior Vice President, Finance, CFO, and Treasurer; and Bill Valach, Director, Investor Relations, will participate in the call. Management will respond to questions following formal comments.

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

About Portland General Electric Company

Portland General Electric Company is a vertically integrated electric utility that serves approximately 825,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Portland/Salem metropolitan area of Oregon. The Company's headquarters are located at 121 SW Salmon Street, Portland, Oregon 97204. Visit PGE's website 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 future load, hydro conditions, thermal plant operations, and operating and maintenance costs; statements concerning implementation of the Company's Integrated Resource Plan, including requests for proposals issued pursuant to the IRP with respect to new energy resources; statements regarding the outcome of any legal or regulatory proceeding; 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 reductions in demand for electricity and the sale of excess energy during periods of low wholesale market prices; operational risks relating to the Company's generation facilities, including hydro conditions, wind conditions, disruption of fuel supply, and unscheduled plant outages, which may result in unanticipated operating, maintenance and repair costs, as well as replacement power costs; regulatory actions with respect to recovery of power costs and capital investments; 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; changes in capital market conditions, which could affect the availability and cost of capital and result in delay or cancellation of capital projects; unforeseen problems or delays in completing capital projects, resulting in the failure to complete such projects on schedule or within budget; the outcome of various legal and regulatory proceedings; and general economic and financial market conditions. 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 Operations and the risks described therein from time to time.

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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     Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2011     2010 2011     2010
Revenues, net $ 439 $ 464 $ 1,334 $ 1,328
Operating expenses:
Purchased power and fuel 182 203 545 613
Production and distribution 50 42 147 127
Administrative and other 55 47 158 140
Depreciation and amortization 59 59 170 173
Taxes other than income taxes 25   23   74   67  
Total operating expenses 371   374   1,094   1,120  
Income from operations 68 90 240 208
Other income (expense):
Allowance for equity funds used during construction 1 4 3 12
Miscellaneous income (expense), net (4 ) 3   (1 ) 1  
Other income (expense), net (3 ) 7 2 13
Interest expense 27   27   82   82  
Income before income taxes 38 70 160 139
Income taxes 11   22   42   40  
Net income 27 48 118 99
Less: net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests   (1 )   (1 )
Net income attributable to Portland General Electric Company $ 27   $ 49   $ 118   $ 100  
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding (in thousands):
Basic 75,342   75,295   75,329   75,267  
Diluted 75,358   75,311   75,345   75,282  
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.36   $ 0.65   $ 1.57   $ 1.32  
Diluted $ 0.36   $ 0.65   $ 1.57   $ 1.32  
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.265   $ 0.260   $  
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