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Central Vermont Public Service reports 2010 earnings of $21 million

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) reported today consolidated earnings of $21 million, or $1.66 per diluted share of common stock, for 2010, compared to $20.7 million, or $1.74 per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2009.  The lower 2010 earnings per diluted share of common stock are due to the completion of its common stock at-the-market program (’ATM’ see below). Other operating expenses decreased $4 million, comprised principally of a decrease in transmission expenses of $8.9 million, resulting from higher NOATT reimbursements, partially offset by higher rates from ISO-NE.  Under the provisions of our alternative regulation plan, changes in transmission costs are subject to true-up in rates so there is no bottom-line impact.  Other operating expenses included a reduction in reserves for uncollectible accounts of $2.1 million primarily due to a large customer bankruptcy in 2009 and subsequent recovery in 2010.  These decreases were partly offset by increased service restoration costs of $5.6 million, of which $3.4 million of major storm costs were deferred under our alternative regulation plan; increased employee benefit costs of $1.2 million; increased environmental reserves and insurance costs of $0.9 million; increased depreciation expense of $0.6 million; increased property and other taxes of $0.7 million; and increased production fuel costs of $0.5 million. Interested parties may listen to the conference call live on the Internet by selecting the “CVPS 2010 Year End Earnings Call’ link on the “Investor Relations” section of the company’s website at www.cvps.com(link is external). An audio archive of the call will be available later that day at the same location or by dialing 1-877-660-6853 within the U.S. or internationally by dialing 1-201-612-7415 and entering Account 286 and Conference ID 365459. 341,925 21,098 Resale revenue decreased due to lower 2010 contract prices associated with the sale of our excess energy, and a decrease in volumes sold due to the scheduled refueling outages at the Vermont Yankee plant and Millstone Unit #3.   The provision for rate refund is primarily the net deferrals and refunds of over- or under-collections of power, production and transmission costs as required by the power cost adjustment clause within our alternative regulation plan.  This increase included the unfavorable impact of $3.6 million of net deferrals and refunds in 2010 vs. the unfavorable impact of $1.7 million of net deferrals and refunds in 2009.  The increase in retail revenue primarily resulted from a 5.58 percent base rate increase, effective January 1, 2010, in addition to a resurgence of retail demand in the second half of 2010.  Other operating revenue increased primarily due to higher levels of mutual aid performed for other utilities in 2010 and the sale of renewable energy credits. $20,586 1,511 Condensed Income statement Dividends declared on preferred stock 2,286 $2,676 $0.92 $0.18 Per common share data $1.66 Earnings per share for 2010 reflect the impact of shares issued under our ATM program. From April to December 2010, CV sold an aggregate of 1,498,745 shares in open market trading and direct placements under this program for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $30.6 million.  The sale of shares under this program has been completed.  The net proceeds of the offering were used for general corporate purposes. 2011 Earnings GuidanceCV anticipates annual 2011 earnings to be in the range of $1.60 to $1.75 per diluted share.  The earnings range reflects an approved retail rate increase of 7.46 percent effective January 1, 2011 and an allowed rate of return of 9.18 percent in 2011, down from 9.59 percent in 2010. 2010 2,490 38,485 Higher purchased power expense $0.18 Twelve Months 40,736 368 Total operating expense Higher equity in earnings of affiliates $1.74 0.03 Total operating revenues 11,335 $710,746 324,470 Central Vermont Public Service Corporation ‘ Consolidated 2010 results compared to 2009Operating revenue decreased $0.2 million, including a $16.3 million decrease in resale revenue and a $1.9 million decrease in the provision for rate refund, offset by a $16.9 million increase in retail revenue and a $1.2 million increase in other operating revenue. (2,183) 2010 vs. 2009 2,180 (Lower) higher other income, net 44,084 $2,069 Year-over-Year Effects on Earnings : $1.66 11,764,277 $272,728 ‘We continue to make steady progress,’ Executive Chairman, Bob Young said.  ‘Increased demand in the second half, attributable to warmer weather during the summer and some easing of the economic problems of the past couple of years, helped significantly. Earnings Release Refer to our 2010 Form 10-K for additional informationForward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.  Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets, volatility in the financial markets, and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings.  These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release.  CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Reconciliation of Earnings Per Diluted Share $294,406 2009 Earnings per diluted share 4,276 $0.92 Income tax (benefit) expense (0.18) Earnings per share of common stock – diluted 5,317 3 323,210 Supplemental financial statement data 0.20 86,953 Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $3.6 million, principally due to the return on the $20.8 million investment we made in Transco in December 2009. 2010 Dividends declared per share of common stock (0.04) 0.01 0.04 $188,300 $277,529 $71,997 Average shares of common stock outstanding – diluted 11,705,518 Resale sales (3,598) $0.92 Lower operating revenue 13,027 0.16 6,236 Purchased power expense increased $0.6 million over the same period in 2009 primarily due to increased purchases from independent power producers. Balance sheet (1,689) Other 3,203 $632,152 13,160 Other (includes income tax adjustments, impact of additional common shares       and various items) 156,151 (91,405) Equity in earnings of affiliates increased $1 million for the same reasons described above. (Higher) lower taxes other than income 342,098 Operating expenses: Purchased power – affiliates and other 2010 vs. 2009 $129,733 42,042 37,957 13,194,390 5,241 157,982 Other operating expenses decreased $5.8 million, largely due to the $4.3 million decrease in transmission expenses primarily resulting from higher NOATT reimbursements, and a reduction in reserves for uncollectible accounts of $1.2 million primarily due to a large customer bankruptcy in 2009 and subsequent recovery in 2010.  Changes in transmission expense are subject to true-up in rates so there is no bottom-line impact. Cash used for investing activities 81,121 2,091 13,343 3,802 1,078 $201,611 (0.07) Lower transmission expensescenter_img 160,774 0.03 92 (561) 11,560 Fourth quarter 2010 results compared to 2009Fourth quarter operating revenue decreased $1.4 million for many of the same reasons described above. $5,225 2009 $231,423 Equity in earnings of affiliates 20,749 4,468 84,667 17,472 $20,381 (5,942) 12,370,486 2010 Common Stock IssuanceOn January 15, 2010, we filed a Prospectus Supplement with the SEC, noting that we entered into an equity distribution agreement that allowed us to issue up to $45 million of common equity under an ATM continuous offering program. 5,033 Income tax expense (0.02) (Higher) lower maintenance expenses (excludes exogenous major storms) Other income: 17,455 Common stock equity ‘Vermont saw a decrease of roughly 1 percent in its unemployment rate in 2010, and we are seeing signs of an improving economy,’ Young said.  ‘In the meantime, we will continue to focus on providing exemplary customer service, reliability and storm management.  We firmly believe that CV’s value to investors is intrinsically tied to the value we create for our customers.’ 0.05 2009 (Higher) lower other operating expenses (excludes exogenous deferral) Interest expense 2,953 $0.23 $76,993 Fourth Quarter 54,279 CV reported fourth-quarter 2010 consolidated earnings of $5.3 million, or 40 cents per diluted share of common stock, compared to $2.2 million, or 18 cents per share, for the same period in 2009. ANNUAL REPORT (52,931) Cash provided by financing activities 20,954 2,753 $2,069 $1.74 92 $0.92 (0.16) Earnings available for common stock $0.40 7,545 $0.18 (7,117) WebcastCV will host an earnings teleconference and webcast on March 16, 2011, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.  At that time, CV President and CEO Larry Reilly, Executive Chairman Robert Young and Chief Financial Officer Pamela Keefe will discuss the company’s financial results, as well as progress made toward achieving the company’s long-term strategy. Other, net $0.40 Twelve Months Ended December 31 $1.66 (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) $0.00 About CVCV is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide.  CV’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services. Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period Dividends paid per share of common stock 40,091 (0.01) Three Months Ended December 31 11,697,392 (0.13) 11,660,170 11,979 Other operating expenses 368 18,888 Cash provided by operating activities 15,059 11,482 12,405,866 744 Operating revenues: $2,088 Purchased power expense increased $2.8 million, including a $9 million increase in short-term purchases, due to higher retail load and higher replacement power requirements, largely offset by a $6.4 million decrease in purchases under long-term contracts, due to the extended scheduled refueling outage at the Vermont Yankee plant and lower capacity costs from Hydro-Quebec. $0.23 85,589 Investments in affiliates (1,632) 0.43 $0.40 $171,514 492 Total assets (5,640) Total other income Other income, net decreased $0.4 million, largely due to changes in the cash surrender value of variable life insurance policies included in our Rabbi Trust. $1.75 38,294 Earnings per share of common stock – basic Long-term debt (excluding current portions) $0.00 53,527 (0.05) 2010 Earnings per diluted share Cash Flows 13,144,056 $6,722 Net income (0.11) (0.04) 160,195 Average shares of common stock outstanding – basic Provision for rate refund 2,647 Retail sales Cash and cash equivalents at end of period Utility operating income Other income, net increased $0.7 million, largely due to higher non-utility revenues and higher interest and dividend income. Form 10-KOn Tuesday, March 15, 2011, the company filed its annual 2010 Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  A copy of that report is available on our web site, www.cvps.com(link is external) , under the “Investor Relations” section. Please refer to it for additional information regarding our condensed consolidated financial statements, results of operations, capital resources and liquidity.last_img read more

Thatha’s Faith

first_imgLike many second-generation Indian Americans, I grew up with my grandparents, especially my father’s parents. They lived with us for most of my childhood and watched my younger siblings and me grow up.In May, my paternal grandfather passed away, exactly one month before my dad and I could call him for Father’s Day. We never harbored any illusions about his mortality, but his death shook our entire family. As my father said, we were left “like a sail boat without sails in a windstorm in the sea.” I was especially close with my grandfather – my thatha – who kept me connected with my Tamil roots by sharing folk stories, recounting his childhood in colonial-era India, and explaining our expansive and often complicated family tree. By the time I was 10, I had memorized the names of all 800 of my cousins (yes, I’m exaggerating) and understood what it meant to be the head of an extended household.My grandfather was with me on my first day of elementary school, took me to the movies and went on field trips with my class. Growing up in an all-white, conservative part of Cincinnati was far from easy, but my grandfather was there to help me get through tough times.Though my father helped mold me into the man I am today, it was my grandfather who reminded me of where I came from. In many ways, my grandfather made India and its history come alive in a way that no textbook, movie or family vacation could.My grandfather was born in 1913 to a Brahmin petty landowner who had lost all of his property. His early years were spent watching the Indian independence movement gain momentum, despite the reactionary laws passed by the British colonial government and Katherine Mayo’s racist book, Mother India, which was meant to cast colonialism in a sympathetic light.Thatha grew up in poverty and was raised primarily by his mother and older brother while my great-grandfather left the home for extended periods. His experience living in poverty taught him the value of money. My grandfather was judicious when it came to money, investing wisely while maintaining a very close monitor on how he spent every dollar. As my uncle later recalled, my grandfather’s diligence with money reflected the fact that he knew that financial security was fleeting.My cousins and I – all of who grew up outside of India – referred to thatha as the Don because of his seemingly endless “side” dealings. We often wondered if our grandfather wasn’t really a powerful underworld figure with a vast empire in Tamil Nadu and beyond.Our imaginative musings aside, we knew he wasn’t one to shy away from investing in things he cared about, particularly when it came to matters of faith. At the age of 91, he funded and personally oversaw the construction of a Ganesha temple in our ancestral home of Kodumudi, a village located on the banks of the Kaveri River. Like his father, my grandfather also donated annually to the Tirupathi temple, a tradition he passed on to his children and grandchildren. He also paid for the schooling of family members and friends, believing that an education was the key to the future. Shortly after thatha’s death, one of the young men whom he helped educate called him a modern-day “Mahatma,” invoking the Indian freedom struggle leader’s name in an attempt to capture my grandfather’s personal impact in a fitting light.The lives of my dad and his siblings revolved around thatha, which made my life and those of my cousins inextricably linked with him. To us, thatha’s aura was a place we could find shelter in when we questioned our identity and walked the line between our Americanness and our Indianness.My grandfather was a vestige of our colonial past and India’s nascent restorative democracy following independence. He grew up in poverty and rose to become part of the petit bourgeois in Tamil Nadu, instilling in his children and grandchildren a sense of Brahmanic entitlement at a time when postcolonial Tamil Nadu attempted to redistribute opportunities to non-Brahmins.Thatha tried to join Gandhi’s satyagraha movement when it came to the South, but when his British headmaster found out his plans, he warned him that he would be expelled. “I couldn’t leave school,” Thatha recalled to me in a conversation several years back. “It was one of my biggest regrets.”Though he protested British rule, my grandfather – like many of his peers who grew up in the throes of a colonial-era education system – internalized the supremacy of the English language. He was taught the importance of the English language as a means of securing employment, a lesson he took home and practiced daily for over 80 years in daily diary writing. I used to find his admiration for the British both confounding and frustrating because of the history of oppression. He used the “master’s language” to keep track of his daily routines, from family affairs to land sales to musings about the world, and was proud of his English fluency.But his English-language diary entries always ended with the words, Om Jai Ram, as if reaffirming that the British influence on his thinking could never take control of him. He might have been colonized, but he refused to be conquered.My grandfather’s belief in education also shaped who and what his children and grandchildren became. Part of that faith was shaped by his own college experience, where he worked as a canteen boy to pay for his tuition. Despite being teased incessantly as a “water boy” by his classmates, my grandfather stayed in school. My grandfather borrowed money to pay for the education of his children, believing that it would help them have better lives than the one he had. He borrowed money to make ends meet, but, as my oldest uncle recalled, he never once thought about asking his children to cut short their schooling.My oldest uncle settled in the Netherlands and became a highly successful executive who returned to India after retirement to take care of my grandparents, while my dad, my younger uncle and my aunt, the youngest sibling, all carved out successful careers in the United States.Thatha wished for my dad to become a doctor, but because of Tamil Nadu’s restrictions on Brahmin admission in medical school following independence, it was a dream that went unfulfilled. But my grandfather’s regret that his son didn’t become a doctor turned out to be a blessing for us. My siblings and I did not grow up insulated – a common perception about second-generation Desis – and followed our convictions to careers in social activism. Our professional paths were a direct result of Thatha not being able to send our father to medical school, and for that, we are in his debt.In his last years, my grandfather pined for one last chance to come to the United States, his adopted home. He wanted to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, read the American newspapers he had become so fond of reading, and catch up on politics. He had long been a big fan of Joe Biden (despite Biden’s recent controversial remarks about Indian Americans) and said he wanted to return to the United States to vote for Barack Obama.In our last conversation, five days before the Pennsylvania primary, he asked if I thought Obama would win. I said I did, but cautioned him that America’s history of racism might continue to pose a problem for any nonwhite person.But my grandfather remained confident, holding faith in the education of the American people. It was that faith in education that had, after all, guided him from poverty to family patriarch and transformed him from a simple Brahmin to a modern-day Bheesma.Thatha made sure that he instilled in us – his children and grandchildren – that same faith, even though it took some of us longer to find it. In losing Thatha, it seems I have finally discovered his true legacy.Om Jai Ram.  Related Itemslast_img read more