TransCanada Announces Third Quarter Results
CALGARY, Alberta – November 1, 2005 – (TSX: TRP) (NYSE: TRP)
Third Quarter 2005 Highlights:
(All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise).
TransCanada Corporation today announced net income for third quarter 2005 of $427 million or $0.88 per share compared to $245 million or $0.51 per share for the same period in 2004. Net income for third quarter 2004 included net income from discontinued operations of $52 million or $0.11 per share, reflecting recognition of initially deferred gains relating to the disposition of the company’s Gas Marketing business in 2001.
Net income from continuing operations (net earnings) for third quarter 2005 of $427 million or $0.88 per share rose by $234 million or $0.48 per share. This increase was primarily due to an after-tax gain of $193 million or $0.40 per share from the sale of the company’s interest in Power LP to EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR). Excluding this non-recurring gain, net earnings for third quarter 2005 were $234 million or $0.48 per share compared to net earnings of $193 million or $0.40 per share for third quarter 2004. This increase was mainly due to higher net earnings from the Power and Gas Transmission businesses, partially offset by an increase in Corporate’s net expenses.
TransCanada’s net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2005 was $859 million or $1.77 per share compared to $847 million or $1.75 per share for the comparable period in 2004. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2004 included net income from discontinued operations of $52 million or $0.11 per share.
Net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2005 were $859 million or $1.77 per share compared to $795 million or $1.64 per share for the comparable period in 2004. Net earnings for the first nine months of 2005 included non-recurring gains totalling $242 million relating to the sale of the company’s interest in Power LP and the sale of TC PipeLines, LP (PipeLines LP) units, while net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2004 included after-tax gains related to the sale of assets to Power LP and other non-recurring gains totalling $194 million. Excluding non-recurring items, TransCanada’s net earnings on a year-to-date basis increased $16 million or $0.03 per share.
Funds generated from operations were $489 million and $1,375 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2005, respectively, compared with $387 million and $1,184 million for the same periods in 2004.
“Higher net income from our Power business was driven in large part by higher equity income from our investment in Bruce Power,” said Hal Kvisle, chief executive officer. “Also contributing to earnings growth on a year-over-year basis were contributions from TransCanada Hydro Northeast and Gas Transmission Northwest, both of which were acquired over the past year.
“These results demonstrate that our growth strategy in our core businesses – and our prudent, disciplined approach to new investments – is delivering strong overall financial performance and creating tangible value for our shareholders. Our growing earnings and cash flow and our strong balance sheet are clear evidence our strategy is working,” he added.
“Our announcement in October of our increased interest in the Bruce A facilities and our intent to invest in the Bruce Power refurbishment and restart program is an excellent example of our ability to add to our portfolio of high-quality, long-life energy infrastructure assets.”
On October 17, 2005, TransCanada announced that Bruce Power and the OPA, a Crown Corporation of the Province of Ontario, entered into a long-term agreement under which Bruce Power will restart the currently idle Units 1 and 2, extend the operating life of Unit 3 by replacing its steam generators and fuel channels when required and replace the steam generators on Unit 4. With the restart of Units 1 and 2, Bruce Power’s output will rise by approximately 1,500 megawatts (MW) to more than 6,200 MW. The capital program for the restart and refurbishment work is expected to total approximately $4.25 billion. TransCanada’s approximate $2.125 billion share will be financed through capital contributions over the period from 2005 to 2011.
As a result of this agreement between Bruce Power and the OPA, and Cameco Corporation’s decision not to participate in the Bruce A restart and refurbishment program, a new partnership has been created. The newly formed Bruce Power A Limited Partnership (BALP) will sublease the Bruce A facilities, which are comprised of Units 1 to 4, from Bruce Power. The effect of these transactions is that TransCanada and BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust each incurred a net cash outlay of approximately $100 million and each has a partnership interest in BALP of 47.4 per cent. The Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals hold the remaining 5.2 per cent. Day-to-day operations at the Bruce facility will be unaffected by these changes. Through its interest in the ongoing Bruce Power, TransCanada retains its 31.6 per cent share of the Bruce B facilities, which are comprised of Units 5 to 8.
The agreement and above transactions were completed October 31, 2005 with the receipt of a favourable tax ruling from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Mr. Kvisle also noted that recent developments in Alaska are encouraging. “TransCanada looks forward to working with the State of Alaska and the three Alaska producers to develop shipping agreements and other related arrangements for the movement of Alaska natural gas to the Alberta Hub and beyond,” he said. “We continue to work with Mackenzie Delta natural gas producers and the Aboriginal Pipeline Group to bring Mackenzie natural gas to market.”
During the third quarter, TransCanada:
TransCanada will hold a teleconference today at 7 a.m. (Mountain) / 9 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss the third quarter 2005 financial results and general developments and issues concerning the company. Analysts, members of the media and other interested parties wanting to participate should phone 1-800-387-6216 or 416-405-9328 (Toronto area) at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the teleconference. No passcode is required. A live audio webcast of the teleconference will also be available on TransCanada's website at www.transcanada.com.
The conference will begin with a short address by members of TransCanada's executive management, followed by a question and answer period for investment analysts. A question and answer period for members of the media will immediately follow.
A replay of the teleconference will be available two hours after the conclusion of the call until midnight (Eastern) November 8, 2005 by dialing 1-800-408-3053 or 416-695-5800 (Toronto area) and entering passcode 3164062. The webcast will be archived and available for replay on www.transcanada.com.
TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure. TransCanada’s network of approximately 41,000 kilometres (25,600 miles) of pipeline transports the majority of Western Canada’s natural gas production to key Canadian and U.S. markets. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, approximately 6,000 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP.
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