CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Feb. 16, 2017) – News Release – TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP)(NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today announced a net loss attributable to common shares for fourth quarter 2016 of $358 million or $0.43 per share compared to a net loss of $2.5 billion or $3.47 per share for the same period in 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, net income attributable to common shares was $124 million or $0.16 per share compared to a net loss of $1.2 billion or $1.75 per share in 2015. Comparable earnings for fourth quarter 2016 were $626 million or $0.75 per share compared to $453 million or $0.64 per share for the same period in 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2016, comparable earnings were $2.1 billion or $2.78 per share compared to $1.8 billion or $2.48 per share in 2015. TransCanada’s Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.625 per common share for the quarter ending March 31, 2017, equivalent to $2.50 per common share on an annualized basis, an increase of 10.6 per cent. This is the seventeenth consecutive year the Board of Directors has raised the dividend.
“Excluding specific items, we generated record financial results in 2016,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. “Comparable earnings per share increased 12 per cent when compared to 2015 while net cash provided by operations exceeded $5 billion for the first time in the Company’s history.”
“It was also a transformational year for TransCanada,” added Girling. “The Columbia acquisition reinforced our position as one of North America’s leading energy infrastructure companies with an extensive pipeline network linking the continent’s most prolific natural gas supply basins to its most attractive markets and provided us with another growth platform. Today we are advancing an industry leading $23 billion near-term capital program that is expected to generate significant growth in earnings and cash flow and support an expected annual dividend growth rate at the upper end of an eight to 10 per cent range through 2020.”
“We also continue to progress a number of additional medium to longer-term organic growth opportunities in our three core businesses of natural gas pipelines, liquids pipelines and energy. This portfolio is currently comprised of more than $45 billion in large-scale projects that include Keystone XL and the Bruce Power life extension program. Success in advancing these or other growth initiatives could augment or extend the Company’s dividend growth outlook through 2020 and beyond,” concluded Girling.
Fourth Quarter and Year-End Highlights
(All financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise)
- Fourth quarter 2016 financial results
- Net loss attributable to common shares of $358 million or $0.43 per share
- Comparable earnings of $626 million or $0.75 per share
- Comparable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $1.9 billion
- Net cash provided by operations of $1.6 billion
- Comparable funds generated from operations of $1.4 billion
- Comparable distributable cash flow of $964 million or $1.16 per common share
- For the year ended December 31, 2016:
- Net income attributable to common shares of $124 million or $0.16 per share
- Comparable earnings of $2.1 billion or $2.78 per share
- Comparable EBITDA of $6.6 billion
- Net cash provided by operations of $5.1 billion
- Comparable funds generated from operations of $5.2 billion
- Comparable distributable cash flow of $3.7 billion or $4.83 per common share
- Fourth Quarter Highlights:
- Announced a 10.6 per cent increase in the quarterly common share dividend to $0.625 per common share for the quarter ending March 31, 2017
- Announced the sale of our U.S. Northeast Power assets for aggregate proceeds of US$3.3 billion excluding the value expected to be realized from our power marketing business
- Announced our decision to maintain our full ownership interest in a growing Mexican natural gas business
- Announced the planned acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (CPPL) at a price of US$17.00 per common unit. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter 2017.
- Raised approximately $3.5 billion through the issuance of 60.2 million common shares at a price of $58.50 per common share
- Raised $1.0 billion through an offering of 40 million first preferred shares at $25 per share
- Announced the $0.6 billion Saddle West expansion of the NGTL System to increase natural gas transportation capacity on the northwest portion of the network
- On January 26, 2017, submitted a Presidential Permit application to the U.S. Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL project
Net loss attributable to common shares decreased by $2.1 billion to a net loss of $358 million or $0.43 per share for the three months ended December 31, 2016 compared to the same period last year. Fourth quarter 2016 included an $870 million after-tax loss related to the monetization of our U.S. Northeast Power business, an additional $68 million after-tax charge to settle the termination of our Alberta PPAs, an after-tax charge of $67 million for costs associated with the acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. (Columbia), and certain other specific items including unrealized gains and losses on risk management activities. Fourth quarter 2015 included a $2.9 billion after-tax impairment charge related to Keystone XL and related projects as well as certain other specific items. All of these specific items are excluded from comparable earnings.
Net income attributable to common shares for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $124 million or $0.16 per share compared to a net loss of $1.2 billion or $1.75 per share in 2015. Results in 2016 included a net loss of $2.0 billion related to specific items including those noted above for the fourth quarter as well as a $656 million after-tax impairment of Ravenswood goodwill, an additional $176 after-tax impairment charge on the carrying value of our Alberta PPAs as a result of our decision to terminate the PPAs, $206 million of additional after-tax costs associated with the acquisition of Columbia, primarily related to the dividend equivalent payments on the subscription receipts, and certain other specific items including unrealized gains and losses on risk management activities. Results in 2015 included the $2.9 billion after-tax impairment charge related to Keystone XL noted above and certain other specific items. These amounts were excluded from comparable earnings.
Comparable earnings for fourth quarter 2016 were $626 million or $0.75 per share compared to $453 million or $0.64 per share for the same period in 2015, an increase of $173 million or $0.11 per share. The increase was primarily the net effect of higher contributions from U.S. Pipelines due to incremental earnings from Columbia following the July 1, 2016 acquisition and higher ANR transportation revenue resulting from higher rates effective August 1, 2016, higher interest expense from debt issuances and lower capitalized interest, a higher contribution from Mexican pipelines primarily due to earnings from Topolobampo beginning in July 2016, reduced earnings from Liquids Pipelines due to the net effect of lower volumes on Marketlink and higher volumes on Keystone pipeline, higher earnings from Western Power due to higher realized prices on generated volumes and termination of the Alberta PPAs, and higher earnings from Natural Gas Storage due to higher realized natural gas storage price spreads.
Comparable earnings for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $2.1 billion or $2.78 per share compared to $1.8 billion or $2.48 per share in 2015. Higher income from our U.S. Pipelines due to incremental earnings from Columbia and ANR, higher AFUDC on our rate-regulated projects, an increased contribution from our Mexico Pipelines due to earnings from Topolobampo and higher earnings from our natural gas storage assets were partially offset by lower earnings from our Liquids Pipelines.
Per share figures in 2016 also include the dilutive effect of issuing 161 million common shares in 2016.
Notable recent developments include:
- Common Share Dividend: Our Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.625 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2017 on TransCanada’s outstanding common shares. The quarterly amount is equivalent to $2.50 per common share on an annualized basis, an increase of 10.6 per cent. This is the seventeenth consecutive year the Board of Directors has raised the dividend.
- Monetization of U.S. Northeast power business: On November 1, 2016, we announced the sale of Ravenswood, Ironwood, Ocean State Power and Kibby Wind to Helix Generation, LLC, an affiliate of LS Power Equity Advisors for US$2.2 billion and the sale of TC Hydro to Great River Hydro, LLC, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC for US$1.065 billion. These two sale transactions are expected to close in the first half of 2017 subject to certain regulatory and other approvals and will include customary closing adjustments. These sales are expected to result in an approximate $1.1 billion after-tax net loss which is comprised of a $656 million after-tax goodwill impairment charge recorded in third quarter 2016, an approximate $870 million after-tax net loss on the sale of the thermal and wind package recorded in fourth quarter 2016 and an approximate $440 million after-tax gain on the sale of the hydro assets to be recorded upon the close of that transaction. We are also in the process of monetizing the U.S. Northeast power marketing business. Proceeds from these sales and future realization of value of the marketing business will be used to repay the remaining portion of the acquisition bridge facilities which were used to partially finance the Columbia acquisition.
- Decision to maintain our full ownership interest in Mexican natural gas pipelines: On November 1, 2016, we announced a decision to maintain our full ownership interest in a growing portfolio of natural gas pipeline assets in Mexico rather than sell a minority interest in six of these pipelines, which is consistent with maximizing shareholder value and maintaining a simplified corporate structure.
- Columbia Pipeline Partners LP: On November 1, 2016, we announced that we entered into an agreement and plan of merger through which our wholly-owned subsidiary, Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc., agreed to acquire, for cash, all of the outstanding publicly held common units of CPPL at a price of US$17.00 per common unit for an aggregate transaction value of approximately US$915 million. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter 2017.
- Common equity offering: On November 16, 2016, in conjunction with our decision to maintain our full ownership interest in a growing Mexican natural gas pipelines business, we issued 60.2 million common shares at a price of $58.50 for total gross proceeds of approximately $3.5 billion. Proceeds from the offering were used to repay a portion of the US$6.9 billion acquisition bridge facilities which partially financed the Columbia acquisition.
- Preferred share issuance: In November 2016, we raised $1.0 billion in gross proceeds through an offering of 40 million Series 15 cumulative redeemable first preferred shares at $25 per share. The fixed dividend rate on the Series 15 preferred shares was set for its initial period at 4.9 per cent per annum and will reset every five years to a rate equal to the sum of the then applicable five-year Government of Canada bond yield plus 3.85 per cent, subject to a floor of not less than 4.9 per cent per annum.
- Dividend Reinvestment Plan: Currently, approximately 39 per cent of the common share dividends declared are reinvested in TransCanada common shares through our Dividend Reinvestment Plan.
Natural Gas Pipelines:
- NGTL System: On October 6, 2016, the National Energy Board (NEB) recommended to the Canadian federal government approval of the $0.4 billion Towerbirch Project, including the continued use of the existing rolled-in toll methodology for this project. On October 31, 2016, the Government of Canada approved our $1.3 billion NGTL System 2017 Facilities Application. On December 7, 2016, we announced the $0.6 billion Saddle West expansion of the NGTL System to increase natural gas transportation capacity on the northwest portion of our system. The project is expected to be in-service in 2019. In total, NGTL is currently advancing a $3.7 billion near-term capital program excluding the $1.7 billion North Montney project. We currently have regulatory approval for $2.0 billion of facilities and plan to place in service $1.6 billion of new facilities in 2017.
- Canadian Mainline: In fourth quarter 2016, we placed in service the approximate $310 million Kings North Connector and the approximate $75 million compressor unit addition at Station 130 on the Canadian Mainline system. In late 2017, we expect the $200 million Vaughan Loop project to be in service.
- Columbia Projects: We are progressing a US$7.1 billion capital expansion and modernization program across the Columbia system for facilities planned to be completed through 2020. On January 19, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the construction of the US$1.4 billion Leach XPress project and the US$0.4 billion Rayne XPress project. We are targeting an in-service date of November 1, 2017 for both projects.
- Mazatlán Project: Physical construction of the US$0.4 billion project is complete and is awaiting natural gas supply from upstream interconnecting pipelines. We have met our contractual obligations and thus the collection and recognition of revenue began as per terms of our Transportation Service Agreement (TSA) with the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in December 2016.
- Topolobampo Project: We began collecting and recognizing revenue on the US$1.0 billion project in July 2016 under a force majeure provision in the 25-year contract with the CFE. The physical in-service date is expected to be delayed into 2017 due to delays with indigenous consultations by others.
- Keystone XL: On January 24, 2017, the U.S. President signed a Presidential Memorandum inviting TransCanada to refile an application for the U.S. Presidential Permit. On January 26, 2017, we filed a Presidential Permit application with the U.S. Department of State for the project. The pipeline would begin in Hardisty, Alberta, and extend south to Steele City, Nebraska. Given the passage of time since the November 6, 2015 denial of the Presidential Permit, we are updating our shipping contracts and some shippers may increase or decrease their volume commitments. We expect the project to retain sufficient commercial support for TransCanada to make a final investment decision.
- White Spruce: In December 2016, we finalized a long-term transportation agreement to develop and construct the 20-inch diameter White Spruce pipeline, which will transport crude oil from a major oil sands plant in northeast Alberta into the Grand Rapids pipeline system. The total capital cost for the project is approximately $200 million and it is expected to be in service in 2018 subject to regulatory approvals.
- Energy East: In January 2017, the NEB appointed three new panel members to undertake the review of the project. On January 27, 2017, the new NEB panel members voided all decisions made by the previous Hearing Panel and the new panel members will decide how to move forward with the hearing. TransCanada is not required to refile its application. Once the new panel members determine that the project application is complete, and issue a hearing order, the 21-month NEB review period will commence.
- Alberta PPAs: In December 2016, we engaged in negotiations with the Government of Alberta and finalized terms of the settlement of all legal disputes related to the PPA terminations. The Government and the Balancing Pool agreed to our termination of the PPAs resulting in the transfer of all our obligations under the PPAs to the Balancing Pool. Upon final settlement of the PPA terminations, we transferred to the Balancing Pool a package of environmental credits held to offset the PPA emissions costs and recorded a non-cash charge of $92 million before tax ($68 million after tax) in fourth quarter 2016 related to the carrying value of these credits.
- Napanee: Construction continues on a 900 MW natural gas-fired power plant at Ontario Power Generation’s Lennox site in eastern Ontario in the town of Greater Napanee. We expect to invest approximately $1.1 billion in the Napanee facility during construction and commercial operations are expected to begin in 2018. Production from the facility is fully contracted with the IESO.
- Bruce Power Financing: In February 2017, Bruce Power issued additional bonds under its financing program and distributed $362 million to TransCanada.
Teleconference and Webcast:
We will hold a teleconference and webcast on Thursday, February 16, 2017 to discuss our fourth quarter 2016 financial results as well as provide an update on our business and financial outlook. Russ Girling, TransCanada 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 p.m. (MT) / 3 p.m. (ET).
Members of the investment community and other interested parties are invited to participate by calling 800.377.0758 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 midnight (ET) on February 23, 2017. Please call 800.408.3053 or 905.694.9451 (Toronto area) and enter pass code 9119753.
The unaudited interim condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) are available under TransCanada’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on EDGAR at www.sec.gov/info/edgar.shtml and on the TransCanada website at www.transcanada.com.
With more than 65 years’ experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 91,500 kilometres (56,900 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is the continent’s largest provider of gas storage and related services with 653 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 10,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America’s leading liquids pipeline systems that extends over 4,300 kilometres (2,700 miles) connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada’s common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit TransCanada.com and our blog to learn more, or connect with us on social media and 3BL Media.
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