OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), the parent company of Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company ("OG&E"), and holder of 25.5 percent limited partner interest and 50 percent general partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners LP, today reported earnings of $2.16 per average diluted share in 2019, compared with earnings of $2.12 per average diluted share in 2018.
In 2019, OG&E, a regulated electric utility, reported net income of $350 million and contributed $1.74 per diluted share, compared with $328 million, or $1.64 per diluted share in 2018. Natural Gas Midstream Operations received cash distributions from Enable Midstream of $144 million and contributed earnings of approximately $81 million, or $0.41 per diluted share in 2019 compared to cash distributions of approximately $141 million and contributed earnings of $109 million, or $0.54 per diluted share in 2018. The 2019 Natural Gas Midstream results include a non-cash asset impairment of $16 million or $0.08 per share. The holding company posted a gain of $2 million or $0.01 per diluted share in 2019, compared to a loss of $11 million or $0.06 per diluted share in 2018.
"Our company achieved another solid year in 2019," said OGE Energy Chairman, President and CEO Sean Trauschke. We wrapped up our environmental compliance investments, opportunistically purchased two power plants under legacy purchase power agreements thereby saving customers millions of dollars. We continued to attract new businesses to our service territory and at the same time maintained the lowest rates in the nation. I could not be prouder of our members' 2019 accomplishments."
Fourth Quarter results
For the three months ended December 31, 2019, OGE Energy reported earnings of $0.18 per diluted share compared with $0.27 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2018. The decrease in earnings is primarily due to the asset impairment at Enable Midstream. The decrease is partially offset by higher earnings at the utility primarily due to the recovery of assets placed into service.
Discussion of 2019 results
OG&E reported net income of $350 million in 2019 compared to $328 million in 2018, an increase of 6.7 percent. Higher earnings in 2019 were primarily due to the recovery of assets placed into service, customer growth and more favorable weather.
Natural Gas Midstream Operations contributed earnings to OGE of approximately $81 million for 2019 compared to $109 million for 2018. Volumes were higher across all business segments and Enable increased the quarterly distribution rate to LP unit holders by 4%.
OG&E is projected to earn $1.72 to $1.78 per average diluted share. The Company projects the earnings contribution from its ownership interest in Enable Midstream to be at the lower end of approximately $0.47 to $0.53 per average diluted share and breakeven results at the holding company. Additionally, OGE Energy consolidated earnings guidance for 2020 is $2.19 to $2.31 per average diluted share. The guidance assumes approximately 201 million average diluted shares outstanding and normal weather for the year. More information regarding the Company's 2020 earnings guidance and the Company's 2019 financial results is contained in the Company's Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Conference Call Webcast
OGE Energy will host a live webcast for discussion of the results of 2019 and the 2020 outlook on Thursday, February 27, at 8 a.m. CST. The conference will be available through www.ogeenergy.com. OGE Energy Corp. is the parent company of OG&E, a regulated electric utility with approximately 858,000 customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. In addition, OGE holds a 25.5 percent limited partner interest and a 50 percent general partner interest of Enable Midstream Partners LP, created by the merger of OGE's Enogex LLC midstream subsidiary and the pipeline and field services businesses of Houston-based CenterPoint Energy.
Some of the matters discussed in this news release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements are intended to be identified in this document by the words "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "objective", "plan", "possible", "potential", "project" and similar expressions. Actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, including the availability of credit, access to existing lines of credit, access to the commercial paper markets, actions of rating agencies and their impact on capital expenditures; the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to access the capital markets and obtain financing on favorable terms as well as inflation rates and monetary fluctuations; the ability to obtain timely and sufficient rate relief to allow for recovery of items such as capital expenditures, fuel costs, operating costs, transmission costs and deferred expenditures; prices and availability of electricity, coal, natural gas and natural gas liquids ("NGLs"); the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, particularly natural gas and NGLs, the competitive effects of the available pipeline capacity in the regions Enable serves, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials, including the effects of these circumstances on re-contracting available capacity on Enable's interstate pipelines; the timing and extent of changes in the supply of natural gas, particularly supplies available for gathering by Enable's gathering and processing business and transporting by Enable's interstate pipelines, including the impact of natural gas and NGLs prices on the level of drilling and production activities in the regions Enable serves; business conditions in the energy and natural gas midstream industries, including the demand for natural gas, NGLs, crude oil and midstream services; competitive factors including the extent and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets served by the Company; the impact on demand for our services resulting from cost-competitive advances in technology, such as distributed electricity generation and customer energy efficiency programs; technological developments, changing markets and other factors that result in competitive disadvantages and create the potential for impairment of existing assets; factors affecting utility operations such as unusual weather conditions; catastrophic weather-related damage; unscheduled generation outages, unusual maintenance or repairs; unanticipated changes to fossil fuel, natural gas or coal supply costs or availability due to higher demand, shortages, transportation problems or other developments; environmental incidents; or electric transmission or gas pipeline system constraints; availability and prices of raw materials for current and future construction projects; the effect of retroactive pricing of transactions in the SPP markets or adjustments in market pricing mechanisms by the SPP; federal or state legislation and regulatory decisions and initiatives that affect cost and investment recovery, have an impact on rate structures or affect the speed and degree to which competition enters the Company's markets; environmental laws, safety laws or other regulations that may impact the cost of operations or restrict or change the way the Company operates its facilities; changes in accounting standards, rules or guidelines; the discontinuance of accounting principles for certain types of rate-regulated activities; the cost of protecting assets against, or damage due to, terrorism or cyberattacks and other catastrophic events; creditworthiness of suppliers, customers and other contractual parties; social attitudes regarding the utility, natural gas and power industries; identification of suitable investment opportunities to enhance shareholder returns and achieve long-term financial objectives through business acquisitions and divestitures; increased pension and healthcare costs; costs and other effects of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements, investigations, claims and matters, including, but not limited to, those described in this Form 10-K; difficulty in making accurate assumptions and projections regarding future revenues and costs associated with the Company's equity investment in Enable that the Company does not control; and other risk factors listed in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission including those listed in Risk Factors in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.
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