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Energy East Increases Growth Portfolio to $38 Billion
CALGARY, ALBERTA – Nov. 5, 2013 – TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada or the Company) today announced comparable earnings for third quarter 2013 of $447 million or $0.63 per share compared to $349 million or $0.50 per share for the same period in 2012, a 26 per cent increase on a per share basis. Net income attributable to common shares for third quarter 2013 was $481 million or $0.68 per share. Funds generated from operations for third quarter 2013 were $1.046 billion, a 21 per cent increase compared to $866 million for the same period in 2012. TransCanada’s Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.46 per common share for the quarter ending December 31, 2013, equivalent to $1.84 per common share on an annualized basis.
“We generated another strong quarter of earnings and cash flow from our portfolio of critical energy infrastructure assets, despite challenges in U.S. natural gas pipelines and cyclical lows in our gas storage business,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. “Comparable earnings for the first nine months of 2013 were $1.66 per share, a 15 per cent increase over the same period last year and reflects the return to an eight unit site at Bruce Power, higher Alberta power prices, an increase in New York capacity prices and a higher Canadian Mainline allowed return on equity. Our strong earnings performance has also led to $2.9 billion of cash flow from existing operations year-to-date, an 18 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.”
We are currently in the midst of an unprecedented capital program that will see a significant expansion of our three core businesses. With Energy East, we now have over $38 billion of commercially secured capital projects, which are backed by long-term contracts or cost of service business models. Our portfolio includes approximately $23 billion of crude oil pipelines, $13 billion of natural gas pipelines, and $2 billion of power generation facilities. Over the remainder of the decade, subject to required approvals, our blue-chip portfolio of contracted projects is expected to generate significant growth in earnings and cash flow.
(All financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise)
Comparable earnings for third quarter 2013 were $447 million or $0.63 per share compared to $349 million or $0.50 per share for the same period in 2012. Higher earnings from the Canadian Mainline, Western Power, Bruce Power and U.S. Power were partially offset by lower contributions from U.S. Natural Gas Pipelines.
Net income attributable to common shares for third quarter 2013 was $481 million or $0.68 per share compared to $369 million or $0.52 per share in third quarter 2012.