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TransCanada Announces First Quarter Results, Board Declares Dividend of $0.34 per Common Share
CALGARY, Alberta –April 27, 2007 – (TSX: TRP) (NYSE: TRP)
First Quarter Highlights
(All financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise)
TransCanada Corporation today announced net income for first quarter 2007 was $265 million or $0.52 per share compared with $273 million or $0.56 per share for first quarter 2006. Net income from continuing operations for first quarter 2007 was $265 million or $0.52 per share, compared to $245 million or $0.50 per share, in first quarter 2006.
Comparable earnings were $250 million ($0.49 per share) for first quarter 2007 compared to $227 million ($0.46 per share) in first quarter 2006. The increase in comparable earnings is primarily due to income from ANR, Tamazunchale and Bécancour. Comparable earnings exclude positive income tax adjustments of $15 million in first quarter 2007. In first quarter 2006, comparable earnings excluded an $18 million bankruptcy settlement with Mirant Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries.
Net cash provided by operations was $618 million, compared with $515 million for the same period in 2006. Funds generated from operations in first quarter 2007 were $582 million, compared with $517 million for the same period in 2006.
“The close of the ANR and Great Lakes acquisition in the first quarter was a significant milestone for TransCanada,” said Hal Kvisle, TransCanada’s chief executive officer. “These assets are a great fit with our pipeline business and extend our services further into key U.S. markets.”
“We continue to make progress on a number of growth projects in both our pipelines and energy businesses, including oil pipelines, gas pipelines, power, gas storage and LNG.”
Notable developments in Pipelines, Energy and Corporate in first quarter 2007 include:
Teleconference – Audio and Slide Presentation
TransCanada will hold a teleconference today at 1 p.m. (Mountain) / 3 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the first quarter 2007 financial results and general developments and issues concerning the company. Analysts, members of the media and other interested parties wanting to participate should phone 1-866-898-9626 or 416-340-2216 (Toronto area) at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the teleconference. No passcode is required. A live audio and slide presentation webcast of the teleconference will also be available on TransCanada's website at http://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) May 4, 2007. Please call 1-800-408-3053 or 416-695-5800 (Toronto area) and enter passcode 3220047. The webcast will be archived and available for replay on www.transcanada.com.
With more than 50 years experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas pipelines, power generation, gas storage facilities, and projects related to oil pipelines and LNG facilities. TransCanada’s network of wholly owned pipelines extends more than 59,000 kilometres (36,500 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 360 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, approximately 7,700 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.
This news release may contain certain information that is forward looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The words "anticipate", "expect", "may", "should", "estimate", "project", "outlook", "forecast" or other similar words are used to identify such forward-looking information. All forward-looking statements are based on TransCanada’s beliefs and assumptions based on information available at the time such statements were made. The results or events predicted in this information may differ from actual results or events. Factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, the ability of TransCanada to successfully implement its strategic initiatives and whether such strategic initiatives will yield the expected benefits, the availability and price of energy commodities, regulatory decisions, changes in environmental and other laws and regulations, competitive factors in the pipeline and energy industry sectors, construction and completion of capital projects, access to capital markets, interest and currency exchange rates, technological developments and the current economic conditions in North America. By its nature, such forward-looking information is subject to various risks and uncertainties which could cause TransCanada's actual results and experience to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed. For additional information on these and other factors, see the reports filed by TransCanada with Canadian securities regulators and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is given as of the date it is expressed in this news release or otherwise, and TransCanada undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
The Company uses the measures “comparable earnings”, “comparable earnings per share” and "funds generated from operations" in this news release. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and are therefore considered to be non-GAAP measures. These measures are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other entities. These measures have been used to provide readers with additional information on the Company's operating performance, liquidity and its ability to generate funds to finance its operations.
Comparable earnings is comprised of net income from continuing operations adjusted for specified items that are significant and not typical of the Company’s operations. Specified items may include, but are not limited to, certain income tax refunds and adjustments, gains or losses on sales of assets, legal settlements and bankruptcy settlements received from former customers. A reconciliation of comparable earnings to net income is presented in the Consolidated Results of Operation section in the MD&A accompanying this news release. Comparable earnings per share is calculated by dividing comparable earnings by the weighted average number of shares outstanding for the period.
Funds generated from operations is comprised of net cash provided by operations before changes in operating working capital. A reconciliation of funds generated from operations to net cash provided by operations is presented in the First Quarter 2007 Financial Highlights chart in this news release.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
(403) 920-7859 or Toll Free (800) 608-7859
Investor & Analyst Inquiries:
David Moneta/Myles Dougan
(403) 920-7911 or Toll Free (800) 361-6522 ext. 7911