Great Plains Energy Inc GXP
Q3 2012 Earnings Call Transcript

Transcript Call Date 11/09/2012

Operator: Good morning. My name is Terese and I will be your conference operator today. At this time I would like to welcome everyone to the Third Quarter 2012 Earnings Call webcast. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speakers' remarks, there will be a question-and answer-session.

I would now turn the call over to Kevin Bryant. You may begin your conference.

Kevin Bryant - VP, IR and Treasurer: Thank you, Terese and good morning. Welcome to Great Plains Energy's third quarter 2012 earnings conference call. Joining me this morning to discuss our third quarter earnings and operating results are Terry Bassham, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Jim Shay, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Scott Heidtbrink, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of KCP&L is also joining us and will be available during the question and answer portion of today's call.

Before we begin, I must remind you of the inherent uncertainties in any forward-looking statements in our discussion this morning. Slide 2 and the disclosure in our SEC filings contain a list of some of the factors that could cause future results to differ materially from our expectations.

I also want to remind everyone that we issued our earnings release and third quarter 2012 10-Q after the market closed yesterday. These items are available along with today's webcast slides and supplemental financial information regarding the quarter on the main page of our website at

With that, I'll now hand the call to Terry.

Terry Bassham - President and CEO: Thanks Kevin, and good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining us today. Before we discuss our third quarter results, I'd like to express our deep concern for those affected by the devastation that resulted in Hurricane Sandy. It takes a tremendous effort to restore power after the disaster like this and our industry has a rich history of assisting each other in times of need to serve customers across the country. We have employees in the Northeast, assisting those utilities and their customers with restoration efforts and we look forward to their safe return to Kansas City.

Yesterday we announced third quarter 2012 earnings of $145.8 million or $0.95 per share, compared with earnings of $126.1 million or $0.91 per share for the same quarter last year. The increase in earnings includes the effects of weather and the record setting heat our service territory experienced in July. In addition to the impacts of weather, there were a number of factors that affected our earnings including a meaningful declines in weather normalized, retail megawatt hour sales.

With three quarters behind us, we are nearing our 2012 full year earnings guidance range to $1.25 to $1.35 per share from $1.20 to $1.40 per share. Jim will provide you more detail on the quarter and year-to-date results in his comments.

Earlier this week, our Board of Directors approved an increase in our quarterly common stock dividend, raising it from $0.2125 per share to $0.2175 per share or from $0.85 to $0.87 per share on annual basis. We believe a competitive, sustainable and increasing dividend is an important driver in our total shareholder returns.

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