8-K
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 2, 2023

Black Hills Corporation

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

South Dakota

001-31303

46-0458824

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

7001 Mount Rushmore Road

Rapid City, South Dakota

57702

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: 605 721-1700

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class

Trading
Symbol(s)


Name of each exchange on which registered

Common stock of $1.00 par value

BKH

The New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.


 


Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

 

On August 2, 2023, Black Hills Corporation ("the Company") issued a press release announcing financial results for the second quarter of 2023.


The press release is attached as Exhibit 99 to this Form 8-K. This information is being furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 of Form 8-K and shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

 

Description

99

 

Press Release dated August 2, 2023

104

 

Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as the inline XBRL document)

 

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

BLACK HILLS CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

Date:

August 2, 2023

By:

/s/ Kimberly F. Nooney

 

 

 

Kimberly F. Nooney
Senior Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer

 


EX-99

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Black Hills Corp. Reports 2023 Second-Quarter Results and Reaffirms 2023 Earnings Guidance

 

Strengthened balance sheet and maintained robust liquidity
Issued request for proposals for 400 megawatts of renewable resources for Colorado Electric

 

RAPID CITY, S.D. Aug. 2, 2023 — Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2023. Net income available for common stock and earnings per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, were:

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

(in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Net income available for common stock

$

23.1

 

$

33.4

 

 

$

137.1

 

$

150.9

 

Earnings per share, Diluted

$

0.35

 

$

0.52

 

 

$

2.06

 

$

2.33

 

 

 

Earnings of $0.35 per share for the second quarter were driven by new rates, rider recovery and a state income tax true-up of $0.12 per share. Financial results reflected the impact of inflation on higher year-over-year operating expenses and higher interest expense.

 

“We strengthened our balance sheet, enhanced our liquidity and advanced our strategic initiatives in the first half of 2023,” said Linn Evans, president and CEO of Black Hills Corp. “I’m pleased with our excellent operational performance in delivering safe, reliable service to our customers.

 

“Our team continued to execute our regulatory plan with the approval of a settlement for new rates in Colorado for our intrastate natural gas pipeline, new rate review filings for our Colorado and Wyoming gas utilities and preparations for a rate review filing in Arkansas by year end. To achieve the goals of our Colorado Clean Energy Plan, we recently issued a request for proposals to add 400 megawatts of renewable and battery storage resources. For our South Dakota electric resource plan, we are currently evaluating bids to add 100 megawatts of rate based renewable resources.

“We are on pace to achieve our earnings guidance for the year. We expect strong cash flows combined with disciplined capital management will result in lower than forecasted interest expense for 2023. For the remainder of the year, we have sharpened our focus on managing expenses given the challenging macroeconomic environment. As we look to the future, we remain confident in our strategy and long-term growth trajectory as clarity around key opportunities continues to emerge,” concluded Evans.

 

SECOND-QUARTER 2023 HIGHLIGHTS AND UPDATES

 

Electric Utilities

 

On July 31, Colorado Electric issued a request for proposals for 400 megawatts of new resources to be in service between 2026 and 2029 to achieve objectives in its Clean Energy Plan. The plan, which was approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in March 2023, supports the utility’s voluntary election to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2030. Under the plan, Black Hills may own up to 200 megawatts of the 400 megawatts of clean energy resources necessary to meet the plan’s emission goals.

 

On July 24, Wyoming Electric set a new all-time and summer peak load of 312 megawatts, surpassing the previous peak of 294 megawatts set in July 2022.

 

During the second quarter, South Dakota Electric advanced the competitive bidding process in its request for proposals for 100 megawatts of build-transfer renewable energy resources to be in service by mid-year 2026.

 

 

 


Gas Utilities

 

On July 12, Rocky Mountain Natural Gas, an intrastate natural gas pipeline in Colorado, received approval from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission of a settlement agreement for its rate review submitted on Oct. 7, 2022. The agreement provides $8.2 million of new annual revenue based on a weighted average cost of capital of 6.93% with a capital structure range of 50% to 52% equity and a return on equity range of 9.5% to 9.7%. The rate review requested $12.3 million of new annual revenue based upon a proposed future test year or $10.3 million of new annual revenue based on an historical test year. New rates based on the historical test year approach were effective July 15, 2023.

 

On May 18, Wyoming Gas filed a rate review application with the Wyoming Public Service Commission seeking recovery of approximately $140 million of investments since its last rate review in 2019. The rate review requests $19.3 million in new annual revenue with a capital structure of 52% equity and 48% debt and a return on equity of 10.49%. The company seeks to renew its integrity rider and implement new rates in the first quarter of 2024.

 

On May 8, Colorado Gas filed a rate review application with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission seeking recovery of approximately $130 million of investments since its last rate review in 2021. The rate review requests $26.7 million in new annual revenue with a capital structure of 51% equity and 49% debt and a return on equity of 10.49%. The company is seeking new rates in the first quarter of 2024.

 

Corporate and Other

 

On July 24, Black Hills’ board of directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.625 per share payable on Sept. 1, 2023, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Aug. 18, 2023.

 

On June 16, Black Hills filed a shelf registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In conjunction with this filing, the company also renewed its at-the-market equity offering program under which it may sell from time to time shares of its common stock with an aggregate value of up to $400 million. The company’s previous equity offering program was subsequently terminated.

 

During the second quarter, Black Hills issued 0.4 million shares of new common stock for net proceeds of $27.4 million under its at-the-market equity offering program. Year to date, the company has issued a total of 0.9 million shares of new common stock for net proceeds of $57.7 million.

 

 

2023 EARNINGS GUIDANCE REAFFIRMED

 

Black Hills reaffirms its guidance for 2023 earnings per share available for common stock to be in the range of $3.65 to $3.85 based on the follow assumptions:

 

Normal weather conditions within our utility service territories including temperatures, precipitation levels and wind conditions;
Normal operations and weather conditions for planned construction, maintenance and/or capital investment projects;
Constructive and timely outcomes of utility regulatory dockets;
No significant unplanned outages at any of our generating facilities;
Production tax credits of approximately $20 million associated with wind generation assets;
Capital investment of approximately $615 million;
Equity issuance of $140 million to $160 million through the at-the-market equity offering program;
Interest expense of $180 million to $185 million, including debt refinancing activity;* and
Total operating expense of $600 million to $610 million, excluding fuel, purchased power, cost of natural gas sold, depreciation, depletion and amortization.*

 

* Guidance assumptions for interest expense and operating expense are being provided for only 2023 due to ongoing volatility in inflation and rising interest rate environments.

 

2024 EARNINGS GUIDANCE TO BE ANNOUNCED DURING YEAR-END 2023 EARNINGS

 

Black Hills will provide its annual financial update during its fourth quarter and full-year earnings call. This update in early 2024 will include earnings and dividend guidance for 2024 and the capital investment forecast for 2024 through 2028.

 

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BLACK HILLS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

(Minor differences may result due to rounding)

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

(in millions)

 

Operating income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electric Utilities

$

46.6

 

$

45.2

 

 

$

107.7

 

$

96.0

 

Gas Utilities

 

17.7

 

 

28.2

 

 

 

132.4

 

 

151.7

 

Corporate and Other

 

(0.8

)

 

(1.0

)

 

 

(1.6

)

 

(2.0

)

Operating income

 

63.5

 

 

72.4

 

 

 

238.4

 

 

245.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

(41.5

)

 

(38.8

)

 

 

(85.0

)

 

(77.3

)

Other income (expense), net

 

(1.5

)

 

1.6

 

 

 

(0.9

)

 

2.3

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

6.1

 

 

0.7

 

 

 

(8.6

)

 

(13.8

)

Net income

 

26.5

 

 

35.8

 

 

 

143.9

 

 

156.9

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

(3.5

)

 

(2.4

)

 

 

(6.8

)

 

(5.9

)

Net income available for common stock

$

23.1

 

$

33.4

 

 

$

137.1

 

$

150.9

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

66,591

 

 

64,721

 

 

 

66,315

 

 

64,643

 

Diluted

 

66,684

 

 

64,883

 

 

 

66,419

 

 

64,822

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings Per Share, Basic

$

0.35

 

$

0.52

 

 

$

2.07

 

$

2.33

 

Earnings Per Share, Diluted

$

0.35

 

$

0.52

 

 

$

2.06

 

$

2.33

 

 

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

 

Black Hills will host a live conference call and webcast at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, to discuss financial and operating performance.

 

To access the live webcast and download a copy of the investor presentation, go to the “Investor Relations” section of the Black Hills website at www.blackhillscorp.com and click on “News and Events” and then “Events & Presentation.” The presentation will be posted on the website before the webcast. Listeners should allow at least five minutes for registering and accessing the presentation. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the company’s website.

 

To ask a question during the live broadcast, users can access dial-in information and a personal identification number by registering for the event at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI8142d9b423ae478a8dac026d4571f1e0.

 

A listen-only webcast player and presentation slides can be accessed live at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/oi3c9i79 with a replay of the event available for up to one year.

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USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

 

Gas and Electric Utility Margin

 

Gas and Electric Utility margin (revenue less cost of sales) is considered a non-GAAP financial measure due to the exclusion of operation and maintenance expenses, depreciation and amortization expenses, and property and production taxes from the measure. The presentation of Gas and Electric Utility margin is intended to supplement investors’ understanding of operating performance.

 

Electric Utility margin is calculated as operating revenue less cost of fuel and purchased power. Gas Utility margin is calculated as operating revenue less cost of gas sold. Our Gas and Electric Utility margin is impacted by the fluctuations in power purchases and natural gas and other fuel supply costs. However, while these fluctuating costs impact Gas and Electric Utility margin as a percentage of revenue, they only impact total Gas and Electric Utility margin if the costs cannot be passed through to customers.

 

Our Gas and Electric Utility margin measure may not be comparable to other companies’ Gas and Electric Utility margin measures. Furthermore, this measure is not intended to replace operating income as determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of operating performance.

 

SEGMENT PERFORMANCE SUMMARY

 

Operating results from our business segments for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, compared to the three and six months ended June 30, 2022, are discussed below.

 

Certain lines of business in which we operate are highly seasonal, and revenue from, and certain expenses for, such operations may fluctuate significantly between quarterly periods. Demand for electricity and natural gas is sensitive to seasonal cooling, heating and industrial load requirements. In particular, the normal peak usage season for our electric utilities is June through August while the normal peak usage season for our gas utilities is November through March. Significant earnings variances can be expected between the Gas Utilities segment’s peak and off-peak seasons. Due to this seasonal nature, our results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations to be expected for any other period or for the entire year.

 

Segment information does not include inter-company eliminations and all amounts are presented on a pre-tax basis unless otherwise indicated. Minor differences in amounts may result due to rounding.

 

4


Electric Utilities

 



Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Variance

 



Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Variance

 



2023

 

2022

 

2023 vs. 2022

 



2023

 

2022

 

2023 vs. 2022

 



(in millions)

 

Revenue

$

193.1

 

$

204.4

 

$

(11.3

)

 

$

411.8

 

$

410.9

 

$

0.9

 

Cost of fuel and purchased power

 

36.4

 

 

56.6

 

 

(20.2

)

 

 

91.8

 

 

109.0

 

 

(17.2

)

Electric Utility margin (non-GAAP)

 

156.7

 

 

147.7

 

 

8.9

 

 

 

320.0

 

 

301.9

 

 

18.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operations and maintenance

 

74.2

 

 

69.0

 

 

5.2

 

 

 

141.4

 

 

138.7

 

 

2.7

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

35.8

 

 

33.5

 

 

2.3

 

 

 

70.9

 

 

67.2

 

 

3.7

 

Operating income

$

46.6

 

$

45.2

 

$

1.4

 

 

$

107.7

 

$

96.0

 

$

11.7

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023, Compared with Three Months Ended June 30, 2022

 

Electric Utility margin increased as a result of:

 

 

(in millions)

 

Transmission services and off-system excess energy sales

$

4.2

 

New rates and rider recovery

 

4.2

 

Integrated Generation (a)

 

2.9

 

Weather

 

(2.4

)

$

8.9

 

____________________

(a)
Primarily driven by favorable mining volumes due to a prior year planned outage and increased Black Hills Colorado IPP fired-engine hours.

 

Operations and maintenance expense increased primarily due to $3.8 million of higher generation expenses driven by planned outages and higher materials costs and $1.9 million of higher employee-related expenses.

 

Depreciation and amortization increased primarily due to a higher asset base driven by current year and prior year capital expenditures.

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2023, Compared with Six Months Ended June 30, 2022

 

Electric Utility margin increased as a result of:

 

 

(in millions)

 

New rates and rider recovery

$

9.2

 

Transmission services and off-system excess energy sales

 

6.5

 

Integrated Generation (a)

 

5.2

 

Weather

 

(2.2

)

Other

 

(0.6

)

$

18.1

 

____________________

(a)
Primarily driven by favorable mining volumes due to a prior year planned outage, mining contract pricing and increased Black Hills Colorado IPP fired-engine hours.

 

Operations and maintenance expense increased primarily due to $6.2 million of higher mining and generation expenses driven

by planned outages and higher fuel and materials costs and $5.4 million of higher employee-related expenses partially offset by

a one-time $7.7 million gain on the planned sale of Northern Iowa Windpower assets. Other favorable variances, none of which

were individually significant, comprised the remainder of the difference when compared to the same period in the prior year.

 

Depreciation and amortization increased primarily due to a higher asset base driven by current year and prior year capital

expenditures.

 

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Three Months Ended June 30,

 



Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Operating Statistics

2023

 

2022

 



2023

 

2022

 

Quantities Sold (MWh):



 



 





 



 

Retail Sales

 

1,340,835

 

 

1,338,773

 

 

 

2,737,203

 

 

2,719,846

 

Contract/Off-system/Power Marketing Wholesale

 

241,602

 

 

295,070

 

 

 

643,249

 

 

637,718

 

Total Regulated

 

1,582,437

 

 

1,633,843

 

 

 

3,380,452

 

 

3,357,564

 

Non-regulated

 

22,848

 

 

72,770

 

 

 

77,194

 

 

161,864

 

Total quantities sold

 

1,605,285

 

 

1,706,613

 

 

 

3,457,646

 

 

3,519,428

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contracted generated facilities availability by fuel type:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coal

 

92.0

%

 

82.1

%

 

 

92.4

%

 

86.3

%

Natural gas and diesel oil

 

93.5

%

 

95.1

%

 

 

93.9

%

 

95.2

%

Wind

 

93.0

%

 

93.8

%

 

 

93.4

%

 

94.7

%

Total availability

 

93.0

%

 

91.4

%

 

 

93.4

%

 

92.7

%



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind capacity factor

 

34.4

%

 

39.8

%

 

 

41.2

%

 

40.9

%

 



Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

Degree Days

2023

2022

 

2023

2022



Actual

Variance from Normal

Actual

 

Variance from Normal



Actual

Variance from Normal

Actual

 

Variance from Normal

Heating Degree Days

840

(6)%

 

904

 

3%

 

3,940

4%

3,885

 

4%

Cooling Degree Days

75

(60)%

 

213

 

28%

 

75

(60)%

 

213

 

28%

 

Gas Utilities

 



Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Variance

 



Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Variance

 



2023

 

2022

 

2023 vs. 2022

 



2023

 

2022

 

2023 vs. 2022

 



(in millions)

 

Revenue

$

222.7

 

$

274.2

 

$

(51.4

)

 

$

929.6

 

$

895.6

 

$

34.1

 

Cost of natural gas sold

 

85.0

 

 

131.7

 

 

(46.8

)

 

 

555.9

 

 

516.5

 

 

39.5

 

Gas Utility margin (non-GAAP)

 

137.8

 

 

142.4

 

 

(4.7

)

 

 

373.7

 

 

379.1

 

 

(5.4

)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operations and maintenance

 

91.2

 

 

83.7

 

 

7.5

 

 

 

186.1

 

 

170.1

 

 

15.9

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

28.8

 

 

30.5

 

 

(1.7

)

 

 

55.3

 

 

57.2

 

 

(1.9

)

Operating income

$

17.7

 

$

28.2

 

$

(10.5

)

 

$

132.4

 

$

151.7

 

$

(19.4

)

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023, Compared with Three Months Ended June 30, 2022

 

Gas Utility margin decreased as a result of:

 

 

(in millions)

 

Prior year true-up of Winter Storm Uri carrying costs (a)

$

(10.3

)

Weather

 

(0.7

)

Mark-to-market on non-utility natural gas commodity contracts

 

3.0

 

New rates and rider recovery

 

2.6

 

Residential growth and usage

 

0.8

 

Other

 

(0.1

)

 

$

(4.7

)

____________________

(a)
In certain jurisdictions, we have commission approval to recover carrying costs on Winter Storm Uri regulatory assets which offset increased interest expense. During the second quarter of 2022, we accrued a one-time, $10.3 million true-up of these carrying costs to reflect commission authorized rates.

 

Operations and maintenance expense increased primarily due to $6.0 million of higher employee-related expenses and $0.5 million of higher materials and outside services expenses.

 

Depreciation and amortization was comparable to the same period in the prior year.

 

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Six Months Ended June 30, 2023, Compared with Six Months Ended June 30, 2022

 

Gas Utility margin decreased as a result of:

 

 

(in millions)

 

Prior year true-up of Winter Storm Uri carrying costs (a)

$

(10.3

)

Mark-to-market on non-utility natural gas commodity contracts

 

(4.0

)

Weather

 

(2.9

)

New rates and rider recovery

 

7.8

 

Non-residential retail growth and demand

 

2.9

 

Residential growth and usage

 

1.6

 

Other

 

(0.5

)

$

(5.4

)

____________________

(a)
In certain jurisdictions, we have commission approval to recover carrying costs on Winter Storm Uri regulatory assets which offset increased interest expense. During the second quarter of 2022, we accrued a one-time, $10.3 million true-up of these carrying costs to reflect commission authorized rates.

 

Operations and maintenance expense increased primarily due to $11.9 million of higher employee-related expenses and $3.1 million of higher materials and outside services expenses.

 

Depreciation and amortization was comparable to the same period in the prior year.

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Operating Statistics

2023

 

2022

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

Quantities Sold and Transported (Dth):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution

 

13,063,595

 

 

15,173,532

 

 

 

58,041,684

 

 

62,784,068

 

Transport and Transmission

 

34,226,643

 

 

37,623,610

 

 

 

81,406,183

 

 

82,668,813

 

Total Quantities Sold

 

47,290,238

 

 

52,797,142

 

 

 

139,447,867

 

 

145,452,881

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2023

2022

 

2023

2022

 

Actual

Variance from Normal

Actual

Variance from Normal

 

Actual

Variance from Normal

Actual

Variance from Normal

Heating Degree Days

674

(10)%

768

2%

 

3,870

1%

3,933

2%

 

Corporate and Other

 

Corporate and Other represents certain unallocated expenses for administrative activities that support our reportable operating segments. Corporate and Other also includes business development activities that are not part of our operating segments.

 



Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Variance

 



Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Variance

 



2023

 

2022

 

2023 vs. 2022

 



2023

 

2022

 

2023 vs. 2022

 



(in millions)

 

Operating (loss)

$

(0.8

)

$

(1.0

)

$

0.2

 

 

$

(1.6

)

$

(2.0

)

$

0.3

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023, Compared with Three Months Ended June 30, 2022

 

Operating (loss) was comparable to the same period in the prior year.

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2023, Compared with Six Months Ended June 30, 2022

 

Operating (loss) was comparable to the same period in the prior year.

 

7


Consolidated Interest Expense, Other Income and Income Tax Expense

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Variance

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

Variance

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

2023 vs. 2022

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

2023 vs. 2022

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Interest expense, net

$

(41.5

)

$

(38.8

)

$

(2.8

)

 

$

(85.0

)

$

(77.3

)

$

(7.7

)

Other income (expense), net

$

(1.5

)

$

1.6

 

$

(3.1

)

 

$

(0.9

)

$

2.3

 

$

(3.1

)

Income tax benefit (expense)

$

6.1

 

$

0.7

 

$

5.4

 

 

$

(8.6

)

$

(13.8

)

$

5.2

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023, Compared with Three Months Ended June 30, 2022

 

Interest Expense, net

 

The increase in Interest expense, net was due to higher interest rates.

 

Other Income (Expense), net

 

Other expense, net increased due to higher costs for our non-qualified benefit plans which were driven by market performance and higher non-service benefit plan costs driven by higher discount rates.

 

Income Tax Benefit

 

Income tax benefit increased primarily due to lower pre-tax income and a lower effective tax rate. For the three months ended June 30, 2023, the effective tax rate was (29.8)% compared to (1.9)% for the same period in 2022. The lower effective tax rate was primarily due to a $8.2 million tax benefit from a Nebraska income tax rate decrease compared to a $3.8 million benefit from a similar Nebraska tax rate decrease in 2022 and $2.3 million of lower wind PTCs driven by the March 2023 sale of Northern Iowa Windpower assets.

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2023, Compared with Six Months Ended June 30, 2022

 

Interest Expense, net

 

The increase in Interest expense, net was due to higher interest rates.

 

Other Income (Expense), net

 

Other expense, net increased primarily due to higher costs for our non-qualified benefit plans which were driven by market performance and higher non-service benefit plan costs driven by higher discount rates.

 

Income Tax Expense

 

Income tax expense decreased primarily due to lower pre-tax income and a lower effective tax rate. For the six months ended June 30, 2023, the effective tax rate was 5.6% compared to 8.1% for the same period in 2022. The lower effective tax rate was primarily due to a $8.2 million tax benefit from a Nebraska income tax rate decrease compared to a $3.8 million benefit from a similar Nebraska tax rate decrease in 2022 and $3.0 million of lower wind PTCs driven by the March 2023 sale of Northern Iowa Windpower assets.

 

ABOUT BLACK HILLS CORP.

 

Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) is a customer-focused, growth-oriented utility company with a tradition of improving life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, the company serves 1.33 million natural gas and electric utility customers in eight states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. More information is available at www.blackhillscorp.com, www.blackhillscorp.com/corporateresponsibility and www.blackhillsenergy.com.

 

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CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This presentation includes “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. We make these forward-looking statements in reliance on the safe harbor protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this presentation that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. This includes, without limitations, our 2023 earnings guidance. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions which we believe are reasonable based on current expectations and projections about future events and industry conditions and trends affecting our business. However, whether actual results and developments will conform to our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that, among other things, could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including without limitation, the risk factors described in Item 1A of Part I of our 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports that we file with the SEC from time to time, and the following:

 

The accuracy of our assumptions on which our earnings guidance is based;

 

Our ability to obtain adequate cost recovery for our utility operations through regulatory proceedings and favorable rulings on periodic applications to recover costs for capital additions, plant retirements and decommissioning, fuel, transmission, purchased power, and other operating costs and the timing in which new rates would go into effect;

 

Our ability to complete our capital program in a cost-effective and timely manner;

 

Our ability to execute on our strategy;

 

Our ability to successfully execute our financing plans;

 

The effects of changing interest rates;

 

Our ability to achieve our greenhouse gas emissions intensity reduction goals;

 

Board of Directors’ approval of any future quarterly dividends;

 

The impact of future governmental regulation;

 

Our ability to overcome the impacts of supply chain disruptions on availability and cost of materials;

 

The effects of inflation and volatile energy prices; and

 

Other factors discussed from time to time in our filings with the SEC.

 

New factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements emerge from time-to-time, and it is not possible for us to predict all such factors, or the extent to which any such factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statement. We assume no obligation to update publicly any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

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CONSOLIDATING INCOME STATEMENTS

(Minor differences may result due to rounding.)

 



Consolidating Income Statement

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2023

Electric Utilities

 

Gas Utilities

 

Corporate and Other

 

Total

 



(in millions)

 

Revenue

$

193.1

 

$

222.7

 

$

(4.5

)

$

411.3

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel, purchased power and cost of natural gas sold

 

36.4

 

 

85.0

 

 

(0.1

)

 

121.2

 

Operations and maintenance

 

74.2

 

 

91.2

 

 

(3.6

)

 

161.8

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

35.8

 

 

28.8

 

 

0.1

 

 

64.7

 

Operating income (loss)

 

46.6

 

 

17.7

 

 

(0.8

)

 

63.5

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(41.5

)

Other income (expense), net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1.5

)

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.1

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.5

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3.5

)

Net income available for common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

23.1

 



Consolidating Income Statement

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2023

Electric Utilities

 

Gas Utilities

 

Corporate and Other

 

Total

 



(in millions)

 

Revenue

$

411.8

 

$

929.6

 

$

(9.0

)

$

1,332.4

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel, purchased power and cost of natural gas sold

 

91.8

 

 

555.9

 

 

(0.2

)

 

647.5

 

Operations and maintenance

 

141.4

 

 

186.1

 

 

(7.2

)

 

320.2

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

70.9

 

 

55.3

 

 

0.1

 

 

126.4

 

Operating income (loss)

 

107.7

 

 

132.4

 

 

(1.6

)

 

238.4

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(85.0

)

Other income (expense), net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.9

)

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(8.6

)

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

143.9

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(6.8

)

Net income available for common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

137.1

 

 



Consolidating Income Statement

 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2022

Electric Utilities

 

Gas Utilities

 

Corporate and Other

 

Total

 



(in millions)

 

Revenue

$

204.4

 

$

274.2

 

$

(4.4

)

$

474.2

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel, purchased power and cost of natural gas sold

 

56.6

 

 

131.7

 

 

(0.2

)

 

188.2

 

Operations and maintenance

 

69.0

 

 

83.7

 

 

(3.2

)

 

149.5

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

33.5

 

 

30.5

 

 

0.1

 

 

64.1

 

Operating income (loss)

 

45.2

 

 

28.2

 

 

(1.0

)

 

72.4

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(38.8

)

Other income (expense), net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.6

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.7

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35.8

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2.4

)

Net income available for common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

33.4

 

 

10


 



Consolidating Income Statement

 

Six Months Ended June 30, 2022

Electric Utilities

 

Gas Utilities

 

Corporate and Other

 

Total

 



(in millions)

 

Revenue

$

410.9

 

$

895.6

 

$

(8.7

)

$

1,297.8

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fuel, purchased power and cost of natural gas sold

 

109.0

 

 

516.5

 

 

(0.4

)

 

625.1

 

Operations and maintenance

 

138.7

 

 

170.1

 

 

(6.5

)

 

302.3

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

67.2

 

 

57.2

 

 

0.1

 

 

124.6

 

Operating income (loss)

 

96.0

 

 

151.7

 

 

(2.0

)

 

245.7

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(77.3

)

Other income (expense), net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.3

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(13.8

)

Net income