NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation expects first quarter 2014 as-reported earnings of approximately $2.23 per share and operational earnings of approximately $2.28 per share.
Results for first quarter 2013 were $0.90 per share on an as-reported basis and $0.94 per share on an operational basis.
First quarter 2014 earnings resulted from significantly higher realized wholesale energy prices at Entergy Wholesale Commodities, reflecting cold winter weather and northeast pipeline infrastructure limitations, which reinforces the need for a diverse generation portfolio and the value of existing nuclear generation facilities in the region. The Utility also saw higher earnings on colder-than-normal temperatures. Entergy also raised its 2014 operational earnings guidance to be in the range of $5.55 to $6.75 per share.
Special items in first quarter 2014 were recorded arising from the decision to close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station later this year and the human capital management strategic imperative. First quarter 2013 included a special item for the proposed transmission spin-merge transaction.
The increase in first quarter 2014 earnings was driven by higher results at Entergy Wholesale Commodities and Utility. On a consolidated basis, the preliminary estimate for the effective income tax rate was approximately 35 percent in first quarter 2014.