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AltaGas remains focused on executing its long-term strategic plan of connecting customers and markets to safe and reliable energy while delivering resilient and durable value for its stakeholders.
CALGARY, AB, Dec. 5, 2022– AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas” or the “Company”) (TSX: ALA) announces its 2023 guidance and outlook, a six percent increase to the Company’s common share dividends, provides updates on its strategic priorities, and progress update on its long-term Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.
(all financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted)
1. Non-GAAP measure; see discussion in the advisories of this news release and reconciliation to US GAAP financial measures shown in AltaGas’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) as at and for the period ended September 30, 2021, which is available on www.sedar.com.
“We continue to focus on advancing our corporate strategy as a leading North American energy infrastructure company, safely connecting customers to reliable and affordable sources of energy, for today and tomorrow, and executing on our strategic priorities” said Randy Crawford, AltaGas’ President, and Chief Executive Officer. “We expect to close out 2022 with strong operational and financial results that are in line with our 2022 guidance ranges.
“We have also shown marked progress on our de-leveraging goals this year, including progress on advancing the approvals required for the sale of our Alaskan Utilities, which will further strengthen our balance sheet, improve our financial flexibility, and position the Company to continue to execute on the large growth opportunities ahead. We have made significant progress streamlining the platform and focusing on our two-core business over the past four years and we believe 2023 will be another year building on this success and continuing to position the platform for long-term value creation.
“Our Utilities platform provides us with the opportunity to continue to invest in the safety and reliability of our systems while improving the customer value proposition and lowering costs. Investing in Accelerated Replacement Programs (“ARPs”) also drives visible and resilient earnings growth and progresses our goals toward reducing operating costs and leak rates. These investments provide us with visible, lower-risk growth that should increase our rate base by up to eight to ten percent per annum through 2027. These investments in the modernization of our distribution infrastructure also provides AltaGas the foundation for the delivery of carbon-free solutions in the years ahead. AltaGas is also acutely focused on ensuring energy affordability and acting in our customers best interests during the current period of higher commodity prices and inflation and actively balancing all these priorities.
“Our Midstream business is underpinned by our global export strategy. The competitive advantage of our distinctive export business is our structural shipping advantage. Our strategic decision to charter our own ships, set for late 2023 availability, enables us to take more control over the sale and delivery of our LPGs, further de-risks our supply chain, better positions us for long-term sustainable profitable growth and provides the opportunity to capture more global market options for our customers growing supply portfolio.”
“We are also pleased to share our 2022 ESG Update, providing our investors and broader stakeholder groups with a holistic view of AltaGas and the progress we are making regarding our ESG priorities. We are committed to executing on our mission to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers while reducing the carbon footprint of how we operate. We are making meaningful progress towards meeting our emission reduction goals and uniquely positioned within the energy value chain to facilitate our participation in future decarbonization efforts. Supporting governments within the respective jurisdictions where we operate in their efforts to reduce emissions, decarbonize, and meet climate goals is part of our strategy.
“Our plan to invest $930 million of growth and maintenance capital, without the issuance of equity, will position the company to continue to grow EPS and dividends for many years. We have a clear plan for the road ahead, which our highly capable senior leaders and employees will champion and execute to deliver marked benefits for all our stakeholders in the years ahead”.
AltaGas expects to achieve normalized EPS of $1.85 – $2.05 and normalized EBITDA of $1.5 billion – $1.6 billion in 2023. These guidance figures represent AltaGas’ expectations for continued growth in consolidated performance of the platform, which is being partially offset due to the lost contribution from the Alaskan Utilities and the Aitken Creek gas processing facility, post their respective divestitures, as well as various other year-over-year differences. Regarding the Alaskan Utilities divestiture, AltaGas continues to work closely with TriSummit to gain all State and Federal approvals to close the sale, which is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2023. All workstreams are progressing in line with the expected schedule. Cash proceeds from the asset sale will be used to fund long-term growth opportunities and continue to strengthen the Company’s financial flexibility and balance sheet.
Approximately 57 – 61 percent of 2023 normalized EBITDA is expected to be generated by the Utilities segment. Utilities normalized EBITDA is expected to grow modestly on a year-over-year basis, which is being driven by positive contribution from the Virginia and District of Columbia rate cases, continued rate base growth through ongoing capital investments across the network through various ARPs, new customer meter growth and ongoing cost management, which is being partially offset due to the lost contribution of the Alaskan Utilities post-closing the divestiture, which is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2023, as well as higher pension and operating costs, the latter of which is associated with higher inflationary environment, and other year-over-year variances.
Washington Gas currently has outstanding rate case applications in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Within Virginia the requested rates are designed to collect an incremental US$48 million in annual revenue with interim rates, subject to refund, currently in effect while the District of Columbia requested rates are designed to collect an incremental US$48 million in annual revenue with rates expected to take effect during 2023. AltaGas has ARPs in place across all three jurisdictions within Washington Gas as well as SEMCO in Michigan. AltaGas currently has authorized spending of approximately US$1.1 billion remaining under current ARPs which expire between 2023 and 2027. New meter growth is expected to continue across AltaGas’ Utilities jurisdictions at approximately 1-2% in 2023.
The Company continues to anticipate strong organic rate base growth of up to an eight to ten percent CAGR through 2027. AltaGas is also acutely focused on ensuring energy affordability and acting in its customers best interests during the current period of higher commodity prices and inflation. This includes continuously focusing on operating efficiency and cost management and shifting capital between years, where pragmatic and aligned with its customers long-term interests. Continued rate base growth will be underpinned by the modernization of the network that is focused on improving safety and reliability while also reducing operating costs and drive better stakeholder outcomes.
Approximately 39 – 43 percent of 2023 normalized EBITDA is expected to be generated by the Midstream segment. Normalized EBITDA in the Midstream business is expected to grow modestly year-over-year, which is being driven by higher global export margins, higher volumes and asset utilization at the Company’s existing Northeastern B.C. facilities and leading footprint in the Montney, and higher crude and NGL marketing margins and revenues. These positive factors are expected to be partially offset by the lost contribution from the non-operated Aitken Creek gas processing facility post its divestiture, lower fractionation spreads, and the absence of turnaround cost recoveries and other year-over-year variances.
AltaGas’ Midstream business is a leading North American platform that connects customers and markets. From wellhead to tidewater, the Company is focused on providing its customers with safe and reliable service and connectivity that facilitates the best outcomes for their businesses. This includes global market access for North American LPGs, which provides North American producers and aggregators with the best netbacks for its propane and butane while delivering diversity of supply and stronger energy security in Asia. Throughout our operations, we are playing a vital role within the larger energy ecosystem that keeps the global economy moving forward and is powering the possible within our society, and in a safe, reliable, and affordable manner.
Strong fundamentals and commodity prices continue to drive near-term Western Canadian natural gas and NGL production growth, which is expected to further accelerate mid-decade as Canadian liquified natural gas (LNG) projects increase egress to the Canadian market. The Company continues to see growing demand for LPG exports through the Ridley Island propane export terminal (RIPET) and Ferndale LPG export terminal in Asia, which are being driven by ongoing active supply diversification efforts within these markets and AltaGas’ structural shipping advantage to Asia versus alternative markets. AltaGas will be taking a focused effort to partner with Western Canadian producers and aggregators in 2023 to provide increased direct global market access through long-term tolling arrangements, which the Company believes will drive the best collective outcomes for each of their businesses over the long-term. AltaGas will also be taking active steps to drive ongoing partnerships with all its stakeholders across the global exports value chain to build long-term durable businesses together.
AltaGas continues to focus on de-risking its business and managing direct commodity price exposure to drive predictable and durable returns. Where the Company does have exposure, it plans to maintain an active hedging program that proactively hedges commodity price and spread risk to lock in structural margins and de-risk cash flows. AltaGas plans to execute a hedging program in 2023 in a manner that is aligned with practices in years past as was the case in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The Company has hedged approximately 40 percent of expected 2023 fractionation exposed volumes at approximately $25.87/Bbl, prior to transportation costs. In addition, approximately 45 percent of AltaGas’ 2023 expected global export volumes are either tolled or financially hedged with an average FEI to North American financial hedge price of US$11.14/Bbl for non-tolled propane and butane volumes. AltaGas is targeting to be highly hedged for Global Exports through a combination of tolling agreements and financial hedges for the new NGL contracting year starting on April 1, as well as in future years.
The Company’s Board of Directors approved a six percent increase to the annual common share dividends to $1.12 per share annually for the 2023 calendar year, which is paid on a quarterly basis at the rate of $0.28 per common share. Subject to approval of the Board of Directors, the first quarterly dividend of $0.28 per common share is expected to be effective for the March 2023 dividend that will be paid on March 31, 2023, to common shareholders of record on March 16, 2023. These dividends are eligible dividends for Canadian income tax purposes.
AltaGas is maintaining a disciplined and self-funded capital program of approximately $930 million in 2023, excluding ARO. The Company also expects approximately $90 million of capital investments that were approved in 2022 to rollover and be deployed in early 2023. The 2022 capital program is now expected to be approximately $950 million, including the impacts of the $90 million of capital rolling over into 2023 and change in the USD/CAD foreign exchange rate. The 2023 capital program includes continued strong investments into the Utilities and Midstream businesses that are focused on ensuring long-term safety and reliability of the asset base and position AltaGas to meet its customers long-term needs and drive the best collective outcomes for all stakeholders.
Including the 2022 rollover capital, the Company is allocating approximately 40 percent of AltaGas’ 2023 capital to ARPs in its Utilities business, representing approximately 55 percent of the total 2023 Utilities capital program. The Company expects to maintain its self-funding model in 2023 and fund its capital requirements through internally generated cash flows, asset sales including the Alaska Utilities divestiture, and existing financial capacity. Additional asset sales will be considered on an opportunistic basis, and proceeds will be used to fund ongoing growth opportunities, increase financial flexibility and de-lever and strengthen the balance sheet. The below table highlights the breakdown of capital investments, including the $90 million of rollover capital that was approved in 2022.
Today, AltaGas released its, reporting 2021 Performance data 2022 ESG Update, which highlights the Company’s ongoing efforts to advance ESG initiatives across all areas of the business. The update covers enterprise wide ESG performance data for 2021, 2020 and 2019 related to AltaGas defined ESG priorities, detailed progress made toward sustainability goals related to emission reductions, diversity and inclusion, and safety as well as sets new goals advancing AltaGas’ long-term aspirations.
ESG Update Highlights:
To see more on our progress and highlights from 2021, the full 2022 ESG Update is available for download on our website: AltaGas 2021 ESG Report
A Leading North American infrastructure company that connects customers and markets to affordable and reliable sources of energy. The Company operates a diversified, lower-risk, high-growth Utilities and Midstream business that is focused on delivering resilient and durable value for its stakeholders.
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