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TOPEKA, Kan., May 3, 2016 - Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) today announced earnings of $66 million, or $0.46 per share, for the first quarter 2016 compared with earnings of $51 million, or $0.38 per share, for the first quarter 2015.
Higher net income for the quarter, compared with last year, was driven by the impact of last fall's rate order which recovered the costs of mandated air quality controls, higher corporate owned life insurance proceeds, lower distribution system expenses, and lower operating and maintenance costs as a result of the company retiring some of its older, smaller generating plants late last year. The higher revenues were partially offset by the effects of unusually mild weather.
The company affirmed its 2016 earnings guidance of $2.38 to $2.53 per share. The earnings guidance drivers are located under Supplemental Materials within the investor section of the company website at www.WestarEnergy.com.
Westar Energy management will host a conference call Wednesday, May 4 with the investment community at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT). Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by dialing 866-411-8234, participant code 86800330. A webcast of the live conference call will be available at www.WestarEnergy.com.
Members of the media are invited to listen to the conference call and then contact Jana Dawson with any follow-up questions.
This earnings announcement, a package of detailed first quarter financial information, the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended Mar. 31, 2016 and other filings the company has made with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available on the company's website at www.WestarEnergy.com.
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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas' largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, digital meters and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.
For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the internet at www.WestarEnergy.com.
Forward-looking statements: Certain matters discussed in this news release are “forward-looking statements.” The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 has established that these statements qualify for safe harbors from liability. Forward-looking statements may include words like “believe,” “anticipate,” “target,” “expect,” “pro forma,” “estimate,” “intend,” “guidance” or words of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements describe future plans, objectives, expectations or goals. Although Westar Energy believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, all forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include those discussed herein as well as (1) those discussed in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2015 (a) under the heading, “Forward-Looking Statements,” (b) in ITEM 1. Business, (c) in ITEM 1A. Risk Factors, (d) in ITEM 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and (e) in ITEM 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data: Notes 13 and 15; (2) those discussed in the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed May 3, 2016, (a) in ITEM 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (b) in Part I, Financial Information, ITEM 1. Financial Statements: Notes 10 and 11; and (3) other factors discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date such statement was made, and the company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement was made.
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