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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): April 23, 2018



Commission
 
Registrant; State of Incorporation;
 
I.R.S. Employer
File Number
 
Address; and Telephone Number
 
Identification No.
 
 
 
 
 
333-21011
 
FIRSTENERGY CORP.
 
34-1843785
 
 
(An Ohio Corporation)
 
 
 
 
76 South Main Street
 
 
 
 
Akron, OH  44308
 
 
 
 
Telephone (800)736-3402
 
 
 
 
 
 
 











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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition

On April 23, 2018, FirstEnergy Corp. (FirstEnergy or Company) issued three public documents regarding, among other things, results for the three months ended March 31, 2018, affirming operating (non-GAAP) earnings guidance for 2018, and providing operating (non-GAAP) earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2018. FirstEnergy’s Press Release, Consolidated Report to the Financial Community and earnings call slide presentation, which are attached as Exhibits 99.1, 99.2 and 99.3, respectively, hereto and incorporated herein by reference, contain non-GAAP financial measures. Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G and Item 10(e)(i) of Regulation S-K, FirstEnergy has provided quantitative reconciliations within the Press Release, Consolidated Report to the Financial Community and earnings call slide presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). The information set forth in and incorporated into this Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is being furnished pursuant to Item 2.02 of Form 8-K and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any of the Company’s filings under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, whether made before or after the date hereof and regardless of any general incorporation language in such filings, except to the extent expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

The attached Press Release, Consolidated Report to the Financial Community and earnings call slide presentation contain references to non-GAAP financial measures including, among others, Operating earnings (loss); Operating earnings (loss) per share; Operating earnings (loss) per share on a segment basis; Adjusted Equity; Adjusted Debt; and Adjusted Capitalization. As a result of presenting substantially all of the operations of the previously reported Competitive Energy Services reportable operating segment as discontinued operations, prior period disclosure, including the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures, has been revised to conform to the current presentation of such operations as discontinued operations in Corporate/Other. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s historical or future financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Operating earnings (loss) is not calculated in accordance with GAAP because they exclude the impact of “special items.” Special items represent charges incurred or benefits realized that management believes are not indicative of, or may obscure trends useful in evaluating the Company’s ongoing core activities and results of operations or otherwise warrant separate classification. Special items also reflect the adjustment to include the full impact of share dilution from the $2.5 billion equity issuance in January 2018. Special items are not necessarily non-recurring. The Company’s management cannot estimate on a forward-looking basis the impact of these items in the context of Operating earnings (loss) per share growth projections because these items, which could be significant, are difficult to predict and may be highly variable. Consequently, the Company is unable to reconcile Operating earnings (loss) per share growth projections to a GAAP measure without unreasonable effort. Operating earnings (loss) per share is calculated by dividing Operating earnings (loss), which excludes special items as discussed above, for the periods presented by 538 million shares, which reflects the full impact of share dilution from the equity issuance in January 2018. Operating earnings (loss) per share by segment is calculated by dividing segment Operating earnings (loss), which excludes special items as discussed above, for the periods presented by 538 million shares. As of the first quarter 2018, Regulated operating (non-GAAP) earnings (loss), Regulated operating earnings (loss) per share, and Regulated operating earnings (loss) per share by segment, which were non-GAAP financial measures used in the guidance provided in February 2018, are now referred to as Operating earnings (loss), Operating earnings (loss) per share, and Operating earnings (loss) per share by segment, respectively. Management uses non-GAAP financial measures such as Operating earnings (loss) and Operating earnings (loss) per share to evaluate the Company’s performance and manage its operations and frequently references these non-GAAP financial measures in its decision-making, using them to facilitate historical and ongoing performance comparisons. Additionally, management uses Operating earnings (loss) per share by segment to further evaluate FirstEnergy’s performance by segment and references this non-GAAP financial measure in its decision-making. Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures of Operating earnings (loss) and Operating earnings (loss) per share by segment provide consistent and comparable measures of performance of its businesses on an ongoing basis. Management also believes that such measures are useful to shareholders and other interested parties to understand performance trends and evaluate the Company against its peer group by presenting period-over-period operating results without the effect of certain charges or benefits that may not be consistent or comparable across periods or across the Company’s peer group. Management uses Adjusted Equity, Adjusted Debt, and Adjusted Capitalization to calculate and monitor its compliance with the debt to total capitalization financial covenants under the FirstEnergy credit facility. These financial measures, as calculated in accordance with the FirstEnergy credit facility, help shareholders understand FirstEnergy's compliance with, and provide a basis for understanding FirstEnergy's incremental debt capacity under, the debt to total capitalization financial covenants. The financial covenants require FirstEnergy to maintain a consolidated debt to total capitalization ratio, as defined in the facilities, of no more than 65%, measured at the end of each fiscal quarter. All of these non-GAAP financial measures are intended to complement, and are not considered as alternatives to, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Also, the non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities.







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Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d)
Exhibits

Exhibit No.
 
Description
99.1
 
99.2
 
99.3
 




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Forward-Looking Statements: This Form 8-K includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 based on information currently available to management. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These statements include declarations regarding management's intents, beliefs and current expectations. These statements typically contain, but are not limited to, the terms “anticipate,” “potential,” “expect,” "forecast," "target," "will," "intend," “believe,” "project," “estimate," "plan" and similar words. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, which may include the following: the ability to successfully execute an exit of commodity-based generation that minimizes cash outflows and associated liabilities, including, without limitation, the losses, guarantees, claims and other obligations of FirstEnergy Corp., together with its consolidated subsidiaries (FirstEnergy) as such relate to the entities previously consolidated into FirstEnergy, including FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.(FES), its subsidiaries and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), which have recently filed for bankruptcy protection; the potential for litigation and demands for payment against FirstEnergy by FES and FENOC or certain of their creditors; the risks associated with the bankruptcy cases of FES, its subsidiaries and FENOC, including, but not limited to, third-party motions in the cases that could adversely affect FirstEnergy, its liquidity or results of operations; the ability to experience growth in the Regulated Distribution and Regulated Transmission segments and the effectiveness of our strategy to operate as a fully regulated business; the accomplishment of our regulatory and operational goals in connection with our transmission and distribution investment plans, including, but not limited to, our planned transition to forward-looking formula rates; changes in assumptions regarding economic conditions within our territories, assessment of the reliability of our transmission and distribution system, or the availability of capital or other resources supporting identified transmission and distribution investment opportunities; the ability to accomplish or realize anticipated benefits from strategic and financial goals, including, but not limited to, the ability to grow earnings in our regulated businesses, continue to reduce costs and to successfully execute our financial plans designed to improve our credit metrics and strengthen our balance sheet; the risks and uncertainties associated with litigation, arbitration, mediation and like proceedings; the uncertainties associated with the deactivation of our remaining commodity-based generating units, including the impact on vendor commitments, and as it relates to the reliability of the transmission grid, the timing thereof; costs being higher than anticipated and the success of our policies to control costs; the uncertainty of the timing and amounts of the capital expenditures that may arise in connection with any litigation, including New Source Review litigation, or potential regulatory initiatives or rulemakings; changes in customers' demand for power, including, but not limited to, changes resulting from the implementation of state and federal energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates; economic and weather conditions affecting future sales, margins and operations, such as significant weather events, and all associated regulatory events or actions; changes in national and regional economic conditions affecting FirstEnergy and/or our major industrial and commercial customers, and other counterparties with which we do business; the impact of labor disruptions by our unionized workforce; the risks associated with cyber-attacks and other disruptions to our information technology system that may compromise our generation, transmission and/or distribution services and data security breaches of sensitive data, intellectual property and proprietary or personally identifiable information regarding our business, employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, business partners and other individuals in our data centers and on our networks; the impact of the regulatory process and resulting outcomes on the matters at the federal level and in the various states in which we do business, including, but not limited to, matters related to rates; the impact of the federal regulatory process on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulated entities and transactions, in particular FERC regulation of PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (PJM) wholesale energy and capacity markets and cost-of-service rates, as well as FERC’s compliance and enforcement activity, including compliance and enforcement activity related to North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s mandatory reliability standards; the uncertainties of various cost recovery and cost allocation issues resulting from American Transmission Systems, Incorporated's realignment into PJM; the ability to comply with applicable state and federal reliability standards and energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates; other legislative and regulatory changes, including the federal administration's required review and potential revision of environmental requirements, including, but not limited to, the effects of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, Coal Combustion Residuals, Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Mercury and Air Toxics Standards programs, including our estimated costs of compliance, Clean Water Act (CWA) waste water effluent limitations for power plants, and CWA 316(b) water intake regulation; changing market conditions that could affect the measurement of certain liabilities and the value of assets held in our pension trusts and other trust funds, and cause us and/or our subsidiaries to make additional contributions sooner, or in amounts that are larger, than currently anticipated; the impact of changes to significant accounting policies; the impact of any changes in tax laws or regulations, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, adopted December 22, 2017, or adverse tax audit results or rulings; the ability to access the public securities and other capital and credit markets in accordance with our financial plans, the cost of such capital and overall condition of the capital and credit markets affecting us and our subsidiaries; further actions that may be taken by credit rating agencies that could negatively affect us and/or our subsidiaries’ access to financing, increase the costs thereof, letters of credit and other financial guarantees, and the impact of these events on the financial condition and liquidity of FirstEnergy Corp. and/or its subsidiaries; issues concerning the stability of domestic and foreign financial institutions and counterparties with which we do business; and the risks and other factors discussed from time to time in our United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, and other similar factors. Dividends declared from time to time on FirstEnergy Corp.'s common stock, and thereby on FirstEnergy Corp.'s preferred stock, during any period may in the aggregate vary from prior periods due to circumstances considered by FirstEnergy Corp.'s Board of Directors at the time of the actual declarations. A security rating is not a recommendation to buy or hold securities and is subject to revision or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating agency. Each rating should be evaluated independently of any other rating. These forward-looking statements are also qualified by, and should be read together with, the risk factors included in our filings with the SEC. The foregoing review of factors also should not be construed as exhaustive. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor assess the impact of any such factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise, except as required by law, any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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SIGNATURE

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.

April 23, 2018

 
 FIRSTENERGY CORP.
 
 Registrant
 
 
 
 
 By:  
/s/ Jason J. Lisowski
 
Jason J. Lisowski
Vice President, Controller and
Chief Accounting Officer




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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

Exhibit


Exhibit 99.1

FirstEnergy Corp.                    For Release: April 23, 2018
76 South Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
www.firstenergycorp.com    

News Media Contact:                Investor Contact:
Tricia Ingraham                    Irene Prezelj
(330) 384-5247                    (330) 384-3859



FirstEnergy Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Akron, Ohio - FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today reported first quarter 2018 GAAP earnings of $1.2 billion or $2.55 per basic share ($2.54 diluted), on revenues of $3 billion, primarily reflecting a gain on the deconsolidation of FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (FES), its subsidiaries and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) as a result of their bankruptcy filings on March 31, 2018. In the first quarter of 2017, the company recorded GAAP earnings of $205 million, or $0.46 per basic and diluted share of common stock, on revenue of $2.9 billion. GAAP earnings for both periods include the impact of special items listed below.

Operating (non-GAAP) earnings* were $0.67 per share for the first quarter of 2018, compared with $0.52 per share in the first quarter of 2017.

“Eighteen months ago, we announced our plan to move away from commodity-exposed generation, so our company could fully focus on the tremendous opportunities in our regulated businesses,” said Charles E. Jones, FirstEnergy president and chief executive officer. “Today, we are pleased to report strong earnings that represent FirstEnergy as a fully regulated company, and to reaffirm our guidance and growth projections.”

The company raised its forecast for 2018 GAAP earnings to a range of $3.61 to $3.91 per share, and affirmed its full-year operating (non-GAAP) earnings guidance range of $2.25 to $2.55 per share. In addition, the company is providing a second quarter GAAP earnings forecast range of $(0.06) to $0.04 per share, and operating (non-GAAP) earnings guidance range of $0.47 to $0.57 per share.




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In FirstEnergy’s Regulated Distribution business, first quarter 2018 earnings increased compared to the same period in 2017 as a result of higher weather-related usage, rates that went into effect in Ohio and Pennsylvania and lower expenses. These factors were partially offset by higher depreciation and general taxes.

Heating degree days in the company’s utility service area were 17 percent higher than the same period of 2017. The colder weather drove a 5 percent increase in total distribution deliveries compared to the first quarter of 2017, including an 8.1 percent increase in residential sales and 3.6 percent increase in deliveries to commercial customers. Deliveries to industrial customers increased 2.8 percent, primarily due to higher usage in the shale gas and steel sectors. This marked the seventh consecutive quarterly increase in the company’s industrial distribution sales.

In the Regulated Transmission business, first quarter earnings benefited from the implementation of approved settlement rates at Jersey Central Power & Light and a higher rate base associated with the company’s continued investments in the Energizing the Future transmission initiative.

In Corporate/Other, results for the first quarter of 2018 reflect the impact of higher taxes and net financing costs, partially offset by higher commodity margin at the Pleasants Power Station related to higher wholesale prices and lower operating expenses.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Consolidated GAAP Earnings Per Share to Operating (Non-GAAP) EPS* Reconciliation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31
 
2018 Estimates
 
 
 
 
2018
2017
 
Second
Quarter
Full
Year
 
Basic Earnings Per Share (GAAP)
 
$2.55
$0.46
 
($0.06) - $0.04
$3.61 - $3.91
 
Excluding Special Items*:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Impact of full dilution to 538M shares
 
(0.08)
 
0.32
0.29
 
 
Regulatory charges
 
0.01
0.02
 
0.01
0.04
 
 
Mark-to-market adjustments
 
(0.01)
 
(0.01)
 
 
Exit of competitive generation
 
(1.88)
0.12
 
(1.88)
 
 
Debt redemption costs
 
 
0.20
0.20
 
 
Total Special Items*
 
(1.88)
0.06
 
0.53
(1.36)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating EPS (Non-GAAP)
 
$0.67
$0.52
 
$0.47 - $0.57
$2.25 - $2.55
 
 


Per share amounts for the special items and earnings drivers above are based on the after-tax effect of each item divided by number of shares outstanding assuming full impact of dilution from the $2.5 billion equity issuance in January 2018 (538M fully diluted shares). The current and deferred income tax effect was calculated by applying the subsidiaries’ statutory tax rate to the pretax amount. The income tax rates range from 21% to 29% and 35% to 38% in the first quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

Non-GAAP financial measures
*Operating earnings (loss) excludes “special items” as described below, and is a non-GAAP financial measure. Special items represent charges incurred or benefits realized that management believes are not indicative of, or may obscure trends useful in evaluating the company’s ongoing core activities and results of operations or otherwise warrant separate classification. Special items also reflect the adjustment to include the full impact of share dilution from the $2.5 billion equity issuance in January 2018. Special items are not necessarily non-recurring. Management uses Operating earnings (loss) and Operating earnings (loss) per

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share to evaluate the company’s performance and manage its operations and frequently references these non-GAAP financial measures in its decision making, using them to facilitate historical and ongoing performance comparisons. Operating earnings (loss) per share, a non-GAAP financial measure, is calculated by dividing Operating earnings (loss), which excludes specials items as discussed herein, for the periods presented by 538 million shares, which reflects the full impact of share dilution from the equity issuance in January 2018. As of the first quarter 2018, Regulated operating (non-GAAP) earnings (loss), Regulated operating earnings (loss) per share, and Regulated operating earnings (loss) per share by segment, which were non-GAAP financial measures used in the guidance provided in February 2018, are now referred to as Operating earnings (loss), Operating earnings (loss) per share, and Operating earnings (loss) per share by segment, respectively. Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures of Operating earnings (loss) and Operating earnings (loss) per share provide consistent and comparable measures of performance of its businesses on an ongoing basis. Management also believes that such measures are useful to shareholders and other interested parties to understand performance trends and evaluate the company against its peer group by presenting period-over-period operating results without the effect of certain charges or benefits that may not be consistent or comparable across periods or across the company’s peer group. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures are intended to complement, and are not considered as alternatives to, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Also, the non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities.


Deconsolidation
As a result of the bankruptcy filings, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), its subsidiaries and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) were deconsolidated from FirstEnergy’s consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2018. Additionally, the operating results of FES and FENOC, as well as Bay Shore Power Company and a portion of AE Supply, LLC that were subject to completed or pending asset sales, collectively representing substantially all of FirstEnergy’s operations that comprised the Competitive Energy Services (CES) reportable operating segment, will be presented as discontinued operations in Corporate/Other. The remaining business activities that previously comprised the CES reportable operating segment were not material, and as such, have been combined into Corporate/Other for reporting purposes. The external segment reporting is consistent with the internal financial reports used by FirstEnergy's Chief Executive Officer (its chief operating decision maker) to regularly assess performance of the business and allocate resources. Disclosures for FirstEnergy's reportable operating segments for 2017, including the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures, have been revised to conform to the current presentation.

Consolidated Report and Teleconference

FirstEnergy’s Consolidated Report to the Financial Community, which provides highlights on company developments and financial results for the first quarter, is posted on the company’s Investor Information website - www.firstenergycorp.com/ir. To access the report, click on First Quarter 2018 Consolidated Report to the Financial Community.

The company invites investors, customers and other interested parties to listen to a live Internet webcast of its teleconference for financial analysts and view slides associated with the presentation at 10:00 a.m. EDT today. FirstEnergy management will present an overview of the company’s financial results, followed by a question-and-answer session. The teleconference and presentation can be accessed on the website by selecting the First Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call link. The webcast and presentation will be archived on the website.


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FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 based on information currently available to management. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These statements include declarations regarding management's intents, beliefs and current expectations. These statements typically contain, but are not limited to, the terms “anticipate,” “potential,” “expect,” "forecast," "target," "will," "intend," “believe,” "project," “estimate," "plan" and similar words. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, which may include the following: the ability to successfully execute an exit of commodity-based generation that minimizes cash outflows and associated liabilities, including, without limitation, the losses, guarantees, claims and other obligations of FirstEnergy Corp., together with its consolidated subsidiaries (FirstEnergy) as such relate to the entities previously consolidated into FirstEnergy, including FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.(FES), its subsidiaries and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), which have recently filed for bankruptcy protection; the potential for litigation and demands for payment against FirstEnergy by FES and FENOC or certain of their creditors; the risks associated with the bankruptcy cases of FES, its subsidiaries and FENOC, including, but not limited to, third-party motions in the cases that could adversely affect FirstEnergy, its liquidity or results of operations; the ability to experience growth in the Regulated Distribution and Regulated Transmission segments and the effectiveness of our strategy to operate as a fully regulated business; the accomplishment of our regulatory and operational goals in connection with our transmission and distribution investment plans, including, but not limited to, our planned transition to forward-looking formula rates; changes in assumptions regarding economic conditions within our territories, assessment of the reliability of our transmission and distribution system, or the availability of capital or other resources supporting identified transmission and distribution investment opportunities; the ability to accomplish or realize anticipated benefits from strategic and financial goals, including, but not limited to, the ability to grow earnings in our regulated businesses, continue to reduce costs and to successfully execute our financial plans designed to improve our credit metrics and strengthen our balance sheet; the risks and uncertainties associated with litigation, arbitration, mediation and like proceedings; the uncertainties associated with the deactivation of our remaining commodity-based generating units, including the impact on vendor commitments, and as it relates to the reliability of the transmission grid, the timing thereof; costs being higher than anticipated and the success of our policies to control costs; the uncertainty of the timing and amounts of the capital expenditures that may arise in connection with any litigation, including New Source Review litigation, or potential regulatory initiatives or rulemakings; changes in customers' demand for power, including, but not limited to, changes resulting from the implementation of state and federal energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates; economic and weather conditions affecting future sales, margins and operations, such as significant weather events, and all associated regulatory events or actions; changes in national and regional economic conditions affecting FirstEnergy and/or our major industrial and commercial customers, and other counterparties with which we do business; the impact of labor disruptions by our unionized workforce; the risks associated with cyber-attacks and other disruptions to our information technology system that may compromise our generation, transmission and/or distribution services and data security breaches of sensitive data, intellectual property and proprietary or personally identifiable information regarding our business, employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, business partners and other individuals in our data centers and on our networks; the impact of the regulatory process and resulting outcomes on the matters at the federal level and in the various states in which we do business, including, but not limited to, matters related to rates; the impact of the federal regulatory process on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulated entities and transactions, in particular FERC regulation of PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (PJM) wholesale energy and capacity markets and cost-of-service rates, as well as FERC’s compliance and enforcement activity, including compliance and enforcement activity related to North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s mandatory reliability standards; the uncertainties of various cost recovery and cost allocation issues resulting from American Transmission Systems, Incorporated's realignment into PJM; the ability to comply with applicable state and federal reliability standards and energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates; other legislative and regulatory changes, including the federal administration's required review and potential revision of environmental requirements, including, but not limited to, the effects of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, Coal Combustion Residuals, Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Mercury and Air Toxics Standards programs, including our estimated costs of compliance, Clean Water Act (CWA) waste water effluent limitations for power plants, and CWA 316(b) water intake regulation; changing market conditions that could affect the measurement of certain liabilities and the value of assets held in our pension trusts and other trust funds, and cause us and/or our subsidiaries to make additional contributions sooner, or in amounts that are larger, than currently anticipated; the impact of changes to significant accounting policies; the impact of any changes in tax laws or regulations, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, adopted December 22, 2017, or adverse tax audit results or rulings; the ability to access the public securities and other capital and credit markets in accordance with our financial plans, the cost of such capital and overall condition of the capital and credit markets affecting us and our subsidiaries; further actions that may be taken by credit rating agencies that could negatively affect us and/or our subsidiaries’ access to financing, increase the costs thereof, letters of credit and other financial guarantees, and the impact of these events on the financial condition and liquidity of FirstEnergy Corp. and/or its subsidiaries; issues concerning the stability of domestic and foreign financial institutions and counterparties with which we do business; and the risks and other factors discussed from time to time in our United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, and other similar factors. Dividends declared from time to time on FirstEnergy Corp.'s common stock, and thereby on FirstEnergy Corp.'s preferred stock, during any period may in the aggregate vary from prior periods due to circumstances considered by FirstEnergy Corp.'s Board of Directors at the time of the actual declarations. A security rating is not a recommendation to buy or hold securities and is subject to revision or withdrawal at any time by the assigning rating agency. Each

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rating should be evaluated independently of any other rating. These forward-looking statements are also qualified by, and should be read together with, the risk factors included in our filings with the SEC. The foregoing review of factors also should not be construed as exhaustive. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all such factors, nor assess the impact of any such factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise, except as required by law, any forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



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Section 3: EX-99.2 (EXHIBIT 99.2)

Exhibit


Exhibit 99.2
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Consolidated Report to the Financial Community                                                                           
First Quarter 2018
 
(Released April 23, 2018)          (Unaudited)
HIGHLIGHTS  
GAAP earnings for the first quarter of 2018 were $2.55 per basic share, compared with first quarter 2017 earnings of $0.46 per basic share. GAAP earnings for the first quarter of 2018 and 2017 include the impact of special items listed below. Operating (non-GAAP) earnings*, which excludes special items, were $0.67 per share for the first quarter of 2018, compared with first quarter 2017 Operating (non-GAAP) earnings of $0.52 per share.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FirstEnergy
 
 
EPS Variance Analysis
 
Regulated
 
Regulated
 
Corporate /
 
Corp.
 
 
(in millions, except per share amounts)
 
Distribution
 
Transmission
 
Other**
 
Consolidated
 
 
1Q 2017 Net Income (Loss) attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$237
 
$88
 
$(120)
 
$205
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share* (avg. shares outstanding 443M)
 
$0.53
 
$0.20
 
$(0.27)
 
$0.46
 
 
Special Items - 2017***
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Impact of full dilution to 538M shares
 
(0.09)
 
(0.04)
 
0.05
 
(0.08)
 
 
Regulatory charges
 
0.02
 
 
 
0.02
 
 
Exit of competitive generation
 
 
 
0.12
 
0.12
 
 
Total Special Items - 1Q 2017
 
(0.07)
 
(0.04)
 
0.17
 
0.06
 
 
1Q 2017 Operating Earnings (Loss) Per Share - Non-GAAP*
(538M fully diluted shares)
 
$0.46
 
$0.16
 
$(0.10)
 
$0.52
 
 
Distribution Deliveries - Weather
 
0.06
 
 
 
0.06
 
 
Ohio DCR
 
0.03
 
 
 
0.03
 
 
Pennsylvania Rate Case
 
0.03
 
 
 
0.03
 
 
Transmission Margin
 
 
0.02
 
 
0.02
 
 
Commodity Margin
 
 
 
0.03
 
0.03
 
 
Net Operating and Miscellaneous Expenses
 
0.05
 
 
0.01
 
0.06
 
 
Depreciation
 
(0.01)
 
 
 
(0.01)
 
 
General Taxes
 
(0.02)
 
 
 
(0.02)
 
 
Net Financing Costs
 
0.01
 
 
(0.03)
 
(0.02)
 
 
Effective Tax Rate
 
 
 
(0.03)
 
(0.03)
 
 
1Q 2018 Operating Earnings (Loss) Per Share - Non-GAAP*
(538M fully diluted shares)
 
$0.61
 
$0.18
 
$(0.12)
 
$0.67
 
 
Special Items - 2018***
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark-to-market adjustments
 
 
 
0.01
 
0.01
 
 
Regulatory charges
 
(0.01)
 
 
 
(0.01)
 
 
Exit of competitive generation
 
 
 
1.88
 
1.88
 
 
Impact of full dilution to 538M shares
 
0.08
 
0.03
 
(0.11)
 
 
 
Total Special Items - 1Q 2018
 
0.07
 
0.03
 
1.78
 
1.88
 
 
1Q 2018 Basic Earnings Per Share* (avg. shares outstanding 476M)
 
$0.68
 
$0.21
 
$1.66
 
$2.55
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$322
 
$99
 
$792
 
$1,213
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Per share amounts for the special items and earnings drivers above and throughout this report are based on the after-tax effect of each item divided by the number of shares outstanding for the period assuming full impact of dilution from the $2.5 billion equity issuance in January 2018 (538M fully diluted shares). The current and deferred income tax effect was calculated by applying the subsidiaries' statutory tax rate to the pre-tax amount. The income tax rates range from 21% to 29% and 35% to 38% in the first quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively.
 

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*Operating earnings (loss) excludes “special items” as described below, and is a non-GAAP financial measure. Special items represent charges incurred or benefits realized that management believes are not indicative of, or may obscure trends useful in evaluating the company’s ongoing core activities and results of operations or otherwise warrant separate classification. Special items also reflect the adjustment to include the full impact of share dilution from the $2.5 billion equity issuance in January 2018. Special items are not necessarily non-recurring. Management uses Operating earnings (loss) and Operating earnings (loss) per share to evaluate the company’s performance and manage its operations and frequently references these non-GAAP financial measures in its decision making, using them to facilitate historical and ongoing performance comparisons. Additionally, management uses Operating earnings (loss) per share by segment to further evaluate the company's performance by segment and references this non-GAAP financial measure in its decision making. Operating earnings (loss) per share is calculated by dividing Operating earnings (loss), which excludes specials items as discussed herein, for the periods presented by 538 million shares, which reflects the full impact of share dilution from the equity issuance in January 2018. Operating earnings (loss) per share for each segment, a non-GAAP financial measure, is calculated by dividing segment Operating earnings (loss), which excludes specials items as discussed herein, for the periods presented by 538 million shares. As of the first quarter 2018, Regulated operating (non-GAAP) earnings (loss), Regulated operating earnings (loss) per share, and Regulated operating earnings (loss) per share by segment, which were non-GAAP financial measures used in the guidance provided in February 2018, are now referred to as Operating earnings (loss), Operating earnings (loss) per share, and Operating earnings (loss) per share by segment, respectively. Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures of Operating earnings (loss) and Operating earnings (loss) per share and Operating earnings (loss) per share by segment provide consistent and comparable measures of performance of its businesses on an ongoing basis. Management also believes that such measures are useful to shareholders and other interested parties to understand performance trends and evaluate the company against its peer group by presenting period-over-period operating results without the effect of certain charges or benefits that may not be consistent or comparable across periods or across the company’s peer group. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). These non-GAAP financial measures are intended to complement, and are not considered as alternatives to, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Also, the non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities. The 2018 and 2017 GAAP to non-GAAP earnings per share reconciliations can be found on page 20 of this report and all GAAP to non-GAAP earnings (loss) reconciliations are available on the company’s Investor Information website at www.firstenergycorp.com/ir.
**As a result of the bankruptcy filings, FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. (FES), its subsidiaries and FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) were deconsolidated from FirstEnergy Corp.'s (FE) consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2018. Additionally, the operating results of FES and FENOC, as well as Bay Shore Power Company (BSPC) and a portion of Allegheny Energy Supply, LLC (AE Supply) that are subject to completed or pending asset sales, collectively representing substantially all of FirstEnergy’s operations that previously comprised the CES reportable operating segment, are presented as discontinued operations in Corporate/Other. The remaining business activities that previously comprised the CES reportable operating segment were not material, and as such, have been combined into Corporate/Other for reporting purposes. The external segment reporting is consistent with the internal financial reports used by FE's Chief Executive Officer (its chief operating decision maker) to regularly assess performance of the business and allocate resources. Disclosures for FE's reportable operating segments for 2017, including the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures, have been revised to conform to the current presentation.
***See pages 16-21 for additional details regarding special items.



























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2018 Earnings Guidance
GAAP earnings for 2018 are forecasted at $3.61 - $3.91 per basic share with 2018 Operating (non-GAAP) earnings guidance ranging from $2.25 - $2.55 per share.
GAAP results for the second quarter of 2018 are forecasted at ($0.06) - $0.04 per basic share with Operating (non-GAAP) earnings guidance ranging from $0.47 - $0.57 per share.

 
 
 
Estimate for Year 2018*
 
Q2 of 2018*
 
 
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
Regulated Distribution
 
Regulated Transmission
 
Corporate / Other
 
FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated
 
FirstEnergy Corp. Consolidated
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018F Net Income (Loss) attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$1,120 - $1,215
 
$370 - $410
 
$235 - $245
 
$1,725 - $1,870
 
($30) - $20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018F Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share (avg. shares outstanding 479M)
 
$2.34 - $2.54
 
$0.78 - $0.86
 
$0.49 - $0.51
 
$3.61 - $3.91
 
($0.06) - $0.04
 
Excluding Special Items:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark-to-market adjustments
 
 
 
(0.01)
 
(0.01)
 
 
 
Regulatory charges
 
0.04
 
 
 
0.04
 
0.01
 
 
Debt redemption costs
 
 
 
0.20
 
0.20
 
0.20
 
 
Exit of competitive generation
 
 
 
(1.88)
 
(1.88)
 
 
 
Impact of full dilution to 538M shares
 
(0.27)
 
(0.09)
 
0.65
 
0.29
 
0.32
 
 
Total Special Items**
 
(0.23)
 
(0.09)
 
(1.04)
 
(1.36)
 
0.53
 
2018F Operating Earnings (Loss) Per Share - Non-GAAP (538M fully diluted shares)
 
$2.11 - $2.31
 
$0.69 - $0.77
 
$(0.55) - $(0.53)
 
$2.25 - $2.55
 
$0.47 - $0.57
 
 
* Per share amounts for the special items above are based on the after-tax effect of each item divided by the number of shares outstanding for the period assuming full impact of dilution from the $2.5 billion equity issuance in January 2018 (538M fully diluted shares). The current and deferred income tax effect was calculated by applying the subsidiaries' statutory tax rate to the pre-tax amount. The income tax rates range from 21% to 29%.
** See page 21 for descriptions regarding special items.
 


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1Q 2018 Results vs 1Q 2017 - By Segment
Regulated Distribution
Regulated Distribution - GAAP earnings for the first quarter of 2018 were $322 million, or $0.68 per basic share, compared with first quarter 2017 GAAP earnings of $237 million, or $0.53 per basic share. Operating (non-GAAP) earnings, excluding special items, were $0.61 per share for the first quarter of 2018 compared with $0.46 per share for the first quarter of 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EPS Variance Analysis
 
 
 
 
 
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$237
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Basic Earnings Per Share (avg. shares outstanding 443M)
 
$0.53
 
 
 
Special Items - 2017*
 
(0.07)
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Operating Earnings Per Share - Non-GAAP (538M fully diluted shares)
 
$0.46
 
 
 
Distribution Deliveries - Weather
 
0.06
 
 
 
Ohio DCR
 
0.03
 
 
 
Pennsylvania Rate Case
 
0.03
 
 
 
Net Operating and Miscellaneous Expenses
 
0.05
 
 
 
Depreciation
 
(0.01)
 
 
 
General Taxes
 
(0.02)
 
 
 
Net Financing Costs
 
0.01
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Operating Earnings Per Share - Non-GAAP (538M fully diluted shares)
 
$0.61
 
 
 
Special Items - 2018*
 
0.07
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Basic Earnings Per Share (avg. shares outstanding 476M)
 
$0.68
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$322
 
 
 
*See pages 16-21 for additional details on Special Items.
 
1Q 2018 vs 1Q 2017 Earnings Drivers
Distribution Deliveries - Total distribution deliveries increased earnings $0.06 per share primarily due to higher weather-related usage in the first quarter of 2018. Total deliveries increased 1,850,000 megawatt-hours (MWH), or 5.0%. Sales to residential customers increased 1,130,000 MWH, or 8.1%, and sales to commercial customers increased 364,000 MWH, or 3.6%. Heating-degree-days were 17% above the same period last year and flat versus normal. Sales to industrial customers increased 359,000 MWH, or 2.8%, primarily due to higher usage in the shale gas and steel sectors.
Ohio Delivery Capital Recovery (DCR) Rider - Higher revenues increased earnings $0.03 per share due to the change in DCR rates associated with annual revenue increases.
Pennsylvania Rate Case - Earnings increased $0.03 per share due to approved distribution rate increases, net of incremental operating expenses, effective January 27, 2017.
Net Operating and Miscellaneous Expenses - Lower expenses increased earnings $0.05 per share, primarily due to lower pension and OPEB costs, partially offset by timing of maintenance activities and fossil outages.
Depreciation - Higher depreciation expense reduced earnings $0.01 per share, primarily due to a higher asset base.

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General Taxes - Higher general taxes reduced earnings $0.02 per share, primarily due to higher revenue-related taxes.
Net Financing Costs - Lower net financing costs increased earnings $0.01 per share, primarily reflecting lower interest expense as a result of various debt redemptions.
Special Items - In the first quarter of 2018 and 2017, Regulated Distribution special items totaled $(0.07) per share in each quarter, as summarized in the following tables. Additional details regarding special items can be found on page 21.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated Distribution Special Items - 1Q 2018
 
EPS
 
 
Impact of full dilution to 538M shares
 
$
(0.08
)
 
 
Regulatory charges
 
0.01

 
 
 
 
$
(0.07
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated Distribution Special Items - 1Q 2017
 
EPS
 
 
Impact of full dilution to 538M shares
 
$
(0.09
)
 
 
Regulatory charges
 
0.02

 
 
 
 
$
(0.07
)
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Regulated Transmission
Regulated Transmission - GAAP earnings for the first quarter of 2018 were $99 million, or $0.21 per basic share, compared with first quarter 2017 GAAP earnings of $88 million, or $0.20 per basic share. Operating (non-GAAP) earnings, excluding special items, were $0.18 per share for the first quarter of 2018 compared with $0.16 per share for the first quarter of 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EPS Variance Analysis
 
 
 
 
 
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$88
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Basic Earnings Per Share (avg. shares outstanding 443M)
 
$0.20
 
 
 
Special Items - 2017*
 
(0.04)
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Operating Earnings Per Share - Non-GAAP (538M fully diluted shares)
 
$0.16
 
 
 
Transmission Margin
 
0.02
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Operating Earnings Per Share - Non-GAAP (538M fully diluted shares)
 
$0.18
 
 
 
Special Items - 2018*
 
0.03
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Basic Earnings Per Share (avg. shares outstanding 476M)
 
$0.21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$99
 
 
 
*See pages 16-21 for additional details on Special Items.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2018 vs 1Q 2017 Earnings Drivers
Transmission Margin - Higher transmission margin increased earnings $0.02 per share, primarily due to the implementation of approved settlement rates at Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and higher rate base at Mid-Atlantic Interstate Transmission, LLC (MAIT) and American Transmission Systems, Incorporated (ATSI).
Special Items - In the first quarter of 2018 and 2017, Regulated Transmission special items were $(0.03) per share and ($0.04) per share, respectively, associated with the impact of full dilution to 538 million shares. Descriptions of special items can be found on page 21.


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Corporate / Other
Corporate / Other - GAAP earnings for the first quarter of 2018 was $792 million, or $1.66 per basic share, compared with first quarter 2017 GAAP losses of $(120) million, or $(0.27) per basic share. Operating (non-GAAP) losses, excluding special items, were $(0.12) per share for the first quarter of 2018 compared with $(0.10) per share for the first quarter of 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EPS Variance Analysis
 
 
 
 
 
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Net Loss attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$(120)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Basic Loss Per Share (avg. shares outstanding 443M)
 
$(0.27)
 
 
 
Special Items - 2017*
 
0.17
 
 
 
1Q 2017 Operating Loss Per Share - Non-GAAP (538M fully diluted shares)
 
$(0.10)
 
 
 
Commodity Margin
 
0.03
 
 
 
Net Operating and Miscellaneous Expenses
 
0.01
 
 
 
Net Financing Costs
 
(0.03)
 
 
 
Effective Tax Rate
 
(0.03)
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Operating Loss Per Share - Non-GAAP (538M fully diluted shares)
 
$(0.12)
 
 
 
Special Items - 2018*
 
1.78
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Basic Loss Per Share (avg. shares outstanding 476M)
 
$1.66
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2018 Net Income attributable to Common Stockholders (GAAP)
 
$792
 
 
 
*See pages 16-21 for additional details on Special Items.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1Q 2018 vs 1Q 2017 Earnings Drivers
As discussed above, the operating results of FES and FENOC, as well as BSPC and a portion of AE Supply that are subject to completed or pending asset sales, are reported in discontinued operations and excluded from operating earnings as a special item. The remaining business activities, primarily representing the Pleasants Power Station, have been combined into and reported in the Corporate / Other segment.
Commodity Margin - Higher commodity margin from the Pleasants Power Station increased results $0.03 per share, primarily as a result of higher market prices in the first quarter of 2018.
Net Operating and Miscellaneous Expenses - Lower expenses increased results $0.01 per share.
Net Financing Costs - Higher net financing costs decreased results $0.03 per share, primarily due to the issuance of $3 billion of senior notes in June 2017.
Effective Tax Rate - The impact of tax reform decreased results $0.03 per share, primarily due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Special Items - In the first quarter of 2018 and 2017, Corporate / Other special items totaled $(1.78) per share and $0.17 per share, respectively, as summarized in the following table. Descriptions of special items can be found on page 21.

The consolidated effective income tax rate for the first quarter of 2018 was 27.0% compared to 36.9% for the same period of 2017.

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Corporate / Other Special Items - 1Q 2018
 
EPS
 
 
Impact of full dilution to 538M shares
 
$
0.11

 
 
Mark-to-market adjustments
 
(0.01
)
 
 
Exit of competitive generation
 
(1.88
)
 
 
 
 
$
(1.78
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate / Other Special Items - 1Q 2017
 
EPS
 
 
Impact of full dilution to 538M shares
 
$
0.05

 
 
Exit of competitive generation
 
0.12

 
 
 
 
$
0.17

 
 
 
 
 
 


For additional information, please contact:
Irene M. Prezelj
 
Meghan G. Beringer    
 
Jake M. Mackin
Vice President, Investor Relations
 
Director, Investor Relations
 
Manager, Investor Relations
(330) 384-3859
 
(330) 384-5832
 
(330) 384-4829

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FirstEnergy Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Income (GAAP)
(In millions, except per share amounts)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
Change
 
 
 
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1
)
 
Regulated distribution
 
$
2,576

 
$
2,500

 
$
76

 
 
(2
)
 
Regulated transmission
 
323

 
313

 
10

 
 
(3
)
 
Corporate / Other
 
77

 
42

 
35

 
 
(4
)
Total Revenues
 
2,976

 
2,855

 
121

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(5
)
 
Fuel
 
187

 
204

 
(17
)
 
 
(6
)
 
Purchased power
 
825

 
791

 
34

 
 
(7
)
 
Other operating expenses
 
962

 
657

 
305

 
 
(8
)
 
Provision for depreciation
 
294

 
250

 
44

 
 
(9
)
 
Amortization (deferral) of regulatory assets, net
 
(148
)
 
83

 
(231
)
 
 
(10
)
 
General taxes
 
259

 
242

 
17

 
 
(11
)
Total Operating Expenses
 
2,379

 
2,227

 
152

 
 
(12
)
Operating Income
 
597

 
628

 
(31
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Income (Expense)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(13
)
 
Miscellaneous income
 
67

 
14

 
53

 
 
(14
)
 
Interest expense
 
(250
)
 
(245
)
 
(5
)
 
 
(15
)
 
Capitalized financing costs
 
15

 
12

 
3

 
 
(16
)
Total Other Expense
 
(168
)
 
(219
)
 
51

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(17
)
Income Before Income Taxes
 
429

 
409

 
20

 
 
(18
)
 
Income taxes
 
252

 
152

 
100

 
 
(19
)
Income From Continuing Operations
 
177

 
257

 
(80
)
 
 
(20
)
 
Discontinued operations (net of income taxes)
 
1,192

 
(52
)
 
1,244

 
 
(21
)
Net Income
 
$
1,369

 
$
205

 
$
1,164

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(22
)
Income Allocated to Preferred Stockholders
 
156

 

 
156

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(23
)
Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders
 
$
1,213

 
$
205

 
$
1,008

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Earnings Per Share of Common Stock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(24
)
 
Basic - Continuing Operations
 
$
0.04

 
$
0.58

 
$
(0.54
)
 
 
(25
)
 
Basic - Discontinued Operations
 
2.51

 
(0.12
)
 
2.63

 
 
(26
)
 
Basic - Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders
 
$
2.55

 
$
0.46

 
$
2.09

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(27
)
 
Diluted - Continuing Operations
 
$
0.04

 
$
0.58

 
$
(0.54
)
 
 
(28
)
 
Diluted - Discontinued Operations
 
2.50

 
(0.12
)
 
2.62

 
 
(29
)
 
Diluted - Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders
 
$
2.54

 
$
0.46

 
$
2.08

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Weighted Average Number of Common
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shares Outstanding
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(30
)
 
Basic
 
476

 
443

 
33

 
 
(31
)
 
Diluted
 
478

 
444

 
34

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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FirstEnergy Corp.
Statements of Income (Loss) - By Segment (GAAP)
(In millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated
 
Regulated
 
Corporate /
 
FirstEnergy
 
 
 
 
Distribution (a)
 
Transmission (b)
 
Other (c)
 
Consolidated
 
 
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1
)
 
Electric sales
$
2,508

 
$
319

 
$
94

 
$
2,921

 
(2
)
 
Other
68

 
4

 
(17
)
 
55

 
(3
)
Total Revenues
2,576

 
323

 
77

 
2,976

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(4
)
 
Fuel
139

 

 
48

 
187

 
(5
)
 
Purchased power
819

 

 
6

 
825

 
(6
)
 
Other operating expenses
898

 
54

 
10

 
962

 
(7
)
 
Provision for depreciation
196

 
61

 
37

 
294

 
(8
)
 
Amortization (deferral) regulatory assets, net
(152
)
 
4

 

 
(148
)
 
(9
)
 
General taxes
195

 
47

 
17

 
259

 
(10
)
Total Operating Expenses
2,095

 
166

 
118

 
2,379

 
(11
)
Operating Income (Loss)
481

 
157

 
(41
)
 
597

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Income (Expense)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(12
)
 
Miscellaneous income
56

 
4

 
7

 
67

 
(13
)
 
Interest expense
(128
)
 
(39
)
 
(83
)
 
(250
)
 
(14
)
 
Capitalized financing costs
6

 
9

 

 
15

 
(15
)
Total Other Expense
(66
)
 
(26
)
 
(76
)
 
(168
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(16
)
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes
415

 
131

 
(117
)
 
429

 
(17
)
 
Income taxes
93

 
32

 
127

 
252

 
(18
)
Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations
322

 
99

 
(244
)
 
177

 
(19
)
 
Discontinued operations (net of income taxes)

 

 
1,192

 
1,192

 
(20
)
Net Income
$
322

 
$
99

 
$
948

 
$
1,369

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(21
)
Income Allocated to Preferred Stockholders

 

 
156

 
156

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(22
)
Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders
$
322

 
$
99

 
$
792

 
$
1,213

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(a)

Revenues are primarily derived from the delivery of electricity within FE's service areas, cost recovery of regulatory assets and the sale of electric generation service to retail customers who have not selected an alternative supplier (POLR or default service). Its results reflect the commodity costs of securing electric generation and the deferral and amortization of certain fuel costs.
 
(b)

Revenues are primarily derived from rates that recover costs and provide a return on transmission capital investment. Except for the recovery of the PATH abandoned project regulatory asset, these revenues are primarily for transmission services provided pursuant to the PJM Tariff to Load Serving Entities (LSEs). The segment's results also reflect the net transmission expenses related to the delivery of electricity on FE's transmission facilities.
 
(c)

Contains corporate support not charged to FE's subsidiaries, interest expense on stand-alone holding company debt, corporate income taxes and other businesses that do not constitute an operating segment, and discontinued operations are categorized as Corporate/Other.
 
 
 
 

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FirstEnergy Corp.
Statements of Income (Loss) - By Segment (GAAP)
(In millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated
 
Regulated
 
Corporate /
 
FirstEnergy
 
 
 
 
 
Distribution (a)
 
Transmission (b)
 
Other (c)
 
Consolidated
 
 
 
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1
)
 
Electric sales
$
2,434

 
$
308

 
$
59

 
$
2,801

 
 
(2
)
 
Other
66

 
5

 
(17
)
 
54

 
 
(3
)
Total Revenues
2,500

 
313

 
42

 
2,855

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(4
)
 
Fuel
141

 

 
63

 
204

 
 
(5
)
 
Purchased power
790

 

 
1

 
791

 
 
(6
)
 
Other operating expenses
634

 
45

 
(22
)
 
657

 
 
(7
)
 
Provision for depreciation
178

 
51

 
21

 
250

 
 
(8
)
 
Amortization of regulatory assets, net
81

 
2

 

 
83

 
 
(9
)
 
General taxes
184

 
42

 
16

 
242

 
 
(10
)
Total Operating Expenses
2,008

 
140

 
79

 
2,227

 
 
(11
)
Operating Income (Loss)
492

 
173

 
(37
)
 
628

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Income (Expense)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(12
)
 
Miscellaneous income (expense)
15

 

 
(1
)
 
14

 
 
(13
)
 
Interest expense
(138
)
 
(39
)
 
(68
)
 
(245
)
 
 
(14
)
 
Capitalized financing costs
6

 
6

 

 
12

 
 
(15
)
Total Other Expense
(117
)
 
(33
)
 
(69
)
 
(219
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(16
)
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (Benefits)
375

 
140

 
(106
)
 
409

 
 
(17
)
 
Income taxes (benefits)
138

 
52

 
(38
)
 
152

 
 
(18
)
Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations
237

 
88

 
(68
)
 
257

 
 
(19
)
 
Discontinued operations (net of income taxes)

 

 
(52
)
 
(52
)
 
 
(20
)
Net Income (Loss)
$
237

 
$
88

 
$
(120
)
 
$
205

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(21
)
Income Allocated to Preferred Stockholders

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(22
)
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Stockholders
$
237

 
$
88

 
$
(120
)
 
$
205

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(a)

Revenues are primarily derived from the delivery of electricity within FE's service areas, cost recovery of regulatory assets and the sale of electric generation service to retail customers who have not selected an alternative supplier (POLR or default service). Its results reflect the commodity costs of securing electric generation and the deferral and amortization of certain fuel costs.
 
 
(b)

Revenues are primarily derived from rates that recover costs and provide a return on transmission capital investment. Except for the recovery of the PATH abandoned project regulatory asset, these revenues are primarily for transmission services provided pursuant to the PJM Tariff to Load Serving Entities (LSEs). The segment's results also reflect the net transmission expenses related to the delivery of electricity on FE's transmission facilities.
 
 
(c)

Contains corporate support not charged to FE's subsidiaries, interest expense on stand-alone holding company debt, corporate income taxes and other businesses that do not constitute an operating segment, and discontinued operations are categorized as Corporate/Other.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Consolidated Report to the Financial Community - 1st Quarter 2018                    11



FirstEnergy Corp.
Statements of Income (Loss) - By Segment (GAAP)
(In millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Changes Between the First Three Months of 2018 and the First Three Months of 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regulated
 
Regulated
 
Corporate /
 
FirstEnergy
 
 
 
 
 
Distribution (a)
 
Transmission (b)
 
Other (c)
 
Consolidated
 
 
 
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1
)
 
Electric sales
$
74

 
$
11

 
$
35

 
$
120

 
 
(2
)
 
Other
2

 
(1
)
 

 
1

 
 
(3
)
Total Revenues
76

 
10

 
35

 
121

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(4
)
 
Fuel
(2
)
 

 
(15
)
 
(17
)
 
 
(5
)
 
Purchased power
29

 

 
5

 
34

 
 
(6
)
 
Other operating expenses
264

 
9

 
32

 
305

 
 
(7
)
 
Provision for depreciation
18

 
10

 
16

 
44

 
 
(8
)
 
Amortization (deferral) of regulatory assets, net
(233
)
 
2

 

 
(231
)
 
 
(9
)
 
General taxes
11

 
5

 
1

 
17

 
 
(10
)
Total Operating Expenses
87

 
26

 
39

 
152

 
 
(11
)
Operating Income
(11
)
 
(16
)
 
(4
)
 
(31
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Income (Expense)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(12
)
 
Miscellaneous income (expense)
41

 
4

 
8

 
53

 
 
(13
)
 
Interest expense
10

 

 
(15
)
 
(5
)
 
 
(14
)
 
Capitalized financing costs

 
3

 

 
3

 
 
(15
)
Total Other Expense
51

 
7

 
(7
)
 
51

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(16
)
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (Benefits)
40

 
(9
)
 
(11
)
 
20

 
 
(17
)
 
Income taxes
(45
)
 
(20
)
 
165

 
100

 
 
(18
)
Income (Loss) From Continuing Operations
85

 
11

 
(176
)
 
(80
)
 
 
(19
)
 
Discontinued operations (net of income taxes)

 

 
1,244

 
1,244

 
 
(20
)
Net Income (Loss)
$
85

 
$
11

 
$
1,068

 
$
1,164

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(21
)
Income Allocated to Preferred Stockholders

 

 
156

 
156

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(22
)
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Common Stockholders
$
85

 
$
11

 
$
912

 
$
1,008

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(a)

Revenues are primarily derived from the delivery of electricity within FE's service areas, cost recovery of regulatory assets and the sale of electric generation service to retail customers who have not selected an alternative supplier (POLR or default service). Its results reflect the commodity costs of securing electric generation and the deferral and amortization of certain fuel costs.
 
 
(b)

Revenues are primarily derived from rates that recover costs and provide a return on transmission capital investment. Except for the recovery of the PATH abandoned project regulatory asset, these revenues are primarily for transmission services provided pursuant to the PJM Tariff to Load Serving Entities (LSEs). The segment's results also reflect the net transmission expenses related to the delivery of electricity on FE's transmission facilities.
 
 
(c)

Contains corporate support not charged to FE's subsidiaries, interest expense on stand-alone holding company debt, corporate income taxes and other businesses that do not constitute an operating segment, and discontinued operations are categorized as Corporate/Other.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Consolidated Report to the Financial Community - 1st Quarter 2018                    12



FirstEnergy Corp.
Financial Information
(In millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (GAAP)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of
 
As of
 
 
Assets
 
Mar. 31, 2018
 
Dec. 31, 2017
 
 
Current Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
248

 
$
588

 
 
 
Receivables
 
1,482

 
1,452

 
 
 
Other
 
578

 
464

 
 
Total Current Assets
 
2,308

 
2,504

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property, Plant and Equipment
 
28,570

 
28,176

 
 
Investments
 
1,303

 
1,328

 
 
Deferred Charges and Other Assets
 
6,259

 
6,355

 
 
Assets - Discontinued Operations
 
355

 
3,894

 
 
Total Assets
 
$
38,795

 
$
42,257

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Capitalization
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Currently payable long-term debt
 
$
1,157

 
$
558

 
 
 
Short-term borrowings
 
1,200

 
300

 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
1,005

 
827

 
 
 
Other
 
1,703

 
1,455

 
 
Total Current Liabilities
 
5,065

 
3,140

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Capitalization:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total equity
 
7,375

 
3,925

 
 
 
Long-term debt and other long-term obligations
 
16,740

 
18,816

 
 
Total Capitalization
 
24,115

 
22,741

 
 
Noncurrent Liabilities
 
9,615

 
12,004

 
 
Liabilities - Discontinued Operations
 

 
4,372

 
 
Total Liabilities and Capitalization
 
$
38,795

 
$
42,257

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
General Information
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
 
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
Long-term debt redemptions
 
$
(1,476
)
 
$
(211
)
 
 
New long-term debt issuances
 
$

 
$
250

 
 
New preferred stock issuances
 
$