Portland General Electric announces it no longer has net exposure to the market relating to previously disclosed energy trading positions; reports total third quarter losses on these positions of $128 million

Raises Lower End of Guidance: Updates Full-Year 2020 Guidance to $1.40 to $1.60 Per Diluted Share

Sept. 02, 2020

Portland, Ore., – Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) (“PGE” or the “Company”) today announced that it no longer has net market exposure from the energy trading positions that led to previously announced losses, and that total third quarter 2020 losses on these positions are $128 million. As previously disclosed, this amount had been estimated to be up to $155 million, subject to market conditions. The increase in net variable power costs due to this trading activity will be recognized in PGE’s results of operations in the third quarter 2020. The Company reiterates that there will be no impact to customer prices, as the Company will not pursue regulatory recovery in connection with the losses. The losses do not impact PGE’s ability to serve customers. The Company continues to have a strong balance sheet and ample liquidity, and does not plan to issue additional equity in 2020. In light of no longer having net market exposure from these energy trading positions, PGE is updating its previously revised full-year 2020 guidance to $1.40 to $1.60 per diluted share. This guidance reflects the impact of the $128 million third quarter 2020 losses on these positions and is based on the following assumptions:

  • Annual retail deliveries flat, weather adjusted, year over year;

  • Average hydro conditions for the year;

  • Wind generation based on five years of historical levels or forecast studies when historical data is not available;

  • Normal thermal plant operations;

  • Operating and maintenance expense between $550 million and $570 million, which includes a full-year forecasted bad debt expense of $15 million due to moratoriums on collection activities and customer disconnects; and

  • Depreciation and amortization expense between $410 million and $430 million.

The review being undertaken by the Special Committee of the Board of Directors is ongoing.

About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 900,000 customers with a service area population of 2 million Oregonians in 51 cities. PGE owns 16 generation plants across Oregon and other Northwestern states and maintains and operates 14 public parks and recreation areas. For over 130 years, PGE has delivered safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are working with customers to build a clean energy future. In 2020, PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donated $5.6 million and volunteered 18,200 hours with more than 400 nonprofits across Oregon. For more information visit portlandgeneral.com/news.

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For more information contact:

Brianne Hyder, PGE



For more information contact:

Dan Katcher, Jamie Moser, Arielle Rothstein, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher