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NRG Energy Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

August 08, 2012 | About:

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NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-06-30.

Nrg Energy Inc has a market cap of $4.42 billion; its shares were traded at around $19.985 with and P/S ratio of 0.5. Nrg Energy Inc had an annual average earning growth of 28.2% over the past 10 years.

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In accordance with ASC 815, the following table represents the results of the Company's financial and physical trading of energy commodities for the three months ended June 30, 2012, and 2011. The realized and unrealized financial and physical trading results are included in operating revenue. The Company's trading activities are subject to limits within the Company's Risk Management Policy.

NRG's equity earnings from unconsolidated affiliates were $14 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $12 million for the same period in 2011 primarily due to an increase in the earnings from GenConn, as the Middletown facility commenced commercial operations in June 2011.

NRG's equity earnings from unconsolidated affiliates were $22 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $10 million for the same period in 2011 primarily due to an increase in the earnings from Sherbino driven by favorable valuation of hedged positions and an increase in earnings from GenConn as the Middletown facility reached commercial operations in June 2011.

In addition, NRG has granted first liens to certain counterparties on substantially all of the Company's assets. NRG uses the first lien structure to reduce the amount of cash collateral and letters of credit that it would otherwise be required to post from time to time to support its obligations under out-of-the-money hedge agreements for forward sales of power or MWh equivalents. To the extent that the underlying hedge positions for a counterparty are in-the-money to NRG, the counterparty would have no claim under the lien program. The lien program limits the volume that can be hedged, not the value of underlying out-of-the-money positions. The first lien program does not require NRG to post collateral above any threshold amount of exposure. Within the first lien structure, the Company can hedge up to 80% of its baseload capacity and 10% of its non-baseload assets with these counterparties for the first 60 months and then declining thereafter. Net exposure to a counterparty on all trades must be positively correlated to the price of the relevant commodity for the first lien to be available to that counterparty. The first lien structure is not subject to unwind or termination upon a ratings downgrade of a counterparty and has no stated maturity date.

Agua Caliente — In 2011, NRG acquired 100% of the 290 MW Agua Caliente solar project, or Agua Caliente, in Yuma, AZ. On January 18, 2012, the Company completed the sale of a 49% interest in NRG Solar AC Holdings LLC, the indirect owner of Agua Caliente, to MidAmerican. Operations are scheduled to commence in phases through the first quarter of 2014, with 200 MW achieving commercial operations from January through July of 2012. On April 12, 2012, the Company received permission from the U.S. DOE to accelerate the block completion schedule. The impact of this decision will permit the Company to bring 228 MW on-line during 2012 and shortens the commercial operations date of the entire project by three months to March 2014. The acceleration will result in greater earnings earlier than originally anticipated, along with acceleration of payments under the Engineering, Procurement and Construction, or EPC, agreement which will be funded with earlier draw downs under the Agua Caliente Financing Agreement, as well as equity support by the partners. Power generated from Agua Caliente is being sold to Pacific Gas and Electric under a 25 year PPA.

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