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WEC Energy Group Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

: $1,022 Mil (TTM As of Jun. 2021)
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WEC Energy Group's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Jun. 2021 was $266 Mil. Its depreciation, depletion and amortization for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2021 was $1,022 Mil.


WEC Energy Group Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Historical Data

The historical data trend for WEC Energy Group's Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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WEC Energy Group Annual Data
Trend Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 762.60 798.60 845.80 926.30 975.90

WEC Energy Group Quarterly Data
Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21
Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 242.50 245.00 249.30 261.40 266.20

WEC Energy Group Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Calculation

Depreciation is a present expense that accounts for the past cost of an asset that is now providing benefits.

Depletion and amortization are synonyms for depreciation.

Generally:
The term depreciation is used when discussing man made tangible assets
The term depletion is used when discussing natural tangible assets
The term amortization is used when discussing intangible assets

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2021 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $1,022 Mil.


* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


WEC Energy Group  (NYSE:WEC) Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization Explanation

One of the key tenets of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is the matching principle. The matching principle states that companies should report associated costs and benefits at the same time.

For example:

If a company buys a $300 million cruise ship in 1982 and then sells tickets to passengers for the next 30 years, the company should not report a $300 million expense in 1982 and then ticket sales for 1982 through 2012. Instead, the company should spread the purchase price of the ship (the cost) over the same time period it sells tickets (the benefit).

To create income statements that meet the matching principle, accountants use an expense called depreciation.

So, instead of reporting a $300 million purchase expense in 1982, the company might:

Report a $30 million depreciation expense in 1982, 1983, 1984...and every year after that for the 30 years the company expects to sell tickets to passengers on this cruise ship.

To calculate depreciation, a company must make estimates and choices such as:

The cost of the asset
The useful life of the asset
The salvage value of the asset at the end of its useful life
And a way of spreading the cost of the asset to match the time when the asset provides benefits

The range of different ways of spreading the cost under GAAP accounting is too long to list. However, public companies in the United States explain their depreciation choices to shareholders in a note to their financial statements. It is critical that investors read this note. Investors can find this note in the company's 10-K.

Past depreciation expenses accumulate on the balance sheet. Most public companies choose not to show this contra asset account on the balance sheet they present to shareholders. Instead, they simply show a single item. This single asset item may be marked Net. Such as Property, Plant, and Equipment - Net. It is actually the asset account netted against the contra asset account.

A contra asset account is an account that offsets an asset account. So, for example a company might have:

Property, Plant, and Equipment - Gross: $150 million
Accumulated Depreciation: $120 million
Property, Plant, and Equipment - Net: $30 million

In this case, the only item likely to be shown on the balance sheet is Property, Plant, and Equipment - Net. This is the cost of the company's property, plant, and equipment (asset account) minus the accumulated depreciation (the contra asset account). It means the company's assets cost $150 million, the company has reported $120 million in depreciation expense over the years, and the company is now reporting the assets have a book value of $30 million.

It is possible for a company to have fully depreciated assets on its balance sheet. This means the company's estimate of the useful life of the asset was shorter than the asset's actual useful life. As a result, the asset - although it is still being used - is carried on the balance sheet at its salvage value.

This is a reminder that depreciation involves estimates and choices. It is not an infallible process.

Companies do not have cash layout for depreciation. Therefore, depreciation is added back in the cash flow statement.

Although depreciation is not a cash cost, it is a real business cost because the company has to pay for the fixed assets when it purchases them. Both Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger hate the idea of EDITDA because depreciation is not included as an expense. Warren Buffett even jokingly said We prefer earnings before everything when criticizing the abuse of EDITDA.


Be Aware

Depreciation estimates make the calculation of net income susceptible to management's accounting choices. These choices can be either overly aggressive or overly conservative.


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WEC Energy Group Business Description

WEC Energy Group logo
Industry
Utilities » Utilities - Regulated NAICS : 221118 SIC : 4931
Traded in Other Exchanges
Address
231 West Michigan Street, P.O. Box 1331, Milwaukee, WI, USA, 53201
WEC Energy Group's electric and gas utility businesses serve electric and gas customers in its Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin service territories. The company also owns a 60% stake in American Transmission Co. WEC's asset mix is approximately 51% electric generation and distribution, 34% gas distribution, 13% electric transmission, and 2% unregulated renewable generation.
Executives
Reese Anthony officer: Vice President and Treasurer 231 WEST MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Matthews Charles R officer: President & CEO - PGL/NSG 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Kuester Frederick D officer: Sr. Executive Vice Pres. 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Lauber Scott J officer: Sr. EVP and COO 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Liu Xia officer: EVP and CFO ONE ENERGY PLACE PENSACOLA FL 32520
Guc William J officer: Vice President & Controller 130 EAST RANDOLPH DRIVE CHICAGO IL 60601
Green Maria C director C/O INGERSOLL-RAND COMPANY 800-E BEATY STREET DAVIDSON NC 28036
Kelsey Margaret C officer: Executive VP & General Counsel PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> Ownership Information: KELSEY MARGARET C a.header:link {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:visited {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:hover {color: #191970;}
Krueger Daniel officer: EVP WEC Infrastructure 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Metcalfe Tom officer: Pres. WI Utilities 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Garvin Robert M officer: Exec Vice President - Ext Affs 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Klappa Gale E director, officer: Executive Chairman 231 W. MICHIGAN STREET MILWAUKEE WI 53203
Cunningham Danny L director C/O ACTUANT CORPORATION N86 W12500 WESTBROOK CROSSING MENOMONEE FALLS WI 53051
Stanek Mary Ellen director 14730 WEST JUNEAU BOULEVARD ELM GROVE WI 53122
Culver Curt S director 250 E KILBOURN AVE MILWAUKEE WI 53202

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