Third Quarter 2012 Earnings Release

NextEra Energy reports third quarter 2012 earnings
October 24, 2012
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  • Florida Power & Light Company earnings driven by increased investments, which help to provide high reliability and the lowest typical residential customer bill in Florida
  • NextEra Energy Resources executing well on largest-ever backlog of contracted renewables projects; on track and within budget to add approximately 1,500 megawatts of U.S. wind to portfolio in 2012

JUNO BEACH, Fla. - NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) today reported 2012 third quarter net income on a GAAP basis of $415 million, or $0.98 per share, compared with $407 million, or $0.97 per share, in the third quarter of 2011. On an adjusted basis, NextEra Energy's earnings were $532 million, or $1.26 per share, compared with $551 million, or $1.31 per share, in the third quarter of 2011. Adjusted earnings exclude the mark-to-market effects of non-qualifying hedges, the net effect of other than temporary impairments (OTTI) on certain investments, and for 2011, the after tax loss on natural gas-fired generating assets held for sale, all of which primarily relate to the business of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC and its affiliated entities.

NextEra Energy's management uses adjusted earnings, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, internally for financial planning, for analysis of performance, for reporting of results to the Board of Directors, and as an input in determining whether performance goals are met for performance-based compensation under the company's employee incentive compensation plans. NextEra Energy also uses earnings expressed in this fashion when communicating its earnings outlook to analysts and investors. NextEra Energy management believes that adjusted earnings provide a more meaningful representation of NextEra Energy's fundamental earnings power. The attachments to this news release include a reconciliation of historical adjusted earnings to net income, which is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

"NextEra Energy continued to execute well in the third quarter against our record capital investment program," said NextEra Energy President and CEO Jim Robo. "At FPL, we expect our increased investments to further enhance a customer value proposition that delivers the lowest typical residential customer bill in the state, reliability that is among the best in the country and nationally recognized customer service. At NextEra Energy Resources, we expect to add approximately 1,500 megawatts (MW) of new U.S. wind generation this year as we continue work on a record backlog of contracted renewables projects."

Florida Power & Light Company
NextEra Energy's principal rate-regulated utility subsidiary, Florida Power & Light Company, reported third quarter net income of $392 million, or $0.93 per share, compared with $347 million, or $0.83 per share, in the prior-year's comparable quarter.

The main driver of FPL's growth was continued investment in the business, including investments in new, more efficient power generation. The company expects these investments will produce significant customer benefits in the form of lower fuel costs, enhanced reliability, and cleaner air. During the quarter, the company invested roughly $900 million of the approximately $4.3 billion it expects to invest in 2012.

During the third quarter, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved FPL's license amendment request for the nuclear uprate program at St. Lucie Unit 2 and the company expects that uprate to be completed by year-end. Turkey Point Unit 4 will begin its uprate in the fourth quarter and is expected to complete it in the spring of 2013. Coupled with the completed uprates at both St. Lucie Unit 1 and Turkey Point Unit 3, these investments are now expected to provide at least an additional 526 MW of clean, emissions-free energy to customers.

Construction continued at both FPL's Cape Canaveral and Riviera Beach modernization projects. At the end of the quarter, Cape Canaveral was on schedule and on budget with an expected in-service date of mid-2013. The Riviera Beach modernization project was on schedule and on budget with an expected in-service date of mid-2014. FPL's third modernization project, Port Everglades, also moved along through the development cycle and is expected to enter service in mid-2016.

Some of FPL's customer metrics continued to improve in the third quarter. While total sales declined due to weather, overall underlying weather-adjusted usage grew by 1.6 percent over the same quarter last year, marking the fourth consecutive increase. Since the third quarter of 2011, FPL's customer base has grown by approximately 30,000, or 0.7%, marking the tenth consecutive quarter it has grown at roughly this rate.

Also in the quarter, FPL and three of the intervening parties in the company's rate case proceeding - the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association, and the Federal Executive Agencies - signed a proposed base rate settlement agreement that would help secure low rates for customers through the end of 2016, while supporting FPL's ability to provide safe, highly reliable service. The Office of Public Counsel has opposed the proposed settlement.

If approved, the settlement agreement would set FPL's allowed regulatory return on equity at 10.7 percent with a 100 basis point band and allow timely cost recovery for the company's investments in new, highly efficient power plants when they enter service. The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has scheduled an evidentiary hearing on the proposed settlement agreement to begin Nov. 19 with a decision expected before the end of the year.

Whether the PSC ultimately renders a decision on the original base rate request filed in March, or on the proposed settlement agreement, FPL expects to continue to provide the lowest typical residential customer bill in Florida based on currently available data.

NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources, the competitive energy business of NextEra Energy, reported third quarter net income on a GAAP basis of $44 million, or $0.10 per share, compared with $67 million, or $0.16 per share, in the prior-year's comparable quarter. On an adjusted basis, NextEra Energy Resources' earnings were $162 million, or $0.38 per share, compared with $204 million, or $0.49 per share, in the third quarter of 2011.

Earnings in the year-ago period benefited from two factors that were not present in the third quarter of 2012. The gas-fired assets sold late last year contributed to results in the year-ago period and negatively impacted the comparison with the current quarter by 5 cents, and last year's third quarter included gains on the close-out of some hedges in the gas infrastructure area, which negatively impacted the comparison with this year's quarter by 8 cents.

Adjusting for these two effects, earnings at NextEra Energy Resources would have increased by approximately 2 cents compared to the third quarter of the prior year. New project additions contributed 5 cents compared to the year-ago period. In Texas, the aggregate impact of less extreme weather and more benign market conditions compared to the prior year quarter, as well as our customer supply and proprietary power and gas trading activities, provided a positive net contribution of 9 cents.

These contributions were partially offset by the roll off of production tax credits (PTCs) for existing wind assets, which reduced earnings by 2 cents. Earnings were also reduced by lower generation and a refueling outage at the Seabrook Station nuclear facility, which negatively impacted results by 4 cents. All other effects, which include slight declines in other operating assets, slight increases in operations and maintenance and general and administrative expenses, and share dilution, reduced earnings by 6 cents.

During the quarter, the company reached an agreement to acquire a 165-MW wind project with a 20-year power purchase agreement that is expected to go into service by the end of the year. In addition, the company entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement for a new 100-MW wind project that is expected to go into service next year and is not contingent on the extension of the PTC. Additionally, the company received approval from the California Public Utility Commission for its 20-year power purchase agreement for the planned 250-MW McCoy solar project.

Overall, the business remains on track and within budget to add approximately 1,500 MW of new U.S. wind assets to the portfolio in 2012. The business also remains on track to add approximately 600 MW of Canadian wind between 2012 and 2015, and to add approximately 900 MW of contracted solar generation to the portfolio between 2012 and 2016.

Corporate and Other
Corporate and Other negatively impacted earnings by 5 cents, compared to a loss of 1 cent in the prior-year comparable quarter.

Outlook
For 2012, NextEra Energy continues to expect full-year adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $4.35 to $4.65. It also continues to expect that adjusted earnings per share in 2014 will be in the range of $5.05 to $5.65.

NextEra Energy's adjusted earnings expectations exclude the cumulative effect of adopting new accounting standards, the unrealized mark-to-market effect of non-qualifying hedges and net other than temporary impairment losses on securities held in NextEra Energy Resources' nuclear decommissioning funds, none of which can be determined at this time. In addition, NextEra Energy's adjusted earnings expectations assume, among other things: normal weather and operating conditions; no further significant decline in the national or the Florida economy; supportive commodity markets; public policy support for wind and solar development and construction; market demand and transmission expansion to support wind and solar development; access to capital at reasonable cost and terms; no acquisitions or divestitures; no adverse litigation decisions; and no changes to governmental tax policy or incentives. Please see the accompanying cautionary statements for a list of the risk factors that may affect future results.

As previously announced, NextEra Energy's third quarter earnings conference call is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET today. The webcast is available on NextEra Energy's website by accessing the following link:www.NextEraEnergy.com/investors. The slides and news release accompanying the presentation may be downloaded atwww.NextEraEnergy.com/investorsbeginning at 7:30 a.m. ET today. For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay will be available for 90 days by accessing the same link as listed above.

This news release should be read in conjunction with the attached unaudited financial information.

NextEra Energy, Inc.
NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with revenues of more than $15.3 billion, more than 41,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 15,000 employees in 24 states and Canada as of year-end 2011. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the country, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which together with its affiliated entities is the largest generator in the United States of renewable energy from the wind and sun. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites:www.NextEraEnergy.com,www.FPL.com,www.NextEraEnergyResources.com

Cautionary Statements and Risk Factors That May Affect Future Results

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not statements of historical facts, but instead represent the current expectations of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NextEra Energy) and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) regarding future operating results and other future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of NextEra Energy's and FPL's control. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, among others, statements concerning adjusted earnings expectations and future operating performance. In some cases, you can identify the forward-looking statements by words or phrases such as "will," "will likely result," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "plan," "seek," "aim," "potential," "projection," "forecast," "predict," "goals," "target," "outlook," "should," "would" or similar words or expressions. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance. The future results of NextEra Energy and FPL are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause their actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: effects of extensive regulation of NextEra Energy's and FPL's business operations; inability of NextEra Energy and FPL to recover in a timely manner any significant amount of costs, a return on certain assets or an appropriate return on capital through base rates, cost recovery clauses, other regulatory mechanisms or otherwise; impact of political, regulatory and economic factors on regulatory decisions important to NextEra Energy and FPL; risks of disallowance of cost recovery by FPL based on a finding of imprudent use of derivative instruments; effect of any reductions to or elimination of governmental incentives that support renewable energy projects of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC and its affiliated entities (NextEra Energy Resources); impact of new or revised laws, regulations or interpretations or other regulatory initiatives on NextEra Energy and FPL; effect on NextEra Energy and FPL of potential regulatory action to broaden the scope of regulation of OTC financial derivatives and to apply such regulation to NextEra Energy and FPL; capital expenditures, increased cost of operations and exposure to liabilities attributable to environmental laws and regulations applicable to NextEra Energy and FPL; effects on NextEra Energy and FPL of federal or state laws or regulations mandating new or additional limits on the production of greenhouse gas emissions; exposure of NextEra Energy and FPL to significant and increasing compliance costs and substantial monetary penalties and other sanctions as a result of extensive federal regulation of their operations; effect on NextEra Energy and FPL of changes in tax laws and in judgments and estimates used to determine tax-related asset and liability amounts; impact on NextEra Energy and FPL of adverse results of litigation; effect on NextEra Energy and FPL of failure to proceed with projects under development or inability to complete the construction of (or capital improvements to) electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities, gas infrastructure facilities or other facilities on schedule or within budget; impact on development and operating activities of NextEra Energy and FPL resulting from risks related to project siting, financing, construction, permitting, governmental approvals and the negotiation of project development agreements; risks involved in the operation and maintenance of electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities, gas infrastructure facilities and other facilities; effect on NextEra Energy and FPL of a lack of growth or slower growth in the number of customers or in customer usage; impact on NextEra Energy and FPL of severe weather and other weather conditions; risks associated with threats of terrorism and catastrophic events that could result from terrorism, cyber attacks or other attempts to disrupt NextEra Energy's and FPL's business or the businesses of third parties; risk of lack of availability of adequate insurance coverage for protection of NextEra Energy and FPL against significant losses; risk to NextEra Energy Resources of increased operating costs resulting from unfavorable supply costs necessary to provide NextEra Energy Resources' full energy and capacity requirement services; inability or failure by NextEra Energy Resources to hedge effectively its assets or positions against changes in commodity prices, volumes, interest rates, counterparty credit risk or other risk measures; potential volatility of NextEra Energy's results of operations caused by sales of power on the spot market or on a short-term contractual basis; effect of reductions in the liquidity of energy markets on NextEra Energy's ability to manage operational risks; effectiveness of NextEra Energy's and FPL's hedging and trading procedures and associated risk management tools to protect against significant losses; impact of unavailability or disruption of power transmission or commodity transportation facilities on sale and delivery of power or natural gas by FPL and NextEra Energy Resources; exposure of NextEra Energy and FPL to credit and performance risk from customers, hedging counterparties and vendors; risks to NextEra Energy and FPL of failure of counterparties to perform under derivative contracts or of requirement for NextEra Energy and FPL to post margin cash collateral under derivative contracts; failure or breach of NextEra Energy's and FPL's information technology systems; risks to NextEra Energy and FPL's retail businesses of compromise of sensitive customer data; risks to NextEra Energy and FPL of volatility in the market values of derivative instruments and limited liquidity in OTC markets; impact of negative publicity; inability of NextEra Energy and FPL to maintain, negotiate or renegotiate acceptable franchise agreements with municipalities and counties in Florida; increasing costs of health care plans; lack of a qualified workforce or the loss or retirement of key employees; occurrence of work strikes or stoppages and increasing personnel costs; NextEra Energy's ability to successfully identify, complete and integrate acquisitions; environmental, health and financial risks associated with NextEra Energy's and FPL's ownership of nuclear generation facilities; liability of NextEra Energy and FPL for significant retrospective assessments and/or retrospective insurance premiums in the event of an incident at certain nuclear generation facilities; increased operating and capital expenditures at nuclear generation facilities of NextEra Energy or FPL resulting from orders or new regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; inability to operate any of NextEra Energy Resources' or FPL's owned nuclear generation units through the end of their respective operating licenses; liability of NextEra Energy and FPL for increased nuclear licensing or compliance costs resulting from hazards posed to their owned nuclear generation facilities; risks associated with outages of NextEra Energy's and FPL's owned nuclear units; effect of disruptions, uncertainty or volatility in the credit and capital markets on NextEra Energy's and FPL's ability to fund their liquidity and capital needs and meet their growth objectives; inability of NextEra Energy, FPL and NextEra Energy Capital Holdings, Inc. to maintain their current credit ratings; risk of impairment of NextEra Energy's and FPL's liquidity from inability of creditors to fund their credit commitments or to maintain their current credit ratings; poor market performance and other economic factors that could affect NextEra Energy's and FPL's defined benefit pension plan's funded status; poor market performance and other risks to the asset values of NextEra Energy's and FPL's nuclear decommissioning funds; changes in market value and other risks to certain of NextEra Energy's investments; effect of inability of NextEra Energy subsidiaries to upstream dividends or repay funds to NextEra Energy or of NextEra Energy's performance under guarantees of subsidiary obligations on NextEra Energy's ability to meet its financial obligations and to pay dividends on its common stock; and effect of disruptions, uncertainty or volatility in the credit and capital markets of the market price of NextEra Energy's common stock. NextEra Energy and FPL discuss these and other risks and uncertainties in their annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and other SEC filings, and this news release should be read in conjunction with such SEC filings made through the date of this news release. The forward-looking statements made in this news release are made only as of the date of this press release and NextEra Energy and FPL undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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