|By PR Newswire||
|August 1, 2014 08:14 PM EDT||
Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. is listed for trading in United States dollars on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Aug. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (TSX: CUP.U) ("CUC" or "the Company") announced today its unaudited results for the Second Quarter ended June 30, 2014 (all figures in United States dollars).
Net earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2014 ("Second Quarter 2014") totalled $5.7 million, comparable to the net earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2013 ("Second Quarter 2013"). Higher electricity sales revenues in the Second Quarter 2014 were offset primarily by higher consumer service and maintenance costs.
After the adjustment for dividends on the preference shares of the Company, earnings on Class A Ordinary Shares for the Second Quarter 2014 were $5.6 million, or $0.20 per Class A Ordinary Share, comparable to earnings on Class A Ordinary Shares and earnings per Class A Ordinary Share for the Second Quarter 2013.
Net earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2014 totalled $9.2 million, an increase of $0.6 million when compared to $8.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013. This increase was due primarily to higher electricity sales revenues and lower depreciation costs. These items were partially offset by higher consumer service and finance charges.
After the adjustment for dividends on the preference shares of the Company, earnings on Class A Ordinary Shares for the six months ended June 30, 2014 were $9.0 million, or $0.31 per Class A Ordinary Share, an increase of $0.6 million from the $8.4 million, or $0.29 per Class A Ordinary Share for the six months ended June 30, 2013.
Sales for the Second Quarter 2014 totalled 144.5 million kilowatt-hours ("kWh"), an increase of 0.2 million kWh when compared to 144.3 million kWh for the Second Quarter 2013. Sales for the six months ended June 30, 2014 totaled 275.2 million kWh, an increase of 5.5 million kWh in comparison to 269.7 million kWh for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Sales for the Second Quarter 2014 and the six months ended June 30, 2014 were positively impacted by warmer weather conditions and an increased number of customers when compared to the same periods last year.
President and CEO, Mr. Richard Hew, says, "The Company continues to position itself to meet the current and future energy needs of Grand Cayman by making the necessary investment in infrastructure while remaining focused on controlling our operating expenditures and providing our customers with a safe and reliable electricity service."
Capital expenditures totaled $7.5 million and the Company's reliability of service as measured by the Average Service Availability Index was recorded at 99.96% for the Second Quarter 2014.
In June 2014, following review and approval by the Electricity Regulatory Authority ("ERA"), the Company increased its base rates by 1.5% as allowed under the rate cap and adjustment mechanism ("RCAM"). During the period under review, an independent, comprehensive, allocated Cost of Service Survey ("COSS") was also completed and submitted to the ERA for review. As a result of the COSS, the Company adjusted its base rates for a 1% reduction to the residential customer category, a 2.8% increase to the general commercial customer category and a 1.1% increase to the large commercial customer category. Altogether, these adjustments equate to the 1.5% RCAM base rate increase.
The ERA cancelled the previous solicitation process for firm generation in July 2013. This process had been initiated by a Certificate of Need ("CON") issued by CUC in November 2011. The CON was driven primarily by the upcoming retirement of some of the Company's generating units due to begin this year.
Following the issuance of a new CON in October 2013, the ERA has since restarted the process and bids were submitted by qualified bidders, including CUC, in May 2014. A decision is expected imminently as the time given by the ERA for the announcement of the winning bidder was late July.
During the Second Quarter 2014, CUC secured the supply of 7.5 megawatts ("MW") of temporary mobile generation following the retirement of 17.5 MW of generation. This temporary generation will complement existing generation and help to ensure continuity of supply until the installation of the firm capacity.
During the period under review the Company embarked on a number of initiatives which will continue to enhance the level of service it provides to its customers by offering additional off-site bill payment locations with convenient opening hours, and by improving its Pay-By-Telephone service. More resources were also added to the Company's Customer Contact Center to improve e-mail and telephone inquiry response times.
The Advanced Metering Infrastructure ("AMI") project is slated for substantial completion by the end of 2014. To date over 8,000 customers have the AMI meters which will assist them with regularly managing their energy usage. The project will provide real-time consumption information and bring efficiencies to meter reading as well as other services. AMI will also enable a Pay-As-You-Go payment option which will help customers to monitor and control their electricity consumption.
CUC's Second Quarter results and related Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the period ended June 30, 2014 are attached to this release and incorporated by reference and can be accessed by clicking the link at the end of this release.
The MD&A section of this report contains a discussion of CUC's unaudited 2014 Second Quarter results, the Cayman Islands economy, liquidity and capital resources, capital expenditures and the business risks facing the Company. The release and Second Quarter MD&A can be accessed at www.cuc-cayman.com (Investor Relations/Press Releases) and at www.sedar.com.
CUC provides electricity to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, under an Electricity Generation Licence expiring in 2029 and an exclusive Electricity Transmission and Distribution Licence expiring in 2028. Further information is available at www.cuc-cayman.com.
Certain statements in the MD&A, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements concerning anticipated future events, results, circumstances, performance or expectations with respect to the Company and its operations, including its strategy and financial performance and condition.
Forward looking statements include statements that are predictive in
nature, depend upon future events or conditions, or include words such
as "expects", "anticipates", "plan", "believes", "estimates",
"intends", "targets", "projects", "forecasts", "schedule", or negative
versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or
conditional verbs such as "may", "will", "should", "would" and "could".
Forward looking statements are based on underlying assumptions and
management's beliefs, estimates and opinions, and are subject to
inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations
generally that may cause actual results to vary from plans, targets and
estimates. Some of the important risks and uncertainties that could
affect forward looking statements are described in the MD&A in the
section labeled "Business Risks" and include but are not limited to
operational, general economic, market and business conditions,
regulatory developments and weather. CUC cautions readers that actual
results may vary significantly from those expected should certain risks
or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove
incorrect. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of
providing information about management's current expectations and plans
relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may
not be appropriate for other purposes. The Company disclaims any
intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise except as required by law.
SOURCE Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd.
Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing and analyzing streaming data is the Lambda Architecture, represent...
Mar. 27, 2017 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 6,289
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.
Mar. 27, 2017 07:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,184
With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.
Mar. 27, 2017 07:30 PM EDT Reads: 4,578
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise – driven by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information Security organizations together. Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" – Shift-Left, Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything. Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, C...
Mar. 27, 2017 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 12,917
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle.
Mar. 27, 2017 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,000
SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure network...
Mar. 27, 2017 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,413
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
Mar. 27, 2017 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,960
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Mar. 27, 2017 02:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,955
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development ...
Mar. 27, 2017 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,683
SYS-CON Events announced today that Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. Industry leaders in quality training, provided services, and student certification passes, its goal is to c...
Mar. 27, 2017 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 4,030
Some people worry that OpenStack is more flash then substance; however, for many customers this could not be farther from the truth. No other technology equalizes the playing field between vendors while giving your internal teams better access than ever to infrastructure when they need it. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will talk through some real-world OpenStack deployments and look into the ways this can benefit customers of all sizes....
Mar. 27, 2017 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 4,332
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
Mar. 27, 2017 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,070
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented “Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster than ever before. The int...
Mar. 27, 2017 01:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,218
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), will provide an overview of various initiatives to certifiy the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldw...
Mar. 27, 2017 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 748
What if you could build a web application that could support true web-scale traffic without having to ever provision or manage a single server? Sounds magical, and it is! In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Munns, Senior Developer Advocate for Serverless Applications at Amazon Web Services, will show how to build a serverless website that scales automatically using services like AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, and Amazon S3. We will review several frameworks that can help you build serverle...
Mar. 27, 2017 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,089