CenterPoint Energy designated a 2016 Residential Customer Champion in Utility Trusted Brand & Engagement™ Residential study
Company achieves fourth consecutive recognition among U.S. natural gas utilities in Cogent Reports™ study
2017-02-02T06:00:00Z

MINNEAPOLIS - February 2, 2017 - CenterPoint Energy achieved top tier rankings among U.S. natural gas utilities throughout 2016 in the Midwest and South regions, designating the company a 2016 Residential Customer Champion by Cogent Reports. The Customer Champions list was compiled from year-end Engaged Customer Relations (ECR) scores and ratings from consumers surveyed for the annual Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement™ study. The results are based on responses from more than 52,000 residential ratepayers for 130 leading gas and electric utilities throughout the U.S.  The study measures and tracks brand trust, customer engagement, satisfaction and relationship strength among residential customers.

"Over the past several years, we have made substantial investments to further enhance safety, reliability and service," said Gregg Knight, senior vice president and chief customer officer for CenterPoint Energy. "While these rankings confirm that our customers appreciate our efforts, we plan to continue working hard to improve our systems and service and earn our customers' trust."

 Rick Zapalac, senior vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy agrees and added, "Whether it's in the field, in the office or on the phones, it takes a team of employees all aligned around the goal of serving the customer, to provide the kind of service reflected in these scores.  I would like to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication."

This is the third year Cogent Reports™ has computed Customer Champion scores for individual utilities and recognized Customer Champions. In October 2015, CenterPoint Energy ranked third in the Midwest for environmental dedication by Cogent Reports.  In April 2014, CenterPoint Energy was also ranked first in operational satisfaction by Cogent Reports™.  

Cogent Reports™, a division of Market Strategies International, announced customer rankings for the top tier electric, natural gas and combination providers in four regions across the U.S. The ranking is based on how CenterPoint Energy performed compared to other large utilities in the U.S.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.

 

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CenterPoint Energy reports first quarter 2019 earnings of $0.28 per diluted share; $0.46 earnings per diluted share on a guidance basis, excluding impacts associated with the Vectren merger

Houston – May 9, 2019 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today reported income available to common shareholders of $140 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2019, compared with $165 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2018.  On a guidance basis, first quarter 2019 earnings were $0.46 per diluted share, excluding impacts associated with the Vectren merger (the merger).  First quarter 2018 earnings, on a guidance basis, were $0.55 per diluted share. 

"I'm pleased with our first quarter results.  While weather-related impacts affected first quarter earnings, we remain confident in our anticipated 2019 full-year performance," said Scott M. Prochazka, president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy. "Our utilities continue to benefit from strong customer growth and recovery mechanisms allowing for timely recovery of capital invested on behalf of our customers."

Business Segments

Houston Electric - Transmission & Distribution

The Houston electric - transmission & distribution segment reported operating income of $84 million for the first quarter of 2019, consisting of $74 million from the regulated electric transmission and distribution utility operations (TDU) and $10 million related to securitization bonds.  Operating income for the TDU for the first quarter of 2019 includes $10 million of merger-related expenses.  Excluding merger-related expenses, first quarter 2019 TDU operating income was $84 million. Operating income for the first quarter of 2018 was $115 million, consisting of $99 million from the TDU and $16 million related to securitization bonds.

Excluding merger-related expenses, operating income for the TDU benefited primarily from rate relief, miscellaneous revenues and customer growth.  These benefits were more than offset by lower usage primarily due to a return to more normal weather in January, lower equity return, primarily related to the annual true-up of transition charges, increased depreciation and amortization expense, higher operation and maintenance expenses and lower revenues related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

Indiana Electric – Integrated

The Indiana electric – integrated segment reported an operating loss of $9 million for the period of February 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019. This operating loss includes $20 million of merger-related expenses.  These results are not comparable to the first quarter of 2018 as this segment was acquired in the merger.

Natural Gas Distribution

The natural gas distribution segment reported operating income of $167 million for the first quarter of 2019. As of February 1, 2019, this segment includes the results of the Indiana and Ohio gas utilities acquired in the merger.  Operating income for the first quarter of 2019 includes $53 million of merger-related expenses.  Excluding merger-related expenses, first quarter 2019 natural gas distribution operating income was $220 million.  Natural gas distribution operating income for the first quarter of 2018 was $156 million.
Excluding merger-related expenses, operating income increased $46 million for the gas utilities acquired in the merger.  The remaining increase is primarily due to rate relief, weather and usage, driven by timing of a decoupling mechanism in Minnesota and customer growth.  These increases were partially offset by lower revenues related to the TCJA, higher operation and maintenance expenses and increased depreciation and amortization expense. 

Energy Services

The energy services segment reported operating income of $33 million for the first quarter of 2019, which included a mark-to-market gain of $19 million, compared with an operating loss of $26 million for the first quarter of 2018, which included a mark-to-market loss of $80 million.  Excluding mark-to-market adjustments, operating income was $14 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared to $54 million for the first quarter of 2018.
Operating income, excluding mark-to-market adjustments, decreased primarily due to a reduction in margin resulting from reduced weather-related opportunities to optimize natural gas costs.  Much of this reduction was anticipated given the very strong first quarter 2018 performance which concentrated annual optimization revenues into the first quarter of 2018.

Infrastructure Services

The infrastructure services segment reported an operating loss of $16 million for the period of February 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019. This operating loss includes $15 million of merger-related expenses. These results are not comparable to the first quarter of 2018 as this segment was acquired in the merger.

Midstream Investments

The midstream investments segment reported $62 million of equity income for the first quarter of 2019, compared with $69 million in the first quarter of 2018.  The decrease in equity income is attributable to a non-cash loss of $11 million from the dilution of ownership in Enable as a result of the vesting of common units under Enable's long-term incentive program recorded in the first quarter of 2019.

Corporate and Other

The corporate and other segment reported an operating loss of $14 million for the first quarter of 2019, compared with operating income of $6 million for the first quarter of 2018.  The operating loss for the first quarter of 2019 includes $16 million of merger-related expenses. 

Earnings Outlook

  • 2018 - 2023 target of 5 - 7% compound annual guidance basis EPS growth, using $1.60 as the starting EPS
  • 2019 guidance basis EPS range of $1.60 - $1.70, excluding certain impacts associated with the merger:I
    • Integration and transaction-related fees and expenses, including severance and other costs to achieve the anticipated cost savings as a result of the merger
    • Merger financing impacts in January, prior to the completion of the merger, due to the issuance of debt and equity securities to fund the merger that resulted in higher net interest expense and higher common stock share count
  • 2020 guidance basis EPS range of $1.75 - $1.90

Both the 2019 and 2020 guidance ranges consider operations performance to date and assumptions for certain significant variables that may impact earnings, such as customer growth (approximately 2% for electric operations and 1% for natural gas distribution) and usage including normal weather, throughput, commodity prices, recovery of capital invested through rate cases and other rate filings, effective tax rates, financing activities and related interest rates, and regulatory and judicial proceedings as well as the volume of work contracted in our infrastructure services business.  The ranges also consider anticipated cost savings as a result of the merger.  The 2019 guidance range assumes Enable Midstream Partners, LP's (Enable) 2019 guidance range for net income attributable to common units, provided on Enable's 1st quarter earnings call on May 1, 2019.  The 2020 guidance range utilizes a range of CenterPoint Energy scenarios for Enable's 2020 net income attributable to common units. The 2020 range also considers the estimated cost and timing of technology integration projects.

In providing this guidance, CenterPoint Energy uses a non-GAAP measure of adjusted diluted earnings per share that does not consider other potential impacts, such as changes in accounting standards or unusual items, including those from Enable, earnings or losses from the change in the value of the ZENS securities and the related stocks, or the timing effects of mark-to-market accounting in the company’s Energy Services business, which, along with the certain excluded impacts associated with the merger, could have a material impact on GAAP reported results for the applicable guidance period.  CenterPoint Energy is unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of forward looking adjusted diluted earnings per share because changes in the value of ZENS and related securities and mark-to-market gains or losses resulting from the company’s Energy Services business are not estimable as they are highly variable and difficult to predict due to various factors outside of management’s control.

Filing of Form 10-Q for CenterPoint Energy, Inc.

Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. A copy of that report is available on the company’s website, under the Investors section. Other filings the company makes with the SEC and certain documents relating to its corporate governance can also be found under the Investors section.

Webcast of Earnings Conference Call

CenterPoint Energy’s management will host an earnings conference call on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Central time/11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to a live audio broadcast of the conference call on the company’s website under the Investors section. A replay of the call can be accessed approximately two hours after the completion of the call and will be archived on the website for at least one year.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is an energy delivery company with regulated utility businesses in eight states and a competitive energy businesses footprint in nearly 40 states. Through its electric transmission & distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution businesses, the company serves more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. CenterPoint Energy's competitive energy businesses include natural gas marketing and energy-related services; energy efficiency, sustainability and infrastructure modernization solutions; and construction and repair services for pipeline systems, primarily natural gas. The company also owns 53.8 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 14,000 employees and nearly $34 billion in assets, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties.  Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future earnings, and future financial performance and results of operations, including, but not limited to earnings guidance, targeted dividend growth rate and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release.

Risks Related to CenterPoint Energy

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the provided forward-looking information include risks and uncertainties relating to: (1) the performance of Enable Midstream Partners, LP (Enable), the amount of cash distributions CenterPoint Energy receives from Enable, Enable's ability to redeem the Enable Series A Preferred Units in certain circumstances and the value of CenterPoint Energy's interest in Enable, and factors that may have a material impact on such performance, cash distributions and value, including factors such as: (A) competitive conditions in the midstream industry, and actions taken by Enable's customers and competitors, including the extent and timing of the entry of additional competition in the markets served by Enable; (B) the timing and extent of changes in the supply of natural gas and associated commodity prices, particularly prices of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs), the competitive effects of the available pipeline capacity in the regions served by Enable, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials, including the effects of these circumstances on re-contracting available capacity on Enable's interstate pipelines; (C) the demand for crude oil, natural gas, NGLs and transportation and storage services; (D) environmental and other governmental regulations, including the availability of drilling permits and the regulation of hydraulic fracturing; (E) recording of goodwill, long-lived asset or other than temporary impairment charges by or related to Enable; (F) changes in tax status; and (G) access to debt and equity capital; (2) CenterPoint Energy's expected benefits of the merger with Vectren Corporation (Vectren) and integration, including the outcome of shareholder litigation filed against Vectren that could reduce anticipated benefits of the merger, as well as the ability to successfully integrate the Vectren businesses and to realize anticipated benefits and commercial opportunities; (3) industrial, commercial and residential growth in CenterPoint Energy's service territories and changes in market demand, including the demand for CenterPoint Energy's non-utility products and services and effects of energy efficiency measures and demographic patterns; (4) the outcome of the pending Houston Electric rate case; (5) timely and appropriate rate actions that allow recovery of costs and a reasonable return on investment; (6) future economic conditions in regional and national markets and their effect on sales, prices and costs; (7) weather variations and other natural phenomena, including the impact of severe weather events on operations and capital; (8) state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments affecting various aspects of CenterPoint Energy's and Enable's businesses, including, among others, energy deregulation or re-regulation, pipeline integrity and safety and changes in regulation and legislation pertaining to trade, health care, finance and actions regarding the rates charged by our regulated businesses; (9) tax legislation, including the effects of the comprehensive tax reform legislation informally referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which includes any potential changes to interest deductibility) and uncertainties involving state commissions' and local municipalities' regulatory requirements and determinations regarding the treatment of excess deferred income taxes and CenterPoint Energy's rates; (10) CenterPoint Energy's ability to mitigate weather impacts through normalization or rate mechanisms, and the effectiveness of such mechanisms; (11) the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, particularly natural gas and coal, and the effects of geographic and seasonal commodity price differentials; (12) actions by credit rating agencies, including any potential downgrades to credit ratings; (13) changes in interest rates and their impact on CenterPoint Energy's costs of borrowing and the valuation of its pension benefit obligation; (14) problems with regulatory approval, legislative actions, construction, implementation of necessary technology or other issues with respect to major capital projects that result in delays or in cost overruns that cannot be recouped in rates; (15) the availability and prices of raw materials and services and changes in labor for current and future construction projects; (16) local, state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments relating to the environment, including those related to global climate change, air emissions, carbon, waste water discharges and the handling and disposal of CCR that could impact the continued operation, and/or cost recovery of generation plant costs and related assets; (17) the impact of unplanned facility outages or other closures; (18) any direct or indirect effects on CenterPoint Energy's or Enable's facilities, operations and financial condition resulting from terrorism, cyber-attacks, data security breaches or other attempts to disrupt CenterPoint Energy's businesses or the businesses of third parties, or other catastrophic events such as fires, ice, earthquakes, explosions, leaks, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, pandemic health events or other occurrences; (19) CenterPoint Energy's ability to invest planned capital and the timely recovery of CenterPoint Energy's investments, including those related to the generation transition plan; (20) CenterPoint Energy's ability to successfully construct and operate electric generating facilities, including complying with applicable environmental standards and the implementation of a well-balanced energy and resource mix, as appropriate; (21) CenterPoint Energy's ability to control operation and maintenance costs; (22) the sufficiency of CenterPoint Energy's insurance coverage, including availability, cost, coverage and terms and ability to recover claims; (23) the investment performance of CenterPoint Energy's pension and postretirement benefit plans; (24) commercial bank and financial market conditions, CenterPoint Energy's access to capital, the cost of such capital, and the results of CenterPoint Energy's financing and refinancing efforts, including availability of funds in the debt capital markets; (25) changes in rates of inflation; (26) inability of various counterparties to meet their obligations to CenterPoint Energy; (27) non-payment for CenterPoint Energy's services due to financial distress of its customers; (28) the extent and effectiveness of CenterPoint Energy's and Enable's risk management and hedging activities, including but not limited to, financial and weather hedges and commodity risk management activities; (29) timely and appropriate regulatory actions, which include actions allowing securitization, for any future hurricanes or natural disasters or other recovery of costs, including costs associated with Hurricane Harvey; (30) CenterPoint Energy's or Enable's potential business strategies and strategic initiatives, including restructurings, joint ventures and acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses (including a reduction of CenterPoint Energy's interests in Enable, if any, whether through CenterPoint Energy's decision to sell all or a portion of the Enable common units it owns in the public equity markets or otherwise, subject to certain limitations), which CenterPoint Energy and Enable cannot assure will be completed or will have the anticipated benefits to CenterPoint Energy or Enable; (31) the performance of projects undertaken by CenterPoint Energy's non-utility businesses and the success of efforts to realize value from, invest in and develop new opportunities and other factors affecting those non-utility businesses, including, but not limited to, the level of success in bidding contracts, fluctuations in volume and mix of contracted work, mix of projects received under blanket contracts, failure to properly estimate cost to construct projects or unanticipated cost increases in completion of the contracted work, changes in energy prices that affect demand for construction services and projects and cancellation and/or reductions in the scope of projects by customers and obligations related to warranties and guarantees; (32) acquisition and merger activities involving CenterPoint Energy or its competitors, including the ability to successfully complete merger, acquisition and divestiture plans; (33) CenterPoint Energy's or Enable's ability to recruit, effectively transition and retain management and key employees and maintain good labor relations; (34) the outcome of litigation; (35) the ability of retail electric providers (REPs), including REP affiliates of NRG Energy, Inc. and Vistra Energy Corp., formerly known as TCEH Corp., to satisfy their obligations to CenterPoint Energy and its subsidiaries; (36) changes in technology, particularly with respect to efficient battery storage or the emergence or growth of new, developing or alternative sources of generation; (37) the timing and outcome of any audits, disputes and other proceedings related to taxes; (38) the effective tax rates; (39) the effect of changes in and application of accounting standards and pronouncements; and (40) other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures by CenterPoint Energy in Providing Guidance

In addition to presenting its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), including presentation of income available to common shareholders and diluted earnings per share, CenterPoint Energy also provides guidance based on adjusted income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance that excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. CenterPoint Energy's adjusted income and adjusted diluted earnings per share calculation excludes from income available to common shareholders and diluted earnings per share, respectively, the impact of ZENS and related securities and mark-to-market gains or losses resulting from the company's Energy Services business. CenterPoint Energy's guidance for 2019 also does not reflect certain impacts associated with the Vectren merger, which are integration and transaction-related fees and expenses, including severance and other costs to achieve anticipated cost savings as a result of the merger and merger financing impacts in January, prior to the completion of the merger due to the issuance of debt and equity securities to fund the merger that resulted in higher net interest expense and higher common stock share count. CenterPoint Energy is unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of forward looking adjusted income and adjusted diluted earnings per share because changes in the value of ZENS and related securities and mark-to-market gains or losses resulting from the company's Energy Services business are not estimable as they are highly variable and difficult to predict due to various factors outside of management's control.  These excluded items, along with the excluded impacts associated with the merger, could have a material impact on GAAP reported results for the applicable guidance period.

Management evaluates the company's financial performance in part based on adjusted income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. Management believes that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures enhances an investor's understanding of CenterPoint Energy's overall financial performance by providing them with an additional meaningful and relevant comparison of current and anticipated future results across periods. The adjustments made in these non-GAAP financial measures exclude items that Management believes does not most accurately reflect the company's fundamental business performance. These excluded items are reflected in the reconciliation tables of this news release, where applicable. CenterPoint Energy's adjusted income and adjusted diluted earnings per share non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, income available to common shareholders and diluted earnings per share, which respectively are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures also may be different than non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.




CenterPoint Energy shares important natural gas safety tips for Ruston residents

Houston – April 29, 2019 – CenterPoint Energy continues to work closely with local authorities and the Ruston community to assess damage and assist with local recovery efforts following last week's severe weather. The company urges customers to follow important post-storm natural gas safety tips.

Natural Gas

  • Be alert for the smell of natural gas. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately on foot and tell others to leave, too.
  • If you smell gas, do not turn the lights on or off, smoke, strike a match, use a cell phone or operate anything that might cause a spark, including a flashlight or a generator.
  • Do not attempt to turn natural gas valves on or off. Once safely away from the area, call 888-876-5786 and CenterPoint Energy will send a trained service technician.
  • Before cleaning debris, digging on your property or to locate underground natural gas lines and other underground utility lines, call 811, the nationwide Call Before You Dig number.
  • Be aware of where your natural gas meter is located. As debris is put out for heavy trash pickup, make sure it is placed away from the meter. In many areas the meter may be located near the curb. If debris is near a gas meter, the mechanized equipment used by trash collectors could pull up the meter, damaging it and causing a potentially hazardous situation. If this happens, leave the area immediately and call CenterPoint Energy at 888-876-5786.
  • To reestablish natural gas service at your home, call CenterPoint Energy at 866-275-5252 and advise the call center agent that you were impacted by the recent storm.
  • If your home was damaged during the storm, a city inspection will be required before gas service can be restored. Please call the City of Ruston at 318-251-8640.
     
    For more information, natural gas safety tips and other resources, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/WeatherSafety

CenterPoint Energy and HomeServe USA program saves customers more than $1.2 million in repair costs

Houston – April 25, 2019 – Since its launch in June 2018, CenterPoint Energy's optional protection plan program for natural gas customers in Texas has saved customers more than $1.2 million in repair costs.

Offered through HomeServe USA Corp. (HomeServe), a provider of emergency home repair programs to homeowners nationwide, the program gives customers the opportunity to purchase low-cost service plans that cover unanticipated costs and minimize inconvenience associated with piping and other major household system repairs.

"Pipe repairs are rarely covered by basic homeowners' insurance and when an unexpected emergency occurs, customers may not have the emergency funds set aside to cover the expenses," said Gregg Knight, senior vice president and chief customer officer of CenterPoint Energy. "Our plan provides extra peace-of-mind for homeowners with both new and older residences. We are excited to continue our partnership with HomeServe to provide our customers with expert service delivery."

CenterPoint Energy and HomeServe have partnered with more than 200 local business contractors to serve customer repair needs, including customer-owned natural gas lines, heating and cooling systems, interior electric wiring, water heaters, and exterior water and sewer lines. The service plans are optional and offered as a benefit to provide homeowners with protection from the inconvenience and unexpected expenses associated with repairs to these critical household systems.

Christie Tavera of Basin Plumbing, a regional contractor who has worked with HomeServe for more than three years, said, "The guarantee offered by CenterPoint Energy and HomeServe in case of plumbing failures, along with pre-screened contractors, are invaluable to homeowners. No one gives a second thought to plumbing, until an emergency happens. With this program, contractors like us can help with these emergencies to get homeowners the service they need quickly."

As of March 2019, HomeServe provided the following updates on the optional service plan for CenterPoint Energy customers in Houston, Laredo, Beaumont and New Braunfels:

  • CenterPoint Energy's program has already completed more than 1,000 customer repairs that would not have been covered under typical homeowners' insurance; 
  • CenterPoint Energy customers' natural gas line claims for service have averaged $1,200 per repair; and
  • Based on survey data from customers after completion of their claim, CenterPoint Energy customers have given the program an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

"HomeServe is pleased to participate in this valuable partnership with CenterPoint Energy," said John Kitzie, CEO of HomeServe USA. "We value the opportunity to help better serve CenterPoint Energy customers and provide peace of mind to them when a repair emergency happens."

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future events, such as future offerings under CenterPoint's new program, and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release.  Factors that could affect actual results include (1) factors related to our business and the economy, including commodity prices, (2) the performance of the companies, (3) competitive conditions in the industry, (4) state and federal legislative and regulatory actions or developments affecting various aspects of the businesses and (5) other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, as well as in CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2018, and other reports on Form 8-K CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About CenterPoint Energy:

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than seven million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp. Enable Midstream Partners owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 14,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, please visit www.CenterPointEnergy.com.

About HomeServe USA Corp.:

HomeServe USA Corp. (HomeServe) is a leading provider of home repair solutions serving 4 million customers across the US and Canada under the HomeServe, Home Emergency Insurance Solutions, Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) and Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) names.

Since 2003, HomeServe has been protecting homeowners against the expense and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical, HVAC and other home repair emergencies by providing affordable repair coverage, installations and quality local service.


CenterPoint Energy reports 2019 annual shareholder meeting results

Houston – April 25, 2019 – CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced the results of the voting by shareholders at its 2019 annual meeting held today. Shareholders approved the following proposals:

  • The election of Leslie D. Biddle, Milton Carroll, Scott J. McLean, Martin H. Nesbitt, Theodore F. Pound, Scott M. Prochazka, Susan O. Rheney, Phillip R. Smith, John W. Somerhalder II and Peter S. Wareing to serve on the company’s Board of Directors for one-year terms;  
  • The ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2019; and
  • An advisory resolution on the compensation paid to the company’s named executive officers as disclosed in the proxy statement.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is an energy delivery company with regulated utility businesses in eight states and a competitive energy businesses footprint in nearly 40 states. Through its electric transmission & distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution businesses, the company serves more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. CenterPoint Energy's competitive energy businesses include natural gas marketing and energy-related services; energy efficiency, sustainability and infrastructure modernization solutions; and construction and repair services for pipeline systems, primarily natural gas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 14,000 employees and nearly $29 billion in assets, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.



CenterPoint Energy declares second quarter common stock dividend of $0.2875 and Series B Preferred Stock dividend of $17.5000

Houston – April 25, 2019 – CenterPoint Energy, Inc.'s (NYSE: CNP) board of directors today declared dividends on shares of its common stock and Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock for the second quarter of 2019.

Common Stock Dividend

The company's board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.2875 per share of common stock payable on June 13, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 16, 2019.

Series B Preferred Stock Dividend

The company's board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $17.5000 per share on its 7.00% Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock payable on June 3, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 15, 2019. This equates to $0.8750 per depositary share (NYSE: CNPPRB), each of which represents a 1/20th interest in a share of the Series B Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock.

This news release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Any statements in this news release regarding future events and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release speaks only as of the date of this release.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is an energy delivery company with regulated utility businesses in eight states and a competitive energy businesses footprint in nearly 40 states. Through its electric transmission & distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution businesses, the company serves more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. CenterPoint Energy's competitive energy businesses include natural gas marketing and energy-related services; energy efficiency, sustainability and infrastructure modernization solutions; and construction and repair services for pipeline systems, primarily natural gas. The company also owns 54.0 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 14,000 employees and nearly $29 billion in assets, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.