News Release: TransCanada Reports Record Financial Results for 2017

10.4% Dividend Increase Supported by Strong Outlook for Future Growth

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CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada or the Company) today announced net income attributable to common shares for fourth quarter 2017 of $861 million or $0.98 per share compared to a net loss of $358 million or $0.43 per share for the same period in 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2017, net income attributable to common shares was $3.0 billion or $3.44 per share compared to net income of $124 million or $0.16 per share in 2016. Comparable earnings for fourth quarter 2017 were $719 million or $0.82 per common share compared to $626 million or $0.75 per share for the same period last year. For the year ended December 31, 2017, comparable earnings were $2.7 billion or $3.09 per common share compared to $2.1 billion or $2.78 per share in 2016. TransCanada's Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.69 per common share for the quarter ending March 31, 2018, equivalent to $2.76 per common share on an annualized basis, an increase of 10.4 per cent. This is the eighteenth consecutive year the Board of Directors has raised the dividend.

"We are pleased that our vision of becoming one of North America’s leading energy infrastructure companies is becoming a reality. In 2017, we advanced a number of strategic initiatives and delivered record financial performance following the successful integration of Columbia into our operations," said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. "Comparable earnings per share increased eleven per cent compared to 2016 while comparable funds generated from operations of $5.6 billion were nine per cent higher than last year. The increases reflect the strong performance of our existing assets and approximately $5 billion of growth projects that were completed and placed into service during 2017. They included expansions of our NGTL and Canadian Mainline systems in our Canadian natural gas pipelines business, the Gibraltar and Rayne XPress projects in U.S. natural gas pipelines and the Grand Rapids and Northern Courier liquids pipelines in Alberta." 

"Looking forward, we will continue to advance a $23 billion near-term capital program, including an additional $2.4 billion on NGTL. This program is expected to generate significant additional growth in earnings and cash flow and support continued annual dividend growth at the upper end of an eight to ten per cent range through 2020 and an additional eight to ten per cent in 2021," added Girling. "We have invested approximately $8 billion into these projects to date and are well positioned to fund the remainder of this capital program through our strong and growing internally generated cash flow and access to capital markets on compelling terms."

"In addition, we continue to advance more than $20 billion of medium to longer-term projects including Keystone XL, Coastal GasLink and the Bruce Power life extension program. Progress on Keystone XL continues following the Nebraska Public Service Commission approval of a viable route through the state, which we support, and the receipt of commercial commitments for the project. At the same time we expect to secure additional organic growth associated with our extensive North American footprint in natural gas pipelines, liquids pipelines and power generation as evidenced by ongoing expansions of the NGTL System. These initiatives highlight the strong competitive position of our asset base and our proven ability to continuously replenish our growth portfolio with attractive, strategic, low-risk investment opportunities. Success in advancing these and other projects into construction and operation could extend our dividend growth outlook beyond 2021," concluded Girling. 

Highlights

(All financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise)

•  Fourth quarter 2017 financial results:

  • Net income attributable to common shares of $861 million or $0.98 per share
  • Comparable earnings of $719 million or $0.82 per common share
  • Comparable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $1.9 billion
  • Net cash provided by operations of $1.4 billion
  • Comparable funds generated from operations of $1.5 billion
  • Comparable distributable cash flow of $1.3 billion or $1.45 per common share reflecting only non-recoverable maintenance capital expenditures

•  For the year ended December 31, 2017:

  • Net income attributable to common shares of $3.0 billion or $3.44 per share
  • Comparable earnings of $2.7 billion or $3.09 per common share
  • Comparable earnings before interest, taxes, depreciati