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BKH Black Hills

Participants
David Soderquist Investor Relations
David Emery Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rich Kinzley Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Michael Weinstein Credit Suisse
Julien Dumoulin Smith BofA Merrill Lynch
Lasan Johong Auvila Research Consulting
Andrew Weisel Scotia Howard Weil
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Black Hills Corporation Second Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. My name is Daniel, and I will be your coordinator for today. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded for replay purposes. I would now like to turn the presentation over to Mr. David Soderquist, Investor Relations Analyst of Black Hills Corporation. sir. proceed, Please

David Soderquist

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David Emery

for Good morning. Thank you, everyone. this call attending morning, our Dave. Thanks

the slide those webcast along then review quarter. have discuss a quarter, highlights previous format, we by And I’ll you I’ll be X. Kinzley, following end we’ll at Rich on questions. CFO, forward from similar as the on of follow the give our update. I’ll financial the of a quarters. in Today, strategy, give starting second For the Slide some presentation, followed will

Nebraska. first segment from $XX a occurred month transmission the planned take that our of million July into process. Most and during quarter, also the Stegall, South The July Moving few mention in next late will on Dakota second X. service rate run occurred during highlights be South Those well. On of that to both of of then our our remaining in subsidiary subsidiaries. but Electric loads July Electric these Starting rates new City, to received the September approval X, Colorado end will of highlights. XX-mile line that for the Dakota utilities. XXX-mile Slide a early as will the Rapid quarter of I service with subsidiary a XX, And in XX, year. and Northwest will new effect segment Wyoming Wyoming June, line set peak On review by been Electric of all-time Gas had we in that July placed

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Rich Kinzley

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David Emery

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Operator

[Operator Credit first Weinstein from Michael Suisse. comes Our Instructions)] question with

is line now Your open.

Michael Weinstein

when you And filings, those filing? first like file kind Colorado different of of for completed. So case have once entity then reconciliation between in going to and the soon. four Do filing we rate for can after any the it’s you’ll timing a – for the that, expect full the you’re indication file combined

David Emery

legal review hope fourth be Well, file basically the is the once hope quarter straightforward we we this entities. – of approved, first two process, to would a in would relatively the And the to hopefully to that’s rate will year. combined consolidate request filing which

Michael Weinstein

for you. XX, option there I’m rate possibly Page planning resource And process question. be us is given wondering, that to plant you goes what a could you to note And plant anything at tell being a On XXXX. Got about the that Wyoming Wygen purchase are of currently? Separate kind considerations I some point? base this in the has

David Emery

Yes.

in contract be our Resource would to year-end. in it. would that on that would Wyoming to will be process that we We’re seek wrap things of whether the working to We close And that up included whether included our expect right Wygen resource rate-base or in utility hopefully, Electric a we extend now. Those of will recommendation kind I, related for plan. to Plan process Electric all

Michael Weinstein

– you go that? have what have of a Would kinds there other to that? competitive considerations Is might into to attached RFP

David Emery

Yes, it’s depends. possible. really It

process of it but require in a some likely I an great evaluating critical economical probably early resource. whole in other kind you It’s extremely a still what Cheyenne’s resource. FERC the came of a asset But we’re IPP, part the approval a for would take, if If have – the meets It’s very of a competitiveness do it process market of by think and XXXX, been would need that’s it to we’ll things, since that of to likely with need some them. at portfolio rate-based online we least transfer would very to from resource. that market baseload comparison comparison were will, there.

Michael Weinstein

much. very you thank Okay

Operator

Thank Lynch. And Bank with comes question from Julien of next you. America Merrill Dumoulin-Smith our

Your open. is now line

Julien Dumoulin

Good morning some of can on the you just following up comments So hear made. just me? you

to want Just

David Emery

Good morning Julien.

Julien Dumoulin

following just So on up some comments the you made. of just

elaborate improving Or – on ongoing. would of Wyoming that line perspective comment? see Obviously, flows? just cash additional the Just basically it a your for time either apply wage the you of balance sort per generation of prior little sheet from want as frac you your Is equity. here to process have a bit outside

David Emery

Yes.

We We other large have to see know done, what projects. the ERP shows and us that when have we filed Julien. get

year some project between has to working of we this capital million of point currently in We’re sprinkle the to Certainly, major But two. us CapEx as and likely to with have on equity kind to Colorado Bridge pushed future those. we’re the I to the fund to $XXX said addition where Natural our earlier IPP for have help – CapEx. additions, going disclosed the

Julien Dumoulin

Excellent. following All right. up then just And here. it. Got

factors the it’s early, know I the to year XXXX, little understand in of but the a For wanted second here. half just

an outage the Can roll XH obviously, the what to in roll forward in we’ve as impacts, talked keep on to earnings there? dilutive anything should the on You on mind XXXX, And is forward got considering you to XXXX? elaborate about which you we’ll also impact presumably. else we be extent

David Emery

there’s keep think in mind, don’t anything Julien. really to I

I we for the why it couple half the that to Wygen leaving pretty and year. other the negatives though is half. about likely are we’re that think, the for will we’re couple second do of on the a outage planned reason off at basically, start good guidance basically even a be things O&M the We where is, I second year, talked planned slight projects a in of have

our summer we’re maintaining will the electric season and loads Plus, in guidance August early we’re particular, in how So is. until July know and never we early September cooling get it through develop. level where

said, not So year guidance that’s this we’re the our to over is now, for XXXX, maintain new guidance for X%, a where while. critical. to for dilution to have about we’ve a that’s or currently is drill line been I clip about going But basically, those talking we’ve talking a the our been to Rich in news. it XXXX. XXXX with factors. maintain for as which decided X% But units, hefty But mean, of disclosed we’ve pretty equity with that

Julien Dumoulin

or I in the revenue Gas? Just absolutely. Yes. revenue requirement low No, noticing Arkansas the to – number Can slides. lower Excellent. revenue turn back

a a XX front. basis? ratios to going maybe little If year separately, to make regulatory the see Can is can there. Colorado, that on the equity comment XXXX? filing especially on follow And bit this consolidated on thoughts related then your to, what the on across just I that later up Just you jurisdictions, you

David Emery

Well, of tax in we predominately filing reform, in ahead it did Arkansas, because Julien, initial early was that’s the tax December, before reform.

nearly all So it’s tax reform.

capitalization looking all quarter, have the I for ratios, our On capitalizing each we’re at know beyond that don’t subsidiaries you question there. what and appropriately.

Julien Dumoulin

be jurisdictions in evolving said, as have their collapsing that extent A they of these higher ratios I back you’re as utilities the somewhat Well, equity for thinking. to been I filing as and, which obviously, capital your peers structure itself lot well. across the was go might to

in this Colorado to specific instance. ratio, equity the on asking just figured I So

David Emery

in general, the try utilities. a a of I I utility radically maintain continue in we individual ratio. do the Obviously, maintain capitalize have end but to generally our goal consolidated and bit capitalization. good. higher will And company a within each independent for so. ratio finance little any like mean, ratcheting think is We think equity our to that’s to XX% notes, of to XX% and we’d don’t we utilities, We up, between example, on we at those that way separately that prudent

Julien Dumoulin

from quick from And cleanup last Sorry. one the question Mike.

does the how map potentially Just on Wyoming fold? into figure the PCA Wygen into around in the the bringing process,

David Emery

Yes.

relatively for whether at comparison decent a of I decision, be have base to recontact that’s the think contract the if years under several rate process going is a That the term process like asset, recommendations. we’re look probably Wygen price way the then It’s plan basing. or be I decision it. on to contract going through got that XXXX, now between the ago. what making to you of resource today, Would you customers the plan through certainty part of with back contract a the determine and cost price to but prior or a was rate-based to that into customers better resource part long making and rate contract and extend entered in would amended

Julien Dumoulin

much. you Excellent very David thank

David Emery

Thanks.

Operator

Johong next from with And Consulting. Research our comes question Lasan Auvila

Your line now is open.

Lasan Johong

– of of David, I that mean, would idea, the savings utility but didn’t all what consolidation mention cost achieve? great you is the kind whether gas a will do

David Emery

We haven’t about it, Lasan, as talked savings. far the specifically as

it’s of lot O&M filings have for example, service, regulators multiple side, less in where pairs states. obviously, on of savings, make cases, customer and to a filing a be and lot their The simpler ongoing the think filings, lot same going we savings otherwise. it regulatory routine for ongoing less rate I a

such special do change to or timing that the a process. trying to it’s the plan We’re not – timing, standalone

consolidating. a we’re need through process of review going in we to when So state rate that the anyway, go

the shouldn’t the expense doing that rate reduce it, cost process. more a case, the actually be in but need hopeful completed amount of rate anyway, of a when testimony, a little add going little of general, to the we’re significantly entity. we’ll we So through by consolidating more Might review incremental

Lasan Johong

Or you to utility, creating one are keep this Black complex? Is Great. them going gas utility Hills whole for pertaining the separately? to state

David Emery

By state.

Lasan Johong

there’s of it consolidation the no by – So the separately? beyond So state to inside within the you’re going keep state?

David Emery

think of I really entity one only have an we lines state we advantages the one from as Lasan, That’s have, that crosses ownership standpoint.

So a simpler. lot it makes the process regulatory

set on LDC. separate as fighting a cetera. et for would up regulators, gas the not Each We’re jurisdictions expectations be between state

way. got a that it’s those easier from to lot frankly, it it’s just regulatory business perspective, helps manage. a We a more LDCs three set straightforward in multiple lot risk. states. mitigate up Now And But of and

Lasan Johong

Yes, I perfect sense. that sense, make

assist of particularly Just stuff. guys load, you Peak from a couple wind? existentially the do administration problems,

David Emery

No. The peaks went fine.

in occurs weren’t they set winter get new for weren’t it peak zero zero either weren’t certainly a our little real usually still. – tendency load, quite to we Generally, very or time, that has contribution when either. from They have we cold summer, be resources. hot the usually world, we real when us As this our days renewable at but they days or capacity part of a

So to resources on we fill days. plenty of the gap other in those have

Lasan Johong

And lastly, for anything. for for better economy changes, either service be demographic any seen to worse? seems the see territories the Do just kind if U.S. or better, overall of I accelerating. question. you general have

David Emery

think don’t say, no. overall service trends, I I is so, pretty would territory stable.

of way strong, status years. Gas I China the going growth it’s well, been and growing in very Dakota, et Wyoming no slow some would steady politics, on. South say in kind of of good Colorado but been has have they and territories, shifts particular We quo, have major in cetera. kind for But growing the last is in demographics, our

consistent. pretty it’s So

Lasan Johong

Thank great. very you much, That’s

Operator

next Weisel from [Operator Weil. with question Scotia Instructions] Our Andrew comes Howard

Your line is open. now

Andrew Weisel

guys. you, Thank morning good

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David Emery

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Andrew Weisel

sense. makes That

Okay. next question is update. on the jurisdiction simplification

approximate think about entities? talked rate of year. how If we previously combined two larger an consolidations You’ve all these of ballpark forward, pace for average should of of filings the about cases per go

David Emery

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Andrew Weisel

comment, utilization. Pueblo Colorado a And versus thoughts ability that? some you’re or on high-level Or able in makes your next to maybe other to similar any That some then lot lastly, week meetings we instances of meeting your see Any media similarities prevent sense. reports if interest from decisions divesting, a to of about having discuss differences potential cities?

David Emery

dialogue in been active the Pueblo. city We’ve with Yes. of

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opinion, our personal we that really interest divest. don’t Our – is have as to any company, a

buy our services, through customers size our a assets company. helps keep We asset a current We’re shared to The of grow low utility et company. utility as of cetera. cost all utility for base

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good about pretty where feel at we we’re there. So

going continue take usual. progress. and It’s to to we’ll business a municipalization in the positive to But and engaged We seriously slow Pueblo, be. as good plan discussions in we’re our making We’re continue process. discussions be those is

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Andrew Weisel

all appreciate the time Alright, Emery.

Operator

David turn for you. closing to Emery now this I’m Thank remarks. time. I back further would the like And not any to questions showing any at over call

David Emery

great all your appreciate Well, thank call We Hills. interest of very quarter and the your day. for you attending much in today. Have attendance rest call on Black our a second your

Operator

you Thank in your This the participation conference. presentation. concludes today’s for

now may day. Good disconnect. You