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BKH Black Hills

Participants
Jerome Nichols Investor Relations
David Emery Chairman and CEO
Rich Kinzley SVP and CFO
Linden Evans President and COO
Julien Dumoulin-Smith Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Michael Weinstein Credit Suisse
Christopher Ellinghaus Williams Capital
Vedula Murti Avon Capital
Andrew Weisel Scotia Howard Weil.
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Black Hills Corporation Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. My name is Brian and I'll be your coordinator for today. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode.

Following the prepared remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded for replay purposes. turn over to Mr. like now the to presentation I'd Black Investor Jerome of of Hills Nichols, Director Relations Corporation. sir. proceed, Please

Jerome Nichols

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David Emery

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Rich Kinzley

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Linden Evans

leadership entire Rich. and morning, congratulations by been a allow Good well employee an start team me me and as to saying team. He's David. as you, to everyone. mentor Thank incredible leader our to Please the

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Operator

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is Your line open. now

Julien Dumoulin-Smith

Hey, good morning.

David Emery

Good morning, Julien.

Julien Dumoulin-Smith

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David Emery

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Julien Dumoulin-Smith

the stay given plan out? What's recovery the

David Emery

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Julien Dumoulin-Smith

ensure meaningful little just the the a lag? bit. there's to you to different minimal drove What Sorry, if you're clarify where sure on back let I am jurisdictions miss Are something such minimal or lag me to to increase? shift a capital come I new are didn't making shifting just and spending? there front regulatory mechanisms, a

David Emery

there. in essentially have legislation Well, the in Julien, Kansas, double our to Kansas that for spending to opportunity example, due was we passed

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still continue on the plan. we programmatic and of invest it to focusing rest their in is, So yes,

states, So spending no on programmatic in states. focused new but those in continued particular riders those the

Linden Evans

particularly at our If routine for them really a something those issues, least older our a that. focus, aren't Those some opportunity really and ahead of of from at the more plans. for, commissions various our plans business things of make what programmatic like about in those with with our announced change were where with deal they that some to we and of working make they a the to and wanted you for recall long-term least pre-approval way before we've those line couple had materials preliminary that get inform replacement older in outline to perspective. the want some aware but age, approach spending sure previous sure of staffs talked quarters, safety as of of We've the to some states we materials plans we're to have we

of big a couple those additional had we've million driver hundred in that Now the conversations that obviously, was spending.

David Emery

that we minimal capital isn't into then riders, Julian. that, review, as to obviously. the a just thing add spent define that's to lag leads One it, It's rate

Julien Dumoulin-Smith

themselves. - had just are does just you where you new the quick a ATM, what changes on metric you've metrics? in Just some put clarify the FFO-to-debt I with your to saw before that know

Rich Kinzley

this Yeah upper obviously, in teens, mid-teens the we plan stay and toward period, we through want the headed to we're as work Julian.

Julien Dumoulin-Smith

best Got it. leave right. you of again. and luck all I'll there. Excellent. All it Thank

David Emery

you, Thank Julien.

Operator

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Michael Weinstein

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David Emery

have really play any other are more less. and work plans. No, to I don't plans My

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Michael Weinstein

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David Emery

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going any major gas slides include electric, and detailed is, keep we've that million there's We just system program just $XXX reliability generation, major to 'XX keep not the the That's those 'XX referenced, to items. million two then cetera. and on what system. the of investment $XXX to on through But I got opportunity have for et we million to forward. numbers power $XXX 'XX pipeline the the massive $XXX the lot for ongoing think a indicates Lin and that with spend of and And does really the safety strong for that a projects, renewables, up have top the beyond, of the up million earlier it for upside

Michael Weinstein

the year, And do two have of roughly like or those one to kind million $XX of you still each expect thing? range

David Emery

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Michael Weinstein

base, the possible just affect point? at I question for rate consideration Wygen this this some Wyoming how how the does missed does sorry, last basing settlement, One on and if I but this, affect rate

Rich Kinzley

is Well, year plan to the and of should the I by our that integrated that our guess. up, end resource clear intent file

David Emery

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Michael Weinstein

like Can you EPS it that this expired? finances rate the not contract just briefly if coming much would one and contract, identify how would much was from like how affect how - base simply be is

Rich Kinzley

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David Emery

plant Yeah, and assets that plant. Colorado adjustment Colorado only two we that for this in assets XX% the Gen Business; show our and and other there's the two IPP - of there's only Power

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Michael Weinstein

you. Okay, thank

Operator

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Christopher Ellinghaus

Hey, are guys. you? How

David Emery

Chris. morning, good Hey,

Christopher Ellinghaus

switchers. the jobs Congratulations to

David Emery

you. Thank

Linden Evans

you. Thank

Christopher Ellinghaus

over Wyoming we expect that should be the each multiple the accrue you the in will Rich, to and year? expect roughly would credit, spread years that evenly same A; quarter that

Rich Kinzley

million and the revenue $X.X then associated credits third and we million quarter that We to then talked each about there detail fourth pretax, We then XXXX the $X.X about No, smaller was booked recorded few in that, the the this associated another million and million in XXXX. here's in quarter. Chris. which were on quarter, reached items we had in reserves our the and a comments settlement and prior about with that. actually of other will $X We predominantly with record $X.X

Christopher Ellinghaus

that? The we should think Busch Ranch I about on acquisition, returns how

David Emery

can slightly that It was of maybe than we a better you basically them contract kind out. bought think Yeah, utility. I as PPA of think

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Rich Kinzley

going right. come of it's through to Most tax That's the credits.

Christopher Ellinghaus

like increased And for what slipping conversion, going the like with and sheet look the with got the this you'd unit CapEx a sheet you sort the of target of to balance forward? have with you balance

Rich Kinzley

disclosed. strong the to CapEx with wouldn't our over our of away, to but We'll way of, debt CapEx five years. sprinkling sheet the caps given say where balance the next given kind the help total that XXXX, that's Yeah. like right happen a we'll the the the there bit We equity in way in you somewhere get But work in program by of I little want now, CapEx Obviously, we've that we're be to going back to the given end not to mid-XXs, to rightsizing, we'd if will. our linearly, mid-XXs. large years, few work there but increased

Christopher Ellinghaus

the for thanks guys. great, details Okay,

Linden Evans

Thanks, Chris.

Operator

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Vedula Murti

guys. morning, good Hi,

David Emery

Vedula. morning, Good

Vedula Murti

retirement and on plans have congratulations fun. to your your And

David Emery

Yeah. Thank you.

Vedula Murti

sheet? what wondering, question; I? right balance up is carrying the now, I'm Wygen the is following Weinstein's What Mike value of on on

Rich Kinzley

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David Emery

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Rich Kinzley

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Vedula Murti

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Rich Kinzley

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Vedula Murti

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David Emery

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Vedula Murti

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David Emery

K Wygen $XX December the answer of The XXXX, was can indicates value question. million. X at that just We net book XX,

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Operator

you. Andrew with next question line Thank our come Weisel Scotia. And of from the will

Andrew Weisel

and want positive all you been to Hey, regulatory stretch recently, congratulations the everyone pass for busy I for guys. updates guys. to also a

quick Just have ones two here.

the you a it little over recently, obviously, increased dividend, First on X%.

XX%. targeting You XX% to got the comment

a Does sure, the deceleration dividend in that maybe kind maybe of thoughts in of we'll as the increasing to start just see want other on there. how during be slower EPS growth EPS or the the about accelerate you trajectory periods comment growth? slides to Just do dividend imply think about that the the

David Emery

typically look forward. Well, last obviously $X.XX is the $X.XX our you going on dividends, to what see of change to increase. increased year but prior to this the each level on do two opposed might conversations it as of One we're with future with not we'll not to be made but after comment of year, We've it would the up do that. Again, intent we years year. over the is what increase decrease the and the of Board the the as year not to level now to decrease the time next first Board that intent

Andrew Weisel

only just technical that it the through integrity XXXX, Nebraska one, the historical understood Then now if of rider, and little I just is maybe correctly, but it end safety a covers spending. going

separate a through from issue that So that through into altogether. XXXX how fold be that does a case rate XXXX for and consolidation, would Would is recovery the spending recovered? or be

David Emery

yes. is is question cases previously through that for review. covered consolidation to file would intent on I been rate need and answer cases. has short It's entities combined primarily outlined The then think the we'll the this rate a when And

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mechanisms utility our Nebraska So we have place also. for some other in legacy gas

Operator

There further please Emery, are David to proceed closing questions. no remarks.

David Emery

today. and attention time everyone's appreciate certainly We

said to an great got at going with think truly lot our continuing results. coming and on in a regulatory and to I success mentioned core the execute our up. but really our activity excellent of As make been I puts of got it, a forward a regulatory time We've of We've we one to forward. sure beginning, that quarter team, great look strengths lot It's and something had regulators we achieve Andrew, just effort has good. we

your We an have and great for expect to on in you. today. of time Thanks lot of your attention our just for Hills. do that's and that, your end job regulatory that With a we've those recently. comments like rest Have Black Thank of we excellent the achieved kind these a filings, interest day.

Operator

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

now may You disconnect.