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ALLETE, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Earnings of 53 Cents Per Share

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DULUTH, Minn., August 04, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE: ALE) today reported second quarter 2021 earnings of 53 cents per share on net income of $27.9 million. Last year’s results were 39 cents per share on net income of $20.1 million. Results in the second quarter of 2020 included an $8.3 million after tax-charge, or 16 cents per share, for the Minnesota Power rate case resolution.

"We are encouraged by the healthy production rebound of Minnesota Power’s taconite customers," said ALLETE Chair, President and CEO Bethany Owen. "Electric sales to these industrial customers have been robust so far in 2021, and we anticipate continued strength through the remainder of the year, as evidenced by the positive steel industry outlook. Our other businesses generally performed within expectations for the quarter."

ALLETE’s Regulated Operations segment, which includes Minnesota Power, Superior Water, Light and Power and the Company’s investment in the American Transmission Co., recorded net income of $21.5 million, compared to $11.1 million in the second quarter of 2020 which included the rate case resolution impact. Second quarter 2021 earnings reflect higher net income at Minnesota Power primarily due to higher kilowatt-hour sales to commercial and municipal customers, higher cost recovery rider revenue and positive income tax expense timing impacts. These increases were offset by lower power market sales due to the expiration of a related contract, higher operating and maintenance expense and higher property tax expense.

ALLETE Clean Energy recorded second quarter 2021 net income of $5.1 million compared to $4.0 million in 2020. Net income in 2021 reflects earnings from the Diamond Spring wind energy facility which commenced operations in December 2020.

Corporate and Other businesses, which include BNI Energy and ALLETE Properties, recorded net income of $1.3 million in 2021 compared to net income of $5.0 million in 2020. Net income in 2021 included lower earnings from marketable equity securities held in certain benefit trusts and additional income tax expense which varies quarter to quarter based on an estimated annual effective tax rate. These decreases were partially offset by earnings from our investment in Nobles 2 which commenced operations in December 2020.

"For the quarter, our consolidated financial results are similar to those in 2020, excluding the 2020 second quarter rate case resolution impact," said ALLETE Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Adams. "ALLETE’s 2021 full year results are expected to be in the range of $3.00 to $3.30 per share, on a consolidated basis. As expressed earlier this year, we view the current year as transitional, with key growth positioning initiatives underway in support of higher earnings in 2022 and beyond."

Live Webcast on August 4, 2021; conference call slides posted on company website

ALLETE’s earnings conference call will be at 10:00 a.m. (EST), August 4, 2021, at which time management will discuss the second quarter of 2021 financial results. Interested parties may listen live by calling 877-303-5852, pass code 9589033, ten minutes prior to the start time, or may listen to the live audio-only webcast and view supporting slides, which will be available on ALLETE’s Investor Relations website http://investor.allete.com/events-presentations. A replay of the call will be available through August 11, 2021 by calling (855) 859-2056, pass code 9589033. The webcast will be accessible for one year at www.allete.com.

ALLETE is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minn. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth, BNI Energy in Bismarck, N.D., and has an eight percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co. More information about ALLETE is available at www.allete.com. ALE-CORP

The statements contained in this release and statements that ALLETE may make orally in connection with this release that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and investors are directed to the risks discussed in documents filed by ALLETE with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

ALLETE's press releases and other communications may include certain non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) financial measures. A "non-GAAP financial measure" is defined as a numerical measure of a company's financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes (or includes) amounts that are included in (or excluded from) the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the company's financial statements.

Non-GAAP financial measures utilized by the Company include presentations of earnings (loss) per share. ALLETE's management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors by removing the effect of variances in GAAP reported results of operations that are not indicative of changes in the fundamental earnings power of the Company's operations. Management believes that the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures is appropriate and enables investors and analysts to more accurately compare the company's ongoing financial performance over the periods presented.

ALLETE, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Income

Millions Except Per Share Amounts - Unaudited

Quarter Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Operating Revenue

Contracts with Customers – Utility

$290.4

$200.8

$583.4

$466.1

Contracts with Customers – Non-utility

42.3

39.6

85.7

83.1

Other – Non-utility

2.9

2.8

5.7

5.6

Total Operating Revenue

335.6

243.2

674.8

554.8

Operating Expenses

Fuel, Purchased Power and Gas – Utility

128.9

69.3

249.3

158.3

Transmission Services – Utility

19.2

16.4

36.9

34.9

Cost of Sales – Non-utility

15.8

16.3

32.6

33.2

Operating and Maintenance

67.1

59.0

133.4

120.0

Depreciation and Amortization

57.9

54.5

115.9

107.9

Taxes Other than Income Taxes

18.5

15.0

36.5

27.6

Total Operating Expenses

307.4

230.5

604.6

481.9

Operating Income

28.2

12.7

70.2

72.9

Other Income (Expense)

Interest Expense

(17.4

)

(15.9

)

(34.5

)

(31.6

)

Equity Earnings

5.1

6.4

9.9

11.6

Other

1.8

5.2

5.1

6.2

Total Other Expense

(10.5

)

(4.3

)

(19.5

)

(13.8

)

Income Before Income Taxes

17.7

8.4

50.7

59.1

Income Tax Benefit

(4.0

)

(8.5

)

(14.4

)

(22.3

)

Net Income

21.7

16.9

65.1

81.4

Net Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest

(6.2

)

(3.2

)

(14.6

)

(5.0

)

Net Income Attributable to ALLETE

$27.9

$20.1

$79.7

$86.4

Average Shares of Common Stock

Basic

52.2

51.8

52.2

51.8

Diluted

52.3

51.9

52.2

51.8

Basic Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

$0.53

$0.39

$1.53

$1.67

Diluted Earnings Per Share of Common Stock

$0.53

$0.39

$1.53

$1.67

Dividends Per Share of Common Stock

$0.63

$0.6175

$1.26

$1.235

Consolidated Balance Sheet

Millions - Unaudited

Jun. 30

Dec. 31,

Jun. 30

Dec. 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Assets

Liabilities and Equity

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$62.5

$44.3

Current Liabilities

$595.5

$459.6

Other Current Assets

216.8

210.6

Long-Term Debt

1,664.6

1,593.2

Property, Plant and Equipment – Net

5,021.6

4,840.8

Deferred Income Taxes

188.7

195.7

Regulatory Assets

491.9

480.9

Regulatory Liabilities

514.9

524.8

Equity Investments

317.8

301.2

Defined Benefit Pension and Other Postretirement Benefit Plans

210.7

225.8

Other Non-Current Assets

182.7

206.8

Other Non-Current Liabilities

277.0

285.3

Equity

2,841.9

2,800.2

Total Assets

$6,293.3

$6,084.6

Total Liabilities and Equity

$6,293.3

$6,084.6

Quarter Ended

Six Months Ended

ALLETE, Inc.

June 30,

June 30,

Income (Loss)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Millions

Regulated Operations

$21.5

$11.1

$66.5

$68.6

ALLETE Clean Energy

5.1

4.0

12.5

15.7

Corporate and Other

1.3

5.0

0.7

2.1

Net Income Attributable to ALLETE

$27.9

$20.1

$79.7

$86.4

Diluted Earnings Per Share

$0.53

$0.39

$1.53

$1.67

Statistical Data

Corporate

Common Stock

High

$72.60

$64.90

$72.60

$84.71

Low

$66.43

$48.22

$58.90

$48.22

Close

$69.98

$54.61

$69.98

$54.61

Book Value

$44.44

$43.67

$44.44

$43.67

Kilowatt-hours Sold

Millions

Regulated Utility

Retail and Municipal

Residential

247

246

578

567

Commercial

317

286

658

638

Industrial

1,775

1,235

3,573

3,137

Municipal

138

131

298

287

Total Retail and Municipal

2,477

1,898

5,107

4,629

Other Power Suppliers

1,194

706

2,442

1,528

Total Regulated Utility Kilowatt-hours Sold

3,671

2,604

7,549

6,157

Regulated Utility Revenue

Millions

Regulated Utility Revenue

Retail and Municipal Electric Revenue

Residential

$32.0

$24.7

$72.5

$61.1

Commercial

39.2

27.7

76.4

63.0

Industrial

138.8

87.7

266.5

205.7

Municipal

11.5

9.0

24.1

19.3

Total Retail and Municipal Electric Revenue

221.5

149.1

439.5

349.1

Other Power Suppliers

37.3

27.4

75.7

65.7

Other (Includes Water and Gas Revenue)

31.6

24.3

68.2

51.3

Total Regulated Utility Revenue

$290.4

$200.8

$583.4

$466.1

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Contacts

Vince Meyer
218-723-3952
vmeyer@allete.com

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