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Fortis includes forward-looking information in this material within the meaning of applicable securities laws in Canada (“forward-looking information”). The purpose of the forward-looking information is to provide management’s expectations regarding the Corporation’s future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities, and it may not be appropriate for other purposes. All forward-looking information is given pursuant to the safe harbour provisions of applicable Canadian securities legislation. The words “anticipates”, “believes”, “budgets”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “may”, “might”, “plans”, “projects”, “schedule”, “should”, “will”, “would” and similar expressions are often intended to identify forward-looking information, although not all forward-looking information contains these identifying words. The forward-looking information reflects management’s current beliefs and is based on information currently available to management. The forward-looking information in this material includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding: the Corporation’s focus on the United States and Canada in the acquisition of regulated utilities; the pursuit of growth in the Corporation’s non-regulated businesses in support of its regulated utility growth strategy; the current environment of low natural gas prices and an abundance of shale gas reserves should help maintain the competitiveness of natural gas versus alternative energy sources in North America; investment to harvest shale oil and gas in Alberta, Canada, is expected to continue and should favourably impact energy sales and rate base investment in FortisAlberta’s service territory; the expectation that the Government of British Columbia’s new Natural Gas Strategy should favourably impact natural gas throughput at the FortisBC Energy companies; the expected capital investment in Canada’s electricity sector over the 20-year period from 2010 through 2030; the Corporation’s consolidated forecast gross capital expenditures for 2012 and in total over the five-year period through 2016; the nature, timing and amount of certain capital projects and their expected costs and time to complete; the expectation that the Corporation’s significant capital expenditure program should support continuing growth in earnings and dividends; there is no assurance that capital projects perceived as required or completed by the Corporation’s regulated utilities will be approved or that conditions to such approvals will not be imposed; the expectation that the Corporation’s regulated utilities could experience disruptions and increased costs if they are unable to maintain their asset base; forecast midyear rate base; the expectation that cash required to complete subsidiary capital expenditure programs will be sourced from a combination of cash from operations, borrowings under credit facilities, equity injections from Fortis and long-term debt offerings; the expectation that the Corporation’s subsidiaries will be able to source the cash required to fund their 2012 capital expenditure programs; the expected consolidated long-term debt maturities and repayments in 2012 and on average annually over the next five years; the expectation that the Corporation and its subsidiaries will continue to have reasonable access to capital in the near to medium terms; the expectation that the combination of available credit facilities and relatively low annual debt maturities and repayments will provide the Corporation and its subsidiaries with flexibility in the timing of access to capital markets; except for debt at the Exploits River Hydro Partnership (“Exploits Partnership”), the expectation that the Corporation and its subsidiaries will remain compliant with debt covenants during 2012; the expectation that any increase in interest expense and/or fees associated with renewed and extended credit facilities will not materially impact the Corporation’s consolidated financial results for 2012; the expected timing of filing of regulatory applications and of receipt of regulatory decisions; the estimated impact a decrease in revenue at Fortis Properties’ Hospitality Division would have on basic earnings per common share; the expected impact of a change in the US dollar-to-Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate on basic earnings per common share in 2012; the expectation that electricity sales growth at the Corporation’s regulated utilities in the Caribbean will be minimal for 2012; the expectation that counterparties to the FortisBC Energy companies’ gas derivative contracts will continue to meet their obligations; the expectation that FortisBC will continue efforts in 2012 to further integrate its gas and electricity businesses; the expectation that the Corporation’s consolidated earnings and earnings per common share for 2012 will not be materially impacted by the transition to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“US GAAP”); the expectation of an increase in consolidated defined benefit net pension cost for 2012 and the fact that there is no assurance that the pension plan assets will earn the assumed long-term rates of return in the future; the expected timing of the closing of the acquisition of CH Energy Group, Inc. by Fortis; and the expectation that the acquisition will be immediately accretive to earnings per common share, excluding one-time acquisition-related expenses. The forecasts and projections that make up the forward-looking information are based on assumptions which include, but are not limited to: the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and requested rate orders; no significant variability in interest rates; no significant operational disruptions or environmental liability due to a catastrophic event or environmental upset caused by severe weather, other acts of nature or other major events; the continued ability to maintain the gas and electricity systems to ensure their continued performance; no severe and prolonged downturn in economic conditions; no significant decline in capital spending; no material capital project and financing cost overrun related to the construction of the Waneta Expansion hydroelectric generating facility; sufficient liquidity and capital resources; the expectation that the Corporation will receive appropriate compensation from the Government of Belize (“GOB”) for fair value of the Corporation’s investment in Belize Electricity that was expropriated by the GOB; the expectation that Belize Electric Company Limited (“BECOL”) will not be expropriated by the GOB; the expectation that the Corporation will receive fair compensation from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador related to the expropriation of the Exploits Partnership’s hydroelectric assets and water rights; the continuation of regulator-approved mechanisms to flow through the commodity cost of natural gas and energy supply costs in customer rates; the ability to hedge exposures to fluctuations in interest rates, foreign exchange rates, natural gas commodity prices and fuel prices; no significant counterparty defaults; the continued competitiveness of natural gas pricing when compared with electricity and other alternative sources of energy; the continued availability of natural gas, fuel and electricity supply; continuation and regulatory approval of power supply and capacity purchase contracts; the ability to fund defined benefit pension plans, earn the assumed long-term rates of return on the related assets and recover net pension costs in customer rates; no significant changes in government energy plans and environmental laws that may materially affect the operations and cash flows of the Corporation and its subsidiaries; maintenance of adequate insurance coverage; the ability to obtain and maintain licences and permits; retention of existing service areas; the ability to report under US GAAP beyond 2014 or the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) after 2014 that allows for the recognition of regulatory assets and liabilities; the continued tax-deferred treatment of earnings from the Corporation’s Caribbean operations; continued maintenance of information technology (“IT”) infrastructure; the receipt of regulatory and other approvals required in connection with the acquisition of CH Energy Group; continued favourable relations with First Nations; favourable labour relations; and sufficient human resources to deliver service and execute the capital program. The forward-looking information is subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or results anticipated by the forward-looking information. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, but are not limited to: regulatory risk; interest rate risk, including the uncertainty of the impact a continuation of a low interest rate environment may have on allowed rates of return on common shareholders’ equity of the Corporation’s regulated utilities; operating and maintenance risks; risk associated with changes in economic conditions; capital project budget overrun, completion and financing risk in the Corporation’s non-regulated business; capital resources and liquidity risk; risk associated with the amount of compensation to be paid to Fortis for its investment in Belize Electricity that was expropriated by the GOB; the timeliness of the receipt of the compensation and the ability of the GOB to pay the compensation owing to Fortis; risk that the GOB may expropriate BECOL; an ultimate resolution of the expropriation of the hydroelectric assets and water rights of the Exploits Partnership that differs from that which is currently expected by management; weather and seasonality risk; commodity price risk; the continued ability to hedge foreign exchange risk; counterparty risk; competitiveness of natural gas; natural gas, fuel and electricity supply risk; risk associated with the continuation, renewal, replacement and/or regulatory approval of power supply and capacity purchase contracts; risk associated with defined benefit pension plan performance and funding requirements; risks related to FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc.; environmental risks; insurance coverage risk; risk of loss of licences and permits; risk of loss of service area; risks relating to the ability to close the acquisition of CH Energy Group; the timing of such closing and the realization of the anticipated benefits of the acquisition; risk of not being able to report under US GAAP beyond 2014 or risk that IFRS does not have an accounting standard for rate-regulated entities by the end of 2014 allowing for the recognition of regulatory assets and liabilities; risks related to changes in tax legislation; risk of failure of IT infrastructure; risk of not being able to access First Nations lands; labour relations risk; human resources risk; and risk of unexpected outcomes of legal proceedings currently against the Corporation. For additional information with respect to the Corporation’s risk factors, reference should be made to the Corporation’s continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and to the heading “Business Risk Management” in the Corporation’s annual and quarterly Management Discussion and Analysis and the “Risk Factors” section of the Annual Information Form. All forward-looking information in this material is qualified in its entirety by the above cautionary statements and, except as required by law, the Corporation undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking information as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date hereof.
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