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CMS Energy Announces Second Quarter Earnings of $0.33 per Share

Michigan Business Network
July 28, 2017 11:00 AM

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Reaffirms 2017 Adjusted Earning Guidance

JACKSON, Mich., July 28, 2017 -- CMS Energy announced today reported net income of $92 million, or $0.33 per share, for the second quarter of 2017 and $291 million, or $1.04 per share, for the first half of 2017. Earnings per share in the first half of 2017, which were the same as 2016 on a reported basis, grew 8 cents or 7 percent compared to 2016 on a weather-normalized basis and are ahead of plan.

CMS Energy reaffirmed its guidance for 2017 adjusted earnings of $2.14 to $2.18 per share (*See below for important information about non-GAAP measures) or 6 to 8 percent annual adjusted earnings per share growth.

During the second quarter, the company has continued to make significant progress in pursuit of a triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Consumers Energy was ranked the top employer to work for in Michigan by Forbes Magazine. Additionally, construction commenced on phase II of the Cross Winds Energy Park and the company announced a new program which enables large businesses to match 100 percent of their energy use with renewable energy sources. Consumers Energy has maintained focus to deliver year-to-date earnings ahead of plan despite a record year of storms in the company’s service territory.

“Our commitment to our co-workers, customers and communities could not be more evident in this year’s second quarter,” said Patti Poppe, CEO and President of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. “Our top priority remains keeping our promises to the people we serve.”

CMS Energy noted several additional accomplishments in the second quarter:
 Named by a Market Strategies International survey as a “Most Trusted Brand,” ranking the company fourth in the nation among providers of electricity and natural gas by residential customers.
 Named a Gold-Level Veteran Friendly Employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and ranked nationally as "Best for Vets” by the Military Times.
 Launched a new residential solar energy pilot program, giving Michigan customers another option to help build a cleaner future for our state.
 In the process of investing nearly $440 million in 2017 to modernize our natural gas system to focus on safety and reliability.
 Consumers Energy and CMS Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe was named a Crain’s Detroit Business Change Maker of the Year; and was one of 32 female CEOs in this year’s nationwide, Fortune 500 and one of two female CEOs in Michigan.

CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS) is a Michigan-based company that has an electric and natural gas utility, Consumers Energy, as its primary business and also owns and operates independent power generation businesses.

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CMS Energy held a webcast to discuss its 2017 second quarter results and provide a business and financial outlook July 28 at 8:30 AM (EDT).

Important information for investors about non-GAAP measures and other disclosures. *This news release contains non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (non-GAAP) measures, such as adjusted earnings. Adjustments could include items such as discontinued operations, asset sales, impairments, restructuring costs, regulatory items from prior years, or other items detailed in the attached summary financial statements. Management views adjusted earnings as a key measure of the company's present operating financial performance and uses adjusted earnings for external communications with analysts and investors. Internally, the company uses adjusted earnings to measure and assess performance. Because the company is not able to estimate the impact of specific line items, which have the potential to significantly impact, favorably or unfavorably, the company's reported earnings in future periods, the company is not providing reported earnings guidance nor is it providing a reconciliation for the comparable future period earnings. The adjusted earnings should be considered supplemental information to assist in understanding our business results, rather than as a substitute for the reported earnings. Adjusted weather-normalized earnings are provided to show the impact of deviations from normal weather.

This news release contains "forward-looking statements." The forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause CMS Energy’s and Consumers Energy’s results to differ materially. All forward-looking statements should be considered in the context of the risk and other factors detailed from time to time in CMS Energy's and Consumers Energy's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Investors and others should note that CMS Energy routinely posts important information on its website and considers the Investor Relations section, www.cmsenergy.com/investor-relations, a channel of distribution.

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

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