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To be sustainable we must address the fundamental issues that make equity investors want to buy our stock and the financial community willing to lend us money. We will retain our access to credit markets by maintaining our investment grade credit ratings.  We will maintain our equity strength by rewarding our shareholders with steady growth and a stable dividend. These are the hallmarks of a financially strong electric utility.

We expect earnings to grow at a rate of 4 percent to 6 percent over the 2012 to 2014 timeframe. To achieve this, we will invest capital in critically needed infrastructure where we can efficiently convert that investment into investor earnings and customer value.  This is fundamental to our ability to grow and prosper while meeting our underlying business, financial, environmental and social obligations.

At the same time, our business is facing major changes that will affect our customers, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders. Several factors are driving our transformation including investment in infrastructure, new market fundamentals, and proposed new environmental regulations.  

We are sensitive to the fact that customer rates have increased during the last few years at a time when customers have struggled with a challenging economy. Consequently, regulators in our states will only support initiatives that are mandated by laws or regulations. We are addressing these concerns by spending prudently to comply with environmental laws and to fulfill our directive to provide reliable, reasonably priced electricity.

Our sustainability is directly linked to our financial and nonfinancial success.  We cannot meet our sustainability commitments unless we are financially strong. Conversely, our performance in areas such as worker safety and health, labor relations, environmental performance and stakeholder engagement are integral to our ability to be financially strong and successful.  We believe that providing this context for investors and lenders helps them make more informed decisions and drives continuous improvement at American Electric Power.

I invite you to learn more about AEP and why we believe it is a solid long-term investment.

Briant Tierney

Economic Impact

Employees (year-end) 18,710 1
Wages $1.7 billion
Construction Expenditures $2.7 billion 2
Local Taxes $547.7 million
State Taxes $335 million
Federal Taxes $119.5 million
Goods & Services (not fuel) $4.5 billion
Goods & Services from Diverse Suppliers $451 million
Remaining Value of All Contracts $1.2 billion3
Coal Purchased (tons) 63 million
Coal Average Purchase Price (per ton) $46.76
Corporate Giving $37.4 million4
Economic Development Contributions $4.3 million5
All numbers are rounded
  1. Includes subsidiaries of AEP.
  2. Construction expenditures include those expenses listed in the Cash Flow Statement.
  3. Supply chain purchased contracts and inventory system.
  4. Includes $22.2 million of AEP Foundation grants.
  5. Includes all grants and contributions by utility units to support economic development.