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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D. C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

þ  Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2005

OR

o  Transition Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                       
 

Commission
File Number
    Exact name of registrant as
specified in its charter and principal
office address and telephone number
   
State of
Incorporation
    I.R.S.
Employer
I.D. Number
 
 
1-16163
    WGL Holdings, Inc.
101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20080
(703) 750-2000
    Virginia     52-2210912  
 
0-49807
    Washington Gas Light Company
101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20080
(703) 750-4440
    District of Columbia
and Virginia
    53-0162882  
 

Indicate by check mark whether each registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrants were required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes þ  No o

Indicate by check mark whether each registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes þ  No o

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuers’ classes of common stock as of the latest practicable date:

WGL Holdings, Inc. common stock, no par value, outstanding as of April 30, 2005: 48,692,876 shares.

All of the outstanding shares of common stock ($1 par value) of Washington Gas Light Company were held by WGL Holdings, Inc. as of April 30, 2005.



 


 

WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2005

Table of Contents

     
PART I.  Financial Information    
Item 1.  Financial Statements
   
WGL Holdings, Inc.
   
Consolidated Balance Sheets
1  
Consolidated Statements of Income
2  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
3  
 
   
Washington Gas Light Company
   
Balance Sheets
4  
Statements of Income
5  
Statements of Cash Flows
6  
 
   
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
7  
WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company—Combined
   
 
   
Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and
   
Results of Operations
22  
WGL Holdings, Inc.
25  
Washington Gas Light Company
40  
 
   
Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
47  
 
   
Item 4.  Controls and Procedures
47  
 
   
     
PART II.  Other Information    
Item 4.  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
48  
 
   
Item 6.  Exhibits
48  
 
   
Signature
50  

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

INTRODUCTION


FILING FORMAT

     This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q is a combined report being filed by two separate registrants: WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL Holdings or the Company) and Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas or the regulated utility). Except where the content clearly indicates otherwise, any reference in the report to “WGL Holdings” or “the Company” is to the consolidated entity, WGL Holdings and all of its subsidiaries, including Washington Gas which is a distinct registrant that is a wholly owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings.

     Part I — Financial Information in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q includes separate financial statements (i.e., balance sheets, statements of income and statements of cash flows) for consolidated WGL Holdings and Washington Gas.

SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

     Certain matters discussed in this report, excluding historical information, include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the outlook for earnings, revenues and other future financial business performance or strategies and expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as, but not limited to, “estimates,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “believes,” “plans,” and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “should,” “would,” and “could.” Although the registrants, WGL Holdings and Washington Gas, believe such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, they cannot give assurance that every objective will be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of today, and the registrants assume no duty to update them. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance:

  •   the level and rate at which costs and expenses are incurred in connection with constructing, operating and maintaining the Company’s natural gas distribution system;
  •   variations in weather conditions from normal levels;
  •   changes in economic, competitive, political and regulatory conditions and developments;
  •   changes in capital and energy commodity market conditions;
  •   changes in credit ratings of debt securities of WGL Holdings or Washington Gas that may affect access to capital or the cost of debt;
  •   changes in credit market conditions and creditworthiness of customers and suppliers;
  •   changes in relevant laws and regulations, including tax, environmental and employment laws and regulations;
  •   legislative, regulatory and judicial mandates or decisions affecting business operations or the timing of recovery of costs and expenses;
  •   the timing and success of business and product development efforts and technological improvements;
  •   the pace of deregulation efforts and the availability of other competitive alternatives;
  •   terrorist activities; and
  •   other uncertainties.

     The outcome of negotiations and discussions that the registrants may hold with other parties from time to time regarding utility and energy-related investments and strategic transactions that are both recurring and non-recurring may also affect future performance. All such factors are difficult to predict accurately and are generally beyond the direct control of the registrants. Accordingly, while they believe that the assumptions are reasonable, the registrants cannot ensure that all expectations and objectives will be realized. Readers are urged to use care and consider the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect the registrants’ business as described in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements made in this report rely upon the safe harbor protections provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements

                 
 
    March 31,     September 30,  
(In thousands)   2005     2004  
 
ASSETS
               
Property, Plant and Equipment
               
At original cost
  $ 2,704,566     $ 2,667,924  
Accumulated depreciation and amortization
    (780,638 )     (752,373 )
 
Net property, plant and equipment
    1,923,928       1,915,551  
 
Current Assets
               
Cash and cash equivalents
    72,214       6,587  
Receivables
               
Accounts receivable
    391,853       158,590  
Gas costs due from customers
    647       4,099  
Accrued utility revenues
    84,523       16,832  
Allowance for doubtful accounts
    (16,954 )     (16,042 )
 
Net receivables
    460,069       163,479  
 
Materials and supplies—principally at average cost
    14,312       15,232  
Storage gas—at cost (first-in, first-out)
    52,347       217,630  
Deferred income taxes
    15,481       13,178  
Other prepayments—principally taxes
    11,131       12,260  
Other
    6,236       4,494  
 
Total current assets
    631,790       432,860  
 
Deferred Charges and Other Assets
               
Regulatory assets
               
Gas costs
    35,812       16,098  
Other
    43,501       45,847  
Prepaid qualified pension benefits
    73,917       71,869  
Other
    6,906       22,683  
 
Total deferred charges and other assets
    160,136       156,497  
 
Total Assets
  $ 2,715,854     $ 2,504,908  
 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
               
Capitalization
               
Common shareholders’ equity
  $ 945,490     $ 853,424  
Washington Gas Light Company preferred stock
    28,173       28,173  
Long-term debt
    523,692       590,164  
 
Total capitalization
    1,497,355       1,471,761  
 
Current Liabilities
               
Current maturities of long-term debt
    90,616       60,639  
Notes payable
    82,910       95,634  
Accounts payable
    207,954       178,970  
Wages payable
    17,549       16,813  
Accrued interest
    2,833       2,781  
Dividends declared
    16,520       16,142  
Customer deposits and advance payments
    28,596       14,450  
Gas costs due to customers
    51,248       7,815  
Accrued taxes
    71,318       16,627  
Other
    2,622       3,040  
 
Total current liabilities
    572,166       412,911  
 
Deferred Credits
               
Unamortized investment tax credits
    14,496       14,944  
Deferred income taxes
    283,123       268,540  
Accrued pensions and benefits
    39,507       37,047  
Regulatory liabilities
               
Accrued asset removal costs
    261,751       251,695  
Other
    19,201       22,079  
Other
    28,255       25,931  
 
Total deferred credits
    646,333       620,236  
 
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 10)
               
 
Total Capitalization and Liabilities
  $ 2,715,854     $ 2,504,908  
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)

                                 
 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    March 31,     March 31,  
(In thousands, except per share data)   2005     2004     2005     2004  
 
UTILITY OPERATIONS
                               
Operating Revenues
  $ 635,226     $ 588,648     $ 1,044,177     $ 963,962  
Less: Cost of gas
    384,559       336,986       613,170       535,764  
Revenue taxes
    23,779       20,510       40,874       34,279  
 
Utility Net Revenues
    226,888       231,152       390,133       393,919  
 
Other Operating Expenses
                               
Operation
    50,379       50,691       97,340       95,663  
Maintenance
    9,158       10,527       18,195       20,763  
Depreciation and amortization
    21,418       22,961       43,614       48,166  
General taxes
    12,197       10,782       21,254       20,653  
Income taxes
    46,677       49,629       70,714       74,387  
 
Utility Other Operating Expenses
   
139,829
144,590
251,117
259,632
 
 
Utility Operating Income
    87,059       86,562       139,016       134,287  
 
NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
                               
Operating Revenues
                               
Retail energy-marketing
    285,918       265,680       491,206       467,938  
Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC)
    10,006       7,246       19,524       14,780  
Other non-utility activities
    319       678       613       861  
 
Non-Utility Operating Revenues
    296,243       273,604       511,343       483,579  
 
Other Operating Expenses
                               
Operating expenses
    287,508       275,821       496,834       478,613  
Income tax expense (benefit)
    3,384       (410 )     5,623       2,114  
 
Non-Utility Operating Expenses
    290,892       275,411       502,457       480,727  
 
Non-Utility Operating Income (Loss)
    5,351       (1,807 )     8,886       2,852  
 
TOTAL OPERATING INCOME
    92,410       84,755       147,902       137,139  
Other Income (Expenses)—Net
    (936 )     5,553       (1,935 )     4,633  
 
INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE
    91,474       90,308       145,967       141,772  
INTEREST EXPENSE
                               
Interest on long-term debt
    10,492       10,465       20,998       20,935  
Other
    706       281       1,231       1,402  
 
Total Interest Expense
    11,198       10,746       22,229       22,337  
DIVIDENDS ON WASHINGTON GAS PREFERRED STOCK
    330       330       660       660  
 
NET INCOME (APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK)
  $ 79,946     $ 79,232     $ 123,078     $ 118,775  
 
AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING
                               
Basic
    48,688       48,643       48,679       48,634  
Diluted
    48,996       48,859       48,967       48,836  
 
EARNINGS PER AVERAGE COMMON SHARE
                               
Basic
  $ 1.64     $ 1.63     $ 2.53     $ 2.44  
Diluted
  $ 1.63     $ 1.62     $ 2.51     $ 2.43  
 
DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE
  $ 0.3325     $ 0.3250     $ 0.6575     $ 0.6450  
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)

                 
 
    Six Months Ended  
    March 31,  
(In thousands)   2005     2004  
 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
               
Net income (applicable to common stock)
  $ 123,078     $ 118,775  
 
ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE NET INCOME TO NET CASH PROVIDED
               
BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES
               
Depreciation and amortization:
               
Per Consolidated Statements of Income
    43,614       48,166  
Charged to other accounts
    2,397       3,078  
Deferred income taxes—net
    12,306       12,577  
Amortization of investment tax credits
    (448 )     (448 )
Accrued/deferred pension cost
    (2,542 )     (2,361 )
Earnings from sale of carried interest in real estate
          (6,414 )
Other non-cash charges (credits)—net
    1,822       366  
 
               
CHANGES IN ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
               
Accounts receivable and accrued utility revenues
    (300,042 )     (233,764 )
Gas costs due from/to customers—net
    46,885       37,940  
Storage gas
    165,283       127,617  
Other prepayments—principally taxes
    1,129       17,698  
Accounts payable
    28,984       20,481  
Wages payable
    736       241  
Customer deposits and advance payments
    14,146       2,625  
Accrued taxes
    54,691       53,850  
Accrued interest
    52       (174 )
Deferred purchased gas costs—net
    (19,714 )     (6,894 )
Other—net
    1,917       4,655  
 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
    174,294       198,014  
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
               
Common stock issued
    285        
Long-term debt issued
    93       37,000  
Long-term debt retired
    (20,144 )     (36,114 )
Debt issuance costs
          (752 )
Notes payable issued (retired)—net
    (12,724 )     (52,092 )
Dividends on common stock
    (31,643 )     (31,125 )
Other financing activities—net
    (428 )     1,764  
 
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities
    (64,561 )     (81,319 )
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
               
Capital expenditures (excludes Allowance for Funds Used During Construction)
  (42,031 )     (49,619 )
Net proceeds from sale of assets
          6,414  
Other investing activities—net
    (2,075 )     (591 )
 
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
    (44,106 )     (43,796 )
 
INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    65,627       72,899  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year
    6,587       4,470  
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period
  $ 72,214     $ 77,369  
 
 
               
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION
               
Income taxes paid
  $ 21,332     $ 13,454  
Interest paid
  $ 21,671     $ 21,971  
 
               
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES
               
Extinguishment of project debt financing
  $ 16,447     $  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

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Washington Gas Light Company
Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)

                 
 
    March 31,     September 30,  
(In thousands)   2005     2004  
 
ASSETS
               
Property, Plant and Equipment
               
At original cost
  $ 2,678,767     $ 2,642,815  
Accumulated depreciation and amortization
    (761,422 )     (733,894 )
 
Net property, plant and equipment
    1,917,345       1,908,921  
 
Current Assets
               
Cash and cash equivalents
    68,947       3,398  
Receivables
               
Accounts receivable
    242,456       66,602  
Gas costs due from customers
    647       4,099  
Accrued utility revenues
    84,523       16,832  
Allowance for doubtful accounts
    (13,962 )     (13,202 )
 
Net receivables
    313,664       74,331  
 
Materials and supplies—principally at average cost
    14,148       15,068  
Storage gas—at cost (first-in, first-out)
    43,547       165,196  
Deferred income taxes
    13,867       11,654  
Other prepayments—principally taxes
    8,438       9,749  
Receivables from associated companies
          887  
 
Total current assets
    462,611       280,283  
 
Deferred Charges and Other Assets
               
Regulatory assets
               
Gas costs
    35,812       16,098  
Other
    43,501       45,847  
Prepaid qualified pension benefits
    73,548       71,511  
Other
    6,085       21,757  
 
Total deferred charges and other assets
    158,946       155,213  
 
Total Assets
  $ 2,538,902     $ 2,344,417  
 
CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES
               
Capitalization
               
Common shareholder’s equity
  $ 894,657     $ 811,632  
Preferred stock
    28,173       28,173  
Long-term debt
    523,692       590,156  
 
Total capitalization
    1,446,522       1,429,961  
 
Current Liabilities
               
Current maturities of long-term debt
    90,616       60,611  
Notes payable
    13       18,699  
Accounts payable
    129,537       123,463  
Wages payable
    17,452       16,714  
Accrued interest
    2,833       2,781  
Dividends declared
    16,520       16,142  
Customer deposits and advance payments
    24,844       14,450  
Gas costs due to customers
    51,248       7,815  
Accrued taxes
    62,993       13,422  
Payables to associated companies
    48,676       19,092  
Other
    899       622  
 
Total current liabilities
    445,631       293,811  
 
Deferred Credits
               
Unamortized investment tax credits
    14,479       14,926  
Deferred income taxes
    285,303       270,908  
Accrued pensions and benefits
    39,414       36,954  
Regulatory liabilities
               
Accrued asset removal costs
    261,751       251,695  
Other
    19,192       22,069  
Other
    26,610       24,093  
 
Total deferred credits
    646,749       620,645  
 
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 10)
               
 
Total Capitalization and Liabilities
  $ 2,538,902     $ 2,344,417  
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

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Washington Gas Light Company
Statements of Income (Unaudited)

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)

                                 
 
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    March 31,     March 31,  
(In thousands)   2005     2004     2005     2004  
 
UTILITY OPERATIONS
                               
Operating Revenues
  $ 644,636     $ 603,281     $ 1,056,862     $ 986,411  
Less: Cost of gas
    393,969       351,619       625,855       558,213  
Revenue taxes
    23,779       20,510       40,874       34,279  
 
Utility Net Revenues
    226,888       231,152       390,133       393,919  
 
Other Operating Expenses
                               
Operation
    50,795       51,152       98,263       96,621  
Maintenance
    9,084       10,449       18,013       20,612  
Depreciation and amortization
    21,238       22,785       43,257       47,816  
General taxes
    12,113       10,694       21,110       20,392  
Income taxes
    46,647       49,571       70,621       74,285  
 
Utility Other Operating Expenses
    139,877       144,651       251,264       259,726  
 
Utility Operating Income
    87,011       86,501       138,869       134,193  
 
NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS
                               
Operating Revenues
                               
Other non-utility
    256       651       509       818  
 
Non-Utility Operating Revenues
    256       651       509       818  
 
Other Operating Expenses
                               
Operating expenses (income)
    1       42       1       (958 )
Income taxes
    100       635       198       700  
 
Non-Utility Operating Expenses (Income)
    101       677       199       (258 )
 
Non-Utility Operating Income (Loss)
    155       (26 )     310       1,076  
 
TOTAL OPERATING INCOME
    87,166       86,475       139,179       135,269  
Other Income (Expenses)—Net
    (1,418 )     (83 )     (2,575 )     (1,194 )
 
INCOME BEFORE INTEREST EXPENSE
    85,748       86,392       136,604       134,075  
INTEREST EXPENSE
                               
Interest on long-term debt
    10,492       10,465       20,998       20,935  
Other
    191       347       359       1,517  
 
Total Interest Expense
    10,683       10,812       21,357       22,452  
 
NET INCOME (BEFORE PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDENDS)
    75,065       75,580       115,247       111,623  
DIVIDENDS ON PREFERRED STOCK
    330       330       660       660  
 
NET INCOME (APPLICABLE TO COMMON STOCK)
  $ 74,735     $ 75,250     $ 114,587     $ 110,963  
 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

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Washington Gas Light Company
Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)

                 
 
    Six Months Ended  
    March 31,  
(In thousands)   2005     2004  
 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
               
Net Income (before preferred stock dividends)
  $ 115,247     $ 111,623  
 
               
ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE NET INCOME TO NET CASH PROVIDED
               
BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES
               
Depreciation and amortization
               
Per Statements of Income
    43,257       47,816  
Charged to other accounts
    2,213       2,859  
Deferred income taxes—net
    12,209       14,953  
Amortization of investment tax credits
    (447 )     (446 )
Accrued/deferred pension cost
    (2,536 )     (2,348 )
Other non-cash charges—net
    1,556       280  
 
               
CHANGES IN ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
               
Accounts receivable, accrued utility revenues and receivables from associated companies
    (241,898 )     (198,425 )
Gas costs due from/to customers—net
    46,885       37,940  
Storage gas
    121,649       98,809  
Other prepayments—principally taxes
    1,311       13,646  
Accounts payable, including payables to associated companies
    35,658       37,074  
Wages payable
    738       273  
Customer deposits and advance payments
    10,394       2,625  
Accrued taxes
    49,571       56,983  
Accrued interest
    52       (174 )
Deferred purchased gas costs—net
    (19,714 )     (6,894 )
Other—net
    4,237       (152 )
 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
    180,382       216,442  
 
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
               
Long-term debt issued
    93       37,000  
Long-term debt retired
    (20,110 )     (36,060 )
Debt issuance costs
          (752 )
Notes payable issued (retired)—net
    (18,686 )     (65,214 )
Dividends on common and preferred stock
    (32,300 )     (31,784 )
Other financing activities—net
    (428 )     1,198  
 
Net Cash Used in Financing Activities
    (71,431 )     (95,612 )
 
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
               
Capital expenditures (excludes Allowance for Funds Used During Construction)
    (41,327 )     (49,389 )
Other investing activities—net
    (2,075 )     (591 )
 
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
    (43,402 )     (49,980 )
 
INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
    65,549       70,850  
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Year
    3,398       4,119  
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period
  $ 68,947     $ 74,969  
 
 
               
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION
               
Income taxes paid
  $ 17,467     $ 10,591  
Interest paid
  $ 20,799     $ 21,468  
 
               
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES
               
Extinguishment of project debt financing
  $ 16,447     $  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these statements.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

NOTE 1.  ACCOUNTING POLICIES


     Basis of Presentation

     WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL Holdings or the Company) is the parent of four direct, wholly owned subsidiaries that include Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas or the regulated utility), Crab Run Gas Company, Hampshire Gas Company (Hampshire) and Washington Gas Resources Corporation (Washington Gas Resources). Washington Gas Resources owns unregulated subsidiaries that include, among others, Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc. (WGEServices), American Combustion Industries, Inc. (ACI) and Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. (WGESystems). Reference is made to the combined Annual Report on Form 10-K for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2004 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for additional information on the corporate structure.

     The Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of the accompanying consolidated financial statements of WGL Holdings and its subsidiaries, including Washington Gas. Except where otherwise noted, these notes apply equally to WGL Holdings and Washington Gas. Due to the seasonal nature of Washington Gas’ and WGEServices’ businesses, the results of operations presented herein do not necessarily represent the expected results of either WGL Holdings or Washington Gas for the full fiscal years ending September 30, 2005 and 2004.

     The interim consolidated financial statements have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC. Therefore, certain financial information and footnote disclosures accompanying annual financial statements prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) are omitted in this interim report pursuant to the SEC rules and regulations. The interim consolidated financial statements and notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the combined Annual Report on Form 10-K for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2004.

     The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas reflect all normal recurring adjustments that are necessary, in the opinion of management, to present fairly the results of operations in accordance with GAAP.

     For a description of the Company’s accounting policies, refer to Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements of the combined Annual Report on Form 10-K for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2004. There have been no significant changes to these policies subsequent to September 30, 2004.

     Restatement of Financial Statements

     The consolidated financial statements of WGL Holdings and the financial statements of Washington Gas were restated as of and for the three and six months ended March 31, 2004 to recognize the retroactive effect of a $1.2 million benefit associated with a Medicare prescription drug subsidy. This restatement was made in accordance with Financial Accounting Standard Board Staff Position (FSP) No. 106-2, Accounting and Disclosure Requirements Related to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 that was issued in May 2004 and adopted by the Company during the third quarter of fiscal year 2004. FSP No. 106-2 permitted recognition of this Medicare subsidy benefit on a retroactive basis effective January 1, 2004, the beginning of the Company’s second quarter of fiscal year 2004. The effect of this restatement resulted in an increase in net income of $1.2 million for both the three and six months ended March 31, 2004. Consolidated earnings per share for the three months ended March 31,

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

2004 was restated from $1.60 to $1.62 per share, and earnings per share for the six months ended March 31, 2004 was restated from $2.41 to $2.43 per share.

     Stock-Based Compensation

     As permitted by Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 123, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation, as amended by SFAS No. 148, Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation-Transition and Disclosure, the Company applies Accounting Principles Board (APB) Opinion No. 25, Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees, and related interpretations in accounting for its stock-based compensation plans. In accordance with APB Opinion No. 25, the Company does not record compensation expense related to its stock option grants. The Company records compensation expense for performance shares awarded to certain key employees. If compensation expense for stock options had been determined and recorded based on fair value at their grant dates consistent with the method prescribed by SFAS No. 123, as amended, the Company’s net income and earnings per share would have been reduced to the amounts shown in the following table.

                                   
Pro Forma Effect of Stock-Based Compensation  
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    March 31,     March 31,  
(In thousands, except per share data)   2005     2004     2005     2004  
 
Net Income As Reported
  $ 79,946     $ 79,232     $ 123,078     $ 118,775  
Add:
Stock-based employee compensation expense included in reported net
                               
  income, net of tax(a)     535       561       1,213       960  
Deduct:
Total stock-based employee compensation expense determined
                               
 
under the fair value-based method, net of tax(b)
    (667 )     (669 )     (1,477 )     (1,176 )
 
Pro Forma Net Income
  $ 79,814     $ 79,124     $ 122,814     $ 118,559  
 
Earnings per average common share—basic
                               
As reported
  $ 1.64     $ 1.63     $ 2.53     $ 2.44  
Pro forma
  $ 1.64     $ 1.63     $ 2.52     $ 2.44  
 
                               
Earnings per average common share—diluted
                               
As reported
  $ 1.63     $ 1.62     $ 2.51     $ 2.43  
Pro forma
  $ 1.63     $ 1.62     $ 2.51     $ 2.43  
 
(a) Reflects compensation expense related to performance shares.
(b) Reflects compensation expense related to performance shares and stock options.

     Recent Accounting Standards

     In December 2004 the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued SFAS No. 123 (revised 2004), Share-Based Payment, which revises SFAS No. 123 and supersedes APB Opinion No. 25 (collectively referred to as “SFAS No. 123 (revised)”). SFAS No. 123 (revised) requires all share-based payment transactions, including stock options, restricted stock plans, performance-based awards, share appreciation rights, and employee stock purchase plans, to be recognized as compensation expense in the financial statements. The cost will be measured based on the fair value of the equity or liability instruments issued. SFAS No. 123 (revised) was initially required to be adopted by the Company on July 1, 2005. In April 2005, the SEC issued a final rule that amended the effective date of the new standard for SEC registrants. Accordingly, SFAS No. 123 (revised) is effective for the Company on October 1, 2005 pursuant to the SEC rule. Management is currently evaluating the effect of this new standard, but does not believe it will materially affect the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

     In March 2005, the FASB issued FASB Interpretation No. 47, Accounting for Conditional Asset Retirement Obligations (FIN 47). FIN 47 clarifies the manner of accounting for asset retirement obligations (ARO) containing uncertainties as to the timing and/or method of settlement of the obligation. FIN 47 also clarifies the circumstances under which the fair value of the ARO is considered subject to reasonable estimation. FIN 47 is effective for the Company no later than September 30, 2006. Management is currently evaluating the effect of this standard, but does not believe it will materially affect the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

     In November 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 151, Inventory Costs. SFAS No. 151 requires that abnormal amounts of idle facility expense, freight, handling costs and spoilage be charged to income as a current period expense rather than capitalized as inventory costs. SFAS No. 151 is effective for the Company for inventory costs incurred on and after October 1, 2005. Management is currently evaluating the effect of this new standard, but does not believe it will materially affect the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

     In December 2004, the FASB issued SFAS No. 153, Exchanges of Nonmonetary Assets, an amendment of APB Opinion No. 29, Accounting for Nonmonetary Transactions. SFAS No. 153 redefines the types of nonmonetary exchanges that require fair value measurement. SFAS No. 153 is effective for the Company for nonmonetary transactions entered into on and after July 1, 2005. Management is currently evaluating the effect of this standard, but does not believe it will materially affect the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

NOTE 2.  SHORT-TERM DEBT


     On March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, WGL Holdings and its subsidiaries had $82.9 million and $95.6 million, respectively, of short-term debt outstanding in the form of commercial paper, at a weighted average cost of 2.90 percent and 1.99 percent, respectively. Substantially all of the outstanding short-term debt balance at March 31, 2005 was commercial paper issued by WGL Holdings. Of the outstanding short-term debt balance at September 30, 2004, $76.9 million was commercial paper issued by WGL Holdings and $18.7 million was commercial paper issued by Washington Gas.

     WGL Holdings and Washington Gas each have a $175 million back-up line of credit with a group of commercial banks to support their commercial paper borrowings. There were no outstanding borrowings under these credit facilities at March 31, 2005 or September 30, 2004.

NOTE 3.  LONG-TERM DEBT


     Washington Gas issues unsecured Medium-Term Notes (MTNs) with individual terms regarding interest rates, maturities and call or put options. These notes can have maturity dates of one or more years from the date of issuance. At March 31, 2005, Washington Gas was authorized to issue up to $213.0 million of long-term debt under a shelf registration that was declared effective by the SEC on April 24, 2003.

     On March 7, 2005, Washington Gas, through exercise of a call option, retired $20.0 million of MTNs and paid the applicable accrued interest. The MTNs redeemed were $10.0 million of 7.76 percent MTNs and $10.0 million of 7.75 percent MTNs that had a nominal maturity date in March 2025.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

NOTE 4.  COMMON SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY


     The tables below reflect the components of “Common shareholders’ equity” for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company as of March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004.

                 
WGL Holdings, Inc.  
Components of Common Shareholders’ Equity  
(In thousands)   Mar. 31, 2005     Sept. 30, 2004  
 
Common stock, no par value, 120,000,000 shares authorized, 48,692,959 and 48,652,507 shares issued, respectively
  $ 472,695     $ 471,547  
Paid-in capital
    4,616       3,789  
Retained earnings
    470,619       379,562  
Deferred compensation
          (5 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes
    (2,440 )     (1,469 )
 
Total
  $ 945,490     $ 853,424  
 
                 
Washington Gas Light Company  
Components of Common Shareholder’s Equity  
(In thousands)   Mar. 31, 2005     Sept. 30, 2004  
 
Common stock, $1 par value, 80,000,000 shares authorized, 46,479,536 shares issued
  $ 46,479     $ 46,479  
Paid-in capital
    453,822       452,400  
Retained earnings
    396,796       314,227  
Deferred compensation
          (5 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes
    (2,440 )     (1,469 )
 
Total
  $ 894,657     $ 811,632  
 

NOTE 5.  COMPREHENSIVE INCOME


     The tables below reflect the components of “Comprehensive income” for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004 for WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company. Items that are excluded from “Net income” and charged directly to “Common shareholders’ equity” are accumulated in “Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes.” The amount of “Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes” is included in “Common shareholders’ equity” (refer to Note 4—Common Shareholders’ Equity).

                                 
WGL Holdings, Inc.  
Components of Comprehensive Income  
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    March 31,     March 31,  
 
(In thousands)   2005     2004     2005     2004  
 
Net income (applicable to common stock)
  $ 79,946     $ 79,232     $ 123,078     $ 118,775  
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes—minimum pension liability adjustment
    (971 )     61       (971 )     61  
 
Comprehensive income
  $ 78,975     $ 79,293     $ 122,107     $ 118,836  
 

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

                                 
Washington Gas Light Company  
Components of Comprehensive Income  
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    March 31,     March 31,  
(In thousands)   2005     2004     2005     2004  
 
Net income (before preferred stock dividends)
  $ 75,065     $ 75,580     $ 115,247     $ 111,623  
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of taxes—minimum pension liability adjustment
    (971 )     61       (971 )     61  
 
Comprehensive income
  $ 74,094     $ 75,641     $ 114,276     $ 111,684  
 

NOTE 6.  EARNINGS PER SHARE


     Basic earnings per share (EPS) is computed by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the reported period. Diluted EPS assumes the issuance of common shares pursuant to stock-based compensation plans at the beginning of the applicable period. The following table reflects the computation of the Company’s basic and diluted EPS for WGL Holdings for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.

                         
Basic and Diluted EPS  
    Net             Per Share  
(In thousands, except per share data)   Income     Shares     Amount  
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2005
                       
Basic EPS:
                       
Net income
  $ 79,946       48,688     $ 1.64  
Stock-based compensation plans
          308        
 
Diluted EPS:
                       
Net income
  $ 79,946       48,996     $ 1.63  
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2004
                       
Basic EPS:
                       
Net income
  $ 79,232       48,643     $ 1.63  
Stock-based compensation plans
          216        
 
Diluted EPS:
                       
Net income
  $ 79,232       48,859     $ 1.62  
 
Six Months Ended March 31, 2005
                       
Basic EPS:
                       
Net income
  $ 123,078       48,679     $ 2.53  
Stock-based compensation plans
          288        
 
Diluted EPS:
                       
Net income
  $ 123,078       48,967     $ 2.51  
 
Six Months Ended March 31, 2004
                       
Basic EPS:
                       
Net income
  $ 118,775       48,634     $ 2.44  
Stock-based compensation plans
          202        
 
Diluted EPS:
                       
Net income
  $ 118,775       48,836     $ 2.43  
 

NOTE 7.  DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS


     Washington Gas enters into forward contracts and other related transactions for the purchase of natural gas that qualify as derivative instruments under SFAS No. 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, as amended by SFAS No. 138, Accounting for Certain

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

Derivative Instruments and Certain Hedging Activities and SFAS No. 149, Amendment of Statement 133 on Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities (collectively referred to as “SFAS No. 133”). The net fair value loss of certain of these forward contracts and other related transactions at March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004 totaled $4.3 million and $8.2 million, respectively. These amounts were recorded as payables, with corresponding amounts recorded as regulatory assets in accordance with regulatory accounting requirements for recoverable costs.

     Washington Gas enters into derivative instruments that are designed to minimize interest-rate risk associated with planned issuances of MTNs. On September 16, 2004, Washington Gas entered into two forward-starting swaps with an aggregate notional principal amount of $60.5 million. These swaps are intended to mitigate a substantial portion of the risk of rising interest rates associated with anticipated future debt issuances, and are scheduled to terminate concurrent with the execution of debt transactions planned for fiscal year 2005. These swaps were designated as cash flow hedges and are carried at fair value. One swap had a fair value (loss) of ($721,000) and ($398,000) at March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, respectively, that was recorded as a payable with a corresponding amount recorded as a regulatory asset. The second swap had a fair value gain (loss) of $194,000 and ($77,000) at March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, respectively, that was recorded as a receivable (liability) with a corresponding amount recorded as a regulatory liability (asset).

     The Company’s non-regulated retail energy-marketing subsidiary, WGEServices, enters into contracts for the sale and purchase of natural gas that qualify as derivative instruments under SFAS No. 133. WGEServices also enters into other derivative instruments (primarily in the form of call options, put options and swap contracts) related to the sale and purchase of natural gas. WGEServices’ derivative instruments are recorded at fair value on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets. Changes in the fair value of these various derivative instruments are reflected in the earnings of the retail energy-marketing segment. At March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, these derivative instruments were recorded on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets as a fair value gain of $941,000 and $719,000, respectively. WGEServices recorded a gain of $1.5 million (pre-tax) and a loss of $643,000 (pre-tax) for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005, respectively. WGEServices recorded a loss of $369,000 (pre-tax) and a gain of $485,000 (pre-tax) for the three and six months ended March 31, 2004, respectively.

NOTE 8.  OPERATING SEGMENT REPORTING


     WGL Holdings reports three operating segments: (i) regulated utility; (ii) retail energy-marketing; and (iii) heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) activities.

     With approximately 94 percent of WGL Holdings’ consolidated total assets, the regulated utility segment is the Company’s core business. Represented by Washington Gas and Hampshire, the regulated utility segment provides regulated gas distribution services (including the sale and delivery of natural gas, meter reading, responding to customer inquiries and bill preparation) to customers primarily in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan areas in Maryland and Virginia. In addition to the regulated operations of Washington Gas, the regulated utility segment includes the operations of Hampshire, an underground natural gas storage facility that is regulated under a cost of service tariff by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and provides services exclusively to Washington Gas.

     Through WGEServices, the retail energy-marketing segment sells natural gas and electricity directly to retail customers, both inside and outside of Washington Gas’ traditional service territory, in competition with unregulated gas and electricity marketers. Through two wholly owned subsidiaries, ACI and WGESystems, the commercial HVAC segment designs,

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

renovates and services mechanical heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for commercial and governmental customers.

     Certain activities of the Company are not significant enough on a stand-alone basis to warrant treatment as an operating segment and the activities do not fit into one of the segments contained in the Company’s financial statements. For purposes of segment reporting, these activities are aggregated in the category “Other Activities” of the Company’s non-utility operations as presented below in the Operating Segment Financial Information. These activities are included in the Consolidated Statements of Income in the appropriate lines, revenues and expenses in “Non-Utility Operations.”

     The same accounting policies applied in preparing the Company’s consolidated financial statements also apply to the reported segments. While net income or loss are the primary criteria for measuring a segment’s performance, the Company also evaluates its operating segments based on other relevant factors, such as penetration into their respective markets and return on invested capital. The following tables present operating segment information for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.

                                                         
Operating Segment Financial Information  
            Non-Utility Operations              
    Regulated     Retail Energy-             Other             Eliminations/        
(In thousands)   Utility     Marketing     HVAC     Activities     Total     Other     Consolidated  
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2005
                                                       
 
Total Revenues
  $ 644,636     $ 285,918     $ 10,006     $ 319     $ 296,243     $ (9,410 )   $ 931,469  
Operating Expenses:
                                                       
Depreciation and Amortization
    21,418       61       34             95             21,513  
Other Operating Expenses (a)
    489,482       275,889       10,413       1,111       287,413       (9,410 )     767,485  
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)
    46,677       3,807       (168 )     (255 )     3,384             50,061  
 
Total Operating Expenses
    557,577       279,757       10,279       856       290,892       (9,410 )     839,059  
 
Operating Income (Loss)
    87,059       6,161       (273 )     (537 )     5,351             92,410  
Interest Expense — Net
    10,683       385             491       876       (361 )     11,198  
Other Non-Operating Income (Expense) (b)
    (1,406 )     9       17       805       831       (361 )     (936 )
Dividends on Washington Gas Preferred Stock
    330                                     330  
 
Net Income (Loss) (Applicable to Common Stock)
  $ 74,640     $ 5,785     $ (256 )   $ (223 )   $ 5,306     $     $ 79,946  
 
Total Assets
  $ 2,543,800     $ 199,208     $ 26,243     $ 92,205     $ 317,656     $ (145,602 )   $ 2,715,854  
 
Capital Expenditures/Investments
  $ 17,818     $ 337     $ 20     $     $ 357     $     $ 18,175  
 
 
                                                       
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2004
                                                       
 
Total Revenues
  $ 603,281     $ 265,680     $ 7,246     $ 678     $ 273,604     $ (14,633 )   $ 862,252  
Operating Expenses
                                                       
Depreciation and Amortization
    22,961       54       34             88             23,049  
Other Operating Expenses (a)
    444,104       265,710       8,567       1,481       275,758       (14,633 )     705,229  
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)
    49,629       (116 )     (533 )     239       (410 )           49,219  
 
Total Operating Expenses
    516,694       265,648       8,068       1,720       275,436       (14,633 )     777,497  
 
Operating Income (Loss)
    86,587       32       (822 )     (1,042 )     (1,832 )           84,755  
Interest Expense — Net
    10,500       214             251       465       (219 )     10,746  
Other Non-Operating Income (Expense) (b)
    (390 )     (1 )     48       6,115       6,162       (219 )     5,553  
Dividends on Washington Gas Preferred Stock
    330                                     330  
 
Net Income (Loss) (Applicable to Common Stock)
  $ 75,367     $ (183 )   $ (774 )   $ 4,822     $ 3,865     $     $ 79,232  
 
Total Assets
  $ 2,434,075     $ 194,656     $ 21,690     $ 128,921     $ 345,267     $ (167,338 )   $ 2,612,004  
 
Capital Expenditures/Investments
  $ 28,286     $ 17     $ 46     $     $ 63     $     $ 28,349  
 
(a) Includes cost of gas and electricity, and revenue taxes.
(b) Amounts reported are net of applicable income taxes.

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Item 1— Financial Statements (continued)
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

                                                         
Operating Segment Financial Information  
            Non-Utility Operations              
    Regulated     Retail Energy-             Other             Eliminations/        
(In thousands)   Utility     Marketing     HVAC     Activities     Total     Other     Consolidated  
 
Six Months Ended March 31, 2005
                                                       
 
Total Revenues
  $ 1,056,862     $ 491,206     $ 19,524     $ 613     $ 511,343     $ (12,685 )   $ 1,555,520  
Operating Expenses:
                                                       
Depreciation and Amortization
    43,614       116       68             184             43,798  
Other Operating Expenses (a)
    803,518       474,065       20,672       1,917       496,654       (12,689 )     1,287,483  
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)
    70,714       6,510       (452 )     (435 )     5,623             76,337  
 
Total Operating Expenses
    917,846       480,691       20,288       1,482       502,461       (12,689 )     1,407,618  
 
Operating Income (Loss)
    139,016       10,515       (764 )     (869 )     8,882       4       147,902  
Interest Expense — Net
    21,357       634       1       828       1,463       (591 )     22,229  
Other Non-Operating Income (Expense) (b)
    (2,556 )     12       77       1,127       1,216       (595 )     (1,935 )
Dividends on Washington Gas Preferred Stock
    660                                     660  
 
Net Income (Loss) (Applicable to Common Stock)
  $ 114,443     $ 9,893     $ (688 )   $ (570 )   $ 8,635     $     $ 123,078  
 
Total Assets
  $ 2,543,800     $ 199,208     $ 26,243     $ 92,205     $ 317,656     $ (145,602 )   $ 2,715,854  
 
Capital Expenditures/Investments
  $ 41,544     $ 397     $ 90     $     $ 487     $     $ 42,031  
 
 
                                                       
 
Six Months Ended March 31, 2004
                                                       
 
Total Revenues
  $ 986,411     $ 467,938     $ 14,780     $ 861     $ 483,579     $ (22,449 )   $ 1,447,541  
Operating Expenses
                                                       
Depreciation and Amortization
    48,166       108       67       43       218             48,384  
Other Operating Expenses (a)
    729,515       459,931       16,950       1,570       478,451       (22,449 )     1,185,517  
Income Tax Expense (Benefit)
    74,387       2,969       (867 )     12       2,114             76,501  
 
Total Operating Expenses
    852,068       463,008       16,150       1,625       480,783       (22,449 )     1,310,402  
 
Operating Income (Loss)
    134,343       4,930       (1,370 )     (764 )     2,796             137,139  
Interest Expense — Net
    21,834       412       9       501       922       (419 )     22,337  
Other Non-Operating Income (Expense) (b)
    (1,803 )     109       107       6,639       6,855       (419 )     4,633  
Dividends on Washington Gas Preferred Stock
    660                                     660  
 
Net Income (Loss) (Applicable to Common Stock)
  $ 110,046     $ 4,627     $ (1,272 )   $ 5,374     $ 8,729     $     $ 118,775  
 
 Total Assets
  $ 2,434,075     $ 194,656     $ 21,690     $ 128,921     $ 345,267     $ (167,338 )   $ 2,612,004  
 
Capital Expenditures/Investments
  $ 49,450     $ 40     $ 129     $     $ 169     $     $ 49,619  
 
(a) Includes cost of gas and electricity, and revenue taxes.
(b) Amounts reported are net of applicable income taxes.

NOTE 9.  TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN WASHINGTON GAS AND AFFILIATES


     Washington Gas and other subsidiaries of WGL Holdings engage in transactions with each other during the ordinary course of business. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated from the consolidated financial statements of WGL Holdings.

     Washington Gas provides accounting, treasury, legal and other administrative and general support to affiliates, and has filed consolidated tax returns that include affiliated taxable transactions. The actual costs of these services are billed to the appropriate affiliates and to the extent such billings are not yet paid, they are reflected in “Receivables from associated companies” on the Washington Gas Balance Sheets. Cash collected by Washington Gas on behalf of its affiliates but not yet transferred is recorded in “Payables to associated companies” on the Washington Gas Balance Sheets. Washington Gas does not recognize revenues or expenses associated with providing these services.

     At March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, the Washington Gas Balance Sheets reflected a net payable to associated companies of $48.7 million and $18.2 million, respectively. All significant affiliated transactions, including these balances, were eliminated from the WGL Holdings Consolidated Balance Sheets in accordance with GAAP.

     Additionally, Washington Gas provides natural gas balancing services related to storage, injections, withdrawals and deliveries to all unregulated energy marketers participating in the sale

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

of natural gas on an unregulated basis through the customer choice programs that operate in its service territory. Washington Gas records revenues for these balancing services pursuant to tariffs approved by the appropriate regulatory bodies. In conjunction with such services and the related sales and purchases of natural gas, Washington Gas charged WGEServices, an affiliated energy marketer, $9.4 million and $14.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004, respectively. In the six months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004, the charges were $12.7 million and $22.4 million, respectively. These related party amounts have been eliminated in the consolidated financial statements of WGL Holdings.

NOTE 10.  COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES


     REGULATED UTILITY OPERATIONS

     Prince George’s County, Maryland Operating Issues

     On April 1, 2005, Washington Gas announced that it will address a significant increase in the number of natural gas leaks in a portion of its distribution system in Prince George’s County, Maryland (the rehabilitation project). As of April 22, 2005, Washington Gas had identified approximately 1,400 leaks in a 100 square-mile area of Prince George’s County. The leaks have resulted from the deterioration of seals located within mechanical couplings that connect sections of distribution mains and service lines. These mechanical couplings were routinely installed on the Washington Gas system approximately during the period between the early 1950’s through the early 1970’s. Washington Gas expects to address all leaks in the affected area within approximately six months of their being identified, and expects to rehabilitate or replace all other coupled service lines and distribution mains in the affected Prince George’s County area by the end of December 2007, even if no leaks have been detected.

     Washington Gas will rehabilitate the distribution system in the affected area by replacing the service lines, and by either encapsulating couplings on mains or replacing the mains. In most cases, Washington Gas will replace service lines by inserting a new plastic service line through the existing steel service line that contains the mechanical couplings. Encapsulation of couplings on mains involves tightening and then sealing the coupling with a permanent bonding material. If encapsulation of couplings on mains is not deemed appropriate, the main will be replaced.

     Currently, the costs of the rehabilitation project are expected to be recorded as capital expenditures, and are currently estimated to be $87 million, excluding paving costs as discussed below. On April 28, 2005, Washington Gas requested that the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC of MD) ratify Washington Gas’ interpretation of the applicable regulatory accounting rules to treat the costs of encapsulating couplings on mains, currently estimated to be $13 million of the $87 million cost estimate, as capital expenditures. This cost estimate does not include any potential costs associated with paving, which could increase the total cost estimate by up to an additional $50 million. The costs of paving would be accounted for in the same manner as the $87 million of costs to which the paving would relate. The substantial nature of the paving cost estimate is primarily attributable to the fact that in 2002, Prince George’s County expanded paving requirements and increased related fees. Since that time, Washington Gas has discussed with Prince George’s County officials its concerns regarding the county’s new paving and permitting requirements, and plans to continue those discussions as this project moves forward.

     Washington Gas has not yet determined what is causing the leaks on the mains and services in the affected area of Prince George’s County. Washington Gas has retained outside experts to attempt to determine the cause of the leaks. Mechanical couplings identical to the couplings in Prince George’s County are located in other portions of Washington Gas’ distribution system, including Virginia, other areas of Maryland, and the District of Columbia. To date, Washington Gas

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

has not experienced any pattern of leaks in these other areas that is comparable to the leak pattern encountered in the affected area of Prince George’s County.

     The current cost estimate of up to $137 million represents a significant increase in planned capital expenditures in fiscal years 2006 through 2008. The actual costs that will be incurred for the work associated with the rehabilitation project could differ materially from the cost estimates discussed herein.

     The current cost estimate and the accounting treatment described herein supersede the discussion of the cost estimate and the accounting treatment described in a Form 8-K filed by the Company and Washington Gas on April 1, 2005.

     Rate Case Contingencies

     Certain legal and administrative proceedings, incidental to the Company’s business, including rate case contingencies, involve WGL Holdings and/or its subsidiaries. In the opinion of management, the Company has recorded an adequate provision for probable losses or refunds to customers for rate case contingencies related to these proceedings in accordance with SFAS No. 5, Accounting for Contingencies.

     District of Columbia Jurisdiction

     In a March 28, 2003 Final Order, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC of DC) upheld a previous ruling that approved, among other things, a methodology for sharing with customers 50 percent of annual ground lease and development fees that Washington Gas received from Maritime Plaza, a commercial development project constructed on land owned by Washington Gas. On May 23, 2003, the District of Columbia Office of the People’s Counsel (DC OPC) filed an appeal with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (DC Court of Appeals) seeking to overturn this portion of the March 28, 2003 ruling by the PSC of DC. On March 18, 2004, the DC Court of Appeals ordered, among other things, the PSC of DC to provide an explanation of its decision to approve the allocation methodology for sharing with customers the ground lease and development fee revenues attributable to the Maritime Plaza development project. The PSC of DC issued a subsequent order requiring both the DC OPC and Washington Gas to file testimony on this matter of the allocation. On October 12, 2004, Washington Gas filed testimony before the PSC of DC that supports the allocation methodology that was approved in the PSC of DC’s initial order. The DC OPC filed opposing testimony on the same date. Rebuttal testimony was filed on November 19, 2004 by the DC OPC and Washington Gas. The PSC of DC issued an order on April 4, 2005 that required Washington Gas and the DC OPC to file supplemental testimony on April 25, 2005 and set a one-day evidentiary hearing for May 17, 2005. Management cannot predict the outcome of this matter, however, management believes that the likely outcome will not have a material impact on Washington Gas’ financial statements.

     Maryland Jurisdiction

     On April 28, 2005, Washington Gas filed a request for an accounting order with the PSC of MD in connection with the rehabilitation project to be performed in Prince George’s County, Maryland to address natural gas leaks. Pursuant to this filing, Washington Gas specifically requested that the PSC of MD issue an accounting order to ratify Washington Gas’ interpretation of the applicable regulatory accounting for the costs of encapsulating couplings on mains in the affected areas of Prince George’s County. Washington Gas believes that the currently estimated costs of encapsulating couplings on mains of $13 million should be recorded as capital expenditures. Washington Gas requested that the PSC of MD review Washington Gas’ accounting interpretation by June 15, 2005, and issue a Final Order prior to June 30, 2005.

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

     Virginia Jurisdiction

     On December 18, 2003, the State Corporation Commission of Virginia (SCC of VA) issued a Final Order in response to an application filed by Washington Gas on June 14, 2002 to increase annual revenues in Virginia. The Final Order granted Washington Gas an increase in annual revenues of $9.9 million, reflecting an allowed rate of return on common equity of 10.50 percent and an overall rate of return of 8.44 percent. In the Final Order, the SCC of VA ordered that the implementation date of new depreciation rates should be January 1, 2002, as opposed to November 12, 2002, as originally requested and implemented by Washington Gas. This required Washington Gas to record additional depreciation expense in the quarter ended December 31, 2003 of approximately $3.5 million, on a pre-tax basis, that related to the period from January 1, 2002 through November 11, 2002.

     The SCC of VA also ordered Washington Gas to reduce its rate base related to net utility plant by $28 million, which is net of accumulated deferred income taxes of $14 million, and to establish an equivalent regulatory asset that the Company has done for regulatory accounting purposes only. This regulatory asset represents the difference between the accumulated reserve for depreciation recorded on the books of Washington Gas and a theoretical reserve that was derived by the Staff of the SCC of VA (VA Staff) as part of its review of Washington Gas’ depreciation rates, less accumulated deferred income taxes. This regulatory asset is being amortized, for regulatory accounting purposes only, as a component of depreciation expense over 32 years pursuant to the Final Order. The SCC of VA provided for both a return on, and a return of, this regulatory asset established for regulatory accounting purposes.

     In approving the treatment described in the preceding paragraph, the SCC of VA further ordered that an annual “earnings test” be performed to determine if Washington Gas has earned in excess of its allowed rate of return on common equity for its Virginia operations. The current procedure for performing this earnings test does not normalize the actual return on equity for the effect of weather over the applicable twelve-month period. To the extent that Washington Gas earns in excess of its allowed return on equity in any annual earnings test period, Washington Gas is required to increase depreciation expense (after considering the impact of income tax benefits) and increase the accumulated reserve for depreciation for the amount of the actual earnings in excess of the earnings produced by the 10.50 percent allowed return on equity. Under the SCC of VA’s requirements for performing earnings tests, if weather is warmer than normal in a particular annual earnings test period, Washington Gas is not allowed to restore any amount of earnings previously eliminated as a result of this earnings test. These annual earnings tests will continue to be performed until the $28 million difference between the accumulated reserve for depreciation recorded on Washington Gas’ books and the theoretical reserve derived by the VA Staff, net of accumulated deferred income taxes, is eliminated or the level of the regulatory asset established for regulatory accounting purposes is adjusted as a result of a future depreciation study. On March 17, 2005, the VA Staff filed a report with the SCC of VA in connection with Washington Gas’ earnings test for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2003. The VA Staff’s report concluded that Washington Gas did not earn in excess of its allowed return on equity during this period, and recommended that Washington Gas not be required to record any additional depreciation expense related to its earnings for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2003. On April 26, 2005, the SCC of VA issued an Order that concurred with the VA Staff’s recommendation. As a result, Washington Gas reversed $1.0 million of depreciation expense, on a pre-tax basis, in the quarter ended March 31, 2005 that had been previously recorded in fiscal year 2004 related to this earnings test.

     On January 27, 2004, Washington Gas filed an expedited rate case with the SCC of VA to increase annual revenues in Virginia by $19.6 million, with an overall rate of return of 8.70 percent and a 10.50 percent return on equity. On February 26, 2004, based upon expedited rate case

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

filing procedures, Washington Gas placed the proposed revenue increase into effect, subject to refund, pending the SCC of VA’s final decision in the proceeding.

     On September 27, 2004, the SCC of VA issued a Final Order approving a Stipulation that resolved all issues related to Washington Gas’ January 27, 2004 expedited rate case application filed with the SCC of VA. The Stipulation ordered no change in Washington Gas’ annual base revenues, and for Washington Gas to maintain its allowed rate of return on common equity of 10.50 percent and overall rate of return of 8.44 percent that had been approved by the December 18, 2003 Final Order as previously discussed. Accordingly, refunds to customers, with interest, were made during the December 2004 billing cycle for the amount of the proposed annual revenue increase that had been collected since February 26, 2004. Based on the terms of the Stipulation, the Company implemented billing rates commencing October 4, 2004 that reflected the level of annual revenues determined in the December 18, 2003 Final Order, and implemented the agreed upon changes in rate design that were contained in the Stipulation.

     The Stipulation also provided for a one-time credit to all Virginia customers of $3.2 million for certain liabilities that were previously recorded by Washington Gas. This one-time credit was made to customers during the January 2005 billing cycle. Providing this credit to customers did not have an effect on the earnings of the Company or Washington Gas in the three or six months ended March 31, 2005. The Stipulation also required Washington Gas to file with the SCC of VA annual earnings test calculations based on a twelve-month period ended December 31; such calculations are being estimated by the Company quarterly, and when appropriate, accounting adjustments will be recorded.

     NON-UTILITY OPERATIONS

     As discussed below, the Company is a party to financial guarantees related to the energy-marketing activities of WGEServices. WGEServices also is exposed to the risk of non-performance associated with its principal electric supplier.

     Financial Guarantees

     WGL Holdings has guaranteed payments primarily for certain purchases of natural gas and electricity made by WGEServices. At March 31, 2005, these guarantees totaled $228.9 million. Termination of these guarantees is coincident with the satisfaction of all obligations of WGEServices covered by the guarantees. WGL Holdings also had guarantees totaling $6.0 million at March 31, 2005 that were made on behalf of certain of its non-utility subsidiaries associated with their banking transactions. Of the $234.9 million total guarantees, $25.1 million, $4.0 million and $600,000 are due to expire on December 31, 2005, June 30, 2006 and February 29, 2008, respectively. The remaining guarantees of $205.2 million do not have specific maturity dates. For all of its financial guarantees, WGL Holdings may cancel any or all future obligations imposed by the guarantees upon written notice to the counterparty, but WGL Holdings would continue to be responsible for the obligations that had been created under the guarantees prior to the effective date of the cancellation.

     Construction Project Financing

     In October 2000, Washington Gas contracted with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to construct certain facilities at the GSA central plant in Washington, D.C. Payments to Washington Gas for this construction were to be made by the GSA over a 15-year period. In November 2000, Washington Gas and General Electric Capital Assurance Company (GEFA) entered into a long-term financing arrangement, whereby GEFA funded this construction project. Under the terms of this financing arrangement, Washington Gas assigned to GEFA the 15-year

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stream of payments due from the GSA. The final amount of this long-term financing arrangement, including amendments, change orders, origination fees and capitalized finance charges was $69.4 million. As the long-term financing from GEFA was funded, Washington Gas established a note receivable representing the GSA’s obligation to remit principal and interest. Upon completion and acceptance of phases of the construction project, Washington Gas accounted for the transfer of the financed asset as an extinguishment of long-term debt and removed both the note receivable and long-term financing from its financial statements. In December 2004, all remaining work under the construction project was fully accepted by the GSA. Accordingly, the remaining note receivable and corresponding long-term note payable related to the GSA construction project were removed from the Company’s financial statements at December 31, 2004. As a result of GSA’s final acceptance, GEFA has no further recourse against the Company related to the extinguished long-term debt.

     Electric Supplier Contingency

     WGEServices owns no electric generation assets and, through March 31, 2005, received all of its electric supply to serve its retail customers under full requirements supply contracts. WGEServices’ principal supplier of electricity is Mirant Americas Energy Marketing L.P. (MAEM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mirant Americas, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mirant Corporation (Mirant). On July 14, 2003, Mirant and substantially all of its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. MAEM was included in these bankruptcy filings. Since the bankruptcy filing, MAEM has continued to honor its supply obligations to WGEServices. The majority of the obligations to WGEServices under the pre-bankruptcy petition MAEM contracts expired on or before December 31, 2004, and the remainder of these contracts will expire by the end of October 2005. Future performance by MAEM may be subject to further developments in the bankruptcy proceedings.

     The performance risk associated with the pre-bankruptcy petition MAEM contracts is mitigated through a Security and Escrow agreement entered into between WGEServices and MAEM prior to the bankruptcy filing. Under the Security and Escrow agreement, WGEServices has access to collateral that was intended to cover the difference between the current market price of electricity and the price at which WGEServices has contracted to buy electricity from MAEM. WGEServices has the contractual right to draw on the escrow funds in the account (which totaled $102,000 and $3.0 million as of March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, respectively) if the pre-bankruptcy petition contracts between WGEServices and MAEM are terminated. Accordingly, WGEServices is potentially exposed to any excess damages above this escrow account balance in the event of contract rejection.

     On January 19, 2005, Mirant filed a plan of reorganization in connection with its bankruptcy. The plan proposes that upon MAEM’s emergence from bankruptcy, any pre-bankruptcy petition executory contracts not expressly assumed would be rejected. At this time, WGEServices’ pre-bankruptcy petition contracts have not been expressly assumed, and there is no assurance that they will be.

     Should MAEM reject the WGEServices pre-bankruptcy petition contracts either prior to or at the time of its emergence from bankruptcy, WGEServices estimates that its potential exposure would not be material to its results of operations or financial position. This estimate of WGEServices’ exposure to contract termination is based upon acquiring supply, priced at forward electricity prices through the expiration of the existing sales contracts. The actual exposure for WGEServices may differ from the estimate due to the timing of contract terminations, deviations from normal weather, changes in future market conditions or other factors.

     In October 2003, WGEServices and MAEM signed a post-bankruptcy petition contract that

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

enables WGEServices to renew expiring contracts with its current electric customers and to make purchases for new customers. These post-bankruptcy petition contracts include provisions that allow WGEServices to net payables to MAEM against any damages that might result from default on the part of MAEM, and allow WGEServices to request collateral under certain situations.

NOTE 11.  PENSION AND OTHER POST-RETIREMENT BENEFIT PLANS


     The following tables show the components of net periodic benefit costs (income) recognized in the Company’s financial statements during the three and six months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004:

                                 
Components of Net Periodic Benefit Costs (Income)  
    Three Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
    March 31, 2005     March 31, 2004  
         
Health
           
Health and
 
   
Pension
   
and Life
   
Pension
   
Life
 
(In thousands )  
Benefits
   
Benefits
   
Benefits
   
Benefits
 
 
Components of net periodic benefit costs (income)
                               
Service cost
  $ 2,538     $ 2,590     $ 2,588     $ 2,088  
Interest cost
    9,197       5,758       9,029       4,766  
Expected return on plan assets
    (12,942 )     (3,311 )     (13,079 )     (3,079 )
Recognized prior service cost
    560             569        
Recognized actuarial loss
    290       2,223       240       795  
Amortization of transition obligation-net
          1,436       44       1,436  
 
Net periodic benefit cost (income)
    (357 )     8,696       (609 )     6,006  
 
Amount capitalized as construction costs
    126       (1,074 )     182       (1,176 )
Amount deferred as regulatory asset/liability-net
    (881 )     (420 )     (704 )     15  
Other
    (48 )     (24 )     55       543  
 
Amount charged (credited) to expense
  $ (1,160 )   $ 7,178     $ (1,076 )   $ 5,388  
 
                                 
Components of Net Periodic Benefit Costs (Income)  
    Six Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    March 31, 2005     March 31, 2004  
   
   
Health
            Health and  
   
Pension
   
and Life
   
Pension
    Life  
(In thousands )  
Benefits
   
Benefits
    Benefits     Benefits  
 
Components of net periodic benefit costs (income)
                               
Service cost
  $ 5,077     $ 5,180     $ 5,177     $ 4,382  
Interest cost
    18,394       11,517       18,057       10,082  
Expected return on plan assets
    (25,883 )     (6,622 )     (26,158 )     (6,157 )
Recognized prior service cost
    1,120             1,138        
Recognized actuarial loss
    579       4,445       479       2,321  
Amortization of transition obligation-net
          2,872       88       2,872  
 
Net periodic benefit cost (income)
    (713 )     17,392       (1,219 )     13,500  
 
Amount capitalized as construction costs
    257       (2,189 )     400       (2,622 )
Amount deferred as regulatory asset/liability-net
    (1,733 )     (883 )     (1,150 )     96  
Other
    (83 )     11       8       2  
 
Amount charged (credited) to expense
  $ (2,272 )   $ 14,331     $ (1,961 )   $ 10,976  
 

     During fiscal year 2005, the Company has not made, and does not expect to make any contributions related to its qualified, trusteed, non-contributory defined benefit pension plan covering all active and vested former employees of Washington Gas.

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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

     During the six months ended March 31, 2005, the Company paid $613,000 on behalf of participants in its non-funded supplemental executive retirement plan, and expects to pay an additional $763,000 for the remainder of fiscal year 2005.

     For the six months ended March 31, 2005, the Company contributed $17.0 million to its healthcare and life insurance benefit plans, and expects to contribute an additional $17.0 million for the remainder of fiscal year 2005.

     Amounts included in the line item “Amount deferred as regulatory asset/liability-net,” as shown in the table above, represent the difference between the cost of the applicable Pension Benefits or the Health and Life Benefits, and the amount that Washington Gas is permitted to recover in rates that Washington Gas charges in the District of Columbia. These differences are recorded as regulatory assets or liabilities and will be reflected as adjustments to customer bills in future rate proceedings.

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Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations

ITEM 2.  MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

INTRODUCTION

     This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (Management’s Discussion) is divided into the following two major sections:

  •   WGL Holdings This section describes the financial condition and results of operations of WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL Holdings or the Company) and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis. It includes discussions of WGL Holdings’ regulated utility and non-utility operations. The majority of WGL Holdings’ operations are derived from the results of its regulated utility, Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas), and to a much lesser extent, the results of its non-utility operations. These unregulated, non-utility operations are wholly owned by Washington Gas Resources Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings. For more information on the Company’s regulated utility operations, please refer to the Management’s Discussion for Washington Gas.
 
  •   Washington Gas This section describes the financial condition and results of operations of Washington Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary that comprises the majority of WGL Holdings’ regulated utility segment. The financial condition and results of operations of Washington Gas’ utility operations and WGL Holdings’ regulated utility segment are essentially the same.

     Both of the major sections of Management’s Discussion—WGL Holdings and Washington Gas—should be read to obtain an understanding of the Company’s operations and financial performance. Management’s Discussion also should be read in conjunction with the respective company’s financial statements and the combined Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements thereto.

     Unless otherwise noted, earnings per share amounts are presented herein on a diluted basis, and are based on weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding. The Company’s operations are seasonal and, accordingly, the Company’s operating results for the interim periods presented herein are not indicative of the results to be expected for the full fiscal year.

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW

     Introduction

     WGL Holdings, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, sells and delivers natural gas and provides a variety of energy-related products and services to customers primarily in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan areas in Maryland and Virginia. WGL Holdings has three primary operating segments that are described below.

     Regulated Utility. The Company’s core subsidiary, Washington Gas, delivers natural gas to retail customers in accordance with tariffs approved by the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia regulatory commissions that have jurisdiction over Washington Gas’ rates. These rates are intended to provide the regulated utility with an opportunity to earn a just and reasonable rate of return on the investment devoted to the delivery of natural gas to customers. Washington Gas also sells natural gas to customers who have not elected to purchase natural gas from unregulated third-party marketers. The regulated utility does not earn a profit or incur a loss when it sells the natural gas commodity because utility customers are charged for the natural gas commodity at the same cost the regulated utility incurs.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

     Retail Energy-Marketing. Washington Gas Energy Services (WGEServices) competes with other third-party marketers by selling natural gas and electricity directly to residential, commercial and industrial customers, both inside and outside of the regulated utility’s traditional service territory. WGEServices does not own or operate any natural gas or electric generation, transmission or distribution assets. Rather, it sells natural gas and electricity with the objective of earning a profit, and these commodities are delivered to retail customers through the assets owned by regulated utilities, such as Washington Gas or other unaffiliated natural gas or electric utilities.

     Commercial Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The Company’s commercial HVAC operations provide turnkey, design-build and renovation projects to the commercial and government markets.

     Key Indicators of Financial Condition and Operating Performance

     Management believes that the following are key indicators for monitoring the Company’s financial condition and operating performance:

     Return on Average Common Equity. This measure is calculated by dividing net income (applicable to common stock) by average common shareholders’ equity. For the regulated utility, management compares the actual return on common equity with the return on common equity that is allowed to be earned by regulators and the return on equity that is necessary for the Company to compensate investors sufficiently and be able to continue to attract capital.

     Common Equity Ratio. This ratio is calculated by dividing total common shareholders’ equity by the sum of common shareholders’ equity, preferred stock and long-term debt (including current maturities). Maintaining this ratio in the mid-50 percent range affords the Company financial flexibility and access to long-term capital at relatively low costs. Refer to the “Liquidity and Capital Resources — General Factors Affecting Liquidity” section of Management’s Discussion for a discussion of the Company’s capital structure.

     Primary Factors Affecting WGL Holdings and Washington Gas

     The principal business, economic and other factors that affect the operations and/or financial performance of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas include:

  •   weather conditions and weather patterns;
  •   regulatory environment and regulatory decisions;
  •   availability of natural gas supplies and interstate pipeline transportation and storage capacity;
  •   natural gas prices and the prices of competing fuels such as oil and electricity;
  •   changes in natural gas usage resulting from improved appliance efficiencies and the effect of changing natural gas prices;
  •   the safety and reliability of the natural gas distribution system;
  •   the level of capital expenditures for adding new customers and replacing facilities worn beyond economic repair;
  •   competitive environment;
  •   environmental matters;
  •   industry consolidation;
  •   economic conditions and interest rates;
  •   inflation/deflation;
  •   labor contracts, including labor and benefit costs; and
  •   changes in accounting principles.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information
Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

     For a further discussion of the Company’s business, operating segments and the factors listed above, refer to Management’s Discussion within the combined Annual Report on Form 10-K for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2004.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

     Preparation of financial statements and related disclosures in compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) requires the selection and the application of appropriate technical accounting rules to the relevant facts and circumstances of the Company’s operations, as well as the use of estimates by management to compile the consolidated financial statements. The application of these accounting policies involves judgment regarding estimates and projected outcomes of future events, including the likelihood of success of particular regulatory initiatives or challenges, the likelihood of realizing estimates for legal and environmental contingencies, and the probability of recovering costs and investments in both the regulated utility and non-utility operations.

     The following critical accounting policies require management’s judgment and estimation, where such estimates have a material effect on the consolidated financial statements:

  •   accounting for utility revenue and cost of gas recognition;
  •   accounting for the effects of regulation — regulatory assets and liabilities;
  •   accounting for income taxes;
  •   accounting for contingencies; and
  •   accounting for derivative instruments.

     For a description of these critical accounting policies, refer to Management’s Discussion within the combined Annual Report on Form 10-K for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2004.

RESTATEMENT OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

     The consolidated financial statements of WGL Holdings and the financial statements of Washington Gas were restated as of and for the three and six months ended March 31, 2004 to recognize the retroactive effect of a $1.2 million benefit associated with a Medicare prescription drug subsidy (Medicare subsidy). This restatement was made in accordance with an accounting standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 2004 and adopted by the Company during the third quarter of fiscal year 2004. This standard permitted recognition of this Medicare subsidy benefit on a retroactive basis effective January 1, 2004, the beginning of the Company’s second quarter of fiscal year 2004. Accordingly, earnings for the three months ended March 31, 2004 were restated from $1.60 to $1.62 per share, and earnings for the six months ended March 31, 2004 were restated from $2.41 to $2.43 per share (refer to Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements).

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Part I — Financial Information
Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

WGL HOLDINGS, INC.

     RESULTS OF OPERATIONS — Three Months Ended March 31, 2005 vs. March 31, 2004

     Summary Results

     WGL Holdings, Inc. reported net income of $79.9 million, or $1.63 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2005, the second quarter of the Company’s fiscal year 2005. This represents a $714,000, or $0.01 per share, increase over net income of $79.2 million, or $1.62 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2004. For the twelve-month period ended March 31, 2005, the Company earned a return on average common equity of 10.9 percent as compared to 11.1 percent for the corresponding twelve-month period of the prior fiscal year.

     The increase in net income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005 was due primarily to utility customer growth, reduced utility-related expenses including operation and maintenance, depreciation and amortization, and income taxes, as well as increased earnings from the Company’s major non-utility operations. Lower natural gas deliveries to firm customers by the regulated utility due to warmer weather partially offset the overall improved earnings in the current quarter when compared to the same quarter in fiscal year 2004. The earnings comparison between the current and prior fiscal year’s second quarter also was affected by the inclusion in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year of an after-tax gain of $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share, realized from the sale of two buildings by a third party in a commercial development project in which the Company held a carried interest.

     Regulated Utility Operating Results

     The operating results of the Company’s core regulated utility operations are the primary influence on consolidated operating results. The regulated utility segment reported net income of $74.6 million, or $1.52 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, as compared to net income of $75.4 million, or $1.54 per share, for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

     The regulated utility’s operations are weather sensitive, with a significant portion of its revenue coming from deliveries of natural gas to residential and commercial heating customers. Earnings for the current quarter when compared to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year reflect a decrease in total natural gas deliveries to firm customers of 22.6 million therms, or 3.5 percent, to 626.9 million therms delivered during the second quarter of fiscal year 2005. The decline in total natural gas deliveries to firm customers reflects warmer weather. Weather, as measured by an industry standard called heating degree days, was 2.7 percent warmer in the current quarter than the same quarter in fiscal year 2004. Weather was 6.9 percent colder than normal in the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, enhancing net income for the current quarter in relation to normal weather by an estimated $5 million, or $0.10 per share. For the three months ended March 31, 2004, weather was 10.3 percent colder than normal, contributing an estimated $10 million, or $0.20 per share, to earnings for that period. The decline in natural gas deliveries caused by warmer weather was partially mitigated by the addition of 27,479 active customer meters, an increase of 2.8 percent from the end of the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

     Second quarter of fiscal year 2005 earnings for the regulated utility segment were favorably affected by a $1.7 million (pre-tax), or 2.7 percent, decrease in operation and maintenance expenses from the comparable quarter of the prior fiscal year, increasing net income by $0.02 per share for the current quarter. The lower expenses primarily reflect fewer employees and lower employee severance costs, partially offset by higher labor rates and employee benefits expense. The Company currently expects operation and maintenance expenses for all of fiscal year 2005 to rise by approximately 3.1 percent over the level incurred during fiscal year 2004.

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Part I — Financial Information
Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

     Earnings for the regulated utility segment also reflect a $1.5 million (pre-tax), or $0.02 per share, decrease in depreciation and amortization expense for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005. The lower expense is attributable to a reversal in the current period of $1.0 million of depreciation expense that was previously recorded in fiscal year 2004 related to the performance of an earnings test required by a December 18, 2003 Final Order of the State Corporation Commission of Virginia (SCC of VA). The lower expense in the current second quarter also reflects $554,000 of depreciation expense that was recorded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2004 related to a Virginia earnings test that did not recur in the current quarter. Refer to the “Regulatory Matters—Virginia Jurisdiction” section of Management’s Discussion for Washington Gas for a further discussion of these regulatory matters.

     The regulated utility segment also benefited during the current quarter when compared to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year, from lower income tax expense due to a reduction in pre-tax income and a lower estimated annual effective income tax rate (primarily attributable to a greater amount of the non-taxable benefit of the Medicare subsidy).

     Non-Utility Operating Results

     Total net income for the Company’s non-utility operations was $5.3 million, or $0.11 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2005, as compared to $3.9 million, or $0.08 per share, for the same three months of the prior fiscal year. The following table compares the financial results from non-utility activities for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.

                         
Net Income (Loss) Applicable to Non-Utility Activities  
    Three Months Ended        
    March 31,        
(In thousands)   2005     2004     Variance  
 
Retail energy-marketing
  $ 5,785     $ (183 )   $ 5,968  
Commercial HVAC
    (256 )     (774 )     518  
 
Subtotal
    5,529       (957 )     6,486  
Other non-utility activities
    (223 )     4,822       (5,045 )
 
Total
  $ 5,306     $ 3,865     $ 1,441  
 

     Retail Energy-Marketing. WGL Holdings’ retail energy-marketing subsidiary, WGEServices, sells natural gas and electricity in competition with other unregulated marketers to residential, commercial and industrial customers. WGEServices reported net income of $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, as compared to a net loss of $183,000 reported for the same quarter of fiscal year 2004. The $6.0 million, or $0.12 per share, improvement in earnings for this segment primarily reflects higher gross margins from the sale of natural gas. Although natural gas sales volumes decreased by 1.0 percent, gross margins per therm sold more than tripled compared to the prior year’s second quarter. A significant portion of the higher gross margins from gas sales reflects the utilization of a greater proportion of storage gas being used to supply customers in the second quarter of fiscal year 2005 in comparison to the same quarter of fiscal year 2004, and a greater spread between the cost of that storage gas and retail prices charged to customers during the current quarter in relation to the prior year. The second quarter of fiscal year 2005 also benefited from $1.8 million of mark-to-market differences on derivative contracts used in WGEServices’ gas supply portfolio to hedge against variations in demand caused by weather. The difference in the mark-to-market effects in the current quarter when compared to the same quarter of the prior fiscal year increased net income by $1.1 million (after-tax), or $0.02 per share (refer to the “Market Risk—Price Risk Related to Retail Energy-Marketing Operations” section of Management’s Discussion).

     The retail-energy marketing segment also benefited during the current quarter from a relatively small improvement in its gross margin from electric sales, primarily reflecting a higher gross margin per kilowatt-hour sold that more than offset the effect of lower electric sales volumes that declined 65.4 percent from the second quarter of fiscal year 2004. The decline in electric sales volumes primarily reflects the combined effect of increased competition for sales to large-volume commercial customers and below-

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Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

market utility rates.

     Commercial HVAC. Two subsidiaries, American Combustion Industries, Inc. and Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc., comprise the Company’s commercial HVAC operations. This operating segment reported a net loss of $256,000, or $0.01 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, an improvement of $518,000, or $0.01 per share, over the net loss of $774,000, or $0.02 per share, reported for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. This improvement primarily reflects increased sales and lower selling, general and administrative expenses during the period.

     Other Non-Utility Activities. Transactions not significant enough to be reported as a separate business segment are aggregated as “Other Activities” and included as part of the Company’s non-utility operations. Other non-utility activities for the 2005 second quarter reflect a $5.0 million decrease in operating results from the comparable quarter of the prior fiscal year. The year-over-year decline was attributable primarily to an after-tax gain of $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share, realized from the sale of a carried interest in real estate during the second quarter of fiscal year 2004 that did not recur in the current fiscal year.

     Interest Expense

     The following table depicts the components of interest expense for the quarters ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.

                         
Composition of Interest Expense  
    Three Months Ended        
    March 31,        
(In thousands)   2005     2004     Variance  
 
Long-term debt
  $ 10,492     $ 10,465     $ 27  
Short-term debt
    634       317       317  
Other (includes AFUDC*)
    72       (36 )     108  
 
Total
  $ 11,198     $ 10,746     $ 452  
 
*Represents the debt component of the Allowance for Funds Used During Construction.

     WGL Holdings’ interest expense of $11.2 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005 increased $452,000 over the same period last year due primarily to higher interest costs on short-term borrowings. The higher interest costs associated with these borrowings reflect an increase of approximately 150 basis points in the weighted average cost of short-term debt, partially offset by a lower average balance outstanding.

     RESULTS OF OPERATIONS — Six Months Ended March 31, 2005 vs. March 31, 2004

     Summary Results

     For the first six months of fiscal year 2005, the Company reported net income of $123.1 million, or $2.51 per share, an increase of $4.3 million, or $0.08 per share, over net income of $118.8 million, or $2.43 per share, for the corresponding six-month period in fiscal year 2004. The increased net income in the current year-to-date period was due primarily to utility customer growth, the impact of favorable regulatory decisions, reduced utility-related expenses including operation and maintenance, depreciation and amortization and income taxes. Earnings from non-utility operations were relatively unchanged between the first six months of fiscal years 2005 and 2004, but the components of the earnings changed significantly as more earnings in the current six months were derived from the Company’s major non-utility segments. This improvement in earnings was partially offset by 2.9 percent lower natural gas deliveries to firm customers by the regulated utility during the current period. The earnings comparison between the current and corresponding prior year’s six-month periods also was affected by the inclusion in the first six months of fiscal year 2004 of an after-tax gain of $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share, realized from the sale of a carried interest in real estate.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Part I — Financial Information
Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

     Regulated Utility Operating Results

     The regulated utility segment reported net income of $114.4 million, or $2.34 per share, for the first six months of fiscal year 2005, an increase of $4.4 million, or $0.09 per share, over net income of $110.0 million, or $2.25 per share, for the comparable period in fiscal year 2004. The increase in net income was favorably affected by a 2.8 percent increase in active customer meters. The current six-month period also benefited $2.3 million, or $0.03 per share, from realizing the favorable effect of changes in rates charged to customers that were implemented in Maryland on November 6, 2003 and the District of Columbia on November 24, 2003. This benefit is net of the impact of a Virginia rate increase that went into effect on February 26, 2004, subject to refund, and included in this segment’s operating results for the six months ended March 31, 2004, but was not in effect during the six months ended March 31, 2005 (refer to the “Regulatory Matters—Virginia Jurisdiction” section of Management’s Discussion for Washington Gas).

     Total gas deliveries to firm customers fell 30.1 million therms, or 2.9 percent, to 1.021 billion therms delivered for the six months ended March 31, 2005, primarily due to warmer weather. Weather was 1.7 percent warmer in the current six-month period than in the comparable period of the prior fiscal year. Weather was 5.1 percent colder than normal for the six months ended March 31, 2005, enhancing net income in relation to normal weather by an estimated $5 million, or $0.10 per share. Weather for the six months ended March 31, 2004 was 7.0 percent colder than normal, contributing $10 million, or $0.20 per share, to earnings for that period. Total gas deliveries to firm customers in the current six-month period also reflect declines experienced during the first three months of fiscal year 2005 that did not correlate with the change in heating degree days for that period. Due to the relatively small number of normal heating degree days that typically occur in the initial part of the Company’s first fiscal quarter, actual degree days during that period may not correlate effectively with total gas deliveries.

     Current year-to-date earnings for the regulated utility segment benefited from a decline of $891,000 (pre-tax), or $0.01 per share, in operation and maintenance expenses. The lower expenses primarily reflect six percent fewer employees and reduced employee severance costs, partially offset by the effect of higher labor rates and employee benefit costs.

     Earnings for the regulated utility segment also reflect lower depreciation and amortization expense of $4.6 million (pre-tax), or $0.06 per share. The lower expense is attributable to a reversal in the current six-month period of $1.0 million (pre-tax), or $0.01 per share, of depreciation expense that was previously recorded in fiscal year 2004 related to the performance of an earnings test as required by the SCC of VA’s December 18, 2003 Final Order. The year-over-year reduction in expense is also due to the inclusion in the first six months of fiscal year 2004 of depreciation expense of $3.5 million (pre-tax), or $0.04 per share, applicable to the period from January 1, 2002 through November 11, 2002, that was recorded in connection with the SCC of VA’s December 18, 2003 Final Order, as well as depreciation expense of $554,000 (pre-tax), or $0.01 per share, recorded in connection with a Virginia earnings test.

     The regulated utility segment also benefited during the current period when compared to the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year, from reduced income tax expense due to a lower estimated annual effective income tax rate that was primarily attributable to a greater amount of the non-taxable benefit of the Medicare subsidy, partially offset by slightly higher pre-tax income.

     Non-Utility Operating Results

     Total net income for the Company’s non-utility operations was $8.6 million, or $0.17 per share, for the six months ended March 31, 2005, relatively unchanged from the corresponding period of the prior fiscal year. The following table compares the financial results from non-utility activities for the six months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.

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Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

                         
Net Income (Loss) Applicable to Non-Utility Activities  
    Six Months Ended        
    March 31,        
(In thousands)   2005     2004     Variance  
 
Retail energy-marketing
  $ 9,893     $ 4,627     $ 5,266  
Commercial HVAC
    (688 )     (1,272 )     584  
 
Subtotal
    9,205       3,355       5,850  
Other non-utility activities
    (570 )     5,374       (5,944 )
 
Total
  $ 8,635     $ 8,729     $ (94 )
 

     Retail Energy-Marketing. WGEServices reported net income of $9.9 million, or $0.20 per share, for the first six months of fiscal year 2005, an increase of $5.3 million, or $0.10 per share, over the same period of the last fiscal year. The year-over-year improvement in earnings primarily reflects higher gross margins from the sale of natural gas, and a relatively small increase in gross margins from electric sales despite significantly lower electric sales volumes.

     Commercial HVAC. The commercial HVAC segment reported a net loss of $688,000, or $0.02 per share, for the first six months of fiscal year 2005, an improvement of $584,000, or $0.01 per share, over the same period last fiscal year. This improvement, driven primarily by this segment’s operating results for the current second quarter, primarily reflects increased sales and lower selling, general and administrative expenses during the period.

     Other Non-Utility Activities . Results for other non-utility activities for the current six-month period reflect a $5.9 million decrease in income from the same period of the prior fiscal year, primarily due to an after-tax gain of $5.8 million, or $0.12 per share, realized from the sale of a carried interest in real estate in the first six months of fiscal year 2004 that did not recur in the current period.

     Interest Expense

     The following table depicts the components of interest expense for the six months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.

                         
Composition of Interest Expense  
    Six Months Ended        
    March 31,        
(In thousands)   2005     2004     Variance  
 
Long-term debt
  $ 20,998     $ 20,935     $ 63  
Short-term debt
    1,227       774       453  
Other (includes AFUDC*)
    4       628       (624 )
 
Total
  $ 22,229     $ 22,337     $ (108 )
 
*Represents the debt component of the Allowance for Funds Used During Construction.

     WGL Holdings’ interest expense of $22.2 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2005 decreased $108,000 from the same period last year. The current period reflects a $453,000 increase in interest costs on short-term borrowings due to a 118 basis point increase in the weighted average cost of these borrowings, partially offset by a lower average balance outstanding. This was more than offset by a $624,000 decline in the current period of interest expense associated with miscellaneous items.

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Part I — Financial Information
Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

     LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

     General Factors Affecting Liquidity

     It is important for the Company to have access to short-term debt markets to maintain satisfactory liquidity to operate its businesses on a near-term basis. Acquisition of natural gas, electricity, pipeline capacity, and the need to finance accounts receivable are the most significant short-term financing requirements of the Company. The need for long-term capital is driven primarily by capital expenditures and maturities of long-term debt.

     Significant swings can take place in the level of short-term debt required by the Company due primarily to changes in the price and volume of natural gas and electricity purchased to satisfy customer demand, and also due to seasonal cash collections on accounts receivable. Back-up financing to the Company’s commercial paper program in the form of revolving credit agreements enables the Company to maintain access to short-term debt markets. The ability of the Company to obtain such financing depends on its credit ratings, which are greatly affected by the Company’s financial performance and the liquidity of financial markets. Also potentially affecting access to short-term debt capital is the nature of any restrictions that might be placed upon the Company such as ratings triggers or a requirement to provide creditors with additional credit support in the event of a determination of insufficient creditworthiness.

     The ability to procure sufficient levels of long-term capital at reasonable costs is determined by the level of the Company’s capital expenditure requirements, its financial performance, and the effect of these factors on its credit ratings and investment alternatives available to investors.

     The Company has a goal to maintain its common equity ratio in the mid-50 percent range of total consolidated capital. The level of this ratio can vary during the fiscal year due to the seasonal nature of the Company’s business. In addition, the Company typically reduces short-term debt balances in the spring because a significant portion of the Company’s current assets is converted into cash at the end of the winter heating season. Accomplishing these capital structure objectives and maintaining sufficient cash flow are necessary to maintain attractive credit ratings for the Company and Washington Gas, and to allow access to capital at reasonable costs. As of March 31, 2005, total consolidated capitalization, including current maturities of long-term debt and excluding notes payable, comprised 59.5 percent common equity, 1.8 percent preferred stock and 38.7 percent long-term debt. The cash flow requirements of the Company and the ability to provide satisfactory resources to satisfy those requirements are primarily influenced by the activities of Washington Gas and to a lesser extent the non-utility operations.

     The Company believes it has sufficient liquidity to satisfy its financial obligations. At March 31, 2005, the Company did not have any restrictions on its cash balances that would affect the payment of common or preferred stock dividends by WGL Holdings or Washington Gas.

     Short-Term Cash Requirements and Related Financing

     The regulated utility’s business is weather sensitive and seasonal, causing short-term cash requirements to vary significantly during the year, and from year-to-year for the same quarter. Over 75 percent of the total therms delivered in the regulated utility’s service area (excluding deliveries to two electric generation facilities) occur during the first and second fiscal quarters. Cash requirements peak in the fall and winter months when accounts receivable, accrued utility revenues and storage gas inventories are at their highest levels. After the winter heating season, many of these assets are converted into cash, which Washington Gas generally uses to reduce and sometimes eliminate short-term debt and to acquire storage gas for the next heating season.

     The Company’s retail energy-marketing subsidiary, WGEServices, has seasonal short-term cash requirements resulting from its need to purchase storage gas inventory in advance of the period in

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which the storage gas is sold. In addition, WGEServices must continually pay its suppliers of natural gas and electricity before it collects its accounts receivable balances resulting from these sales. WGEServices derives its funding to finance these activities from short-term debt issued by the Company.

     Both the regulated utility and the retail energy-marketing segment maintain storage gas inventory. WGEServices maintains storage gas inventory that is assigned to it by natural gas utilities such as Washington Gas. Storage gas inventories represent gas purchased from producers and are stored in facilities primarily owned by interstate pipelines. The regulated utility and retail energy-marketing subsidiary generally pay for storage gas between heating seasons and withdraw it during the heating season. Significant variations in storage gas balances between years are possible, and are caused by the price paid to producers and marketers, which is a function of short-term market fluctuations in gas costs, and changing requirements for storage volumes. For the regulated utility, such costs become a component of the cost of gas recovered from customers when volumes are withdrawn from storage. In addition, the regulated utility is able to specifically earn and recover its pre-tax cost of capital related to the varying level of the storage gas inventory balance it carries in each of the three jurisdictions in which it operates.

     Variations in the timing of collections of gas costs under the regulated utility’s gas cost recovery mechanisms and the level of refunds from pipeline companies that will be returned to customers can significantly affect short-term cash requirements.

     The Company and Washington Gas utilize short-term debt in the form of commercial paper or unsecured short-term bank loans to fund seasonal requirements. The Company’s policy is to maintain back-up bank credit facilities in an amount equal to or greater than its expected maximum commercial paper position. As of March 31, 2005, Washington Gas and WGL Holdings each had a credit agreement with a group of commercial banks in the amount of $175 million in support of their short-term debt requirements. The credit facility for Washington Gas expires on April 28, 2009, and permits the regulated utility to request prior to April 28, 2008, and the banks to approve, an additional line of credit of $100 million above the original credit limit, for a maximum potential total of $275 million. WGL Holdings’ credit facility expires on April 27, 2007, and permits the Company to request prior to April 28, 2006, and the banks to approve, an additional line of credit of $50 million above the original credit limit, for a maximum potential total of $225 million. As of March 31, 2005, there were no outstanding borrowings under either the Washington Gas or WGL Holdings credit facility.

     The Company had outstanding notes payable through the issuance of commercial paper of $82.9 million at March 31, 2005 as compared to $95.6 million outstanding at September 30, 2004. Substantially all of the outstanding notes payable balance at March 31, 2005 was commercial paper issued by WGL Holdings. Of the outstanding notes payable balance at September 30, 2004, $76.9 million was commercial paper issued by WGL Holdings and $18.7 million was commercial paper issued by Washington Gas.

     Long-Term Cash Requirements and Related Financing

     The Company’s long-term cash requirements primarily depend upon the level of capital expenditures, long-term debt maturity requirements and decisions to refinance long-term debt. Historically, the Company has devoted the majority of its capital expenditures to adding new regulated utility customers in its existing service area. However, as a result of recent operating issues in Prince George’s County, Maryland described later in Management’s Discussion, the Company forecasts a gereater level of replacement capital expenditures over the next two and one-half years. At March 31, 2005, Washington Gas was authorized to issue up to $213.0 million of long-term debt under a shelf registration that was declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 24, 2003. On May 20, 2003, Washington Gas executed a Distribution Agreement with certain financial institutions for the issuance and sale of debt securities included in the

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shelf registration statement.

     On March 7, 2005, Washington Gas, through exercise of a call option, retired $20.0 million of Medium-Term Notes (MTNs) and paid the applicable accrued interest. The MTNs redeemed were $10.0 million of 7.76 percent MTNs and $10.0 million of 7.75 percent MTNs that had a nominal maturity date in March 2025. The Company expects to replace this debt in fiscal year 2005 with newly-issued, lower-cost MTNs (refer to the “Market Risk—Interest-Rate Risk” section of Management’s Discussion).

     Security Ratings

     The table below reflects the current credit ratings for the outstanding debt instruments of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas. Changes in credit ratings may affect the Company’s and Washington Gas’ cost of short-term and long-term debt and their access to the credit markets.

                   
Credit Ratings for Outstanding Debt Instruments
 
    WGL Holdings, Inc.   Washington Gas  
 
    Unsecured       Unsecured      
    Medium-Term   Commercial   Medium-Term   Commercial  
Rating Service   Notes (Indicative)*   Paper   Notes   Paper  
 
Fitch Ratings
 
A+
 
F1
 
AA-
 
F1+
 
Moody’s Investors Service
 
**
 
Not-Prime
 
A2
 
P-1
 
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services***
 
AA-
 
A-1
 
AA-
 
A-1
 
 
* Indicates the ratings that may be applicable if WGL Holdings were to issue unsecured medium-term notes.
** Unpublished.
*** This agency has held a negative outlook on the long-term debt ratings of WGL Holdings and Washington Gas since July 2, 2004.

     Contractual Obligations, Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements and Other Commercial Commitments

     The Company has certain contractual obligations incurred in the normal course of business that require it to make fixed and determinable payments in the future. These commitments include long-term debt, lease obligations, unconditional purchase obligations for pipeline capacity, transportation and storage services, and certain natural gas and electricity commodity commitments.

     Reference is made to the “Contractual Obligations, Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements and Other Commercial Commitments” section of Management’s Discussion in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2004, for a detailed discussion of these contractual obligations. Note 5 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company’s 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K includes a discussion of long-term debt, including debt maturities. Reference is made to Note 14 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company’s 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K that reflects information about the various contracts of Washington Gas and WGEServices.

     Financial Guarantees. WGL Holdings has guaranteed payments primarily for certain purchases of natural gas and electricity on behalf of the retail energy-marketing segment. At March 31, 2005, these guarantees totaled $228.9 million. Termination of these guarantees is coincident with the satisfaction of all obligations of WGEServices covered by the guarantees. WGL Holdings also had guarantees totaling $6.0 million at March 31, 2005 that were made on behalf of certain of its non-utility subsidiaries associated with their banking transactions. For all of its financial guarantees, WGL Holdings may cancel any or all future obligations imposed by the guarantees upon written notice to the counterparty, but WGL Holdings would continue to be responsible for the obligations that had been created under the guarantees prior to the effective date of the cancellation.

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     Construction Project Financing. In October 2000, Washington Gas contracted with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to construct certain facilities at the GSA central plant in Washington, D.C. Payments to Washington Gas for this construction were to be made by the GSA over a 15-year period. In November 2000, Washington Gas and General Electric Capital Assurance Company (GEFA) entered into a long-term financing arrangement, whereby GEFA funded this construction project. Under the terms of this financing arrangement, Washington Gas assigned to GEFA the 15-year stream of payments due from the GSA. The final amount of this long-term financing arrangement, including amendments, change orders, origination fees and capitalized finance charges was $69.4 million. As the long-term financing from GEFA was funded, Washington Gas established a note receivable representing the GSA’s obligation to remit principal and interest. Upon completion and acceptance of phases of the construction project, Washington Gas accounted for the transfer of the financed asset as an extinguishment of long-term debt and removed both the note receivable and long-term financing from its financial statements. In December 2004, all remaining work under the construction project was fully accepted by the GSA. Accordingly, the remaining note receivable and corresponding long-term note payable related to the GSA construction project were removed from the Company’s financial statements at December 31, 2004. As a result of GSA’s final acceptance, GEFA has no further recourse against the Company related to the extinguished long-term debt.

     Prince George’s County, Maryland Operating Issues. On April 1, 2005, Washington Gas announced that it will address a significant increase in the number of natural gas leaks in a portion of its distribution system in Prince George’s County, Maryland (the rehabilitation project). As of April 22, 2005, Washington Gas had identified approximately 1,400 leaks in a 100 square-mile area of Prince George’s County. The leaks have resulted from the deterioration of seals located within mechanical couplings that connect sections of distribution mains and service lines. These mechanical couplings were routinely installed on the Washington Gas system approximately during the period between the early 1950’s through the early 1970’s. Washington Gas expects to address all leaks in the affected area within approximately six months of their being identified, and expects to rehabilitate or replace all other coupled service lines and distribution mains in the affected Prince George’s County area by the end of December 2007, even if no leaks have been detected.

     Washington Gas will rehabilitate the distribution system in the affected area by replacing the service lines, and by either encapsulating couplings on mains or replacing the mains. In most cases, Washington Gas will replace service lines by inserting a new plastic service line through the existing steel service line that contains the mechanical couplings. Encapsulation of couplings on mains involves tightening and then sealing the coupling with a permanent bonding material. If encapsulation of couplings on mains is not deemed appropriate, the main will be replaced.

     Currently, the costs of the rehabilitation project are expected to be recorded as capital expenditures, and are currently estimated to be $87 million, excluding paving costs as discussed below. On April 28, 2005, Washington Gas requested that the Public Service Commission of Maryland (PSC of MD) ratify Washington Gas’ interpretation of the applicable regulatory accounting rules to treat the costs of encapsulating couplings on mains, currently estimated to be $13 million of the $87 million cost estimate, as capital expenditures (refer to the “Regulatory Matters—Maryland Jurisdiction” section of Management’s Discussion for Washington Gas for a further discussion of this regulatory matter). This cost estimate does not include any potential costs associated with paving, which could increase the total cost estimate by up to an additional $50 million. The costs of paving would be accounted for in the same manner as the $87 million of costs to which the paving would relate. The substantial nature of the paving cost estimate is primarily attributable to the fact that in 2002, Prince George’s County expanded paving requirements and increased related fees. Since that time, Washington Gas has discussed with Prince George’s County officials its concerns regarding the county’s new paving and permitting requirements, and plans to continue those discussions as this project moves forward.

     Washington Gas has not yet determined what is causing the leaks on the mains and services in

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the affected area of Prince George’s County. Washington Gas has retained outside experts to attempt to determine the cause of the leaks. Mechanical couplings identical to the couplings in Prince George’s County are located in other portions of Washington Gas’ distribution system, including Virginia, other areas of Maryland, and the District of Columbia. To date, Washington Gas has not experienced any pattern of leaks in these other areas that is comparable to the leak pattern encountered in the affected area of Prince George’s County.

     The current cost estimate of up to $137 million represents a significant increase in planned capital expenditures in fiscal years 2006 through 2008 (refer to the “Liquidity and Capital Resources—Capital Expenditures” section of Management’s Discussion for a table of projected capital expenditures). The actual costs that will be incurred for the work associated with the rehabilitation project could differ materially from the cost estimates discussed herein. However, Washington Gas believes it has the financial resources necessary to fund this project due to its current strong cash position, and the financing options it has available.

     Management of Washington Gas believes that the costs to be incurred related to this matter are necessary to provide safe and reliable utility service. Management believes that costs such as these are normally recognized in the ratemaking process as reasonable. At the present time, Washington Gas has not requested regulatory recovery of these costs that will be incurred. However, Washington Gas is considering the effect of these capital expenditures on its ability to earn its allowed rate of return in Maryland, and is evaluating the most appropriate regulatory option to enable full and timely recovery of, and return on, the amounts to be expended. There can be no assurance at this time that recovery in rates will be allowed or at what point in time such recovery may begin to be reflected in rates. Significant negative effects on earnings in future years could result if such costs are incurred and recovery in rates is not allowed.

     The current cost estimate and the accounting treatment described herein supersede the discussion of the cost estimate and the accounting treatment described in a Form 8-K filed by the Company and Washington Gas on April 1, 2005.

     Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities

     The primary drivers for the Company’s operating cash flows are cash payments received from gas customers, offset by payments made by the Company for gas costs, for operation and maintenance expenses, taxes and interest costs. Current interest expense reflects the favorable effect of relatively low short-term interest rates, a condition that has begun to change as short-term interest rates have risen.

     During the first six months of the Company’s fiscal year, the Company typically generates more net income than its annual net income (net losses are normally generated in the last six months of the fiscal year) due to the significant volumes of natural gas that are delivered by the regulated utility during the winter heating season. Variations in the level of net income reported for the six-month period ended March 31 may be significant because of the variability of weather and other related factors from one period in a year to the same period in the subsequent year. Generating large sales volumes during the six-month period ended March 31 increases accounts receivable from the level at September 30; likewise, accounts payable increases to pay providers of the natural gas commodity. Accounts payable for the natural gas commodity can also vary significantly from one period to the next because of the volatility in the price of natural gas. Storage gas inventories, which usually peak by November 1, are largely drawn down in the six months ended March 31, and provide a source of cash as this asset is used to satisfy winter sales demand. Gas costs due from or to customers and deferred purchased gas costs, which represent the difference between gas costs that have been paid to suppliers and what has been collected from customers, can also cause significant variations in operating cash flows from period to period.

     Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $174.3 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2005. A description of certain material changes in working capital from September 30, 2004 to March 31, 2005 is listed below:

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     •       Accounts receivable and accrued utility revenues increased $300.0 million, primarily due to the onset of the Company’s heating season and the increased sales that resulted during this period.

     •       Storage gas inventory levels decreased $165.3 million from September 30, 2004 as volumes were withdrawn to satisfy a portion of sales demand during the winter heating season.

     •       Accounts payable increased $29.0 million, largely attributable to increased gas purchases to match the increased sales demand.

     Cash Flows Used in Financing Activities

     Cash flows used in financing activities were $64.6 million for the six months ended March 31, 2005. During the current six-month period, the Company retired $20.0 million of MTNs. A decrease in notes payable of $12.7 million, coupled with a common stock dividend payment of $31.6 million, were additional uses of cash.

     Cash Flows Used in Investing Activities

     During the six months ended March 31, 2005, cash flows used in investing activities totaled $44.1 million, primarily for capital expenditures made on behalf of the regulated utility.

     Capital Expenditures

     The Company recently revised its five-year capital expenditures budget from $670.7 million to a total of $792.7 million to be expended during fiscal years 2005 through 2009. The increase in this budget primarily reflects $87 million in costs that are currently estimated to be expended in connection with the rehabilitation project in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The increased budget also includes an additional $50 million for the maximum potential costs of paving that could be incurred related to this project (refer to the “Contractual Obligations, Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements and Other Commercial Commitments” section in Management’s Discussion).

     The following table depicts the Company’s revised capital expenditures budget for fiscal years 2005 through 2009.

                                                 
Projected Capital Expenditures
    Fiscal Year Ending September 30,        
(In millions)   2005     2006     2007     2008     2009     Total  
 
New business
  $ 61.1     $ 64.6     $ 66.0     $ 66.3     $ 63.8     $ 321.8  
Replacements
    41.6       84.8       85.7       52.5       36.6       301.2  
Other
    29.0       46.5       36.2       30.6       27.4       169.7  
 
Total
  $ 131.7     $ 195.9     $ 187.9     $ 149.4     $ 127.8     $ 792.7  
 

     Included in the table above is $60 million of capital expenditures to construct a necessary, new source of supply to support customers beginning during the winter of 2008-2009 and beyond. Those expenditures are for constructing a one billion cubic foot liquefied natural gas storage facility on the land used for former storage facilities in Chillum, Maryland. Management believes that the construction of this liquefied natural gas storage project represents the lowest cost and most operationally desirable

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system supply for its customers. However, residents neighboring the planned site, as well as their elected officials, have voiced concerns with and opposition to this project. The next best alternative would require that the Company make significant enhancements to its transmission and distribution systems and retain much costlier firm transportation or firm storage services from interstate pipelines every day of the year, thus increasing gas costs to customers. At the present time, management cannot predict whether the liquefied natural gas storage facility will be built. In any event, it is the opinion of management that it will have the necessary supply and deliverability of that supply in some form to provide for the future growth of its customer base and the pressure requirements on its distribution system.

     CREDIT RISK

     Regulated Utility Operations

     Certain suppliers that sell gas to Washington Gas have either relatively low credit ratings or are not rated by major credit rating agencies. In the event of a supplier’s failure to deliver contracted volumes of gas, the regulated utility may need to replace those volumes at prevailing market prices, which may be higher than the original transaction prices, and pass these costs through to its sales customers under the purchased gas cost adjustment mechanisms (refer to the “Market Risk—Price Risk Related to the Regulated Utility Operations” section of Management’s Discussion). To manage this supplier credit risk, Washington Gas screens suppliers’ creditworthiness and asks suppliers as necessary for financial assurances including, but not limited to, letters of credit and parental guarantees, to mitigate adverse price exposures that could occur if a supplier defaults.

     Retail Energy-Marketing Operations

     Natural Gas. Similar to the regulated utility, certain suppliers that sell gas to WGEServices have either relatively low credit ratings or are not rated by major credit rating agencies. Depending on the future ability of these suppliers to deliver natural gas under existing contracts, WGEServices could be financially exposed for the difference between the price at which WGEServices has contracted to buy natural gas, and the cost of any replacement natural gas that may need to be purchased. WGEServices has a wholesale supplier credit policy that is designed to mitigate wholesale credit risks through a requirement for credit enhancements. Per the terms of this policy, WGEServices has obtained credit enhancements from certain of its gas suppliers.

     Electricity. For a discussion of the credit risk associated with WGEServices’ electricity suppliers, refer to the “Market Risk—Price Risk Related to Retail Energy-Marketing Operations” section of Management’s Discussion.

     MARKET RISK

     The Company is exposed to various forms of market risk. The following discussion describes the Company’s exposure to commodity price risk and interest-rate risk.

     Price Risk Related to Regulated Utility Operations

     Washington Gas actively manages its gas supply portfolio to balance its sales and delivery obligations. The regulated utility includes the cost of the natural gas commodity and pipeline services in the purchased gas costs that it includes in firm customers’ rates, subject to regulatory review. The regulated utility’s jurisdictional tariffs contain gas cost mechanisms that allow it to recover the invoice cost of gas applicable to firm customers.

     In order to mitigate commodity price risk for its firm customers, Washington Gas has specific regulatory approval in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to hedge contracts for a limited

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portion of its natural gas purchases. Additionally, the regulated utility purchases natural gas under contracts that provide for volumetric variability. Certain of these contracts are required to be recorded at fair value (refer to Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements—Derivative Instruments for a discussion of the accounting for these derivative instruments). As of March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, the Company recorded a payable on its balance sheet reflecting a fair value loss of $4.3 million and $8.2 million, respectively, related to its variable gas purchase contracts, with a corresponding amount recorded as a regulatory asset in accordance with regulatory accounting requirements for recoverable costs in each jurisdiction.

     The regulated utility also mitigates price risk by injecting natural gas into storage during the summer months when prices are generally lower and less volatile, and withdraws that gas during the winter heating season when prices are generally higher and more volatile.

     Price Risk Related to Retail Energy-Marketing Operations

     The Company’s retail energy-marketing subsidiary, WGEServices, sells natural gas and electricity to retail customers at both fixed prices and indexed prices. The Company must manage daily and seasonal demand fluctuations for these products. The volume and price risks are evaluated and measured separately for natural gas and electricity.

     Natural Gas. WGEServices is exposed to market risk to the extent it does not closely match the timing and volume of natural gas it purchases with the related fixed price or indexed sales commitments. WGEServices’ risk management policies and procedures are designed to minimize these risks. WGEServices also faces risk in that approximately 60 percent of its annual natural gas sales volumes are subject to variations in customer demand caused by fluctuations in weather. Purchases of natural gas to fulfill retail sales commitments are made generally under fixed-volume contracts that are based on normal weather assumptions. If there is a significant deviation from normal weather that causes purchase commitments to differ significantly from sales levels, WGEServices may be required to buy incremental natural gas or sell excess natural gas at prices that negatively impact gross margins. WGEServices manages this volumetric risk by using storage gas inventory and peaking services offered to marketers by the regulated utilities that provide delivery service for WGEServices customers. WGEServices also manages price risk through the use of derivative instruments. At March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, these derivative instruments were recorded on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets as a fair value gain of $941,000 and $719,000, respectively. In connection with these derivative instruments, WGEServices recorded a gain of $1.5 million (pre-tax) and a loss of $643,000 (pre-tax) for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005, respectively. WGEServices recorded a loss of $369,000 (pre-tax) and a gain of $485,000 (pre-tax) for the three and six months ended March 31, 2004, respectively.

     Electricity. During the six months ended March 31, 2005, WGEServices limited its volumetric and price risks associated with its electric business by purchasing full requirements supply from wholesale electricity suppliers under master purchase and sale agreements. WGEServices’ principal supplier of electricity is Mirant Americas Energy Marketing L.P. (MAEM), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Mirant Corporation (Mirant). WGEServices purchases full requirements services from MAEM, including electric energy, capacity and certain ancillary services, for resale to retail electric customers. MAEM assumes the risk for any volume and price risks associated with sales made by WGEServices.

     On July 14, 2003, Mirant and substantially all of its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. MAEM was included in these bankruptcy filings. Since the bankruptcy filing, MAEM has continued to honor its supply obligations to WGEServices. The majority of the obligations to WGEServices under the pre-bankruptcy petition MAEM contracts expired on or before December 31, 2004, and the remainder of these contracts will expire by the end of October 2005. Future performance by MAEM may be subject to further developments in the bankruptcy proceedings.

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     The performance risk associated with the pre-bankruptcy petition MAEM contracts is mitigated through a Security and Escrow agreement entered into between WGEServices and MAEM prior to the bankruptcy filing. Under the Security and Escrow agreement, WGEServices has access to collateral that was intended to cover the difference between the current market price of electricity and the price at which WGEServices has contracted to buy electricity from MAEM. WGEServices has the contractual right to draw on the escrow funds in the account (which totaled $102,000 and $3.0 million as of March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, respectively) if the pre-bankruptcy petition contracts between WGEServices and MAEM are terminated. Accordingly, WGEServices is potentially exposed to any excess damages above this escrow account balance in the event of contract rejection.

     On January 19, 2005, Mirant filed a plan of reorganization in connection with its bankruptcy. The plan proposes that upon MAEM’s emergence from bankruptcy, any pre-bankruptcy petition executory contracts not expressly assumed would be rejected. At this time, WGEServices’ pre-bankruptcy petition contracts have not been expressly assumed, and there is no assurance that they will be.

     Should MAEM reject WGEServices’ pre-bankruptcy petition contracts either prior to or at the time of its emergence from bankruptcy, WGEServices estimates that its potential exposure would not be material to its results of operations or financial position. This estimate of WGEServices’ exposure to contract termination is based upon acquiring supply, priced at forward electricity prices through the expiration of the existing sales contracts. The actual exposure for WGEServices may differ from the estimate due to the timing of contract terminations, deviations from normal weather, changes in future market conditions or other factors.

     In October 2003, WGEServices and MAEM signed a post-bankruptcy petition contract that enables WGEServices to renew expiring contracts with its current electric customers and to make purchases for new customers. These post-bankruptcy petition contracts include provisions that allow WGEServices to net payables to MAEM against any damages that might result from default on the part of MAEM, and allow WGEServices to request collateral under certain situations.

     WGEServices has made efforts to reduce its reliance on a single supplier. In addition to MAEM, WGEServices has separate master purchase and sale agreements under which it purchases full requirements services from other wholesale electricity suppliers. These electric suppliers either have investment grade credit ratings or provide guarantees from companies with investment grade credit ratings. Electric suppliers other than MAEM accounted for less than ten percent of WGEServices’ full requirements electric purchases for the six months ended March 31, 2005.

     In order to improve its competitive position and to further diversify its electricity supply sources, commencing in the third quarter of fiscal year 2005, WGEServices has begun to procure electricity supply under contract structures other than full requirements contracts. WGEServices is assembling the various components of supply, including electric energy, capacity, ancillary services and transmission service from multiple suppliers to match its customer requirements. In addition to improving its competitive position, this new strategy will reduce the potential credit exposure that WGEServices otherwise faces when dealing almost exclusively with MAEM.

     In purchasing non-full requirements electric services, WGEServices will be exposed to price risk to

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the extent it does not procure electricity at prices that allow for a sufficient gross margin on its retail electric sales commitments. WGEServices’ electric business also will be exposed to fluctuations in weather. These non-full requirements purchases generally will be made under fixed-volume contracts that are based on certain weather assumptions. If there are significant deviations in weather from these assumptions, WGEServices could be exposed to hourly price and volume risk that negatively impact gross margins.

     Value-At-Risk. WGEServices also measures the market risk of its energy commodity portfolio and employs risk control mechanisms to measure and determine mitigating steps related to market risk, including the determination and review of value-at-risk. Value-at-risk is an estimate of the maximum loss that can be expected at some level of probability if a portfolio is held for a given time period. For the natural gas portfolio, based on a 95 percent confidence interval, WGEServices’ value-at-risk at March 31, 2005 was approximately $227,000 for a one-day holding period. WGEServices also calculates the value of its open position related to natural gas, which measures the amount of additional transactions that would be required to close the volumetric differential between its purchase and sales commitments. As of March 31, 2005, WGEServices would have had to increase its forward purchase commitments by approximately $6.6 million to close its open position.

     Interest-Rate Risk

     The Company is exposed to interest-rate risk associated with its debt financing costs. The Company utilizes derivative financial instruments from time to time in order to minimize its exposure to interest-rate risk.

     In September 2004, Washington Gas entered into two forward-starting swaps with an aggregate notional principal amount of $60.5 million. These swaps are intended to mitigate a substantial portion of the risk of rising interest rates associated with anticipated future debt issuances, and are scheduled to terminate concurrent with the execution of these debt transactions planned for June 2005. The anticipated debt issuances will replace $20.0 million of 6.50 percent MTNs due 2025 that Washington Gas expects to retire through the exercise of a call option on June 9, 2005, $20.5 million of 7.45 percent MTNs that will mature on June 20, 2005, and $20.0 million of MTNs that were retired in March 2005 (refer to the “Liquidity and Capital Resources—Long-Term Cash Requirements and Related Financing” section of Management’s Discussion). The forward-starting swaps were designated as cash flow hedges in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 133, Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities, as amended, and are carried at fair value. At March 31, 2005 and September 30, 2004, these swaps had a net fair value loss totaling $527,000 and $475,000, respectively. Refer to Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements—Derivative Instruments for a further discussion of the accounting for these transactions.

     As discussed in this report, the Company and Washington Gas utilize commercial paper to satisfy short-term borrowing requirements. Short-term interest rates have been relatively low in relation to historical levels. Actions and communications by the Federal Reserve in the past year, however, have resulted in increases in short-term interest rates and have signaled a likely continuation of these increases. Increases in short-term interest rates may reduce the profitability of the Company and Washington Gas to the extent those higher interest rates are not timely reflected in utility rates or the prices charged by WGEServices.

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Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY

     This section of Management’s Discussion focuses on the financial position and results of operations of Washington Gas for the reported periods. In many cases, explanations for the changes in financial position and results of operations for both WGL Holdings and Washington Gas are substantially the same.

     RESULTS OF OPERATIONS Three Months Ended March 31, 2005 vs. March 31, 2004

     Summary Results

     Washington Gas reported net income applicable to common stock of $74.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2005 as compared to net income of $75.3 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

     Utility Net Revenues

     Net revenues for Washington Gas were $226.9 million for the current quarter, as compared to net revenues of $231.2 million for the same quarter in fiscal year 2004. Net revenues were primarily affected by lower natural gas deliveries due to weather that was 2.7 percent warmer in the current quarter than the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. Favorably contributing to net revenues was the addition of 27,479 active customer meters, an increase of 2.8 percent, from the end of the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. Key gas delivery, weather and meter statistics are shown in the table below for the three months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.

                                 
Gas Deliveries, Weather and Meter Statistics  
    Three Months Ended             Percent  
    March 31,             Increase  
    2005     2004     Variance     (Decrease)  
 
Gas Sales and Deliveries (thousands of therms)
                               
Firm
                               
Gas Sold and Delivered
    432,258       432,143       115        
Gas Delivered for Others
    194,666       217,387       (22,721 )     (10.5 )
 
Total Firm
    626,924       649,530       (22,606 )     (3.5 )
 
Interruptible
                               
Gas Sold and Delivered
    2,413       1,952       461       23.6  
Gas Delivered for Others
    99,942       85,390       14,552       17.0  
 
Total Interruptible
    102,355       87,342       15,013       17.2  
 
Electric Generation—Delivered for Others
    9,202       11,149       (1,947 )     (17.5 )
 
Total Deliveries
    738,481       748,021       (9,540 )     (1.3 )
 
Degree Days
                               
Actual
    2,264       2,328       (64 )     (2.7 )
Normal
    2,117       2,110       7       0.3  
Percent Colder Than Normal
    6.9 %     10.3 %     n/a       n/a  
Active Customer Meters (end of period)
    1,015,227       987,748       27,479       2.8  
New Customer Meters Added
    5,827       6,936       (1,109 )     (16.0 )
 

     Gas Service to Firm Customers. The level of gas delivered to firm customers is highly sensitive to weather variability as a large portion of the natural gas delivered by Washington Gas is used for space heating. The regulated utility’s rates are based on normal weather, and none of the tariffs for the jurisdictions in which it operates currently has a weather normalization provision. Nonetheless, declining block rates in the regulated utility’s Maryland and Virginia jurisdictions, and

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Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

the existence of a fixed demand charge in all jurisdictions to collect a portion of revenues, reduce the effect that variations from normal weather have on net revenues.

     During the quarter ended March 31, 2005, firm therm deliveries declined 22.6 million therms, or 3.5 percent, to 626.9 million therms delivered during the second quarter of fiscal year 2005. This comparison with the same quarter of the prior fiscal year primarily reflects 2.7 percent warmer weather as compared to the prior year’s second quarter. Weather was 6.9 percent colder than normal in the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, as compared to 10.3 percent colder than normal for the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

     Many customers choose to buy the natural gas commodity from third-party marketers, rather than purchase the natural gas commodity and delivery service from Washington Gas on a “bundled” basis. Gas delivered to firm customers but purchased from third-party marketers represented 31.1 percent of total firm therms delivered during the quarter ended March 31, 2005, compared to 33.5 percent delivered during the quarter ended March 31, 2004. On a per unit basis, Washington Gas earns the same net revenues from delivering gas for others as it earns from bundled gas sales in which customers purchase both the natural gas commodity and the associated delivery service from Washington Gas. Therefore, the regulated utility does not experience any loss in net revenues when customers choose to purchase the natural gas commodity from a third-party marketer.

     Gas Service to Interruptible Customers. Washington Gas must curtail or interrupt service to this class of customers when the demand by firm customers exceeds specified levels. Therm deliveries to interruptible customers increased 17.2 percent during the second quarter of fiscal year 2005 when compared to the same quarter last year, primarily reflecting a reduction in the curtailment of interruptible service due to warmer weather in the current quarter than the same quarter of the prior fiscal year.

     The effect on net income of any changes in delivered volumes and prices to the interruptible class is limited by margin-sharing arrangements that are included in Washington Gas’ rate designs. Under these arrangements, except as noted below as it relates to Virginia operations, Washington Gas shares a majority of the margins earned on interruptible gas sales and deliveries to firm customers after a gross margin threshold is reached. A portion of the fixed costs for servicing interruptible customers is collected through the firm customers’ rate design. In the Virginia jurisdiction, Washington Gas shares only margins on interruptible gas sales with firm customers; interruptible delivery service rates are based on the cost of service, and Washington Gas retains all revenues from interruptible delivery service.

     Gas Service for Electric Generation. Washington Gas sells and/or delivers natural gas for use at two electric generation facilities in Maryland that are each owned by companies independent of WGL Holdings. During the current quarter, deliveries to these customers decreased 17.5 percent to 9.2 million therms, reflecting the use by these customers of alternative fuels primarily due to higher natural gas prices. Washington Gas shares a significant majority of the margins earned from gas deliveries to these customers with firm customers. Therefore, changes in the volume of interruptible gas deliveries to these customers do not materially affect either net revenues or net income.

     Utility Operating Expenses

     Operation and Maintenance Expenses. Operation and maintenance expenses of $59.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2005 were $1.7 million, or 2.8 percent, lower than the same period in the prior fiscal year. This decrease primarily reflects fewer employees and lower employee severance costs, partially offset by higher labor rates and employee benefits expense.

     Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense was $21.2 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, a decrease of $1.5 million, or 6.8 percent, from the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The lower expense is attributable to a reversal in the current period of $1.0

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Part I — Financial Information
Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

million of depreciation expense that was previously recorded in fiscal year 2004 related to the performance of an earnings test required by the SCC of VA’s December 18, 2003 Final Order. The lower expense in the current second quarter also reflects $554,000 of depreciation expense that was recorded in the second quarter of fiscal year 2004 related to a Virginia earnings test that did not recur in the current quarter. Refer to the “Regulatory Matters—Virginia Jurisdiction” section of this Management’s Discussion for a further discussion of these regulatory matters.

     Income Taxes. Income taxes for the current quarter decreased $2.9 million, or 5.9 percent, from the prior year’s corresponding quarter due to a reduction in pre-tax income and a lower estimated annual effective income tax rate that was primarily attributable to a greater amount of the non-taxable benefit of the Medicare subsidy.

     Interest Expense

     The explanations for changes in Washington Gas’ interest expense are substantially the same as the explanations included in Management’s Discussion for WGL Holdings. Those explanations are incorporated herein by reference into this discussion.

     RESULTS OF OPERATIONS Six Months Ended March 31, 2005 vs. March 31, 2004

     Summary Results

     For the first six months of fiscal year 2005, Washington Gas reported net income applicable to common stock of $114.6 million, an increase of $3.6 million, or 3.3 percent over net income of $111.0 million for the same period of the prior fiscal year.

     Utility Net Revenues

     Net revenues for Washington Gas were $390.1 million for the current six-month period, as compared to net revenues of $393.9 million for the corresponding period in the prior fiscal year. Revenues were primarily affected by lower natural gas deliveries due to 1.7 percent warmer weather in the current period when compared to the same period last year, and other factors discussed below. Favorably contributing to net revenues was a 2.8 percent increase in active customer meters, and a $2.3 million benefit from the favorable effect of changes in rates charged to customers that were implemented in Maryland on November 6, 2003 and the District of Columbia on November 24, 2003. This benefit is net of the impact of a Virginia rate increase that went into effect on February 26, 2004, subject to refund, and included in this segment’s operating results for the six months ended March 31, 2004, but was not in effect during the six months ended March 31, 2005 (refer to the “Regulatory Matters—Virginia Jurisdiction” section of this Management’s Discussion). Key gas delivery, weather and meter statistics are shown in the table below for the six months ended March 31, 2005 and 2004.

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Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

                                 
Gas Deliveries, Weather and Meter Statistics  
    Six Months Ended             Percent  
    March 31,             Increase  
    2005     2004     Variance     (Decrease)  
 
Gas Sales and Deliveries (thousands of therms)
                               
Firm
                               
Gas Sold and Delivered
    689,072       698,786       (9,714 )     (1.4 )
Gas Delivered for Others
    332,385       352,811       (20,426 )     (5.8 )
 
Total Firm
    1,021,457       1,051,597       (30,140 )     (2.9 )
 
Interruptible
                               
Gas Sold and Delivered
    4,569       4,974       (405 )     (8.1 )
Gas Delivered for Others
    177,440       167,284       10,156       6.1  
 
Total Interruptible
    182,009       172,258       9,751       5.7  
 
Electric Generation—Delivered for Others
    18,509       21,717       (3,208 )     (14.8 )
 
Total Deliveries
    1,221,975       1,245,572       (23,597 )     (1.9 )
 
Degree Days
                               
Actual
    3,653       3,716       (63 )     (1.7 )
Normal
    3,476       3,472       4       0.1  
Percent Colder Than Normal
    5.1 %     7.0 %     n/a       n/a  
Active Customer Meters (end of period)
    1,015,227       987,748       27,479       2.8  
New Customer Meters Added
    14,299       15,886       (1,587 )     (10.0 )
 

     Gas Service to Firm Customers. During the six months ended March 31, 2005, total gas deliveries to firm customers were 1.021 billion therms, a decrease of 30.1 million therms, or 2.9 percent, in deliveries from the same period last year. This comparison primarily reflects 1.7 percent warmer weather in the current period than the comparable period of the prior year. Weather for the six months ended March 31, 2005 was 5.1 percent colder than normal, as compared to 7.0 percent colder than normal for the same period last year. Total gas deliveries to firm customers in the current six-month period also reflect declines experienced during the first three months of fiscal year 2005 that did not correlate with the change in heating degree days for that period. Due to the relatively small number of normal heating degree days that typically occur in the initial part of the Company’s first fiscal quarter, actual degree days during that period may not correlate effectively with total gas deliveries.

     Gas Service to Interruptible Customers. Therm deliveries to interruptible customers increased 5.7 percent during the first six months of fiscal year 2005 when compared to the same period last fiscal year, primarily reflecting a reduction in the curtailment of interruptible service due to warmer weather in the current year-to-date period than the same period last fiscal year.

     Gas Service for Electric Generation. During the current six-month period, deliveries to the two electric generation facilities in Maryland decreased 14.8 percent to 18.5 million therms, primarily due to higher natural gas prices.

     Utility Operating Expenses

     Operation and Maintenance Expenses. Operation and maintenance expenses of $116.3 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2005 were $957,000 lower than the same period last year. The lower expenses primarily reflect six percent fewer employees and reduced employee severance costs, partially offset by the effect of higher labor rates and employee benefit costs.

     Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense was $43.3 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2005, a decrease of $4.6 million, or 9.5 percent, from the same period

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Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

of the prior fiscal year. The lower expense is attributable to a reversal in the current six-month period of $1.0 million (pre-tax) of depreciation expense that was previously recorded in fiscal year 2004 related to the performance of an earnings test as required by the SCC of VA’s December 18, 2003 Final Order. The year-over-year reduction in expense is also due to the inclusion in the first six months of fiscal year 2004 of depreciation expense of $3.5 million (pre-tax) applicable to a prior period that was recorded in connection with the SCC of VA’s December 18, 2003 Final Order, as well as depreciation expense of $554,000 (pre-tax) recorded in connection with a Virginia earnings test.

     Income Taxes. Income taxes for the current six months ended March 31, 2005 decreased $3.7 million, or 4.9 percent, from the same period of the prior fiscal year due to a lower estimated annual effective income tax rate that was primarily attributable to a greater amount of the non-taxable benefit of the Medicare subsidy, partially offset by slightly higher pre-tax income in the current six-month period.

     Interest Expense

     The explanations for changes in Washington Gas’ interest expense are substantially the same as the explanations included in the Management’s Discussion for WGL Holdings. Those explanations are incorporated herein by reference into this discussion.

     LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

     Liquidity and capital resources for Washington Gas are substantially the same as the liquidity and capital resources discussion included in the Management’s Discussion for WGL Holdings (except for certain items and transactions that pertain to WGL Holdings and its unregulated subsidiaries) that, therefore, are incorporated herein by reference into this discussion.

     REGULATORY MATTERS

     The Company’s operating results for the six months ended March 31, 2005 when compared to the same period of the prior fiscal year, reflect the effect of favorable regulatory decisions that were implemented in Maryland on November 6, 2003 and the District of Columbia on November 24, 2003. This was partially offset by the impact of a Virginia rate increase that went into effect on February 26, 2004, subject to refund, and included in this segment’s operating results for the six months ended March 31, 2004, but was not in effect during the six months ended March 31, 2005. Certain regulatory matters in the Maryland and Virginia jurisdictions are discussed below. For a further discussion of regulatory matters in all jurisdictions, refer to the Company’s fiscal year 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

     Maryland Jurisdiction

     On April 28, 2005, Washington Gas filed a request for an accounting order with the PSC of MD in connection with the rehabilitation project to be performed in Prince George’s County, Maryland to address natural gas leaks (refer to the “Liquidity and Capital Resources—Contractual Obligations, Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements and Other Commercial Commitments” section of Management’s Discussion for WGL Holdings). Pursuant to this filing, Washington Gas specifically requested that the PSC of MD issue an accounting order to ratify Washington Gas’ interpretation of the applicable regulatory accounting for the costs of encapsulating couplings on mains in the affected areas of Prince George’s County. Washington Gas believes that the currently estimated costs of encapsulating couplings on mains of $13 million should be recorded as capital expenditures. Washington Gas requested that the PSC of MD review Washington Gas’ accounting interpretation by June 15, 2005, and issue a Final Order prior to June 30, 2005.

     Management of Washington Gas believes that the costs to be incurred related to this matter are necessary to provide safe and reliable utility service. Management believes that costs such as these are normally recognized in the ratemaking process as reasonable. At the present time, Washington

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Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (continued)

Gas has not requested regulatory recovery of these costs that will be incurred. However, Washington Gas is considering the effect of these capital expenditures on its ability to earn its allowed rate of return in Maryland, and is evaluating the most appropriate regulatory option to enable full and timely recovery of, and return on, the amounts to be expended. However, there can be no assurance at this time that recovery in rates will be allowed or at what point in time such recovery may begin to be reflected in rates.

     Virginia Jurisdiction

     On December 18, 2003, the SCC of VA issued a Final Order in response to an application filed by Washington Gas on June 14, 2002 to increase annual revenues in Virginia. The Final Order granted Washington Gas an increase in annual revenues of $9.9 million, reflecting an allowed rate of return on common equity of 10.50 percent and an overall rate of return of 8.44 percent. In the Final Order, the SCC of VA ordered that the implementation date of new depreciation rates should be January 1, 2002, as opposed to November 12, 2002, as originally requested and implemented by Washington Gas. This required Washington Gas to record additional depreciation expense in the quarter ended December 31, 2003 of approximately $3.5 million, on a pre-tax basis, that related to the period from January 1, 2002 through November 11, 2002.

     The SCC of VA also ordered Washington Gas to reduce its rate base related to net utility plant by $28 million, which is net of accumulated deferred income taxes of $14 million, and to establish an equivalent regulatory asset that the Company has done for regulatory accounting purposes only. This regulatory asset represents the difference between the accumulated reserve for depreciation recorded on the books of Washington Gas and a theoretical reserve that was derived by the Staff of the SCC of VA (VA Staff) as part of its review of Washington Gas’ depreciation rates, less accumulated deferred income taxes. This regulatory asset is being amortized, for regulatory accounting purposes only, as a component of depreciation expense over 32 years pursuant to the Final Order. The SCC of VA provided for both a return on, and a return of, this regulatory asset established for regulatory accounting purposes.

     In approving the treatment described in the preceding paragraph, the SCC of VA further ordered that an annual “earnings test” be performed to determine if Washington Gas has earned in excess of its allowed rate of return on common equity for its Virginia operations. The current procedure for performing this earnings test does not normalize the actual return on equity for the effect of weather over the applicable twelve-month period. To the extent that Washington Gas earns in excess of its allowed return on equity in any annual earnings test period, Washington Gas is required to increase depreciation expense (after considering the impact of income tax benefits) and increase the accumulated reserve for depreciation for the amount of the actual earnings in excess of the earnings produced by the 10.50 percent allowed return on equity. Under the SCC of VA’s requirements for performing earnings tests, if weather is warmer than normal in a particular annual earnings test period, Washington Gas is not allowed to restore any amount of earnings previously eliminated as a result of this earnings test. These annual earnings tests will continue to be performed until the $28 million difference between the accumulated reserve for depreciation recorded on Washington Gas’ books and the theoretical reserve derived by the VA Staff, net of accumulated deferred income taxes, is eliminated or the level of the regulatory asset established for regulatory accounting purposes is adjusted as a result of a future depreciation study. On March 17, 2005, the VA Staff filed a report with the SCC of VA in connection with Washington Gas’ earnings test for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2003. The VA Staff’s report concluded that Washington Gas did not earn in excess of its allowed return on equity during this period, and recommended that Washington Gas not be required to record any additional depreciation expense related to its earnings for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2003. On April 26, 2005, the SCC of VA issued an Order that concurred with the VA Staff’s recommendation. As a result, Washington Gas reversed $1.0 million of depreciation expense, on a pre-tax basis, in the quarter ended March 31, 2005 that had been previously recorded in fiscal year 2004 related to this earnings test.

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Part I — Financial Information
Item 2 — Management’s Discussion and Analysis of
Financial Condition and Results of Operations (concluded)

     On January 27, 2004, Washington Gas filed an expedited rate case with the SCC of VA to increase annual revenues in Virginia by $19.6 million, with an overall rate of return of 8.70 percent and a 10.50 percent return on equity. On February 26, 2004, based upon expedited rate case filing procedures, Washington Gas placed the proposed revenue increase into effect, subject to refund, pending the SCC of VA’s final decision in the proceeding.

     On September 27, 2004, the SCC of VA issued a Final Order approving a Stipulation that resolved all issues related to Washington Gas’ January 27, 2004 expedited rate case application filed with the SCC of VA. The Stipulation ordered no change in Washington Gas’ annual base revenues, and for Washington Gas to maintain its allowed rate of return on common equity of 10.50 percent and overall rate of return of 8.44 percent that had been approved by the December 18, 2003 Final Order as previously discussed. Accordingly, refunds to customers, with interest, were made during the December 2004 billing cycle for the amount of the proposed annual revenue increase that had been collected since February 26, 2004. Based on the terms of the Stipulation, the Company implemented billing rates commencing October 4, 2004 that reflected the level of annual revenues determined in the December 18, 2003 Final Order, and implemented the agreed upon changes in rate design that were contained in the Stipulation.

     The Stipulation also provided for a one-time credit to all Virginia customers of $3.2 million for certain liabilities that were previously recorded by Washington Gas. This one-time credit was made to customers during the January 2005 billing cycle. Providing this credit to customers did not have an effect on the earnings of the Company or Washington Gas in the three or six months ended March 31, 2005. The Stipulation also required Washington Gas to file with the SCC of VA annual earnings test calculations based on a twelve-month period ended December 31; such calculations are being estimated by the Company quarterly, and when appropriate, accounting adjustments will be recorded.

     On January 31, 2005, Washington Gas filed a proposed Weather Normalization Adjustment clause (WNA) with the SCC of VA to be implemented as an experimental pilot program. If approved by the SCC of VA, the WNA is intended to reduce the effect of weather volatility both on customers’ bills and on the Company’s earnings. The proposed implementation of the WNA by Washington Gas is January 2006, with the first adjustments to customer bills proposed to occur in the first quarter of fiscal year 2007. On April 14, 2005, the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia filed testimony in response to the proposed WNA, recommending that Washington Gas’ proposal as an experimental pilot program be denied, and that Washington Gas re-file its request for a WNA as part of a normal rate review proceeding that would also reflect an appropriate reduction in Washington Gas’ allowed return on common equity in consideration for its reduced business risk that is expected to result from implementing the WNA. On April 29, 2005, the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) and the Division of Consumer Counsel of the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia (Consumer Counsel) filed testimony opposing the proposed WNA. AOBA recommended, among other things, that Washington Gas not be permitted to implement the WNA as an experimental program, and that adjustments be made to reduce Washington Gas’ allowed return on common equity and base rates to reflect its reduced business risk. In its testimony, Consumer Counsel claimed, among other things, that the proposed WNA would provide significant benefits to Washington Gas with very limited benefits to customers. Testimony from the Staff of the SCC of VA is due on or before May 16, 2005. Washington Gas will have an opportunity to respond to the concerns expressed by the various witnesses in its rebuttal testimony, which is due on or before May 27, 2005. Hearings are scheduled for June 7, 2005.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Part I — Financial Information

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK


     The following issues related to the Company’s market risk are included under Item 2, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and are incorporated herein by reference into this discussion. Also refer to Item 7A in the Company’s 2004 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

   •   Price Risk Related to Regulated Utility Operations

   •   Price Risk Related to Retail Energy-Marketing Operations

   •   Interest-Rate Risk

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES


     Senior management, including the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of WGL Holdings’ and Washington Gas’ disclosure controls and procedures as of March 31, 2005. Based on this evaluation process, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that WGL Holdings’ and Washington Gas’ disclosure controls and procedures are effective. There have been no changes in the Registrants’ internal control over financial reporting during the quarter ended March 31, 2005 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrants’ internal control over financial reporting.

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Washington Gas Light Company

Part II — Other Information

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS


     The Annual Meetings of Shareholders of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company were held on February 23, 2005. Below are the matters voted upon at this meeting.

     WGL Holdings, Inc.

     The following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors of WGL Holdings, Inc.:

                 
Director   Votes in Favor     Votes Withheld  
 
Michael D. Barnes
    41,835,543       1,162,897  
George P. Clancy, Jr.
    42,586,513       411,927  
James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr.
    42,270,924       727,516  
James W. Dyke, Jr.
    42,522,842       475,598  
Melvyn J. Estrin
    42,570,321       428,119  
James F. Lafond
    42,582,093       416,347  
Debra L. Lee
    42,518,186       480,254  
Karen Hastie Williams
    42,496,999       501,441  

     The shareholders ratified the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP, independent public accountants, to audit the accounts of WGL Holdings, Inc. for fiscal year 2005 by a vote of 42,405,174 in favor of the proposal and 398,696 against. There were 194,570 abstentions.

     A shareholder proposal to establish cumulative voting was defeated by a vote of 19,105,631 against the proposal and 11,909,630 in favor. There were 1,055,724 abstentions and 10,927,455 broker non-votes.

     Washington Gas Light Company

     The individuals listed above were elected to the Board of Directors of Washington Gas Light Company by a vote of 46,479,536 in favor of the proposal. There were no votes withheld.

     The shareholders ratified the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP, independent public accountants, to audit the accounts of Washington Gas Light Company for fiscal year 2005 by a vote of 46,479,536 in favor of the proposal. There were no votes opposed to this proposal.

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS


Exhibits:

   31.1   Certification of James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc., pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

   31.2   Certification of Frederic M. Kline, the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc., pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

   31.3   Certification of James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Gas Light Company, pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

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Washington Gas Light Company

Part II — Other Information

   31.4   Certification of Frederic M. Kline, the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Washington Gas Light Company, pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

   32.1   Certification of James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Frederic M. Kline, the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

   99.1   Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges—WGL Holdings, Inc.

   99.2   Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges and Preferred Stock Dividends—WGL Holdings, Inc.

   99.3   Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges—Washington Gas Light Company.

   99.4   Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges and Preferred Stock Dividends—Washington Gas Light Company.

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WGL Holdings, Inc.
Washington Gas Light Company

Signature

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrants have duly caused this report to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

     
  WGL HOLDINGS, INC.
 
   
  and
 
   
  WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY
  (Co-Registrants)
 
   
 
   
Date:           May 10, 2005          
  /s/ Mark P. O’Flynn
  Mark P. O’Flynn
  Controller
  (Principal Accounting Officer)

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exv31w1
 

Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATION OF WGL HOLDINGS, INC.

I, James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., certify that:

1.   I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company;

2.   Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.   Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

  a)   Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

  b)   Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

  c)   Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors:

  a)   All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

  b)   Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 10, 2005

/s/ James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr.
James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

exv31w2
 

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATION OF WGL HOLDINGS, INC.

I, Frederic M. Kline, certify that:

1.   I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company;

2.   Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.   Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

  a)   Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

  b)   Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

  c)   Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors:

  a)   All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

  b)   Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 10, 2005

/s/ Frederic M. Kline
Frederic M. Kline
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

exv31w3
 

Exhibit 31.3

CERTIFICATION OF WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY

I, James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., certify that:

1.   I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company;

2.   Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.   Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

  a)   Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

  b)   Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

  c)   Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors:

  a)   All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

  b)   Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 10, 2005

/s/ James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr.
James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

exv31w4
 

Exhibit 31.4

CERTIFICATION OF WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY

I, Frederic M. Kline, certify that:

1.   I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company;

2.   Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3.   Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

  a)   Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

  b)   Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

  c)   Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5.   The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors:

  a)   All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

  b)   Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: May 10, 2005

/s/ Frederic M. Kline
Frederic M. Kline
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

exv32w1
 

Exhibit 32

CERTIFICATION OF THE CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
AND THE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350, AS ADOPTED PUSUANT TO
SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

     In connection with the combined Quarterly Report of WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas Light Company (the “Companies”) on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2005 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Companies, and Frederic M. Kline, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Companies, each hereby certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1350, as adopted pursuant to § 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, to the best of their knowledge, that:

  (1)   The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

  (2)   The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of the Companies.

     This certification is being made for the exclusive purpose of compliance by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Companies with the requirements of Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and may not be disclosed, distributed, or used by any person for any reason other than as specifically required by law.

/s/ James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr.
James H. DeGraffenreidt, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

/s/ Frederic M. Kline
Frederic M. Kline
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

May 10, 2005

 

exv99w1
 

Exhibit 99.1

WGL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges (Unaudited)
 
($ in thousands)

         
Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2005
       
 
FIXED CHARGES:
       
Interest Expense
  $ 43,035  
Amortization of Debt Premium, Discount and Expense
    484  
Interest Component of Rentals
    1,256  
 
     
Total Fixed Charges
  $ 44,775  
 
     
 
EARNINGS:
       
Net Income before Dividends on Preferred Stock
  $ 102,260  
Add:
       
Income Taxes Applicable to Utility Operating Income
    54,790  
Income Taxes Applicable to Non-Utility Operating Income and Other Income (Expenses)-Net
    5,103  
Total Fixed Charges
    44,775  
 
     
Total Earnings
  $ 206,928  
 
     
 
Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges
    4.6  
 
     

 

exv99w2
 

Exhibit 99.2

WGL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges
and Preferred Stock Dividends (Unaudited)
 
($ in thousands)

         
Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2005
       
 
FIXED CHARGES AND PRE-TAX PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDENDS:
       
Preferred Stock Dividends
  $ 1,320  
Effective Income Tax Rate
    0.3694  
Complement of Effective Income Tax Rate (1-Tax Rate)
    0.6306  
Pre-Tax Preferred Stock Dividends
  $ 2,093  
 
     
 
FIXED CHARGES:
       
Interest Expense
  $ 43,035  
Amortization of Debt Premium, Discount and Expense
    484  
Interest Component of Rentals
    1,256  
 
     
Total Fixed Charges
    44,775  
Pre-Tax Preferred Stock Dividends
    2,093  
 
     
Total Fixed Charges and Preferred Stock Dividends
  $ 46,868  
 
     
 
EARNINGS:
       
Net Income before Dividends on Preferred Stock
  $ 102,260  
Add:
       
Income Taxes Applicable to Utility Operating Income
    54,790  
Income Taxes Applicable to Non-Utility Operating Income and Other Income (Expenses)-Net
    5,103  
Total Fixed Charges
    44,775  
 
     
Total Earnings
  $ 206,928  
 
     
 
Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges and Preferred Dividends
    4.4  
 
     

 

exv99w3
 

Exhibit 99.3

WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY
 
Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges (Unaudited)
 
($ in thousands)

         
Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2005
       
 
FIXED CHARGES:
       
Interest Expense
  $ 41,662  
Amortization of Debt Premium, Discount and Expense
    484  
Interest Component of Rentals
    968  
 
     
Total Fixed Charges
  $ 43,114  
 
     
 
EARNINGS:
       
Net Income before Dividends on Preferred Stock
  $ 100,214  
Add:
       
Income Taxes Applicable to Utility Operating Income
    54,548  
Income Taxes Applicable to Non-Utility Operating Income and Other Income (Expenses)-Net
    (973 )
Total Fixed Charges
    43,114  
 
     
Total Earnings
  $ 196,903  
 
     
 
Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges
    4.6  
 
     

 

exv99w4
 

Exhibit 99.4

WASHINGTON GAS LIGHT COMPANY
 
Computation of Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges
and Preferred Stock Dividends (Unaudited)
 
($ in thousands)

         
Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2005
       
 
FIXED CHARGES AND PRE-TAX PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDENDS:
       
Preferred Stock Dividends
  $ 1,320  
Effective Income Tax Rate
    0.3484  
Complement of Effective Income Tax Rate (1-Tax Rate)
    0.6516  
Pre-Tax Preferred Stock Dividends
  $ 2,026  
 
     
 
FIXED CHARGES:
       
Interest Expense
  $ 41,662  
Amortization of Debt Premium, Discount and Expense
    484  
Interest Component of Rentals
    968  
 
     
Total Fixed Charges
    43,114  
Pre-Tax Preferred Stock Dividends
    2,026  
 
     
Total Fixed Charges and Preferred Stock Dividends
  $ 45,140  
 
     
 
EARNINGS:
       
Net Income before Dividends on Preferred Stock
  $ 100,214  
Add:
       
Income Taxes Applicable to Utility Operating Income
    54,548  
Income Taxes Applicable to Non-Utility Operating Income and Other Income (Expenses)-Net
    (973 )
Total Fixed Charges
    43,114  
 
     
Total Earnings
  $ 196,903  
 
     
 
Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges and Preferred Dividends
    4.4