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Duke Energy full year EPS $3.76

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Duke Energy posted 2013 full-year adjusted diluted EPS of $4.35, achieving the midpoint of its adjusted diluted EPS guidance range of $4.25 to $4.45. Adjusted diluted EPS for 2012 was $4.32.

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Duke Energy's full-year reported diluted EPS was $3.76 for 2013, compared to $3.07 in 2012. Fourth quarter 2013 adjusted diluted EPS was $1.00, compared to 70 cents for fourth quarter 2012. Fourth quarter 2013 reported diluted EPS was 97 cents, compared to 62 cents for fourth quarter 2012.

For the quarter, the company achieved lower costs through synergies realized from the 2012 merger with Progress Energy; recovered infrastructure modernization costs through revised customer rates; and benefitted from the adoption of nuclear outage cost levelization in the Carolinas, which will lessen quarterly earnings volatility caused by the variable timing of nuclear refueling outages. The company's International Energy segment also saw favorable volumes and pricing in Brazil.

These positive quarterly drivers helped offset the full-year impact of lower results from the company's Midwest gas generation fleet, unfavorable foreign exchange rates in Brazil, as well as interest expense on incremental financings.

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