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 Financial Outreach 

Objective: AGA’s Finance Committee works with all segments of the financial community for the purpose of keeping them abreast of the status of the natural gas industry, and keeping them interested in the investment opportunities in the industry.

Who Should Participate: Chief financial officers, treasurers, and investor relations executives.

What Participants Can Expect: Lots of opportunity for interaction with all segments of the financial community – security analysts, portfolio managers, commercial and investment bankers.  Regular regional meetings are held which include luncheons with local financial communities; New York meetings are held, as is an annual financial conference.  General information on AGA financial outreach is available here.

In addition, AGA is the administrator of the Gas Utility Index Fund*, a publicly traded no-load mutual fund investing in all publicly traded AGA member companies.

How to Participate/Obtain More Information: ggardner@aga.org or lfonnoll@aga.org

*American Gas Index Fund, developed in 1989, serves as the only mutual fund investing exclusively in the natural gas industry.  It is a market capitalization weighted fund investing only in AGA member companies.  AGA is the administrator of the Index.

 

Financial Forum

This event provides a forum for publicly traded AGA member companies to interact with key financial analysts, institutional investors, and bankers, with over 350 representatives of the financial community participating. The forum provides an opportunity to educate the financial community about the value and strategies of leading companies.  View information on future financial forums, as well as other AGA financial outreach events.

Objective:  The AGA Financial Forum provides a unique opportunity for energy industry executives, securities analysts, portfolio managers and rating-agencies and commercial and investment bankers to meet for two days to evaluate the outlook for the energy industry and individual companies.

Who Should Participate: Energy industry participants are primarily chief executive officers, chief financial officers, treasurers and investor relations executives of natural gas distribution, transmission, diversified, marketing/gathering and combination gas/electric companies. Financial community representatives include sell-side securities analysts, buy-side analysts and portfolio managers, fixed-income analysts, and rating agency analysts, commercial and investment bankers.

What Participants Can Expect: General session topics address broad, industry-wide issues, while technical workshops provide in-depth treatment of specific topics.  The structured program of visitation tables, formal presentations and organized company dinners provides substantial time for assessment of individual company opportunities. Continuing Education Credits are available.

How to Participate/Obtain More Information: ggardner@aga.org or lfonnoll@aga.org

 

Accounting Advocacy

Objective:  AGA’s accounting committees work with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) to ensure that new accounting standards or information requests are sound and not overly burdensome.    More information is available in the Accounting and Finance section.

Who Should Participate: Chief accounting officers and senior accounting executives.

What Participants Can Expect: Opportunities to interact with key members of accounting rule-setting bodies, as well as the opportunity to develop utility industry positions to present before these groups.

The FASB Liaison meeting is one of only 30 industry liaison meetings the FASB holds each year.  At the 2006 meeting, all 7 Board members attended the meeting and 3 of the Board members (as well as several staff members) joined us for an informal dinner afterwards.

How to Participate/Obtain More Information: jmartin@aga.org

Following is a brief overview of AGA’s major accounting-related meetings and conferences.  For a complete listing of accounting related meetings and more information, click here. 

 

Accounting Course: Introduction to Public Utility Accounting

Objective:  To provide basic knowledge and understanding of the elements of the utility business from which to build comprehensive, professional expertise.  This course is co-sponsored with the Edison Electric Institute.

Who Should Participate: The course is directed toward recently hired accountants and others whose career paths are toward professional and supervisory positions in the accounting, auditing and financial areas.  The course can be of high value to non-accounting personnel as well.

What Participants Can Expect: This is an intensive course concentrating on the fundamentals of public utility accounting. The individual elements of the course are taught by expert utility instructors and leaders in the field of utility accounting issues. Participants are assumed to have at least an elementary knowledge of accounting theory and practice.  Continuing Education Credits available.

How to Participate/Obtain More Information: dallen@aga.org 

 

Accounting Course:  Advanced Public Utility Accounting

Objective: To provide utility accounting supervisors with exposure to current accounting and management issues.  This course is co-sponsored with the Edison Electric Institute.

Who Should Participate: Executives, managers, analysts and experienced staff accountants who have knowledge of the complex accounting issues and the ratemaking process.

What Participants Can Expect: This is an intensive course concentrating on the complex issues facing utilities as they move toward a more competitive, less-regulated environment.  The individual elements of the course are taught by expert utility instructors and leaders in the field of utility accounting issues.  Continuing Education Credits are available.

How to Participate/Obtain More Information: dallen@aga.org

 

Accounting Leadership Conference and Chief Internal Auditors Meeting

Objective:  Help participants perform their jobs more effectively.

Who Should Participate: Chief accounting officers, chief internal auditors and their staff.

What Participants Can Expect: A conference with speakers from the accounting rule-setting bodies (SEC, FASB, FERC), and from the Big 4 accounting firms discussing new trends in accounting.  Also, speakers from outside the industry provide perspective on the industry.  There is a separate track for those who work in internal audit.  Participants can also expect an excellent opportunity to network with their peers and develop relationships and earn CPE of up to 17 hours.

How to Participate/Obtain More Information: jmartin@aga.org

 
 

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