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PNM Resources Management to Meet with Analysts and Investors

2010 Earnings Guidance Range Affirmed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Mar 11, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) management will meet with energy industry analysts and investors this week during the 2010 Morgan Stanley Utilities Conference in New York City.

During the meetings, management expects to affirm the company's 2010 consolidated earnings guidance range of $0.60 to $0.72 per diluted share and the 2010 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) guidance ranges for First Choice Power of $25 million to $35 million and for Optim Energy of $60 million to $70 million, which represents 100 percent of Optim Energy's estimated EBITDA. PNM Resources owns a 50 percent interest of Optim Energy.

Supporting material for the investor meetings is available on PNM Resources' web site at http://pnm.client.shareholder.com/investors/events.cfm.

Background:

PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) is an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 2009 consolidated operating revenues from continuing operations of $1.6 billion. Through its utility and energy subsidiaries, PNM Resources has more than 2,710 megawatts of generation resources and serves electricity to more than 875,300 homes and businesses in New Mexico and Texas. The company also has a 50 percent ownership of Optim Energy, which owns nearly 1,200 megawatts of generation resources. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.PNMResources.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Statements made in this news release that relate to future events or PNM Resources', PNM's, or TNMP's (collectively, the "Companies") expectations, projections, estimates, intentions, goals, targets and strategies, are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned that all forward-looking statements are based upon current expectations and estimates and the Companies assume no obligation to update this information. Because actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, the Companies caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements. The Companies' business, financial condition, cash flow and operating results are influenced by many factors, which are often beyond their control, that can cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These factors include conditions affecting the Company's ability to access the financial markets and negotiate new credit facilities for those expiring in 2011 and 2012, or Optim Energy's access to additional debt financing following the utilization of its existing credit facility, including actions by ratings agencies affecting the Company's credit ratings; the recession, its consequent extreme disruption in the credit markets, and its impacts on the electricity usage of the Company's customers; state and federal regulatory and legislative decisions and actions, including appeals of prior regulatory proceedings, and including provisions relating to climate change, reduction of green house gases, coal combustion byproducts, and other power plant emissions; the ability of PNM to meet the renewable energy requirements established by the N.M. Public Regulation Commission, including the resource diversity requirement, within the specified cost parameters, and the Company's ability to obtain federal and/or state funding and incentives for the development of alternative or renewable energy; the ability of PNM to successfully utilize a future test year in a rate filing with the NMPRC, including PNM's ability to accurately forecast operating and capital expenditures and withstand challenges by regulators and intervenors; the performance of generating units, including the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the San Juan Generating Station, the Four Corners Plant, and Optim Energy generating units, and transmission systems; the risk that Optim Energy desires to expand its generation capacity but is unable to identify and implement profitable acquisitions or that PNM Resources and ECJV will not agree to make additional capital contributions to Optim Energy; the potential unavailability of cash from PNM Resources' subsidiaries or Optim Energy due to regulatory, statutory or contractual restrictions; the impacts of the decline in the values of marketable equity securities on the trust funds maintained to provide nuclear decommissioning funding and pension and other postretirement benefits, including the levels of funding and expense; the ability of First Choice Power to attract and retain customers and collect amounts billed; changes in ERCOT protocols; changes in the cost of power acquired by First Choice Power; collections experience; insurance coverage available for claims made in litigation; fluctuations in interest rates; weather; water supply; changes in fuel costs; availability of fuel supplies; uncertainty regarding the requirements and related costs of decommissioning power plants owned or partially owned by PNM and Optim Energy and coal mines supplying certain PNM power plants, as well as the ability to recover decommissioning costs through charges to customers; the risk that replacement power costs incurred by PNM related to not meeting the specified capacity factor for its generating units under its Emergency FPPAC will not be approved by the NMPRC; the risk that PNM may not be able to renew rights-of-way on Native American lands or that the costs of rights-of-way are not allowed to be recovered through rates charged to customers; the effectiveness of risk management and commodity risk transactions; seasonality and other changes in supply and demand in the market for electric power; the impact of mandatory energy efficiency measures on customer energy usage; variability of wholesale power prices and natural gas prices; volatility and liquidity in the wholesale power markets and the natural gas markets; uncertainty regarding the ongoing validity of government programs for emission allowances; the risk that the resolution of the bankruptcy of the Lyondell Chemical Company results in significant adverse impacts on the operations of the Altura Cogen facility and Optim Energy; changes in the competitive environment in the electric industry; the risk that the Company and Optim Energy may have to commit to substantial capital investments and additional operating costs to comply with new environmental requirements including possible future requirements to address concerns about global climate change, and the resultant impacts on the operations and economic viability of generating plants in which PNM and Optim Energy have interests; the risks associated with completion of generation, transmission, distribution, and other projects, including construction delays and unanticipated cost overruns; uncertainty surrounding the status of PNM's participation in jointly owned projects resulting from the scheduled expiration of the operational documents for the projects beginning in 2015 and potential changes in the objectives of the participants in the projects; the outcome of legal proceedings; changes in applicable accounting principles, and the performance of state, regional, and national economies.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

PNM Resources ("the Company") uses ongoing earnings and ongoing earnings per diluted share (or ongoing diluted earnings per share) and EBITDA (earnings before interest charges, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) and ongoing EBITDA to evaluate the operations of the Company and to establish goals for management and employees. While the Company believes these financial measures are appropriate and useful for investors, they are not measures presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP). The Company does not intend for these measures, or any piece of these measures, to represent any financial measure as defined by GAAP. Furthermore, the Company's calculations of these measures as presented may or may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

SOURCE: PNM Resources

PNM Resources, Albuquerque
Analysts
Gina Jacobi, 505-241-2211
Director, Investor Relations
Analysts & Media
Frederick Bermudez, 505-241-4831

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