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MIDWEST RESOURCES ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS

 MIDWEST RESOURCES ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS
 DES MOINES, Iowa, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Midwest Resources Inc.


(NYSE: MWR) today announced earnings for the first quarter.
 Earnings for the three months ended March 31, 1992 are $15.8 million, or 29 cents per average share, compared to $20.1 million, or 40 cents per average share, for the first quarter of 1991.
 Earnings for the 12 months ended March 31, 1992 are $64.1 million, or $1.25 per average share, compared to $66.5 million, or $1.33 per average share for the previous comparable period.
 Net income declined during the first quarter by 9 cents per share for electric operations and by 2 cents for gas operations. Unusually warm weather in most parts of the service territory was a major reason for lower revenues and earnings. Temperatures in the areas served by the utilities of Midwest Resources were 23-25 percent warmer than normal during the first three months of this year.
 Electric operations also were affected by increases in nuclear power purchase costs, employee benefits and maintenance.
 An application to merge the utilities of Midwest Resources -- Iowa Power Inc. and Iowa Public Service Co. -- is pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The proposed merger has been approved by the Iowa Utilities Board, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and preferred shareholders of the two utilities.
 Midwest Resources is a utility holding company based in Des Moines. Electric service is provided to 412,000 customers in Iowa and South Dakota. Natural gas service is provided to 363,000 customers in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Nonutility investments are operated through Midwest Capital Group Inc.
 MIDWEST RESOURCES INC.
 (In thousands except earnings per share)
 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 March 31, March 31,
 1992 1991(a) 1992 1991(a)
 Revenues $276,473 $265,407 $1,034,883 $928,941
 Net Income $ 15,776 $ 20,077 $ 64,143 $ 66,520
 Earnings/Average
 Common Share $ 0.29 $ 0.40 $ 1.25 $ 1.33
 Average Shares
 Outstanding 53,880 50,011 51,299 50,011
 Electric Sales - mWh
 Retail 2,181 2,208 9,130 8,937
 Sales for resale 1,387 1,049 4,762 3,863
 Gas Sales - MMBtu
 Retail 23,603 26,169 61,685 62,503
 Transportation 3,161 3,018 11,136 10,000
 Return on Average Common
 Equity (Pct.) --- --- 10.05 10.69
 (a) Revenues and Sales for 1991 have been reclassified on a basis consistent with the 1992 presentation.
 -0- 4/29/92
 /CONTACT: J. Sue Rozema of Midwest Resources, 515-281-2250/
 (MWR) CO: Midwest Resources Inc. ST: Iowa IN: UTI SU: ERN


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