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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 11-K

(Mark One)
 
 
 
 
 
[X]
 
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2017

OR

[ ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934


For the transition period from __________ to __________


Commission File Number 1-11299



SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
(Full title of the plan)



Issuer of Securities held pursuant to the Plan is
ENTERGY CORPORATION
639 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
(Address of principal executive office)






SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Table of Contents

 
 
Page Number
 
 
 
(a)
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
2

 
 
 
(b)
Financial Statements:
 
 
 
 
 
Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits as of December 31, 2017 and 2016
3

 
 
 
 
Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits for the Year Ended December 31, 2017
4

 
 
 
 
Notes to Financial Statements as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017
5

 
 
 
(c)
Supplemental Schedule:
 
 
 
 
 
Form 5500, Schedule H, Part IV, Question 4i-Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year) as of December 31, 2017
18

 
 
 
 
Note: All other schedules required by Section 2520.103-10 of the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 have been omitted because they are not applicable.
 
 
 
 
(d)
Signature
19

 
 
 
(e)
Exhibit:
 
 
 
 
 
Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
20






REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Plan Participants and Plan Administrator of the
Savings Plan of Entergy Corporation and Subsidiaries

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statements of net assets available for benefits of the Savings Plan of Entergy Corporation and Subsidiaries (the "Plan") as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the related statement of changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2017, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the "financial statements"). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the net assets available for benefits of the Plan as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and the changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 31, 2017, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Plan's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Plan's financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Plan in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Report on Supplemental Schedule

The supplemental schedule of assets (held at end of year) as of December 31, 2017 has been subjected to audit procedures performed in conjunction with the audit of the Plan's financial statements. The supplemental schedule is the responsibility of the Plan's management. Our audit procedures included determining whether the supplemental schedule reconciles to the financial statements or the underlying accounting and other records, as applicable, and performing procedures to test the completeness and accuracy of the information presented in the supplemental schedule. In forming our opinion on the supplemental schedule, we evaluated whether the supplemental schedule, including its form and content, is presented in compliance with the Department of Labor's Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In our opinion, such schedule is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the financial statements as a whole.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

New Orleans, Louisiana
June 27, 2018

We have served as the auditor of the Plan since 2001.





EIN 72-1229752 / PN 003
SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
STATEMENTS OF NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 31,
 
 
2017
 
2016
INVESTMENTS:
 
 
 
 
Plan interest in Master Trust:
 
 
 
 
Investments at fair value
$
3,185,773,496

 
$
2,728,495,766

 
Fully benefit-responsive investment contracts at contract value
465,956,656

 
489,046,778

 
 
 
 
 
 
Total investments
3,651,730,152

 
3,217,542,544

 
 
 
 
 
RECEIVABLES:
 
 
 
 
Notes receivable from participants
39,681,063

 
40,148,006

 
Employer contribution
988,058

 
962,426

 
Participant contribution
2,412,331

 
2,467,009

 
 
 
 
 
 
Total receivables
43,081,452

 
43,577,441

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Assets Available for Benefits
$
3,694,811,604

 
$
3,261,119,985

 
 
 
 
 
See Notes to Financial Statements.
 
 
 


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EIN 72-1229752 / PN 003
SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
For the Year Ended December 31, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Participant
 
 
 
 
Directed
Additions to Net Assets attributed to:
 
 
 
Plan interest in Master Trust investment income
 
$
581,245,855

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest income on notes receivable from participants
 
1,772,435

 
 
 
 
 
 
Contributions:
 
 
 
 
Participant
 
127,962,709

 
 
Employer - net of forfeitures
 
46,183,842

 
 
Total contributions
 
174,146,551

 
 
 
 
 
 
Other credit adjustments - net
 
788,881

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total additions
 
757,953,722

 
 
 
 
 
Deductions from Net Assets attributed to:
 
 
 
Payments to participants or beneficiaries
 
343,945,766

 
Administrative fees
 
963,396

 
 
Total deductions
 
344,909,162

 
 
 
 
 
Net increase before transfers
 
413,044,560

 
 
 
 
 
Transfers:
 
 
 
Plans transferred in
 
19,748,391

 
Notes receivable from participants transferred in
 
898,668

 
 
Total transfers
 
20,647,059

 
 
 
 
 
Net increase in Net Assets
 
433,691,619

 
 
 
 
 
Net Assets Available for Benefits:
 
 
 
 
Beginning of Year
 
3,261,119,985

 
 
End of Year
 
$
3,694,811,604

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See Notes to Financial Statements.
 
 


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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


Note 1.    General Description of the Plan

The following description of the Savings Plan of Entergy Corporation and Subsidiaries, as Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2013, (Entergy Savings Plan) is provided for general information only. Entergy Savings Plan participants should refer to the Savings Plan of Entergy Corporation and Subsidiaries Plan Document, as amended, as well as the Summary Plan Description and Summaries of Material Modifications for a more complete description of the Entergy Savings Plan's provisions.

General: The Entergy Savings Plan is a defined contribution plan of Entergy Corporation and Subsidiaries, collectively the Entergy System Companies, subject to the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). The ERISA provisions set forth the requirements for participation, vesting of benefits, fiduciary conduct for administering and handling of assets, and disclosure of Entergy Savings Plan information. The Entergy Savings Plan is also governed by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) of 1986, as amended.

The Entergy Savings Plan is intended to constitute two types of plans qualified under IRC Section 401(a) as follows:

A profit sharing plan qualified under IRC Section 401(a) and thus exempt under IRC Section 501(a), with a cash or deferred arrangement that satisfies applicable requirements for qualification and exemption under IRC Section 401(k); and
A stock bonus plan which constitutes an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), as defined in IRC Section 4975(e)(7).

The Entergy Savings Plan is administered by the Employee Benefits Committee.  The chairman of the Employee Benefits Committee, who is appointed by the Personnel Committee of the Board of Directors of Entergy Corporation, appoints members to the Employee Benefits Committee.

Plan amendments in 2017: The Entergy Savings Plan was amended December 20, 2017, but effective:

January 1, 2017, to provide that the Plan Administrator has the responsibility to correct and recover any erroneous or excess payments made from the Entergy Savings Plan. Any person receiving an erroneous or excess payment from the Plan has an obligation to repay the Plan, and the Plan has the right to recover the excess or erroneous amount from such person and such person’s transferees. The Plan Administrator also has the right to recover the total amount of the erroneous or excess payment, plus interest at the Plan’s earnings rate for the period from the date the erroneous or excess payment was made to the date that the erroneous or excess payment is recovered by the Plan Administrator.

August 23, 2017, to provide that a member’s hardship withdrawal from the Entergy Savings Plan is on account of an immediate and heavy financial need if the withdrawal is for expenses incurred due to a financial need resulting from Hurricane Harvey that began August 23, 2017, and is made no earlier than August 23, 2017 and no later than January 31, 2018 in accordance with IRS Announcement 2017-11. In order to qualify, the member, or the member’s lineal ascendant, descendant, spouse or dependent must have had a principal residence or place of employment on August 23, 2017, in one of the following Texas counties: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, or Wharton. In addition, the member is not prohibited from making contributions to the Plan on a before-tax basis or an after-tax basis due to receiving such a hardship withdrawal.

December 31, 2017, to recognize the merger of the Savings Plan of Entergy Corporation and Subsidiaries IV (Entergy Savings Plan IV) into the Entergy Savings Plan pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger, as of

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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


the close of business on December 31, 2017. Employees who are represented by Local 456 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, AFL-CIO, whose principal work location is the Indian Point Energy Center and who prior to the merger participated in Entergy Savings Plan IV thereafter became eligible to participate in the Entergy Savings Plan. The assets and liabilities under Entergy Savings Plan IV, as determined in accordance with the terms of Entergy Savings Plan IV as in effect immediately prior to the effective date and time of the merger, were transferred, as soon as administratively practicable, to the Entergy Savings Plan under the Trust. Each Participant’s Entergy Savings Plan IV Deferral Account, Employee After-Tax Account, Rollover Account, Company Account, Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account, and Loan Account were merged into each Participant’s Entergy Savings Plan Deferral Account, Employee After-Tax Account, Rollover Account, Company Account, Qualified Non-Elective Contribution Account, and Loan Account, respectively, effective as of the close of business on December 31, 2017.

The significant provisions of the Entergy Savings Plan, including the effect of these amendments, are described throughout this note.

Trustee: The Entergy Savings Plan utilizes T. Rowe Price Trust Company (Trustee) as its Trustee and T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc. as its recordkeeper and provider of other administrative services. The Entergy Savings Plan's investment options, which, except for the Entergy Stock Fund, the Vanguard Institutional Index Fund Plus, and TradeLink Participant-Directed Brokerage Accounts, are managed by its Trustee or affiliates of its Trustee, are:

Entergy Stable Income Fund
Entergy Stock Fund
T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth Trust T4
T. Rowe Price Bond Trust I T1
T. Rowe Price Equity Income Trust C
T. Rowe Price International Core Equity Trust A
T. Rowe Price New Horizons Trust A
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2005 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2010 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2015 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2020 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2025 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2030 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2035 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2040 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2045 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2050 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2055 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2060 Trust C
TradeLink Participant-Directed Brokerage Accounts
Vanguard Institutional Index Fund Plus

In addition, the Trustee manages the participant loan fund which is discussed below.

Eligibility: The Entergy Savings Plan is available to employees of participating Entergy System Company employers as soon as administratively practicable following the later of the employee's employment commencement date or eligibility to participate in the Entergy Savings Plan.


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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


Automatic enrollment:    If an eligible newly hired, re-hired or transferred employee does not enroll in the Entergy Savings Plan and does not affirmatively opt out of participation, he or she will be automatically enrolled in the Entergy Savings Plan as soon as administratively practicable following 90 calendar days after his or her hire date, rehire date, the date he or she is eligible due to transfer, or the date a suspension for hardship ends if the employee first becomes eligible for participation in the Entergy Savings Plan during the suspension. If the employee does not opt out of participation in the Entergy Savings Plan, before-tax contributions of 6% of the employee’s eligible earnings will be made automatically to the Entergy Savings Plan on his or her behalf.

The automatic enrollment feature will not apply to an employee who is included in a collective bargaining unit covered by a collective bargaining agreement unless agreed to by the applicable bargaining representative. Participants who are automatically enrolled in the Entergy Savings Plan may elect at any time to change their percentage contribution rate or stop making contributions to the Entergy Savings Plan.

Contributions: The Entergy Savings Plan contributions made by or on behalf of participants are deposited with the Trustee. Participants may elect to contribute, through payroll deductions, up to a total of 6% of their eligible earnings each pay period (basic contributions) for which the employing Entergy System Company will make matching contributions. Participants may make supplemental contributions up to an additional 24% of their eligible earnings each pay period for which there are no matching contributions. Basic and supplemental contributions may be made on a before-tax basis (before-tax deferral contributions), an after-tax basis, or a combination of both. Contributions are subject to certain IRC limitations. The before-tax deferral contribution dollar limit for the calendar year 2017 was $18,000 per participant. The overall annual limit for 2017 for before-tax, after-tax, and company matching contributions was the lesser of 100% of the employee’s compensation for the year or $54,000. Participants who are age 50 and over at the end of the calendar year may make catch-up deferral contributions. The dollar limit for catch-up deferral contributions for the calendar year 2017 was $6,000. Based on nondiscrimination testing provisions under the Entergy Savings Plan, contributions made by highly compensated employees may be limited based on the average contribution rate of non-highly compensated employees.

The Savings Plan provides for a Company matching contribution on behalf of participating non-bargaining Employees who also actively participate in the Entergy Corporation Cash Balance Plan for Non-Bargaining Employees and for participating bargaining Employees who also actively participate in the Entergy Corporation Cash Balance Plan for Bargaining Employees and whose applicable collective bargaining agreement so provides equal to 100% ($1.00 for each dollar) of the Participant’s elective salary deferral contributions and after-tax contributions that do not exceed 6% of the employee’s regular earnings (base pay) each pay period. The Savings Plan provides for a Company matching contribution for all other participating non-bargaining Employees and for all other bargaining employees whose applicable collective bargaining agreement so provides equal to 70% ($0.70 for each dollar) of the participating Employee’s elective salary deferral contributions and after-tax contributions that do not exceed 6% of the participating Employee’s regular earnings (base pay) each pay period.

Employer matching contributions shall not be made with respect to (i) catch-up deferral contributions and (ii) deferral contributions that were initially designated by the participant as catch-up deferral contributions, but are subsequently determined not to be catch-up deferral contributions.

The Entergy Savings Plan provides that certain amounts that originated from an employee benefit plan qualified under Section 401(a) or 403(a) of the IRC, under an annuity contract described in Section 403(b) of the IRC, under an eligible plan described in Section 457(b) of the IRC or under an individual retirement account or annuity described in Section 408(a) or 408(b) of the IRC may be accepted under the Entergy Savings Plan as a direct rollover or a participant rollover contribution. The Entergy Savings Plan does not accept direct rollovers or participant rollover contributions of distributions from a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k) account.


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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


Investments: Participant contributions and employer matching contributions are invested as directed by participants in accordance with the Entergy Savings Plan's investment options. Participant contributions and employer matching contributions not directed to specific investment options by the participant are invested by the Trustee in one of the following T. Rowe Price Retirement Trusts designated as the Entergy Savings Plan’s Qualified Default Investment Alternatives, based on the year the participant was born:

T. Rowe Price Retirement 2005 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2010 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2015 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2020 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2025 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2030 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2035 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2040 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2045 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2050 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2055 Trust C
T. Rowe Price Retirement 2060 Trust C

The value of investments may fluctuate with changes in market conditions. The amount of risk varies based on the fund's investment goals and composition. Participants should realize the risk associated with each investment when determining how to invest their contributions.

Participants can change the investment direction for future participant contributions and employer matching contributions or reallocate the investment of the existing balance in their participant account at any time, subject to T. Rowe Price’s excessive trading guidelines.

Participant accounts: Individual accounts are maintained for each participant of the Entergy Savings Plan. Each participant's account is credited with the participant's contributions and employer matching contributions. As of the close of each business day, participant account balances are updated to reflect account activity and investment fund values. Dividends and interest payments on investments held in the participant’s account are generally reinvested in the fund that generated the dividends and interest payments. A dividend pass-through feature under the Entergy Savings Plan allows participants who have amounts invested in the Entergy Stock Fund to elect to have dividends on Entergy Corporation common stock paid directly to them instead of being reinvested in the Entergy Stock Fund.

Vesting: Participants are fully vested at all times in the total value of their participant account under the Entergy Savings Plan.
 
In-service withdrawals: While employed, participants may, with certain restrictions, withdraw all or a portion of the value of their basic and supplemental after-tax contributions, rollover contributions, and System Individual Retirement Accounts. Some employees also may withdraw all or part of their company matching contribution accounts, subject to certain restrictions and limitations. Withdrawals may be subject to a 10% premature distribution tax unless the participant is age 59-1/2 or older. A participant who has attained age 59-1/2 may withdraw all or a portion of the value from all sources in the Entergy Savings Plan. A participant may also apply for a hardship withdrawal from his before-tax deferral contributions if the participant satisfies certain financial hardship withdrawal criteria.

Loans to participants: The Entergy Savings Plan has a loan provision whereby participants who are actively employed may borrow an amount, with a minimum of $1,000, from their eligible account up to a maximum of 50% of the balance of their account or $50,000, whichever is less. The amount borrowed is deducted from the participant's eligible account and repaid with interest based on the prime rate as published in the Wall Street Journal, plus 1% in accordance with

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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


an established schedule. The loan must be repaid within 4-1/2 years, or 20 years if for the acquisition of the participant's primary residence. If a participant with an outstanding loan separates from service, the remaining principal balance of the loan is treated as a taxable distribution to the participant unless the amount is repaid in full within a specified period from the date of separation.

Payment of benefits: Participants become eligible to receive a single-sum distribution of the entire vested value of the participant's Entergy Savings Plan accounts upon termination of employment, retirement, disability, or death. There are certain provisions regarding deferral of distributions; installment distributions for terminated participants, retirees, and disabled participants; minimum account balances; and required minimum distributions.

Generally, there are tax consequences associated with receiving a distribution from the Entergy Savings Plan, unless the taxable portion is rolled over to an Individual Retirement Account, another retirement plan account, or eligible plan which qualifies under Sections 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), 408(a), 408(b), or 457(b) of the IRC. Additionally, a 10% penalty tax for early withdrawal applies, unless the distribution is received after age 59-1/2 or the participant satisfies one of certain other exemptions of the IRC to such tax.

Inactive accounts: Terminated participants and beneficiaries with an account balance greater than $5,000 (excluding rollovers) are allowed, under the provisions of the Entergy Savings Plan, to defer receipt of their vested account balance until distributions are required to begin under the provisions of Section 401(a)(9) of the IRC. In addition, the Entergy Savings Plan includes provisions for terminated participants and beneficiaries to elect to receive benefits in the form of installment payments. The cumulative amount to be distributed to such participants was $879,889,574 as of December 31, 2017 and $711,401,271 as of December 31, 2016.

Forfeiture accounts: Company matching contributions which matched a distributed excess deferral contribution are forfeited and credited to the Entergy Savings Plan’s forfeiture account. Forfeitures may, at the election of the Employee Benefits Committee, be applied toward plan administration expenses or applied to reduce employer matching contributions. The forfeiture account totaled approximately $2,375 as of December 31, 2017 and $2 as of December 31, 2016 and includes realized and unrealized appreciation on the amounts in the forfeiture account. There were no administrative expenses paid out of the forfeiture account during 2017 and 2016. The forfeiture account was used to reduce company matching contributions by $3,751 in 2016.

Note 2.    Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of presentation: The accompanying financial statements have been prepared on the accrual basis of accounting in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP).

Effective as of January 1, 2007, all investments in Entergy Corporation common stock became eligible for immediate diversification which means any investment in Entergy Corporation common stock in a participant’s account may be redirected by the participant to another investment option offered by the Entergy Savings Plan. As such, previously presented non-participant directed Supplemental Information is no longer presented on the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits.

Use of estimates in the preparation of financial statements: The preparation of the Entergy Savings Plan financial statements, in conformity with GAAP, requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts in the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits and the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits, such as those regarding fair value. Adjustments to the reported amounts may be necessary in the future to the extent that future estimates or actual results are different from the estimates used in the financial statements.

Master Trust: The Entergy Savings Plan's investments are held in a bank-administered trust (Master Trust) established by Entergy Corporation and maintained by the Trustee. The Entergy Savings Plan maintains a divided beneficial

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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


interest in each of the investment accounts of the Master Trust. Use of the Master Trust permits the commingling of the trust assets of the savings plans of Entergy Corporation and its subsidiaries for investment and administrative purposes.

Investment valuation: Cash and cash equivalents are valued at cost plus accrued interest which approximates fair value. Common stock and U.S. Treasury fixed income securities are stated at fair value as determined by quoted market prices on the valuation date. Shares of mutual funds are stated at fair value based on quoted market prices, which represent the net asset value of shares held by the Master Trust at year end. Common trust funds are stated at fair value based on a net asset value per share as a practical expedient, as determined by the issuer of the trust fund based on the fair value of the underlying investments. Fixed income debt securities (corporate, government, and securitized) are stated at fair value based on inputs such as benchmark yield, reported trades, broker/dealer quotes, and issuer spreads.

The Master Trust holds investments in fully benefit-responsive investment contracts, which may include guaranteed investment contracts (GICs), synthetic investment contracts (SICs), and separate account contracts (SACs), as part of the Entergy Stable Income Fund (Note 4). GICs, SICs, and SACs are reported at contract value and are presented in the investments of the Master Trust table at contract value, the value at which participants may ordinarily transact (Note 5).

Notes receivable from participants: Notes receivable from participants are valued at their unpaid principal balance plus any accrued but unpaid interest. Interest income on notes receivable from participants is recorded on the accrual basis.

General administrative expenses: General administrative expenses are paid from an expense pay account, which is funded by deductions from participants’ accounts. To the extent general administrative expenses are not paid from the expense pay account or the Plan’s forfeiture account, they are paid by the participating Entergy System Companies and are not recorded in the financial statements.

Risks and uncertainties: The Entergy Savings Plan utilized various investment instruments, including common stock, mutual funds, common trust funds, and investment contracts.  Investment securities, in general, are exposed to various risks, such as interest rate, credit, and overall market volatility.  Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term and those changes could materially affect the amounts reported in the financial statements. There are no reserves against the contract values of the GICs, SICs, or SACs for credit risk of the contract issuers or otherwise. Investment objectives and guidelines addressing investment diversification, quality, maturity, and performance standards prescribed to mitigate the potential credit risk have been established for the Entergy Savings Plan.

Payment of benefits: Benefits payable for terminations and withdrawals are recorded when paid. This accounting method differs from that required in the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor Form 5500 (Form 5500), which requires benefits payable to be accrued and charged to net assets in the period the liability arises. As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, benefits payable was $3,516,957 and $687,170 respectively. Refer to Note 9 to the Financial Statements for the reconciliation to the Form 5500.

Income recognition: The difference in fair value of the assets in the Master Trust from one period to the next is recognized and included in investment income in the accompanying Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits. The investment income also includes realized gains and losses.

Purchases and sales of securities within the Master Trust are accounted for on a trade-date basis. Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis. Dividends are recorded on the ex-dividend date.


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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


Management fees and operating expenses charged to investment options available under the Entergy Savings Plan are deducted from income earned on a daily basis and are not separately reflected. Consequently, management fees and operating expenses are reflected as a reduction of investment return for such investments.

Note 3.    Fair Value Measurements

Accounting standards establish a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value.  The hierarchy establishes the highest priority for unadjusted market quotes in an active market for the identical asset or liability and the lowest priority for unobservable inputs.

The Master Trust classifies its investments as follows:

Level 1 - Level 1 inputs are unadjusted quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets that the plan has the ability to access at the measurement date. Active markets are those in which transactions for the asset or liability occur in sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis.

Level 2 - Level 2 inputs are inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are, either directly or indirectly, observable for the asset or liability at the measurement date. Assets are valued based on prices derived by an independent party that uses inputs such as benchmark yields, reported trades, broker/dealer quotes, and issuer spreads. Prices are reviewed and can be challenged with the independent parties and/or overridden by Entergy Corporation if it is believed such would be more reflective of fair value. Level 2 inputs include the following:

quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets;
quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in inactive markets;
inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability; or
inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

If an asset or liability has a specified (contractual) term, the Level 2 input must be observable for substantially the full term of the asset or liability.

Level 3 - Level 3 refers to securities valued based on significant unobservable inputs.

Assets and liabilities are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The following table sets forth by level within the fair value hierarchy a summary of the Master Trust's investments measured at fair value on a recurring basis at December 31, 2017.

 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
26,408,203

 
$

 
$

 
$
26,408,203

Common stock
 
443,673,329

 

 

 
443,673,329

Mutual funds
 
324,027,993

 

 

 
324,027,993

Common trust funds (a)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2,461,229,360

Brokerage accounts:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Mutual funds
 
47,774,760

 

 

 
47,774,760

Total
 
$
841,884,285

 
$

 
$

 
$
3,303,113,645


For the year ended December 31, 2017, there were no significant transfers in or out of Levels 1, 2, or 3.

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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


The following table sets forth by level within the fair value hierarchy a summary of the Master Trust's investments measured at fair value on a recurring basis at December 31, 2016.

 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
42,049,901

 
$

 
$

 
$
42,049,901

Common stock
 
436,961,943

 

 

 
436,961,943

Mutual funds
 
412,883,100

 

 

 
412,883,100

Common trust funds (a)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1,877,224,739

Brokerage accounts:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Mutual funds
 
45,932,645

 

 

 
45,932,645

Total
 
$
937,827,589

 
$

 
$

 
$
2,815,052,328


For the year ended December 31, 2016, there were no significant transfers in or out of Levels 1, 2, or 3.

(a)
Common trust funds are not publicly quoted and are valued using net asset value as a practical expedient. Accordingly, these funds are not assigned a level in the fair value hierarchy tables above. The issuer of these funds allows daily trading at the net asset value and trades settle at a later date.


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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


Note 4.    Investment Contracts With Insurance Companies

The Entergy Stable Income Fund of the Master Trust may invest in a diversified portfolio of GICs, SICs, and SACs issued by insurance companies and other financial institutions. All investment contracts held by the Master Trust are effected directly between the Master Trust and the issuer of the contract and are non-transferable. In the case of the SICs, the Trustee is also a party to the contract. The issuer of the GICs accepts a deposit from the trust on behalf of the plan and purchases investments, which are held by the issuer. The issuer is contractually obligated to repay principal and interest at the stated coupon rate to the trust and guarantees liquidity at contract value prior to maturity for permitted participant-initiated withdrawals from the trust. Contract value represents contributions made under the contract, plus earnings, less participant withdrawals and administrative expenses. SICs are similar to GICs except that the underlying assets of a SIC are placed in a trust with ownership by the Master Trust and a financially responsible third party issues a wrapper contract. The issuer of the wrapper contract provides for unscheduled withdrawals from the contract at contract value, regardless of the value of the underlying assets, in order to fund routine permitted participant-initiated withdrawals. SICs provide for a variable crediting rate, which typically resets at least quarterly, and the issuer of the wrapper contract provides assurance that future adjustments to the crediting rate cannot result in a crediting rate less than zero. In most synthetic structures, realized and unrealized gains and losses on the underlying investments typically are not reflected immediately in the net assets of the trust, but rather are amortized either over the time to maturity or the duration of the underlying investments, through adjustments to the future interest crediting rate. The degree of any increase or decrease in the crediting rate will depend in part on the amount of the contract/market value difference as well as the duration and yield of the trust’s portfolio. The crediting rate may also be affected by increases and decreases in the amount of assets underlying a wrapper contract resulting from participant-initiated unitholder contributions to and withdrawals from the trust. SACs share certain attributes of both traditional and synthetic investment contracts. The issuer of the SACs guarantee liquidity at contract value for permitted participant-initiated withdrawals from the trust and provides for a variable crediting rate, not less than zero, based on performance of an underlying portfolio of investments. The issuer accepts a deposit of cash and/or securities from the trust to create the underlying fixed income portfolio. The underlying portfolio holdings are owned by the issuer, but are required to be segregated in a separate account and are designed to be protected from the claims of the issuer’s general creditors in the event of issuer insolvency.

The existence of certain conditions can limit the Master Trust's ability to transact at contract value with the issuers of its investment contracts. Specifically, any event outside the normal operation of the plan which causes a withdrawal from an investment contract may result in a negative market value adjustment with respect to such withdrawal. Such events include, but are not limited to, partial or complete legal termination of the plan, tax disqualification, certain plan amendments if issuers' consent is not obtained, improper communication to participants, group terminations, group layoffs, early retirement programs, mergers, sales, spin-offs, and bankruptcy. In addition, the issuers of the investment contracts have certain rights to terminate a contract and settle at an amount which differs from contract value, including, but not limited to, breaches by the plan or the investment manager of their obligations, representations, or warranties under the terms of the contract. Trustee management and the Employee Benefits Committee are not aware of the occurrence of any event outside the normal operation of the plan which is probable to cause a withdrawal from an investment contract at less than contract value.


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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


Note 5.    Interest in Master Trust

Use of the Master Trust permits the commingling of the trust assets of the savings plans of Entergy Corporation and its subsidiaries for investment and administrative purposes. Although assets are commingled in the Master Trust, the Trustee maintains supporting records for the purpose of recording the equity in net earnings (losses) and the administrative expenses of the investment accounts to the participating plans as well as to individual participant accounts. Equity in an investment account's net earnings is comprised of interest and dividends and realized and unrealized investment gains and losses. The interest and dividends and the net depreciation or appreciation in the fair value of investments are allocated to the individual accounts on a daily basis based upon the individual accounts’ equitable share of the various investment funds that comprise the Master Trust. The total interest of the Entergy Savings Plan is determined as the sum of the individual account balances of the Entergy Savings Plan. As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the Entergy Savings Plan's interest in the net assets of the Master Trust was approximately 98% for both years.

The Master Trust's investments as of December 31, 2017 and 2016 are as follows:

 
 
2017
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
Investments at fair value
 
 
 
 
   Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
26,408,203

 
$
42,049,901

   Common stock*
 
443,673,329

 
436,961,943

   Mutual funds
 
324,027,993

 
412,883,100

   Common trust funds
 
2,461,229,360

 
1,877,224,739

   Brokerage accounts
 
47,774,760

 
45,932,645

      Total investments at fair value
 
3,303,113,645

 
2,815,052,328

 
 
 
 
 
Fully benefit- responsive investment contracts at contract value
 
 
 
 
   Synthetic investment contracts
 
350,368,391

 
397,949,215

   Separate account contracts
 
89,818,697

 
97,700,258

      Total investments at contract value
 
440,187,088

 
495,649,473

 
 
 
 
 
Investments in the Master Trust
 
$
3,743,300,733

 
$
3,310,701,801


Dividend and interest income in the Master Trust for the year ended December 31, 2017 is summarized as follows:

Common stock*
 
$
18,593,005

Cash and cash equivalents
 
907

Mutual funds
 
7,931,934

 
 
$
26,525,846


*The common stock consists entirely of Entergy Corporation common stock. Effective as of January 1, 2007, all investments in Entergy Corporation common stock became eligible for immediate diversification which means any investment in Entergy Corporation common stock in a participant’s account may be redirected by the participant to another investment option offered by the Entergy Savings Plan. As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, there were no non-participant directed investments in Entergy Corporation common stock.

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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


Net realized and unrealized appreciation (depreciation) of investments in the Master Trust for the year ended December 31, 2017 is $572,818,791.

Note 6.    Tax Status

The Internal Revenue Service has determined that the Entergy Savings Plan is in compliance with the applicable requirements of the IRC of 1986 as amended. The most recent favorable determination letter relating to the Entergy Savings Plan (as amended and restated effective January 1, 2013) is dated May 30, 2014. Entergy Corporation, as Plan Sponsor, believes that subsequent amendments to the Entergy Savings Plan are in compliance with the requirements of the IRC and that the Entergy Savings Plan is currently designed and operated in compliance with the applicable requirements of the IRC, and the Plan and related Master Trust continue to be tax-exempt. Accordingly, no provisions for federal income taxes have been made in the accompanying financial statements.

The Entergy Savings Plan administrator (the Plan Administrator) believes that, to the best of its knowledge, the Entergy Savings Plan has not taken any uncertain tax positions that are not “more likely than not” sustainable upon examination by the IRS. The Plan Administrator believes that the Entergy Savings Plan is no longer subject to IRS examinations for years prior to 2014, except for qualification issues.

Note 7.    Entergy Savings Plan Termination

Although they have not expressed any intent to do so, the participating employers have the right under the Entergy Savings Plan to discontinue their contributions at any time and the Entergy Corporation Board of Directors (the Board) or the Personnel Committee of the Board has the right to terminate the Entergy Savings Plan subject to the provisions of ERISA. In the event that the Entergy Savings Plan is terminated, subject to conditions set forth in ERISA, the Entergy Savings Plan provides that all participants will be fully vested and the net assets of the Entergy Savings Plan will be distributed to participants in proportion to their respective vested interests in such net assets at that date.

Note 8.    Related Party Transactions

Certain of the Master Trust investments are shares in funds managed by the Trustee and, therefore, these investments and investment transactions qualify as exempt party-in-interest transactions.

As the Master Trust holds common stock of Entergy Corporation as an investment, these investments and investment transactions also qualify as exempt party-in-interest transactions. The year-end market price of Entergy Corporation common stock was $81.39 per share at December 31, 2017 and $73.47 per share at December 31, 2016. See Note 5 to the financial statements for further discussion of Entergy Savings Plan’s interest in the Master Trust including dividend income.

Note 9.    Reconciliation to Form 5500

As of December 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, the Entergy Savings Plan had $3,516,957 and $687,170, respectively, of pending distributions to participants withdrawing all or a portion of their investments from the Entergy Savings Plan. These amounts are recorded as a liability in the Entergy Savings Plan's Form 5500; however, these amounts are not recorded as a liability in the accompanying Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits, which is in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

In accordance with the accounting guidance on reporting of fully benefit-responsive investment contracts explained above in Note 2, the Statement of Net Assets Available for Benefits as of December 31, 2017 and 2016 presents the Entergy Savings Plan's interest in the Master Trust at contract value for fully benefit-responsive investment contracts. The Entergy Savings Plan's Form 5500 Schedule H reports the fair value for fully benefit-responsive investment

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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


contracts. The adjustment for the difference in the contract value and the fair value for such contracts is reflected in the table below.

As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, the Entergy Savings Plan’s net assets available for benefits include participant loans treated as deemed distributions during the plan year; however, these amounts are not reported on the Entergy Savings Plan’s Form 5500 as part of the assets of the plan at the end of the plan year.

The following reconciles the net assets available for benefits, per the financial statements to the net assets per the Entergy Savings Plan Form 5500 as of December 31, 2017 and 2016:

 
 
Net Assets Available for Benefits
 
 
2017
 
2016
Net assets available for benefits, per the financial statements
 
$
3,694,811,604

 
$
3,261,119,985

Adjustment from contract value to fair value for fully benefit-responsive investment contracts
 
(1,513,248
)
 
(343,725
)
Participant loans treated as deemed distributions, including accrued interest
 
(436,731
)
 
(365,297
)
Total assets per Form 5500, at fair value
 
3,692,861,625

 
3,260,410,963

 
 
 
 
 
Benefit claims payable liability
 
(3,516,957
)
 
(687,170
)
Net assets per Form 5500
 
$
3,689,344,668

 
$
3,259,723,793


The following reconciles the increase in net assets on the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits for the year ended December 31, 2017 to the net income on the Entergy Savings Plan Form 5500 for the year ended December 31, 2017:

 
 
 
Increase in net assets per the financial statements
 
$
433,691,619

Reverse: Prior year adjustment from contract value to fair value for fully benefit-responsive investment contracts
 
343,725

Adjustment from contract value to fair value for fully benefit-responsive investment contracts
 
(1,513,248
)
Reverse: Prior year benefit claims payable liability
 
687,170

Benefit claims payable liability
 
(3,516,957
)
Reverse: Prior year participant loans treated as deemed distributions, including accrued interest
 
365,297

Participant loans treated as deemed distributions, including accrued interest
 
(436,731
)
Increase in net assets per Form 5500
 
429,620,875

 
 
 
Reverse: Transfer of assets to this plan
 
(20,647,059
)
Net income per Form 5500
 
$
408,973,816


Note 10. New Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2017 the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-06, “Plan Accounting: Defined Contribution Pension Plans (Topic 962): Employee Benefit Plan Master Trust Reporting.” The ASU seeks to clarify presentation and disclosure

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SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Notes to Financial Statements
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, and for the Year Ended December 31, 2017


requirements for employee benefit plans that hold interests in a master trust. The ASU requires a plan’s interest in master trust and any change in that interest to be presented in separate line items in the statement of net assets available for benefits and in the statement of changes in net assets available for benefits, respectively. The ASU also removes the requirement to disclose the percentage interest in master trust for plans with divided interests and requires that all plans disclose the dollar amount of their respective interest in each type of investment, which supplements the existing requirement to disclose the master trust balances in each type of investment. The ASU requires all plans to disclose the master trust’s other assets and liability balances and the dollar amount of the plan’s interest in each of those balances. ASU No. 2017-06 is effective for the first quarter 2020. The effect to the Entergy Savings Plan financial statement disclosures is currently being evaluated.


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Attachment to 2017 Form 5500, Schedule H, Question 4i

E.I.N. 72-1229752 / PN 003
SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
Schedule of Assets (Held at End of Year)
As of December 31, 2017
Plan Sponsor: Entergy Corporation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest
 
Maturity
 
 
 
Current
 
Description
 
Rate
 
Date
 
Cost
 
Value
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loans to participants*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Bearing interest rates of prime +1% with terms of up to 20 years)
 
4.25% - 10.5%
 
10/31/2016-11/20/2037
 
N/A
 
$39,244,332
**



    













* Party-in-interest
** Net of $436,731 in deemed loan distributions



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SIGNATURE


The Entergy Savings Plan. Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the Employee Benefits Committee has duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

SAVINGS PLAN OF ENTERGY
CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
By: /s/ Alyson M. Mount

Alyson M. Mount
Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Entergy Corporation
 


Dated: June 27, 2018



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Exhibit



CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

We consent to the incorporation by reference in Registration Statement No. 333-206556 of Entergy Corporation on Form S-8 of our report dated June 27, 2018, relating to the financial statements and supplemental schedule of the Savings Plan of Entergy Corporation and Subsidiaries, appearing in this Annual Report on Form 11-K of the Savings Plan of Entergy Corporation and Subsidiaries for the year ended December 31, 2017.

/s/ DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP

New Orleans, Louisiana
June 27, 2018



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