NEWARK, N.J., April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) reported today Net Income for the first quarter of 2016 of $471 million, or $0.93 per share as compared to Net Income of $586 million, or $1.15 per share, in the first quarter of 2015. Operating Earnings for the first quarter of 2016 were $463 million, or $0.91 per share, compared to Operating Earnings for the first quarter of 2015 of $529 million, or $1.04 per share.
"We delivered solid operations this quarter executing on our five-year $16 billion capital program," said Ralph Izzo, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We experienced extremes in weather conditions in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the first quarter of 2015 which hurt demand and margins. However, continued growth in investment and strong operations helped us withstand these short-term challenges as we focus on growing a reliable, efficient, clean energy infrastructure platform capable of meeting customer requirements."
PSEG believes that the non-GAAP financial measure of "Operating Earnings" provides a consistent and comparable measure of performance of its businesses to help shareholders understand performance trends. Operating Earnings exclude gains/(losses) associated with Nuclear Decommissioning Trust (NDT), Mark-to-Market (MTM) accounting as well as other material one-time items. The table below provides a reconciliation of PSEG's Net Income to Operating Earnings (a non-GAAP measure) for the first quarter. See Attachment 10 for a complete list of items excluded from Net Income in the determination of Operating Earnings.
PSEG CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS (unaudited)
First Quarter Comparative Results
2016 and 2015
Ralph Izzo went on to say, "We are maintaining operating earnings guidance for the full year of $2.80 - $3.00 per share. Our guidance assumes normal weather for the remainder of the year. As we move forward, the weather and market conditions, especially during the third quarter, will be important for both PSEG Power and PSE&G. Current market conditions and the absence of a winter require that we maintain our relentless focus on identifying efficiencies and maintaining strong operating performance."
The following table outlines expectations for operating earnings in 2016 by subsidiary:
See Attachment 5 for detail regarding the quarter-over-quarter reconciliations for each of PSEG's businesses.
PSE&G reported operating earnings of $262 million ($0.52 per share) for the first quarter of 2016 compared with operating earnings of $242 million ($0.47 per share) for the first quarter of 2015.
PSE&G's first quarter results reflect the impact of revenue growth associated with an expansion of its capital investment program which more than offset the effect of unfavorable weather comparisons on electric and gas demand.
Returns from PSE&G's expanded investment in transmission added $0.04 per share to earnings in the quarter. First quarter also benefited from recovery on PSE&G's investment in distribution under the Energy Strong program which improved quarter-over-quarter earnings comparisons by $0.01 per share.
Weather was warmer than normal during the first quarter of 2016 and significantly warmer than conditions experienced last year. The negative impact of the extreme differences in weather on gas demand and revenue quarter-over-quarter was largely offset by the gas weather-normalization clause. A decline in electric sales and revenue as a result of the extreme differences in weather reduced quarter-over-quarter earnings comparisons by $0.02 per share. An increase in O&M expense due to the absence of insurance recovery of storm costs received in the year-ago quarter was more than offset by lower taxes which together added $0.02 per share to quarter-over-quarter earnings.
Economic indicators continue to improve. Employment in New Jersey has increased for 28 consecutive months as the housing market has also experienced an improvement. However, weather-normalized electric sales are estimated to have declined 1.8% in the first quarter. Weather-normalized electric sales for the trailing twelve month period were flat for the period ended March 2016. In terms of weather-normalized gas demand, a 0.3% decline in sales for the first quarter was led by a 1.5% decline in heating demand from the residential sector, influenced by the large weather adjustment quarter over quarter. On a trailing 12 month basis, gas sales increased by 1.8%.
PSE&G's capital program remains on schedule. PSE&G invested approximately $725 million in the first quarter as part of its planned capital investment for 2016 of $3.0 billion in upgrades to the electric and gas distribution and transmission system.
The forecast of PSE&G's operating earnings for 2016 remains unchanged at $875 - $925 million.
PSEG Power reported operating earnings of $184 million ($0.36 per share) for the first quarter of 2016 and adjusted EBITDA of $416 million compared with operating earnings of $278 million ($0.55 per share) for the first quarter of 2015 and adjusted EBITDA of $626 million. Net Income for the first quarter of 2016 was $192 million versus $335 million for the first quarter of 2015.
PSEG believes that the non-GAAP financial measure of "Adjusted EBITDA" is useful in evaluating Power's operating performance because it provides investors with additional information to compare our business performance to other companies and understand performance trends.
Adjusted EBITDA excludes the same items as our Operating Earnings measure as well as income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization and major maintenance expense at Power's fossil generation facilities. See Attachment 10 for a complete list of items excluded from Net Income in the determination of Adjusted EBITDA.
PSEG Power's first quarter results were impacted by extremely mild weather conditions in comparison to the year-ago period. Significantly lower weather-related demand hurt sales comparisons and wholesale market prices for energy during the first quarter. Power's results, in addition, reflect the impact of the known decline in capacity revenues and average prices on energy hedges. The decline in revenue was greater than a decline in quarter-over-quarter operating expenses.
A decline in capacity revenue associated with the retirement of peaking capacity in June 2015 reduced quarter-over-quarter earnings by $0.04 per share. A decline in output due to milder weather coupled with lower average prices on energy hedges reduced quarter-over-quarter earnings by $0.09 per share. A weather-related decline in total gas send-out to commercial and industrial customers and lower prices in the marketplace and a lack of volatility combined to reduce quarter-over-quarter earnings on gas sales by $0.12 per share. Lower O&M expense improved quarter-over-quarter earnings by $0.05 per share and a reduction in interest expense added $0.01 per share to earnings.
Output from Power's fleet declined 9% in the quarter as a result of reduced demand and lower wholesale market energy prices. Output from the coal fleet during the first quarter declined to 1 TWh from 2.5 TWh in the year-ago quarter. Output from the combined cycle fleet declined 0.2 TWh to 3.7 TWh. The nuclear fleet, however, experienced an improvement in output of 0.6 TWh to 8.4 TWh operating at an average capacity factor of 99.7% in the quarter. The nuclear fleet's performance benefited from an improvement in availability at Salem as well as an increase in capacity at Peach Bottom associated with completion of the extended power uprate work.
Power is reducing its forecast of output for 2016 to 52 – 54 TWh from its prior forecast of 54 – 56 TWh. The revised range incorporates the impact on output of the abnormally warm weather in the first quarter. The range also incorporates an anticipated extension of the Salem 1 refueling outage, which began on April 14, to inspect, repair and replace damaged baffle bolts within the reactor vessel, subject to the results of an ongoing inspection. Approximately 70% - 75% of anticipated production for the April – December period of 40 TWh is hedged at an average price of $49 per MWh. For 2017, Power has hedged 50% - 55% of its forecast generation of 54 – 56 TWh at an average price of $49 per MWh. For 2018, approximately 20% - 25% of forecast generation of 59 – 61 TWh is hedged at an average price of $49 per MWh. The hedge data for 2016 continues to assume BGS hedges represent 11 – 12 TWh.
Power's operating earnings for 2016 are forecast at $490 - $540 million. The forecast of operating earnings and adjusted EBITDA for the full year of $1,320 million - $1,400 million remains unchanged.
PSEG Enterprise/Other reported operating earnings of $17 million ($0.03 per share) for the first quarter of 2016 compared with operating earnings of $9 million ($0.02 per share) for the first quarter of 2015. The increase in operating earnings quarter-over-quarter reflects contractual payments associated with the operation of PSEG Long Island and certain tax items at PSEG Energy Holdings.
The forecast of PSEG Enterprise/Other full year operating earnings for 2016 remains unchanged at $60 million.
Attachment 1 - Operating Earnings and Per Share Results by Subsidiary Attachment 2 - Consolidating Statements of Operations – 3 months Attachment 3 - Capitalization Schedule Attachment 4 - Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Attachment 5 - Quarter-over-Quarter EPS Reconciliation Attachment 6 - Generation Measures – Retail Sales and Revenues – Electric Attachment 7 - Retail Sales and Revenues – Retail Sales and Revenues – Gas Attachment 8 - Retail Sales and Revenues – Generation Measures Attachment 9 - Statistical Measures Attachment 10 - Reconciliation of Operating Earnings to Net Income and to Adjusted EBITDA
Forward Looking Statement
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adverse changes in the demand for or ongoing low pricing of the capacity and energy that we sell into wholesale electricity markets,
adverse changes in energy industry law, policies and regulations, including market structures and transmission planning,
any inability of our transmission and distribution businesses to obtain adequate and timely rate relief and regulatory approvals from federal and state regulators, including prudency reviews and disallowances,
any deterioration in our credit quality or the credit quality of our counterparties,
changes in federal and state environmental regulations and enforcement that could increase our costs or limit our operations,
adverse outcomes of any legal, regulatory or other proceeding, settlement, investigation or claim applicable to us and/or the energy industry,
changes in nuclear regulation and/or general developments in the nuclear power industry, including various impacts from any accidents or incidents experienced at our facilities or by others in the industry, that could limit operations or increase the cost of our nuclear generating units,
actions or activities at one of our nuclear units located on a multi-unit site that might adversely affect our ability to continue to operate that unit or other units located at the same site,
any inability to manage our energy obligations, available supply and risks,
delays or unforeseen cost escalations in our construction and development activities, or the inability to recover the carrying amount of our assets,
availability of capital and credit at commercially reasonable terms and conditions and our ability to meet cash needs,
increases in competition in energy supply markets as well as for transmission projects,
changes in technology, such as distributed generation and micro grids, and greater reliance on these technologies,
changes in customer behaviors, including increases in energy efficiency, net-metering and demand response,
adverse performance of our decommissioning and defined benefit plan trust fund investments and changes in funding requirements,
any equipment failures, accidents, severe weather events or other incidents that impact our ability to provide safe and reliable service to our customers, and any inability to obtain sufficient insurance coverage or recover proceeds of insurance with respect to such events,
acts of terrorism, cybersecurity attacks or intrusions that could adversely impact our businesses,
delays in receipt of necessary permits and approvals for our construction and development activities,
any inability to achieve, or continue to sustain, our expected levels of operating performance,
changes in the cost of, or interruption in the supply of, fuel and other commodities necessary to the operation of our generating units,
an extended economic recession,
an inability to realize anticipated tax benefits or retain tax credits,
challenges associated with recruitment and/or retention of a qualified workforce, and
changes in the credit quality and the ability of lessees to meet their obligations under our domestic leveraged leases.
All of the forward-looking statements made in this report are qualified by these cautionary statements and we cannot assure you that the results or developments anticipated by management will be realized or even if realized, will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, us or our business prospects, financial condition or results of operations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements in making any investment decision. Forward-looking statements made in this report apply only as of the date of this report. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements from time to time, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if internal estimates change, unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws.
The forward-looking statements contained in this report are intended to qualify for the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
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