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PSEG ANNOUNCES 2012 RESULTS
Operating Earnings of $2.44 Per Share; Earnings from Continuing Operations of $2.51 Per Share
Company Provides 2013 Guidance of $2.25 - $2.50 Per Share
PSE&G Proposes 10-year Infrastructure Enhancement Program: $3.9 Billion on Distribution and $1.5 Billion on Transmission
(February 21, 2013 – Newark, NJ) - Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) reported today 2012 Income from Continuing Operations and Net Income of $1,275 million or $2.51 per share as compared to Income from Continuing Operations of $1,407 million, or $2.77 per share for 2011. PSEG reported Net Income for 2011 of $1,503 million, or $2.96 per share. Operating Earnings for the year 2012 were $1,236 million or $2.44 per share compared to 2011 Operating Earnings of $1,389 million or $2.74 per share.
PSEG also reported Income from Continuing Operations and Net Income for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $224 million, or $0.44 per share. This compares to fourth quarter 2011 Income from Continuing Operations of $360 million, or $0.71 per share. Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $207 million, or $0.41 per share compared to fourth quarter 2011 Operating Earnings of $237 million, or $0.47 per share.
“The past year was one of significant accomplishment. We reported results for the year at the upper end of guidance, and we managed to do so despite the effects of continued low energy prices and Superstorm Sandy” said Ralph Izzo, chairman, president and chief executive officer. He went on to say “these strong results reflect our employees’ focus on operational excellence, the fuel flexibility of our generating fleet and the returns on our investment programs at PSE&G. Superstorm Sandy challenged us more than any other natural disaster in PSEG’s 109-year history. We restored service to more than 2.1 million customers in a two week period. The damage created by this latest storm has also challenged us to review and expand our investment program to pursue measures targeted at preventing a similar level of storm related damage in the future. We recently filed a proposal at the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that calls for spending up to $3.9 billion over 10 years. In addition, we have proposed spending on transmission projects amounting to approximately $1.5 billion over the 10-year period. Our proposed investments are designed to protect our system, enhance our efforts in communicating with our customers and enable us to continue to deliver the reliable service expected by our customers.”
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 the impact of returns/(losses) associated with Nuclear Decommissioning Trust (NDT) investments and Mark-To-Market accounting as well as other one-time items not related to ongoing operations. The table below provides a reconciliation of PSEG’s Net Income to Operating Earnings (a non-GAAP measure) for the full year and fourth quarter. See Attachment 12 for a complete list of items excluded from Income from Continuing Operations in the determination of Operating Earnings.
“We are initiating operating earnings guidance for 2013 of $2.25 - $2.50 per share”, continued Ralph Izzo. He added that “although our guidance for operating earnings in 2013 remains unchanged from our guidance for 2012, we believe PSEG is at a transition point. We expect to benefit from investments made to expand our regulated infrastructure and to improve the reliability of our system as we continue to control our costs. Our regulated business is expected to represent approximately half of 2013’s operating earnings, and our planned investment program is expected to greatly expand the earnings contribution from our regulated business as we maintain the upside optionality of our merchant business. A strong balance sheet and cash flow allows us to expand our capital investment and maintain a long history of returning cash to our shareholders. The Board of Directors recent decision on the common stock dividend established an indicated annual rate of $1.44 per share for 2013. The decision represents the ninth increase in the dividend in the past ten years and over a century of annual dividend payments.”
The following table outlines PSEG 2012 operating earnings by subsidiary and expectations for 2013.
Operating Earnings Review and Outlook by Operating Subsidiary
See Attachments 6 and 7 for detail regarding the quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year earnings reconciliations for each of PSEG’s businesses.
PSEG Power reported operating earnings of $122 million ($0.24 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2012 bringing full year operating earnings to $644 million ($1.27 per share). On a comparative basis, PSEG Power reported operating earnings of $134 million ($0.27 per share) and $845 million ($1.67 per share) for the fourth quarter and full year 2011 respectively.
Power’s fourth quarter operating earnings benefited from strong control of operating expenses, higher capacity prices and post-storm recovery of the power fleet.
PSEG Power’s generation and maintenance facilities were affected in the quarter by the storm surge associated with Superstorm Sandy. The total cost to restore Power’s facilities (prior to insurance recovery) could be up to $300 million. The cost and work associated with restoration of Power’s facilities is expected to occur over a 2 year period from the date of the October storm. Of this amount, Power incurred $85 million in higher pre-tax operating and maintenance expenses in the fourth quarter, and recorded $19 million of insurance recovery to date, to return its facilities to service. These costs, as well as all future storm-related restoration costs at Power, are excluded from the calculation of operating earnings given the unusual nature of the storm’s impact on Power’s operations.
Lower realized prices for energy reduced Power’s earnings by $0.08 per share quarter-over-quarter. The decline in prices reflects lower contract prices hedged through the Basic Generation Services (BGS) contract and other wholesale contracts. The contract price for one-third of the BGS-related load declined to $84 per MWh on June 1, 2012 from $104 per MWh. The impact on earnings from lower prices incorporates the effect of a small improvement in margin quarter-over-quarter on volumes associated with customer migration away from the BGS contract. An increase in capacity prices on June 1, 2012 to $153 per MW-day from $110 per MW-day improved Power’s quarter-over-quarter earnings by $0.06 per share.
PSEG Power experienced a 4% decline in generation during the quarter, in large part as a result of Superstorm Sandy’s impact on Power’s facilities. The decline in generation reduced earnings quarter-over-quarter by $0.02 per share. An improvement in off-system margins and generation-related gas volumes improved quarter-over-quarter earnings from the BGSS contract by $0.01 per share. The absence of a gain on coal sales in the year-ago quarter reduced earnings comparisons by $0.02 per share. Power continued to exercise control of its operating costs (exclusive of storm related activity) helping offset the impact of lower prices. Operating and maintenance expense (exclusive of storm-related activity) declined by $0.02 per share in the quarter from year ago levels. A premium paid on the early extinguishment of debt in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased Power’s interest expense in the quarter by $0.02 per share but did not affect quarter-over-quarter earnings comparisons given a similar level of cost incurred for the early extinguishment of debt during the fourth quarter of 2011.
The nuclear fleet operated at a strong capacity factor of 91.1% for the year. The fleet’s capacity factor was reduced by 0.3% as a result of the storm’s effect on operations. The fourth quarter refueling outage at Salem 2 was delayed for two days to reduce the potential for risk to employee safety, and Salem 1 was removed from service for five days to reduce the risk of damage from the storm surge on the unit’s intake valves. Operation of the Linden combined cycle facility was also curtailed during the quarter as a result of storm damage, but has since returned to service. This caused a reduction in gas-fired generation in the quarter that was partially offset by an improvement in generation volumes from Power’s low-cost, base-load coal facilities as well as improved performance from the Bergen and Bethlehem, NY gas-fired combined cycle units which were available to meet the load.
Power’s forecast output for 2013 of 53 - 55 TWh is approximately 75% - 80% hedged at an average price of $50 per MWh. For 2014, forecast output of 53 - 55 TWh is approximately 50% - 60% hedged at an average price of $49 per MWh. Power has hedged 25% - 30% of its forecast generation in 2015 of 52 TWh – 54 TWh at an average price of $51 per MWh. The results reflect the impact of the February 2013 auction of Basic Generation Service (BGS) in New Jersey. Average prices of $92 per MWh for the PSE&G zone in the latest BGS auction will replace BGS auction prices of $96 per MWh for the three year period beginning June 1, 2013. The most recent BGS auction price for the PSE&G zone represented an increase of approximately 10% from last year’s auction result given increases in transmission, renewables and energy.
Power’s operating earnings for 2013 are forecast at $535 million - $600 million. The guidance for Power’s operating earnings does not include the impact of storm restoration costs or any insurance recovery.
PSE&G reported operating earnings of $75 million ($0.15 per share) for the fourth quarter bringing full year operating earnings to $528 million ($1.04 per share). On a comparative basis, PSE&G reported operating earnings of $99 million ($0.19 per share) and $521 million ($1.03 per share) for the fourth quarter and full year 2011, respectively.
PSE&G’s fourth quarter results reflect the impact of Superstorm Sandy on operating expenses which more than offset the return on increased levels of capital investment.
PSE&G made more than 2.1 million electric service restorations over a two-week period after the storm hit in late October. About 48,000 trees had to be removed or trimmed and 2,400 utility poles were repaired or replaced. The restoration cost amounted to approximately $295 million. Of this amount, approximately 14% or $40 million ($0.05 per share) was expensed and, unlike at PSEG Power, was included in 2012’s fourth quarter and full year operating earnings. The cost of restoration in 2012 was greater than the storm-related costs PSE&G incurred in the prior year, and reduced earnings quarter-over-quarter by $0.04 per share. An increase in other operating expenses (primarily pension) reduced earnings comparisons by $0.02 per share quarter-over-quarter. PSE&G’s quarter-over-quarter earnings comparisons were also affected by an increase in depreciation expense and a higher tax rate, partially offset by an increase in miscellaneous income which together reduced earnings by $0.02 per share.
An increase in transmission revenue added $0.02 per share to earnings in the quarter. Electric and gas demand was influenced by weather in the quarter which was warmer than normal but colder than a year ago. The favorable weather comparison also added $0.02 per share to earnings.
The most significant event in the quarter was Superstorm Sandy. Widespread outages resulted in the loss of 3.4% of October customer hours and 5.4% of the November customer hours. The loss of demand reduced sales by 2.7% and 0.6% for the quarter and the year respectively.
On a weather normalized basis (excluding the impact of the storm), it is estimated that electric sales declined by 1.6% in the fourth quarter resulting in a year-over-year decline in weather normalized electric demand of 0.6%. Weather normalized demand from residential customers grew by 3.2% and 1.3% for the fourth quarter and the year respectively. Demand from the commercial and industrial customer base, which is less sensitive to the weather, declined by 3.7% on a weather normalized basis in the fourth quarter and 1.4% for the year as a result of the storm’s impact on New Jersey’s economy and a slow recovery in the State’s economic growth.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved PSE&G’s request for an annual increase in transmission revenue of $174 million under the company’s formula rate filing. The rate increase was effective on January 1, 2013.
PSE&G’s operating earnings for 2013 are forecast at $580 million - $635 million. Operating earnings will be influenced by an increase in transmission revenues and higher levels of capital investment.
PSEG Energy Holdings and Parent
PSEG Energy Holdings/Parent reported operating earnings for the fourth quarter of $10 million ($0.02 per share) compared to operating earnings of $4 million ($0.01 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2011. The results for the fourth quarter brought full year 2012 operating earnings for PSEG Energy Holdings/Parent to $64 million ($0.13 per share) versus $23 million ($0.04 per share) in 2011.
PSEG Energy Holdings/Parent fourth quarter earnings were aided by the recognition of tax benefits associated with the start-up of two new solar projects (Milford and Queen Creek). The projects (which together have a capacity of 40MW) brought the Energy Holdings solar portfolio to 69 MW at year-end. Energy Holdings acquired an additional 19MW solar-project currently under construction in Arizona which is scheduled for commercial operation in the second half of 2013.
PSEG Energy Holdings/Parent operating earnings for 2013 are forecast to be $25 million - $35 million. The results will primarily reflect the absence of tax benefits received in 2012 related to the settlement of IRS tax audits.
PSEG had $379 million of cash on the balance sheet at year-end and debt represented 40.8% of consolidated capital. During the quarter, PSEG Power redeemed $250 million of Senior Notes with an interest rate of 5.0% that were due in 2014. With this reduction, debt represented 30% of PSEG Power’s capitalization at year-end.
PSE&G, as announced yesterday, has requested approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to spend up to $3.9 billion to harden and improve the resiliency of its utility network; in addition, PSE&G plans to spend $1.5 billion over this period on its transmission network under its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission formula rate process. The program would entail spending approximately $2.8 billion of the $5.4 billion through 2017. The initial phase of the program includes spending on upgrades to our electric and gas distribution system and strengthening the backbone of our transmission infrastructure.
The following attachments can be found on www.pseg.com:
Attachment 1 - Operating Earnings and Per Share Results by Subsidiary
Attachment 2 - Consolidating Statements of Operations
Attachment 3 - Consolidating Statements of Operations
Attachment 4 – Capitalization Schedule
Attachment 5 – Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Attachment 6 - Quarter-over-Quarter EPS Reconciliation
Attachment 7 - Year-over-Year EPS Reconciliation
Attachment 8 – Generation Measures
Attachment 9 – Retail Sales and Revenues
Attachment 10 – Retail Sales and Revenues
Attachment 11 – Statistical Measures
Attachment 12 - Reconciling Items Excluded from Continuing Operations to Compute Operating Earnings
Forward Looking Statement
Certain of the matters discussed in this report constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such statements are based on management’s beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. When used herein, the words “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “believe,” “expect,” “plan,” “should,” “hypothetical,” “potential,” “forecast,” “project,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ are often presented with the forward-looking statements themselves. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in any forward-looking statements made by us herein are discussed in Item 1A. Risk Factors, Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A), Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data —Note 13. Commitments and Contingent Liabilities, and other factors discussed in filings we make with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
These factors include, but are not limited to:
• adverse changes in the demand for or the price of the capacity and energy that we sell into wholesale electricity markets,
• adverse changes in energy industry law, policies and regulation, including market structures and a potential shift away from competitive markets toward subsidized
market mechanisms, transmission planning and cost allocation rules, including rules regarding how transmission is planned and who is permitted to build transmission
in the future, and reliability standards,
• any inability of our transmission and distribution businesses to obtain adequate and timely rate relief and regulatory approvals from federal and state regulators,
• changes in federal and state environmental regulations that could increase our costs or limit our operations,
• 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 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 balance our energy obligations, available supply and risks,
• any deterioration in our credit quality or the credit quality of our counterparties, including in our leveraged leases,
• availability of capital and credit at commercially reasonable terms and conditions and our ability to meet cash needs,
• changes in the cost of, or interruption in the supply of, fuel and other commodities necessary to the operation of our generating units,
• delays in receipt of necessary permits and approvals for our construction and development activities,
• delays or unforeseen cost escalations in our construction and development activities,
• any inability to achieve, or continue to sustain, our expected levels of operating performance,
• any equipment failures, accidents, severe weather events or other incidents that impact our ability to provide safe and reliable service to our customers,
• increase in competition in energy supply markets as well as competition for certain rate-based transmission projects,
• any inability to realize anticipated tax benefits or retain tax credits,
• challenges associated with recruitment and/or retention of a qualified workforce,
• adverse performance of our decommissioning and defined benefit plan trust fund investments and changes in funding requirements, and
• changes in technology and customer usage patterns.
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.
Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of more than $11 billion, and three principal subsidiaries: PSEG Power, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and PSEG Energy Holdings.