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October 31, 2017

PSEG Announces 2017 Third Quarter Results

Net Income of $0.78 Per Share
Non-GAAP Operating Earnings of $0.82 Per Share
Re-Affirms 2017 Non-GAAP Operating Earnings Guidance of $2.80 - $3.00 Per Share

October 31, 2017 (Newark, NJ) (NYSE – PEG) Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) reported third quarter 2017 Net Income of $395 million or $0.78 per share as compared to Net Income of $327 million or $0.64 per share reported for the third quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP Operating Earnings for the third quarter of 2017 were $417 million or $0.82 per share as compared to non-GAAP Operating Earnings for the third quarter of 2016 of $444 million or $0.88 per share.

“We experienced solid results for the quarter, executing well on major initiatives,” said Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, “delivering reliable, efficient service, as we continue to upgrade our transmission system, replace cast-iron pipe and construct three new clean gas-fired combined cycle generating stations.”

Management uses non-GAAP Operating Earnings in its internal analysis, and in communications with investors and analysts, as a consistent measure for comparing PSEG’s financial performance to previous financial results. Non-GAAP Operating Earnings exclude the impact of returns(losses) associated with Nuclear Decommissioning Trust (NDT), Mark-to-Market (MTM) accounting and material one-time items. 

The table below provides a reconciliation of PSEG’s Net Income to non-GAAP Operating Earnings for the third quarter. See Attachment 11 for a complete list of items excluded from Net Income in the determination of non-GAAP Operating Earnings. The presentation of non-GAAP Operating Earnings is intended to complement, and should not be considered an alternative to, the presentation of Net Income, which is an indicator of financial performance determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, non-GAAP Operating Earnings as presented in this release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

 


Ralph Izzo went on to say, “Despite the impact of abnormally cool weather on third quarter sales and earnings, we remain within our non-GAAP Operating Earnings guidance for the full year of $2.80 - $3.00 per share.”

Non-GAAP Operating Earnings guidance by company for the full year remains unchanged:

 


Due to the forward looking nature of non-GAAP Operating Earnings guidance, PSEG is unable to reconcile this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Management is unable to project certain reconciling items, in particular MTM and NDT gains (losses), for future periods due to market volatility.

Non-GAAP Operating Earnings Review and Outlook by Operating Subsidiary

See Attachment 5 for detail regarding the quarter-over-quarter reconciliations for each of PSEG’s businesses.

PSE&G

PSE&G reported Net Income of $246 million ($0.49 per share) for the third quarter of 2017 compared with Net Income of $255 million ($0.50 per share) for the third quarter of 2016.

Net Income growth in the third quarter associated with PSE&G’s expanded investment in electric and gas transmission and distribution facilities was offset by the impact on sales of weather conditions which were substantially cooler than experienced in the year-ago quarter and cooler than normal.

Returns on PSE&G’s expanded investment in transmission added $0.04 per share to Net Income in the quarter. Incremental revenue associated with recovery of PSE&G’s Energy Strong investment infrastructure program of $0.02 per share was offset by a decline in electric demand-related revenues and weather-normalized electric sales. Net Income comparisons were also impacted by a decline in electric sales associated with weather conditions which were approximately 27% cooler than conditions experienced during the 2016 third quarter and 5% cooler than normal. The decline in electric sales reduced third quarter Net Income comparisons by $0.03 per share. An increase in depreciation expense of $0.01 per share associated with PSE&G’s expanded capital base was offset by a decline in operating and maintenance expense. An absence of tax credits available in the year-ago third quarter and other items reduced Net Income comparisons by $0.02 per share.

Electric sales, as a result of cooler summer weather, declined 8.3% in the quarter. The decline was led by an approximate 13.9% decline in sales to residential customers and accompanied a decline in sales to commercial and industrial customers of 4.8% and 4.2%, respectively. On a trailing twelve-month basis, weather-normalized electric sales decreased by 0.1% year-over-year. Gas sales, on the same basis, increased 1.5% led by the commercial sector.

Electric sales comparisons for the quarter reflect warmer than normal weather experienced in the second half of September. The warm weather in the second half of September had a more modest impact on margins, as those sales are accrued at the lower non-summer billing rates.

PSE&G filed an update of its Formula Rate for transmission at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in October 2017. The update, which reflects an increase in the level of PSE&G’s investment in transmission and a true-up of prior year results, provides for a $212 million increase in annual transmission revenues effective January 1, 2018. The increase is due to planned capital improvements with a focus on improvements to system reliability.

PSE&G, following discussions with the staff of the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and Rate Counsel, and as approved by the BPU at its October 20, 2017 meeting, agreed to delay the filing of its base distribution rate case by one month to no later than December 1, 2017. The filing will be based upon three months of actual data and nine months of forecasted data with the test year ending June 2018 remaining unchanged.

PSE&G invested approximately $2.1 billion for the nine months ended September 30 in electric and gas transmission and distribution capital projects designed to provide more reliable, safe and resilient service to its 2.2 million customers. For the year, PSE&G currently expects to invest $3.1 billion of capital in its infrastructure. This is lower than the plan of $3.4 billion due to a delay in timing on certain projects and better than anticipated efficiencies.

The forecast of PSE&G’s Net Income for 2017 remains unchanged at $945 - $985 million.

PSEG Power

PSEG Power reported Net Income of $136 million ($0.27 per share) for the third quarter of 2017 and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA of $356 million compared with Net Income of $139 million ($0.27 per share) and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA of $387 million for the third quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP Operating Earnings for the third quarter of 2017 were $158 million ($0.31 per share) compared with non-GAAP Operating Earnings for the third quarter of 2016 of $170 million ($0.34 per share).

Power’s Net Income in the third quarter was impacted by a decline in energy prices and the effect of cooler than normal weather on demand and output, which offset a decline in operating and maintenance expense.

Non-GAAP Operating Earnings in the quarter increased $0.01 per share as the result of higher capacity prices in New England and PJM. Lower average prices on energy hedges and a decline in market prices combined to reduce non-GAAP Operating Earnings comparisons by $0.05 per share. A 6% decline in output associated with the impact of cooler than normal weather conditions on demand reduced non-GAAP Operating Earnings comparisons by $0.02 per share. A reduction in O&M expense associated with the June 1, 2017 retirement of the Hudson and Mercer coal stations and a decline in nuclear plant related costs improved non-GAAP Operating Earnings comparisons by $0.02 per share. A decline in depreciation expense associated with the retirement of Hudson and Mercer combined with a decline in interest expense and taxes to improve non-GAAP Operating Earnings comparisons by $0.01 per share. 

Cooler than normal weather limited peak demand requirements and utilization of the gas-fired combined cycle and peaking fleets. The nuclear fleet’s output increased 20% quarter-over-quarter to 8.2 TWh as the fleet’s capacity factor improved to 96% from 80%. The improvement in performance reflects the absence of lengthy repair-related work at the Salem Station (including repair and replacement of baffle bolts) in the year-ago quarter and strong performance at Hope Creek in the current quarter. Power’s gas-fired combined cycle fleet experienced a 29% decline in output to 3.7 TWh. An increase in the price of gas improved the competitive position of the base-load coal fleet as a decline in market demand sharply reduced utilization of the peaking fleet.

Power continues to forecast output for 2017 of 49 – 50 TWh. Approximately 86% of production for the remainder of the year of 11 TWh is hedged at an average price of $45 per MWh. Power has hedged approximately 70% - 75% of 2018’s forecast output of 52 – 54 TWh at an average price of $41 per MWh. For 2019, Power has hedged 30% - 35% of forecast output of 58 – 60 TWh at an average price of $39 per MWh. The forecast of output for 2018 and 2019 remains unchanged from prior estimates.

The forecast increase in output in both 2018 and 2019 reflects the commercial start-up in mid-2018 of 1,300 MWs of new gas-fired combined cycle capacity at the Keys Energy Center in Maryland and Sewaren in New Jersey, and the mid-2019 commercial start-up of the 485 MW gas-fired combined cycle generating unit in Bridgeport Harbor, Connecticut.

Management believes non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors and other users of our financial statements in evaluating operating performance because it provides them with an additional tool to compare business performance across companies and across periods. Management also believes that non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA is widely used by investors to measure operating performance without regard to items such as income tax expense, interest expense and depreciation and amortization, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon, among other things, the book value of assets, capital structure, whether assets were constructed or acquired and accounting methods. Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA also allows investors and other users to assess the underlying financial performance of our fleet before management’s decision to deploy capital. Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA excludes the same items as our non-GAAP Operating Earnings measure as well as income tax expense, interest expense and depreciation and amortization. See Attachment 12 for a complete list of items excluded from Net Income in the determination of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA is intended to complement, and should not be considered an alternative to, the presentation of Net Income, which is an indicator of financial performance determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA as presented in this release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Due to the forward looking nature of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA guidance, PSEG is unable to reconcile this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Management is unable to project certain reconciling items, in particular MTM and NDT gains (losses), for future periods due to market volatility.

The forecast range of Power’s 2017 non-GAAP Operating Earnings and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA remain unchanged at $435 – $510 million and $1,080 – $1,210 million, respectively.

PSEG Enterprise/Other

PSEG Enterprise/Other reported Net Income of $13 million ($0.02 per share) for the third quarter of 2017 compared to a Net Loss of $67 million ($0.13 per share) for the third quarter of 2016.

Non-GAAP Operating Earnings for the third quarter of 2017 were $13 million ($0.02 per share) compared with non-GAAP Operating Earnings of $19 million ($0.04 per share) during the third quarter of 2016.

The decrease in non-GAAP Operating Earnings year-over-year reflects the absence of certain tax items at PSEG Energy Holdings and Parent recognized in the third quarter of 2016 as well as higher interest expense at the Parent.

The forecast of PSEG Enterprise/Other full year non-GAAP Operating Earnings remains at $35 million.

Financing

PSEG closed the quarter ended September 30, 2017 with $278 million of cash on its balance sheet with debt at the end of the quarter representing approximately 49% of consolidated capital. PSEG Power had debt at the end of the quarter representing 31% of capital.

Q3 2017 Earnings Attachments

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About PSEG:
Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.  Its operating subsidiaries are: Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power LLC, and PSEG Long Island.

PSE&G is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability.

PSEG Power LLC is an independent power producer that generates and sells electricity in the PJM, New York and New England wholesale power markets.

 


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Forward-Looking Statement

Certain of the matters discussed in this presentation about our and our subsidiaries’ future performance, including, without limitation, future revenues, earnings, strategies, prospects, consequences and all other statements that are not purely historical 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 filings we make with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.  These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • fluctuations in wholesale power and natural gas markets, including the potential impacts on the economic viability of our generation units;
  • our ability to obtain adequate fuel supply;
  • any inability to manage our energy obligations with available supply;
  • increases in competition in wholesale energy and capacity markets;
  • changes in technology related to energy generation, distribution and consumption and customer usage patterns;
  • economic downturns;
  • third party credit risk relating to our sale of generation output and purchase of fuel;
  • adverse performance of our decommissioning and defined benefit plan trust fund investments and changes in funding requirements;
  • changes in state and federal legislation and regulations;
  • the impact of pending rate case proceedings;
  • regulatory, financial, environmental, health and safety risks associated with our ownership and operation of nuclear facilities;
  • adverse changes in energy industry laws, policies and regulations, including market structures and transmission planning;
  • changes in federal and state environmental regulations and enforcement;
  • delays in receipt of, or an inability to receive, necessary licenses and permits;
  • adverse outcomes of any legal, regulatory or other proceeding, settlement, investigation or claim applicable to us and/or the energy industry;
  • changes in tax laws and regulations;
  • the impact of our holding company structure on our ability to meet our corporate funding needs, service debt and pay dividends;
  • lack of growth or slower growth in the number of customers or changes in customer demand;
  • any inability of Power to meet its commitments under forward sale obligations;
  • reliance on transmission facilities that we do not own or control and the impact on our ability to maintain adequate transmission capacity;
  • any inability to successfully develop or construct generation, transmission and distribution projects;
  • any equipment failures, accidents, severe weather events or other incidents that impact our ability to provide safe and reliable service to our customers;
  • our inability to exercise control over the operations of generation facilities in which we do not maintain a controlling interest;
  • any inability to maintain sufficient liquidity;
  • any inability to realize anticipated tax benefits or retain tax credits;
  • challenges associated with recruitment and/or retention of key executives and a qualified workforce;
  • the impact of our covenants in our debt instruments on our operations; and
  • the impact of acts of terrorism, cybersecurity attacks or intrusions.

All of the forward-looking statements made in this presentation 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, results of operations or cash flows. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements in making any investment decision. Forward-looking statements made in this presentation apply only as of the date of this presentation. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements from time to time, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even in light of new information or future events, unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws.

The forward-looking statements contained in this presentation 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.

From time to time, PSEG, PSE&G and PSEG Power release important information via postings on their corporate website at http://investor.pseg.com. Investors and other interested parties are encouraged to visit the corporate website to review new postings. The “Email Alerts” link at http://investor.pseg.com may be used to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and/or Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings.

 

    

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