SAN DIEGO, Dec. 27, 2006 – Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced it expects earnings from continuing operations, excluding impacts related to asset sales, to exceed $4 per share. The increase from the previous per share estimate of $3.50 to $3.70 is due primarily to increased profitability at its commodities business. Final year-end and fourth-quarter results will be announced on Feb. 22, 2007.
The company also announced it has decided to sell its interests in two Argentine natural gas distribution companies. Sempra Energy owns 37 percent of Camuzzi Gas Pampeana SA and 39 percent of Camuzzi del Sur SA, both based in Buenos Aires.
“We are extremely pleased with our financial performance this year,” said Donald E. Felsinger, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. “The decision to sell our Argentine investments is a continuation of our strategy to shed non-strategic assets and focus on growing our natural gas infrastructure and marketing businesses and our California utilities,” he added.
The asset sales affecting earnings from continuing operations that are excluded from the new earnings guidance are a third-quarter gain of $204 million on the sale of the Topaz Texas power plants and a fourth-quarter non-cash impairment charge of approximately $200 million resulting from the company’s decision to sell its interests in the Argentine natural gas distribution companies.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2005 revenues of $11.7 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 14,000 employees serve more than 29 million consumers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia.
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