Sempra Reports Second-Quarter 2022 Earnings Results
Aug 4, 2022
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra (NYSE: SRE) (BMV: SRE) today announced second-quarter 2022 earnings of $559 million, or $1.77 per diluted share, compared to second-quarter 2021 earnings of $424 million, or $1.37 per diluted share. On an adjusted basis, the company's second-quarter 2022 earnings were $626 million or $1.98 per diluted share, compared to $504 million, or $1.63 per diluted share, in 2021.
"At Sempra, we want to help ensure energy is increasingly abundant, cleaner and more affordable. We're executing against a plan that extends our capabilities to better serve the growing needs of customers here in North America and overseas," said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra. "Integral to the effort are our employees, whose relentless focus on safety, innovation and operational excellence allows us to meet the opportunity of this moment."
Sempra's earnings for the first six months of 2022 were $1.171 billion, or $3.70 per diluted share, compared with earnings of $1.298 billion, or $4.24 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2021. Adjusted earnings for the first six months of 2022 were $1.550 billion, or $4.90 per diluted share, compared to $1.404 billion, or $4.58 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2021.
The reported financial results reflect certain significant items as described on an after-tax basis in the following table of GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America) earnings, reconciled to adjusted earnings, for the second quarter and first six months of 2022 and 2021.
Sempra California is continuing to operate and construct critical new infrastructure that promotes safety and reliability, while also integrating cleaner forms of energy.
In May, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) each filed their 2024-2027 General Rate Cases (GRC) with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Based on a sustainability policy framework, the GRC filings propose critical infrastructure investments focused on safety, reliability and helping advance a cleaner energy future.
In June, SDG&E announced it had received approval from the CPUC to build four microgrid facilities equipped with energy storage to help dispatch cleaner energy to the grid during peak demand. The projects are aimed at furthering climate resiliency with the ability to operate independently from or in parallel with the larger regional grid to help improve power continuity during grid outages and capacity shortfalls.
Also in June, SoCalGas submitted its annual fugitive emissions report to the CPUC, reporting a significant achievement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. From 2015 through 2021, SoCalGas reduced fugitive methane emissions by approximately 37%, significantly surpassing California's goal of a 20% reduction by 2025 and nearing the state's goal of a 40% reduction by 2030. The company's success comes from innovation in new detection technologies, including aerial methane mapping and drones to map and detect methane.
In Texas, high demand driven by premise growth, new high-voltage interconnections, and one of the fastest growing economies in the nation necessitates a reliable and resilient grid. Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) is supporting the state's notable demographic growth by executing on its record capital plan, which is focused on critical new transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure.
During the second quarter, Oncor received 90 new transmission interconnection requests, representing a 73% increase in new requests versus the second quarter last year, and placed approximately $239 million of transmission projects into service. The company has completed approximately 880 miles of T&D projects year-to-date with 480 miles of T&D projects completed in the second quarter.
Additionally, the company connected approximately 35,000 premises in the first six months of 2022. Notably, in June, Oncor received interconnection requests for 110 new housing subdivisions, the most ever received in any one month.
In May, Oncor filed its base rate review with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. The company expects any adjustments to rates to be effective by the end of the first quarter of 2023.
The strength and diversity of Sempra Infrastructure's growth platform helped drive significant commercial momentum in the second quarter, attracting world-class investment and commercial partners for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) and net-zero projects.
"There is an intersection of opportunity right now," said Justin Bird, CEO of Sempra Infrastructure. "It is expected that the United States will more than double its LNG export capacity by the end of the decade, while advancing the dual objectives of global energy security and decarbonization."
In June, Sempra completed the sale of a 10% non-controlling interest in Sempra Infrastructure Partners for approximately $1.7 billion in cash to a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Sempra now owns a 70% controlling stake in Sempra Infrastructure Partners, and KKR and ADIA own a 20% and 10% non-controlling interest, respectively.
During the quarter, Sempra Infrastructure advanced its LNG development projects by signing a series of non-binding heads of agreements (HOAs) for approximately 12 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) with the Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG), RWE Supply & Trading, a subsidiary of RWE, and INEOS Energy Trading Ltd., a subsidiary of INEOS, culminating with an HOA with ConocoPhillips that supports the development of Phase 1 of the Port Arthur LNG project.
Sempra Infrastructure is also supporting the growing integration of North American energy markets through its cross-border infrastructure, as well as investments in clean energy development. In May, Sempra Infrastructure signed a participation agreement with TotalEnergies, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corporation, to advance the Hackberry Carbon Sequestration project in Southwest Louisiana.
As part of its business portfolio, Sempra Infrastructure is working on initiatives focused on sustainability and the global energy transition to advance its goal to lower the greenhouse gas emission intensity at its LNG and other facilities. Additionally, the company is working to provide decarbonization solutions to its customers in North America and in global energy markets.
Sempra is updating its full-year 2022 GAAP earnings per common share (EPS) guidance range to $6.90 to $7.50. As a result of the company's strong execution and financial results in the first half of the year, Sempra is guiding to the high end of its full-year 2022 adjusted EPS guidance range of $8.10 to $8.70. Sempra also is affirming its full-year 2023 EPS guidance range of $8.60 to $9.20.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP financial measures include Sempra's adjusted earnings, adjusted EPS, and adjusted EPS guidance range. See Table A for additional information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures.
Sempra will broadcast a live discussion of its earnings results over the Internet today at 12 p.m. ET with senior management of the company. Access is available by logging onto the company's website, sempra.com. For those unable to log on to the live webcast, the teleconference will be available on replay a few hours after its conclusion by dialing (888) 203-1112 and entering passcode 1507557.
Sempra's mission is to be North America's premier energy infrastructure company. The Sempra family of companies have 20,000 talented employees who deliver energy with purpose to nearly 40 million consumers. With more than $72 billion in total assets at the end of 2021, the San Diego-based company is the owner of one of the largest energy networks in North America helping some of the world's leading economies move to cleaner sources of energy. The company is helping to advance the global energy transition through electrification and decarbonization in the markets it serves, including California, Texas, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra is consistently recognized as a leader in sustainable business practices and for its long-standing commitment to building a high-performing culture focused on safety, workforce development and training, and diversity and inclusion. Sempra is the only North American utility sector company included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and was also named one of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for 2022 by Fortune Magazine. For additional information about Sempra, please visit Sempra's website at sempra.com and on Twitter @Sempra.
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Factors, among others, that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement include risks and uncertainties relating to: California wildfires, including the risks that we may be found liable for damages regardless of fault and that we may not be able to recover all or a substantial portion of costs from insurance, the wildfire fund established by California Assembly Bill 1054, in rates from customers or a combination thereof; decisions, investigations, regulations, issuances or revocations of permits and other authorizations, renewals of franchises, and other actions by (i) the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Comisión Reguladora de Energía, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Public Utility Commission of Texas, and other regulatory and governmental bodies and (ii) the U.S., Mexico and states, counties, cities and other jurisdictions therein and in other countries in which we do business; the success of business development efforts, construction projects and acquisitions and divestitures, including risks in (i) being able to make a final investment decision, (ii) completing construction projects or other transactions on schedule and budget, (iii) realizing anticipated benefits from any of these efforts if completed, and (iv) obtaining the consent or approval of partners or other third parties, including governmental and regulatory bodies; civil and criminal litigation, regulatory inquiries, investigations, arbitrations, property disputes and other proceedings, including those related to the natural gas leak at Southern California Gas Company's (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility; changes to laws and regulations, including certain of Mexico's laws and rules that impact energy supplier permitting, energy contract rates, the electricity industry generally and the import, export, transport and storage of hydrocarbons; cybersecurity threats, including by state and state-sponsored actors, to the energy grid, storage and pipeline infrastructure, information and systems used to operate our businesses, and confidentiality of our proprietary information and personal information of our customers and employees, including ransomware attacks on our systems and the systems of third-parties with which we conduct business, all of which have become more pronounced due to recent geopolitical events and other uncertainties, such as the war in Ukraine; failure of foreign governments, state-owned entities and our counterparties to honor their contracts and commitments; actions by credit rating agencies to downgrade our credit ratings or to place those ratings on negative outlook and our ability to borrow on favorable terms and meet our debt service obligations; the impact of energy and climate policies, laws, rules and disclosures, as well as related goals and actions of companies in our industry, including actions to reduce or eliminate reliance on natural gas generally and any deterioration of or increased uncertainty in the political or regulatory environment for California natural gas distribution companies and the risk of nonrecovery for stranded assets; the pace of the development and adoption of new technologies in the energy sector, including those designed to support governmental and private party energy and climate goals, and our ability to timely and economically incorporate them into our businesses; weather, natural disasters, pandemics, accidents, equipment failures, explosions, acts of terrorism, information system outages or other events that disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, cause the release of harmful materials, cause fires or subject us to liability for damages, fines and penalties, some of which may be disputed or not covered by insurers, may not be recoverable through regulatory mechanisms or may impact our ability to obtain satisfactory levels of affordable insurance; inflationary and interest rate pressures, volatility in foreign currency exchange rates and commodity prices, our ability to effectively hedge these risks, and their impact, as applicable, on San Diego Gas & Electric Company's (SDG&E) and SoCalGas' cost of capital and the affordability of customer rates; the availability of electric power, natural gas and natural gas storage capacity, including disruptions caused by failures in the transmission grid or limitations on the withdrawal of natural gas from storage facilities; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on capital projects, regulatory approvals and the execution of our operations; the impact at SDG&E on competitive customer rates and reliability due to growth in distributed and local power generation, including from departing retail load resulting from customers transferring to Community Choice Aggregation and Direct Access, and the risk of nonrecovery for stranded assets and contractual obligations; Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC's (Oncor) ability to eliminate or reduce its quarterly dividends due to regulatory and governance requirements and commitments, including by actions of Oncor's independent directors or a minority member director; changes in tax and trade policies, laws and regulations, including tariffs, revisions to international trade agreements and sanctions, such as those that have been imposed and that may be imposed in the future in connection with the war in Ukraine, which may increase our costs, reduce our competitiveness, impact our ability to do business with certain counterparties, or impair our ability to resolve trade disputes; and other uncertainties, some of which are difficult to predict and beyond our control.
These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that Sempra has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC's website, sec.gov, and on Sempra's website, sempra.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.
Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra Texas, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, SDG&E or SoCalGas, and Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra Texas, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the CPUC.
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RECONCILIATION OF SEMPRA ADJUSTED EARNINGS TO SEMPRA GAAP EARNINGS (Unaudited)
Sempra Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted EPS exclude items (after the effects of income taxes and, if applicable, noncontrolling interests (NCI)) in 2022 and 2021 as follows:
Three months ended June 30, 2022:
Three months ended June 30, 2021:
Six months ended June 30, 2022:
Six months ended June 30, 2021:
Sempra Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures (GAAP represents generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America). These non-GAAP financial measures exclude significant items that are generally not related to our ongoing business activities and/or are infrequent in nature. These non-GAAP financial measures also exclude the impact from foreign currency and inflation effects on our monetary positions in Mexico and associated undesignated derivatives and unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives, which we expect to occur in future periods, and which can vary significantly from one period to the next. Exclusion of these items is useful to management and investors because it provides a meaningful comparison of the performance of Sempra's business operations to prior and future periods. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplementary information that should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The table below reconciles for historical periods these non-GAAP financial measures to Sempra GAAP Earnings and GAAP EPS, which we consider to be the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
RECONCILIATION OF SEMPRA 2022 ADJUSTED EPS GUIDANCE RANGE TO SEMPRA 2022 GAAP EPS GUIDANCE RANGE (Unaudited)
Sempra 2022 Adjusted EPS Guidance Range of $8.10 to $8.70 excludes items (after the effects of income taxes and, if applicable, noncontrolling interests) as follows:
Sempra 2022 Adjusted EPS Guidance is a non-GAAP financial measure. This non-GAAP financial measure excludes significant items that are generally not related to our ongoing business activities and/or infrequent in nature. This non-GAAP financial measure also excludes the impact from foreign currency and inflation effects on our monetary positions in Mexico and associated undesignated derivatives and unrealized gains and losses on commodity derivatives, which we expect to occur in future periods, and which can vary significantly from one period to the next. Exclusion of these items is useful to management and investors because it provides a meaningful comparison of the performance of Sempra's business operations to prior and future periods. Sempra 2022 Adjusted EPS Guidance Range should not be considered an alternative to Sempra 2022 GAAP EPS Guidance Range. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplementary information that should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The table below reconciles Sempra 2022 Adjusted EPS Guidance Range to Sempra 2022 GAAP EPS Guidance Range, which we consider to be the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.
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