Sempra Energy Reports Strong First-Quarter 2021 Earnings Results
May 5, 2021
SAN DIEGO, May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today announced first-quarter 2021 earnings of $874 million, or $2.87 per diluted share, compared to first-quarter 2020 earnings of $760 million, or $2.53 per diluted share. On an adjusted basis, the company's first-quarter 2021 earnings were $900 million, or $2.95 per diluted share, compared to $741 million, or $2.47 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2020.
"Over the last several years, we have narrowed our market focus, expanded investment in our utilities and worked hard to improve safety and operating results," said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. "Taken together, these activities also support our financial commitments and, in part, are reflected in the strength of our first quarter results. The company is well positioned to deliver another strong year of financial performance."
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 first quarter of 2021 and 2020.
Building Resiliency in California Utilities
Sempra Energy's California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), both recently announced net-zero emissions goals, contributing to Sempra Energy's overall efforts to help shape a more sustainable future. In March 2021, SoCalGas announced its goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045. With this commitment, SoCalGas becomes the largest gas distribution utility in North America to set a net-zero GHG emissions target across all three scopes.
Building on the sustainability strategy SDG&E released last October and its goal to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2045, the utility announced it is developing two hydrogen pilot projects, it is nearing completion of an additional battery storage facility and it has begun construction on another, while also launching a vehicle-to-grid pilot program featuring electric school buses, among other efforts.
Additionally, SDG&E and SoCalGas recently received a proposed decision for attrition rates for 2022 and 2023, providing improved visibility into funding in support of safety and reliability programs. SDG&E's attrition rate would be 3.92% for 2022 and 3.7% for 2023, and SoCalGas' attrition rate would be 4.53% for 2022 and 3.97% for 2023.
Continuing Growth at Oncor
In Texas, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) continues to play a key role in meeting the growing energy needs of Texas' economy through the execution of its 2021-2025 capital plan. In the first quarter of 2021, Oncor continued to see strong organic growth and connected approximately 19,000 new premises, compared to approximately 18,000 in the first quarter of 2020.
Making Progress on Sempra Infrastructure
Last month, Sempra Energy announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell a non-controlling 20% interest in Sempra Infrastructure to KKR for $3.37 billion in cash, subject to adjustments. The transaction values Sempra Infrastructure at approximately $25.2 billion, including expected asset-related debt at closing of $8.37 billion. Proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund growth in Sempra Energy's U.S. utilities and to further strengthen the company's balance sheet. The sale is expected to be accretive to earnings. The transaction is forecasted to be completed in mid-2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including consents from third parties and regulators.
On April 26, 2021, Sempra Energy launched its exchange offer to acquire all the outstanding shares of Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) not owned by Sempra Energy. As part of the exchange offer, Sempra Energy intends to list its shares of common stock on the Mexican stock exchange (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, S.A.B de C.V.). The exchange offer is expected to be completed by the end of May.
Additionally, IEnova continues to advance its development projects in Mexico with a focus on improving the country's energy security. In March, IEnova achieved commercial operations on its Border Solar project, a 150-megawatt solar facility in northern Mexico, and completed the acquisition of the remaining 50% equity interest in Energía Sierra Juárez, a cross-border wind generation complex in Baja California, Mexico.
Sempra Energy is updating its full-year 2021 GAAP EPS guidance range to $7.42 to $8.02 and affirming its full-year 2021 adjusted EPS guidance range of $7.50 to $8.10.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Non-GAAP financial measures include Sempra Energy's adjusted earnings, adjusted EPS and adjusted EPS guidance range. See Table A for additional information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures.
Sempra Energy 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 website at www.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 6657833.
About Sempra Energy
Sempra Energy's mission is to be North America's premier energy infrastructure company. The Sempra Energy family of companies have more than 19,000 talented employees who deliver energy with purpose to over 36 million consumers. With more than $66 billion in total assets at the end of 2020, the San Diego-based company is the owner of one of the largest energy networks in North America serving some of the world's leading economies. The company is helping to advance the global energy transition by enabling the delivery of lower-carbon energy solutions in each market it serves, including California, Texas, Mexico and the LNG export market. Sempra Energy is consistently recognized as a leader in sustainable business practices and for its long-standing commitment to building a high-performing culture including safety, workforce development and training, and diversity and inclusion. Sempra Energy 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 2021 by Fortune Magazine. For additional information about Sempra Energy, please visit Sempra Energy's website at www.sempra.com and on Twitter @SempraEnergy.
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Factors, among others, that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements 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 costs from insurance, the wildfire fund established by California Assembly Bill 1054 or in rates from customers; decisions, investigations, regulations, issuances or revocations of permits and other authorizations, renewals of franchises, and other actions by (i) the Comisión Federal de Electricidad, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), U.S. Department of Energy, Public Utility Commission of Texas, and other regulatory and governmental bodies and (ii) states, counties, cities and other jurisdictions in the U.S., Mexico and other countries in which we do business; the success of business development efforts, construction projects and major acquisitions and divestitures, including risks in (i) the ability to make a final investment decision, (ii) completing construction projects or other transactions on schedule and budget, (iii) the ability to realize anticipated benefits from any of these efforts if completed, and (iv) obtaining the consent of partners or other third parties; the resolution of civil and criminal litigation, regulatory inquiries, investigations and proceedings, and arbitrations, including, among others, those related to the natural gas leak at Southern California Gas Company's (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our capital projects, regulatory approval processes, supply chain, liquidity and execution of operations; 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 substantial debt service obligations; actions to reduce or eliminate reliance on natural gas, including any deterioration of or increased uncertainty in the political or regulatory environment for local natural gas distribution companies operating in California, and the impact of volatility of oil prices on our businesses and development projects; weather, natural disasters, pandemics, accidents, equipment failures, explosions, acts of terrorism, computer system outages and other events that disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, cause the release of harmful materials, cause fires and subject us to liability for property damage or personal injuries, fines and penalties, some of which may not be covered by insurance, may be disputed by insurers or may otherwise not be recoverable through regulatory mechanisms or may impact our ability to obtain satisfactory levels of affordable insurance; the availability of electric power and natural gas and natural gas storage capacity, including disruptions caused by failures in the transmission grid, limitations on the withdrawal of natural gas from storage facilities, and equipment failures; cybersecurity threats to the energy grid, the storage and pipeline infrastructure, the information and systems used to operate our businesses, and the confidentiality of our proprietary information and the personal information of our customers and employees; expropriation of assets, failure of foreign governments and state-owned entities to honor their contracts, and property disputes; the impact at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) on competitive customer rates and reliability due to the growth in distributed and local power generation, including from departing retail load resulting from customers transferring to Direct Access and Community Choice Aggregation, 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; volatility in foreign currency exchange, inflation and interest rates and commodity prices and our ability to effectively hedge these risks; changes in tax and trade policies, laws and regulations, including tariffs and revisions to international trade agreements that may increase our costs, reduce our competitiveness, or impair our ability to resolve trade disputes; and other uncertainties, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.
These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that Sempra Energy 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, www.sec.gov, and on the company's website, www.sempra.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.
Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, SDG&E or SoCalGas, and Sempra North American Infrastructure, Sempra LNG, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the CPUC.
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RECONCILIATION OF SEMPRA ENERGY ADJUSTED EARNINGS TO SEMPRA ENERGY GAAP EARNINGS (Unaudited)
Sempra Energy Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted EPS exclude items (after the effects of income taxes and, if applicable, noncontrolling interests) in 2021 and 2020 as follows:
Three months ended March 31, 2021:
Three months ended March 31, 2020:
Sempra Energy 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 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 Energy'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 Energy GAAP Earnings and GAAP EPS, which we consider to be the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
RECONCILIATION OF SEMPRA ENERGY 2021 ADJUSTED EPS GUIDANCE RANGE TO SEMPRA ENERGY 2021 GAAP EPS GUIDANCE RANGE (Unaudited)
Sempra Energy 2021 Adjusted EPS Guidance Range of $7.50 to $8.10 excludes items (after the effects of income taxes and, if applicable, noncontrolling interests) as follows:
Sempra Energy 2021 Adjusted EPS Guidance is a non-GAAP financial measure. This non-GAAP financial measure excludes the impact from foreign currency and inflation 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 Energy's business operations to prior and future periods. Sempra Energy 2021 Adjusted EPS Guidance Range should not be considered an alternative to Sempra Energy 2021 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 Energy 2021 Adjusted EPS Guidance Range to Sempra Energy 2021 GAAP EPS Guidance Range, which we consider to be the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.
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