Edison International Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results; Increases Guidance

Edison International (NYSE:EIX) today reported second quarter 2017 net income of $278 million, or $0.85 per share, compared to $280 million, or $0.86 per share, in the second quarter of 2016. There was no impact from non-core items in the second quarter 2017 and second quarter 2016 results.

Southern California Edison's (SCE) second quarter 2017 net income decreased by $11 million, or $0.04 per share, from the second quarter 2016 due to a reduction in California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) revenue related to prior overcollections.

Edison International Parent and Other's second quarter 2017 losses from continuing operations decreased by $7 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to second quarter 2016. The decrease in losses was primarily related to higher income tax benefits related to stock option exercises and the 2017 settlement of federal income tax audits for 2007-2012.

Edison International Parent and Other's second quarter 2016 non-core items included income of $2 million, or $0.01 per share, related to losses (net of distributions) allocated to tax equity investors under the hypothetical liquidation at book value (HLBV) accounting method. Additionally, during the second quarter 2016, Edison International recorded $2 million, or $0.01 per share, of losses from discontinued operations.

"Today, we increased our full-year earnings guidance based on strong results for the first half of the year, primarily related to tax benefits," said Pedro Pizarro, president and chief executive officer of Edison International. "At SCE, we continue to evaluate opportunities that will improve reliability and safety for customers and also keep us on the path of being a key enabler of California's climate change policies."

Year-to-Date Earnings

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, Edison International reported net income of $640 million, or $1.96 per share, compared to $561 million, or $1.72 per share, during the same period in 2016. Edison International's core earnings were $639 million, or $1.96 per share, compared to $558 million, or $1.71 per share, in the year-to-date period in 2016.

SCE's net income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 increased $44 million, or $0.13 per share, from the same period in 2016, primarily related to an increase in revenue from the escalation mechanism set forth in the 2015 General Rate Case (GRC) decision and lower operation and maintenance expenses, partially offset by the CPUC revenue adjustment discussed above and higher net financing costs.

Edison International Parent and Other's losses from continuing operations from the six months ended June 30, 2017 decreased by $34 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to same period 2016. The decrease is primarily related to higher income tax benefits related to stock option exercises and the 2017 settlement of federal income tax audits for 2007-2012.

Edison International's non-core items for the six months ended June 30, 2017 included income of $1 million compared to income of $4 million, or $0.01 per share, for the same period in 2016 primarily related to losses (net of distributions) allocated to tax equity investors under the HLBV accounting method. Additionally, during the six months ended June 30, 2016, Edison International recorded $1 million of losses from discontinued operations.

Edison International uses core earnings, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that adjusts for significant discrete items that management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings. Edison International management believes that core earnings provide more meaningful comparisons of performance from period to period. Please see the attached tables for a reconciliation of core earnings to basic GAAP earnings.

2017 Earnings Guidance Increased

The company increased its earnings guidance for 2017 as summarized in the following chart. See the presentation accompanying the company's conference call for further information including key guidance assumptions.
                2017 Earnings Guidance       2017 Earnings Guidance
as of May 1, 2017 as of July 27, 2017
Low       Mid       High Low       Mid       High
EIX Basic EPS $4.04 $4.14 $4.24 $4.13 $4.23 $4.33
Less: Non-core Items* - - - - - -
EIX Core EPS $4.04 $4.14 $4.24 $4.13 $4.23 $4.33
          * There were no non-core items recorded for the six months ended June 30, 2017.
 

A Note on 2016 Results

In March 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued a new accounting standard for employee share-based payments. Edison International adopted this accounting standard during the fourth quarter of 2016, effective January 1, 2016. Under this new standard, share-based payments may create a permanent difference between the amount of compensation expense recognized for book and tax purposes. The tax impact of this permanent difference is recognized in earnings in the period it is created. 2016 earnings were updated to reflect the implementation of the accounting standard for share-based payments effective January 1, 2016. See the Second Quarter Reconciliation tables below and the presentation accompanying the company's conference call for further information.

About Edison International

Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power, as well as a provider of energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, California, Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation's largest electric utilities. Edison International is also the parent company of Edison Energy Group, a portfolio of competitive businesses that provide commercial and industrial customers with energy management and procurement services and distributed solar generation. Edison Energy Group companies are independent from Southern California Edison.

Appendix

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Edison International's earnings are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles used in the United States and represent the company's earnings as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our management uses core earnings and core earnings per share (EPS) internally for financial planning and for analysis of performance of Edison International and Southern California Edison. We also use core earnings and core EPS when communicating with analysts and investors regarding our earnings results to facilitate comparisons of the Company's performance from period to period. Financial measures referred to as net income, basic EPS, core earnings, or core EPS also apply to the description of earnings or earnings per share.

Core earnings and core EPS are non-GAAP financial measures and may not be comparable to those of other companies. Core earnings and core EPS are defined as basic earnings and basic EPS excluding income or loss from discontinued operations and income or loss from significant discrete items that management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings. Basic earnings and losses refer to net income or losses attributable to Edison International shareholders. Core earnings are reconciled to basic earnings in the attached tables. The impact of participating securities (vested awards that earn dividend equivalents that may participate in undistributed earnings with common stock) for the principal operating subsidiary is not material to the principal operating subsidiary's EPS and is therefore reflected in the results of the Edison International holding company, which is included in Edison International Parent and Other.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements contained in this release about future performance, including, without limitation, operating results, rate base growth, financial outlook, and other statements that are not purely historical, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations; however, such statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from current expectations. Important factors that could cause different results include, but are not limited to the:
  • ability of SCE to recover its costs in a timely manner from its customers through regulated rates, including costs related to San Onofre and proposed spending on grid modernization;
  • decisions and other actions by the CPUC, the FERC, the NRC and other regulatory authorities, including determinations of authorized rates of return or return on equity, approval of proposed spending on grid modernization, the outcome of San Onofre CPUC proceedings, and delays in regulatory actions;
  • risks associated with cost allocation, including the potential movement of costs to certain customers, caused by the ability of cities, counties and certain other public agencies to generate and/or purchase electricity for their local residents and businesses, along with other possible customer bypass or departure due to increased adoption of distributed energy resources or technological advancements in the generation, storage, transmission, distribution and use of electricity, and supported by public policy, government regulations and incentives;
  • risks inherent in SCE's transmission and distribution infrastructure investment program, including those related to project site identification, public opposition, environmental mitigation, construction, permitting, power curtailment costs (payments due under power contracts in the event there is insufficient transmission to enable acceptance of power delivery), and governmental approvals;
  • ability to obtain sufficient insurance, including insurance relating to SCE's nuclear facilities and wildfire-related liability, and to recover the costs of such insurance or in the absence of insurance the ability to recover uninsured losses; and
  • risks associated with the decommissioning of San Onofre, including those related to public opposition, permitting, governmental approvals, and cost overruns.

Other important factors are discussed under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in Edison International's Form 10-K, most recent Form 10-Q, and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on our website: www.edisoninvestor.com. These filings also provide additional information on historical and other factual data contained in this news release. Edison International and SCE also routinely post or provide direct links to presentations, documents and other information that may be of interest to investors at www.edisoninvestor.com (Events and Presentations) in order to publicly disseminate such information.

These forward-looking statements represent our expectations only as of the date of this news release, and Edison International assumes no duty to update them to reflect new information, events or circumstances.

Reminder: Edison International Will Hold a Conference Call Today

When:           Thursday, July 27, 2017, 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Telephone Numbers:

1-888-673-9780 (US) and 1-312-470-0178 (Int'l) - Passcode: Edison
Telephone Replay:

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Telephone replay available through August 10, 2017
Webcast:

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Second Quarter Reconciliation of Basic Earnings Per Share to Core Earnings Per Share
 
Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
        2017       2016 1       Change       2017       2016       Change
Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Edison International      
Continuing operations      
SCE $ 0.94 $ 0.98 $ (0.04 ) $ 2.01 $ 1.88 $ 0.13
Edison International Parent and Other (0.09 ) (0.11 ) 0.02 (0.05 ) (0.16 ) 0.11
Discontinued operations         (0.01 )       0.01                          
Edison International 0.85         0.86         (0.01 )       1.96         1.72         0.24  
Less: Non-core items
SCE
Edison International Parent and Other 0.01 (0.01 ) 0.01 (0.01 )
Discontinued operations         (0.01 )       0.01                          
Total non-core items                                 0.01         (0.01 )
Core earnings (losses)
SCE 0.94 0.98 (0.04 ) 2.01 1.88 0.13
Edison International Parent and Other (0.09 )       (0.12 )       0.03         (0.05 )       (0.17 )       0.12  
Edison International       $ 0.85         $ 0.86         $ (0.01 )       $ 1.96         $ 1.71         $ 0.25  

Note: Diluted earnings were $0.85 and $0.85 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $1.95 and $1.70 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
                       

Second Quarter Reconciliation of Basic Earnings to Core Earnings (in millions)
 
Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
(in millions)       2017       2016 1       Change       2017       2016 1       Change
Net income (loss) attributable to Edison International      
Continuing operations      
SCE $ 307 $ 318 $ (11 ) $ 656 $ 612 $ 44
Edison International Parent and Other (29 ) (36 ) 7 (16 ) (50 ) 34
Discontinued operations         (2 )       2                 (1 )       1  
Edison International 278         280         (2 )       640         561         79  
Less: Non-core items
SCE
Edison International Parent and Other 2 (2 ) 1 4 (3 )
Discontinued operations         (2 )       2                 (1 )       1  
Total non-core items                         1         3         (2 )
Core earnings (losses)
SCE 307 318 (11 ) 656 612 44
Edison International Parent and Other (29 )       (38 )       9         (17 )       (54 )       37  
Edison International       $ 278         $ 280         $ (2 )       $ 639         $ 558         $ 81  

1 In the 2016 Form 10-K, 2016 earnings were updated to reflect the implementation of the accounting standard for share-based payments effective January 1, 2016. Previously reported 2016 net income for the three months ended June 30, 2016 was $276 million, or $0.85 per share, and core earnings were $276 million, or $0.85 per share. Previously reported 2016 net income for the six months ended June 30, 2016 was $546 million, or $1.68 per share, and core earnings were $543 million, or $1.67 per share.
 
Consolidated Statements of Income       Edison International
                 
Three months ended June 30,       Six months ended June 30,
(in millions, except per-share amounts, unaudited)       2017       2016       2017       2016
Total operating revenue $ 2,965         $ 2,777         $ 5,428         $ 5,218  
Purchased power and fuel 1,175 1,064 1,959 1,858
Operation and maintenance 707 721 1,303 1,350
Depreciation, decommissioning and amortization 512 505 1,011 982
Property and other taxes 86 85 186 178
Impairment and other charges 16         21         21         21  
Total operating expenses 2,496         2,396         4,480         4,389  
Operating income 469 381 948 829
Interest and other income 37 33 70 65
Interest expense (159 ) (144 ) (311 ) (284 )
Other expenses (12 )       (11 )       (20 )       (19 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 335 259 687 591
Income tax expense (benefit) 26         (51 )       (14 )       (24 )
Income from continuing operations 309 310 701 615
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax         (2 )               (1 )
Net income 309 308 701 614
Preferred and preference stock dividend requirements of SCE 31 31 62 61
Other noncontrolling interests         (3 )       (1 )       (8 )
Net income attributable to Edison International common shareholders $ 278         $ 280         $ 640         $ 561  
Amounts attributable to Edison International common shareholders:
Income from continuing operations, net of tax $ 278 $ 282 $ 640 $ 562
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax         (2 )               (1 )
Net income attributable to Edison International common shareholders $ 278         $ 280         $ 640         $ 561  
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Edison International common shareholders:
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding 326 326 326 326
Continuing operations $ 0.85 $ 0.87 $ 1.96 $ 1.72
Discontinued operations         (0.01 )                
Total $ 0.85         $ 0.86         $ 1.96         $ 1.72  
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Edison International common shareholders:
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, including effect of dilutive securities 329 330 329 330
Continuing operations $ 0.85 $ 0.86 $ 1.95 $ 1.70
Discontinued operations         (0.01 )                
Total $ 0.85         $ 0.85         $ 1.95         $ 1.70  
Dividends declared per common share       $ 0.5425         $ 0.4800         $ 1.0850         $ 0.9600  
 
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets       Edison International
           
(in millions, unaudited)       June 30,2017             December 31,2016
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 98 $ 96
Receivables, less allowances of $58 and $62 for uncollectible accounts at respective dates 833 714
Accrued unbilled revenue 399 370
Inventory 235 239
Derivative assets 58 73
Regulatory assets 634 350
Other current assets 289             281
Total current assets 2,546             2,123
Nuclear decommissioning trusts 4,381 4,242
Other investments 87             83
Total investments 4,468             4,325
Utility property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation and amortization of $8,914 and $9,000 at respective dates 37,267 36,806
Nonutility property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation of $106 and $99 at respective dates 245             194
Total property, plant and equipment 37,512             37,000
Regulatory assets 7,850 7,455
Other long-term assets 377             416
Total long-term assets 8,227             7,871
 
 
Total assets       $ 52,753             $ 51,319
 
 
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets       Edison International
         
(in millions, except share amounts, unaudited)       June 30,2017           December 31,2016
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Short-term debt $ 566 $ 1,307
Current portion of long-term debt 581 981
Accounts payable 1,113 1,342
Accrued taxes 15 50
Customer deposits 275 269
Derivative liabilities 190 216
Regulatory liabilities 903 756
Other current liabilities 959             991  
Total current liabilities 4,602             5,912  
Long-term debt 11,662             10,175  
Deferred income taxes and credits 8,709 8,327
Derivative liabilities 869 941
Pensions and benefits 1,377 1,354
Asset retirement obligations 2,618 2,590
Regulatory liabilities 5,961 5,726
Other deferred credits and other long-term liabilities 2,143             2,102  
Total deferred credits and other liabilities 21,677             21,040  
Total liabilities 37,941             37,127  
Commitments and contingencies
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 12 5
Common stock, no par value (800,000,000 shares authorized; 325,811,206 shares issued and outstanding at respective dates) 2,515 2,505
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (48 ) (53 )
Retained earnings 9,679             9,544  
Total Edison International's common shareholders' equity 12,146             11,996  
Noncontrolling interests - preferred and preference stock of SCE 2,654             2,191  
Total equity 14,800             14,187  
 
 
Total liabilities and equity       $ 52,753             $ 51,319  
 
 
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows       Edison International
 
Six months ended June 30,
(in millions, unaudited)       2017           2016
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income $ 701 $ 614
Less: loss from discontinued operations             (1 )
Income from continuing operations 701 615
Adjustments to reconcile to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation, decommissioning and amortization 1,048 1,025
Allowance for equity during construction (41 ) (42 )
Impairment and other charges 21
Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits (12 ) (40 )
Other 11 11
Nuclear decommissioning trusts (73 ) (144 )
EME insurance proceeds 1
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Receivables (115 ) (33 )
Inventory 8 (41 )
Accounts payable 34 67
Prepaid and accrued taxes (40 ) 1
Other current assets and liabilities (113 ) (135 )
Derivative assets and liabilities (19 ) 15
Regulatory assets and liabilities 39 90
Other noncurrent assets and liabilities (16 )           42  
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,433             1,432  
Cash flows from financing activities:
Long-term debt issued or remarketed, net of discount and issuance costs of $12 and $3 for respective periods 1,523 397
Long-term debt matured (442 ) (41 )
Preference stock issued, net 463 294
Preference stock redeemed (125 )
Short-term debt financing, net (742 ) 106
Settlements of stock-based compensation, net (152 ) (61 )
Dividends to noncontrolling interests (62 ) (61 )
Dividends paid (354 ) (313 )
Other (11 )           3  
Net cash provided by financing activities 223             199  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (1,749 ) (1,828 )
Proceeds from sale of nuclear decommissioning trust investments 3,046 1,391
Purchases of nuclear decommissioning trust investments (2,973 ) (1,247 )
Other 22             3  
Net cash used in investing activities (1,654 )           (1,681 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 2 (50 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 96             161  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period       $ 98             $ 111  
 

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