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Eversource Energy Reports Second Quarter Results

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29.07.2021, 22:15  |  78   |   |   

Eversource Energy (NYSE: ES) today reported earnings of $264.5 million, or $0.77 per share, in the second quarter of 2021, compared with earnings of $252.2 million, or $0.75 per share, in the second quarter of 2020. In the first half of 2021, Eversource Energy earnings totaled $630.7 million, or $1.83 per share, compared with earnings of $587 million, or $1.75 per share, in the first half of 2020.

Results for both years include charges primarily related to the October 2020 acquisition of the assets of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. Those charges totaled $6.8 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $13 million in the first half of 2021, compared with charges of $3.9 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $7.4 million in the first half of 2020. Absent those charges, Eversource earned $271.3 million1, or $0.79 per share1, in the second quarter of 2021 and $643.7 million1, or $1.87 per share1, in the first half of 2021.

Eversource Energy also today reaffirmed its previously disclosed 2021 earnings per share (EPS) projection toward the lower end of a range of $3.81 to $3.93 per share. That guidance includes a charge of $0.07 per share in the first quarter of 2021 related to Connecticut regulators’ assessment of the company’s performance restoring power in August 2020 following the catastrophic damage from Tropical Storm Isaias. Eversource Energy also today reaffirmed its long-term EPS growth rate from its existing core regulated businesses in the upper half of 5-7 percent, using the $3.64 per share1 earned in 2020 as a base.

“We remain a steadfast partner in our region’s efforts to enhance its infrastructure and reduce its carbon footprint,” said Joe Nolan, Eversource president and chief executive officer. “We continue to advance a large number of innovative clean energy initiatives, and despite the challenges posed by Tropical Storm Elsa and a large number of damaging thunderstorms earlier this month, our employees worked around the clock to support our customers and repair tree-caused damage as promptly and safely as possible. We are pleased that this work by our employees is being recognized by customers and our policymakers.”

Electric Transmission

Eversource Energy’s transmission segment earned $137.6 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $273 million in the first half of 2021, compared with earnings of $129.5 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $256.2 million in the first half of 2020. Transmission segment results improved due to a higher level of investment in Eversource’s electric transmission system.

Electric Distribution

Eversource Energy’s electric distribution segment earned $121.6 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $214.9 million in the first half of 2021, compared with earnings of $115 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $245.1 million in the first half of 2020. Improved second-quarter results were due primarily to higher revenues, offset by higher operation and maintenance expense, depreciation and property taxes. Lower first half results in 2021 are primarily the result of the aforementioned first-quarter storm performance charge.

Natural Gas Distribution

Eversource Energy’s natural gas distribution segment earned $4.1 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $151.6 million in the first half of 2021, compared with earnings of $2.6 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $88.6 million in the first half of 2020. Improved second-quarter results were primarily the result of higher revenues. Higher first-half results in 2021 were due primarily to the addition of the former Columbia Gas of Massachusetts assets, most of which are now held by Eversource Gas Company of Massachusetts.

Water Distribution

Eversource’s water segment earned $8.9 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $12.6 million in the first half of 2021, compared with earnings of $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $12.5 million in the first half of 2020. Lower second-quarter results were primarily due to lower revenues due to the sale of the water system around Hingham, Massachusetts in mid-2020.

Eversource Parent and Other Companies

Eversource Energy parent and other companies had losses of $7.7 million in the second quarter of 2021 and $21.4 million in the first half of 2021, compared with losses of $5.3 million in the second quarter of 2020 and $15.4 million in the first half of 2020. Higher losses primarily reflect the impact of acquisition-related costs related to the Columbia Gas assets and Aquarion Company’s pending acquisition of New England Service Company.

The following table reconciles 2021 and 2020 second quarter and first half earnings per share:

 

 

   

 

Second Quarter

First Six Months

 

2020

   

Reported EPS

$0.75

$1.75

 

 

   

Higher electric transmission earnings in 2021, offset by dilution

0.01

 0.03

 

 

   

Addition of Eversource Gas Co. of MA results and higher natural gas revenues in 2021, offset by higher depreciation, O&M, property tax expense and dilution at the natural gas segment

0.00

0.18

 

 

   

Higher electric distribution revenues in 2021, offset by higher O&M, depreciation, property taxes and interest expense at the electric distribution segment

0.02

 0.00

 

 

   

Higher storm expense in 2021

(0.01)

(0.04)

 

 

   

First-quarter 2021 storm-related charge

0.00

(0.07)

 

 

   

Other

0.01

0.00

 

 

   

Incremental charges related to acquisitions in 2021

(0.01)

(0.02)

 

2021

   

Reported EPS

$0.77

$1.83

Financial results by segment for the second quarter and first six months of 2021 and 2020 are noted below:

Three months ended:

 

 

(in millions, except EPS)

   

June 30, 2021

   

June 30, 2020

   

Increase/
(Decrease)

   

 2021 EPS1

 
 

Electric Transmission

   

$137.6

   

$129.5

   

$8.1

   

$0.40

 
 

Electric Distribution

   

121.6

   

115.0

   

6.6

   

0.35

 
 

Natural Gas Distribution

   

4.1

   

2.6

   

1.5

   

0.01

 
 

Water Distribution

   

8.9

   

10.4

   

(1.5)

   

0.03

 
 

Eversource Parent and Other Companies1

   

(0.9)

   

(1.4)

   

0.5

   

0.00

 
 

Charges related to acquisitions

   

(6.8)

   

(3.9)

   

(2.9)

   

(0.02)

 
 

Reported Earnings

   

$264.5

   

$252.2

   

$12.3

   

$0.77

 

Six months ended:

 

 

(in millions, except EPS)

   

 June 30, 2021

   

 June 30, 2020

   

Increase/
(Decrease)

   

 2021 EPS1

 
 

Electric Transmission

   

$273.0

   

$256.2

   

$16.8

   

$0.79

 
 

Electric Distribution

   

214.9

   

245.1

   

(30.2)

   

0.62

 
 

Natural Gas Distribution

   

151.6

   

88.6

   

63.0

   

0.44

 
 

Water Distribution

   

12.6

   

12.5

   

0.1

   

0.04

 
 

Eversource Parent and Other Companies1

   

(8.4)

   

(8.0)

   

(0.4)

   

(0.02)

 
 

Charges related to acquisitions

   

(13.0)

   

(7.4)

   

(5.6)

   

(0.04)

 
 

Reported Earnings

   

$630.7

   

$587.0

   

$43.7

   

$1.83

 

Eversource Energy has approximately 344 million common shares outstanding and operates New England’s largest energy delivery system. It serves approximately 4.3 million electric, natural gas and water customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

 
 

Note: Eversource Energy will webcast a conference call with senior management on July 30, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. The webcast and associated slides can be accessed through Eversource Energy’s website at www.eversource.com.

 
 

1 All per-share amounts in this news release are reported on a diluted basis. The only common equity securities that are publicly traded are common shares of Eversource Energy. The earnings and EPS of each business do not represent a direct legal interest in the assets and liabilities of such business, but rather represent a direct interest in Eversource Energy's assets and liabilities as a whole. EPS by business is a financial measure not recognized under generally accepted accounting principles (non-GAAP) that is calculated by dividing the net income or loss attributable to common shareholders of each business by the weighted average diluted Eversource Energy common shares outstanding for the period. Earnings discussions also include a non-GAAP financial measure referencing 2021 and 2020 earnings and EPS excluding certain acquisition and transition costs. Eversource Energy uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate and provide details of earnings results by business and to more fully compare and explain 2021 and 2020 results without including these items. Management believes the acquisition and transition costs are not indicative of Eversource Energy’s ongoing costs and performance. Due to the nature and significance of the effect of these items on net income attributable to common shareholders and EPS, management believes that the non-GAAP presentation is a more meaningful representation of Eversource Energy’s financial performance and provides additional and useful information to readers in analyzing historical and future performance of the business. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to Eversource Energy’s consolidated net income attributable to common shareholders or EPS determined in accordance with GAAP as indicators of Eversource Energy’s operating performance.

This document includes statements concerning Eversource Energy’s expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, assumptions of future events, future financial performance or growth and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Generally, readers can identify these forward-looking statements through the use of words or phrases such as “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “believe,” “forecast,” “should,” “could” and other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those included in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: cyberattacks or breaches, including those resulting in the compromise of the confidentiality of our proprietary information and the personal information of our customers; disruptions in the capital markets or other events that make our access to necessary capital more difficult or costly; the negative impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including any new or emerging variants, on our customers, vendors, employees, regulators, and operations; changes in economic conditions, including impact on interest rates, tax policies, and customer demand and payment ability; ability or inability to commence and complete our major strategic development projects and opportunities; acts of war or terrorism, physical attacks or grid disturbances that may damage and disrupt our electric transmission and electric, natural gas, and water distribution systems; actions or inaction of local, state and federal regulatory, public policy and taxing bodies; substandard performance of third-party suppliers and service providers; fluctuations in weather patterns, including extreme weather due to climate change; changes in business conditions, which could include disruptive technology or development of alternative energy sources related to our current or future business model; contamination of, or disruption in, our water supplies; changes in levels or timing of capital expenditures; changes in laws, regulations or regulatory policy, including compliance with environmental laws and regulations; changes in accounting standards and financial reporting regulations; actions of rating agencies; and other presently unknown or unforeseen factors.

Other risk factors are detailed in Eversource Energy’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). They are updated as necessary and available on Eversource Energy’s website at www.eversource.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. All such factors are difficult to predict and contain uncertainties that may materially affect Eversource Energy’s actual results, many of which are beyond our control. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, as each speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, except as required by federal securities laws, Eversource Energy undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

EVERSOURCE ENERGY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

For the Three Months Ended June 30,

 

For the Six Months Ended June 30,

(Thousands of Dollars, Except Share Information)

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Revenues

$

2,122,538

 

 

$

1,953,128

 

 

$

4,948,378

 

 

$

4,326,854

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchased Power, Fuel and Transmission

650,087

 

 

630,132

 

 

1,648,578

 

 

1,506,703

 

Operations and Maintenance

411,147

 

 

332,055

 

 

876,689

 

 

674,117

 

Depreciation

274,647

 

 

240,516

 

 

545,352

 

 

476,727

 

Amortization

5,611

 

 

23,397

 

 

113,624

 

 

73,172

 

Energy Efficiency Programs

128,955

 

 

115,354

 

 

317,018

 

 

263,747

 

Taxes Other Than Income Taxes

200,486

 

 

178,019

 

 

409,944

 

 

359,613

 

Total Operating Expenses

1,670,933

 

 

1,519,473

 

 

3,911,205

 

 

3,354,079

 

Operating Income

451,605

 

 

433,655

 

 

1,037,173

 

 

972,775

 

Interest Expense

145,435

 

 

134,285

 

 

283,201

 

 

269,000

 

Other Income, Net

46,619

 

 

30,243

 

 

80,820

 

 

54,347

 

Income Before Income Tax Expense

352,789

 

 

329,613

 

 

834,792

 

 

758,122

 

Income Tax Expense

86,389

 

 

75,501

 

 

200,370

 

 

167,379

 

Net Income

266,400

 

 

254,112

 

 

634,422

 

 

590,743

 

Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

1,880

 

 

1,880

 

 

3,759

 

 

3,759

 

Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders

$

264,520

 

 

$

252,232

 

 

$

630,663

 

 

$

586,984

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Common Share

$

0.77

 

 

$

0.75

 

 

$

1.83

 

 

$

1.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

343,844,626

 

 

337,946,663

 

 

343,761,435

 

 

334,524,452

 

Diluted

344,435,696

 

 

338,561,649

 

 

344,385,193

 

 

335,749,404

 

The data contained in this report is preliminary and is unaudited. This report is being submitted for the sole purpose of providing information to shareholders about Eversource Energy and Subsidiaries and is not a representation, prospectus, or intended for use in connection with any purchase or sale of securities.

 



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