Con Edison Media Relations
CON EDISON REPORTS 2010 FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS
NEW YORK — Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) [NYSE: ED] today reported first quarter earnings of $226 million or $0.80 a share compared with $180 million or $0.66 a share in 2009. Earnings from ongoing operations, which exclude the net mark-to-market effects of the competitive energy businesses, were $264 million or $0.93 a share compared with $214 million or $0.78 a share in 2009.
“Our first quarter results were in line with our expectations,” said Kevin Burke, the company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue our focus on providing safe and reliable energy service to our customers and controlling costs. We will also continue our deployment of Smart Grid technologies and our energy efficiency programs, which we expect to further enhance system performance and provide energy savings opportunities for the business and residential customers we serve.”
The following table is a reconciliation of Con Edison’s reported earnings per share to earnings per share from ongoing operations and reported net income to earnings from ongoing operations for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009.
For the year 2010, the company confirms its previous forecast of earnings per share from ongoing operations in the range of $3.10 to $3.30 a share. Earnings per share from ongoing operations exclude the net mark-to-market effects of the competitive energy businesses.
The results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2010, as compared with the 2009 period, reflect changes in the rate plans of Con Edison’s utility subsidiaries, including an increase in the allowed electric return on common equity for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY). The rate plans provide for additional revenues to cover expected increases in certain operations and maintenance expenses, depreciation and property taxes and interest charges. The results of operations include the operating results of the competitive energy businesses, including net mark-to-market effects.
The increases in operations and maintenance expenses reflect higher costs for pension and other post-retirement benefits, demand management programs and regulatory assessments in the 2010 period. Depreciation and property taxes were higher in the 2010 period reflecting primarily the impact from higher utility plant balances. Interest charges were higher in the 2010 period reflecting increased outstanding long-term debt.
The following table presents the estimated effect on earnings per share and net income for common stock for the 2010 period compared with the 2009 period, resulting from these and other major factors:
The earnings per share variations shown above include the dilutive effect ($0.02 per share, exclusive of offsetting benefits of avoided interest expense) of a higher weighted average number of common shares outstanding in the three months ended March 31, 2010 period. The weighted average number of common shares was 281 million shares and 274 million shares for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
The changes in the energy delivered by the company’s utility subsidiaries, both for actual amounts and as adjusted for variations in weather and billing days, for the period ended March 31, 2010, as compared with the 2009 period were as follows (expressed as a percentage of 2009 amounts):
Refer to the company’s First Quarter Form 10-Q, which is being filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the consolidated balance sheets at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 and the consolidated income statements for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009. Additional information related to utility sales and revenues is available at www.conedison.com (select “Shareholder Services” and then select “Press Releases”).
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect expectations and not facts. Actual results may differ materially from those expectations because of factors such as those identified in reports the company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
This press release also contains a financial measure, earnings from ongoing operations. This non-GAAP measure should not be considered as an alternative to net income, which is an indicator of operating performance determined in accordance with GAAP. Management uses this non-GAAP measure to facilitate the analysis of the company's ongoing performance as compared to its internal budgets and previously reported financial results. Management believes that this non-GAAP measure is also useful and meaningful to investors.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $34 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through the following subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a regulated utility providing electric, gas, and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,350 square mile area in southeastern New York state and adjacent sections of northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania; Consolidated Edison Solutions, Inc., a retail energy supply and services company; Consolidated Edison Energy, Inc., a wholesale energy supply company; and Consolidated Edison Development, Inc., a company that participates in infrastructure projects.