Con Edison Reports 2016 Second Quarter Earnings
Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) [NYSE: ED] today reported second quarter net income of $232 million or $0.78 a share compared with $219 million or $0.75 a share in 2015. Adjusted earnings, which exclude the impairment of a solar electric production investment and the net mark-to-market effects of the competitive energy businesses (CEBs), were $179 million or $0.60 a share in 2016 compared with $228 million or $0.78 a share in 2015.
For the first six months of 2016, net income was $542 million or $1.83 a share compared with $589 million or $2.01 a share in the first six months of 2015. Adjusted earnings, which exclude the impairment of a solar electric production investment and the net mark-to-market effects of the CEBs, were $527 million or $1.78 a share in 2016 compared with $594 million or $2.03 a share in 2015.
"Our second quarter earnings came in as we expected, and we remain on target to achieve our earnings forecast for this year," said John McAvoy, chairman and CEO of Con Edison. "We remain focused on giving our customers the clean energy they want and new technology they need to make their own energy decisions. New York's utilities are now partnering with solar companies to help reach the state's renewable energy goals. We're also making significant new investments in electric and natural gas transmission to meet our region's energy needs."
The following table is a reconciliation of Con Edison's reported earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share and reported net income to adjusted earnings for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015.
For the year 2016, the company reaffirmed its previous forecast of adjusted earnings per share of $3.85 to $4.05 per share. Adjusted earnings per share for 2016 exclude the impairment of a solar electric production investment ($0.02 a share), the impact of the sale of the CEBs' retail electric supply business which is not determinable until closing when the mark-to-market effects of the derivative instruments being sold are known, and other CEB net mark-to-market effects which are not determinable until market prices are available at year end.
The results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016, as compared with the 2015 periods, reflect the impact of warmer than normal weather on steam revenues, changes in regulatory charges, and higher operations and maintenance expenses for emergency response, municipal infrastructure support, and stock-based compensation. In the six month period, these expenses were offset by lower surcharges for assessments and fees that are collected in revenues from customers at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY). In addition, the utilities' rate plans provide for revenues to cover expected changes in certain operating costs including depreciation, property taxes and other tax matters.
The following table presents the estimated effect on earnings per share and net income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 periods compared to the 2015 periods, resulting from these and other major factors.
Refer to the company's Second Quarter Form 10-Q, which is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for the consolidated balance sheets at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015 and the consolidated income statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015. Additional information related to utility sales and revenues and the 2nd quarter 2016 earnings release supplement is available at www.conedison.com (select "Shareholder Services" and then select "Press Releases").
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This press release also contains a financial measure, adjusted earnings, that is not determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP). This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to net income, which is an indicator of financial performance determined in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted earnings excludes from net income the net mark-to-market changes in the fair value of the derivative instruments the competitive energy businesses use to economically hedge market price fluctuations in related underlying physical transactions for the purchase or sale of electricity and gas. Adjusted earnings may also exclude from net income certain other items that the company does not consider indicative of its ongoing financial performance. Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure to facilitate the analysis of the company's financial performance as compared to its internal budgets and previous financial results. Management also uses this non-GAAP financial measure to communicate to investors and others the company's expectations regarding its future earnings and dividends on its common stock. Management believes that this non-GAAP financial measure also is useful and meaningful to investors to facilitate their analysis of the company's financial performance.
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Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $47 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through its two regulated utility subsidiaries and its three competitive energy businesses. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Consolidated Edison, Inc.'s website at www.conedison.com.