Con Edison Reports 2019 Earnings
Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) (NYSE: ED) today reported 2019 net income for common stock of $1,343 million or $4.09 a share compared with $1,382 million or $4.43 a share in 2018. Adjusted earnings were $1,438 million or $4.38 a share in 2019 compared with $1,349 million or $4.33 a share in 2018. Adjusted earnings in 2019 exclude the effects of hypothetical liquidation at book value (HLBV) accounting for tax equity investments in certain renewable electric production projects of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc. (the Clean Energy Businesses). Adjusted earnings in 2018 exclude the income tax expense resulting from a re-measurement of the company's deferred tax assets and liabilities following the issuance of proposed regulations relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) and the effects of the net gain on the acquisition of Sempra Solar Holdings, LLC. Adjusted earnings in 2019 and 2018 also exclude the net mark-to-market effects of the Clean Energy Businesses.
For the fourth quarter of 2019, net income for common stock was $295 million or $0.89 a share compared with $331 million or $1.06 a share in 2018. Adjusted earnings were $288 million or $0.87 a share in the 2019 period compared with $243 million or $0.77 a share in the 2018 period. Adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter of 2019 exclude the effects of HLBV accounting for tax equity investments in certain renewable electric production projects of the Clean Energy Businesses. Adjusted earnings for the 2018 period exclude the effects of the net gain on the acquisition of Sempra Solar Holdings, LLC. Adjusted earnings in the 2019 and 2018 periods also exclude the net mark-to-market effects of the Clean Energy Businesses.
“While meeting many challenges in 2019, Con Edison delivered solid financial results and remained focused on leading the way towards a cleaner energy future for our customers and the planet," said John McAvoy, chairman and CEO of Con Edison. “Our recently approved three-year rate plans are essential to helping New York State achieve its clean energy goals, as well as to continue providing safe and reliable service to our customers. We are strengthening our ambitious energy efficiency programs, and are offering customers incentives to consider geothermal systems, heat pumps and other clean energy alternatives that will help lower carbon emissions. We are also working closely with climate experts to make sure we make the investments necessary to address the impacts of climate change."
The company expects its adjusted earnings per share for the year 2020 to be in the range of $4.30 to $4.50 a share. Adjusted earnings per share exclude the effects of HLBV accounting for tax equity investments in certain of the Clean Energy Businesses' renewable electric production projects (approximately $(0.19) a share). Adjusted earnings per share also exclude the Clean Energy Businesses' net mark-to-market effects, the amount of which will not be determinable until year end. The forecast reflects operations and maintenance expenses of $3,012 million. The company is also forecasting a five-year compounded annual adjusted earnings per share growth rate of 3% to 5% based off 2020 adjusted earnings per share guidance.
In 2020, Con Edison expects to make capital investments of $3,944 million. For 2021 and 2022, Con Edison expects to make capital investments of $7,729 million in aggregate. Con Edison plans to meet its capital requirements for 2020 through 2022, including for maturing securities, through internally-generated funds and the issuance of long-term debt and common equity. The company's plans include the issuance of between $1,500 million and $2,000 million of long-term debt, primarily at the Utilities, in 2020 and approximately $1,800 million in aggregate of long-term debt at the Utilities during 2021 and 2022. The planned debt issuance is in addition to the issuance of long-term debt to refinance maturities at the Utilities and debt secured by the Clean Energy Businesses’ renewable electric production projects and by Con Edison Transmission’s investments. The company's plans also include the issuance of up to $600 million of common equity in 2020 and approximately $1,100 million in aggregate of common equity during 2021 and 2022, in addition to equity under its dividend reinvestment, employee stock purchase and long-term incentive plans. The planned equity issuance is in addition to $88 million of equity issued in January 2020 to settle the remainder of a May 2019 equity forward transaction. -more- CON EDISON REPORTS 2019 EARNINGS page 2
See Attachment A to this press release for a reconciliation of Con Edison’s reported earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share and reported net income for common stock to adjusted earnings for the three months and years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018. See Attachment B for the company's consolidated income statements for the three months and years ended 2019 and 2018. See Attachments C and D for the estimated effect of major factors resulting in variations in earnings per share and net income for common stock for the three months and year ended December 31, 2019 compared to the 2018 periods.
The company's 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A 2019 earnings release presentation will be available at www.conedison.com. (Select "For Investors" 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 for common stock, which is an indicator of financial performance determined in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted earnings excludes from net income for common stock certain 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 is also useful and meaningful to investors to facilitate their analysis of the company's financial performance.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $58 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. (CECONY), a regulated utility providing electric, gas and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,300-square-mile-area in southeastern New York State and northern New Jersey; Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., which through its subsidiaries develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure projects and provides energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers; and Con Edison Transmission, Inc., which through its subsidiaries invests in electric and natural gas transmission projects.