Release and Selected Exhibits
Presentation and Complete Earnings Exhibits
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—PG&E Corporation's (NYSE: PCG) full-year 2014 net income after dividends on preferred stock (also called "income available for common shareholders") was $1,436 million or $3.06 per share, as reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This compares with $814 million, or $1.83 per share, for the full year 2013. For the fourth quarter of 2014, GAAP results were $0.27 per share, compared to $0.19 per share for the same quarter in 2013.
GAAP results include items that management does not consider part of normal, ongoing operations (items impacting comparability), which totaled $349 million pre-tax, or $0.44 per share, for the year and $197 million pre-tax, or $0.26 per share, for the quarter. These items related almost entirely to natural gas matters, including costs to make safety improvements as well as legal and other items. They include a write-off of $116 million pre-tax for an increase in the forecast for outstanding Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan capital expenditures. The cost to shareholders for natural gas pipeline safety-related work incurred since the San Bruno accident or committed over the next several years now totals about $2.8 billion, based on current forecasts.
"We made tremendous progress in 2014 as we worked together to provide our customers with energy that is safe, reliable, affordable and clean. In our gas business, we completed our system-wide cast iron pipe replacement program and became one of the first utilities ever to achieve two of the most respected safety-focused asset management certifications in the world. In our electric business, we set a company record for electric reliability for the sixth straight year and more than 50 percent of our electricity was greenhouse-gas-free. We also achieved a balanced outcome in our General Rate Case under which our customers continue to have bills that are below the national average. I'm very pleased to report that customers recognized these efforts with 2014 satisfaction scores that were the highest since 2009," PG&E Chairman and CEO Tony Earley said.
"With regard to the regulatory arena, we had a disappointing setback regarding ex parte communications that we sincerely regret. We took swift and decisive action to address this serious matter and to avoid ex parte violations in the future. As we look to 2015, we continue to believe that it is vital that state regulators resolve gas pipeline investigations that have been ongoing for more than four years," Earley added.
Earnings from Operations
On a non-GAAP basis, excluding items impacting comparability, PG&E Corporation's earnings from operations in 2014 were $1,648 million, or $3.50 per share, compared with $1,210 million, or $2.72 per share, in 2013. For the fourth quarter of 2014, earnings from operations were $253 million, or $0.53 per share, up from $191 million, or $0.42 per share, during the same period in 2013. The largest factor contributing to this quarter-over-quarter increase was the impact of expense recovery authorized in the utility's 2014 General Rate Case.
PG&E Corporation discloses historical financial results based on "earnings from operations" in order to provide a measure that allows investors to compare the underlying financial performance of the business from one period to another, exclusive of items that management believes do not reflect the normal course of operations. Earnings from operations are not a substitute or alternative for consolidated income available for common shareholders presented in accordance with GAAP. See the accompanying tables for a reconciliation of the differences between results based on earnings from operations and results based on consolidated income available for common shareholders.
2015 Earnings Guidance
As the utility is still awaiting a final decision in the gas penalty proceedings, PG&E Corporation is not at this time providing guidance for 2015 earnings per share from operations. However, some of the assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are expected to have an impact on 2015 earnings from operations will be discussed during today's conference call with the financial community.
Supplemental Financial Information
In addition to the financial information accompanying this release, presentation slides for today's conference call with the financial community have been furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission and are available on PG&E Corporation's website cited below.
Conference Call with the Financial Community to Discuss Financial Results
Today's call at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time, is open to the public on a listen-only basis via webcast. Please visit http://investor.pgecorp.com/news-events/events-and-presentations/default.aspx for more information and instructions for accessing the webcast. The webcast call and the related materials will be available for replay through the website for at least one year. Alternatively, a toll-free replay of the conference call may be accessed shortly after the live call until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, February 24, 2015, by dialing (866) 415-9493. International callers may dial (205) 289-3247. For both domestic and international callers, the replay pin 24126# will be required to access the replay.
About PG&E Corporation
PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) is a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company, headquartered in San Francisco. It is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, California's largest investor-owned utility. PG&E serves 16 million Californians across a 70,000 square-mile service area in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pgecorp.com.
Cautionary Language Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Management's statement regarding the cost to shareholders for natural gas pipeline safety-related work incurred since the San Bruno accident or committed over the next several years is a forward-looking statement that is based on assumptions about the estimated scope and timing of work and current cost forecasts. The statement and the underlying assumptions are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include:
- the final outcomes of the pending CPUC investigations and enforcement matters, the federal criminal prosecution of the Utility, and the other investigations that have been or may be commenced relating to the Utility's compliance with natural gas-related laws and regulations, including whether a monitor is appointed to oversee the Utility's natural gas operations, and the ultimate amount of costs related to the Utility's natural gas operations that is disallowed or unrecoverable;
- the outcome of the Utility's 2015 Gas Transmission and Storage (GT&S) rate case pending at the CPUC;
- the timing and outcome of additional regulatory enforcement actions or criminal investigations that may be or have been commenced relating to communications between the Utility and the CPUC and whether such outcomes or investigations negatively affect the final decisions to be issued in the 2015 GT&S rate case, the pending CPUC investigations, or other ratemaking proceedings;
- changes in cost forecasts and assumptions regarding the scope and timing of natural gas related work, including costs to comply with local ordinances and environmental and other permits; and
- the other factors disclosed in PG&E Corporation's and the Utility's joint Annual Report on Form 10-Q for the year ended December 31, 2014.