Release and Selected Exhibits
Presentation and Complete Earnings Exhibits
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — PG&E Corporation's (NYSE: PCG) first-quarter 2017 net income after dividends on preferred stock (also called "income available for common shareholders") was $576 million or $1.13 per share, as reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This compares with $107 million, or $0.22 per share, for the first quarter of 2016, during which PG&E Corporation recorded expenses of $381 million pre-tax related to the Butte fire, and disallowed capital charges of $87 million pre-tax as imposed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in connection with the San Bruno gas pipeline accident.
GAAP results include items that management does not consider part of normal, ongoing operations (items impacting comparability), which totaled $55 million of pre-tax earnings, or $0.07 per share, for the quarter. This was driven by revenue recorded in the first quarter in excess of the 2017 authorized revenue requirement in Pacific Gas and Electric Company's 2015 Gas Transmission and Storage (GT&S) rate case, including the final component of under-collected revenues retroactive to January 1, 2015. This item was partially offset by disallowances ordered by the CPUC in the GT&S rate case, fines associated with the settlement submitted to the CPUC in connection with its investigation into compliance with ex parte rules, costs for work to clear pipeline rights-of-way, and legal and regulatory costs related to the Butte fire, gas matters and regulatory communications.
"Our results for the quarter reflect PG&E's strong focus on making the investments in our system that will drive further progress on safety, reliability and achieving California's clean energy goals, while running the business cost effectively and affordably for customers," said PG&E Corporation CEO and President Geisha Williams.
First-quarter highlights included:
Earnings from Operations
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company won the Edison Electric Institute's 2017 award for Outstanding National Key Accounts Customer Service and received the second-highest ever customer satisfaction rating in its annual survey of gas transmission customers.
- Despite record-setting heavy wind and rain, investments in advanced grid automation and self-healing grid technology, which are ongoing, helped avoid more than 50 million customer outage minutes during the first quarter alone.
- In support of keeping customer bills affordable, Pacific Gas and Electric Company implemented a series of measures designed to achieve $300 million in cost efficiencies in 2017. These projected efficiencies are reflected in earnings guidance for 2017.
On a non-GAAP basis, excluding items impacting comparability, PG&E Corporation's earnings from operations in the first quarter of 2017 were $544 million, or $1.06 per share, compared with $407 million, or $0.82 per share, in the first quarter of 2016.
The increase in quarter-over-quarter earnings from operations reflected additional authorized revenue as a result of the phase-two decision in the 2015 GT&S rate case issued December 1, 2016, the incremental tax benefit associated with share-based compensation awards, and growth in rate base earnings.
PG&E Corporation is adjusting 2017 guidance for projected GAAP earnings in the range of $3.57 to $3.82 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, the guidance range for projected 2017 earnings from operations remains unchanged at $3.55 to $3.75 per share.
Guidance is based on various assumptions and forecasts, including those relating to future authorized revenues, expenses, capital expenditures, rate base, equity issuances, and certain other factors. PG&E Corporation discloses historical financial results and provides guidance 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 impacting comparability. See the accompanying tables for a reconciliation of earnings from operations to consolidated income available for common shareholders.
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 (SEC) and are available on PG&E Corporation's website at: http://investor.pgecorp.com/financials/quarterly-earnings-reports/default.aspx.
Access to Regulatory Filings
PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company routinely provide links to regulatory proceedings with the CPUC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at http://investor.pgecorp.com, under the "Regulatory Filings" tab, so that such filings are available to investors upon filing with the relevant agency. It is possible that these regulatory filings or information included therein could be deemed to be material information.
Conference Call with the Financial Community to Discuss Financial Results
Today's call at 11:00 am, 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 through May 16, 2017, by dialing (866) 415-9493. International callers may dial (205) 289-3247. For both domestic and international callers, the confirmation code 3245# 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, an energy company that 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. In this press release, they are together referred to as "PG&E."
Management's statements providing guidance for PG&E Corporation's 2017 financial results and the assumptions and forecasts underlying such guidance constitute forward-looking statements that reflect management's judgments and opinions. These statements and assumptions are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties, the realization or resolution of which may be outside management's control. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to:
- the timing and outcomes of the 2017 GRC, the TO rate case, the cost of capital proceeding, and other ratemaking and regulatory proceedings;
- the timing and outcome of the Butte fire litigation, and whether the Utility's insurance is sufficient to cover the Utility's liability resulting therefrom or whether insurance is otherwise available; the effect, if any, of the SED's $8.3 million citations issued in connection with the Butte fire may have on such litigation; and whether additional investigations and proceedings in connection with the Butte fire will be opened and any additional fines or penalties imposed on the Utility;
- the outcome of the probation and the monitorship, the timing and outcomes of the debarment proceeding, the SED's unresolved enforcement matters relating to the Utility's compliance with natural gas-related laws and regulations, and other investigations that have been or may be commenced, and the ultimate amount of fines, penalties, and remedial and other costs that the Utility may incur as a result;
- the timing and outcomes of (i) the CPUC's decision in connection with its investigation of the Utility's compliance with its ex parte communication rules and the settlement agreement entered into by the Utility and certain parties, and (ii) the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco and the California Attorney General's office investigations in connection with communications between the Utility's personnel and CPUC officials;
- the outcomes of current and future self-reports, investigations or other enforcement proceedings that could be commenced or notices of violation that could be issued relating to the Utility's compliance with laws, rules, regulations, or orders applicable to its operations;
- the Utility's ability to control its costs within the authorized levels of spending and the extent to which the Utility incurs unrecoverable costs that are higher than the forecasts of such costs;
- the impact of the increasing cost of natural gas regulations;
- changes in cost forecasts or the scope and timing of planned work resulting from changes in customer demand for electricity and natural gas or other reasons;
- the impact that reductions in customer demand for electricity and natural gas have on the Utility's ability to make and recover its investments through rates and earn its authorized return on equity, and whether the Utility is successful in addressing the impact of growing distributed and renewable generation resources, changing customer demand for natural gas and electric services, and an increasing number of customers departing for community choice aggregators;
- whether, as a result of Westinghouse Electric Company LLC's Chapter 11 proceeding, the Utility will experience issues with nuclear fuel supply, nuclear fuel inventory, and related services and products that Westinghouse supplies, and whether such proceeding will affect the Utility's contracts with Westinghouse;
- whether the Utility can continue to obtain insurance and whether insurance coverage is adequate for future losses or claims, especially following a major event that causes widespread third-party losses;
- the ability of PG&E Corporation and the Utility to access capital markets and other sources of debt and equity financing in a timely manner on acceptable terms, and the amount and timing of additional common stock and debt issuances by PG&E Corporation;
- changes in estimated environmental remediation costs, including costs associated with the Utility's natural gas compressor sites;
- the outcome of federal or state tax audits and the impact of any changes in federal or state tax laws, policies, regulations, or their interpretation, including as a result of the recent changes in the federal government;
- the impact of changes in GAAP, standards, rules, or policies, including those related to regulatory accounting, and the impact of changes in their interpretation or application; and
- the other factors disclosed in PG&E Corporation and the Utility's joint annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, their joint quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.