Jan 24, 2002
Sempra Energy Announces Record 2001 Earnings
Sempra Energy Announces Record 2001 Earnings
- $2.52 Earnings Per Share for 2001, up 22 Percent Over 2000
- Newer Businesses Contribute 36 Percent of Consolidated Earnings
- Company Reaffirms $2.65 Earnings-Per-Share Guidance for 2002
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 24, 2002 – Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today reported unaudited 2001 earnings of $518 million, or $2.52 per diluted share, compared with $429 million, or $2.06 per diluted share, for the year 2000 -- a 22-percent increase in earnings per share. Revenues for Sempra Energy increased 14 percent to $8 billion in the full year 2001, compared with $7 billion in 2000.
“In the face of challenging times, we are very pleased that Sempra Energy continued to grow and thrive during 2001, and to provide greater returns to our shareholders,” said Stephen L. Baum, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. “Despite the California energy crisis, economic recession and the financial difficulties of major energy players, we not only executed on our strategy successfully, but also we delivered results that exceeded our original objectives.” For the fourth quarter 2001, the company reported unaudited earnings of $107 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with $95 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter 2000 -- an 11-percent increase in earnings per share.
“Our strategic focus remains on growing our newer energy businesses under the Sempra Energy Global Enterprises umbrella, while preserving the strength and increasing the efficiency of our California utilities,” said Baum. “In 2001, Sempra Energy generated a total return for our shareholders of 9.9 percent, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index, S&P Utilities Index and NASDAQ Composite Index. In fact, we have outperformed these indices for the past one-, two- and three-year periods. With our balanced portfolio of businesses and stable utility companies, we continue to build long-term value for our shareholders.”
“We are committed to maintaining solid investment-grade credit ratings,” said Baum. “Sempra Energy’s financial strength and liquidity have helped attract new business and provide assurance to our customers and partners.”
Sempra Energy completed 2001 with a solid balance sheet and $2.2 billion in cash and available credit for future growth.
Energy Delivery Services – SDG&E and SoCalGas
Net income for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) for 2001 increased to $177 million, compared with $145 million in the previous year. Results in 2000 included an after-tax charge of $30 million related to California regulatory issues. For the fourth quarter 2001, SDG&E reported net income of $45 million, compared with $38 million for the same period in 2000. The increase was due primarily to a gain on asset sales.
SDG&E reported that its undercollection for power costs on behalf of customers at Dec. 31, 2001, was reduced to $392 million, due to the implementation of several pieces of its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State of California. When the MOU was announced in June 2001, the undercollection stood at approximately $750 million.
Net income for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) for 2001 was $207 million, virtually unchanged from the previous year’s net income of $206 million. SoCalGas set an all-time record for total natural gas sendout during the year, delivering 1.15 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas to customers, compared with the previous high of 1.13 Tcf in 2000.
For the fourth quarter 2001, SoCalGas recorded net income of $51 million, compared with $56 million in the same period in 2000. Fourth-quarter 2000 results included an after-tax gain of $4 million due to the sale of shares in Plug Power, a residential fuel-cell developer.
Sempra Energy Trading
Sempra Energy Trading reported net income of $196 million for 2001, compared with $155 million in 2000 -- a 26-percent increase. The improvement in earnings was due primarily to high volatility in energy markets during the first half of 2001, as well as a substantial increase in trading volumes.
In the fourth quarter 2001, Sempra Energy Trading’s net income was $10 million, compared with $52 million in the year-earlier period. Fourth-quarter 2001 earnings were impacted by lower prices and reduced volatility in energy markets, a depressed economy and an after-tax allowance of approximately $5 million for amounts due from Enron.
Sempra Energy Trading’s physical trading volumes of natural gas increased 18 percent to 10.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) during 2001, compared with 8.9 bcfd in 2000. Trading volumes of crude oil and liquid products increased 24 percent to 2.6 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2001 compared with 2.1 mbd in 2000. In 2001, the company traded 74.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in the United States and Europe, up 22 percent from 61.1 billion kWh in 2000.
Sempra Energy Resources
Sempra Energy Resources, the wholesale power-generation subsidiary of Sempra Energy, reported a net loss of $27 million in 2001, compared with net income of $29 million in 2000. Higher electricity prices during the last half of 2000 contributed to increased earnings in that year. The company’s contracted sale of power to the California Department of Water Resources at a discount to market prices negatively affected earnings in 2001.
“We are pleased with the progress of our $2 billion power plant-construction program,” said Baum. Currently, Sempra Energy Resources has more than 2,300 megawatts of new generation in operation or under construction.
For the fourth quarter 2001, Sempra Energy Resources reported a net loss of $13 million, compared with net income of $14 million during the same quarter last year. The loss was driven by development costs for new power plants and lower energy prices.
Sempra Energy International
Sempra Energy International’s net income was $25 million in 2001, compared with $33 million in 2000. Excluding a one-time, after-tax charge of $25 million related to the surrender of its natural gas distribution franchise in Nova Scotia in the third quarter 2001, Sempra Energy International’s earnings for the year were up 52 percent to $50 million.
For the fourth quarter 2001, Sempra Energy International’s net income grew to $14 million, compared with $9 million during the same quarter 2000. The improvement was driven primarily by increased profitability of the company’s utility operations in Chile and Peru, jointly owned with PSEG Global.
The recent developments in Argentina had no impact on Sempra Energy International’s income statement for 2001. The company recorded a $155-million non-cash reduction to shareholder’s equity in the fourth quarter 2001 to reflect the devaluation of the Argentine peso relative to the U.S. dollar. Sempra Energy International owns a 43-percent interest in two Argentine natural gas utility holding companies.
During the fourth quarter 2001, Sempra Energy and Pacific LNG, an international consortium, signed a MOU to enter into exclusive negotiations to export an average of 800 million cfd of gas from Bolivia to North America. The gas will be liquefied and delivered to a receiving terminal being developed jointly by Sempra Energy and CMS Energy Corporation on the Pacific Coast of Baja California, Mexico.
In January 2002, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the 80-mile U.S. portion of the North Baja Pipeline, which will extend 215 miles from Arizona to Baja California. PG&E Corporation’s National Energy Group will manage construction of the U.S. segment, while Sempra Energy International is well advanced on the construction of the Mexico segment. The pipeline is expected to begin service in the third quarter 2002.
Retail Energy Services
Sempra Energy’s retail energy services operations, concentrated primarily in Sempra Energy Solutions, recorded net income of $2 million for the year, compared with a net loss of $23 million in 2000. The increase was due to a $20-million after-tax gain on the sale of Sempra Energy’s ownership interest in Energy America in January 2001 and continued growth in Sempra Energy Solutions’ marketing of integrated energy services solutions to commercial, industrial and institutional customers.
In the fourth quarter 2001, losses from Sempra Energy’s retail energy services operations narrowed to $1 million from $6 million in the fourth quarter 2000.
Revenues from Sempra Energy Solutions increased 39 percent to $528 million in 2001, compared with $380 million in 2000.
”Although difficult market conditions may persist this year, we expect stable earnings from our California utilities and continued growth from our Global Enterprises businesses. We are reaffirming Sempra Energy’s earnings-per-share outlook of approximately $2.65 for 2002,” said Baum.
Operations in Argentina were expected to contribute approximately 8 cents per share to 10 cents per share to Sempra Energy’s earnings-per-share outlook of $2.65 for 2002. The devaluation of the peso will affect the actual contribution from Argentina; however, the overall impact to Sempra Energy’s consolidated earnings is not expected to be material. In 2001, Sempra Energy’s newer businesses contributed 36 percent of Sempra Energy’s consolidated earnings, surpassing the corporation’s goal of achieving one-third of its earnings from these companies. The success of these newer businesses has led Sempra Energy to set a new, higher goal -- to derive one-half of its consolidated earnings from them by 2004.
Sempra Energy will broadcast a live discussion of its earnings results over the Internet today at 1 p.m. EST with Baum, Neal E. Schmale, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Frank H. Ault, senior vice president and controller, and Dennis V. Arriola, vice president of investor relations. Access is available by logging onto the Web site at www.sempra.com.
For those unable to log onto the live Webcast, the teleconference will be available on replay a few hours after its conclusion by dialing
(719) 457-0820 and entering passcode number 770096.
Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2001 revenues of $8 billion. Through its eight principal subsidiaries -- Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra Energy Solutions, Sempra Energy Trading, Sempra Energy International, Sempra Energy Resources, Sempra Communications and Sempra Energy Financial -- the Sempra Energy companies’ 12,000 employees serve more than 9 million customers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia.
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