Sempra Energy Reports Higher 2014 Earnings
- Company Sets 2015 Adjusted Earnings-per-Share Guidance Range at $4.60 to $5
- Annualized Dividend Increased 6 Percent to $2.80 Per Share
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 26, 2015 - Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today reported 2014 earnings of $1.16 billion, or $4.63 per diluted share, compared with 2013 earnings of $1 billion, or $4.01 per diluted share.
Sempra Energy's 2014 results reflected $21 million in charges related to the early closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), including $12 million in the fourth quarter. Sempra Energy's 2013 results included $77 million for the 2012 retroactive impact of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) General Rate Case decision for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), offset by a $119 million charge related to the SONGS closure.
Excluding the SONGS charges in 2014 and 2013 and the retroactive earnings from the rate case in 2013, Sempra Energy's adjusted earnings in 2014 were $1.18 billion, or $4.71 per diluted share, up from adjusted earnings of $1.04 billion, or $4.18 per diluted share, in 2013.
Sempra Energy's fourth-quarter earnings increased to $297 million, or $1.18 per diluted share, from $282 million, or $1.13 per diluted share, in 2013. Excluding the SONGS charge in the fourth quarter 2014, Sempra Energy's adjusted earnings in the fourth quarter 2014 were $309 million, or $1.23 per diluted share.
"We achieved excellent results in 2014," said Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. "We delivered strong, year-over-year earnings growth and we advanced the Cameron LNG liquefaction-export facility and our other major infrastructure projects that are central to our five-year growth plan. We have made great progress toward achieving compound annual growth in earnings per share toward the upper end of our stated growth-rate range of 9 percent to 11 percent from 2014 through 2019."
Last week, Sempra Energy's board of directors approved a 6-percent increase in the company's annualized dividend to $2.80 per share from $2.64 per share.
San Diego Gas & Electric
SDG&E's fourth-quarter earnings increased to $128 million in 2014 from $119 million in 2013, due primarily to higher margin from electric transmission and CPUC base operations, and lower legal costs, offset by the $12 million charge related to the SONGS closure.
Earnings for SDG&E increased to $507 million in 2014 from $404 million in 2013. SDG&E's 2014 results included a charge of $21 million related to the closure of SONGS. In 2013, SDG&E took a $119 million charge related to the SONGS closure, offset by $52 million in retroactive earnings for 2012 operations as a result of the CPUC General Rate Case decision.
Southern California Gas Co.
In the fourth quarter 2014, SoCalGas' earnings were $76 million, compared with $98 million in the fourth quarter 2013, due primarily to lower income-tax expense in 2013.
SoCalGas' earnings were $332 million in 2014, compared with $364 million in 2013. In 2013, SoCalGas recorded $25 million in retroactive earnings for 2012 operations as a result of the CPUC General Rate Case decision.
Sempra South American Utilities
In the fourth quarter 2014, Sempra South American Utilities' earnings rose to $63 million from $43 million, due primarily to lower deferred taxes related to Peruvian tax reform.
In 2014, earnings for Sempra South American Utilities increased to $172 million from $153 million in 2013.
Sempra Mexico's fourth-quarter earnings were $53 million in 2014, compared with $26 million in 2013, due primarily to the net favorable impact of foreign currency exchange and inflation effects, and higher deferred tax expense in 2013 related to Mexican tax reform.
Sempra Mexico's earnings in 2014 increased to $192 million from $122 million in 2013, primarily due to higher earnings from operations, including improved margins, new assets placed into service and regulatory earnings from projects in construction.
SEMPRA U.S. GAS & POWER
Sempra Natural Gas
In the fourth quarter 2014, Sempra Natural Gas earned $11 million, compared with $9 million in the fourth quarter 2013.
Sempra Natural Gas earned $50 million in 2014, compared with $64 million in 2013. In 2014, Sempra Natural Gas recognized a $25 million tax benefit related to advancement of the Cameron LNG project. In 2013, Sempra Natural Gas recorded a $44 million gain on the sale of a 625-megawatt block of the Mesquite Power facility.
Fourth-quarter earnings for Sempra Renewables increased to $18 million in 2014 from $6 million in 2013, due primarily to the gain on sale of 50 percent of the Broken Bow 2 wind-power project and higher deferred income-tax benefits.
In 2014, earnings for Sempra Renewables were $81 million, up from $62 million in 2013.
2015 EARNINGS GUIDANCE
Sempra Energy announced today that it set its adjusted earnings-per-share guidance range for 2015 at $4.60 to $5, which excludes the estimated earnings impact of the expected sale of the remainder of the Mesquite Power natural gas-fired generating facility ($0.12 per share to $0.15 per share) and the earnings impact of potential LNG-related development activities.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Non-GAAP financial measures for Sempra Energy include fourth-quarter 2014 and full-year 2014 and 2013 adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share, and 2015 adjusted earnings-per-share guidance. Additional information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures is in the appendix on Table A of the fourth-quarter financial tables.
Sempra Energy will broadcast a live discussion of its earnings results over the Internet today at 1 p.m. EST with senior management of the company. Access is available by logging onto the website 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 (888) 203-1112 and entering passcode 1395267.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2014 revenues of $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' 17,000 employees serve more than 32 million consumers worldwide.
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Sempra International, LLC, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and Sempra International, LLC, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Sempra International's underlying entities include Sempra Mexico and Sempra South American Utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's underlying entities include Sempra Renewables and Sempra Natural Gas.