SEMPRA ENERGY SECOND-QUARTER EARNINGS LIKELY TO EXCEED ESTIMATES
SAN DIEGO, July 3, 2000 – Sempra Energy today said it expects second-quarter and full-year earnings for 2000 to exceed current First Call consensus estimates of 45 cents per share and $1.89 per share, respectively. The company will report second-quarter earnings July 27, 2000.
Sempra Energy expects its second-quarter earnings will be about 55 cents per share. The improved earnings outlook is driven primarily by better-than-expected results at the company’s wholesale energy commodity trading unit, Sempra Energy Trading. These results stem principally from oil and natural gas trading activity in the United States and Europe amidst volatile international commodity markets.
For the full year 2000, Sempra Energy is facing higher start-up costs at its other unregulated businesses, but still expects earnings per share to be about $1.95.
As Sempra Energy continues to expand its unregulated business activities, its earnings will fluctuate more from quarter to quarter, compared to past years when a larger percentage of earnings were derived from the company’s two regulated California utilities, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Sempra Energy continues to expect earnings at its SoCalGas and SDG&E units that are flat to slightly lower for the year, due to industry restructuring.
Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 12,000 employees and annual revenues of $5.4 billion. Through its eight principal subsidiaries -- SoCalGas, SDG&E, Sempra Energy Solutions, Sempra Energy Trading, Sempra Energy International, Sempra Energy Resources, Sempra Communications and Sempra Energy Financial -- Sempra Energy serves more than 9 million customers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and South America.
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