Sempra Energy's First-Quarter 2015 Earnings Rise
SAN DIEGO, May 5, 2015 - Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today reported first-quarter 2015 earnings of $437 million, or $1.74 per diluted share, up from $247 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, in the first quarter 2014.
Beginning in the first quarter 2015, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) adopted an order by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to recognize revenues from the utility's core activities on a seasonally adjusted basis. The application of seasonality in revenues for SoCalGas will result in substantially all of SoCalGas' annual earnings being reported in the first and fourth quarters of the year, but will not affect full-year operating earnings.
The $190 million increase in Sempra Energy's first-quarter 2015 earnings included $113 million incremental earnings due to the seasonal adjustment at SoCalGas.
Sempra Energy's first-quarter adjusted earnings were $428 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, in 2015, compared with $256 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, in 2014. First-quarter 2015 GAAP results included a benefit of $13 million after-tax, due to the reduction in the loss related to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) closure, offset by a $4 million after-tax liquefied natural gas (LNG) development expense. Last year's first-quarter GAAP results included a $9 million after-tax charge related to the closure of SONGS.
"Our strong first-quarter operating results keep us on track to meet both our growth expectations and our 2015 adjusted earnings guidance," said Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy.
Southern California Gas Co.
Earnings for SoCalGas rose to $214 million in the first quarter 2015 from $78 million in last year's first quarter, due primarily to higher authorized margin and the $113 million seasonal adjustment related to its core activities. This seasonal adjustment will result in a higher percentage of SoCalGas' earnings being reported in the first and fourth quarters, but will have no effect on full-year operating earnings.
San Diego Gas & Electric
First-quarter earnings for SDG&E were $147 million in the first quarter 2015, up from $99 million in the year-earlier period, due primarily to higher CPUC-authorized margin, increased earnings from electric transmission operations and the benefit of $13 million from the reduction in the current year to the loss related to the SONGS closure. In the first quarter 2014, SDG&E recorded a $9 million charge related to the SONGS closure.
Sempra Mexico's first-quarter earnings increased to $47 million in 2015 from $42 million in 2014, due primarily to revenue from the start-up of operations of the Los Ramones I pipeline and a section of the Sonora pipeline in the fourth quarter 2014.
Sempra South American Utilities
Sempra South American Utilities had earnings of $41 million in the first quarter 2015, up from $35 million in the first quarter 2014, due primarily to growth in electricity sales.
SEMPRA U.S. GAS & POWER
Sempra Renewables had first-quarter earnings of $13 million in 2015, compared with $28 million in 2014. In last year's first quarter, the company had a $16 million gain on the sale of a 50-percent equity interest in the Copper Mountain Solar 3 project.
Sempra Natural Gas
Earnings for Sempra Natural Gas were $2 million in the first quarter 2015, compared with $9 million in the first quarter 2014, due primarily to lower LNG earnings resulting from lower natural gas prices and LNG liquefaction development expense.
2015 ADJUSTED EARNINGS GUIDANCE
As announced previously, Sempra Energy's adjusted earnings-per-share guidance range for 2015 is $4.60 to $5, which excludes the increase in earnings from the reduction in the current year to the loss related to the SONGS closure and the earnings decrease from potential LNG-related development activities. Adjusted earnings-per-share guidance for 2015 also excludes the increase in earnings from the sale of the remainder of the Mesquite Power natural gas-fired generating facility, which will be recorded in the second quarter 2015.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Adjusted first-quarter earnings and adjusted earnings per share for both 2015 and 2014, as well as adjusted earnings guidance for 2015, are non-GAAP financial measures. Additional information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures is in the appendix on Table A of the first-quarter financial tables.
Sempra Energy will broadcast a live discussion of its earnings results over the Internet today at 1 p.m. EDT 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 1953559.
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.