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05/04/2021

AVANGRID Reports Strong First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

AVANGRID Reports Strong First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Strong financial and operating results as Company remains focused on execution
  • Raises 2021 EPS & Adjusted EPS Outlook from $2.15-$2.35 to $2.25-$2.45 per share
  • On track with Networks Road to Authorized ROE program
  • PNM Resources merger expected to close in 2H '21
  • Solid operating performance of Renewables fleet, including through Texas weather event
  • Received Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Vineyard Wind 1 800 MW offshore wind project; on track to break ground in 2H '21
  • Commenced construction on the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project

Orange, CT – May 3, 2021 - Today AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading sustainable energy company, reported consolidated U.S. GAAP net income of $334 million, or $1.08 per share, for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021, compared to $240 million, or $0.78 per share for the first quarter in 2020. On a non-U.S. GAAP adjusted basis, consolidated net income for the first quarter was $354 million, or $1.14 per share, compared to $236 million, or $0.76 per share for the first quarter 2020.


"We are off to a strong start to the year and remain focused on execution," said Dennis V. Arriola, chief executive officer of AVANGRID. "I am pleased that our first quarter results continued the positive momentum that we started last year. We appreciate the continued commitment of our employees to serving our customers safely and reliably in this challenging environment."


“Growth in Networks was driven by the implementation of rate plans in New York and Maine, and by operational improvements as we implement measures to progress on our road to earning our authorized returns on equity at each of our regulated utilities," added Arriola. "In Renewables, solid operational performance and improving fleet availability contributed to a robust first quarter. We also made good progress on our major projects, Vineyard Wind and the NECEC, and our proposed merger with PNM Resources is on track to close in the second half of the year."

Networks

Earnings for the first quarter 2021 compared to the first quarter 2020 benefited from approved rate plans mainly in New York and finance income primarily related to increased capitalized interest, which were partially offset by increased depreciation expense for assets placed in service.

Renewables

Earnings for the first quarter 2021 compared to the first quarter 2020 benefited primarily due to favorable pricing, mainly related to the Texas weather event, and thermal and trading revenues, which were partially offset by lower production on existing assets due to a strong first quarter 2020 wind resource.

Corporate

Earnings for the first quarter 2021 compared to the first quarter 2020 improved due to a favorable consolidating tax rate adjustment, which was partially offset by increased interest expense from the issuance of a Green Bond in May 2020. Corporate primarily reflects net interest expenses, taxes period over period and other non-regulated entities as well as intersegment eliminations.


Outlook

Given its strong first quarter performance and its outlook for the remainder of the year, AVANGRID is increasing its 2021 U.S. GAAP and non-U.S. GAAP adjusted earnings outlook by $0.10 per share to $2.25-$2.45 per share, reflecting net income and adjusted net income of $696-$758 million. This outlook assumes the close of the PNM Resources transaction and its related financings occur at the end of 2021. Non-U.S. GAAP adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share exclude mark-to-market adjustments in the Renewables segment, accelerated depreciation derived from repowering of wind farms, restructuring charges and COVID-19 impacts. For additional information, see “Use of Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures” and “Reconciliation of Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of the release.


Webcast

AVANGRID will webcast an audio-only financial presentation in conjunction with releasing first quarter 2021 earnings tomorrow, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 beginning at 10:00 A.M. Eastern time. The listen-only webcast will feature a presentation from members of the executive team followed by a question and answer session. The webcast can be accessed through the Investor Relations’ section of AVANGRID’s website. A replay will be available for 90 days in the Investors section of the AVANGRID website.

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About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States.
Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $38 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary
lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns eight electric and natural gas utilities,
serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of
renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been
recognized by Forbes and Just Capital as one of the 2021 JUST 100 companies - a list of America's best corporate citizens - and
was ranked number one within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company
supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2021 for the
third consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.


Forward Looking Statements
 

Certain statements in this release may relate to our future business and financial performance and future events or developments involving us and our subsidiaries that are not purely historical and may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “can, expect(s),” “believe(s),” “anticipate(s),” “intend(s),” “plan(s),” “estimate(s),” “project(s),” “assume(s),” “guide(s),” “target(s),” “forecast(s),” “are (is) confident that” and “seek(s)” or the negative of such terms or other variations onsuch terms or comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives and intentions, outlooks or expectations for earnings, revenues, expenses or other future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations, or the impact of legal or regulatory matters on business, results of operations or financial condition of the business and other statements that are not historical facts.

Such statements are based upon the current reasonable beliefs, expectations, and assumptions of our management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. Important factors are discussed and should be reviewed in our Form 10-K and other subsequent filings with the SEC. Specifically, forward-looking statements include, without limitation:

  • the future financial performance, anticipated liquidity and capital expenditures;
  • actions or inactions of local, state or federal regulatory agencies;
  • success in retaining or recruiting our officers, key employees or directors;
  • changes in amount, timing or ability to complete capital projects;
  • adverse developments in general market, business, economic, labor, regulatory and political conditions;
  • fluctuations in weather patterns and extreme weather events;
  • technological developments;
  • the impact of extraordinary external events, such as any cyber breaches or other incidents, grid disturbances, acts of war or terrorism, civil or social unrest, natural disasters, pandemic health events or
  • other similar occurrences;
  • the impact of any change to applicable laws and regulations affecting operations, including those relating to the environment and climate change, taxes, price controls, regulatory approval and permitting;
  • our ability to close the proposed merger with PNM Resources, the anticipated timing and terms of the proposed merger, our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed merger and our ability to
  • manage the risks of the proposed merger;
  • the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on business and economic conditions and the pace of recovery from the pandemic;
  • the implementation of changes in accounting standards; and
  • other presently unknown unforeseen factors.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Other risk factors are detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the SEC, and we encourage you to consult such disclosures.


Use of Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), we consider adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share as non- GAAP financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures we use are specific to AVANGRID and the non-GAAP financial measures of other companies may not be calculated in the same manner. We use these non-GAAP financial measures, in addition to GAAP measures, to establish operating budgets and operational goals to manage and monitor our business, evaluate our operating and financial performance and to compare such performance to prior periods and to the performance of our competitors. We believe that presenting such non-GAAP financial measures is useful because such measures can be used to analyze and compare profitability between companies and industries by eliminating the impact of certain non-cash charges. In addition, we present non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that they and other similar measures are widely used by certain investors, securities analysts and other interested parties as supplemental measures of performance.


We define adjusted net income as net income adjusted to exclude restructuring charges, mark-to-market earnings from changes in the fair value of derivative instruments used by AVANGRID to economically hedge market price fluctuations in related underlying physical transactions for the purchase and sale of electricity, accelerated depreciation derived from repowering of wind farms and the impact of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We believe adjusted net income is more useful in understanding and evaluating actual and projected financial performance and contribution of AVANGRID core lines of business and to more fully compare and explain our results. The most directly comparable GAAP measure to adjusted net income is net income. We also define adjusted earnings per share, or adjusted EPS, as adjusted net income converted to an earnings per share amount.

The use of non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, AVANGRID’s GAAP financial information, and investors are cautioned that the non-GAAP financial measures are limited in their usefulness, may be unique to AVANGRID, and should be considered only as a supplement to AVANGRID’s GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies and have limitations as analytical tools. Non-GAAP financial measures are not primary measurements of our performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to operating income, net income or any other performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP.


Investors and others should note that AVANGRID routinely posts important information on its website and considers
the Investor Relations section, www.avangrid.com/wps/portal/avangrid/Investors,a channel of distribution.


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About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

 

About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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