AVANGRID Reports Third Quarter 2019 Earnings
AVANGRID Reports Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Results
- Montague ~201 MW wind farm in Oregon reached COD in October
- Announced Repowering of Klondike II ~75 MW wind farm in Oregon
- Reached agreement with Axium Infrastructure to sell 50% stake of Dry Lake II wind farm and Copper Crossing solar project both in Arizona
- Executing on Forward 2020+ Mid-period Assessment initiatives
- Progressing on rate cases in New York and Maine
Orange, CT – October 29, 2019 - Today AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) reported consolidated U.S. GAAP net income of $150 million, or $0.48 per share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019, compared to $125 million, or $0.40 per share, for the same period in 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, consolidated net income was $477 million, or $1.54 per share, compared to $476 million, or $1.54 per share, for the first nine months of 2018.
On a non-U.S. GAAP adjusted basis, consolidated net income for the third quarter 2019 was $123 million, or $0.40 per share, compared to $139 million, or $0.45 per share, for the same period in 2018. For the first nine months of 2019, non-U.S. GAAP consolidated adjusted net income was $442 million, or $1.43 per share, compared to $511 million, or $1.65 per share, for the first nine months of 2018.
“The third quarter results reflected positive performance in Renewables, with improved production due to better wind resource and new assets in service,” commented James P. Torgerson, chief executive officer of AVANGRID. “Year-to-date earnings benefited from Forward 2020+ Mid-period Assessment achievements helping to offset lower wind production and pricing in Renewables, as well as higher outage restoration and staging costs in Networks.”
“We continue to make progress executing our strategic plan,” added Torgerson. “During the third quarter, the ~201 MW Montague wind farm became fully operational and we announced the future repowering of our Klondike II wind farm in Oregon. We continue to invest in our electric and gas infrastructures, grow our Renewables pipeline, and execute asset sales/partnership transactions and we have already secured power purchase agreements for more than 100% of our long-term outlook target through 2022. In addition, we are progressing on rate cases in New York and Maine including enhanced recovery mechanisms for outage restoration and staging costs.”
Non-U.S. GAAP adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per share exclude the Gas Storage and Trading businesses and certain losses related to their sale, mark-to-market adjustments in the Renewables segment, accelerated depreciation derived from repowering of wind farms, loss from held for sale measurement, the impact of the Tax Act, restructuring charges and income from release of collateral. 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.
Earnings for the third quarter 2019 compared to 2018 benefited from rate adjustments in Connecticut and Massachusetts and mid-period assessment achievements, which were more than offset by unfavorable depreciation expense due to additional assets in service and increased outage restoration.
Earnings for the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018 benefited from rate adjustments in New York (1H ’19), Connecticut and Massachusetts and mid-period assessment achievements, which were offset by unfavorable depreciation expense due to additional assets in service and increased outage restoration and staging costs.
Earnings for the third quarter 2019 compared to 2018 benefited primarily from higher mark-to-market earnings, favorable wind production and minority interest income, which were partially offset by unfavorable pricing and the absence of income from the settlement of a counterparty bankruptcy proceeding which was recorded in the third quarter of 2018.
Earnings for the first nine months of 2019 compared to 2018 benefited primarily from higher mark-to-market earnings, favorable income from minority interest and thermal and trading businesses, and positive mid-period assessment achievements, which were partially offset by unfavorable pricing, expiring production tax credits and the absence of income recorded year-to-date 2018 for the release of collateral for two power purchase agreements and income from the settlement mentioned above.
Corporate primarily reflects net interest expenses and taxes period over period. Earnings for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 2018 were negatively impacted by increased interest expense related to new debt.
Earnings for the first nine months of 2019 compared to 2018 benefited from a favorable income tax expense primarily due to a favorable discrete item year-to-date 2019 and a favorable change in the consolidating tax rate adjustments, which were more than offset by increased interest expense.
The sales of the Gas Storage and Trading businesses were completed on May 1 and March 1, 2018, respectively.
AVANGRID is revising its consolidated U.S. GAAP earnings outlook for 2019 to $2.36-$2.46 per share, from the previously reported estimate of $2.18-$2.28 per share, due to changes in mark-to-market expectations. AVANGRID is affirming its consolidated non-U.S. GAAP earnings outlook for 2019 of $2.25-$2.35 per share, however, is revising its earnings outlook for the business segments to reflect outage restoration and staging costs, increased personnel costs, expected earnings from asset sales/partnership transactions, and estimated taxes.
AVANGRID believes the adjusted consolidated earnings outlook is useful in understanding and evaluating actual and projected financial performance of the company. Details of the earnings segments are summarized as follows.
For additional information, see “Reconciliation of Non-U.S. GAAP Adjusted 2019 Outlook” at the end of the release.
AVANGRID will webcast an audio-only financial presentation in conjunction with releasing third quarter 2019 earnings tomorrow, Wednesday, October 30th beginning at 10:00 A.M. Eastern time. The webcast will feature a presentation from Avangrid’s CEO, James P. Torgerson and other members of the executive team, and can be accessed through the Investor Relations’ section of AVANGRID’s website.
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About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $34 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states. With headquarters in Orange, Connecticut, 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 6,500 people. AVANGRID supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019 by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.
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Use of Non-U.S. GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we consider adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share as non-GAAP financial measures that are not prepared in accordance with U.S. 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 U.S. 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, loss from held for sale measurement, accelerated depreciation derived from repowering of wind farms, income from release of collateral, impact of the Tax Act and adjustments for the non-core Gas storage business. 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 U.S. 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 U.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 U.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.