AVANGRID Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Earnings Results and Provides 2019 Earnings Outlook

Dienstag, 19.02.19 22:15
AVANGRID Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Earnings Results and Provides 2019 Earnings Outlook
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ORANGE, Conn. –

Today AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) reported consolidated U.S. GAAP net income of $119 million, or $0.38 per share, for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to a net loss of $77 million, or $0.25 per share, for the same period in 2017. For the full year ended December 31, 2018, consolidated net income was $595 million, or $1.92 per share, compared to $381 million, or $1.23 per share, for the full year in 2017.

Excluding the Gas Storage and Trading businesses and certain losses related to its sale, restructuring charges, Tax Act-related adjustments, mark-to-market adjustments, and other adjustments in Renewables, non-U.S. GAAP consolidated adjusted net income was $173 million, or $0.56 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, compared to $188 million, or $0.61 per share, for the same period in 2017. For the full year ended December 31, 2018, non-U.S. GAAP consolidated adjusted net income was $684 million, or $2.21 per share, compared to $682 million, or $2.20 per share in 2017.

“2018 was an excellent year for AVANGRID in terms of executing on our strategic plan, but challenging from an earnings perspective,” commented James P. Torgerson, chief executive officer of AVANGRID. “Minor storms and storm-related impacts, lower than expected wind resource and start-up and transmission interruptions at two of our new wind farms negatively affected our 2018 financial performance. We met these challenges head-on by managing our operating costs to partially mitigate earnings setbacks.”

“Our two New England clean energy strategic projects are advancing and remain on track,” added Torgerson. “Vineyard Wind, our 800 MW offshore wind farm in a joint-venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, and the NECEC transmission project are both making progress on key approvals and permits and we continue to expect to begin construction in late 2019.”

“For 2019, we are looking to achieve our growth objectives, deliver efficiencies in all areas of the company and address the issues that impacted our results in 2018, ensuring we remain on the path to achieving best-in-class service, safety, reliability and financial performance and rank among the elite companies in our industry.”

Net income and earnings per share for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018 and 2017 on a U.S. GAAP basis and a non-U.S. GAAP adjusted basis are set forth below:

           
GAAP Net Income (Loss) - $M
Three Months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
2018 2017 '18 vs '17 2018 2017 '18 vs '17
 
Networks $ 103 $ 124 $ (20 ) $ 478 $ 496 $ (18 )
Renewables 7 218 (210 ) 148 333 (185 )
Corporate 8 53 (46 ) (12 ) 60 (72 )
Gas Storage   1   (472 )   473     (19 )   (508 )   489  
Net Income $ 119 $ (77 ) $ 196   $ 595   $ 381   $ 214  
 
GAAP Earnings (Loss) Per Share
 
Three Months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
2018 2017 '18 vs '17 2018 2017 '18 vs '17
 
Networks $ 0.33 $ 0.40 $ (0.07 ) $ 1.54 $ 1.60 $ (0.06 )
Renewables 0.02 0.70 (0.68 ) 0.48 1.07 (0.60 )
Corporate 0.02 0.17 (0.15 ) (0.04 ) 0.19 (0.23 )
Gas Storage   0.00   (1.53 )   1.53     (0.06 )   (1.64 )   1.58  
Earnings Per Share $ 0.38 $ (0.25 ) $ 0.63   $ 1.92   $ 1.23   $ 0.69  
 
Weighted-avg # of Shares (M): 309.5 309.5 309.5 309.5
Amounts may not add due to rounding
 
 
Non-GAAP Adjusted Net Income (Loss) - $M
 
Three Months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
Adjusted 2018 Adjusted 2017

Adjusted
'18 vs '17

  Adjusted 2018 Adjusted 2017

Adjusted '18
vs '17

Networks $ 110 $ 133 $ (23 ) $ 486 $ 507 $ (21 )
Renewables 37 6 31 185 120 65
Corporate   26   49     (23 )   13     55     (42 )
Adjusted Net Income $ 173 $ 188   $ (14 ) $ 684   $ 682   $ 2  
 
Non-GAAP Adjusted Earnings (Loss) Per Share
 
Three Months ended December 31, Year ended December 31,
Adjusted 2018 Adjusted 2017

Adjusted
'18 vs '17

  Adjusted 2018 Adjusted 2017

Adjusted '18
vs '17

Networks $ 0.35 $ 0.43 $ (0.07 ) $ 1.57 $ 1.64 $ (0.07 )
Renewables 0.12 0.02 0.10 0.60 0.39 0.21
Corporate   0.08   0.16     (0.07 )   0.04     0.18     (0.13 )
Adjusted Earnings Per Share $ 0.56 $ 0.61   $ (0.05 ) $ 2.21   $ 2.20   $ 0.01  
 
Weighted-avg # of Shares (M): 309.5 309.5 309.5 309.5
Amounts may not add due to rounding
 

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.

The following results for AVANGRID’s business segments are reported in U.S. GAAP.

Avangrid Networks

For the fourth quarter 2018, Avangrid Networks earned $103 million, or $0.33 per share, compared to $124 million, or $0.40 per share, for the same period in 2017. Earnings for the full year 2018 were $478 million, or $1.54 per share, compared to $496 million, or $1.60 per share, for the same period in 2017. Earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 compared to 2017 benefited primarily from the implementation of the multi-year rate plans and lower restructuring charges, which were more than offset by non-deferrable storm-related costs (minor storms and related impacts), increased depreciation expenses, the absence of performance incentives which expired in 2017 and higher tax sharing adjustments (partially offset in Corporate).

Networks adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter 2018 were $110 million, or $0.35 per share, compared to $133 million, or $0.43 per share, for the same period in 2017. Adjusted earnings for the full year 2018 were $486 million, or $1.57 per share, compared to $507 million, or $1.64 per share in 2017.

Avangrid Renewables

For the fourth quarter 2018, Avangrid Renewables earned $7 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to $218 million, or $0.70 per share, for the same period in 2017. Earnings for the full year 2018 were $148 million, or $0.48 per share, compared to $333 million, or $1.07 per share, for the same period in 2017. Earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2017 compared to the same periods in 2018 reflect tax reform measurements of a $301 million benefit and $16 million expense, respectively. Earnings for the fourth quarter compared to the same period in 2017 benefited from increased wind generation from new capacity (although below expectations), and income from the sale of projects in development and the absence of an impairment of an equity method investment recorded in 2017, partially offset by expiring tax credits. Adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter 2018 were $37 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to $6 million or $0.02 per share, for the same period in 2017.

Earnings for the full year 2018 benefited from increased wind generation from new capacity (although below expectations), income from the settlement of a counterparty bankruptcy proceeding, recovery of bad debt and revenues from a disputed contract, the sale of transmission rights and income from the sale of projects in development. These benefits were partially offset by the impact of start-up issues at two new wind farms during the second quarter 2018. Adjusted earnings for the full year 2018 were $185 million, or $0.60 per share, compared to $120 million, or $0.39 per share in 2017.

Corporate

For the fourth quarter 2018, Corporate earned net income of $8 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to $53 million, or $0.17 per share, for the same period in 2017. For the full year 2018, Corporate incurred a net loss of $12 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to net income of $60 million, or $0.19 per share, in 2017. Earnings for the fourth quarter and full year 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 reflect tax sharing adjustments (mentioned above in Networks), additional finance expenses associated with new long-term debt issued in November 2017, the elimination of intercompany interest income from the Gas Storage and Trading Businesses in 2018 and the absence of a unitary tax benefit driven by the sale of the Gas Storage and Trading Businesses recorded in the fourth quarter 2017.

Adjusted earnings for the fourth quarter 2018 were $26 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to $49 million, or $0.16 per share, for the same period in 2017. For the full year 2018, adjusted earnings for were $13 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to $55 million, or $0.18 per share in 2017.

Gas Storage and Trading

The sales of the Gas Storage and Trading and businesses were completed on May 1 and March 1 2018, respectively. For the fourth quarter 2018, Gas Storage and Trading reported net income of $1 million, compared to a net loss of $472 million, or $1.53 per share, for the same period in 2017. For the full year 2018, Gas Storage and Trading incurred a net loss of $19 million, or $0.06 per share, compared to net loss of $508 million, or $1.64 per share, compared to the full year 2017.

Outlook

AVANGRID’s U.S. GAAP consolidated earnings outlook and adjusted non-U.S. GAAP consolidated earnings outlook for 2019 are projected to be $2.18-$2.33 per share and $2.25-$2.40 per share, respectively. 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 components of the outlook are summarized as follows, including reconciliations to the U.S. GAAP earnings outlook for 2019 to the adjusted non-U.S. GAAP consolidated earnings outlook.

Details of the earnings components are as follows:

 
Outlook - Estimated EPS
   
U.S. GAAP(1) Non-U.S. GAAP Adjusted
Networks $1.75 - $1.88 $1.75 - $1.88
Renewables $0.45 - $0.53 $0.52 - $0.60
Corporate   ($0.08) - ($0.02)   ($0.08) - ($0.02)
EPS   $2.18 - $2.33   $2.25 - $2.40
 
(1) Includes the MtM portion asset or liability that will be realized in '19 & an estimate of
accelerated depreciation on repowering
Amounts may not add due to rounding; Estimates are not expected to be additive.
Assumes approx. 309.5 million shares outstanding
 
  • Earning allowed returns at the utilities through best practices & cost management
  • Addresses cost recovery mechanisms for minor storms in rate requests, implementing operational improvements and investing in storm resiliency
  • FERC ROE decision approving current proposal
  • Revised wind forecast from 2011-2014 average to life-to-date average
  • Potential sale and/or partnership sale of projects
  • Conducting mid-period assessment of Forward 2020+ plan to achieve best in class objectives

Webcast

AVANGRID will webcast an audio-only financial presentation in conjunction with releasing fourth quarter and full year 2018 earnings tomorrow, Wednesday, February 20th beginning at 9:00 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 at www.avangrid.com.

In addition, AVANGRID will host a meeting for the investor community on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in New York beginning at 9:00 A.M. Eastern time. AVANGRID’s Executive team will present an update of AVANGRID’s Long-term Outlook followed by a question and answer session. The audio-webcast can also be accessed through the Investor Relations’ section of Avangrid’s website at www.avangrid.com

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $32 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 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates 7.2 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, with a presence in 22 states across the United States. AVANGRID supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals approved by the member states of the United Nations, and earned the Compliance Leader Verification, a third party verification of its ethics and compliance program certification, from Ethisphere Institute.. AVANGRID employs approximately 6,500 people. For more information, visit www.avangrid.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Forward Looking Statements: This news release contains a number of forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “can,” “expects,” “future,” “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)”“can,” “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “projects,” “assumes,” “guides,” “targets,” “forecasts,” “is confident that” and “seeks” or the negative of such terms or other variations on such 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 reasonable current 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 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements include, without limitation: our 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 levels or timing of capital expenditures; adverse developments in general market, business, economic, labor, regulatory and political conditions; fluctuations in weather patterns; technological developments; the impact of any cyber-breaches, grid disturbances, acts of war or terrorism or natural disasters; the impact of any change to applicable laws and regulations affecting operations, including those relating to environmental and climate change, taxes, price controls, regulatory approvals and permitting; and other presently unknown or unforeseen factors. Additional risks and uncertainties are set forth under the “Risk Factors” in the AVANGRID, Inc. Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and the AVANGRID, Inc. Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

Use of Non-U.S.

Quelle: Business Wire



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