- Fourth Quarter 2020 GAAP EPS of $1.39; Core EPS of $1.19
- Full-Year 2020 GAAP EPS of $1.98; Core EPS of $4.52 exceeds midpoint of initial guidance range
- Edison International declares quarterly dividend of $0.6625 per share; annualized rate of $2.65 per share
- EIX will issue securities with up to $1 billion of equity content in 2021
ROSEMEAD, Calif., February 25, 2021 — Edison International (NYSE: EIX) today reported fourth quarter 2020 net income of $526 million, or $1.39 per share, compared to net income of $143 million, or $0.40 per share, in the fourth quarter 2019. As adjusted, fourth quarter 2020 core earnings were $451 million, or $1.19 per share, compared to core earnings of $355 million, or $0.99 per share, in the fourth quarter 2019.
Southern California Edison's (SCE) fourth quarter core earnings per share (EPS) was higher primarily from higher CPUC-related revenue due to the 2018 GRC decision's escalation mechanism, lower expenses from regulatory deferrals related to 2020 wildfire mitigation activities, a 2020 adjustment to 2018–2019 regulatory deferrals from the approval of the GRC track 2 settlement, and higher deferral of customer uncollectibles. These were partially offset by the increase in shares outstanding primarily associated with the equity offering in May 2020.
SCE's non-core loss per share was lower primarily due to lower charges for SCE's 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events claims and expenses, net of recoveries, and gains from SCE's sale of San Onofre nuclear fuel.
Edison International Parent and Other's fourth quarter 2020 net income per share increased by $0.28 compared to fourth quarter 2019. The higher income per share was primarily due to a non-core gain from the sale of an investment in a lease of a hydroelectric power plant in Vidalia, Louisiana.
“In 2020, SCE made substantial progress on its comprehensive wildfire mitigation strategy. SCE accomplished the vast majority of its 2020 program targets and, in many cases, exceeded those goals, despite the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pedro J. Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International. “Since the end of 2018, SCE’s execution of its wildfire mitigation strategy has reduced the risk of wildfires associated with utility infrastructure, despite a record-setting California wildfire season last year.”
Pizarro added, “SCE has also made significant progress toward resolving pending wildfire-related litigation. In total, SCE has resolved approximately two-thirds of the best estimate of total losses established last September. Looking ahead, SCE is planning for the critical role it plays in sustainability, particularly from the unique vantage point of a wires-focused business. This will include significant capital investment opportunities to support the electrification of transportation and buildings, as outlined in SCE’s Pathway 2045 and Reimagining the Grid white papers.”
For 2020, Edison International reported net income of $0.7 billion, or $1.98 per share, compared to $1.3 billion, or $3.78 per share, for 2019. As adjusted, Edison International's core earnings were $1.7 billion, or $4.52 per share, compared to $1.6 billion, or $4.70 per share, in 2019.
SCE's 2020 core EPS was lower due to the increase in shares outstanding primarily related to the equity offerings in July 2019 and May 2020. Operational results were higher primarily from higher CPUC-related revenue due to the 2018 GRC decision's escalation mechanism, lower expenses from regulatory deferrals related to 2020 wildfire mitigation activities, and a 2020 adjustment to 2018–2019 regulatory deferrals from the approval of the GRC track 2 settlement. These were partially offset primarily by a true-up related to the 2018 GRC decision in the second quarter of 2019 and, to a lesser extent, higher customer uncollectibles from the COVID-19 pandemic and expenses from SCE's response to the pandemic that were unable to be deferred to regulatory assets because they were not incremental to activities and expenses previously authorized for recovery.
SCE’s non-core loss per share was higher primarily due to higher charges for wildfire-related claims for the 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events, net of recoveries, and higher amortization of SCE's contributions to the Wildfire Insurance Fund. These were partially offset by higher gains from SCE's sale of San Onofre nuclear fuel and the absence of an impairment charge resulting from SCE's 2018 GRC final decision recorded in the second quarter 2019.
Edison International Parent and Other’s 2020 loss per share decreased by $0.18 compared to 2019. Core loss per share was higher primarily due to higher interest expense as a result of increased borrowings. Non-core income per share was higher primarily due to a gain from the sale of an investment in a lease of a hydroelectric power plant in Vidalia, Louisiana recorded in 2020.
Edison International uses core earnings, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that adjusts for significant discrete items that management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings. Edison International management believes that core earnings provide more meaningful comparisons of performance from period to period. Please see the attached tables for a reconciliation of core earnings to basic GAAP earnings.
The company provided an update on its previously stated equity requirements. To enable SCE to continue to debt-finance the 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events claims payments and maintain investment grade credit ratings at SCE and the parent company, Edison International will issue securities with up to $1 billion of equity content. The company expects to complete this financing activity in 2021. See the prepared remarks accompanying the company’s conference call for further information.
2021 Earnings Guidance
Edison International will provide 2021 earnings guidance after a final decision has been adopted by the CPUC on the Southern California Edison 2021 GRC, consistent with the company's prior practice.
Edison International and Southern California Edison Declare Dividends
Today, the Board of Directors of Edison International declared a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.6625 per share, payable on April 30, 2021, to shareholders of record on March 31, 2021. Additionally, the Board of Directors of Southern California Edison Company today declared dividends on preference stock. For more information, please see the related news release at www.edisoninvestor.com
Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast Details
|When:||Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)|
|Telephone Numbers:||1-888-673-9780 (U.S.) and 1-312-470-0178 (Int'l) - Passcode: Edison|
|Telephone Replay:||1-888-296-6948 (U.S.) and 1-203-369-3028 (Int’l) - Passcode: 2548
Telephone replay available through March 12, 2021
Edison International has posted its earnings conference call prepared remarks by the CEO and CFO, the teleconference presentation, and Form 10-K to the company's investor relations website. These materials are available at www.edisoninvestor.com.
About Edison International
Edison International (NYSE: EIX) is one of the nation’s largest electric utility holding companies, providing clean and reliable energy and energy services through its independent companies. Headquartered in Rosemead, California, Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison Company, a utility that delivers electricity to 15 million people across Southern, Central and Coastal California. Edison International is also the parent company of Edison Energy, a global energy advisory company delivering comprehensive, data-driven energy solutions to commercial and industrial users to meet their cost, sustainability and risk goals.