Edison International Reports Higher 2006 Earnings

February 28, 2007

February 28, 2007

  • Edison International’s (NYSE:EIX) consolidated net income increased over 3% to $1.18 billion or $3.58 per share
  • EIX’s core  earnings of $3.07 per share were down 1.9% compared to 2005 earnings of $3.13 per share
    • SCE recorded core earnings of $1.89 per share, up 3.8% on higher authorized net revenue and Mountainview operations
    • EMG’s core earnings were down 8.5% to $1.30 per share from lower generation, wholesale power prices, and trading income
  • Annual dividend increased 7.4% to $1.16 per share in December 2006
  • Assets increased to over $36 billion
  • 2007 earnings guidance of $3.05 - $3.45 per share affirmed

Edison International Financial Highlights
Full Year
Change
(In millions, except per share data)
2006
2005
$
%

Earnings per common share
$3.58
$3.47
$0.11
3.2%
Core1 earnings per common share
$3.07
$3.13
$(0.06)
(1.9)%
Net Income
$1,181
$1,137
$44
3.9%
Revenue
$12,622
$11,852
$770
6.5%
Assets
  $36,261  
  $34,791  
  $1,470  
  4.2%  

1 Core earnings exclude earnings from discontinued operations and other non-core items.
Note:  Earnings reflect the impact of the transfer of wind assets between Edison Capital and MEHC.

 


CHAIRMAN’S COMMENTARY

"2006 was a good year for Edison International," said John E. Bryson, chairman and CEO, Edison International.  "Our company continued to strengthen its foundation for large scale growth over the next five and ten years.  Of particular significance were important advances in system reliability, renewable energy, advanced metering and energy efficiency."


YEAR 2006 EARNINGS SUMMARY

Edison International recorded earnings of $3.58 per share for the year ending December 31, 2006, compared to $3.47 per share for the same period last year.  The results included non-core adjustments detailed in Chart 1.  Edison International’s core earnings were $3.07 per share for 2006, compared to $3.13 per share for the same period last year.  This decrease primarily reflects lower wholesale energy margins at Midwest Generation, lower energy trading income at MEHC and higher income tax expense partially offset by higher authorized net revenue from SCE’s general rate case, Mountainview operations, lower net interest and favorable results from SFAS #133 adjustments. 

YEAR 2006 EARNINGS DETAIL

Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations

SCE earnings from continuing operations were $776 million in 2006, compared with $725 million in 2005.  SCE’s 2006 results included non-core items of $158 million, primarily from the resolution of several regulatory and tax issues, a generator settlement and generator refund incentives.  SCE’s 2005 earnings included non-core items of $130 million.  (See Chart 1 for details.)  Excluding these non-core items, SCE’s core earnings in 2006 were $618 million, up $23 million over last year. This increase is due to higher net revenue authorized in the 2006 general rate case decision and earnings from Mountainview, partially offset by higher income tax expense.

EMG’s earnings from continuing operations in 2006 were $334 million compared to $414 million in 2005.  Mission Energy Holding Company (MEHC) had earnings of $246 million in 2006 compared to $332 million in 2005.  MEHC’s earnings from continuing operations included non-core charges of $90 million in 2006 and $49 million in 2005 reflecting the early extinguishment of debt and the impairment of an investment.  (See Chart 1 for details.) Excluding these items, MEHC’s core earnings were $336 million, a decrease of $45 million from 2005.  This decrease was primarily due to lower wholesale energy margins at Midwest Generation, lower energy trading income and an increase in income tax expense, partially offset by a favorable SFAS #133 net impact and lower net interest expense.  SFAS #133 unrealized gains in 2006 were $39 million compared to unrealized losses of $35 million in 2005.  Edison Capital’s 2006 earnings were $88 million, an increase of $6 million over last year primarily due to lower net corporate interest expense and overhead, and a gain on the sale of an affordable housing project, partially offset by lower gains from global infrastructure fund investments. 
       
Earnings from Discontinued Operations

Edison International’s earnings from discontinued operations were $97 million in 2006 and $30 million in 2005 primarily due to distributions from MEHC’s Lakeland project and other adjustments related to some of MEHC’s international projects that were sold in 2004. 

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share (Unaudited)

2006

2005

Change

  Southern California Edison Company
$2.38
$2.22
$0.16
  Edison Mission Group
    Mission Energy Holding Company
0.75
1.02
(0.27)
    Edison Capital
0.27
0.25
(0.02)
      Edison Mission Group Total
1.02
1.27
(0.25)
  EIX (parent) and other
(0.12)
(0.11)
0.01

EIX Consol. Earnings from Continuing Operations

3.28

3.38

(0.10)

Earnings from Discontinued Operations

0.30

0.09

0.21

Total EIX Consolidated Earnings
$3.58
$3.47
$0.11




 
Year Ended December 31,
 
Earnings (Loss) (in millions) (Unaudited)

2006

2005

Change

  Southern California Edison Company
$776
$725
$51
  Edison Mission Group
    Mission Energy Holding Company
246
332
(86)
    Edison Capital
88
82
6
      Edison Mission Group Total
334
414
(80)
  EIX (parent) and other
(27)
(31)
4

EIX Consol. Earnings from Continuing Operations

1,083

1,108

(25)

Earnings from Discontinued Operations

97

30

67

Total EIX Consolidated Earnings
1
(1)
2



FOURTH-QUARTER EARNINGS SUMMARY

Edison International recorded earnings of $0.87 per share for the quarter ending December 31, 2006, compared to $0.83 per share for the same period last year.  The results included non-core adjustments detailed in Chart 2.  Edison International’s core earnings were $0.65 per share for the three-month period ending December 31, 2006, compared to $0.71 per share for the same period last year.  This decrease primarily reflects lower results at Midwest Generation and lower energy trading income at MEHC, partially offset by a favorable SFAS #133 net impact at MEHC, higher net revenue at SCE and higher income from Edison Capital. 

FOURTH-QUARTER EARNINGS DETAIL

Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations

SCE’s earnings from continuing operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2006, were $158 million compared to $153 million in the same period last year.  SCE’s 2006 fourth quarter earnings included $53 million in non-core items primarily from the favorable resolution of a state tax apportionment issue.  SCE’s results for 2005 included positive non-core items of $65 million.  (See Chart 2 for details.)  Excluding these items, SCE’s 2006 core earnings for the quarter were $105 million, compared to $88 million in the same period last year.  This increase reflects lower income tax expense, the impact of higher net revenue associated with the 2006 general rate case and earnings from Mountainview, partially offset by lower other income. 

EMG’s fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations in 2006 were $113 million compared to $153 million in 2005. MEHC had earnings from continuing operations of $69 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2006, compared to $148 million in the same period last year.  MEHC’s 2006 fourth-quarter core earnings of $71 million were $77 million lower than the same period last year.  This decrease was primarily due to lower wholesale energy margins at Midwest Generation and lower trading income partially offset by favorable SFAS #133 unrealized gains and lower net interest expense.  Unrealized gains in 2006 fourth-quarter earnings were $17 million compared to unrealized gains of $5 million in the fourth quarter of last year.  Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2006 for Edison Capital were $44 million compared to $5 million in the same period last year.  This increase is primarily due to Edison Capital's share of gains from its investments in global infrastructure funds, additional income from leveraged leases due to favorable guidance from the Internal Revenue Service issued in the fourth quarter and a gain on the sale of an affordable housing project.

Earnings (Loss) from Discontinued Operations

Edison International’s earnings from discontinued operations were $22 million in the fourth quarter of 2006 compared to a loss of $26 million in the same period last year.  The results from discontinued operations primarily reflect adjustments resulting from the sale of international projects. 

 
Quarter Ended December 31,
 
Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share (Unaudited)

2006

2005

Change

  Southern California Edison Company
$0.48
$0.47
$0.01
  Edison Mission Group
    Mission Energy Holding Company
0.21
0.45
(0.24)
    Edison Capital
0.14
0.02
0.12
      Edison Mission Group Total
0.35
0.47
(0.12)
  EIX (parent) and other
(0.03)
(0.03)
--

EIX Consol. Earnings from Continuing Operations

0.80

0.91

(0.11)

Earnings from Discontinued Operations

0.07

(0.08)

0.15

Total EIX Consolidated Earnings
$0.87
$0.83
$0.04


 


 

 
Quarter Ended December 31,
 
Earnings (Loss) (in millions) (Unaudited)

2006

2005

Change

  Southern California Edison Company
$158
$153
$5
  Edison Mission Group
    Mission Energy Holding Company
69
148
(79)
    Edison Capital
44
5
39
      Edison Mission Group Total
113
153
(40)
  EIX (parent) and other
(5)
(7)
2

EIX Consol. Earnings from Continuing Operations

22

(26)

48

Earnings from Discontinued Operations

--

(1)

1

Total EIX Consolidated Earnings
$288
$272
$16


 

Edison International's earnings are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles used in the United States and represent the company's earnings as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Edison International's management uses core earnings, which exclude earnings from discontinued operations and other non-core items, internally for financial planning and for analysis of performance.  Edison International also uses core earnings as the primary performance measurement when communicating with analysts and investors regarding its earnings results and outlook as it allows them to more accurately compare the company’s ongoing performance across periods. 

Reminder:  Edison International Will Hold a Conference Call Today

Today, Edison International will hold a conference call to discuss its 2006 financial results at 8 a.m. (Pacific time).  Although two-way participation in the telephone call is limited to financial analysts and investors, all other interested parties are invited to participate in a “listen-only” mode through a simultaneous webcast on the company’s Web site at www.edisoninvestor.com.  Additional financial and other statistical information, if any, presented during the call will be available on the Web site.  The domestic call-in number is (800) 356-8584 and the ID# is 11100.  

Chart 1

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
Core Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share (Unaudited)

2006

2005

Change

  Southern California Edison Company
$1.89
$1.82
$0.07
  Edison Mission Group
    Mission Energy Holding Company
1.03
1.17
(0.14)
    Edison Capital
0.27
0.25
(0.02)
      Edison Mission Group Total
1.30
1.42
(0.12)
  EIX parent company and other
(0.12)
(0.11)
(0.01)

EIX Consolidated Core Earnings

3.07

3.13

(0.06)

Non-core items
 SCE - Regulatory and tax items
0.40
0.36
0.04
 SCE - Generator settlement / refund incentive
0.09
0.04
0.05
 MEHC - March Point impairment
--
(0.10)
0.10
 MEHC - Early debt retirements
(0.28)
(0.05)
(0.23)
 Discontinued operations
0.30
0.09
0.21

  Total Non-core Items

0.51

0.34

0.17

Total EIX Consolidated Earnings
$3.58
$3.47
$0.11


 



 

 
Year Ended December 31,
 
Core Earnings (Loss) (in millions) (Unaudited)

2006

2005

Change

  Southern California Edison Company
$618
$595
$023
  Edison Mission Group
    Mission Energy Holding Company
336
381
(45)
    Edison Capital
88
82
6
      Edison Mission Group Total
424
463
(39)
  EIX parent company and other
(27)
(31)
4

EIX Consolidated Core Earnings

1,015

1,027

(12)

Non-core items
 SCE - Regulatory and tax items
130
116
14
 SCE - Generator settlement / refund incentive
28
14
14
 MEHC - March Point impairment
--
(34)
34
 MEHC - Early debt retirements
(90)
(15)
(75)
 Discontinued operations
97
30
67

  Total Non-core Items

165

111

54
Change in account principle

1

(1)

2

Total EIX Consolidated Earnings
$1,181
$1,137
$44

 


 

Chart 2

 
Quarter Ended December 31,
 
Core Earnings (Loss) Per Common Share (Unaudited)

2006

2005

Change

  Southern California Edison Company
$0.32
$0.27
$0.05
  Edison Mission Group
    Mission Energy Holding Company
0.22
0.45
(0.23)
    Edison Capital
0.14
0.02
0.12
      Edison Mission Group Total
0.36
0.47
(0.11)
  EIX parent company and other
(0.03)
(0.03)
--

EIX Consolidated Core Earnings

0.65

0.71

(0.06)

Non-core items
 SCE - Regulatory and tax items
0.15
0.17
(0.02)
 SCE - Generator settlement / refund incentive
0.01
0.03
(0.02)
 MEHC - Early debt retirements
(0.01)
--
(0.01)
 Discontinued operations
0.07
(0.08)
0.15

  Total Non-core Items

0.22

0.12

0.10

Total EIX Consolidated Earnings
$0.87
$0.83
$0.04




 
Quarter Ended December 31,
 
Core Earnings (Loss) (in millions) (Unaudited)

2006

2005

Change

  Southern California Edison Company
$105
$88
$17
  Edison Mission Group
    Mission Energy Holding Company
71
148
(77)
    Edison Capital
44
5
39
      Edison Mission Group Total
115
153
(38)
  EIX parent company and other
(5)
(7)
2

EIX Consolidated Core Earnings

215

234

(19)

Non-core items
 SCE - Regulatory and tax items
49
55
(6)
 SCE - Generator settlement / refund incentive
4
10
(6)
 MEHC - Early debt retirements
(2)
--
(2)
 Discontinued operations
22
(26)
48

  Total Non-core Items

73

39

34
Change in account principle

--

(1)

(1)

Total EIX Consolidated Earnings
$288
$272
$16

 

Chart 3

 
Supplemental Table - Coal-Fired Generation
Midwest Generation and Homer City
Operating Performance
 

2006

2005

Change

%

Midwest Generation
Generation (in TWhs)
28.9
31.0
(2.1)
-6.8%
Equivalent Availability
79.3%
79.6%
-0.3%
Forced Outage Rate (EFOR)
7.9%
7.8%
0.1%
Average Cost of Fuel ($/MWh)
13.19
12.40
0.79
6.4%
Flat Energy Price -Nihub ($/MWh)
41.42
46.39
(4.97)
-10.7%
Average Realized Energy Price ($/MWh)
46.19
45.55
0.64
1.4%

Homer City
Generation (in TWhs)
12.3
13.6
(1.3)
-9.6%
Equivalent Availability
81.9%
85.2%
-3.3%
Forced Outage Rate
13.5%
4.8%
8.7%
Average Cost of Fuel ($/MWh)
23.05
21.08
1.97
9.3%
Flat Energy Price -PJM West Hub ($/MWh)
51.08
60.92
(9.84)
-16.2%
Flat Energy Price -HC Busbar ($/MWh)
45.15
54.80
(9.65)
-17.6%
Flat Energy Price -PJM West Hub minus HC Busbar ($/MWHr) - Basis

5.93

6.12

(0.19)

-3.1%
Average Realized Energy Price ($/MWh)
48.02
45.05
2.97
6.6%

 

Chart 4

 
Edison International
Supplemental Table - Coal-Fired Generation
Midwest Generation and Homer City
Hedge Program Status at December 31, 2006
 

2007

2008

2009

Midwest Generation
Electricity Hedge Contracts (in TWhs)
  Energy Only Contracts
16.3
10.9
2.0
  Load requirements service contracts (estimated)
8.5
6.2
1.8
  Total estimated megawatts hours under contract
24.8
17.1
3.8
Average Energy Price ($/MWh)
  Energy Only Contracts
$48.39
$61.33
$60.00
  Load requirements service contracts (estimated)
$64.13
$64.01
$63.65
Coal Requirements Under Contract (in millions of tons)1
17.2
5.8
5.8
Homer City
Electricity Hedge Contracts (in TWhs)
  Energy Only Contracts
7.6
7.2
2.0
  Average Energy Price ($/MWh)
$64.35
$60.85
$71.05
Coal Requirements Under Contract (in millions of tons)1
5.2
2.1
0.8

1 In February 2007, Midwest Generation contracted for the purchase of additional coal in the amount of 9 million tons for 2008, 6 million for 2009, and 6 million for 2010.

 

Chart 5

Edison International
Earnings Guidance


Core EPS:


  2006 Recorded  

2007 Guidance
Affirmed 2/28/07
SCE
$1.89
$1.97 - 2.07
EMG
1.30
1.21 - 1.51
EIX Holding Co.
(0.12)
(0.13)
  Core
$3.07
$3.05 - 3.45



Non-Core Items1:
SCE
0.49
-
EMG
0.02
-
  Total
$3.58
$3.05 - 3.45
1 For detail of non-core see Chart 1.

 

Risk Disclosure Statement 

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements reflect Edison International’s current expectations and projections about future events based on Edison International’s knowledge of present facts and circumstances and assumptions about future events and include any statement that does not directly relate to a historical or current fact.  In this report and elsewhere, the words “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “probable,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” and variations of such words and similar expressions, or discussions of strategy or of plans, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Such statements necessarily involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated.  Some of the risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause results to differ, or that otherwise could impact Edison International or its subsidiaries, include but are not limited to: 

  • the ability of Edison International to meet its financial obligations and to pay dividends on its common stock if its subsidiaries are unable to pay dividends;
  • the ability of SCE to recover its costs in a timely manner from its customers through regulated rates;
  • decisions and other actions by the California Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other regulatory authorities and delays in regulatory actions;
  • market risks affecting SCE’s energy procurement activities;
  • access to capital markets and the cost of capital;
  • changes in interest rates, rates of inflation and foreign exchange rates;
  • governmental, statutory, regulatory or administrative changes or initiatives affecting the electricity industry, including the market structure rules applicable to each market;
  • environmental regulations that could require additional expenditures or otherwise affect the cost and manner of doing business;
  • risks associated with operating nuclear and other power generating facilities, including operating risks, nuclear fuel storage, equipment failure, availability, heat rate, output, and availability and cost of spare parts and repairs;
  • the availability of labor, equipment and materials;
  • the ability to obtain sufficient insurance, including insurance relating to SCE’s nuclear facilities;
  • effects of legal proceedings, changes in or interpretations of tax laws, rates or policies, and changes in accounting standards;
  • the outcome of disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and other tax authorities regarding tax positions taken by Edison International;
  • supply and demand for electric capacity and energy, and the resulting prices and dispatch volumes, in the wholesale markets to which EMG’s generating units have access;
  • the cost and availability of coal, natural gas, fuel oil, nuclear fuel, and associated transportation;
  • the cost and availability of emission credits or allowances for emission credits;
  • transmission congestion in and to each market area and the resulting differences in prices between delivery points; 
  • the ability to provide sufficient collateral in support of hedging activities and purchased power and fuel;
  • the risk of counter-party default in hedging transactions or fuel contracts;
  • the extent of additional supplies of capacity, energy and ancillary services from current competitors or new market entrants, including the development of new generation facilities and technologies;
  • the difficulty of predicting wholesale prices, transmission congestion, energy demand and other aspects of the complex and volatile markets in which EMG and its subsidiaries participate;
  • general political, economic and business conditions;
  • weather conditions, natural disasters and other unforeseen events; and
  • changes in the fair value of investments and other assets.

Additional information about risks and uncertainties, including more detail about the factors described above, is contained in Edison International’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are urged to read such reports and carefully consider the risks, uncertainties and other factors that affect Edison International’s business.  Readers also should review future reports filed by Edison International with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The information contained in this release is subject to change without notice. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and Edison International is not obligated to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements. 
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Rosemead, Calif.-based Edison International (NYSE:EIX) is an electric power generator and distributor, and an investor in infrastructure and renewable energy projects with assets totaling more than $36 billion.  The company is comprised of a regulated utility, Southern California Edison (SCE) and an unregulated group of business units, Edison Mission Group (EMG).  The California Public Utilities Commission does not regulate the terms of EMG’s products and services.