Edison International Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results

August 07, 2009

Media relations contact: Charles Coleman, (626) 302-7982

Investor relations contact: Scott Cunningham, (626) 302-2540


ROSEMEAD, Calif., August 7, 2009 – Edison International (NYSE: EIX) today reported a second quarter 2009 GAAP loss of $0.05 per share. The loss includes a $0.81 per share charge from finalizing a global settlement with the Internal Revenue Service in May 2009 and the related termination of cross-border, leveraged leases (the “overall tax settlement”). The overall tax settlement resolves numerous federal income tax issues dating back to 1986. 

Excluding the overall tax settlement charge and other non-core items, second quarter 2009 core earnings were $0.78 per share, or $0.01 per share less than the second quarter 2008. The core earnings decline is attributable to lower results at Edison Mission Group (EMG) offset largely by higher results at Southern California Edison (SCE).
 
"Although not reflected in our reported earnings, our second quarter core earnings are on track with our expectations for the quarter,” said Theodore F. Craver, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Edison International. “We established several key milestones to accomplish this year and are pleased with the progress to date such as the completion of the global tax settlement with the IRS which removes a major uncertainty for investors.”

Note: GAAP earnings and losses refer to net income or losses attributable to Edison International and GAAP earnings or losses per share refer to basic earnings or losses per common share attributable to Edison International throughout this release. Core earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure. See Reconciliation of Core Earnings to GAAP Earnings and Reconciliation of Core Earnings Guidance to GAAP Earnings Guidance.

Second Quarter Earnings Detail

SCE’s second quarter 2009 GAAP earnings from continuing operations were $1.53 per share and core earnings were $0.61 per share compared to $0.48 per share GAAP earnings from continuing operations and core earnings in the same quarter last year. The increase in core earnings was primarily due to higher operating income associated with the 2009 General Rate Case (GRC) and lower operating expenses due mainly to timing differences. SCE second quarter 2009 core earnings exclude the impact of the overall tax settlement.

EMG reported a GAAP loss from continuing operations of $1.69 per share in the second quarter of 2009 and core earnings of $0.19 per share compared to GAAP earnings from continuing operations and core earnings of $0.34 per share in the second quarter of 2008. Core earnings declined primarily from lower income at Midwest Generation and gas-fired projects driven by lower energy and natural gas prices, lower trading income and lower earnings at Edison Capital, partially offset by improved earnings at the Homer City plant. Second quarter 2009 results also include a $0.06 per share gain on the sale of Edison Capital’s Midland Cogeneration Ventures lease; a $0.07 per share gain on sale of Edison Capital’s Beaver Valley lease is included in the second quarter 2008 results. Second quarter 2009 EMG core earnings exclude the impact of the overall tax settlement and discontinued operations. 

Edison International parent company and other second quarter 2009 GAAP earnings from continuing operations were $0.13 per share and core losses were $0.02 per share compared to a $0.03 per share GAAP loss from continuing operations and core loss in the second quarter of 2008. Second quarter 2009 Edison International parent company and other core results exclude the impact of the overall tax settlement.

Year-to-Date Earnings Summary
       
Edison International reported GAAP earnings of $0.72 per share for the six-month period ending June 30, 2009, compared to $1.70 per share for the same period last year.  Excluding the impact of the overall tax settlement and discontinued operations, core earnings for the first six months of 2009 were $1.58 per share, compared to $1.72 per share in the same period in 2008.

Year-to-Date Earnings Detail

SCE’s GAAP earnings from continuing operations in the first half of 2009 were $2.17 per share and core earnings were $1.25 per share compared to $0.94 per share GAAP earnings from continuing operations and core earnings in the same period last year. This increase reflects higher operating income related to the GRC decision and lower operating expenses due mainly to timing differences. SCE’s first half 2009 core earnings exclude the impact of the overall tax settlement.

EMG’s GAAP loss from continuing operations through June 30, 2009 was $1.55 per share compared to GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $0.84 per share in the same period last year. Year-to-date core earnings were $0.37 per share compared to $0.84 per share in the same period last year. This decrease reflects lower income at Midwest Generation and gas-fired projects driven by lower energy and natural gas prices, lower trading income, lower earnings at Edison Capital and a favorable buy-out of a coal contract at Midwest Generation in 2008. Partially off-setting these decreases were improved earnings at the Homer City plant. EMG’s core earnings in the first half of 2009 exclude the impacts of the overall tax settlement together with discontinued operations.

Edison International parent company and other GAAP earnings from continuing operations in the first half of 2009 were $0.11 per share and core losses were $0.04 per share compared to a $0.06 per share GAAP loss from continuing operations and core loss in the same period last year. The core loss in the first half of 2009 excludes the impact of the overall tax settlement.

2009 Earnings Guidance

Previously announced core earnings guidance of $2.90 - $3.20 per share is reaffirmed. The company has updated its prior GAAP earnings guidance to a range of $2.18 to $2.48 per share to reflect the actual charge of $0.85 per share associated with the overall tax settlement and other expected non-core items. See the risk disclosure statement on page 4 and the presentation accompanying the company’s conference call for further information.

Reconciliation of Core Earnings Guidance to GAAP Earnings Guidance1

Core Earnings Per Share1

2009 Earnings Guidance
as of May 8, 2009

2009 Earnings Guidance
Updated August 7, 2009

EIX core earnings

$ 2.90 - $ 3.20

$ 2.90 - $ 3.20

    Non-core items

(0.92) - (0.69)

(0.72)

EIX GAAP earnings

$ 1.98 - $ 2.51

$ 2.18 - $ 2.48

1 See Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures on page 4. GAAP earnings refer to basic earnings per common share attributable to Edison International common shareholders. The expected impact of participating securities is $(0.02) per share and is included in EIX parent company and other.

About Edison International

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, California, Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and Edison Mission Group, a competitive power generation business and parent company to Edison Mission Energy and Edison Capital.

Appendix and Summary Financial Tables (PDF)

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Edison International Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results