Edison International Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

November 02, 2021

Investor Relations: Sam Ramraj, (626) 302-2540
Media Contact: Jeff Monford, (626) 476-8120

  • Third Quarter 2021 GAAP loss per share of $0.90; Core EPS of $1.69
  • EIX and SCE revise best estimate of total potential losses from 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events to $7.5 billion; $5.3 billion has been resolved and $2.2 billion remains to be resolved
  • SCE executes agreement with CPUC Safety and Enforcement Division (SED) to resolve enforcement actions related to the 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events
  • EIX narrows 2021 EPS guidance to $4.42–4.52. Also reiterates long-term EPS growth rate target of 5–7%

ROSEMEAD, Calif., November 2, 2021 — Edison International (NYSE: EIX) today reported third quarter 2021 net loss of $341 million, or $0.90 per share, compared to net loss of $288 million, or $0.76 per share, in the third quarter of 2020. As adjusted, third quarter 2021 core earnings were $644 million, or $1.69 per share, compared to core earnings of $632 million, or $1.67 per share, in the third quarter of 2020.

Southern California Edison’s (SCE) third quarter 2021 core earnings per share increased year-over-year primarily due to higher revenue from the 2021 General Rate Case (GRC) final decision and higher Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revenue, partially offset by increased wildfire mitigation expenses due to the timing of regulatory deferrals in the third quarter of 2020.

In August 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a final decision on track 1 of the 2021 GRC. The revenue requirements in the 2021 GRC final decision are retroactive to January 1, 2021. SCE recorded the prior period impact of the 2021 GRC final decision in the third quarter of 2021, which increased core EPS by $0.35.

SCE's non-core loss during the quarter was primarily attributable to a pre-tax charge of $1.2 billion recorded for 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events claims and expenses, net of expected recoveries from FERC customers.

This charge is described further below and for additional information, the company also provided a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document, which can be accessed here.

Edison International Parent and Other's third quarter 2021 loss per share increased year-over-year primarily due to higher preferred dividends as a result of a preferred equity issuance in 2021.

“SCE continues to make solid progress in the execution of its Wildfire Mitigation Plan, including the installation of 2,500 miles of covered conductor to date. These ongoing mitigation actions combined with the PSPS Action Plan strengthen our confidence in SCE’s overall improved risk profile with respect to wildfires,” said Pedro J. Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International. “Considering physical mitigation measures, operational practices, and the use of PSPS, SCE estimates that it has reduced the probability of losses from catastrophic wildfires by 55 to 65%, relative to pre-2018 levels.”

Pizarro added, “Ensuring reliability is essential to the transition to a clean energy economy. Looking forward to summer 2022, SCE’s recently announced 535 MW utility-owned storage investment is a material increase in capacity to mitigate the risk of statewide customer outages caused by extreme weather events and continued drought conditions.”

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.

2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events Update

In October 2021, SCE and the SED executed an agreement (the “SED Agreement”), subject to CPUC approval, to resolve the SED’s investigations into the 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events and three other 2017 wildfires for, among other things, aggregate costs of $550 million. The $550 million in costs is comprised of a $110 million fine to be paid to the State of California General Fund, $65 million of shareholder-funded safety measures, and an agreement by SCE to waive its right to seek cost recovery in CPUC-jurisdictional rates for $375 million of third-party uninsured claims payments. The SED Agreement also imposes other obligations on SCE, including reporting requirements and safety-focused studies. In the SED Agreement, SCE did not admit imprudence, negligence or liability with respect to the 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events or the three other 2017 wildfires.

During the quarter, EIX and SCE increased the estimated losses for the 2017/2018 Wildfire Mudslide Events by $1.3 billion, reflecting the review of information obtained as a result of achieving key milestones in the litigation process, including settlement activity to date.  The estimated losses for the 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events as of September 30, 2021, reflect the impact of the SED Agreement. After giving effect to all settlements entered into through September 30, 2021, Edison International and SCE's best estimate of expected losses for remaining alleged and potential claims related to the 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events was $2.2 billion.

This settlement and revised best estimate of potential losses do not change EIX’s previous disclosed 2021 financing plan. Edison International continues to anticipate issuing securities with up to $1 billion of equity content to support its investment grade credit ratings.

2021 Earnings Guidance

The company narrowed its earnings guidance range for 2021 as summarized in the following chart. See the presentation accompanying the company’s conference call for further information.

  2021 Earnings Guidance
of September 16, 2021
2021 Earnings Guidance
as of November 2, 2021
  Low High Low High
EIX Basic EPS $4.21 $4.41 $1.62 $1.72
Less: Non-core Items* (0.21) (0.21) (2.80) (2.80)
EIX Core EPS $4.42 $4.62 $4.42 $4.52

* There were ($1.07) billion, or ($2.80) per share of non-core items recorded for the nine months ended September 30, 2021, calculated based on an assumed weighted average share count for 2021. Basic EIX EPS guidance only incorporates non-core items to September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast Details

When: Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Telephone Numbers: 1-888-673-9780 (US) and 1-312-470-0178 (Int'l) - Passcode: Edison
Telephone Replay: 1-866-429-9466 (US) and 1-203-369-0920 (Int’l) - Passcode: 6891
  Telephone replay available through November 16, 2021
Webcast: www.edisoninvestor.com

Edison International has posted its earnings conference call prepared remarks by the CEO and CFO, the teleconference presentation, and Form 10-Q 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.

Appendix and Summary Financial Schedules

Edison International Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results

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