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PSEG Announces 2016 Second Quarter Results

$0.37 Per Share of Net Income Operating Earnings of $0.57 Per Share PSE&G Identifies $500 Million of Additional Capital Opportunities

NEWARK, N.J., July 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- (NYSE: PEG) Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) reported second quarter 2016 Net Income of $187 million or $0.37 per share as compared to Net Income of $345 million or $0.68 per share reported for the second quarter of 2015.  Operating Earnings for both the second quarter of 2016 and 2015 were $289 million or $0.57 per share.

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is a publicly traded diversified energy company. Its operating subsidiaries are: PSEG Power, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) and PSEG Long Island.

Ralph Izzo, chairman, president and chief executive officer said, "PSEG's second quarter earnings benefited from its expanded investment program and an alignment of costs with current power market dynamics. We remain focused on investments that meet customers' demand for reliable, efficient, and clean energy as well as drive long-term value creation."

Management uses Operating Earnings in its internal analysis, and in communications with investors and analysts, as a consistent measure for comparing PSEG's financial performance to previous financial results. Operating Earnings exclude the impact of returns(losses) associated with Nuclear Decommissioning Trust (NDT), Mark-to-Market (MTM) accounting and material one-time items.  The table below provides a reconciliation of PSEG's Net Income to Operating Earnings for the second quarter.  See Attachment 12 for a complete list of items excluded from Net Income in the determination of Operating Earnings. The presentation of Operating Earnings is intended to complement, and should not be considered an alternative to, the presentation of Net Income, which is an indicator of financial performance determined in accordance with GAAP. In addition, Operating Earnings as presented in this release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

PSEG CONSOLIDATED EARNINGS (unaudited)

Second Quarter Comparative Results

2016 and 2015



Income


Diluted Earnings


($ millions)


Per Share


2016

2015


2016

2015

Operating Earnings

$289

$289


$0.57

$0.57

Reconciling Items*

(102)

56


(0.20)

0.11

Net Income

$187

$345


$0.37

$0.68



   Avg. Shares

   508M

     508M






*See Attachment 12.

Ralph Izzo went on to say, "We are maintaining our Operating Earnings guidance for 2016 of $2.80 - $3.00 per share. However, reaching the upper end of guidance will be difficult even with improvements seen in the power markets, expectations for warm summer weather, normal operations and management of O&M for the remainder of the year. We remain focused on meeting the needs of our customers and maximizing shareholder value by delivering on the promise of our investment program."

Operating Earnings guidance by company has been adjusted to reflect results for the first half of the year as guidance for the full year remains unchanged:

Operating Earnings Guidance

($ millions, except EPS)


2016E

PSE&G

$900 - $935



PSEG Power

$460 - $525

 

PSEG Enterprise/Other

$65 - $65



Total

$1,425 - $1,525



Earnings Per Share

$2.80 - $3.00

Operating Earnings Review and Outlook by Operating Subsidiary

See Attachment 6 for detail regarding the quarter-over-quarter reconciliations for each of PSEG's businesses. Due to the forward looking nature of Operating Earnings guidance, PSEG is unable to reconcile this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.  Management is unable to project certain reconciling items, in particular MTM and NDT gains (losses), for future periods due to market volatility.

PSE&G

PSE&G reported Net Income of $179 million ($0.35 per share) for the second quarter of 2016 compared with Net Income of $167 million ($0.33 per share) for the second quarter of 2015.

PSE&G's results for the second quarter reflect the impact of revenue growth associated with an expansion of its capital investment program.

The New Jersey economy continues to show steady growth with employment  improving from a year-ago. Weather-normalized electric sales for the 12 months ended June 30, 2016 were slightly lower by (0.2%) compared to the prior period as growth in the number of customers was offset by a continued decline in usage per customer due to increased energy efficiency measures and a decrease in the Industrial sector.

Returns on PSE&G's expanded investment in transmission added $0.03 per share to earnings in the quarter. An increase in depreciation and O&M ($0.02 per share) was partially offset by a decline in taxes and other items of $0.01 per share.

PSE&G's capital program remains on schedule. PSE&G invested approximately $1.4 billion in the first half of the year as part of its planned capital investment for 2016 of $3.0 billion in upgrades to the electric and gas distribution and transmission system.

PSE&G, in May 2016, filed a petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) requesting an extension of its existing landfill/brownfield solar program to construct 100-MW of grid-connected solar facilities. The program represents a capital investment of up to $240 million over a 5-year period. Parties to the proceeding have agreed to a procedural schedule under which we could see a decision by the BPU during the fourth quarter of the year. PSE&G has also increased its estimate of Distribution capital expenditures over 2016 – 2018 by $300 million to address new business requests and replace certain aging equipment and infrastructure. The expansion of capital spending under these programs could represent an increase of over $500 million in PSE&G's planned $12 billion capital spending program over the 5-year period ended 2020.

Finally, as part of its annual BGSS filing with the BPU, PSE&G has proposed a reduction in its basic gas supply rate to 34 cents per therm from 40 cents per therm. If approved, the rate reduction would be effective on October 1, 2016.

The forecast of PSE&G's Operating Earnings for 2016 has been adjusted upward to $900 - $935 million from $875 - $925 million

PSEG Power

PSEG Power reported a Net Loss of $11 million ($0.02 per share) for the second quarter of 2016 and adjusted EBITDA of $272 million compared with Net Income of $166 million ($0.33 per share) and adjusted EBITDA of $301 million for the second quarter of 2015. Operating Earnings for the second quarter of 2016 were $91 million ($0.18 per share) versus $110 million ($0.22 per share) for the second quarter of 2015.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA in its internal analysis, and in communications with investors and analysts, regarding Power's financial performance as compared to previous financial results. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the same items as our Operating Earnings measure as well as income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation and amortization and major maintenance at Power's fossil generation facilities.  See Attachment 12 for a complete list of items excluded from Net Income in the determination of Adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is intended to complement, and should not be considered an alternative to, the presentation of Net Income, which is an indicator of financial performance determined in accordance with GAAP.

Power's operating results for the second quarter reflect the impact of the known decline in PJM capacity revenues and average prices on energy hedges in addition to the margin effect of an extended refueling outage at Salem 1.

A decline in capacity revenue associated with the June 2015 retirement of peaking capacity in PJM reduced quarter-over-quarter income by $0.02 per share. A decline in the average price on energy hedges as well as lower market prices and gas volumes combined to reduce quarter-over-quarter income by $0.03 per share. A decline in output during the quarter was primarily associated with fossil units due to weak weather-related demand and pricing which reduced income by $0.01 per share. A reduction in O&M expense improved Power's quarter-over-quarter income by $0.07 per share. An increase in depreciation expense was offset by a decline in interest expense. However, an absence in 2016 of tax credits received in the year-ago quarter and other tax items contributed to a reduction in quarter-over-quarter income of $0.05 per share.

Output at Power's generation facilities declined 6% in the quarter. The average capacity factor for the nuclear fleet was 83% in the quarter versus an average capacity factor of 86% in the year-ago quarter as output from the nuclear fleet declined to 7.0 TWh from 7.1 TWh. An extended refueling outage at Salem 1 to repair degraded baffle bolts was the primary cause for the decline in the nuclear fleet's operations. The impact of the outage at Salem was largely offset by an increase in output at Peach Bottom associated with completion of an extended power uprate capital program on both units which added 130 MWs of capacity to Power's interest. The extension of the Salem 1 outage into July and an unplanned outage at Salem 2 will have a continuing effect on third quarter performance. Output from the gas-fired combined cycle fleet declined slightly to 4.4 TWh from 4.6 TWh given mild weather conditions relative to the year-ago quarter. Low gas prices reduced the dispatch of Power's coal-fired fleet during the quarter with output declining to 0.9 TWh from 1.3 TWh.

Power is reducing its forecast of output for 2016 to 50 – 52 TWh from its prior forecast of 52 – 54 TWh. The revised range incorporates the impact of the extended outage at Salem 1 as well as the impact of an unplanned outage at Salem 2. Approximately 75% - 80% of anticipated production for the second half of 2016 of 25 – 26 TWh is hedged at an average price of $50 MWh. For 2017, Power has hedged 55% - 60% of its forecast generation of 53 – 55 TWh at an average price of $48 per MWh. For 2018, approximately 25% - 30% of forecast generation of 58 – 60 TWh is hedged at an average price of $46 per MWh. The hedge data for 2016 continues to assume BGS hedges represent 11 – 12 TWh of output.

The forecast range of Power's Operating Earnings for 2016 has been lowered to $460 million - $525 million from $490 - $540 million. The forecast of Operating Earnings represents Adjusted EBITDA for the full year of $1,270 - $1,375 million.

PSEG is unable to reconcile forecasted Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.  Management is unable to project certain reconciling items, in particular MTM and NDT gains(losses), for future periods due to market volatility.

PSEG Enterprise/Other

PSEG Enterprise/Other reported Net Income of $19 million ($0.04 per share) for the second quarter of 2016 versus Net Income of $12 million ($0.02 per share) during the second quarter of 2015. The increase in quarter-over-quarter income reflects contractual payments associated with the operation of PSEG Long Island and certain tax items at PSEG Energy Holdings. The forecast of PSEG Enterprise/Other Operating Earnings for 2016 has been increased to $65 million from $60 million.

Financing

PSEG closed the quarter ended June 30, 2016 with $648 million of cash on its balance sheet with debt at the end of the quarter representing approximately 45% of consolidated capital.  PSEG Power, during the quarter, issued $700 million of 3.0% Senior Notes due June 2021.

The following attachments can be found on www.pseg.com:

Attachment 1 - Operating Earnings and Per Share Results by Subsidiary
Attachment 2 - Consolidating Statements of Operations – 3 months
Attachment 3 - Consolidating Statements of Operations – 6 months
Attachment 4 - Capitalization Schedule
Attachment 5 - Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Attachment 6 - Quarter-over-Quarter EPS Reconciliation
Attachment 7 - Year-over-Year EPS Reconciliation
Attachment 8 - Retail Sales and Revenues – Electric
Attachment 9 - Retail Sales and Revenues – Gas
Attachment 10 - Generation Measures
Attachment 11 - Statistical Measures
Attachment 12 - Reconciliation of Operating Earnings to Net Income and to Adjusted EBITDA

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT

Certain of the matters discussed in this report about our and our subsidiaries' future performance, including, without limitation, future revenues, earnings, strategies, prospects, consequences and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such statements are based on management's beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management. When used herein, the words "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "believe," "expect," "plan," "should," "hypothetical," "potential," "forecast," "project," variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ are often presented with the forward-looking statements themselves. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in any forward-looking statements made by us herein are discussed in filings we make with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K and available on our website: http://www.pseg.com. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • adverse changes in the demand for or ongoing low pricing of the capacity and energy that we sell into wholesale electricity markets,
  • adverse changes in energy industry law, policies and regulations, including market structures and transmission planning,
  • any inability of our transmission and distribution businesses to obtain adequate and timely rate relief and regulatory approvals from federal and state regulators, including prudency reviews, disallowances and changes in authorized returns,
  • any deterioration in our credit quality or the credit quality of our counterparties,
  • changes in federal and state environmental regulations and enforcement that could increase our costs or limit our operations,
  • adverse outcomes of any legal, regulatory or other proceeding, settlement, investigation or claim applicable to us and/or the energy industry,
  • changes in nuclear regulation and/or general developments in the nuclear power industry, including various impacts from any accidents or incidents experienced at our facilities or by others in the industry, that could limit operations or increase the cost of our nuclear generating units,
  • actions or activities at one of our nuclear units located on a multi-unit site that might adversely affect our ability to continue to operate that unit or other units located at the same site,
  • any inability to manage our energy obligations, available supply and risks,
  • delays or unforeseen cost escalations in our construction and development activities, or the inability to recover the carrying amount of our assets,
  • availability of capital and credit at commercially reasonable terms and conditions and our ability to meet cash needs,
  • increases in competition in energy supply markets as well as for transmission projects,
  • changes in technology, such as distributed generation, storage and micro grids, and greater reliance on these technologies,
  • changes in customer behaviors, including increases in energy efficiency, net-metering and demand response,
  • adverse performance of our decommissioning and defined benefit plan trust fund investments and changes in funding requirements,
  • any equipment failures, accidents, severe weather events or other incidents that impact our ability to provide safe and reliable service to our customers, and any inability to obtain sufficient insurance coverage or recover proceeds of insurance with respect to such events,
  • acts of terrorism, cybersecurity attacks or intrusions that could adversely impact our businesses,
  • delays in receipt of necessary permits and approvals for our construction and development activities,
  • any inability to achieve, or continue to sustain, our expected levels of operating performance,
  • changes in the cost of, or interruption in the supply of, fuel and other commodities necessary to the operation of our generating units,
  • an extended economic recession,
  • an inability to realize anticipated tax benefits or retain tax credits,
  • challenges associated with recruitment and/or retention of a qualified workforce, and
  • changes in the credit quality and the ability of lessees to meet their obligations under our domestic leveraged leases.

All of the forward-looking statements made in this report are qualified by these cautionary statements and we cannot assure you that the results or developments anticipated by management will be realized or even if realized, will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, us or our business prospects, financial condition or results of operations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements in making any investment decision. Forward-looking statements made in this report apply only as of the date of this report. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements from time to time, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, even if internal estimates change, unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws.

The forward-looking statements contained in this report are intended to qualify for the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

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SOURCE Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)


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