SAN DIEGO — Sempra Energy on Friday reported second-quarter 2019 earnings of $354 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, compared to second-quarter 2018 losses of $561 million, or $2.11 per diluted share.
On an adjusted basis, the company’s second-quarter 2019 earnings were $309 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, compared to $361 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2018.
“We’re pleased with the financial and operational progress we’ve made so far this year,” said Jeffrey W. Martin, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. “We’ve set a clear mission to be North America’s premier energy infrastructure company and I am proud of the steps we’ve taken to capitalize on the once-in-a-generation opportunity created by the need to develop energy infrastructure that supports the trend toward cleaner energy and greater exports of North America’s energy.”
Sempra Energy’s earnings for the first six months of 2019 were $795 million, or $2.85 per diluted share, compared with losses of $214 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2018. Adjusted earnings for the first six months of 2019 were $843 million, or $3.03 per diluted share, compared with $733 million, or $2.78 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2018.
These financial results reflect certain significant items, as described on an after-tax basis in the following table of GAAP earnings reconciled to adjusted earnings for the second quarter and first six months of 2019 and 2018.
San Diego Gas & Electric recently elected to contribute approximately $452 million to a wildfire recovery fund that was created as a result of the efforts of Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature. The legislation helps to reduce SDG&E’s exposure to wildfire risk by addressing issues related to catastrophic wildfires in the state of California, including greater clarity of cost recovery standards and requirements, additional wildfire mitigation, establishment of a wildfire recovery fund, a cap on liability, and the formation of the California Wildfire Safety Advisory Board.
SDG&E and Southern California Gas Co. expect a proposed decision in the coming weeks for their 2019 General Rate Case from the California Public Utilities Commission. A final decision is expected by year-end.
Sempra Energy expects substantial completion of the first liquefaction train of the Cameron LNG export project in Hackberry, La., in the coming days, with commercial operations to begin in mid-August. This follows the first commissioning cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Train 1, which was announced in May.
Sempra Energy’s LNG development projects are continuing to advance, including a heads of agreement signed between Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company in May. The HOA anticipates the negotiation and finalization of a definitive 20-year LNG sale-and-purchase agreement for 5 million tonnes per annum of LNG offtake from the Port Arthur LNG export project under development.
Sempra Energy continued to grow its transmission and distribution footprint in Texas through Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC’s acquisition of InfraREIT, Inc., and Sempra Energy’s acquisition of an indirect 50% limited-partnership interest in Sharyland Utilities, L.L.C. These acquisitions were completed in May and funded with a portion of the proceeds from Sempra Energy’s completed sales of its U.S. solar, wind and certain non-utility natural gas storage assets.
The sales process of Sempra Energy’s equity interests in its South American businesses, including its 83.6% stake in Luz del Sur S.A.A. in Peru and 100% stake in Chilquinta Energía S.A. in Chile, continues to make good progress.
2019 EARNINGS GUIDANCE
Sempra Energy Friday affirmed its 2019 adjusted earnings-per-share guidance range of $5.70 to $6.30.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Non-GAAP financial measures include Sempra Energy’s adjusted earnings and adjusted earnings per common share for both the second quarter and first six months of 2019 and 2018, and 2019 adjusted earnings-per-share guidance. See Table A for additional information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures.
Sempra Energy broadcast a live discussion of its earnings results over the Internet Friday with senior management of the company. Access is available on replay by dialing 888-203-1112 and entering passcode 7726556.
Sempra Energy’s mission is to be North America’s premier energy infrastructure company. With 2018 reported revenues of more than $11.6 billion, the San Diego-based company is the utility holding company with the largest U.S. customer base. The Sempra Energy companies’ more than 20,000 employees are focused on delivering energy with purpose to approximately 40 million consumers worldwide. Sempra Energy has been consistently recognized for its leadership in diversity and inclusion, and social responsibility, and is a member of the S&P 500 Utilities Index and the Dow Jones Utility Index.
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