Exelon Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results and Initiates 2019 Financial Outlook

  • Feb 08, 2019
  • Business Wire

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018.

“This was another record-breaking year for Exelon, with our Utility and Generation businesses demonstrating best-ever performances in multiple categories thanks to the hard work of our employees, who also surpassed their previous record for volunteerism. Our ongoing strategy to invest in advanced technology and infrastructure resulted in improved resiliency, reliability and customer satisfaction at our electric and gas companies,” said Chris Crane, Exelon president and CEO. “In 2019, we will grow our dividend by 5 percent and seek fair compensation for the zero-carbon power our nuclear fleet provides. We will also modernize the electric grid to address the challenges of climate change and to provide customers with clean, affordable power.”

“Exelon delivered another solid financial performance in 2018, earning $3.12 per share on an adjusted (non-GAAP) operating basis, which is at the midpoint of our revised full year guidance of $3.05-$3.20 per share and $0.07 above our original midpoint,” said Joe Nigro, Exelon senior executive vice president and CFO. “Over the next four years we will invest nearly $23 billion to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of our system, enable our communities to meet their low carbon energy goals and improve service to our 10 million utility customers. The successes we achieved in 2018 position us well for the year ahead, and we anticipate even more benefits from much-needed policy and market reforms.”

Exelon's GAAP Net Income for the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased to $0.16 per share from $1.94 per share in the fourth quarter of 2017. Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings increased to $0.58 per share in the fourth quarter of 2018 from $0.56 per share in the fourth quarter of 2017. For the reconciliations of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings, refer to the tables beginning on page 7.

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2018 primarily reflect higher utility earnings due to electric distribution and energy efficiency earnings at ComEd, regulatory rate increases at PHI and the absence of a 2017 impairment of certain transmission-related income tax regulatory assets; and, at Generation, lower realized energy prices, partially offset by the favorable impacts of Illinois ZEC revenue, increased capacity prices and tax savings related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

Exelon's GAAP Net Income decreased to $2.07 per share from $3.99 per share in 2017. Exelon's Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for 2018 increased to $3.12 per share from $2.62 per share in 2017.

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the full year 2018 reflect higher utility earnings due to electric distribution and energy efficiency earnings at ComEd, regulatory rate increases at BGE and PHI, favorable weather conditions and volumes at PECO and PHI and the absence of a 2017 impairment of certain transmission-related income tax regulatory assets, all of which were partially offset by increased storm costs at PECO and BGE. On the Generation side, the Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings also reflect the favorable impacts of New York and Illinois ZEC revenue (including the impact of ZECs generated in Illinois from June 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017), increased capacity prices, tax savings related to the TCJA, realized gains on nuclear decommissioning trust (NDT) funds and decreased nuclear outage days, all of which were partially offset by lower realized energy prices and the absence of earnings from Exelon Generation Texas Power due to its deconsolidation in the fourth quarter of 2017.

ComEd's fourth quarter of 2018 GAAP Net Income increased to $141 million from $120 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. ComEd’s Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased to $141 million from $123 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily reflecting higher electric distribution and energy efficiency earnings. Due to revenue decoupling, ComEd's distribution earnings are not affected by actual weather or customer usage patterns.

1Exelon’s five business units include ComEd, which consists of electricity transmission and distribution operations in northern Illinois; PECO, which consists of electricity transmission and distribution operations and retail natural gas distribution operations in southeastern Pennsylvania; BGE, which consists of electricity transmission and distribution operations and retail natural gas distribution operations in central Maryland; PHI, which consists of electricity transmission and distribution operations in the District of Columbia and portions of Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey and retail natural gas distribution operations in northern Delaware; and Generation, which consists of owned and contracted electric generating facilities and wholesale and retail customer supply of electric and natural gas products and services, including renewable energy products and risk management services.

PECO’s fourth quarter of 2018 GAAP Net Income increased to $124 million from $107 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. PECO’s Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased to $125 million from $95 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to favorable volumes and income tax impacts.

BGE’s fourth quarter of 2018 GAAP Net Income decreased to $71 million from $76 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. BGE’s Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased to $72 million from $82 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Due to revenue decoupling, BGE's distribution earnings are not affected by actual weather or customer usage patterns.

PHI’s fourth quarter of 2018 GAAP Net Income increased to $62 million from $4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. PHI’s Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased to $68 million from $48 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to regulatory rate increases and the absence of a 2017 impairment of certain transmission-related income tax regulatory assets. Due to revenue decoupling, PHI's distribution earnings related to Pepco Maryland, DPL Maryland and Pepco District of Columbia are not affected by actual weather or customer usage patterns.

Generation had a GAAP Net Loss of $178 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with GAAP Net Income of $2,224 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. Generation’s Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased to $221 million from $261 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily reflecting lower realized energy prices, partially offset by the favorable impacts of Illinois ZEC revenue, increased capacity prices and tax savings related to the TCJA.

The proportion of expected generation hedged for the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New York and ERCOT reportable segments as of Dec. 31, 2018, was 89.0 percent to 92.0 percent for 2019, 56.0 percent to 59.0 percent for 2020 and 32.0 percent to 35.0 percent for 2021.

Exelon introduced a guidance range for 2019 Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings of $3.00 to $3.30 per share. The outlook for 2019 Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for Exelon and its subsidiaries excludes the following items:

GAAP/Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings Reconciliations

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 do not include the following items (after tax) that were included in reported GAAP Net Income:

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2017 do not include the following items (after tax) that were included in reported GAAP Net Income:

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the full year 2018 do not include the following items (after tax) that were included in reported GAAP Net Income:

Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings for the full year 2017 do not include the following items (after tax) that were included in reported GAAP Net Income:

Unless otherwise noted, the income tax impact of each reconciling item between GAAP Net Income and Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings is based on the marginal statutory federal and state income tax rates for each Registrant, taking into account whether the income or expense item is taxable or deductible, respectively, in whole or in part. For all items except the unrealized gains and losses related to NDT funds, the marginal statutory income tax rates for 2018 and 2017 ranged from 26.0 percent to 29.0 percent and 39.0 percent to 41.0 percent, respectively. Under IRS regulations, NDT fund returns are taxed at different rates for investments if they are in qualified or non-qualified funds. The effective tax rates for the unrealized gains and losses related to NDT funds were 41.4 percent and 49.5 percent for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively; and were 46.2 percent and 47.4 percent for the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Exelon will discuss fourth quarter 2018 earnings in a one-hour conference call scheduled for today at 9 a.m. Central Time (10 a.m. Eastern Time). The webcast and associated materials can be accessed at www.exeloncorp.com/investor-relations.

Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of electricity and natural gas customers in the U.S. Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada and had 2018 revenue of $36 billion. Exelon serves approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,000 megawatts of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric generating capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Follow Exelon on Twitter @Exelon.

In addition to net income as determined under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), Exelon evaluates its operating performance using the measure of Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings because management believes it represents earnings directly related to the ongoing operations of the business. Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings exclude certain costs, expenses, gains and losses and other specified items. This measure is intended to enhance an investor’s overall understanding of period over period operating results and provide an indication of Exelon’s baseline operating performance excluding items that are considered by management to be not directly related to the ongoing operations of the business. In addition, this measure is among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for evaluating performance, allocating resources, setting incentive compensation targets and planning and forecasting of future periods. Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings is not a presentation defined under GAAP and may not be comparable to other companies’ presentation. The Company has provided the non-GAAP financial measure as supplemental information and in addition to the financial measures that are calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings should not be deemed more useful than, a substitute for, or an alternative to the most comparable GAAP Net Income measures provided in this earnings release and attachments. This press release and earnings release attachments provide reconciliations of adjusted (non-GAAP) Operating Earnings to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, are posted on Exelon’s website: www.exeloncorp.com, and have been furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K on Feb 8, 2019.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made by the Registrants include those factors discussed herein, as well as the items discussed in (1) the Registrants' 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K in (a) ITEM 1A. Risk Factors, (b) ITEM 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (c) ITEM 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data: Note 23, Commitments and Contingencies; (2) the Registrants' Third Quarter 2018 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q in (a) Part II, Other Information, ITEM 1A. Risk Factors; (b) Part 1, Financial Information, ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and (c) Part I, Financial Information, ITEM 1. Financial Statements: Note 17, Commitments and Contingencies; and (3) other factors discussed in filings with the SEC by the Registrants. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release. None of the Registrants undertakes any obligation to publicly release any revision to its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.

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