PRESS RELEASES 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
May 07, 2010
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PG&E CORPORATION REPORTS FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS; REAFFIRMS GUIDANCE

  • Net income after dividends on preferred stock reported under GAAP was $258 million, or $0.67 per share.
  • On a non-GAAP basis, earnings from operations were $303 million, or $0.79 per share.
  • Guidance for earnings from operations is reaffirmed for 2010 and 2011.
Related Documents
Press Release and Selected Tables
Complete Earnings Tables

(San Francisco) — PG&E Corporation's (NYSE: PCG) net income after dividends on preferred stock (also called "income available for common shareholders") was $258 million, or $0.67 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, 2010, as reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). In the same period last year, net income after dividends on preferred stock was $241 million, or $0.65 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, PG&E Corporation's earnings from operations, which exclude one-time items, were $303 million, or $0.79 per share, in the first quarter of 2010. In the same period last year, earnings from operations were $246 million, or $0.66 per share.

"We delivered solid results in the first quarter and are on track to deliver on our guidance for the year," said Peter A. Darbee, Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation. "Going forward, we will continue to execute on plans to invest new capital consistent with our customers' and California's near- and long-term energy priorities, including reliability, increased efficiency, and cleaner sources of power."

The quarter-over-quarter increase in earnings per share from operations primarily reflects higher authorized revenues associated with additional capital investments in Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (Utility) core infrastructure, the absence of a scheduled refueling outage at Diablo Canyon Power Plant and the associated expenses that lowered earnings in last year's first quarter, and a number of smaller positive items. These items were partially offset by higher storm-related costs and an increased number of common shares outstanding. Earnings from operations for the most recent quarter exclude costs associated with the tax impact of the recently enacted federal healthcare bill, and support for a statewide ballot initiative.

Earnings Guidance

PG&E Corporation reaffirms its previous guidance for earnings from operations in the range of $3.35-$3.50 per share for 2010 and $3.65-$3.85 per share for 2011.

Guidance is based on various assumptions, including that the Utility maintains a ratemaking capital structure of 52 percent common equity and achieves a return on equity of at least 11.35 percent, while growing its asset base and earning incentive revenues for energy efficiency achievements consistent with low and high case earnings ranges provided at the company's March 2010 Investor Conference.

Guidance for 2010 earnings from operations excludes the one-time costs described above. These one-time items reflect activities outside of PG&E's regular utility operations and are expected to impact total GAAP earnings by $0.14 per share for the year.

PG&E Corporation discloses historical financial results and bases guidance on "earnings from operations" in order to provide a measure that allows investors to compare the underlying financial performance of the business from one period to another, exclusive of items that management believes do not reflect the normal course of operations. Earnings from operations are not a substitute or alternative for consolidated net income presented in accordance with GAAP (see the accompanying financial tables for a reconciliation of results and guidance based on earnings from operations to results and guidance based on consolidated net income in accordance with GAAP).

Supplemental Financial Information:
  • In addition to the financial information accompanying this release, an expanded package of supplemental financial and operational information for the quarter will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission and also will be available shortly on PG&E Corporation's website.
Conference Call with the Financial Community to Discuss Third Quarter Results:
  • Today's call at 1:00 p.m., Eastern time, is open to the public on a listen-only basis via webcast. Please visit PG&E Corporation's website for more information and instructions for accessing the webcast. The call will be archived on the website. Also, a toll-free replay will be accessible shortly after the live call through 8:00 p.m., Eastern time, on May 21, 2010, by dialing 866-415-9493. For both domestic and international callers, a confirmation number is required to access the replay: 1353.

This press release and the tables contain forward-looking statements regarding management's guidance for PG&E Corporation's 2010 and 2011 earnings per share from operations that are based on current expectations and various assumptions that management believes are reasonable. These statements and assumptions are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties, the realization or resolution of which may be outside of management's control. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include:

  • the Utility's ability to manage capital expenditures and its operating and maintenance expenses within authorized levels;
  • the outcome of pending and future regulatory proceedings and whether the Utility is able to timely recover its costs through rates;
  • the adequacy and price of electricity and natural gas supplies, and whether the new day-ahead, hour-ahead, and real-time wholesale electricity markets established by the California Independent System Operator ("CAISO") will continue to function effectively, the extent to which the Utility can manage and respond to the volatility of the electricity and natural gas prices, and the ability of the Utility and its counterparties to post or return collateral;
  • explosions, fires, accidents, mechanical breakdowns, the disruption of information technology and systems, and similar events that can cause unplanned outages, reduce generating output, damage the Utility's assets or operations, subject the Utility to third-party claims for property damage or personal injury, or result in the imposition of civil, criminal, or regulatory fines or penalties on the Utility;
  • the impact of storms, earthquakes, floods, drought, wildfires, disease and similar natural disasters, or acts of terrorism or vandalism, that affect customer demand, or that damage or disrupt the facilities, operations, or information technology and systems owned by the Utility, its customers, or third parties on which the Utility relies;
  • the potential impacts of climate change on the Utility's electricity and natural gas businesses;
  • changes in customer demand for electricity and natural gas resulting from unanticipated population growth or decline, general economic and financial market conditions, changes in technology that include the development of alternative technologies that enable customers to increase their reliance on self-generation, or other reasons;
  • the occurrence of unplanned outages at the Utility's two nuclear generating units at Diablo Canyon, the availability of nuclear fuel, the outcome of the Utility's application to renew the operating licenses for Diablo Canyon, and potential changes in laws or regulations with respect to the storage of spent nuclear fuel, security, safety or other matters associated with the operations at Diablo Canyon;
  • whether the Utility can operate efficiently to achieve cost savings and identify and successfully implement additional sustainable cost-saving measures;
  • whether the Utility earns incentive revenues or incurs obligations under incentive ratemaking mechanisms;
  • the impact of federal or state laws, or their interpretation, on energy policy and the regulation of utilities and their holding companies;
  • whether the Utility can successfully implement its program to install advanced meters for its electric and natural gas customers and integrate the new meters with its customer billing and other systems, the outcome of the independent investigation ordered by the CPUC and the California Legislature into customer concerns about the new meters, and the ability of the Utility to implement various rate changes including "dynamic pricing" for its electricity customers;
  • how the CPUC administers the conditions imposed on PG&E Corporation when it became the Utility's holding company;
  • the outcome of litigation, including litigation involving the application of various California wage and hour laws, and the extent to which PG&E Corporation or the Utility incurs costs and liabilities in connection with litigation that are not recoverable through rates, from insurance, or from other third parties;
  • the ability of PG&E Corporation, the Utility, and counterparties to access capital markets and other sources of credit in a timely manner on acceptable terms;
  • the impact of environmental laws and regulations and the costs of compliance and remediation;
  • the effect of municipalization, direct access, community choice aggregation, or other forms of bypass;
  • the outcome of federal or state tax audits and the impact of changes in federal or state tax laws, policies, or regulations; and
  • other factors and risks discussed in PG&E Corporation's and the Utility's 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 

 

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