Release and Selected Exhibits
Presentation and Complete Earnings Exhibits
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) recorded first-quarter 2021 income available for common shareholders of $120 million, or $0.06 per share, as reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This compares with income available for common shareholders of $371 million, or $0.57 per share, for the first quarter of 2020.
GAAP results include non-core items that management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings, which totaled $367 million after-tax, or $0.17 per share, for the quarter. These results were primarily driven by costs related to 2019-2020 wildfire-related costs, prior period net regulatory recoveries, the amortization of wildfire insurance fund contributions under Assembly Bill (AB) 1054, PG&E Corporation's and Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (Utility) reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (Chapter 11), and investigation remedies.
"This is an exciting time for PG&E," said Patti Poppe, CEO of PG&E Corporation. "With our full leadership team now in place, we are pursuing the important work that we have all committed to – delivering clean, reliable energy for the benefit of our customers and hometowns, and doing so safely. We will meet that objective through our triple-bottom-line focus on people, the planet, and California's prosperity, underpinned by performance."
Non-GAAP Core Earnings
PG&E Corporation's non-GAAP core earnings, which exclude non-core items, were $487 million, or $0.23 per share, in the first quarter of 2021, compared with $576 million, or $0.89 per share, during the same period in 2020.
The decrease in quarter-over-quarter non-GAAP core earnings per share was primarily driven by the increase in shares outstanding, unrecoverable interest expense, the timing of nuclear refueling outages, the timing of taxes, and wildfire mitigation costs above authorized, partially offset by the growth in rate base earnings.
PG&E Corporation uses "non-GAAP core earnings," which is a non-GAAP financial measure, 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 non-core items. See the accompanying tables for a reconciliation of non-GAAP core earnings to consolidated earnings available for common shareholders.
PG&E Corporation is adjusting 2021 GAAP earnings guidance in the range of $0.07 to $0.21 per share, which includes non-core items. PG&E is adjusting 2021 non-core items guidance to approximately $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion after tax, reflecting bankruptcy and legal costs, the amortization of wildfire insurance fund contributions, investigation remedies, and 2019-2020 wildfire-related costs, partially offset by the rate neutral securitization inception impact and prior period net regulatory recoveries.
On a non-GAAP basis, the guidance range for projected 2021 core earnings is reaffirmed at $0.95 to $1.05 per share. Factors driving non-GAAP core earnings include net below the line and spend above authorized of up to $100 million after tax and unrecoverable interest expense of $300 million to $325 million after tax.
Guidance is based on various assumptions and forecasts, including those relating to authorized revenues, future expenses, capital expenditures, rate base, equity issuances, the potential Net Operating Loss (NOL) securitization, and certain other factors.
Supplemental Financial Information
In addition to the financial information accompanying this release, presentation slides have been furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and are available on PG&E Corporation's website at: http://investor.pgecorp.com/financials/quarterly-earnings-reports/default.aspx.
Earnings Conference Call
PG&E Corporation will also hold a conference call on April 29, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time) to discuss its first quarter 2021 results. The public can access the conference call through a simultaneous webcast. The link is provided below and will also be available from the PG&E Corporation website.
What: First Quarter 2021 Earnings Call
When: Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
A replay of the conference call will be archived through June 6, 2021 at http://investor.pgecorp.com/news-events/events-and-presentations/default.aspx.
Alternatively, a toll-free replay of the conference call may be accessed shortly after the live call through June 6, 2021, by dialing (800) 585-8367. International callers may dial (416) 621-4642. For both domestic and international callers, the confirmation code 2090038 will be required to access the replay.
Public Dissemination of Certain Information
PG&E Corporation and the Utility routinely provide links to the Utility's principal regulatory proceedings with the CPUC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at http://investor.pgecorp.com, under the "Regulatory Filings" tab, so that such filings are available to investors upon filing with the relevant agency. PG&E Corporation and the Utility also routinely post, or provide direct links to, presentations, documents, and other information that may be of interest to investors at http://investor.pgecorp.com, under the "Chapter 11," "Wildfire and Safety Updates" and "News & Events: Events & Presentations" tabs, respectively, in order to publicly disseminate such information. It is possible that any of these filings or information included therein could be deemed to be material information.
About PG&E Corporation
PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) is a holding company headquartered in San Francisco. It is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, an energy company that serves 16 million Californians across a 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pgecorp.com. In this press release, they are together referred to as "PG&E."
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the beliefs, expectations, estimates, future plans and strategies of PG&E Corporation and the Utility, including but not limited to earnings guidance for 2021. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions, which management believes are reasonable, and on information currently available to management, but are necessarily subject to various risks and uncertainties. In addition to the risk that these assumptions prove to be inaccurate, factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements include factors disclosed in PG&E Corporation and the Utility's joint annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, their most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, and other reports filed with the SEC, which are available on PG&E Corporation's website at www.pgecorp.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. PG&E Corporation and PG&E undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law.