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Edison International Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
ROSEMEAD, Calif., April 30, 2019 - Edison International (NYSE: EIX) today reported first quarter 2019 net income of $278 million, or $0.85 per share, compared to net income of $218 million, or $0.67 per share, in the first quarter 2018. As adjusted, first quarter 2019 core earnings were $206 million, or $0.63 per share, compared to core earnings of $262 million, or $0.80 per share, in the first quarter 2018.
Southern California Edison (SCE) received its proposed decision from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on its 2018 General Rate Case (GRC) on April 12, 2019. However, it is SCE's policy to account for regulatory decisions in the period in which they were received. Consequently, during the first quarter 2019, SCE recognized revenue from CPUC activities largely based on 2017 authorized base revenue requirements with reserves taken for known items, including the July 2017 cost of capital decision and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Reform). The revenue requirement ultimately adopted by the CPUC will be retroactive to January 1, 2018.
SCE's first quarter 2019 earnings increased by $7 million, or $0.02 per share, from the first quarter 2018, consisting of $72 million, or $0.22 per share, of higher non-core earnings and $65 million, or $0.20 per share, of lower core earnings. The decrease in core earnings was primarily due to wildfire mitigation expenses and higher net financing costs, partially offset by a 2018 refund to customers for prior overcollections. The higher non-core earnings for the first quarter 2019 were mainly related to the $69 million, or $0.21 per share, of income tax benefits related to changes in the allocation of deferred tax re-measurement between customers and shareholders as a result of a CPUC resolution issued in February 2019.
Edison International Parent and Other’s first quarter 2019 loss from continuing operations decreased by $53 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to first quarter 2018, consisting of $9 million, or $0.03 per share, of lower core losses and $44 million, or $0.13 per share, of lower non-core losses. The decrease in core losses was mainly due to lower corporate expenses and decreased losses at the competitive businesses under Edison Energy Group. The lower non-core losses for the first quarter 2019 were primarily related to the absence of a $48 million, or $0.15 per share, after-tax impairment charge recorded in 2018 resulting from an agreement to sell SoCore Energy.
“We remain focused on mitigating increased wildfire risk and its related financial impacts on our communities and the health of the state’s electric utilities,” said Pedro Pizarro, president and chief executive officer of Edison International. “Additionally, we are focused on recent significant regulatory and policy developments, including the strike force proposal led by Governor Newsom’s administration, the issuance of our 2018 GRC proposed decision, and the filing of both our CPUC cost of capital and FERC transmission rate cases.”
Pizarro added, “To address significant rate base growth opportunities and the capital structure changes requested in SCE’s cost of capital proceeding, we announced a financing plan with a balanced approach to issuing equity and debt. These opportunities will enable us to continue supporting California’s clean energy future.”
The following information was filed by Edison International (EIX) on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.