PG&E Corporation Reports Second-Quarter Results; On Track to Deliver Solid 2023

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Jul 27, 2023

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  • Recorded GAAP earnings were $0.19 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2023, compared to earnings of $0.17 per diluted share for the same period in 2022.
  • Non-GAAP core earnings were $0.23 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2023, compared to earnings of $0.25 per diluted share for the same period in 2022.
  • Recorded GAAP earnings were $0.46 per diluted share for the first half of 2023, compared to earnings of $0.39 per diluted share for the same period in 2022.
  • Non-GAAP core earnings were $0.52 per diluted share for the first half of 2023, compared to earnings of $0.55 per diluted share for the same period in 2022.
  • 2023 EPS guidance updated for GAAP earnings from $1.00 to $1.13 per share (previously) to $1.04 to $1.13 per share.
  • 2023 EPS guidance reaffirmed for non-GAAP core earnings in the range of $1.19 to $1.23 per share.
  • Forecasting no equity needs in 2023 through 2024.

OAKLAND, Calif., July 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) recorded second quarter 2023 income available for common shareholders of $406 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, as reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This compares with income available for common shareholders of $356 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2022.

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The increase in GAAP results was primarily driven by lower costs related to 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 lower wildfire-related costs, and higher Fire Victim Trust tax benefit net of securitization.

"Through the first half of 2023, we feel confident that we continue to reduce physical risk on our system overall, and that our investments since 2017 have made a dramatic difference in preventing catastrophic wildfires," said Patti Poppe, CEO of PG&E Corporation. "We also expect continued steady and predictable improvement in our financial health, which in turn allows us to further invest and innovate as we build a climate-resilient energy system for California's future."

Non-GAAP Core Earnings

PG&E Corporation's non-GAAP core earnings, which exclude non-core items, were $494 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2023, compared with $536 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, during the same period in 2022.

The decrease in quarter-over-quarter non-GAAP core earnings is primarily driven by timing items and other increases, including property taxes, partially offset by savings in operating and maintenance costs net of redeployment.

Non-core items, which management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings, totaled $88 million after tax, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2023, compared with $180 million after tax, or $0.08 per diluted share, during the same period in 2022.

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.

2023 Guidance

PG&E Corporation is updating 2023 GAAP earnings guidance in the range of $1.04 to $1.13 per diluted share. Factors driving GAAP earnings include costs related to unrecoverable interest expense of $370 million to $430 million after tax and other earnings factors, including allowance for funds used during construction equity, incentive revenues, tax benefits, and cost savings, net of below-the-line costs. Additional factors include the amortization of the Wildfire Fund asset and accretion of the related Wildfire Fund liability, wildfire-related costs, PG&E Corporation's and the Utility's reorganization cases under Chapter 11, and investigation remedies, partially offset by Fire Victim Trust tax benefits and prior period net regulatory impact.

The guidance range for projected 2023 non-GAAP core earnings is reaffirmed at $1.19 to $1.23 per diluted share. The guidance range for non-core items, which management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings, is updated to $210 million to $320 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, 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 July 27, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time) to discuss its second quarter 2023 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: Second Quarter 2023 Earnings Call

When: Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time

Where: http://investor.pgecorp.com/news-events/events-and-presentations/default.aspx

A replay of the conference call will be archived 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 August 10, 2023, by dialing (800) 770-2030. International callers may dial (647) 362-9199. For both domestic and international callers, the confirmation code 64421 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 California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 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, including regarding dividends, at http://investor.pgecorp.com, under the "Wildfire and Safety Updates," "News & Events: Events & Presentations," and "Shareholders: Dividend Information" 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 Oakland, California. 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 and equity financing requirements for 2023 and 2024. 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, 2022, their most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, 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 the Utility 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.

PG&E CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Operating Revenues

Electric

$ 3,852

$ 3,690

$ 7,971

$ 7,848

Natural gas

1,438

1,428

3,528

3,068

Total operating revenues

5,290

5,118

11,499

10,916

Operating Expenses

Cost of electricity

672

780

1,194

1,282

Cost of natural gas

274

359

1,190

920

Operating and maintenance

2,436

2,291

5,113

5,401

SB 901 securitization charges, net

289

40

562

40

Wildfire-related claims, net of recoveries

(1)

145

(3)

144

Wildfire Fund expense

117

117

234

235

Depreciation, amortization, and decommissioning

997

941

2,074

1,913

Total operating expenses

4,784

4,673

10,364

9,935

Operating Income

506

445

1,135

981

Interest income

143

19

255

27

Interest expense

(640)

(411)

(1,242)

(830)

Other income (expense), net

66

(21)

151

128

Income Before Income Taxes

75

32

299

306

Income tax benefit

(335)

(328)

(683)

(532)

Net Income

410

360

982

838

Preferred stock dividend requirement of subsidiary

4

4

7

7

Income Available for Common Shareholders

$ 406

$ 356

$ 975

$ 831

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding, Basic

2,019

1,987

2,005

1,987

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding, Diluted

2,139

2,141

2,137

2,141

Net Income Per Common Share, Basic

$ 0.20

$ 0.18

$ 0.49

$ 0.42

Net Income Per Common Share, Diluted

$ 0.19

$ 0.17

$ 0.46

$ 0.39

Reconciliation of PG&E Corporation's Consolidated Earnings Available for Common Shareholders in Accordance with
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") to Non-GAAP Core Earnings
Second Quarter, 2023 vs. 2022
(in millions, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

Earnings

Earnings per
Common
Share

Earnings

Earnings per
Common
Share

(in millions, except per share amounts)

2023

2022

2023

2022

2023

2022

2023

2022

PG&E Corporation's Earnings/EPS on a GAAP basis

$ 406

$ 356

$ 0.19

$ 0.17

$ 975

$ 831

$ 0.46

$ 0.39

Non-core items: (1)

Amortization of Wildfire Fund contribution (2)

84

84

0.04

0.04

169

169

0.08

0.08

Bankruptcy and legal costs (3)

17

151

0.01

0.07

33

186

0.02

0.09

Fire Victim Trust tax benefit net of securitization (4)

(65)

(173)

(0.03)

(0.08)

(139)

(308)

(0.07)

(0.14)

Investigation remedies (5)

2

2

β€”

β€”

17

72

0.01

0.03

Prior period net regulatory impact (6)

(6)

β€”

β€”

β€”

(12)

45

(0.01)

0.02

Strategic repositioning costs (7)

1

3

β€”

β€”

2

3

β€”

β€”

Wildfire-related costs, net of insurance (8)

55

112

0.03

0.05

64

178

0.03

0.08

PG&E Corporation's Non-GAAP Core Earnings/EPS (9)

$ 494

$ 536

$ 0.23

$ 0.25

$ 1,109

$ 1,175

$ 0.52

$ 0.55


All amounts presented in the table above and footnotes below are tax adjusted at PG&E Corporation's statutory tax rate of 27.98% for 2023 and 2022, except for certain costs that are not tax deductible. Earnings per Common Share is calculated based on diluted shares, except as noted. Amounts may not sum due to rounding.

(1)

"Non-core items" include items that management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings and affect comparability of financial results between periods, consisting of the items listed in the table above. See Non-GAAP Financial Measures below.

(2)

The Utility recorded costs of $117 million (before the tax impact of $33 million) and $234 million (before the tax impact of $65 million) during the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, respectively, associated with the amortization of the Wildfire Fund asset and accretion of the related Wildfire Fund liability.

(3)

Includes bankruptcy and legal costs associated with PG&E Corporation's and the Utility's Chapter 11 filing, including legal and other costs and exit financing costs, as shown below.

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Legal and other costs

$ 14

$ 29

Exit financing

9

18

Bankruptcy and legal costs (pre-tax)

$ 23

$ 46

Tax impacts

(6)

(13)

Bankruptcy and legal costs (post-tax)

$ 17

$ 33

(4)

Includes any earnings-impacting investment losses or gains, associated with investments related to the contributions to the Customer Credit Trust, the charge related to the establishment of the SB 901 securitization regulatory asset and the SB 901 securitization regulatory liability associated with revenue credits funded by Net Operating Loss monetization, and tax benefits related to the Fire Victim Trust's sale of PG&E Corporation common stock.

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Rate neutral securitization charge

$ 288

$ 562

Net gains related to Customer Credit Trust

(3)

(22)

Fire Victim Trust tax benefit net of securitization (pre-tax)

$ 286

$ 539

Tax impacts

(80)

(151)

Tax benefits from Fire Victim Trust share sales

(270)

(527)

Fire Victim Trust tax benefit net of securitization (post-tax)

$ (65)

$ (139)

(5)

Includes costs associated with the CPUC's OII into the 2017 Northern California Wildfires and 2018 Camp Fire, the system enhancements related to the locate and mark OII, and the restoration and rebuild costs for the town of Paradise, as shown below.

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Wildfire OII disallowance and system enhancements

$ 2

$ 1

Locate and mark OII system enhancements

1

2

Paradise restoration and rebuild

β€”

21

Investigation remedies (pre-tax)

$ 3

$ 24

Tax impacts

(1)

(7)

Investigation remedies (post-tax)

$ 2

$ 17

(6)

Includes adjustments associated with the recovery of capital expenditures from 2011 through 2014 above amounts adopted in the 2011 GT&S rate case per the CPUC decision dated July 14, 2022.

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2023

2011-2014 GT&S capital audit

$ (8)

$ (16)

Prior period net regulatory impact (pre-tax)

$ (8)

$ (16)

Tax impacts

2

4

Prior period net regulatory impact (post-tax)

$ (6)

$ (12)

(7)

The Utility recorded one-time costs related to repositioning PG&E Corporation's and the Utility's operating model, including their workforce.

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Operating model

$ 1

$ 3

Strategic repositioning costs (pre-tax)

$ 1

$ 3

Tax impacts

β€”

(1)

Strategic repositioning costs (post-tax)

$ 1

$ 2

(8)

Includes costs associated with the 2019 Kincade fire, 2020 Zogg fire, and 2021 Dixie fire, net of insurance, as shown below.

(in millions)

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2023

Six Months Ended
June 30, 2023

2019 Kincade fire-related costs

$ 2