Houston - August 5, 2021 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) today reported income available to common shareholders of $221 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2021, compared to income available to common shareholders of $59 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2020.
Q2 2021 earnings of $0.37 per diluted share; $0.36 per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis, including results from utility operations of $0.28 per diluted share
Raising 2021 Utility EPS guidance (“Utility EPS”) range to $1.25 - $1.27 and reiterating 6% - 8% Utility EPS 5-year annual growth rate target
On path to deliver 10% compound annual rate base growth over 5 years through $16 billion 5-year capital plan, with additional investment opportunities from recent Texas legislative session
CenterPoint to host an Analyst Day on September 23rd in Houston, Texas
On a non-GAAP basis, second quarter 2021 earnings were $0.36 per diluted share, with $0.28 per diluted share from utility operations, and $0.08 per diluted share from midstream investments. This compared to $0.18 per diluted share from utility operations and $0.03 per diluted share from midstream investments in second quarter 2020. Both quarters included some one-time drivers. The second quarter 2020 Utility EPS included an unfavorable COVID-related impact of $0.06, while the second quarter 2021 Utility EPS included a favorable income tax benefit of $0.03. Other notable variances in Utility EPS for the quarter included $0.04 of favorable variance from organic growth and rate recovery, which was partially offset by a $0.02 impact attributable to the May 2020 equity issuance.
"CenterPoint's six-month financial performance in 2021 has been strong," said Dave Lesar, President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Energy. "We are raising our 2021 Utility EPS guidance range to $1.25-$1.27 per diluted share. This projected 8% growth in 2021 Utility EPS would put us at the high-end of our 6 to 8% Utility EPS annual growth target."
Lesar added, "Regarding our capital investments, we have invested approximately $1.5 billion for the first six months of this year and are on track to invest approximately $3.4 billion for the full year 2021. These projects will add to the safety and reliability of our system for the benefit of our customers and our investors. Additionally, we now have better line of sight to additional capital investment opportunities beyond the 5-year, $16 billion investment plan we previously announced, including opportunities from the recent Texas legislative session."
"While we are keen to discuss CenterPoint's great future, we are planning to discuss exciting longer-term strategy updates at our Analyst Day which will take place on September 23rd here in Houston. Through this forum, we plan to update investors on our longer-term business plan, earnings capacity, financial metrics, and net zero emissions targets," said Dave Lesar.
Given the recently announced merger between Enable and Energy Transfer, CenterPoint Energy will only be presenting a Utility EPS guidance range for 2021 as Enable did not provide 2021 guidance during its recent earnings call.
In addition to presenting its financial results in accordance with GAAP, including presentation of income (loss) available to common shareholders and diluted earnings (loss) per share, CenterPoint Energy provides guidance based on non-GAAP income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance that excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
Management evaluates CenterPoint Energy's financial performance in part based on non-GAAP income and non-GAAP earnings per share. Management believes that presenting these non-GAAP financial measures enhances an investor's understanding of CenterPoint Energy's overall financial performance by providing them with an additional meaningful and relevant comparison of current and anticipated future results across periods. The adjustments made in these non-GAAP financial measures exclude items that Management believes do not most accurately reflect the company's fundamental business performance. These excluded items are reflected in the reconciliation tables of this news release, where applicable. CenterPoint Energy's non-GAAP income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, income available to common shareholders and diluted earnings per share, which respectively are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures also may be different than non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.
(1) Utility EPS Guidance Range
- The Utility EPS guidance range includes net income from Electric and Natural Gas segments, as well as after tax Corporate and Other operating income and an allocation of corporate overhead based upon the Utility's relative earnings contribution. Corporate overhead consists primarily of interest expense, preferred stock dividend requirements, and other items directly attributable to the parent along with the associated income taxes.
- The Utility EPS guidance excludes:
- Earnings or losses from the change in value of ZENS and related securities
- Certain expenses associated with Vectren merger integration
- Midstream Investments segment and associated income from the Enable preferred units and a corresponding amount of debt in addition to an allocation of associated corporate overhead and impact, including related expenses, associated with the merger between Enable and Energy Transfer
- Cost associated with the early extinguishment of debt
- Gain and impact, including related expenses, associated with gas LDC sales
In providing this guidance, CenterPoint Energy does not consider the items noted above and other potential impacts such as changes in accounting standards, impairments or other unusual items, which could have a material impact on GAAP reported results for the applicable guidance period. The 2021 Utility EPS guidance range also considers assumptions for certain significant variables that may impact earnings, such as customer growth and usage including normal weather, throughput, recovery of capital invested, effective tax rates, financing activities and related interest rates, and regulatory and judicial proceedings. In addition, the 2021 Utility EPS guidance range assumes a continued re-opening of the economy in CenterPoint Energy's service territories throughout 2021. To the extent actual results deviate from these assumptions, the 2021 Utility EPS guidance range may not be met or the projected annual Utility EPS growth rate may change. CenterPoint Energy is unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP diluted earnings per share because changes in the value of ZENS and related securities, future impairments, and other unusual items are not estimable and are difficult to predict due to various factors outside of management's control.
(2) Midstream Investments EPS Expected Range
Midstream guidance is not initiated at this time as a result of a pending merger between Enable and Energy Transfer. CenterPoint Energy will continue to record its share of Enable's earnings as well as basis difference accretion, earnings from the Enable preferred distributions net of an associated amount of debt, interest on the intercompany note between CenterPoint Energy and CenterPoint Energy Midstream, and an allocation of corporate overhead based on Midstream Investment segment's relative earnings contribution until the transaction closes.
Upon closing of the transaction, CenterPoint Energy's investment in Energy Transfer will be accounted for as an equity method investment with a fair value option. Following the closing of the transaction, CenterPoint Energy will establish Midstream Investments EPS expected range based on the distributions from Energy Transfer and the debt and corporate allocations previously described as a component of our Midstream Investments, excluding market-to-market gains or losses recorded for the Energy Transfer investments.
Filing of Form 10-Q for CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. A copy of that report is available on the company's website, under the Investors section. Investors and others should note that we may announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, webcasts, and the Investor Relations page of our website. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the company and to communicate important information about the company, key personnel, corporate initiatives, regulatory updates and other matters. Information that we post on our website could be deemed material; therefore we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our company to review the information we post on our website.
Webcast of Earnings Conference Call
CenterPoint Energy's management will host an earnings conference call on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 7:00 a.m. Central time/8:00 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to a live audio broadcast of the conference call on the company's website under the Investors section. A replay of the call can be accessed approximately two hours after the completion of the call and will be archived on the website for at least one year.
About CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
As the only investor owned electric and gas utility based in Texas, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) is an energy delivery company with electric transmission and distribution, power generation and natural gas distribution operations that serve more than 7 million metered customers in Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. As of June 30, 2021, the company owned approximately $36 billion in assets and also owned 53.7 percent of the common units representing limited partner interests in Enable Midstream Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops strategically located natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With approximately 9,500 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit
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Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the provided forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to: (1) the performance of Enable, the amount of cash distributions CenterPoint Energy receives from Enable, and the value of CenterPoint Energy's interest in Enable;
(2) the integration of the businesses acquired in the merger with Vectren Corporation (Vectren), including the integration of technology systems, and the ability to realize additional benefits and commercial opportunities from the merger;
(3) financial market and general economic conditions, including access to debt and equity capital and the effect on sales, prices and costs; (4) industrial, commercial and residential growth in CenterPoint Energy's service territories and changes in market demand; (5) actions by credit rating agencies, including any potential downgrades to credit ratings; (6) the timing and impact of regulatory proceedings and actions and legal proceedings, including those related to the February 2021 winter storm event; (7) legislative decisions, including tax and developments related to the environment such as global climate change, air emissions, carbon, waste water discharges and the handling of coal combustion residuals, among others, and CenterPoint Energy's carbon reduction targets; (8) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; (9) the recording of impairment charges, including any impairments related to CenterPoint Energy's investment in Enable; (10) weather variations and CenterPoint Energy's ability to mitigate weather impacts, including impacts from the February 2021 winter storm event; (11) changes in business plans; (12) CenterPoint Energy's ability to fund and invest planned capital, and timely and appropriate rate actions that allow recovery of costs and a reasonable return on investment, including costs associated with the February 2021 winter storm event; (13) CenterPoint Energy's or Enable's potential business strategies and strategic initiatives, restructurings, joint ventures and acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses, including the announced sale of our Natural Gas businesses in Arkansas and Oklahoma, which may not be completed or result in the benefits anticipated by CenterPoint Energy, and the proposed merger between Enable and Energy Transfer, which may not be completed or result in the benefits anticipated by CenterPoint Energy or Enable; (14) CenterPoint Energy's ability to execute operations and maintenance management initiatives; and (15) other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2021 and 2020 Form 10-K, including in the "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information" sections of such reports, and other reports CenterPoint Energy or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.