Houston – February 20, 2024 - CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) or “CenterPoint" today reported income available to common shareholders of $192 million, or $0.30 per diluted share on a GAAP basis for the fourth quarter of 2023, compared to $0.19 per diluted share in the previous comparable period of 2022, and $867 million, or $1.37 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared to $1,008 million, or $1.59 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2022.
- Reported Q4 2023 earnings of $0.30 per diluted share and full year 2023 earnings of $1.37 per diluted share on a GAAP basis
- Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share (“non-GAAP EPS") was $0.32 for Q4 2023 and $1.50 for full year 2023; 9% increase over 2022 full year non-GAAP EPS of $1.38
- Increased the 10-year capital plan through 2030 to $44.5 billion, a $600 million increase through 2030 which includes $100 million already deployed in 2023 with the remaining $500 million to be invested over the remainder of the decade
- Reiterated 2024 non-GAAP EPS guidance range of $1.61-$1.63, which represents 8% growth over full-year 2023 non-GAAP EPS and further maintains non-GAAP EPS growth targets of 8% for 2024 and the mid-to-high end of 6%-8% annually thereafter through 2030
Non-GAAP EPS for the fourth quarter 2023 was $0.32, a 14% increase to the comparable quarter of 2022. These strong fourth quarter results were primarily driven by growth and regulatory recovery, which contributed $0.05 per share of favorability, and a one-time tax benefit, which, combined with other favorable earnings drivers, contributed another $0.06 per share when compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. These favorable drivers were partially offset by an unfavorable variance of $0.05 per share attributable to increased interest expense over the comparable quarter of 2022.
“I am excited and humbled to have the privilege to lead CenterPoint into its next chapter," said Jason Wells, CEO of CenterPoint. “The last few years have proven that our strategy is truly one of the best in the industry and that we have the ability to execute it at a high-level. These latest quarter and full year 2023 results exemplify this point as we delivered on a third consecutive year of 9% non-GAAP EPS growth and delivered premium results for all stakeholders despite the ongoing headwinds our industry has faced."
“With our announced LDC asset sale this morning, we've now entered into a fourth transaction since Analyst Day 2021, for the benefit of efficiently recycling capital into states in which we either have combined electric and gas operations or a larger presence. We believe this portfolio optimization will allow us to further enhance our ability to continue executing our industry-leading long-term growth strategy for many years to come," said Wells.
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 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'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'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'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.
2022 and 2023 non-GAAP EPS; 2024 non-GAAP EPS guidance range
- 2022 non-GAAP EPS excluded:
- Earnings or losses from the change in value of ZENS and related securities; and
- Gain and impact, including related expenses, associated with Arkansas and Oklahoma gas LDC sales; and
- Income and expense related to ownership and disposal of Energy Transfer common and Series G preferred units, and a corresponding amount of debt related to the units.
- 2023 non-GAAP EPS and 2024 non-GAAP EPS guidance excludes:
- Earnings or losses from the change in value of ZENS and related securities; and
- Gain and impact, including related expenses, associated with mergers and divestitures, such as the divestiture of Energy Systems Group, LLC and Louisiana and Mississippi gas LDC sales.
In providing 2022 and 2023 non-GAAP EPS and 2024 non-GAAP EPS guidance, CenterPoint 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 2024 non-GAAP EPS guidance ranges also consider 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. To the extent actual results deviate from these assumptions, the 2024 non-GAAP EPS guidance ranges may not be met, or the projected annual non-GAAP EPS growth rate may change. CenterPoint is unable to present a quantitative reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP diluted earnings per share without unreasonable effort because changes in the value of CenterPoint Energy's 2.0% Zero-Premium Exchangeable Subordinated Notes due 2029 (“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.
Filing of Form 10-K for CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Today, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023. 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's management will host an earnings conference call on February 20, 2024, 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 Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio and Texas. As of December 31, 2023, the company owned approximately $39 billion in assets. With approximately 9,000 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. For more information, visit CenterPointEnergy.com.
This news release includes, and the earnings conference call will include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "goal," "intend," "may," "objective," "plan," "potential," "predict," "projection," "should," "target," "will" or other similar words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions of management which are believed to be reasonable at the time made and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements in this news release or on the earnings conference call include statements regarding capital investments (including with respect to incremental capital opportunities, deployment of capital, renewables projects, and financing of such projects), the timing of and projections for upcoming rate cases for CenterPoint and its subsidiaries, the timing and extent of CenterPoint's recovery, including with regards to its generation transition plans and projects, mobile generation spend, projects included in CenterPoint's Natural Gas Innovation Plan, and projects included under its 10-year capital plan, the extent of anticipated benefits from new legislation, the pending sale of CenterPoint's Natural Gas businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi, future earnings and guidance, including long-term growth rate, customer charges, operations and maintenance expense reductions, financing plans (including the timing of any future equity issuances, securitization, credit metrics and parent level debt), the timing and anticipated benefits of our generation transition plan, including our exit from coal and our 10-year capital plan, the ZENS and impacts of the maturity of ZENS, tax planning opportunities, future financial performance and results of operations, including with respect to regulatory actions and recoverability of capital investments, customer rate affordability, value creation, opportunities and expectations, expected customer growth, sustainability strategy, including our net zero and carbon emissions reduction goals, and any other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Each forward-looking statement contained in this news release or discussed on the earnings conference call speaks only as of the date of this release or the earnings conference call.
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) CenterPoint's 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 Louisiana and Mississippi, and the completed sale of Energy Systems Group, LLC, which we cannot assure you will have the anticipated benefits to us; (2) industrial, commercial and residential growth in CenterPoint's service territories and changes in market demand; (3) CenterPoint's ability to fund and invest planned capital, and the timely recovery of its investments; (4) financial market and general economic conditions, including access to debt and equity capital and inflation, interest rates and instability of banking institutions, and their effect on sales, prices and costs; (5) continued disruptions to the global supply chain and increases in commodity prices; (6) actions by credit rating agencies, including any potential downgrades to credit ratings; (7) the timing and impact of regulatory proceedings and actions and legal proceedings, including those related to Houston Electric's mobile generation and the February 2021 winter storm event; (8) 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's net zero and carbon emissions reduction goals; (9) the impact of pandemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic; (10) the recording of impairment charges; (11) weather variations and CenterPoint's ability to mitigate weather impacts, including the approval and timing of securitization issuances; (12) changes in business plans; (13) CenterPoint's ability to execute on its initiatives, targets and goals, including its net zero and carbon emissions reduction goals and operations and maintenance goals; and (14) other factors discussed CenterPoint's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, including in the “Risk Factors" and “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information" sections of such reports, and other reports CenterPoint or its subsidiaries may file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.